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Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star ... CD
Rawkus, 1998. Used ... $3.99
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 proud, mic skills centric hip hop and while highs and lows of Mos Def's work as the years rolled along – and it still stands as strong (then) underground hip hop that takes on the commercial leaning themes of the day and well beyond. Stand out cuts include "Definition" "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story", "Respiration" featuring Common Sense – and other tracks include "Brown Skin Lady", "Yo Yeah", "Thieves In The Night" and more. CD
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Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star ... CD
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy ... $4.99 10.98
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 proud, mic skills centric hip hop and while highs and lows of Mos Def's work as the years rolled along – and it still stands as strong (then) underground hip hop that takes on the commercial leaning themes of the day and well beyond. Stand out cuts include "Definition" "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story", "Respiration" featuring Common Sense – and other tracks include "Brown Skin Lady", "Yo Yeah", "Thieves In The Night" and more. CD
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Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (two-tone vinyl with star design) ... LP 22.99

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Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (two-tone vinyl with star design) ... LP
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
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 proud, mic skills centric hip hop and while highs and lows of Mos Def's work as the years rolled along – and it still stands as strong (then) underground hip hop that takes on the ghetto fabulous themes of the day and well beyond. Stand out cuts include "Definition" "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story" – the Slick Rick classic redone along the lines of Jeru's "One Day" – and "Respiration" featuring Common Sense – and other tracks include "Brown Skin Lady", "Yo Yeah", "Thieves In The Night", "Twice Inna Lifetime and more. 13 in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition two-toned vinyl with star pattern – very nice!)
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Massive Attack & Mos DefI Against I (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Melankolic (UK), 2002. Near Mint- ... $14.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Mos DefEcstatic ... LP
Downtown/Universal, 2009. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Mos Def's first and only LP for the Downtown label, and it's a real return to top shelf, distinctive hip hop for Mos – if the music retail world wasn't in such a strange, troubled period circa '09 this woulda made a much bigger impact and be considered a classic comeback! It's absolutely strong stuff, and to be honest, much better than we would have expected – even if we knew he had great hip hop left in him after some creatively wayward post-millennium years. The beats are compelling, unpredictable, and steeped in abstract global funk that would sound at home on Stones Throw – some of the beats are literally Stones Throw, given Madlib's Beat Konducta and Oh No's Oxperimental sounds to be found. If we weren't already loving it, Slick Rick drops an unforgettable guest appearance on the the moody "Auditorium", Georgia Anne Muldrow does her inimitable thing on "Roses", and Talib Kweli rhymes on "History". Mos rhymes skillfully throughout, and with an infectious immediacy, as if he dropped records this tight all the time. Sadly, he doesn't, so this one's all the more rewarding! Other tracks include "Twilite Speedball", "Revelations", "Pretty Danger", "Quiet Dog", "The Embassy", "Wahid", "Priority" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Mos DefJam On It (main, radio, inst, extra super extended disco mix) ... 12-inch
MIC/Underground Airplay, 2001. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $6.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes a one-sheet.)

