An obscure soul group, but a great one – equally at home with a fragile harmony tune as they were with more uptempo groovers for the dancefloor! This one and only album from Act One is a perfect illustration of the best two sides of the east coast indie soul scene of the early 70s – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Singer Cyrille Aimee gets help from some great "friends" here – a tight quintet with Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Joel Frahm on tenor, and Spike Wilner on piano – really helping set up her vocals with a solid instrumental footing! Aimee's got a slight Billie Holiday quality to ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Allspice ... CD Fantasy/Dusty Groove, 1977. New Copy ...
The only album ever from Allspice – but a hell of an incredible soul record – and one that's kept the group's name strong with collectors and rare groove fanatics for years! The album's on of the best Fantasy Records productions by Wayne Henderson and his At Home team – and like ... (Soul) read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Herb Alpert —
Summertime ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
Late 60s brilliance from the legendary Herb Alpert – one of a few key records that has him reinventing his style for a whole new generation! Herb name-checks Gil Evans, Miles Davis, and Ahmad Jamal in the notes – and he's definitely opening up the style of his arrangements here – ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Masterful live set by Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela – recorded at The Roxy in LA in 1978! Both their studio record from the same year and this massive live recording work incredibly well – as they're both geniuses at blending distinctive global influences – but they really cook in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
Warm ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ...
A fantastic record from the late 60s years of Herb Alpert – a time when the trumpeter was really opening up his sound, and starting to hit some of the same cool styles of his other great acts on the A&M label! Gone are the trademark Cali-Mex arrangements of the early Tijuana Brass ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Nice one from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – working with arranger Quincy Jones! You Smile – The Song Begins comes at a pretty interesting point in which Herb was still working in the Spanish-inflected, jazzy instrumental groove of earlier years – but in a fresh way after a ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A collection that gets at the full range of talents from Joan Armatrading during her famous years at A&M Records – a time when she took an older folk soul aesthetic, and gave it a whole new spin – with a voice that was one of the most distinct in pop at the time, and a style that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut ... (Soul) read moreCD
David Axelrod/Cannonball Adderley —
Messiah ... CD RCA/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
David Axelrod takes on Handel's Messiah – and the result is an amazingly complex set of music – very similar to his earlier albums on Capitol Records, and his Warner work with the Electric Prunes! If you love the Axe, you'll find plenty to love here – spare, dark orchestrations, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Barbara & Ernie —
Prelude To ... CD Cotillion/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ...
A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ayu ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from this unique Brazilian group – an ensemble whose music mostly comes from their voices and percussive sounds made on their bodies! The approach is surprisingly great – and maybe not nearly as squishy as you'd expect – as there's a clean, clear sound to the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Fantastic funkiness! Although Les Baxter's best known for his easy listening work in the late 50s/early 60s, this 1969 biker flick soundtrack is a motherlode of funky funky tracks, and a veritable cornucopia of breakbeats. The drums are nice and hard, and there's plenty of fuzzy guitars to give a ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Tripped out folk and funk from Caroleen Beatty – singing here with backing from both Mushroom and Heavy Friends! The feel of the set is a bit like that of some of Mushroom's work – but more more song-based, given that Caroleen's in the lead on vocals – and as with Mushroom, there' ... (Rock) read moreCD
Excellent early work from Gilbert Becaud – one of the most important French songwriters and singers of the late 50s and 60s – captured here in a live setting that's a nice change from the studio sounds of some of his bigger hits! The first half of the set is especially interesting, as ... (French) read moreCD
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
Adam Ben Ezra —
Pin Drop ... CD Little Big Beat/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Pretty wonderful sounds from Adam Ben Ezra – an artist who works here completely solo, but with a flowing range of sounds that's completely hypnotizing overall! Ezra's a bassist at heart, but also plays piano and clarinet on the record – and also vocalizes a bit, and adds in some foot ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic contemporary performance from Girma Beyene – a key artist in the golden age of Ethiopian, working here with the excellent Akale Wube quintet! Girma's one of a number of singers who went into exile during the changing political climate of the 70s – but in recent years, he's ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Tremendous work from the great Josh Berman – one of the most important musicians on the Chicago underground scene of the past decade or so – not just for his work on cornet, but also for his warmly collaborative and supportive spirit! That quality really comes through here – on a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Black Knight (James Knight & The Butlers) —
Black Knight ... CD Cat/Virgorian, Early 70s. New Copy ...
