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Planet Ilunga (Netherlands), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2LP Gatefold
Classic sounds from Franco & OK Jazz – one of the coolest groups going in the Congo in the 50s – and an ensemble whose approach paved the way for many other acts to come! The music here is all from the final years of Belgian rule, but already represents a flowering of newly ... (Global Grooves)
Tahirah Memory, 2017.
A tremendous debut from Tahirah Memory – an underground soul singer from the same Oregon scene as Jarrod Lawson, who also helped co-produce the album! Tahirah's got a beautifully fresh sound – sharp songs that burst from her pen with a sort of urgency we haven't heard in years – ... (Neo Soul)
Sahel Sounds, 2017.
Luka Productions is Luka Guindo – who created the wonderful sounds on this set on the Bamako scene, then made space for a number of other voices to step in and out of the mix! At some level, the music is almost a contemporary studio reworking of older field recording modes from Mali – ... (Global Grooves)
A beautiful use of Hawaiian guitar in early Greek 78rpm recordings – an amazing musical journey that's even more fascinating than the use of the instrument in American country music! The instrument here is the acoustic version of steel guitar, and is often played alongside other more ... (Global Grooves)
Oscar Rocchi (Chiarosi)/Fabio Fabor
Fonovideo/Schema (Italy), 1974.
Some of the most offbeat music we've heard from Italian musician Oscar Rocchi – a set that's not nearly as jazzy as some of his other work of the time, and which instead serves as a wonderfully experimental approach to keyboards! The set's done in collaboration with Fabio Fabor (and has ... (Sound Library)
Blue Candle/Alston (UK), 1976. (reissue)
The one and only album we've ever seen from The 13th Floor – a hip little combo from St Louis, produced here by Oliver Sain in a great blend of jazz, soul, and funk! There's a depth here that goes way beyond the average outing of this type – as the group clearly have some sort of an ... (Soul)
Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2CD
A fantastic collection of work from Mother's Finest – one of the more unique groups of the 70s, and one of the few who could equally balance sounds from soul, funk, and rock in their music! There's always lots of heavy guitar on the Mother's Finest grooves – and singer Joyce Washington ... (Soul)
Now Again, 2017.
A really beautiful second album from Fabiano Do Nascimento – and a set that really blows away his debut! This record's got an "instant classic" vibe right from the start – the kind of set that you could easily listen next to 70s gems by artists like Lo Borges, Milton ... (Brazil)
Legere (France), 2017.
A record with a cosmic cover, but a sound that's very down to earth – fierce deep funk, in the best Legere Records mode – played by a group who are currently one of the hardest-hitting acts on the funky label! The music's got the full-on power of Afro Funk – especially in the way ... (Deep Funk)
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1973.
Exactly the kind of record that makes us love sound library records so much – and definitely the sort that sets the style apart from anything else we can think of! Both Sandro Brugnolini and Giorgio Carnini turn in some great work here – a mindblowing mix of modes over the space of ten ... (Sound Library)
Posi tone, 2017.
Ken Fowser's got an unassuming look on the cover, but he's got a sound that's growing more and more confident with each new record – to a point where he may well be one of our favorite new tenor players in recent years! Fowser's got a very soulful vision – one that comes through not ... (Jazz)
Hot Cup, 2017.
Fantastic work from a group who never fail to blow our minds – and who also seem to try out something different with each new record, yet never falter at all in their progress forward! Mostly Other People Do The Killing may have one of the longest names in jazz, but they've also got a brash ... (Jazz)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. Gatefold
A duet that's every bit as special as you might expect – a really wonderful meeting between pianist Craig Taborn and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson – both very well-matched players who seem to find a special sort of energy working with each other! Taborn's piano is as dark-tinged and ... (Jazz)
Fonovideo/Schema (Italy), 1973.
Weird sounds that definitely live up to the diabolicus and mysterious names promised in the title – as these instrumentals all feel like they've been pulled from some very spooky films from the 60s! The music here is sometimes a bit darker than other records you'll know from Fabio Fabor ... (Sound Library)
Commercial/Think (Japan), 1978.
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... (Soul)
Universal (France), 1969. 4CD & DVD
A fantastic package based around a legendary meeting of three of the greatest minds in French music in the 60s – singer/songwriters Jacques Brel, George Brassens, and Leo Ferre – who shared a space for a famous discussion on the state of music and culture at the time! The package ... (French)
Think (Japan), 2017. Gatefold
Moon in Paris, recorded in New York – as Japanese singer Fukumi works with some of that city's top jazz talents – including Eric Alexander on tenor sax, Behn Gillece on vibes, David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! The instrumental core of the album ... (Vocalists)
Prescription/Rush Hour (Netherlands), Mid 90s. 6LP set
An incredible tribute to the short-lived, but extremely influential Prescription label from Chicago – started by Ron Trent and Chez Damier in the mid 90s, as part of the second wave of house sounds from that city – music that was even more underground and farther-reaching than the first ... (Soul)
Polydor (France), 1960s. 2CD
One of the greatest French female singers of the 60s – presented here in a double length collection of work! If you've gotta dig one gal vocalist of the Parisian scene of the time, Gall is definitely your girl – as her brash, bold style of singing really sums up the hippest, grooviest ... (French)
Tower/Sundazed, 1967. (reissue)
The last album that The Standells ever gave the world – and a masterful mix of all the sinister sounds that were brewing up on the LA scene of the time! We'd file this one right next to our favorite Kim Fowley records from the time (the really nasty ones!), or maybe the first two albums by ... (Rock)
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