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Funky 45's — Recently Added

XClassic sounds on 45rpm 7 inch singles -- Northern soul, deep soul, funk, breaks, rare groove, sample tracks, modern soul, and jazz!


Trio (Japan), 1973. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Funky keyboard grooves from early 70s Japan – a special single featuring two tracks from the What's Going On album by Takehiro Honda! "Ain't It Funky Now" has Honda on lead keys, with a mean solo in the middle – while a guitar riffs along the famous groove of this James Brown ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trio (Japan), 1977. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the coolest, grooviest tracks ever recorded by Lorez Alexandria – back to back on a Japanese-only 45! "Send In The Clowns" is taken at this great modal jazz clip – a completely different rhythm than anyone's ever used with the tune, which completely transforms it ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trio (Japan), 1974. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A unique Japanese-only single – one that features two of the best tracks from the legendary Afro Blue album by Dee Dee Bridgewater! First up is her take on the Bobby Hutcherson classic "Little B's Poem" – a completely wonderful vocal version that, to us, even blows away the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy
A really moody funk track, with a very unusual vibe! "Poor Souls" has this nice slow-stepping groove – piano loping around the bassline, while an electric sitar gets wiggier in the background – all while Big John K sings the blue-tinged lyrics in a nice deep voice! "Marc ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities

Do Something/When
It's Soul Time, 2018. New Copy
A fantastic little single from Ernest Ernie – one that bumps along in a groove that reminds us of the best Chicago soul at the end of the 60s – that loping rhythm that's perfect for sweeter-styled vocals like Ernie's! The flipside's pretty fantastic too – graced with light ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Sanity/Pepite (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet modern soul stepper – a cut that's been lost for years, and is definitely one of those rare gems worth discovering! "What More Can I Say" has this jazzy vibe that comes from sweet guitar stepping over the midtempo groove – while a warm vocal group harmonizes with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Nature Sounds, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
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Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Stone genius from the legendary Cymande! "Fug" is a tune with this amazing bassline and riffing guitar – all deep and complicated at the start, then opening up even more as the tune moves on – with great percussion, and this stop/start approach to the groove that's really ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
West End/Get On Down, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
One of the strangest club tracks from the West End years – but a great one! The cut's an obvious reference to some of the more sensual practices of the club scene, and it's got a nice dark sound to it that's a good example of the way that late disco, early house, and post-punk sounds were ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. New Copy
Two killer slices of Brazilian funk! The instrumental "Miss Cheryl" is one of the trademark tunes of Banda Black Rio – a cut with these sharp, jazzy changes that are completely amazing – and which easily have BBR rivaling the sound of Earth Wind & Fire at their best! The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Cymande