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✨✧ Mos DefSex, Love & Money (radio, inst, LP)/Ghetto Rock (radio, inst, LP) ... 12-inch
Geffen, 2004. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first single off of the New Danger LP – two great tracks that show that Mos is tip-top form when he wants to hip hop – even though they come from an album that in many ways steers clear of straight hip hop! "Sex, Love & Money" finds Mos laying back, rolling, and scatting off the wordplay with a cool presence – commanding the track with confidence and a sly subtlety. The beats by Warryn Campbell leave room for a great flute line on the beat. "Ghetto Rock" is not what you'd expect – r.e. the "Rock & Roll" track from Black On Both Sides. It's another sly track, with hazy psych beats and echoey vocals, produced by Minnesota. These two tracks comprise the the best of the hip hop tracks from the wildly diverse New Danger LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Mos DefBlack On Both Sides ... CD
Rawkus, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
Mos Def's landmark late 90s solo debut – a rock solid classic that stands up today as one of the best hip hop albums of its decade – and for all the dizzying creative highs and lows of his career to follow, it stands strongly among his best work ever. His preceding duo work with Talib Kweli as Black Star set a pretty high bar creatively, and stunningly, Mos manages to clear it. It's all the more impressive given the stylistic diversity, ranging from bed rock boom bap, to leftfield funk, to Bad Brains-inspired punk. Incredible stuff. Tracks include "Ms Fat Booty", "Hip Hop", "Know That" featuring Talib Kweli, "Mr Ni**a" featuring Q-Tip, "Mathematics", "Brooklyn", "Umi Says", "Do It Now" featuring Busta Rhymes, "Fear Not Of Man", "Habitat", and more. CD
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✨✧ Mos Def with Q-Tip & TashBody Rock (radio, inst, street)/Manifesto ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1998. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
A nice one from Rawkus, one of their dope underground singles with "Body Rock" by Mos Def, featuring a guest appearance by Tip and some nice lines from the Alkaholiks' Tash. Nice jazzed out beats by Shawn J. Period, with "Manifesto" by Talib Kweli from Reflection Eternal on the flip, produced by Hi-Tek. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing.)
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De La SoulStakes Is High ... CD
Tommy Boy, 1996. Used ... $5.99
Nice one from 1996! Contains the great cut "The Bizness", with a guest appearance by Common and "Big Brother Beat" with help from Mos Def. Other cuts include "Supa Emcees", "Itzsoweezee", and "Betta Listen". CD
(Out of print.)

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Corey KingLashes ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
A striking debut as a solo act from Corey King – an artist who's been on the New York scene for years now, and had the chance to work with artists as diverse as Gil Scott-Heron, Esperanza Spaulding, Lonnie Smith, Mos Def, and Glen Hansard – and has come up with a sound that's completely his own! We might call Corey a soul singer at the outset, but the shape and texture of his songs is something different overall – maybe moodier portraits of his inner spirit, with as much sonic shadings as music in the mix – which really fits the way that King puts his lyrics across. The vocals are often as fuzzy as the sounds around them, but never lacking for feeling or expression – as Corey has this really focused quality that's very different than some of the sleepier contemporary singers who can sound like they're getting lost in a downtempo groove. King handles most of the keyboards as well – and titles include "Parisian Leaves", "Botched Farewell", "Uncle Richie", "Ibaraki", "Midnight Chris", and "Lucky Grey". CD

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VariousSoundbombing II ... CD
Rawkus, 1999. Used ... $8.99
As with the other Rawkus compilations, you probably know already how dope this is, and the list of MC's and producers on these 20+ tracks says it all. Common Sense, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Diamond D, Q-Tip, High & Mighty, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Prince Paul, Reflection Eternal, Bahamadia, and more. Tracks include "(Any Man Intro)" by Beat Junkies, "Any Man" by Eminem, "B-Boy Document" by High & Mighty featuring Mos Def & Mad Skillz, "(WWIII Intro)" by Beat Junkies, "WWIII" by Pharoahe Monch & Shabaam Sahdeeq, "Stanley Kubrick" by RA The Rugged Man, "A Message From" by J-Live & Prince Paul, "(Crosstown Beef Intro)" by Kid Capri & Beat Junkies,"Crosstown Beef" by Medina Green, "(7XL Intro)" by Pete Rock, Marley Marl, & Beat Junkies, "7XL" by Sir Menelik featuring Grand Puba & Sadat X, "Chaos" by Reflection Eternal featuring Bahamadia, "Soundbombing" by Dilated Peoples & Tash, "Brooklyn Hard Rock" by Thirstin Howl III, "Mayor" by Pharoahe Monch, "(Patriotism Intro)" by Beat Junkies, "Patriotism" by Company Flow, "(1-9-9-9 Intro)" by Q-Tip & Beat Junkies , "1-9-9-9" by Common featuring Sadat X, "When It Pours It Rains" by Diamond, "A Message From" by Mos Def & Beat Junkies, "Next Universe" by Mos Def, "(Every Rhyme I Write Intro)" by Beat Junkies, "Every Rhyme I Write" by Shabaam Sahdeeq featuring Cocoa Brovaz, and "On Mission" by Reflection Eternal. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Craig David7 Days (DJ Premier Remix) (voc, inst, acapella)/(Remix) (voc, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Atlantic/Wildstar, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Featuring Mos Def and Fat Joe. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a plain sleeve. Label has small stickers.)

