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River Luv Rite - (8:06) 123 BPM
   
Follow Me - (5:01) 88 BPM
   
Soul Love Now - (4:54) 92 BPM
   
Space Jungle Funk - (9:39) 82 BPM
   
The Connection - (3:19) 97 BPM
   
Love's Messenger - (3:03) 152 BPM
   
Bootsie's Lament - (2:09) 130 BPM
   
Love's Messenger (instrumental) - (3:07) 82 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Strut's series of Oneness Of Juju reissues continues apace. Last week they re-released the veteran US Afro/Latin/soul/jazz fusionists' 1980 'Make A Change' long-player; this week they delve back a little further in time to bring you 'Space Jungle Luv', an album that first came out on the Black Luv label in 1976, and that Strut themselves reissued in 2002. As with last week's outing, there's an almost bewildering array of styles on show - and it'll all be a bit "Welcome to Jazz Club!" for some - but if you want to hear the band at their best, check out the dark psychedelic funk of the title track and, in particular, 'The Connection'.
STRUT 243D
21 May 21
Jazz
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(Family Tree) Make A Change - (6:24) 86 BPM
   
Run Away Bay - (6:17) 98 BPM
   
Love's Wonderland - (5:54) 83 BPM
   
Every Way But Loose - (6:41) 112 BPM
   
Higher - (4:41) 120 BPM
   
Always Have To Say Goodbye - (5:57) 115 BPM
   
Plastic (Previously Unreleased version) - (5:02) 60 BPM
   
Time (extended version) - (6:07) 128 BPM
   
(Family Tree) Make A Change (extended version) - (8:30) 85 BPM
   
Run Away Bay (extended version) - (8:07) 97 BPM
   
Every Way But Loose (extended version) - (9:26) 56 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Always Have To Say Goodbye (extended version) - (7:28) 115 BPM
   
Love's Wonderland (extended version) - (7:45) 84 BPM
Review: Plunky J Branch and his band Oneness Of Juju have been plying their unique blend of jazz, funk and soul with Afro and Cuban rhythms since time, starting out in San Francisco in 1970 but based since the mid-70s in Plunky's hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Here, Strut reissue their 1980 album 'Make A Change' (also later released as 'Every Way But Loose'), now adding extended versions of five of the original album's six tracks, as well as bonus cuts 'Time' and 'Plastic'. Spanning reggae, jazz-funk, soul and more, there's much to enjoy here - the raw funk of the aforesaid 'Every Way But Loose' in particular.
STRUT 257D
14 May 21
Funk
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Soul Messin' Allstars - "Soul A Go Go" (feat Josh Teskey) - (3:38) 67 BPM
   
Amp Fiddler - "Superfly" (feat Dames Brown - Exclusive 'Trunk Of Funk' edit) - (4:15) 64 BPM
   
Roy Ayers - "Boogie Down" - (6:04) 100 BPM
   
Laneous - "Hold My Hand" - (3:45) 98 BPM
   
Miriam Makeba - "Pata Pata" - (3:00) 126 BPM
   
Oneness Of Juju - "African Rhythms" (Exclusive 'Trunk Of Funk' edit) - (3:52) 97 BPM
   
P.P. Arnold - "Medicated Goo" - (3:43) 98 BPM
   
The Fantastics! Feat. - "Take A Shot" (feat Sulene Fleming) - (3:40) 111 BPM
   
Jorge Montiel & Juan Laya - "Give Me The Night" (feat Xantone Blacq) - (4:17) 118 BPM
   
The Republic Of Persevere - "Out Of The Ordinary" (feat Mike Keat & The Bevvy Sisters) - (3:27) 93 BPM
   
Patrice Rushen - "Forget Me Nots" (single version) - (4:03) 57 BPM
   
The James Taylor Quartet - "People Get Ready" (feat Natalie Williams & Noel McKoy) - (4:39) 104 BPM
   
Monophonics - "Hangin' On" - (3:34) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nick Waterhouse - "The Old Place" - (3:22) 132 BPM
   
Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions - "Victory!" - (4:14) 133 BPM
   
