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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!


Ain't That A Groove/Understand Each Other
P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A deep groove from Lou Ragland and Hot Chocolate – the mighty "Ain't That A Groove" – a tune that provides the own answer to its question! The whole thing's got this deep, righteous approach to funk – somewhere in the same territory as Norman Whitfield with the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Itching/Get Down On It
P-Vine (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Freddie Terrell does plenty of scratching at the start of "Itching" – some sort of weird percussion instrument that sets the pace for the groove, as guitar, bass, and this great horn arrangement all roll in to make things mighty warm and jazzy! There's some great instrumental solos ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Breakin Bread/Dinked, 2000. New Copy (reissue)
The Rob Life remix of the mighty early single by Quantic – with a raw funky beat, unshakable bass groove and effective bit of sampled vocals – building in intensity as it goes! "Fresh Rhythm" is another great bit of sample funk on the flip. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Transistor Sound, 2018. New Copy
A sweet couple modern soul tunes by The Sentiments! "What's So Good About Saying Goodbye" has production vibe that reminds us a bit of Adrian Younge's productions, the way it gives a nod to echoey old school atmosphere, but it's ultimately got a contemporary vibe. Good stuff! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Transistor Sound, 2018. New Copy
A nice little Afro Funk style jam from The So-Ons – representing the LA, with an early for African percussion & rhythms! "Tej" cooks over a steady rhythm, horns and a really nice spindly guitar groove. "Short Shrift" carries a similar path of the other side, but the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Common Good, 2018. New Copy
A nice little 7-inch EP of drum breaks by Jake Najor of Surefire Soul Ensemble! Raw drum breaks from a modern funky drums guru – 4 per side and the titles include " Thirteen", "Nine", "Five", "Two", "Costaliving", "Guantanamo" and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Nutty (parts 1 & 2)
Gearbox, 1963. New Copy (pic cover)
A never-issued performance of this classic tune from the Thelonious Monk songbook – recorded for Danish Radio in 1963, and played by the legendary quartet that featured Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, John Ore on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums! The quality is right up there with some of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
F Spot, 2018. New Copy
A furiously funky couple of jams by underground LA jazz funk trio The White Blinds! "Get To Steppin" comes storming out of the gates with some of the most hard-charging organ funk and heavy drums we've heard in a while. "Blinded" takes a more measured approach, this one with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
100 Days 100 Nights (parts 1 & 2)
Lugnut Brand, 2018. New Copy
A sweet instrumental take on the Sharon Jones classic – one that serves up plenty of Hammond organ in place of the vocals, and a groove that's got all the boogaloo soul style you'd guess from the name of the combo! There's lots of heavy conga in the rhythms, and the horns swell and rise to ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Alan Pozzer/Mugu Chase
Lugnut Brand, 2018. New Copy
Some very funky Princes of Nigeria – stepping out here on the mighty "Alan Pozzer" – a tune that feels as if it packs all the energy of a longer Afro Funk jam into the space of a funky 45! Rhythms are riffingly tight, the tune's got great horns, and lyrics are by an ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Whatcha Doing To Me/Strike Three
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
A compelling cut from the late Charles Bradley – a track that's got a vibe that's maybe more rocksteady than some of the other work you may know from the deep soul singer – this great Jamaican vibe that seems to unlock a whole new side of his talents! "Strike Three" follows ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy
There's a fantastic rumbling groove on "One Way Love" – this darkly funky sound that has piano folded into bass folded into drums – all to pave the way for these blasting horns that help keep the badass vocals of Hank Hodge soaring in the skies! "Thank You Girl" is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
I'm A Woman
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy
A very cool take on the tune first made famous by Peggy Lee – done here in a mode that's equally jazzy, but a bit offbeat too! The vocals and rhythms criss-cross in this interesting way – and there's some odd instrument on the chorus, maybe a melodica – which is offset by a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Strictly Rhythm/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy
