A special collection done for the US market after the first great run of albums by The Smiths – a double-length set that's partly a best-of, and mostly a collection of all the wonderful songs the group issued on their various singles and EP releases in the UK – none of which were ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Absract ambient instrumentals from Dublin's The Smoke Clears. Includes "Fathoms", "Where You Go I Go", "The Goose And The Moon", "Heaven Sent", "Slipstream", "Oh My Days" feat Cian Finn, "In Time" and "September". (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Snoop Dogg —
Last Meal ... LP No Limit/Capitol, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Snoop Dogg's last and best album for No Limit – a turn of the millennium effort that stands a a lot stronger in retrospect, and certainly signaling the coming resurgence Snoop would carrying pretty strongly in the new decade. After Death Row hit hard times and Snoop found into the No Limit ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – on green vinyl & with download!)
Stanislaw Sojka —
Blublula ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
Wicked stuff – and a vocalist we'd love to know more about! Stan's a hip Polish singer with a really wonderful sound – an open-ended 70s approach that draws on influences from Leon Thomas and Mark Murphy, yet which also has a gutsy quality that's all its own – personal and ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The album that finally made the world sit up and notice that Solange is a completely great artist on her own – and hardly needs to ever be spoken of in terms that involve her sister! The set's got a vibe that's as personal and put out there as Solange's image on the cover – music that's ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered, limited edition red colored vinyl pressing – Includes download!)
Plenty of beats and bass in a sweet 80s funk mode – served up on a flurry of Korg, Roland, and Yamaha instruments – and presented in an all-instrumental mode that really lets you focus on the groove! This is the kind of electro funk that was almost never put on record back in the day ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonic Youth's best ever – bringing the earlier, noisier impulses into an anthemic rock realm -with incredible results! Daydream Nation's legancy looms as heavily over the indie rock to come over the next 20-or-so years as much as any other album album we can think of...hell, just the first 2 ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album in Sonic Youth's three album run as one the most exciting bands in underground rock, and possibly the greatest album in their long, long career! It doesn't take a genius to ram a screwdriver into the neck of a guitar, but when they're at their best (as they are on EVOL, Sister, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by Stax Records – from the title of the record, to the cover, to the grooves laid down by the group! The album was originally issued on Truth – the gospel subsidiary of Stax – and while it does have a bit of a spiritual component, the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible lost jazz funk soundtrack by Guiliano Sorgini – one of the best we've been lucky enough to discover in ages – all the more fascinating given the film it was made for! The soundtrack is a wild one for the most part, with a few more elegiac sounding numbers – but ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Malian music from Sorry Bamba – served up here on one of his greatest albums of the 70s! The set just features four songs, but they're all nice and long – and build up in this wonderfully complex, completely mesmerizing blend of percussion, keyboards, and guitar – extended ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from a group who've definitely earned their name! Naming a group SOUL might be suicide for a band that can't carry off the groove – but these guys are funky monsters, with a real talent for a hard heavy sound that was rarely matched by other combos. The band have a great ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the best album ever from this fantastic funky combo! The band grooves hard and funky – with incredible drum work from Paul Stubblefield, tasty guitar from Walter Winston, and some famous funky flute and sax work from Gus Hawkins. Tracks on the album are rough and raw – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An absolute stormer from Soul Scratch – a contemporary combo from the SoCal scene doing the legacy of the late 60s/early 70s raw funky soul style proud! Both the band name and album titles are appropriate – we wouldn't call it "truth in advertising", just straight up truth ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The amazing second album from The Soul Searchers – even harder, funkier, and rarer than the first! This one blows away everything else the group have ever done – as the record has an angular approach that has the band taking a lot of weird twists with the grooves, creating these dark ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second Soul Session is every bit as great as the first – a wonderful blend of contemporary rhythms and crackling vocals – served up by producer Ralph Keifer, with help from guests who include Georgia Anne Muldrow, Anaj, Tokunbo, Omar, and Fatma Tazegul! Rhythms are relatively spare ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky keyboards and dubby grooves – a great little record that's as much inspired by Jamaican music as it is the longer legacy of American funky jazz! Soul Sugar first started giving us 45s about a decade ago, but their sound has really matured