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


Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 6 x 7 inch box set
The Ethiopiques series just got cooler than ever – given a very hip twist here in a limited box of 7" singles – which bring the music forth at a level that feels even more vintage than before! If you're not hip, the long-running Ethiopiques collection has uncovered some of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Aloha Got Soul, 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Late 70s Hawaii funk tunes from Aura's rare self-titled album from the end of the 70s! "Let Me Say Dis About Dat" starts lean, with some of the tightest drums and sinister guitar funk riffs we can think of, before some just as time horns punctuate it just so. "No Beginning, No ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Luv/Night Train, Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A trio of early 70s nuggets from Question Mark & The Mysterians – "Hot 'N'Groovin'" & Funky Lady" from 45 release in '73 – issued here with the previously unreleased "Doncha Want My Love"! As you might suspect from the song titles, the group is working ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tabu/So Dey Say
Family Tree/Cree (Germany), 1972. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A great rootsy groove from Michael Boothman – with this moody flute line that really starts "Tabu" out in a wonderful way – before romping piano and percussion come in to really make things move! The track's a very different version of the Cuban standard – much more in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Hi Records/Melodies International, 1979. New Copy (pic cover)
A rare late 70s groover from Hi Records – produced by Willie Mitchell, but given a much more clubby vibe than his previous work! The tune's uptempo, and has this great moogy bit at the start – before the positive, upbeat lyrics slide into the fast funk instrumentation in a mighty nice ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
War Room/Into The Thick
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
Funky drums and some mighty nice horns – a real killer from Black Market Brass, and maybe one of their most intense tracks to date! There's almost an Afro Funk vibe here, but the style is even more freewheeling – fast grooves and horns that are incredibly deft, but also have lots of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Forget the bells, because it's the guitar that rings out here – loud, proud, and plenty fuzzy – all to give a great psychedelic soul vibe to the cut while The Young Senators trade vocal lines back and forth! There's lots more guitar on part 2 – which is mostly an instrumental ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Go Bang! (parts 1 & 2)
Sleeping Bag/Get On Down, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A spacey disco classic! "Go Bang" is a wonderful tune – with a jaunty vocal refrain that's laid over some off-kilter keyboard rhythms infused with bass. Arthur Russell produced and Francois K mixed – and this great vinyl single features the complete cut – Part 1 on one ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
P&P, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A real club stormer! Queen Yahna has a deep rich voice, in the tradition of the best Miami soul divas – and it's nicely situated in a classic club groove, augmented by congas and cowbells, with great production by Capraquarius! The vocal chorus is soulful and catchy – and the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
A great little cut that really lives up to its title – a jazzy mambo taken at a nice fast tempo – complete with some excellent percussion, fast-scatting vocals, and this great flute line that comes along in the middle and makes the whole thing really sparkle! The flipside is great too ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
Raw soul from the James Hunter Six – right up there the best of his recordings for Daptone! "I Don't Wanna Be Without You" is stripped down really nicely, letting James's sweetly gritty voice carry the vibe, as it should for an intimate song, but it's backed by the coolest vintage ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, Early 70s. New Copy
A sweet take on this tune by Bob & Gene – given a Jamaican groove on both sides, thanks to help from The Inversions! The main cut bubbles along with a bit of a rocksteady vibe next to the duo's vocals – still very much the main song at the core, but augmented with a Kingston soul ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy
Mighty righteous sounds from Charles Bradley – a strong message-oriented cut that's set to a slow funk groove – one that steps boldly and proudly, but never too fast – which lets Bradley really take off on his vocal lead, and build things up wonderfully towards the end! "Reve ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Daptone, 2008. New Copy
A very cool remake of this cut from Sharon Jones – produced by Ticklah here with a sweetly dubby vibe! "How Long" still has plenty of soul here, but it also takes on a bit of a Kingston groove too – stepping along with a 60s rocksteady vibe that supports Sharon's vocals ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2005. New Copy
The first funky outing we've ever heard from The Budos Band – but a really tasty funky set, with a raw and stripped-down feel! "Up From The South" is a chugging, churning mass of snapping drum breaks and scratchy guitar – topped by a well-crafted horn part that comes in as ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Colemine, 2014. New Copy
A killer jam from Orgone – like a lost funky gem from the immediate post disco/nascent boogie funk years! Don't worry, "Don't' Stop" is not a indie funk version of the Fleetwood Mac tune, but a tight little tune with a killer bassline, tight drums, and some great soul vocals ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Hard Steppin/Prisoner
