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Funkier Than That
HS 008
07 Jun 17
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Funkier Than That - (4:56) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pushin On - (5:18) 104 BPM
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Making Love - (4:58) 123 BPM
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YYT Shake (Funk Hunk remix) - (4:36) 59 BPM
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Review: As we've learned in the past the Funk Hunk likes muscle, lots of disco muscle. His edits are never weak. So it's business as usual on Funkier Than That, his latest selection of edits. There are four cuts here to get up and down to. "Funkier Than That" is a snappy, Minneapolis-style majestic funker, "Pushin' On" is perky synth-pop and "Making Love" is fast, sweaty and a thrill a minute. Lastly "YYT Shake (Funk Hunk remix)" is a cool slice of vintage B-Boy hip-hop.
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Main Sourced
W 17
12 Jun 17
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Main Sourced - (8:30) 105 BPM
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Review: It's 25 years since the release of Main Source's Breaking Atoms album, one of the finest full-lengths of hip-hop's renowned "golden era". To celebrate this fact, Geordie producer Smoove has put together "Main Sourced", a cut-and-paste tribute that incorporates elements from tracks sampled by the group across the celebrated set, alongside carefully selected rap samples. As you'd expect from a man of his talents and experience, it's brilliantly done, achieving a near perfect balance between the needs of the dancefloor, the dustiness of the original album, and the demands of Steinski style cut-and-paste productions. In other words, it's pretty darn good.
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Funk N' Beats Vol 3 (Mixed By Featurecast)
BOMBFUNKB 003
05 May 17
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Featurecast - "Funky Introduction" - (0:33) 116 BPM
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The Wiseguys - "One For The Ladies" - (6:19) 116 BPM
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Dynamo Productions - "Get It Together" (Fort Knox Five remix) - (5:45) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Featurecast - "Yum Yum" - (3:47) 120 BPM
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The Allergies - "Special People" - (3:45) 57 BPM
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Smoove - "Return Of The Beats" - (3:51) 110 BPM
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Marc Hype & Jim Dunlop - "The Antique Anthem" - (3:51) 112 BPM
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Uncle Mic Nitro - "Back To Basics" (feat Chrome, Curoc & Ced Gee - Featurecast remix) - (4:09) 113 BPM
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Featurecast & Aldo Vanucci - "Blue Grassed Devil" - (4:22) 113 BPM
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Lack Of Afro - "The Outsider" - (3:47) 56 BPM
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Prosper & Stabfinger - "Don't Hold Back" - (4:35) 105 BPM
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All Good Funk Alliance - "Weakness Of A Trade" - (3:24) 110 BPM
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Beatvandals & A. Skillz - "Funky Sounds" - (3:52) 117 BPM
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Tom Booze - "Get Fonky Wit It" - (4:18) 105 BPM
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Max Sedgley - "Happy" - (5:57) 109 BPM
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Featurecast - "Ain't My Style" (Featurecast Funk mix) - (3:56) 115 BPM
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Black Grass - "Nice Up" - (5:33) 60 BPM
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Quantic Soul Orchestra - "Hold It Down" - (2:53) 120 BPM
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Featurecast - "Channel Hopping" - (4:06) 152 BPM
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Tim Love Lee - "Super Rappin No. 5" - (5:57) 118 BPM
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Flevans - "12 Apostles" - (4:22) 105 BPM
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Featurecast - "What You Want" (feat Pugs Atomz, Wes Restless & Ill Legit) - (3:42) 113 BPM
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Deadly Avenger - "Live At The Capri" - (5:56) 110 BPM
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The Mighty Show Stoppers - "Shaft In Africa" - (4:06) 129 BPM
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Various - "Funk N' Beats, Vol. 3" (Featurecast DJ mix) - (48:26) 115 BPM
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Review: Featurecast flexes hard into the crates right here: digging deep over 20 years of party breaks, he's put together the definitive journey of funk with the refreshing devil may care attitude we've come to expect. His selection excavations are here for all the benefit from... The Wiseguys's lesser-spotted jam "One For The Ladies", Lack Of Afro's horn-melting "The Outsider", Max Sedgley's sugar-sweet "Happy", Flevans' Afrofunk shake-up "12 Apostles" and Featurecast and Aldo Vanucci's 2008 hoe-down stomper "Blue Grassed Devil" are just some are just some of the floor-matured classics amid the 25 cuts on offer here. And that's before we even get to awesome mix. Don't dillydally on this one.
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Take It Back
HR 7001
09 Jun 17
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Take It Back (feat Doc Brown) - (3:33) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Take It Back (instrumental) - (3:34) 103 BPM
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Review: Hot on the heels of "Outta My Head / Give Me Something" the Haggis comeback is in full effect as they drop another sure-fire brass-blasting blunderbuss: "Take It Back" features slippery lyricism of writer/comedian/MC extraordinaire Doc Brown alongside their signature tight groove and rolling sense of playful funk. Loaded with an instrumental on the B, this one is guaranteed to sizzle your summer.
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Afrosonique Vol 01
505537 3529578
26 May 17
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Afro National - "Jokenge" (IG Culture edit) - (5:00) 124 BPM
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Ekambi Brillant - "Soul Castle" (Silkie edit Over dub) - (4:35) 120 BPM
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M'Bamina - "Mosi Zole" (EVM edit Overdub) - (5:44) 130 BPM
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M'Bamina - "Mbongui" (Marcel Lune edit Refix) - (5:24) 60 BPM
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Sory Bamba - "Nani Nani" (Appleblim edit Over dub) - (4:01) 108 BPM
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Douglas Mbida - "Nnom Mot" (Ry9n & Knid edit Over dub) - (5:52) 72 BPM
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Sookie - "Rhythm On Rhythm" (DJ Food Chop-up) - (6:18) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ekambi Brillant - "Afrika Afrika" (John Talabot & Pional 'Lost Scripts' Rerub) - (6:30) 118 BPM
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Manu Dibango - "Les Cavaliers" (Plaid edit Over dub) - (4:39) 58 BPM
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Pasteur Lappe - "Sekelimania" (Jabru edit Over dub) - (5:24) 123 BPM
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Bunzu Soundz - "Zinabu" (Moody Boyz edit Refix) - (6:23) 66 BPM
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Bozambo - "Bgklouala-Niklouala" (Redpine & Solo edit Over dub) - (6:14) 86 BPM
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Review: Crate-digging reissue specialists Africa Seven has decided to flip the script on this fantastic album, asking a range of contemporary producers to "re-imagine" a string of rare soul, funk, Afrobeat and disco jams. Thrillingly for those who remember the original West London broken beat scene, the comp contains some killer "bruk" revisions - not least Silkie's brilliantly fluid and groovy take on Ekambi Brillant's "Soul Castle" and EVM's rolling, Bugz in the Attic style revision of M'Bamina's "Mosi Zole". Elsewhere, Appleblim delivers a typically fuzzy and bass heavy rework of Sorry Bamba, Dj Food chops up Sookie's organ-laden funk slammer "Rhythm on Rhythm" an IDM heroes Plaid join the dots between vintage African jazz and woozy electronica. In a word: superb.
