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Est. 2003. Releasing the best in funk, jazz, soul & more.
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Time Keeps Moving On
Time Keeps Moving On - (6:21) 98 BPM
If You Think You're In Love - (4:15) 92 BPM
Grooving On - (4:07) 105 BPM
Better Luck Next Time - (5:28) 80 BPM
Love - (4:06) 94 BPM
Got To Get A Hold - (3:41) 123 BPM
See You Along The Way - (4:31) 90 BPM
I Wanted Your Love - (5:08) 107 BPM
Don't Say A Word - (5:33) 104 BPM
Perfect Lady - (3:30) 100 BPM
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FSRLP 144
31 May 24
Pop
Lack Of Afro Presents: One Way (Remixes)
Lack Of Afro / Various
Ray Camacho & The Teardrops - "Si Si Puede" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (3:55) 100 BPM
Flow Dynamics - "Bossa For Bebo" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (4:05) 105 BPM
The Hot 8 Brass Band - "It's Real" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (5:32) 109 BPM
Bahama Soul Club - "Sugar Cane" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (4:32) 98 BPM
Banderas - "Mogomake" (feat Bouloukou) - Lack Of Afro remix) - (4:33) 125 BPM Hot
Kraak & Smaak - "Squeeze Me" (feat Ben Westbeech - Lack Of Afro remix) - (4:29) 113 BPM
Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience - "Freedom" (Lack Of Afro Inspiration) - (6:15) 120 BPM
The Diplomats Of Solid Sound - "Hurt Me So" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (3:49) 113 BPM
The New Mastersounds - "Idle Time" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (5:13) 95 BPM
Deep Street Soul - "Greenbacks" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (4:02) 123 BPM
Los Manolos Vs Lack Of Afro - "Polonio" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (3:59) 120 BPM
The Fantastics! & Lack Of Afro - "I Can't Dance With You" (The Fantastics! vs Lack Of Afro) - (3:10) 123 BPM
Soopasoul - "Brand Nu" (feat Nikeya Booker - Lack Of Afro remix) - (4:50) 136 BPM
Mr Confuse - "Lookout Weekend" (Lack Of Afro Funk remix) - (3:55) 117 BPM
Flevans - "Endless Things" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (5:03) 119 BPM
Eddie Roberts - "Giorgio's Brother" (Lack Of Afro remix) - (5:11) 121 BPM
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FSRCD 094DDV 2
01 Apr 24
Funk
Make A Move
Make A Move - (5:40) 57 BPM
Make A Move (instrumental) - (3:59) 113 BPM
Bedroom Eyes - (4:56) 84 BPM
Sunday Affair - (4:05) 58 BPM
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FSR 127
08 Mar 24
Funk
Turn Up The Music
Turn Up The Music - (5:53) 54 BPM
Turn Up The Music (instrumental) - (6:09) 54 BPM
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FSR 133
19 Jan 24
Funk
Front Line/Saving All My Love
Front Line - (5:12) 110 BPM
Saving All My Love (long version) - (6:32) 114 BPM Hot
Saving All My Love (edited version) - (3:57) 114 BPM
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FSR 126
09 Dec 23
Funk
Step Back
Step Back - (5:36) 95 BPM
Step Back (dub version) - (5:36) 95 BPM
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FSR 112
24 Nov 23
Funk
Greatest Hits - The Rare Grooves
Love Is What You Make It - (4:49) 127 BPM
Turn Out The Light - (4:33) 124 BPM
Close To You - (5:49) 120 BPM
How Could I Let You Get Away - (5:02) 127 BPM
Marley's Gone (Tribute To Bob Marley) - (5:12) 126 BPM
Baby I Am Yours - (5:09) 125 BPM
Summer Time Blues - (5:34) 66 BPM
Living In A World Of Magic - (4:47) 90 BPM
Woman I Need Your Loving - (5:23) 94 BPM Hot
Run Away Child - (5:15) 128 BPM
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FSRLP 146
30 Oct 23
Roots/Lovers Rock
Lovelight
Wanna Dance With You - (6:32) 109 BPM Hot
Never Give It Up - (6:53) 102 BPM
Push It Up - (7:02) 110 BPM
Wanna Version - (6:19) 109 BPM
Don't Let Me Drop - (5:53) 110 BPM
Lovelight - (7:36) 101 BPM
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FSRLP 150
29 Sep 23
Pop
Push It Up
Push It Up - (7:02) 110 BPM
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FSRLP 150S2
15 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Wanna Dance With You
Wanna Dance With You - (6:32) 109 BPM
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FSRLP 150S1
08 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Shores Of Infinity
The Shores Of Infinity - (7:04) 130 BPM
Kingdom - (5:45) 98 BPM
Earthrise - (6:21) 106 BPM Hot
Arrival - (8:47) 70 BPM
Of - (6:30) 129 BPM
Danieda's Dance - (8:42) 86 BPM
Review: Menagerie are a nine-piece 'spiritual jazz' combo from Australia, headed up by The Bamboos main man Lance Ferguson and featuring acclaimed pianist Mark Fitzgibbon, a veteran of Gilles P's legendary Dingwalls sessions. This is the fourth album and their third for Freestyle, and suffice to say fans of their previous output won't be disappointed. Nor will anyone with a taste for 'proper' jazz from the Miles Davis/John Coltrane/Ornette Coleman school of thought: the title track, with its frenetic backbeat and spoken/poetic vocal, nudges towards broken beat territory, while there's a soul-jazz feel to 'Kingdom'... the other four tracks, though, could have been laid down at any time since about 1960. In the best possible way, you understand!
