TruSoul, Early 90s/2019.
Early Pete Rock beats from the 90s golden age – beginning with the dawn of that decade when Pete was at the forefront the era's pioneering production heavies ushering in a new era in hip hop, to closer to the end of the decade and his solo debut Soul Survivor. It's a testament to his ... (Hip Hop CD)
Alex Wing, 2019.
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from David Boykin – a set of spare duets with multi-instrumentalist Alex Wing – done at a level that really pushes Boykin's sounds on both tenor and bass clarinet! The tunes here are all freely improvised, and Wing often plays guitar ... (Jazz CD)
Vigor/Octave (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
Funky madness from the legendary Rhythm Makers – a dancefloor combo with a really incredible groove! The group has an approach that's a lot like Kool & The Gang at their best, or like some of the best mid 70s albums by the Kay Gees or Fatback – lots of bass at the bottom, very ... (Soul LP)
Mushroom/Manufactured, Late 60s. (reissue)
Beautiful vocal work from Nitai Dasgupta – a singer in the Indian classical tradition, but working here in two different modes that are equally great! One side of the record has shorter songs that balance Dasgupta's vocals with light percussion and a bit of flute – and the other has a ... (Global Grooves LP)
Fungus/Trading Places (UK), 1973. (reissue)
An overlooked gem from Irma Thomas – and one of her deepest soul albums ever! The set was recorded with Swamp Dogg at the production helm, and he gives Irma this wonderfully rootsy feel throughout the record – the kind of vibe she definitely never got in the 60s, and a sound that seems ... (Soul LP)
Westbound/Tidal Waves, 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins – a key part of the George Clinton P-Funk universe in the 70s – finally getting a chance to step out on his own! Haskins arranged and produced the set – with a bit of arranging help from Bernie Worrell – ... (Soul LP)
Mushroom/Manufactured, 1970. (reissue)
Three sitar pieces from Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha – all recorded in London at the staret of the 70s, and with a vibe that's every bit as trippy as the cover! Two of the album's tracks are especially long – and really have this open, free-flowing energy – more than meditative, as ... (Global Grooves LP)
Magic Disc/Everland (Austria), 1977.
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of ... (Soul CD)
Eremite, 2019. 2CD
A really fantastic album from bassist Joshua Abrams – a set that may well be his greatest to date – and that's saying a lot, given all the other work he's given us in recent years! The double-length set has Abrams working with this lineup of improvising jazz talents, but in a way that's ... (Jazz CD)
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from tenorist Jerry Bergonzi, and one of the most beautiful too – a suite of tracks all based around the "seven rays" concept of spirituality – working together to provide a wonderfully righteous setting for Jerry's horn! Bergonzi ... (Jazz CD)
S Curve, 2019.
The final album from The O'Jays – and a set that has us wishing they still had plenty more music to give us! The sound here is nice and lean – more of a tight soul combo backing up their mature vocals – which really helps give the record some vitality, and this lean quality that ... (Soul LP)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1980.
The cover's black and white, but the music is very colorful – sweet 70s sounds in the best style that we love from Stelvio Cipriani – which includes some especially great use of keyboards and piano! Many of these tracks have that mellow funk mode that really set Cipriani apart from the ... (Soundtracks CD)
Posi tone, 2019.
Patrick Cornelius steps out here both as a strong leader, and as a great songwriter too – on a set that's filled with almost all original material from the pen of the alto saxophonist – tunes that have a strong sense of color and verve, which makes the record one of the most ... (Jazz CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s. Gatefold
A totally amazing record that deserves to be right at the top of the greatest trippy albums of all times – even though it was never issued at the time! The Moon Express are a group shrouded in mystery – whose one claim to fame was an appearance on a Monkees TV special, but who also ... (Rock LP)
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever recorded by the legendary Saravah Records label in France – and that's saying a heck of a lot, because just about every one of their records was pretty darn cool! This set is based around the music of cellist Jean-Charles Capon – who isn't exactly in ... (Jazz LP)
Uuquipleu, Late 70s/1980s/1990s. 3CD
A fantastic overview of the many strong jazz contributions that drummer Leonard King has brought to the Detroit scene from the 70s onward – as a musician who both continues the earlier spirit of righteous groups and soulful combos in that city! The package features unissued material from a ... (Jazz CD)
Atlantic (Japan), 1968/1969. 2CD
Think you know the sound of Atlantic Records in the 60s? Think again – because this stunning series opens the vault to a huge amount of rare treasures from the legendary label! The package is amazing – and offers up rare tracks that were mostly only issued by Atlantic on singles ... (Soul CD)
It's hard to believe that the Budos Band have been around long enough to give us five full albums – but along the way, they've also picked up plenty of power to add to their sound! This time around, the guitars seem even sharper than ever – full and fuzzy, and maybe even touched with ... (Deep Funk CD)
Sansu/Sunset Blvd, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A tremendous tribute to the genius of Allen Toussaint – the man who almost single-handedly shaped the sound of New Orleans soul in the 60s! As the title implies, Toussaint is featured here as an artist, producer, and songwriter – and most tracks were issued on his Sansu Records label, ... (Soul CD)
Odeon/Cornbread, 1957. (reissue)
Amazing early stuff from Bola Sete! Most of Sete's recordings were made in the US – for labels like Fantasy or Takoma during the 60s and 70s – but this rare set was recorded in Brazil back when he was still living there, and it features a side of Sete that's totally different than any ... (Brazil LP)
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1969. (reissue)
The start of funky funky Herbie Hancock! This album's the first to feature Herbie really breaking away from his straight jazz work – moving into a groove that's nice and funky, using electric piano along with acoustic, to forge the sound that he'd develop famously over the 70s. The album's ... (Jazz LP)
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... (Jazz LP)
CAM/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1979.
Stelvio Cipriani at his funkiest – taking all the lessons learned from his slinky, erotic sounds of the early 70s – and turning them into a mix of sweet sounds with a great late 70s vibe! Some tracks are upbeat and almost have a clubby feel, others have a great slow-stepping approach ... (Soundtracks CD)
Bob Bert is a lot more than just a drummer and this a lot more than a mere memoir, with tons of Bert's photographs from the early 80s NYC downtown scene, interviews and photos from his great 90s DIY zine BB Gun and lots more! Bert played in early era Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks and ... (Book)
P-Vine (Japan), 1973.
