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Man Face is a disco afro studio project from 1977, from the musicians duo Winston Alwyn Gill and Henderson Brathwaite from sounth Africa but recorded in Italy during the disco era. New rediscovered by Early Sounds Recordings in conjunction with Best Record Italy. Pellegrino from the Early Sounds Collective did a good job with additional remix and overdubs for the new "Na Na Na Edit" plus the remastered original disco version available on the flip.

Best Records revive an all time Balearic classic for their latest reissue, bringing us the brilliance Bolognian winner from 1983, Band Aid's marvellous "A Tour In Italy". A bona fide White Isle play for Alfredo, Leo et al, this buoyant blast of sunblushed boogie gets full marks from every single member of the Balearic mafia - so you need to get on it. Checking all the boxes that matter (feelgood chug, funky AF bass, Chic-style guitars and delicate chimes) the O.G. whispers sweet and surreal nothings in at least two languages - what more could you want for a Balearic release? Well, maybe a dub - and it's the dub, with its reverb swathed drums, echo laced horns and flipped arrangement which has remained a staple for all these years. Good job it's on here really. This 2018 reissue also boasts an ace brucey bonus, the unreleased "Mediterranean Version", mixed and overdubbed by Pellegrino from Early Sounds Recordings. The Neapolitan hero brings the mallets to the fore, twists the synth sounds and transforms the track into a percussion party on a disco-not-disco tip.


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Patrick says: Best treat us to a great reissue of an all time classic here, the carefree and cool "A Tour In Italy" by Bologna's Band Aid. This new version offers up the OG, uber-Balearic dub and a brilliant alternative mix from Early Sounds man Pellegrino. Too good.

The Best Records reissue machine come correct with a limited edition of a great pre-80s Italian disco production that's done damage for Joey Negro, Sadar Bahar and Rahaan over the years. Powering into the peaktime with massive funky basslines and great vocals, "I'm In Love" was produced by Marty Celay and Robert Drake, who previously collaborated and wrote some succesfully songs in USA for Roundtree and Chic projects. Out of press for way too long, and out of financial reach in the second hand market, Cela's masterpiece finally gets an official remastered reissue from Best Record Italy. This time we can find  the full extended 11 minute disco version on the side A and the previously unavailable U.S.A. Version on the flip. 

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Patrick says: Unbeatable disco heat from Best Italy here, as Cela's melodic, smooth and sultry "I'm In Love" gets the reissue treatment it deserves. A big play for all your favourite disco jocks, this oft sampled and edited heater stands superior in its original form. Buy on sight!

Once upon a time, in the glory days of the forum, a new generation of DJs and collectors were being introduced to a wealth of rare and exotic tunes; musics with life changing powers which spoke a universal language. Moonboots, Mike, Brewster, Broughton, Boardman, Mison and Dr Rob - all present and correct, all on hand to educate, entertain, inform and swiftly remind you that you had next to no chance of ever finding a copy. 
Well, times have changed, editmania has given way to the march of the reissue, and all those rare birds are coming home to roost - or at the very least nest nicely in your record collection.
This latest reissue from Italian imprint Best Records ticks another biggie off the collective wantlist, providing us all with an affordable, remastered and reissued copy of Roberto Lodola's Balearic classic "Marimba Do Mar". 
Lodola was one of the first Italian DJs and producers devoted to the Afro sound born in the Northern parts of Italy. As the 80s wore on, and Roberto found his way into the studio, his exotic tastes and sunny disposition perfectly translated into the Mediterranean masterpiece "Marimba Do Mar", a breezy, jazz flecked slice of tropical pop complete with DX7 panpipes, synth marimba, subtle percussion and swelling sax. Whether you opt for the largely instrumental 'Fusion Version' or the sweet and sensuous 'Vocal Version', you've got a certified classic on your hands. As a BIG brucey bonus, Best have also turned up a pair of previously unheard outtakes "Feeling Of The Sun" and "Hey George!", which slice your cocktail lime in different directions depending on taste and mood.

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Patrick says: Awwww yeah! Best Records hit us with another BIG Balearic classic, that's been super tough to find for the longest time. As Mediterranean as it gets, "Marimba Do Mar" takes tropical synth work, sleazy sax and jazzy grooves and flips it into a piece of true Balearic brilliance. Every home should have one.