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Summer
GAMM 110
19 May 17
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Rather Be With You (Alphabets Heaven X SMBD remix) - (8:46) 123 BPM
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Mike Lowrey vs Simbad - "Summertime" - (4:14) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Table 4 2 (SMBD Tribute) - (4:22) 111 BPM
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Review: SMBD aka Simbad is back on GAMM again after a longer break and said to be planning a few EPs with seasonal themes for the label. The first EP as you might expect delivers three tasteful season influenced reworks and remixes which the label claims will 'be your perfect DJ weapons over the Summer months.' If the Afro broken beat groove of Bootsy's "Rather Be With You" (Alphabets Heaven X SMBD remix) won't do it for you, or the super soulful Colonel Abrams tribute "Table 42" (SMBD Tribute) does not grab your attention, guaranteed that the stunning 4/4 rework with Mike Lowrey of Jazzy Jeff's Summer classic "Summertime" has the potential to be a huge tune in the coming months.
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Panama! 2 Latin Sounds Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk On The Isthmus 1967-77
SNDWCD 013D
01 Jun 09
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Papa Brandao Y Su Conjunto Aires Tablenos - "La Murga De Panama" - (3:08) 103 BPM
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Los Silvertones - "Tamborito Swing" - (3:38) 103 BPM
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Maximo Rodriguez Y Sus Estrellas Panamenas - "Flora" - (3:49) 101 BPM
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Papa Brandao Y Su Ejecutivos - "Decidete Mi Amor" - (2:58) 89 BPM
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Skorpio - "Te Toca Tocar La Tumba" - (4:35) 104 BPM
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Los Superiores - "Descarga Superior" - (3:59) 115 BPM
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Idamerica Ruiz Con Osvaldo Ayala Su Conjunto - "No Llores Porque Me Voy" - (2:58) 111 BPM
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Los Revolucionarios (Soul Revolution) - "Mi Bella Panama" - (3:01) 103 BPM
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The Duncan Brothers - "Dreams" (edit) - (4:43) 92 BPM
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The Soul Fantastics - "Aint No Sunshine" - (3:13) 82 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Exciters - "Ese Muerto No Lo Cargo Yo" - (3:23) 112 BPM
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Menique El Panameno Con Bush Y Los Magnificos - "La Confianza" - (3:03) 133 BPM
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Camilo Azuquita - "Borombon" - (2:51) 125 BPM
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Los Papacitos - "Jazzy" - (3:00) 106 BPM
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Alfredo Y Su Salsa Montanera - "La Escoba" - (3:18) 126 BPM
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Sir Jablonsky - "Juck Juck" (part 1) - (4:01) 81 BPM
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Lord Cobra Y Los Hnos Duncan - "Love Letters" - (4:28) 115 BPM
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Ceferino Nieto - "Ceferino En Salsa" - (2:48) 113 BPM
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Ormelis Cortez Con Su Conjunto Viva Guarare - "Si La Vez" - (3:26) 120 BPM
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Chilo Pitty - "Piculina" - (3:13) 101 BPM
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Sekele I Like It/Feet On The Ground
BR 02
12 May 17
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Sekele I Like It - (11:00) 117 BPM
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Feet On The Ground - (3:09) 116 BPM
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Sekele I Like It (Baptman & Betino Philly Vibe mix) - (6:24) 118 BPM
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Feet On The Ground (Vas Moody rework) - (4:45) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: A couple of years back, Rafael Top Secret - a selector known for digging deep for inspiration - delivered a tidy re-edit of "Sekele I Like It", a previously little-known Afro-boogie cut by French artist Robert "Bobby" Helms. Copies of the 1980 album it came from, Lay Down, Girl, now go for serious money, prompting this licensed reissue. Helms' brilliant, horn-totin' original is accompanied by another cut from that album, "Feet On The Ground" - a straight-up disco affair - and two new remixes. Baptman and Betino's "Philly Vibe" mix of "Sekele I Like" is a largely instrumental interpretation that includes some killer electric piano solos, with Vas Moody's "Feet On The Ground" remix taking that track in a tightly-wound dub disco direction.
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Late Night Tales Presents Automatic Soul (Selected & Mixed By Groove Armada's Tom Findlay)
ALND 38
03 Nov 14
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Various - "Automatic Soul" (continuous DJ mix By Tom Findlay) - (1:18:31) 109 BPM
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Mtume - "Juicy Fruit" - (5:52) 97 BPM
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Sugardaddy - "Don't Look Any Further" (feat Ronika) - (3:55) 100 BPM
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Meli'sa Morgan - "Fool's Paradise" - (5:00) 100 BPM
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Bits & Pieces - "Don't Stop The Music" - (7:01) 94 BPM
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Zapp - "Heartbreaker" (part I, part II) - (7:22) 105 BPM
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Timex Social Club - "Rumors" (radio edit) - (4:48) 106 BPM
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George Franklin Smallwood & Marshmellow Band - "You Know I Love You" - (5:18) 106 BPM
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Royalle Delite - "I'll Be A Freak For You" - (5:09) 109 BPM
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Rene & Angela - "I'll Be Good" - (7:26) 108 BPM
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Donna Allen - "Serious" (extended remix) - (5:32) 111 BPM
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Change - "Change Of Heart" (original album version) - (7:06) 108 BPM
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The System - "You Are In My System" (extended vocal) - (7:45) 110 BPM
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The Gap Band - "I Owe It To Myself" - (4:28) 104 BPM
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Alexander O'Neal - "What's Missing" (radio edit) - (4:01) 111 BPM
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Thelma Houston - "You Used To Hold Me So Tight" - (5:42) 111 BPM
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52nd Street - "You're My Last Chance" - (8:18) 111 BPM
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Aurra - "You And Me Tonight" - (6:49) 108 BPM
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Samson & Delilah - "I Can Feel Your Love (Slippin' Away)" - (6:30) 116 BPM
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Wish - "Touch Me (All Night Long)" (feat Fonda Rae - original 12" mix) - (9:33) 115 BPM
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Sharon Brown - "I Specialize In Love" (original 12" mix) - (7:17) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Marquis Hawkes
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Stone Grooves Vol 1
BONALP 001
09 Jun 17
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The Jem Stone Express (original mix) - (6:15) 52 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Well-Oiled Machine (original mix) - (4:26) 111 BPM
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Holy Smoke (original mix) - (3:46) 78 BPM
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No Business For A Lady (original mix) - (4:47) 112 BPM
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Sweetpea (original mix) - (10:45) 78 BPM
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Hotdog Supreme (original mix) - (3:34) 74 BPM
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Storm In A Teacup (original mix) - (6:11) 64 BPM
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Penshala (original mix) - (9:11) 75 BPM
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You Are Nothing Without Me (original mix) - (5:30) 114 BPM
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Fake Ghost (original mix) - (3:00) 120 BPM
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The Final Curtain (original mix) - (4:07) 74 BPM
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Stone Grooves, Vol 1 (continuous DJ mix) - (1:03:11) 112 BPM
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Review: Given that Jem Stone AKA Jem Panufnik was once the driving force behind the Finger Lickin' label, you'd expect this debut full-length to be crammed full of party-starting treats. It is, of course, though Panufnik wisely chooses not to go for the jugular straight away, instead showcasing a string of shuffling, mid-tempo grooves that gleefully join the dots between hazy house, hip-hop, blues, Balearica (the delicious "Sweatpea") and pitched-down funk breaks ("Hotdog Supreme"). When the up-tempo workouts come, they're predictably tasty, with the wild breakbeat house thrust of "Storm in a Teacup" and creepy and dense tech-house throb-job "Fake Ghost" standing out. Best of all, though, is the trippy, string-drenched downtempo soundscape "The Final Curtain".
