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Nik Weston presents The Shuya Okino EP

Nik Weston presents Shuya Okino - The Shuya Okino EP (12", Mukatsuku, 2015)

Shuya Okino is one of the two brothers who founded the famous Kyoto Jazz Massive project in the early 1990s. Early 2014 he put out a funk/soul/disco album called 'Destiny replayed by Root Soul', mainly late 70s disco/boogie-inclined, with full real instrumentation. 'Take A Look At Yourself', one of the best tunes from this album is to be found in its glorious 8 minutes full version on vinyl thanks...

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Nik Weston presents Afro Funk and Disco Gems Volume Six Ghana vs Nigeria

Nik Weston presents Afro Funk (& Disco Gems) Volume Six: Ghana vs Nigeria (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

If you've heard Ghanaian keyboardist Kiki Gyan's '24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82' compilation released in 2012 by Soundway Records, you already know the man is a former Osibisa band member, who became a genius of dancefloor disco and smooth African soul in the late 70s and early 80s. But you probably didn't get the chance to hear 'Love To Love You', the best tune from his 1983 album 'Feelin'...

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Nik Weston presents Lost Funk Soul and Disco Gems Volume Four

Nik Weston presents Lost Soul & Funk Gems Volume Four (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

Extracted from the 1976 album 'Don't You Think It's Time', Courtial's 'Losing You', with bay area vocalist Errol Knowles (perhaps better known for his work on the Azteca albums or Coke Ecovedo's 'I Would Not Change A Thing'), marks the start of the jazz-funk era. A soulful shuffler for warm jazz dancefloors, previously featured on Keb Darge's 'Legendary Deep Funk Volume 3' (BBE, 1999) and on...

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Nik Weston presents Lost Funk Soul and Disco Gems Volume 3

Nik Weston presents Lost Funk, Soul (& Disco Gems) Volume Three (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

These days, synth-heavy funk, disco, boogie & modern soul is trending like crazay. You're gonna say that it's been going on for 30 years already… and you'd be right. But the dancefloors don't care. Well, the more discerning ones, of course, those educated to the sound of George Clinton and a few others, they don't give a damn about the fact that there's nothing new under the sun there. All...

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Nik Weston presents Soulful Funk & Gospel Soul

Nik Weston presents Soulful Funk & Gospel Soul (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

Got a very nice surprise today as the latest 45 from Mukatsuku Records dropped at the door… and it's a scorcher once again, that'll go right away with the others 45s in my DJ bag for the vinyl set I'll be playing on june 4th with Betino's (info here)! Who doesn't like a deep disco groove with a fat bass and chilled vocals? A-side comes from a highly sought-after and obscure modern soul 45 from...

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Nik Weston presents Afrofunk Gems Volume Five

Nik Weston presents Afrofunk Gems Volume Five (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

Jo Tongo was born and raised in Douala, Cameroon. He was sent to Paris by his father in 1964 and started studying pharmacy for a couple of years. While in Paris, he took up classic piano and obtained a degree from the Paris National Superior Academy of Music. A few years later Jo Tongo was determined to pursue his love of music and became a professional musician playing with the best in Paris, the...

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The Best of 2014

It's already february 2015 and this article comes late - which always better than never! Digital sales have now become a thing of the past for many, since a bit of notoriety gets your music available for free in just a few hours after release, and since the taxation has now changed in Europe for exporting digital products (that's a 20% downfall for us in France on digital exports). Most have...

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Nik Weston presents Two Sides Of Club Jazz

Nik Weston presents Two Sides Of Club Jazz (7", Mukatsuku, 2014)

Nik Weston and his Mukatsuku label are becoming unstoppable. They're picking up tunes to release on vinyl singles at an amazing pace. Afrofunk, Disco, Boogie, Soul, Tropical… they've now launched a new series focusing on dancefloor jazz called 'Two Sides Of Club Jazz' and the first 45 in that collection is now available. A-side is taken from an Italian Jazz album by Marco di Marco on acoustic...

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Nik Weston presents Lost Soul and Funk Gems Volume Two

Nik Weston presents Lost Soul & Funk Gems Volume Two (7", Mukatsuku Records, 2014)

While being mostly know as a disco diva for her mid to late 70s releases, Loleata Holloway, coming from a gospel background, started releasing some lesser known but supa-fine soul in the early 70s. In 1971 she released a first single, 'Rainbow 71', backed on the b-side by 'Bring It On Up' when San Francisco soul label Galaxy Records picked it for a nationwide release. A heavy heavy heavy 1970s...

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Paris DJs Playlist May June July August 2014

Paris DJs Playlist - May/June/July/August 2014

This playlist has been a few months in the making... We were kinda busy with our crowdfunding campaign this summer, but managed to get back on our feet and finally publish this mega-post filled with 49 short or not-that-short reviews of new singles, albums and compilations we received at Paris DJs those last months! As usual, this playlist focuses on the physical records sent to us, promo CD of...

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