Soulful sounds to circle the planet!
Clintone/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The complete recordings of a crucially overlooked deep soul singer – the amazing Rozetta Johnson, a voice that should have been as big as Aretha Franklin or Gladys Knight, if there were any justice in the world! And Johnson isn't just a great singer on her own – she gets incredible ... (Soul)
Brownswood (UK), 2016.
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very ... (Jazz)
Mainstream/Kent (UK), Mid 70s.
Killer cuts from one of the coolest indie labels on the east coast scene in the 70s – Mainstream Records, an imprint that may be best-remembered for its righteous jazz albums of the time – but a company who also cut a heck of a lot of stellar soul on funky 45s! This collection does a ... (Funky Compilations)
Legere (UK), 2016.
The continuing genius of Myles Sanko – served up here in a record that's easily his best so far! We've been watching Myles for the past few years – really impressed by the way he can work equal parts jazz and soul into his phrasing, and go for a groove that's unabashedly catchy – ... (Neo Soul)
Mercury/Jazzclub (Germany), 1966.
Two classics from this legendary instrumental wonder – back to back on a single CD! First up is Still More Genius Of Jankowski – fantastic piano work from the very groovy Horst Jankowski – an artist who's really stepping into his own with this sweet mid 60s album! The set still ... (Now Sound)
Flipper/Dagored (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
One of the grooviest trips through the zodiac we've ever taken – and that's saying a lot, because there were some pretty cool zodiac-related records at the end of the 60s! This set's nice and jazzy overall – and features some beautiful instrumentals from Amadeo Tommasi, with a vibe ... (Sound Library)
Sonorama (Germany), 1961.
They're not kidding about the big sound here – as tenorist Hans Koller was easily one of the deepest, most soulful talents on his instrument in the European scene of the start of the 60s – as you'll instantly hear on this fantastic live performance! In later years, Koller got a bit ... (Jazz)
Sidney/Athens Of The North (UK), 1974.
A legendary bit of jazzy soul – recorded by an obscure female singer from Milwaukee! Penny's got a warm style that's pretty darn nice on its own – but it's made even better by the great arranger Richard Evans, who helped out a lot on the session. The feel is very much in the Chicago ... (Soul)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s/2016.
A fantastic collection of songs originally penned by soundtrack genius Ennio Morricone – served up here in a host of vocal versions that really show how many different artists and styles he influenced over the years! Some of the cuts here are expected Italian pop singles – vocal ... (Soundtracks)
Ace (UK), Late 60s.
Totally groovy sounds from the Swedish scene of the 60s – a flurry of female pop tunes that we love every bit as our favorite French femme work from the time! Like French pop, the tunes here are lively and upbeat – often with a slight current of funk or soul in the rhythms, and with ... (Rock)
Mercury/Jazzclub (Germany), 1967.
Instrumental magic from pianist Horst Jankowski – two 60s classics back to back! Baby But Grand features the grand piano in the hands of the maestro – the great Horst Jankowski, an artist who took the instrument from the concert hall to the AM radio in the 60s! The album's got ... (Now Sound)
Record Breakin, 2016.
Spacey soul from Soia – a European singer who works closely here with producer Mez – who served up some great beats on their previous record together! The vibe here is very similar – kind of a mellow take on broken modes from a decade before – with a slowed-down pace that ... (Neo Soul)
Polydor/Verve (Germany), Late 60s.
A full album from the classic Gunter Kallman Choir – plus a host of rare singles from the 60s! Serenade Am Meer serves up the kind of sound that made the Kallman Choir a legend on the German easy scene of the 60s – a blend of four female and three male voices, set to lilting ... (Vocalists)
A sweet bit of electro soul from the 80s – served up here by a trio who are heavy on keyboard sounds, but also get some warmer elements from an array of other musicians who help out on the set! The tunes have a nicely punched-up vibe – catchy 80s soul, but without any too commercial ... (Soul)
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s.
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much ... (Jazz)
Svart (Finland), 1971.
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Finnish reed legend Eero Koivistoinen – a set of music composed for children – but with a wild sound that must have sent more than a few kids running from the room back in the 70s! Koivistoisen's reeds are only part of the sound here ... (Jazz)
Fiesta/Africa Seven (UK), 1978.
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – ... (Global Grooves)
EMI/Jazzclub (Germany), 1971/1972.
A mixture of funky big band tunes and hard-hitting groovers – played by a large group directed by Paul Kuhn, and featuring a mix of electric rhythms and acoustic solos! There's a very groovy sound here that's along the lines of some of the tighter MPS big band albums from the late 60s – ... (Jazz)
Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s.
Big deal, indeed – as this excellent set looks at a really under-tapped source of sound library funk from the 70s – a small British company who was turning out glorious grooves in the same classic years as KPM or DeWolfe! The players here are mostly British, and many are more obscure ... (Sound Library)
Record Kicks (Italy), 2016.
Calibro 35 have always had a soundtrack style to their music – but here, they seem to hit an even trippier, spacier version of the mode – playing an all-live, all-instrumental set that's bubbling over with loads of wonderful elements! Some tracks are still as funky as before, but ... (New Grooves)
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