Jun 18, 2008,11:21 PM
Kon & Amir present Off Track Vol. 2: Queens

As with their previous collection Off Track Vol. 1: Bronx, don’t be concerned that you might not recognise many of the artists, just trust these DJs. And if the Bronx was hot, you’ll want to get the next train to Queens. Kon’s cramed his disc with 11 pre-house disco soul monsters that’ll force you to get your plastic out to book up for the next Southport Weekender whatever the state of the credit crunch. His tracks really represent the farthest reaches of the underground scene of the 70s and some of which are augmented with some edit work to expand the grooves.

Amir takes CD2 in a totally different but absolutely dance orientated direction. Now if Queen’s is as African as Amir’s CD, this Borough is a whole melting pot of sounds from the mother continent with diversions via Jamaica, Brazil and big Afro-Cuban beats. All of them are great, and very different than the usual bag of material that ever gets reissued.

Tracklisting
Kon’s Selection
1 Angelo Tinsley — Get Down With Me
2 Wood Brass And Steel Band — Long Live Music (Kon’s Edit)
3 The Fabulous Conti Family — You’ve Got Me Goin’ Baby (Kon’s Edit)
4 Venise — Don’t Think About It (Kon’s Live Edit)
5 Sweet Touch — Live It Up (Kon’s Dub Re-touch)
6 Jay W McGhee — Turn Me On (12” Version)
7 Terry Nova — Push With Size (Kon’s Live Edit)
8 Phillip And Lloyd — Keep On Moving
9 Reflections — Reflex
10 Eddie Benitez — We Are The Ones (Somos)
11 Sparkle — Let Yourself Go (Kon’s Edit)

Amir’s Selection
1 Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus — Boma Yeah
2 Bentho Gustave Titou & L’International Poly-Rythmo — Agnon Djidjo
3 Pedro Gnonnas Et Ses Panchos — Okpo Videa Bossouo
4 Black Truth Rhythm Band — Save D Musician
5 Honore Avolonte Et L’Orchestre Black Santiago — Assounon Dje Dokoli
6 Theodora Ifudu — Hello There
7 Abacothozi — Theme Maboneng
8 Bentho Gustave Titou L’orchestre Poly-Rythmo — I Ya Me Dji Kibi Ni
9 Super Boire Band — Samba
10 Earl Rodney — Midnight Man
11 William Onyeabor — Something You’ll Never Forget
12 Orchestre Black Dragons De Porto-Novo Dahomey — E Sa F’aiye

Bonus selections
1 Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance of Aba - Je Nr'okan
2 Kapingbdi - Wrong Curfew Walk
3 Trama - Straigt Groove
4 Kapingbdi - Kapingbdi
5 Orchestre Black Dragon de Porto - Novo Dahomey - Se Djro
6 Bob Brault Org. - Bilboquet

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http://rapidshare.com/files/122493427/off_track_vol_2.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/122493418/off_track_vol_2.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/122493417/off_track_vol_2.part4.rar
 
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Jun 11, 2008,9:01 AM
Danny Krivit Introduces P & P Records

Quite possibly the greatest look at the P&P family of labels you will hear, but that's really no surprise, given that the man at the helm of the project is legendary DJ and club collector Danny Krivit. Krivit's look at the label goes deeper than any we've heard before, and really goes out of its way to bring together the full range of P&P related material from the 70s and early 80s...not just the better-known club tracks, but also some excellent soul and funky numbers too -- really fleshing out our understanding of the mighty talents of Peter Brown and Patrick Adams! The work here was originally spread over a large number of indie labels...including a few that weren't P&P related, but simply licensed their productions. Krivit's really done his homework in pulling the tracks together. Styles run from uptempo club to funky soul, and most numbers here are presented in their full original 12" mixes!

Tracklist:
Disc: 1
1. Groove I'm In [Original 12" Mix] - Florence Miller
2. Love Fantasy [Original 12" Mix]
3. I Just Want to Spend My Life with You [Original Full Album Version] - Caress
4. My Baby's Got E.S.P. [Original 12" Mix] - Four Below Zero
5. Ain't It Time [Original 12" Mix] - Queen Yahna
6. Atmosphere Strut [Original 12" Vocal Remix] - Cloud One
7. Everything Man [Original 7" Mix]
8. It Ain't No Big Thing [Original 12" Mix] - Rainbow Brown
9. Mr Blindman [Original Full Album Version] - Donna McGhee
10. Johnson Jumping [Original 12" Mix] - Johnson Products
11. Got to Get Your Love [Original 12" Mix] - Clyde Alexander
12. Dance Freak [Original 12" Mix] - Chain Reaction
13. New York Applejack [Original 12" Mix] - Scott Davis
14. Rock Spank Freak [Original 12" Mix]

