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Latest in the recent string of sizzling reissues from French imprint Favorite is Karriem's "I Love You", a super rare, super soulful mid-tempo disco killer originally released in 79 on Pashlo Records. Pashlo Records was based in Oakland and owned by producer and musician Leroy Smith, who is also known for his Ocampo Records’ imprint, where he produced and recorded the very first songs from Darondo. The label had quite a short life between the middle 70s and early 80s, producing only singles from mostly unknown and forgotten artists. Amongst them was this brilliant and obscure release by Karriem, very hard to find in its original version. Unearthed again in Charles Maurice’s collection, and officially licensed by Leroy Smith, it's reissued here on vinyl for the first time, presented by Favorite Recordings in a deluxe version, housed in a classic tip-on jacket. Sunkissed percussion sits beneath tender synth licks, rubbery bass and killer guitar chops, while the male and female vocals switch between loved up spoken word and soulful serenading. The real winner here is the out of this world synth wiggery in the latter stages of the long mix, perfect for cosmic club transportation.
Patrick says: Everyone's been after a copy, and now it's here. Despite his rather grumpy monk on the LP cover, Karriem is one dreamy guy, giving us a strictly soulful disco bomb with plenty of extra synth sparkle thrown in for good measure.