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Love Of Mind
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AOTN 12024D1
29 Mar 24
Deep House
Country People (Flying Mojito Bros Refito)
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AOTN 12024D2
29 Mar 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Foxy Lady
Foxy Lady - (3:44) 125 BPM Hot
Jesus Going To Clean House - (4:14) 108 BPM
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ATH 178
01 Mar 24
Soul
Fall For You
Fall For You - (3:23) 84 BPM Hot
Viper Flames - (3:22) 100 BPM
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ATH 181
14 Feb 24
Soul
Changes
Check4 U - (3:50) 94 BPM
It's Not About Me - (3:21) 95 BPM
Best Thing - (3:44) 90 BPM
Knight In Shining Armour - (4:06) 85 BPM Hot
Daydreamer - (5:45) 106 BPM
Coming Back - (3:53) 96 BPM
Goodbye Farewell - (4:34) 140 BPM
Life Changes You - (4:33) 88 BPM
Let Down And Liar - (4:05) 106 BPM
My Man - (4:06) 78 BPM
Do It Your Way (feat Yoda) - (4:25) 83 BPM
I Wanna Be Free - (4:33) 138 BPM
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AOTNLP 066D
26 Jan 24
Pop
All The Way Down
All The Way Down - (3:15) 109 BPM Hot
Tonight's The Night - (3:39) 87 BPM
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ATH 139
26 Jan 24
Funk
Love Is The Same
Love Is The Same - (4:14) 58 BPM Hot
Love Is The Same (instrumental) - (4:05) 61 BPM
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ATH 176D
26 Jan 24
Soul
I Would Have To Be A Fool
I Would Have To Be A Fool - (3:35) 123 BPM
Just Give Love A Try - (4:11) 96 BPM Hot
Review: Here's your chance to get hold of a little piece of music history! Ben White was a session musician who played on records by Marvin Gaye and the Salsoul Orchestra, among others, but whose solo career added up to just two singles, including this one which originally came out on LA Records back in 1982. Now it gets a second crack of the whip courtesy of crate diggers extraordinaire Athens Of The North, with 'I Would Have To Be A Fool' an ultra-slick slice of early 80s boogie while the accompanying 'Just Give Love A Try' treads a more syrupy, soulful path.
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ATH 171S
26 Jan 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Tonight
Tonight - (3:19) 127 BPM
Tonight (dub) - (3:26) 127 BPM Hot
Review: Words says it was during a casual hangout at Pikes that the idea for "Tonight" was born. Fast forward, and Athens of the North's resident ensemble, East Coast Love Affair, known as the 'house band,' welcomed the addition of the soulfully talented vocalist Theo Suess for their latest release. Departing from their previous disco-funk sound, "Tonight" takes a different musical journey, blending skittish lo-fi beats, immersive chords, and a lively synth-bass. Hovering between deep house and lo-fi boogie, this track is a genuine gem, featuring Suess's emotive lead vocal. Then the original gets a fantastic twist with a dub mix with fragments of Suess's vocals echoing through a captivating, love-infused instrumental backdrop.
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ATH 175
08 Dec 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
I Can't Wait
East Coast Love Affair & Philomenah - "I Can't Wait" (feat Philomenah) - (9:13) 100 BPM Hot
East Coast Love Affair & Philomenah - "I Can't Wait" (feat Philomenah - House dub) - (7:33) 130 BPM
East Coast Love Affair & Philomenah - "I Can't Wait" (Bonus Beats) - (5:10) 130 BPM
Review: Athens Of The North mainstays East Coast Love Affair return with a chugging nine-minute sonic journey called "I Can't Wait". So slo-mo you might forget your dancing, it features the soulful vocals and lyrical prowess of Shetland-born, Edinburgh-based R&B singer and songwriter Philomenah. Having previously contributed backing vocals for ECLA in the past, Philomenah takes the lead on this epic number, infusing it with a modern-day Onda vibe sprinkled with pop elements. Deeper yet is the House Dub - a secret gem for those intrepid selectors out there working the clubs - with a straight up Bonus Beats sound to get that Masters At Work vibe back in the house. Next Please!