Disc: 2
1. Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us [Original 12" Mix] - Margo Williams
2. God's Greatest Gift to Man Is a Woman [Original 12" Mix]
3. Pound for Pound [Original 12" Mix]
4. I Did It Again [Original 12" Mix] - Jesse Henderson
5. Stereo Funk [Original 12" Instrumental Mix] - Danny Krivit
6. New York's Movin' [Original 12" Mix] - Ahzz
7. It's Gihin Be Cornbread Time [Original 12" Mix]
8. Feel the Spirit [Original 12" Mix] - Foster Jackson
9. Moan for Love [Original 12" Mix]
10. Funk Rap [Original 12" Instrumental Mix]
11. Superstition [Original 12" Mix] - Dennis Mobley & Fresh Taste
12. Let's Just Stay Away [Original 12" Mix] - Louise Murray
13. God Save and Protect the Children [Original 12" Mix] - Margo Williams
 
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May 31, 2008,11:23 PM
12" 80s Grooves

Disc: 1
1. LUTHER VANDROSS - NEVER TOO MUCH (12")
2. D TRAIN - YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME (12" MIX)
3. CHAKA KHAN - I'M EVERY WOMAN (FULL LENGTH)
4. ALYSON WILLIAMS - SLEEP TALK (12")
5. DE LA SOUL - ME MYSELF & I (12")
6. ERIC B & RAKIM - I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL (US 12")
7. GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE - WHITE LINES (US 12")
8. YOUNG MC - KNOW HOW (12")
9. KURTIS BLOW - IF I RULED THE WORLD (12")
10. OLLIE & JERRY - BREAKIN'...THERE'S NO STOPPIN' US (FULL VERSION)
11. JACKSON SISTERS - I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (12")
12. MACEO & THE MACKS - CROSS THE TRACKS (WE BETTER GO BACK) (12" MIX)

Disc: 2
1. CHANGE - CHANGE OF HEART (12")
2. THE POINTER SISTERS - AUTOMATIC (LONG MIX)
3. SHANNON - LET THE MUSIC PLAY (12")
4. BOBBY BROWN - MY PREROGATIVE (12")
5. HEAVY D AND THE BOYZ - WE GOT OUR OWN THANG (12")
6. TONE LOC - FUNKY COLD MEDINA (FULL VERSION)
7. FULL FORCE - ALICE, I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME! (12")
8. DAZZ BAND - LET IT ALL BLOW (FULL LENGTH)
9. JODY WHATLEY - LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE (REMIX)
10. KOOL & THE GANG - FRESH (12" MIX)
11. WOMACK & WOMACK - TEARDROPS (12" VERSION)
12. CAMEO - WORD UP (ORIGINAL 12" CLUB MIX)

Disc: 3
1. JOCELYN BROWN - SOMEBODY ELSE'S GUY (12")
2. MARY JANE GIRLS - ALL NIGHT LONG (12")
3. FATBACK BAND - I FOUND LOVIN' (12" Mix)
4. DENNIS EDWARDS - DON'T LOOK ANY FURTHER (12")
5. GWEN GUTHRIE - AIN'T NOTHING GOING ON BUT THE RENT (12" MIX)
6. ORAN JUICE JONES - THE RAIN (12" Mix)
7. COMMODORES - NIGHT SHIFT (LONG VERSION)
8. WILL DOWNING - A LOVE SUPREME (EXTENDED)
9. THIRD WORLD - NOW THAT WE'VE FOUND LOVE (12")
10. GREGORY ISAACS - NIGHT NURSE (12")
11. GRACE JONES - MY JAMAICAN GUY (12")

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http://rapidshare.com/files/118737121/12inch80s.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118737120/12inch80s.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118737125/12inch80s.part4.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118837447/12inch80s.part5.rar
 
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May 26, 2008,8:22 PM
The New York Sound - From the East Coast to the future
New York Sound - From the East Coast to the future

The 80s were a turning point both socially and artistically. The cold grip of "Reaganomics" was starting to make itself felt in the US, and the carefree atmosphere on the club scene was about to recieve an unwelcome shake-up with the dawn of the AIDS virus.

In many ways, economic circumstance, as well as creative exploration, meant punching some keys on a machine would prove easier than employing a full band. This simple fact, which would allow popularly available music to be created outside expensive studios, would assert itself in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and eventually the whole world. The music featured here was created just prior to this technological and musical explosion; it contains elements of disco and uptempo R&B of the 70s, and hints at the evolution of house, techno and hip hop that would succeed it.

What we have here is seminal club tracks from the New York underground at the end of the 70s...a host of killer singles from the Spring, Vanguard, and Posse labels...all in a fantastic blend of boogie, disco, electro, and soul. The work here is easily some of the most sophisticated to come out of the east coast club scene at the time; a real return to indie genius after disco broke heavily in the mainstream, almost a reinvention of the groove with a host of new elements. Some of these tunes will be familiar, but they're presented here in their full extended versions next to others that have been un-reissued for years, making the set an essential batch of tunes that really gets at the best sound of New York from these years.