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Off Track Vol III: Brooklyn (unmixed tracks)
BBE 130CDG
21 Apr 10
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Donny McCullough - "From The Heart" (Kon's Multi remix) - (6:32) 118 BPM
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The Mazyck Project - "More Power To You" - (4:38) 120 BPM
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Randolph Baker - "Getting Next To You" - (5:28) 115 BPM
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Fred Prescott & The Jeff Band - "Come Fly With Me" - (3:47) 112 BPM
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SFB - "Burnin' Up" (Kon's edit) - (4:41) 116 BPM
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Twilight - "Play My Game" - (3:15) 122 BPM
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The Edge Of Daybreak - "EOD (Edge Of Daybreak)" - (4:00) 126 BPM
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Kenny Mann Jr & Liquid Pleasure Band - "Tin Top" (part 1) - (3:50) 128 BPM
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Taxie - "Rock Don't Stop" - (3:23) 123 BPM
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Backyard Construction - "I Want Your Lovin'" - (3:50) 124 BPM
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Bomp - "Funk INA Ghatto" (feat Austin & Jones) - (4:54) 106 BPM
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Dizzy K - "Saturday Night Raps" - (5:14) 114 BPM
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Bomp - "Disco Power" - (4:54) 115 BPM
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Tee Mac - "Living Everyday" (feat Majorie Barnes) - (5:18) 116 BPM
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Effi Duke & The Love Family - "The Time Is Come" - (4:42) 115 BPM
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Christy Essien Igbokwe - "You Can't Change A Man" - (3:57) 122 BPM
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Harry Mosco - "Step On" - (6:37) 121 BPM
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Doris Ebong - "Boogie Trip" - (5:26) 121 BPM
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Galaxy - "Galaxy" - (6:51) 119 BPM
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Dizzy K - "Take It To The DJ" - (4:33) 122 BPM
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SFB - "Burnin' Up" (vocal) - (4:04) 116 BPM
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SFB - "Burnin' Up" (instrumental) - (4:20) 117 BPM
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Kenny Mann Jr & Liquid Pleasure Band - "Tin Top" (part 2) - (3:05) 129 BPM
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Donny McCullough - "From The Heart" (original version) - (3:43) 118 BPM
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Shake - "Lost In Space" - (5:12) 116 BPM
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Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life" - (6:17) 115 BPM
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Harry Mosco - "Sexy Dancer" - (6:36) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Goddy Oku (M Hygrades) - "Don't Ask Me" - (5:37) 118 BPM
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Various - "Off Track Vol III: Brooklyn" (continuous mix by Kon) - (48:17) 118 BPM
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Various - "Off Track Vol III: Brooklyn" (continuous mix by Amir) - (46:20) 118 BPM
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Review: BBE unearth another batch of rare and underexposed disco cuts on Off Track Vol 3. Compiled by the crate digging New York/Boston based duo Kon & Amir, the release gives an authentic representation of Brooklyn's ghetto, funk and afro music scenes. Sophisticated tracks for real music heads
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Bambro Koyo Ganda
ZENDNLS 458
06 Jun 17
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Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat Innov Gnawa) - (5:02) 58 BPM
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Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat Innov Gnawa - analog version) - (5:45) 126 BPM
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Samurai - (5:41) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Earlier this year Si 'Bonobo' Green delivered his sixth album, Migration, which was his first full-length since 2013. It features 12 tracks that ruminate on the nature of personal identity and ideas of nationality, The LP includes songs inspired by international styles, one of which, "Bambro Koyo Ganda", has now been elected for release a single in it's own right. A seamless mix between fragile, touchy-feely house beats and traditional vocals courtesy of Innov Gnawa, the track will take you on an exotic emotional Journey. Also included is a new Analog version and an extra treat in the form of the clubbier non-album track, "Samurai".
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Strange Games & Funky Things 5 (unmixed tracks)
BBE 157CDG
28 Sep 10
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Sylvia - "Sweet Stuff" - (4:22) 77 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Ambassadors - "Ain't Got The Love (Of One Girl On My Mind)" - (2:28) 82 BPM
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Richard Evans - "Capricorn Rising" (feat Linda Williams) - (4:40) 82 BPM
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Starvue - "Body Fusion" - (5:39) 81 BPM
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The Soul Searchers - "Ashley's Roachclip" - (5:35) 97 BPM
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Willie 'Beaver' Hale - "Groove On" - (5:59) 96 BPM
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Eddy Senay - "Cameo" - (6:11) 97 BPM
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Cal Tjader - "Morning" - (3:28) 100 BPM
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Francisco Aguabella - "Ramonas Desire" - (4:09) 103 BPM
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The Philly Armada Orchestra - "For The Love Of Money" - (6:29) 103 BPM
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Family Tree - "Family Tree" (feat Sharon Brown) - (4:39) 106 BPM
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Perfect Circle - "The Hands Of Time" - (6:17) 110 BPM
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War - "War Is Coming! War Is Coming!" - (7:05) 111 BPM
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Hiroshi Fukumura - "Hunt Up Wind" - (6:04) 118 BPM
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Wood, Brass & Steel - "Always There" - (5:25) 112 BPM
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CK Mann & His Carousel 7 - "Asafo Beesuon/Obaa Yaa Aye Me Bone (Medley)" (edit) - (3:54) 115 BPM
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CK Mann & His Carousel 7 - "Asafo Beesuon/Obaa Yaa Aye Me Bone (Medley)" (full length) - (13:33) 115 BPM
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Merry Clayton - "Gimme Shelter" - (3:28) 118 BPM
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Bill Summers - "Brazilian Skies" - (4:29) 70 BPM
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Strange Games & Funky Things 5 Mix (mixed by DJ Spinna) - (1:14:24) 111 BPM
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BeatBop Street
BUSTED 143
07 Apr 17
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TrabaYo - (2:31) 94 BPM
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Just One More Time - (3:33) 96 BPM
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Mo'libre - (3:15) 96 BPM
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Luna Roja - (3:31) 93 BPM
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Rumbetas - (3:47) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Boogie Rats - (1:26) 90 BPM
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Global York - (3:09) 90 BPM
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BeatBop Street - (2:15) 90 BPM
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Two Weirdos - (4:02) 88 BPM
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Pass The Bridge - (3:44) 93 BPM
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Brazilude - (3:32) 90 BPM
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Samba Connection - (3:23) 85 BPM
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Madrugada - (4:24) 88 BPM
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Just One More Time (Yegor Cergei remix) - (2:34) 93 BPM
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Played by: Hong Kong Ping Pong
Review: The Cold Busted imprint's got mad skillz at scouting out the best new talent for their catalogue, always feverishly sticking to their nu-school wave of all things jazz-related. In a sense, this is the perfect outlet for all those'jazz-dance' heads who spend the majority of their time digging up curious B-sides in the hope of finding some groove in their lives! Andyfellaz is a new name on the block but it feels like the artist has been making music for some time, as his style of sampling and looping feels both fresh and a little bit over on the left of field. Tunes like "Just One More Time" showcase the man's clear passion for raw, hazy jazz basements, while others like "Luna Roja" play a delightfully lounge mood that will fit here, there and everywhere. Perfect for your mid-morning Balearic deviations, too!