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✨✧ DJ Smash & OthersDJ Smash Presents Phonography – The Blue Note Remix-mix CD ... CD
Blue Note, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of Blue Note's hippest tracks of recent years get the remix treatment – in a strong set of modern hip-hop meets jazz grooves that are put together by DJ Smash! There's a total of 14 tracks in all – some exclusive to the set, a few others pulled from hard to find 12" singles – and titles include "Hey Jude" by the Bob Belden Project with Jhelisa remixed by Amalgamation of Soundz, "Raise" by Greg Osby with CL Smooth remixed by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, "A Brighter Day" by Ronny Jordan with Mos Def remixed by DJ Spinna, "Whatever Happened to Gus" by Medeski Martin & Wood with Guru remixed by Guru, "Rose Rougue" by St Germain remixed by Blaze, "London Lowdown" by Ronny Jordan remixed by Joe Clausell, "Voodoo Reprise" by Cassandra Wilson with Angelique Kidjo remixed by Joe Claussel, "So Special" by Richard Elliott remixed by Todd Terry, and "Tolon Willie" by Salif Keita remixed by Joe Claussell. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Reflection EternalFortified Live (dirty, sensitive ears, Hi-Tekstramental)/2000 Seasons (orig, watch your mouth mix, chill out inst) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1997. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the singles that really put Rawkus (and Mos Def) at the forefront of independent hip hop. "Fortified Live" features Mos Def and Mr. Man of the Bush Babees on guest rhymes. Like a lot of the other Rawkus acts, Reflection Eternal maintain the perfect balance of abstract lyrics, knowledge, and more straight forward lyrics – and come up with something you don't have to listen to closely on your headphones to appreciate. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing. Back cover has minor peeling.)

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✨✧ VariousLyricist Lounge Vol 1 ... CD
Rawkus, 1998. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Highly recommended. Usually, finding the best in underground hip hip means taking a chance on lots of 12's you've never heard of, at $6 a piece. Here, Rawkus does the digging for you with 2 CDs (27 tracks) of the best underground MC's and producers plus a few more established artists. The collection is as dope as you'd expect with MC and producers including Mos Def, Q-Tip, Da Cipher, Prime, OC, Ras Kas, Common, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Kool Keith, Natural Elements, Talib Kweli, Bahamadia, Rah Digga, A.L., Lord Have Mercy, Krist, Jurassic 5, KRS, Problem, Indelible MC's, Word 'A Mouth, Mike Zoot, Shawn J. Period, Hazadus, Kwest, IG Off, DJ Hi-Tk, DJ Scratch, Curt Gowdy, DJ Nu-Mark, Cut Chemist and more. CD
(Out of print, slipcover has some light wear.)

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✨✧ CommonCorner Remix (radio, LP, inst) ... 12-inch
Geffen/GOOD, 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Scarface and Mos Def. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Brian ColemanCheck The Technique Vol 2 – More Liner Notes For Hip Hop Junkies (paperback) ... Book
Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling a choice selection of 25 bonafide classic albums, breaking them down track-by-track, peppered by interviews with the artists, producers and other principle personalities behind the work, for the most honest histories that Coleman can get. Volume 2 uses a broader time frame than the previous collection, going as far back as 1981's Wild Style Breakbeats, and as recent as the late 90s for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star and The Coup's Steal This Album. Other records discussioned include The Cactus Album by 3rd Bass, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Black Sheep, The Sun Rises In The East by Jeru The Damaja, Mantronix The Album, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Links, Stetsasonic In Full Gear, Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop by Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics and more. Like the author's Check The Technique Vol 1 and Rakim Told Me, it's vital hip hop history, breezily readable and engrossing as can be. 525 paperback pages, and each chapter includes photos of the artists, the records and associated singles, and other choice historical tidbits. Essential! Book