over the years – as leader/keyboard ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover here is a bit different than usual for a Soulive release, and the sound is a bit different too – as the trio definitely explore some of the cinematic funk modes promised in the title! The drums are heavy and the keyboards are warm, but there's also modes here that go back farther ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the best album ever from Soulstance – the jazzy dancefloor combo who are easily one of the brightest stars in the Schema Records galaxy! Although other Soulstance records have been totally great – very much in the best mix of classic and modern styles that Schema groups ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soundgarden's debut album – in which they made a pretty sizable footprint in the late 80s indie rock scene by somehow finding a cool middle ground between fierce, raw underground sounds, hard grooving psychedelia, and unapologetically meaty hard rock! There's a strong argument for this one as ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album by South Central Cartel – and funky, rugged, rawm profane snapshot early 90s independent west coast gangsta! NWA might've busted open the floodgates, but SCC was among the earlier crews to set sail on the massive gangsta rap wave to follow – and while they never burst ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A group who definitely sound like what you'd expect from a space farm – as their sound is both rootsy and soaring – simple at the core, but touched by some great production elements that really lets the sound take off into the sky! The trio just features guitar, bass, and drums – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – with a bonus poster too!)
One of the most amazing albums ever from Spacemen 3 – and maybe the one in which they really hit their core potential! The group's previous records had all been great – and introduced a whole new level of fuzz and echo to the late 80s indie scene – but this set has the group ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A big big crossover album from the UK ska scene of the early 80s – built upon the ashes of the older Specials group, but still with plenty of the dark edges we'd come to expect in Jerry Dammers work! There's a bit more electric instrumentation at the bottom of the tracks, but the sound is ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most important albums on the mighty 2 Tone label – and part of a huge ska revival on the British scene that would send ripples through modern music for years to come! And sure, the words "ska" and "revival" in the same sentence can often make most folks wince ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record that's not quite jazz, not quite funk, but something really special in between – a short EP that only features four tracks, but one that manages to pack a heck of a punch overall! Malcolm Catto produced the first side of the record, and he really gets the sound of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from the groovy Sam Spence – an American composer who worked heavily in Germany during the 60s and 70s, turning out some really cosmic sounds in the process! The cuts here are a wonderful mix of funky sound library grooves and more electronic numbers – a beautiful blend ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet electro funk from Danny Spence – a set of instrumentals that draw from an 80s mode, but deliver the sounds in a very contemporary style – especially the way they splash together the rhythms and basslines at the bottom end of the sonic spectrum! The tunes are simple and unadorned, ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's way cooler than you might expect from the title – which is already pretty darn cool itself! The set's got sounds from an astounding array of instruments played by the pair – not just the electronics and keyboards you'd usually get on a record like this – but also ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Totally amazing sounds from this obscure Illinois group – a very experimental outfit formed at University of Illinois, and named after an instrument by Harry Partch! With Partch as a touchstone, these guys definitely have one ear cocked towards some of the more experimental sounds of the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album for Dusty Springfield – one in which she more than proves her soul music talents, by taking a trip to Memphis, and recording in a sweet Atlantic soul mode! The album's handled by stellar talents all the way through – arrangements by Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin, production ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary pressing on 180 gram vinyl.)
Jeff St John's Copperwine —
Joint Effort ... LP Festival/Blank (Australia), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
We're not sure if the record's a joint effort because the band works together so well – or because they were smoking some blunts in the studio – but whatever the case, the whole thing's great – a wicked rare Australian psyche album with some very groovy touches thrown into the mix ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Frederick Michael St Jude —
Almost Lost EP ... LP Million Dollar Performances, 1976. New Copy ...
Raw, but catchy rock circa the mid 70s by Frederick Michael St. Jude – cut from the same cloth (and in the same sessions and setting) as his cult classic material for Florida label Soul Deep back in the day! It's wonderful stuff, earnestly written and recorded in hopes of getting pop radio ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool paste-on cover art, too!)
