A somewhat belated edition of Reissues of the Month this month. Thanks to a month of upheaval and relocation, I’ve been somewhat strapped for time, but I’ve still managed to keep my eyes on the best re-issues of October. As always, there’s a little bit of everything here so you should find something that tickles your fancy!
Various – Classic EP (Serious Grooves)
Okay so this one isn’t technically out yet, but I’m so excited it had to get included. After months of umm-ing and err-ing about whether it was actually going to come out, with one full-blown cancellation announced not too long ago, the aptly named Classic EP is once again going to see the light of day thanks to Serious Grooves. Chez Damier and co. on top form, need I say more? From an age when deep house actually meant something.
Sylvia Striplin – Searchin’ EP (Uno Melodic Records)
Mr. Roy Ayers heads the production on this corker of an EP, so needless to say it’s pretty special. With the instrumentals staying just about on the right side of sleazy, Striplin’s vocals certainly adds an individual element to the proceedings. Distinctly nasal and reedy, it might not sound the best on paper, but it works wonders.
William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
This one’s been getting a lot of traction across the media and rightly so. With its mishmash of styles, including Krautrock and experimental electronica, Nigerian William Onyeabor is only now getting recognition for his kaleidoscopic take on disco-funk. With recommendations from the likes of Four Tet and Oneohtrix Point Never, it’s widespread appeal is undeniable. Nigh-on essential.
The Candies / The Minako Yoshida – Sono Ki Ni Sassenaide / Tornado (Last Records)
Killer edits / re-issue of Japanese funk and soul from one of the guys over at Honest Jon’s, bringing to light the quality of material that’s come from an area that’s far from synonymous with the genre. With an intermittent string of top drawer and above-all respectful handlings of forgotten classics from the far east, Last Records may not release a lot, but the wait is always worth it.
Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family – My Ancestors (Mississippi Records)
It’s no secret that I’m something of a fan of soul and disco from over in Africa, but here’s something a little different from the ever-superlative Mississippi Records. Black Sabbath-influenced rock ‘n’ roll might not be the usual fare for Hyponik, but this is too good to miss. Maintaining the funky percussive element that the continent is renowned for, this is a distinctly African take on rock.