Reprise/Wounded Bird, Mid 60s. 2CD
Really great work from an overlooked teen trio – a group that featured one of Dean Martin's sons (Dino), the son of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball (Desi), and the non-celebrity Billy Hinsche! The group aren't the tip top of the heap, vocal-wise – but they recorded all this material for ... (Rock CD)
Blue Note, 1960. (reissue)
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, recording in the very familiar territory of the Birdland nightclub – in a format that was handled previously by the Blue Note label, but maybe never with a lineup this great! The performance features the sublime frontline trio of Lee Morgan on trumpet, ... (Jazz LP)
Drift (UK), 2019.
Saxophonist Bukky Leo grew up in Lagos, but has given his talents strongly to the London scene in the past few decades – where he's really made magic in a great criss-crossing of jazz with his Nigerian roots! Part of Bukky's long legacy is an annual tribute to Fela Kuti – and this set ... (Global Grooves LP)
A really great moment from Flying Lotus – a live set recorded for Gilles Peterson in 2010, at a point that's kind of the start of a whole new generation in jazzy modes! The lineup here features tenor from Ravi Coltrane, light string touches from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and some especially ... (New Grooves LP)
Greedy/Everland (Austria), 1978.
A rare funk album with a prison pedigree – a set created by inmates at Chicago's Cook County prison in the 70s, following a tradition of cellblock soul that includes groups like The Escorts and Power Of Attorney! These guys get help from Chicago soul legend Cash McCall – who arranged ... (Soul CD)
Atlantic/Buzzin' Fly, 1996. (reissue)
A seminal set from Everything But The Girl – even if the record has them leaving behind everything that made them so unique back in the 80s! Gone are the jazzy riffs and retro elements – and instead, the lovely vocals and impeccable songwriting of Tracey Thorn are tied to more ... (New Grooves LP)
Big Crown, 2019.
A funky trio with a really unique sort of vibe – vocals that are somewhere in the sweet soul territory of the early 70s, set to spacious instrumentation that's got some nicely trippy touches! The core lineup features guitar, bass, and drums next to the harmonized vocals of Kevin and Tony ... (Deep Funk CD)
College Of Knowledge (UK), 2019.
An album recorded way out in the wilds of Australia – as you might guess from the cover – but one that's got a funky feel that's plenty darn urban all the way through – and which has us really hoping for more from this understated combo! The music is in a familiar style – ... (Deep Funk LP)
Smoke Sessions, 2019. 2CD
A really unique album from trumpeter Nicholas Payton – a musician who's given us plenty of major label records over the years, but who really sounds different here in a stripped-down set for the Smoke Sessions label! The album's just a trio date – with the sublime rhythm duo of Peter ... (Jazz CD)
International Anthem, 2015. 3LP
A totally unique record from drummer Makaya McCraven – and a great one too! The set's built around improvised performances recorded over the period of a year – with some of Chicago's best underground jazz talents, including Matt Ulery on bass, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Jeff Parker on ... (Jazz LP)
Stones Throw, 2019.
Spiritual sounds from the west coast underground – and a set that's maybe got a few more avant moments than other records of this kind! Jamael Dean plays piano in a shifting landscape of musicians – one that features percussion and production from the great Carlos Nino, some strings ... (Jazz LP)
TK/Solid (Japan), 1978.
Maybe the most obscure 70s album from George McCrae – but a tight little set that still has the singer at the top of his Miami Soul game! The album features lots of production help from KC – of Sunshine Band fame – and the rhythms are in that skittish Miami mode that worked so ... (Soul CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1974.
A really fantastic album of jazz guitar – one that features two masters from an earlier era, both recorded in the 70s in a really stripped-down setting! The group just features the drums of Jackie Williams with the guitars of Al Casey and Billy Butler – both players who have a highly ... (Jazz CD)
TK/Solid (Japan), Late 70s.
A soulful message from the 70s – served up here on a collection that focuses on a mighty nice side of the TK Records label from back in the day! TK hit big fame with its Miami spin on disco in the mid 70s, but the label also had a great ear for other sorts of soul music too – and here, ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Blue Note, 1961. (reissue)
One of the few live recordings ever done by Horace Silver during his Blue Note years – a real surprise, considering what a crowd pleaser he was at the time! The set catches Horace working with that great quintet that graced most of his best early Blue Notes – with Blue Mitchell on ... (Jazz LP)
Northern Spy, 2019.
Fay Victor has always been an experimental sort of singer – and here, she works in a very experimental setting – a "chamber trio" that just features her voice alongside the cello of Marika Hughes and alto sax of Darius Jones! Fay's voice is wonderful – cresting with the ... (Vocalists CD)
Blue Note, 1960. (reissue)
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, recording in the very familiar territory of the Birdland nightclub – in a format that was handled previously by the Blue Note label, but maybe never with a lineup this great! The performance features the sublime frontline trio of Lee Morgan on trumpet, ... (Jazz LP)
Capitol, 1969. 2 CDs
Maybe not the first album from the legendary Band – but a record in which the group get everything completely right all the way through – and sparkle with that special sound that continues to influence generations of music makers, and music lovers! All the great elements the group were ... (Rock CD)
It's Soul Time, 2019.
Really great work from Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities – one of the few contemporary groups who can get a vintage soul style so right – so much so, the record easily blends with some of the rare reissues we've also loved on the It's Soul Time label! The production is great – ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
International Anthem/Total Refreshment Centre, 2019.
A great little record that continues the Chicago/London meeting that was begun in the Makaya McCraven album Where We Come From – a limited single with two collaborative grooves on each side! Emma-Jean Thackray serves up "Too Shy" on side one – a skittish blend of jazz ... (Jazz 12-inch)
RCA (Japan), 1981.
One of the lesser-known albums in the great run of big band records cut by pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and reedman Lew Tabackin – and a set with a bit of a difference, too – as this time out, Tabackin wrote all the tunes, although Toshiko still handles all the arrangements and ... (Jazz CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. 4CD
A wonderful package – one that brings together five excellent albums from pianist Alan Jean-Marie – an important player on the French scene, but one who never full gets his due on this side of the Atlantic! The set begins with Jean-Marie's first album of Biguine Reflections – a ... (Jazz CD)
Gondwana (UK), 2009.
A stellar second album from UK jazz trumpet talent Matthew Halsall – with a soulful depth that pushes him to the forefront of the contemporary British scene! There's an easygoing, but wholly passionate feel on his own solos, and to his players that really hits us deep – which include ... (Jazz CD)
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1980. (pic cover, reissue)
A fantastic bit of modern soul – a rare Polydor single from the start of the 80s – but one that we'd put next to some of our favorite mellow soul groovers from the decade before! "Stay With Me" has a vibe that's almost Roy Ayers – midtempo, and funky stepping – a ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
ABC/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. (pic cover, reissue)
Two great tracks from the rare Bobby Hutton album on ABC – pressed up here as a special Japanese 45! "Can't Get Enough" has this warm glow that really lets Bobby's unique vocals flow – an obscure Terry Callier composition that really fits Hutton's approach! "Lend A ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1972.
A cooking little record from Japanese guitarist Sunao Wada – one with plenty of offbeat touches! Like many of the albums on the Three Blind Mice label from the time, this one's a bit hard to peg – because the moods and styles shift a bit from track to track, and there's an openly ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 2019.
A really fantastic 80th birthday tribute to Blue Note Records – one that has a host of younger Japanese jazz musicians banding together to deliver their own versions of Blue Note classics from back in the day! The lineup is wonderful, and very adept at changing up from track to track – ... (Jazz CD)
An amazing departure for David Bowie – hardly the kind of record you would expect from his oboe-filled tunes of a few years before – and really the start of the groundbreaking, earthshaking, reinventionist era of his genius! There's a spacious, soaring quality to Space Oddity that's ... (Rock CD)
SNC (UK), 2019.
