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Judy Pollak featuring 33 1/3
In Togetherness

In the late 1970’s, Judy Pollak hit the studio with her group 33 ⅓ and made In Togetherness, a record with major soul credentials. Dangerously rare in its original pressing, we can now enjoy Pollak’s work with ease thanks to this Athens Of The North reissue. Direct, heartfelt, funky music, with Judy’s particular vocal style a real pleasure.
  • Vinyl LP (AOTNLP027)
  • Label(s):
  • Athens Of The North

Andrew Wasylyk
The Paralian

Andrew Wasylyk spent five months in remote coastal Scotland on a residency. The resulting album, The Paralian, contains a great many instruments, and indeed field recordings, but the core of the album is a restored Erard Grecian harp from the 1800’s. The tender plucked strings of that harp sets the tone for a plaintive, rich and subtle suite of pieces. Out on Athens Of The North.
  • Vinyl LP (AOTNLP028)
  • CD (AOTNCD028)
  • Label(s):
  • Athens Of The North

Hampshire & Foat

Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat get together for this limited-run LP on Athens Of The North. Nightshade indulges the pair’s love for all things library. Building from the guitar up, they construct richly evocative pieces of jazzy soundtrack stuff with a particular adherence to ‘60s and ‘70s lore. Side A has them cycling through a variety of pastiches - Spaghetti Western, car racing show theme music - before they go for a sort of hard-boiled cop thing in the ‘suite’ on the flip.
  • Vinyl LP (AOTNLP018)

Boots For Dancing
The Undisco Kidds

The Undisco Kidds by Boots For Dancing is a genuine lost gem of a record. The Scottish funk-punk band disbanded in 1982 after releasing a handful of singles. Fortunately, they left a treasure trove of music committed to tape. The Undisco Kidds, had it been released at the time, would no doubt have made the band as popular as the bands they shared members with: The Rezillos, Josef K and The Human League.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AOTNLP005)
  • Label(s):
  • Athens Of The North

La Mont Zeno Theatre
Black Fairy

Black Fairy is a very interesting creature. It is a jazz funk musical, written for black children with the express intention of showing them that “being black is nothing to be ashamed of”. A wonderful message carried by an interesting narrative, and with wonderful, energetic backing from La Mont Zeno Theatre’s band. You don’t own a record quite like this (yet!).
  • Label(s):
  • Athens Of The North

Raphael Munnings
Nassau Funky

Some cheerful sounds from Raphael Munnings. Nassau Funky is the 2 record set of repressed rarities. Packed with James Brown styled funky back beats, chicken scratch guitar, tight horns and outrageous bass lines. His slick and soulful croon with the Island disco sounds on "Takin' You Higher (Just like climbin a ladder)" and "Opportunity Knockin" put these apart from a lot of similar releases from this era. Out on double 7" vinyl from Athens Of The North.
  • Label(s):
  • Athens Of The North