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Leaders, The - (It's A) Rat Race (Vocal / Instrumental)
Leaders, The
(It's A) Rat Race (Vocal / Instrumental)
7" | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When we are talking deepunk classics, there are a few top records that come to mind, Salt, Soul Heart Transplant, Carleen & The Groovers, Eddie Bo.. Here we have one of those top echelon soul/funk masterpieces. Recorded at the legendary True Soul studios in Little Rock, AR in 1971 by the Leaders and written by Donell Edwards. The Leaders B side was played in the Early 2000s by DJs like Keb Darge and Ian Wright, weirdly the vocal never quite touched the northern scene probably due to rarity or being too funky for the ears at the time. The is funk royalty though, rare as can be and an excellent 2 sider. Essential.
Andrew Wasylyk - Fugitive Light And Themes Of Consolation
Rivage - Sittin' On It
Rivage
Sittin' On It
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
25,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Rivage was one of the records during my early days into Modern Soul I was desperate to get hold of, 'Strung Out On You're Love' is up there in my top ten and I managed to pick a copy of the 45 when in the USA in the Early 2000s for a decent price. I only found out there was a rarer LP with a longer version of the track around the same time, with the bonus of a pile of solid Funk, modern and sweet soul tracks. Fast-forward to 2019 and friend Angelo Angione hooked me up with the band who were excited to work with me on a reissue. Now those who know the LP will know it's rather odd cover, this was a marketing idea by someone at the Label, despite the band not wanting to use it that's the way it ended up. We decided to put things right and have reinstated the original cover shot of the band. This LP is simply one of the finest 70s LPs, it's mad that it has not been reissued before now…enjoy.
Greg Foat - The Dreaming Jewels
Greg Foat
The Dreaming Jewels
LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
22,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Recording at Malcom Catto's analogue studio has been an ambition of Greg's for a long time, not only for the studio itself but for Malcolm's skill using this vintage equipment, very few people can achieve such an incredibly big sound.

Earlier this year we grabbed the chance to get the full Greg Foat group joined by Binker Golding (Binker and Moses) on Tenor Saxophone, Malcolm Catto on drums and Hugh Harris (The Kooks) on Guitar on the session.

Moving to a more rhythmic space, you could call it Jazz funk or Fusion, but labels suck so just listen and appreciate the pure sense of space Malcom achieves with this recording. Instruments float in space, aided by the Vintage EMI desk and a host of valve equipment which has taken Malcolm a lifetime to collect. In amongst the more rhythmic pieces we also have some classic Foat style compositions; 'Lake Kussharo' and 'The Dreaming Jewels' as emotive and personal as ever, a feeling that can only be expressed and articulated in music. These past few years will no doubt be looked back on with great favour in musical history, with prolific and high quality output in all his various projects this LP is his crowning achievement of 2019. A strong year indeed!
Akira Freeze - Tell Me Baby / I Remember
Akira Freeze
Tell Me Baby / I Remember
7" | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
New soul / boogie discovery out Daytona Beach, Florida. Unknown until this year when a sold for the first time on ebay in June for ($2025), Not surprising as its absolutely banging on both sides. Big love to Brian Sears who hooked up With Michael Gamble on this.
LaRombé - From Philly
LaRombé
From Philly
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
24,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
LaRombé is one of the most talented songwriters I have come across in my years of working for Jazzman and Athens of the North. Having gone through much of his tape archive it is obvious what a powerhouse of song writing and composition this man is. LaRombé music is of the strongest calibre all the way, from his first release in 1979 to present day. All of his Soul, Disco & R&B stands the test of time. It's easy to have one record that with luck ends up great but another thing to write record after record with great hooks you can't leave alone. Athens of the North is very proud to present 'From Philly', Vinyl and CD comes with sleeve notes featuring interview and photos.
Greg Foat - The Mage
Greg Foat
The Mage
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
28,79 €* 31,99 € -10%
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Greg Foat's 9th album 'The Mage' joins the dots between the past and future of British jazz. Enlisting the talenst of jazz/library/soundtrack legends Duncan Lamont, Art Themen, Ray Russell and Clark Tracey to collaborate with their modern contemporaries Greg Foat, Moses Boyd and Heliocentric's drummer Malcolm Catto to create something undeniably British but outward looking and global.