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FSRLP 149
01 Sep 23
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Danieda's Dance (Radio Edit)
Danieda's Dance (radio edit) - (6:07) 86 BPM
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FSRLP 149S2
18 Aug 23
Jazz
The Rhythm Station (Bonus Edition)
Welcome To Hellmouth (feat Laura Vane) - (3:09) 50 BPM
Carla's Beat (feat Katie Miller) - (4:03) 105 BPM
Restless (feat Testament) - (3:01) 103 BPM
Passion (feat Afrika Fuentes) - (4:23) 105 BPM
Some Assembly Required (feat Paranormal) - (2:37) 105 BPM
Lovetouch (feat Caitlin Simpson) - (3:29) 101 BPM Hot
Crush (feat Double Yellow) - (0:53) 100 BPM
Dopplegang Land - (2:33) 120 BPM
The I In Team (feat Double Yellow) - (3:12) 140 BPM
Revelations (feat Laura Vane) - (3:26) 120 BPM
When She Was Bad - (4:26) 123 BPM
Restless (feat Testament - Lack Of Afro remix) - (3:48) 103 BPM
Dopplegang Land (Deela remix) - (3:27) 120 BPM
Revelations (feat Laura Vane - The Jazzinvaders remix) - (4:31) 120 BPM
Review: Freestyle bring us an extended reissue of an album that first saw the light of the day back in 2007. Burnley's Jonathan Radford AKA Diesler was a busy lad in the mid-00s, dropping long-players on the Tru Thoughts label in 2005 and 2006 before switching to Freestyle for his third. 'The Rhythm Station' features many different vocalists and covers a range of styles, from straight-up soul to broken beat and hip-hop... and that's just in the first three tracks! Elsewhere on the album there's room too for lounge-y jazz ('Dopplegang Land') and shufflin' Latino vibes ('The I In Team'), while this Bonus Edition adds in a trio of remixes courtesy of Lack Of Afro, Deela and The Jazzinvaders.
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FSRCD 032DELUXE
04 Aug 23
Funk
Kingdom
Kingdom - (5:45) 98 BPM
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FSRLP 149S1
30 Jul 23
Funk
Promise Land: Vocals & Version
Various
Frankie Paul - "Serious Time" - (3:33) 75 BPM
Joseph Cotton - "Trod In Africa" - (3:34) 77 BPM
Prince Malachi - "Worldwide Poverty" - (3:32) 75 BPM
Anthony John - "Rise Above" - (3:30) 77 BPM
Albert "Alchemist" Thompson - "Promise Land Version" - (3:35) 77 BPM Hot
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FSR 128
30 Jun 23
Roots/Lovers Rock
Come Touch Tomorrow
I Dream Too Much - (5:15) 77 BPM
Come Touch Tomorrow - (5:42) 142 BPM Hot
Don't You Ever Take Your Love - (4:55) 152 BPM
Samba Para Mi - (2:55) 131 BPM
Boy What A Joy - (5:32) 62 BPM
The Camouflage - (7:23) 148 BPM
Naima - (7:11) 134 BPM
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FSRLP 148
23 Jun 23
Funk
Worldwide Poverty
Worldwide Poverty - (3:32) 75 BPM
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FSR 128S3
16 Jun 23
Roots/Lovers Rock
Rise Above
Rise Above - (3:30) 77 BPM
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FSR 128S4
16 Jun 23
Roots/Lovers Rock
Trod In Africa
Trod In Africa - (3:34) 77 BPM
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FSR 128S2
16 Jun 23
Roots/Lovers Rock
Serious Time
Serious Time - (3:33) 75 BPM
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FSR 128S1
16 Jun 23
Roots/Lovers Rock
Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love)
Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love) (Soul mix) - (8:02) 95 BPM Hot
Can't Get Enough (Of Your Love) (Reggae mix) - (6:34) 93 BPM
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FSR 125
09 Jun 23
Hip Hop/R&B
Voo Sobre O Horizonte / Why
Voo Sobre O Horizonte - (4:54) 151 BPM
Why - (4:29) 92 BPM Hot
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JS 7S368
05 May 23
Soul
Got To Know
Got To Know (Dance mix) - (5:00) 54 BPM Hot
Got To Know (Cool mix) - (3:36) 54 BPM
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FSR 114
14 Apr 23
Funk
Guess Who
Show Me The Way (feat Mark Antonio) - (4:40) 117 BPM
Do What We Gotta Do (feat Delroy Dyer & Gina Foster) - (4:25) 115 BPM
I Like To Party (feat Andre Stevens, Imaani, Kemi & Delroy Dyer) - (4:34) 94 BPM
Gonna Make You Happy (feat Jill Francis) - (3:44) 102 BPM Hot
Love Don't Strike Twice (feat Easton) - (3:53) 85 BPM
