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I'm Gonna Mis Ya
ATH 050
02 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I'm Gonna Miss Ya - (4:33) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Does Anybody Really Know - (3:59) 104 BPM
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Played by: Natasha Kitty Katt
Review: For their latest trip into "in-demand collector cuts" territory, Edinburgh's Athens of the North shines a light on the work of obscure Miami artist Aaron Broomfield. "I'm Gonna Miss You" originally appeared on Mountain Records in 1981 and has become something of a sought-after record in recent years. It's a brilliant chunk of rubbery Miami synth-funk rich in mazy synthesizer solos, elastic slap bass and the urgent hustle of P-funk. Then you'll find the cosmic soul bump of "Does Anybody Really Know", which appears to a previously unreleased vocal workout featuring some deliciously fuzzy electric guitar solos.
Party & Get On Down
AOTN 12003
10 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Party & Get On Down (full Length mix) - (5:42) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Party & Get On Down - (3:57) 108 BPM
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Review: Original pressings have been previously spotted passing hands for well over L1000: Big Apple Band's 1976 deep funk classic has been rarer than hen's teeth for most of its 41 year life. Its sought-after status accelerated by Keb Darge for last 15 or so years - that and the fact it's an out-and-out soul-stirring, honey-vocalled, low and slow funk burner - AOTN have finally unleashed it in it full length for all of us. And we should all be eternally grateful.
Time For A Change
ATH 055
01 Dec 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Time For A Change - (3:25) 122 BPM
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Time For A Change (Hot mix) - (3:25) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: In the sales notes accompanying this latest slice of EP gold from Athens of the North, boss man Euan Fryer admits that he spent a good "four or five years" trying to locate an original copy of "Time For Change" before finally tracking down original singer Benita. She was more than happy for him to reissue the record, which is one of the most inspired and well-made disco-soul records you're ever likely to hear (how it remained a lost classic, we'll never know). Benita's lyrics and vocals are superb, the horns are punchy, and "Hot Mix" contains one of the best slap-bass solos you'll ever hear. In a word: essential.
You Can Win
ATH 06
01 Oct 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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You Can Win - (3:26) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Let's Go - (4:24) 125 BPM
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Played by: Kiwi
Bip Bam
ATH 067
27 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Bip Bam (Part 1) - (3:04) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bip Bam (Part 2) - (3:00) 112 BPM
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Love Goddess
ATH 066
27 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love Goddess - (4:58) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Good News (Tired Of Bad News) - (4:46) 126 BPM
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Rock On
AOTN 12006
05 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rock On (Bob Blank remix) - (6:25) 118 BPM
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Rock On - (4:22) 118 BPM
Bobby Boyd
AOTNLP 025
25 May 18
Soul
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Why Are You Cryin' - (4:09) 124 BPM
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Good Woman - (5:04) 100 BPM
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Happy Hooker - (5:55) 101 BPM
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Ain't What You Know - (2:41) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Girl, I Can Feel Ya - (3:48) 95 BPM
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How Do You Hang On To A Dream - (3:24) 59 BPM
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Let Bygones Be Bygones - (5:09) 132 BPM
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To Be In Love With Yourself - (4:01) 85 BPM
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On This Side Of Town - (3:39) 143 BPM
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I Like What You Do To Me
ATH 068
27 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Like What You Do To Me - (3:35) 126 BPM
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Girl Like You - (4:17) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Undisco Kidds
AOTNLP 005
27 Nov 15
Indie
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Salt In The Ocean - (3:44) 72 BPM
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The Pleasure Chant - (4:18) 144 BPM
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Let's All Hesitate - (3:56) 144 BPM
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Get Up - (3:26) 70 BPM
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Style In Full Swing - (3:23) 68 BPM
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Timeless Tonight - (3:30) 83 BPM
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Somewhere In The South Pacific - (6:50) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just The Ticket - (4:01) 72 BPM
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Wild Jazz Summers - (5:06) 110 BPM
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Shadows On Stone - (3:37) 138 BPM
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Oh' Bop Sh Bam - (2:55) 128 BPM
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Money Is Thin On The Ground - (3:28) 148 BPM
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Stand - (3:21) 87 BPM
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Bend An Elbow/Lend An Ear - (3:32) 105 BPM
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Where Will I Go
ATH 070
17 Aug 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Where Will I Go - (4:16) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Always - (4:31) 132 BPM
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Review: North Carolina's Brief Encounter were one of the bands to define the 70's US soul sound but, unlike many of their peers, the group remained in the sights of crate diggers and specialists, straying away from significant commercial success. This particular single, for instance, wasn't even released officially and has remained the stuff of legends until now, so it's thanks to the reliable Athens Of The North that we're able to give it a spin on our turntables. Put simply, "Where Will I Go" and "Always" are two unmissable soul ballads that are simply impossible not to appreciate and get excited by - they encapsulate a particular note of optimism and romance that represented the 1970s in America, taking us on a journey into the past. Don't miss it!
