BBE (UK), 2022.
When we hear the phrase "hip harp", we think of the magnificent music that Dorothy Ashby cut for Cadet/Concept records at the end of the 60s – and when you hear this set, that's what you'll think of too – and we mean that in the best way possible! The set begins with a great ... (Jazz CD)
Grapefruit (UK), 1973. 3CD
A killer set, and one that's way more than the just the pop or prog you might guess from the title – as the 65 tracks in the huge package really do a great job of showing the many different strands of music that were flowing through the British scene in 1973! There's definitely some shorter, ... (Rock CD)
Gondwana (UK), 2022.
The music of Chip Wickham just seems to get deeper and deeper with each new release – the kind of "instant classic" territory that few jazz musicians seem to hit so effortlessly – and exactly the kind of record that's had us loving Chip's music from the very first record! The ... (Jazz CD)
Cortizona (Netherlands), 1970.
Really tremendous work from Patty Waters – a singer who's best known for her avant jazz explorations on ESP Records, but who steps out here in a distinctly different mode on an unissued session from the start of the 70s! Patty's alone here – just playing piano alongside her vocals ... (Vocalists LP)
Tao Forms, 2022. 2CDs
The poetic title here is wonderfully well-suited to the album – as there's a free-floating, spacious quality to the music – yet one that's very different than some of the softer sessions that sort of reference might make you expect! Cornet player Kirk Knuffke always has a great sense ... (Jazz CD)
MPS/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1966. Gatefold
The earliest album ever to be issued under the Globe Unity label – a very early project headed up by the mighty pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach – and a record that's noteworthy for the first album to feature the work of Peter Brotzmann and Peter Kowald! Right from the start, the ... (Jazz CD)
Island/Universal (Japan), 1988.
Warm soul from By All Means – a key group in the quiet storm soul years of the mid 80s – one that's equally well-suited to mellow numbers and more upbeat groovers! The trio features two male vocalists and one female – Jimmy Varner, Billy Sheppard, and Lynn Roderick – but ... (Soul CD)
Sussex/Octave (Japan), 1972.
Mad funk from Dennis Coffey – and the follow-up to his landmark Evolution album! It's interesting to note that Coffey's group is listed as the "Detroit Guitar Band" – which kind of foregrounds their link between the city's two strongest music sides of the late 60s: the hard ... (Soul CD)
Universal (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A very cool look at a lost legacy in French music – disco and club grooves from the late 70s and early 80s, most of which never got any play at all on our side of the Atlantic! The tracks here mostly go way beyond the obvious choices of Cerrone and Kongas, and often have a playful approach ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Sony, Early 80s. 3CD
A great look at the fresh energy that Miles Davis was bringing to his music in the 80s – and a set that's nicely different than some of the other albums issued in the "bootleg" series – in that two thirds of the collection features unissued studio material from the dates in ... (Jazz CD)
AKT/Comet (France), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A rare spiritual jazz session from the Full Moon Ensemble – a very groovy French group headed up by drummer Claude Delcloo – who was better known for his avant jazz work on sides for the BYG/Actuel series of albums! This time around, Delcloo is working in much trippier territory – ... (Jazz LP)
Mosaic, Mid 40s. 11CDs
An incredible document of a really crucial label during the postwar years – the important west coast indie, Black & White Records – home to an amazing array of top-shelf jazz, blues, and R&B recordings from the time! The scope of work here is fantastic – 243 tracks in all ... (Jazz CD)
Vertigo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972.
One of the heaviest electric sets from UK trumpeter Ian Carr – and that's really saying a lot, given how much heavy work he cut with his group Nucleus! The sound here is a groundbreaking mix of acoustic horns and keyboards – trumpet from Carr, and a mix of tenor, soprano, alto, and ... (Jazz CD)
Sdban (Belgium), 2022.
The "jazz cats" here are a lot hipper than you might guess from the title – not some beret-wearing middle aged guys trying to relive the glory days of the bop years – and instead a whole host of younger artists from the European scene, most of whom blend acoustic ... (New Grooves CD)
Universal (France), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. 3CD
With a career that spans decades, it might be a bit hard to sum up the best of Jane Birkin in one collection – but this overstuffed 3CD set does a pretty fantastic job! The package begins with lots of material from Jane's early years as a young English singer, crashing the French pop scene ... (French CD)
RCA/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
A really great way to listen to the music of Harry Nilsson – as the all-singles set is not only a career-spanning collection of his work for RCA, it also includes a lot of very cool tracks that were b-sides, which stand nicely here next to the classics! The genius of Nilsson knows no bounds ... (Rock CD)
Workshop Jazz/Honey Pie, Early 60s.
A really great look at some of the coolest material issued by Motown in the early days of the label – tracks from a brief foray into jazz, from a time when the company was testing the waters with some very hip material from the Detroit scene! The cuts here have a nice sort of grit – ... (Jazz LP)
Mighty Eye, 2022.
The vintage Mercedes on the cover is a great indication of what you'll find within – a really great array of funky work from the contemporary New York underground – served up by an array of players from groups that include El Michels Affair, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and The Dap- ... (Deep Funk CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1974. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An incredible lost jazz funk soundtrack by Guiliano Sorgini – one of the best we've been lucky enough to discover in ages – all the more fascinating given the film it was made for! The soundtrack is a wild one for the most part, with a few more elegiac sounding numbers – but ... (Soundtracks LP)
Denon/Sony (Japan), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
A mindblowing set from early 70s Japan – and a record that's every bit as sinister as you'd guess from its title! Blues Creation certainly started out with a blues influence in their music, but like some of the headier British groups of the moment, they've turned that love of guitar lines ... (Rock LP)
Frasco/Universal (Japan), 1976.
Afterglow is a bit of a strange word to use in the title here – as it implies that the main even is long over, and things are getting mellow – when it's clear that the trio of Yosuke Yamashita are just beginning to set things on fire! The set begins with a mindblowing side-long version ... (Jazz CD)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989.
One of the best later albums by French tenor genius Barney Wilen – a true gem that's far better than the title might indicate! The tunes, as you might guess, are all themes from French films – stretching back to the late 50s jazz/new wave days, when Wilen recorded on a few brilliant ... (Jazz CD)
An unusual project from Butcher Brown – a set that was originally written as a hip hop project for MC Tennishu, and which only gets plenty of instrumentation from the Butcher Brown combo, in their best funky jazz mode – but also has an added large ensemble really bumping up the sound! ... (Deep Funk CD)
One of those records that just makes us say "wow" right from the very first note – a perfect showcase for all musicians involved, and a really mighty meeting of the creative minds! We've really loved the strong return to form that Matthew Shipp has given us on piano in recent years ... (Jazz CD)
Sussex/Octave (Japan), 1972.
Nobody handled a fuzz guitar better than Dennis Coffey back in the early 70s – and this album's one of his masterpieces of funky instrumental work for the Sussex label – cuts that show just how much command Coffey had of the electric strings after a number of years working in both the ... (Soul CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Wonderfully weird work from the New York scene of the late 70s and early 80s – recordings that bristle with some of the best post-punk and new wave energy of the time, but which are much more obscure than most work you might know from other records! Some of the tracks here were done for NYC ... (Rock CD)
Gondwana (UK), 2022.
A record that's more of an EP than a full length release, but one that's still really overflowing with fantastic music from the great Matthew Halsall – a player who can deliver as much meaning and soul in a short space as most musicians can in a double-length set! The album features four ... (Jazz CD)
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
The Nigerian scene has given us plenty of music over the decades – and while the scene in the 70s was best known for heavy funk and crossover club, it also really resonated strongly with some new spiritual currents as well! One of the shining stars of that moment was Alhaji Waziri Oshomah ... (Global Grooves LP)
Smoke Sessions, 2022.
