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WEEK STARTING 27 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of WaJazz: Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol.II - Deep, Heavy And Beautiful Jazz From Japan 1962-1985 - The King Records Masters - Selected By Yusuke Ogawa (Universounds) by Various Artists.

Various Artists

WaJazz: Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol.II - Deep, Heavy And Beautiful Jazz From Japan 1962-1985 - The King Records Masters - Selected By Yusuke Ogawa (Universounds)

"It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the second volume of the "Japanese Jazz Spectacle" series. Following the first compilation which focused on recordings from the Nippon Columbia catalog, this time we are digging into the King Records archives. It is almost impossible to capture the whole picture of Wa-Jazz in a couple of compilation albums since it is such a broad and deep genre, however, by extracting tracks from the Nippon Columbia and King Records collections - both labels having an extensive archive of jazz music - we may be able to glimpse a part of its allure and essence. This time again, I have made the music selection with this idea in mind. The music in this compilation was recorded between 1962 and 1985 and is a brief history of Japanese jazz on King Records. Listening is believing, so I hope these tracks will capture your heart and that you will enjoy the charms of Japanese jazz." - Yusuke Ogawa

Yusuke Ogawa has been running the Universounds store in Tokyo since 2001, specializing in jazz and second-hand, rare, and collector records. He is also a reissue supervisor, label manager, DJ, and music writer. Known for his vast musical knowledge, eye for detail, and archival skills, Ogawa has worked on more than 250 reissues and compilations – including the highly praised Deep Jazz Reality and Project Re:Vinyl series. He is the co-author of the Wa-Jazz Disc Guide and the Independent Black Jazz of America books.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Another winning set from WaJazz, shining a light on Japan's King Records across two decades. Ranging from wild honk to louche lounge and dazzling jazz-funk; it's a supreme collection for any lover of the genre.

TRACK LISTING

1. Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation - Clair Deluge
2. Tadao Sawai & Toshiyuki Miyama & New Herd Orchestra - Constant Rain
3. Akira Miyazawa - Yamame
4. Various Artists - Ma Mère L'Oye
5. Masao Yagi - Blossom In The Water
6. Masahiko Togashi & Isao Suzuki - A Day Of The Sun
7. Yasuko Nagamine & Yasuaki Shimizu - Summer Wind
8. Hideo Shiraki - Sayonara Blues
9. Masahiko Togashi & His Improvisation Jazz Orchestra - Desireless
10. Takeru Muraoka & His New Group - Lady Boogie
11. Yoshio Ikeda - Down To The Sea
12. George Otsuka Quintet - Loving You

Comet Records present a tasty reissues of “Dilijans” by Ayizan. A mind-blowing session of spiritual Jazz recorded in NYC in 1984 led by Haitian genius Alix Pascal blending traditional Ra Ra elements with modal / spiritual melodies. The result was like nothing else coming out of Haiti or the Haitian exile community in the US at the time. Dark, mystical, lyrical and abstract, with its otherworldly shifting rhythms, “Dilijans” came off like a Haitian version of “Bitches Brew”.

The album sounds less like a stylish mini-jazz performing in a hotel dancehall than like a cry of ancestors emanating from the spirit world to lament over the complications of modern Haitian society.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Crazy good Haitian jazz with spiritual moods and some truly amazing playing throughout. One of those records we knew nothing about but every time we put on the shop turntable someone buys one! Won't hang around long unfortunately...

TRACK LISTING

Deblozay
Pwoblem
Dilijans
Tribilasyon
Tèm (Ayizan)

Time for some rare late 70s soul royalty out of Memphis, Tennessee, a top rung rarity on the collector scene, Coco & Ben - Good Feelin'. Ben Robinson was recently tracked down by friends of the label Daniel Mathis and Robert Garcia, lucky for the world he was still sitting on the tapes for this slightly longer take (as well as some unreleased tracks) allowing us to cut this disco floater as a nice loud 12" for the first time, now sounding better than it ever has, don't sleep on the flip either. Utterly essential record.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Loads of AOTN out this week but this baby might have escaped your intrepid ears. A royal excursion into southern American disco which few have laid hands on until now.