Stop
ATH 052
08 Sep 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Stop - (3:57) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Doin' It Our Way - (3:34) 125 BPM
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Played by: Superbreak
Review: The Broomfield family troupe - led by Aaron Broomfield - laid down a sweet series of rare groove 45s during the late 70s, this Keb Darge-championed 45" from 79 (originally on Taurus) being one of the most popular. With its high energy, slick keys and sparkling percussion "Stop" sits slap in the middle of disco and boogie while "Doin' It Our Way" hits with much more of a jazz funk feel with bold harmonies hitting hard on the chorus. Previously spotted passing for L400 - it's another expert democratisation by AOTN.
Wish Upon Love
ATH 021
30 Oct 15
Soul
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Wish Upon Love - (2:17) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nightime On The Beach - (3:46) 89 BPM
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Watchin Out
AOTN 12005
27 Jul 18
Deep House
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Dirty Channels vs Danny Russell - "Watchin Out" - (5:53) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Frazelle - "Today Is The Day" (Linkwood Chop) - (5:20) 114 BPM
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Review: Edinburgh's Athens Of The North are back with more reliable edit action by some undisputed groove experts. First up we have Milan based duo Dirty Channels of Hot Creations and Crosstown Rebels fame, who team up with Berlin based rising star Danny Russell on the familiar soul funk of "Watchin' Out". It works a relentless groove before dropping into a hook that you'll be hearing a lot of this Summer.

Next up is Ken Frazelle with his one and only tune from back in '82 - "Today Is The Day". It gets a re-rub by local legend Linkwood of Firecracker fame which works that properly lo-slung boogie-down vibe to the max.
Havin' A Party
ATH 036
23 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Havin' A Party - (2:56) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Music - (3:51) 119 BPM
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Today Is The Day
ATH 041
03 Feb 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Today Is The Day (Hot mix) - (3:18) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Today Is The Day (Shadow Hills mix) - (3:18) 114 BPM
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Played by: Kenneth bager
Review: Massive boogie joint from 1982, Frazelle's "Today Is The Day" packs the same punch it did 35 years ago; stomping beats, salubrious guitars, widescreen production and gutsy vocals from Ken Frazelle himself. Powerful in the lyrical, technical and party dynamics this is a huge dancefloor record... This reissue is long overdue. You know what to do.
Watchin' You
ATH 044
31 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Watchin' You - (4:04) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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To The Sky - (4:38) 126 BPM
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Review: Little is known about Friction Band's hyper-rare 45" besides the fact it's a brilliant example of outsider, slightly experimental style of modern soul, it's passed hands for strong triple figures in recent years and it's just been injected with a whole new lease of life by Fryer. "Watchin' You" is a footloose boogie jam with unabashed use of freeform keys while "To The Sky" flips for a softer, more sentimental soul affair that's fringed by just the right amount of dreamy cosmicity. Another precision find by AOTN.
Fruit
AOTNLP 007
27 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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If You Feel It, Say Yeah - (6:45) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Space Lady - (4:38) 125 BPM
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Life Is A Challenge - (4:18) 134 BPM
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I Lost The Love I Thought I Had - (4:17) 131 BPM
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Say It (2 Track live Demo) - (3:52) 128 BPM
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Fruit Of The Universe - (5:10) 103 BPM
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Say It - (4:20) 128 BPM
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What You Gonna Do - (3:42) 134 BPM
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Spring - (7:18) 138 BPM
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I Lost The Love I Thought I Had (2 Track live Demo) - (4:35) 125 BPM
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Played by: Hober Mallow
Review: Athens Of The North are crate diggers extraordinaire, but here they have really outdone themselves. An obscure Floridian disco/funk act from the late 70s, Fruit barely even registered on the music world at the time. Only their solitary 1978 single "Say It" ever got released and it was only years later that rare as hens teeth copies of it became collector's items. AOTN however, went further though, contacting Cypress Studios and unearthing a whole unreleased album by this forgotten band. Now for the first time ever they present this sizzling ten track trawl through distinctly southern-tinged boogie funk and soul.