An excellent bit of southern funk – very much in the early mode of Little Beaver, but with a sound that's even harder! James Knight is The Black Knight – leading a tight little combo with a raw funky 45 sound, heavy on the horns for backing, but with James' guitar right up front in the ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A great album of funky dancefloor tunes! Originally issued in 1978, and clearly for the New York dancefloor crowd – the record takes the earlier work of funk group The Blackbyrds, and remixes the tracks slightly to pump up the groove a bit for the dancers. While the approach might not sound ... (Soul) read moreCD
The tenor sound of Seamus Blake is always a treat – and he really stretches out here on a set of long, live tracks with a great group! Most titles go way past the ten minute mark, and the always-inventive Blake manages to make plenty happen with all that time – working deftly in a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
These guys may have a name that evokes a Bob Dylan album, but their sound is something else entirely – a magical blend of simple instruments in a really unique way – and a songwriting voice that really sets these guys apart from the rest! There were so many great UK groups at the end ... (Rock) read moreCD
Some definite gems from the Blue Sky Boys – a duo who recorded early in the country music years of King Records, and who never stayed together long enough to earn the fame of labelmates like The Stanleys or Delmore Brothers! The Boys – Bill and Earl Bolick – have a sound that's ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A record that may well be worth it just for the first vocal line from David Bowie – which begins "Look up here, I'm in heaven"! The set brings together Bowie's final recordings, done in close collaboration with jazzman Donny McCaslin, whose work on saxes really shapes some great ... (Rock) read moreCD
George Braith —
Musart ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ...
One of our favorite-ever albums on Prestige Records from the 60s – and a set that's a fair bit different than most of the other work on the label! The set's an unusual outing for saxophonist George Braith – cut after his famous albums for Blue Note, and in a mode that's quite different ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful solo piano from Abdullah Ibrahim – recorded in an open-ended, freewheeling style that's mighty nice – and quite a change from most of his other albums of the time! Even without a bassist or drummer, Ibrahim maintains a strongly rhythmic pulse to his music – an amazing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Like Dave Brubeck's legendary Time Out set? Try this one – a great record that takes off from the concept of the first, but which goes in some very fresh new directions – using the same great group with Paul Desmond on alto, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums! Dave's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first album in decades from Memphis soul legend Don Bryant – a singer who hardly even gave us any recordings back when he was in his prime! Don was one of the lesser lights at the famous Hi Records – not as successful as Ann Peebles or Al Green, but steeped in the same wonderful ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Vernon Burch – an overlooked 70s soul genius who worked with countless others in the decade, and cut a handful of gems on his own! The set may well be Vernon's best, as it's got this really wonderful approach that mixes funky elements, jazzy ... (Soul) read moreCD
Blazing early Buzzcocks demos – officially issued at long last! These are primal, raw early recordings, circa 1976 – and a great early snapshot of one the greatest punk era bands – not only in the UK – anywhere on earth! No remix, live recorded demos, but it's no mere fuzzy ... (Rock) read moreCD
The world of Charlie Byrd is a pretty darn groovy one – as you'll hear on this sweet collection of 60s sides, pulled together for a double-length Columbia compilation! Byrd first started out as one of the early American guitarists to recognize the possibilities of bossa nova – mixing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tommaso Cappellato —
Aforemention ... CD Mental Groove/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Spare drums, percussion, and lots of electronics from Tommaso Cappellato – a musician who works here with only a bit of guest vocals from time to time, but never makes us feel like we're missing the presence of a larger group at all! Cappellato's somewhere in a space near cosmic jazz, but is ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A tight trumpeter with a really fresh sound – strong, soulful, and equally well-suited to funky tunes and more freewheeling numbers! The set's brimming over with soul – and the range of musicians changes with each different tune – although Fender Rhodes features on most numbers, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first-ever set we've seen dedicated to the overlooked doo wop genius of The Cardinals – a group that recorded for Atlantic Records in the same generation as The Drifters and The Clovers, but never received a full LP treatment by the label! We've always felt that lack is one of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Moody female vocals from Brazil – a great early 70s album with a dreamy feel and a nice electric touch! In a way, the album's a fair bit like the Ana Mazzotti album from the same period, with a mix of some funky scatting vocal numbers, and other tunes that are more laidback, but which fit ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sweet sweet Hammond from the great Brian Charette – a player who's easily becoming one of our favorite organists in contemporary jazz! Brian's got this way of spinning out a long line with effortless ease – a soaring approach to his instrument that takes us back to a space between ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning Hammond work from Brian Charette – a player who's fast becoming one of our favorite contemporary organists in jazz – given his way of both acting completely fluid on the keys, while still able to lay down a chunky rhythm at the bottom! The mix is one that few folks could ever ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A long-overdue look at one of the greatest vocal groups of the 50s – an quartet with a sound to rival that of The Drifters or The Dominoes at their best! That comparison is no accident, as The Checkers featured members from both groups – although the overall strength of the vocal work ... (Soul) read moreCD
Coldwater Stone (Freddy Briggs) —
Defrost Me ... CD GSF/Essential, 1973. New Copy ...
