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Tony Simmons / Soul Shack

I Can't Let You Go

Much needed reissue of this super-rare 12" from 1983. Released on Jeff Weston's Record Shack it often fetches large sums second hand and has an undeniably loose & weighty feel, with soulful vox and rugged instrumental backing. On the flip, "Galactic Funk", by Soul Shack is even earlier - from 1980 and littered with sci-fi sfx and a sludgey, sloppy proto-boogie groove. This is some epochal shit dancers! Two super in-demand cuts on one nicely pressed 12". You need.


Side 1
1. Tony Simmons - I Can't Let You Go (5:48)
Side 2
1. Soul Shack - Galactic Funk (5:21)

Another rare gem from Record Shack gets its first officially licensed 12” release – the absolutely killer early ‘80s jazz funk tinged, boogie bomb from The Oceans – ‘Bad Guy, Good Guy’, fully remastered for maximum audio pleasure.

With the release only ever being a whitelabel there was much confusion over the correct titling due to the stamp simply stating ‘Pacific Dream’, however the actual track titles are those housed on this release - ‘Bad Guy, Good Guy’ and the instrumental ‘Synth Good Guy’. Those original whitelabels command prices of up to £120 and it’s no surprise when you hear those infectious guitar riffs blended with buoyant synth flurries and sensuous vocal harmonies. For those that would rather leave the vocals at bay, the B side houses the instrumental mix in all its glory.

A radiant release that still sparkles as bright as it did back in 1980 – an essential buy!


A1. Bad Guy, Good Guy (Pacific Dream)
B1. Synth Good Guy (Pacific Dream Instrumental)

As the Record Shack reissue train steams on, we benefit from another freshly remastered blast of pure dancefloor power. ‘Snap Crackle Pop’ might just be the best describing words which is the more satisfyingly title ever. David Morris A-side track is a top notch funky tune to be listened to endlessly it’s a pure gem. B-side presents a change of tone with a slow pace matched with smooth and silky vocals with a heavenly funky bass. An absolute must!


Millie says: Offfft! This is a beauty of a 7” which Record Shack kindly reissued, drenched in funky bass! Snap (crackle and pop) this one up while you can!


A1. David Morris - Snap, Crackle, Pop (alternative Take)
B1. James Tindal - Easy Does It (unreleased)

South Side / Combo Kings

I Feel A Groove Comin' On / Groovey

Record Shack delivering some stone-cold classics from South Side we have the immense single “I Feel A Groove Comin’ On” which is packed with jammin’ grooves that can uplift any dreary day with powerful soul beats. On the B Side Combo King’s “Groovey” does exactly what it says on the tin, wild soaring notes of soul-jazzy goodness fill the air. This is a record you need to have for any event to get mood lifted and dancing the night away!


A1. South Side - I Feel A Groove Comin' On
B1. Combo King - Groovey

Clarence Reid / Vicki Anderson

Doggone It / Sound Funky (Instrumental)

 On the A-side of this Record Shack splitter, Mr Blowfly himself rocks onto the dancefloor with a pumping bassline, rolling piano and Bond-ish brass. Full of intent but ultimately signifying nothing at all (like all the best pop should) this heavier, slightly slower than your typical Northern Soul number, has an epic heft which is simultaneously doomy but of course uplifting as fuck. Massive tune. On the flip, Vicki Anderson turns in a faithful enough instrumental version which naturally highlights the supremely melodic brass and smouldering lead guitar to maximum effect.


Clarence Reid - Doggone It
Vicki Anderson - Sound Funky (Instrumental)

Record Shack keep the fire burning bright with this unlikely reissue of one of the rarest funky northern / modern soul / disco dancers of all time. Utterly mysterious, David Rhodes' "Hung Up In Mid Air" was originally found as a one-off Pye Acetate belonging to none other than Blackpool Mecca legend Ian Levine. Though he rocked the spot regularly with this gem back in the day, Ian kept its identity under wraps until a 7" on Chi-city records hit the shelves in 2002. Limited to a long gone 100 copies, that pressing didn't spread the word too far, so any ignorance around this one can be easily forgiven. A stunning slice of blue eyed soul, "Hung Up In Mid Air" sees the Peter Gabriel collaborator laying an emotive vocal over a punchy groove alive with wah guitar and slick bass. On the flip, Italy's finest Paolo Scotti & Giacomo Silvestri work their magic with a bubbling disco rework that should please fans of serious spinners like Sadar Bahar and Al Kent.


A1. Hung Up In Mid Air
B1. Hung Up In Mid Air (Paolo Scotti & Giacomo Silvestri Disco Mix)

Lenard Lidell

Keep It Secret / When You've Fallen Out Of Love

Record Shack come correct once again with this sizzling bit of modern soul from LA maestro Lenard Lidell. Previously only available on a dubious 'private press' 7" back in 1991, these two smooth groovers were actually recorded back in the early 80s before disappearing into the flea markets and pound bins to be discovered by successive generations of soul loving diggers. Since the cognoscenti cottoned on, the prices have soared and this remastered reissue is the best chance you'll get to bag a true floor-filler. A-side cut "Keep It Secret" finds a lovelorn Lenard making an impassioned plea to his other half to spare him indignity and keep her affair a secret. True love's course never runs true, and in this case it rolls its shoulders, swings its hips and two-steps to a killer disco-boogie beat. Swirling "I Want Your Love" strings, bubbling bass brilliance, hot brass and fully funky guitar combine perfectly to soundtrack the cuckhold storyline Lenny lets us into. 

Sticking with the heartache, Lenny rocks our socks off with the soulful, almost spiritual boogie of "When You've Fallen Out Of Love". Cycling through space age synth work, uptempo 4/4 funk and killer ensemble vocals, this TUNE makes neat progress to the powerhouse jazz-funk vibe of the middle 8. If you're still not convinced, the chord patterns are very similar to Jack J's "Something On My Mind". #you'vealreadyboughtit


A. Keep It Secret
B. When You've Fallen Out Of Love

Freedom Now Brothers / RDM Band

Sissy Walk / Butter Your Popcorn (Acetate Version)

Record Shack are back on a reissue tip with more officially licensed and remastered badness for the soul dancers out there. This time round the Austrian imprint go back to back with two Philly funk instrumentals from way back when. First up, Freedom Now Brothers come through with the an all time classic inspired by a dance craze named 'The Sissy'. Originally issued in 1969 on Sonny Hopson's All Brothers label, this jam was later sampled by Fatboy Slim for the massive "Gangster Trippin". On the flip, the label dive into the deepest and dustiest crates to dig out an unreleased acetate version of RDM Band's rare as hen's teeth deep funk groover.


A. Freedom Now Brothers - Sissy Walk
B. RDM Band - Butter Your Popcorn (Acetate Version)

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