What You Gonna Do
AOTN 42
03 Feb 17
Funk
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What You Gonna Do - (3:42) 67 BPM
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Life Is A Challenge - (4:17) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: One of 2016's finest funk stories was, without question, when AOTN suddenly dropped this incredible unreleased album by criminally slept-on Jacksonville troupe Fruit. A stunning piece of work, even by Fryer's standards it was a coup-de-grace. Now two of the album's finest, funkiest, sweatiest jams are available on limited 45. Instant floor burners, just like the rest of the album, before the tracks are over you'll feel you and your floor have known them forever.
If You Feel It, Say Yeah
ATH 12002
30 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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If You Feel It, Say Yeah (Unreleased full version) - (6:45) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Say It - (4:20) 128 BPM
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Review: Fruit's delicious disco flavours keep blossoming. It started with an unearthed and unreleased album that finally saw the light of day after almost 40 years this spring. Now on this one, we return to their only big single of the time (and most well known) "If You Feel It Say Yeah" but with a previously unreleased 12" that's been extended in all the right places. The evergreen B-side "Say It" plays the perfect foil with its ballroom disco soul dynamic. Apparently there's another unearthed single to come too. Tasty.

What About The Child
AOTNLP 014
06 Feb 12
Funk
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What About The Child - (2:51) 91 BPM
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If You Can Dance - (3:17) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ain't That Funky Enough - (2:59) 108 BPM
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Plastic Lady - (3:16) 105 BPM
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People Will Be People - (5:39) 155 BPM
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Gimme Some Love - (3:55) 103 BPM
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You Are So Wonderful - (3:46) 127 BPM
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Without You - (3:24) 123 BPM
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Now I Know - (4:33) 86 BPM
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What About The Child (instrumental) - (3:31) 90 BPM
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Positivo
AOTN 020
21 Sep 18
International
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Vulcano V El Gato (Medley) - (4:31) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Papa Was A Rolling Stone - (2:53) 124 BPM
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Papa Fue - (4:06) 127 BPM
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Te Lo Digo Yo - (3:24) 98 BPM
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Vampiras - (4:24) 121 BPM
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Hermanos Latinos - (3:48) 106 BPM
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Bailalo Y Maevelo - (4:09) 108 BPM
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The Sun From Above - (4:56) 106 BPM
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Enciendelo - (5:03) 119 BPM
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Somas Latinos - (4:44) 110 BPM
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Vampiras
ADN 001
13 Oct 17
International
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Vampiras - (4:24) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hermanos Latinos - (3:48) 106 BPM
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Review: Here's something of a surprise from the normally funk and soul-centric Athens of the North label: a "heavy salsa" digital 7" featuring two killer cuts from contemporary outfit Grupo Magnetico. It's a taster for their forthcoming debut album; if these two straight-to-tape cuts are anything to go by, that set will be well worth picking up. Both tracks sound like they could have been recorded by Colombian musicians in New York during the heyday of Boogaloo, with A-side "Vampiras" - a typically undulating salsa groove which is enlivened by group male vocals and heavy horns - just edging out the gentler but punchier "Hermanos Latinos" in the "standout" stakes.
Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
AOTNLP 010
26 May 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand - (6:15) 92 BPM
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Lullaby - (5:07) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Solar Winds - (4:39) 123 BPM
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A Long Way Home - (2:38) 123 BPM
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End Song - (7:05) 129 BPM
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All Washed Up - (4:51) 70 BPM
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How The Nights Can Fly - (8:01) 80 BPM
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End Song (Reprise) - (1:59) 58 BPM
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Played by: Kenneth bager
Review: Multi talented UK Jazz Pianist Greg Foat has teamed up with Mercury Award nominated multi instrumentalist Warren Hampshire to collaborate on a new LP drawing on their diverse musical influences. Classic British library music, 60s Italian soundtracks and lost Americana combined with touches of modern classical, minimalism, jazz and folk. Featuring many members of Greg and Warren's previous bands and one of the U.Ks finest Jazz drummers in Clark Tracy. The LP also features an Edinburgh orchestra and soloists who were hand picked and scored Foat and Hampshire themselves.