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... (Jazz LP)
Astral Spirits, 2019.
The music of the legendary Moondog, but performed here with a unique spin that's all its own – by a strong group of Chicago musicians led by tenorist Dustin Laurenzi! Unlike some other Moondog tributes, which often stick strongly in the spirit of the original recordings, these guys really ... (Jazz LP)
Tokyo Dawn, 2019.
A great title for this record from Tensei – as the Chicago duo really find a way to create a strong constellation in sound, by opening the door to help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! The record's got a vibe that's as cosmic as its title, too – with this swirling ... (Neo Soul LP)
Decca/Quartet (Spain), 1967.
An unusual film score from the great Francis Lai – done right around the same time as his global hit A Man & A Woman/Un Homme Et Une Femme – but with a slightly different vibe overall! The film's an obscure Michael Winter effort – and Lai brings in richer orchestrations at ... (Soundtracks CD)
Nimbus/Outernational (UK), 1978. (reissue)
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... (Jazz LP)
Act (Germany), 2019.
Piano, trumpet, and accordion – a really beautiful combination here in the hands of three masters of their instruments – trumpeter Paolo Fresu, accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianist Jan Lundgren! The set isn't the first this trio has recorded – and it definitely shows their ... (Jazz CD)
Heavenly Star/Snow Dog, Early 80s. (reissue)
Fantastic funk from the Heavenly Star side of the P&P Records universe – instrumental cuts, but with a decidedly old school vibe – as if they were recorded by some funk band that had been jamming between DJ sets in the South Bronx! There's some cool spooky touches around the edges ... (Soul LP)
The most spiritual set we've heard so far from reedman Robert Stillman – a set hat's filled with slow-building tunes that provide a fantastic display for his saxophone solos! The record oddly has no credits, so we're not sure who's working with Stillman on the set – but the drummer is ... (Jazz CD)
Rock-solid work from pianist Alan Broadbent – a musician who's contributed so much to so many, we sometimes forget the greatness of his talents! Broadbent steps in with the confidence of an old school pianist – swinging things with a mix of bop and lyricism that hearkens back to the ... (Jazz CD)
Sdban (Belgium), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Mad music from the Dutch scene of the 70s – music recorded either in The Netherlands, or the Dutch part of Belgium – pulled together here in a collection that's filled with ear-opening funky gems! The music here isn't straight soul, funk, or jazz – but rather criss-crossing ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Four Flies (Italy), 1975.
Beautiful soundtrack gems from the 70s Italian scene – some of them unreleased, and all filled with some of the coolest, most beautiful elements of the time! This EP only features five tracks, but all of them are wonderful – some with otherwordly vocals by Edda Dell'Orso, some with ... (Soundtracks LP)
A gorgeous Concord debut from New Orleans singer Quiana Lynell! She's backed up here by an impressive group of jazz players including Cyrus Chestnut, Ed Cherry and others, but it's Quiana's beautiful voice and lovely take on timeless songcraft that make this one so special. Includes takes on ... (Vocalists CD)
Storyville (Denmark), 1965.
The Danish scene provided tenor legend Ben Webster a great home in later years – around the same time that Copenhagen was an important spot for Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and other American players too! This set marks Ben's first performance on that scene – and is well-captured by ... (Jazz CD)
Dagored (Italy), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
A groovy little gem from Riz Ortolani! The soundtrack's got an excellent late 60s feel – with tracks that mix electric bass with sitar, flute, organ, and some fuller jazzy arrangements. There's a strong jazz component running through the mix – taking the score past some of the easier ... (Soundtracks LP)
Rhino, Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A totally great, totally groovy collection of work from the LA scene of the 60s – a set that masterfully blends all the garage, psych, and offbeat pop that was coming out of the City Of Angels during this heady period – often with modes that were really criss-crossing each other in ... (Rock LP)
Stax, Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A classic set from 1969 – issued as a special project by Stax in their first year after parting with Atlantic, almost as a message to that label that they were more than capable of handling things on their own! The double-length set brings together the label's best male and female artists, ... (Soul LP)
A&M/Verve, 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
Mindblowing music from the great Don Cherry – quite a statement, given how much fantastic sounds Cherry had already given us by this point in his career! In the years before this set, Don had worked in some very free, avant modes – and also explored a fair bit of global styles too ... (Jazz LP)
Polydor, Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from James Brown – even if it wasn't issued during his classic run of funk records in the early 70s! Yet the material here is all from that time – recorded by Polydor when James and the JBs were completely kicking ass in the studio – turning out ... (Soul LP)
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019.
Really unique solo piano work from Alexander Hawkins – an artist we've been enjoying more and more in recent years, and who really makes his voice known on this well-conceived set! Hawkins has this unusual approach to his instrument – relatively free, but often quite tuneful – ... (Jazz CD)
RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Groovy Brit girl pop from Twinkle – a singer who shone briefly for a stretch in the 60s, which is when most folks know her songs – but who also recorded some more obscure material in the 70s – which gets included here on a nicely expanded set! Twinkle's got a style that's maybe a ... (Rock CD)
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Herbie Hancock further expands his cosmic vision in this groundbreaking album of free-flowing fusiony tracks – a record that really steps up his range of keyboards, mixing in both acoustic and electric pianos, mellotron, and even a bit of spacey moog from the legendary Patrick Gleeson! The ... (Jazz LP)
BBC/Silva Screen (UK), 1968.
One of the first great recorded documents of the genius of the BBC Radiophonic Music laboratories – home to pioneering electronic talents Delia Derbyshire, John Baker, and David Cain! The trio are heard here on a set of amazing tracks recorded for BBC radio plays in the 60s, plus a bit of ... (Sound Library LP)
El (UK), Late 50s. 3CD
A great look at the earliest years of the lovely Blossom Dearie – and a set that also features a surprising amount of work from reedman Bobby Jaspar, who was making big waves on the Paris jazz scene at the same time the young Blossom was living in France! CD1 features the pair together ... (Vocalists CD)
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. (reissue)
Tight funky drums kick of "Rullio" – a wicked bit of sound library funk that has these really evil keyboards moving up and down – echoing a slasher horror edge, but with a lot more funk in the mix overall! "Violenza" has more great drums too – a bit more ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Demon (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
The vaults of horror here are open pretty darn wide – so much so that they run a span from the initial years of Italian giallo films, all the way through some of the more electric slasher and shock films of the 80s! As with the first film, the package goes way past the obvious – and ... (Soundtracks LP)
ECM (Germany), 2019.