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Brownswood Bubblers Twelve Part 1 (Gilles Peterson Presents)
BWOOD 0165
21 Apr 17
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Buttering Trio - "Refugee Song" - (2:32) 76 BPM
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Wayne Snow - "Rosie" - (3:16) 109 BPM
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Madison McFerrin - "No Time To Lose" - (2:44) 112 BPM
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Kathy Kosins/Paul Randolph - "Could You Be Me?" - (5:12) 93 BPM
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The Pendletons - "Gotta Get Out" - (4:17) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slim - "Stop Rewind" (feat Ella Mae) - (1:33) 80 BPM
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Silent Jay/Jace XL - "Just Waking Up" - (5:08) 140 BPM
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Stimulator Jones - "La Mano" - (4:11) 111 BPM
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Chip Wickham - "Red Planet" - (5:44) 105 BPM
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Selebeyone - "Are You In Peace" - (5:59) 110 BPM
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Played by: Kenneth bager
Review: Brownswood Bubblers provides a platform for unsung heroes and emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. The series distills the stream of exciting new artists that have become semi-permanent fixtures in Gilles' playlists and DJ sets of late to create a suite of perfect bumps.The compilation is now in its twelfth release and there's some real gems on this edition: just some of the highlights are: the soothing inner city blues of Selbeyone's "Are You In Peace?", Kathy Hoskins and the legendary Paul Randolph's magical soul excursion "Could You Be Me?" (channeling the vibe of Roy Ayers' Ramp project) or The Pendletons with the wonderful "Gotta Get Out" which will give you your funky acid nu-jazz fix, for sure.
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Smile
JAL 245
26 May 17
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Smile (feat Eric Biddines - Fouk dub) - (6:02) 120 BPM
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Smile (feat Eric Biddines - Thatmanmonkz remix) - (5:50) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Toxic Love Affair (feat Ivar & Sanguita - Allovers remix) - (5:11) 112 BPM
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Toxic Love Affair (feat Ivar & Sanguita - Snacks remix) - (4:19) 116 BPM
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Refab
AR 055DD
24 Nov 14
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Deixa (Tranquilo Soundz remix) - (5:12) 82 BPM
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N.Y.J. (Da Lata House mix) - (8:19) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Um Amor A Mais (feat Knytro - Funkee remix) - (4:11) 128 BPM
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Ronco Da Cuica (All Stars live version) - (7:16) 80 BPM
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Unknown (feat Myra Andrade - Marc Lee Brown remix) - (4:06) 85 BPM
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Free - (5:11) 109 BPM
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N.Y.J. (Da Lata dub) - (5:14) 120 BPM
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Um Amor A Mais (Pushin Wood Soundsystem Re-Groove) - (4:32) 128 BPM
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The Shore (feat Sacha Gabriel - Toni Economides/Carl Smith remix) - (6:02) 120 BPM
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Unknown (feat Myra Andrade - Eddy/Dus remix) - (6:36) 84 BPM
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Deixa (Drumagick's Sun 'n' Bass dub) - (5:02) 87 BPM
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Um Amor A Mais (Prophets Of The South Fundi remix) - (5:45) 125 BPM
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Kwassa (Da Lata remix) - (6:11) 128 BPM
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Deixa (Tranquilo Soundz dub) - (5:08) 82 BPM
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Um Amor A Mais (PWS Re-Groove dub) - (4:32) 128 BPM
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Unknown (Marc Lee Brown dub) - (4:05) 85 BPM
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Unknown (Eddy & Dus dub) - (6:36) 63 BPM
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Review: Whilst we wait for a new long player from Forge and Franck's Da Lata ensemble, we have a new version of their most recent record, Fabiola, featuring rare versions and remixes of the songs found on it. There's a whopping 17 tracks to get through, and highlights include the ghetto electro sleaze of "Um Amor A Mais (Funkee remix)", the shimmering reggae jazz of "Unknown (Marc Lee Brown mix) and the beguiling late night afro-house vibes of "The Shore (Toni Economides/Carl Smith remix)".
