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ATHENS OF THE NORTH: Henry Stone’s Miami Sound – The Record Man’s Finest 45s (2015) + Euan Fryer Interview

Miami Sound Henry StoneRating: ★★★★★ In the space of a year, the Athens Of The North funk, soul and disco re-issue label has so convincingly established itself as a rare groove purveyor of note with a string of super dope (not to mention super rare) 45 re-issues as to join the monkey’s regular ones-to-watch list along with MB favourites Tramp and long-standing re-issue heroes Soul Jazz. Now, the label drops

SANDY GAYE/ FRANCIENE THOMAS: Watch The Dog/ I’ll Be There (2015)

Watch The Dog Sandy GayeRating: ★★★★★ Oh my goodness me! The monkey’s favourite ever sister funk cut gets a 45 re-press. Sandy Gaye’s Watch The Dog was previously only available on seven inch for an arm, a leg, your own grandmother and a king’s ransom and even then only if you knew the right people – although you could have got it as part of Ian Wright’s excellent Sister Funk 2 LP a couple of

RAPHAEL MUNNINGS: Nassau Funky (2014)

Nassau Funky Raphael MunningsRating: ★★★★★ Good lord! Nassau Funky is four straight fire slept-on lost 70s funk gems from the man behind Funky Nassau – Raphael Munnings. Drop everything and give nothing else your attention until you have bought a copy. Opener Opportunity Knockin’ is the best tropical funk cut you’ve heard since – er – well since Funky Nassau and rivals that with its calypso-funk wah-wah