The fragile side of Bill Frisell, captured here in a really beautiful way – a set of unadorned live duets with bassist Thomas Morgan – playing together at the Village Vanguard, with a sound that's maybe even slightly warmer than the album might have been than if recorded by ECM in the ... (Jazz CD)
It's Soul Time, 2018.
A fantastic little single from Ernest Ernie – one that bumps along in a groove that reminds us of the best Chicago soul at the end of the 60s – that loping rhythm that's perfect for sweeter-styled vocals like Ernie's! The flipside's pretty fantastic too – graced with light ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Uno Melodic/BBE (UK), Early 80s.
A fantastic lost chapter in the career of genius soul/jazz/funk maestro Roy Ayers – a set that was only ever issued in the UK, and which is a great second part to his Lots Of Love album on the Uno Melodic label! This album features a few tracks from that gem, but in longer versions – ... (Soul CD)
Wide Hive, 2019.
Beautiful large form work from Roscoe Mitchell – the famous saxophonist working here as a composer/conductor, but on music that's based on earlier improvisations created by his trio! The large ensemble has a really compelling blend of instruments – flutes, oboes, French horn, trumpet, ... (Jazz CD)
Inevitable/Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
A great little package that finally gives the Liverpool scene its due – especially during a time when many other English cities are credited with helping to shape the sound of modern music! Late 70s Liverpool had little going on since the Beatles and Brit Invasion groups – but the rise ... (Rock CD)
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. (reissue)
We're not sure how to translate "Baterasso" – but to us, the word may well just mean "funk" – as the tune's this funky monster with heavy drums, a great-paced bassline, and these claps that move all up and down the groove alongside some percussion! "Canottaggio& ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
An excellent ensemble from the contemporary Detroit scene – one whose work evokes the modes of the city's older groups on Tribe Records and Strata – with a vibe that's wonderfully spiritual and righteous! The driving force of the group is drummer Leonard King – who you might know ... (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s.
A wonderful tribute to the songwriting genius of Leonard Cohen – one that begins with some of his key contemporaries taking on his important songs – then stretches out over the space of decades, to show just how important Cohen's material has been to more contemporary performers! In ... (Rock CD)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1969.
Change is certainly in the air for the famous group of tenorist Don Rendell and trumpeter Ian Carr – partly because this final set has some slight shifts in personnel, and partly because a few elements point the way towards new directions that Carr would take in the 70s! The core energy of ... (Jazz CD)
Sapporo/HMV (Japan), 1999. (reissue)
A smoking trio set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – recorded in New York with help from Lisle Atkinson on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! The date's a bit later than some of the classics from the golden age of Japanese piano trio recordings, but has a very similar vibe – and in ... (Jazz LP)
Fontana (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
A great overview of one of the greatest 60s groups to ever record on the UK scene – the legendary Walker Brothers, who then spun off Scott Walker as a solo act – then reformed briefly for a few more records in the 70s! Scott Walker's solo work has become the stuff of legend over the ... (Rock LP)
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1971. (reissue)
An excellent session that was one of Herbie Hancock's first free-flowing fusion records of the 70s! Herbie's playing Fender Rhodes with a sound that's at once cosmically beautiful, soulfully fragile, and spacily grooving – and he gets some excellent accompaniment from an all-hip group of ... (Jazz LP)
Dub Store (Japan), 1960s.
Fantastic sounds from the years before reggae became the international sound of Jamaica – music from the island nation's jazz scene, which was at the crossroads of so many different styles of music – jazz from the north, Latin rhythms from Cuba and Puerto Rico, and a fair bit of other ... (Reggae CD)
Maple/P-Vine (Japan), 1971.
One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality ... (Soul CD)
A record that's virtually impossible to describe in words – partly because it's got a trans-historical, trans-spatial sort of vibe – effortlessly filtering together the best roots of older French pop music, and combining them with a range of underground pop elements that reach out to ... (Rock CD)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1964.
The debut of a legendary British jazz group – one who not only gave that nation's scene a fresh voice in music, but who also really set the tone for many other acts to come! After a stretch when the London scene was doing a great job of matching American efforts in bop and swing, players ... (Jazz CD)
Gary Simons, 2018.
A beautiful discography, dedicated to the music of Brian Eno – and one that features all his many side projects, solo recordings, and other performances on record from the start of the 70s onwards! The book is hardcover, with full color pages throughout – and each entry reproduces an ... (Book)
Elektra/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1985. 2CD
The breakout album from Shirley Murdock – a singer who first rose to fame working with Roger Troutman and Zapp – and who gets plenty of help here from that side of the soul spectrum too! Roger produced and plays on the record, and also wrote most of the songs too – and Larry ... (Soul CD)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1975. (reissue)
A massive album by Lamont Dozier – probably his best ever! Every cut's a winner, and the LP shines with a sharpness and tightness that's missing from some of Lamont's other LPs from the 70s. The songwriting is impeccable – and as the album progresses, you get that eerie "deja ... (Soul LP)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1968.
A masterpiece of British jazz from the end of the 60s – a set that doesn't need to answer at all to any of the jazz styles coming from America at the time – as it's sound and vision is so bold, so unique, it's a completely massive statement on its own! The set may well represent the ... (Jazz CD)
Tamla (Japan), 1975.
Heavy heavy funk from the mighty Yvonne Fair – a 70s bad soul sister that we'd rank right up there with Betty Davis! Yvonne got her start working with James Brown in a sweeter mode, but by the time of this mid 70s debut, she'd hit a really hard-wailing sort of style – one that had the ... (Soul CD)
Ace (UK), Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A very different picture of the British scene than you might know from the worlds of classic rock and chart hits of the early 70s – as this collection focuses on a really special sort of sound that hints at the bleaker, less satisfying sides of English life – often with a slightly ... (Rock LP)
Vocalion/Monkey Dog (Germany), 1963.
