Record Breakin, 2016.
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... (Neo Soul)
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Extraterrestrial synths and tight, dancefloor-ready grooves from Cabo Verde – compiled here on one the most mindblowing Analog Africa collections in years! The well-detailed, beautiful-illustrated notes (an always welcome feature in Analog Africa set) tells the story of a cargo ship full of ... (Global Grooves)
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1972.
A truly amazing album – unlike anything Eddie Kendricks ever did before, or since – and one of those records that really helped shape the sound of soul in the 70s! The music is as rich and powerful as the image on the cover – with some righteous undercurrents that really mark the ... (Soul)
United Artists/PMG (Austria), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
An early gem from jazz drummer Klaus Weiss & Niagara – a pretty astonishing set of heavy, hypnotic drums and percussion! It features just 2 long jams, "Sangandongo" and "Malanga" and it's pretty much an all percussion affair! The A-side is "Sangandongo", and ... (Jazz)
Columbia/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
The cooler side of Heatwave – Love Songs & Smooth Grooves from the group's mid-to-late 70s peak and their strong, if comparably obscure early 80s records alike – and a key reminder that the group had an equally deft hand for sublime, mellower soul as they did for more upbeat cookers! ... (Soul)
United Artists/PMG (Austria), 1972. (reissue)
A legendary bit of heavy funk from Germany – served up by a cool combo led by drummer Klaus Weiss! The lineup here includes fuzzy guitar, electric piano, and lots of heavy percussion – all served up in a way that's jamming, but a lot more straightforwardly funky than some of the group's ... (Jazz)
Motown (Japan), 1976.
David Ruffin teams with Van McCoy for this sweet little set – and the result is a great batch of grooves that swell with Ruffin's soulful sound of the 70s, but sway with the warm McCoy dancefloor modes of the time! Van wrote nearly all the tracks in the set – and handled all ... (Soul)
Jackpot, 1973. (reissue)
Insane grooves from arranger Mustafa Ozkent – an artist who was to Turkey what Lalo Schifrin was to the US in the 70s! Like Lalo, Mustafa had a great ear for mixing funkier rhythms and fuller orchestrations – often with odd instrumental twists and turns that bubble over with a fair bit ... (Rock)
Atlantic (Japan), 1969.
A really cool solo album from Arif Mardin – the arranger who turned out so much wonderful work for soul singers in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – a legacy that includes some of the most important recordings for Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan! Yet here, Arif's out on his own in an instrumental ... (Soul)
Queen Constance, Late 70s. (reissue)
The funkiest side of the amazing spacey disco group Cloud One – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that all of their work is pretty darn funky! The tracks on the set are a lot less familiar than some of the more often-reissued and compiled Cloud One tunes – but they all have a ... (Soul)
Warner/Be With (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A massively tripped-out set of guitar-based funk – played to perfection by the legendary Eddie Hazel, best known for his work in the George Clinton P-Funk empire! The album offers a different side of Eddie's talents – one that's produced with a smoothly compressed California groove, in ... (Soul)
Now Again, Mid 70s.
It's easy to wake up with grooves this great – a searing back of 70s Afro Rock gems that are also surprisingly funky, too! The tunes here do a wonderful job of mixing psych currents and headier rhythms – a great blend of the burning Afro Funk trends that were happening in Nigeria at ... (Global Grooves)
Argo/Jackpot, 1964. (reissue)
Searing stuff – easily one of Etta James' greatest albums! The set is a non-stop jam, recorded live at the New Era Club in Nashville before a small and screaming crowd – a perfect performance all the way through, one that showcases Etta as she rarely sounded on vinyl during the 1960s. ... (Soul)
The Debo Band is a mighty cool combo – a cross-cultural array of musicians who come together in both a love of Ethiopian music and classic funk! The tracks here are mostly from Ethiopian sources – and definitely get some of the right vocals to match, too – but the group's ... (Global Grooves)
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976.
One of the most striking mid 70s sessions from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an extended suite of tracks performed by a very hip group that includes Mtume on congas and percussion, Cecil McBee on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums! The approach here is almost in a mid 70s spiritual soul ... (Jazz)
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1976.
Fantastic work from The Dells – a group who never seemed to stop turning out greatness – even as they made a shift between different labels in the 70s! This set's got The Dells moving from Chess Records to Mercury – but there's still a strong indie vibe to the set – thanks ... (Soul)
Born Bad (France), 1970s/Early 80s.
Mad electronic sounds from a trio of older French studio talents – Nino Nardini, Eddie Warner, and Roger Roger – all sound library giants from a previous generation, working here in some sweet electric modes for the 70s! If there's one thing that seemed to mark the best sound library ... (Sound Library)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1968.
A wonderful soundtrack from the great Stefano Torossi – presented here with lots of bonus tracks in a really wonderful edition! The music a beautiful blend of Hammond organ, twangy guitar, and some swinging rhythms that are very much in the best late 60s Italian mode – maybe not as ... (Soundtracks)
Island/Universal (Japan), 1965.
An incredible record from reedman Harold McNair – one of the key Jamaican jazz players who hit the London scene in the same post-colonial wave as Joe Harriott and Shake Keane – and maybe our favorite of the bunch! Harold's a hell of a talent on both tenor and flute – and although ... (Jazz)
Verve (Japan), 1969.
Don't think "rock", think "groove" – because oud player John Berberian takes his instrument into some very groovy territory here – mixing its Mid-East roots with a sweet array of modal rhythms and psychedelic elements – all of which make for an album that's ... (Global Grooves)
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