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AurraI'll Let You Go (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Family Groove, Mid 80s. New Copy ... $6.99
A great lost track from Aurra – recorded after the duo's famous run on Salsoul Records, and with a cool interplay between the vocals that's totally great! All the group's best elements are firmly in place here – a wicked bassline, tight keyboards peppering the groove, and that sublime male/female vocal style that made the pair so great! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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DarondoHow I Got Over/Luscious Lady ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $9.99
The legendary Darondo sounds wonderful here – taking a long time to speak/sing the intro of the tune in this great raspy style, which really takes off once the tune hits this cool kind of Hi Records groove – one that's got these very hip vibes buried down nicely in the mix! "Luscious Lady" is nice too – with just a touch of that guitar you'll know from Darondo's grooviest records – which cooks up the groove in this great way before the singer comes in to send it on home with one of the most unique voices in soul! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jive BombersBad Boy/When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver ... 7-inch
Savoy, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
One of our favorite doo wop tracks of all time! "Bad Boy" has this insane vocal – all bubbly and wobbly, sung by Clarence Johnson in a mode that's part R&B, part showy pop, and very cool sounding all the way through. One of those cuts that seems to come from no place – but which you'll remember for years to come! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Jack Costanzo & Gerry Woo/Al EscobarJive Samba/Tighten Up ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two Latin soul covers back to back – both of them great! Jack Costanzo takes on Cannonball Adderley's classic "Jive Samba" – but he slows the tune down a lot, gives it a boogaloo vibe, and lets some horns solo nicely in the middle! "Tighten Up" is the Archie Bell tune you'll know from the hit – but it's done here in a cool boogaloo mode with lots more added percussion, and some cool shouted calls as well! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock/Apache ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of the greatest songs ever from the Incredible Bongo Band – brought together here in a special limited edition picture sleeve! "Bongo Rock" is a killer – a tune with a massive break that's been sampled countless times, and which has this amazing percussion part in the middle, mixed with lots of very cool horn effects! "Apache" is maybe even more classic – one of THE cuts that gave birth to hip hop – with a break you'll recognize instantly, and this mad groove that's plenty great on its own! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Patti LaBelle & The BluebellsYou'll Never Walk Alone/Decator Street ... 7-inch
Parkway, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work from Patti LaBelle, done in a very girl group style, with very young vocals, and kind of a popping organ style on both sides. Patti gets raw on the tracks, breaking over the top in a cool pleasing style that reminds us a lot of the best work by The Exciters from the time – especially on "Academy Award"! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Cameo Parkway sleeve, including jukebox tab.)

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✨✧ VariousBig Box Of Afrosound – Rare & Hard To Find Tropical Tracks From Disco Fuentes (10 x 7" singles) ... 7-inch
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 10 x 7" ... Out Of Stock
A really sweet collection of grooves – titled after the Afrosound combo who lead off the set, and featuring a wealth of vintage tracks from the legendary Colombian label Disco Fuentes! Like some of the best work on that imprint, the styles here are a really wonderful blend of modes – from African rhythms to Cuban roots to New York inflections – with a lot of sweet Central American elements thrown into the mix, too! And although Fuentes later recorded a fair bit of crossover pop or mainstream cumbia, the work here is much more earthy overall – as you'll hear in the selection of tracks that includes "Caliventura" by Afrosound, "Batukacuto" by Tita Duva/El Nuevo Ritmo De Roberto Rey, "Cumbia De Sal" by Cumbias En Moog, "El Vampiro" by Los Corraleros De Majagual, "Tamba" by Wganda Kenya, "Cien Anos" by Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana, and "Cachumbembe" by Fruko Y Sus Tesos. Very cool package – ten 7" singles, in a limited box! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Henry BoatwrightAfrican Slide/Git It ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
Do the funky "African Slide" with Henry Boatwright – a wicked wangly batch of funk that has these cool edges and a slightly unusual sense of timing! The tune's got a great flavor of its own – as Henry calls out the groove, and the band has this sharp but snakey way of laying down the rhythms! "Git it" is great too – with a similar cool twang on the guitar, as Henry coaxes the horns to burst and bubble over the groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bossa Tres/Ana RoselyImprevisto/Skim Dum Dum Dum ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