Bra/The Message
Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two funky killers on a reissue 45! Cymande's "Bra" is a dub-heavy classic – rolling along at a compelling midtempo groove, with scattershot bass and drums, and these cool flanged out rasta vocals that make the cut super-righteous! "The Message" is probably the group's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy (reissue)
What can we say? This is one of the greats! Foster Sylvers' "Misdemeanor" is one of the greatest-ever funky tunes from the 70s – made famous years back by a DOC sample, but loved way before that by anyone with a funky set of ears! The cut's got this incredibly strange groove ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Perception/BBE (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy
An early stunner from Black Ivory – a great groover, done with kind of a bouncy lilting groove that has lots of bass, and a good mix with the group's harmony vocals! One of the funkiest from Fatback – "Goin' to See My Baby" is especially tough, and starts out with a massive ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trad Vibe (France), 1975. New Copy (pic cover)
Two of the coolest cuts from this legendary funk ensemble – back to back on a limited 45! "L'Enfant Samba" has a fantastic groove – samba at the core, but laced with sweet keyboards – then given this breezy French female vocal on top, scatting at times, with almost a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy
A fantastic bit of modern soul – both cuts are great! "If You Don't Want My Love" begins with this cool moogy keyboard part over the groove – then Bobby King comes in to warm the whole thing up with his nicely measured vocal approach – really flowing along with the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy
A great remake of one of the biggest cuts ever from the legendary Roy Ayers – done here with a version that's got even more vibes than the original! In fact, the core groove is very much like the Ayers recording, but the cut soon moves into loads of jazzy vibes – and also has a great ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Funky nuggets from one of the coolest kid groups of the 70s! "Only One Can Win" has this great jagged rhythm that's nicely complicated, but also straightforwardly groovy – perfect for the sweet vocals of the group! "Fools Paradise" has a very famous sample at the start ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 x 7 inch set (pic cover)
A totally great package – especially if you love the music of Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends as much as we do! That groovy late 60s album is a classic round these parts – and at the time, a number of other singers tried their hands at some of the great songs from the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover)
Fantastic work from France Gall – a breathy little tune with a great bossa groove – served up here in a cool replica Japanese pic sleeve single! France sounds wonderful on the tune – and there's this raspy guitar that steps along a groove too – bringing in a nice sort of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy (pic cover)
Fantastic work from this very cool soundtrack – two upbeat, groovy tunes that are both centerpieces of the famous score by Francois De Roubaix! "Repetition" is already great – and "Piti Piti Pas" is even cooler, with lots of weird touches and rhythms! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A beautiful pic sleeve 7" single – one that brings together two of the grooviest tracks from the Michel Legrand soundtrack to Les Demoisilles De Rochefort (aka Young Girls Of Rochefort) – upbeat, jazzy, and totally swinging – and very French too! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy (pic cover)
Four very cool tracks – all brought together as a limited release in tribute to the famous Suburbia Suite series from Japan! The music is all mod, groovy, and very upbeat – and most tunes are in a vocal jazz mode, but very different than the usual torchy styles you might expect – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1973. New Copy (pic cover)
Piero Umiliani at his funkiest – with two great tracks from the Baba Yaga soundtrack! "Open Space" has a killer bassline at the start, with fast breaking drums – then moves into this cool moogy keyboard part that fills the groove and gets all cool and moody over the top! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), Early 90s. New Copy (pic cover)
Funky soul from the start of the 90s – a special split single that features "Tell Me Mama" by Toni Tony Tone – and "Wherever You Go", in a rare Femifem mix! One cover features Toni Tony Tone, the back features Sydney Youngblood – and the whole thing is a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Sidney/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A great take on the Marvin Gaye tune – and one of the few rare tracks recorded by Milwaukee's soul singer, Penny Goodwin! "What's Goin On" is tone with jazz piano, which gives the whole thing a really different vibe – although Penny soars up and down in the same groove as the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Ariola/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A blue-eyed soul classic from John Valenti – despite the black and white eye image on the cover! "Anything You Want" has a warm jazzy groove, great keyboards, and the kind of cresting vocals you'd expect to hear on one of Stevie Wonder's best cuts from the 70s! "Why Don't We ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Braen & Raskovich (Alessandro Alessandroni/Giuliano Sorgini)

Afro Beat/Afro Flower
Four Flies (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
Two sweet funky tracks from Braen & Raskovich – a mysterious studio duo that features some extra-heavy drums from Giuliano Sorgini! The drums alone here are great – but they're also topped by a weir spooky keyboard that's billed as a "Hammond C3" on the cover – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1984. New Copy (pic cover)
Two of the grooviest tracks from the score to L'Allenatore Nel Pallone – both issued here on a limited 45! "Mundialito" has a Braziliany groove at the bottom, with lots of cuica next to percussion – but the overall rhythm is more leaping and Italian, and a chorus does all ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Hanz Mambo & His Cigarettes

Mer Baltique/Breaking Wave
Funk Night, 2018. New Copy
Hanz Mambo lives up to the watery sound of his previous single with "Mer Baltique" – a dreamy little instrumental that has lots of echoey guitar over a slowly-loping groove – complete with some very nice watery effects in the middle! "Breaking Wave" is slower and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Great Revivers

Bar Hop/Last
Funk Night, 2018. New Copy
If the Great Revivers are doing a bar hop, it's got to be one that involves plenty of shots – as the speed of this funky instrumental is so nice and quick, it hardly leaves room for any drinking! The drums are sharp, guitar nicely riffing, and the whole thing has a nice wah wah breakdown in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
ZZ Hill sounds a bit more upbeat here than usual, but in a really great way – offering up his own take on the Betty Swann tune with a wonderfully raspy vocal that fills the tune full of honest charm! "Love Is Gonna Get You" is done here in a rare "brass version" by Peggy ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), 1968. New Copy
James Carr may not have cut the famous version of "These Arms Of Mine" – but he does a superb job here on the classic – really hitting the tune with his best deep soul energy, and maybe even a bit more sadness than on the Otis Redding hit! "Let's Face Facts" is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Teacher Haters

Big Pig Polly/Cut Loose
Preservation Project, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
An unreleased gem by a 60s group that have a very soulful take on the party rock style – really mixing together garagey elements and bluesy inspirations – a bit like some of the cooler Texas combos of the time! "Big Big Polly" has vocals that are more offbeat vocalizations ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Cody Black/Charles Spurling

