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Use My Body by Mavis John

Sweaty groove from Mr Bongo’s Record Club Volume One compilation.

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It’ll Never Be Over For Me by Timi Yuro

Northern soul classic pick from the exceptional, yet rarely mentioned, belter.

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Hawaiian Caravan by Roy Kawasaki

Funky Sakamoto-esque tune from NuNorthern Soul’s retrospective series.

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I & I by Lone Watti

Dub-treading thumper salvaged from Reggae Rula, a collection of Spanish reggae songs that sound wouldn’t be misplaced in a turn of the century Benidorm all inclusive.

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Yellow Story by Kiki Hitomi

Big boom digital sleng teng from London via Japan.

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Macumba by Claudia

Another catchy Brazil release from Mr Bongo.

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Freio Aerodinamico by Marcos Valle

Hard grooving Brazilian break from Light In The Attic’s reissue of Mr Valle’s 1970 self-titled album.

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Dancing Star by Mimi Izumi Kobayashi

Cosmic J-Pop disco opening theme from hit anime, Urusei Yatsura.

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Genius Of Love by Tom Tom Club

Hypnotic mover from Talking Heads side project, as featured in Stop Making Sense and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

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Melon Soda by Tricot

Single from Tricot’s great new release, named for the impossible-to-find-in-the-UK beverage.

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Problem solving with a Vox Phantom

Anyone with multiple instruments is more than likely guilty of having a favourite, whether it be a 70s Telecaster, or a 19th century viola. For the lesser instruments in a collection, this means they stay in their cases for months at a time, briefly emerging for a dust off before being returned to their coffin. Problems tend to mount up, and they spend more and more time not doing what they were intended to do. This was the case for my Vox Phantom, which had dropped out of regular circulation, due to a sputtering pickup which I had no desire to fix when I could just play something else. Of course, that’s a problem that only the spoiled collector encounters, so during a moment of ethical crisis and sudden motivation, I decided to have a go at returing the Phantom to it’s full functioning glory.

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