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William & The Young Five - "You Turn Me On" (JKriv Rework) - (6:28) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Manyane - "Thabong" (Frankie Francis Bubblegum dub) - (6:18) 121 BPM
   
Adaye - "Turn It Up" (Frankie Francis 3AM Re edit) - (7:38) 113 BPM
   
Starlight - "Picnic" - (3:35) 111 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of Soundway's fantastic Gumba Fire compilation of South African boogie and synth-soul comes this partner EP, which shines a light on the country's short-lived but influential Heads Records imprint. The label was only originally active for two years between 1982 and '84, but in that time released a handful of killer 12" singles. A few of those came from Starlight, whose sought-after "Picnic" - a proto-bubblegum, boogie affair heavy on rising horns, jazz-funk electric piano solos and rubbery synth motifs - is arguably this EP's standout moment. Elsewhere, contemporary scalpel fiends get their chance to rework classic Heads Records moments, with Frankie Francis delivering dubbed-out renditions of two cuts: Manyane's stomping, Italo-disco-influenced "Thabong" and Adaye's gravelly, gospel-influenced peak-time disco-funk workout "Turn It Up".
SNDWD 147
11 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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