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✨✧ Michael DeaseFather Figure ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the best album so far from trombonist Michael Dease – and that's saying a lot, because we've really loved a lot of his other records! The set's got a punch and a crackle that really lives up to Dease's brilliant phrasing on the trombone – a sound so tight, it almost matches at trumpet at points – and clearly marks Michael as one of the most deft (or mos def, if you prefer!) players on his instrument in the current scene. The lineup is great, too – and makes wonderful use of the vibes of Behn Gillece, whose tones have really, made some other recent gems from the Posi-Tone label shine, and which sound tremendous alongside the ringing piano lines of Glenn Zaleski. Some tracks feature a bit of guest alto from Markus Howell and Immanuel Wilkins – who shade in the tunes beautifully, and give them even deeper currents of soul – and the group also features Endea Owens on bass and Luther Allison on drums. Dease wrote some great tunes for the date – "Brooklyn", "Father Figure", "Cry Of The Wolf", and "Church Of The Good Hustler" – and the set also features versions of Mulgrew Miller's "Wingspan" and Grachan Moncur's "Riff Raff". CD

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✨✧ Oh NoDr No's Ethiopium – 36 Hip Hop Tracks Inspired By Rare 60s & 70s Ethiopian Funk, Jazz & Psychedelic Rock ... CD
Disruption Productions/Stones Throw, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
Oh No is back as Dr No – following up the stellar Middle Eastern rooted Oxperiment set with an even better batch of hip hop instrumentals spun from global funk, jazz & psychedelia – the raw, funky and intoxicating beatcraft of Dr No's Ethiopium! Before the Oxperiment, we felt Oh No was one of the more underrated figures on Stones Throw – but given the keys to the a vault full of Turkish, Lebanese and Greek rarities as a springboard he really shot into the upper echelon of innovative producers at Stones Throw, or anywhere else in the boundary busting hip hop funk underground. He steps out even further with Ethiopian – this time with access to Stones Throw/Now Again guru Egon's collection of rare funk, jazz & psychedelic rock LPs from 60s & 70s Ethiopium – a consistent, head nodding funky hip hop trip with Oh No's personal stamp now instantly identifiable despite the sprawling pool of sounds used to craft it. It's not only a fantastic sound in its own light, it's increasingly influential – remember, Mos Def utilized Oh No's and his bro Madlib's explorations on his return-to-excellence Ecstatic LP – and this might be the Dr's most effective script yet! 36 instrumentals, most on the shorter side, allowing lots of terrain to be covered in just under an hour. Titles include "Pardon Me", "Madness", "The Funk", "Carnival", "Problematic", "Fuego Tribe", "Midnight Missions", "The Pain", "Questions", "Fresh Bacon", "Melody Mix", "Excalibur", "Electronic Monsters", "Drive By", "Loopadors" and more. CD
(NOTE: Rear tray card is missing, but everything else is fine. Out of print.)
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✨✧ Waylon JenningsHonky Tonk Heroes ... LP
Fat Possum, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 15.99
Textbook 70s country badassery from Waylon Jennings! This is one of the most defining moments of the outlaw era, the record which pretty much drew a line in the sand between Waylon Jennings and the Nashville establishment. Billy Joe Shaver's pen and Waylon's authoritative voice marks this as one the strongest country albums of the era, if not ever, both in song quality and pure backbone. Greatness! Includes the barnstorming title track, "Old Five And Dimer (Like Me)", "Omaha", "You Asked Me To", "Ride Me Down Easy", "Black Rose", "We Had it All", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles MosleyUprising ... CD
Verve, 2017. Used ... $8.99
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push his vocal range – on material that's nicely open and expressive, maybe more so than other singers of this nature. There's some larger arrangements at times – but most of the energy seems to come from the core combo, of which Miles is definitely in the lead – on tracks that include "LA Won't Bring You Down", "Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others", "Your Only Cover", "More Than This", "Reap A Soul", and "Young Lion". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Frederick Michael St JudeAlmost Lost EP ... LP
Million Dollar Performances, 1976. New Copy ... $9.99 23.99
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 airplay, and the songs have that kind of appealing hookiness for sure. Ultimately, FM ihas such a distinctive, charmingly oddball style in the studio, it's the kind of thing best enjoyed the deeper diggers of musical diamonds in the rough, and it's definitely feels like a precursor to lots of DIY rock to come. Titles include "Day Quite Like Today", "I Simply Love Ya", "Babe, Ya Let My Hand Go", "It's Not Easy", "Everybody's Gone Away" and "Cecelia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool paste-on cover art, too!)

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Bruno ZambriniSogni Mostruosamente Proibiti ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1982. New Copy ... $19.99
A soundtrack that's very much what you'd expect from the cover image – a later Italian comedy, and one that's scored with lots of groovy, goofy sorts of themes! There's also a nice undercurrent of sentiment, one that's maybe more French than some of the Italian material from the time – and it's this quality that really makes us like the record, as it gives it a more solid footing at the best moments – and offsets some of the whimsy. Also strong is the use of more acoustic instrumentation than some of the electric elements that were more dominant at the time – although there's definitely some keyboards and basslines on some of the more uptempo numbers. CD features 22 tracks in all – including some bonus material! CD

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✨✧ Hampton HawesBlues The Most ... CD
Contemporary/Prestige, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hampton Hawes isn't exactly the first pianist we think of when it comes to bluesy lines in his music – but there's definitely a blue-tinged undercurrent to most of the work in this set – a well-chosen batch of tracks from Hamp's early years as a leader on Contemporary Records! The album features work in a variety of settings – with players who include Red Mitchell, Ray Brown, or Scott LaFaro on bass – Shelly Manne, Chuck Thompson, or Frank Butler on drums – and some occasional work by Harold Land on tenor sax, and either Jim Hall or Barney Kessel on guitar. Titles include "Blues The Most", "Hamp's Blues", "Hip", "Soul Sign Eight", "The Sermon", "For Real", "Hampton's Pulpit", "Takin Care", "Up Blues", and "Blues For Jacque". CD

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✨✧ VariousPunk 45 – Les Punks – The French Connection – First Years Of Punk 1977 to 1980 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A crucial look at the French punk scene in the late 70s – music that never got the global circulation as work from the US and UK – most likely because the difference in language on some of these tracks! However, that quality shouldn't put you off – because even if you can't understand the words, you'll definitely pick up on the energy – as these acts are a natural for the new sounds of the time – and find a way of bringing all the playful sneer and swagger of French rock from the 60s into play with a much sharper edge! If we had to choose, we'd say the music is maybe more like New York punk than the sound of London – especially in the way that some of these acts are very open to other sounds and influences, while still serving up a song with a short sharp shock. Titles include "Paris Maquis" by Metal Urbain, "Photo Coleur" by A3 Dans Les WC, "Planet Comme Un Prive" by Aslpalt Jungle, "Sally" by Gazoline, "Sweet Marilyn" by Metal Boys, "Rien A Dire" by Marie Et Les Garcons, "Wolf City Blues" by Angel Face, "Mind" by Kas Product, "Broken Windows" by Warm Gun, "Electrifie" by Calcinator, "I Don't Wanna Be A Rich" by Guilty Razors, and "Euthenasie" by Les Olivensteins. CD

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✨✧ VariousRich Medina Presents Jump N Funk ... CD
BBE (UK), Mid 70s/Late 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Rich Medina in years – a killer compilation that brings together older Afro Funk tracks from the 70s with a big amount of cuts from more contemporary years – all with a blend that pushes the spirit of the continent way out into the cosmos! Medina's always been one of the most forward-thinking artists in the underground – and you can definitely hear that quality in this set – as Rich effortlessly steps back and forth in space and time, to create a unified sound that bristles with electricity, while still reveling in all the key acoustic elements from the 70s. Titles include "For The People" by Aquil, "Bango Fields" by Kutiman, "For Real (2011 edition Atjazz rmx)" by Atjazz, Olodumare" by Wale Oyejide, "Bushman" by Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, "Stalemate" by Fela & The Afrika 70, "Jungle Beat (Mutaba)" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes, "Soul Makossa" by Original Nairobi Afro Band, "Why Can't We Live Together (Sao Benitez BV dub)" by River Oceaon, and "Na Oil" by Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80. CD
Also available Rich Medina Presents Jump N Funk (with bonus 7" single) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ VariousTogo Soul 70 – Selected Rare Togolese Recordings 1971 To 1981 ... CD
Hot Casa (France), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic little collection – and one that's way different than the usual Afro Funk compilation! Instead, this is an album that takes the "soul" in its title seriously – and goes for unusual tunes from the Togo scene of the 70s – almost all of which feature incredible vocals that soar out with boundless, righteous energy! There's definitely a bit of funk, too – but in modes that are very different than Nigerian sounds from the time, and very fresh, too – musical elements that are used in such compelling ways, we really want to dig deeper into the scene of this tiny nation. Titles include "Senye Na Na" by Aime Orchis Mathey, "I Tcho Tchass" by Akofa Akoussah, "Mais Dis Donc" by Toite Sandja, "Adome Nyueto" by Yta Jourias, "Loxo Nye" by Roger Damawuzan, "Woukunyeya" by Gabelo, "Mi Kpede Dunye" by Dk Pilo, and "Agbemenyawo" by Vewonyi DD. CD

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✨✧ VariousVenezuela 70 – Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth – Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A completely amazing collection of sounds from the 70s scene in Venezuela – a really un-tapped legacy of fantastically creative music – most of it pretty darn groovy, too! Despite the "rock" in the title, the music here is more in a mix of funky jazz and other creative instrumental styles – a bit of Latin in some of the rhythms, some spiritual currents at other points, and a really rich blend of electric and acoustic instrumentation, with some other offbeat touches too! The music is almost more on the farther side of the spectrum from creative Latin combos in New York or LA at the time – not salsa, but with some salsa currents – not Chicano rock, but with some of those elements too – and maybe some of the better touches of the most experimental groups in Havana, the few who were reaching for a new style at the time. Venezuela was riding high on oil money at the time of these recordings – and there's definitely a sense of creativity for its own sake going on here – especially in some of the more electric moments, which reflect elements we really never would have expected. As always with Soul Jazz, the package is as great as the music – a mini-history lesson in itself – and titles include "Irene" by Aldemaro Romero Y Su Onda Nueva, "Dame De Comer" by Miguel Angel Fuster, "Amor En Llamas" by Pablo Schneider, "Aragueney" by Vytas Brenner, "Joropo No 1" by Grupo CIM, "Panico A Las 5am" by Angel Rada, "San Juan Tambo Y Fuera" by Un Dos Tres Y Fuera, "Ayudame A Encontrar Mi Camino" by Apocalipsis, and "Barcos De Pape" by Fernando Yvosky. CD

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✨✧ VariousZanzibara 7 – Sikinde Vs Ndekule – Mlimani Park Orchestra & International Orchestra Safari Sound ... CD
Buda (France), Mid 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A Tanzanian battle of the bands – on this sweet little set that features two of the biggest dance orchestras of the 80s! The ensembles in Tanzania at the time were far more than just musical acts – as most were funded by larger organizations, and had either a political or economic agenda as well – one that sometimes came through in the subject of the music, and which definitely resonated with the popularity of the groups as well! The approach of both groups here – Mlimani Park Orchestra and International Orchestra Safari Sound – is a blend of older guitar rhythms, ala highlife, with some fuller horn passages and vocal choruses that often have some slight social undercurrent mixed with a more upfront lyrical groove. As always with both the Zanzibara and Ethiopiques series, the notes are excellent, in boht English and French – and really help situate the larger cultural context of the music. Tracks include "Mtoto Akihilia Wembe", "Neema", and "Chenga Ya Mwili" by Mlimani Park Orchestra – and "Sosy", "Majuto", "Chatu Mkali", and "Homa Imenizidia" by International Orchestra Safari Sound. CD