Nightshade
AOTNLP 018
22 Jun 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Jasmine - (3:59) 101 BPM
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Mariposa Lily - (3:19) 84 BPM
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Antonio's Theme - (4:07) 93 BPM
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Coastal Drive - (4:15) 102 BPM
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Lost In Nostalgia - (3:15) 80 BPM
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Introduction - (1:19) 98 BPM
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Nightshade (Echo Flute & Bowed Bass) - (2:04) 69 BPM
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Nightshade (Main Theme) - (1:43) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nightshade (Solo Strings & Solo Fender Rhodes) - (2:13) 128 BPM
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Nightshade (Pizzicato Strings & Walking Bass) - (2:54) 97 BPM
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Nightshade (Multi-Tracked Piano) - (3:14) 72 BPM
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Main Theme (Reprise) - (5:08) 116 BPM
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Review: Hampshire & Foat project is comprised of Greg & Warren. They are influenced heavily by not just Jazz, but the library sound of the '60s and '70s, along with film soundtracks from the same golden era. They are avid collectors of this music and this constant search sends them down new musical pathways - often sparking a whole new concept for projects. This collection of library tracks has been a much talked about project that was a long time coming, according to Edinburgh's Athens Of The North - and it was sure worth the wait! Highlights include the folky balearica of "Antonio's Theme" or "Coastal Drive" and pretty much any mix of the dreamy and mysterious "Nightshade".
The Honeybear
AOTNLP 13
23 Feb 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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The Promise - (2:32) 77 BPM
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Call Of The Forest - (3:14) 89 BPM
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Crows Feet - (4:35) 101 BPM
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The Fly & I - (1:50) 78 BPM
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Winter Bound - (6:27) 73 BPM
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The Hive - (4:36) 71 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Honey Dreams - (2:58) 73 BPM
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The Elderflower - (4:25) 106 BPM
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Rain Clouds - (3:30) 69 BPM
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Honey For A Penny - (2:37) 75 BPM
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Played by: Flash Atkins
Since I Was A Little Girl
ATH 040
03 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Since I Was A Little Girl - (3:31) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Straight Talk - (3:29) 82 BPM
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Review: or their latest dive into the depths of funk history, Athens of the North travels back to 1978 and the debut of John Hawes and Velma Bunch's obscure Hard Drivers project. The record initially appeared on Hawes' own short-lived imprint, and his since become a sought after 7" amongst serious collectors. "Since I Was A Little Girl" is a disco-era funk gem, with guest singer Vivian Lee providing a brilliantly confident vocal to compliment Hawes and Bunch's driving, horn-heavy backing track. You'll then find original B-side "Straight Talk", a touching torch song full of harmony backing vocals, impassioned builds, and lyrics capable of melting even the stoniest of hearts.
My Dreams Are Clouded
ATH 046
26 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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My Dreams Are Clouded - (4:29) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Don't Wait Too Long - (4:15) 140 BPM
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Review: A regular triple-figure fetch on the auction sites, it was only a matter of time before Henry Thomas & Rise's beautiful 80s soul doublet experienced the strong-armed justice of Fryer. Not just reissued but sourced and tracked down - this is just the start of what will hopefully be a whole load of criminally slept on and unreleased soul from Henry and his troupe. "My Dreams Are Clouded" is a verified club banger with its FM synth ripples and low-down bass bumps while "Don't Wait Too Long" is the ultimate come home record. Slinky, swooning and soaked in raw dollops of emotion - Henry Thomas is, once again, on the rise.
Confrontation
ATH 019
30 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Confrontation - (3:42) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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You And Me Babe - (4:16) 114 BPM
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Review: The Athens of the North label is a blessing for those whose tastes in soul, funk, disco and boogie tend towards the obscure and ludicrously hard-to-find. Their latest re-issue fits into both categories. Seemingly the only single they ever released, "Confrontation" came out in 1981 on Arista but copies have since proved incredibly hard to find; so hard, in fact, that original 7" singles now change hands online for nearly L300. The title track, produced by A Taste of Honey's Perry Kibble, is brilliant, though, delivering a soulful, heartfelt disco-funk jam full of smooth backing vocals, bubbling clavinet lines and deliciously righteous horns.