A long time personal ambition for Greg was to work with Trinidadian songstress Kathy Garcia, on 'The Mage', this wish is granted as she joins him to re-imagine the deep Xian masterpiece 'Of my Hands', 45 years after recording it as a young girl.

Greg's compositions and arrangements showcase the old and new, downtempo folkscapes, free jazz with notes of hip-hop and soul from the young team flavouring the mix. Featuring Simon Ljungman and Friends as a male choir, Greg's EMS Synthi AKS experiments (made famous by Dr Who) the album is a testament to the versatility and pure musicality of all those involved and Greg Foat's ability to bring artists together to record beautiful, timeless music.

#Greg Foat's 9th album joins the dots between the past and future of British jazz. Bringing Jazz/Library/soundtrack legends Duncan Lamont, Art Themen, Ray Russell and Clark Tracey to the table with modern contemporaries Moses Boyd and Heliocentric's drummer Malcolm Catto. A long time personal mission for greg was to work with Trinidadian singer Kathy Garcia, she joins him on The Mage to re-record the deep Xian masterpiece 'Of my Hands' 45 years after recording it as a young girl.

Greg's compositions and arrangements showcase the young and old, downtempo folkscapes, free jazz with Notes of Hip-Hop and Soul from the young team flavouring the mix. Featuring the Simon Ljungman male choir, Gregs EMS Synthi AKS experiments (made famous by Dr Who) the album is a testament to the versatility and pure musicality of all those involved and Greg Foat's ability to bring artists together and make beautiful timeless music that moves deeply.
Linkwood & Other Lands - Face The Facts
Linkwood & Other Lands
Face The Facts
LP | 2020 | Original (Athens Of The North)
25,99 €*
Release:2020 / Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
I can't actually remember why we decided to do this project other than ask ourself, why had it not been done years ago? let's do it! Linkwood and Other Lands are well known from their various outings on Firecracker, Night Theatre, The Nuclear Family, Rush Hour, Dekmantel, Aotn and many other labels, both talented musicians and fierce producers. The plan was simple, drop them into the mostly finished Athens of the North studio and cross the streams….

The results are nothing short of spectacular but putting them into words or genres on paper is somewhat of a challenge. Folding modular textures, post-punk, Electro, House and Techno even ending in some lush Balearic business, they have moulded their years of experience and translated it into something new.

What strikes me when listening to the LP is both their voices have come through in this production. Other Lands guitar work and Vocal and Linkwood deep sense of Rhythm and structure. The recording of this LP was just pre-covid which seems strange as it fits now so well. Like a dream of what it would be like to be out In the city night in all its different factions.
E.S. Funk - Funny Feeling / Shake Your Body
E.S. Funk
Funny Feeling / Shake Your Body
7" | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fantastic funky crossover soul that has remained pretty much unknown due to rarity. Solid two-sider originally released on local label 'Shore'. You will never see an original copy.
Hampshire & Foat - Galaxies Like Grain Of Sand
V.A. - Disco With A Feeling
V.A.
Disco With A Feeling
2LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
27,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Here at Athens of the North you know we love Disco, what you might not know is that my friend David Haffner (not only the deepest of disco heads but a great D.J as well) helped us license many of the rare Disco 45s on the label. It is about time David gets the shine he deserves so we asked him to compile some of the songs he helped licence for the label alongside new songs which we have here'Disco With A Feeling'.