Freddy Briggs is the main force behind Coldwater Stone – as he wrote and produced all the tracks, and sings lead vocals throughout the record. His style's sort of a mix of funk and soul, and he works in the heavier style that was used by some of the other bands on the legendary GSF imprint ... (Soul) read moreCD
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Rootsy gospel from The Como Mamas – a tremendous trio of female singers, working here in an all-acapella mode that's completely sublime! The set's an offshoot of the Como Now project done by Daptone a few years ago, and has the same timeless feel – quite a difference from the heavy ... (Gospel) read moreCD
Maybe the funkiest album ever cut for the legendary Westbound label in Detroit – and that's saying a lot, given that the company was the initial home to Funkadelic! Yet on this stunning full length set, The Counts maybe do that famous group one better – pushing aside their vocals for ... (Soul) read moreCD
The massive first album from Creative Source – a really unique group who really helped push the ensemble vocal mode forward in the 70s! The mixed male/female lineup recalls similar groups of the late 60s – but Creative Source also have a deeper, hipper style that comes through right ... (Soul) read moreCD
We never tire of the saxophone work of Sonny Criss – and this mid 70s gem is a perfect example of his brilliance! Sonny's sound on alto here is completely his own – raspily, soulful style that's really unique – and which draws strongly from Criss' rich life experience, including ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mindblowing debut from Cybotron – one of the most unusual groups to ever hail from Detroit – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the musical legacy of the city! Cybotron have a sound that's starkly electronic, and a huge influence on later electro, hip hop, techno, and house ... (Soul) read moreCD
A collection of rare projects from southern club artist Cyril Walker – a great batch of early 80s groovers with a decidedly indie feel! The tracks are heavy on beats and keys – and the rhythms are on the more electro side of boogie – still nice and bouncy, with a definite ear for ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title definitely gets it right – but also only gives you part of the picture here – as Jean Michel Davis not only plays vibes, but also a bit of marimba – and the album's split up into three different sections that each offer a slightly different take on the instrumentation! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sublime bit of Miles Davis electric funk – one of the best-remembered electric sets from the 70s, and for good reason too! The tracks are long, the jams are hard, and the whole thing has a lot more funk than some of the noise you'd get on other Miles albums of the time – thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A much-needed look at the mighty Sugar Pie DeSanto – a singer who really rocked Chess Records back in the 60s! DeSanto came to the label already boasting one hell of a groove – a rock-solid sense of rhythm that made all of her tunes groovers right from the get-go – and a raw ... (Soul) read moreCD
Jack DeJohnette's best known as a drummer, but he's also played a bit of piano too – and this album focuses nicely on that side of his talents, in case you couldn't guess from the title! The trio lineup is a great one – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Freddie Waits on drums – both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One thing you have to remember about The Dells – they always sound great! Even here, in later years, their sound is superb – a rich, deep approach to harmonies that's still head and shoulders above most other groups in the business! The production on the set is by Norman Harris and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Bob Downes Open Music —
Five Trios ... CD Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ...
Amazing work from British reedman Bob Downes – a host of previously-unissued 70s recordings, all of them trio numbers with a wonderfully stripped-down feel! Downes is possibly best known for his larger group experiments of the Open Music years – but here, he comes across as much more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two albums in one package – both of them featuring excellent work from groundbreaking British reedman Bob Downes! Mixed Bag is nothing like you might expect from its title – because while the set does feature a variety of different sessions from Downes, it's also got a very unified ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the greatest female soul from the southern scene at the start of the 70s – two monumental albums from singer Doris Duke, both produced by Swamp Dogg and packaged here with some rare bonus cuts too! Doris' work has always been some of our favorite from the deep soul scene – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great stuff! Although a live album, Gratitude is one of Earth Wind & Fire's greatest from the mid 70s – a very tight batch of grooves that proves that Maurice White & Co. could play just as well on stage as they could in the studio – and the noise of the crowd going wild is ... (Soul) read moreCD
Spiritual, soulful, and oh, so beautiful! This record captures Earth Wind & Fire at a perfect transition moment – when they've still got some of their avant jazz roots, but are leaning towards the smooth soulful funk sound that put them on the charts a few years later. The whole thing's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Soulful grooves by Atlanta scene dream team Edgewood Agents and all star guests – with songs steeped in jazzy soul and some breezy Brazil influences – on one of the finer compilations of contemporary tunes we've heard in a couple years! The Edgewood Agents themselves are the trio of ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Berndt Egerbladh —
Schizo ... CD Swedisk/Dragon (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ...
