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For The Love Of You (reissue)
Cat: AOTNLP 031. Rel: 24 Jan 23
Peter Huntingdale - "Rocking You Eternally" (3:43)
Christine Lewin - "Juicy Fruit" (3:57)
Pure Silk - "Don't Let Love Get You Down" (4:20)
Al Charles - "Outstanding" (5:47)
Karen Dixon - "I Want To Be Free" (6:06)
George Posse - "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (feat Toyin Adekale) (4:23)
Misses Misty - "Mellow Mellow Ride On" (8:44)
Trevor Hartley - "The Look In Your Eyes" (4:39)
Family Love - "Do Me Baby" (5:22)
Michael Prophet - "Body Fusion" (3:42)
Michael Gordon - "What You Won't Do For Love" (4:51)
Simplicity - "For The Love Of You" (5:32)
Review: Edinburgh's Athens Of The North label is endlessly flawless and this time around they pull together the special lovers rock covers they put out at the end of last year onto a superbly strong 12 track compilation. It arrives just in time for the warmer months and has been curated by Sam Don and overseen by label boss Euan Fryer. Standouts include Christine Lewin's lush take on the heavily sampled "Juicy Fruit" while the lo-fi bliss of Al Charles's "Outstanding" is another one to swell the heart and sooth the soul. For more sentimental moments check Family Love's "Do Me Baby." Overall, though, this is a must buy.
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 in stock HK$177.68
Awake O Zion
Cat: ATH 048. Rel: 08 Jun 21
Awake O Zion (4:36)
Power (4:24)
Review: Some mighty uplifting gospel action here courtesy of one Elbernita 'Twinkie' Clark-Terrell, an American gospel singer, composer, musician, and evangelist, as well as member of.. get this: The Hammond organ Hall of Fame. She is also a member of The Clark Sisters, an influential gospel vocal ensemble active since the late 1960s. Originally released in 1981 on Armen Boladian's Sound Of Gospel Records out of Detroit (a sub of Westbound Records), this reissue is on Edinburgh-based Athens Of The North, run by Euan Fryer aka DJ Fryer.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock HK$89.77
Good Feelin'
Cat: AOTN 12019. Rel: 26 Jan 23
Good Feelin' (Full unreleased version) (4:34)
See The World (Full unreleased version) (5:34)
Review: Coco & Ben were a partnership between Benjamin Robinson of Ben And The Squeeze Tight Band and an uncredited singer (presumably the Coco of the title), who came together for one perfect and extremely rare single from 1979. Now Athens Of The North have dusted down these two smooth as silk soulful disco jams and given them a fresh pressing. 'Good Feelin' is a mellow, soul-feeding cut for Sunday afternoon reveries and toe-tapping country drives alike. 'See The World' is a more sultry affair for those who like their grooves to dig in a little deeper.
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 in stock HK$118.39
Get A Good Feeling
Cat: ATH 092. Rel: 25 Feb 21
Get A Good Feeling (4:22)
Just A Little Notion (3:06)
Review: Athens Of The North serve up a mighty fine taster of a singles LP that is due to drop soon of Brief Encounters most popular modern and disco sounds. Both the tunes here are stone cold classics licenced direct from the band. 'Get A Good Feeling' is all big horns and rolling rhythms, disco flourishes and squelchy bass. On the flip, the tone changes completely with the heart aching balladry of 'Just A Little Notion'. Falsetto vocals are off set by warmer backing singers, pained wind leads ring out and spoken word sections bring the intimacy.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock HK$48.90
Slow Dance
Cat: AOTN 12014. Rel: 23 Sep 21
Slow Dance (4:34)
Slow Dance (Axes) (4:23)
Leave It All Behind (3:32)
Punch (4:35)
Review: It's hard to keep up with the number of releases that Athens Of The North are putting out this month, but you really must try. This one is a gooey and loved up disco 12" from the dream team pairing of Tom Findlay from Groove Armada and James Alexander Bright. They hook up via mutual appreciation over Twitter and worked up a load of new material in the studio as Bright & Findlay. Their first offering 'Slow Dance' is perfection - lush 80s synths, slow-motion boogie beats and drum machines marbled with little guitar riffs and soulful vocals that ate you to a better place. Two further heart melters come on the flip side and we are already in love with this project.
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(It's A) Rat Race
Cat: ATH 093V. Rel: 01 Oct 20
(It's A) Rat Race (vocal) (4:19)
(It's A) Rat Race (instrumental) (4:14)
Review: Athens of the North's Euan Fryer is not the only collector and selector who believes that the Leaders' obscenely rare 1971 single '(It's A) Rat Race' should be considered a genuine deep funk classic. In fact, it was deep funk specialist Keb Darge who first brought the record to the attention of DJs and dancers in the UK in the early 2000s. Happily Fryer has tracked down the band and got their permission to reissue their sought-after classic. Formidably funky, the A-side version features fantastic group vocals rising above a bed of hazy horns, bustling drums, warm bass and razor-sharp, Blaxploitation style guitars. The accompanying instrumental take is superb, too, with a variety of woodwind and brass solos - often drenched in reverb - replacing the group's fine vocals.
