Who Was It This Time (LP version) - (5:18) 114 BPM
Everybody Loves The Singer (LP version) - (3:59) 131 BPM
Everything's Been Said About You (LP version) - (6:37) 105 BPM
My Symphony (LP version) - (3:53) 77 BPM
There's A New Group In Town (LP version) - (6:49) 119 BPM
Straight On To The Top (LP version) - (3:25) 125 BPM
Empty Love (LP version) - (4:15) 69 BPM
Back 'N' Forth (LP version) - (3:16) 66 BPM
You Are Love (LP version) - (5:01) 85 BPM
Breakaway (LP version) - (4:36) 101 BPM
Oh Darlin' Oh Baby (LP version) - (3:54) 73 BPM
Work With The Music (LP version) - (3:58) 124 BPM
There's A New Tree In The Forest (LP version) - (4:07) 67 BPM
David L Taylor - "I'm No Stranger To Love" (81 demo version) - (4:54) 129 BPM
David L Taylor - "In A Dream" (81 demo version) - (4:47) 126 BPM
David L Taylor - "Nights Of Loneliness" (81 demo version) - (4:03) 76 BPM
David L Taylor - "Rush Order" (81 demo version) - (4:45) 126 BPM
Barely Breaking Even are back once again to fight the good fight and do what they do so well: justly reviving long lost musical gems. Breakaway were a promising disco fusion band from St Louis who recorded two self-released albums ("Breakaway" and "Straight On To The Top!") in the late '70s, but quickly sank having missed out on a record deal. The BBE guys reckon that the re-issue coup is their finest achievement so far and listening to the taught funk of "Understudy DJ" or the sleazy claustrophobia of "There's a New Group In Town", we reckon they're right!
Despite there being 25 of them, it's often argued that the best James Bond film is the first one, 1963's Dr No. Set in Mad Men-era Jamaica, the movie saw our Brylcreemed-hero do his thing to an iconic soundtrack of calypso, reggae and 60s surf music. "007 Mambo" captures the raw energy of that soundtrack; all shrill brass, exotically demented percussion and the classic twanging James Bond Theme riff. Also from the other end of the 60s we get a souped-up version of bonkers choral explosion "South American Getaway" from the movie Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
If previous releases by Funk Sinatra (he's really called Eyal Goldman) didn't get the message across, then this latest one will hammer it home: this guy is all about the party. Gently rejigged and still under the four minute mark, Rose Royce's "Car Wash" is now even more of a party slayer than ever before. Meanwhile we get trippier on Santana's "Jingo", which now gets over an extra minute more of high courtesy of Mr Sinatra. Buy the man a drink!
London vocalist Hannah Williams and her retro soul revival band The Tastemakers are back with new material following the wide success of album Hill Of Feathers. They've come out all guns blazing for this newie too, with a propulsive back beat, sassy brass and an assertive vocal. Remember folks: "sex is all we got, so do whatever makes you feel hot!"
Not much is know about JM edits, but considering this EP is released on the well established Gamm, it's fair to say this was always be something from the classier end of the re-edit spectrum. Here we get four slick and smooth re-teaks of quality soulful house ("Africa"), soul ("I Love You") Afro beat ("Flea") and dobby, bluesy funk ("Who Is He"). Top class!
America's Killer Funk Disco crew continue their digital reissues, this time offering up the tracks from their fourth 12" (originally titled The Insatiable Tiger Woods EP, and slipped out in 2010). As usual, there's much heavy floor-filling fodder to enjoy, from the driving grooves and impassioned vocals of "Mishaps With Chocolate (Sticky Fingers Edit), to the rousing horns, soulful vocals and slick electrofunk synths of "Do It Right Golf Boy (US Masters Funky Disco Edit)". Best of all, though, is "All My Might For A Funky Groove Thang (It's Not Funny + It's Not Clever Edit)", a six-minute chunk of carnival-friendly disco funk goodness complete with jaunty pianos, whistles and righteous horns.
Nope, "Music For Adverts" is not a long lost '70s Eno LP, but the new album by neo soul producer Adam Gibbons, aka Lack Of Afro. Kicking off with raucous opener "Freedom" (featuring the vocals of Jack Tyson Charles, son of Craig), we are taken on a 12-track journey into the vintage soul of Mr Gibbons. Highlights include the funky '70s grind (is that Ron Burgundy on flute?) of "One For The Trouble", the 4/4 disco funker (with a sprinkling of hip-hop) "Brown Sugar" and menacing Latin jam of "No Guts, No Glory". Classy.
A tantalising preview of things to come from forthcoming album, Music For Adverts, "Recipe For Love" is the latest musical missive from Lack Of Afro, aka Adam Gibbons. This guy has a unique ability to forge contemporary sounding neo soul with a distinctive vintage feel. Here with the help of Craig Charles' son Jack, he produces another barnstormer that evokes memories of Marvin Gaye's What's Goin On. Can't wait for the long player!
Party dynamite here, as Latin boogaloo expert Dean Rudland has dug deep into veteran New York producer Bobby Marin's back catalogue to source some rare-as-hen's-teeth sizzlers. To whet our appetite the forthcoming comp, "Let's Boogaloo Vol 6", we get two excursions into rare Hispanic funk and soul - Machito feat Graciela's scorching cover of "Hold on (I'm coming)" and some Latin northern soul (!) from Giobel & The Latin Chords. Bring on the album!