Tremendous work from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves – one of his rare UK sessions from the 60s, all of which show that he had a fantastic sound that went way beyond his more famous work with Duke Ellington! The style here is tight, hip, and very grooving – work by a quartet that features ... (Jazz CD)
Elektra/Fat Possum, 1982.
A key part of the initial tremendous legacy of X – one of the greatest run of records that any group could ever hope for! This third set has the group honing and refining their sound even more – losing none of their roots in the LA hardcore scene, but also inflecting their sound with a ... (Rock LP)
Atco/Esoteric (UK), Mid 70s. 3CD
If this is the army, sign us up – because these guys make the Kiss Army look like a bunch of wussies! Ginger Baker's at it again in post-Cream years – rocking harder than on some of his own funky albums, but also keeping a jazzy edge that makes for some pretty nice tracks on the self-ti ... (Rock CD)
Austin Boogie Crew, 2019. (pic cover)
Beaty, bassy, and pretty darn electric – a great set of tracks that definitely looks at the world of 80s groove with the best vision hindsight has to offer! That is – the music is full of all the best elements of the electro soul generation – but served up without any of the ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Tamla/Motown (Japan), 1964.
Classic heartbreaking soul from Brenda Holloway – one of the weepiest early records on Motown, as you might guess from the title! The style here is almost more New York uptown than Detroit at times – a fair bit like Maxine Brown with its mix of strength and fragility on the vocals, and ... (Soul CD)
Mango/Cree (Germany), 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
A match made in reggae heaven – the sweet vocals of the great George Faith, and the legendary production talents of Lee Scratch Perry – coming together here in a record that's overflowing with soul! The Perry production is great – never too over the top, but with just enough ... (Reggae LP)
Strut (UK), 1970s/1980s.
The musical wealth of Nigeria seems to know no bounds – especially when it comes to the worlds of funk and soul-styled records – and you can take it from us that when we're digging for vintage African gems, more than most seem to come from Nigeria in the 70s and 80s! That's why, even ... (Global Grooves CD)
Transversales Disques (France), 1999.
A really haunting record from French composer Igor Wakhvitch – better-known for his more way-out material, but sounding equally great here on an unreleased instrumental set from the end of the last century! The music was composed on his "Mysterious Island 88" system of electronics ... (Rock CD)
Act (Germany), 2019.
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1966.
A great group gets even better – as the legendary pairing of tenorist Don Rendell and trumpeter Ian Carr is joined by pianist Michael Garrick – who was really helping to shape the sound of British jazz at the time! The album's only the second from the Rendell/Carr Quintet, but it's ... (Jazz CD)
Uuquipleu, 1974/1993. 2CDs
Rare work from one of the true powerhouse performers on the Detroit jazz scene – organist Lyman Woodard, famous for a few funk records in the 70s – but a musician who also gigged non-stop for decades in the Motor City! This double-length set features two performances, almost 20 years ... (Jazz CD)
Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedro Martinez
Mack Avenue, 2019.
A record that's recorded by a duo, but one that's got a much fuller sound than you might expect – thanks to the magic of overdub, and to some great production help from Quincy Jones! Alfredo Rodriguez plays piano, Fender Rhodes, and keyboards – Pedro Martinez plays percussion – ... (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), 1978.
A mix of sounds and styles for this film set in Weimar Berlin – with Marlene Dietrich as a madam with male gigolos – one of whom is played by David Bowie, at a time when he was famously living in West Berlin, and working with Brian Eno! The film's nothing like that at all, though ... (Soundtracks CD)
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... (Jazz CD)
SOUL/Motown (Japan), 1973.
A key moment in the career of Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a record that opens the group up to a whole new sound for the 70s! When Gladys Knight started out as a raw R&B-ish singer in the early 60s, nobody would have expected her to have such staying power – and to become one ... (Soul CD)
RCA/Dagored (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
A groovy little soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – a set of tracks written for a controversial faux-documentary on slavery, done with better musical touches that are more in keeping with the early 70s release of the film! The movie came from the same producers as Mondo Cane – also scored ... (Soundtracks LP)
Dome/Editions Mego (Austria), 1980. (reissue)
Stunning post-Wire work from the duo of BC Gilbert and G Lewis – both members of that important punk band of the late 70s, but sounding completely different here on their first album as Dome! In truth, Wire always had something going on that was different than most – especially on ... (Rock LP)
Gordy/Motown (Japan), 1982.
Curtis Nolen and Raymond Crossley may not have been the biggest names to record for Motown in the 80s, but the duo serves up some mighty nice work in this overlooked set – a package of self-produced original material that comes across with a great 80s groove on both the uptempo numbers and ... (Soul CD)
Century 67, 1966.
Fantastic work from one of our favorite jazz duos of all time – pianist Jack Wilson and the young vibes genius Roy Ayers – working here back before his soul/funk fame of the 70s, in a completely different style! Ayers and Wilson only made a handful of records together back in the day ... (Jazz CD)
Funk Night, 2019.
Fantastic funk from one of the hippest combos currently working on the planet – the mighty Misha Panfilov Sound Combo, a group who effortlessly blend 70s-style funk with some sweet spacey sounds! The "astral" in the title here is very well-placed – as there's a slightly ... (Deep Funk LP)
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2019.
Soaring piano, romping drums, and a hell of a lot of spiritual energy from the contemporary London scene – a really fantastic outing as a leader from keyboardist Sarah Tandy, a talent we'll certainly be hearing more from in years to come! The music is fresh and visionary – filled with ... (Jazz LP)
Lovely, 1977. (reissue)
One of the most important records from composer Robert Ashley – and one that's got a compact approach that helped it circulate a lot more than some of Ashley's larger operas! This piece is very much like those – with Ashley's unique spoken approach – part poetry, part performance ... (Out Sound LP)
On The Corner (UK), 2014. (reissue)
A gem of a record that came out at a time when the UK scene was just beginning to explode with a whole new wave of jazz energy – and a set that's ripe for rediscovery even a few years later! Collocutor are a smallish group – just a septet – but they play with a righteous majesty ... (Jazz LP)
BRC/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
A rare funky soul classic! This one was originally issued on Brunswick in 1974, and it's darn impossible to find in the original, probably because Brunswick was having a great deal of financial trouble at the time. Whatever the case, the record's a great one – and it's got a tight ensemble ... (Soul LP)
Ugly Things, 2019.