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Love Tempo
Cat: ATH 061. Rel: 08 Feb 18
Love Tempo (3:35)
Somebody Help Me Be Fair (4:22)
Review: Athens Of The North strike again. A big spinner for the likes of Floating Points, this rare-as-pigs-shoes 1980 45 from Ohio troupe Love Company has gone for big sums in the past. It's not hard to hear why; "Love Tempo" raises the heat with an unrelenting disco beat, coastal guitar textures and harmonies to swoon to. "Somebody Help Me Be Fair" flips for a much more sentimental story as Love Company unravel the problems of a menage-et-trois. Steamy.
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 in stock HK$85.75
Let Love Enter
Cat: ATH 051. Rel: 07 Dec 17
Let Love Enter (2:55)
Come To Me (3:33)
Review: Incredible late night smoochy stuff right here from one of the most decorated bassists of all time. A major figure in the bands of Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder, Henderson was also a killer solo artist amassing eight artist albums between 76-86. This AOTN "45 showcases his true breadth as "Let Love Enter" lilts on a soft bossa with rising horns, velvet backing vocals and an unabashed come-to-bed message. "Come To Me" gets even deeper under the sheets with as he goes toe-to-toe, cheek-to-cheek with Rena Scott with smoking results.
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Take Them In Prayer
Cat: ATH 109. Rel: 25 Nov 21
Take Them In Prayer (4:04)
Let Him Be Your Everything (3:43)
Review: Another week brings another monster new 45 from the incomparable Athens of the North. This time out it is an early 80s bit of irresistible gospel, disco and boogie from Earl Young. 'Take Them In Prayer' is pure gold thanks to its tight and funky rhythm section, the delicate thinking on the keys and the heart aching vocals of earl Young that soar up top. Flip it over and on the reverse of this one and you will find 'Let Him Be Your Everything,' a quiet love song with only melancholic keys for company. It's the complete opposite of the a-side but is just as devastating for different reasons.
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 in stock HK$116.43
Face The Facts
Face The Facts (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: AOTNLP 042. Rel: 26 Nov 20
Deep House
Theme For City (5:58)
First Take (4:46)
Porty (4:27)
Face The Facts (5:08)
3VSR (2:32)
Meet In The Middle (5:52)
Don't Throw It (5:06)
Gold Leith (4:23)
Downright (3:05)
Varial (2:38)
Shapes (8:42)
Silver Nows (5:35)
Up Wrong (4:02)
Review: Given their shared musical heritage - both are members of the extended Firecracker Recordings crew - it's perhaps something of a surprise to find that Face The Facts marks the first serious collaboration between Linkwood and Gav 'Fudge Fingaz' Sutherland AKA Other Lands. It's less surprising that the album is really, really good. Touching on warming synth-boogie, head-nodding downtempo jams, mutant beatdown, Balearic beats, sunset-ready soundscapes and warming analogue deep house, the 13-track set is notable for the pair's extensive use of dusty old drum machines, tactile instrumentation (think smooth Rhodes solos, languid guitar solos and blissed-out synths) and Sutherland's hazy, sometimes seductive singing voice.
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 in stock HK$97.91
You're The Best
Cat: ATH 078. Rel: 26 Sep 19
You're The Best (4:28)
Train Of Thought (4:29)
Review: Many disco-era modern soul collectors regard, Larom Baker's "You're The Best", which initially appeared in 1978 on an impossible to find, single-sided 7" single, as one of the style's genuine "Holy Grail" records. It's good news, then, that Athens Of The North has secured the rights to reissue it, releasing the full studio version (rather than the shorter edit that was released all those years ago) for the very first time. It's a genuine gem, with Baker's deliciously breezy West Coast soul vocal seemingly floating over a killer backing track rich in hazy horns, bustling slap bass and crunchy Clavinet lines. Turn to the flipside for the more disco-minded "Train Of Thought", one of a string of recently discovered Baker recordings that form the basis of a forthcoming album of previously unreleased tracks.
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 in stock HK$87.81
Singles (limited LP)
Cat: AOTNLP 044. Rel: 27 Jan 22
Where Will I Go (4:05)
Get A Good Feeling (4:42)
(Don't You See) I'm Crazy About You (3:10)
What About Love (3:09)
Human (3:50)
Don't Let Them Tell You (2:29)
In A Special Kind Of Way (3:57)
I Want You So Much (4:00)
I'm So Satisfied (2:56)
We're Going To Make It (2:30)
I'm So In Love With You (3:22)
Total Satisfaction (3:52)
Review: Athens of the North have teased this collection of singles with a bunch of taster 7"s but still the full length itself confounds expectation. It is a superb work of heart aching soul and modern disco from Brief Encounters who are best known for their stone cold classics 'Get A Good Feeling' and 'Just A Little Notion.' The first of those two features here along with many others gems such as the blue-eyed opener 'Where Will I Go,' deep soul of 'Don't Let Them Tell You' and bigger, horn led tunes like 'I'm So Satisfied.' It's an essential album for any and all soul lovers.
