We never run short of groovy music!
Barclay/Expansion (UK), 1980.
A great early solo album from Wally Badarou – done before his bigger global records on Island, but at a point when he'd already had great work in the studio, helping out some of the key sessions on the Nassau scene at the end of the 70s! Wally's as much a singer as he is a keyboardist here ... (Soul)
Four Flies (Italy), 1960.
A great little soundtrack from that wonderful moment when the Italian cinema was heavy on sounds drawn from jazz and Latin music – served up here by the young Armando Trovajoli, who was in the process of moving from his modern jazz roots into the world of film scores! Much of the music here ... (Soundtracks)
Dome (UK), 2002/2004/2005. 3 CDs
Three great albums from Incognito – served up at a mighty nice price, and with bonus tracks too! Who Needs Love is a gem from over a decade ago – and Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick pulled out all the stops on this set – working with a range of vocalists that includes Joy ... (Neo Soul)
Ugo & Play/Think (Japan), 2016.
Dreamy French pop from Clio – a contemporary singer, but one who hearkens back to our favorite chanteuses of years past – especially the hip wave of Parisian talents in the late 60s! The approach here is gentle and laidback – a bit in the pace of Jane Birkin, but maybe set to ... (French)
Goma Gringa (Brazil), 2016.
A killer collection of contemporary underground sounds from Brazil – not the kind of bigger pop that usually filters over here from the world music market – but instead a range of really well-chosen tracks that beautifully illustrate a new wave of creativity in the city of Sao Paulo! ... (Brazil)
Ariete/BTF (Italy), 1968. (reissue)
A great score for an incredible film! Teorema is a strange and wonderful early film by Pier Paolo Pasolini – and about half of the soundtrack was written by Ennio Morricone, in a mixture of dark, edgey themes, and some more groovy tunes with a great late 60s Italy feel – an early ... (Soundtracks)
One of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from drummer Andrew Cyrille – a sublime set of duets with tenorist Bill McHenry, who turns out to be a wonderful musical partner! The music has that loose, open, almost melodic feel that Cyrille brought to his percussion – especially ... (Jazz)
Sugar Hill/Soul Brother (UK), 1980. (reissue)
The incredibly rare second album from Wood Brass & Steel – the mighty funk group we've loved for years for their landmark debut from the mid 70s! This sophomore set is from a few years later, and has the group honing their groove even more – working with these righteous currents in ... (Soul)
R $ J Recordz & Tapes/Think (Japan), 2011.
These guys may look they they're living at the start of the 80s, but they're actually a contemporary combo – although one with a very old school approach in their music! The Funky Drive Band have a perfect mid 80s style to their music – upbeat funky soul with plenty of keyboards and ... (Soul)
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1975.
Three rare slices of Sun Ra – issued here on a very cool vinyl-only 10" pressing! First up is the sublime "Lady With The Golden Stockings" – a slow-building groove that moves at midtempo pace – in that beautiful blend of jazz, exotica, and more soulful styles that ... (Jazz)
Expansion (UK), 2016. 2LP
A wickedly sharp entry in the Soul Togetherness series – and one that maybe features a bit more contemporary material than before! There's a few older tracks from the modern soul years of the late 70s – but most of the work here is contemporary soul from the global underground – ... (Funky Compilations)
General/Cinedelic (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
The music of love from the great Piero Piccioni – served up here in a set that's right up there with his best soundtracks of the early 70s! The sounds come from a wonderful Piccioni array of instrumentation – some heavy Hammond here, a bit of soaring strings there – all set to ... (Soundtracks)
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2016.
A very hip group from the contemporary Japanese scene – a large ensemble who completely remake modern big band modes with a very cerebral vibe – perfectly balancing modern impulses and swing with effortless ease! It's no surprise that the first track on the set is a Duke Ellington ... (Jazz)
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. 2CD
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s ... (Global Grooves)
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A huge range of funky soul cuts from a very surprising source – the nation of Surinam, which didn't earn its independence until the mid 70s – which then seemed to pave the way for a big wave of wonderful music like this! The cuts often have a groove that's more northern hemisphere club ... (Global Grooves)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1971.
One of the coolest 70s soundtracks from the great Stelvio Cipriani – served up here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! The music here was scored for a Mario Bava horror film, but it often has a quality that's more lean and lovely overall – that current of sex that we always love ... (Soundtracks)
Modern Harmonic, 1962/1977/1982.
Sun Ra from three different decades – one classic track, and two never-issued numbers! "Nuclear War" may well be the closest that Ra ever came to a "hit" – although the profanity in the tune certainly kept it away from the mainstream – a fantastic slow-building ... (Jazz)
Numero, Mid 90s. 2CD
A motherlode of early Blonde Redhead – with their seminal first 2 albums, Blonde Redhead and La Mia Vita Violenta, plus hard-to-find singles, unreleased demos, live radio performances and more! Blonde Redhead has a way of blending jagged guitar noise with oddly melodic vocals that's somewhat ... (Rock)
Four Flies (Italy), 1959.
One of the jazziest soundtracks we've ever heard from Piero Umiliani – and maybe the best we've heard from his late 50s stretch – thanks to some really well-conceived tunes that stand well on their own away from the film! The music here is awash in strong solos – Umiliani on ... (Soundtracks)
Sussex/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. (reissue)
The amazing second album from The Soul Searchers – even harder, funkier, and rarer than the first! This one blows away everything else the group have ever done – as the record has an angular approach that has the band taking a lot of weird twists with the grooves, creating these dark ... (Soul)
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