The 100th issue of Straight No Chaser – a fantastic book-size version of the magazine that was one of the most important inspirations for Dusty Groove back at the start! There's few folks that cover the kind of music we love as well as Straight No Chaser – and this time around, they ... (Magazine)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974.
A wonderful little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – one that has him playing both acoustic bass and cello, mixing up the instrumentation in a really cool way! Suzuki was really one of the most inventive bassists of his generation of Japanese jazz – able to shift styles and ... (Jazz CD)
RCA (Japan), 1977.
A fantastic live performance from this legendary ensemble – and a record that brings a nice sort of edge to the group's already great sound! It's a bit hard to describe – but somehow the live recording quality seems to create more intensity, maybe more urgency to the way the group ... (Jazz CD)
Parlophone, Late 60s. 5CD & book
An amazing legacy of lost music from David Bowie – a host of obscure recordings, demos, and session tracks done in the short space leading up to the Space Oddity album – presented in a book-style package that also features two versions of that classic record too! Some of this material ... (Rock CD)
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1976.
A monster of a rare funk album – recorded by a tight little combo who should have been huge! Raw Soul Express have a touch of jazz in their playing – coming off here with a sound that reminds us of Wood Brass & Steel, and a rare few other funk acts of the time who knew how to do ... (Soul CD)
Strut (UK), 1990/1995/2014.
A return to greatness for the legendary Tribe Records scene in Detroit – an underground movement that gave us some spiritual jazz classics in the 70s – then kept on making wonderful music at an even more underground level as the years went on! This set is a collection of work from ... (Jazz CD)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974.
The midnight sugar here comes from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – who's playing with a soulful, bluesy sort of style – one that reminds us a bit of Ray Bryant back in the 60s, but which also comes across here with a fair bit of lighter, lyrical touches as well! As with other Three Blind ... (Jazz CD)
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1982. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic addition to the "epiphanies" concept of the UK free jazz ensemble Company – one that extends the different groupings and shapings of lineup in a series of improvised performances from 1982! The tracks here recorded in the same stretch that yielded the initial ... (Jazz LP)
Shifting Paradigm, 2019.
Fantastic work from the duo of Artie Black and Hunter Diamond – two tenor saxophonists who work together here in a mode that's a sublime extension of some of the modern styles first put down in the 50s! Black and Diamond twist their tenors together with the dexterity of a Zoot Sims/Al Cohn ... (Jazz CD)
Mzuri/Afro 7 (Finland), 1960s. (reissue)
Yaseen Mohamed doesn't look like a party animal on the cover – but he really makes some fantastic music with his group – in this unusual blend of percussion, vocals, and cool thin keyboard lines on an unusual 60s instrument! The group also recorded under the name Mac & Party, but ... (Global Grooves LP)
International Anthem, 2019.
A really fantastic album from Jaimie Branch – one that's even more powerful than the first Fly Or Die set – which is saying a heck of a lot, given that that record hit most of us with a pretty hard punch! The sound is even more groundbreaking than before – moving well beyond jazz ... (Jazz LP)
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1981.
Overlooked electronic genius from Serge Blenner – an artist whose name and title might sound a bit French, but who recorded this set in the Hamburg underground at the start of the 80s! The work here is a nice bridge between earlier Sky Records modes and the rising tide of the German new wave ... (Rock CD)
Gondwana (UK), 2008.
A really incredible album – a set that's filled with far more soul and feeling than you might guess from the youthful image on the cover! Matthew Halsall's a pretty young player, but his sound here is really amazing – not just on his own trumpet solos, but on the overall feel of the ... (Jazz CD)
Afro 7 (Finland), 1987. (reissue)
Fantastic grooves from Amabano – an obscure group from Burundi, on a record that was initially only issued in the Soviet Union! That strange lack of exposure is no reflection on the music at all, though – as these guys are wickedly funky, and play with the sharpness and rawness of some ... (Global Grooves LP)
Sony (Japan), 2019. CD & Blu-ray
A really fantastic tribute to a duo who led one of the hippest big bands of the 70s – performing here in a very intimate and stripped-down mode! The set's a live one – and features the legendary Toshiko Akiyoshi on piano and Lew Tabackin on tenor sax and flute – working just as a ... (Jazz CD)
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1974.
Incredible funky guitar – an all-instrumental gem from the legendary Little Beaver – quite different than his other vocal albums of the 70s, and a fair bit funkier too! The sound here is amazing – lots of snakey compressed guitar parts, nice wah wah moments, and a dope laidback ... (Soul CD)
Made To Break (Ken Vandermark)
Trost (Austria), 2019.
Maybe the coolest record we've heard from this amazing group of improvisers – an album that has a title reference to Orson Welles, and begins with a song that's almost got a free jazz take on older crime soundtrack modes! "Aaton" is dedicated to Wells – and it begins with ... (Jazz CD)
University Of Central Arkansas, 2019.
A fascinating look at the music of South Carolina – served up here in the tremendous annual style of the Oxford American! As with other editions of this fantastic series (21 years in the running!), the scope of subjects included is as wide as the manner of presentation – a mixture of ... (Magazine)
Saigon Supersound, 2019.
One of the coolest concepts for a funky combo we've heard in a long time – and a group that are nicely different from some of the old school acts in recent years! These guys definitely work in a vintage funk style – but one that's filtered through a Vietnamese heritage, specifically ... (Global Grooves CD)
Sonor (Italy), 1974.
Sweet conjugal seduction – served up here in a rare Italian soundtrack from the 70s! The music reminds us a lot of Stelvio Cipriani at his best – as there's a mix of slinky, sexy modes with a few funkier passages – and plenty of great keyboard moments throughout! The ... (Soundtracks LP)
RCA (Japan), 1975.
Toshiko Akiyoshi really took off as a jazz musician in the 70s – already a great pianist known for her bop-like dexterity in the 50s, a compelling soloist and songwriter with her modern sound in the 60s, and a hell of a talent at the helm of a series of amazing big band records with reedman ... (Jazz CD)
Bobinason/Favorite (France), 1980.
Cool Canadian vocals from Dwight Druick – a singer who works in French with a very soulful sound overall! The album's partly got the feel of some of the best compressed crossover work of the US scene of the mid 70s – but it's also got a jazzier feel overall too, one that brings a ... (Vocalists CD)
Da La Music (UK), 2019.
The first album in more than a few years from Da Lata – a set that has the core group winnowed down to Chris Franck, but which seems to open up the sound even more than before! Everything we've ever loved about Da Lata is in place here – that special sound that filters together bits of ... (New Grooves CD)
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1980.
A really cool keyboard set from Serge Blenner – issued during the glory days of the German Sky Records label, but with a vibe that's a bit different than most of their other releases! Blenner works on an assortment of keyboard and electronic sources – but with a sound that's maybe more ... (Rock CD)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto pays tribute to the late Erroll Garner, by working in an expanded format that brings a bit of strings into support the core work of his trio! The setting is quite different than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time, and makes for a surprisingly nice change ... (Jazz CD)
Westbound/Be With (UK), 1975. (reissue)
The second great album from organist Ceasar Frazier – a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that ... (Jazz LP)
RPM (UK), Late 50s/1960s. 4CD
An amazing look at the world of New York music in the late 50s and early 60s – and a set that's got a much more urban vibe than you might guess from the cover! The vibe here is partly hinted at by the Broadway address in the title – as most of these tracks come from a time and stretch ... (Rock CD)
Shifting Paradigm, 2017.