Colemine, 2009. New Copy
An Afro funk steeped workout from Brooklyn's Ikebe Shakedown – tight, hard charging and "Hard Steppin" – doing their thing with abundant classic stateside instro funk influences, too! "Hard Steppin" is a heavy, unstoppable number – the drums, percussion and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Melodies International, Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two beautiful tunes from Bobby Wright, both recorded in the mid 70s with a subtle righteous power that's taken many years for the rest of the world to fully appreciate! "Blood Of An American" is a slow-moving track that mostly features the lead vocals over slow-drifting guitar – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1970. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two beautiful tracks from this early 70s Japanese soundtrack – back to back on a single 45! "Searching For Fantasy" is a trippy electric piano number from Toru Takemitsu – done with this snakey guitar line that almost feels like a sitar at times – evocatively dipping, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Peripheral Enterprises, Early 70s. New Copy
"Flower Pot" is nice and dark – even more so than the dirt that might have filled it in – with this slow fuzzy guitar riff that takes up most of the groove – which moves stark and slow all the way through! "How Long Before I'm Gone" has a quicker clip – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Sunshine (parts 1 & 2)
Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy
"Sunshine" goes through a few funky changes before really hitting the groove – then it comes on strong with frenetic drums, super-quick basslines, and blasting horns that really set the tone for the bold lyrics of the tune – all moving at a mighty nice clip, with some cool ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Logos/Como?
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
Two great cuts from Dos Santos – a combo you might know from work on other labels, but who appear here on a co-release with International Anthem – and which also features that label's Nick Mazzarella handling the horn arrangements! The horns soar to the skies beautifully on "Logos& ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy
Two mighty positive groovers – pressed up here on a limited 45 from Japan! "Our Time Is Coming" is a soaring clubby cut from Roy Ayers – with rhythms that move quick, but which have a righteous message from Roy and the group – plus sweet keyboard fills in the middle! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1969. New Copy (pic cover)
A fantastic little record – some of the earliest funk work we've ever heard from the legendary Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – featured here on two tracks for the soundtrack of Snake Hip! First up is "On The Corner" – a tune that's got lots of heavy electric piano in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Eros + Massacre
Columbia/Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1970. New Copy (pic cover)
Really dark soundtrack material from early 70s Japan – a cool 7" EP that almost has the depth of a full album! Side one features three shorter tracks – each with titles in Japanese – and the instrumentation is a mix of rootsy drums and flute lines, plus these sweeter strings ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tamla/Third Man, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Great work from one of Motown's first big male soul singers! "Let's Rock" is a romping number – almost R&B, and with a rough-edged production tip that definitely keeps its edge – and "Do The Very Best You Can" is a great blue soul number – slow-moving, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tamla/Third Man, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
A great one from the early days of The Supremes – much more gritty than the polished soul of the trio's famous years – with this excellent R&B vibe at the bottom, and a shouted vocal that's nice and raw, and which really fits the popcorn lyric of the tune! "Who's Loving ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Harambe/Liverpool
Afro 7 (Finland), Mid 60s. New Copy
Two sweet cuts from mid 60s Mombassa – both very different, and both very groovy! "Harambe" has this vamping vibe that's topped with ultra-cool work on some unusual keyboard, which serves up a great solo over the tune's mix of riffing guitar and congas in the rhythms – as ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Walls That Separate Our Love/This Man's Arms
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy
Two deep soul cuts from this seminal Atlanta talents! "Walls That Separate Our Love" is a slow-burner from John Edwards – a tune that's sweetened with strings at the start, but which soon has Edwards reminding us that he's a hell of a vocalist in the best southern soul mode! " ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), 1982. New Copy
A sweet sexy groover – one that almost feels like a French language version of "Pillow Talk"! Wilma Dias speaks in a very sultry way over the clubby grooves of "La Massagiste" – a tune which then glides along in a sweet 70s soul style when the chorus comes in – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funk Night, 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
This single is the first time we've ever seen a picture of the Soul Surfers – and despite their slightly goofy look, they're every bit as funky as on their other massive 45s! This number's got wicked funky drums at the start, a cool dipping bassline, and a cool intertwining of fuzzy guitar ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funk Night, 2017. New Copy