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 in stock HK$177.68
Keep Me Dancing
Cat: ATH 100. Rel: 25 Feb 21
Keep Me Dancing (3:46)
Keep Me Dancing (instrumental) (3:45)
Review: Having recently focused a bit more on soul, funk and boogie of late, Athens of the North boss Euan Fryer has promised to reissue a load of rare disco and modern soul this year. To kick off this campaign, he's decided to deliver a new edition of 'Keep Me Dancing' by Clarence Mann's disco-era band, True Image. It's a fine slab of smooth, soulful disco from 1981, with some suitably wavy and spacey synth sounds combining well with Mann's lead vocals and a typically rubbery groove. The B-side boasts the instrumental take from the original 12". This is naturally very similar to the main mix, though if we're not mistaken there are a few extra synth sounds - all of them wonderfully comfortable - here and there. Either way, it's a great record that disco fans should grab while they can.
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Tags: Disco Funk
 in stock HK$81.64
Off Piste
Cat: AOTNLP 058. Rel: 13 Apr 23
Fresh Snow (10:40)
La Partida (3:55)
Off Piste (7:41)
Yrsno (4:52)
Sis No Hyp (8:11)
Apres Ski (7:44)
Review: Top pianists, composers and musicians Greg Foat and Are Themen came together over a mutual appreciation for each other's music. This first collaborative album brings each artist's respective influences to a sublime collection of soundscapes that merge kosmische, jazz, vintage soundtrack vibes and ambient into escapist pieces of musical daydreaming. These are tracks that operate on a grande, expansive scale, elevate mind, body and soul and raise you up to the heavens on lush chords and mellifluous melodies using a mix of old synths and effects pedals and an array of other musicians Whether this is jazz or ambient or modern classical, it doesn't get much better than this.
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 in stock HK$204.14
Treasure Mind
Cat: ATH 120. Rel: 10 Jun 22
Treasure Mind (2:55)
UR (3:32)
Review: A true Texan soul rarity, Athens Of The North have outdone themselves in reissuing this word-of-mouth classic. Trace Of Smoke's only single under the name, 'U.R.', originally came out in 1982 on the tiny friends-and-family-run Austin label B.J. Records. However, legend has it that the song might have existed up to a decade earlier. Being the first Black band in Austin to play white clubs in the 1970s, only the vaguest memories of their performances of 'U.R.' and 'Treasure Mind' survive, lending to the exorbitant prices fetched by the original pressings. Disco-soul fusion of peak quality, from the band later known as Karizma.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock HK$102.12
Just A Touch: Underground UK Soul Compiled By Sam Don
Cat: AOTNLP 063. Rel: 12 Oct 23
Bovel - "Coming Back" (3:52)
Sam - "Life" (club mix) (4:10)
Marcelle Moncrieffe - "Take Me There" (4:37)
Kofi - "Step By Step" (4:16)
Pure Silk - "What You Do For Me" (4:37)
Jenny B - "Sexy Eyes" (club mix) (5:18)
Sonja Ryshard - "Step Back" (5:38)
Cavalier - "Don't Touch" (5:07)
Purely Fizzycal - "Straight To The Top" (7:17)
Dennis Planter - "I Still Dream Of You" (4:02)
Taffy - "Passion" (7:11)
Weekend In Paris - "Hold Your Head Up" (3:55)
Review: After his hugely well received lovers' rock compilations for this label, Sam Don digs deep into the rich world of UK sweet soul on this - typically - excellent new compilation from the wondrous ashes of the North. He comes up with plenty of mega hard to find and expensive musical treasures that have all been painstakingly researched and tracked down. It was a short lived but fertile scene in the underground back in the 90s and if you didn't; know that already you will after one listen through of this - the sounds are highly danceable with silky, low-lit melodies and steamy and seductive vocals for loved up late night dancing.
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Don't Act Like A Fool
Cat: ATH 083. Rel: 30 Apr 20
Don't Act Like A Fool (4:25)
In Love (3:47)
Review: Athens of the North boss Euan Fryer recently described Premonition as "the best obscure New York boogie act you've never heard of". He'll be releasing an entire album of their rare and unreleased material later in the year, but first he's treating us to a reissue of their best-known moment - impossible-to-find 1986 soulful boogie slammer "Don't Act Like A Fool". The track ticks all the right boxes -rubbery slap bass, mid-80s FM synth sounds, passionate male lead vocal, needless but delicious sax and electric guitar solos etc - and is little less than an overlooked dancefloor heater. On the flip you'll also find original B-side "In Love", which Fryer brilliantly (and accurately) describes as a "mid-tempo floater".
