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Glitterbeat (Germany), 2017.
New work from this legendary Ghanian singer – an artist who also plays the guitar-like kologo, but in the company of a fierce amount of percussion! The album's got an approach that really comes on strong – mixing older modes with a slightly contemporary crackle – a bit like the ... (Global Grooves)
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
Brilliant work from pianist Michael Naura – one of our favorite players on the German scene at the start of the 60s – and one of the few who was really picking up the best sorts of soulful currents from the American scene! Most of the work here features Naura's excellent combo with ... (Jazz)
RCA/Get On Down, 1978. (reissue)
Funky club grooves from the never-miss team of Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael! The cut's one of the best from the hard-to-find Bumblebee Unlimited album on RCA – and it's offered here in 2 versions, a 10 minute long mix by John Morales and Frank Trimarco, and a 6 minute remix version by ... (Soul)
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1972. (reissue)
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... (Global Grooves)
Posi tone, 2017.
Wonderfully romping piano from Theo Hill – a musician who's clearly got some earlier soul jazz inspiration in his style, but who also knows how to warm things up with a bit of lyricism too – in a manner that reminds us of the direction that Cedar Walton took from the 60s into the 70s! ... (Jazz)
Fat Possum, 2017.
The first album in decades from Memphis soul legend Don Bryant – a singer who hardly even gave us any recordings back when he was in his prime! Don was one of the lesser lights at the famous Hi Records – not as successful as Ann Peebles or Al Green, but steeped in the same wonderful ... (Soul)
Atlantic/Run Out Groove, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fantastic collection of work from this legendary Detroit group – one whose flame only burned for a very short time, but went onto have a huge impact for decades to come! The set brings together work from both the Elektra and Atlantic recordings by the group – who easily the second ... (Rock)
BBE (UK), 2017. 2CD
Rare club cuts from a few different generations – all brought together here in a really wonderful collection! The set's supposed to tip us off to the influences on the music of DJ Marky – but even if you don't care about him at all, you'll find plenty here to love – as the ... (Funky Compilations)
Sonic Image, 2017.
Beautiful work from Monday Michiru – an artist we've loved for over 20 years, and who just keeps on rewarding our faith in her work with records like this! Years back, Monday was a soul singer, then she grew into a very talented jazz singer too – and here, she's in a very special space ... (Neo Soul)
Discom/Disco Not Disco (Serbia), 1979. (reissue)
A beautiful set of electronics from a Serbian musician recording in London at the end of the 70s – sounds that have every bit of the spacious vibe you might guess from the image on the cover! The music actually feels more early 70s overall – kind of a mix of instrumental prog, but with ... (Rock)
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1964.
Beautiful work from the incredible Nara Leao – a record that's lightly driven by the bossa, but with some sadder and darker touches that really set the sound apart! Backings on most tracks are simply spare percussion, and an acoustic guitar follows Nara's vocals as they dart in and out of ... (Brazil)
The album's titled after a famous song by Betty Carter, and the sound of the set might well match her legacy too – as Jazzmeia Horn is clearly a singer we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Horn's got an incredible range – the first female jazz singer we've heard in years to ... (Vocalists)
A second fantastic set from this Mississippi gospel trio – and one that mixes their heavenly vocals with a bit of Daptone Records funk! The set's produced by Bosco Mann, who also plays bass in the quartet that backs up the singers – and the groove is raw and gritty, with a vibe that ... (Gospel)
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1988.
Catchy soul from the South African scene of the 80s – music that's much more different than some of the more world music-oriented exports that were hitting our shores at the time! You might actually be able to play the music of Umoja right next to some of your more familiar American soul of ... (Global Grooves)
Peter Brotzmann & Heather Leigh
Trost (Austria), 2017.
Ouch! That picture on the cover kind of makes us wince – and the music inside is a bit unsettling too – a compelling combination of the legendary reed work of Peter Brotzmann and the creative steel guitar skills of Heather Leigh – which are used to create these incredible sounds ... (Jazz)
Tumbleweed/Light In The Attic, Early 70s.
Really special sounds from a short-lived label – Tumbleweed Records, a company that was conceived in LA, and born in early 70s Denver – perfectly suited to focus on the hipper strands of singer/songwriter material of the time! The vibe here is a bit like the best work on the early ... (Rock)
A pair of classics from the mighty Lee Perry! First up is Scratch & Company Chapter 1 – pivotal Black Ark material from Lee Perry – with brilliantly tripped out echoey dub production – and scorching instrumentation laid down by the mighty Upsetters! Split roughly in half ... (Reggae)
Big Crown, 2016.
Lee Fields & The Expressions, without any Lee Fields at all! What does that leave you with? Some great instrumental grooves – served up with loads of excellent guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and sax from Leon Michels and the group – in a mode that brings together an El Michels ... (Deep Funk)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
A very groovy set that looks at the roots of French pop during the early years of rock and roll – specifically the sounds from Paris that were copies of American styles, but which changed the language and style to fit the scene! The package features both "VO", or voix original, and ... (French)
T Gee (UK), 2017.
Tom Glide's definitely not a one-woman man – as he works with a different female singer on every track on the record – hence the title of the set! Yet because Glide's handling the production and grooves, the whole thing's got a really unified vibe – and almost takes us back to ... (Neo Soul)
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