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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A fantastic overview of sounds from the Jamaican scene in the years before rocksteady and ska really took off – most of them from the hands of groundbreaking producer Clement "Coxone" Dodd – later the driving force behind Studio One! In these early years, Dodd already had ... (Reggae)
Effie Duke & The Love Family
PMG (Austria), 1980.
A sweet bit of Afro Funk from Effi Duke & The Love Family – a set that's got some great touches that make the whole album pretty darn unique! There's a lot more groove here than you might expect from the "love" in the title – long tracks that build up in a flurry of ... (Global Grooves)
PMG (Austria), 1975.
Great work from this cool Nigerian funk combo of the 70s – a group who bore strong ties to the equally-great Akwassa, and who work here with an equally righteous groove! Lyrics are mostly in English, and have some political currents that give the music a social sort of edge – but the ... (Global Grooves)
PMG (Austria), 1979.
A mighty nice set from Berkely Ike Jones – guitarist and one of the founders of the legendary Blo – working here in a groove that's a bit more Afro disco overall, but which still has all the great touches of his previous work! The music's plenty funky, but more in a clubby way than ... (Global Grooves)
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – ... (Deep Funk)
Habibi Funk (Germany), Late 70s.
Beautiful sounds from Algerian film composer Ahmed Malek – an artist who has an awful lot of jazz in his music as well! The music here isn't just the usual sort of soundtrack style you might expect – and instead, Malek mixes jazzy instrumentation with more regional currents that create ... (Global Grooves)
Africa Seven (UK), Mid 70s.
There's nothing too experimental about these sweet little African grooves from the 70s – as all the music is plenty darn funky, and very much right on the money! The music's definitely different than the familiar sounds of Lagos, and the basslines are often very complex – as are the ... (Global Grooves)
Glades/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Timmy Thomas has always been a magician with his music – one of the first cats to really make the spare sound of a drum machine work in soul music, and a singer with a wonderful ability to make sweet little melodies appear out of thin air! Here, Thomas ups his game with some slightly fuller ... (Soul)
Verve, 1972. (reissue)
Once an overlooked late Verve album, now a solid classic – and easily one of the funkiest albums ever from organist Jimmy Smith! The groove here is far different than the more familiar Jimmy Smith Verve sessions of the 60s – and the tracks open up in a really extended mode – ... (Jazz)
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s.
A completely amazing collection of sounds from the 70s scene in Venezuela – a really un-tapped legacy of fantastically creative music – most of it pretty darn groovy, too! Despite the "rock" in the title, the music here is more in a mix of funky jazz and other creative ... (Latin)
PMG (Germany), 1978. (reissue)
A real killer from the Atlanta soul scene of the 70s – a set that's even more underground than some of the underground classics we've come to love over the years – and one that's got some mighty top-shelf talent in the mix! Lead singer Stevo is only part of the package here – as ... (Soul)
PMG (Austria), 1975. (reissue)
The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, ... (Global Grooves)
Call us biased, but we think this is one hell of an amazing book – a beautiful journey through dozens of record stores around the world – served up in these amazing color photographs that get to the core of what makes a great record store so unique! Bernd Jonkmanns really did a great ... (Books)
High Note, 1976.
A tremendous document of a legendary group – one that was even better in a live setting than they were on record – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the great records they left behind! The quintet here features trumpeter Woody Shaw at his most righteous – working alongside ... (Jazz)
Fonit/Sonor (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
Franco Tonani is an Italian jazz musician, with a legacy that goes back to important avant jazz recordings in the early 60s – one that he continues strongly on this rare sound library session from the following decade! Despite the humble, non-commercial origins of the record, the whole thing ... (Sound Library)
Pay Jay, 2016.
Perhaps the best, and almost certainly the most carefully put-together posthumous Dilla LP – rooted in Dilla recordings in the first couple of years of the 00s – strong enough work to have positioned him to break out as a solo star had his health not held him back. Diary is finally ... (Hip Hop)
Now Again, Mid 70s.
The Nigerian scene might be best-remembered as a hotbed of Afro Funk in the 70s – but during the same key stretch, the nation also gave rise to a heady rock underground, too – one that often mix psychedelic inspirations with some of the soul and funk that were coming from the bigger ... (Global Grooves)
PMG (Germany), 1970.
A record with a cover and title that might look a little goofy – but one that more than makes up for that with a really excellent sound overall! Trevor Dandy's quite a compelling singer – one who works in soul, but brings in lots of jazzy touches with the instrumentation – in ... (Soul)
The self-titled debut of Dia.L – the duo of vocalist, viola and kalimba player Lailah Reich and ever-creative Chicago producer Radius! The name is pronounced as "dial", and they dial up a really unique sound with boundless astral atmosphere, but it still has a fairly intimate feel, ... (Neo Soul)
PMG (Austria), 1975.
A stunner from the Afro Funk scene of the 70s – and the kind of record that makes us realize just how much greatness there is to discover! Years back, we thought we'd heard all the good cuts from the sub-Saharan continent – but a record like this really makes us sit up and take new ... (Global Grooves)
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