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Color Me (reissue)
Cat: AOE 035. Rel: 22 Aug 19
Color Me (2:32)
Misty Shade Of Pink (2:35)
Review: Way back in 1970, People In The News released their sole single on Knap Town, a tiny label based in Indiana. Original copies of that funk "45" are notoriously hard to find, thanks in no small part to the quality of both cuts. Step forward Athens Of The North boss Euan Fryer, who has secured the rights to reissue the single for the first time. A-side "Color Me" is the real bomb: a down-low chunk of mid-tempo funk with politically charged group vocals, rasping guitar licks and hip-hop style drum breaks. Over on side B, "Misty Shade Of Pink" is the kind of rock solid instrumental funk workout you'd expect to hear from the Meters.
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Queen Of My Universe
Cat: ATH 063. Rel: 14 Jun 18
Queen Of My Universe (3:15)
Up (3:59)
Review: The first of two major Infinity licences from AOTN this month, this is a significant excavation even by renowned digger label founder Fryer's standards. Usually seen passing hands for well over 500 quid, this second and last single from the relatively unknown troupe Infinity is a stone cold jam that's been sought after for many many years. Absolute rare groove sleaze on the bass and horns, "Queen Of My Universe" sparkles with soul in every element. Meanwhile "Up" strips things back even further with an uptempo disco twang and tight Q&A vocal play between the band. Infinite love for this one!
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock HK$87.81
Love Goddess
Cat: ATH 066. Rel: 26 Jul 18
Love Goddess (4:30)
Good News (Tired Of Bad News) (4:44)
Review: Athens Of The North have worked with some OGs and veterans in their time but Bobby Boyd is by far one of the biggest and influential. Cutting his teeth in the Lafayette Afro Rock Band before going solo, he recorded a whole host of material that remained unreleased. Until now. "Love Goddess" kicks off the collection with a northern soul stomp, big harmonies backed by a tight, slippery funk groove while "Good News" is golden era Boyd funk with its bright horn work, positive sentiment and driving soul energy. This is an amazing piece of investigatory work by Fryer and co. And there's more, too...
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 in stock HK$46.94
She's On The Money
Cat: AOTN 12015. Rel: 29 Apr 21
She Is On The Money (unreleased 14.43 Disco mix) (14:44)
Holiday (4:31)
She Is On The Money (alternate) (4:37)
She Is On The Money (7' version) (4:06)
She Is On The Money (instrumental) (4:08)
Review: Once again Athens of the North boss Euan Fryer has dug deep for inspiration. Even within disco and boogie collector circles, few know the self-released early '80 singles of sometime Sister Sledge backing bandmember Doug Payne. As Fryer has proved on this compilation style EP, Payne's boogie-era jams were genuinely brilliant. The killer cut is 'She's On The Money', a P-funk style wriggler - think squelchy, undulating synth-bass, soulful vocals, sparkling synth lines and bustling machine drums - that's available in a variety of versions. Our pick of the bunch is the previously unreleased extended mix, which stretches out to almost 15 minutes and includes some superb, DJ-friendly stripped-back sections. Also worth a listen is the slap-bass-propelled boogie-funk of 'Holiday', which was originally Payne's debut solo single way back in 1983.
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 in stock HK$44.89
Get Down
Cat: ATH 118. Rel: 26 Jan 23
Get Down (4:25)
Can You Deal (4:41)
Review: Athens Of The North can usually be found honing their expert craft of unearthing nigh impossible to find disco, and reissuing it in the utmost quality. However, the work of East Coast Love Affair (Euan Fryer and Nick Moore) is deceiving, as it adopts the image of one of said reissues while actually being fully contemporary music. 'Get Down' tops up a slew of master-quality releases for the label, expropriating a vocal line from obscure Minneapolis 'lo-fi' band Quiet Storm and putting it back into an entirely new, drunk-and-high instrumental context (think lasers, whistles, funk basses, an overall hazy sound). 'Can You Deal', on the flip, lends Quiet Storm a similar treatment, albeit for a cleverly hi-lo-fi disco house treatment.
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 in stock HK$110.25
Lovers Holiday
Cat: ATH 108. Rel: 26 Aug 21
Lovers Holiday (4:28)
Love Ain't Easy (4:01)
Review: The tireless Athens of the North label boss has many ongoing musical missions but one right now is putting out the first-ever 7" singles from a famous 1970s soul album by Crystal Winds. The band is made up of keyboardist Paul Coleman and saxophonist M.C. Morris Brown, and guitarist Martin Dumas co-wrote the a-side here, 'Lover's Holiday' with Brown. It's a gorgeous number with smooth but funky bass licks and soft backing vocals fleshing out the sumptuous sounds. The energy levels pick up on 'Love Ain't Easy' with its swirling, skyward strings, sapling cymbals and more lovely bass playing.
