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BirdMind Travel ... CD
Sony (Japan), 2000. Used ... $4.99
The second album from hip Japanese soul star Bird! Like her first, this one's a stunning array of jazzy and housey grooves – all produced by Shinichi Osawa of Mondo Grosso, who wrote just about all the music on the album. All the lyrics are in Japanese, but the record's got a strong crossover soul sound – very much in the vein of work by Monday Michiru, Mondo Grosso, and some of the other hip Japanese groups we've been stocking like mad over the past few years! The vibe runs from sweet and mellow – with some nice strings and vibes in just the right place – to harder and heavier for the dancefloor, but still in a way that retains all the best jazzy and soulful moments. A real treat – and even heavier than Bird's first album! CD
(NOTE: This CD is missing the back tray artwork, but still contains the full booklet)

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Brand New HeaviesAll About The Funk ... CD
Shanachie, 2004. Used ... $4.99
The Brand New Heavies back on top in the early 00s – coming across with a batch of funky soul tracks that should cross over large! The sound here is much tighter and hook-heavy than on their recent Japanese release – more in the vein of the chart-crossing funk the group were cooking up at the end of their early 90s run – a blend of 70s soul influences, stripped-down production, and enough modern R&B twists to carry their work quite far from their London roots. There's a heck of a lot of guitar on the set – fuzzed-up but compressed nicely, underneath vocals from new singer Nicole Russo. Titles include "Boogie", "Waste My Time", "Need Some More", "Surrender", "How Do You Think", "How We Do This", and "I Feel Right". CD

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Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... LP
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 19.98
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". LP, Vinyl record album

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