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Good Times 5
PMIDD 11132
12 Jun 12
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Ashford & Simpson - "Street Corner" - (4:32) 111 BPM
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Googie Rene Combo - "Smokey Joe's La La" - (2:57) 70 BPM
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Jackson Sisters - "I Believe In Miracles" - (2:53) 108 BPM
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LL Cool J - "Jingling Baby" - (4:46) 112 BPM
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Mantronix - "King Of The Beats" - (4:12) 106 BPM
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James Brown - "Woman" - (3:45) 102 BPM
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Masters At Work - "I Can't Get No Sleep" (feat India - Down Low Mix) - (6:11) 101 BPM
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Beat Assailant - "Hard Twelve" - (3:57) 95 BPM
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Otis Redding - "Hard To Handle" - (2:18) 96 BPM
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Bob & Earl - "Harlem Shuffle" - (2:49) 118 BPM
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Voices Of East Harlem - "Wanted, Dead Or Alive" - (3:00) 100 BPM
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Roisin Murphy - "If We're In Love" - (4:26) 105 BPM
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Was A Bee - "This Is What You Are" (feat Mario Bondi) - (4:40) 125 BPM
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Goldie - "Inner City Life" - (6:58) 77 BPM
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Nu:Tone - "Three Bags Full" - (4:58) 87 BPM
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Sleeve & Lowman - "So Fine" - (5:59) 71 BPM
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Betty Wright - "Clean Up Woman" - (2:45) 90 BPM
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Labelle - "Moonshadow" - (9:23) 92 BPM
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The Checkmates Ltd - "Black Pearl" - (3:24) 96 BPM
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Carmen McRae/the Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Take Five" - (2:15) 82 BPM
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John Holt - "Mr Bojangles" - (5:18) 76 BPM
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Marvin Gaye - "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" - (2:42) 106 BPM
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The Whatnauts - "Soul Walking" - (3:29) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fatback Band - "Street Dance" - (3:12) 117 BPM
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Recloose - "Dust" (feat Joe Dukie) - (7:06) 123 BPM
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Shay Jones - "Are You Gonna Be There" (Hurley's House Mix) - (7:13) 120 BPM
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Shaun Escoffery - "Days Like This" (Spinna & Ticklah Club Mix) - (4:29) 120 BPM
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Blaze presents U.D.A. - "Most Precious Love" (feat Barbara Tucker - DF Future 3000 Mix) - (5:34) 126 BPM
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Freemasons - "Love On My Mind" - (7:21) 128 BPM
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Lenny Williams - "When I'm Dancin'" - (4:45) 112 BPM
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Gloria Gaynor - "(If You Want It) Do It Yourself" - (5:56) 110 BPM
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Togo Soul 70 (Selected Rare Togolese Recordings From 1971 To 1981)
HC 47
18 Nov 16
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Akofa Akoussah - "I Tcho Tchass" - (3:51) 118 BPM
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Bella Bellow - "Dasi Ko" - (4:07) 82 BPM
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Napo De Mi Amor - "NaBo Eyadema Mobutu" - (3:17) 66 BPM
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Aime Orchis Mathey - "Senye Ye Na" - (4:09) 106 BPM
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Toite Sandja - "Mais Dis-donc" - (4:08) 129 BPM
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Aime Orchis Mathey - "Tralala Vo Dou" - (3:04) 112 BPM
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Gabelo - "Wokunyeya" - (3:39) 131 BPM
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Wini & Fefe - "Ago Kae Medze" - (5:23) 113 BPM
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Adamah & Agbote - "Dzo Le Gbo Nye" - (4:37) 125 BPM
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Vewonyi DD - "Agbemenyawo" - (6:03) 115 BPM
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Dk Pilo - "Mi Kpede Dunye" - (3:39) 64 BPM
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Yta Jourias - "Adome Nyueto" - (5:26) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Roger Damawuzan - "Loxo Nye" - (6:23) 58 BPM
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Just Do You
SNDW 12024D
09 Dec 16
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Just Do You (feat Mara TK) - (6:19) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just Do Dub - (6:21) 63 BPM
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Only You (feat Toby Laing) - (6:50) 63 BPM
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Just Do You (instrumental) - (6:19) 63 BPM
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The Havana (Remixes)
BU 016CD
12 May 17
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Muevelo Papi (Club Des Belugas remix) - (3:53) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Words (Smoove remix) - (5:31) 62 BPM
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DizzyAss Bounce (Opolopo remix) - (4:49) 122 BPM
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Tropicana Flight (Zouzoulectric remix) - (4:44) 123 BPM
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Rumba Fugaz (Jack & Jointz remix) - (3:54) 120 BPM
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Eleggua (Positive Flow remix) - (5:50) 120 BPM
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No Words (Suonho remix) - (4:38) 55 BPM
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Tropicana Flight (Maestro & Vezzola remix) - (5:34) 60 BPM
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Muevelo Papi (Suonho remix) - (4:03) 98 BPM
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Muevelo Papi (Club Des Belugas radio edit) - (3:22) 96 BPM
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No Words (Smoove radio edit) - (4:29) 62 BPM
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Tropicana Flight (Zouzoulectric radio edit) - (4:06) 123 BPM
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Rumba Fugaz (Jack & Jointz radio edit) - (3:36) 120 BPM
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Muevelo Papi (Suonho radio edit) - (3:19) 98 BPM
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DizzyAss Bounce (Opolopo radio edit) - (4:40) 122 BPM
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Eleggua (Positive Flow radio edit) - (4:08) 120 BPM
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No Words (Suonho radio edit) - (3:48) 55 BPM
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Tropicana Flight (Maestro & Vezzola radio edit) - (4:37) 60 BPM
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Review: German live ensemble, The Bahama Soul Club, recently released their 4th Long Player, Havana '58, where they paid homage to the 'tropical playground' that was Cuba in the 50s - a 'pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon' featuring wild showgirls, high stakes gambling and revellers including Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K". Now its time for the remixes, and there's 18 of them! Artists as diverse as Smoove, Opopolopo and Postive Flow all contribute by adding funk, house and soul to all the Latin Jazz, Bossa and Boogaloo vibes goin' on.
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DJ Marky: Influences Vol 2 (unmixed Tracks)
BBE 361CDG
19 May 17
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Clyde Alexander - "Got To Have Your Love" (feat Sanction - Club 12" mix) - (9:39) 121 BPM
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Esther Williams - "Last Night Changed It All" - (3:33) 112 BPM
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Dave Angel - "Rotation" - (7:51) 137 BPM
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Skanna - "Find Me" - (6:45) 79 BPM
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The Manuel Azevedo Quartet - "Futebol De Bar" - (4:35) 128 BPM
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Manfredo Fest - "Jungle Kitten" - (3:36) 138 BPM
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Maurice - "This Is Acid" (K&T Dance mix) - (6:25) 125 BPM
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Galaxy 2 Galaxy - "Timeline" - (6:34) 125 BPM
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Origin Unknown - "Truly One" (remix Part 1) - (3:51) 86 BPM
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Influx Datum - "Meant Love" - (6:40) 88 BPM
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Maryann Farra - "You Got To Be The One" (feat Satin Soul) - (4:00) 94 BPM
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The Armed Gang - "Are You Ready" - (6:04) 128 BPM
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Double Dee - "Found Love" (feat Dany) - (5:57) 125 BPM
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Benelux - "Switch" (feat Nancy Dee - instrumental) - (6:24) 120 BPM
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Roni Size Reprazent - "Watching Windows" (DJ Die Gnarly vocal mix) - (7:37) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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William DeVaughn - "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" - (7:22) 101 BPM
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The Pasito Allstars - "Cosa Nostra" - (3:48) 98 BPM
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Phortune - "String Free" (Club LeRay mix) - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Lars Bartkuhn - "Karate Samba" - (8:48) 125 BPM
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The Brand New Heavies - "Dream Come True" (feat N'Dea Davenport - Joey Negro Reality mix) - (4:05) 122 BPM
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Jack Frost & The Circle Jerks - "Clap Me" - (6:46) 123 BPM
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Cultural Vibe - "Ma Foom Bey" (Love Chant) - (5:28) 117 BPM
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Hardhouse - "Check This Out" - (5:17) 121 BPM
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DJ Marky - "Influences II" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:13:54) 125 BPM
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Review: Brazilian-born, UK-affiliated DJ Marky is and always has been a DJ's DJ. The man has been at the forefront of the d&b scene since the late 90s, not primarily on the production side but as one of the very few whose able to deliver an 8 hour set of immaculate transitions, sublime dubplates, and multi-faceted tunes. As such, he's been called up on the mighty BBE to deliver the second chapter of his Influences collection, a series of compilations made up of the finest, break-driven dance music on the planet. While many classics feature in here, such as Origin Unknown's "Truly One", Influx Datum's "Meant Love", or even the likes of Roni Size, this is NOT simply a d&b mix. On the contrary, you'll find peeps like Juan Atkins under his Galaxy 2 Galaxy moniker, soul master William Devaughn, and even house tunes by Cultural Vibe. What an absolute beast - yes, MARKY!