A jazz duo with a very striking name – but one that makes complete sense, when you realize the record comes from the growing genius of Artie Black and Hunter Diamond – two up-and-coming tenorists on the Chicago scene who've developed a really wonderful affinity for each other! Here, ... (Jazz CD)
Warner/Wounded Bird, Early 70s. 2CD
A pair of early 70s albums from the mighty Alexis Korner – back to back in a single set! First up is Bootleg Him – a record with a strange mix of elements on the outside – a confusing title, a proggy-cover image – but one that's got a sound that's a perfect maturation of ... (Rock CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
Noise galore from the British scene of the punk and post-punk years – a fantastic exploration of the deeper sonic riches of the world of records at the time – and one that effortlessly moves between art, academic, and more popular-based recordings! You'll recognize some of these ... (Rock CD)
Columbia/Legacy, Late 60s. 3CDs
Rare and unheard material from Dylan's career redefining Nashville era – his post Blonde On Blonde Nashville era to be more specific – when he recorded the poetic story song masterpiece John Wesley Harding, the charming country folk classic Nashville Skyline, sessions that would end up ... (Rock CD)
Prado (France), 2019.
A really great idea for a trio, and one that sounds unlike anything else we've ever heard – given that the music is a mix of percussion, bass trombone, and a mix of vibes and marimba! The tracks are all pretty spare, and do a great job of building up the sound – maybe with less of the ... (Jazz CD)
Dirt Tech Reck, 2019. (pic cover)
A welcome return from Waajeed – with a couple of soaring, incredible vocal turns by Candi Lindsey, aka Blue Raspberry! Waajeed has been one of the most inventive producers to come out the Detroit scene since the early years of the millennium, and he continues to follow his creative impulses ... (New Grooves 12-inch)
Black Truffle (Austria), 2019. Gatefold
The legendary Joe McPhee is back in his home turf of upstate New York – working in a mode that really goes back to his heritage in the avant scene – and at a level that's something of a family affair for all the members of the group! The music is a collaboration between Joe and his ... (Jazz LP)
Mustevic/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974.
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over ... (Jazz LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
A cool little record for lovers of cats – or, more specifically, lovers of cats with a command of the French language – as all the tunes here are from French records from midcentury – a really cool blend of chanson, jazz, pop, classical, and other modes – brought together in ... (French CD)
Motown (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. 2 CDs
A fantastic look at the funkier side of Motown in the 70s – and a collection that's not just straight disco, thanks to the mighty selection talents of DJ Muro and T-Groove! Muro handles all of CD1 – and mixes in some excellent soundtrack numbers with more familiar soul tracks – ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Souffle Continu (France), 1977.
Unreleased live work from this fantastic French group of the 70s – a free jazz quartet, but one with a key difference – and that difference is the Fender Rhodes of Siegfried Kessler! Kessler's a monster on both electric and acoustic piano – which he uses on the set as well – ... (Jazz CD)
Ogun/OTOroku (UK), 1978. (reissue)
One of the strongest 70s statements from ex-Blue Notes drummer Louis Moholo – recorded in the company of fellow expatriots and UK avant jazzers that include Johnny Dyani, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti, and Harry Miller. The album shifts easily between strongly ... (Jazz LP)
Philophon (Germany), 2019.
A gospel group, but one with a very groovy vibe – as they hail from Ghana, and mix plenty of soulful elements into their music! Alogte Oho handles the lead vocals, and is backed by a small group of female singers – and while the back/forth approach is rooted in American traditions, ... (Global Grooves LP)
Gerald Cleaver's got a great band here – a tight sextet who follow every twist and turn of the drummer's energy – and who also bring their own sense of soaring soul to the session too! The vibe is almost a bit like that of some of the more far-reaching Jazz Messengers that Art Blakey ... (Jazz CD)
Nang (UK), 2019.
Situation really do a great job of transforming other folks' tunes here – so much so that the results are really a lot more their own than any sort of familiar remix modes – which is the CD is more of a full album by the band, then just a collection of cuts! Contemporary rhythms and ... (New Grooves CD)
Soul Step, 2019.
Really righteous work from Brian Owens – every bit as much as you'd expect from a St Louis singer dedicating a record to the struggles in Ferguson! Brian's got a great voice – one that was wrapped around Johnny Cash tunes on his previous record, but which sounds even better here on a ... (Neo Soul LP)
We love the work of bassist Henry Grimes – and he sounds especially wonderful in this very open set of improvisations with trumpeter Ted Daniel, in a series of performances that also features work from Michael Marcus on Bb and A clarinets! The recording quality is great – so that you ... (Jazz LP)
Dogtown, 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most soulful sessions ever from the Philly jazz scene of the 70s – a super-hip record that features work from Byard Lancaster on alto, Khan Jamal on vibes, and Monette Sudler on guitar! All players are at their best here – especially Sudler, who sounds really amazing riffing ... (Jazz LP)
Baystate/RCA (Japan), 1984.
A hokey title and cover, but a great little record – a lesser-known gem from the Toshiko Akioshi big band, recorded in the mid 80s for Japanese release! Toshiko's still working strongly with reedman Lew Tabackin here – and as always, the sound of the reeds really make the record – ... (Jazz CD)
Futura/Souffle Continu (France), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
The amazing first album from Perception – a French avant-jazz group that you might recognize from other performances from some of its members – a quartet lineup that includes Siefried Kessler on acoustic and electric piano, Didier Levallet on bass, Jean My Truong on drums, and Jeff ... (Jazz LP)
Columbia/High Moon, Late 60s.
A fantastic array of Sunshine Pop from the godlike hands of Curt Boettcher – all late 60s gems that were lost in the shuffle at Columbia Records, when Curt was working there as a producer! Boettcher's probably best known for his work in the groundbreaking group The Millenium, but despite the ... (Rock CD)
Notes On A Journey (Germany), 1975. (reissue)
A group with a sound that you'll never be able to pronounce – but with a sound that's instantly accessible, and which goes right to the heart of the matter in a great mix of funky fusion and more rock-styled touches! The lineup is pretty straightforward – keyboards, guitar, bass, and ... (Jazz LP)
Universe (Netherlands), 1972. (reissue)
A really fantastic group from the Dutch scene at the start of the 70s – a scene that didn't give the world as much progressive rock as other parts of the continent at the time – but one that also had a pretty darn great approach to jazz! Pugh's Palace work here in a way that really ... (Rock LP)
Cairo, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. 2LP
A beautiful overview of the early years of American soul music – put together as a set that easily moves between deep soul, northern soul, and some of the other hard-burning modes of the time! The package is a great effort from the folks at Mississippi Records, to kick off their Cairo ... (Soul LP)
Ostinato (UK), Late 90s. Gatefold
A really amazing criss-cross of musical modes from the island of Cape Verde – a nation that already gave the world many musical hybrids over the years, but really knocked things out of the park with the electrified funana movement in the 90s! The sounds here are ancient at the core – ... (Global Grooves LP)
Asylum/4AD, 1974. 2CD
A pretty amazing effort from country rock progenitor Gene Clark! This one blends breezy songcraft that's not too far off from his previous couple of great solo albums – rustic harmonies and memorable lyricism flavored by acoustic guitars – with far more deft studio touches such as ... (Rock CD)
La La Land, Late 60s. 2CD
A really cool collection of sci-fi soundtrack work – a massive 79 tracks pulled from the short-lived but excellent TV show The Invaders – a striking visual experience that was presented with some equally great music! The whole thing is a great reminder of a time when the TV studios ... (Soundtracks CD)
Fania, Late 60s. (reissue)
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... (Latin LP)
Phoenix/Soul Kid, 1980.