TRACK LISTING

1. Good Feelin'
2. See The World

Yussef Dayes

Experience Live At Joshua Tree (Presented By Soulection)

    Yussef Dayes releases LIVE AT JOSHUA TREE, the sound recording from a naturalistic video shot in Joshua Tree, California in collaboration with Soulection. Featuring Venna on sax, Rocco Palladino on bass, Alexander Bourt on percussion and Elijah Fox on keys, the vinyl release of this stellar session includes the exclusive vinyl-only track ‘For My Ladies’.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Raisins Under The Sun (Desert Version)
    A2. For My Ladies (Feat. Elijah Fox)
    A3. Odyssey
    A4. Golden Hour (Feat. Rocco Palladino)
    A5. Mystics (Feat. Venna)
    A6. Rhythms Of Xango (feat. Alexander Bourt)

    2023 Starts with a doubler sided disco action from East Coast Love Affair - Taking the vocal from obscure Minneapolis lo-fi band 'Quiet Storm' master tape (Big up Numero Group) and building a whole new deep disco 45. 'Get Down' is deep dance floor chugger using the O.G studio gear that would have been used at the time, strictly analog business. On the flip, 'Can You Deal' is a more uptempo boogie joint. Both killers as always. Lots more from ECLA this year!!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Get Down (feat. Quiet Storm)
    2. Can You Deal (feat. Quiet Storm)

    A mainstay of the UK's reggae, soul, funk & rock circuits since the early 1970s, Eddie Capone has played with a diverse and revered collection of acts; Chairmen of the Board, The Foundations, Black Velvet, The Elgins, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Arthur Lee's Love, Billy Preston and Edwin Starr to name but a few. Eddie was also part of short-lived group Casablanca, with David Costa & Barry Clarke of early 70's folk-rockers Trees, signed to Elton John's Rocket Record Company.

    Eddie founded the Treatment band in the early 1980s bringing in a revolving cast of singers and players, and created the Treatment Records imprint out of his own Black Rock studio in South East London in 1982. Releasing a string of singles - with efforts from Eddie Capone's Treatment, a side-project with singer Beryl Marsden as Salt & Pepper, and a single from Norwegian group Wave - Treatment Records then followed this up in 1985 with the 12" release of "I Won't Give You Up" with Diane Jones brought in on vocal duties for what has since become a much sought-after slice of UK boogie-funk, and backed up with the sublime "We Would Like To Spend Some Time With You". I Won't Give You Up picked up decent support pre-release with favourable reviews in Echoes, plays from Tony Blackburn on his BBC Radio London slot, and regular club rotation - though the label's distributor started having from problems at the time of release which put paid to any further progress.

    Treatment Records continued through the 1980s through to early 1990s releasing Eddie's music, both as a solo artist and as part of collaborative side-projects, and Eddie has continued to write, perform and produce music from his home studio right through to the present day. As a committed community figure & activist in South East London, Eddie has since 2014 re-started Treatment Records under the name of 3G Treatment - bringing together three generations of people from the local area to ensure young artists & musicians have access to the expertise and experience of their elders for support and encourage successful careers in the industry.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. I Won't Give You Up (feat. Diane Jones)
    2. We Would Like To Spend Some Time With You

    Those Japanese reel-revivalists Edit & Dub have been back at it - injecting fresh new life into forgotten B-sides and lost gems from the disco and jazz-funk eras.

    Number 14 in the series sees Earth, Wind & Fire's "Can't Hide Love" transformed into a bubblin, buoyant jazz-funk bonanza; with wandering Rhodes, frenetic bass part and gentle 'oos' and 'ahhs' from the backing vocalists. It's a tour de force of jazz dance fun!

    On the flip it's the equally infectious, "Bad For Me" by Dee Dee Bridgewater. Reminiscent of Diana Ross' "Love Hangover", it possess funky, syncopated guitar chops; lavish and sexy boogie vox and a bustling rhythm section. One of those incendiary, feel-good disco blasts that'll have the floor pogoing in no time. Highly recommended!