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AOTN 12023D
01 Dec 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Just A Touch
Various
Bo'vel - "Coming Back" - (3:53) 96 BPM
Sam - "Life" (club mix) - (4:10) 86 BPM
Marcelle Moncrieffe - "Take Me There" - (4:38) 76 BPM
Kofi - "Step By Step" - (4:16) 104 BPM Hot
Pure Silk - "What You Do For Me" - (4:38) 104 BPM
Jenny B - "Sexy Eyes" - (5:17) 110 BPM
Sonja Ryshard - "Step Back" - (5:37) 95 BPM
Cavalier - "Don't Touch" - (5:10) 120 BPM
Purely Fizzycal - "Straight To The Top" - (7:15) 106 BPM
Dennis Planter - "I Still Dream Of You" - (4:02) 85 BPM
Taffy - "Passion" - (7:18) 103 BPM
Weekend In Paris - "Hold Your Head Up" - (3:55) 108 BPM
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AOTNLP 063
13 Oct 23
Pop
I'm So Glad
I'm So Glad - (4:44) 130 BPM Hot
Miracles - (5:29) 135 BPM
Review: Euan Fryer and Nick Moore are the culprits behind East Coast Love Affair, Athens Of The North's in-house covers band, who've been plying us with covers of obscure funk, disco, soul and boogie gems for a few years now. Here, though, they serve up a couple of original cuts, with 'I'm So Glad' a slab of rambunctious, uptempo 70s-style funk/soul with a sultry female vocal, a scorching backbeat and fierce brass, while the comparatively sedate but still pretty pacy 'Miracles' has a more boogie-ish feel musically but is topped by a chorus'd male vocal that conjures visions of big afros, matching velvet tuxedos and ruffle shirts.
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AOTN 12021
13 Oct 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Sands Of Zanzibar
The Sands Of Zanzibar (part 1) - (3:47) 99 BPM Hot
The Sands Of Zanzibar (part 2) - (3:09) 99 BPM
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ATH 132
13 Oct 23
Soul
Passion
Passion - (7:18) 103 BPM
Passion (Demo) - (5:16) 103 BPM Hot
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ATH 180
06 Oct 23
Pop
What You Do For Me
What You Do For Me - (4:38) 104 BPM
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ATH 179
29 Sep 23
Hip Hop/R&B
What About Love
What About Love - (3:36) 60 BPM
Dream Of A Lady - (4:05) 115 BPM Hot
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ATH 129
25 Aug 23
Soul
You Can Tell Me Goodbye
You Can Tell Me Goodbye - (2:44) 102 BPM Hot
I've Gotta Keep On Lovin' You - (4:12) 76 BPM
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ATH140D
28 Jul 23
Soul
Flowers
Flowers - (4:08) 52 BPM
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ATH 165
28 Jul 23
Soul
Windows Of My Mind
Windows Of My Mind - (5:06) 87 BPM Hot
Windows Of My Mind (remix) - (4:53) 87 BPM
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ATH 158
28 Jul 23
Funk
Bobby Boyd (2023 Remaster)
Why Are You Cryin' - (4:09) 123 BPM Hot
Good Woman - (5:04) 100 BPM
Happy Hooker - (5:55) 100 BPM
Ain't What You Know - (2:39) 125 BPM
'Cause I Love You - (3:39) 108 BPM
Girl, I Can Feel Ya - (3:47) 95 BPM
How Do You Hang On To A Dream - (3:22) 59 BPM
Let Bygones Be Bygones - (5:08) 131 BPM
To Be In Love With Yourself - (3:58) 84 BPM
On This Side Of Town - (3:36) 142 BPM
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AOTNLP 025NEW
21 Jul 23
Soul
We've Got One
We've Got One - (4:09) 143 BPM
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ATH 149D
16 Jun 23
Soul
Nice & Slow
Nice & Slow - (4:26) 88 BPM
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ATH 149D2
16 Jun 23
Soul
Everything Is Slow
Hello In The Dark (Standing) - (4:26) 53 BPM
Fireflies - (3:02) 53 BPM
Slow Dance - (4:20) 50 BPM
When I Look Into The World - (4:30) 76 BPM
Flowers - (4:07) 52 BPM
Everything Is Slow - (3:38) 52 BPM
It's Only Rain - (4:32) 76 BPM
Leave It All Behind - (3:29) 110 BPM
Space & Time - (3:30) 112 BPM
NY Disco (Smile) - (4:08) 55 BPM Hot
Doom - (1:48) 112 BPM