A nice smooth house track from Strictly Rhythm's salad days, with a nicely bouncing bassline – and one that was HUGE here in Chicago! There's this really moody keyboard line at the start – before the beats pump up and the vocals really get fantastic! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Strictly Rhythm/Get On Down, 1993. New Copy
A mighty nice track from Louie Vega – one that begins with this snapping, crackling beats, intercut with a wicked moody bassline – as soulful vocals kind of explode over the top! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
An interesting little single – one that definitely lives up to the Tropical Diaspora label's name – given all the many elements moving together in the grooves! "Guatemaya" was recorded in Belize, but has this slow-stepping groove that's almost mellow cumbia – but ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy
Spacey club grooves from Family Of Geniuses! "Let's Not Start Fight" is laced with lively beats, bass and synth on the instrumental side and works really well on that tip alone before going to an even higher level thanks to some soulful vocals. Their cover of Star Creatures label mate E ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Joog With Me/Old School
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy
A legendary name for deeper digging, late era Chicago disco connoisseurs – back in action with a couple tracks on the city's increasingly excellent Star Creature label! "Joog With Me" has for a modern electro funk vibe courtesy Liquid Pegasus that's a perfect foil for Donnell's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Unathi/Zaharila
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
The cover's a bit unusual for a single by El Michels Affair, and the music is too – especially given that group here work with singer Piya Malik – whose entrancing vocals really bring a new sound to their groove! "Unathi" has some elements that are in the familiar El Michel's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Mary Jane/Horseman
Mixto, 2016. New Copy
The Breakdown Brass take on Rick James' "Mary Jane" – turning the whole cut into a horn-heavy instrumental, with a groove that's more 70s funk than the vintage of Rick's original tune! The whole thing comes off great – the horns really hold onto the hook – and the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soundway (UK), 1960s. New Copy (pic cover)
A killer couple of funky calypso numbers from Trinidad's legendary Andre Tanker on Soundway 45! "River Come Down" is an incredible number that demonstrates very well the open creativity and innovative styles that Tanker specialized in. Funky percussion, Caribbean rhythms and passionate ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trax/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
An undeniable acid house classic with enough bouncing 909 bassline and 808 handclaps to keep you moving all night long! One of the essential mid 80s Trax releases. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trax/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
A soulful classic from Chicago! "Move Your Body" is a wonderful house tune – one with a warmer groove than usual, and vocals that really drive the track in a great way alongside the relentless and infectious piano line. Mixed by Chicago legend Ron Hardy, this track needs no ... 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
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
Fat Beats, 2017. New Copy
There's a great fuzzy groove going on here – maybe a bit more distorted than the usual Brownout sound – but still equally funky! "Evolver" has this lyric and an overall vibe that maybe places it in the territory of War during their glory days – and "Things You ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy (reissue)
Coke Escovedo always warms our heart with his 70s classic "I Wouldn't Change A Thing" – an amazing track that has a funky fusion flavor and almost a Larry Mizell-styled groove – compressed keyboards and guitar riffing away beautifully next to Coke's conga lines – all ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Outta Sight (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy
Two rare ones from the early 70s years of Nolan Porter – a time when he was one of the most unusual soul singers around! "Keep On Keeping On" comes on strong with a romping rhythm and this weird, almost watery wah wah guitar line – almost mixing Northern Soul with a more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. New Copy
A killer single – if only for the b-side! Gwen's version of "Keep The Fire Burning" is fine – but the real winner here is the killer "Funky Sensation" – a snapping little 80s groover that's one of her best cuts ever! The track's a legend – with a big ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Nhu Djon/Volta Pa Terra
Ostinato (UK), 2018. New Copy
A fiercely percussive couple of tracks by Conjunto Jovens Africanos – a group with roots in Sao Tome and fuses raw rhythms with spacey synth and electric guitar! "Nhu Djon" blazes from beginning to end, and such an incredible blend of Afro Latin vocals and rhythms with more cosmic ... 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
Stroll (pts 1 & 2)
Daptone, 2009. New Copy
