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Widely available for the first time in forty-five years, featuring ‘It’s A New Day’, one of the most sample breaks in history.

Record collectors, producers and crate diggers like a good creation myth, and Skull Snaps’ self-titled ‘debut’ had it all. A mysterious funk trio, who recorded one album under a curious name, housed it in a sleeve that looked more like a proto-metal album, and released it through a label (GSF Records) that folded shortly afterwards? Everything pointed towards the Skull Snaps album as a single totemic object, packaged in a way that predicted its own disinterment almost twenty-five years later.

For those who sampled it, myth maintenance was advantageous, both for their reputations and for their consciences. Likewise, an unsanctioned 1995 reissue on Charley Records removed the credits from the inner sleeve to further sever the record from its context - or perhaps because the label couldn’t quite face using the names of artists they had no intention of paying. Either way, owning the record was a right of passage, as Amir Abdullah once wrote: “If you don’t have Skull Snaps in your collection, your collection is weak.”

Featuring sleeve notes by Anton Spice. Licensed from Sam Culley.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: One of the most legendary funk oddities of all time makes it's way as a fully licensed reissue, full of soulful grooves, heart-warming harmonies and smooth, funk power. An absolutely essential pick-up this one. Get it while you still can.

Ador / Gerald Wilson & His Orchestra

Let It All Hang Out / California Soul

There's always a party on the cards when a new 5 Borough Breaks drops, and this latest addition is no exception. The A-side hits us with "Let It All Hang Out" from two-hit wonder A.D.O.R., who teamed up with school friend Pete Rock for this fierce 1992 hit. As infectious as it gets, the track sees Pete Rock in peerless form, slicing a classic horn loop into infinity and working the mixer into a frenzy. Stone cold classic. On the flip we get the OG sample source a smooth and summery jazz version of KFC classic "California Soul" as recorded by the Gerals Wilson Orchestra. Vibes 4 dayz!


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