Ugly Things celebrates its 50th Anniversary – a well-deserved milestone, given that each issue of the magazine is more like a book than a standard periodical! As usual, the binding here is paperback, and hefty enough to hold the 150 pages of very deep, well-written text – graced with ... (Magazine)
Victor (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A sweet little set – one that brings together some of the grooviest cuts ever recorded by Japanese singer Yasuko Agawa – one of the leading lights of the overseas scene at the end of the 70s! Yasuko's got this really special blend of styles – a bit jazz, a bit soul, often ... (Vocalists CD)
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1976.
The debut album from Akiko Yano – and a set that's gotten more than a bit of acclaim over the years, in part because the group Little Feat back her on the first half of the record. Akiko sings in Japanese throughout, which sounds surprisingly great next to the rootsier sounds of Lowell ... (Rock CD)
Franz Koglmann with Steve Lacy
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973. (reissue)
Steve Lacy had plenty of fantastic moments on the European scene of the 70s – but this unique album may well stand as one of his best! The set's very different than any of Steve's recordings with his own group – partly because the core energy here comes from trumpeter Franz Koglmann ... (Jazz LP)
Ancient Afrika/Jazzman (UK), 1980.
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... (Jazz CD)
Nanga Boko (France), 1977. (reissue)
The first album recorded by singer Nkotti Francois and his Black Styls group – a combo who'd been backing Nkotti for years in clubs in Cameroon, and who work here with a very sharp sound right from the start! The instrumentation is often a bit unique – organ and guitar sometimes used ... (Global Grooves LP)
P-Vine (Japan), Late 70s.
Don't worry too much about the "bitter grooves" or "AOR" in the title – and just focus on the "soul" – as the set's overflowing with great rare groove tracks from the 70s, very much in the best sort of style that we've loved from P-Vine label reissues over ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2019.
A beautiful album from this Brazilian guitar quartet – one that borrows songs equally from bossa nova and American repertoire – and which features the legendary Sergio Mendes helping them out in the studio! Given the instrumentation, though, these guys hardly need Sergio's help – ... (Brazil CD)
Mississippi, Late 40s/1950s.
A really unusual slice of music from the southern African scene of the postwar years – sounds from a strange wave of cowboy-inspired music in Zimbabwe and South Africa – but with results that are completely unique! Many of these guys actually wore cowboy hats and played acoustic guitar ... (Global Grooves LP)
A beautiful second volume in the Heritage series from keyboard genius Mark De Clive Lowe – and one that we like even more than the first! The music here has the strong spiritual currents of the previous set, but also brings in more of the cosmic, electronic modes that we knew in Mark's ... (New Grooves CD)
Blue Note/Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A great look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the legendary Blue Note Records label – the company's strong wave of spiritual jazz material recorded during the 60s and early 70s – extremely fine music that's often eclipsed next to the company's better-known hardbop and funky jazz! As ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. 3CD
There's a heck of a lot of music in this set – more than enough to show that avant guitar genius Fred Frith has been alive and well in recent years – and at very collaborative level too! The package selects recordings from over 80 concerts that Frith performed at The Stone in New York ... (Jazz CD)
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. 2LP Gatefold
A great look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the legendary Blue Note Records label – the company's strong wave of spiritual jazz material recorded during the 60s and early 70s – extremely fine music that's often eclipsed next to the company's better-known hardbop and funky jazz! As ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Chuwanaga (France), Early 80s.
Rare grooves from the British scene at the start of the 80s – catchy soul-based club tunes, served up in the same generation as Level 42 and Shakatak, but a lot more obscure overall! The music here has the UK artists really hitting their stride – no longer just copying American soul ... (Funky Compilations LP)
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1960.
Acoustic guitar and lots of lively rhythms – a set that's somewhere in the territory of early records by Luiz Bonfa and Baden Powell, but has a nice sort of flavor that's all its own! Paulinho Nogueira has a chromatic sound to his instrument – as his guitar lines cascade out gently in ... (Brazil CD)
Dome (UK), 1996/1998/2001. 3CD
The first three albums from Down To The Bone – packaged here in a nicely-priced set, with bonus tracks too! First up is From Manhattan To Staten – a record that moves across the boroughs of New York – and which also managed to have a huge impact on the Windy City as well – ... (Neo Soul CD)
Duofel with Carlos Malta & Robertinho Silva
Duofel + 2
SESCSP (Brazil), 2019.
A hip Brazilian guitar duo gets inflected with some nice currents of jazz – as guitarists Fernando Melo and Luiz Bueno are joined by Robertinho Silva on percussion and Carlos Malta on a variety of saxes and flutes! The mix of modes is almost like an extension of some of the 60s experiments ... (Brazil CD)
Really great work from tenorist Joshua Redman – an artist that many have been following for decades – but who, to us, really seems to be hitting a new level of genius in recent years! There's this understated confidence going on here – as if Redman no longer has anything to prove ... (Jazz CD)
A relatively new combo from the Chicago scene – but one who've got deep roots in the soulful side of the spectrum – given that the quintet features organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham, both from the long-running Deep Blue Organ Trio! The style here is an expanded version ... (Jazz CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1982. 2LP Gatefold
Hard-burning work from the Timeless All Stars – a group named after their record label, but who have a heck of a lot more going on at the core! This isn't just jam session material, as is often the case with an "all stars" group – but instead really well-matched, well-conceive ... (Jazz LP)
Favorite (France), 2019.
Completely Sublime work from Lucas Arruda – an artist we love more and more with each new record – and one that we can't believe isn't a huge global success by this point! Lucas has a way of mixing together older Brazilian modes – a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, and plenty of soul ... (Brazil CD)
Uni/Mercury, 1972. (reissue)
Great stuff – the beginning of the Love Unlimited dynasty! As we're sure you know, Barry White produced this little gem of a record, and the album was a key proving ground for many of his stone cold soul production ideas before he went off and started doing the lead vocals himself. The ... (Soul LP)
Numero/P-Vine (Japan), 1984.