Share My Love With You (feat Imaani) - (4:43) 68 BPM
Fantasy (feat Gina Foster) - (4:40) 92 BPM
Without You In My Life (feat Delores) - (4:04) 84 BPM
Sweet Vibrations - (1:54) 75 BPM
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FSRLP 142
07 Apr 23
Hip Hop/R&B
It's Just Amazing
It's Just Amazing - (5:14) 62 BPM Hot
It's Just Amazing (instrumental mix 1) - (4:39) 62 BPM
It's Just Amazing (instrumental mix 2) - (4:55) 62 BPM
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FSR 119
07 Apr 23
Funk
Just One More Kiss
Just One More Kiss (feat Janey Hallett) - (5:50) 60 BPM
Just One More Mix - (5:27) 60 BPM
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FSR 121
31 Mar 23
Funk
Pretty Lady
Pretty Lady - (5:04) 120 BPM Hot
Come On Let's Do It (Let's Rock) - (3:20) 119 BPM
Review: T.J. Johnson was the artist alias of Thomas Julien Bedeau, who also worked as a session musician under his own name. He had a handful of releases out in the early 80s and here Freestyle reissue his 1982 debut, which originally came out on UK label Switch. 'Pretty Lady' is underpinned by a fat funk bassline, driven along by an infectious, summer-y guitar groove and topped with alternating boogie-style male and female vocals, augmented by horn blasts, while the accompanying 'Come On Let's Do It (Let's Rock') is a piano- and brass-powered affair with more hefty funk bass, and has something of a Patrice Rushen-esque feel.
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FSR 122
24 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
All That I Wanted Was You / Fantasy
All That I Wanted Was You - (3:46) 61 BPM Hot
Fantasy - (4:03) 120 BPM
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FSR 7100
17 Mar 23
Funk
Girls World
Girls World (extended Dance mix) - (6:06) 58 BPM Hot
Girls World (extended instrumental Dance mix) - (5:38) 58 BPM
Girls World (radio mix) - (3:56) 116 BPM
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FSR 131
10 Mar 23
Funk
I've Got Love
I've Got Love (vocal mix) - (5:28) 58 BPM Hot
I've Got Love (instrumental mix) - (5:37) 58 BPM
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FSR 120
10 Mar 23
Funk
Hard Times
Hard Times - (3:28) 53 BPM Hot
If You Want My Love - (3:34) 54 BPM
Review: A must for the boogie lovers here! UK band Chequers formed in Aylesbury in 1973, initially as a reggae band. As the years progressed, they moved first into funk and soul, and then back towards their ska roots during the late 70s Mod revival. Their final release 'Hard Times', however, found them exploring the then-nascent sounds of boogie and electro - to great effect, but sadly little commercial success. Now, with copies of the original 1983 seven-inch selling online for around ?1,000, veteran funk and breaks label Freestyle helpfully bring the world this far more affordable reissue...
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FSR 7098
03 Mar 23
Funk
Sexy Lady
Sexy Lady - (4:16) 107 BPM Hot
Sexy Lady (instrumental) - (4:40) 107 BPM
Welcome To A Dream - (4:58) 104 BPM
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FSR 118
24 Feb 23
Pop
The Way U Make Me Feel
The Way U Make Me Feel - (6:07) 116 BPM Hot
Turning Over - (3:48) 115 BPM
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FSR 115
10 Feb 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
I Won't Give You Up
I Won't Give You Up (feat Diane Jones) - (6:08) 107 BPM Hot
We Would Like To Spend Some Time With You - (4:27) 122 BPM
Review: Freestyle Records has got a brilliant and rather rare bit of boogie here in the form of Eddie Capone's 'I Wont Give You Up.' This is the first officially licensed reissue of this 1985 gem by the reggae, funk and soul mainstay of that decade. He played with various noted outfits such as Chairmen of the Board, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come and Edwin Starr and was also in the short-lived band Casablanca. He founded the Treatment band in the early 1980s and played with a rotating cast of musicians. The tunes included on this single are some of them with Diane Jones providing vocals, which is the standout gem.
