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A massive array of great 7" singles -- lots of rare funk, soul, and more!


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Chess/Jazzman (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 3 x 7 inch (pic cover)
A really cool collection of work from Etta James – six of the best tracks pulled from her seminal years at Chess Records – most of them upbeat, hard, and gritty! The music here shows James really growing from her earlier R&B years of the 50s – soaring forth with a more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Soul 7 (UK), 1969. New Copy
A soaring, righteous groove from The Uptights – kind of a rougher take on more ebullient 60s soul styles of the time – with a nice edge on the vocals, a raw riffing guitar, and this cool crashing of horns and drums together as the tune rolls on! "That's What I Get" is a bit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Soul 7 (UK), 1969. New Copy
A snapping groove gets this one going right from the start – romping snare a nice undercurrent to the riffing guitar and bold, raw vocals in the lead – all of which come together with this great sort of charm, in almost a cross between Northern and deep soul styles of the time! "Ho ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Bull Frog/Wild Man Walk
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
Great gritty guitar from Johnny Moore – on a smoking instrumental titled "Bull Frog" – which leaps along in this frenzy of fuzz, which is then topped by a bold tenor solo! "Wild Man Walk" is another instrumental from The Ebonettes – done with a groove that's a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Spring Rain/The Bottle
Salsoul/Outta Sight (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy
What a tune – one of our favorite Salsoul tracks ever! "Spring Rain" is a magical blend of strings, beats, and this soaring piano – all coming together in a lush groove that never quits, peppered with some sweet female chorus vocals that never sound cheesy! The single's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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RCA/Outta Sight (UK), 1966. New Copy
A great 60s groover from Sharon Scott – the kind of singer who could work equally well in both pop and soul – and who steps out here strongly in the latter! The tune's got a Northern romp right from the start – augmented by a bit of drama on piano and the backing vocals – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Sound Stage 7, 1968. Near Mint-
No description available. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy
A sweet groover from Khemistry – and maybe one of the group's best tracks ever! "Can You Feel The Love" has a solid step and a warm groove right from the start – sweet rhythms that move at a nice post-disco sort of vibe – more tight 80s club, and mixed with a haunting ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Haze (parts 1 & 2)
Kay Dee, 2013. New Copy (pic cover)
A heavy drum break right from the start – one that's played live with bass and given very solid grounding – then topped with a mix of fuzzy guitar and frenetic percussion – in a way that almost feels like some lost Dennis Coffey instrumental from his glory days on Sussex Records! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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BGP (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
"What A Man" is one of the greatest funky singles ever recorded by Stax Records! You may know the cut from a famous sample years back by Salt N Pepa, but Linda's version is the one to hear – a proud-stepping groover with heavy drums, a great bassline, and some wangly guitar that ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Summertime (2 versions)
Popcorn (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
Two versions of the classic "Summertime" – both pretty darn groovy! Carl Henry Hall takes the tune with this sweet vamping vibe – almost funky overall, with a modal element that's great – and topped by his own searing, searching vocals! The pace is slower on Jimmy ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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RCA/Outta Sight (UK), 1982. New Copy
Sublime 80s mellow from Michael Wycoff – a great track lifted from his classic Love Conquers All album, and a tune that never gets old! The track glides in beautifully on some sweet keyboards that have a lot of 70s warmth – and Wycoff's voice, while smooth, also crackles with an honest ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1972/1974. New Copy
Righteous Barbara Mason – two great cuts! "World In Crisis" is a political number, but one that's got this warm stepping groove – almost Leroy Hutson, with some of the greatest arrangements that Barbara ever got! "Give Me Your Love" is a badass Curtis Mayfield tune ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Soul 7 (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3x7" (pic cover)
A killer triple-pack from the folks at Jazzman – a much-needed look at the funky soul talents of Lenis Guess! Guess was an overlooked figure working on the Norfolk scene at the end of the 60s – and sings here on a sextet of his own recordings, including one that features the legendary ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Cat Walk (two versions)
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
One title, but actually two different songs – both of them great! Jack Costanzo's usually more Latin in his "Mr Bongo" mode – but this sweet track has a vamping groove and lots of twangy guitar alongside his cool percussion bits – very spare and spacey, with some cool ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Jazzman (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3 x 7 inch (pic cover)
A much-needed set of work from the legendary Ray Frazier and his Shades Of Madness group – an artist who only cut a handful of singles, all of them great! The title makes a lot of promises as to the grooves within the set – but it definitely delivers as well – and shows what a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Popcorn (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Two takes on this great number from Motown's Contours! "Whole Lotta Woman" is taken at a bit of a loping pace on the main side – almost equal parts R&B and soul, as is the wonderful lead vocal – which has this raw, raspy feel! The group come together even more strongly ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Sliced Tomatoes/Love Factory