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Afro Cocktail Part 2
SE 377
15 Apr 17
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AllFunk - (3:03) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jazzfunk - (3:37) 62 BPM
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Only Afro - (3:11) 123 BPM
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Jazz Down - (4:44) 86 BPM
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Afro Cocktail 2 - (3:17) 54 BPM
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Record Kicks Soul Sides
RKDIGI 041
16 Jun 17
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The Tibbs - "The Story Goes" - (2:57) 64 BPM
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Dojo Cuts - "Sometimes It Hurts" (feat Roxie Ray) - (5:07) 91 BPM
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Third Coast Kings - "Birds And Bees" - (4:20) 93 BPM
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Marta Ren & The Groovelvets - "So Long" - (5:41) 97 BPM
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Hannah Williams & The Affirmations - "Another Sunrise" - (3:52) 78 BPM
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Diplomats Of Solid Sound - "Soul Connection" (feat The Diplomettes) - (2:29) 109 BPM
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Nick Pride & The Pimptones - "Waitin' So Long" (feat Jess Roberts) - (3:19) 140 BPM
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Gizelle Smith - "June" - (3:29) 108 BPM
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The Hawk - "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover" (feat Little Hannah Collins) - (3:19) 59 BPM
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Milano Jazz Dance Combo - "Changes" (feat Colonel Red) - (4:44) 124 BPM
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Tanika Charles - "Love Fool" - (3:17) 126 BPM
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Unity - "Found Something New" - (7:45) 56 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Digital Zandoli
111443
08 Jul 16
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Puzzle Pulsion - "Mwoin Ka Songe" - (5:01) 97 BPM
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Pierre Edouard Decimus - "Devenn" - (3:55) 54 BPM
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Ramon Pyrme - "Vacance Union" - (4:52) 108 BPM
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Zanma - "Poutchi" - (5:12) 100 BPM
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Swanha Desvarieux - "Nou Ke Sa Enmew" - (4:13) 51 BPM
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The Group NSI - "Mande Moin On Lajan, Pa Mande Moin Za Fe An Moin" - (3:51) 54 BPM
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OREA - "Biguine Inferno" - (4:55) 119 BPM
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Milton - "Mizik Nou" - (4:56) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Selekta - "Fle Pou' W" - (3:58) 110 BPM
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Meliza - "Enrage" - (4:40) 72 BPM
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Acayouman - "Si Ou Ladje Moin" - (4:06) 64 BPM
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Eddy La Viny - "Indiano" - (3:39) 79 BPM
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Review: Here's yet another rare '80s compilation with even more deep cuts than the last. Where do they find them all? Heavenly Sweetness clearly know but they ain't telling! They are showing though, and here on Digital Zandoli they reveal 12 newly discovered disco, boogie and zouk tracks recorded about 30 years ago in the West Indies. We're clearly spoilt for choice on this record, but highlights include the synthetic sea breeze grooves of Puzzle Pulsion's "Mwoin Ka Songe", the mellow Afro grooves of Zanman's "Poutchi" and the abstract body music via a sandy beach vibes of OR EA's "Biguine Inferno".
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Mashisa
ICE- 010
07 Oct 16
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Mashisa - (4:44) 124 BPM
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Majiana - (4:35) 119 BPM
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Malunde - (4:39) 123 BPM
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She's My Lady - (4:44) 119 BPM
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Mr. Mechanic - (4:47) 118 BPM
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Mashisa (dub) - (4:53) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Even by the impeccably high standards Invisible City Editions has set itself, this reissue is pretty darn special. Originally released in South Africa back in 1990 and near impossible to find ever since, V.O's Mashisa combines influences from the more Balearic end of the late '80s European house scene - think sparkling pianos, bright new age synths, twittering synth-flutes, and so on - with elements of South African pop from the period. Unlike the label's recent vinyl edition, this digital download release contains all six tracks from the obscure South African group's original release, including the brilliant Dub of title track "Masisha".
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The Feel Good Agenda Vol 1
BBE 419ADG
16 Jun 17
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I Rock Wit U (feat Dwele) - (3:37) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Everybody Loves A Winner - (3:52) 62 BPM
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100 Miles (feat Carl Thomas) - (3:40) 61 BPM
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When I Luv (feat Faith Evans) - (3:40) 61 BPM
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Been Too Afraid (feat Teedra Moses) - (4:00) 60 BPM
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Head Over Heels (feat Maysa) - (4:11) 122 BPM
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Up To It - (3:44) 60 BPM
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More Of Me (feat Crystal Johnson) - (3:40) 61 BPM
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Here Together (feat Terri Walker) - (4:12) 57 BPM
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You're The Kind - (3:31) 59 BPM
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Sang & Dance (feat Junior) - (4:44) 115 BPM
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You're In Heaven (feat Lalah Hathaway) - (4:10) 51 BPM
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Review: Pop soul hero Mike City first rose to prominence back in 2000 by being the man responsible for penning and producing Carl Thomas' #1 hit I Wish. From there he's gone on to create hits for Brandy, Rihanna, Angie Stone and Jamie Foxx and Sunshine Anderson. Here though he steps out into the limelight himself with a solo album, The Feel Good Agenda Vol 1, on Barely Breaking Even. As expected quality is the unifying theme here over the course of 12 star-studded tracks, with highlights including the choppy, cut-up future boogie of "Rock Wit U" (feat Dwele), the warm and soothing "When I Luv" (feat Faith Evans) and the deep electro-boogie of "Been Too Afraid" (feat Teedra Moses).
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Paris Edits Vol 4
GAMM 106
06 Jan 17
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Everybody, Free Your Body - (8:59) 130 BPM
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Don't YouKnow, Baby - (5:11) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: G.A.M.M's man in Paris, Young Pulse, is a talented chap. His periodic re-edit releases on the long-serving Swedish label have been amongst the most impressive rework-heavy EPs of recent years. Volume 4 is a little less expansive than usual, boasting just two cuts; happily, though, both are superb. "Everybody, Free Your Body" is a soaring, spiraling rearrangement and extension of The Dells largely overlooked 1977 album cut "Get On Down", which sounds like the stuff memorable midnight moments are made of. On the virtual flipside you'll find the similarly soulful and funk-fuelled "Don't YouKnow, Baby", a superb straightening out and subtle beef-up of L.T.D's 1980 jam "Don'tcha Know".
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Mista Funkmaster EP
BOMBMUSIC 025
14 Oct 16
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Mista Funkmaster - (5:00) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Don't Hold Back - (4:35) 105 BPM
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Baby Baby Please - (4:19) 104 BPM
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Review: Ok folks, it's a new Bomb Strikes release, you should all know the drill by now. Yep, it's all about party friendly breaks and mash-ups here, so leave your arty pretensions at the door, thank you very much. Here we have two self-professed 'funkmasters', Prosper and the suggestively titled Stabfinger hooking up for three sizzling jams. The title track mixes brassy big beat and daisy age rap, whilst "Don't Hold Back" is pure hands-in-the-air poppy electro funk before "Baby Baby Please" wraps it all up nicely with an infectious fusion of electro-swing, rap and cumbia beats.
