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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!


Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Not the freaky fuzz you'd usually expect from a record issued under a Sonics name – as this cut's got more of a brown-eyed soul sort of style – with easygoing vocals, and a sweet organ line to underscore the blueness of the tune! "Spooky" is great too – a remake of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
The Lively Set take on "Blues Get Off" with a great 60s Texas vibe – fast drums, tight horns, and a soaringly soulful vocal that hardly fits the blue theme of the lyric! Three Dudes are nice and funky on the flipside – working some fast-riffing guitar all the way through ... 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
Old Maid, 2018. New Copy
The machine here is mighty mean – and plenty lean, too – given that the cut just features funky drums, riffing guitar, bubbling bass, and lots of sweet organ! Things are pretty spare, but that's part of the charm – and a similar vibe is repeated on the flipside – but with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
There's some sweet 80s basswork on this one – that kind of dipping pedal groove that's peppered with plenty of keyboards – all making for this bright, crackling sound that gets plenty of deeper soul elements from Bobby Boyd's vocals! Lots of percussion kicks off "Girl I Like ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Two rare groovers from Bobby Boyd! "Love Goddess" has this great sort of building vibe at the start – a bit like the way the "Shaft" theme rolls in, but totally different too – especially when Bobby hits the great lyric in the lead! "Good News" is as ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A warm modern soul groove with plenty of charm – the kind of tune that's well put-together but never too smooth! There's a perfect sensibility to the whole thing – lightly funky rhythms, jazzy horns, and riffing guitar – all setting up the hook beautifully before the vocals come ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Where Will I Go/Always
Athens Of The North (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Sweet mellow soul from this hip female group – one who always seemed to sound better the slower they went! That's definitely the case on "Where Will I Go", this beautiful mellow cut that has a slow-building rhythm that really works with the vocals – as the girls criss-cross ... 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
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
Soul Brother (UK), 1971. New Copy
One of the best-remembered tunes from this Curtom funk legend – a track that begins witht his famous break made from drums and fluttering flute – then rolls into a super-righteous lyric that's delivered with all the majesty that Baby Huey had to offer! "Listen To Me" is also ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy
A massive jam from Keni Burke – easily his greatest tune ever, and the kind of track we'd hardly have imagined back when he was a little tyke in the Five Stairsteps! The track's got a thumping, stomping kind of groove that really gets going from the start – and the vocal hook is a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy
"God Make Me Funky" is easily the best cut ever by The Headhunters – a killer long jazz funk groove, one that begins with drums that have inspired a generation of DJs, and which have made the track in-demand for years! 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
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
Don't Back Down (vocal, inst)
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy
Compelling dancefloor beats, cosmic synth atmosphere, funky bass grooves and soul-steeped vocals – all things we love – and we're loving the neo-classic club grooves on the Star Creature label more and more! Ourra & Andre Espeut make 80s-inspired grooves fresh again, not skimping ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Supermoon/The Ally
Colemine, 2017. New Copy
Two funky gems from Ikebe Shakedown – both showcasing the group at their best! "Supermoon" starts out like an Afro Funk jam, but has an internal complexity that rivals classic Lalo Schifrin soundtrack work – and somewhere in the middle, there's also this weird noisy guitar ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Limbo/Sidewinder
Columbia (Japan), 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Akira Ishikawa does a wonderful job here with the Booker T & The MGs classic "Soul Limbo" – serving up the tune with even more dynamic energy than the Stax Records original – including some killer percussion (timbales?) that really makes the larger horns leap! The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
A great version of the classic Cher tune – one that takes the "Bang Bang" lyric into much more sinister territory, thanks in part to the dark funky vibes of The Monophonics – and thanks in part to the male vocalist, which really changes up the song! "Thinking Black" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Smile/Tuck N Roll
Colemine, 2015. New Copy
"Smile" has this nicely heavy bottom – drums that almost come on with the power of a contemporary beat, which really underscores the deep soul vocals of Durand Jones – a singer with almost a Lee Fields approach to the music! "Tuck N Roll" is funky too – but ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Firewalker/Chalupa
Colemine, 2012. New Copy
Fast guitar steps out quick on "Firewalker" – setting a groove that's followed by fast congas and some heavy riffing horns – all burning together with just the right sort of intensity you'd guess from the group's name! "Chalupa" continues with a sweet tropical ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Colemine, 2012. New Copy
A killer – and one of those tunes you'd swear you heard back in the day – but which is even greater given that it's a contemporary recording! There's a bursting power to "Comencemos" that almost feels like "Jungle Boogie"-era Kool & The Gang – a way of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Like This (house mix, DDD dub)
BBE (UK), 1985. New Copy
A real classic from Chip E – maybe not always the strongest of the early Chicago house music pioneers, but a great talent here – with a wonderfully soulful vibe! Female lead vocals make the tune a fuller, richer one than it might be from just the stark handclap beats and basslines ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