So what is 'Disco With A Feeling'? It's hard to quantify a sound, but our definition would include 70s Soul or Modern Soul 45s that fit into the disco sound, soulful and magical. The whole LP is straight up dance-floor fire, no matter who you are or where you're from - a soul boy, disco lady, or a house head you are going to feel the heat of these club smashers.
Kashmere Stage Band - Kashmere / Scorpio
Kashmere Stage Band
Kashmere / Scorpio
7" | 2018 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Another sure shot double sider out the Now-Again catalogue, until now both tracks were album only and both pure club killers. I smashed these back in the day; I remember listening to it from Jazzman Geralds collection and was blown away. I went right out and found the LPs which took a little time even then when there were fewer people after them. A couple of years after that 'Kashmere' was dropped on funky 16 corners comp Egon put together, and the cat was out the bag. Anyway back to the music, for those who don't know, Conrad O. Johnson of Kashmere High School, Houston Texas, created the Kashmere Stage Band turning it into one of the most fierce unbeatable high school bands in the national championships, the recordings here are my two favorites out of many. Don't miss out on the 2011 Documentary Thunder Soul which reunites the band with Conrad O. Johnson over 30 years down the line.
Split Decision Band - Watchin' Out
Split Decision Band
Watchin' Out
7" | 2014 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
11,99 €*
Release:2014 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Holy Grail deep disco from Des Moines, Iowa. This 45 has remained at the top of rare Disco, Modern Doul and Deepfunk collectors for years, never dipping below the $1000 mark. Solid unforgiving driving funky disco, flipped with a crazy Funkadilic style stoner funk rock track worthy of Funkadilic at its best. Look out for an unreleased LP soon on Eothen Alapatt's Nowagain Records later in the year.
Gold - What About The Child
Gold
What About The Child
7" | 1977 | UK | Reissue (Athens Of The North)
9,34 €* 10,99 € -15%
Release:1977 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
I licensed Gold material from Avelino Pitts an over 10 years ago when I was working at Jazzman, at the time we got a tape with an alternative version of 'What About The Child' so it made sense to reissue that version rather than the original and better mix as it was unheard. We never did get around to putting out the original 45 version, more urgent and pushy than the softer mix on the unreleased tape, so here it is. This 45 was a true deepfunk rarity in the 2000s and just never turns up at all. On the flip we got some amazing Spiritual Soul from the unreleased tapes that sounds very Rotary Connection, really special track. I have done 500 of these only. Grab em quick.
Premonition - Don't Act Like A Fool
Premonition
Don't Act Like A Fool
7" | 1986 | UK | Reissue (Athens Of The North)
9,74 €* 12,99 € -25%
Release:1986 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Premonition or Premonitions (they were known as both) is a new york disco / Soul / Funk group you probably have never heard of, we have an LP coming soon but while we wait in our flats and houses here is a reissue of their rarest (it's all rare) Disco 45 flipped with an Excellent mid-tempo floater which is 100% my bag. Let's face it, you are going to like one of these sides so get it done.
Chuck Brimley - St. Elmos Fire
Chuck Brimley
St. Elmos Fire
7" | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
10,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Milwaukee's artist Chuck Brimley's cover of Michael Frank's classic "St. Elmore Fire. An extremely hard to find record that even Andy Noble who runs a second hand record store in Milwaukee Wisconsin where the record is from had not heard, despite knowing Chuck who was a customer. Andy kindly put me in touch last summer and Chuck was happy for us to reissue this rare version.
Hampshire & Foat - The Honeybear
Hampshire & Foat
The Honeybear
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
28,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
After the success of 'Galaxies Like Grains of Sand', Warren and Greg retreated back to the Isle of Wight to start work on long discussed concept album based on a fictional children's book The Honey Bear. Each track a chapter of the book, hypnotic folk pieces mixed with ambient field recordings that Warren and Greg collected around the beaches, cliffs and gardens of the island.
They brought everything together at home, organically forming this beautiful ambient folk tale during the island's idyllic summer evenings. After finishing the initial mixes on the island they brought the tapes up to Scotland and overdubbed with Strings, Oboe and Flute. Whether your 5 or 50, the charm and beauty of The Honeybear is undeniable.
La Mont Zeno Theatre - Black Fairy
La Mont Zeno Theatre
Black Fairy
LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
14,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Holy Grail Jazz Funk Chicago Musical reissued for the first time.
Painel De Controle - Relax / Malandrinha
G.Q. - Lies / Is It Cool?
G.Q.
Lies / Is It Cool?
7" | 2015 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
13,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
2 Deep Disco Classics on 45 for the first time!
Leval - Our Love / It's Up To You
Leval
Our Love / It's Up To You
7" | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
UK oddball boogie rarity licenced direct from the band (with help from friend of Aotn Russ). I'm a bit of a fan of this pop-boogie sound so expect to see more odd little 45s like this.
Billy Bruner - Billy Bruner
Billy Bruner
Billy Bruner
LP | 2020 | UK | (Athens Of The North)
24,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK –
Genre:Organic Grooves
A selection of rare and unreleased tracks from the prince of Tulsa boogie, Billy Bruner. 10 Killer unknown and rare Boogie soul tracks. Billy was in Tulsa, Oklahoma bands Darwin's Theory, T-Spoon, J.O.B Band and is still producing music today. Completely unique charming lo-fi outsider boogie.
Linkwood & Greg Foat - Linkwood & Foat
Linkwood & Greg Foat
Linkwood & Foat
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
25,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Athens of the north is not just here to release great music but to support our artist development and experimentation, to this end we always try to bring good people together to work on new music. This LP fuses two massive talents, for the first time to AOTN we introduce House and Techno legend Linkwood, joining him is one of the |UKs most respected Jazz Artists Greg Foat, who will need no introduction to AOTN fans