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Let Go
Let Go (7")
Cat: ATH 053. Rel: 24 Aug 17
Let Go (5:42)
Will You Be There (4:33)
Review: Following the excellent excavation of the Miami band's unreleased album Best Kept Secret, AOTN's Fryer treats us to his two favourite cuts on a 500-only never-to-be-repressed 45. Seeped in powerful vocal harmonies, "Let Go" is rare groove gold with smooth sax and a dynamic that keeps on surprising while "Will You Be There" is an end of night soul shakedown with a tenderness that's tangible in every element. Don't sleep on this... Or the album. One of AOTN's most exciting releases this year.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock HK$46.94
Disco Thing
Cat: ATH 117. Rel: 24 Feb 22
Disco Thing (2:56)
Your Love (3:03)
Review: It was way back in 1977 when disco collective Seaquence made their debut on Aidqueen Records, a tiny, independent label based in their home city of San Diego, California. That debut, a delightful but extremely hard to find "45", has long been in demand amongst deep disco collectors, hence this timely reissue on Athens of the North. The real killer is A-side 'Disco Thing', a tight-but-freewheeling chunk of disco-funk piled high with alternate male/female vocals, loose-limbed drum-breaks, punchy horns, swooping strings and squelchy synth sounds. Original B-side 'Your Love' is a deeper and far sweeter affair - a traditional flipside slow jam that's as tear-jerking as it is effortlessly soulful.
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I Need You Baby
Cat: ATH 112. Rel: 26 Aug 21
I Need You Baby (4:19)
Answer (4:20)
Review: A year after putting out the exceptional full-length Sittin On It by Rivage Athens of the North revisits the album to pluck some stellar singles from it. There are two such 7"s out this month, and this one opens on 'I Need You Baby.' The simple title is the mona vocal hook of this lush and lux disco swirling, with soul to dare. The flip side is 'Answer,' a more prickly beat with funky guitar and meandering synths that are all finished off in style by another of those heart-felt vocals up top. These are glorious tunes for grown-up dance floors.
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Tags: Soul Disco
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What About The Child
Cat: ATH 084. Rel: 30 Apr 20
What About The Child (2:44)
Now I Know (4:17)
Review: "What About The Child" by Avelino Pitts' obscure band GOLD has long been a sought-after deep funk rarity, with copies of the 1977 seven-inch single being extremely hard to come by these days. Helpfully Athens of the North's Euan Fryer knows the score and has decided to offer-up a much-needed reissue. The track is a fine slab of psychedelic soul in the vein of leading San Francisco groups of the period - Vehicle, Tower of Power and so on - with plenty of rhythmic shuffle and fine group vocals. Fryer has unearthed a gem for the flip, too: a previously unreleased cut that's on a similar sonic tip to Rotary Connection. It's worth the entrance price on its own.
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 in stock HK$71.44
Give It Up
Give It Up (limited 7")
Cat: ATH 123. Rel: 26 Jan 23
Give It Up (4:41)
Let's Talk It Over (3:39)
Review: Produced in 1986 by one Willie Harpe, 'Give It Up' was originally written by TL ('Tom Lipkins'), a fake moniker for little-cited artists George Mahood and Soul Sam. Never before seeing the light of day, it's a testament to just how little talent corresponds with recognition in the music market - this is heartbreaking music, produced with the utmost quality. 'Give It Up' combines loose drumming and a misty, boxy reverb on the master to produce a red-lit mood of sultriness, as TL wails and belts over a dozy soul groove. 'Let's Talk It Over', meanwhile, is a stunning lullaby for breaking up to make up.
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Tags: Soul Disco
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Don't You Know I Love You
Cat: ATH 057. Rel: 07 Dec 17
Don't You Know I Love You (part 1) (2:59)
Don't You Know I Love You (part 2) (2:36)
Review: Georgia troupe Star Quake gave the world just one record... And boy is it special. Slick pumping disco funk with focus, momentum and shimmering chimes on the chords as the track climaxes, there's an air of Stevie to the vocals and unashamed funk throughout. So good it comes in two parts, there's a reason original copies of this have passed hands for almost $2000 in the past.
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Shake & Rock 'Till The Police Knock
Cat: ATH 096. Rel: 27 Jan 22
Shake & Rock 'Till The Police Knock (3:32)
Inside My Love (4:36)
Review: Homegrown Syndrome aka Homegrown Funk & the band Memphis put out just one mega rare two sided single that is so hard to find it sells for over 500 quid each and every time anyone finds a copy. The tireless Athens of the North label now does us all a favour with a new reissue of the original which was originally pressed in 1982 as part of a small run. 'Shake & Rock Till the Police Knock' is hip swinging disco funk with withering synth chords, big lead vocals, buttery backing singers and lively drums. It has it all, basically. 'Inside My Love' is a sentimental flip side for the smoochers out there.
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Beautiful Day
Cat: AOE 036. Rel: 28 Mar 19
Beautiful Day (2:52)
Beautiful Day (Drums) (3:00)
Review: Athens Of The North celebrate the longstanding contributions of host, presenter, writer, personality and occasional singer Bernard "Spider" Harrison. Recorded sometime around 1970, and fetching large triple figures between collectors, the feel good bluesy soul cut "Beautiful Day" first landed on Lulu Records and has barely seen the light of day since... Until now. And it's loaded with a never-before-released drum cut. Don't sleep, though. Only 500 of these have been pressed.
