Nouvelle Ambiance (UK), Early 80s.
A cool combination of elements – the vocals and percussion of Congolese singer Albert Siassia, and lively rhythms from a trio of French musicians! The music has a great crackle and a new sense of expression – in the mode of some of the best post-colonial recordings on the Paris scene, ... (Global Grooves LP)
Strata/BBE (UK), 1975. (reissue)
Hypnotic organ funk from Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the shining lights of the 70s Detroit scene! This is amazing, amazing stuff – Woodard's electric piano, organ and occasional mellotron and Norma Bell's alto saxophone lend a cosmic funk aspect ... (Jazz CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. 20CD
An amazing document of one of the most important radio shows of the postwar years – the legendary Louisiana Hayride, a weekly live performance broadcast that was maybe only second to the Grand Ole Opry! Yet unlike the Opry, the Hayride also had a wider range of talent – as has been ... (Folk/Country CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2CD
A totally great look at the explosion of electronic sounds in German music during the 70s – a set that goes way past more familiar Krautrock territory, to bring together elements from the artier side of the spectrum too, and even run up to some of the first great moments of the German new ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
A lost legacy in clubby soul – a huge amount of work from singer/producer Lee Moore – a post-Stax talent on the Memphis scene, and an artist who also made a bit of a mark on the New York scene! The "boogie" in the title is a very good indication of the groove going on here ... (Soul CD)
Soul Junction (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A great volume in this really fantastic collection – a series that really reminds us that there's still so much great work to discover in the world of underground soul! As with previous volumes, this set focuses on the sweet soul style of the late 60s and early 70s – that moment when ... (Soul CD)
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. Gatefold
Fierce funky sounds from 70s Cameroon – the entire recorded legacy of Hamad Kalkaba, who only issued three funky 45s back in the day! Yet even at six songs, the music here is completely tremendous – tunes that rumble along on this earthy sort of energy – drums that are heavier at ... (Global Grooves LP)
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1974. 2LP (reissue)
A seminal meeting between two of the most important modern jazz talents of the 70s – reedman Anthony Braxton, whose roots in the Chicago AACM scene were already expanding to a huge influence on the European world of free jazz – and guitarist Derek Bailey, the British player who ... (Jazz LP)
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/1980s.
Get ready to have your mind completely blown – because this compilation is one of those completely rare ear-opening experiences that will let you know that there's a hell of a lot of music in the world that you've never heard before – even if, like us, you've heard plenty of funky music ... (Global Grooves CD)
Gayap/Cree (Germany), 1975. (reissue)
A totally great little record that refers to itself as "calypsojazz innovations" – but which is even better than that label might make you think! The groove here is hardly calypso – as it's funkier, chunkier, and a much more heavy take on inspirations from the islands than we' ... (Jazz LP)
Columbia/Polysom (Brazil), 1968. (reissue)
A really compelling record from Erasmo Carlos – recorded in that crucial Brazilian music year of 1968! At some level, the record's got the crossover pop modes of Carlos from earlier in his career – but as you might guess from the cover, there's also some occasional deeper ideas going ... (Brazil LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1968.
An incredible trio album – not just for the powerful drums of the great Elvin Jones, but also for amazing work on reeds by a young Joe Farrell! Farrell's in his pre-CTI years here, and really lets loose in the space of the album's open setting – a trio that just features Jones on drums ... (Jazz CD)
Judnell/Now Again, 1970. 2LP
A record that definitely lives up to its title – as it's a lot freer and more spiritual than later work from drummer Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen group! This set perfectly captures the unique vibe that the ensemble brought to the Houston scene at the start of the 70s – really the ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1971.
Early Blue Note work from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a session cut before she hooked up with producer Larry Mizell, but one that's still got a righteously soulful vibe! The arrangements here are by Wade Marcus, but he still has the great idea of giving Bobbi a bit more expanded sound in ... (Jazz CD)
Vostock (New Zealand), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
A little-heard assortment of rare funk tracks from the 70s – all music with a unique hybrid of styles, originally only issued for the small scene in Aotearoa – which most of us know as the nation of New Zealand! The music here draws on both American funk and south Pacific styles – ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Funsho (UK), 2017.
Excellent work from Ayetoro – a group who are always out to show that they're not just another Afro Funk revival band! Instead, these guys work with a groove that's much richer – calling forth older highlife and jazzy styles too – wrapped up with a slight contemporary sensibility ... (Global Grooves LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1971.
Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a ... (Jazz CD)
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
The last in a trio of legendary early records by The Sylvers – a very hip group from the LA scene of the early 70s – and one that would go much greater fame in later years, but who maybe never sounded as great as on their first few records! There's a sharpness, a freshness here that ... (Soul CD)
Curtom/Love Vinyl (UK), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
A post-Curtis Mayfield album by The Impressions – but one that crackles with the raw righteousness of Curtis' first few solo albums on Curtom! Mayfield's place here is held by the amazing Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, really sparkling here in the trio ... (Soul LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1968.
"New York is now" – a pretty bold statement from saxophonist Ornette Coleman, but one that definitely shows his shift in role – from a major force on the LA underground of the early 60s, to an artist who was helping pave the way for a huge wave of growth on the New York ... (Jazz CD)
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