Ike's got the distinction of being one of a number of 70s soul artists who were in prison while recording their debut efforts – and we're not ever sure if he made it out of the pen after this album came out. Whatever the case, the album's a surprisingly nice album of mellow soul tracks ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Electric keyboards galore – and a sweet 70s album from Japan! The set features a large group of Japanese keyboard players – all playing Korg synthesizers, in styles that range from laidback and mellow to upbeat and funky! The group's got core backing by a tight rhythm combo – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hard-driving collaboration between Zu and Mats Gustafsson – power jazz at its fiercest, with a pedal-to-the-metal sound that comes across with a definite punk-influenced approach to jazz, and at times a garagey quality that's a nice contrast to other recent avant jazz recordings! The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums to come from the Ghana scene in the 70s – served up by a group who's equally well-skilled at many ends of the musical spectrum! At one level, Marijata come on like a heavy funk act – lots of fuzz on the guitar, fierce drums at the bottom, and tight jazzy horns ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spooky Morricone galore – a really haunting little soundtrack that seems to take up where Rosemary's Baby left off! The great Edda Dell'Orso makes lots of appearances here – singing wordlessly, but in a way that's a lot darker than some of her other work of the period – almost ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Henryk Debich —
String Beat ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
About April 27, 2018
A funky gem from 70s Poland – heavy grooves from maestro Henryk Debich, served up in a range of soulful styles! The tunes here are all instrumental – and range from Barry White-styled tracks, to big band funk, to other more complicated numbers with a soundtrack vibe – all laid ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kev Brown is a name we're always glad to see on a record – and this full length set for Up Above records lives up to our expectations! Kev's production touch is very much in the spirit of DJ Premier – with those trademark jazzy and soulbased beats (a bit more of the latter than former) ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One Be Lo —
SONOGRAM ... LP Fat Beats/Vinyl Digital, 2005. New Copy (reissue)...
On April 27, 2018
A full length solo effort from the artist otherwise known as Onemanarmy from Binary Star! Tracks include "The UNDERground", "Propaganda", "The Ghetto", "Oggie", "Axis", "Sleepwalking" feat Kadi, "True Love" feat Decompose, " ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful live set from Michal Urbaniak's legendary Constellation group – one of the most important fusion combos in the Eastern European scene of the 70s, and a groundbreaking ensemble that also featured his wife Urszula Dudziak on vocals! There's an approach here that's a bit freer than ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andrzej Trzaskowski with Ted Curson —
Seant ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
About April 27, 2018
Incredible modern jazz from the Polish scene of the 60s – a rare album by pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski, featuring work by American trumpeter Ted Curson! Like the work of Komeda from the time, the album is a bold, fresh, modern statement that's clearly steeped in work by other 60s American ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sami Swoi —
Locust ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), New Copy (reissue)...
About April 27, 2018
A beautifully understated session from Polish pianist Wojciech Kaminski – one that's certainly focused strongly on his work on the keys, but which also features key contributions from other players as well! The style here is a mix of modes from various jazz generations – sometimes the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Zbigniew Namyslowski The Q —
Open ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1987. New Copy (reissue)...