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Coast To Coast
Cat: AOTNLP 045. Rel: 21 Oct 21
Love Is The Same (4:00)
I Want You Dear (4:38)
Paula Marie (4:45)
A Woman (Was Made To Be Loved) (4:34)
Reincarnation Of Love (4:05)
Love Is The Same (alternate instrumentals) (5:38)
Paula Marie (alternate instrumentals) (4:32)
Move Your Body (alternate instrumentals) (4:13)
Funkin' Coast To Coast (alternate instrumentals) (6:07)
Review: The second LP on Athens Of The North (Edinburgh) this month is an unreleased soul LP from the American band Coast To Coast, who only released two singles between 1982 - 1983. Core members Mark Beiner and Ben Iverson were involved with acts such as 'The Hornets, Nue Dey Express and Crown Heights Affair in the early '70's. Other band members consisted of Joe Crowley, Carl (Woody Wood) Morton and Jimmy Johnson. Woody and Jimmy used to play together in the early days of seminal rap outfit Run DMC in St. Albans, Queens. Worth a listen for the soothing soul power of 'Paila Marie' alone.
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Tags: Soul Disco
 in stock HK$163.27
So Sad
So Sad (7")
Cat: ATH 107. Rel: 26 Aug 21
So Sad (4:35)
Maybe What You Do Comes Back On You (3:46)
Review: Crystal Winds is best known for a supreme and sophisticated funk and soul album that was released in 1982 on the Cash Ear label. The tunes from it have never reportedly been on 7" before, so the Athens of the North label boss made it his mission to right that wrong. This one offers up some hugely classy soul sounds for more tender DJ sets or lazy Sunday listening sessions. 'So Sad' is awash with golden chords and intimate, spoken word exchanges between lovers, and on the flip 'Maybe What You Do Comes Back On You' slows down even further, sinking you deep into the richness of the arrangement.
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Mono (LP)
Cat: AOTNLP 048. Rel: 24 Jun 21
Deep House
Bubbles (2:28)
Candy Land (3:19)
Shortwave (1:46)
Rain & Shine (2:07)
Byte Size (5:06)
Squeeze (4:14)
Endcoms (2:12)
I Love You (3:23)
No One & Perfect (3:29)
Date-Line (2:59)
Refresher (2:39)
Kubes (3:25)
Dust Jacket (2:53)
Strangely Enough (1:31)
Review: Linkwood can do no wrong if you ask us. Whatever music he puts out - be it his collabs with jazz great Greg Foat, his melodic deep house abstracts or this new electro tinged collection, it is gold. He recorded this one with some Moog and Oberheim gear in the Athens of the North studio and casts his net far and wide - there is crisp bit lo-fi, starry eyed electro like 'Shortwave' next to more 80s tinged pop-like nuggets "Rain & Shine' and cosmic explorations such as 'Date-Line'. It is the sound of a producer who can create at will, unbound by rules, but defined by excellence.
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Waiting In The Wings
Cat: ATH 133. Rel: 02 Mar 23
Waiting In The Wings (East Cost Love Affair mix) (3:16)
Waiting In The Wings (2:56)
Review: It's a busy time for Athens of the North - to be fair when isn't it - as the Edinburgh label drops a couple of real gems this month. Marion Javius's 'Waiting In The Wings' originally dropped in 1978 and the head of this label loved the track but for a couple of aspects to it. Years later, he discovered that a friend of the label David Haffner "had been sitting on the multi-track tapes for some time and was cool with us doing a 45." So here we have the original on the B-side, and the slightly tweaked and edited new East Cost Love Affair version on the a-side. It's a great touch-up job if you ask us.
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Watchin' You
Cat: ATH 044. Rel: 23 Mar 17
Watchin' You (4:09)
To The Sky (4:39)
Review: Little is known about Friction Band's hyper-rare 45" besides the fact it's a brilliant example of outsider, slightly experimental style of modern soul, it's passed hands for strong triple figures in recent years and it's just been injected with a whole new lease of life by Fryer. "Watchin' You" is a footloose boogie jam with unabashed use of freeform keys while "To The Sky" flips for a softer, more sentimental soul affair that's fringed by just the right amount of dreamy cosmicity. Another precision find by AOTN.
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Played by: Dan Mela, Soul Music
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You (7")
Cat: ATH 039. Rel: 24 Nov 16
You (4:46)
Space V (4:18)
Review: Christopher Sprains and The Strange Band recorded a whole heap of material in a hazy, drug-fuelled 19178, but their - surprisingly - never gained enough traction with the NYC disco crowd. Perhaps this work was too ahead of its time and, while it does share some qualities with the music of Rick James, it contains something dark, sexy, a little bit twisted and, of course, strange. The lead track "You" is a synth-heavy, electrifying boogie cut with a rugged percussion swing and an air of post-punk to its mix down, not to mention those utterly freaky vocals; our favourite, though, is actually "Space V", an insanely nutty electro cut that would have undoubtedly been on The Electrifying Mojo's playlist should it have landed on his lap. Totally recommended...