Review: James Alexander Bright you may know for his leftfield output on !K7, Tom Findlay you almost certainly know as one-half of Groove Armada, and now Athens Of The North bring us the deadly duo's first collaborative full-length. Laidback, shimmering electronic pop is the order of the day, with fragile, wistful male vocals much in evidence and the tempo - as the title makes clear - never getting much above walking pace. In terms of dancefloor action there's really only the slightly beefier 'NY Disco (Smile)' to talk about: this is an album made for late-night home listening, or for lazing by the pool, mojito in hand. But in such circumstances it'll go down most pleasingly.
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AOTNLP 065
09 Jun 23
Funk
When I Look Into The World
When I Look Into The World - (4:30) 76 BPM
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ATH 164
05 May 23
Soul
Off-Piste
Fresh Snow - (10:39) 73 BPM
La Partida - (3:54) 78 BPM
Off Piste - (7:44) 74 BPM
Yrsno - (4:48) 106 BPM
Sis No Hyp - (8:14) 111 BPM Hot
Apres Ski - (7:46) 123 BPM
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AOTNLP 059
14 Apr 23
Balearic/Downtempo
Thumping For You
Thumping For You - (4:21) 121 BPM
Brandon's Song - (5:11) 124 BPM Hot
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ATH 148
14 Apr 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
NY Disco (Smile)
NY Disco (Smile) - (4:08) 110 BPM
Review: James Alexander Bright and Groove Armada's Tom Finlay have recorded an album together, which we'll be able to hear in early summer 2023. To get us in the mood for that set, they've followed up their previous teaser singles on Athens of The North - 'Fireflies' and 'Slow Dance' - with another, 'NY Disco (Smile)'. It's an atmospheric, mid-tempo affair that sees the pair wrap a synth-powered, mid-tempo, proto-house style groove with warming chords, cut-up vocal snippets, electronic percussion and nods aplenty to New York nu-disco heroes Metro Area (including one motif that, we think, is a direct reference to one of Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani's most beloved tracks). It really is an excellent excursion, which makes us think that the forthcoming album could be very special.
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ATH 163
31 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
AM Funk
AM Funk - (6:44) 128 BPM Hot
Summer Rest - (6:43) 113 BPM
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ATH 155D
03 Mar 23
Funk
Waiting In The Wings
Waiting In The Wings (East Cost Love Affair mix) - (3:16) 117 BPM Hot
Waiting In The Wings - (2:54) 114 BPM
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ATH 133
03 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fireflies
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ATH 162
24 Feb 23
Balearic/Downtempo
Parallel Light
A Further Look At Loss (alternate mix) - (3:17) 160 BPM
Last Sunbeans Of Childhood (alternate mix) - (2:53) 121 BPM Hot
Fugitive Light Restless Water (alternate mix) - (3:13) 111 BPM
The Violet Hour (alternate mix) - (2:38) 128 BPM
Everywhere Something Sublime (alternate mix) - (1:14) 141 BPM
In Balgay Silhouettes (alternate mix) - (3:43) 102 BPM
Awoke In The Early Days Of A Better World (alternate mix) - (3:02) 130 BPM
(Half Light Of) The Cadmium Moon (alternate mix) - (3:05) 148 BPM
Black Bay Dream Minor (alternate mix) - (4:09) 155 BPM
Lost, Aglow (alternate mix) - (1:21) 152 BPM
Review: Scottish producer Andrew Wasylyk offers an alternative mix album to 2020's spiritual-jazz and neo-classical masterclass in melody - Fugitive Light And Themes Of Consolation. This new LP is his third for Athens Of North Records, and is as much a different perspective as a companion piece. The 10 songs still circle landscapes for meaning, channelling half-heard melodies and misremembered memories; caught somewhere between settling down and setting out towards the shining levels of the estuary and beyond.
