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The Chocolates Of Life

Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." These are the chocolates of our lives.

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Eddie Hazel – Game, Dames And Guitar Thangs [Be With]

Among guitar aficionados, they don’t come much heavier than acid-drenched enigma Eddie Hazel. A founding father of Funkadelic and responsible for the blazing ”Maggot Brain” solo, he released just one album.

A concentrated dose of guitar-driven psychedelic soul and loping funk-rock, Game, Dames And Guitar Thangs(1977) was co-produced by George Clinton and features the full Mothership crew.

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Thesda – Spaced Out [Left Ear]

The Left Ear label hit that sweet spot once more, diving into the archive and coming back for air brandishing a veritable slab of private press jazz funk history.

Originally pressed in 1979 in a run of 100 copies, Thesda was the brainchild of Thomas Crawford and Eugene C. Hagburg, backed ably by a handful of like-minded musicians, and existed for brief moment of sublime expression, captured in its entirety on this gorgeous LP.

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Essaie Pas – Demain Est Une Autre Nuit [DFA Records]

Montreal-based electronic duo Essaie Pas is comprised of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau.

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[Croatia] Tisno and Dekmantel Selectors 2016

Tisno happened because of the Dekmantel Selectors 2016 festival. It turned out to be very relaxing, but very fun and active in the same time, a short but intense vacation just for the two of us in a very nice place, with great music, very nice and friendly people, clear and refreshing water and so, so, so, so many good vibes.

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George Adams – Finest [Dopeness Galore]

Dopeness Galore with an LP of jazz bop burners from the masterful saxophonist George Adams. Now sadly departed, Adams was a Jazz multi-instrumentalist who was pretty active up until his passing in 1992. Suitably titled Finest, this six track selection canvasses the ’70s and ’80s era of the Adams discography with his dramatic way of playing the saxophone really coming to the fore. Get introduced into the world of avantgarde and postbop jazz.

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VA – Africa Airways Two: Funk Departures 1973-1982 [Africa Seven Records]

Africa Seven Records presents volume two of their Africa Airways compilation, featuring 9 pure african funk tracks.

The compilation opens an absolute corker… ”Na Real Sekele Fo Ya” from Cameroonian-in-Paris Pasteur Lappe. Produced by Jacob Desvarieux of Kassav fame, this track is an instant grabber; Think of the Blockheads ”Rhythm Stick” goes Afro chant with deep, soulful moog grooves and on-point brass stabs.

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Vakula – Dedicated To Jim Morrison [Leleka]

Ukranian lo-fi genius Vakula is back and if audaciously tackling Steve Reich wasn’t enough, he’s taking on possibly his most ambitious project yet with “Dedicated to Jim Morrison”.

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Teknospray ‎– God In Land [Disordine Records]

Active on late 70s / early 80s Teknospray were formed by Andrea Costa, Mauro Tavella (who later formed Monuments), Andrea Lesmo, Alberto Ramella (who later formed Carmody) and Lucio Lesmo. They recorded few demos and an album which they never released until today”God In Land”is now reissued on Disordine’s sub label Der Klang for the 1st time. The ten tracks mix influences of Devo with dark synth electro and they sound still fresh and amazing.

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The Greg Foat Group – The Dancers at the Edge of Time [Jazzman Records]

”This major new release from the Greg Foat Group sees celebrated jazz quintet making the most of the acoustics of an ancient church, accompanied by a full ensemble of supporting musicians.

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