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Everything Is Slow
Cat: AOTNLP 065. Rel: 08 Jun 23
Hello In The Dark (Standing) (4:18)
Fireflies (3:03)
Slow Dance (4:20)
When I Look Into The World (4:27)
Flowers (4:04)
Everything Is Slow (3:38)
It's Only Rain (4:33)
Leave It All Behind (3:28)
Space & Time (3:26)
NY Disco (Smile) (4:10)
Doom (1:41)
Review: Given their respective careers, you'd expect this surprise debut album from Balearic nu-disco specialist James Bright and Groove Armada member Tom Findlay to be rather good - or at least sonically attractive with good grooves and quality musicianship. It is, of course, with the pair opting for a glossy, 80s-influenced synth sound, bubbly electronic grooves, sun-splashed Balearic pop intent and authentically executed nods to West Coast electrofunk and nu-disco pioneers Metro Area. Our picks of a very strong bunch include the synth-fired blue-eyed soul of 'Slow Dance', the sunset-ready gorgeousness of 'Flowers', the low-slung, late-night AM radio vibes of 'It's Only Rain' and the Morgan Geist-esque 'NY Disco (Smile)'.
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Keep On Dancin
Cat: ATH 073. Rel: 29 Nov 18
Keep On Dancin (3:34)
You (3:23)
Review: While Luther Davis is undoubtedly best known for his sought-after disco smash "You Can Be A Star", many collectors and deep funk DJs have long insisted that the more obscure "Keep On Dancin" is even better. Thanks to Athens of the North's timely reissue of the latter, you can now decide for yourself. Certainly, it's a ludicrously infectious, full-throttle disco-funk affair whose extreme dancefloor intensity is helped by Davis and company's liberal use of studio effects, psychedelic backing vocals and some serious eyes-closed guitar solos. This reissue comes with B-side bonus soothing slow jam "You", which is a serviceable chunk of deep soul.
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I Can't Wait
Cat: AOTN 12023. Rel: 30 Nov 23
I Can't Wait (feat Philomenah) (9:14)
I Can't Wait (feat Philomenah - House dub) (7:30)
I Can't Wait (bonus beats) (5:14)
Review: We've announced our undying love for Athens Of The North many times before and its releases like this which make us want to do so again. It comes from East Coast Love Affair and is a late-night jam of epic proportions that chugs on a deep disco tip. The sultry vocals are from Shetland-born and Edinburgh-based r&b singer and songwriter Philomenah who graduates from backing singer with this group to front and centre star. A lovely house dub brings some club weight on the flip while bonus beats seal the deal.
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The Prince Of Georgia Soul
Cat: AOTNLP 049. Rel: 23 Jun 22
Lonely Girl (3:06)
Sexy Lady (3:54)
If You Want My Love (5:09)
My Love (3:57)
Let's Get Together For The Wrong We Have Done (2:54)
Whatcha Gonna Do About It (3:54)
You Are The One For Me (3:05)
Oh Baby Why You Want To Make Me Cry (2:55)
You Talk Too Much (3:59)
It's You Girl (4:00)
Review: It's time for another one of Athens of the North's magnificent reissue albums, this time with Arthur Ponder in the spotlight. The Georgia resident started singing in the 1960s, at first replacing Otis Redding in Johnny Jenkins & The Pinetoppers after Redding left. His first recording came in 1970 after years spent gigging hard and then he carried on well into the 80s making great tunes. It is that decade which is represented here with some solo tunes and some alongside local group Side Show. She are unreleased, some have previously been on 45 pm, all are gold.
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Madness (7")
Cat: ATH 034. Rel: 22 Sep 16
Madness (4:37)
If You're So In Love (4:47)
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Say It With Feeling
Cat: AOE 031. Rel: 22 Feb 18
Say It With Feeling (2:16)
Conscience (2:48)
Review: Excavated from vaults of the Weiss Brothers' longstanding NYC imprint Old Time Records, Beverly McKay's gutsy tales have massaged soul floors for those lucky to have a 200 pound 45. "Say It With Feeling" hits with big backing vocal harmonies before breaking into a classic midtempo bluesy arrangement while "Conscience" strikes with a little more eastern allure, staccato strings and a cat-prowling narrative. Timeless soul.
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Stereo (LP)
Cat: AOTNLP 061. Rel: 01 Dec 22
Deep House
I'm Ready (1:51)
RunStop (4:18)
Joystick (3:10)
Love (3:20)
S-Mode (3:53)
DipDab (3:38)
Clusters (4:58)
Ping (2:15)
Flightpath (4:21)
Glow (4:51)
Lookup (4:24)
Review: Linkwood clearly enjoyed the process of recording his 2021 album Mono, which was created in a week in the Athens of the North Studio in Edinburgh, as he's repeated the exercise on Stereo. It's an impressive sequel all told, with the long-serving producer delivering an even deeper, warmer and more evocative excursion informed by his love of analogue deep house, classic sci-fi techno, the 80s compositions of Jan Hammer, intergalactic electro, drum machine-driven synth-funk and star-gazing ambient music. It sounds like it was primarily made with vintage synthesisers and drum machines, which when combined with his impeccable sound design and judicious use of outboard effects results in an enveloping, immersive and highly atmospheric sound that rewards repeat listens. In other words, it's another fine album to get lost in.
