Review: This is an exciting proposition. It sees Speedometer, arguably the heaviest and tightest of the UK's funk revival bands, join forces with stone cold soul legend Sidney Barnes (Rotary Connection) for a pair of unashamedly sweet dancefloor cuts. Barnes' vocal delivery - sweet, sultry, soulful and oozing emotion - is a perfect match for Speedometer's parping, horn-and-organ-heavy grooves. "Best Thing (That Ever Happened)", with its intense organ solos and high tempo, is probably the pick for club plays, but the slower, groovier "If I Could Only Be Sure" is arguably the better track. Either way, both tracks are excellent. Recommended.
Review: Another victorious find for Vienna's Record Shack; an unreleased recording from the 60s where Oceans singer Betty Semper laces her dulcets over an instrumental of Donnie Elbert's "A Love I Believe In" (as sung by Maxine and unearthed by Acid Jazz a few years back) A true blue floor-kicking Northern Soul classic once the sole preserve of a very limited few, this beauty has now been officially democratised and the world is funkier place.
Review: Almetta Lattimore was a '70s US soul singer who sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin and had a hit of her own with "Tobacco Road". Her we have two rarities further rarities from her - the powerful Philly-style orchestrated soul of "These Memories" and the sunny-side-up-funk of "Oh My Love".
Review: Not the legendary UK hi-NRG label of the same name, this Record Shack hail from Germany and specialise in putting out the rarest funk tunes that they can find. Alternating between old and old-sounding tunes, their latest missive is by the mysterious TPS. "UFO" could have been recorded at any time between now and the early '70s and is a quirky hammond and brass stabs affair, the kind of thing Austin Powers might have playing in his boudoir. "Space: 1999" on the other hand leaps from the '60s to the '70s to cover the theme of the eponymous kitschy sci-fi show.