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Various Now Again

LA's Stones Throw, purveyors of fine hip-hop music, introduces their funk reissue label Now Again. With previous releases like the celebrated Funky 16 Corners album, Breakestra's funk covers LP and various obscure 45s, the Stones Throw crew is no stranger to raw soul breaks. Now Again combines classic unearthed gems from groups like Soul Seven with brand new bangers from the new generation of musicians like Connie Price and the Keystones. From the funky drum breakdown in Diplomatics' "Hum Bug" to the psychedelic soul sound of Ebony Rhythm Band's "Drugs Ain't Cool," this comp is nothing but quality material. Standouts include The Sand Dollars' far-out cover version of Donovan's "Get Thy Bearings" and the excellent soul-drenched sound of LA Carnival's "Blind Man." A must-have for crate diggers.

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