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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)
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2017.
There's a trippy-looking Muppet on the cover, and that gives you part of a feeling of the album – but just a sliver, because the overall sound here is a lot more complex! The album's a masterpiece from west coast arranger Ryan Porter – a mix of deeper jazz with bits of soul and hip hop ... (Neo Soul CD)
Vostock, 1970s/Early 80s.
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 CD)
Monument/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. (reissue)
A funky fusion classic from keyboardist Eddie Russ – and quite possibly his most fully developed album ever! Eddie's working here at a level that's right up there with Weldon Irvine, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Bobby Lyle – a wonderful fusion of jazz and soul that's carried off perfectly ... (Jazz LP)
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 4CD
John Morales has a wonderful talent for taking a funky track and making it sound even funkier – which he does beautifully here in this killer collection of old school tunes! Many of the numbers are vintage clubby soul from the late 70s and early 80s – and Morales has this great way of ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Cadet/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1969. (reissue)
One of the grooviest Dorothy Ashby albums of the 60s – a set that has her already-great jazz work on harp backed by Chicago soul arrangements from Richard Evans – all in a blend that's somewhere in the territory of the Soulful Strings, but even groovier! And as an added bonus, Odell ... (Jazz LP)
Blind Faith/Transistor Sound, 2017.
Sugaray Rayford looks like a vintage soul singer on the cover, and he sounds like one too – here on an album that may well be the first time he really found his groove! Previous Rayford efforts have been a bit more blues-based, but the approach here goes strongly for a deep funk style – ... (Deep Funk CD)
Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
Sweet grooves from the Duomo Sounds label – a short-lived Nigerian imprint who cut some mighty funky sounds at the start of the 80s! The title here uses the word "disco", but these cuts have none of the strings and polish of the sounds you'd hear at Studio 54 – as most ... (Global Grooves LP)
Wonderful contemporary work from the legendary Chairmen Of The Board – not exactly the same version of the group that climbed the charts at the start of the 70s, but one that definitely gets their spirit completely right! The album's a recent recording, but it features plenty of vintage ... (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)
RCA (Japan), 1976.
One of the few American releases by this legendary Japanese fusion artist – and a pretty funky little record as well! Ryo Kawasaki plays lead guitar and the very cool "string synthesizer" on the set – making for a sweet mix of electric grooves that has some really great ... (Jazz CD)
Mental Experience (Spain), Early 70s.
Really great sounds from an artist with "moog" in his name – and a fair bit in his music as well! Emilio Aparicio Moog recorded these tracks on the Guatemala scene in the 70s – and the titles were mostly issued as ultra-rare 45s, but are brought together here in one heck of a ... (Sound Library 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)
RPM (UK), 1960s. 3CD
There's nothing like 60s British female pop at all – a genre that's very much unto itself, and which seems to draw equally from roots in rock, pop, and soul! Most of the cuts here have a punch that's different than the softer, sometimes sadder tones of American girl pop of the time – a ... (Rock CD)
A cool take on the record album art book genre – one that focuses more on the vinyl than it does on the covers! The volume is a really amazing one – put together by European groove maestros Giorgio Moroder and Alessandro Benedetti, with a focus on weirdly-pressed vinyl releases from ... (Book)
Past Due, Late 70s/1980s. 5LP
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 LP)
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
Curtis Fuller is definitely smoking here – finding a way to fit his soulful trombone style to a sweet electric groove for the 70s – all at a level that makes the album one of his best from the decade! The drums are great – handled by Billy Higgins throughout, in a way that can be ... (Jazz CD)
GRP/Vocalion (UK), 1980.
A fantastic funky album from flute man Dave Valentin – done right after his time on the New York Latin underground, including some work with Ricardo Marrerro – and in that lean, sharp sound of the early years of the GRP label! The vibe here is more CTI than the smoother later sound of ... (Jazz CD)
Art Farmer with Joe Henderson
CTI/King (Japan), 1979.
An obscure late 70s set from CTI – and a near-lost chapter in the career of both artists in the title! Mike Mainieri arranged and produced the set – and the album's got a sweet, warm fusion approach that's very much like his own work – using a larger group of keyboards, vibes, ... (Jazz CD)
Gospel Friend (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Fantastic work from the Gospelaires – a group from Dayton, Ohio – but one who recorded most of the music here down in Houston – where they issued some tremendous singles for the Peacock label! The group are incredible – and sing with a hard-edged frenzy that's maybe more ... (Gospel CD)
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