Reality
ATH 062
21 Dec 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Reality - (3:36) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hey, Hey - (3:17) 131 BPM
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Review: Previously spotted passing hands for over L5000, this one-off 45" from North Carolina troupe Ice has enjoyed cult status over the years in both the deepfunk and northern soul scenes. Straight from 1980, there's a great balance of classic soul motifs and modern production as "Reality" swoons and sways unhurriedly but emphatically while "Hey Hey" ups the boogie ante with firm focus on the party, sharp switches on the chorus and some insane bass runs. Another ice cold reissue from AOTN.
Put Everything In Place
ATH 064
06 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Party Man - (3:43) 120 BPM
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Put Everything In Place - (3:59) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The second of two AOTN Infinity EPs, AOTN dish out another superb reissue from the late 70s US seven-piece. Serious funk soul once again; "Party Man" lives up to its name with a thumping groove, slinky slap bass licks and big call and response vocals. Instant feels. "Put Everything In Place" is a little more restrained but still very much party minded with its absurdly lavish bass walks, jaunty piano and delicious Faze-O style falsettos. To Infinity and beyond!
Queen Of My Universe
ATH 063
06 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Queen Of My Universe - (3:15) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Up - (4:00) 135 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?
Review: The first of two major Infinity licences from AOTN, this is a significant excavation even by renowned digger label founder Fryer's standards. Usually seen passing hands for well over L500, this second and last single from the relatively unknown troupe Infinity is a stone cold jam that's been sought after for many many years. Absolute rare groove sleaze on the bass and horns, "Queen Of My Universe" sparkles with soul in every element. Meanwhile "Up" strips things back even further with an uptempo disco twang and tight Q&A vocal play between the band. Infinite love for this one!
Life Is A Miracle
ATH 037
23 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Life Is A Miracle (full Length mix) - (4:51) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Life Is A Miracle - (3:34) 136 BPM
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Live At The Point After
AOTNLP 011
24 Mar 17
Funk
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Keep On Smiling - (11:54) 112 BPM
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Just A Song - (9:47) 148 BPM
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Love Everything About You - (9:15) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Valentine Love - (7:25) 142 BPM
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Played by: YAM WHO?
Review: The Athens Of The North label always unearths impressively rare vintage audio finds. Here is no different with the US trio, JOB (James Davis, Ollie Carbin and Billy Bruner) caught live at the height of their powers on Saturday, August 20th, 1977. Having formed after their graduation that same year, this band were so funky that they were quickly offered a 'house band' stint at North Tulsa's most popular after hours spot, The Point After. Whilst they played there many greats came to see them in action. One listen to the blisteringly authentic funk on here and you'll understand why.
Black Fairy
AOTNLP 004
25 Sep 15
Soul
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Black Fairy Meets Johnny - (1:43) 148 BPM
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Please Give Me Some Magic - (3:09) 116 BPM
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Black Fairy Meets Black Bird - (0:38) 101 BPM
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Tell Them They Are Beautiful - (1:52) 141 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Travel To Afrika - (1:46) 82 BPM
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Black Fairy Meets Queen Mother - (0:57) 142 BPM
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Afrika's My Home - (3:55) 81 BPM
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Black Land Of The Nile - (2:56) 67 BPM
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Trip To America - (0:56) 155 BPM
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Go Down Moses - (3:04) 138 BPM
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Did You Feed My Cow - (1:28) 77 BPM
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The Streets Of Harlem - (4:06) 139 BPM
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Afrikan Children - (2:06) 139 BPM
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Black Men Can Be Beautiful - (2:31) 120 BPM
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Black Fairy - (2:12) 136 BPM
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Eulogy For Black Fairy - (2:38) 129 BPM
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Black Fairy Returns - (0:36) 131 BPM
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Hey Black Child - (1:44) 132 BPM
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Johnny & Black Fairy - (0:14) 114 BPM
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Something Special
ATH 008
22 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Something Special - (3:45) 101 BPM
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Love , I Don't Want Your Love - (3:53) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: West Indies soul man Kirton gets the Athens of the North treatment with two immaculately remastered, dynamically beefed tracks from his 1980 album Just Arrived. "Something Special" is straight up late 70s soul with emphatic, yearning lyrics and sweeping strings. "Love Don't Want Your Love" takes us down the straight up disco funk route; gutsy, hooky and feel good, if you're not strutting by the end of this your volume switch is busted. First time on 45", this is yet another notch in AOTN's ever-growing bedpost.