An eerie bit of soul from the 80s scene in Newark – one that's got a special vibe that's all its own – partly due to a real love of echo from the producers! The set uses a fair bit of the electro elements you might know from 80s soul, especially the east coast underground type – ... (Soul CD)
Demon (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. 9CD & DVD
An insane amount of material from British 80s soul heroes Five Star – a group who always seem to have an upbeat, catchy sort of vibe – one that holds strong in their music from the early 80s years up through all the changes in R&B at the start of the 90s! This package not only ... (Soul CD)
Columbia/Teensville, Late 60s.
Here's a singer you've probably never heard of – but who stands right up there with the best UK pop acts of the late 60s – both a vocalist and a songwriter, gifted with a wonderfully catchy ear for a tune! Graham Bonney's got qualities here that resonate nicely with work of the time by ... (Rock CD)
Everland (Austria), 1972. (reissue)
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to ... (Global Grooves CD)
Universal (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 5CD
The title's no lie – as this sweet little set features 101 Northern Soul classics – a treasure trove of upbeat soul from the 60s – with lots of rare cuts, obscure groovers, and the kinds of tracks that always got more play on UK dancefloors than back home here in the US! For the ... (Soul CD)
Canal (Brazil), 2019.
It's been quite awhile since we last heard from Patricia Marx – which is a real shame, as her soulful sounds earlier in the century were some of our favorite to come from Brazil! Despite the disappearance, Patricia hasn't dimmed her talents at all – and here, she works beautifully ... (Brazil CD)
Verve (Japan), 2019.
Really nice work from Andrea Motis – a singer who's way most than just a pretty face handling a few Brazilian tunes – a she also works here as an instrumentalist, blowing both trumpet and soprano sax, in a way that really adds a lot to the record! The rhythms and most of the ... (Vocalists CD)
Dreamland (Austria), 2017.
Great work from one of the most important saxophonists to emerge in recent years – the mighty Muriel Grossmann, a player who seems to be more and more on fire with each new record! Grossmann's a very strong-voiced talent – first on soprano sax, which was her initial calling card – ... (Jazz CD)
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone ... (Deep Funk CD)
Everland (Austria), 1977.
An interesting turning point for this funky Nigerian group of the 70s – as the set's still got the chunky rhythms of previous efforts, but also shows a touch of influence from reggae on some of the grooves – as well as some very cool use of keyboard touches that give the whole thing ... (Global Grooves CD)
Posi tone, 2019.
A really wonderful album from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – a very strong-voiced talent who's got a way of being bright and sharp at the same time, and who can always bring lots of his own compositional strengths to bear as well! The core group is a quartet – with Lawrence blowing ... (Jazz CD)
A lost Ohio soul treasure – the initial effort by a singer with a hell of a voice, but one who languished in obscurity after the poor response to this debut LP! Barbara Howard really knocks it out of the park here – singing like a deep soul diva with a hell of a lot of power and focus ... (Soul CD)
Jake Najor's a mighty funky drummer – as you'll hear from the very first note on this set – a spark that sets a flame to the album's strong run of tunes in both a funky and instrumental mode, as Jake leads the group through a great assortment of small combo grooves! Most tracks feature ... (Deep Funk CD)
Lespedeza/Omnivore, 1974. (reissue)
The beautiful debut of Uncle Walt's Band – a 70s group who never moved past underground status, but who had an undeniable impact at the time – so much so that this self-produced record was issued in a number of different formats over the years! The group's maybe best known for their ... (Folk/Country LP)
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both ... (Vocalists CD)
Soundway (UK), 2019.
The world of Dexter Story just keeps getting bigger and bigger – not just because he's a richly collaborative player, but also because he's got this musical style that really opens up to so many different elements – but without ever sounding like he's trying to crash them together in ... (New Grooves LP)
Boneshaker (Mars Williams/Paal Nilssen-Love/Kent Kessler)
Soul What, 2019.
A trio that really lives up to its name – given that the lineup features three of the most dynamic figures in free jazz over the past few decades! The set was recorded in Chicago, and has a sound that really lives up to that city's embrace of a power trio like this – with completely ... (Jazz CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
The only album ever cut as a leader by tenor saxophonist Charles Brackeen during his early years – and a real standout in the catalog of the legendary Strata East label! The set's got an unusual history – in that it's part of the Dolphy Series, recorded before the label started by ... (Jazz LP)
Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. (reissue)
Wickedly cool work from this overlooked Brazilian singer – a record that's got a strong sense of soul in the grooves, and a great sense of imagination in the choice of songs! Celia sings early work by Joyce, Lo Borges, Nelson Angelo, and others – with these shifting arrangements from ... (Brazil CD)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1967.
The third legendary album from the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – and a set that really has the combo stretching out in the new kind of freedoms offered by the Landsowne series at the time! The group had already made fantastic waves on their previous two albums – but here, the songs ... (Jazz CD)
Kay Dee, 2019.
Rasheed Campbell's a hell of an MC – one who pulls no punches at all when tying together his environment and the way it's shaped his outlook on life – and he works here with the mighty Kenny Dope, who produced and mixed the whole record – and really gives it a massive kick right ... (Hip Hop CD)
Tortoise Books, 2019.
A beautiful little book from one of the more inspired creative talents on the Chicago scene – writer/artist Dmitry Samarov, who's always got a talent for getting to the heart of the city – and for being very open about what matters, and why! This book is Dmitry's love letter to the ... (Book)
Beat (Italy), 1969.
One of the stranger western soundtracks from the 60s Italian scene – scored by one of its most obscure composers too – which maybe gave Pippo Franco a bit more leeway than most to really change things up with his style! The music really moves between a lot of different styles here ... (Soundtracks CD)
Barclay/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972.
One of the grooviest Brazilian albums you could ever hope to buy – and one that's not even from Brazil, either! This little gem was recorded in France in the early 70s – but it's got a swinging groove that's very similar to the work of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 during the 60s ... (Brazil CD)
Atlantic/Rhino, 1972. 4LP
A legendary album – one that has Aretha Franklin returning to her roots in gospel music – but working with all the strength and power that Atlantic Records had to offer! From early years recording as a young voice alongside her father's congregation, Aretha has matured into a hell of a ... (Soul LP)
Mellotronen (Sweden), 1972.
