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Henry BoatwrightAfrican Slide/Git It ... 7-inch 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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Bradford & BellPopsicle Pusher/Cool Whip ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Spirit, 1980. Very Good ... $2.99
7-inch, Vinyl record

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Lucky BrownPotato Cakes (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Tramp (Germany), 2008. New Copy ... $7.99
Very spacey funk from Lucky Brown – a mixture of slow-stepping bass, muddy drums, and some very cool keyboard bits – all sewn together with a surprisingly deep horn part on the top! There's a nicely percolating feel to the rhythms, but they sit back nicely in the mix and let the other elements take center stage – especially the horns, which add a nice sense of triumph and power to the tune, but in ways that are quite different than the usual "horn section" mode! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Johnny CaswellYou Don't Love Me Anymore/IOU ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Decca/Outta Sight (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $7.99
We're not sure if we've ever heard Johnny Caswell before, but we fell in love right away once this single got going! "You Don't Love Me" has this nice downturn on the initial groove, then picks up some cool marimba and trumpet – which are mixed in with a romping Northern groove to almost create an A&M undercurrent at times – a nice match for Caswell's popcorn soul vocals! The flipside's got a similar approach – almost pop soul, but a bit deeper too. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Leo Cavallo/Les HelionsSmoke/Music & Co ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Sdban (Belgium), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
"Smoke" is a mighty sweet instrumental from the 70s Belgian scene – a cut that has this great wah wah guitar line that spaces in and out, thanks to some cool processing – and rhythms that kick up a bit of congas to drive things along! Speaking of kick, there's plenty in "Music & Co" – an instrumental that begins with a monstrous break, then rolls into a rich horn line that moves up and down the groove mightily! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition – and comes with a special 45 insert too!)

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Kenny Dope/Fab 5 Freddy/Chris SteinKenny Dope Presents Wild Style Breakbeats (book with 7 x 7" singles) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Kay Dee, 2014. New Copy 7 x 7 inch & Book ... $69.99
A totally great little package – one that has Kenny Dope going back to the original tapes used in the famous hip hop film Wild Style – then mixing down all the best bits to focus on the breaks! The original grooves were laid down by Fab 5 Fredy and Chris Stein – whose guitar brings a lot of unique funky elements to the music – and Kenny Dope really makes the best of it, and the set's arguably even greater than the original Wild Style record! Titles include "Military Cut", "Subway Beat", "Down By Law", "Crime Cut", "Gangbusters", "Meetings", "Baby Beat", "Yawning Beat", and "Razor Cut". Comes in a very cool 7" book-style package – like the Complete Motown Singles series, but vinyl – with seven individual funky 45s – plus a 28 page book with interviews and photos! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Mikki Farrow/September JonesSet My Heart At Ease/I'm Coming Home ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Kent (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy ... $7.99
Two Detroit gems – back to back on a single 45! "Set My Heart At Ease" is an upbeat groove from Mikki Farrow – produced perfectly by the Pied Piper team, who build things wonderfully in a very short space – and really out-Motown Motown with the groove! "I'm Coming Home" is a very cool number from September Jones – a tune that's as dark as the namesake month of its singer – with a vibe that's cool and righteous, while the groove still hits some strong Detroit 60s modes! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Guy OneSuro Yuama/A Me Bayela Do Me ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Philophon (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $4.99
A funky 45 from this underground talent from Ghana – an artist who plays a cool two-stringed instrument called the kologo, while he sings along with the groove in a really hypnotic way! Keyboards bubble nicely, almost with an Ethiopian music feel – and the flipside is faster, more frenetic, and has the vocals taking off tremendously! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Tony HesterCome Out Of Your Thing/Nothing Can Stop Me From Loving You ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Hayley (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the most obscure Detroit singers from the glory days of the city's soul scene – heard here on two rare cuts from the 70s! "Come Out Of Your Thing" is a great one – with this unusual arrangement that brings some sweeter strings into a snapping midtempo vibe – almost at a level that's like Leroy Hutson on Curtom, but with a rawer vibe overall! "Nothing Can Stop Me" is even cooler – very mellow, laidback, and echoey – like some lost late nite soul cut from the east coast scene of the late 60s! Could be harmony heavy – but we're more than happy to just have Tony Hester's vocals in the lead! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ellen Jackson Big Star Band/King CainGetto Boogie/Don't Give A Damn ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Big Star/Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
Not the kind of "boogie" you might know from the early 80s club years – but instead a grittier, funkier version of the style – served up here in a wicked rare funky 45! Ellen Jackson's vocals are nice and raw – almost distorted at times, given the rough recording quality – and the flipside is a very cool instrumental that has a searing Hammond line throughout – kind of dipping and turning over the funky vamping of the groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Illinois JacquetIllinois Jacquet & His Orchestra (7 inch EP) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Clef, 1951. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $7.99
Includes "Port Of Rico", with Count Basie on organ – plus "The Cool Rage", "Lean Baby", and "Somewhere Along The Way". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has some wear and a half split top seam.)