Really wonderful early work from pianist Berndt Egerbladh – a player who's gotten a lot more global attention in recent years, but who sounds especially great on this rare date from the 60s! The album's a masterful showcase for Berndt's warm, fluid approach on the keys of the piano – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sprawling stunner from Hanni El Khatib – who doesn't leave behind the gritty, yet melodic garage rock and soul sounds he's done so well on an ALREADY diversely inspired career-to-date – it's just that he just does SO much more on Savage Times. We loved the raucous, tight blasts of ... (Rock) read moreCD
A set of mostly solo piano from Cuban legend Frank Emilio – a set of older danzas and danzones, played in a spare, but highly rhythmic style! Emilio's got more than enough command of the keyboard to hold up strongly on his own – and although a few tracks feature additional guiro from ... (Latin) read moreCD
Soaring grooves and mellow moments – a perfect blend of 70s soul styles, summed up here beautifully by Enchantment! The album's one of the group's greatest – and certainly one that's been very well-remembered around these parts – thanks to some rock-solid arrangements from Johnny ... (Soul) read moreCD
Paid In Full, indeed. Eric B & Rakim's seminal album still pays off in so many ways, and it was such a vital link between the party rockin' style of the old school and the terse, hard-hitting beats and rhymes of what was then the new school, we can't even come up with the words for the praise ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Sweet 70s grooving from Brazilian singer Eva – a bit of soul, a bit of easy, all styled together nicely by orchestrations from the magical maestro Gaya! Gaya's work here is similar to his best backings for other artists in the Blue Brazil generation – a mix of American pop, post-bossa ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Some of the best of the best of The Fania All Stars – magical music from that short stint when the combo were recording for Columbia Records in the late 70s! While at Columbia, the group grew even more than the styles of their roots at the Fania label – picking up some hipper touches ... (Latin) read moreCD
Vanessa Farley may be a relatively obscure soul singer from New Jersey – but she sings here with a sophisticated style that's like the best female artists on the 70s Philly scene! Vanessa is the cousin of Phyllis Hyman, and definitely has an influence from that side of the spectrum – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tasty Jam ... CD Spring/Southbound (UK), 1981. New Copy ...
A definite Tasty Jam from Fatback – a set that bumps along wonderfully with lots of the bassy bottom grooves that made the combo so great! The style here's tightened up from the past, but still plenty great – almost a reinvention of the group's 70s funk for the old school scene – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really fantastic collection of work from The Five Royales – one of the most important groups of the pre-soul generation – and one that had a huge impact on the sound of James Brown, Hank Ballard, and other artists to come! The collection goes way past the King Records hits cut by the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A totally fresh post-millennium take on the electric jazz sound of the late 70s & early 80s from Atlanta-based quartet 4 Korners – inspired by the funky fusion era, but really putting it in a timeless light of their own! We've always loved the sound that provides inspiration here – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot —
Lost Loves ... CD El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ...