Music Merchant/Outta Sight (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy
The Just Brothers serve up a mighty great groove here – a tight-stepping, guitar-driven instrumental that's almost like a 70s take on instrumental Motown modes from the 60s! The flipside features Eloise Laws on her classic "Love Factory" – a soaring stormer that never gets ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Daptone, 2014. New Copy
The angelic gospel soul voices of the Como Mamas as we've never heard 'em before – backed by the funky Menahan Street Band, billed here as The Radiant Rhythm Band – and radiant it is! "Out Of The Wilderness" lets the voices of Ester Mae Smith and the Como Mama's soar well out ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Daptone, 2014. New Copy
A sweet funky 45 from Antibalas – one that reminds us just how seriously these guys take the "funk" part of their Afro Funk groove! The tune builds slowly – with raspy guitar lines over rumbling drums – then explodes with the kind of organ-woven groove we first loved ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Kana Soro/Idarga Bidi
Academy, Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Totally massive – and one of the most hard-breaking Afro Funk tunes we've ever heard! "Kana Soro" has these killer drums at the start – really hitting hard with a wicked crackle right away – then rolls into an organ line that almost feels like "The Message" by ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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777/Sex Machine
777/Funk Night, 2012. New Copy
Three dudes, but pretty darn funky dudes at that – working together here on two razor-sharp instrumentals! "777" has mad bass and crackling drums – both recorded with a slightly muddy quality, so that they blend together beautifully in the groove – and leave plenty of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Luv Jones/Change Change Change
Dunham, 2014. New Copy
A sweet funky number from Charles Bradley – done in duet with Larose Jackson, and with almost a deeper feel than some of Bradley's other work! The vocals move with the rhythms in this great way – less harmonies than each singer at the same time, then breaking out into their own verses ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Stay Away/Run It Back
Dunham/Daptone, 2012. New Copy
One of the funkiest tunes we've ever heard from Charles Bradley – thanks to some killer drums on the intro, and this wild psychedelic guitar as well! These instruments set a perfect scene for Bradley to really let loose on "Stay Away" – with these blistering vocals that have ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Daptone, 2002. New Copy
Sharon Jones does a wonderful job with this classic – getting some hard funky backings from The Dap-Kings, and soaring out over the top with the best reading of the lyric we've ever heard! There's a tasty sax solo in the middle of the track – and the instrumental flipside offers even ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Kent (UK), 1966/1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the best tracks ever from Mary Love – a stone stormer with piano and vibes on the groove, and a wicked Detroit 60s indie vibe as well! Mary soars with the lead vocal – like she's one of the best singers on Motown at the time – and the flipside features a funky number with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Don't Commot Me/Obiara Wondo
Academy, Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
We've never been commotted – so we're not sure what it means to "Don't Commot Me" – but we can say that the tune is a wickedly sharp bit of Afro Funk, complete with some very fast-riffing guitar! The instrument's a lot more tight than on some of the looser Afro numbers of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Uto Nwa/Osi Na Ngada
Academy/Voodoo Funk, Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Breaking drums, popping organ, and fuzzy guitar – all exploding at the start of this rare funky nugget – and setting fire to the tune right from the beginning! There's a nervous, jumpy sort of energy to "Uto Nwa" – one that not only sets it apart from other Afro funk ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Sinner/Everybody Knows (River Song)
Daptone, 2014. New Copy
Deep deep soul from Naomi Shelton – a gospel singer by trade, but one who works with all the heady styles that warrant her placement on the Daptone label! "Sinner" is a gem right from the start – strong lead vocals from Naomi and support from the Gospel Queens – all ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Wow! Straight up incredible Afro Funk from Benin's El Rego Et Ses Commandos – the pummeling, yet soulful "Vimado Wingnan" and the slower, more hypnotic "E Nan Mian Nuku" – rare early 70s numbers on Daptone! "Vimado Wingnan" is one of those tracks that's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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I Can't Stand These Lonely Nights/Rub The Lamp
Ever-Soul/Daptone, Early 70s/2012. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet Jamaican-tinged take on this tune by Bob & Gene – one that features the duo's vocals set to grooves from the Inversions, a group led by Ticklah – all in a style that turns the soul track into a lost rocksteady number! The approach is mighty nice – strange at first, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Daptone, 2006. New Copy
Love the drums on this one – all skittish and snapping at the beginning – really setting the scene perfectly for the Afro Funk-styled horns that top off the tune and really set the tone! The track's like some lost Nigerian 45 from the 70s – and given excellent production to ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Odeon/Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Two great Jorge Ben cover tunes – both of them funky! Daniel Salinas does a great job with "Tenha Fe Pois Amanha Um Lindo Dia Vai" – serving up a groove that's got all the snapping samba funk we love from Jorge's original, but also giving the tune that sort of special polish ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Soul Surf/Tornado
Funk Night, 2012. New Copy
A blazing instrumental from the Soul Surfers – a great mix of deep funk and early 60s Cali – served up with funky drums on the bottom, and some great echoey guitar over the top! The twangy lead line definitely holds up the "surf" part of the title – but the bottom end ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Daptone, 2008. New Copy
A very cool remake of this cut from Sharon Jones – produced by Ticklah here with a sweetly dubby vibe! "How Long" still has plenty of soul here, but it also takes on a bit of a Kingston groove too – stepping along with a 60s rocksteady vibe that supports Sharon's vocals ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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G-Rated/Funk Night, 2012. New Copy
"Cherry Juice" is a monster right at the start – a cut with this badass bassline that dips deep and seems to pull down the whole combo – then pops up shimmering with a feel that's like some lost groove from a 70s blacksploitation score! And by that, we don't mean any sort of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Daptone, 2014. New Copy
The debut single from the soul duo of Saundra "Saun" Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe – aka The Dapettes! We've heard and loved Saun & Starr's voices for years backing up Sharon Jones, and it's great that they're stepping out here as Daptone's first neo-classic duo. "Hot ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Funk Night, 2013. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool little track – one that starts with a snapping drum break, then features some wicked electric sitar dancing around on the groove – which then also has this wordless vocal kind of mumbling along while a guitar riffs some heavy fuzz! The mix of modes is wonderful – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Shed A Tear (I Touched The Clouds)/Get It Right Part 4
Funk Night, 2013. New Copy
A killer bit of slow funk from the great Rickey Calloway – done in this mellow-stepping way that's still mighty hard hitting – and topped with vocals that take us back to James Brown in his best early years! "Get It Right" comes across here in a fiercely funky part 4 – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Lights Out/Keep Coming Back
Daptone, 2012. New Copy (pic cover)
A sweet little single from Menahan Street Band! "Lights Out" has this slow funk brilliance that's almost lifted off a rare 70s soundtrack – beats that are hard, but mellow too – topped by these snakey horns that really bring in a blue sort of feel to the music – almost ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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I'm In Love (inst parts 1 & 2)
Funk Night, 2012. New Copy
A rare instrumental take on a cut that Rickey Calloway cut with The Dap Kings a few years back – one that doesn't feature any vocals at all from Rickey – but has even more room for The Dap Kings to open up and groove! We're not sure why Rickey's name is on the label, but that oddness ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Funk Night, 2013. New Copy
Some of greatest funk yet from the mighty Soul Surfers! "Show Introduction" would doubtlessly be one killer intro to a live show – and if you've never heard the group before, this is great introduction to their style. A vamping solo organ and some fast, funky drums trade licks at ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Soul Controller, 2013. New Copy
Spacey 80s boogie-styled instro funk from Musca – the first single on the Soul Controller imprint! "Highlights" is highlighted by nicely paced funky beats and handclaps – which are mirrored by an uber-thick bass line and cosmic keyboards. Nice and spacey – and that ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Twinight/Numero, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A lost gem on the legendary Twinight label – and one of the few singles cut by this excellent falsetto soul singer! "Not Too Cool" is a sweet sad ballad with incredible strings and gentle production – but even better is "Nevermore" – one of those haunting ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Numero, Late 60s. New Copy
A gem of a sweet soul single from Numero – material that never got issued back in the day! "You & Me" is a tremendous little tune – very spare and sweet, with a completely catchy hook – all put together with a roughness that reminds us of the earliest days of doo ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Kay Dee, 2014. New Copy 7 x 7 inch & Book
A totally great little package – one that has Kenny Dope going back to the original tapes used in the famous hip hop film Wild Style – then mixing down all the best bits to focus on the breaks! The original grooves were laid down by Fab 5 Fredy and Chris Stein – whose guitar ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Kay Dee, 2013. New Copy 2 x 7" (pic cover)
A brilliant package that brings back two classic grooves from Kenny Dope and Louie Vega! First up is the legendary "Nervous Track" – a tune that's got this wonderfully syncopated snare – snapping along with break-like energy alongside some more house-heavy bass – all ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Chocolate Star/Kay Dee, 2013. New Copy
A killer break cut from Gary Davis – easily one of his funkiest nuggets ever, and a tune that really sticks hard with the drums right at the start! Once things get rolling, some of those sweet moogy touches you'd expect come into the mix – giving the whole thing a P&P vibe – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Kay Dee, Mid 70s. New Copy 2 x 7" singles (pic cover)
Heavy funk, all the way through – a brilliant batch of cuts from The Original Black Sheep Of The Family – and one of the only true testaments we've ever seen to their obscure funky work! The set begins with the massive "In The Forest" – a wicked, wangly groove that ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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BB/Kay Dee, 2014. New Copy 6 x 45s
A stunning collection of rare cuts from the great Kenny Dope – lots of which are from his early years of beatmaking, when he had a definite influence from hip hop and club mixed into his groove! The package presents rare mixes pressed as 7" singles – many here for the first time ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated September 01, 2014


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