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180g (UK), Late 70s/1980s.
A really fantastic entry in this really great series – one that shows just how strongly the spirit of invention continued in the world of Japanese music as it moved into the 80s! As with previous volumes, the work here is a unique hybrid of influences from American and Japanese sources ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elektra/Strut (UK), 1982.
An landmark record from Patrice Rushen – one of those albums that completely cemented her standing in the world of jazz, funk, and soul – and a wonderful summation of everything she'd done in the years before! The young Patrice was already a breakout keyboardist on the west coast scene ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A stunning selection of work from the legendary Stax records – a package of rare material that includes 11 tracks that appear here for the first time ever! We've been fans of the legendary Memphis soul label for a mighty long time – and, as with Motown, we're always amazed at how much ... CD
Motown/Third Man, 1970. 2LP Gatefold
An incredible lost album from Motown's David Ruffin – material recorded for his third solo album, but unreleased at the time – and presented here with a whole bunch of rare bonus material too! The quality of the work is incredible – done in a soaring style that's a perfect ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2014. 2CD
A fantastic presentation of all that's wonderful with the mighty Daptone label – one of the hippest, funkiest record companies of the past few decades – the company that gave the world Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, and other great artists – all of whom are heard here in an ... CD

Walter Bishop, Jr.

Keeper Of My Soul
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973.
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players ... CD

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Jazz Is Dead 9 – Instrumentals
Jazz Is Dead, 2021.
A special set of all-instrumental tracks – culled together from the sessions that went into some of the previous editions of this mighty great series – including collaborations with Gary Bartz, Joao Donato, Marcus Valle, and Roy Ayers! As the title implies, the cuts here are all ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. 2CD
Two soulful reggae classics – issued here back to back in a single set, along with 26 bonus tracks, and a total of 32 titles that appear here on CD for the first time ever! First up is the solo album Build Me Up by Brent Dowe – a sometime member of The Melodians, but one who sounds ... CD

Saitana

Jenakuru
Gallo/Tooth Factory, 1977. (reissue)
Wonderfully weird work from Saitana – one of those 70s South African groups who found a way of mixing equal parts soul, funk, and psychedelic influences – then deliver the music with this languid groove that's all their own! The group has ties to other SA combos of the time – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Warda

Khalik Hena
Soutelphan/We Want Sounds (UK), 1973. (reissue)
Completely mesmerizing work from singer Khalik Hena – a vocalist who presents the lyrics here in Arabic, but only after a wonderfully long build-up from an Egyptian orchestra who blend together a very cool groove with all sorts of beautiful touches on organ, woodwinds, and strings! The sound ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rudolph Johnson

Second Coming
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973.
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would ... CD
Cotillion/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 7CD
All the best early years of Stacy Lattisaw – served up in one nice little set! And when we say "early", we mean early – given that Stacy was just in her teens when she sang a good number of the tunes on this collection! But although young, Lattisaw already had a depth that ... CD

Joe Farnsworth

City Of Sounds
Smoke Sessions, 2021.
A rock-solid trio set from the great drummer Joe Farnsworth – one that draws every bit as much of its strength from the piano of Kenny Barron and bass of Peter Washington – both players who work together with Joe on a set of tunes that feel effortless, but which are filled with complex ... CD

Flying Lotus

Yasuke
Warp, 2021.
Flying Lotus always gives us some pretty fantastic sounds – and this time around, he opens up an even new channel of his genius – serving up a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that were originally designed for use in the anime series Yasuke! There's certainly a touch of the eastern ... CD
Maggot Brain/Third Man, 2021.
Maggot Brain has only been around for a handful of issues – but during that time, the publication has evolved tremendously – and become one of our go-to sources for digging into a really wide range of music! This time around, the cover feature spotlights a set of never-seen photos of ... Magazine
Cherry Pop (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s. 7CD
Essential work from one of the hippest British groups of the 70s – the amazing Real Thing, one of the few UK acts who could go head to head with soul artists from the US! The Real Thing groove is often heavy on strings and rhythm – a sound that's kind of an English take on the 70s ... CD
Strawberry (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. 4CD
A fantastic package of work from British singer/producer/arranger Mike Hurst – a huge talent who's not that well known on our shores, but who had a hand in a huge amount of classic recordings in the 60s and 70s! This set is a huge introduction to Mike's many talents – and although we ... CD
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s.
Searing, sneering work from the Cali scene of the late 60s – a surprisingly huge legacy of work that goes far beyond some of the bigger west coast garage gems by acts like The Seeds or Sonics! The cuts here all come from LA indie labels Dore, Era, and Mira – companies that we mostly ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2021.
Really fantastic work from the Kasai All Stars – a group we first discovered years ago, as part of the excellent Congotronics series – but one who here really stretch past their roots, and embrace a mature sound that really lets them spread their wings in fly! There's still some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Akiko Yano

Ai Ga Nakucha Ne
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1982.
A really fantastic album from the great Akiko Yano – a set recorded in London with help from a whole host of great talents, all of whom make for a record that's even catchier and groovier than some of her work in Japan! Ryuichi Sakamoto co-produced and arranged the record, and really helped ... CD
 



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