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RCA/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1990.
Beautiful beautiful work from this spare Japanese duo – Midori Takada on marimba, gong, bells, and drums – and Masahiko Satoh on piano and electronics! The pair work here in a style that's not quite jazz, but also not much like some of the other Japanese instrumental sounds of the 80s ... (Rock)
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4CD & 7 inch
An incredible tribute to the genius of Memphis Soul legend Issac Hayes – one that's overflowing with unreleased material, and presented in a totally cool package! The set's shaped like a 7" single box – and is book-like, with very detailed notes by Stax historian Robert Gordon, ... (Soul)
Concord/Craft, 1950s/Early 60s. 2CD
A fantastic collection of postwar gospel – one that really keeps the spirit of the "jukebox" in the title! The tunes here are all upbeat, and often share a lot with R&B material of the 50s – especially the vocal group numbers, which often echo more secular modes of early ... (Gospel)
Analog Africa (Germany), 1978. Gatefold
The final album by one of the mightiest groups on the scene in Cameroon during the 70s – a combo who had broken up, but who are resurrected here – and turn in one of their greatest recordings of the decade! The grooves are tight, fast, and filled with riffing guitar, quick percusison, ... (Global Grooves)
Philips/Wah Wah (Spain), 1970. 3 LPs (reissue)
A mindblowing record from the Krautrock generation – especially when you consider that it was issued by the Philips label as a massive 3LP package, complete in a silver-toned, textured sleeve that also came with a real mirror attached to the front! The music is every bit as far-reaching as ... (Rock)
Soul Junction (UK), Late 70s.
Unreleased music from The Intrigues – a group best known for their early hit "In A Moment" – but stepping out here with a warm Philly groove from the second half of the 70s! The music is upbeat and funky, but has a much more raw vibe than mainstream disco – really more ... (Soul)
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the funkiest albums ever from Gilberto Gil – a set that beautifully mixes rootsy elements with tighter funk arrangements – in a style that's not unlike some of the 70s samba soul experiments from Jorge Ben! The record borrows heavily from American funk and soul of the time, and ... (Brazil)
Big Crown, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Insanely wonderful work from the Texas scene at the end of the 60s – a huge collection of the English language soul songs of Sunny & The Sunliners! The group first hit national fame in the earlier part of the 60s, with a sweet falsetto crossover hit – but as the decade moved on, ... (Soul)
An amazing little set that's as musically striking as its cover is visually stimulating – pulled together from rare 70s singles that bring forth a whole different side of the American underground than the singer/songwriter generation! These tracks are by young folks who are very much touched ... (Rock)
Kindred Spirits/Art Yard (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2 x 10 inch
A limited repress of two rare sets of material from Sun Ra and The Arkestra – served up here on very cool 10" vinyl! Record one begins with this wonderful spiritual number, "Along Came Ra" – performed live with some great lead vocals from June Tyson to start things out ... (Jazz)
Ledisi's an artist that we've been following right from her very first album back in the 90s – and over the years, she's undergone an amazing amount of growth – and continued to stand at the forefront of the Neo Soul generation she helped launch lmost 20 years back! And this time ... (Neo Soul)
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – ... (Global Grooves)
Brain/Wah Wah (Spain), 1979. (reissue)
One of the moodiest Popul Vuh projects we've ever heard – an unusual set that's heavy on organic, acoustic elements – and which uses multi-tracking to recreate a Tibetan style of vocal chant! Yet despite the obvious influence of styles from global sources, the music is also still very ... (Rock)
Wide Hive, 2017.
The title's an apt one – as the music here is based on the improvisations from Roscoe Mitchell's earlier Conversations albums – but recast in a whole new way for an improvising orchestra! The group here features Mitchell on sopranino sax – a very strong voice out in the lead ... (Jazz)
Stax/Craft, 1960s/Early 70s. 3CD
It's been almost 60 years since the Stax Records label forever changed the face of American soul music – and we can think of no better way to celebrate than by dipping into this well-chosen batch of 60 classic tracks from the label's glory days! The whole Stax groove is here – from the ... (Soul)
Jerry Bergonzi has been making records for decades – yet lately, he seems to be finding an even fresher way forward – with a set like this that can grab us right from the very first note, and having us get excited all over again about his music! Bergonzi's tenor sound is tremendous ... (Jazz)
Pianist Danny Grissett is fantastic here – not just bursting out with so many deft colors and changes on both piano and Fender Rhodes, but also really showing some great strengths as a leader too! One of those strengths is the way he puts together the tunes – especially the more ... (Jazz)
Trost (Austria), 2017. Gatefold
Plenty of bone-shaking going on here – thanks to work by this heavy power trio, recording in Chicago with all the harder-burning energy of the scene! Visitor Paal Nilssen-Love is on drums and percussion – playing with all the incredible twists and turns that always make his ... (Jazz)
Cree (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s.
A long-overdue second volume of the Soul From Jamdown series – issued 15 years after the first one, and maybe even more incredible overall! As before, the focus here is on Jamaican music that draws very direct inspiration from American soul – sometimes as cover versions of famous ... (Funky Compilations)
Studio One, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s.
A heady set of tracks from the legendary Studio One – served up here in a set that include both alternate "version" takes of famous vocal tunes, originally issued as b-sides on vintage 45s – plus some of the more complicated dubs that came along once reggae production moved ... (Reggae)
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