Tomasz Stanko —
Music For K ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Bold genius from Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – a memorial tribute to the recently-departed Krzysztof Komeda – Stanko's musical mentor and frequent partner during the 60s! The work builds strongly on the angular modes explored by Komeda during the Astigmatic years – a stark, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tomasz Stanko —
Twet ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best records we've ever heard from legendary Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko! Stanko first came to fame working with pianist Krzysztof Komeda during the 1960s – but this set captures Stanko stepping forth after Komeda's death, leading his own group in a spiritual session of freer ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from The Stanley Brothers – a duo whose spiritual output was just as important as their secular sides – and which comes off here with all the best charm of their famous recordings! Sure, these tunes might originate from the church – but the presentation here is very ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Starchild & The New Romantic —
Language ... LP Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy ...
Starchild here sings with a group called New Romantic – a really great name, given the 80s vibe of the set! Yet the music isn't the soft electro pop of the UK new romantics – as the groove here is more funky soul, but with a slightly sexy vibe – almost in the legacy of some of ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent blacksploitation soundtrack – and every bit as funky as any of Willie Hutch's work for other Motown soundtracks at the time! Larry Mizell and Dennis Coffey help out on the instrumentation – giving the album an extra funky instrumental edge, one that takes it way past Edwin ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: The label and the sleeve list the song "Don't It Feel Good To Be Free", but it's actually not on the reissue.)
A mod soul classic from the great Edwin Starr – a set that bridges his years in the Detroit underground and his sudden rise to fame at Motown! The tracks here have a really deep basement grooving sort of vibe – catchy, but less poppy than the usual Motown – and more with the kind ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the finer neo-classic hip hop debut records of the mid 00s! On this one, Statik Selektah flies the flag for the samples and scratches era at it's most headnodding and exciting– providing a perfect guest rappers to step up and slay – in way the felt freshly inspired on '07, still ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant modernism from Chicago reedman Jason Stein – a set that draws strong energy from the work of Lennie Tristano, but also instantly grabs us with a bold statement of Stein's own genius as well! The group features Stein on bass clarinet, and Keefe Jackson on contrabass clarinet and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's as stark as its cover – a very cool collaboration from LA beatmaker GB (Gifted & Blessed) and British singer Yeofi Andoh – done in a style that may well be opening up whole new frontiers for underground cosmic soul! The record's got a nicely rough vibe – songs ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great grooves from S-Tone – the best album so far from Stefano Tirone, thanks to a range of great singers and musicians on the set! There's a warmly acoustic vibe here – one that's rooted in bossa, but which also has some of the club jazz elements you'd expect from Schema Records ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
S-Tone Inc —
Onda ... LP Schema (Italy), 2017. New Copy ...