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Tat Dee Dee Bridgewater track's been top of my wants list for a while - and I'm happy to settle for a tasty Edit & Dub tweak who max out the vibe and keep those funky Strat chops ricocheting around my mind till the very last beats. Seriously - if you can't shake a tail feather or two to this one I recommend getting your pulse checked pronto.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side 1
    1. Can't Hide Love (extended Disco Mix) (10:50)
    Side 2
    1. Bad For Me (Disco Re-edit) (7:10)

    Francis The Great "Look Up In The Sky " is taken from the 1977 Ravissante Baby album later re-issued by French label Hot Casa back in 2015 from which this version is licensed. This hypnotic instrumental re edit version has the track's main focus immersed in the irresistible afro funk groove highlighting the pounding bass from Victor Edimo & Toto Guillaume on guitar over 7 minutes . Hand-numbered to 400 only copies with the b side being a unique full side lazer etching of the Mukatsuku label logo.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Look Up In The Sky (Nik Mukatsuku Official Instrumental Re-Edit)

    A rather obscure and fantastical 45 by American jazz clarinetistand tenor saxophonist Wendell Harrison. A moody dusty fingers style downtempo cover of Stevie Wonder's sleeper Rocket Love from the LP 'Hotter Than July'. This one seems to have passed by many collectors, including myself, I was only turned onto it recently despite loving Wendell's catalog.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Rocket Love
    2. No Turnin' Back

    Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu, Jive Connection

    Face To Face - 2023 Reissue

      Strut revives a lost recording from the archives in January with a 2002 collaboration between acclaimed South African folk singer Vusi Mahlasela, singer songwriter Norman Zulu and Swedish jazz / soul collective Jive Connection.

      The links between South Africa and Sweden have long been strong with Sweden one of the most supportive European nations in the struggle against apartheid; the government helped to fund the ANC for decades and Mandela visited the country on one of his first European stops following his release from prison in 1990.

      Sotho folk singer Vusi Mahlasela, dubbed “The Voice” Of South Africa, performed at Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and has enjoyed his own long relationship with Sweden, regularly embarking on cultural exchanges and forging a strong bond with the Jive Connection band, featuring guitarist / bassist Stefan Bergman and Little Dragon drummer Erik Bodin within its line-up.

      Although touring regularly, the collaboration has rarely been documented beyond a lone studio album in 1994. This “lost” recording, discovered in the archives of producer Torsten Larsson, also features songwriter / vocalist Norman Zulu and showcases their natural musical chemistry together. Vusi’s songs have traditionally addressed the struggle for freedom and the need for reconciliation and, here, his lyrics are as powerful as ever, ranging from parables (‘Prodigal Son’) to an unflinching lament on child abuse (‘Faceless People’). Jive Connection vary the soundtrack, bringing in hints of reggae, jazz and post-punk alongside traditional township arrangements.

      Face To Face is mastered by The Carvery. Artwork features unseen photos from the album sessions along with full lyrics. Produced in association with Torsten Larsson. 


      TRACK LISTING

      1. PRODIGAL SON
      2. UMZALA
      3. FACELESS PEOPLE
      4. INKOMO
      5. FACE TO FACE
      6. THEMBA LAMI
      7. INTOMBI YE MBALI
      8. PUSH
      9. ABANTU ABANGANA BUSO
      10. ANASTACIA
      11. B4 THULULALELE
      12. ROOTS
      13. STILL
      14. SON OF PRODIGAL SON

      Nostalgia 77

      The Loneliest Flower In The Village

      For the past 20 years Nostalgia 77 has become a catch all for the musical life of Benedic Lamdin. His schizophrenic offerings range from songwriting sessions, soundtracks, excursions into Soul and in this case Jazz. The Loneliest Flower in the Village is an album that sees Lamdin reunited with longtime collaborator and arranger Riaan Vosloo and experienced veterans from a host of Nostalgia 77 projects.

      'It had been a long time since we'd gigged or recorded so the idea was as much a little reunion in the studio as any grand plan to record an album' says Lamdin. 'The idea wasn't to do anything new (the material is both a few originals and a few covers), more just hear these players and their easy familiarity with each other after the disruption of Covid'.

      Playing a clutch of originals by Riaan Vosloo and James Allsopp and covers by long term influences from South Africa such as Chris MacGregor and Abdullah Ibrahim, the emphasis is on strong melodies and open reaches for the soloists. The title track draws upon the song written by South African bassist Johnny Dyani and the result is spectacular; British jazz at heart but awash with references to South Africa and its strong jazz heritage.

      'I'm pleased to say that I think this record is the best account of how the band (playing in this lineup since about 2010 ) sounds live. Full of energy and ranging from serene to firing on all cylinders.'

