RCA/Nature Sounds, 1975. (reissue)
Massively funky work from the mighty Weldon Irvine – sublimely cosmic and filled with soul throughout! The vibe here is a bit more focused than on some of Weldon's earlier albums – a moody blend of electric keys, heavy percussion, and some slight bits of jazzy solo work by trumpeters ... (Jazz LP)
Columbia/Modern Harmonic, Mid 60s.
A long-overdue full length album from Ranny Sinclair – a very cool 60s singer who recorded for Columbia Records with a very groovy style – including a few obscure tracks done with piano legend Dave Brubeck! The sound here is beautiful – breathy at times, with some bossa currents ... (Vocalists LP)
Aaron Abernathy, 2017.
Aaron Abernathy really grabbed us with his debut – and on this second set, he's maybe even tighter and more his own self than before – moving past the guests who helped draw attention to the previous record, and really standing strongly in the spotlight on his own! Aaron composed, ... (Neo Soul CD)
Tiger's Milk (UK), Late 60s/1970s.
Peruvian grooves from the heights of the Andes – but music that also resonates strongly with the hipper Latin styles of the South American scene at the time! These aren't the moody pan flute numbers that were popularized abroad in the 60s – the kinds of records that played big with the ... (Global Grooves CD)
A fantastic album from this increasingly hip combo – a group who were already pretty darn funky at their start, but who've just kept on moving into really amazing territory over the years! The sound here is maybe the equivalent of the depth and shifts that El Michels brought to the deep funk ... (Deep Funk CD)
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A much-needed look at the Japanese rock scene at the start of the 70s – one that was going through as many amazing changes as the world of music in the US and UK, but which has always been far out of reach for most listeners in the English-speaking world! The collection's not super-undergroun ... (Rock CD)
Stax/Craft, Mid 70s.
A surprising side of the legendary Stax Records – especially if you only know the Memphis powerhouse as an outlet for funk and soul! There was always a bit of crossover between country and soul – even in the early days, a label like King Records could easily handle both – or a ... (Folk/Country CD)
Gingko Press, 2017.
Hip hop started in the streets, then quickly moved to the studio once the music got more sophisticated – then made a further move to the home studio as costs went up and technology got better – almost taking things back to the underground as it opened up lots of new creative freedoms! ... (Books Book)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1966.
Beautifully playful music from the great Piero Piccioni – done for a mid 60s film directed by and starring the Italian comedian Alberto Sordi, whose presence on screen is a great match for these sounds! Picconi uses some of his jazzy roots at times – including a cool bit of organ ... (Soundtracks CD)
Trojan (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A brilliant slice of work from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry – four crucial early 70s albums, brought together in a single 2CD set! All the work here really shows Perry at the cusp – stepping strongly from the soul-influenced sounds of his early years, and working with The Upsetters ... (Reggae CD)
High Note, 2017.
Fantastic work from guitarist Pat Martino – a player who never seems to have lost his groove, and who might well be sounding even better in the past decade than a few years before! This album's got Pat in core trio formation – working with the organ of Pat Bianchi, whose sound ... (Jazz CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s.
One of the creepiest albums we've ever heard – vintage recordings of Gundella, a Detroit-based, self-proclaimed witch – and one who actually received quite a bit of notoriety back in the day! Gundella's voice is very down to earth – she sounds as she looks on the cover, maybe ... (Comedy/Spoken CD)
Strut (UK), 2017. 2LP
A legendary East African band – finally given their due on the international scene! The set's got all the sharp edges and rich charms of older work by Orchestre Les Mangelepa – but there's also a focused clarity, and maybe even a maturity of presentation that's really nice too – ... (Global Grooves LP)
Polydor, 1977. 4CD & DVD
1977 was an important musical year for many folks – but it was especially important for The Jam – as the group not only gave the world their first two records, and did a whole lot of other recording too! All those sounds are collected here – in a beautiful box set that brings ... (Rock CD)
One of the most unique artists we've heard in years – and one who will no doubt be setting the world on fire for years to come! Benjamin Clementine's a singer, but also a poet – inspired by jazz and classical music, yet working here in neither – and instead, finding a path that's ... (Neo Soul CD)
BBE (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
The title says "jazz", but there's a lot more going on here – a range of groundbreaking sounds and styles from the 70s, with some sweet electric modes, occasional Latin rhythms, currents of soul, and even a bit of Brazilian too! The package really takes us back to the kind of rare ... (Funky Compilations CD)
GJ/Frederiksberg, 1981. (reissue)
An album that really lives up to its title – sizzlin hot from the very first groove – in a set of sounds served up by a supertight group! The record's a lot better overall than some of those obscure for obscure's sake albums from the early 80s underground – as these guys bring a ... (Soul LP)
Stephen Emmer (Netherlands), 2017.
Stephen Emmer delivers an incredible record with this set – an album that's inspired by the classic blend of symphonic soul and powerful commentary in the music of artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers – but handled here with a sound that's completely Emmer's own! ... (Neo Soul CD)
Agogo (Germany), 2017. 2LP Gatefold
The second Soul Session is every bit as great as the first – a wonderful blend of contemporary rhythms and crackling vocals – served up by producer Ralph Keifer, with help from guests who include Georgia Anne Muldrow, Anaj, Tokunbo, Omar, and Fatma Tazegul! Rhythms are relatively spare ... (New Grooves LP)
Duck Down, 2017. 2LP
Gruff and gritty rhymes with tough, no nonsense production the likes of which is rarely made these days – and it's all the heavier given that the man behind the mic passed away a couple years before this saw release! Sean Price was one of a kind, stubbornly sticking with 90s style rawness, ... (Hip Hop LP)
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