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AOTNLP 062
27 Jan 23
Ambient/Drone
Give It Up
Give It Up - (4:39) 131 BPM
Let's Talk It Over - (6:26) 152 BPM Hot
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ATH 123
27 Jan 23
Soul
Rocket Love
Rocket Love - (3:45) 86 BPM
No Turnin' Back - (3:40) 61 BPM Hot
Review: Detroit-born jazz musician Wendell Harrison did a lot of seminal work with the likes of Phil Ranelin and Tribe in the early part of his career, but he's also slipped out some seriously funky wares like this rare joint originally from 1982 on Wenha Records. Athens Of The North are champions of such records, picking them up, showing them some love and getting them out to a fresh audience, with Harrison's version of Stevie Wonder's 'Rocket Love' gets up front in all its groovesome glory.
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ATH 126
27 Jan 23
Funk
Good Feeling
Good Feelin' - (4:34) 122 BPM
See The World - (5:32) 100 BPM Hot
Review: Coco & Ben were a partnership between Benjamin Robinson of Ben And The Squeeze Tight Band and an uncredited singer (presumably the Coco of the title), who came together for one perfect and extremely rare single from 1979. Now Athens Of The North have dusted down these two smooth as silk soulful disco jams and given them a fresh pressing. 'Good Feelin' is a mellow, soul-feeding cut for Sunday afternoon reveries and toe-tapping country drives alike. 'See The World' is a more sultry affair for those who like their grooves to dig in a little deeper.
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AOTN 12019
27 Jan 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Get Down
Get Down (feat Quiet Storm) - (7:30) 104 BPM Hot
Can You Deal - (4:38) 122 BPM
Review: A simple two-tracker here from Athens Of The North in-house band East Coast Love Affair, AKA Euan Fryer and Nick Moore. 'Get Down' finds the duo collaborating with the mysterious Quiet Storm on a languid, hazy number that channels the more soulful end of 80s boogie, and that centres around a dreamy "get down, get down, get down" male vocal and a jazzy guitar lick that loops endlessly throughout. The accompanying 'Do You Feel' is a more upbeat and jaunty affair but still fairly laidback, and if anything wears its 80s boogie influences even more proudly on its sleeve.
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ATH 118
20 Jan 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Nossos Dias Sao Outros
Nossos Dias Sao Outros - (2:50) 158 BPM
Vale A Pena Tentar - (3:30) 60 BPM
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ATH 0157
09 Dec 22
Soul
How Close
How Close - (4:34) 60 BPM
How Close (remix) - (4:37) 60 BPM Hot
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ATH 137
09 Dec 22
Funk
Space Saver
Space Saver - (4:33) 90 BPM Hot
Candybar Superstar - (3:27) 76 BPM
Review: Athens Of The North will always be one of our favourite labels no matter what they're serving up. The Edinburgh-based deep diggers this time look to Race 'N Rhythm, which was once upon a time a 12-member jazz group based in Oakland. Jazz-master Rudolph Peters managed the multi-racial band and though they were admired on the vocal live circuit they only ever released one single before later doing an album. 'Space Saver' was recorded in California in 1982 and is a sultry and romantic soul sound with leads and coy rhythms. 'Candybar Superstar' on the backside is a pure fire dancefloor heater with high-energy claps, horns and vocals.