I'm Slowly Molding/She Cried Just A Minute
King/Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Two Northern Soul gems back to back! Cody Black's "I'm Slowly Molding" is a nice little tune that starts out with some walloping drums augmented by handclaps, and Cody's deeply felt soul vocals backed nicely with groovy harmonies and horns – soaring and building as the tune goes on ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Spar/Outta Sight (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Two sock-soul groovers – back to back! Herbert Hunter's got this full, rich voice that's completely magnificent – a smooth polish over the top of the grooves, which have this vibrant energy that's like Motown moving down to Nashville – bumped up a bit along the journey, but in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Stax/Soul Brother (UK), 1966. New Copy
A great early funky number from Johnnie Taylor – with a groove that's almost ripe for sampling, given the chunky beats – but which is maybe even better, because Taylor's fantastic vocals keep getting in the way! "Blues In The Night" is the old standard – but completely ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Federal Green, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A rare funk track from the DC scene of the 70s – one with as much heavy rhythms at the bottom as message up top in the lyrics! The instrumentation gets more and more intense as the tune moves on – with a really wicked guitar solo near the end of side one, before things lay back a bit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Numero, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A rare indie track from Thelma Jones – recorded down in Florida with a nicely burning groove! "I Can't Stand It" moves along at a slow-stepping, yet funky sort of pace – with a chunky rhythm that really lets Thelma take off with her vocals in the lead! "Only ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Deep soul from Old Town Records – two overlooked 60s gems from Beverly McKay! "Say It With Feeling" definitely lives up to its title – with a bumping, blasting groove from the horns and drums – which is then given this raspy power by Beverly's lead vocals! "Conscie ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Chess/Third Man, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
Both of these cuts have been covered countless times over the years – but there's nothing like their original readings by Chuck Berry – raw, romping, and filled with that wicked mix of early rock and blues instrumentation that made Berry such an influence in the 50s! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Numero, Early 60s. New Copy
Sweet girl pop from Bernadette Carroll! "Laughing On The Outside" is the kind of weepy gem that might have been recorded by Joanie Sommers – but handled here with a nicely indie vibe that has spare strings moving nicely next to Bernadette's blue-tinged vocals, and a nice spoken bit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

EL V & The Gardenhouse

El Doctor/Tamarita (colored vinyl)
Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
"El Doctor" is a lively little number with a nice hint of revolution – performed here by a combo from Italy, but with a very South American vibe! The percussion is upbeat, the horns punch along with the groove, and the rolling lyrics are nice and compelling – and the flipside ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Lasry-Baschet

Les Structures Sonores
Disques Bam/Cacophonic (France), Mid 50s. New Copy (pic cover)
Incredible sounds from the postwar avant scene in France – a small record, but one that's had huge impact over the years! This 3 track EP features compositions based around the "structures sonores" of Jacques Lasry and Bernard Baschet – both of whom create and play these ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Better Things/Window Shopping
Daptone, 2010. New Copy
A pair of the best tracks from the instant classic, mainstream attention seizing I Learned The Hard Way – "Better Things" and "Window Shopping on a 45 – as they should be, because these are neo jukebox classics of the highest caliber! "Better Things" is a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Strictly Rhythm/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy
"Luv Dancin" is a great one from Strictly Rhythm – the kind of soulful house that made the label so important in the early 90s! There's a spare, percolated beat to the groove – but the warmer lead vocals of Jasmine really pick things up – giving the track a direction ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Helio Matheus/Doris Monteiro

Mais Kriola/Maita
Mr Bongo (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy (reissue)
There's lots of cool keyboards on "Mais Kriola" – moogy bits, clavinet, and maybe more too – all wrapped together in this mix of funk and Brazilian fusion, in a way that reminds us a bit of early Azymuth – but with more soulful vocals! "Maita" is one of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Scepter/Outta Sight (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Patti Jo's "Make Me Believe In You" is one of the greatest Curtom singles ever – and it wasn't even on Curtom! Patti Jo sings a sublime Curtis Mayfield number here – working with production from Mayfield and arrangements by Rich Tufo – a wonderful blend of righteous ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1973. New Copy
Lost work from Gloria Taylor – singer who's best known for indie sides in the 60s, but who sounds completely fantastic here on a one-off single for Columbia! "Deep Inside You" has this unusual flow – almost stop/start in energy, but with Taylor really soaring out on her ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Freddie Chavez/Dave Newman

They'll Never Know Why/Make Up Your Mind
Outta Sight (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy
Freddie Chavez really cooks along here in a Motown mode – really echoing bigger Detroit sounds on "They'll Never Know Why" – at least in the arrangements and overall structure – while still managing to come across with a nicely rougher groove in the end! Dave Newman is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Faduma Kassim/Ahmed Sharief Yusuf

Majogo/Berflasana
Kah/Jazzaggression (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Two rare grooves from Somalia – both of them great! "Majogo" has a romping style that's almost Ethio funk, but maybe a bit looser overall – nicely upbeat, and with great interplay between a female singer and a really tremendous tenor sax solo! "Berflasana" has more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated March 20, 2019


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