Ourra – Fantasy Point [SC1232]

OURRA - Fantasy Point

Ourra makes his lucky number 7th appearance for Planet Star Creature. Coming off a 6-peat, it’s only fitting to tee up a swan song crown jewel of a heavy weight double LP full length extended off the richter black hole eclipse total density squared and cubed. A masterful journey through an acidic lens of future retro synth funk explosiveness. Where the deep house, synthwave and modern funk trifecta triangular apex penetrate boundaries of language, space, time and love to give us a joyful explosion of aural pleasure through our brain functions.

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Ourra – Fantasy Point [SC1232]

VA – Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House [AALP093]

VARIOUS - Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House

Dick Essilfie-Bondzie was all ready for his 90th birthday party when the Covid pandemic hit. The legendary producer, businessman and founder of Ghana’s mighty Essiebons label had invited all his family and friends to the event and it was the disappointment at having to postpone. That prompted Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb to propose a new compilation celebrating his contributions to the world of West African music. Essiebons Special features a selection of obscure workouts from some of the label’s heaviest hitters, including a 12-page booklet. But in the course of digitizing his vast archive of master tapes, Essilfie-Bondzie found a number of Afrobeat and Instrumental masterpieces tracks from the label’s mid-70s golden age that, for one reason or another, had never been released. Those songs are included here for the first time. Sadly Essilfie-Bondzie passed away before the compilation was finished. But his legacy lives on in the extraordinary music that he gave to the world in his lifetime.

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VA – Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House [AALP093]

Arp Frique – The Seed: Dedicated To Jesamy [CW004]

ARP FRIQUE - The Seed: Dedicated To Jesamy

Arp Frique’s second album on Colorful World, exploring the globe via a concoction of sounds that takes in disco, synth boogie, funk and the sounds of the Caribbean, West and East Africa. The result is an album that feels potently alive, sonically exploring the globe via a concoction of sounds that takes in disco, synth boogie, funk and the sounds of the Caribbean, West and East Africa. The album radiates the feeling of a lost gem, the kind that a crate digging aficionado may find in some far flung place that ends up with a re-release. Whilst Arp Frique expresses a real fondness for such classic sounds – “honestly I wouldn’t even know how to make modern stuff, I am stuck in the 70-80-90s and I love it there” – a tired exercise in retro nostalgia this isn’t. Instead, the album feels more like a fresh take on sounds that once ignited dance floors across the world.

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Arp Frique – The Seed: Dedicated To Jesamy [CW004]

Glenn Echo & Daniel Meinecke – Partly Cloudy [MCWR011]

ECHO, Glenn/DANIEL MEINECKE - Partly Cloudy

Beautiful album on the Motorcity Wine Recordings label dropping some genuine Motor City Funk. Step into the hazy musical minds of Glenn Echo and Daniel Meinecke on Partly Cloudy, their debut full-length on MotorCity Wine Recordings. Mr. Echo, repping the Sol Power family out of Washington, DC, reached back to his 90s downtempo, acid jazz, and golden era beat-making roots to create 11 psychedelic, breakbeat-and-space-echo-infused tracks that serve as the perfect dreamy backdrop for Mr. Meinecke’s commanding and virtuosic New Orleans gospel funk. Hot tip for those into Amp Fidler, Mark De Clive Lowe, KDJ etc.

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Glenn Echo & Daniel Meinecke – Partly Cloudy [MCWR011]

VA – Let’s Go Into Space VI [369.064]

Private Records presents „Let’s Go Into Space 6“. The collector series continues with another collection of scarce and unreleased 1980’s Italo Disco, Electro, Cosmic Disco songs.

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VA – Let’s Go Into Space VI [369.064]

Circuitry feat. Electro Wayne – Volume III [PPU-EW-1]

CIRCUITRY feat ELECTRO WAYNE - Volume III

Volume III, the return of Lo Joe Soul and Electro Wayne as Circuitry.. 10 track LP of midwest madness, tweaked to its limits during 2020 lockdown. Featuring vocoder-funk classic ”Sexy Body”, the lost slo-jam ”This Is Dedicated”.. and unreleased electro bomb ”Arrested By The Funk”. Badass electrofunk album.

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Circuitry feat. Electro Wayne – Volume III [PPU-EW-1]

Okyerema Asante feat. Plunky – Drum Message [STRUT247]

ASANTE, Okyerema - Drum Message

Strut return to the rich archives of Black Fire Records for the ”Drum Message” album by Ghanaian master percussionist Okyerema Asante from 1977. Featuring members of Oneness Of Juju and Brian Jackson on piano.