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Dakar
      2. Ishmael
      3. The Sun Is Big
      4. The Hooper
      5. Flower
      6. Love In Outer Space

      Will & James Ragar

      Forever / Bayou Paradise

      BBE Music announces the first-ever re-issue of this sun baked folk/jazz hybrid 45 by Louisiana brothers Will & James Ragar. First released in 1981, this private press 7" showcases Will & James' songwriting skills, refined performance and sophisticated compositions. Remastered by Frank Merritt the re-issue has an analogue warmth that the brothers say sounds even more pleasing than the original. Will & James Ragar began as the Will James Band performing on the popular 'Crawfish Circuit' of Southern Louisiana - this circuit included New Orleans, Thibodaux and Baton Rouge. They played blues, rock and jazz combos, covering everything from James Taylor to Jimi Hendrix. Eventually evolving into an acoustic folk-rock duo by the time they entered the studio in 1980. Both tracks on the 45 were recorded at River City studios in Baton Rouge in 1980. The engineer had the Allman Brothers on his list of recording credits, so they felt they were in excellent company. "Bayou Paradise" was an ode to the beauty of Southern Louisiana. The famous Sunshine bridge over wetlands as the sounds of migrating geese echo overhead on their journey down the Mississippi River flyway. The Atchafalaya river basin flows into the Gulf of Mexico near Lafayette creating a large wetland area and lush lakes connected by endless bayous. Miles and miles of lush swamps with many uninhabited areas just waiting to be explored.

      "Forever" captures the exhilaration of new love, focusing on its intoxication and ecstasy without looking ahead to the reality of a life on the road. The soulful chorus inspires motion and enthusiasm. The shadow of Woodstock had a defining role against tradition. Things were changing socially. Loving someone forever was always part of the dream but seemingly broken in an age of break-ups and divorce. The optimistic hope that "love will survive" was half dream and half pessimistic glance forward at the social trends of relationships that were to follow. The studio band included Will & James. John Smart on keyboards, he's solo on "Forever" was achieved with the Legendary Analog Prophet synth and saturated the studio with rich layers of its distinctive sound, driving the up-tempo chorus. Dave D'Aubin, a versatile bass player whose resonant tone is very present on both songs. Tommy Jefferson is on drums, an alumnus of the Southern University jazz program, the same place Randy Jackson and Billy Cobham studied. Tommy used a tight higher pitch snare drum on the recording, a sound that would soon become very popular, but at that time was a little ahead of the curve. The session was recorded on analogue tape using the 24-track MCI recorder and mixed down to analogue tape for the single. Will & James added vocal harmonies and soaked up the fidelity during mix-down. The release coincides with the long-awaited re-issue of the brothers' album 'Will & James Ragar One'. This much sort after private press long-player was originally released in 1980 and sold locally in a limited run has now been fully remastered by Frank Merritt. BBE Music presents the album in a glorious gatefold with extensive sleeve notes. This time the vinyl will be pressed over 2 discs to produce the best sound possible.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Forever
      2. Bayou Paradise

      Garrett Saracho, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

      Garrett Saracho JID15

        Born in Los Angeles to fourth generation Angelenos, Garrett’s childhood was surrounded by music. The afternoons spent at his uncle’s boxing gym in Montebello introduced him to jazz, and the restaurants he worked in as a teenager exposed him to stars such as Cal Tjader and Eddie Cano. In 1973, Garrett re-emerged in the scene rejuvenated and recalibrated releasing “En Medio” - a singular vision, a multi-genre blend of Latin rhythm, headhunter-inflicted funk, and Arkestra jazz, one that could have only come from LA. Today, Garrett is ready to meet his fans, and make many more, as he wraps up his entry in the Jazz Is Dead series and records new music for the first time in decades. 

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Sabor Del Ritmo
        A2 Altitude
        A3 White Buffalo
        A4 Trucha
        B1 The Gardens
        B2 73
        B3 El Cambio Es Necesario
        B4 Calo

        Archie Shepp

        Blasé

          Florida-born saxophonist, composer, poet, actor and playwright Archie Shepp was one of the most articulate exponents of politicized black culture in the late ‘60s, a time of enormous upheaval and radical thought. Relocating to Paris he made a number of highly influential albums, such as Blasé, that broached the essential themes of freedom and racial equality, and tapped into the bedrock of African-American music. Gospel and blues were a major part of the work, which also had a strong avant-garde sensibility. The band featured stellar vocalist Jeanne Lee and members of Art Ensemble Of Chicago. These trailblazing artists who combined jazz, poetry and radical politics made a definitive musical statement. “This re-mastered version of a seminal album still has great musical and emotional power... “ Kevin Le Gendre