A solid classic from reedman Turk Mauro – a player who was equally skilled on both the tenor and the baritone sax – and always able to get the depth of the latter out of the former! The record's a bit out of time for its 1980 recording date – very old school, but in a very good ... (Jazz CD)
Disco De Hoy, 2019. 2CD
Orquesta El Macabeo celebrate their 10th anniversary with a smoking double-length set – a perfect illustration of just how strongly they've grown in just a short span of time – to become a salsa dura combo with the chops to challenge some of the giants of years past! There's a warmly ... (Latin CD)
ABC/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979.
A pair of ABC Records gems from Al Hudson & The Soul Partners – back to back on a single CD! Spreading Love is excellent early work from Al Hudson – a soulful talent who stood his own in the late 70s, forging an up-tempo funk sound that lived long past disco, and which was sort of ... (Soul CD)
NBN, 2019. 2LP
A great debut from soul singer Devin Morrison – an artist who brings a strong nod here to mainstream soul of a few decades back – while also opening the door for some great collaborative talents from the underground! Devin wrote and produced the whole set – with an ear that ... (Neo Soul LP)
678 Records (Netherlands), Early 70s. 3CD
An amazing package of rare work on Fender Rhodes – a 3CD set that brings together six full albums that were recorded in the 70s, but never saw the light of day until vinyl issued in recent years! Pianist Rob Franken is totally great – maybe one of the hippest cats on the Dutch scene of ... (Sound Library CD)
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
A wonderful look at a shifting sound in British rock at the start of the 70s – a move away from more urban themes to rootsier ones – a shift that almost marks a second huge wave of influence from American music, but in ways that were very different from the blues and soul than first ... (Rock CD)
To our ears, there's nothing like a record from Carmen Lundy – one of the few jazz singers who can hold us completely rapt over the years, and who keeps on coming up with wonderful albums like this one! Carmen's voice has always been fantastic, but in recent years she's got an even more ... (Vocalists CD)
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970.
Beautiful stuff – and one of the most stunning jazz albums ever recorded – a blinding mix of harpsichord, cello, and Indian percussion – with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album was the brainchild of the cross-culturally fertile Saravah records at the ... (Jazz CD)
FMP/Be! (Germany), 1991. 3LP (reissue)
A massive document of a really incredible project – a set of key duo improvisations that bassist Peter Kowald created with some of the leading free jazz musicians around the world – recordings that came relatively late in the legacy of the FMP jazz label, but which are very much in the ... (Jazz LP)
Le Chant Du Monde/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
A really amazing album from a French free jazz group who are really finding their way forward – issued in 1973, but already very different from most of the initial post-1968 recordings on the Parisian scene! The album features a concert recording, with three very long-spun tracks by the ... (Jazz LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic assortment of forward-thinking sounds – music that comes from some of the farthest corners of the postwar experimental underground – and which was all famously cited by the group Nurse With Wound as a big influence on their earliest albums! That reference aside, though, the ... (Rock LP)
Four Corners (UK), 2019.
One of the coolest record books we've ever seen – a smaller take on the album art format, but one that focuses exclusively on flexi discs – those thin little records which were usually given away free, and which are usually pretty hard-pressed to survive the passage of time! Yet author ... (Book)
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
That's a pretty trippy cover on the front, and an image that really sums up the vibe of this excellent record from Kaleta – a set that's even sharper and funkier than any of his previous efforts – yet which has some nicely way out qualities too! The instrumentation is heavy on elements ... (Global Grooves LP)
Mag/Munster (Spain), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the heaviest albums of the legendary Peruvian scene at the start of the 70s – a record that has all the sharpness, sparkle, and edge of some of the heavy rock giants of the UK at the time – but which also has a sound that's somewhat looser and more inventive too! Traffic Sound ... (Rock LP)
Komos (France), 2019.
Palm Unit began their recorded career with a great tribute to French jazz legend Jef Gilson – but here, they maybe sound even more amazing – in an album that takes on the tunes of bassist Henri Texier, but with results that are completely the group's own! Bass definitely figures in the ... (Jazz CD)
Resonance, Late 30s/Early 40s. 10LP
A mindblowing look at the early years of Nat King Cole – a set that stretches in a mighty wide space before Nat's big fame at Capitol Records – and which also greatly expands our understanding of the material he recorded during his Decca years too! The music takes Nat back to a time ... (Vocalists LP)
Far Out (UK), 2019.
The first-ever full length set we've seen from Daniel Maunick – an artist who you might know from his remix work as Venom, or for his ties to the Incognito universe – given that Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick is his father! Yet the sound here is definitely Daniel's own – ... (New Grooves CD)
Ember/Grapefruit (UK), 1970. 2CD
An unreleased album from singer Polly Niles – a unique talent with a style that fits in strongly with some of the rising tide of female vocalists rising up at the start of the 70s – an elite group that might include Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King! Polly's much more obscure ... (Rock CD)
Souffle Continu (France), 1973. (reissue)
The rare second album from French free jazz combo Perception – a quartet who are already feeling such strengths that they decided to add a few other musicians to their lineup! As before, the performance by the core quartet is amazing – really strong, solid work on keyboards and piano ... (Jazz LP)
Columbia, Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic audio tribute to the greatness of the movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – a record that not only includes so many of the great tracks that were playing alongside the story, but which also recreates the way in which they were used! If you saw the film, you'll know that a good ... (Soundtracks LP)
RCA (Japan), 1976.
Always-amazing work from the team of pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and reedman Lew Tabackin – and a set that may well be one of the ensemble's most ambitious records to date – given that side two features a long, complicated suite that has roots in older Japanese musical styles! The balance ... (Jazz CD)
Stones Throw, 2019.
A great full length album from Sudan Archives – an artist whose name is a bit misleading – as there's nothing Sudanese or archival in her sound! But the vibe of the record is maybe captured by the image on the cover – as the music all features violin, but in a contemporary soul ... (Neo Soul CD)
Motella/Umsakazo (UK), 1966. (reissue)
The earliest work we've ever seen from this legendary South African group – and music that's got a much rawer, more stripped-down vibe than the albums that made them famous in the 80s! These tracks are mostly just group vocals with a bit of percussion and guitar – billed as "zulu ... (Global Grooves LP)
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. 10CD
An amazing tribute to the Bakersfield scene – one that finally gives the California city the same sort of attention that we usually see in sets dedicated to Nashville! Bakersfield is well-known as the home of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but the city's got a long legacy of influencing ... (Folk/Country CD)
Ronin Arkestra (Mark De Clive-Lowe)
Albert's Favourites (UK), 2019.
An Arkestra performance, but one that's headed up by Mark De Clive-Lowe – who wrote all the material, and produced the record too – as a great extension of some of the more spiritual directions he's been taking in his own music in recent years! The group have a sound that definitely ... (Jazz LP)
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
A fantastic second set from keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones – a musician we first came to love in the UK-based Ezra Collective, and one who's now effortlessly bridging a space between jazz and soul! The record's got a vibe that's as cosmic as its cover – but one that comes not just through ... (Jazz CD)
A jazz trio with a very unique sound – one that appears to be rooted in Brazilian music, according to some of the notes in the CD – but which, to our ears, sounds a bit more contemporary and individual to the group! The rhythms are very dynamic – a nice change from more familiar ... (Jazz CD)
Island/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1976. (reissue)
Seminal sounds from The Heptones – and a record that really helped the older trio style of Jamaican music find a new home in the 70s roots reggae years! The vocals here are every bit as much in harmony heaven as reggae trios from a few years before – but there's also a tighter, more ... (Reggae LP)
Giant Step Arts, 2019.
