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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!


Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. New Copy (pic cover)
Two beautiful little songs from the Moomins animated series – one of them issued here for the first time ever! "Woodland Band (parade)" is a gentle number with a sweet flute line over this guitar part that moves up and down in a way that's lightly resonating – before opening ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1970. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the funkiest tracks from the Italian film version of Dorian Gray – both real standouts in a store that was mostly moody and spooky overall! The movie was titled Il Dio Chaimato Dorian – and really shines with "Rito A Los Angeles", a tune with heavy romping drums and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Atlantic, 1968. New Copy 4X7inch
The cover may look a bit scientific – but the music is plenty soulful throughout – a package that brings together four key singles from that momentous musical year of 1968 – a time when Aretha Franklin was really finding her sound at Atlantic Records! The music here represents ... 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
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A fantastic bit of modern soul – a rare Polydor single from the start of the 80s – but one that we'd put next to some of our favorite mellow soul groovers from the decade before! "Stay With Me" has a vibe that's almost Roy Ayers – midtempo, and funky stepping – a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Polydor/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1971. New Copy 2 x 7 inch Gatefold (pic cover, reissue)
A special four track, double 7" version of work from He's Coming – one of the rarest and greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – really the beginning of the funk years from Roy Ayers Ubiquity! This one's a totally solid mix of soulful jazz, jazzy soul and righteous funk – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mario Molina with Edda Dell'Orso

Ash/Gli Angeli Del 2000
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy
Two of the grooviest tracks from the soundtrack to Gli Angeli Del 2000 – one of the best musical moments from Mario Molina! Edda Dell'Orso sings in the lead on "Ash" – but the tune is funky, and Edda's actually singing real lyrics – not the wordless vocalizations she ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Masao Yagi & Toshiro Mayuzumi

Good-Bye Moscow EP
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1967. New Copy (pic cover)
A great Japanese jazz soundtrack from the late 60s – as full of feeling and creative inspiration as some of the best French jazz scores of the New Wave! The tunes here mostly stand out as strong jazz numbers on their own – although there are a few shorter, more introspective or scene-se ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Durul Gence

Black Cat/Boo Song
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. New Copy (pic cover)
"Black Cat" is a groovy little tune from Turkish rocker Durul Gence – maybe slightly more Anglo-styled than music from some of his contemporaries, but in a really great way! Lyrics are in English, and the tune's got this great groove that mixes acoustic guitar and fuzz with plenty ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Brussels Art Quintet

Vas-Y Voir/Four Paul S
Cacophonic (UK), 1969. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool group from the Belgian jazz scene of the 60s – one we've never heard before, but who we'll definitely be looking for after hearing this single! The lineup features the great Babs Robert on tenor, with Daniel Max Schellekens on guitar, Jean-Pierre Destree on vibes, Marial Van ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Vicious Seeds

Get High Sofa/Waffleman
Funk Night, 2019. New Copy
Fast-riffing guitar sets up this groove nicely, and drums follow suit – moving the whole thing at a tight clip that's emphasized once congas come into the mix – while a wah wah guitar line solos over the top! "Waffleman" has heavier drums and an even funkier vibe – kind ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Two groovers from Westbound Records club act CJ & Co – both produced by the team of Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey! "Rainmaker" is upbeat and funky – with strings soaring along with the horns – all matched by the group's great vocal interplay, which is as sharp ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Nature Sounds, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
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

Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band

Apache/Bongo Rock
Ubiquity, 2012/2020. New Copy (pic cover)
That's the Incredible Tabla Band, not the Incredible Bongo Band – a very cool project by Shawn Lee that takes off on the famous bongo-led funk act of the 70s! Both cuts here are remakes of famous funk tunes by the IBB – and sound almost exactly like the originals right down at the core ... 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

