By Kenny Summit|2020-09-18T12:47:22+00:00September 15th, 2020|
Rock The Boat
Loves Last Episode has managed to win the hearts and minds of both underground house and hiphop fans alike with his left of center versions of some of timeless classics. His Rock The Boat remix is on our top 10 chill records of all time, while other re-rubs and remixes by LLE (like this ‘My Boo’ remix) seemingly always land in the crates of some of today’s biggest DJs. A hidden bonus track on this 12″ by Chaka Kenn makes this an invaluable weapon for those DJs looking to tackle all sorts of audiences.
Insane In The Brain
Juno exclusive green vinyl version of the best known Cypress Hill classic hip hop monster produced by DJ Muggs. Limited to 300 only copies.
Brazil 45 Boxset: Curated By DJ Format
Here’s something to seriously set the pulse racing: a limited-edition quintuple “Brazil 45s” boxset curated by the effervescent DJ Format, and featuring ten tracks unearthed on his most recent crate-digging trip to South America. In keeping with his much-loved style, most of the material can be loosely described as “psyche break-beat”, all of which was initially recorded and released in the 1960s and ’70s. That means a blend of hallucinatory Brazilian funk and soul rich in sweaty, often densely layered drums, booming basslines, trippy vocals, eccentric production, mazy Hammond organ lines and rousing horns. The quality bar is set so high that picking individual highlights is tough; suffice to say, you need all ten tunes in your life (and in your record box).
Timeless Legend are Jackie Hogg, Allen B.Burney, Donald Harmon, and Michael Harmon from Columbus, Ohio.Their music is among the most elusive on the rare funk/soul scene with “I Was Born To Love You” a huge crossover club anthem and with ‘timeless’ appeal.The ‘Synchronised’ album from 1980 is iconic and one of the rarest ‘rare grooves’ and original copies currently sell for over £1,000 a copy.LTD 1k RSD 2020 release. Machine Numbered Sleeve
Slowdive (30th Anniversary Edition)
When it was initially released three decades ago in the summer of 1990, Slowdive’s eponymous debut EP was heralded as an instant shoegaze classic: a drowsy, dreamy collection of hazy wall-of-sound, reverb-drenched songs that put the Reading band right at the heart of a growing musical movement. As this 30th anniversary reissue proves, it remains a fine collection of cuts. While lead cut ‘Slowdive’, a more orthodox fusion of shoegaze, dream-pop and indie-rock, was the one that chimed with listeners at the time, it’s the two-part soundscape ‘Avalyn’ – and in particular the epic ‘Avalyn II’ – that resonates loudest in the 21st century. The latter track is so good that it’s worth buying the EP just to get your hands on it.
The Garage Box
Mr. K and Most Excellent Unlimited are back with another must have motherlode of ten essential cuts on 7-inch, assembling a serious cross-section of diverse jams that were particularly popular at The Garage, majority of which appearing on 7-inch for the very first time in any form, let alone in these unique quintessential edits. Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael production, female diva classic “Let’s Get Together” backed with a previously unreleased NYC Peech Boys demo version of “Somebody Else’s Guy.” Tough South Bronx funk “Standing In Line”. Synth epic, Krivit’s classic edit of “Evolution”. Disco Funk edit of Larry Levan’s “Slap, Slap, Lickedy Lap”. With much more in this diverse and remarkably sought after tracklist, surprises, like “Catch The Rhythm” (the only Boris Midney production regularly played at The Garage), along with Mr. K’s previously Japan-only edit of Loleatta Holloway tour de force “I May Not Be There When You Want Me”. Five singles impressively mastered with maximum fidelity and playability for an exclusive Record Store Day, including a bonus pair of newly designed, Mr. K seven-inch slipmats.
Ain’t That Terrible
Northern Soul diggers have spent many frustrating hours trying to track down copies of Roy Redmond’s notoriously hard to find 1967 single ‘Ain’t That Terrible’, which was initially released on cult label Loma. Listening to this timely and much-needed Record Store Day 2020 reissue, it’s easy to see why. The track is exactly the kind of surging, stomping, up-tempo number that makes Northern Soul dancefloors go crazy, all topped off by an excitedly rousing lead vocal from Redmond. Over on the flip you’ll find original B-side ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, a lusciously arranged, performed and produced version of the Sam Cooke favourite smothered in melancholic horns, jazzy guitars and sustained organ chords.
Let Me Do It
“Let Me Do It” is a rare and extremely classy soul/boogie track from 1981, largely unknown at the time but becoming progressively sought after.A 12″ Extended Version has been especially re-edited for this exclusive release.The group’s 1988 single “Life” has sold for hundreds of 12″ and have now endorsed a rock guitar free’re-edit’ exclusive to Expansion.LTD 1k RSD 2020 release.Hand Numbered Label.
(Call Me Your) Anything Man
Soul Brother Records present two rare Scepter/Wand disco classics on one limited edition 12″ single for Record Store Day Bobby Moore was a singer, musician and bandleader from New Orleans.He worked as a writer and arranger from the 1960s to 1980s, “(Call Me Your) Anything Man” one of only a handful of solo 7″ single releases.The 12″ version has never been commercially released before, it’s prior existence in this format has only been on acetate. Sweet Music were the vocal trio who sang background vocals with KC & The Sunshine Band. Never before on 12″ LTD 1k RSD 2020 release
Sugarhill Gang (40th Anniversary Edition)
Is there a more iconic and internationally recognisable hip-hop outfit than Sugarhill Gang? It is now four decades since their self titled debut and this Record Store Day it is being reissued on special 180g gatefold vinyl. For those who only know the band’s biggest hits, it might surprise to learn of the depth and range of this record. There are positive, feelgood jams like the funked up ‘Rapper’s Reprise (Jam Jam)’ as well as real singalong soul numbers in the form of ‘Bad News Don’t Bother Me’. ‘Passion Play’ is a real jazz-funk fusion of the highest order and of course, the most legendary of them all, ‘Rapper’s Delight’, comes in two different forms.