Remastered reissue of one of the rarest boogie-funk oriented Italian releases: Matakena, a one-off, Italo-boogie studio project from the same producers behind Kano. "Nuts On Me" should be familiar with MCR's Italo / boogie heads through extensive plays at Wet Play, Red Laser and Full Beam! club nights and radio shows respectively - a feel good slice of electronic funk that bobs and bounces in delight - galvanized by rock solid Strat chops and huge squelchy bass part.

Best Record Italy do the do, backing the track with "Aphrodisiac" (which was on the original conception of the release) along with the instrumental version of said track that WASN'T included on the OG version. I have to say too, the vocal parts on both songs can be a little too sugary sweet for some people, so it's super useful to have the instrumentals just in case the mood demands summat a bit more low key.

Imperative re-ish! 


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Matt says: Tasty moocher that previously graced "Full Beam! Vol. 1" sees an official remaster here from Best Records Italy. It's a doozy!

Best Italy hop across the Med to soak up the coastal cool of Cannes with a dope reissue of THE best cosmic boogie cut to be produced on French soil. Written in 1984 during the MIDEM conference in Cannes, "Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil" is a spacey and summery slice of Mediterranean boogie complete with well Balearic choral vocals and heavy use of the Publison DHM 89, an early harmonizer with a ton of weird energy. If you got down to Ahmed Fakroun's "Soleil Soleil", you'll be all over this similarly sunny groover. This limited edition reissue from Best Record Italy contains the vocal, instrumental plus the unreleased dub version and Yannick's radio jingles, a perfect tool for the playful jocks out there!

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Patrick says: Brilliant Mediterranean boogie here from Best Italy, who head to Cannes with a reissue of Yannick Chevalier's red hot cosmic groover. Sunshine on a slab of wax...

Best have been consistently smashing it since they entered the reissue market a couple of years back, but every now and again the Italian imprint totally excel themselves. Well folks, this is one of those occasions. What we have here is an official reish of a undeniable Italo masterpiece from 1983 produced by dynamic duo, Francesco Paolini (Pasta DJ) and Alessandro Novaga (appearing here as Stopp). Entirely incendiary, "I'm Hungry" hits us with bubbling bass, bombastic sequencing and lightly jacking drum machines, laying the perfect foundation for some playful synth work and choice Italo vocals. Aside from its success in the Italian club scene, the track also became a massive dancefloor classic in Chicago thanks to regular Ron Hardy plays and spins on WMBX's Hot Mix 5 show. Backed with the equally awesome "Caramba Mix" (a dubbier, jacking variation with reversed vocals), this piece of house history will eat your other records for breakfast.


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Patrick says: Best Records delight my Talking Drums fam with an official reissue of this squiggly Italo bomb which blew the doors off the Muzik Box in the hands of Mr Ron Hardy. Weapons grade banger folks.

Contiuing their stellar reissue series, Best Record Italy give us the fully extended versions of two Billy Woost heaters, previously only available on the Billy Woost album as 'one continuous edit'. While the megamix format might have suited jocks back in 77, struggling to make a seamless blend on a pair of Thorens while concentrating more important matters like groupies and mountains of nose drugs, times have changed and we much prefer the definitive versions, fully extended and as separate tracks. On the A-side "Vibrations" does the low slung disco funk thing with aplomb, dishing out wild clavs, punchy percussion, wordless female vocals and the odd seque into string-laced sequin tackle. Chuck in some killer drum breaks and a searing guitar solo and you're laughing! Flip it for the frisky and frothy "Baobab", an insanely Italian bit of loungey disco funk with a seriously sensual vocal. Prosecco disco anyone?

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Patrick says: As Italian as it gets (without being Italo) these two extended Billy Woost cuts come correct with maximum funk breaks, Mediterranean vocals and sleazy clavinet.

"'Ere y'are mate, got any Delirium records?" As it happens my poorly spoken but clued up, I have almost all the original Italo slammers on that fine imprint - but not this one! Much to my delight, the latest in a long line of killer reissues from Best Records is Neddy Smith's "Give It Up", a blue-eyed boogie slammer awash with percolating off-beat percussion, smooth synthwork and soulful piano. Chuck in an impassioned vocal and slick bassline and we're cruising for a grooving! But the musical magic doesn't end there as the B-side brings us "Liberated Woman", a smooth as silk groove with a dramatic chord progression and some frankly ridiculous lyrics about female empowerment and soap operas. Ace!


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