The great Eric Alexander in a trio mode – soaring out with a lot more space and soul than some of his albums with a pianist – and that's saying a lot, given the wonderfully soulful sound of that work too! The style is a mode that Alexander has explored a bit over the years, but which ... (Jazz CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1975. 2LP Gatefold
Great live work from one of the coolest combos to ever feature the talents of saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach – a freewheeling quintet that brings in lots of organic, rhythmic elements to the more modern styles of the famous duo! Other players include Frank Tusa on bass, ... (Jazz LP)
Kamera/Cherry Red (UK), 1982. 6CD
An amazing package – three great albums by The Fall, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Hex Enduction Hour – one of our key go-to albums by The Fall – a set in which all their early promise really came into focus – with even more wit and power than before! The ... (Rock CD)
Volt/Craft, 1969. (reissue)
Amazing work from the new version of The Bar-Kays – a group who reformed to become a combo as heavy as any of the best funky groups from Detroit, LA, or New York at the time! There's a style here that's a sweet Memphis distillation of ideas bubbling under in music by Sly Stone, Funkadelic, ... (Soul LP)
GAD (Poland), 1975.
Soaring sounds from SBB – an all-instrumental session for Polish Radio, and one that really shows off the more fusion-heavy side of their music! All tracks are nice and long – and there's more of a power trio formation in the group – really freewheeling guitar lines that are ... (Rock LP)
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
One of the craziest collections of Christmas music you'll ever hope to own – a fantastic assortment of rare and obscure Holiday singles from the record collection of The Cramps! The music is mostly from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – a heyday not just for the 45rpm format, ... (Holiday Music CD)
Mats Aleklint/Per-Ake Holmlander/Paal Nilssen-Love
Fish & Steel
PNL (Norway), 2019.
Mats Aleklint is a hell of a trombonist – free, opened-up, and able to craft so many different sounds from his instrument, he always really blows us away! And here, he's working in a trio that definitely pushes his sonic range – given that Per-Ake Holmlander plays tuba, which really ... (Jazz CD)
A nice little record from Jon Regen – a singer who works in a space that's somewhere in between jazz and more familiar singer/songwriter modes – in a legacy that might begin with Ben Sidran in the 70s, and come up to present work by an artist like Jamie Cullum! Regen's got a nicely ... (Vocalists CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Writer Jon Savage has given us some great dips into key years of the 60s – thanks to a wonderful series on Ace Records, which offered up a special mix of styles on every disc – but this time around, he focuses on a few years at the start of the 70s – and serves up an all-rock ... (Rock CD)
Beggars Banquet, 1979. 2CD
A special version of this classic! Where would electronic pop be without Gary Numan's "Cars"? Alongside Kraftwerk's classic 80s albums and Yellow Magic Orchestra's first LP, this album by Gary Numan ranks as one of the most essential synth driven LPs on a creative level – and it ... (Rock CD)
Feral House, 2019.
A really amazing look at the secret art and language of gang culture in Chicago – the most detailed book we've ever seen to examine the words on the street during the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Chicago had a very special sort of language to communicate gang activity and culture during the heyday of ... (Book)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Yulesville is coolsville – especially when it comes in the form of a killer collection of rare Christmas singles from the folks at Bear Family! The package is awash in the kind of groovy, sometimes goofy Holiday singles that broke big in the early years of rock and soul – a nice ... (Holiday Music CD)
Audiographic, Late 2010s. 5CD
A wonderful testament to the mindblowing collaborative powers of reedman Ken Vandermark – one of the most consistently creative saxophonists of the past few decades, and a spirit with a heart that's as big as his music! Ken's a wonder by himself, but one of the things that's always really ... (Jazz CD)
Fantastic work from Rodan – a group who were almost as important to the Louisville scene as Slint – and whose members went on to other projects like June Of 44, Rachels, and Shipping news – to name just a few! The album is a beautiful performance – long-drawn and meditative ... (Rock LP)
Philips/Survival Research (Australia), 1975. (reissue)
An overlooked treasure from the great Jorge Ben – an album recorded between the fame of his "Taj Mahal" hit and Africa Brasil classic – and a set that's every bit as wonderful as those two records! There's a tight, choppy groove to most of the set – that mix of samba, ... (Brazil LP)
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Late 70s.
A smoking set of disco from one of the most legendary dancefloor labels of the 70s – Salsoul Records, a company that came from the salsa underground to conquer the clubs with a really revolutionary set of grooves! Salsoul tracks are always well-built from the ground up – impeccable ... (Funky Compilations CD)
GAD (Poland), 2019. 2CD
A more recent soundtrack from Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski – put together for a film by the son of his old partner, director Andrzej Zulawski – and in a way that continues their cinematic legacy from previous years! The roots of the music like in older Korzynski recordings, but ... (Soundtracks CD)
Arc Sai, 2019.
Not the first album we've heard from Such, but a set that has us listening to her music with fresh ears all over again – as the whole thing's got a crisp, positive crackle that really lives up to the pride of the cover image and the title! In a world of underground soul singers who can ... (Neo Soul CD)
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2019. Gatefold
A set that nicely takes Golden Dawn Arkestra back to their roots – with music that's warmly organic, spiritually evocative, and pretty darn funky all the way through – all with a unique quality that definitely marks the group's own territory! The ensemble almost move as if in an ... (Deep Funk LP)
We loved Brandon Williams the last time around, and we love him even more here – a richly talented artist with an equal ear for jazz and soul – and a warmly collaborative spirit that makes room for great guests who include Jabari Johnson, Eric Roberson, Joe Pore, Marcus Miller, Taylor ... (Neo Soul CD)
Deutsche Grammophon, 2019. 2CD
A really great entry in the "reworks" series of Deutsche Grammophon – one that features a full album's worth of solo piano interpretations of Bach by Vikinggur Olafsson, then a mix of music that balances between reinterpreted piano lines and more creative mixes! None of the latter ... (Classical CD)
Numero, 2000s. 2LP Gatefold
The first-ever vinyl collection of work from Charlie Megira – an Israeli guitarist with a strong love of the roots of rock and roll – and a sound and style that feel like they're lifted right out of some rare records from the vinyl collection of The Cramps! Most of these tunes just ... (Rock LP)
Stax/Craft, 1971. (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from Booker T & The MGs – and very different than their early work! The record has Book & Co taking off with a stretched-out jazzy sound – carving expanded grooves that are filled with sweet organ solos, choppy guitar riffs, and some incredibly ... (Soul LP)
Pookie/Unidisc (Canada), 2000. 2LP (reissue)
The only album ever from Lucy Pearl – but a groundbreaking soul classic that still holds up strongly over the years! The group is something of an all-star trio – with a young Raphael Saadiq and Ali Shaheed Muhammad at the helm of the music, and Dawn Robinson of En Vogue on vocals ... (Neo Soul LP)
Tresor National (Canada), 1970. (reissue)
A fantastic porn soundtrack from the Canadian scene at the start of the 70s – a wicked little record from the time when even a schlocky movie could be trusted to have some pretty great music in the mix! The styles here echo some of the modes in the Vampyros Lesbos world of Jess Franco films ... (Soundtracks LP)
Light In The Attic, 1969.
Never-heard music from the enigmatic Jim Sullivan – the singer/songwriter who disappeared in the New Mexico desert after giving the world his fantastic album UFO! The style here is a bit different than that one, and maybe even more to the heart of Jim's spirit – as the work was all ... (Rock CD)
Ralph (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Amazing early work from The Residents – unreleased tracks from the first few years of the 70s – partly done as demos, but work that already shows the mixture of wit and sonic experimentation that would mark the group for decades to come! It's a bit hard to sum of the quality of these ... (Rock CD)
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1979.