          TRACK LISTING

          1. My Angel
          2. Blasé
          3. There Is A Balm In Gilead
          4. Sophisticated Lady
          5. Touareg

          Sun Ra

          Marshall Allen Presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra:In The Orbit Of Ra - 2023 Repress

            Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bringing together Ra highlights from over 25 years of music, the album is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, curated personally by the Arkestra and mastered from the original tapes. With a catalogue of well over a hundred albums, Sun Ra forged his own direction in music from the mid ‘50s until his passing in 1993, injecting space age cosmic philosophy, ancient Egyptian history and lyrical poetry into a unique and freeform jazz sound. His music evolved constantly with relentless rehearsals, live gigging and recording schedules, developing a second?sense chemistry with his fellow Arkestra band members. Together, their emphasis would often be on improvisation and “the moment”, constantly re?interpreting and evolving their sound. Elements of magic and ritual would regularly feature in their performances and would lend the Arkestra a mystical aura.

            For this exclusive new collection, Strut join forces with Art Yard to gain access to the inner sanctum of the Arkestra. In addition to the track selection, the release features recollections and contributions from some of the core Arkestra line?up including Marshall Allen, Michael Ray, Knoel Scott and Danny Ray Thompson. For the music, Allen’s selection takes us through the huge variety and intricacy of the Arkestra’s work covering the ‘60s to early ‘80s, from the celestial blues of ‘Spontaneous Simplicity’ and ‘Plutonian Nights’ to the urgent jazz of ‘Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus’ and ‘Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens’. The album features an exclusive previously unreleased Sun Ra track from the Art Yard archives, the acoustic ‘Trying To Put The Blame On Me’ recorded live in Rome in 1977, along with a previously unreleased Part 1 of ‘Reflects Motion’ from 1962 and an unheard extended version of ‘Island In The Sun’ from the late ‘60s.

            ‘In The Orbit Of Ra’ is released on 2CD and 2LP. Physical formats feature full interview with Marshall Allen along with rare and previously unpublished photos by Val Wilmer.

            TRACK LISTING

            LP 1
            1. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – Somewhere In Space
            2. Sun Ra & His Solar‐Myth Arkestra – The Lady With The Golden Stockings
            3. Sun Ra And His Afro Infinity Arkestra – Somebody Else’s World
            4. Sun Ra – Spontaneous Simplicity
            5. Sun Ra & His Solar‐Myth Arkestra – Plutonian Nights
            6. The Sun Ra Arkestra – Angels And Demons At Play
            7. Sun Ra – Island In The Sun
            8. Sun Ra – Rocket Number Nine Take Off For Planet Venus
            9. Sun Ra – Solar Differentials 

            LP2
            1. Sun Ra And His Arkestra ‐ Afro Black
            2. Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - Have You Heard The Latest News From Neptune
            3. Sun Ra – Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens
            4. Sun Ra – Trying To Put The Blame On Me
            5. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Planet Earth
            6. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – The Nile
            7. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion
            8. Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra – Reflects Motion (part 2)
            9. Sun Ra – Ancient Ethiopia 10. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Interplanetary Music
            11. Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra – We Travel The Spaceways  

            Beyond rare modern soul from 1986 Produced by Willie Harpe and Performed by Tom Lipkins 'TL'. A cover-up for George Mahood and later Soul Sam under the name "Hamilton Connection", surprisingly no more copies of this single have ever turned up but Willie did have the stereo master tape for this release. Big one for the Modern soul and rare disco heads.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Give It Up
            2. Let's Talk It Over

            “Enter The Decagon” assembles friends of the label - near and far - for further excursions into the abyss of industrial, folk, jazz and ambient music.