Sami Linna Quartet

Mode For Tomorrow/Umoya
Timmion, 2019. New Copy
A gem of a record from Finnish guitarist Sami Linna – just a 45, but one that feels like it's got the depth of a full album! "Mode For Tomorrow" is this beautifully building tune with a mix of modal and spiritual energy – infused with organ by Mikko Heleva, and given this ... 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
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
These guys are a great little vocal group from the glory days of Brunswick. They never cut a full LP, but this is an excellent little single that's got two great sides. "Sweetest Thing" is a nice loping groover – a bit like work by The Artistics, with a similar flair for a hook. ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Colemine, 2020. New Copy
Renaldo Domino only cut a handful of singles for Twinight Records back in the day – but he's back in perfect formation here, and really sounding wonderful – with a heartbreaking vocal that crackles nicely over the soaring arrangements of "Laggin & Draggin"! "Give Up ... 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
Four Flies (Italy), 1980. New Copy (pic cover)
Three great tracks from this later soundtrack by 70s maestro Stelvio Ciprani – all of them pretty darn wonderful! The "sequence 1" variation has this slow-building mix of percussion that's nicely exotic, but touched with some of the warmth of Stelvio's more famous crime and erotic ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
CAM/Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The great title track to one of the best scores from Italian maestro Stelvio Cipriani – a tune that bursts out with funky drums that kick into soaring orchestrations, topped by this wicked female vocal from Olympia – whose singing style is as vibrant as the instrumentation! Edda Dell'Or ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Brother (UK), 1976. New Copy
A lost modern soul classic! Although Barbara Lynn had some big hits in the 60s, "Movin On A Groove" is a sweet 70s number that's been in demand for years – and which has a hook and a groove that just don't quit! "Disco Music" is great, too – sounds a bit like some ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) feat Cee-Lo & Tony Toni Tone

Get The Money/Own Thing (2019 Black Friday Release)
Funk On Sight, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trojan (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 10 x 7 inch box set
A host of killer cuts from the legendary Trojan Records – all pulled together here in a very limited box set! The package features songs chosen by Paul Smiler Anderson and Mark Baxter in tandem with their book on UK skinhead culture – a working class underground that rose up in the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Atlantic, 1967. New Copy 5 x 7 inch set (reissue)
A wonderful document of a crucial year in the life of Aretha Franklin – 1967, the year in which she really found her wings, and took off in the company of Atlantic Records! Atlantic really helped Aretha find just the right sort of setting for her magnificent vocals – kind of a more ... 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
MGM/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two fantastic tracks from Lexia – issued here on a limited Japanese 45! "Good Morning To You" is one of the hallmark tracks from the trio – this quick-romping number with jazzy piano and bass at the core – topped with a positive female lead vocal, which soars even more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Claudio Tallino

Spell/M23
Sonor (Italy), 1977. New Copy (pic cover)
Two funky tracks from this rare Italian soundtrack! "Spell" has tight drums, a fast bassline, and this bold guitar line that echoes out almost with a western sort of vibe – but much funkier overall – especially when it gets a bit fuzzy in the middle! "M23" has a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Hideo Shiraki & Takeshi Inomata

Stormy Man EP
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1957. New Copy (pic cover)
A rare soundtrack session from Japanese jazz legend Hideo Shiraki – maybe one of the earliest recordings we've ever seen from the drummer – and one that also features work from pianist Takeshi Inomata and saxophonist Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto as well! The cover's somewhat ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Toshiro Mayuzumi

Beast Must Die EP
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1959. New Copy (pic cover)
A tense crime soundtrack from Japan – served up in a host of shorter tracks with a really evocative feel! There's a definite jazz bent to some of the music, but given the brevity of the tunes, most numbers don't have standout solos – just strong use of key sonic elements in a really ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1970. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)
A beautiful 2 X 7-inch EP featuring standout tracks from Roy Budd's legendary Get Carter soundtrack – maybe the greatest work ever from the Brit soundtrack genius! The main theme is a stunner – moody keyboards, slow funky bassline, and some totally cool tablas – rounding out the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1977. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)
A great little package, and one that features four of the most-remembered tracks from the legendary first album by James Mason! "Sweet Power" has a spacey club groove that's just great – and "Free" is every bit as fantastic, with a soaring, righteous sort of quality! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Polydor/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)
A totally cool little record – a double 7" single that brings together 4 of the best tracks from the Coffy soundtrack of the 70s – that fantastic blacksplitation film that was Roy Ayers' entry into the genre! All the tracks are great – from the catchy funky soul of the theme ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Wales Wallace/Johnny Howard

That Ain't The Way/The Chase Is On
Bashie/Solid (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Two rare Chicago soul tracks – both produced by Willie Henderson! "That Ain't The Way" is brilliant – a tune that begins with this bouncing, soulful groove – perfect Chi-soul from the late 60s – and which is topped by these incredible vocals from Wales Wallace ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, & Others

Bad Girl Yoko EP
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1966. New Copy (pic cover)
A totally cool Japanese soundtrack from the 60s – one that's as much of a jazz album as it is a film score! The group features saxes from Sadao Watanabe and trumpet from Terumasa Hino – part of a lineup that would already make the music sound great on paper, although it's even better ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Daniele Patucchi

La Dimostrazione/Elikiller
Four Flies (Italy), 1974. New Copy
Two rare soundtrack grooves from Daniele Patucchi – both pretty darn funky! "La Dimostrazione" has this great combination of funky drums and really dark piano – kind of brooding while the drums roll along – then giving way to this starker passage that has stepping ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Beat/Dagored (Italy), 1974. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Wild work from Ennio Morricone – and not usually the kind of track you'd expect to find on a 7" single! "Il Buio" has all these fast-moving, really sinister violins at the start – almost raging like a swarm of angry hornets – before mellowing out about halfway ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
Two catchy female French numbers – back to back on a single 45! "Dumbarada" has this leaping, loping style – topped with sing-song vocals that romp along with a bit of horns! "C'est L"Amour C'est La Vie" is even more unusual – sweet groovy pop at one ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Piero Montanari/Roberto Conrado

Properly/Acromatic
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy
"Properly" has these really fast drums right from the start – maybe electronic, maybe not – although the rest of the groove has a sweet electric vibe – kind of moogy elements that move up and down the scale to match the funkiness of the tune, cut up by a nice bit of ... 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

DJ Center feat Akoya Afrobeat

Dem Say Ah (Akoya Re-Rub, 7 inch edit)
Push The Fader, 2014/2019. New Copy
A great collaboration between DJ Center and Akyoa Afrobeat Project – one that takes the Afro Funk group into some great new territory! The vibe here still echoes the classic modes of Akyoa's other records, but also adds in some slight clubby touches too – focusing a bit more on the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Blue Note/Universal (Japan), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
A wonderful reimagining of the music of Thelonious Monk – one that's done in a melange of jazz and contemporary elements – in a style that's very similar to the time that Madlib visited Blue Note over a decade ago! As with that set, there's a real 21st Century vibe here – a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Edith Moreno/Helen Hollins Singers

Get Ready For Judgement Day/He Gave It To Me
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Edith Moreno really soars in the lead here – making "Judgement Day" a mighty gospel groover – working with strong backup singers, fast-riffing guitar, and a groove that's a lot funkier than you might expect – a fantastic mix of spiritual message and soulful clubby ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Famous Ward Singers/Jessy Dixon

I'm Getting Richer/Wade In The Water
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), 1960. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two gospel gems – back to back on a single 45! "I'm Getting Richer" is this beautiful tune that has a spare vamping rhythm, peppered with just the right use of jazzy organ – all to set the tone for a superbly soulful lead vocal from Clara Ward! The great Jessy Dixon is on ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Cordial (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A wicked groove from this 70s Oakland combo – one that begins with fast-riffing guitar before really opening up and sounding beautiful – glowing with a flow that comes from the way the group put their vocals together – all with a personal message of hope that never gets in the way ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Nat Birchall

Obeah Man/Seeking
Jazzman (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A fantastic track from the great Nat Birchall – a number that bounds right out of the gate with a modal rhythm that's completely wonderful – then really takes on a strong, soulful shape when Nat soars out on a soprano saxophone solo! "Seeking" has a different groove – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Musicor/Outta Sight (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A great early gem from Lee Moses – recorded for the Musicor label, and with a sound that's maybe even more put-together than some of Lee's later work! Those raw, raspy Moses vocals are still very much in place – but they're backed with this great combination of jangly guitar, rough ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated March 29, 2020


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