Maybe the third great Philly studio group of the 70s – after MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra – a killer combo who provided backing grooves to plenty of great club tracks over the years – and who step out strongly here on their own debut album! Bunny Sigler helps give the album a sharp ... (Soul CD)
Sonorama (Germany), 1985. (reissue)
A never-heard fourth and final album from Kapingbdi – recorded in the mid 80s in Detroit, but with a sound that's really just a slight evolution from their style in the 70s! The music is equal parts global and groove – some tracks that go for a crossover clubby vibe, ala the shift that ... (Global Grooves LP)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
An excellent collection of rare soul groovers – one of those UK packages that are put together as a memory of their own great Northern Soul scene, but which has equal appeal to any fan of rare and unusual American soul! The set list is great – and there's maybe a nicely wider range of ... (Soul LP)
Teensville, Mid 60s.
A really great collection of female pop nuggets from the 60s – and one that goes way beyond familiar classics from the British and Brill Building scenes! Instead, this package really digs deep – at the level we love from the Teensville label, who we've really grown to trust for finding ... (Rock CD)
Latency (UK), 2019.
A really cool criss-crossing of modes from percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi – a musician who handles a range of older Persian instruments on the set, but also produced the album with a fair bit of echo and effects – so that the acoustic instruments crackle with deeper, more ... (Global Grooves LP)
Sublime Frequencies, Late 60s/1970s.
A wonderful batch of instrumental folk & pop sounds from 60s & 70s Pakistan – with more than a little bit of garage rock, surf pop, mod and beat influences – all anchored by regional folk sounds, strings and melodies! It was a fertile time in Pakistan for an influx of western ... (Global Grooves CD)
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
Four late 70s albums from Bobby Bare – all brought together in a single set! First up is Me & McGill – a really special sort of album from the great Bobby Bare – a set that's a collaborative effort with songwriter Bob McDill, as you can probably guess from the title! Bob ... (Folk/Country CD)
Sublime Frequencies, Late 60s/Early 70s.
You might not be able to understand the lyrics, but you'll definitely be moved by the instant charm of Malaysian rocker Adnan Othman – a singer who works here in a groovy blend of fuzzy guitar, mod rhythms, and all the other great sounds we love from late 60s French and British tracks of the ... (Global Grooves CD)
Rough Trade/Conspiracy International (UK), 1984. (reissue)
A completely charming little record from the duo of Chris Carter and Cosi Fanni Tutti – an album that seems to echo some of the more song-based modes of the electro pop scene of the early 80 – but which has a spare darkness that really keeps things interesting! The album proports to ... (Rock LP)
Fania/Craft, 1975. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing ... (Latin LP)
Artists House/Omnivore, Late 70s/Early 80s. 5CD
Five tremendous albums from saxophone genius Art Pepper – presented here with a lot of bonus tracks too! First up is So In Love – beautiful late work from Art Pepper – one of his albums recorded for the well-done Artist House label, and a set that's maybe got a different vibe ... (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of lesser-known gems from the 70s scene in Nigeria – music that's a great counterpart to better-remembered Afro Funk and soul from international giants like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! This set digs deep, and is a nicelly expanded version of a set that Soul Jazz ... (Global Grooves LP)
Constellation (Canada), 2019.
The fantastic fourth installment in the Coin Coin project by Matana Roberts – issued quite a few years after the third, but well worth the wait! Matana recently described herself as an "arts adventurer" – and that's a pretty great term for her role on the record, which is far ... (Jazz CD)
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Hipster sounds from the pre-hippie years – tracks that were either recorded by beatniks, or which have a very cool beat-themed style to them – all pulled together from a range of rare recordings at the end of the 50s and the start of the 60s! The sound here is maybe what you'd guess ... (Rock LP)
Colourful World (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A very cool little set – one that looks at the lost legacy of grooves from Cape Verde – recorded during a late 70s/early 80s stretch that's very different than sounds from that scene a few years before! The music isn't strictly straight dancefloor work – although it does borrow ... (Global Grooves CD)
Studio Mule (Germany), 1980.
A set that's hardly background at all – as the tracks here have a lively, forward sort of energy that reminds us of our favorite post-punk experiments from the British and German scenes at the start of the 70s – done with a darkness that really resonates with the album's cover image too! ... (Rock LP)
Akenation, Late 60s.
Heady sounds from the Cambodian scene of the late 60s – a set of work that mixes together modes that may well have Cambodia sounding like the the most psychedelic nation in Southeast Asia! The music here is of two types – one a transformation of older Cambodian styles with a strong ... (Global Grooves LP)
Mndsgn Limited, 2019.
Mndsgn's been following his own path for as long as we've been trailing him, so No Maps could describe his approach all along so far – but it's a perfectly apt title for this LP, too! It's rooted in compelling beatcraft, with some nice little detours into jazzy keyboard inflected instrumental ... (Hip Hop LP)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
Nigerian singer Eric Kol reclines on the cover like a hip American soul singer of the early 80s – and he sounds a fair bit like one too, given the mix of boogie styles on the album! The record's got that lean vibe from the time when Nigerian groups really trimmed down their style from the ... (Global Grooves LP)
Timmion (Finland), 2019.
An excellent group, and one with a really great concept – a fresh take on a format that was big in the 60s soul jazz scene, but spun out in a very unique way – both in terms of instrumentation, and in terms of the groove! Trumpeter Jukka Eskola heads the trio, which also features ... (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A really tremendous collection of music – and one that really gets at the heart of the criss-crossing of Latin and African modes that took place on the Congolese scene of the 50s and 60s! Sounds and styles from Cuba and the Caribbean definitely influenced other African scenes, but they took ... (Global Grooves CD)
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1975.
A very cool little record from 70s Poland – a set that's funky rock, but heavy on moog – using the keyboard as a really great way to open up the group's sound in a very groovy way! There's vocals on most cuts, but they're recorded with a nice sense of compression – fusing them ... (Rock CD)
Kamera/Cherry Red (UK), 1982. (reissue)
The greatest album ever by the Fall? We're always tempted to say so – because there's something here so perfect, so focused, it's hard to think of a better album to illustrate the genius of Mark E Smith! The rhythms are weirder, the lyrics more poetic, and the guitars a bit more razor sharp ... (Rock LP)
Makossa/BBE (UK), 1979. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A killer blend of African roots and American rhythms – and a set that definitely lives up to the disco promised in the title! Buari's working here with a host of New York musicians – jazzy players who include Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpet, Barry Rogers on trombone, and ... (Global Grooves LP)
Survival Research, Mid 60s.
A very weird and wild little record from Matsuo Ohno – the man who created all those cool electronic effects for the early Astro Boy cartoons! The album's comprised of sounds from those years, but really comes across more as some sort of odd, experimental collage – with short ... (Sound Library LP)
The fantastic full-length group of The Harlem Gospel Travelers – a quartet trained on the male group gospel modes of older acts like the Soul Stirrers or Violinaires – but one who really shine strongly with a voice of their own, thanks to a set of all original material, and some nice ... (Gospel LP)
Legere (Germany), 2019.
The Mocambos are back, and mightier than ever – thanks to help from a lineup of all-stars who include Lee Fields, Jswiss, Ice T, Gizelle Smith, and even German sci-fi legend Peter Thomas! The core sound of the group is as before – tight funk by a large ensemble of all-star players who'v ... (Deep Funk LP)
Modern Harmonic, 1958.
Those She Demons get a pretty great soundtrack here – music that's way higher-end than you might guess from the image on the cover! Nicholas Carras was a real master of doing a lot with a little – and that's definitely the case here, as Carras, who brings a surprisingly strong palette ... (Soundtracks LP)
Feeding Tube, 2019.