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Gave My Heart
FSROMARIG 04
02 Jun 17
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Gave My Heart (feat Leon Ware - radio edit) - (3:35) 108 BPM
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Gave My Heart (feat Leon Ware - DJ Jazzy Jeff remix) - (4:00) 120 BPM
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Vicky's Tune (The Reflex "Dont Stop" remix) - (6:41) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gave My Heart (feat Leon Ware - Rob Hardt remix) - (4:34) 96 BPM
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Brainstorm (feat Maurice Brown) - (4:46) 100 BPM
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Gave My Heart (feat Leon Ware - Scratch Professer Retwist) - (4:18) 109 BPM
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Review: Omar has been riding the UK soul train for as long as our charts have been pumping and, the thing is, our boy hasn't put in a dud release to his name. Granted, it's not the sort of house and garage that will please everyone out there, buts it's certainly the creme de la creme of the genre. He's back on Freestyle with this magnificent EP in the company of the mighty Leon Ware, and the duo out in a sublime performance that oozes soul from every angle, a smooth and sexy episode backed by remixes from DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rob Hardt. The Reflex's remix of "Vickys Tune" is a masterful little slice of summer-friendly house music, but Maurice Brown's vocals help to to make "Brainstorm" into a dope hip-hop tune with a little Dilla magic at the core of it. Very nice gear.

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Butterfly (Remixes)
ZEST 07113
02 Jun 17
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Butterfly (Phibes remix) - (3:55) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Butterfly (Wolfgang Lohr remix) - (5:50) 126 BPM
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Played by: Nick Hollywood
Review: The new single from Italy's Swingrowers is the first from their forthcoming album. Known for their remixes of Caro Emerald and Jamie Berry, as well as tour supports for Caravan Palace and Parov Stelar, the Swingrowers are one of the original pioneers of the electro swing sound. An accomplished four-piece live, they have toured North America, Europe and India with their mix of styles as varied as jazz, hip-hop, electronica and gypsy swing. On offer here are some stellar remixes of "Butterfly". Phibes rendition of it injects some nu-skool breaks (can you still call it that?) style flavour into it while Wolfgang Lohr's remix throws down some brilliantly uplifting funky house shenanigans.
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The Deep
SIGLP 012
31 Mar 17
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No One Gets You - (6:52) 173 BPM
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Up In Smoke - (5:41) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mr Natural - (5:26) 58 BPM
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Footloose - (4:50) 177 BPM
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Lit - (7:12) 180 BPM
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Give It Up - (4:50) 173 BPM
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Complain - (6:00) 172 BPM
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Enter - (6:22) 175 BPM
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Blind For Bang - (5:40) 58 BPM
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Echoes - (5:40) 173 BPM
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Better Than Me - (7:11) 171 BPM
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Gentle Push - (4:37) 169 BPM
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Round Box - (4:28) 134 BPM
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Review: When it comes to making drum and bass that strikes a balance between the needs of DJs and home listeners, few are better than Dominick Martin AKA Calibre. It's for this reason that the album format suits him so well. The Deep, his 12th full-length in total, could well be his best set yet. Jam-packed with effortlessly soulful moments, evocative piano flourishes, rich live instrumentation and yearning vocals, it's a far more expansive and ambitious set than most D&B albums. It also supplements his trademark, club-ready rollers with tracks that look to modern soul, jazz breaks, dub and R&B for inspiration. Throughout, Martin barely puts a foot wrong, delivering a set that more than stands up to repeat listens.
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Blind Disco
ACRE 068
02 Jun 17
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Blind Disco - (5:29) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ramen Funk - (5:24) 120 BPM
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Savanna On The Palm - (5:51) 120 BPM
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Review: Jun Kamoda's last outing - April 2016's The Clay EP on Mister Saturday Night - boasted a pair of full-throttle workouts that variously drew influence from slamming basement house, rubbery disco and percussive African rhythms. There's a similar feel to this fine follow-up on Black Acre. On "Blind Disco", he does a fine job of joining the dots between fuzzy Afro-house and skewed disco, layering sampled chants and additional percussion hits on top of a wickedly wayward groove. Arguably even better is the cowbell-driven, Idjut Boys style low-slung disco-funk madness of "Ramen Funk", while "Savanna On The Palm" offers a slightly dreamier and deeper voyage into left-of-centre Afro-house territory with distinctive Detroit techno overtones. In other words, it's another killer EP from the talented Japanese producer.
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Simple Song
ATH 047
16 Jun 17
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Simple Song - (3:14) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Forgot To Say - (4:23) 138 BPM
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Review: Stone cold classic from 1977. Zebra's self-released (and only) single has had an interesting trip in the last 15 years. First chanced upon by Ian Wright, then a hot target on the collector's merry-go-round, then a big hit for Jazzman and now, 10 years later, a potential smasher for Jazzman alumni Fryer and his consistently ace AOTN imprint. In case you don't know it, "Simple Song" is a slapping, frenzied funk groove while "I Forgot To Say" plays consummate counterpoint with a blissful honeyed ballad. It's worth jumping on this while you can...
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Vamonos/Let's Go
BBE 401ADG
16 Jun 17
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El Ritmo Soledad - (2:47) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I'll Make You A Queen - (3:55) 74 BPM
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Cuero - (3:20) 120 BPM
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Vamonos/Let's Go - (5:54) 117 BPM
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Uptight - (4:07) 103 BPM
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La Puerta Esta - (4:48) 108 BPM
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Problems - (6:20) 116 BPM
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Just Like A Fool - (5:11) 69 BPM
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Candela - (3:43) 112 BPM
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Played by: Ear Trumpet
Review: The Orchestra Soledad's only LP from 1971 has been going for sums nearing the $1000 mark on Ebay and Discogs, which makes this reissue move by Gilles Peterson something of a Godsend. The Brooklyn salsa legends have been near impossible to find on digital either, and we're no proud to have this incredible record on our charts. Trust us when we say that it's one of those LPs that'll have you hooked and bound to your speakers/headphones form the moment you put it on; it's also enedlessly pleasing to find an LP which maintains a quality momentum for its whole duration. The tunes are made of something special, a moody NYC sensibility that somehow permeates into a genre so upbeat as salsa. Similar to the gear that Honest Jon's has put out for decades, this is a special moment of history.