"Black Moon Rising" is a tune that seems to really live up to its title – with these slow funky drums that break on the intro – then roll into these bad-stepping keyboard lines that support the lead vocals and really let them flow! There's a similar sort of energy on "Fir ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Soulphonics, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
A loud, proud tune from Ruby Velle – and one that's also got some great backing vocals from a trio that includes the lovely Chantae Cann! The track's got this almost-dark edge, and feels like one of the more powerful tracks we've ever heard from Ruby – and it's backed here by "Love ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Warning/Jump Off
Soul Messin', 2018. New Copy
A walloping blast of Aussie Hammond soul from Cooking On 3 Burners! "Warning" cooks for sure, with flavored with raw drums some bold and sultry vocals by guest singer Kaiit. Jump about is hard charging instrumental stormer on the other side. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Breathin’ Hard (Over You)/Return the Favor
Dala, 2018. New Copy
The Soulful Saints provide this gentle swing behind the vocals of Camellia Hartman – almost a 60s two-step sort of groove, which really fits the lighter style of Hartman – which we really appreciate in a world that's sometimes too full of over-belting soul singers! "Return The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Finders Keepers (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
You might know the DeAngelis name from other funky Italian work of the 70s – thanks to the soundtrack genius of Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis – but this DeAngelis is their sister Emma, who had a much shorter career – but one that was equally groovy overall! The set begins with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funky Nassau/I'm A Man
Columbia (Japan), 1972. New Copy (pic cover)
A very different version of "Funky Nassau" than the hit by Beginning Of The End – one that begins, oddly, with the sound of an auto race – then rolls into fast percussion with lots of conga on the top, and some mighty soulful horn work by the Tokyo Cuban Boys! There's a sweet ... 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
Judgement (parts 1 & 2)
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
These guys always serve up the goods – but this time around, they seem to be even sharper than usual in their own style of funky soul – with vocals that hit almost a Ricky Calloway sort of edge, and razor-sharp backing from the band – and more than enough energy to keep things ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Family Groove, Early 80s. New Copy
A soaring modern soul tune from The Pretenders – not the famous Ohio Rock group, but an obscure soul act who do a wonderful job of harmonizing along with the groove! "Just Be Yourself" is an uptempo message cut that's totally great – in the more righteous side of the disco ... 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
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
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
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
Knife In Water
Polskie Nagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)
A seminal moment in Polish jazz – and in the soundtrack career of Krzystof Komeda, too! The rare EP features reedman Bernt Rosengren working with Komeda's trio – laying down amazing music from the film Knife In Water – but in a live performance from the the 1961 Jazz Jamboree ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Step Out Of The Dark/All Night Long
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy
Spacey club soul from DJ Friction's Ground Control project – and another win for Chicago's Star Creature label! "Step Out" has a great dancefloor-ready vibe from the opening bit of beats and synth groove, but once the vocals kick it goes to another level, thanks the soulful vocals ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
You & Me/Put A Smile On My Face
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
The first new songs from Durand Jones & The Indications in a couple years! "You & Me" kicks off with a raw soul guitar before the sweet vocals, deft harmonies and drums kick in and it settles into a natural deep soul gem reminiscient of some of the great rare indie soul singles of ... 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
My God Has A Telephone/Live On
Colemine, 2017. New Copy
The debut single from a new project led by Aaron Frazier of Durand Jones & The Indications – but a record that feels like it could have been lifted from an underground gospel catalog of the 70s! "My God Has A Telephone" has this great gentle funky groove – slow-stepping, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tiger Trot/Enter
Colemine, 2017. New Copy
That tiger's trotting at a mighty cool pace – a slow-funk groove that almost seems to have a touch of Ethio-exoticism in the horns – while the drums and guitar stay in more familiar funky territory overall! The guitar is even wilder on the flipside – as "Enter" has kind ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Colemine, 2014. New Copy
Debut single by Leroi Conroy – a producer on a number of singles on indie funk Colemine stable – getting an assist from members of Jive Turkeys, Jungle Fire, and The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble! "Remember When" is gritty little number instrumental that feels like a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
City Heights/Strollin Adams
Colemine, 2014. New Copy
A funky groove, but a warm one too – with this great guitar part that sets the whole thing up with some sweet colors over funky beats – which are then echoed by a mighty nice horn section too! The whole thing almost feels like a lost Archie Bell instrumental from "Tighten Up" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Maelstrom/Avalanche
Daptone, 2016. New Copy
A pair of aural psych funk severe weather events from the mighty Budos Band! "Maelstrom" kicks off with swirling bit of organ, presaging the funky onslaught to come – with soulful horn blasts and and impeccably rhythmic sensibility that keeps it from flying out of control. "Aval ... 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, 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
Let's Get Together (vocal, inst)
Timmion (Finland), 2018. New Copy
Sweet soul from Jonny Benavidez – a singer who's got a voice that takes us back to the late 60s era of work by Ralfi Pagan and Joe Bataan – and who comes across here in an equally heartbreaking mode! Cold Diamond & Mink provide some nicely stepping grooves in the background, warmed ... 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
 
Updated September 24, 2018


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