Our top 15 reissues of 2020

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JA NET DUBOIS / JADY KURRENT BAND - QUEEN OF THE HIGHWAY

This was released on 45 for the first time, having previously only been released in Brazil. An edit by Kon on the A and a fantastic previously unreleased soul/boogie cut from the Jady Kurrent Band on the B.

 

IFA - INTERNATIONAL FAMILY AFFAIR

Both singing and rapping coupled with smooth instrumentation come together on this record to create a lethal fusion of G-Funk and R&B, whats not to love?

 

(RSD 2020) MINNIE RIPERTON - LES FLEUR / OH BY THE WAY

A special release for Record Store Day of the classic Minnie Ripperton song 'Les Fleur' - the original was going for something silly on Discogs, so this was reissue was a welcome sight!

Limited copies still available

NATURAL WILD - HOT & SEXABLE (MORGAN BUCKLEY MIXES)

We loved these four brand new versions of the 1985 underground Irish boogie gem 'Hot & Sexable' - make sure to check out extended club mix on the A1! 

 

BASS CLEF – INNER SPACE BREAK FREE

Originally only released on cassette back in 2011, this album covers just about every corner of the UK sound, extremely versatile with a track for every mood and very clever use of sampling throughout.

Limited copies still available

 

IBRAHIM KHALIL SHIHAB QUINTET - SPRING

A late edition to the list! This release from pianist Ibrahim Khalil Shihab was nearly lost forever after a record company exec destroyed the master tapes. Luckily it has been restored and reissued South African jazz and groove label 'Matsuli' for our listening pleasure. 

Limited copies still available

ONE BLOOD - BE THANKFUL (LEXX MIX)

A classic Lover's Rock cover of William DeVaughn's soul anthem 'Be Thankful' reissued by 'Emotional Rescue' with a wonderful disco dub from Lexx on the B.

Limited copies still available

 

EARTHLINK - SPECTRAL EP

Short lived 90s duo Earthlink’s most sought after release finally got the reissue treatment in 2020. Four dance floor bombs, all rolled into one brilliant record, with the undeniably good ‘Blink’ on the the B-side this EP was not to be missed.

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS - FOR THE LOVE OF YOU

12 impressive lovers rock covers of absolutely classic tracks by artists such as Leon Ware, Archie Bell & Prince. Curated by Sam Don and overseen by Euan Fryer of Athens of the North. Featuring Sonia's cover of Sister Sledge's 'Easier To Love' which has been getting some very much deserved attention this year. 

PSYCHIC MIRRORS - NATURE OF EVIL LP

We were very happy to see Psychic Mirrors' debut LP 'Nature of Evil' reissued this year on the band's own label 'Cosmic Chronic'. The album expands on their modern Caribbean sound, which is an 'amalgam of boogie funk, yacht rock and wavy synth jazz'.

Limited copies still available

 

CHICCO - I NEED SOME MONEY / WE CAN DANCE

Charasmatic Bubblegum star Chicco released a string of highly sought after records after going solo in the mid 80s, perhaps none more recognisable than this tongue in cheek classic. We were glad to see this one back and attainable once again.

Limited copies still available

 

ADMAS - SONS OF ETHIOPIA

Admas was made up of members of the Ethiopian community who fled to Washington D.C. to escape the violence of the Derg regime in the lates 70s and early 80s. 'Sons of Ethiopia' was an amalgamation of sounds, taking elements of the jazz, Latin and soul that influenced other Ethiopian artists such as Mulatu, as well as new sounds the band were exposed to in the US such as reggae, samba and electro. The folks at Frederiksberg Records worked with the band to put out the first ever vinyl/digital reissue of this beautiful 1984 album. 

SERGINHO MERITI - BONS MOMENTOS

A classic album and one of the best examples of funky Brazilian Soul.

 

ALIENAGE - GARGOYLE RECORDS CLASSICS PART 2

In our opinion Gargoyle Records should be considered part of the foundation of breakbeat as we now know it, a seminal and perhaps under appreciated record label that this year has deservedly seen some of the spotlight thanks to the ever consistent Holding Hands label.

 

DUVAL TIMOTHY - BROWN LOOP

Originally recorded in New York in the winter of 2016, produced and mixed by Timothy himself, the new edition of Brown Loop features an adjusted track listing. We were pleased to see this album back in circulation, along with a new album from the talented pianist also released this year.

Limited copies still available

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