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Pekka AiraksinenBuddhas Of Golden Light ... LP
O Records/Arc Light Editions (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A record that's got a much more dynamic feel than you'd expect from the title – no meditative sounds at all, and instead these really energetic rhythms that seem be years ahead of their time! The album leaps out in a frenzied undercurrent of drum and bass – not the later London mode, but with a freewheeling vibe seems to prefigure it by a decade or so, but in a more subtle way – while Pekka Airaksinen throws in these completely mindblowing keyboards that seem to move up and down the scale in terms of both volume and frequency – mixed with added tenor from A Ben Helander. The record gets a bit more mellow on side two, but still with an energy and pulse that almost feels random at times – and makes for music that's as unsettling as it is beautiful. Titles include "Sukirti","Ranasikhin", and "Kandasuryapradipa". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a silkscreened cover!)

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Edip AkbayramEdip Akbayram Ve Dostlar – Singles Overview 1974 to 1977 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $25.99
Rare singles from this ultra-cool Turkish singer – including many tracks that are b-sides of vintage 45s, and maybe even trippier than the album material we've heard before! The work was recorded in the mid 70s, but there's much more of a late 60s vibe going on here – from the trippy production to the fuzzy guitars, and the urgency in Edip's vocals – which have this surprising power even if you can't understand the language – maybe because the rest of the music's so captivatingly cool! A few cuts get slightly funky, as well as fuzzy – and titles include "Kahpe Felek", "Sen Actin Yarayi", "Affetmem Seni", "Zalim Zalim", "Gam Ustune Gam Yapilir", and "Garip". Includes bonus insert of notes, too! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Edip Akbayram Ve Dostlar – Singles Overview 1974 to 1977 ... CD 16.99

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Joe Albany & OthersLow Down (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cinewax, 2015. New Copy Gatefold ... $21.99 24.98
A beautiful document of the late, great pianist Joe Albany – music put together in support of the film Low Down, and packaged here in a really lovely format! The movie is a poetic look at Albany – an important west coast player from the bop years onward, but one who never reached his full potential, due to a lifetime of heroin use. Yet during his career, he certainly touched plenty of hearts and ears – with recordings that begin in the 78rpm generation, and stretch right up to his final years – almost every one a masterpiece of melancholic piano, with these blue undercurrents that often make Joe's music very distinct. Both the film and this set get at that quality, and intersperse original performances by Albany with a few tracks by contemporaries – like Coleman Hawkins and Max Roach – as well as a few musical bits by Ohad Taylor, who scored parts of the film in a very sympathetic manner. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "Lush Life", "Everybody Knew But Me", "Lotus Blossom", "Barbados", and "AB Blues" by Joe Albany – plus "AJ Blues" and "Daahoud" by Ohad Taylor, "Deeds Not Words" by Max Roach, and "Think Deep" by Coleman Hawkins. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alessandro AlessandroniPanoramic Feeling + Le Film Trouve – A Panoramic Experience (clear vinyl pressing with bonus DVD) ... LP
Flipper/Dagored (Italy), 1971. New Copy LP & DVD ... $32.99
A beautiful sound library gem from the legendary Alessandro Alessandroni – recorded for the commercial Flipper label, and issued publicly here for the first time ever! The music is sublime – that side of Alessandroni that came closest to the bossa and vocal styles of Ennio Morricone in the late 60s – with lots of breezy rhythms at the bottom, and a blend of instrumental passages, wordless chorus lines from I Cantori Moderni, and even some of that famous whistling from Alessandroni himself! We especially love the chorus bits – as they almost feel like The Swingle Singers trying to follow an Edda Dell'Orso sort of pathy – blended here with cool keyboards, including some totally wonderful electric harpsichord! Titles include "Young Flirt", "Green Hills", "North Wind", "Car Drive", "White Sands", and "Love Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the DVD "Le Film Trouve – A Panoramic Experience" – featuring footage from amateur films from around the world!)

