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BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fantastic collection of Ethiopian funk – rare singles from the late 60s and early 70s – all brought together as an amazing illustration of a time when the scene was really on fire! The music here has this incredible resonance between ancient and modern – local and global – ... (Global Grooves CD)
Buddah/Intermusic (Spain), 1969.
An excellent bit of tripped-out jazz rock from this obscure combo – somewhat in the spirit of the bigger jazz-influenced groups of the time, but with an edge that's rougher, which makes for some nice funky undercurrents on the best numbers! The group's got a lineup that includes saxes, piano ... (Rock CD)
Sulu & Excelsior, 2018.
Eddie Romero's the name of the album, not the artist – a fantastic debut from the duo of Sulu & Excelsior, who have this really unique way of blending together old soul modes with a contemporary hip hop crackle! There's a sweet soul vocal style to many of the lyrics – in keeping ... (Neo Soul CD)
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2006.
A set recorded many years back by Chicago spiritualist David Boykin – but one that's finally getting its debut on record, as part of the ever-evolving rich tapestry of sounds that Boykin's been giving us since the 90s! The set here captures David at a key moment – when he was maybe ... (Jazz CD)
Arista/Intermusic (Spain), 1978.
Eddie Kendricks, vintage 1978 – and still very much in the great grooving mode he brought to his earlier solo material for Motown! Even in this giant dancefloor generation, Eddie's got something very special and unique – a voice that can still sound as heartbreaking on a groover as it ... (Soul CD)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968.
A sweet Brazilian groover from Tuca – a singer we only know from this unusual post-bossa session from the 60s! The instrumentation is great – with arrangements from Mario De Castro and Oscar Castro Neves – who both bring in lots of playful elements that keep things compelling ... (Brazil CD)
Folkways, 1966. (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever from this hip female folk singer – thanks to key work by The Chambers Brothers – whose vocals come in alongside Barbara Dane's, and really send the whole thing home! Dane's one of those rare singers who can take on rootsy modes without ever making us feel ... (Folk/Country LP)
Kitty/We Want Sounds (UK), 1979.
Funky fusion from late 70s Japan – a set that's got a bit of vocals in the lead on some tracks, but which really opens up with some sweet keyboard-heavy instrumentation! There's almost a sharper, more soul-based groove here than on other Japanese sessions of the time – and the presence ... (Jazz CD)
A rare disco set from Italian model/actress Lara Saint Paul – but one that's maybe even better-known for its strong contributions from Cali soul maestro Leon Ware – who wrote, arranged, and produced the set! The album's got lots of those slinky, midtempo grooves you'd know from Ware's ... (Soul CD)
GRP (Japan), 2018.
Sonny Emory's a drummer, but he's got some great help here in his funky Cachet combo – singers on just about every track, who really help to flesh out the soulful sound of the set! The core grooves come from Sonny working the drum kit, and adding in keyboards and other instruments too – ... (Deep Funk CD)
Three Blind Mice/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1973. (reissue)
Genius work from Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura – working here at the helm of a twin-trombone group that also features the talents of Shigeharu Mukai – in a style that's filled with soul and free-thinking imagination! The two players work together beautifully here – ... (Jazz LP)
Impulse/Anthology, 1967. (reissue)
One of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, ... (Jazz LP)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. 3CD
A trio of live performances from this excellent trio – material recorded in Oslo, Ljubljana, and the North Sea festival – brought together here in a really wonderful package! The first CD features just the trio – Gard Nilssen on some incredibly dynamic drums, working with Petter ... (Jazz CD)
Irma (Italy), 2018.
Slinky sax with a touch of funk – served up here by Fabio Tullio at a level that's way nicer than you'd expect from the title! At some level, the record's clearly trying to evoke earlier eras of Italian instrumentalists on the sax – such as the long run of 60s and 70s albums by Fausto ... (New Grooves CD)
Groove Line Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
Fantastic full length mixes from the legendary John Luongo – one of the first of the 70s underground disco mixers to bring his talents to the mainstream! John has a great ear for the right elements needed to groove up a tune – and has an especially strong love of tight percussion, and ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Arista/PTG (Netherlands), 1981.
One of the few albums issued by Theodore "T" Life as a leader – right around the time he was handling grooves for a handful of other artists too! The style here is like some of the best modern soul albums coming out on Arista at the time – funky soul, but a cut above – ... (Soul CD)
Yellow Bird (Germany), 2017.
Ron Miles achieves a beautiful balance in sound here – working with his cornet alongside Bill Frisell on guitar, Jason Moran on piano, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Brian Blade on drums! Some of these players have worked together often over the years, and you can really hear that in the ... (Jazz CD)
Pendulum/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1993. 2LP (reissue)
The legendary debut of Lords Of The Underground – with dope rhymes by Mr Funke & DoItAll the DJ skills Lord Jazz and bluprint production by Marley Marl & K-Def! Ever since the Juice Crew days, it seemed as though Marley Marl had been searching a solid vehicle to make his presence felt ... (Hip Hop LP)
Nelson/Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s.
Some of the freakiest work we've ever heard from this legendary funky combo – material that still comes from the same Italian sound library scene as the rest of their music, but maybe with a vibe that's even more electric and fuzzy overall! There's some very strong electric guitar and bass ... (Sound Library LP)
Brownswood (UK), 2018.
London is exploding again with fantastic music – and this time around, it's the city's jazz underground that comes forward to remind us what a unique musical crossroads the city can be! The work here represents an incredible new scene that's pushing boundaries all over again – not the ... (Funky Compilations CD)
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