About April 27, 2018
One of the greatest jazz players to come out of the Polish scene of the 60s and 70s – and a saxophonist who's still burning brightly on this session from 1987! Zbigniew Namyslowski's working here on both alto and soprano sax – often blown with a sharp edge that's modern, but never too ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Post-Monkees work from Mike – and a pretty sweet record, too! That twang that was always in the background comes forth nicely – and the set has some nice pedal steel and piano, too. (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
A decade's worth of groundbreaking funk and African rhythms – all of it recorded by Hugh Masekela for his legendary Chisa label! Back in the 60s, Hugh cracked the American charts with a playful version of South African jazz – but he was also an even hipper cat than you'd guess from his ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from Tribalistas – that groundbreaking group forged from three Brazilian stars who rose in the 90s – Arnaldo Antunes, Marisa Monte, and Carlinhos Brown – who somehow found a perfect way to come together, and make their music even more special as a trio! We've ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
3 of Brazil's most important artists of the past 10 years team up in this Tribalistas project – a genre-blurring set of tracks that recalls similar efforts of the Tropicalista generation, updated to reflect the styles of the 3 artists involved, with some nice complicated production touches ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spiritual jazz masterpiece from drummer Norman Connors – one of those unique albums he cut before moving into soul music – done at a level that rivals the early 70s genius on labels like Strata East or Impulse Records! Connors worked with many contemporaries on those labels, and gets ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful album from saxophonist Tommy McCook – an artist you'll know from important Jamaican recordings from the late 60s onward – but who's really hitting some headier territory here! The tunes are all instrumental, and have very dubby rhythms at the core – yet while the ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Damn! Orgone just keep getting better and better – to the point where we might almost say that there's no difference between the strength of the group's sound and all the funky 70s acts that have inspired their music! The instrumentation and production are right on the money throughout ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut album from Theadora Ifudu – a singer who hit greater fame on a bigger label a few years later – but who sounds pretty darn great here at the start! The music is an offbeat blend of American soul and Nigerian funk – recorded both in Lagos and London, but with a sound ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest sets ever issued during the roots reggae wave of the 70s – and one of the most spiritual, too! The album's got a very special acoustic vibe at the core – earthy drumming that goes back to a pan-African tradition, these beautiful acoustic basslines that link the music ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Rotary Connection, Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spice 1 —
Spice 1 ... LP Jive, 1991/1992. New Copy (reissue)...
On May 4, 2018
14 tracks in all, including "In My Neighborhood", "187 Proof", "Peace To My Nine", "Welcome To The Ghetto", "Money Or Murder", "City Streets" and "Break Yourself". (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Spacemen 3 —
Recurring ... LP Superior Viaduct, 1991. New Copy (reissue)...
On May 4, 2018
A landmark in Jamaican soul and one of the albums that helped break reggae onto the world stage. A nice, nice selection of early '70's reggae, mostly performed by Jimmy Cliff, but with a few equally wonderful numbers the Maytals & Desmond Dekker, too. Includes classics like the Maytals' " ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dub landing of massive proportions – served up here on some classic early 80s work by Scientist, who's really making magic in the studio with the sounds of the Roots Radics Band! The tunes are stark, sharp, and very focused – and at some level, the mixologist is maybe keeping himself ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of post-bossa tunes – done by Osmar Milito in a dreamily floating style that's totally great – almost in the mode of some of Marcos Valle's work from the time! The record features the group Quarteto Forma singing vocals on a number of cuts – but the real charm ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock —
Butterfly ... LP Columbia/Be With (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
About May 11, 2018
A great album of soulful jazzy tracks from Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai – with keyboards from Herbie Hancock and Webster Lewis – incredible and unjustly overlooked! Kimiko sings in English, and the record's got a nice smooth fusion groove with funky moments, post Headhunters. It's ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Leroy Hutson —
Man! ... LP Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
About May 11, 2018
A killer early album by the great Leroy Hutson – the first set that has him stepping out as a true soul genius for the 70s! Hutson had originally been a later member of The Impressions – replacing Curtis Mayfield briefly after he'd gone solo – but he also had spent a fair bit of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever by Chicago soul maestro Leroy Hutson – a masterpiece of soul, sophistication, and downright good vibes – all put together at a level that makes it one of our favorite albums of the 70s! The set was recorded hot on the heels of the massive Hutson and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great early double album from Tom Waits – getting into full on charismatic drunken bluesy poet mode – essentially working live in the studio, and embracing his wit and way with a sly monologue as brilliantly as he'd done to this point. Brilliant vintage waits and a loose, yet ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A modern classic hip hop soundtrack to Black Panther that should make T'Challa proud! It was pretty clear early on that Black Panther might be one of the greatest modern super hero movies – and an important one for the political and cultural climate of the late teens – so the pressure ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare chapter in the career of Peter Brotzmann – and a very smoking set cut on the Finnish scene of the early 70s! The quartet features Brotzmann on tenor and alto – playing alongside the tenor and flute of Juhani Alaltonen – both of them completely all-out and unbridled, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes 30 minutes of unreleased material.)
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids —
Angel Fell ... LP Strut (UK), New Copy ...
On May 11, 2018
An early one from Waits – his second album – and a great one! Like the rest of his first few records, this is a kind of like a street-savvy, hipster cabaret affair, with less of the eccentricity that would reveal itself later in his career. Still a great record though, rendered with ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album