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FSR 113
27 Jan 23
Funk
I Can Make It (Good For You)
I Can Make It (Good For You) - (7:55) 122 BPM Hot
Dragonfly - (7:05) 118 BPM
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FSR 123
25 Nov 22
Funk
Dancing Inner Space, 1982-1984
Inside You - (5:22) 110 BPM
Ecuador - (5:10) 113 BPM
Inca Sacrifice - (7:02) 113 BPM
Dancing Inner Space - (6:54) 121 BPM
Dancing Inner Space (Long Distance version) - (9:31) 121 BPM
Break It Up - (7:39) 122 BPM
Breaking Point - (6:41) 121 BPM
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FSRLP 143
18 Nov 22
Electro
Steppin' Out On The Groove
Steppin' Out On The Groove - (5:49) 117 BPM Hot
Steppin' Out On The Groove (instrumental) - (5:55) 116 BPM
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FSR 124
04 Nov 22
Funk
The Man (Fugi Roc For Funki Dred Productions Remix)
The Man (Fugi Roc For Funki Dred Productions remix) - (4:28) 86 BPM Hot
The Man (Fugi Roc For Funki Dred Productions remix instrumental) - (4:23) 86 BPM
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FSR 7101RMX
04 Nov 22
Hip Hop/R&B
Checking Out
Checking Out - (5:49) 116 BPM
High On A Feeling - (3:29) 117 BPM Hot
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FSR 110
28 Oct 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Love Don't Live Here Anymore
Love Don't Live Here Anymore - (5:59) 76 BPM Hot
Love Don't Live Here Version (feat Dean Fraser) - (6:21) 77 BPM
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FSR 130
14 Oct 22
Roots/Lovers Rock
The Fundamental Nature Of Being Part Two
The Simien Fox - (5:38) 61 BPM
High Noises - (5:18) 120 BPM
Bebe & Lorraine - (8:23) 156 BPM
Inside The Flame Burns Brightly Still - (8:16) 113 BPM
Salt Flat Muscle - (5:36) 99 BPM
Recollection - (10:11) 151 BPM Hot
Sugar John - (5:27) 81 BPM
Hall Of Bright Carvings - (8:25) 103 BPM
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FSRLP 136DD
30 Sep 22
Jazz
Clap Hands/Double O One Disco
Clap Hands - (3:15) 123 BPM Hot
Double O One Disco - (3:26) 134 BPM
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FSR 7096
23 Sep 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Fundamental Nature Of Being, Part One
Broken Flowers - (7:15) 128 BPM Hot
Abyssinian Suite (Part 4) - (4:52) 111 BPM
Dust - (7:12) 88 BPM
Valley Of The Crucible - (8:03) 63 BPM
Shakedown - (4:34) 131 BPM
Way Of The Long Death - (7:33) 152 BPM
Rumba Cyclique - (5:42) 92 BPM
Sands Of Time - (7:19) 100 BPM
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FSRLP 135DD
16 Sep 22
Jazz
Touching The Times
Touching The Times - (6:33) 52 BPM Hot
Touching The Times (instrumental) - (5:48) 52 BPM
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FSR 111
26 Aug 22
Electro
You Gotta Shout/Love & Romance
You Gotta Shout - (4:30) 124 BPM Hot
Love & Romance - (2:59) 83 BPM
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FSR 7095
15 Jul 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Man (Refix)
The Man (Refix) - (3:36) 86 BPM
The Man - (4:12) 86 BPM
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FSR 7101
08 Jul 22
Hip Hop/R&B
Dancer
Dancer (vocal mix) - (5:26) 117 BPM Hot
Dancer (instrumental mix) - (5:26) 117 BPM
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FSR 116
03 Jun 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Remind Me
Remind Me - (5:00) 90 BPM Hot
Remind Me (Different Style) - (4:31) 92 BPM
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FSR 109
20 May 22
Funk
Dust/Salt Flat Muscle
Dust - (7:12) 88 BPM Hot
Salt Flat Muscle - (5:36) 99 BPM
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SHAOLIN 1
13 May 22
Jazz
Potion
Potion - (6:00) 60 BPM Hot
Potion (instrumental mix) - (5:54) 60 BPM
Review: If you're thinking, 'Hmm, those are some authentically early 80s-sounding boogie vibes right there!" then you're not wrong, as Freestyle Records reissue a 1981 cut from Rick Clarke, a soul vocalist from North London who would go on to bigger things later in the decade. 'Potion' is served up in simple vocal and instrumental versions so there's not a lot to tell you mix-wise, except to say the instrumental is where some truly sublime geetar really gets to shine through. BTW the track also featured on Z Records' 'Backstreet Brit Funk Vol 2' comp in 2013, and if it's good enough for Dave Lee...
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FSR 108
06 May 22
Funk
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