Romping drums and burning Hammond organ – a mighty nice combination, and one that pushes "Pick & Shovel" out of the gate with a strong vibe right from the start! There's a great solo in the middle, too – organ that maybe recalls the work of Alan Hawkshaw at times, but ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
"Coming Home" is a warmly funky groove from the great Lee Fields – a cut that seems to equally balance deep soul and sweet soul modes, as Lee himself has been doing on the best of his recent work! There's a great flow to the electric side of the instrumentation – which is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Never Be Another You/Lover Man
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
A fantastic cut from Lee Fields – one that begins with almost a Timmy Thomas-style drum machine beat on the intro – then adds in this weeping piano, ala Hi Records, and really blossoms when Lee's deep soul vocals come into play! The flipside features "Lover Man" – a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tearz/Verbal Intercourse
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
The label says El Michels, but the record also features vocals from Lee Fields & The Shacks – singing in this slow-stepping harmony chorus that often gives way more strongly to the instrumentation – in a moody, late nite funk approach that's one of the finest moments in the El ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, Mid 60s. New Copy
Raw harmony heaven! "Get Hip To Yourself" has just a bit of riffing guitar to get things going – a slight rhythm that's quickly taken over by the vocals of the group – singing in this mode that's formatted like old street corner soul, but has much more of a 60s quality ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fraternity, 2017. New Copy
A newly-reformed version of 70s funk legends Manzel – but one that hits with all the hard, raw power of the group on their vintage funky 45s! "High & Tight" comes on strong with this nicely overblown keyboard over the beats – setting up this freaky little groove that ... 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
Athens Of The North (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
That's "Sparkels", not Sparkles – a great girl group who sound fantastic on this rare 60s single – a tune that's got this slow-stepping groove that really seems to open up the incredible vocals of the female lead singer, with almost an Exciters sort of mix of the raw and sweet! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tramp (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy
A sweet bit of boogie funk from Reunion – a group who sound like they could have been a blue-eyed AOR combo with a bit more production, but who work here more as a gritty funk group overall! Rhythms are fast, horns are tight, but the vocals have a nice sense of wobble that offsets things ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fence Walk/Funky Resurgencegato
Big Crown, Early 70s. New Copy
A great funky remake of the Mandrill tune "Fence Walk" – done in a sharp-stepping vibe that's as strong as the original, but with some nice variations too – and maybe a bit rawer approach on the instrumentation, as well as a sweet fuzzy guitar solo too! The flipside is a Bay ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Respect/Until You Come Back To Me (2017 Black Friday Release)
Atlantic, 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
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Get It On/You Can Be
Athens Of The North (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Rare funk by this upper Midwest combo – two tracks never issued back in the day! "Get It On" has this very groovy vibe – funky, but round and warm too – with these vocals from the groove that feel as collaborative as their superb instrumentation! "You Can Be" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
Great electro boogie from Aaron Broomfield – a tune that mixes drum machine beats and a warmer bassline at the start, then lets this moogy keyboard line snake through the groove and really tie things together! There's no vocals at all just interplay between all the sweet electric ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A rare clubby groover from Benita Aterberry – a tune that's got this really powerful, upbeat sort of vibe – and a lyrical message that really matches its uplifting groove! Benita's a hell of a singer – and the tune's got this gospel-drenched piano topped with horns – all in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Scorpio Walk/Message Of Love
Timmion (Finland), 2018. New Copy
A great little theme song for Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators – a groove that's got all the biting 70s funk elements you might guess from the "Scorpio" name – but at a pace that's kind of a fast-walking sort of groove! There's fuzzy bassline that chugs along in a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funk Music Unlimited, 1973. New Copy
The group may be named Living Funk, but "Fools Love" is a great bit of mellow sweet soul – a tune that moves at a slow pace that really lets the vocals unfold in a heartbreaking kind of way! The funk returns on the flipside – as "Silver Black Summer Day" has loads ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Bufo Bufo/Bystreet
Funk Night, 2018. New Copy
"Bufo Bufo" starts with lots of tightly fast bass – bumping over and over again in a very hypnotic way, before a fuzzier guitar comes into the mix and wigs things out in a way that's slightly trippy – but still every bit as funky as we'd expect from this excellent group! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated May 20, 2018


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