A wonderful album from trombonist Steve Turre – a player who made his mark while young, and just kept on growing over the years – with a bold musical vision that draws on all his experience with the masters, and has been shaped by his strong presence in the lead! The lineup here is a ... (Jazz CD)
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1985.
One of the biggest albums in the great early 80s run of Atlantic Starr – the group who mastered a mean, lean style of funk for the decade – with plenty of basslines, snapping beats, and sweet keyboards to send the whole thing home! Barbara Weathers joins the group here on lead vocals ... (Soul CD)
Verve, Late 50s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really great take on the duo format that Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong forged together during the 50s – a short little side chapter to the careers of both artists, but one that's gone on to become one of the most classic representations of their music! The record follows up their ... (Vocalists LP)
Atlantic, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
One of those records that was a classic from the moment it was first released – the legendary second effort from the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash – with added bonus of Neil Young in the mix, which gives the whole thing a current of darkness that's completely ... (Rock LP)
Strut (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
A great little set that brings together the short but fantastic legacy of Risco Connection – a late 70s project led by Studio One drummer Joe Isaacs, after moving from Kingston and setting up shop on the scene in Toronto! Joe calls on plenty of his older roots in early reggae, but also ... (Soul CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1988. 2CDs
A mighty nice late life concert from tenor genius Eddie Harris – and one that has a number of moments that remind us just how special Eddie could be in the right setting! The group here is a bit unusual in that it has a guitar in the lineup instead of a piano – Darryl Thompson on the ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Holy Basil (Italy), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
A wonderful self-titled set from Cosmos Factory – a Japanese prog group from the early 70s, and one who might have gotten lost in the racks a bit – given that their name and debut title are the same as an album by Creedence Clearwater Revival! Yet the sound here is nothing like CCR ... (Rock LP)
Vieux Farka Toure & Khruangbin
Dead Oceans, 2022.
A heady tribute to the legendary Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure – served up here with really wonderful lead guitar lines from his son, Vieux Farka Toure, who gets some fantastic help on the record from the Khruangbin trio! Given the fame of that latter group, the set could end up in ... (Global Grooves LP)
Korova/Lantern (Italy), 1986. (reissue)
A near-lost set from the 80s, but one that we'd almost put right up there next to some of our favorite work by artists like Sade or Working Week – as the record shares a similar blend of jazz, soul, and catchy pop! Linda Di Franco sings in English, but with a nicely accented style – in ... (Rock LP)
Candid, 1961. (reissue)
A set that's one of the more obscure Lightning Hopkins albums of the 60s – as it was issued on the short-lived label Candid, an imprint that was mostly known for modern jazz! Yet the approach here is wonderfully faithful to the music that Hopkins does best – a well-recorded solo date ... (Blues LP)
BBC/Silva Screen (UK), 1968. (reissue)
You might think of the BBC as a network that's given the world some pretty stodgy programs over the decades – but back in the 60s, the broadcast giant was a real powerhouse for experimentation in the new field of electronic music – famous for its BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which was ... (Sound Library LP)
Gronland (Germany), Mid 70s/2022. 5CD
A massive tribute to the music of Neu – set with three classic albums, and an exclusive double-length batch of mixes and covers too! First up is the self-titled Neu – maybe not the earliest record in the Krautrock generation, but a set that certainly set a new sort of standard after it ... (Rock CD)
Color Red, 2022.
It's hard to go wrong with the New Mastersounds – and even after so many years, and so many records, these guys are still totally at the top of their funky game – one of the tightest, hardest, sharpest combos around – one of the first in the 21st century generation of deep funk ... (Deep Funk CD)
Columbia/Get On Down, 1984. (reissue)
Sweet studio Miles Davis from the 80s – a record that takes the 70s electric experiments and fuses them into a sound that's got a lot more R&B influence than before! The style is a bit poppy at times, but never in a way that's too slick – and often, Davis is using his muted trumpet ... (Jazz LP)
United Artists/Avenue, 1972. (reissue)
A monster from start to finish – not only the greatest album from War, but maybe one of the greatest mainstream funk albums of all time! The set's got a really unique groove – one that so many others tried to copy, but which was forged here first – in a wicked LA blend of Chicano ... (Soul LP)
The extra "e" in the name of Thee Sacred Souls really takes us back – to the legendary Thee Midniters of the scene in east LA – a scene whose sound clearly had a big influence on this contemporary trio! As with the best work of that older generation, there's a heartbreakingly ... (Deep Funk CD)
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1989.
Peabo Bryson was long into his career by the time this set came out at the end of the 80s – but the album also seemed to mark a bit of a rebirth for the singer, too – maybe one of his strongest in years, and a masterful showcase for his amazing vocals! Maybe part of the album's ... (Soul CD)
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
A set that definitely lives up to its title – but in a way that's a bit different than some of the other Lux & Ivy compilations on the Righteous label! This time around, the set is more of a four-pack, featuring different albums that have a great way of blending exotica, higher ideas, ... (Now Sound CD)
Splash Blue, 2022.
A long-overdue return for Khari and Jiva – the kind of pairing that first won us over to neo soul many years back – and sounding equally wonderful here! The album begins with a reworking of the James Mason classic "Good Thing" – and it only gets better and better from ... (Neo Soul CD)
Infracom (Germany), 2022. 2LP
It's hard to believe that the German Infracom label has been around for 30 years – maybe because the label was so future-thinking at the start, they helped set the tone for so much music to come! And if you're not hip to Infracom, the collection's a chance to dig the label in all its glory ... (New Grooves LP)
Sommor (Spain), 1968. (reissue)
A brilliant bit of offbeat bossa from brothers Hugo and Osvaldo Fattoruso – the Uruguayan pair who later recorded in the US as fusion combo Opa, but who are heard here in a rare 1968 outing for Odeon in their homeland! The style here is far from the usual Brazilian bossa set of the 60s ... (Brazil LP)
A damn great record from Aquakulture – and a set that's way more of an R&B album than we might have expected – fleshed-out, fully formed, and with a sense of tracks and timing that really makes for a great flow al the way through! There's a lot of guests on the record, and while we ... (Neo Soul CD)
Irma (Italy), 2022.
The Soultrend Orchestra are back, and teamed up nicely with Papik this time around – on a record that takes their 70s-styled work, and gives it a slight clubby spin – of the sort that first made us fall in love with the Irma Records label so many years ago! Most instrumentation is live ... (Deep Funk CD)
Columbia/Holy Basil (Italy), 1975. (reissue)
Great keyboards from the Japanese scene – one of those records from the time that's not entirely jazz, but is still pretty darn groovy – as the lead electric lines trip nicely over some mighty nice rhythms! The vibe is nice and laidback – almost like some of the bossa-inspired ... (Sound Library LP)
Union/Teichiku (Japan), 1977. (reissue)
Deep deep sounds from this hip Japanese drummer – a set that features a fusion-styled mix of keyboards and sax, but one that comes across with a gentle feel that's light years from conventional fusion! The balance is perfect throughout – kind of a spacey, soulful vibe – ... (Jazz LP)
Hat Art (Switzerland), Mid 60s.
A pair of crucial albums from Archie Shepp – back to back in a single set! Fire Music is easily one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums, and certainly one of the pivotal points of 60s avant garde jazz! The album features Shepp leading a crack "new thing" line up that includes Ted ... (Jazz CD)
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1975. 2CD
A killer album from Soft Machine – one that's maybe a bit tighter and more rock oriented at times than the jazz workouts of their previous numbered albums – although still all instrumental, and with the kind of top-shelf instrumentation that we've always loved from the group! This time ... (Rock CD)
Wagram (France), 1970s. 2LP
A heady collection of Afro Funk from the 70s – one that features cuts from some of the West African scene who helped make the music huge at the time, plus a few surprising entries from other spots too! The package is a great no-nonsense dip into the genre – put together by the same ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1969/1983.