'Linkwood & Foat' is the first LP to be recorded in the new 'Athens of the North Studio', which was designed and built specifically for our artists so that they can create without the time pressures or expenses of studio hire elsewhere. With no fixed plans, no rules or expectations, the pair relaxed in the new studio and started making music. The result is very special indeed

Linkwood had just returned from walking in the wilds of an Ibiza summer and Greg had similarly been immersed on the sun drenched south coast of the Isle of wight. This freedom and sense of space saturates the grooves of the LP juxtapositioned against a deeper late night basement club feel they both love so much, the pull between nightlife and the freedom of nature. It's extroversion and introversion, the freedom and escapism of the two seemingly opposing environments permeates this recording.
Larombé - You're The Best / Train Of Thought
Gratitude - We Are Here To Party
Gratitude
We Are Here To Party
7" | 2019 | EU | Reissue (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Gratitude's rare Canadian disco 12" is well know to the heads, there is also a VERY rare 7" with a slightly alternate mix that is almost entirely unknown (not even listed on Discogs).
'We Are Here To Party' is a driving Deepfunk disco banger in the vein of King Tut. On the flip 'Loving You' is a Chic influenced disco production as strong as the A-side, always good when its a solid flip as well. We have taken the 12" Versions and put it on to 45, the forthcoming David Haffner compilation will have the even rarer 7" Version on it. Back into disco turf, loads more on the way.
Willie Griffin - I Love You / Where There's Smoke There's Fire
Peoples Pleasure & Alive And Well - Do You Hear Me Talking To You?
Andrew Wasylyk - The Paralian
Andrew Wasylyk
The Paralian
LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
28,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Andrew Wasylyk is the alias of Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Mitchell. In 2018, Andrew was extended a residency invite from arts centre and historic house, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland to create new music for their restored, 19th century, Erard Grecian harp. During Wasylyk's five-month sojourn he created melodies and progressions echoing the building's unique relationship with the looming North Sea horizon. Using not only the harp, but the house's original grand piano, Andrew explored the Angus landscape and beyond, gathering field recordings on trips to neighbouring Seaton Cliffs and Bell Rock Lighthouse (the world's oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse). Winter slipped into spring, and harp-led compositions gave way to an ambitious third, full-length album, exploring a range of themes utilising a broad palette of instrumentation, including flugelhorn, euphonium, oboe, string trio, vintage synthesisers, drones and upright piano.
Luther Davis Group - Keep On Dancin / You
Luther Davis Group
Keep On Dancin / You
7" | 2018 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Many know Luther Davis from his more familiar and previously reissued disco floater 'You Can Be A Star', not so many people outside the collector's world know the disco-funk 45 'Keep on Dancin' as its about 4x as rare and slightly more out there musically (which is a good thing). The horn and guitar led disco funk hook float's almost precisely between Modern Soul and Deepfunk (The scene that played it first) and for a change i love the guitar solo, used almost like a synth effect. On the flip is an admittedly formulaic deep soul joint that just works due to the dope backing vocals and crispy drumming.
Bobby Boyd - Love Goddess
Bobby Boyd
Love Goddess
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This month we have what is the start of a string of previously unreleased bangers from the soul, funk and disco legend Bobby Boyd, we have been working on this for a long time and really proud to be working alongside Bobby representing him.
First up we have Love Goddess, a floaty driving disco soul number thats bound to get some spins by the Northern boys as well as deep disco heads, i know its been doing this business when i play it, On the flip and classic horn driven Funky soul in Bobbys Classic style and solid songwriting, Essential.