A beautifully collaborative project from S-Tone – aka Stefano Tirone – done in a way that makes his already warm grooves sound even better than usual! The album's got a blend of modern production and older Brazilian music references – not the more mainstream bossa remix style, ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An underground classic from the digital generation – produced by Herman Wright and Percy Chin with a laidback groove – and some strong backings from Jah Malla & Instigators, A Team, and the I Life Players! Scion Sashay is the real star, though – a young singer, but one with ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The earliest sounds ever recorded by Suicide – music that even pre-dates their monumental debut album from 1977 – but which has an equally fuzzy, freaky vibe overall! The music here is maybe slightly more mellow – not as confrontational as the stance the duo would take a few ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Suicide ... LP Red Star/Superior Viaduct, 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Frankie, Frankie – OW! Take a broken-down synth, some crazy vocals, and a rich sense of imagination – and you've got one of the seminal groups of the New York scene of the early punk years. Suicide were a key bridge between earlier prog underground sounds and the art-rock punk styles ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later moment from trumpeter Idrees Sulieman – a player that most folks know for his famous 50s appearances on Prestige Records sessions, before he left these shores and had a much more obscure later career overseas! During that time, though, Sulieman really grew as a player – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever cut by Tex-Mex soulsters Sunny & The Sunliners – largely because it's got some really nice funk tracks! The album features a set of all English language tracks – with Sunny Ozuna singing in his best sweet soul style on the ballad tracks, and hitting ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – and one of the funkiest too! The set still has the group handling some of the fragile harmonies and Texas-styled sounds of other records, but it also has them taking on James Brown and The Meters – both of whom give the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Insanely wonderful work from the Texas scene at the end of the 60s – a huge collection of the English language soul songs of Sunny & The Sunliners! The group first hit national fame in the earlier part of the 60s, with a sweet falsetto crossover hit – but as the decade moved on, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – a classic set of heartbreaking soul that's the Texas equivalent of the best late 60s harmony styles coming out of Spanish Harlem or East LA! The group were a Tex/Mex combo at their core, but on a handful of records like this, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A unique British group from the start of the 70s – and that's saying quite a lot, given how many unique groups were part of that scene at the time! Sweet Slag aren't really psych or hard rock, but they have equal bits of both – folded into a style that's maybe more the sort of mode ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great solo work from Syd – Sydney Bennett of The Internet – working here in a setting that's lean, crispy, and crackling – a fantastic start to her solo career! The set's definitely a commercial one, but it really seems to draw from the best of the past decade or so of the cosmic ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
OT Sykes —
First Love ... LP Fun City/Everland (Austria), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
The only album we've ever seen from soul singer OT Sykes – and a set that's maybe got a greater depth than you'd guess from his image on the cover! The music is a mix of mellow numbers and 80s boogie grooves – but the presentation here is rich, but without having the too-polished mode ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning debut from SZA – a soul singer who seems to represent a whole new way of being – with a style that's at once very understated and completely compelling! SZA's clearly got a hell of a voice – but she's also content to weave it into the rich mix of beats, keyboards, and ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Punchy grooves from Tages – a Swedish group that combines the inspiration of some of grittiest, most raucous rock of the early psych and immediate pre-psych era – from the UK, US and their native Sweden – with killer hooks and harmonies that should've made them global superstars! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful beautiful work from this spare Japanese duo – Midori Takada on marimba, gong, bells, and drums – and Masahiko Satoh on piano and electronics! The pair work here in a style that's not quite jazz, but also not much like some of the other Japanese instrumental sounds of the 80s ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Talib Kweli strongly carrying the torch for classic, mic-centric hip hop – still going strong after a solid couple decades in the game! It's invigorating to hear him delivering such precisely spat, brilliantly written rhymes track after track here – he's one of the best ever of his kind ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual Italian soundtrack from the 60s – one that mixes some of the jazzy modes of the time with a few elements that might sound a bit more "Dallas" – like occasional acoustic guitar or barroom piano! The tracks here are mostly short, but work together in a nicely ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A vintage set from the great Ebo Talyor – an artist who's been recording new music in recent years, but who sounds even better here on one of his classics! Ebo's got a fair bit of jazz mixed in with his sound – a layering of flute, trombone, tenor, guitar, and keyboard parts with a ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great Ghana grooves from Ebo Taylor – a tremendous collection of his funkiest 70s work – and a much-needed reintroduction of his talents to the world at large! Much of the music here has strong links with more familiar Afro Funk – but the overall approach is often a bit unique, ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ebo Taylor —
