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UNITED 8/ TONY ALVON & THE BELAIRS: Getting Uptown To Get Down/ Sexy Coffeepot (Vinyl 7″)

United 8 Tony Alvon Matasuna 45[RATING: 5] This week’s award for sterling services to the funk must surely go to Matasuna Records who release another massive vinyl 7″ double-header featuring a pair of classics from the Atlantic Records vaults. The first is United 8’s heavy grooving horns-n-jangly guitar instrumental Getting Uptown To Get Down and the flip is the even better, drum-break heavy instro Sexy Coffee Pot from Tony Alvon & The Belairs – as sampled by Eric B & Rakim, Cypress Hill and DJ Shadow. Although previously edited and bootlegged, neither of these cuts has had an official release in its original version since first release – aside that is – from Warner’s superb Funk 45s boxset from all the way back in 2004. And unless (like the monkey) you were lucky enough to cop that, you need this. And even if you did cop that, it won’t hurt to have new copies, right? There is no accompanying digital release for this one either – it’s strickly wax! Don’t sleep.
(Out 17 March on Matasuna Records)

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