Magnus Carlson - "Beggin'" - (2:52) 132 BPM
   
Alex Opal - "Telling You Lies" (feat Jam Jam) - (3:32) 74 BPM
   
Badge & Talkalot - "Help Me" (feat Ian Whitelaw) - (3:59) 80 BPM
   
Beatchild & The Slakedeliqs - "The Only Difference" - (4:13) 50 BPM
   
Honeyfeet - "Clap Hands" - (4:39) 75 BPM
SBM 003D
06 Nov 20
Soul
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Various
   
Theatre West - "Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams" - (4:08) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oneness Of Juju - "Soul Love Now" - (4:52) 94 BPM
   
Byard Lancaster - "Drummers From Ibadan" - (4:09) 126 BPM
   
JuJu - "Nia" (Poem: Complete The Circle) - (8:37) 122 BPM
   
Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra - "Doin' The Carvin' For Thabo" - (5:35) 142 BPM
   
Wayne Davis - "Look At The People!" - (5:10) 131 BPM
   
Southern Energy Ensemble - "Third House" - (6:59) 126 BPM
   
Oneness Of Juju - "African Rhythms" (live In Washington DC, 1975) - (7:43) 113 BPM
   
Okyerema Asante - "Follow Me" - (5:34) 96 BPM
   
Experience Unlimited - "People" - (6:09) 143 BPM
Played by: Eugene Tambourine
Review: Founded out of Washington DC in the 1970s and running through until the early-'90s, Black Fire was a go-to label for all things spiritual in jazz, funk and soul; grounded in African rhythms, dialogue, funk and go-go. Inspiring a generation alongside like Strata-East and Tribe, Black Fire Records is responsible for delivering us the highest order of Oneness Of Juju material, while working with and introducing the likes of saxophonist Byard Lancaster, Ghanaian percussionist Okyerema Asante, Southern Energy Ensemble, and music drama troupe Theatre West. Also included in Strut's retrospective is the Experience Unlimited's soul and gospel number "People", the frenetic, hot summer jazz of Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra and some alternative disco rhythms of "Look At The People!" by Wayne Davis. Our Pick: "African Rhythms (live In Washington DC, 1975)".
STRUT 238D
14 Aug 20
Soul
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African Rhythms (album version) - (7:21) 98 BPM
   
Follow Me - (5:04) 88 BPM
   
Space Jungle Funk - (9:41) 82 BPM
   
Got To Be Right On It (feat The Space Rangers - original 45 version) - (5:22) 110 BPM
   
Okyerema Asante - "Sabi" (Black Fire mix) - (6:25) 129 BPM
   
Interlude - Rhythms Timelesness - (0:35) 131 BPM
   
No Name #3/Love Is.../My N*gg*r & Me (feat Roach Om) - (4:33) 123 BPM
   
West Wind - (7:42) 115 BPM
   
Juju - "Freedom Fighter" - (3:29) 143 BPM
   
Be About The Future - (5:16) 93 BPM
   
Nooky - (4:39) 125 BPM
   
Interlude - African Rhythms - (0:43) 87 BPM
   
Every Way But Loose (feat Plunky) - (6:41) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bootsie's Lament (Unreleased version) - (11:11) 148 BPM
   
Chants/Don't Give Up - (7:00) 125 BPM
   
River Luv Rite - (8:08) 123 BPM
   
Higher (feat Plunky) - (4:44) 119 BPM
   
African Rhythms Chant - (0:34) 131 BPM
   
Juju - "Nairobi/Chants" - (6:34) 100 BPM
   
Okyerema Asante - "Asante Sana" - (6:36) 91 BPM
   
Interlude: African Rhythms II - (0:45) 103 BPM
   
Plastic (feat The Space Rangers - original 45 version) - (6:12) 107 BPM
   
African Rhythms (original 7" version Pt 1) - (3:29) 111 BPM
   
The End Of The Butterfly King - (5:55) 122 BPM
Review: Formed in 1970 and fronted by J Plunky Branch, Oneness Of Juju have gone through numerous personnel and name changes over the decades but are still peddling their Afrocentric take on funk and jazz to this day (currently as Plunky & The Oneness). This collection from Strut, though, focuses on their golden years in the 70s - and it's heavy stuff! While one or two tracks would fit nicely into straight-up funk sets, adding a little world flava, others explore model jazz, spoken word, Nyabhingi drumming and other more esoteric musical pastures. Imagine yourself surrounded by righteous dashiki-wearing dudes at a Panthers meeting in 70s Harlem and you'll get the general vibe...
STRUT 233D
17 Jul 20
Funk
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African Rhythms - (7:17) 99 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kazi - (4:20) 107 BPM
   