An uptempo funk gem from Binky Griptite – guitarist for the Dap-Kings, so you know he has true school funk & soul in his blood, but he's also a pretty effective vocalist – totally driving it home on "The Stroll"! "The Stroll" is straight up, unambiguously about ... 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
He's On Time/Wash Me Lord
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
A contemporary gospel group, but one that reminds us of those really cool spiritual acts from the New York scene at the 70s – when gospel styles were blending with soul, and coming up with a very righteous new style in the process! "He's On Time" is upbeat, funky, and fantastic ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Strut/Electrifying Woman
Funk Night, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
The mighty Coko joins the Misha Panlov combo – for a single that might well be one of the group's heaviest to date! Coko really blasts out of the gate – almost calling out the action of the combo more than just singing soul – while Misha provides plenty of fuzz and funk, in that ... 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
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
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
No Answer
Colemine, 2010. New Copy
A split single from a pair of the sharp neo classic funk combos on the Colemine label – the Afro funk steeped Brooklyn crew Ikebe Shakedown and midwestern raw funk revivalists The Jive Turkeys – each taking a turn on the Ikebe Shaketown cut "No Answer"! Ikebe Shakedown's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Gimme My Wife/Ease My Mind (Part 1)
Preservation Project, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Two heavy funk tracks from the trippiest days of the genre – both of them previously unreleased, and with a nice degree of psychedelic influence in the mix! "Gimme My Wife" has almost an early Funkadelic rhythm – cyclical in a great way, with fuzzy guitar riffing around the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Afro 7 (Estonia), 2018. New Copy
New sounds from Nigeria – a fantastically powerful single from Etuk Ubong! "Black Debtors" builds with this swirl of organ underneath very lively percussion – peppered with horns, then topped with fast-moving vocals that really send the whole thing home – all with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Devil Go/Jesu Kristo
Afro 7 (Estonia), 1976. New Copy
Two rare tracks from Nairobi, circa 1976 – raw little numbers that might well be dubbed their own genre of "garage gospel"! "Devil Go" has a spiritual message, but is delivered with a romping groove and this really fuzzy guitar – leaping along like some Cramps-like ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Basement Beat (parts 1 & 2)
Sunflower Soul, 2018. New Copy
Timeless funky jazz organ grooves from Chris Hazleton's Boogaloo 7! "Basement Beat" deserves to come up out of the dank, dark subterranean atmosphere for some surface play, it's a winner on both sides! Part 1 storms right out of the gate with Hazleton on the B-3, heavy drums and fierce ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Brother (UK), 1980. New Copy
A stunning clubby masterpiece – one of the most soulful singles to come from the P&P studios, and a killer groove with some really wonderful vocals! The track moves along at a slightly mellower clip than the usual P&P groove – a sweet skipping midtempo groove that's flecked ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1977. New Copy (pic cover)
Two sweet funky tracks from the soundtrack to the Italo sex classic Emanuelle Perche Violenza Alle Donne – served up here on a mighty cool pic sleeve 45! "Eternal Anguish" has these cyclic rhythms with a bit of tribal percussion – topped by a swirling flute line that creates ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Summertime/Nothing
Papi, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
"Summertime" is a wonderful little tune – tripping beats with lightly tinkling piano – almost sounding like an update of some late 60s Brunswick Soul production, but fit more perfectly with the dreamy vocals of Kendra Morris! "Nothing" has this romping little groove ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1972. New Copy
Early solo work from Patti Austin – rare material cut for Columbia Records before her late 70s fame! "Are We Ready For Love" soars out of the gate at a level that's almost Northern Soul, but with perhaps a bit more of a righteous undercurrent – which Patti definitely picks up ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Sundown/Whole Lotta Something
Kent (UK), Early/Mid 60s. New Copy
The Merced Blue Notes were one of the hippest groups working on the Cali scene of the 60s – a cooking combo who had the grit of the R&B club generation, but fused their music with more elements of 60s soul! Both of these numbers are stone stormers that must have really tore up the floor ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Sidney/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy (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
 
Updated July 21, 2018


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