Yen Ara ... LP Mr Bongo (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Ebo Taylor takes off wonderfully here – clearly inspired by the new attention he's gotten in recent years, which includes a whole set of fresh recordings like this – which strongly continue the vibe of his classics from the 70s! The groove is tight and wonderfully focused – not ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Taylor Quartet —
Bootleg ... LP Real Self (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Not the dodgy record you might expect from the title – but instead a special vinyl-only collection of the best cuts from the past few years of releases from the mighty James Taylor – one of the coolest keyboardists to come along in the past few decades! Taylor first emerged in the UK ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early work from the James Taylor Quartet – music that's a lot more mod soul than some of the funk or clubbier styles of later work – but still served up with an equally sharp ear for a retro-styled sound! The groove here is more 60s mod than 70s funk, and James plays piano more ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Harmony soul from the Jamaican scene of the 60s – served up here in a host of hardcore production from the great Winston Riley! The grooves definitely show the style of Kingston, but the vocals almost echo the best of the indie soul scene in the US – that sophisticated harmony approach ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second fantastic set from this seminal group from the early 80s UK scene – a combo who might have been punk at the core, but also worked with a smattering of mod influences – ala The Jam – but also weren't afraid to get a bit psychedelic at times too – in ways that make ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The could have been bigger than the Beatles, but sadly they never came close – and instead, Television Personalities went on to become one of those great secrets from the British scene of the post-punk years – one of those groups that folks in the know always knew, which also includes a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title and cover are a great illustration of the direction that Ten Years After is taking here – a really wonderful blend of trippier influences with the sharp-edged, blues-influenced sound at their core! Even a look at the surface of the record will show you that something different is ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A searing live document of the magic of Ten Years After – recorded at London's Klooks Kleek as a great example of the kind of sound that got the group a huge amount of attention before they were even signed to a record label! The sound's still got some of the bluesy influences that both the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimi Tenor looks shrunken in size on the cover, but that certainly hasn't happened to his music – which just seems bigger and more expansive on this wonderful release! The set's still very much in the spiritual jazz mode that Tenor's been touching for the past decade or so – but it ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenorio Jr —
Embalo ... LP RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1964. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A set that's maybe one of the greatest bossa jazz albums of all time – and a fantastic homegrown Brazilian effort that's quite different from the more commercial American bossa albums of the 60s! Tenorio Jr isn't just a hell of a pianist, he's a great writer and arranger too – one who's ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pete Terrace challenges Pete Rodriguez for the title of "King Of The Boogaloo" in this live set recorded at Chez Jose in New York! The album's got a few tracks that say boogaloo, but which aren't – but that's still ok with us, because the bulk of the set is a hard grooving batch of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly soulful session from saxophonist Buddy Terry – a really righteous little record that reminds us a lot of work from the Strata East or Black Jazz labels! Buddy's working here with a relatively large group, but in a way that's really free and spontaneous – not nearly as ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thievery Corporation go back to the vaults – and come up with a host of unusual material from the Temple Of I & I sessions! The music here is a great extension of the sound of that record – and includes unused tracks, remixes, and dubplates – all with the same collaborative ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure psych genius from Third Bardo – a group who only recorded a handful of singles for Roulette Records in the mid 60s – but who made music that was every bit as sinister as the best garage psych groups from the Texas scene or the west coast! Vocalist Jeff Monn is incredible – a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Top notch Central Texas hip hop collaborative produced by Adrian AQ Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Echocentrics, Spanish Gold) – with "Reflection Of The Times " feat Reggie Coby, the title track with Mellow Man Ace, "Justice Or Else", "Yanga's ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This Kind Of Punishment —
Beard Of Bees ... LP Flying Nun/Superior Viaduct, 1984. New Copy (reissue)...
