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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!


Giovanni Damico

Another DJ/Last Chance
Star Creature, 2019. New Copy
Modern club grooves with a classic synthy disco vibe from Giovanni Damico! "Another DJ" is a bit of an homage to "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" with breathy vocals, swirling synth and a thick rubbery bass groove. "Last Chance" is centered around the bass groove, synth ... 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
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
ABC/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two great tracks from the rare Bobby Hutton album on ABC – pressed up here as a special Japanese 45! "Can't Get Enough" has this warm glow that really lets Bobby's unique vocals flow – an obscure Terry Callier composition that really fits Hutton's approach! "Lend A ... 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

Ronnie McNeir & Instant Groove

My Baby/Hold On (2019 Record Store Day Release)
Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy
A rare 80s track from Detroit soul legend Ronnie McNeir – a very obscure recording with the Instant Groove combo – done in a sweet stepping modern soul mode! The tune's got a fantastic midtempo groove – and Ronnie's vocals flow out with a majesty we don't hear on his 70s records ... 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
Jazzman (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A limited single with two great spiritual tracks from saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – both issued here in special edits! "Golden Rule" is the title track from Grossmann's great album of the same name – and features Muriel blowing soprano sax in this long-flowing way that spins ... 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
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
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Rare material from the legendary Ramp – two tracks produced by Roy Ayers after the group's classic first album – issued here on a limited 7" single! "Old One Two" sounds like something that would have been right at home on Come Into Knowledge – a bumping groover ... 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
Ubiquity, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
The Soul Surfers take on the genius of late 70s Kool & The Gang – turning out their own version of "Summer Madness" – in a way that's every bit as stretched-out and mellow-tripping as the original! The two part number definitely makes the most of the extra space – ... 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

Durand Jones & The Indications

Morning In America/Cruisin' To The Park
Colemine, 2019. New Copy
A beautiful single from Durand Jones & The Indications – very righteous, with a slow-stepping funk current at the core, which lets Durand really soar with the message in the music! "Cruising To The Park" has a warmer, softer sort of glow – mellow soul, with harmony vocals ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy
Syl Foreman really belts it out of the park on "Before I Leave You" – a tune that's almost got Syl popping the microphone levels into the red, as he romps along with the jaunty guitar and organ in the groove! The tune's a bit deep soul, but funkier – and the drums really go ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mike & The Censations (Mike James Kirkland)

Don't Mess With Me/There Is Nothing I Can Do About It
Highland/Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Heavenly soul cut by Mike James Kirkland and his early soul group The Censations! "There Is Nothing" is a beautiful sweet soul ballad, with excellent harmonies – and "Don't Mess" is more of an uptempo number, with a good groove, and tight deep soul harmonies by Mike, as ... 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

Ray Camacho

Movin On/Si Si Puede
Luv N' Haight, Late 60s. New Copy
Funky west coast Latin from Ray Camacho – two excellent tunes, back to back! "Movin On" is an excellent groove with a bassline and percussion moving so fast, and so tightly together – it's hard to believe they're played by a combo – all peppered by horns, and sewn ... 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

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
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

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
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

Ugo Busoni/Gerardo Iacoucci

Rullio/Violenza
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Tight funky drums kick of "Rullio" – a wicked bit of sound library funk that has these really evil keyboards moving up and down – echoing a slasher horror edge, but with a lot more funk in the mix overall! "Violenza" has more great drums too – a bit more ... 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
Impulse/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two righteous tracks from Archie Shepp – served up here on a limited edition 45! "Attica Blues" might be the closest thing that Archie ever got to cutting a funk tune – thanks to some great wah-wah guitar in the groove – but the song also has a completely righteous ... 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
Finders Keepers (UK), 1983. New Copy (pic cover)
Very different work than usual for arranger/composer Jean Claude Vannier – not a slinky sexy soundtrack, but instead an all-acoustic set that features some fantastic jazzy touches – including work from saxophonist Philippe Mate, and vibes and percussion from Bernard Lubat! The 7" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Sly5thAve feat Jimetta Rose

Let Me Ride/Still DRE
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. New Copy
A pair of standouts from Sly5thAve's breezy, lightly orchestral takes on classic Dr Dre productions! "Still DRE" is one of the sweetest jams of all, taking flight on soulful stings, piano and flute, leading into terser, tighter grooves anchored by funky drums. Jimetta Rose's vocal and ... 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
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
Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy
Massive! Sylvia Striplin is one of the all time groove favorites – not just because she's been sampled to death, but also because she's got an amazingly captivating style of slinky soul. Roy Ayers, Jamez Bedford, and Sylvia put this single together – and both tracks are great, the two ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy
A hot slice of early 80s, post-disco soul produced by Roy Ayers! On "I Know You Care", Ethyl uses a sexy, breathy, Minnie Riperton kind of approach that accents the deep thumping bass, drums and claps, and the scratchy guitar very nicely! Overall the track has a bit poppier of a sound ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Little Johnny Hamilton

Apartment No 9/Cry Like A Baby
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Two deep soul burners from Little Johnny Hamilton – a singer whose sound is anything but small! "Apartment No 9" has a bassline that creeps up and down while Johnny belts out the tune – a really gut-wrenching lyric in the best southern soul tradition! "Cry Like A ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Two originally-unissued 60s soul tracks – back to back on a 45! "When The Boy That You Love" is a sweet stepper from Peggy Gaines – a track that has a nice slow swing in the groove, which sets up a bright sound that's perfect for Peggy's interpretation of the lyric – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Phillip Mitchell/Ray Godfrey

I'll See You In Hell First/I Ain't Giving Up
Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
A really unusual tune for the great Phillip Mitchell – as the cut has this righteous vibe that's almost more like Curtis Mayfield at Curtom Records – with heavy funk at the bottom, soaring strings on the top, and some really badass lyrics right down the middle! Ray Godfrey is on the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mighty Whites/Jacqueline Jones

Given My Life/A Frown On My Face
Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
We've never heard of the Mighty Whites, but they do a great job on "Given My Life" – a tune that has a cool guitar lick in the lead, then fills with funky horns over fast drums – all while a a warm soul vocal crests over the top! "A Frown On My Face" is equally ... 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
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

Muhavishla Ravi Hatchud & The Indo Jazz Following

Bombay Palace (parts 1 & 2)
Outernational (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet bit of Indo Jazz – but one that's quite different than the Joe Harriott experiments with the format in the 60s! Instead, this groove has more of a funky sitar feel – ala the Ravi Harris records from 20 years back – a tight funk combo with an electric sitar going all wild ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mel Torme/Solomon Burke

Coming Home Baby/Cry To Me
Outta Sight (UK), 1962. New Copy
A fantastic little number from Mel Torme – his hard-swinging, jazzed-up take on "Comin Home Baby" – a tune that's still maybe one of the most definitive vocal versions of the song! "Cry To Me" is one of the key calling cards of Solomon Burke in the 60s – a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Wand/Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
A cool one from Chuck Jackson – his take on the great theme song to the Matt Helm film "The Silencer" – but done in a romping soul style that's very different than the original! "Little By Little" is another upbeat number from Chuck – the kind of dancefloor ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

September Jones/Pied Piper Players

Chink A Chank Baby/That's What Love Is
Kent/Pied Piper (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy
Two rare tracks from Detroit's Pied Piper Productions! "Chink A Chank Baby" has soaring horns that match the upbeat grooves – and the vocals by September Jones really take off too – all with this Northern Soul mode that's very different than you might expect from the clunky ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated November 15, 2019


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