Love Tempo
ATH 061
02 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love Tempo - (3:34) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Somebody Help Me Be Fair - (4:20) 76 BPM
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Played by: LEGO EDIT
Review: While Athens Of The South may refer to Nashville in the USA, it is Edinburgh in Scotland which gets the title Athens Of The North - the city fancies itself as a centre of ideas in philosophy, economics and medicine - and you can certainly add music to the list! "Love Tempo" and "Somebody To Be Fair" were Love Company's only two 7" singles and both released in 1980 and the band was comprised of Ledyard Hopkins, Ricardo Allen, Raymond Lowery, Willie McCoy & Larry Grigsby. Apparently receiving a second coming of late, due to rinses by top selectors like Floating Points and Jeremy Underground: these two tracks are straight up soul and disco that people just don't make anymore. Timeless stuff indeed!
Silence That You Keep
ATH 016
18 May 15
Soul
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Silence That You Keep (First Version) - (3:21) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Po' Man (First Version) - (3:50) 59 BPM
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Review: Recently, Athens of the North has spent much time digging through the archives of Henry Stone's Miami-based disco and funk empire, which included a studio, distribution business and a multitude of labels. Here, they issue a couple of alternate versions of tracks by Florida disco-funk mainstay Milton Wright. "The Science That You Keep (First Version)" comes free of the synthesizer lines that were such a feature of the previously released take. As a result, it's an altogether tighter, more groove-based deep disco outing, with Wright's vocal sounding particularly good. Flipside "Po Man (First Version)" is similarly stripped-back, with sweet guitar licks and an undulating bassline wrapping themselves around a hazy disco-funk groove and Wright's decidedly psychedelic vocal.
You've Got A Lot Of Living
ATH 022
08 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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You've Got A Lot Of Living Pt 1 - (4:33) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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You've Got A Lot Of Living Pt 2 - (3:37) 116 BPM
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Review: As with much of Athens Of The North's material, original copies of "You've Got A Lot Of Living" are nigh on impossible to find. The record was self-released by Ed "Mr Wigg" Wiley in 1980, on his short-lived Wiglet imprint. Whatever the origins, "You've Got A Lot Of Living" is something of a jazz-funk influenced disco-boogie gem, with party-hearty vocals riding a killer groove that boasts the twin attractions of jaunty Clavinet lines and music box style melodies. The largely instrumental "Part 2" version gives the clav lines a chance to breathe, while also featuring the crunchy guitar riffs more prominently in the mix. Both sides are superb.
I Saw You
ATH 033
12 Aug 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Saw You - (3:32) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heaven's Love - (4:46) 125 BPM
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Review: Fizzy boogie from Minneapolis circa 1982; Nobody cut through with a raw, energetic sound and countered with soothing, evocative soul that shimmers with their gospel roots. "I Saw You" sits somewhere between Prince and Rick James but polished with super freaky female front vocals, it's wholly unique and backs up the first pressing's pricetag of $500. "Heaven's Love" is the perfect counter with its emphatic harmonies and stately instrumentation. A serious timepiece from AOTN.
Lihue
ATH 007
22 Dec 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Lihue - (3:20) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Playing With Fire - (3:59) 117 BPM
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Played by: Tom Central
The Time Is Right
ATH 045
30 Jun 17
Soul
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The Time Is Right - (3:24) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Feelin' Funky - (3:55) 109 BPM
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Review: If this fine 7" is anything to go by, the crate digging and detective skills of Athens of the North founder Euan Fryer are as sharp as ever. The two tracks featured here originally appeared on a private press single that currently changes hands for large sums online. Fryer manager to track down the original writer/producer, Chicago-based George Riviera, who not only have his blessing to the reissue, but also sent over the master tapes. Stylistically, A-side "The Time is Right" sits somewhere between Latin soul, jazz-funk and sumptuous downtempo disco, with blue-eyed soul vocals and subtle vibraphone solos rising above superb had percussion. Fipside "Feelin' Funky" is a more up-tempo affair: an undulating chunk of jazz-funk/disco fusion laden with neat musical touches.
