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Once upon a time, in a London far away, long before house music made the whole world jump up and down like lunatics, underground djs played a rarified mix of funk & soul, hip hop & rap called "rare groove".


Strictly for the cogniscenti, supported by a select few clubs & sound-systems such as the Wag and Shake n' Fingerpop, it existed far from the mainstream.
Only a privileged few - a small network of those in-the-know - had access to the djs & rare vinyl that defined the sound.
This was music heard nowhere else.

Good mixtapes were much-cherished & deeply inspirational - copied from friends & fellow music lovers, stretched & worn out through constant listening; some reached almost legendary status, many are now lost to the ravages of time.

One such C90 was "Harley Sounds", made by Dominic Weaver [thanks Paul!] in a flat on Harley Street in 1988/9.
We played it to death, to the extent that our copy is now unlistenable.

So, as a tribute to those halycon days, we've attempted to faithfully recreate it, trying to adhere as close as can be to our battered original.

We hope you enjoy.


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Tracklist

1 got to be the music by litmus
2 guess who by doug fresh
3 apache by incredible bongo band
4 blow your head by fred wesley
5 jingo by candigo
6 lets dance to the drummers beat by herman kelly
7 good groove by derek b
8 strong island by jvc force
9 jack the ripper by ll cool j
10 keep rising by doug fresh
11 rising to the top by kenny burke
12 faith by wee papa girl rappers
13 i know you got soul by eric b and rakim
14 rock it takes two by rob base dj ez
15 think by lynn collins
16 hot pants im coming by bobby byrd
17 sock it to em soul brother by bill moss
18 black water gold by african music machine
19 sister janie by funk inc
20 cheeba cheeba by mighty tom cats
21 doing it in the park by the blackbyrds
22 express yourself by charles wright
23 do the funky penguin by rufus thomas

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