Mukatsuku presents Kirk Degiorgio / As One / Butti 49 – Jazz Classics Volume 4 [MUKAT056]

In the late 1990’s label manager Nik Weston was working for Island Records and in particular the label imprint Island Blue set up by Ross Allen. It was here that he first heard the timeless jazz version masterpiece of Amalia from Kirk Degiorgio’s As One. The track featured on a promo CD but never made it to a commercial release for Island Blue and was later featured on the full length album release for San Francisco label Ubiquity Records a few years later in 2001. ‘Amalia’ is a sultry jazz classic featuring gorgeous keys from Jamie Odell aka Jimpster. As relevant today as it ever was when initially made and here presented as a single in it’s own right for the very first time. On the flipside another track that never made it to single in this version was the unique jazzual ‘Spiritual Rotations’ by Butti 49 from Norway. Nik had later worked with Butti 49 whilst working for Exceptional Records for the Habit album in 2004 but ‘Spiritual Rotations’ itself initially featured as an exclusively album only track for Future Sounds Of Jazz Volume 8 in 2001 for German label Compost.

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Mukatsuku presents Kirk Degiorgio / As One / Butti 49 – Jazz Classics Volume 4 [MUKAT056]

Ondeno – Mayolye [ROC021]

20 year old Jean Ondeno from Gabon is one of many African singers who found joy in the Parisian Afro-disco scene of the late 70s. Blessed with the voice of Africa’s sweetest angel, Ondeno caught the ear of the French radio presenter Alphonse Marie Toukas who in turn introduced him to producer Philippe Brejean. Together they released 4 tracks, of which ‘Mayolye’ has become a sought-after dance floor rarity over the decades. For this special 12 inch release, Rocafort Records have grouped the original version alongside a Nik Weston Official Mukatsuku edit.

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Ondeno – Mayolye [ROC021]

Biosis Now / Afro Train – Independent Bahamas V’s Ivory Coast Afro Funk [MUKAT053]

Few years ago label manager Nik played in France and the promoter pulled out a Biosis now 45 that he never knew existed up till then and was generally thought to be a long album track only. An extensive search revealed nothing online including popsike/discogs/ebay except a tropical seller who’d just bought a huge caribbean collection with the record included saying he’d never seen it before either and he was keeping it…Failing to secure a copy themselves the label licensed it instead and created their own 45 edit which retains all the funk & soul of the elongated album version into a 7 inch friendly format. On the flipside and 1973 Tumba Safari from Afro Train get’s a funky afrobeat re touch for peak time club play that would save you several hundred pounds on an original if you could actually find a copy!

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Biosis Now / Afro Train – Independent Bahamas V’s Ivory Coast Afro Funk [MUKAT053]

Dimenzio & Marius Cultier – Two Sides Of Club Jazz: Hungary V’s France Volume Two [MUKAT044]

Two tracks officially licensed and remastered and never before issued on a 45 before. Taken from the self titled Hungarian album from 1981 Dimenzio ‘ Bamba’ is jazz dancefloor monster in the true sense of the word and is a Gilles Peterson club classic. On the flip the lesser known ‘Daimont’ from French artist Marius Cultier and taken from the 1975 album Ouelele Souskai .

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Dimenzio & Marius Cultier – Two Sides Of Club Jazz: Hungary V’s France Volume Two [MUKAT044]

Rim, Kasa & Rim Kaku Obeng – Mukatsuku V’s BBE – Official Edits [MUKAT042]

Two tracks one from each Rim & Kasa recent albums out in latter part of 2015 on BBE get the official edit treatment from Mukatsuku that have never been out before as official singles.

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Rim, Kasa & Rim Kaku Obeng – Mukatsuku V’s BBE – Official Edits [MUKAT042]