Home to the likes of the Baker Brothers and Baby Charles, Record Kicks have made a name for themselves as experts in rare groove, funk and soul. Here though, they have really outdone themselves, sourcing and licensing two of the rarest tropical funk records ever made. These two tracks have virtually never been heard beyond their origins in the Caribbean's St.Vincent and St.Maarteen islands until now. "The Little You Say" is a lithe soft funk groover, while "It's A Feeling" is more upbeat with excellent vocal harmonies, brass sections and an irresistible bassline.
As usual, there's much to admire about this latest collection of luscious deep house jams from Deep Space Orchestra's Use of Weapons imprint. The Manchester-based duo leads the way, offering up an almost edible slice of hypnotic, Detroit-influenced goodness in the shape of "Outliers (Clean & Jerk mix)". ASOK - a new project from one-time disco deviant Cosmic Boogie - delivers some heady electronic thrills with the vintage deep house inspired "Amber", while Perseus Traxx leads the tributes to Mr Fingers on the fluid analogue cut "Thinking of a New Love". Other Worlds' "Love Amongst The Ruins" cascades out of the speakers like a classic slice of Detroit futurism, while Ruf Dug's quirky "Tape 13" is almost unfeasibly beautiful.