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Grupo AguaTransparencia ... CD
Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
The cover image has a nicely rough-edged quality, and the music inside does too – a really organic statement of genius from Brazil's Grupo Agua! The group play very close to their roots – mixing quick acoustic guitars and percussion in a level that almost feels Spanish in its complexity, but which definitely has a more South American vibe overall – especially when wood flute is added into the mix, which creates a further lyrical level alongside their vocals! These guys are hardly the touristy sound of the 60s Andean music boom – and instead, they seem to take all the currents of that sound, add in a hip 70s sense of harmony, and really send the music forward with a freewheeling vibe that's very unique. The album has echoes of the 70s rootsy folk movement with some of the more underground work in Brazil – but it's also completely unlike anything else we've ever heard. Titles include "La Luna Llena", "Esperanzas", "El Colibri", "Volver A Los 17", "Tarkeada", "Caldera", and "La Semilia". CD

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Aquarius SoundsDubbing At Aquarius Studios 1977 to 1979 ... CD
Jamaican Recordings (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Heavy dub from the enigmatic Aquarius Studios on the Kingston scene of the late 70s – the creative center of Herman Chin-Loy – whose work on the scene not only helped shape the sound of dub music for the future, but also launched the career of Augustus Pablo! The work here is mostly stripped-down, and created from cuts that were wholly or partially recorded at Aquarius – with additional work by King Tubby, over rhythms by Soul Syndicate, High Times Players, and Aggrovators Band! The vibe here definitely lives up to Herman's famous Aquarius Dub album – and titles include "Cheater Dub", "Mix Up Dub", "Breaking Dub", "She Gone Dub", "Roaming Dub", "Emperor Dub", "Short Man Dub", and "Olives Dub". CD

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Cesar AscarrunzCesar 830 ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a heady amount of jazz alongside the soul, Latin, and funk elements in the grooves! The legendary Teo Macero produced and arranged – and really takes a lot of care in the studio to focus the overall energy of the tremendous talents on the record – players who include Hadley Caliman on flute and tenor, Steve Marcus on soprano sax, Benny Velarde on timbales, and Francisco Aguabella on congas – plus the trio of Cesar, Mark Levine, and Merl Sanders on keyboards. Most numbers have this really full, flowing groove – jazzy, but with a strong emphasis on the rhythms – and often touched with some great work on guitar that echoes the Santana-inspired sound of the generation, yet never in a rock way at all. Linda Tillery sings vocals on a few numbers, but the main focus is definitely instrumental – and the whole album's great – with cuts that include "See Saw Affair", "Azucar", "Descarga", "The Devil & Montezuma", "Gotta Get Away", and "Bridges". LP, Vinyl record album