Bossa Tres are out to prove they're one of the deftest bossa combos around – by serving up a triple-time piano groove on "Imprevisto" – alongside work on the drums that's equally deft, and which really blows us away! In fact, the piano and drums almost seem to trade places – the piano providing the groove, while the drum is set free on a solo – before switching places at the end! "Skim Dum Dum Dum" is excellent funky samba from Ana Rosely – a very soulful singer, but one who also brings in lots of jazzy scatting too – keeping things very cool, with a vibe that's as lively as you'd expect from the title! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Charles BradleyConfusion/Where Do We Go From Here ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99
A pair of the most incredible cuts from Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band! "Confusion" takes Bradley's raw soul roots to a new level – with his gritty, JB-inspired soul singing echoeing over a killer psych funk arrangement from the gentlemen of Menahan. It's got the raw drums, bass and brass we love so much, but tripped out atmosphere and waves of echo that really do make this a next level winner for all involved. "Where Do We Go From Here" also has some atmosphere – and a really cool bit of organ in the mix. Greatness! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Brown Bombers & Soul PartnersWait For Me/Just Fun ... 7-inch
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy ... $5.99
The Brown Bombers come on here with plenty of firepower – soaring with the groove on "Wait For Me" – which has an upbeat Northern soul groove and some great harmonies to match! "Just Fun" follows in a similar spirit – an instrumental groove that echoes the vocal number on the a-side, but with some cool strings and guitar getting a bit more room to open up in the mix! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bump & The Soul StompersI Can Remember/Standing On The Outside ... 7-inch
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
The bump here is a gentle one – a cool slow funk start to a track that turns out to be just the kind of mellow harmony number we love so much! The flipside's equally great – and both cuts have a feel that reminds us of those east coast groups who could be hard and sweet at the same time – like Soul Generation or The Whatnauts! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Elizeth Cardoso/Elza SoaresEu Bebo Sim/Deixa A Nega Gingar ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
Two funky samba numbers – back to back! There's a warm bassline that really makes "Eu Bebo Sim" great – a fast-stepping groove that keeps the rhythms fresh, while Elizeth Cardoso serves up some very expressive vocals over the top! Elza Soares sounds even cooler on the flipside – this upbeat, very jazzy number that's one of her trademark tunes – the massive "Deixa A Nega Gingar", done with soaring, soulful vocals and a very heavy groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Cavaliers/Willie KendrickOoh It Hurts Me (alt)/Time Changes Things ... 7-inch
Kent/Pied Piper (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $11.99
A rare alternate version of "Ooh It Hurts Me" – an excellent Detroit group soul number from the late 60s – one with these surprisingly complicated harmonies, from a group who never lose their groove! Willie Kendricks takes over on the flipside – giving us a great raspy lead on "Time Changes Things", as the stepping rhythm slows things down just a bit from the usual Pied Piper groove – as a cool tinkling piano part lurks right in the background to keep things interesting! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Derobe Dance BandGogoplata/Kem Dahg ... 7-inch
Secret Stash, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99
A cool contemporary bit of Afro Funk – tinged with lots of Ethiopian exoticism on the horns! The blend of hard groove and offbeat reeds is mighty nice – and really makes this one stand out from the pack! "Kem Dahg" continues the exotic vibe, but with a groove that's got this fast-stepping, vamping rhythm that's almost borrowed from The JBs! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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DevilsX-Sorcist/Hip Hug Her ... 7-inch
People/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 10.98
A lost bit of funk on People Records – a one-off single done by David Matthews, with a mad mad funky sound! "X-Sorcist" starts with a weird voice and a strange intro – but then rolls into some heavy bass-y funk, with cool clavinet grooving, and a wild mad electric feel that's better than the best blacksploitation soundtrack theme you've ever heard! "Hip Hugger" is an update of the Booker T & The MGs song – done much funkier, and with a great 70s groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bill DoggettFor Once In My Life/25 Miles ... 7-inch
King, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Nice late work from organist Bill Doggett! "For Once In My Life" is a slow version of the hit – done with this weird, cool bassline that kind of bubbles and dips as the track starts – while Bill comes in burning in a late nite mode on organ. There's a nice Tribe-type sample in there somewhere! "25 Miles" is his version of the Edwin Starr hit – done with a faster groove, and some nice guitar twanging along with the beat! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow label promo.)

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Renaldo DominoNot Too Cool To Cry/Nevermore ... 7-inch
Twinight/Numero, 1969. Near Mint- (reissue)... $4.99
A lost gem on the legendary Twinight label – and one of the few singles cut by this excellent falsetto soul singer! "Not Too Cool" is a sweet sad ballad with incredible strings and gentle production – but even better is "Nevermore" – one of those haunting tunes that you hear once, and which sticks with you for years! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a plain sleeve.)