            From Copenhagen hails Kristi Brud (Bride of Christ) extending us with a shimmering violin contemplation initially made for the short art film piece The Abduction of Europa, absorbing a modal ambiance of harmonics rooted in central European renaissance. Recorded in Svalöv in rural Skåne comes a hillbilly folk jazz piece constructed by Joel and Ivar on equal parts violin, flute, upright bass and percussion, recorded somewhere in the misty era of of 2012-2015. Then, an interlude follows, reconstructed from the very early live sets of the label's own Inre Kretsen Grupp, laden with tuned metallic percussions and synthesized bow sounds. Following up, the idiosyncratic local talent Fai Ling offers a piece of Basinski/Hassel-esque horn repetitions in full deterioration. Concluding the A-side of the compilation is the band that never was - the only released material of Prins Emanuel and Golden Ivy's Börringe Kloster project - encapsulating their minimal maximal approach of low quality sound samples turned in to a wall of sound of rhythm of sorts.

            The B-side picks up on different musings in the form of ambient cadence and carefully sculpted soundscapes signed Phillipp Otterbach, who gives us an unraveling journey into kalimba-hampered harmonies carried through a bed of industrial, synthesized sounds. Moonilena follows up with an eerie yet beautiful minimal composition of radio disturbances and repetitive, ear catching melodies.
            Breaking the barrier of stillness, local producer and Catholic chant music fiend Digge Shim performs a rhytmical, tongue-in-cheek number that pulls widely from both the hymnal traditions of medieval Europe as well as the zonked out ambient trance sounds you'd meet in a mid nineties Goa chill-out room.
            Near the tip of the decagon, we find the Cypriot producer, singer and lyricist Spivak presenting us with a feeling of the-familiar-but-never-heard in the form of an ambient pop breakbeat number with carefully crafted choirs oscillating on top - hauntingly beautiful and equally danceable.

            Ending in the best of styles, well-mannered umarel and purveyor of drum-smitten metallic sounds shows us what Moisture is really about - the mental image of finding your true self dancing in purgatory in a never-released Kenneth Anger film set, encumbered with red lights and occult paraphernalia.


            TRACK LISTING

            Kristi Brud - Variations Of La Folia - The Abduction Of Europa
            Joel Ivar - Svalov 9 Juli
            Inre Kretsen Grupp - Interlud
            Fai Ling - Ikaros Svett Short Version
            Borringe Kloster - Hommage A Eva Ramel
            Philipp Otterbach - The Lost Track
            Moonilena - Onio
            Digge Shim - A Friend In Deed
            Spivak - Oauver
            Moisture - Blue Tea

            Various Artists

            Miami Funk – Funk Gems From Henry Stone Records

              Another killer compilation from the ever-reliable Wagram here, featuring some of the most well known tracks in the history of funk from one of the most well known musical conduits, Henry Stone. Pieces like 'Funky Nassau' will definitely be something you've heard before, but there are a few less expected gems here too, it's yet another perfect overview from one of the greatest forces in the resonably priced compilation game.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Milton Wright - Keep It Up
              A2. Beginning Of The End - Funky Nassau
              A3. All The People - Cramp Your Style
              A4. Freddie Scott - Same Old Beat
              A5. Raphael Munnings - Sleep On, Dream On
              A6. Vicki Anderson - I'm Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff (Hot Pants)
              A7. Clarence Reid - Miss Hot Stuff
              B1. James Brown - Smokin' & Drinkin'
              B2. George McCrae & Gwen McCrae - The Rub
              B3. The Funky Bunch - Miami Funk
              B4. Little Beaver - Funkadelic Sound
              B5. The Jimmy Castor Bunch - Future Place
              B6. The King Tutt Band - Throwdown (Unreleased)
              C1. Wilson Pickett -Let Me Know
              C2. Leno Phillips - I Like My Birdie
              C3. Snoopy Dean -Shake N' Bump, Pt. 1
              C4. Funky Nassau -Bahama Soul Stew
              C5. Uncle Louie - Full Tilt Boogie
              C6. Timmy Thomas - You're The Song (I've Always Wanted To Sing)
              C7. Bobby Byrd - Back From The Dead
              D1. Willie "Beaver" Hale - Groove On
              D2 Jonny K - I'm Afraid Of The Dark
              D3. Tempest Trio - Starlight
              D4. Blowfly - Nobody's Butt But Yours, Babe
              D5. Betty Wright - Gimme Back My Man

              Various Artists

              Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Funk - 2023 Reissue

                18 years on from its original release, ‘Studio One Funk’ remains one of Soul Jazz Records’ most in demand Studio One titles.

                ‘Studio One Funk’ is made up of rare and unreleased reggae funk from the vaults of Studio One. Ever since the birth of funk in America, the sound has been an ever-present ingredient in the melting pot of Studio One’s musical output.

