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Hip Hop

XOld school, true school, golden age, random rap, west coast, east coast, independent, southern, and midwestern hip hop -- as well as some commercial classics!

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Warner/Omnivore, 1977.
The Staple Singers pick up a great Chicago soul groove – with production by Eugene Record and arrangements by Tom Tom Washington – all in a sound that's almost as if they'd left Stax Records and started to record for Brunswick! The groove's every bit as soaring and joyous as Record and ... CD

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers – Jazz Is Dead 2
Jazz Is Dead, 2020.
An album with Roy Ayers in the title – but which also features the man himself in the music – really sounding wonderful here, and recreating some of the best sounds of his classic work from the 70s! For some reason, Adrian Younge always likes to put his name in the lead, even when ... CD
Aware/Tidal Waves, 1975. (reissue)
A wonderful album of southern soul from Loleatta Holloway! The record was her last in the deep soul mode – and it's a gem that should have made her as big as her later disco records – a really well-crafted extension of styles that Stax and Atlantic had done in the 60s, but given a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black World/17 North Parade, 1975.
A really classic set from the great Max Romeo – a record that oozes with the soulful vocals he first forged back in the 60s, and sparks with some of the more righteous themes of his rasta roots work of the 70s! The production is perfect – laidback, unassuming, and very much a showcase ... CD

Ray Alexander Technique

Let's Talk (with bonus tracks)
Harlem Sound/Now Again, 1973.
One of those obscure funk records that was even pretty darn obscure back in the day – at a time when so many other funk records weren't so obscure! But obscurity aside, the record also quickly grew into the stuff of legend – thanks to a groove that's totally great, and which has all ... CD

Nicole Mitchell & Lisa E Harris

Earthseed
FPE, 2020.
Very powerful work from the great Nicole Mitchell – the third of her albums to be based on the work of Octavia Butler, and the first to be done in collaboration with vocalist Lisa E Harris! The music was commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, and recorded in a large open space in that ... CD
Almighty & Insane Books, 2020.
The secret history of Chicago house music – a side of the scene that's even more obscure than its many rare records or long-departed clubs! The book is a fantastic follow up to the first volume – and like that one, features rare flyers, posters, and ads for some of the underground ... Book
GEC/P-Vine (Japan), 1976.
The classic first LP by this stellar Chicago harmony group – and a monster! Heaven & Earth had a wonderful falsetto harmony sound that reminds us a lot of east coast winners like Blue Magic or The Stylistics – and like some of the best east coast groups, this group's vocals work ... CD

Shirley Scott

One For Me
Strata East/ARC (UK), 1974. (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever recorded by female organist Shirley Scott – a very hip set that's got a very different flavor than her earlier work for Prestige and Impulse Records! As you might guess for a date issued on the Strata East label, the approach here is very soulful, and very far-r ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner/Omnivore, 1978.
Darn nice work from The Staple Singers – a record that seems to take the leaner, meaner sound learned by the group during their soundtrack years, and turn it back towards the fuller, more righteous sound of the Stax years! The album was recorded at Muscle Shoals, with very solid production ... CD
Rockers/VP, Mid 80s. 2CD
Four 80s albums from the mighty Augustus Pablo – served up here in a special 2CD set! First up is Blowing With The Wind – seminal 80s work from Augustus Pablo – a set that's maybe got a bit more digital and electronic touches in the mix, but which still maintains that fantastic ... CD

Other Dimensions In Music with Fay Victor

Kaiso Stories
Silkheart (Switzerland), 2020.
Vocalist Fay Victor joins the wonderful group Other Dimensions In Music – for a performance that really helps deepen the sound and knock the whole thing out of the park! Make no mistake, we already love the instrumental side of the group – Roy Campbell on trumpets and other instruments ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
A deep dive into the golden age of jazz in Belgium – that amazing postwar stretch when the nation was offering up some of the grooviest modern jazz on the continent – and also sharing a number of styles and players with the Parisian scene too! The package is nicely focused – and ... CD
Timeless/Tidal Waves, 1983. (reissue)
Really wonderful material from trumpet legend Chet Baker – one of those sets from Chet's "lost" years recording for a variety of labels on the European continent – but also work that really shows him exploring some great new territory! The Chet Baker during these years is ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Afro Blue
Trio/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. (reissue)
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sunset Blvd, Late 60s/1970s. 3CD
Tremendous work from the legendary Brian Auger – a huge collection of work, a good deal of which is previously unreleased – and a package that makes a fantastic addition to his legendary catalog of organ and keyboard grooves! There's not much here in the way of notes – we would ... CD

Windy City

Let Me Ride
Chi Sound/P-Vine (Japan), 1977.
A wonderful album by one of the last great vocal groups to come out of Chicago – a harmony quintet to rival the greatness of any the east coast had to offer! Although recorded for the smoother-sounding Chi-Soul label, the album's got an approach that's quite similar to some of the best east ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. 3CD
A big overview collection of work from the key years of reedman David Sanborn – a player who certainly knew how to hit the heights with the sales of his records, but also had a surprisingly strong, rich career over the years! If you only think of Sanborn as a smooth jazz pioneer, then you'll ... CD

Ungava

Ungava
Return To Analog (Canada), 1977. (reissue)
A fantastic trio from the Canadian scene of the 70s – one who resonate with a bit of the more progressive sound of the early part of the decade, but who can also pull out more of a hard rock approach when they want – a mode that really gives the whole thing a heck of a lot of brooding ... LP, Vinyl record album

Keleketla

Keleketla
Ahead Of Our Time (UK), 2020.
A really fantastic collaboration between Coldcut and a host of South African musicians – and a set that also features a number of key contributions from the legendary Tony Allen! The record uses the older cutup style that Coldcut first forged on the London scene of the 80s – but has ... CD
 



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