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ATH 130
09 Dec 22
Soul
Stereo
I'm Ready - (1:54) 123 BPM
RunStop - (4:17) 62 BPM Hot
Joystick - (3:08) 63 BPM
Love - (3:21) 130 BPM
S-Mode - (3:52) 67 BPM
DipDab - (3:34) 68 BPM
Clusters - (4:57) 66 BPM
Ping - (2:15) 73 BPM
Flightpath - (4:20) 65 BPM
Glow - (4:51) 100 BPM
Lookup - (4:25) 70 BPM
Review: Linkwood clearly enjoyed the process of recording his 2021 album Mono, which was created in a week in the Athens of the North Studio in Edinburgh, as he's repeated the exercise on Stereo. It's an impressive sequel all told, with the long-serving producer delivering an even deeper, warmer and more evocative excursion informed by his love of analogue deep house, classic sci-fi techno, the 80s compositions of Jan Hammer, intergalactic electro, drum machine-driven synth-funk and star-gazing ambient music. It sounds like it was primarily made with vintage synthesisers and drum machines, which when combined with his impeccable sound design and judicious use of outboard effects results in an enveloping, immersive and highly atmospheric sound that rewards repeat listens. In other words, it's another fine album to get lost in.
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AOTNLP 061
25 Nov 22
Balearic/Downtempo
Is It What You Want
Rock This Mother - (0:29) 85 BPM
Talk To Me Girl - (5:22) 57 BPM
You Can Find Me - (1:03) 105 BPM
Check This Out - (0:05) 118 BPM
Jesus Going To Clean House - (5:29) 100 BPM Hot
Hope You Understood - (1:09) 140 BPM
Is It What You Want - (3:35) 100 BPM
Love Is Everlasting - (4:28) 125 BPM
This Is Hip-Hop Art - (0:35) 150 BPM
Opposite Of Love - (4:25) 123 BPM
Do You Know What I Mean - (0:57) 100 BPM
Saving All My Love For You - (3:36) 103 BPM
Look Out Here I Come - (0:15) 128 BPM
Girl You Always Talking - (4:49) 55 BPM
Have A Great Day - (0:25) 99 BPM
Take My Hand - (1:14) 114 BPM
I Need Your Love - (6:26) 58 BPM
Your Town - (0:30) 83 BPM
Talk Around Town - (5:11) 114 BPM
Booty Head/Take A Little Walk - (2:12) 140 BPM
I Love My Mama - (3:54) 131 BPM
I Never Found Anyone Like You - (1:21) 116 BPM
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AOTNLPD 54
30 Sep 22
Funk
Archipelagos
Braidbit - (5:19) 84 BPM Hot
SoLong SoFar - (6:12) 99 BPM
Ambergris - (2:17) 65 BPM
Zeniba - (5:41) 63 BPM
Cave Code - (3:10) 69 BPM
Selkie Road - (3:43) 73 BPM
Open Sea - (4:11) 60 BPM
HomeWords - (5:36) 57 BPM
Landmasses - (3:40) 78 BPM
Circles - (3:24) 76 BPM
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AOTNLP 60
30 Sep 22
Experimental/Electronic
For The Love Of You Vol 2.1
Various
Lorna Fletcher - "Just The Two Of Us" - (6:43) 91 BPM
Byron Walker & Sandra Edwards - "Don't Look Any Further" - (4:23) 90 BPM Hot
Dave Barker - "I'm Curious" - (4:47) 96 BPM
Valerie Harrison - "Fools Paradise" - (4:58) 99 BPM
Chosen Few - "Dont Keep Me Waiting" - (4:56) 79 BPM
Sylvia Tella - "You Might Need Somebody" - (6:36) 80 BPM
Fallon Jennings - "All Night Long" - (5:22) 92 BPM
Pete Campbell - "Holding Back The Years" - (4:01) 95 BPM
Toyin Adekale - "Smile" - (5:30) 87 BPM
Derrick Cross - "Never Too Much" - (5:32) 83 BPM
Carl Johnson - "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much" - (5:07) 86 BPM
Trevor Walters - "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" - (5:38) 99 BPM
Review: Edinburgh-based Athens Of The North are best known for wonky leftfield house and disco/soul, but they've never been afraid to throw the odd curveball. One such came in the form of 2020's 'For The Love Of You', a compilation of lover's rock covers of funk, soul and disco classics, and now here comes a second installment, which packs reggae-fied takes on much-loved gems from the likes of Dennis Edwards, Randy Crawford, Bill Withers, William DeVaughn, The Mary Jane Girls and, perhaps more surprisingly, Simply Red. Covers collections have of course long been a staple of the reggae scene, but they can often be a bit hit-and-miss - thankfully this one features a lot more hits than misses!