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Alogte Oho Jonas & His Sounds Of Joy (Sahel Souls)Zota Yinne/Starlet Road Filling Station Romance ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Philophon (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $9.99
The Sahel Souls deliver a great laidback groove on "Zota Yinne" – a tune that slinks along with a mix of dub and Ghana styles – with cool chorus vocals over the top! "Starlet Road" has an equally moody vibe – almost an El Michels take on Afro Funk – with vibes ringing out nicely over the slow dubby rhythm! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ronnie KaeSwinging Drums/Swimming Drums ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Jazzman (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99
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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Little Ed & The SoundmastersLittle Ed & The Soundmasters (3 x 7inch box set) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3x7inch ... $18.99 22.98
Messed up funky soul from the Chicago scene – a beautiful package of rare singles from Little Ed & The Soundmasters! The style here is a bit hard to describe – as Ed and crew were schooled in blues, but brought up during the 60s soul underground – and clearly managed to pick up plenty of trippier elements from their generation as well! There must have been some heavy smoke in the studio when these grooves were recorded – because they've got plenty of cool effects on the guitars, and a weird echoey quality in lots of the production – pretty amazing stuff that's unlike most of the funk we've heard from the time. As usual, Numero have done a wonderful job with the whole thing – bringing together 6 rare tracks on 3 funky 45s – complete with a lovely box, and a detailed 7" booklet too. One track features Johnny Dollar – and titles include "Your Love Has Got Me", "Struggling For Survival", "It's A Dream", "The Ghetto Grind", and "Petite Soul". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Majestics/David & Ruben with The MajesticsI Love Her So Much It Hurts Me (2 versions) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Outta Sight (UK), 1966/1969. New Copy ... $7.99
A great 60s soul cut – presented here in two different versions! The Majestics' take is the one we know and love well – done with a snapping rhythm at the bottom, and this cool, lean use of strings over the top – which almost creates a sinister vibe as the vocals soar! The flipside is almost similar, especially in the rhythms – but has just a slight variation in the vocals that's mighty nice! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Menahan Street BandLights Out/Keep Coming Back ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Daptone, 2012. New Copy (pic cover)... $4.99
A sweet little single from Menahan Street Band! "Lights Out" has this slow funk brilliance that's almost lifted off a rare 70s soundtrack – beats that are hard, but mellow too – topped by these snakey horns that really bring in a blue sort of feel to the music – almost an Ethiopian feel, but funkier! "Keep Coming Back" is awash in Hammond lines right from the start – swing-stepping like a cool 60s instrumental, complete with some wangly guitar – all again in a slow mode that's really a nice change from the usual! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Willie Mitchell/Bill Black's ComboChampion (part 1)/Little Queenie ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Hi Records/Outta Sight (UK), 1964/1966. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
Two early Hi Records gems – back to back on a single 45! "Champion" is a real stormer from Willie Mitchell – cut during the raw years of his instrumental sides – with a wicked tenor honking along with some great Hammond in the groove – plus lots of cool twangy guitar! "Little Queenie" has more great guitar and tenor too – and is definitely a tune that's on the hippest side of the Bill Black spectrum! 7-inch, Vinyl record