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Jim Sharp Cali Soul / Bees And Things And Flowers During the long cold days of the lockdown, Jim Sharp was in the lab cooking up summer in the winter. This edition of Soul Sisters is a true double A side that won’t leave your box. Side 1 sees Jim go on a version excursion, intertwining two versions of the ode to the Sunshine State together with boom bap drums hangin’ out from Mount Vernon. The flip combines the ultimate sunshine anthem with a sharp rim shot, 808 kicks and an undercover G-Funk baseline to get the party people groovin’ and two-stepping in equal measures. Soul Sisters 7"
Wally Puma / Jim Sharp La-Di Stepper / Step Into A Break / Something In The Way The new label on the block DRPN GEMS is focused on crowd rockin’ block party joints. Release number one has that in spades. The A side has label boss Wally Puma stepping up with a hybrid blend / remake of two old school anthems that fit together like OJ’s glove - mad tight. The other side has a couple of useful Jim Sharp DJ tools / Breaks meaning that doubles are a must. If there were any actual parties the play records at this year, this would be a definite go-to 45. DRPN GEMS 7"
unknown The Bottle / Love Is The Respect Two stone cold, all time classics, from two undisputed legends, re-edited, extended and repurposed for the modern dancefloor. White Label 12"
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Dirt Off Your Shoulder / I Need Somebody To Love Tonight Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band, the kings of "wait, what is this!!!" are back with another two-sider that has a little something for everyone. Both of these songs are pulled from their forthcoming full length album Expansions. The A side is a gritty, gully, and neck snapping cover of the Timbaland produced Jay-Z club hit Dirt Off Your Shoulder. The signature crushing Bacao drums start the show and the moment they start playing the top line on the steel pans all bets are off. They push the tune to new heights and places adding brass arrangements and working around the original riff never losing the groove. The way they walk the line between the original and making it their own will woo Hip Hop heads and Funk enthusiasts alike. The B side finds BRSB taking it straight to the discoteque and ushering everyone to the floor as they cover Sylvester's underground classic I Need Somebody To Love Tonight. While Bacao have laid down a few four on the floor numbers on previous albums this is the first one making its way to a 7" and we are sure it will get their music into a new sector of DJs playboxes. Big Crown Records 7"
So Much Soul Players / Chris Read / Rob Barron Happy ‘Happy (Hammond)’ is the second release from London based Funk & Soul outfit the So Much Soul Players (aka Chris Read & Rob Barron), a gritty, instrumental Hammond Funk take on Pharrell Williams’ ubiquitous feel-good Pop/Soul cut ‘Happy’. Harking back to the raw stylings of 60s/70s Funk, this dancefloor oriented rendition of the popular song features driving drums, funky Hammond licks and crunchy, overdriven organ lines galore. Dinked Records 7"