Planet E, 2017.
One of the boldest statements we've heard from the Detroit underground in years – and a great reminder that the city's legendary club sound is still alive and well – if you know where to look! Terrence Parker serves up a set that makes the Planet E label very proud – and which ... (New Grooves)
Strata/BBE (UK), 1965.
A fantastic lost set from the Detroit jazz scene of the 60s – by a group who was years ahead of their time, and who bridged a number of different parts of the city's scene! The group's led by drummer Bert Myrick, but it also features amazing work from George Bohannon on trombone – who ... (Jazz)
ECM (Germany), 2017. 2CD
A fantastic program of live recordings – all captured at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Chicago – as part of their 50th Anniversary tribute to the AACM! Roscoe Mitchell works here in a very unusual format – with four different trios, each heard separately – then grouped ... (Jazz)
Capitol, 1967. 2CD
An amazing treasure for fans of the Beach Boys during their highest moment of genius – a huge batch of unreleased tracks from their important year of 1967 – plus the rare stereo mix of Wild Honey! We love the Wild Honey album – a back-to-basics album of sorts – shorter, ... (Rock)
Sunnyside/Groovin High, 1959. 2CD
A much-needed document of a very hip quartet – one that was led by trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, after his initial famous recordings for Prestige – and which also featured pianist Oscar Dennard, an under-recorded genius who left this world at a very early age! The 2CD package presents the ... (Jazz)
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Amazing sounds from Reunion Island – a relatively tiny spot, but one that's always had a very compelling cultural legacy! The nation was completely deserted four hundred years ago, and has been populated by waves of colonization from Europe, Africa, and Asia – which has made for a very ... (Global Grooves)
The cover says Art Pepper, but the record's one of our favorite albums ever cut under the leadership of trombonist Bill Watrous – a set that was part of a Japanese-only series that brought together some of the best players on the west coast scene at the end of the 70s! Watrous is maybe not ... (Jazz)
BBE (UK), 2010s.
A killer collection of contemporary Afro Funk work – but all served up from quite a surprising source! The music here is all from Brazil, but also continues that nation's long tradition of sharing roots and culture with the continent across the Atlantic – a legacy that's sometimes been ... (Global Grooves)
Dome (UK), 2017.
An overdue full-length set from Simon Law – one of the founding members of Soul II Soul, and a British soul producer as well – working here in a mode that delivers strongly on both sides of his experience! The album's a very collaborative effort – and features appearances from ... (Neo Soul)
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
You might know "Soul Makossa" – the worldwide hit by Manu Dibango that was covered by many folks, and sampled heavily in later years too – but this set takes a look at the deeper scene behind that famous groove, through a host of wickedly funky tracks from the late 70s scene ... (Global Grooves)
The title definitely sums up the vibe of the record – because although Trevor Lawrence is the drummer at the core, he's also clearly a hell of a warm personality, too – with a very welcoming vibe that makes the album's array of musicians and guest artists feel right at home! The set's ... (Jazz)
Nelson (Italy), 1970.
One of the coolest albums ever from this legendary Italian combo – a set that's still got all the sound library funk of their other records, but with a vibe that's maybe a bit more complex and jazzy too! Things are never too far out, but there's definitely moments where a key instrumental ... (Sound Library)
A mighty meeting of two modern alto giants – a set cut under the leadership of Lee Konitz, but which also features some great work from Art Pepper too! Both Pepper and Konitz were two of the most distinctive players to emerge in the 50s – both in the generation after Charlie Parker ... (Jazz)
Basta (Netherlands), 1960s. 2CD
An amazing lost trove of work by electronic music Raymond Scott – sounds that were never issued commercially, and which may well represent the last corner of his genius yet to be explored! The music here was all created in Scott's home studio on Long Island – and is a fantastic blend ... (Sound Library)
Rhino/Run Out Groove, Mid 80s.
A fantastic side of Echo & The Bunnymen at the height of their powers – and material with a rawer edge than most of their studio work too! The sound here is mostly nice and stark – more post-punk than polished, because of the live setting – and a surprisingly great reminder ... (Rock)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1977.
Classic Italian cop work from the mighty Stelvio Cipriani – one of the few Italian composers who can work in a heavily electric mode, yet still get the richness of that scene's more acoustic years! The music is heavy on guitar and keyboards – but not in the later way inspired by Goblin ... (Soundtracks)
Agogo (Germany), 2017. 2LP Gatefold
Stunning new work from Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – whose Simigwa album was one of the Afro Funk treasures of the 70s – still sounding great here in the company of some excellent younger musicians! The set's an update of Ambolley's earlier style – a bit in the way that Tony Allen's ... (Global Grooves)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1972.
An amazing sonic portrait of the modern city – one created on the early 70s Italian scene, but lost to the shifting sands of time, due to its release as a sound library-only album! We've heard Maria Teresa Luciani on a few other records of this nature – but this one may well be her ... (Sound Library)
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1985.
An awesome tape from Africa, but a set that also shares lots with the American soul scene of the 80s too – as Om Alec Khaoli draws heavily on the bass and beat-heavy club sounds the time! The tracks were recorded in Soweto and Johannesburg, but have a groove that's strongly electric soul ... (Global Grooves)
Cometa (Italy), 1973. (reissue)
Maybe not the sound of kung fu fighting that you're used to from the big martial arts boom of the 70s – but a fantastic little record that still fits very well underneath that movement's themes of the time! Rino De Filippi's maybe going for a style here that's an imaginative take on kung fu ... (Sound Library)
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