If your not a rare soul or disco collector Bobby's name might not be a name your familiar with but as one of the founder members of Lafayette Afro Rock Band you will have experienced his music and influence which is far reaching.
Crisrail - The Game Of Music
Crisrail
The Game Of Music
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
14,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Something a little different from Athens of the North, Crisrail (Chris Rael) is an almost-LP of mad out there funky post punk from Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Rated and played this out for some time but it has remained mostly under the radar due to scarcity. I could compare it to The Cure but it's so much more. 500 Only

"Playing instruments didn't come naturally to me, but I loved it so much I kept doing it and got better. When I started composing seriously in my early twenties, I didn't have much confidence in my voice or instrumental abilities, but my imagination was on fire and I was determined to create music that sounded like nothing else. I would find my place in the constellation of sound by carving a niche that was so unique, musical virtuosity wouldn't be a factor. I was inspired by Tom Scott of the Muffins, Maryland's legendary progressive jazz quartet, and owner of Black Pond Studios in Rockville, where Game of Music was recorded. It was my first solo release; I played everything except Tom's horn and flute parts. Lacking confidence to perform, I was very much a studio rat and became facile at overdubbing solo tracks. New music reviewers praised it at the time, but its distribution was limited and it's been out of print for decades. Listening now, it's more musically muscular than it felt to me at the time. It's incredibly gratifying that more people can hear it again, thanks to Athens of the North." - Chris Rael
Myth - Play With Me / In Action
Myth
Play With Me / In Action
7" | 2019 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Athens of the North is back on the boogie tip with top Miami rarity MYTH. Recorded and mixed in Fort Lauderdale in 85 both the original 12s are pretty rare and both strong. We decided as it had never been on 45 and suits the format to d a little AOTN magic so here we are. you know what to do.
Bobby Boyd - Rock On Bob Blank Remix
Bobby Boyd
Rock On Bob Blank Remix
12" | 2018 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Hot on the heels of the well received Dirty Channels Vs Danny Russell 'Watchin Out/ Frazelle 'Today Is The Day' (Linkwood edit), we bring you more twelve inch heat. This time in the shape of an unreleased nugget from funk and soul legend, Bobby Boyd, the founding member and lead singer of Bobby Boyd's Congress - who metamorphosed into The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, after Bobby's departure in 1971.