Guitarist Owen Maercks hadn't touched his instrument for 15 years before the start of these sessions – but right from the start, he's off and running with the sort of fuzzy frenzy that made his 70s self-titled album such a classic! According to the notes, Owen was spurred on to record by ... (Jazz LP)
Trojan (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
The fantastic female side of Trojan Records – the legendary reggae label that formed a key bridge between Kingston and London back in the day – and helped introduce generations to the changing styles of Jamaican music in the 60s and 70s! Trojan's maybe best known for some of its big ... (Reggae LP)
Total Refreshment Centre (UK), 2019.
A great little record that's jazz at the core, but a lot hipper too – a great statement from London keyboardist Neue Grafik, issued on the label of that city's hip Total Refreshment Centre club! Grafik plays plenty of great solos on piano, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – but there' ... (Jazz LP)
Impulse (Czech Republic), 1962. (reissue)
Drummer Roy Haynes always brings something great to the table for any album he does as a leader – and this record is no exception! Here, the "added something" is the presence of Roland Kirk on reeds – offered a key early chance to express his most modern ideas in the freedom ... (Jazz LP)
Moserobie (Sweden), 2019.
Very deft reed work from Fredrik Ljungvkist – heard here mostly in a trio, with a style that has him turning all these sharp corners along with the rhythms! Fredrik plays saxes and clarinet, always with a style that's deeply soulful and never too coldly modern – and which seems to come ... (Jazz CD)
ESP, Mid 2010s.
They're not lying with the title – as the set features a rich array of underground improvised music recorded in Argentina in recent years – brought together by ESP Records at a level that almost rivals the way they exposed that scene in the 60s through their release of the Steve Lacy ... (Jazz CD)
Beat (Italy), 1980.
An early 80s soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – but one that seems to echo some styles from deeper in his past, including some of of the jazz elements he used in his early days – and some of the more unusual sonic textures he created for his sound library projects in the 70s! ... (Soundtracks CD)
Expansion (UK), 2019.
A killer collection of contemporary soul – served up in a way that really understands what makes classic soul music so great, then finds a way to provide a similar vibe from music that's new! And by that, we don't mean that the music is retro, or old-sounding at all – just that it's ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Geneva/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1974. (reissue)
A very very cool record – an unusual take on the music to The Connection – that hip early 60s play that featured a more famous version of the soundtrack on Blue Note Records! This version's much more obscure – part of a "localization" that occurred when the play would ... (Jazz LP)
University Of Chicago, 2019.
A tremendous achievement from music writer Aaron Cohen – a book that finally gets at the deeper, richer story of Chicago soul – the spirit of empowerment and pride that have always made us so honored to be part of the Windy City legacy! Cohen picks up where other soul writers have left ... (Book)
Culture Power 45, 2019.
An impeccably put together batch of instrumentals from the Culture Power 45 collective – with beats and production from Blaak tha 9th Man, Conscious 5, Ba Pace, Fatnice, Empee of BVS, Kush Oxford, Cuzzin Vinny, International MC, Dion Brown, Adon, Soultastic and more! Even with a long list of ... (Hip Hop LP)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. (reissue)
A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely ... (Jazz LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
A rare non-Impulse Records album from the early days of Pharoah Sanders – but a set that ranks right up there with his classics for that legendary label! The album's one of the classics in Strata East's Dolphy Series – and it's a uniquely collaborative session from 1969, one that has ... (Jazz LP)
International Anthem, 2019.
Beautiful solo sounds from Angel Bat Dawid – a Chicago clarinetist who works here with the same inventive spirit as the other contemporary artists on the International Anthem label! By that, we mean that although Angel's music starts in jazz, it quickly becomes something else – as she ... (Jazz CD)
BBE (UK), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic 500th release by the BBE label – one that looks back at the past, and soars to the future! This special extended single package is a fantastic return to form for everyone involved – as underground club legends Patrick Adams and Leroy Burgess get a whole new groove from ... (Soul 12-inch)
A beautiful record from tenorist Joshua Redman – and quite different than some of his other recent sets too – as the album has a core jazz trio augmented by work from the Brooklyn Rider string quartet! The album's not the traditional string quartet set, and it's also not a "with ... (Jazz CD)
Stax/Real Gone, Mid 60s.
A treasure trove of tight, organ-driven grooves from Booker T & The MGs – a quartet who really helped transform the sound of soul music in the 60s – even if they never sang on any of their records! The combo instrumental record had existed before Booker and the group, but working ... (Soul CD)
Mercury/Real Gone, Early 70s. Gatefold (reissue)
An insane record – and one of the strangest moments in pop music during the early 70s! Coven are best known to most folks for cutting the message-oriented, sweet folk tune "One Tin Soldier" – but here, they change course completely – and offer up a whole album dedicated ... (Rock LP)
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969.
A long-lost album from one of our favorite jazz talents of all time – British tenor legend Tubby Hayes, a player we'd easily place on a short list with giants like Dexter Gordon or Sonny Rollins! Like both of those players, Hayes has an incredible talent for longform solos that never lose ... (Jazz CD)
Commercial/Miles Away (UK), 1978.
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... (Soul CD)
BBE (UK), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A really great collection of jazzy groovers – one that effortlessly combines older material and newer recordings, all with a great ear that never tires in its pursuit of the groove! The blend of old and new is a bit like some of the collections we used to love from Gilles Peterson back in ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Cordial (UK), 2019.
A contemporary soul set from the UK, but one that's got a very laidback vibe and a very mellow 70s sort of sound! The style is nicely easygoing – kind of slow funk on most tracks, which is perfect for the lead vocals and the way they trip along the tunes in a way that's relaxed, but never ... (Neo Soul LP)
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
Incredible work from the mighty Alton Ellis – one of the first soul singers to emerge in Jamaica during the 60s – presented here on a famous greatest hits album, which is then expanded with the addition of 37 more bonus tracks! Alton Ellis was a key figure in the shift towards more ... (Reggae CD)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. (reissue)
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's ... (Vocalists LP)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2019.
Kuba Wiecek is definitely multitasking a bit here – adding in some electronics to his own work on alto sax – but never losing the sharp edge that made us like his previous record so much! Kuba's a hell of a talent on his instrument – and blows with a sharply angular mode that we'r ... (Jazz LP)
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1983.
An important early album from the Rova Quartet – one that earns the diplomacy in its title in two different ways – first because it features recordings from a tour that the group made to Soviet bloc nations during the cold war years – and second because it was one of their first ... (Jazz CD)
A smoking little set from Ramsey Lewis – one that really recalls the best electric years of his 70s recordings – and which also has a much sharper sound than some of the other albums recorded with the Urban Knights! There's plenty of great piano on the record from Ramsey, mixed with ... (Jazz CD)
EP Sound (Italy), Late 50s/1960s.
Dj Qbico usually gives us grooves from other parts of the planet – but here, he focuses on rare vintage singles from the US – but all tracks that borrow nicely from other styles around the globe! In other words, the set features American artists working with touches of Eastern, Mid-Easte ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Legere (UK), 2019.
A funky electric gem from Resolution 88 – a UK group who sound better and better each time we hear a new record – and who really continue an exploration of their core sound – which draws heavy inspiration from 70s classics by Herbie Hancock, Jerry Peters, Don Blackman, and the ... (Jazz CD)
Ill Considered (UK), 2019.
This album's got a slightly expanded version of Ill Considered in place – but at a level that never strays far from the greatness that's made us love them right from the start! The core quartet, as usual, features the mighty Idris Rahman on tenor sax, Leon Brichard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu ... (Jazz LP)
Verve (Japan), 1968.
