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After years spent discovering gems in Phonica’s end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday, Phonica staff will pick out the five vinyl records you should grab this week.
‘Summer Champion/Come Rain Or Come Shine (Sukebe Edits)’
Rejecting their peers’ fascination with imported styles, Fukuoka’s Sukebe collective are on a mission to revive and recycle vintage Japanese sounds. This time round the result is a pair of billowing disco stompers topped with cooing Nippon vocals.
Slow-burn tropical funk, retro pop and moody sunset grooves all appear on this EP from Mondo, an Italian imprint that puts out tracks inspired by library music. Todd Terje fans should find something they enjoy.
MR RAOUL K
Still Living In Slavery Part 1
The first part of Ivory Coast-born, Hamburg-based Mr Raoul K’s album Still Living In Slavery contains deep house grooves and afrofunk bliss in a picture sleeve designed to hold all three of the records in the set.
TREVOR DEEP JR
Helsinki’s Trevor Deep Jr embarks on a dubby reinvention of the deep Detroit and Chicago sounds that inspire him, capturing the results on analogue reel-to-reel tape for added loose vibes.
Soul Jazz Presents: Tropicalia LP
The definitive and essential Tropicalia album, originally released in 1968 and featuring Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes and all the key players, has been reissued by Soul Jazz as an exact reproduction with fully remastered sound.