A joint compilation of material by a pair of French pop icons – Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – with some great Gainsbourg material, plus some of the earliest Bardot vocal recordings! It's a bunch of great early 60s material all around, stuff from the Bonne Annee Brigitte French ... (French) read moreCD
One of the freshest albums we've heard in years from Gilberto Gil – a set that seems to shake off some of the misdirections of recent records, and really get back the sharper style of his roots – while still also heading off into a new mode as well! There's a definite forro ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Maeve Gilchrist & Viktor Krauss —
Vignette ... CD Adventure, 2017. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from Maeve Gilchrist – a jazz harpist by trade, and one of the few artists in a legacy that also includes the great Dorothy Ashby! Maeve's work here is maybe a bit more contemporary – set to some of her own keyboard lines, and a mixture of bass, guitar, cello, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Robert Glasper Experiment —
ArtScience ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
Tremendous material from Robert Glasper – a set that takes us back to the brilliance of his first few releases for Blue Note – while also encompassing all the changes he's gone through in recent years too! There's definitely some vocals on the record – but this time around, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first-ever CD collection of work by Wendy Gondeln – a musician who's issued various 7" and vinyl releases, and created amazing sounds for art installations – working in a very weird mix of electronics, roughly-played violin, and other elements! The electronic elements are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible pop psych sounds from Grapefruit – a group who might be best known for their early inclusion in the Beatles' Apple Corps – but who can easily stand on their own with the strength of material like this! The production is superb, and the overall vision in the music is sublime ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great one from saxophonist Chris Greene – a player who just seems to get better and better with each new release – maturing to a point where his strong status on the Chicago scene should be overtaken by a wider national reputation! This set may well have Greene finding a voice that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible pairing of two of the most important modern jazz talents of the 50s – trumpeter Clifford Brown and altoist Gigi Gryce – whose sense of structure on these tunes really gives Brownie a whole new space in which to shine! Gryce really seems to get at the mixture of sweetness ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hard-rocking work from the earliest years of Johnny Hallyday – material pulled from early French singles that still show Johnny as the true European descendent of the sound of Johnny Burnette and Eddie Cochran! The tracks are mostly very upbeat and driving – a groove that's maybe more ... (French) read moreCD
Classic 70s southern soul from Roy C – a brilliant follow-up to his excellent Sex & Soul album, but a great little record that more than stands on its own! Although Roy's roots are in New York City, his sound here is one that echoes strongly with the changes going on down in the Memphis, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sex, soul, and lots more too – a sublime solo set from the great Roy C Hammond – recorded after his initial work with The Honeydrippers! The approach here is much more deep soul than his work with that group – very much in the best sort of Fame or Hi Records vibe – with a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of killers from keyboardist Gene Harris – both recorded for Blue Note, and back to back on a single CD! First up is Gene Harris/The 3 Sounds – the last Three Sounds album for Blue Note – and the funkiest too – thanks to lots more electrification than usual, and some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the best R&B you could ever buy! Wynonie Harris was one of the all-time greats – a raw, raunchy, hard-rockin singer who was getting into more trouble with the law, ladies, and booze than most 70s rock groups combined! Wynonie's songs for King are the stuff that kick-started rock ... (Soul) read moreCD
Excellent early work by Leon Haywood – recorded way back in the mid 60s, when he was knocking around the LA indie scene with a very soulful groove! Back in those years, Leon wasn't singing as much, just playing piano and organ in a mixture of soul and jazz instrumental modes – all hard- ... (Soul) read moreCD
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
80s keyboards sparkle and glisten wonderfully here – a mix of Roland, Yamaha, and Korg keyboards – all played by Mikolaj Hertel in a few very cool suites of instrumental tunes! The music is maybe an extension of 70s electronic sound library modes, but also colored with some of the ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Loleatta Holloway's emerging here as the queen of the disco – trading the southern soul of her early years for a more full-on club groove! Given the strength of her vocals, the approach works great – and if anything, the setting really helps Loleatta find an even better space than ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really unique album from the great John Lee Hooker – done for the mostly-soul Wand Records label, and with a feel that's quite different than some of Hooker's other records! There's a distinctly jazzy undercurrent running through the record at times – sometimes with some moody, ... (Blues) read moreCD
An incredible collection of early material from the mighty Lightnin Hopkins – just the kind of sounds that made him an earthshaker right from the start! Hopkins hardly needs anyone but himself to put over the message here – as his guitar work is mindblowing, and his vocals have a raw ... (Blues) read moreCD
Strutting guitars, stomping rhythms, and a great mix of glam and soul – the trademark groove of the UK's classic Hot Chocolate! The album's filled with great tunes that resonate with their trademark compressed sound – vocals wrapped on guitars and set to sweetly stepping rhythms – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful voyage of self-discovery from drummer Ollie Howell – but a set that also clearly gets its strength his collaboration with the other members of the session too! Ollie adds in a bit of electronics with his drums, but the core energy here mostly comes from the acoustic exchange ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 blues classics from the great Howlin Wolf – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Howlin Wolf – a record that has Wolf tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for ... (Blues) read moreCD
Baddest Hubbard or goodest Hubbard – whatever you prefer, the set's a great sampling of Freddie's incredible work for the CTI label during the early 70s! The album only features 4 tracks, but for CTI, Freddie was cutting them so long, that's the only way you could go – as his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A stunner! If what you're looking for is the most personal and boldy creative I Ced effort to date, well, this is that and more – delivering boisterous modern funk beats and atmosphere underneath his soulful, spiritually-heightened vocals – probably his best ever! Those traits carry the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD