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✨✧ FreestyleDon't Stop The Rock (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
MSI, 1985. Very Good ... $6.99
One of the classics of Miami freestyle sound, that you'll still here dj's mixing in sets for breakers. Nice electro production and vocoder vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Grey label pressing.)

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✨✧ Fearless FourProblems Of The World (Today)/F-4000 (voc, inst)/Fearless Freestyle ... 12-inch
Elektra, 1983. Very Good- (pic cover)... $1.99
Unlike some other old-school pioneers Fearless Four were able to move to a bigger label without trying to cross over. The best track here is the Fearless Freestyle, a 6 minute track that reminds us of their early hits like "Rockin It" on Enjoy. "F-4000" is a nice electro/breakin track that uses lots of vocoder effects. "Problems of the World" was obviously 'inspired' by Grandmaster Flash's "Message". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some marker.)

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Bobbi HumphreyFreestyle ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit of an influence from Minnie Riperton that really warms up the set. Arrangements are by Cleveland Eaton, with a bit of help from Art Jenkins – and production is by Ralph MacDonald, who clearly has a great ear for the blend of jazz and soul that Bobbi's going for on the set. And although Larry Mizell's not on board, some of the cuts here still have that stepping/sliding sort of groove from Bobby's Mizell-produced Blue Note years – a really wonderful sound that's a perfect showcase for her uniquely jazzy talents on the flute! Tracks include "Freestyle", "Home Made Jam", "Sunset Burgundy", "Good Times", "My Destiny", "I Could Love You More", and "If You Want It". CD

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LegionJingle Jangle (street mix, krill mix, mellow mix, clean, menial mix)/Buddha Break/Freestyle Demolition ... 12-inch
One Love, 1993. Near Mint- ... $8.99
With Dres of the Black Sheep. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Dr DreNuthin' But A G Thang (radio, LP, inst, club, vibe inst, freestyle rmx) ... 12-inch
Interscope, Early 90s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
White label promo of Dre's big hit from the early days of his solo career. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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✨✧ Henry P Warner/Earl Freeman/Philip SpignerFreestyle Band ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The band here definitely has a freestyle approach – one that's a bit free jazz, but also a bit of that New York spirit of the time of the recording – with rhythms as solidly in place as some of the more offbeat expressions! The album features key work on electric bass from Earl Freeman – who often uses his instrument in subtle ways – just shaping sounds at the background, while the hand drums of Philip Spigner provide most of the real rhythm of the record – and set Henry P Warner free to soar on both b-flat and alto clarinet! The sound is quite unique – unlike anything else we can think of, thanks to the creative contributions of all three players. Titles include "Dr Nunez", "Beef Thrust", "Bird Knows", "Pelican", and "The Roach Approach". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Andy Tolman CartelCipher ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic album of funky soundtrack grooves – one that was recently recorded by guitarist Andy Tolman, but which instantly takes us back to the best 70s film scores by artists like Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate, or Lalo Schfrin! Like both of those giants at their best, Andy works here in a style that's rooted in jazz – with superb arrangements and strong individual elements at the core – all fused together with a tight funky vibe that's never too slick or commercial at all – but which also has a lot more big-picture approach than the usual deep funk combo style too! There's also nothing "easy" about the music – no flip retro references, or cheap copycat modes – as Andy's sound here is very original, and very proudly its own – with a strength that makes it more than able to live up to the legendary status we're kind of giving it. Titles include "Cypher", "Speedball", "Politea Square", "Tempo Do Sol", "Claret & Blues", "You What", and "Copra Libertadores". CD
Also available Cipher ... LP 16.99

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Andy Tolman CartelCipher ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic album of funky soundtrack grooves – one that was recently recorded by guitarist Andy Tolman, but which instantly takes us back to the best 70s film scores by artists like Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate, or Lalo Schfrin! Like both of those giants at their best, Andy works here in a style that's rooted in jazz – with superb arrangements and strong individual elements at the core – all fused together with a tight funky vibe that's never too slick or commercial at all – but which also has a lot more big-picture approach than the usual deep funk combo style too! There's also nothing "easy" about the music – no flip retro references, or cheap copycat modes – as Andy's sound here is very original, and very proudly its own – with a strength that makes it more than able to live up to the legendary status we're kind of giving it. Titles include "Cypher", "Speedball", "Politea Square", "Tempo Do Sol", "Claret & Blues", "You What", and "Copra Libertadores". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cipher ... CD 12.99

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OmarLove In Beats ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Omar's been blowing our minds for years now – turning out some of the freshest soul music on the global scene – from his tremendous debut at the start of the 90s, to a range of crucially-overlooked albums that should have made the singer huge! The man's a hell of a singer, and a really great songwriter – easily a modern-day Stevie Wonder, right down to his skills on the keyboards and cosmic sense of soul! This album's got Omar sounding especially wonderful – working with a few key guests, like Robert Glasper, Leon Ware, Natasha Watts, and The Floacist – but reminding us again that it's the man at the core who makes all the music so great – as the guests appear only as key added elements, but the Omar sound is more than enough to make the record great. Titles include "Vicky's Tune", "Feeds My Mind", "Insatiable", "Gave My Heart", "Girl Talk", "I Want It To Be", "Hold Me Closer", "This Way That Way", "Destiny", and "Doobie Doobie Doo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Courtney Pine with OmarButterfly/Rules ... 7-inch
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
Two giants of the British underground scene – working here together perfectly! "Butterfly" is a fantastic take on the Herbie Hancock tune of the same name – set to some beats that are slightly broken, and graced with these sublime soul lyrics from Omar – followed by a sweet solo from Courtney, and a great keyboard part too! "Rules" has this piano/bass part that feels lifted right from "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" – served up again with wonderful vocals from Omar! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousCraig Charles Funk & Soul Club 5 ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
A blistering array of contemporary funk and soul cuts – all served up by DJ Craig Charles – once an actor on the UK scene, now one of the biggest supporters of the global funk underground! As with previous volumes, the set pulls together a range of killer tracks from recent years – music that begins with the Daptone-styled groove, but opens up into lots of other funky styles too – mixed with a few vintage tracks for good measure! Titles include "Begin Again" by Carleen Anderson, "You What" by Andy Tolman Cartel, "Super Freak" by The Traffic, "Love Is Blind" by The Hawkmen, "Galaxia" by Joyous, "I Get By" by Daytoner, "Body" by Kylie Auldist, "Year Of The Rooster" by Scone Cash Players, "Funky Spider Dance (reflex revision)" by Henri Pierre Noel, "Change For The World" by Charles Bradley, "Everybody Do The Watusi" by Nicole Willis & Umo Jazz Orchestra, "Talking Black" by Anatoly Ice & Dariya, "Endless Chain" by Tanika Charles, and "Show Me What You've Got" by Nightshifters. CD

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✨✧ Courtney Pine with OmarBlack Notes From The Deep ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums in years from reedman Courtney Pine – a set that firmly reminds us just what an important part of the British scene he was many years back! In the years after the experimental waves of British jazz rock and avant jazz, Pine was a surprisingly strong voice in the 80s and 90s – one whose talents reached these shores, as one of the first soulful British jazz musicians to really show a different side of the London scene – where his strong vision and talent for collaboration were continually opening new ears and new possibilities! That aspect of Pine's music is very firmly in place here – on a set that's got a strong combo at the core, but which also features vocals from Omar on four tracks – an addition to the set that also changes up the rhythms a bit, and reminds us just how important Courtney was at giving younger musicians and singers a chance to shine. Pine plays tenor and flute, and the album also features electric and acoustic piano from Robert Mitchell, organ from Ed Bentley, bass from Alec Dankworth, and drums from Rod Youngs. Omar sings on "Rules", "Butterfly", "Darker Than The Blue", and "In Another Time" – and other titles include "You Know Who You Are", "The Morning After The Night Before", "Rivers Of Blood", "Word To The Wise", and "A Change Is Sure To Come". CD

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✨✧ OmarLove In Beats ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Omar's been blowing our minds for years now – turning out some of the freshest soul music on the global scene – from his tremendous debut at the start of the 90s, to a range of crucially-overlooked albums that should have made the singer huge! The man's a hell of a singer, and a really great songwriter – easily a modern-day Stevie Wonder, right down to his skills on the keyboards and cosmic sense of soul! This album's got Omar sounding especially wonderful – working with a few key guests, like Robert Glasper, Leon Ware, Natasha Watts, and The Floacist – but reminding us again that it's the man at the core who makes all the music so great – as the guests appear only as key added elements, but the Omar sound is more than enough to make the record great. Titles include "Vicky's Tune", "Feeds My Mind", "Insatiable", "Gave My Heart", "Girl Talk", "I Want It To Be", "Hold Me Closer", "This Way That Way", "Destiny", and "Doobie Doobie Doo". CD
Also available Love In Beats ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Brian AugerBack To The Beginning Again – A Brian Auger Anthology Vol 2 ... CD
Freestyle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A totally wonderful collection – even better than the first volume, and filled with rare and unusual work from this legendary British keyboardist! The set features loads of gems from Brian's early years – some mod piano rompers and heavy Hammond groovers – showing a very strong tie to the soul jazz sound of the early 60s, which then transforms into some excellent 70s groovers as the set moves in – work that's every bit as tremendous as the tunes that start out the set. Even if you've got some of Auger's albums in your collection, there's way more to discover here – and the set has a brilliant focus on the deepest, most soulful side of his music! Titles include "In & Out", "Love For Sale", "Pavane", "Maiden Voyage", "Black Octopus", "Ella", "Inner City Blues", "Brain Damage", "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend", "Funky Mama", "Moanin", "Straight Ahead", "Work Song", "Poinciana", and "Lament For Miss Baker". Even features notes on the music by Auger himself! CD
 
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Bomb The BassInto The Dragon ... LP
Rhythm King (UK), 1988. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Late 80s club funk from Tim Simonen, aka Bomb The Bass – big, thumping sample based DJ funk from the UK producer behind busy club hits by his own Bomb The Bass and a few international megahits by others like Seal & Nenah Cherry. Into The Dragon features the nonstop sample funk approach that was really breaking out in the late 80s, with some Bomb Squad influences in the mix for sure, which is a trait we're not likely to ever complain about, and a straight up thumping good time. Includes "Beat Dis" (US 7" mix), "Megablast Rap" (version) feat Merlin, "Dynamite Beats", "Shake It", "Hey You!" feat Aurra, "Say AL Little Prayer" feat Maureen, "Beat Dat" (freestyle scratch mix) and more, plus 4 bonus remixes. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ GrottoGrotto 2 – Wait No Hurry ... CD
EMI/Odion Livingstone (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $19.99
A wonderfully funky set from this hip Nigerian group of the 70s – a set that's a lot more soulful than their trippy first album – and done with a range of great grooves overall! The instrumentation here is focused on the core talents of the combo – with lots of riffing guitar alongside the drums and bass – used in ways that are a lean, simple take on the modes of bigger Nigerian funk acts of the time – clubby, but not really disco, as there's a pretty sharp edge on most of the tunes! Vocals still take on some of the spacier qualities of the group's debut, but they sound very different here in a funkier setting – and the album also features some nice guest keyboards and funky flute at a few spots too. Titles include "Bad City Girl", "Yeah Runnin", "Freestyle", "Who Gives A Damn", "When Will I Learn", and "Maya". CD

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GrottoGrotto 2 – Wait No Hurry ... LP
EMI/Odion Livingstone (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderfully funky set from this hip Nigerian group of the 70s – a set that's a lot more soulful than their trippy first album – and done with a range of great grooves overall! The instrumentation here is focused on the core talents of the combo – with lots of riffing guitar alongside the drums and bass – used in ways that are a lean, simple take on the modes of bigger Nigerian funk acts of the time – clubby, but not really disco, as there's a pretty sharp edge on most of the tunes! Vocals still take on some of the spacier qualities of the group's debut, but they sound very different here in a funkier setting – and the album also features some nice guest keyboards and funky flute at a few spots too. Titles include "Bad City Girl", "Yeah Runnin", "Freestyle", "Who Gives A Damn", "When Will I Learn", and "Maya". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Grotto 2 – Wait No Hurry ... CD 19.99

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Original FlavorThis Is How It Is (original single vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1992. Near Mint- ... $11.99
The first album from Original Flavor, and along with the Jaz, the roots of the Roc A Fella clan. With the Dash brothers holding down the business end of this LP, and Ski fronting the group with a little help from Clark Kent, this middle of the road commercial hip hop album didn't make much of an impression. There's nothing wrong with the rhymes – they remind us of a less clever version of the playful side of Tribe, and the beats bounce nicely with a bit of early 90s jazz flavor, but ultimately this album's more of sidebar than main chapter in the hip hop history books, though at this point, an essential one. 13 tracks in all: "This Is How It Is", "When I Make It", "Kick The Butta", "Waitin' 4 My Break", "Handle The Technique", "Swingin", "Best Friend's Girl", "Way Wit Words", "Give 'Em Some Wrek", "Gumdrops", "I Like It (Freestyle)", "Brain Storm" and "Here We Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a plain sleeve, with a "Play It, Say It" sticker.)

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✨✧ Funkmaster Flex & Big KapTunnel – Radio Advance Version ... LP
Def Jam, 1999. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features "We In Here" with the Ruff Ryders, "Def Jam 2000", "Okay" with "Redman & Erick Sermon, "Confrontation" with Mary J Blige & a live freestyle with Tupac & Biggie. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blank label test pressing, in a plain sleeve with tracklist sheet attached.)

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✨✧ Jay-Z4:44 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jay-Z's 13th album and one he really had no need to do, if not for the love of the game, and it's a rock solid effort with raw, classic school No ID production! It's a testament to Jay Z's enduring status as one of sharpest MCs of all time that the first news bites to come out of this semi-surprise release was of the verbal shots taken in the opening track – but the REAL story of 4:44 is that when Jay Z gets the urge make a record at this stage of the game, it's because he's got a LOT to say, and much of it introspective. The rawness really makes the record – Jay's rhymes spit with a freshly inspired urgency, and there's probably no better producer to provide a timeless backdrop than No ID. Titles include "Kill Jay-Z", "The Story Of OJ", "Caught Their Eye" with Frank Ocean, "4:44", "Family Feud" with Beyonce, "BAM" with Damian Marley, "Moonlight", "Marcy Me", "Legacy" and more – plus bonus tracks "Adnis", "Blue's Freestyle/We Family" and "Manyfacedgod" with James Blake. CD

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✨✧ Epik 1Epik 1.0 ... CD
Underpaid Productions, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Independent Chicago hip hop from emcee Epik 1 – a born & bred Chicagoan with roots in the city's late 90s freestyle and open mic scene, and a genuine love and appreciation for block rocking hip hop history for the old school to today. Produced by Illpee with no nonsense, headnodding beats, this set finds a really fine balance between celebrating the roots of classic era indies beats and rhymes centric craft, with a fairly timeless feel overall – right at home in the here-and-now. Titles include "Hip Hop 101", "Fat Caps", "Rat Race", "No Free Beasts", "Soul By The Tup", "Never 4 Get", "Clap", "Love 4 Ever", "Night Owl" and more. CD

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✨✧ Slum VillageSlum Village Vol 0 ... LP
Ne'Astra, Late 90s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Formative, rock solid early Slum Village recordings – featuring the original trio of MCs Baatin and T3 and the super producer Jay Dee! Yeah, we know, there's a megaton of posthumously released Dilla productions, but this is real jewel – Dilla's production is sharp and on point, succeeding strongly in as straight forward boombap, but transcendently strong as such – and his turn at the mic is pretty solid, too – but the groove is all the stronger with the other 2 rocking the mic and Dilla delivering the beats. Includes "2U 4U", "And I Go", "Fly Girl" (Parts 1 & 2), "Jay Dee (Freestyle)", "My Loot (Freestyle)", "Ooo Wee", "Sensation", "Sentimental Love" and "Yum Yum". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Infinito 2017Educate Mindless Blind Deaf Dumb EP ... LP
Lowtech/Joe Left Hand (Austria), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
Thoughtful rhymes, forcefully delivered by Infinito 2017 on this tight EP! Infinito has the classic school MC quality of delivering his rhymes in such raw, off the cuff, direct vibe that it feels like freestyles, but they lines hit with such pinpoint precision, you just don't know – whether it's from direct from his brain into the mic, or painstakingly composed first, it's dizzying, impressive stuff like we too rarely hear in hip hop these days – and DJ Takonedoe's raw production suits it perfectly. 6 tracks: "Educate Mindless Blind Deaf Dumb", "No To Not", "Falling Of Digital Outputs", "Can't Wake Up Sleeping To Good", "Noanswersforquestions" and "Work Of Nation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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NasIllmatic XX (180 gram vinyl – plus download with 10 bonus tracks) ... LP
Columbia, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
20th anniversary edition of Nas's masterpiece Illmatic – which will probably stand forever as one of the greatest hip hop full lengths of its time – maybe even for all time. Nas has had some creative ups-and-downs over the years, but nothing can take away the impact of this damn near perfect slice of east coast street hop. Nasir, "World Is Yours", indeed. The original LP is all great – 100% lean, masterful production by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock and Q-Tip – and the titles include "NY State Of Mind", "Life's A B***h", "Half Time", "One Love", "Memory Lane", "Represent" and more. Illmatic XX is on remastered 180 gram vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
(20th anniversary edition – 180 gram remastered vinyl, and includes a download for the full album – plus 10 rare remixes, demos and freestyles.)

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✨✧ Black MoonEnta Da Stage – Remixes ... LP
Wreck, 1993/2017. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Remix versions of the legendary debut of Black Moon –a landmark indie hip hop classic from the early 90s east coast scene! Beloved by the deeper digging hip hop heads back in the day, and making a few waves commercially with the singles "Who Got Da Props?" and "I Got Cha Opin", this one never really got its due in the mainstream despite being so hugely influential. This companion piece remix album includes mixes by DJ Evil Dee, alternate Buckshot vocal versions and freestyles and more – 13 in all, including "How Many MC's (DJ Evil Dee Remix)", "Act Like You Want It (FAP Mix)", "Buck Em Down (Beatminerz Remix)", "Reality (Killing Every...)", "I Got Cha Opin (Remix)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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