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Various Inner City Sounds

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If you're not actually rolling in a souped-up Cadillac with Supafly and Koffy Brown, the compilation Inner City Sounds is one of your better alternatives. It's laced with underground funk, soul and boogie tunes recorded between 1969 and 1977 for Inner City Records. Danceable, sample-friendly cuts like "Mary Love's More Love" outshine more plodding numbers like United Soul Association's "Sticky Boom Boom"-which sounds more like notes toward a funk song than an actual funk song. Kitsch notwithstanding, this funky, plucky compilation offers a rare taste of the disco sleeper-joints that once made garages and record stores get crunk.