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Tony AllenBlack Voices ... LP
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1999. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on the Paris scene in the 90s – really refining a new sound, while keeping all the best bits from before – creating this new sort of darker groove that almost mixes older percussion with kind of a spacey style that's echoes proggish funk from a range of groups from Can to Cymande! There's loads of cool keyboards and tight guitar lines, and even the vocals have some spacey production that makes them fit nicely with the grooves. Titles include "Asiko", "Get Together", "Black Voices", and "The Same Blood". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony AllenFilm Of Life (180 gram vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen to leap off in even more expressive styles – still grounded in rhythms that run back to his roots – but filled with creative instrumentation from an array of guests, and some spacey, electric touches that recall the fire in Tony's music when he first sprang back on the scene about a decade ago! Allen adds a few pointed lyrics at points – furthering the "life" presented in the title and great cover image – and titles include "Go Back", "Ire Omo", "Ewa", "Afro Kungfu Beat", "Moving On", "Boat Journey", and "African Man". Includes bonus tracks too –"Insider", "Mojo", and "Na Bangui". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Alvarius (Francesco Zampaglione/Andrea Moscianese)Tulpa – Perdizioni Mortali (with bonus CD) ... LP
Cinedelic (Italy), 2013. New Copy ... $26.99
A cool contemporary score from Italy – but one that feels like horror greats from the late 70s and early 80s! The instrumentation here is mostly in an old school electric style – keyboards and guitars that echo the music of Goblin, but at a level that's often more spare and less jamming – stretching out with this great sense of space that really builds up the tension and mood throughout – to create a really captivating record, even away from the screen. Titles include "Phurba", "Escape From Tulpa", "Lonely Nights", "Working My Ass Off", "Italian Giallo", "Lisa's Theme", and "Bloody Radio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Colored vinyl with bonus CD – limited to 333 copies!)

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AntibalasAntibalas (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)

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✨✧ Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... CD 8.99

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Bama – The Village PoetGhettos Of The Mind ... LP
Aware, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A lost classic in the funky poetry mode of the 70s – and right up there with the best work from the time by the Last Poets, Jim Ingram, or Gil Scott Heron! Bama's got a rough-edged voice that works very well with the funkier backings of the set – handled by a team that includes Bernard Purdie on drums, Richard Tee on keyboards, and Cornell Dupree on guitar – and this rough vocal style also fits the themes of the tunes, which are still as political and righteous as other work in the genre, but a bit more down to earth as well. The music itself was arranged and composed by Jimmy Wizner and Billy Jackson – and titles include "Ghettos Of The Mind", "The Right To Be Wrong", "Nothingness", "Drunken Sister", "I Got Soul", "Welfare Slave", "Social Narcotics, and "Blackman, My Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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BatsumiMoving Along ... LP
Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
One of the rare few albums cut by this legendary South African group of the 70s – a set that's still got all the jazzy inflections of their previous records, but which also brings in a bit more soul and funk as well! The ensemble are wonderfully tight, but still have a sense of looseness that makes the music feel very organic – a rich blend of reed lines, keyboards, percussion, and voices – almost in the same territory as Oneness Of Juju on their classic two albums for the Black Fire label! Lyrics are in English, and very righteous – but the instrumentation is the core of the record, and really opens up on the longer tracks. Titles include "Moving Along", "Evil Spirits", "Sister", and "Toi Toi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jo BissoDance To It ... LP
Disques D'Esperance/Africa Seven (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Clubby funk from the great Jo Bisso – a set that's got maybe even more of a New York vibe than some of his previous records – and that's saying a lot, given that Jo always liked the big city grooves! There's plenty of sweet disco elements in the mix – including heavy acoustic percussion, quick-riffing guitars, and some great moogy keyboards – the last of which gives the record an especially nice feel, and kind of an offbeat edge that makes for a nice change alongside some of the vocals! Jo's still got some Afro funk currents in the music, too – but they're all very tightly fused onto the warmer clubby modes, which are the real appeal of the record. Titles include "Odwa", "Don't Fight The Feeling", "Ramaya", "Let's Keep It Together", "Dance To It (parts 1 & 2)", and "Give It Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bixiga 70Bixiga 70 III (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2015. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99 24.99
A hard-burning Afro Funk combo from Brazil – a group who play in a style that's definitely got the best of both worlds in the mix – still going strong on this excellent third album! The set's got way more going on than usual in the rhythms – enough straight qualities to link the music back to 70s Nigerian styles, but also lots of unusual inflections that criss-cross cultural styles, and really help set these guys apart! There's also a few moogy moments – nice keyboard lines that slide through the grooves in a snakey way – and make for a nice electric counterpart to the excellent trumpet, tenor, flute, and baritone sax upfront. Titles include "Niran", "Machado", "Martelo", "Mil Vidas", "7 Pancadas", "Lembe", and "100% 13". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Bixiga 70 III ... CD 13.99