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Brian EllisPeg/Dream Wave ... 7-inch
Austin Boogie Crew, 2015. New Copy ... $6.99
A mighty cool take on the Steely Dan classic "Peg" – one served up in a very keyboard-heavy backing that feels a bit like the original at the start, but then sounds very different once Brian Ellis comes in to sing the lyrics – given that all the vocals are run through a vocoder, which makes for a very unusual approach! The tune's almost like some lost 80s electro soul remake of the hit – and the flipside features an equally 80s-styled original by Brian, titled "Dream Wave". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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FreewayWe Can Do It (Dopebrother rmx, Dopebrother inst) ... 7-inch
Dope Brother, Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
Heavy drums and a massive amount of echo – a really wonderful funk track that gets a super-special Kenny Dope touch here! The track breaks right from the start – crackling with all its energy upfront in the mix, then letting the vocals come in to give things a bit of a hook – while still never losing track of the break! No vocals on the instrumental, natch – which brings in some cool organ lines in the middle! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jimmy GiuffreJimmy Giuffre (2 x 7" EP pressing) ... 7-inch
Capitol, 1954. Very Good+ Gatefold (pic cover)... $11.99
Giuffre's first LP – and although not as completely sublime as his late 50s sides for Verve and Atlantic, still pretty incredible work from one of the freshest new voices in jazz at the time! The album takes tracks from an original 10" LP session, and adds in a few more – so that you've got Jimmy playing tenor, clarinet, or baritone – in groups that include west coast cool players like Jack Sheldon, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne, Russ Freeman, and Ralph Pena. The writing's quite original, and Giuffre's already got that angular quality that will allow him to leap even further over the next few years. Titles include "Nutty Pine", "Wrought Of Iron", "Do It", "Ironic", "All For You", and "Sultana". 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Jimmy Giuffre ... LP 9.99

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Great ReviversDon't Mess With GR/Hard Way To Go ... 7-inch
Funk Night, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99
Mad fuzzy funk from this Russian combo – served up with an even better edge than previous singles! "Don't Mess" has this really sharp vibe – a fuzzy guitar providing an intro, then dropping out to this fast-stepping drum crack – which bubbles along with a sweet organ line as well! "Hard Way To Go" follows at a quicker pace – with an even weirder, cooler use of the organ – almost watery and wavy over blacksploitation funk rhythms! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jungle FireFirewalker/Chapula ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2012. New Copy ... $4.99
Fast guitar steps out quick on "Firewalker" – setting a groove that's followed by fast congas and some heavy riffing horns – all burning together with just the right sort of intensity you'd guess from the group's name! "Chalupa" continues with a sweet tropical groove – darn funky, and with this cool plunky beat that's mighty unique! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ronnie KaeSwinging Drums/Swimming Drums ... 7-inch
Jazzman (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $5.99
The drums are certainly swinging – but they're also pretty darn heavy too! The single's got this great percussive power right from the start – almost like a gargey number but with drums instead of guitar – but also laced with these really weird vocal calls in this odd, grumbly style! The flipside has more guitar than drums – but only to create this cool watery style that really works well with the "swimming" title. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Almeta LattimoreThese Memories (alternate mix)/Oh My Love ... 7-inch
Record Shack (Austria), 1974. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $8.99
A beautifully soulful track from Almeta Lattimore – an obscure Detroit singer, but a great one too! "These Memories" has a warmly mellow feel, but it still moves a bit too – with a full sense of sound and style that reminds us a lot of Gloria Scott at her best! The alternate mix here is a nice change from the better-known version (which is still quite obscure) – with a cool vibe that's nice and lean, which leaves a great focus on the vocals! "Oh My Love" has a similar blend of soaring arrangements and deep soul lead – a killer track that should have made Almeta huge over the years! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Michael LeGrair & Band That Played All NightHustle On Down (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Alaga, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Easy to see how the band could play all night long with a groove this great – a sweet two part track that has the guitar line phasing in and out of the groove in this really cool way – and maybe even a bit of phasing on the vocals too! There's a sweet compressed sax solo near the middle, which really fits in nicely the bubbling organ – and the cut's somewhere in a great space between funky club and earlier funk combo material. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Loose JointsPop Your Funk (vocal, inst) (2015 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
West End (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $12.99
One of the coolest cuts from this legendary Arthur Russell project – a track that's got all the heavy basslines you'd expect from the "pop" in the title, mixed with cool space age sound effects and some weird moogy electronics! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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