A pair of amazing soundtracks from French funk maestro Jean Claude Vannier – back to back on a single LP! First up is La Bete Noire, scored by Vannier in 1983 – in a style that's very different than usual from the arranger/composer – not a slinky sexy soundtrack, but instead an ... (Soundtracks LP)
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1960.
Excellent material from a live European tour – performances that show just how much Miles Davis and John Coltrane had grown as musical partners since recording Kind Of Blue! The tracks here are all nice and long, and have some especially great solos from Coltrane, who was really furthering ... (Jazz CD)
Transversales Disques (France), Late 80s.
Unreleased later work from the legendary Luc Ferrari – and music that almost represents a somewhat different side of his legacy than some of his more famous recordings! If we dare to say it, there's some surprisingly tuneful moments in the music – which was partly done for a modern ... (Out Sound LP)
Velvet Ramp/Mississippi, Mid 60s.
Soul singer Ruby Johnson never recorded a full album back in the day – and this set nicely corrects that fact, by bringing together some of her rare singles as a wonderful ten track album! Ruby's got a richness that's in the best southern soul mode of the time – a voice that would fit ... (Soul LP)
Gull/Lantern Heights (Italy), 1976. (reissue)
A sweet little double-length set from British jazz rock genius Neil Ardley – one that has him working off the vibe explored on the Greek Variations album, but hitting a sound that's a fair bit funkier overall! As with other efforts, Ardley draws here on some really top-shelf talents for his ... (Jazz LP)
Nicole Mitchell & Fabio Paolizzo
Don Giovanni, 2022.
Nicole Mitchell is in very different territory here than on some of her more spiritual albums – something you might have guessed from the cover, which signals another great chapter in Mitchell's shift into science fiction territory on some of her other projects! At some level, Nicole's ... (Jazz CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A dancing soul party, but one that's got a nice sort of focus too – not a completely random collection of cuts, but one that features a fair bit of very early work from Van McCoy, and some great group soul too! Unlike a DJ set in the clubs, the collection's got no problem with mixing ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Elektra/Hollywood, 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
Maybe not the first album by Queen, but the record that really put them on the map – as the group create a wonderful sense of interplay between all the elements that make them so great – while also using the studio in ways the group had never dared before – taking their ... (Rock LP)
La Sape (Australia), 2022.
A great mix of jazz instrumentation and contemporary rhythms from David Versace – an Australian musician who comes across here with the warmth of some of our favorite European projects from years back – such as classic records on labels like Schema or Compost! There's definitely lots ... (Jazz LP)
Blackground, 1996. 2LP (reissue)
The second album from Aaliyah, and a huge step forward from the first – shifting both away from production by R Kelly, and towards a more adult approach that really has the singer coming across as a mature solo artist on her own! This time around, Timbaland handles much of the key production ... (Soul LP)
Smoke Sessions, 2022.
Drummer Al Foster has a hell of a legacy, one that includes some famous 70s work with Miles Davis – and he's a hell of a leader, too – the kind that always seems to get a little sort of something extra from the players in his group! That's definitely the case here, as he works with a ... (Jazz CD)
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2022.
The debut album from Al Qasar – a group who will sit next to your favorite guitar-heavy records from the Tuareg scene, but one who've also got a slightly different vibe! The roots of Al Qasar are more global – and include influences from Europe and the US – and there's a ... (Global Grooves CD)
A wonderfully warm, easygoing sort of record – one that's maybe in that same territory when a classic Brazilian singer of the 70s might hit some great mellow moments, but still work with this subtle edge that really hints at deeper currents below the surface! Instrumentation is a mix of ... (Brazil LP)
Modern Harmonic, 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
A huge look at the near-lost legacy of Jill Kroesen – an important figure on the New York scene in that amazing moment when art and rock were blending together in wonderfully experimental material like this! At some level, Kroesen could be included in a short list of important figures who ... (Rock LP)
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s/Early 70s. 2LP
A masterful overview of American soul styles from the 60s – one that brings together a fair bit of deep soul gems, along with some other material that really helps round out the set in a great way! The package is superb – as the album comes with the same huge booklet that you'll find ... (Soul LP)
A young contemporary trio, but one who work with a very classic vibe – a style that's maybe even more so than most of the vintage gospel albums you might find in the racks! The group's harmonies are wonderful – balanced with the force of the lead and the strength of the trio like some ... (Gospel CD)
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s.
A really great genre-hopping Christmas collection – one that features jazzy tunes, vocal numbers, and a few rock and country tracks as well – all of which really live up to the vintage spirit of the image on the cover! The set follows nicely in the style of the similarly-titled ...
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fantastic collection of rare funky nuggets – put together by the folks at the Numero Group, and an album that's billed as "the only funk album you'll ever need"! That might be a big claim, but the record is pretty darn great – a set that features a few older underground ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Poeira (UK), 2022.
Wonderfully spare sounds from a musical partnership who are exactly as pictured on the cover – Antoine Olivier on percussion and Glaucus Linx on tenor sax – working together on these beautiful tunes that are a mix of rootsy sources and spiritual jazz! There's a sense of ritual to some ... (Global Grooves LP)
B-Boy, 1986. (reissue)
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall ... (Hip Hop LP)
Fantasy, Early 60s. (reissue)
An amazing record – one with a depth that goes way beyond its simple roots, and which has gone on to become one of the true Christmas classics of the 20th Century! Although a Christmas soundtrack, the album's more of a tapestry of sadness, longing, and loss – the best qualities that ...
600 Block, 2022.
An excellent set from Kevin Ford – best known as the leader of Chicago Afrobeat Project, but working here in a much more stripped-down setting – a funky trio mode that's filled with his own great work on keyboards, served up here with a very cosmic vibe! The drums and bass are nice and ... (Deep Funk LP)
Mississippi, Late 50s/Early 60s.
The title here is certainly well-put, as the guitar of John Ondolo is every bit as hypnotic as any of the more adventurous musicians we've loved over the years – and that would include the work of artists like Sandy Bull or Peter Walker! As with both of them, Ondolo has a way of using ... (Global Grooves LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), Early 70s.
The Movers were one of the all-time great groups on the South African scene at the start of the 70s – a tight little combo who originally began with an organ-heavy groove, then one who picked up some mighty soulful singers as the years went on! At the start, the group were maybe a South ... (Global Grooves CD)
Mercury/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1976. (reissue)
Pure brilliance from Coke Escovedo – an artist who really finds a way to make so many different things come together perfectly – with results that are even stronger than his previous work in Azteca and Santana! The set's got a warm blend of Latin roots, modern soul, and jazzy fusion ... (Soul LP)
The second Brooklin in the title here is a city in Brazil – referenced by the group as a place of new inspiration, which seems to come through in some occasionally more complicated rhythms on the set! If you love the previous work by this Hammond-heavy combo, don't fret – as there's ... (Deep Funk CD)
Far Out (UK), 2016.
The legendary Azymuth rises from the ashes – on this, their first record after the passing of keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami – with a sound that takes us back to the amazing cosmic funk of their first few albums in the 70s! The new keyboardist, Kiko Continentino, has a sound that's ... (Brazil CD)
Studio One (UK), Mid 70s.
