Sweet musical surprises!
Analog Africa (Germany), 1984.
One of the most unusual Caribbean funk albums of the 80s – a set put together by Winston Bailey, aka Shadow – a singer and musician who'd been making grooves on the scene in Trinidad and Tobago for over a decade before this release – but never with a sound that's anything like ... (Global Grooves)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Here's some music you're not likely to have in your collection – a wealth of ultra-cool tracks from the Macondo label in Uruguay – who recorded all of these gems in the late 70s! The mix of styles runs from cumbia to bomba, merengue, mozambique, guaracha, and other South American modes ... (Global Grooves)
Elektra/Big Break (UK), 1979.
A group that you may not know by name – but which features some top-shelf production at the helm – work by both Fred Wesley and Azar Lawrance, plus supervision from one of the Mizell brothers! With all that talent on board, the record's way more than just another obscure one-off funk ... (Soul)
A wonderfully obscure set of jazzy soul from keyboardist Billy Foster – a musician who's been making waves on the scene in Gary, Indiana for many decades – but has never fully gotten his due! This project captures a younger Billy – working in a soul-based mode that blends vocals ... (Jazz)
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1973.
Exactly the kind of record that makes us love sound library records so much – and definitely the sort that sets the style apart from anything else we can think of! Both Sandro Brugnolini and Giorgio Carnini turn in some great work here – a mindblowing mix of modes over the space of ten ... (Sound Library)
Now Again, Late 70s.
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s ... (Global Grooves)
Modern Harmonic, 1958/1984. (pic cover, reissue)
Two rare slices of Sun Ra – one of them originally unissued! "Saturn" is a late 50s charmer from the Chicago scene – a tune that bears the same name as Ra's legendary label, and which features fantastic baritone work from Charles Davis and Pat Patrick – on a groove that ... (Funky 45's)
Motivation/Modern Harmonic, 1959. (reissue)
A fantastic album that's every bit as cool as it looks – late 50s songs about space, written for kids, but with a completely charming vibe overall! The music's much more interesting than the usual kiddie record – often a bit of jazz and exotica in the background, as singers Tom Glazer ... (Vocalists)
Overlooked genius from pianist Billy Foster – a player who only issued a handful of records on his own label – which was run out of the city of Gary, Indiana! This date's far more obscure than similar efforts on labels like Muse, Strata East, or Black Jazz – and has a similar ... (Jazz)
Granadilla (Germany), 1968. (reissue)
A great bit of blue-eyed soul from the German scene of the 60s – music by a group who have a sound that's like some of the best UK soul acts of the same period – definitely rooted in American modes, but also tinged with a bit of 60s mod as well! Vocals are all in English, and tunes are ... (Soul)
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s/1980s. 2CD
Beautiful harmony soul from The Manhattans! This excellent 2CD set pulls together a bunch of the greatest songs they recorded for Columbia in the 70s & 80s, with all of their classic singles – hits, comparably overlooked gems, and B-sides alike – plus key album tracks from a nearly ... (Soul)
James Day Songs, 2016.
The repertoire here is as great as the lineup – positive, upbeat soul songs all written by James Day – and performed with help from a huge cast of talent from the contemporary and classic soul underground – including Maysa, U-Nam, Glenn Jones, Trina Broussard, U-Nam, Donnie, ... (Neo Soul)
Posi tone, 2017.
A wonderful set from trombonist Micheal Dease – possibly his best yet and certainly one of his most ambitious – tracing the history of American jazz from region to region in a way that's as fresh, presently vital as can be! It starts with "Creole Country" and from there rolls ... (Jazz)
Mass Appeal, 2017.
A vital third act in the thankfully ongoing RTJ saga! The first album was unsurprisingly excellent, but surprisingly popular. The second album not only turned out to be a bigger hit, it was also a creative peak for both El-P and Killer Mike – which is really saying something. So the stakes ... (Hip Hop)
Los Lobos, 1978. (reissue)
Self-released early gem by the East LA legends Los Lobos – private pressed by the band back in the day, and nearly impossible to find an original copy! Humbly billed as "just another band from East LA", Los Lobos has always been whole lot more than that, and this early acoustic set, ... (Rock)
Ember/Esoteric (UK), 1971.
That's a really trippy cover on this second album from Blonde On Blonde – and the sound is nicely trippy, too – a bit more complex than on their debut album – with just the right dose of psych elements thrown into the mix of their well-crafted songs! Acoustic guitar actually gets ... (Rock)
RCA/Nature Sounds, 1970. (reissue)
Stone funky funky! This is the Nite Liters' classic first album, and a monster batch of funky instrumentals that we'd put up there with the great Meters records on Josie, or even the monumental JBs LPs on People! There's lots of hard drums, choppy guitars, and good funky grooves. The tracks are ... (Soul)
Pye/Grapefruit (UK), Mid 60s.
Great work from a group who were maybe a few steps ahead of most of their UK contemporaries – able to mix in some deeper ideas with more familiar grooves – with a lyrical power that's way more than some of the usual themes from the beat group generation! There's definitely a few cuts ... (Rock)
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1985.
Pretty great sounds from this unusual Peruvian group – one who work in a style that's a bit cumbia in the rhythms, but almost Space Invaders with some of the instrumentation! The core groove is familiar guitar lines dancing over bass and percussion – but many tunes also have these ... (Latin)
An incredible set of funk from the legendary Dennis Coffey – an unissued live performance from the hip Detroit scene of the late 60s – featuring Coffey's amazing guitar with the Hammond of Lyman Woodard! Together, the two are a pair of funky terrors – steeped in all the best soul ... (Soul)
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