Portrait Of A Gemini
AOTNCD 008
11 Nov 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Today Is The First Day - (3:59) 100 BPM
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Trade Winds - (5:15) 136 BPM
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Rain Sometimes - (5:22) 116 BPM
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Lady Day & John Coltrane - (3:49) 156 BPM
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That's All Right With Me - (3:54) 92 BPM
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He's Come Back - (2:38) 108 BPM
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Too Soon You're Old - (5:16) 144 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slow Hot Wind - (4:47) 84 BPM
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What's Goin On - (5:42) 108 BPM
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Amazing Grace - (6:00) 157 BPM
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Review: Penny Goodwin's story is a fascinating one - she began singing in church with Al Jarreau. She then evolved from performing in mob owned clubs before graduating to clubs in Chicago and Caesar's Palace in Vegas. Her chief legacy however is her one album, Portrait Of A Gemini. Released in 1974, the LP features her own compositions mixed with covers by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Gill Scott Heron whilst featuring strings by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and jazz guitar legend Phil Upchurch. Dubbed 'Milwaukee's unsung queen of jazz' we can know all get to hear her music again thanks to this reissue.
Too Soon You're Old
ATH 038
25 Nov 16
Soul
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Too Soon You're Old - (4:47) 144 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lady Day & John Coltrane - (3:24) 156 BPM
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What's Going On (Interlude) - (0:44) 153 BPM
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These Are The Good Times
ATH 004
08 Sep 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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These Are The Good Times - (4:21) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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UI Remember - (5:30) 126 BPM
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Nassau Funky
ATH 002
26 May 14
Funk
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Opportunity Knockin' - (2:47)
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Sleep On, Dream On - (3:06)
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Takin' You Higher (Just Like Climbin A Ladder) - (3:10) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Loneliness - (2:11)
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Hidden Stash
AOTNLP 006
13 May 16
Funk
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Love And Happiness - (8:15) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Get Down - (3:32) 112 BPM
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Oo Girl - (3:45) 132 BPM
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Dance With Me - (3:31) 100 BPM
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Dark Moon - (5:00) 95 BPM
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Everybody's A Masterpiece - (2:33) 61 BPM
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Sweet Vibe - (3:25) 79 BPM
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Party Lights - (3:11) 108 BPM
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Boogie - (3:27) 97 BPM
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Confusion - (5:03) 84 BPM
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Pick Up The Apple - (3:59) 96 BPM
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Review: Following BBE's release the Chicago troupe's Devil Made Me Do It earlier this year, Athens Of The North ensure the criminally over-looked/under-paid band continue to remain in the spotlight with an entire album of unreleased material. Recently excavated from a Chicago warehouse, complete with masters, the songs were written and recorded in the mid '70s not long before the band eventually split. If you know their material, you'll already know how funky the band are. If not, dig deep at the soonest opportunity. From the toxic-levels of cosmic funk on "Boogie" to the dreamier, space ballad "Dark Moon", this is the sound of a super-tight, incredibly talented funk band who really should have been up there with Cymande or Average White Band.
Gangsterboy
ATH 014
08 Jun 15
Funk
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Gangsterboy - (3:50) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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All You Need Is Time To Mess Around - (2:51) 115 BPM
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Be There In The Morning
ATH 003
26 May 14
Funk
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Be There In The Morning (1977 version) - (4:15) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Be There In The Morning (1976 version) - (3:45)
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The Power Of Your Love
ATH 035
12 Aug 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Power Of Your Love - (4:13) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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He's Alright - (4:08) 124 BPM
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Review: Lavish gospel disco action from AOTN: longstanding gospel writer Calvin Bridges gets the 45 salute he deserves with two powerful 1978 flashbacks. Reminded by Floating Points just how relevant and timeless "The Power Of Your Love" sounds, AOTN bossman Fryer has licenced its vibrant, floor-shaking sermon with complete blessing from Bridges himself. "He's Alright", already a staple for Fryer for years, enjoys the coveted b-side status; with its big piano roll intro and gutsy gospel vocal, if there's a bad vibe in sight after dropping this then you're in the wrong job. Mighty.
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