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LA TRIBU: No Te Quiero Mas (I Don’t Want You More)(Vinyl 7″)

LA TRIBU: No Te Quiero Mas (I Don't Want You More)A new Latin funk 45 delivery arrives from Matasuna Records whose unerring ear for an under-represented classic sees the label drop the first official 45 reissue of La Tribu’s hard-to-find 1971 classic No Te Quiero Mas (I Don’t Want You More). Originally released as the B-side to the Mexican outfit’s most famous track (the much less groovy traditional rock cut Por Perdete), No Te
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LA RETRETA MAYOR: Zambo (Vinyl 7″)

LA RETRETA MAYOR: Zambo Next from the Matasuna Records label comes this vinyl 45, featuring a re-issue of 1976 cut Zambo by Venezuelan outfit La Retreta Mayor.  It is lifted from the band’s eponymous debut LP and comes with a remix of said track to boot. The A-side features the original – a potent melange of Latin-influenced dancefloor jazz and funk – while the B-side consists of the remix by San Francisco producer King Most. This latter effort adds a new
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CLIFF NOBLES: My Love Is Getting Stronger/ RUSSELL EVANS & THE NITE HAWKS: The Bold

CLIFF NOBLES:  My Love Is Getting StrongerRating: ★★★★★ Here’s yet more re-release heat from Matasuna Records who show double love for soul music with this 45 featuring Cliff Nobles on the A-side and Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks on the flip. The second of these, The Bold, is a funky uptempo mod-jazz instro with scorching bluesy guitar, subtle organ groovin’ and some octopus-armed drumming but it’s A-side My Love Is
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BLACK HEAT: Wanaoh b/w Chip’s Funk (Vinyl 7″)

BLACK HEAT: Wanaoh b/w Chip's Funk In the second bit of large funk re-issue news today it’s all about the latest double trouble 45 from Matasuna Records who select two cuts from the debut self-titled LP by 70s funk band, Black Heat. On the A-side it looks like a first time on 45 for the flute-laced Wanaoh which will surely have rare groove hounds getting misty-eyed thinking about the early 90s when they used to get all
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PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES: Comencemos b/w Mi Moooto (Vinyl 7″)

PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES:  ComencemosMatasuna Records bring that funky Latin heat again – this time with a double helping from Venezuelan Porfi Jiminez’ Phirpo Y Sus Caribes outfit. The A-side Comencemos is a cover of Ginger Baker-powered Fela Kuti track Let’s Start upping the tempo very slightly and subtly Latin-ising the feel of the track. Arguably even better is flip Mi Moooto, a Jiminez original that, as the title
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THE METERS/ WATTS 103RD ST RHYTHM BAND: Simple Song/ Giggin’ Down 103rd (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you were to pick a pair of all-time stanky slabs of instrumental funk to re-issue on vinyl you’d have to go a long way to find better than the two selected by Matasuna Records for this release. Incredibly, it’s a first time on 45 release for the A-side, The Meters’ monster New Orleans funkstrumental version of Sly Stone classic Sing A Simple Song entitled – er – simply
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APACHE: Liberate/ Hombre (VOODOOCUTS Rework)(Vinyl 7″)

APACHE:  Liberate/ HombreRating: ★★★★★ I don’t know if either Liberate or Hombre by Mexican band Apache ever made it onto one of Kool Herc’s famed seventies block-party playlists but listening to this, it’s easy to imagine they might have done. Long unavailable new, after what appears to have been their only appearance on 1976’s four-track Kung-Fu Chino EP, the two cuts in question (for the monkey’s
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OUTER SPACE: Not Even Light b/w Dead Planet (feat. GEMMA HUMET)(Vinyl 7″)

Billed as ‘Ethiojazz’, the new 7″ single from Barcelona crew Outer Space is certainly on more than speaking terms with the work of Mulatu Astatke. Having described it thus, doesn’t do justice to the breaks-filled funk of A-side Not Even Light however, which – though its title recalls the time-honoured plea of the late riser or hangover sufferer, is lively enough to get anyone out of bed
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BROWNOUT/ JUNGLE FIRE: Flaximus/ Comencemos (RENEGADES OF JAZZ REMIXES)(Vinyl 7″)

Flaximus/ Comencemos (RENEGADES OF JAZZ REMIXES) Matasuna Records’ first 45 drop of the new year is a double slice of Afro-Latin heat in the form of two Renegades Of Jazz remixes – and if you know Renegades Of Jazz, you know these will be a little bit special. It’s not actually the first time on vinyl, or even on 45, for the A-side – ROJ’s blistering b-boy mix of Brownout by Texan outfit, Brownout. This originally saw light of day on a ltd. ParisDjs
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PLACEBO: Polk b/w Balek (Vinyl 7″)

PLACEBO:  Polk b/w BalekLovers of the first wave of jazz-funk (and sample-fiends) take note, this 45 reissue of two classic cuts off Placebo’s 1973 LP – er – 1973 is still available but unlikely to be so for long – given the sold out status of much of Matasuna Records’ back catalogue.  The two tracks in question – Polk and Balek – are the work of Belgian jazz-funk outfit Placebo rather than hitherto unknown early material
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