                The music on this release is a combination of originals, US covers and versions of existing Studio One cuts. Jackie Mittoo shows his appreciation for Booker T and The MGs, the studio group at Memphis’ famous Stax Records, with ‘Hang ‘Em High’, itself a cover of a film soundtrack by Dominic Frontiere. Incredibly this version has never before been released. Booker T’s super funky ‘Melting Pot’ is also covered by the little-known Underground Vegetables.

                Other versions include Isaac Hayes’ classic Blaxploitation soundtrack ‘Shaft’, again by Cedric Im Brooks, another unreleased gem, straight from the tape master. Motown gets a look in with Alton’s stripped-down version of the Spinners classic, ‘It’s A Shame’, written by Stevie Wonder and Syreeta.

                James Brown is apparent in spirit with the JBs-inspired groove on the super rare cut, ‘Now’, by Lee Arab. Lloyd Williams similarly does a fine Kingston-style version of the hardest-working man in showbusiness on ‘Reggae Feet’.

                Version-wise, we have ‘Idleberg’, Cedric Im Brooks’ tough instrumental cut on Horace Andy’s seminal ‘Skylarking’. The little-known Prince Moonie gives us a rare DJ cut of another Horace Andy classic, ‘See A Man’s Face’.

                Pablove Black’s cut of Sidewalk Doctor (aka Poco Tempo) is one of a handful of Studio One releases featuring Augustus Pablo’s trademark instrument, the melodica, played by Black himself.

                Add to these original cuts from Studio One’s heavyweight session players, including Leroy Sibbles, Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Eric Frater, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Richard Ace, Vin Gordon and more, and you have one of the finest selections of reggae and funk you will ever hear.

                “An absolute treasure trove for the collector as well as being great for the ears and feet. Jackie Mittoo's 'Hang Em High' is worth the price of the album on its own.” - Echoes

                “A superb collection that shows how much many Jamaican musicians were influenced by the heavy funk belting out of American studios from the early seventies onwards.” - Touch

                “The most satisfying listening experience so far in the Studio One series.” - The Wire

                TRACK LISTING

                Cedric Im Brooks - Shaft
                Alton Ellis - African Descendants
                Pablove Black - Poco Tempo
                Lloyd Williams – Reggae Feet
                Jackie Mittoo - Hang ‘Em High
                Cedric Im Brooks - Idleberg
                Prince Francis - Beat Down Babylon
                Lee Arab - Now
                Soul Bros - 007
                Prince Moonie - See A Man’s Face
                Im And Sound Dimension - Love Jah
                Leroy Sibbles - Do Your Thing
                The Sharks - Music Answer
                Underground Vegetables - Melting Pot
                Devon Russell - You Found Heaven
                Vin Gordon - Steady Beat
                Alton Ellis - It’s A Shame
                Roy Richards - Another Day
                Delroy Wilson - Funky Broadway

                Star Creature's first official compilation featuring unreleased tracks and new mixes by label fav's E. Live, Giovanni Damico, Shiro Schwarz, Ourra, Saucy Lady, Proh Mic, Amalia and Kutcorners...

                Star Creature is the no. 1 international label for new boogie and modern funk. No other camp has represented the sound so strongly and authentically in present times. Finding a natural habitat across the digital airwaves of many a Manchester radio show, and soundtracking a fair share of its nightlife too (check the whole Wet Play / Full Beam / Red Laser Disco gamut for proof...), it continues the long standing tradition of US dance music going down a storm in the north west of England!

                Star Creature have lavishly dished out seven new tracks for our dancing feet, and at remarkably good value too. They could have just as easily reissued five of their now-sold-out 7" across one disc and charged us twenty quid for it. Instead we get a jam packed 12" with ALL NEW material and featuring a different artist on each track, and for less than the price of two cocktails in the Northern Quarter. Star Creature we love you! 


                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Saucy Lady - A Shooting Star
                A2. Proh Mic - Tunnel Vision
                A3. Kutkorners - The Finest (feat Amalia - E Live Remix)
                A4. Ourra & The Gravity Drive - Instant Sunshine
                B1. Shiro Schwarz - Exoplanet Love
                B2. Giovanni Damico - Cassette Funk
                B3. E Live - Do Me Like That (feat Chesta Blake - Slight Extension Mix)


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