Tracklisting

1. Love Hangover - The Players Association
2. Charley Says (Roller Boogie Baby) - King Tim III
3. It Ain't No Big Thing' - Rainbow Brown List
4. (You) Keep Making Me Hot - Busta Jones
5. Over Like A Fat Rat - Fonda Rae
6. Is This The Future? - Fatback
7. Money (Dollar Bill Y'all) - Jimmy Spicer
8. Electric Kingdom - Twilight 22
9. Wired For Games - C Brand
10. Rockin' It - MC Flex And The FBI Crew

http://rapidshare.com/files/116572991/new_york_sound.part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/116580634/new_york_sound.part2.rar
 
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Mar 10, 2008,7:47 PM
Instrumental Explosion - Incendiary Funk and R&B Instrumentals 1966-1973
It's a dark sweety club and the floor has been expertly raised to a level of excitement by the man DJing before you who has slammed down a whole bunch of funk winners. You need to take the dancefloor to another level, but you also want to announce your presence to the floor. You rifle through the pile of 45s, a rising sense of, well, not quite panic, perhaps anxiety filling your system. Then it hits you, what you want is a kick-ass instrumental, a crisp drum beat, some blaring horns and some blaring Hammond organ in a style that can only be described as screaming.

Over the last few years, all sorts of funk has been lionised, from the James Brown shouters to the soul sisters, from Blaxpoitation monsters to proto-disco anthems, and yet for as long as funk has filled floors, some of the most popular anthems have been instrumental. Instrumentals that sound like they were recorded in a shed in Mississippi, or in the slickest studio that King in Cincinnati has to offer. The tracks that worked without vocals also seems to cover a wider range both musically and time-wise, meaning that the dancefloors will allow more gritty R&B numbers from the mid-60s through to wah-wah funk from a decade later. "Instrumental Explosion" is a homage to these sounds. It has the screeching Hammonds, horns, flutes, hip talking over grooves (maybe not strictly instrumental - though the credits would have read 'instrumental with speech'), mumbles and a few vocal chants. Not a song in sight. Over at BGP, Dean Rudland has dug deep to find the unreleased and obscure tunes but have also - in traditional "Superfunk" style - dug out some well-loved classics that have never or rarely been issued before.

Dean Rudland must have one of the top jobs in the country; he spends all his time listening to music, talking about music and compiling music, he even gets a pay check for it when the month is over. We should hate him by rights or at least sneak him a crafty kick in his shins when we see him on the street. But envy aside, what we have here is, in my humble opinion, perhaps the most together and essential compilation LP of any genre yet released, at least the best I've ever heard, undoubtedly a benchmark for future releases. Every single track is an unconditional guaranteed real work of art - its like Kylie Minogue in a rubber gimp suit telling you she has a twin sister and they are both feeling naughty! There are a small number of reasonably well known funk classics alongside an abundance of out and out rarities and unknown obscurities - so something for every kind of collector / dj / music lover be what you will. Twenty instrumentals may sound like overkill but with plenty of background grunting, hoopin', hollerin' and wailin' you barely even notice the lack of vocals. Gritty, jazzy funk and R&B instrumentals from the late 60s and early 70s. Guaranteed to set dancefloors alight. Ripped from 2xLP @ 256kbps.

Tracklisting:
1. Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax - Detroit City Limits
2. More Soul - Ron Buford
3. Chocolate Cherry - The Joe Tex Band
4. What Time Ye Got - Gene (Bowlegs) Miller
5. Humpin' (AKA Stuffed Peppers) - Frankie Armstrong & The Stingers
6. Stuck in the Mud - Miles Grayson
7. Machine Shop Pt. 1 - Untouchable Machine Shop
8. Skunk Juice - Pazant Brothers
9. The Point Pt. 1 - Aaron (Chico) Bailey
10. Bad on Bad - Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers
11. Bullitt - Louis Jordan
12. Elijah Rockin' With Soul (extended) - Hank Jacobs
13. Roly Poly Mickey Lolich - The Fans
14. Sunshine - Afro-Blues Quintet
15. Soul Drums - Pretty Purdie - Pretty Purdie
16. Herm - San Francisco TKOs
17. Put Your Weight on It Pt. 1 - Filmore Street Soul Rebellion
18. Thing - Lowell Fulsom
19. Sundance Pt. 1 - Lorenzo Holden
20. Stokin' - Leon Ferguson & The Groove Tones

Part 1
Part 2
 
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Jan 27, 2008,11:48 AM
Groove On Down - 12 full length rare and classic disco/boogie cuts

Brilliant instalment of soulful boogie classics compiled with love by the Soul Brother gang. This compilation has a nice pumping 4/4 beat underneath, but the tempos on most numbers sit nicely in the middle, building a set of great 80s boogie numbers, roller skating soul and sophisticated club tracks that fill in some gaps in your sought after 12" collection.

Tracklisting:
1. Standing Right Here - Melba Moore
2. Groovin' You - Harvey Mason
3. Georgie Porgie - Charme
4. Don't Send Me Away - Garfield Flemming
5. April Lady - James Perry
6. Are You Lonely - Hipnotic
7. Show You My Love - Goldie Alexander
8. Love Don't Come Easy - New Jersey Connection
9. Magic - Circle City
10. Bounce Skate Rock Roll - Vaughn Mason
11. I Like What You're Doin' To Me - Young & Co.
12. Groove On Down - Dunn Jr. Pearson

http://rapidshare.com/files/87704423/groove_on_down.rar

 
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