An early 70s recording from Stockholm, but one that's slightly different than some of the better-known overseas material from Dexter Gordon at the time – maybe a bit more laidback, but in a way that also lets the personality of the man really shine through! Part of that quality might come ... (Jazz LP)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. 2LP
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, ... (Global Grooves LP)
Trio (Japan), 1977. (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the coolest, grooviest tracks ever recorded by Lorez Alexandria – back to back on a Japanese-only 45! "Send In The Clowns" is taken at this great modal jazz clip – a completely different rhythm than anyone's ever used with the tune, which completely transforms it ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Tompkins Square, Late 60s.
Sublime solo guitar work from Kinloch Nelson – a figure who's spent decades working as a musician and teacher in upstate New York, but who made these recordings when he was just a pretty young guy! The music here fits in perfectly with some of the archival releases on Tompkins Square – ... (Folk/Country CD)
Apple/Secretly Canadian, 1969.
One of the weirdest, most experimental albums ever from John Lennon and Yoko Ono – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the nature of their other music! The set's got a cover and title that might make you expect more conventional modes – after all, everyone is familiar with the ... (Rock CD)
High Note, 2019.
Trumpeter Tom Harrell's got this amazing way of always blowing our mind – always bringing something new to the table, but never in a way that ever sounds gimmicky, or like a throwaway project at all! The quality is really something special – because, especially in recent years, each ... (Jazz CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1972.
A fantastic Luis Bacalov score for one of the classic films to feature the duo of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill – music that matches the wicked blend of drama and humor that always made their movies so great! The set begins with a great English-language theme – the very catchy "Can ... (Soundtracks CD)
PTR (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Funky country, twangy soul, and lots more strangeness – a set that definitely lives up to everything it promises on the cover – and maybe even gives you a bit more too! The collection's from the same folks who gave us the excellent Funky Country series – and there's a very ... (Funky Compilations LP)
You might know Cochemea Gastelum from his work in The Dap-Kings over the years – but this time around, the saxophonist is very much his own man – blowing a version of his instruments that often seems electrified, ala classic Varitone from the late 60s – used in these really new ... (Deep Funk CD)
Trio (Japan), 1974. (pic cover, reissue)
A unique Japanese-only single – one that features two of the best tracks from the legendary Afro Blue album by Dee Dee Bridgewater! First up is her take on the Bobby Hutcherson classic "Little B's Poem" – a completely wonderful vocal version that, to us, even blows away the ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Challenge/Sundazed, Late 50s. (reissue)
A shot of tequila and a whole lot more – one of the few albums issued by the legendary Champs, a group who helped reinvent the sound of instrumental rock at the start of the 60s! The group's classic "Tequila" is a very familiar mix of raunchy sax, strutting guitar, and some ... (Rock LP)
Trio (Japan), 1973. (pic cover, reissue)
Funky keyboard grooves from early 70s Japan – a special single featuring two tracks from the What's Going On album by Takehiro Honda! "Ain't It Funky Now" has Honda on lead keys, with a mean solo in the middle – while a guitar riffs along the famous groove of this James Brown ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Equipe/Far Out (UK), 1973.
A rare Brazilian album from the legendary keyboardist Deodato – recorded right around the same time as his classic CTI albums Prelude and Deodato 2 – but much more obscure! This set's got a similar electric vibe, but is much more compact – with maybe more organ than Rhodes, on ... (Brazil CD)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1968. (reissue)
Sexteto Miramar are putting plenty of salsa on their seafood on the cover – and they're also putting plenty in their music, too – as they work with a tight combo mode that owes a lot to the Joe Cuba Sextet of the mid 60s, and which also borrows a bit of Latin Soul from the New York ... (Latin LP)
Pedra Temple Animal, 1974. (reissue)
That's a trippy cover on the album, and the group are pretty darn trippy too – much more so than most of the popular Brazilian acts of the mid 70s – still working with a sound that hearkens back to the offbeat psych of the Tropicalia generation! We don't know much about these guys, but ... (Brazil LP)
Sister Love/Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1974.
A really unique album by an all-female jazz group from the LA scene of the 70s – a group who were part of the feminist collective of artists distributed by Olivia Records, but who are maybe even more righteous than the rest! The group mix together jazz and poetry – the latter of which ... (Jazz LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1971.
A biker soundtrack to end all biker soundtracks – one that shares plenty of elements with better-known entries in the genre, but which also has some really wild and offbeat moments! As with most of the short-lived motorcycle soundtrack era, the vibe here is much more rock than other film ... (Soundtracks LP)
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
Some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff – a session that's a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn great! The set's kind of a nice link between the straighter soul jazz of McGriff's 60s years, and his return to the format at the ... (Jazz CD)
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone ... (Deep Funk CD)
Philips/Glam O Rama (Italy), 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really fantastic final album from The Peddlers – the UK trio who effortlessly mixed jazz and soul in the 60s, but who work here in a more expanded format! All the best elements of the group's sound are still nicely in place – those raspy vocals, strong use of keyboards, and ... (Soul LP)
Single Malt, 2019.
Saxophonist Chris Greene has been running one of the sharpest shows around town in the Chicago jazz scene – always tight, always together, and always moving forward with his music – to the point where we're surprised (and pleased) that he hasn't left our city for the coast! Greene ... (Jazz CD)
Slash/Fat Possum, 1981. (reissue)
A mindblowing album – and one that we'd never part with, ever! X may have sprung from the LA punk scene of the late 70s – but this second album from the group is one that pushes way past every one of their contemporaries – a set that's always urgent, never dated – and which ... (Rock LP)
Now Again, 2019.
Some of the fullest, freakiest sounds we've ever heard from Karl Hector & The Malcouns – and a set that almost has the contemporary combo resonating with some of the older psych and fuzz that often gets reissued on the Now Again label! JJ Whitefield – of Whitefield Brothers/Poets ... (Deep Funk CD)
Mack Avenue, 2019.