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Okyerema Asante feat. Plunky – Drum Message [STRUT247]

Let Your Hair Down – Waiting Room [COK009]

LET YOUR HAIR DOWN - Waiting Room

7 piece instrumental soul group from Melbourne, Australia featuring members from Karate Boogaloo, Surprise Chef and Saskwatch. Produced by Henry Jenkins, the recording mind behind Surprise Chef and Karate Boogaloo, Waiting Room moves deftly through moments of fuzzed-out psychedelia, dusty deep soul backbeat and incendiary minor key funk.

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Let Your Hair Down – Waiting Room [COK009]

VA – Wamono A to Z Vol III: Japanese Light Mellow Funk Disco & Boogie 1978-1988 [180GWALP03]

DJ YOSHIZAWA DYNAMITE JP/CHINTAM/VARIOUS - Wamono A to Z Vol III: Japanese Light Mellow Funk Disco & Boogie 1978-1988

For this third chapter of the Wamono series, Yoshizawa and Chintam unheart some of the best and rarest light mellow funk tunes and disco boogie bangers produced in Japan between 1978 and 1988. Put the needle on the record, turn up the volume and dig right now into the Wamono sound – the cream of the Japanese jazz, funk, soul, rare groove and disco music developed throughout the years since the end of the sixties in Japan.

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VA – Wamono A to Z Vol III: Japanese Light Mellow Funk Disco & Boogie 1978-1988 [180GWALP03]

DāM-FunK – Architecture III [SAFT23]

DAM FUNK - Architecture III

DāM-FunK brings his Architecture Trilogy on Saft to a close with a fantastic final EP. The series started in 2016, included the second volume in 2018, and now wraps up with a double 12” packed with heat from the legendary Californian beatmaker. DāM-FunK has been in a class of one since first emerging in 2008. He’s a definitive Stones Throw Records artist, musician and vocalist, boss of GlydeZone Recordings, a sometime Snoop Dogg collaborator and prolific producer of tens of EPs, 14 albums and a timeless entry to the DJ-kicks series.

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DāM-FunK – Architecture III [SAFT23]

VA – Cameroon Garage Funk [AALP092]

VARIOUS - Cameroon Garage Funk

Analog Africa presents their 32nd compilation, “Cameroon Garage Funk”, highlighting Yaounde’s 1970’s underground music scene. The quest to assemble the puzzle-pieces of what seemed to be a long lost underground scene took us to Camroon, Benin and further on to Togo and it was in the cities of Cotonou, Lome and Sotouboua that we managed to lay our hands on most of the songs presented in this compilation. Since there were no local labels, no producers, and almost nothing in way of infrastructure in Cameroon at that time, the artists had to be everything: musician, producer, executive producer, arranger, financier, promoter and sometimes even distributor. The sixteen tracks on Cameroon Garage Funk pulse with raw inspiration and sweat DYI mood uniting the featured diverse musicians around their willingness to do everything themselves in order to take a chance in the music scene.

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VA – Cameroon Garage Funk [AALP092]

Ivan Mamao Conti & Grassmass – A Mina / Caatinga [ND007]

CONTI, Ivan Mamao/GRASSMASS - A Mina

Legendary master drummer Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti teams up with Brazilian producer Grassmass on two experimental funk monsters of the highest order that perfectly illustrate the Azymuth founding member’s constant desire to push his signature sound towards the future. Recife born/São Paulo based bass player, producer and founder of experimental label UIVO Records Rodrigo Coelho aka grassmass is not only a long time collaborator with influential names like Naná Vasconcelos, Arto Lindsay and Ivan Conti “Mamão”, but also hosts projects with some of today’s brazilian edgiest talents Negro Leo and Thiago Nassif. Advanced Brazilian music on Rush Hour’s sister label New Dawn.

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Ivan Mamao Conti & Grassmass – A Mina / Caatinga [ND007]

Southern Energy Ensemble – Southern Energy [STRUT254]

SOUTHERN ENERGY ENSEMBLE - Southern Energy

Strut presents the first full international release for another lost classic from the Black Fire Records archives, ‘Southern Energy’, the only album recorded by R’n’B and jazz collective Southern Energy Ensemble in 1977.

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Southern Energy Ensemble – Southern Energy [STRUT254]

Glass Beams – Mirage [RREP07]

GLASS BEAMS - Mirage

Research Records indicate their inclination for cosmic instrumentation and kraut pervaded polyrhythms once again with an introduction to newcomer Glass Beams. Recorded at the beginning of 2020, Mirage is the first release from the artist, issuing four compositions that lend from a profusion of sounds and influences.

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Glass Beams – Mirage [RREP07]

The Popular People’s Front – Ammo 2 [PPFAMMO2]

POPULAR PEOPLE'S FRONT, The - Ammo 2

Reliable as ever, The Popular People’s Front return with a fresh batch of club-ready ammunition from their secret stash.
Something a little more than an edit, but still flirting dangerously between acceptable sampling & straight up sonic shop-lifting. Four more certified floor-fillers from the vaults.

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The Popular People’s Front – Ammo 2 [PPFAMMO2]