This might be the first time we've ever heard the phrase "Music Lab" attached to the legendary Kingston powerhouse Studio One – but the name definitely fits, as they company was always a hotbed of new musical experimentation! And while some of the company's most famous ... (Reggae CD)
Wallen Bink (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A treasure trove of work from the European scene – recordings that were unissued at the time, but which feature fantastic performance by American soloists done for Austrian radio! The core group is led by trombonist Eich Kleinschuster – a player from Vienna who never got much notice on ... (Jazz LP)
The young Roland Kirk at the height of his powers – recording here on the UK scene, long before he added the Rahsaan to his name – and heading up a very cool combo with the legendary Stan Tracey on piano! Stan's presence here is wonderful – as Tracey was in many ways the ... (Jazz CD)
RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975.
One of the few American releases by this legendary Japanese fusion artist – and a pretty funky little record as well! Ryo Kawasaki plays lead guitar and the very cool "string synthesizer" on the set – making for a sweet mix of electric grooves that has some really great ... (Jazz CD)
Lee, 2022. 2CDs
Lee's always been one of the most compelling artists in the neo soul underground – from his early work in Square Egg, to the handful of solo albums he's given us over the years – and although it's been awhile since we heard from his last, the singer seems to have honed his craft even ... (Neo Soul CD)
Samba/Isle Of Jura (Netherlands), 1979. (reissue)
Bubbling grooves from Nigerian singer Harry Mosco – an artist who's holding his guitar like a blues musician on the front, but who comes across here with a sweetly gliding groove that's similar to some of the best TK Records club work of the time! In addition to his own vocals and guitar, ... (Global Grooves LP)
Atlantic/Life Goes On (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
A classic record by this important Japanese band, and one that was actually made in Canada, despite the title – at a time when the group were visiting, and managed to create this wonderful record with a very relaxed, organic vibe! Vocals are in English, and lead singer Joe Yamanaka has a ... (Rock LP)
Curtis Mayfield's lasting classic – and an album that the world will remember forever! Apart from being his hugely successful entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack field, this album's also a monster set of grooves that includes some of Curtis' funkiest work ever – a record that ... (Soul CD)
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. 4LP
A full three albums by the legendary Pyramids – all packaged together in one complete set, with an unreleased bonus album too! The Pyramids recorded three key records during the 70s – each of them an underground classic, all served up in a wonderful bit of spiritual soul jazz with a ... (Jazz LP)
British Progressive Jazz (UK), 1979.
The great Elton Dean is a musician with a huge legacy in British jazz and rock – including, famously, some time in Soft Machine, where he really helped transform their sound – and long work as an underground hero of the 70s scene, as a key player whose edge never dulled at all! That's ... (Jazz CD)
A great group from the contemporary west coast scene, and one who play in a freewheeling and soulful style of jazz – spiritual at points, with a touch of Latin jazz at others – and often with a vibe that's very much their own! Bryan Velasco plays some great electric piano on the ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1975.
A wicked bit of funky Latin from the Colombian scene of the 70s – and a record that mixes together all different styles at once – in a mode that's maybe a lot more like some of the hip samba soul and funky productions on the Emi/Odeon label in early 70s Brazil, than some of the more ... (Latin LP)
Luaka Bop, 1989. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The first-ever record in the Luaka Bop legacy – a massive collection of Brazilian grooves that still serves as one of the best introductions to the music we can think of! Most of the artists here are the bigger names of the MPB generation of the 70s – but many are still very under-repre ... (Brazil LP)
Stones Throw, 2022. 2LP Gatefold
Sudan Archives looks a lot hipper on the cover than any prom queen we ever had in high school – and on this amazing set, she sounds a heck of a lot better than any of them did too! The album's maybe the full flowering of all the promise that Sudan gave us the last time around – a rich ... (Neo Soul LP)
Trojan, Late 60s/1970s. 2CD
A mighty tribute to the genius of one of the greatest producers of all time – a figure who helped not only shape the sound of Jamaican music from the late 60s onwards, but also influence a fair bit of the rest of the world as well! The set's a well-chosen collection of material from a range ... (Reggae CD)
Honest Jons (UK), 2022. 2LP Gatefold
The title's a bit stark, but it really gets at the sound of this wonderful record – a double-length set that's overflowing with spare percussive jams recorded in contemporary Senegal! The work is all based around the cultural traditions of the Sabar – but even without any cultural ... (Global Grooves LP)
Dark Tree (France), 1995.
Unreleased live work from spiritual jazz legend Horace Tapscott – a record that's every bit as soulful as some of his classics, but nicely different too – in a way that really demonstrates the overlooked legacy that has finally been getting his music the attention it deserves in recent ... (Jazz CD)
RCA/Big Pink (South Korea), 1971.
A killer set of funky instrumentals – one of those key records that has the Nite-Liters really challenging legendary groups like The Meters or JBs! If you know the sound of the combo, you'll know that they're a bit different than either – with a very distinctive groove that's created ... (Soul CD)
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1979. 2CD
A record that marks a very different chapter in the career of Bill Nelson than his initial rise to fame at the head of Be Bop Deluxe – a set that offers up a leaner take on the 70s styles of Nelson's music, and a sound that's decidedly aimed much more at the new wave generation! Bill was ... (Rock CD)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
The first-ever group-spanning collection of work from the family of Slave – the late 70s funk powerhouse that was also linked to the group's Aurra and Steve Arrington's Hall Of Fame! The package is heavy on work from Slave – that bass-heavy group who really revolutionized the sound of ... (Soul CD)
Skip Walker Music, 2022.
Skip Walker's a drummer, but he serves up a great tribute to legendary Blue Note tenorist Tina Brooks – an artist who only gave the world a handful of albums before passing from this sphere way too soon – and one who's left an indelible legacy on modern jazz! Rather than serve up a ... (Jazz CD)
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
A massive amount of early ska, from one of the first big labels of the genre – presented here with a huge double-length set list, and over 20 tracks that appear on CD for the first time ever! If you've never heard work from the Treasure Isle label before, you're in for a treat – and ... (Reggae CD)
All Good, 2022.
Some of the richest work we've heard from John Beltran in years – a well-crafted little record that's bubbling over with influences from jazz and Brazilian music – and which make Beltran sound a lot more like a group leader than just a producer in the studio! The album's criss-crossed ... (New Grooves LP)
Sessions Sounds, 2022.
A full funky set of tracks from Will Sessions – a record that more than lives up to the group's previous legacy, but also seems to take them into this cool cosmic territory – maybe even the "electromagnetic reality" promised in the title! There was always raw funk energy at ... (Deep Funk CD)
Wallen Bink (UK), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A treasure trove of work from the European scene – recordings that were unissued at the time, but which feature fantastic performance by American soloists done for Austrian radio! The core group is led by trombonist Eich Kleinschuster – a player from Vienna who never got much notice on ... (Jazz LP)
Canopy (Netherlands), 2022. (reissue)
A killer groove from the legendary TP Orchestra – served up here with these really playful vocals from Tomede Ehue, a singer whose style really amplifies the groove! The original itself is great enough on its own – a killer club track with great percussion and horns – and the ... (Global Grooves 12-inch)
Wide Hive, 2022.
Guitarist Calvin Keys has really been going strong in recent years, but this album may well be one of the best he's given us in the past decade or so – in part because he's opened the door to some really fantastic guest work on the session! In addition to Calvin's own distinctive guitar ... (Jazz CD)
Sussex/Octave (Japan), 1973.
Excellent early work by Zulema – high-minded and righteous soul, with a really expansive sound that's in keeping with the best on Sussex at the time! The arrangements are nicely complicated – arranged by Bobby Taylor and Gene Page with a good blend of funk, righteous soul, and some ... (Soul CD)
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1988.