A nice little live set – recorded at Shelly Manne's club in LA, and one that features a trio with Michel Legrand on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – all playing together on a combination of improvisational, original tunes and some more familiar ones! The ... (Jazz CD)
Cree (Germany), 1981.
The rough-cut image on the front cover is a perfect accompaniment to the music on the disc – the first-ever issue of recordings made by Namibian guitarist/singer Ben Molatzi – tracks recorded both in the studio and out in the field, with a wonderfully stripped-down sound overall! ... (Global Grooves LP)
Dome (UK), 2000. 2LP Gatefold
A flagship record from the wonderful Dome label – one of the hippest homes to contemporary soul on the other side of the Atlantic – and a company that's given us great music for over two decades! This set is one of their key early releases – a brilliant set from Hil St Soul ... (Neo Soul LP)
Precious/BBE (UK), Early 80s.
A pair of rare records by Sidiku Buari – issued back to back on a single CD! Feelings is a record that was issued on the tiny Precious label – home to only two Buari albums in its tiny catalog – and the set follows strongly on the work that Sidiku recorded in New York during the ... (Global Grooves CD)
GTA/Far Out (UK), 1977.
One of two incredible albums from the lovely Ana Mazzotti – a 70s Brazilian singer who could effortlessly blend fusion and soul, Brazilian rhythms and funk – working here with plenty of help from Jose Roberto Bertrami of Azymuth! In fact, the record has a vibe that's a lot like the ... (Brazil CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Really fantastic work from Teddy Randazzo – the man who put the "up" in uptown soul during the 60s – and who went on to a fantastic legacy of really great music in a variety of different styles! Teddy was always a real cut above the usual pop songwriter – as his songs ... (Soul CD)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
A fantastic vintage set from the great trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – and a record that's very much in the best tradition of his groundbreaking early work! Goykovich emerged from the Yugoslavian scene during the key years of communist rule – and his bold, bright horn work was a shining ... (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Producer Shel Talmy is maybe best known for his work behind some of the bigger rock artists on the UK scene of the 60s – but he also really had a great way with a gal singer too – as you'll hear in this killer collection of female pop singles from the time! The tunes here groove like ... (Rock CD)
Top Tape/Far Out (UK), 1974.
An amazing album of vocal Brazilian jazz and sweet electric funk – a standout classic that's forever been at the top of our stack of 70s Brazilian music! Singer Ana Mazzotti is at the head of the session – singing with this breezy style that's at once cold and warm, cool and emotive ... (Brazil CD)
Extra Lovely, 2019.
A really beautiful record by young Chilean pianist Enrique Rodriguez – a set that's got little more going on than piano and keyboards, but which really makes the most of those elements! Rodriguez plays in a style that's not entirely jazz – maybe more moody instrumentals with a slight ... (Jazz LP)
Tramp (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A killer collection of upbeat soul and dancefloor grooves – and one that goes way way deeper than even the hippest collections of disco rarities! The Tramp label has given us plenty of great funk collections over the years – and with this set, they turn their well-trained ear towards ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
A great solo set from tenorist Binker Golding – an artist we usually hear on the Gearbox label as part of the Binker & Moses combo, but who maybe sounds even bolder and stronger here in the lead on his own! The set's a quartet date, with a relatively straight group – but the sound ... (Jazz CD)
E One, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
We've been loving Moonchild over their past few records, but this set may well be their greatest moment so far – a really well-conceived set of 21st Century soul – put together with a style that's lean, but a sound that's rich and vibrant all the way through! The group are just a trio, ... (Neo Soul LP)
Ace (UK), 2019. 2LP
A wild assortment of music from an equally wild source – a BBC Radio program hosted by Jarvis Cocker, presented on Sunday mornings as a way to relax and reach some sort of deeper spiritual consciousness! The show was never churchy – but maybe an attempt to find a new sort of inner ... (Rock LP)
Sony (UK), 2019.
Tremendous work from pianist Ashley Henry – a British pianist who seems to be soaring out of the underground to become one of the leading figures in overseas jazz – a role that he definitely fills with this fantastic major label debut! The set's every bit as great as Henry's previous ... (Jazz CD)
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
The best we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who's got a great way of reaching out from Havana with a sound that can circle the globe! The music here has a blend of jazz, soul, and Cuban roots – but all delivered together in a style that's completely unique and ... (Neo Soul CD)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the weirdest, wildest albums Caetano Veloso ever recorded – a highly experimental session that shows that his ties with the avant art world were still plenty strong on his return to Brazil! Despite a goofy cheeseball photo of Veloso on the cover in a bikini, the sound on this one is ... (Brazil LP)
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these ... (Folk/Country LP)
Karl (UK), 2019.
Konstrukt are a pretty great group on their own – a quartet of Turkish improvisers who have some really dynamic energy – but this time around, they also add the tremendous talents of Ken Vandermark to their sound, which really knocks that record out of the park! The tracks are full of ... (Jazz LP)
Agogo (Germany), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A funk band with horns, but one with a very different feel than the rest – as these guys have arrangements that are nicely complicated up top – in a way that has the horns moving in all these really wonderful, colorful sort of ways! Instead of the usual inspirations from 60s soul or ... (Deep Funk LP)
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980.
A superb record from the great Lloyd McNeil – one of the more obscure players of the spiritual jazz generation of the 70s, but an artist who always gave us his best whenever he walked into the studio! Here, the mood is a mix of modal and Latin elements, with a definite current of influence ... (Jazz CD)
Colemine, 2019. Gatefold
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble are tighter than ever, and have really perfected a trademark sound – a style that's got the breaking drums of a vintage funky 45, the moody horns of an Ethio funk group, and the kind of organ and keyboard lines that would be right at home on a vintage album by The ... (Deep Funk LP)
Music & Sound/Trunk (UK), Late 50s. (reissue)
A unique, rare, and wonderful album from reedman Buddy Collette – very different than any of his better-known work of the 50s – and a complex little set that really shows off a whole new side of his talents! The album was issued by a tiny label away from the LA scene – and has ... (Jazz LP)
Cote D'Azur/Jazz Room (UK), 1976. (reissue)
Fantastic work from this groundbreaking reedman – an incredibly rhythmic fusion of roots and jazz – very much in the best European tradition of the 70s! Hugo blows tenor, alto, soprano sax, and flute – but also plays some percussion too, on a record that's very heavy on ... (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Early 90s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of work from a real golden age in hip hop – a period that you'll probably guess from the image of the Native Tongues posse on the front – served up here in a compilation that brings together classics from De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, and many ... (Hip Hop LP)
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A sweet set of female grooves from 70s Africa – served up here in a variety of different styles, but mostly with a definite influence from American soul! Many of these tracks have great funky instrumentation – the sort that resonates strongly with mainstream R&B in the same decade, ... (Global Grooves LP)
Light In The Attic, Mid 50s. 2LP Gatefold
Lee Hazlewood is looking a bit nervous on the cover – very different than the swaggering bravado of his mustachioed fame of the late 60s – which is quite fitting, given that these tracks were all recorded very early in his career! The collection presents the debut of a set of early ... (Vocalists LP)
Detour (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Killer cuts from one of the coolest compilation series we've ever stocked – the long-running Beat Bespoke collection from mod maestro Rob Bailey – a collector with a surprising ear for a funky groove! The records here are all rare rock singles from the late 60s and early 70s – ... (Funky Compilations CD)
CID/Far Out (UK), 1971. (reissue)
That's Dila, not Dilla – a great Brazilian female singer, stepping out here on a very funky album from 1971! The record's got a very cool little groove – that mix of samba, soul, and larger orchestrations that was being explored by bigger artists on the EMI/Odeon label of the time, as ... (Brazil LP)