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AOTNLP 064
02 Sep 22
Soul
Look A Little Higher
Money Wont Change You - (3:34) 157 BPM
It's Bad - (3:10) 108 BPM
Good Thing - (2:31) 149 BPM
Best Of Luck To You - (3:04) 84 BPM
That's What I Get - (2:10) 136 BPM
That's The Sound Of My Heart - (2:19) 146 BPM
How Long Must I Wait For You - (2:29) 117 BPM
Foxy Mama - (2:41) 108 BPM
Look A Little Higher - (2:42) 86 BPM
I Take What I Want - (2:26) 112 BPM Hot
She's Got To Be Loved - (2:41) 88 BPM
Just A Dream - (2:01) 107 BPM
I've Never Found Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - (2:48) 105 BPM
There's Gonna Be A Better Day Coming - (2:33) 140 BPM
Good Thing (Alternate Take) - (2:33) 144 BPM
That's What I Get (Alternate Take) - (2:03) 124 BPM
Just A Dream (Alternate Take 1) - (2:04) 107 BPM
Just A Dream (Alternate Take 2) - (2:35) 150 BPM
Foxy Mama (Alternate Take) - (2:30) 109 BPM
She's Got To Be Loved (Alternate Take) - (2:37) 101 BPM
Look A Little Higher (Alternate Take 1) - (2:39) 86 BPM
Look A Little Higher (Alternate Take 2) - (2:41) 86 BPM
Look A Little Higher (Alternate Take 3) - (2:44) 86 BPM
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AOTNLP 057DD
24 Jun 22
Soul
The Prince Of Georgia Soul
Lonely Girl (feat Side Show) - (3:06) 95 BPM
Sexy Lady - (3:56) 108 BPM Hot
If You Want My Love - (5:10) 113 BPM
My Love - (3:55) 91 BPM
Let's Get Together For The Wrong We Have Done - (2:52) 88 BPM
Whatcha Gonna Do About It - (3:51) 112 BPM
You Are The One For Me (feat Side Show) - (3:02) 115 BPM
Oh Baby Why You Want To Make Me Cry - (2:54) 87 BPM
You Talk Too Much - (3:57) 60 BPM
It's You Girl - (4:00) 92 BPM
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AOTNLP 049
24 Jun 22
Soul
Slow Hot Wind
Slow Hot Wind - (4:49) 84 BPM
Too Soon You're Old - (5:18) 144 BPM Hot
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ATH 119
29 Apr 22
Soul
Everything That's Good In Life
Everything That's Good In Life - (4:31) 144 BPM Hot
Hold Me Close (7" mix) - (4:17) 81 BPM
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ATH 121D
29 Apr 22
Soul
A Minute Too Late
East Coast Love Affair - "A Minute Too Late" (feat United Spiritual Singers) - (7:30) 128 BPM Hot
United Spiritual Singers - "Not A Minute Too Late" (Tom Noble mix) - (6:50) 122 BPM
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AOTN 12012
22 Apr 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Chicago
Chicago - (6:36) 129 BPM Hot
Back On You (feat Crystal Winds) - (13:31) 130 BPM
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AOTN 12018
22 Apr 22
Deep House
So Much Love
So Much Love - (2:20) 148 BPM Hot
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