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BlackbyrdsCity Life ... LP
Fantasy, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
A fantastic album from this legendary jazz funk combo – a bit smoother than their first, but that's the great thing about it! The record has the band getting even tighter than before – coming up with an amazing jazz-inflected funk groove that still leaves us breathless after all these years – and which is the perfect fusion of jazz and soul that was going down with the best groups in the mid 70s. The best example of this sound can be heard on the massive cut "Rock Creek Park" – which begins with a wonderful bass on the intro, a killer moogy keyboard bit, and a super-catchy chorus that goes "doin' it in the park," which you should recognize in about 30 seconds! The rest of the album is great too – and titles include the classic sample track "Love So Fine" – plus "Happy Music", "Hash and Eggs", "Thankful Bout Yourself", and "All I Ask". LP, Vinyl record album

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Doug Hream BluntMy Name Is Doug Hream Blunt ... LP
Luaka Bop, Late 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
The long-overdue formal presentation of the music of Doug Hream Blunt – a self-taught, self-styled San Francisco soul singer from the 80s – one who recorded a handful of tunes that never really saw the light of day! Doug's got an unusual style – almost more 70s soul in its earnest approach, especially the lyrics – but delivered with a lean style that certainly has some 80s elements – yet none of the heavy keyboards or more electronic modes you might expect. Instead, there's this almost earthy approach – a definite homegrown feel that makes the music really compelling, especially in Blunt's honesty through the lyrics, and unabashed way of putting the songs forward. The work lay undiscovered for years – until Doug brought some of his un-distributed albums into a San Francisco store, which eventually started the journey that led to this great reissue of his music by Luaka Bop! Titles include "Fly Guy", "Whiskey Man", "Ride The Tiger", "Loveland", "Big Top", "Gentle Persuasion", and "Caribbean Queen". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available My Name Is Doug Hream Blunt ... CD 14.99

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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Glen BrancaLesson No 1 (2 x 12" pressing) ... LP
99 Records/Superior Viaduct, Early 80s. New Copy 2 x 12" (reissue)... $16.99
Seminal sounds from the New York scene at the start of the 80s – and one of the first important records to feature the music of Glenn Branca! This EP was an important part of the 99 Records catalog – and like that label's work by artists like ESG or Liquid Liquid, it's got a style that's completely hard to define – a genre-blending mix of influences and elements, presented with a sensibility that's at once arty, and down to earth! Branca works here in a smaller setting than on later recordings – playing guitar in a quintet that also features Anthony Coleman on keyboards – and working at a level that brings the best ideas of the minimalist compositional generation into play with smaller combo rockish instrumentation. "Lesson 1" is a track that's held us rapt for years – and it's backed by the equally great "Dissonance". This special reissue also features a bonus one-sided 12" single – with an early performance of "Bad Smells" – one of Branca's first multi-guitar compositions, performed by a group that includes Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, and Ned Sublette! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Julius BrockingtonUnited Chair ... LP
Today, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Wild funky keyboards from Julius Brockington – a player who worked a bit on both soul and gospel albums during the early 70s, and one of the odder talents in the funky music business. The album's got a nicely off-kilter sound – and most of the tracks are original compositions. Julius has his hands on an Arp, which he plays to great effect, and many of the tracks are nice and long – and kind of messed up! Titles include "Gettin' Into It", "Lost Tribe", "Jaded Jackie", and "In the Back of the Churchyard". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available United Chair ... LP 19.99

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James BrownPayback ... LP
Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $27.99 34.99
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same sessions as the JBs album Damn Right I Am Somebody – Payback has the group backing James with amazing intensity, playing on and on for very long stretches, improvising jams that perfectly match the vocals, which are often as improvised as the music. The most famous example of this style at work is "The Payback", which begins with a simple head arrangement, then has James riffing off on politics and power, letting the band come in at just the right moment, dropping solos that are still some of the best ever recorded on a funk album. The rest of the album's equally great, and even though most tracks run close to 10 minutes, and the album's a 2LP set, most of the material stays fresher than any 3 minute funk record we've ever heard. Some tracks are separated by these cool voices that rise up as seques – and titles include "Stone To The Bone", "Mind Power", "Take Some Leave Some", and "Shoot Your Shot". LP, Vinyl record album

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Budos BandBurnt Offering ... LP
Daptone, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99 17.98
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also inflected with a very slight bit of trippy elements this time around – a touch of fuzz on the guitar, or cosmic echoes on the keyboards – which really balance out strongly with the group's bold horns and razor-sharp drums! The slight changes make for a more sinister sound than before, and show that these guys continue to be one of the most forward-thinking funk bands around – never content to just rest on the laurels of their great musicianship, but always leaping ahead with new ideas. Titles include "Shattered Winds", "Black Hills", "Magus Mountain", "Into The Fog", "The Sticks", "Burnt Offering", and "Turn & Burn". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Burnt Offering ... CD 12.99

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