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Chill Cuts Vol 1
RNTD 018
21 Jun 16
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Caserta - "Nobody Believed" (intro) - (3:18) 100 BPM
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JKriv - "Dee's Keys" (JKriv rework) - (7:04) 101 BPM
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POOLS - "One Of Thee's Daze" - (4:13) 96 BPM
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Luvless - "We Need To" - (5:38) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Junktion - "Visions Of You" - (3:11) 100 BPM
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DJ Vas - "Cream" - (4:51) 57 BPM
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Kan Sano - "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" - (4:18) 90 BPM
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Magic In Threes - "Beatin' Tha Breaks" (Freddie Joachim remix) - (4:08) 91 BPM
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Late Nite Tuff Guy - "My Sugar Is Gone" - (8:05) 93 BPM
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The Groovers - "Where You Belong" - (5:54) 87 BPM
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Agb'oju L'ogun
STRUT 154D
16 Jun 17
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Agb'oju L'ogun (original 12" version) - (11:42) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Agb'oju L'ogun (original LP version) - (11:39) 121 BPM
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Review: A staple selection from Strut since its Nigeria 70 collection, this momentous piece of musical history dates back to 1979 when iconic vocalist Shina brought together the likes of Biddy Wright, Fred Fisher, Saliu Alabi and more decorated Nigerian musicians for a one-off supergroup. This epic, slippery freeform 11 minute piece of pure Afrofunk was the timeless result. Having enjoyed a handful of reissues and returns in its near 40 year life, this is the first time it's been remastered and delivered with all its original artwork and a full list of credits. Perfect to the very detail.
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Resistance
STRUT 136CD
04 Sep 15
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Greet The Dawn - (4:50) 124 BPM
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Shock & Awe - (3:18) 70 BPM
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Courage - (4:04) 124 BPM
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As The World Turns - (4:13) 126 BPM
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Life Is What You Make It - (4:09) 88 BPM
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Bull's Eye - (4:54) 128 BPM
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Soleil Couchant - (3:45) 126 BPM
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Ware Wa - (3:55) 130 BPM
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Kossa Kossa - (4:08) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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It's Gonna Rain - (5:07) 96 BPM
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Review: Canada's premiere afro-Latin fusionists Souljazz Orchestra return with their ninth album, Resistance, which arrives a decade after they first announced themselves to the world with the dazzling debut Uprooted. That album was issued on their own Funk Manchu Records, but the collective are firmly within the Strut Records bosom these days with Resistance their fourth album for the UK stronghold. Never a band to tread water, this 10 track collection finds the Souljazz Orchestra exploring new territory on record, explicitly the French Caribbean and Francophone West African influences that have been key to the band from their earliest days. What's most impressive here is the band's sheer versatility with saxman Ray Murray, percussionist Marielle Rivard, drummer Philippe Lafreniere and keyboardist Pierre Chretien all taking on lead vocal duties as Resistance progresses.
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Give It A Minute
855894 010907
26 May 17
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Give It A Minute (feat Bcap) - (4:16) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Give It A Minute (instrumental mix) - (4:16) 107 BPM
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Review: Washington DC's resident anthem-mongers, Fort Knox Five, made a big impact with their Pressurize The Cabin LP which they heavily promoted for a few years. Then, last year they unveiled new material - the explosive Don't Go - and now they continue this momentum of freshness with another new cut, "Give It A Minute". Having been big fans of Boston MC, Bcap, they guys recently got him into their studio and the results are awesome. Super fresh party breaks duel with wah-wah guitars and future funk bass ensuring that this party continues to rock.
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Banko Woman
COS 115DIG
16 Jun 17
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Banko Woman - (5:48) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Faith, Luck, And Music - (4:12) 122 BPM
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Review: Destination '77: Nigerian troupe The Apostles lay down their third album Banko Woman. And, with it, this widescreen vibe excursion that's been a go-to for Afrobeat diggers since it was released on Love Day 40 years ago. "Banko Woman" is a firing, energetic funk jam layered with vibrant levels of instrumentation that gradually strip back at points to let you feel the raw tempo of the groove. "Faith Luck & Music" is at once both more bluesy, thanks to the sliding, melting guitars, and spiritual, thanks to the traditional rhythm and chords.
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Odze Odze
COS 016DIG
18 Mar 16
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Odze Odze - (4:51) 125 BPM
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Take Time - (5:07) 63 BPM
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Moko Le Dzen - (4:43) 126 BPM
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Kahe Odzole Oye - (5:39) 123 BPM
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OblekuA  - (4:29) 121 BPM
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Oblotsiri - (5:31) 125 BPM
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Chapter 5 - (6:43) 79 BPM
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Odze Odze (Africaine 808 remix) - (4:51) 125 BPM
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Moko Le Dzen (Ruf Dug Disco dub) - (6:42) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Take Time (GRC remix) - (7:14) 125 BPM
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Moko Le Dzen (GRC remix) - (5:52) 60 BPM
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Odze Odze (feat Luca Glausen & Samuel Sole - Alma Negra remix) - (7:32) 60 BPM
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Star Funk Vol 1
SPLK- 7058
20 Mar 14
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Fat Larry's Band - "Act Like You Know" - (6:31) 51 BPM
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Frankie Smith - "Double Dutch Bus" - (5:19) 60 BPM
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Weeks & Company - "Rock Your World" - (8:03) 59 BPM
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Geraldine Hunt - "Can't Fake The Feeling" - (5:17) 58 BPM
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Unique - "What I Got Is What You Need" - (6:33) 58 BPM
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Tracy Weber - "Sure Shot" (remix) - (7:15) 58 BPM
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Brandi Wells - "Watch Out" (remix) - (7:23) 59 BPM
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Kat Mandu - "I Wanna Dance" - (6:31) 59 BPM
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Chemise - "She Can't Love You" - (5:09) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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JR Funk - "Feel Good Party Time" - (6:41) 57 BPM
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Played by: DJ Andy Smith
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Yere Faga (Remixes)
366372 9030689
31 Mar 17
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Yere Faga (Natureboy Flako version) - (5:00) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yere Faga (Mawimbi remix) - (6:45) 116 BPM
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Yere Faga (Malik Djoudi remix) - (4:07) 105 BPM
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Yere Faga (Ghetto Vanessa remix) - (4:55) 105 BPM
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Rim Arrives (International Funk)
BBE 328ACD
04 Sep 15
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Gas Line - (4:14) 59 BPM
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Believe In Yourself - (4:56) 54 BPM
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Sunkwa (Life First) - (2:46) 110 BPM
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Funky Drummer - (5:01) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Brushing Means Making Love - (5:15) 64 BPM
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Nothing Is Free - (3:45) 53 BPM
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Spend Your Money - (6:06) 123 BPM
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Rim Kwaku Obeng & The Believers - "International Funk" (vocal) - (5:26) 55 BPM
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Rim Kwaku Obeng & The Believers - "International Funk" (instrumental) - (5:32) 55 BPM
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Lakeside Week End EP
GAMM 081
06 Jul 12
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What's Going On - (10:51) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dreamin' On The Riviera - (9:39) 123 BPM
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Review: Two new excursions in funk from the excellent Gamm label, who drop Reviva Alias Estephe & Vulzor's epic reworking of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" on this split single this week. Cleverly using outtakes, instrumental versions and accapellas of the original, the team craft a fresh remake - and an absolutely huge break down and build half way in too. "Dreaming On The Riviera" is another fine edit job, making for a breezy disco-funk jam that DJs will be pining for after just a few bars.