The last-ever Chet Baker recording with a quartet – and a set that shows just how completely magical the legendary trumpeter was even up to the end! Chet at this time is completely different than Chet in the 50s or 60s – as he'd really found a way to make all these amazing new sounds ... (Jazz CD)
Wolke Verlag (Germany), 2022.
A stunningly beautiful book, and one that's a very fitting tribute to the legendary jazz label that it covers – Germany's FMP Music, easily one of the most important avant jazz labels of all time! The book is huge – oversize, and hundreds of pages – and it's filled with as many ... (Book)
Division 81, 2022. 2LP
This may well be the record that gets everyone to sit up and take notice of the genius of saxophonist Isaiah Collier – as the set's got a far-reaching quality that's right up there with some of the most righteous jazz albums of the 70s, not to mention some of the bigger names of today's ... (Jazz LP)
Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, 2022.
A very hip step for this tight Chicago group – as they take their already-righteous sound, and open the door for singer Dee Alexander, who really adds a lot to the record! We mostly know Dee as a jazz singer, but here, she also brings in a bit of soul too, as do the group – and create ... (Jazz CD)
Crown/Teichiku (Japan), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Wicked funk from Japanese keyboardist Norio Maeda – also a hell of an arranger, too – as you'll hear on this superb set from the start of the 70s! The record's one of those key albums that took a 60s groovy Japanese sound much further into the future – giving the whole thing a ... (Jazz LP)
Alwest/P-Vine (Japan), 1984. (reissue)
With a name like Home Boy & The Cost Of Living, it's gotta be the 80s – as just a quick listen to this set will attest! The rhythms are heavy in basslines and drum machine modes – with lots of sweet styles that are somewhere between electro/street soul, and a mellower boogie bounce ... (Soul LP)
Frasco/Universal (Japan), 1981. 2CDs
A really wonderful shift in sound for pianist Yosuke Yamashita – material that's still as full of energy and life as some of his groundbreaking trio sessions of the 70s, but which pitch the spirit in a slightly different way! Volume one of the set has songs that are maybe a bit tighter and ... (Jazz CD)
Yen/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1982. (reissue)
A sweet set of Japanese instrumental work from the 80s – and a record that maybe got a bit more global circulation than some of its contemporaries, given a later American release on the Windham Hill label! Yet the sound here is hardly the new age that reference might make you expect – ... (Rock LP)
Grandstar/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1982. (reissue)
A clubby classic from the Nigerian duo of Sega Gafatchi and Chris Ify Hanem – and a record that maybe feels a lot more like some of the coolest work from the US and Anglo scenes at the time – complete with all sorts of spacey keyboards that really give the album a distinctive sound! ... (Soul LP)
Quartet (Spain), 1974.
A masterpiece of soundtrack scoring from Jerry Fielding – done for Sam Peckinpah's classic Mexico-set thriller with Warren Oates in the lead! Those other two names are more than enough to get us to needle drop the record – but it's Fielding's music that really captivates us – ... (Soundtracks LP)
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best ... (Jazz LP)
Thrill Jockey, 1998. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Tortoise's third album and a pretty remarkable creative leap for the inventive Chicago ensemble – now with the great guitarist Jeff Parker in the fold! Like their earlier records, TNT features a haunting mix of percussion, electronics, and jazz-oriented instrumentation – put together ... (Rock LP)
WeJazz (Finland), 2022.
This issue's titled after a classic album from the great Horace Tapscott, and features a wonderful article on the man himself inside – plus great feature on Isaiah Collier, our hometown hero on saxophone – destined to become one of the greatest players in jazz over the next few years! ... (Magazine)
Time Capsule (UK), Mid 80s.
Stories from another time and place – and music that's almost without comparison, either – as the set brings together material recorded by Angolan guitarist Mario Rui Silva, a musician whose range of expression stretches far past his West African roots! There's a heck of a lot going on ... (Global Grooves CD)
Excello/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
A beautiful little album from the earliest days of the Ingram empire in soul – recorded long before any of the individual members had gone onto bigger mainstream fame, and done in a way that has lots of righteous indie touches! Sister Barbara sings lead vocals on most of the tracks – ... (Soul LP)
Tiger Lily/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 70s. (reissue)
Pure genius from this hardly-heard group – a really wonderful little record that mixes soul and funk with some slight Latin touches as well – all in a blend that's as incredible as the record is rare! The group have this really warm vibe on the vocal numbers – a mix of female ... (Soul LP)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985.
Chet Baker did so many wonderful things in his later years, which are often sadly overlooked except for those in the know – and one of the best was to start working with guitar more often, instead of piano – using the gentleness of the instrument to really change his style and the ... (Jazz CD)
Jazz In Britain (UK), Mid 70s. 2CD
A much-needed addition to the small catalog of music that features trumpeter Henry Lowther as a leader – a key player in the UK jazz scene during that revolutionary late 60s/early 70s moment – but one who only gave the world one important record for the Deram label at the time! This ... (Jazz CD)
Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 50s. 2CD
A massive amount of music from the Dutch jazz scene of the 50s – a surprising hotbed of modern jazz, and a European spot that rivaled some of the new creations that were also emerging in Sweden and France! There's a mix of modes going on there that moves between California cool and New York ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1966. (reissue)
An incredible album – one of our favorite Blue Notes ever! Despite the fact that the album's a spare quartet session, the record is one of Wayne Shorter's richest – and features his gutsy young tenor soloing insanely with a rhythmically intense combo that includes Herbie Hancock on ... (Jazz LP)
Madlib Invazion, 2010. 2LP (reissue)
Raw crackling hip hop funk beatcraft at its deepest from mighty Madlib – working in his Beat Konducta style for this third entry in the epic Madlib's Medicine Show Series! Beat Konducta In Africa is a hazy hip hop instrumental set from 'Lib (lest you thought it might be a funky compilation ... (Hip Hop LP)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2022.
Harold Danko may look a bit boring on the cover, but the album's full of stunning beauty throughout – an all-solo session that seems to show off Danko's rich command of the piano in a way that we've never heard before! The songs are all compositions by Harold, but they have an open, ... (Jazz CD)
First Word (UK), 2022.
Kaidi Tatham never rushes the process – and in fact, sometimes he makes us wait so long between full length albums, we really jump into a new record with a great sense of excitement! And here, all that excitement is definitely warranted – as Tatham not only lives up to that sense of ... (New Grooves LP)
Sidney/P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
A legendary bit of jazzy soul – recorded by an obscure female singer from Milwaukee! Penny's got a warm style that's pretty darn nice on its own – but it's made even better by the great arranger Richard Evans, who helped out a lot on the session. The feel is very much in the Chicago ... (Soul CD)
GRT/Reel, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Mindblowing work from Minnie Riperton – her first solo album, cut at the end of the 60s, after a number of years of work with the group Rotary Connection. The album builds off the now famous sound of Rotary Connection – but takes it to the next level, with arch-baroque production by ... (Soul LP)
RCA/Sonor (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
One of those sound library records that makes you say "wow" right from the very first note – not just some great music, but a mix of elements that show why a guy like Paolo Ormi is way more than just a musician, and also a sonic genius as well! All the instruments are familiar, but ... (Sound Library LP)
BBE (UK), 1970s/2022.
A compilation that knows no bounds, either globally or temporally – as DJ Lefto does a wonderful job of mixing together so many different strands and styles from around the globe, past and present – all with a freshness that really makes all the individual tracks resonate strongly next ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Jamieko/P-Vine (Japan), 1980. (reissue)
Heavenly soul from the start of the 80s – a sweet little indie set that's done as a tribute to Minnie Riperton and Kenneth Armstrong! The overall format doesn't have that much to do with Minnie, but the record's still pretty darn great – and the style is a mix of modern, mellow, and ... (Soul LP)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987.
