Big music for a groovy weekend!
Atlantic (Japan), 1965. 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)
Mainstream/Kent (UK), Early 70s.
Fantastic soul from Mainstream Records – an imprint that's normally best-known for their work in the field of jazz, but a label that also cut some killer soul singles in the early 70s! Mainstream soul artists almost never got a chance to record a full-length album – so over the years, ... (Soul)
Atlantic/Kent (UK), Late 60s.
Two of the hippest soul artists of the late 60s – coming together here for an incredible collection of work! Bobby Womack would explode into huge fame as a star in his own right at the end of the decade – but at the time of these recordings, he was mostly getting play as a songwriter ... (Soul)
Silva Screen, 1970. (reissue)
A very groovy action-based score from composer Piero Piccioni – one of his few non-Italian soundtracks from the time! The music was recorded in swinging London at the end of the 60s – and it's got a mod sound that's very groovy, with Hammond and horns and guitar and electric bass all ... (Soundtracks)
Detour (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fantastic collection of funky mod and psych tracks from the great Rob Bailey – the man who's steered us through a handful of other wonderful compilations over the years, and won our undying respect in the process! Rob's choices are quite far from the obvious – and are made up from a ... (Funky Compilations)
Rogue Art (France), 1999/2016. 2CD
A very cool package – one that offers up two different slices of work from this very compelling trio! First up is a new remaster of the Magnetism album from 1999 – pianist Matthew Shipp at his most fragile – working with frequent partner William Parker on bass and reedman Rob ... (Jazz)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
A set that's every bit as wonderful as you'd guess from its title and cover – a killer package of all-girl rockers, and one that's filled with rare gems from the 60s! The material here is definitely a lot harder-hitting than more familiar girl group sounds of the 60s – as the tunes are ... (Rock)
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1965.
One of the most important Sun Ra albums from the early years of Saturn Records – a set that got a bit more circulation than some of his other records, and which shows the group really expanding their sonic range in a wonderful way! The title track takes up all of side one – and is this ... (Jazz)
Elektra/Ace (UK), 1963/1964.
A great two-fer – a pair of albums from the very cool Judy Henske – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Elektra debut from Judy Henske – an enigmatic 60s figure with a style that lie somewhere between jazz, blues, and folk! Given the mix, Henske was a ... (Folk/Country)
Esoteric (UK), 1969/1970.
Fantastic work from Colosseum – a pair of records that really stand out as completely unique hybrids from the British jazz rock years! Although Colosseum are probably best known as a progressive band, they certainly had plenty of jazz touches – and Valentyne Suite spawned the great ... (Rock)
Studio One, Late 60s.
An incredible collection of work from one of the coolest musicians on the Jamaican scene in the 60s – the legendary Don Drummond – an artist who was schooled in jazz trombone, then went on to use the instrument as a surprisingly powerful force in ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This ... (Reggae)
The music of Ennio Morricone – completely recast into a jazz setting by drummer Arthur Vint and his associates! The project's maybe a bit like the famous John Zorn reworking of Ennio Morricone music from decades ago – but the approach here is more unified, and has as much ear for the ... (Jazz)
Enja (Germany), 1968/1972/1975/1978. 4CD
A wonderful collection of unreleased jazz recordings from the overseas scene – the kind of open-ended, freewheeling work that brings together American and European musicians in a style that's similar to some of the best albums on the MPS/Saba label! The first CD in the collection is ... (Jazz)
Rogue Art (France), 2017.
Mighty wild sounds from reedman Larry Ochs – who plays some of his boldest sounds in years on both tenor and sopranino saxophones – really driven onwards by the burning energy of the group! The combo features this fierce mix of percussion and electronics, plus trumpet from Natsuki ... (Jazz)
Cool Green, 2017.
One of the most soul-based albums in years from drummer Stanton Moore – a set based around the classic songs of Allen Toussaint, and which features help from a whole host of Nola guest stars too! Tunes are tight, funky, and are a mix of vocal and instrumental numbers – with help from ... (Deep Funk)
Secret Stash, 2017.
A set recorded in Minneapolis, but done with a very classic Latin vibe – thanks to a no-nonsense recording style, and a tight combo that features lots of work on tres! The guitar-like instrument is used here to capture a vintage Afro Cuban vibe – a bit like some of the best recordings ... (Latin)
Glades/Get On Down, 1977. (reissue)
"Africano" is one of the coolest cuts ever from the great Timmy Thomas – a tribal-styled groover, complete with congas to reference the title, and this wicked bassline that's almost blacksploitation in nature! Riffing guitars really set up the groove, and there's lots of cool ... (Soul)
Sony, Mid 80s/2017.
Billy Ocean sums up his roots, his early career, and his influences – in a set that's half new recordings, and half older classics from his first years on record! The set begins with "influence and inspiration" – great new recordings from Billy that feature his fresh takes on ... (Soul)
Payday/Get On Down, 1995. 2LP (reissue)
Classic debut of Group Home from the height of the Gang Starr foundation, when Primo just couldn't miss on the production front – always a rock solid backdrop from on point rhymes, which is just what you get from Lil' Dap & Melachi The Nutcracker. Strong work that stands up strongly these ... (Hip Hop)
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... (Neo Soul)
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