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AtomicThere's A Hole In The Mountain ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
Maybe the most brilliant work so far from Atomic – and definite proof that this Swedish ensemble just keeps getting better and better with each new recording! Every player in the quintet is a star in his own right – Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and baritone sax, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Havard Wilk on piano, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums – but what's really amazing is the way they come together as one for the record – wrapping their strong identities together, and forging out with this focused sound that has a lot more power than ever before! All the musicians know the open space of freedom, but have found a territory that can hold them all – where they can respectfully create this wonderful new sound together – in a mix of modern jazz and avant expression that seems to echo some of the best recent work from Chicago. Titles include "There's A Hole In The Mountain", "Civilon", "Wolf Cage", "Accidentals", "Labyrinths", and "Available Exits". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Basement FreaksAll That Funk!/Calling The Jams ... 7-inch
Boogieburg, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
Fast beats and lots of old-school riffing here – a cut that almost sounds like a deft remix of vintage JBs material – with nicely breaking drums at the bottom, and some tasty horn solos over the top! "Calling The Jams" is more 80s overall – keyboards, basslines, and beats – moving sweetly over a percolated groove, with some nice vocoder lyrics! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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BB Boogie (Daz I Kue)Standing On The Wall ... LP
R2 (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
It's been many years since Daz I Kue first rocked our world with his grooves in Bugz In The Attic – and since that time, he's only gotten stronger and more soulful as a solo act – to the point where a new project like this almost blows away some of his previous work! As you might guess from the cover and name, the project has a very vintage feel – somewhere in the territory of late 70s/early 80s clubby funk, with warmer instrumentation than back in the Bugz days – and a fantastic sense of production that could almost have you playing this set alongside later Funkadelic material, or early work from Prince! Yet there's also a sharpness, too – that new vision of funk that's always made the London scene so wonderful – from the Incognito/Brand New Heavies years onward. Khari Simmons plays bass on most of the record – and the bass is definitely in the lead – and singers include Vanessa Freeman, Greg Blackman, Leroy Burgess, DNS, Monica Blaire, Joy Jones, and others – really helping flesh out the sound on tracks that include "Opposition", "Sweating & Shaking", "Wanna Be With You", "We Can Do It", "Standing On The Wall", "In The Middle", "Let Love Grow", "Stay Woke", and "RAyanne". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chuck BerryFrom St Louie To Frisco ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Sealed ... $28.99
The title might say "Frisco", but the album's a real back-to-basics record from Chuck Berry – produced by the man himself, with a lean, stripped-down vibe that almost goes back to his earlier work at Chess Records! There's definitely a few 60s soul currents in the mix, but in the best way possible – helping Berry mature his sound a bit, but without turning it towards any easy crossover gimmicks – which means that there's still a lot of bluesy elements at the core, and Chuck's charms really come through on both his vocals and guitar. Titles include "Louie To Frisco", "Ma Dear", "The Love I Lost", "Rock Cradle Rock", "Misery", and "I Can't Believe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed! Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Nat BirchallSixth Sense ... CD
Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 1999. New Copy ... $11.99
The earliest work we've ever heard from tenorist Nat Birchall – a player who's really blown our minds with his recent albums from the UK! This set's from the late 90s, and already has Birchall really finding his voice – a freewheeling approach to tenor that's unlike most of his contemporaries, and definitely steeped in strong influences from the spiritual jazz generation! Yet while recent records have Nat in a more meditative mode, the sound here is almost more explosive – with echoes of 60s avant in the mix, amidst some bold rhythmic impulses from the group – almost with a quality that reminds us of some of those brilliant moments when an American soloist would combine with a European combo in the heady 60s scene. In addition to Birchall's tenor, the group also features John Hulme on trumpet and flugelhorn, Richard Wetherall on piano, Dave Tompkins on bass, and Danny Ward on drums – and titles include "Redemption", "Helix Nebula", "Unity Blues", "Passion Dance", and "Ism Schism". CD

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✨✧ Seamus BlakeLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
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 group that features piano from David Kikoski, and some great guitar interplay with Lage Lund – whose tones ring out strongly on the lead of most tracks! Titles include "Fear Of Rooming", "Amuse Bouche", "Consequence", and "Subterfuge". CD

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Art Blakey & Thelonius MonkArt Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Angular Monk meets hard-driving Art Blakey – in a session that's quite unique, and which has gone onto become one of the best-remembered Atlantic jazz sessions of the late 50s! The album features Blakey in that key non-Blue Note year of 1957 – a time when he was working with a variety of players, at a variety of labels, and taking some real chances with his music before settling into his more established hit Jazz Messengers sound. The group here is Art's own – with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – augmented by the piano of Thelonious Monk – a match that might seem unlikely at first, but not so much so after you consider the great work that Monk and Griffin did together at Riverside during the late 50s. There's a nice match between Johnny's sharp-edged tenor and Monk's imaginative playing – and if anything, the record has Blakey, Hardman, and DeBrest moving dynamically to keep up with the flurry of modern ideas coming from Griffin and Monk! Tracks are almost all originals by Thelonious too – a fact that definitely helps keep up the "Monk-ish" sound of the record – titles that include "Evidence", "Blue Monk", "I Mean You", and "Rhythm A Ning" – alongside Griffin's "Purple Shades". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing.)

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