A very hip group, and a wonderful meeting between trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and pianist Kirk Lightsey! We always like Kirk, but love him even more when he's working with a horn player – as his sound seems to catch fire, and move with even bolder notes than usual – which is definitely ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note/Astralwerks, 2022.
A mighty team up between two legendary labels – Blue Note and Astralwerks, both of whom have flirted with each other for years, and now finally seal the deal! The style is definitely a mix of both imprints – jazzier than usual for Astralwerks, but also a lot more electronic and ... (Jazz LP)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970. (reissue)
Los Corraleros De Majagual are pictured in front of the Brooklyn Bridge on the cover, but the group hail from Colombia, and deliver a style that's very much their own take on salsa – one that mixes familiar New York elements with sounds specific to their scene – including some great use ... (Latin LP)
GNP, 1966. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The Seeds are caught in a web of sound on the cover – and the same thing will happen to the listener, too – as the power of this groundbreaking classic reaches out and grabs you right away! The album's not the group's first, but it's definitely the one where everything comes together ... (Rock LP)
P-Vine (Japan), 2022. (pic cover)
Ingram take on two funky classics – as you might guess from a single with a cover that takes off on a classic album by The Mohawks! Both cuts here are very old school – as "The Champ" has all the breaking drums, congas, and sweet funky organ of the original version by The ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Black Forum/Motown, 1972. (reissue)
One of a handful of righteous classics issued on Motown's Black Forum imprint in the early 70s – and a set that's maybe even more righteous than the rest – as it features a whole host of message-oriented tracks put together by the poet Amiri Baraka! The set was recorded live at the ... (Spoken Word LP)
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1976. Gatefold
A record that really takes its title seriously – as this debut by pianist Georg Grawe definitely marks a new movement in free jazz – work from some slightly younger players who maybe open up with even more intensity than the founders of the movement – completely breaking down any ... (Jazz CD)
Smoke Sessions, 2022.
Trombonist Steve Davis always gives us something great with each new release – and that's definitely the case here, in a set with a rock-solid group, filled with all original material that really soars right from the very first note! In addition to Davis on trombone, the group also features ... (Jazz CD)
Victor/Life Goes On (Italy), 1968. (reissue)
The album gives away its sound with the title, but that's only the tip of the iceberg – as these psychedelic sounds have a vibe that's very much their own – one that's partly from the Japanese language lyrics of some tracks, and accented phrasing of some others – but also from the ... (Rock LP)
Spiritual sounds from Pamela Samiha Wise – a musician who was a bit late to the Tribe Records scene in Detroit, but who's really done a lot to carry on the vision of the music! You might know Wise from some of her recordings with Wendell Harrison, and Harrison is very much in full force here ... (Jazz CD)
RCA/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
Mellow-stepping reggae from Tradition – a record that's maybe got the group at their most soulful overall, and working in this fantastic blend of Jamaican rhythms and other inspirations borrowed from the American group soul scene on the east coast! The music is definitely reggae, and ... (Reggae CD)
Top Dawg Ent./Interscope, 2022.
Kendrick Lamarr waited quite a long time to give the world a follow-up to his classic DAMN – and for good reason too, as the rapper's been on a long personal journey that's documented strongly on the record! The Kendrick heard here is much more introspective than before – and that's ... (Hip Hop CD)
IRT/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1972.
Soulful sounds from 70s Chile – and a record that easily rivals some of the best acoustic work from the post-Tropicalia generation in Brazil! Manduka's got a heady sound that's very much in keeping with his image on the cover – a freer sort of approach to the music than the decade ... (Global Grooves CD)
Jazzy takes on tunes that you'd know from famous film soundtracks – served up in a special way that not just draws from the talents of leader Richard Baratta on drums, but also heavily from pianist Bill O'Connell, who handled most of the arrangements for the set! There's a strong Latin jazz ... (Jazz CD)
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2022.
A great entry in the fantastic 5ive series from the UK jazz underground – music led by drummer Jas Kayser, but with a vibe that really draws a lot from the rest of the group! Kayser's rhythms are nicely jagged at times – mixed with live percussion, but with a vibe that often feels like ... (Jazz LP)
Folk Heritage/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
The woman on the cover has a very ancient look, but the music on the set is from one of the more important British indie labels at the start of the 70s – a key family of imprints that released some of the most striking material of the acid folk generation! The name "Folk Heritage" ... (Folk/Country CD)
Partisan, 1972. 2LP (reissue)
A brilliant album from Fela – and one that shows him really coming into his own, with that tremendous new sound that would go onto influence decades of musicians! The title track – "Roforofo Fight" – is a side-long jam that instantly sets a new standard for African funk ... (Global Grooves LP)
IRT/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1973.
A great little group from early 70s Chile – a scene we know very little about, but which we're ready to dig a lot more, given the strength of this set! Panal have a style that's partly psych, partly hard rock – kind of the blend that was coming out of the Peruvian scene in the early ... (Rock CD)
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972.
Leon Thomas takes his vocals to new heights – moving past the straight spiritual jazz modes of his work with Pharoah Sanders, to embrace a whole host of new styles too! There's a slight trace of the blues promised in the title, but always inflected through a more soulful approach overall ... (Vocalists CD)
Uraniun/Wah Wah (Spain), 1983. (reissue)
Venezuela had some pretty amazing sounds going on in the early 80s, and this album from electronic musician Angel Rada is definitely a great example of the diversity of the scene! Rada works in a style that echoes some of the hippest European experiments of the late 70s – particularly some ... (Rock LP)
Blue Note (Germany), Mid 60s. (reissue)
A brilliant album that would forever change the way the organ was used in jazz! The set's the greatest contribution ever from organist Larry Young – a lean and modal session recorded with help from a young quartet that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, and Elvin Jones ... (Jazz LP)
A sweet early 80s set from the Ohio Players – one that's a bit different than their 70s hits, but in a way that also shows that the group were still very much in wonderful form! At a point when these guys could have easily stood still, and just kept churning out the kind of grooves that ... (Soul CD)
Vertigo/We Are Busy Bodies, 1974. (reissue)
Soaring sounds from Nucleus – one of the few UK jazz/rock combos from the start of the 70s who really found a way to keep growing and changing as the years moved on! Here, the lineup is nice and large – the mighty trumpet of Ian Carr in the lead, next to keyboards from both Gordon Beck ... (Jazz LP)
Sundazed, Mid 50s. 2CD
As the title might imply, Mimi Roman wasn't the most authentic of country singers in the postwar years – but she did cut some really wonderful material for the Decca label at the time, in a too-short legacy that's finally expanded here by a range of material from broadcast performances, demos ... (Folk/Country CD)
Sonic Image, 2022.
A set with maybe the most striking cover image that Monday Michiru's given us in years – and a record that really delivers on that promise, too – filled with really captivating tunes that represent a new high level in Monday's already-high career! There's a depth and maturity to the ... (Neo Soul CD)
Trojan, Mid 60s. 2CDs
A set of tracks brought together in celebration of 60s years of independence for the nation of Jamaica – music from a key moment when the new sounds of the scene were really starting to take off – the formative years for so much that we came to know in rocksteady, reggae, and beyond! ... (Reggae CD)
Gondwana (UK), 2022.
Both artists here are ones you might know from other UK jazz projects – bassist Milo Fitzpatrick hails from Portico Quartet and saxophonist Jordan Smart is part of Mammal Hands – and together, they work in these spare duets that are really beautiful, and often very different than their ... (Jazz LP)
Skipper Productions, 2022.