On the A-side, producer and engineer extraordinaire Bob Blank - who's worked closely with the likes of Arthur Russell, Taana Gardner,Sun Ra, Larry Levan and Kid Creole - turns out a mix that hits the sweet spot between boogie and proto-house with a hint of Latin freestyle.

Whilst the flip sees darting synths and swirling pads layered over a tight machine groove, as Bobby reminds us of the simply joy that dancing can bring.
Bobby Boyd - I Like What You Do To Me
Bobby Boyd
I Like What You Do To Me
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Second up on our Bobby Boyd unreleased recording we have some dope mid 80s material from Bobby, 'I Like What You Do To Me' is Boogie / Proto House joint that is totally my bag, feels like it should be in a 80s movie weightlifting montage (in a good way) it just works on the dance floor so well.
On the flip things get even stronger with the proto-house banger 'Girl Like You' a sick soulful number with with a biggest swinging kick drum I have ever heard, both proper club material.

If your not a rare soul or disco collector Bobby's name might not be a name your familiar with but as one of the founder members of Lafayette Afro Rock Band you will have experienced his music and influence which is far reaching.
Infinity - Party Man / Put Everything In Place
Infinity
Party Man / Put Everything In Place
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Athens Of The North)
11,04 €* 12,99 € -15%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Part 2 of out Licenced Infinity 45 releases, another Disco funk crossover dancer thats pretty under the radar, the track for me is the floaty disco b side end of nighter, trust me this one works.
Love Company - Love Tempo
Love Company
Love Tempo
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Should not need any introduction to deep disco heads, huge spin for red Greg, Floating Points, Jeremy underground etc.. Love Tempo is this years banger in January, well know to those deep in the game for some time but dog rare and good makes finding an o.g a fantasty, so here you go……my pleasure.
Michael Henderson - Let Love Enter
Michael Henderson
Let Love Enter
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Its not always about super rares, we got to cover those LP tracks as well. How this never made it onto a 45 ill never know. Michael Henderson's brilliant 'Let Love Enter' has always been an underground classic and is about to get a fire lit under it once again, simply the finest Brazilian influenced soul Jazz fusion.
Michael's bass playing; Vocals and production are all over modern American black music, having played for Miles Davis. Norman Connors, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder to name just a few, his influence is huge right through the industry as well being a million selling artist himself. You can still here his bass sampled in many a Hip-Hop track to this day.
Henry Thomas & Rise - My Dreams Are Clouded
Henry Thomas & Rise
My Dreams Are Clouded
7" | 1984 | UK | Reissue (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:1984 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Henry Thomas low key 45 on Raptown records has until now been a featured in the record boxes of Deep Boogie and Two Step Dj's who know the deal, it's now time for it to spread its FM synth wings to bigger dancefloors. What more do you want, a SOLID two sider that only slipped through eBay a few times on the cheap as people did not know it, managed to bag one of those myself and with some help from a good friend track Henry down, alive, well and looking forward to his music getting a revival.
Hard Drivers - Since I Was A Little Girl / Straight Talk
Strange - You / Space V
Strange
You / Space V
7" | 2017 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two previously unreleased tracks from the outsider disco outfit - Strange! Christopher Spraggins & The Strange Band out of Rochester, N.Y released a total of one record. . A spaced out druggy disco band that had a hint of Rick James with a deeper trippier vibe that's truly unique, reproduced for you here for the first time since 1978. The band was introduced to the world by Cleveland Unlimited Records who still exist to this day, unfortunately as these things go, the record failed to gain sales needed to justify further but a whole LP was recorded, here we bring you the best tracks from that unreleased LP on your favourite format.
Nobody - I Saw You
Nobody
I Saw You
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Mind blowing Minneapolis boogie, there is so much to this story but lets start with their original 1982 press release

Hot Group, NOBODY, Definitely Going Somewhere!