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The Time Is Right
Cat: ATH 045. Rel: 29 Jun 17
The Time Is Right (3:23)
Feeling Funky (3:55)
Review: If this fine 7" is anything to go by, the crate digging and detective skills of Athens of the North founder Euan Fryer are as sharp as ever. The two tracks featured here originally appeared on a private press single that currently changes hands for large sums online. Fryer manager to track down the original writer/producer, Chicago-based George Riviera, who not only have his blessing to the reissue, but also sent over the master tapes. Stylistically, A-side "The Time is Right" sits somewhere between Latin soul, jazz-funk and sumptuous downtempo disco, with blue-eyed soul vocals and subtle vibraphone solos rising above superb had percussion. Fipside "Feelin' Funky" is a more up-tempo affair: an undulating chunk of jazz-funk/disco fusion laden with neat musical touches.
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You Can Tell Me Goodbye (reissue)
Cat: ATH 140. Rel: 27 Jul 23
You Can Tell Me Goodbye (2:41)
I've Gotta Keep On Lovin' You (4:10)
Review: Athens of The North delivers once again here with another delightful reissue of a soul classic by Bernetia Miller And The Soul Groovers. An original of this Georgian gem is insanely rare and in fact the Athens boss himself has never actually seen a copy. It was recorded in the studio of Phil Walden's studio in Macon, Georgia and Bernetia herself has said it took many takes and plenty of hard work to get the result they wanted. Backing band The Soul Groovers had their own bus on which they toured plenty and this reissue is from the master tapes owned by Bernetia. 'You Can Tell Me Goodbye' has lo-fi drums and raw horns with a yearning vocal while 'I've Gotta Keep On Lovin' You' is more slow and steady and emotionally moving with a more tender vocal.
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Language Of The Birds
Cat: AOTNLP 036. Rel: 29 Apr 21
Eve Of The Deluge (4:57)
The Falling Rain (4:27)
Zep Tepi (3:13)
Then It Was Gone (3:53)
From Lonely Hours (3:24)
I Just Didnt Think You'd Care (5:04)
Autumn's Draw (3:56)
They Glide The Hills (2:48)
Only A Moment (1:45)
Wu Wei (4:31)
Review: Warren Hampshire's most recent collaborative albums with jazz pianist Greg Folk, Galaxies Like Grains of Sand and The Honey Bear, both tended towards the pastoral and folksy, with the pair frequently delivering blends of jazz, folk and Americana that were almost cinematic in scale and tone. Hampshire has taken this sound further on Language of the Birds, combining stripped-back orchestration (strings, woodwind, occasional brass) with finger-picked folk guitars and drifting harmonica sounds. It was an album inspired by the vegetation and wildlife encountered on rural walks, and you can tell. It reminded us a little of Bert Jansch and Martin Jenkins' similarly-minded 1978 album Avocet, which - like Language of the Birds - is a very good album indeed.
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You Are My Doll Baby
Cat: ATH 110. Rel: 24 Mar 22
Norfolk - "You Are My Doll Baby" (4:04)
Midnight Love - "Mama's Baby Boy" (4:23)
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We've Got One
Cat: ATH 149. Rel: 01 Jun 23
Wendy Walker - "We've Got One" (4:06)
Legal Assault - "Nice & Slow" (feat Dan-Elle) (4:30)
Review: .Athens of the North has been a buy-on-sight for years. The Edinburgh-based soul, disco and funk reissue label rarely ever misses and does some of the most tireless digging in the game as this latest 7" shows. It is a spotlight on one of the best tunes made by Anthony Brightly while working with a young Wendy Walker. 'We've Got One' is dub tinged slow-motion funk with a glorious vocal, and on the flip is Legal Assault's 'Nice & Slow'. This one is also from the Sir George label and a sensuous deep soul and lo-fi gem with steamy vocals and lush chords.
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Be My Lady
Cat: ATH 098. Rel: 25 Feb 21
Be My Lady (4:40)
Come Out Tonight (4:19)
Review: Some boogie collectors go weak at the knees at the mention of Christopher Jay's 'What Do You Want Me To Do', a superb single from 1987 that's long been near impossible to find. This isn't that gem, but something arguably even more exciting: some previously unreleased business from the same obscure, overlooked artist. 'Be My Lady' dates from a similar period and sees Jay sing swooning words to a member of the opposite sex over a sunny and kaleidoscopic blend of rubbery bass, clipped guitars and shiny synthesizers. Flipside 'Come Out Tonight' is rather tasty, too. Slower and even warmer, it sits somewhere between 80s soul and yacht rock.
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