Funky Wood - (1:18) 92 BPM
   
Tarishi - (3:51) 159 BPM
   
Mashariki - (3:25) 140 BPM
   
Chants - (1:14) 92 BPM
   
Don't Give Up - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
Incognito - (8:12) 115 BPM
   
Poo Too - (3:43) 90 BPM
   
Liberation Dues - (4:36) 91 BPM
   
African Rhythms (45 version Parts 1 & 2) - (6:39) 113 BPM
   
Afrobeat - (3:57) 132 BPM
Review: It's third time around for this classic album, which Strut first reissued back in 2002. The band known at different times as Juju, Oneness Of Juju, Plunky & The Oneness Of Juju and eventually just Plunky & Oneness have been an institution on the funk, soul and jazz scene from the early 70s right through till the current decade, but this their debut long-player from 1975 arguably captures their distinctive blend of funk, jazz and Afro influences at its rawest and most hard-hitting. This release also now includes the slightly different single version of the title track, plus bonus cut "Afrobeat".
STRUT 188D
21 Sep 18
International
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Various
   
Are & Be - "The Sound Of The Memory Of Many Living People" - (6:26) 107 BPM
   
The Urban Cru - "Go" (Chez Damier Classic mix) - (5:59) 120 BPM
   
Ondrea Duverney - "You Know What It's Like" - (4:19) 106 BPM
   
Manfredo Fest - "Arigo" (Volcov edit) - (4:04) 107 BPM
   
TGB - "Do The Right Thing" (feat Patricia Shannon) - (5:37) 101 BPM
   
Oneness Of Juju - "Turning On To Me" - (6:20) 115 BPM
   
Hot Quisine - "Keep The Same Old Feeling" - (5:19) 124 BPM
   
Shuya Okino - "Still In Love" (feat Navasha Daya) - (8:10) 121 BPM
   
Shokazulu - "Part 4" - (6:10) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Chanan Hanspal - "Footprints In The Sand" (Shannon Harris Urbancity Reinterpretation) - (9:13) 115 BPM
   
Fanfair - "Gotham Odyssey" (Volcov edit) - (3:52) 135 BPM
   
O'Donel Levy - "Sophisticated Disco" (Volcov edit) - (7:22) 129 BPM
   
The Antilles - "Simon's Melody" - (6:47) 116 BPM
   
Bembe Segue - "Sun On My Back" - (3:38) 136 BPM
BBE 272CDG
05 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Cam Buma Project - "The Calling" - (4:38) 122 BPM
   
Soulkitchen Cookin' Crew - "Cameleon" (live At Bar Tausend Berlin) - (11:26) 107 BPM
   
Tollak Ollestad - "2 Am" (feat Nils Wallker) - (4:56) 107 BPM
   
Sergio Bore - "Tambores Urbanos" - (4:07) 123 BPM
   
Konstantin Reinfeld - "Seven Orange" - (3:17) 86 BPM
   
M'Blu Et Moi - "I Wanna Dance" - (5:34) 99 BPM
   
Plunky/Oneness Of Juju - "Just Keep On Doin' It" - (5:03) 85 BPM
   
Cam Buma Project - "Pick Me Up" - (7:44) 65 BPM
   
Pee Wee Ellis/Fred Wesley - "Chicken" (feat Eddie Bo) - (7:32) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Roy Ayers/The Soulsociety - "Feed Me Your Love" - (4:19) 90 BPM
   
Tollak - "Fox Island" - (4:40) 124 BPM
   
Jonas Schoen - "Mixed Up" - (7:05) 112 BPM
   
Konstantin Reinfeld - "Homebase" - (5:43) 99 BPM
MAFBD 2016203
04 Dec 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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