During the 1960s the American popular music scene was overtaken and dominated throughout most of the decade by a creative surge emanating fromDetroit. "The Sound Of Young America," as it was called, was Motown. As Motown declined another inspired voice took up the slack. Under the direction of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Philadelphia International, i.e., "The Sound Of Philadelphia" (T.S.O.P.), became the new voice under the early and mid-'70s.

As is becoming quite apparent, the 1980s belong to the Twin Cities. Most people thought it would stop with Prince. It hasn't. A new band called Nobody is making sure that it doesn't. And although the group has been wrapped in mystery ever since they started just four months ago, their recently released demo tape (which will shortly be pressed on vinyl) is a monster that has music insiders buzzing with enthusiasm, "Right now nobody knows who we are. Once we become established, however, we will be casting a highly creative shadow that will be profound, and that other people will have to live up to," says the group.

The band has seven members: two vocalists-one male and two keyboard players, one guitar, bass and drums. All but one of the members are from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, providing how fertile our sometimes mild little town can be. They've all had a diverse amount of experience-from jazz to funk-but their music doesn't fit any particular category. Some of Nobody's members even started out in the church, which gave their music a genuinely soulful feeling that can't be denied.

Nobody was primarily put together by the female lead vocalist, a lady who's sung with manyTwinCityjazz and gospel greats. But beyond anything else the band is a team. A team with a mission. A mission to bring quality music to the community. Many of you will soon get to judge the sounds of their debut songs for yourself. KMOJFM is getting ready to add the single "I Saw You" to its playlist, and WLOL's music director said he "loved it." Along with the airplay will be an appearance on Scott Thompson's "Showcase" on KWTN

Meanwhile the group's manager, Jordanna Gold is keeping busy on both coasts attempting to hook up a deal with one of the major labels for this dynamic, multi-talented group that many people say will be busting out by grammy time.
Santiago - Feeling Good / Land of Leaping No No (Ha-Ka-Cha)
Santiago
Feeling Good / Land of Leaping No No (Ha-Ka-Cha)
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
12,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Produced by Philadelphia's Legendary Sonny Hopson, Santiago is Indeed Neftali Santiago from Mandrill who took a break from the band in 1975 and did a little experimenting, this came out of a 6 hour sessions in which 3 tracks were recording, two being on this 45 and is Santiago's only lead vocal to date . The band lasted a year in that time supporting Gil Scott Heron and The Ohio Players live. A two sided disco stormer with all the right ingredients, great guitar hook, solid horn section and great vocal.Essential Disco
Cool Creations - Wish Upon Love / Nightime On The Beach
Cool Creations
Wish Upon Love / Nightime On The Beach
7" | 2015 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
10,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Cool Creations of St Maarten were formed in 1975 by Carlyle Barriteau, Funk Gumbs and Winston Macco. They were all in our last year of High School in St Maarten. The name "CoolCreations" was inspired by Kool and the Gang, one of their off Island influences. The band mainly played hotels, Local Dance Clubs and Carnival Parades and they recorded one LP. These two tracks were taken from that little know but much loved LP which was recorded in San Juan in Puerto Rico (no one can remember the name of the studio). "Wish Upon Love" is a Modern Soul Floater of the highest order that's been a favourite summer joint of mine for years and recently been getting spins by Four Tet and others. The flip is perfect for a Balearic sunset or deep warmup, this is a personal favourite, hope you love it as much as I do.
Straight Jacket - Greatest Part of Loving You / Fun
Straight Jacket
Greatest Part of Loving You / Fun
7" | 2015 | UK | Original (Athens Of The North)
10,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1980 Adell Shavers and David McMurray (who went on to be a member of 80s hit band 'Was Not Was') wrote and produced this Amazing Detroit Modern / Boogie 45 which for some reason suffered the same fate of many of AOTN releases and disappeared from history. But thanks to the generation of collectors before me this gem sat safely in Northern collection such as Keb Darge's for years waiting for its day in the sun.
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