Julian Lage is often one of the more compelling contemporary jazz guitarists on record – and this time around, he definitely lives up to that legacy – by offering up unusual trio takes on the music of Ornette Coleman, David Lynch, and Keith Jarrett – while also adding in a few of ... (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3LP
An incredible collection of electronic sounds that went on to inform generations of rock, pop, and dance music in years to come – but all featured here with much more interesting examples from the European and American roots of the genre! There's a wonderful criss-crossing of sources going ... (Rock LP)
Schema (Italy), 2009. 2LP Gatefold
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old ... (New Grooves LP)
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s.
A revelatory selection of tracks recorded on a Nairobi music scene that was really overflowing with creative energy – so much so that the music here doesn't just come from Kenyan talents, but from Tanzania and the Congo as well! There's a positive spirit that imbues most of the grooves ... (Global Grooves LP)
CBS/Afro 7 (Estonia), Early 80s.
A set of rare tracks from the vaults of CBS Records in Kenya – tunes that really show a nicely complex approach to the groove! Black Fire kick things off with "Fire" – a tune that's got a reggae vibe, but a sound that's quite different than the style of Kingston! The cut's ... (Global Grooves 12-inch)
Color World/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
Great work from Spaceark – a funky soul combo who are much more firmly grounded on earth than their name or cover art might make you expect! The record's got this fantastic glow right from the start – really well-played instrumentation that has lots of jazzy currents – to support ... (Soul CD)
Brooklyn Butterfly, 2019.
We've loved these guys since the start, but this time around they really seem to be knocking it out of the park – fusing their fantastic blend of funky jazz and contemporary soul with a fresher vibe than they've ever had before! These guys draw on plenty of classic elements, but never sound ... (New Grooves CD)
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2018.
Man, these guys just keep on getting better – and this time around, Durand Jones & The Indications deliver a record that's way more than just another funk band with a lead singer! Instead, there's a depth and complexity to this set that takes us back to our favorite indie soul albums at ... (Deep Funk LP)
University Of Texas Press, 2019.
A fantastic little book – way more than just a volume on one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time – as Hanif Abdurraqib also uses their music to look at black life and the media during the years of Tribe's ascendency and growth! We were already blown away by Abdurraqib's previous ... (Book)
A Detroit guitar legend – captured in the most famous contemporary club in his hometown! The set's got Dennis Coffey still sounding great at the head of a small combo – playing in a mode that's a lot more jazz than his 70s funk classics, but still really great – with a more ... (Soul CD)
Schema (Italy), 2019. (pic cover)
A great slinky groove for the vocals of Irene Nonis – a tune co-written with Nicola Conte, who produced and also plays guitar on the cut! The track's got an easygoing vibe – with congas under keyboards, almost feeling like a sweet-stepping 70s tune! "Night Stuff" is maybe ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
CTI/BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A trio of classic CTI Records albums from tenorist Stanley Turrentine – with bonus tracks too! First up is Cherry – one of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine ... (Jazz CD)
Primary Information, 2018.
One of the coolest discographies you'll ever see in your life – a special book devoted to ultra-rare records created by artists as well as musicians – first published in 1989, and filled with a wealth of obscure records from the 50s through the 80s! Musical styles run from avant jazz ... (Book)
Bruton Music (UK), Early 70s/2019.
A fresh take on the sound library genius of Bruton – one of the coolest UK commercial studios of the 70s, remixed here by a host of contemporary talents! There's plenty of vintage Bruton tracks that are heavy on soundtrack-styled funk and jazz – and they prove to be a perfect blueprint ... (Sound Library LP)
Black Monk (Austria), Mid 70s.
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of ... (Jazz CD)
International Anthem, 2019.
Makaya McCraven pushes his unique jazz genius even further – by serving up a completely groundbreaking remix of live jazz performance on the London scene! McCraven's already stood out from the pack in the way that he breaks down jazz norms by playing with a recorded performance later in the ... (Jazz LP)
Scepter/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
A fantastic selection of work from the great Tommy Hunt – a male singer who cut some incredible work in the 60s, but never fully got his due! Ace/Kent Records already helped bring Tommy's genius to the forefront with a previous collection – and this second set brings together even more ... (Soul CD)
Dureco/P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
Massive grooves from a very unique group! These guys play guitar and percussion all at once – in a flurry of fast grooves that rip away tremendously, but with a style that's still plenty darn earthy! There's definitely a bit of a global influence in the music overall, but the sound comes ... (Soul CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1960.
A gem of an unreleased live performance from the mighty Stan Getz – working here in a quartet that ties together his time on both the Swedish and American scenes of the 50s! The group is great – with Jan Johansson on piano, still swinging, but clearly a budding modernist too, ... (Jazz CD)
Jazz Men/Jazz Detective (UK), 1973. (reissue)
A fantastic album of soulful jazz – and one that's got a lot more staying power than the macrame craze of the 70s! Don't confuse this Bobby with the Rodriguez who put out some mid 70s salsa albums on Vaya in New York – because this Bobby's a trumpet player from the LA scene, one who ... (Jazz LP)
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Early 80s.
A treasure trove of rare singles recorded in Nairobi – easily one of the most welcoming scenes in East Africa during the 80s – especially in comparison to more restrictive cultural territory to the west! At the time, Nairobi really opened up its door to new sounds and ideas – ... (Global Grooves LP)
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
Theon Cross plays a tuba, but don't hold that against him – as he's already given us some mighty great music in The Sons Of Kemet – and really steps out here as a leader in a core trio that features the great Moses Boyd on drums and Nubya Garcia on tenor! A few tracks features Wayne ... (Jazz LP)
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975.
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than ... (Jazz CD)
CBS/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1977. (reissue)
A classic album of 70s soul from Brazil – put together with a warm sunny finish that seems to unify the best modes of Rio and LA at the time! Singer Robson Jorge works here with frequent partner Lincoln Olivetti – and both artists handle plenty of keyboards throughout – lots of ... (Brazil LP)
A mighty soulful groove from Amp Fiddler – one that's maybe even more classic than his classic work – and that's really saying a lot! The Jayda G remix begins with just vocals and really spare Fender Rhodes – a stripped-down cut that kicks up the beat only when it's nice and ... (New Grooves 12-inch)
Curtom/Rhino, Early 70s. 4CD
A massive package of greatness – the first four solo albums from Chicago soul genius Curtis Mayfield! First up is Curtis – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield ... (Soul CD)