If you've ever wondered what was so unique about the New Zealand scene in the 80s, this is the record to check out – although we've also got to be honest in saying that This Kind Of Punishment are kind of in a class by themselves! The record can be as sensitive as it is spooky, as subtle as ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The completely unique debut of This Kind Of Punishment – and one of those early 80s records that showed the world that the New Zealand scene was on to something completely new and unusual! The record's neither punk nor post-punk – but is maybe darker than both put together – as ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool collection of early work by Irma Thomas – some of the best tracks from her initial years on the Crescent City scene! Most of the numbers were written by Allen Toussaint, with a sound that certainly indicates his influence – and Irma's vocals have a crackling quality that's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Haunting solo piano work from Pat Thomas – an artist who doesn't seem to just play the keys, but the overall instrument as well – yet all without ever resorting to any sort of sonic tricks or gimmicks! Pat's got this amazing command of the keyboard – able to make the whole ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The funkiest man? Could well be – and this set will more than support that case! By the time of these recordings, Rufus Thomas was already a legendary figure in the Memphis scene – an aging R&B star that also worked on radio and did a fair bit of promotion for other artists, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early gem from the great Clifford Thornton – maybe his best-known album over the years, thanks to its placement on the post-68 series of French free jazz releases on the BYG/Actuel label – but a set that's got a much more New York vibe overall, and stands as a key precursor to so ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Compelling compositions from the great Henry Threadgill – recorded here with a really like-minded batch of players who perfectly help him realize his musical vision! There's a nicely snakey feel to some of the tunes here – almost a journey in jazz expression from the left side of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title might seem like a joke – given Throbbing Gristle's reputation for intense noise and dark sounds – but at another level, it's actually a great fit for the spirit of the record too! The sound here is a lot leaner than before – almost as if TG is focusing in on the best ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the darkest, most bracing music ever recorded by Throbbing Gristle – and a record that arguably captures the group at their best! The sounds here are virtually the blueprint for industrialism for years to come – loads of low-end sonic rumblings, with instrumentation distorted ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition white vinyl pressing – with download!)
The best album so far from Throttle Elevator music – thanks to some fantastic saxophone from Kamasai Washington! The group was always pretty good before – but this time around, they really rise above their past – and also have Washington handling all the arrangements on the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A chopped-up take on Thundercat's album Drunk – handled here by OG Ron & The Chopstars – who provide a surprisingly sensitive take on the music! The album's billed as "chopped not slopped" – and that claim definitely seems right – as the music here is mostly ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition purple vinyl pressing – with download!)
Includes "Lune", "Rouge", "Thief" feat Saints, "I Wish I Could" feat Selah Sue, "We Love" feat MNDR, "Bibimbap", "No Way" feat Isiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Albre Perkins, "Don't Call Me" feat Yuna, "Early To ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red colored vinyl.)
Jukka Tolonen —
Tolonen ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Heavy jamming fusion from Finnish guitarist Jukka Tolonen – long tracks with mostly that hard full-on sound that European players were pretty big on at the time, touched with a few lighter tracks that have a more spacious approach! The album was Tolonen's first as a leader, and it's a really ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from a trio of Italian sound library composers – all working together here to craft a lovely picture of the watery deep! As you'd guess from the title, there's some slight currents here that recall the sexier styles of Italian soundtrack work – lightly jazzy elements, maybe ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tomorrow's Gift —
Goodbye Future ... LP Interchord/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
One of those amazing groups from the early 70s German scene – the kind of outfit who were doomed to failure right from the start, but didn't ever let that stop them from making some incredible music! The sounds here came about as a result of the dwindling Tomorrow's Gift lineup woodshedding ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Too Short's follow up to Born To Mack, with the same raw, stripped down Bay Area vibe. It's too bad that gangsta, pimp and street rhymes have gone on to become such a cliche, but when we hear these early classics, we're reminded of how fresh this stuff was at the time. Still sounds great today, ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sound experiments from David Toop – maybe some of his most improvised music on record, done in collaboration with Paul Burwell – one of Toop's main musical partners since the late 60s! Both musicians handle a wide variety of instruments – flutes, whistles, percussion, ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Torae's top notch solo debut with production by 9th Wonder, Marco Polo, DJ Premier, Large Professor, Nottz, Diamond D and more! Neo classic boombap with charismatic rhymes by Torae all the way – and with a roster of producers as versatile, schooled in the classics, and timeless as the above ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Originally a limited vinyl pressing, finally given a proper (re-)issue on 2018!)
Monster Latin jazz and boogaloo – all the way through! The album's a rare gem from the short-lived Latin Soul years on Decca – cut by Ozzie Torrens, and featuring a great Latin lineup that includes Louie Ramirez on vibes, Charlie Palmieri on piano, and Manny Duran on trumpet – ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album