A reunion of sorts, and a record that pays tribute to the legendary Three Sounds combo – the 60s jazz trio led by pianist Gene Harris, which once had bassist Henry Franklin and drummer Carl Burnett as members! Both Franklin and Burnett pair here with pianist Robert Turner, and turn out a ... (Jazz CD)
Vertigo/We Are Busy Bodies, 1975. (reissue)
Slightly later work from the legendary jazz/rock combo Nucleus, and one of their most obscure records too – sweet mid 70s set that has the band really tightening up – going for a heavy funk approach that has all instruments grooving on the rhythm, stretching out on long tracks that are ... (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Early 90s. 2LP Gatefold
A beautiful collection of modern mellow music – served up in a set that features very different territory than the usual sorts of compilations given to us by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs – not the older music that they put together so well, but work from an early 90s moment when the duo ... (Rock LP)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 90s/2000s. 2CD
A wonderfully wide-ranging collection of work brought together in support of a long-running music festival in France – done here as a double-length set that offers up a "Past" disc of material recorded at the festival in previous years – and a "Future" disc that ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Early 80s. 5CD
A huge legacy of music from Eyeless In Gaza – an important British duo from the post-punk years, and one with a sound that definitely went on to shape the style of much bigger acts at the time! As with some of their darker contemporaries, the group began in a style that was stark and ... (Rock CD)
Steeplechase (Denmark), Early 60s.
Rare work from tenor giant Dexter Gordon – two performances recorded early in his important time on the European scene – both of which are marked by the new imagination and energy that Dexter was bringing to his music after leaving our shores! The first three tracks are from 1963, and ... (Jazz CD)
Fatiado (Spain), 1983. (reissue)
Complicated and folksy work from Quintal De Clorofila – aka Garden Of Chlorophyll – the duo of Negendre and Dimitri Arbo, singing together and working on an assortment of instruments that include acoustic guitars, casio keyboard, bandolim, microharp, soprano sax, flute, and lots of ... (Brazil LP)
Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1972.
A Chilean group with a really wonderful sound – one that mixes familiar folksy guitar and flute with some larger string arrangements – in a style that's quite sublime, and which echoes strongly with the British acid folk generation! Lyrics are all in Spanish, but there's a timeless ... (Rock CD)
Noriko Miyamoto with Isao Suzuki
Yupiteru/BBE (UK), 1978.
Warm jazz vocals, and some great instrumentation too – thanks to work from the sublime 70s bassist Isao Suzuki! Singer Noriko Miyamoto's on the cover, but the album's got the same great glow as Isao's other albums of the decade – a really refreshing approach to jazz arrangements, with ... (Vocalists CD)
Quartet (Spain), 1969.
Totally groovy work from the legendary Piero Piccioni – a score for an obscure "mondo" documentary about the sad state of culture in late 60s England! The score is probably best known for its very funky "Black Flower" theme – but it's filled with loads of other ... (Soundtracks CD)
Essex/Trading Places (UK), 1968. (reissue)
A stunningly massive album – the debut of this obscure UK group, who are a combo that shift effortlessly between late psych and early prog, with perhaps a bit of hard rock thrown in for good measure! If the tunes were longer, they might be too self-indulgent – but instead, the group ... (Rock LP)
Bureau B (Germany), 1974.
A legendary lost album from Faust – a set that was to be their second for Virgin Records, recorded at a time when the group were really reveling in their darker spirits – and captured sounds that may well be the headiest they ever created! The music is incredibly dense, and often quite ... (Rock CD)
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1969.
A real landmark of bad-walking soul – one of two rare albums cut by vocalist Esther Marrow, easily one of the hardest singing sisters of her generation! Esther's got roots in gospel, but she's singing here in a righteous mode that features plenty of funky undercurrents in the backings – ... (Soul CD)
Osmosis/Our Swimmer (Germany), 1964. (reissue)
A later-looking package, but one that features a rare set from 1964 – an early example of the genius of Albert Ayler, recorded in The Netherlands for a small audience in a Dutch radio studio! The setting is a wonderful one – a mix of the live freedoms that would really let Ayler ... (Jazz LP)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1986. 2CDs
A tremendous pairing of players – each stretching out here with even more of a sense of majesty than you might normally hear in their best recordings of the time! The tracks are all nice and long, and really driven by the modal energy of the piano of McCoy Tyner – who's working here ... (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1974. (reissue)
An incredibly righteous record from the legendary Andy Bey – an artist who's risen back to fame in recent years as a relatively straight jazz singer – but who was in some very heady territory here in the early 70s! Bey first rose to fame as part of the vocal trio, Andy & The Bey ... (Soul LP)
Thrill Jockey, 2007. 2LP Gatefold
A sublime session that's co-led by two of the greatest figures on the Chicago jazz scene at the time of the recording – drummer Hamid Drake and tenorist Fred Anderson – both musicians that had been working in the city for years, but who really seemed to blossom in the new light that the ... (Jazz LP)
Ace/Kent (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A fantastic entry in this excellent series – in part because more than half of the music here appears for the first time ever! Yet despite the unreleased status of the tracks, they definitely live up to the "masterpieces" promised by the title – great grooves from a time when ... (Soul CD)
Ogun (UK), 1975. 2CD
Maybe one of the most hard-burning performances ever recorded by this legendary South African jazz combo – a set dedicated to trumpeter Mongezi Feza, a key member of the group who'd passed away just a short time before the recording! The session was done in London, right after all four ... (Jazz CD)
Quartet (Spain), 1976.
A great combination of erotic sounds and more exotic elements – served up here for an obscure 70s film that starred Laura Gemser of Black Emanuelle fame! Alberto Baldan Bembo had already given the world some wonderfully slinky soundtrack work before this film score – and here, he works ... (Soundtracks CD)
Capitol, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A stunning tribute to the wonderful Bobbie Gentry – and maybe the first package to really show the world how much she has to offer past her one classic crossover hit! Bobbie started out like a rocket with the country gem "Ode To Billie Joe" – a tune she wrote herself, and ... (Folk/Country CD)
Telephone Explosion (Canada), Late 70s.
Mad musings from the legendary Bruce Haack – some of his rarest work ever, recorded in the late 70s during a five year hiatus between formal LPs! The style here is still as jagged and quirky as some of Haack's earlier classics – like his Electric Lucifer album for Columbia – and ... (Now Sound LP)
Night Time Stories, 2022.
One of the most soulful sets we've ever heard from the mighty Ron Trent – a full length set that's a fantastic summation of all the genius he's given us on singles over the past decade or so – and a record that marks a real maturation in Ron's music! Make no mistake, Trent was always a ... (New Grooves CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Whether you're heading to the beach or not, here's a whole host of tunes that will keep the spirit of sand and surf alive – even if you're listening to the set in the middle of winter! The package is way more than just a set of surfy guitar instrumentals – although there's a few of ... (Rock CD)
INA/Anagram, 1970. 4CD
An incredible revamping of some of the most important material recorded by Albert Ayler in the years before his too-soon death – a package that adds in over two hours of new music to the original three volume Fondation Maeght recordings – which were usually issued in low-budget packages ... (Jazz CD)
Jazz Is Dead, 2022.
The jazz component of this wonderful series just seems to get deeper and deeper with each new release – despite what you might think from the title – and this time around, the presence of LA collective Katalyst really knocks things out of the park! The set's an all-instrumental one ... (Deep Funk CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Sure, the twist was a big dance fad, but it also opened the door to a whole new level of grooviness in American music – and was a way for the raw energy of the early rock years to step out into a whole array of different genres! You'll definitely hear that going on here, as the package goes ... (Rock CD)
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A great entry in the series that first put the Numero label on the map – their incredible Eccentric Soul exploration of very local scenes! As with previous volumes, this one focuses on a tiny imprint that put out some great music, but which escaped the attention of so many others away from ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1976. (reissue)
Quite possibly the greatest soul band ever to come out of Milwaukee – and a tight little ensemble who've got a really great sound! The overall feel of their work is a bit hard to peg – as the group are equally great at mellow midtempo group numbers as they are at tighter, clubbier ... (Soul LP)
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2016/2022.
A set that brings together the earliest music by Ghost Funk Orchestra – previously only out there in the digital world and on cassette, and a great start to the legacy of the group! As with some of their recent albums, the vibe here is a spooky take on deep funk – bits of psychedelic ... (Deep Funk CD)
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1980. (reissue)
Massive! This is probably the best-ever album of rollerskating grooves – and is the most famous entry into a short-lived funk genre that sprung up around the rollerskating craze of the late 70s and early 80s. The rollerskate sound took a tight stepping funk groove from earlier years, and ... (Soul LP)
Da'N Records/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1981. (reissue)
NSI stands for "new sounds from the islands" – and that's definitely what you'll get here from this combo who serve up a fantastic blend of Antilles rhythms and contemporary club funk – all very much in the best spirit of the early zouk movement at the time! There's lots of ... (Global Grooves LP)
Trutone/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1969. (reissue)
A South African jazz set from the end of the 60s, but one with a different vibe than some of the rest – as the group have a lean style that still also seems to mix a fair bit of Township elements in with the jazz – which makes for tracks that have a wonderfully playful mix of modes, and ... (Jazz LP)
RCA/Real Gone, Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
That's a country-looking Mike Nesmith on the cover – which is no surprise, as these cuts were all recorded during Nesmith's great early 70s country rock years on RCA – although none of them were issued at the time! Those in the know love Mike's fantastic records with The First National ... (Rock LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Bo Diddley rocks – and heck, these early recordings practically helped invent the genre of rock and roll – and still have a heck of a lot more staying power than some of the music of his contemporaries! Right from the start, it was impossible to put Bo Diddley in a simple category ... (Blues CD)
Soul Bank (UK), 2022. 2CD
A wonderful set, one that's even better than you might expect – and a record that really marks the shift in Mark De Clive-Lowe from club music to jazz – a format that he carries off beautifully here in the company of some very like-minded musicians! The setting is a live one – ... (Jazz CD)
Bella Union, 2022.
It's been many years since Ural Thomas recorded his first soul single – and if anything, the passage of time has only made his voice sound even more wonderful – with a contemporary richness that we never would have heard back at the start! The set's not the first "comeback" ... (Soul CD)
Victor (Japan), 2022.
Soil & Pimp Sessions sound better here than ever – still working with a style that nobody else can touch – but in a way that's also a nice change from some of their previous records too! If anything, these guys have really perfected their ability to step out and soar – with ... (New Grooves CD)
Ropeadope, 2001. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A now-legendary set from the Philadelphia underground at the start of the century – a package that reminds us just how much great music has always been going on in the city, often far from the mainstream! This set corrected that fact, by bringing together a trio of three genre-stepping ... (Deep Funk LP)
Time Capsule (UK), 1980s. 2LP
A record with a very evocative title, and a sound that's even more so than you'd guess – definitely cosmic, way more than poetry, and filled with rhythms from the native scene of Gratien Midonet! The music was recorded in France, as part of that great cultural criss-crossing that happened in ... (Global Grooves LP)
Bar T/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. (reissue)
Sweet funky fusion from one of the hippest drummers of the 70s – the mighty Les DeMerle, a player who's given the world plenty of samples over the years! The grooves on the set are some of Les' best – tightly snapping in a warm mix of electric and acoustic playing – with tight ... (Jazz LP)
Light In The Attic, 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Earl McGrath looks pretty darn cool on the cover, and from all reports he was a pretty darn cool guy in the 70s too – head of Rolling Stones Records, and friend and confidant to some very hip folks in the music industry! After Earl passed, a closet full of unreleased tapes was discovered at ... (Rock LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2CD
An amazing collection of electronic music from the German scene of the 70s – easily one of the most exciting, innovative musical worlds of the past century! There was really something special going on in Germany at the time – a confluence of hippie rockers, serious proggers, urban ... (Funky Compilations CD)
GAD (Poland), 1964.
One of the greatest modern jazz musicians on the European scene of the 60s – heard here at a moment when his talent was really beginning to burst forth! Pianist Krzystof Komeda is maybe known best to folks on our shore for his soundtrack material – but back in Eastern Europe, he was ... (Jazz CD)
Pye/Strawberry (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
Three rare albums from The Foundations – plus a heck of a lot of bonus material too, including solo work by singer Clem Curtis! First up is the From The Foundations album, in both mono and stereo – fantastic early work from this UK group – one who have a wonderful way of blending ... (Soul CD)
Libreville (France), Early 80s.
Funky French club tracks from the start of the 80s – all the brainchild of DJ Guy Cuevas, who has a perfect ear for mixing together dancefloor styles and a nice range of global elements! And sure, lots of folks worked in that territory during the 80s world music boom – but Cuevas was ... (Global Grooves CD)
Kalita (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. 2LP
A great look at a second generation of groove on the scene in Ghana – music from a time when there was a bit more electricity in the rhythms, but a style that still held very strong to the most righteous modes of the 70s! Many of the cuts here have drum programs, keyboards, and other ... (Global Grooves LP)
Libra 7/P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
A cool quartet with some very groovy vocals – a combo who seem to take some great inspiration from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – as well as other hip vocal groups of the 60s! The lineup features one gal and three guys – often with the gal singer in the lead, supported by warm ... (Vocalists CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 2020.
Bootsy Collins may be the last man standing in the P-Funk universe – and certainly is able to more than step up with the kind of magic that first made us fall in love with his music back in the 70s! This set's got a rock-solid, no-nonsense quality that has the legend working alongside a host ... (Soul CD)
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1974. (reissue)
One of the most ambitious albums ever from the Globe Unity Orchestra – a set that not only features work from some of the key free jazz musicians you'd usually find on their records, but also the choir of the NDR Orchestra – who make all these amazing vocalizations next to the equally ... (Jazz LP)
Ember/Soulgramma (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
A rare 70s soul set from Carol Woods – a singer who's done a fair bit of work on the musical stage, but who has plenty to offer in this obscure debut album! The record was mostly cut in New York, yet only issued in the UK – which is part of the reason for its obscurity – and the ... (Soul LP)
Gull/Soulgramma (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
Sweet British harmony soul from this overlooked 70s group – a really wonderful record that continues some of the best mellow group styles of the earlier part of the decade! Dave Collins – of Dave & Ansel Collins fame – is a member of the trio – but the sound here is ... (Soul LP)
Paddle Wheel/King (Japan), 1987. (reissue)
A set recorded in Tokyo, but one that has the great Chet Baker working with players from the Dutch and American scenes – all coming together in a quartet session that's maybe one of the strongest records from Chet's later years! The material was recorded live – and Chet's got a ... (Jazz LP)
Big Crown, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A second fantastic tribute to the genius of Sunny Ozuna – the Texas singer who cut some amazing soul records back in the 60s, but often with a vibe that reflected his unique Tex-Mex origins too! Those qualities really come through here in this well-done assortment of tunes – tracks ... (Soul CD)
A beautiful book, and one that's almost as enjoyable as finding a box of rare records from the funk and soul underground of the 60s and 70s! The book is a huge overview of funk and soul from Ohio – starting with the early 60s, and running up to the big years of Ohio funk that rose on the ... (Book)
Stax, 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
About as classic as you can get with the Staple Singers – an album that was cut at that perfect moment when the group was forging an electric soul sound that would bring them high in the charts in the 70s – filled with all the righteousness of their gospel years, but also touched with ... (Soul LP)