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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!


It Rains Love/Will I Get Off Easy
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy
A cracker from the legendary Lee Fields – a tune that takes things at a nicely easygoing pace in the rhythms, with loads of excellent El Michels production touches – which leaves Lee right out front to crackle the lyrics with a hell of a lot of charm! "Will I Get Off Easy" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Traveler's Prayer/Stepped Into The Light
Magnifreeq, 2017. New Copy
Funky soul from Phenomenal Hand Clap Band – a group who bring some nice 80s elements into their music, while still keeping things nice and warm overall! "Traveler's Prayer" almost feels like soulful fusion from The Crusaders generation – with a great female singer who comes ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Canto Negro/Cerbatana
Electric Cowbell, 2018. New Copy
A Spanish group, but one who draw inspiration from all over the globe – as they criss-cross Southern Hemisphere sounds from both sides of the Atlantic on "Canto Negro" – a tune that's got a nice sing/songy groove! "Cerbatana" is even deeper – a rich tune with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
Doug Shorts hits the Daptone label – bringing his 80s electro soul mode as a really fresh sound for the imprint! "Casual Encounter" may well be one of Doug's best tunes ever – grounded in these stepping bass pedal lines that are mighty nice – as his vocals crackle over ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
A debut solo single by Cochemea Gastelum of the Dap-Kings – one that feature some mighty nice Varitone sax on "Song Of Happiness" – kind of a snakey soul jazz number with a great late 60s Eddie Harris vibe! "Stranded In Space" has more great Varitone – ... 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
Che Che Cole Makossa/Che Che Cole
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
Insanely fantastic work from the mighty Antibalas Orchestra! The group's really moved onto a whole new level here – covering Willie Colon's classic 70s groover "Che Che Cole", but kicking up the beats to give the track more of an African feel. This version really cooks with some ... 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
Electric Cowbell, 2011. New Copy
Psych funk meets Afrobeat from Karthala 72 – a great, unique single on the always interesting Electric Cowbell label! "Dans Le Coeur Du Feu" has a tensely percussive rhythm with a heavy, sinister bassline and these eerie, echoey bits of vocal and other errata floating over it all. ... 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
Matter Of Time/When I Saw Your Face
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
A fantastic funky single from Sharon Jones – a tune that dips, turns, swells, and grooves – all with an even more fantastic demonstration of her vocal skills than usual – and support from the Dap-Kings that show again that they're one of the best funky bands in the business! ... 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
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
Treasure/Stones Throw, 1984. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two rare electro soul tracks from west coast underground legend The Prophet! "Right On Time" is quite spare, and has more in the way of beats and basslines than it does a bold lead vocal from the man himself – as The Prophet almost seems to be lurking in the background at times, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Never Be Another You (voc, version)
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
Lee Fields fronts El Michels Affair – and his deep soul vocals are a perfect fit for their slow funk groove! The core tune already has a strong reggae vibe – different than other El Michel's music, but still done with that deep, dark quality in the rhythms – and the flipside ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
1 Thing/Hoola Hoop
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
There's a great old school vibe to "1 Thing" – beats that are maybe a bit more South Bronx than usual for Bacao, but via a "Funky Nassau" sort of energy too! The steel drums make some great sounds over the grooves – and "Hoola Hoop" continues a hip hop ... 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
Xxplosive/Burn
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
Maybe some of the most explosive steel drum sounds you'll ever hope to hear – but that's what we've always expected from the mighty Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band! "Xxplosive" is funky, but in a nice slow-stepping way – with the bassline really carving out the groove, as ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, Early 70s. New Copy
Two rare grooves from this legendary group! "Sittin On A Red Hot Stove" is a slow-stepping monster – very hard and funky, but moving at a pace that's much more leisurely than anyone who's getting themselves burned on a grill! The tune's got a completely badass vibe that's almost ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Shadowboxin/Iron Maiden
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
El Michels and Wu-Tang – always a wonderful combination, as you'll hear on this fantastic funky 45! The group take on "Shadowboxin" and strip it right down to its roots – just bassline, slow-stepping drums, and a wicked bit of organ – completely different without any ... 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
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
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy
We DO wanna groove, when spurred onto the dancefloor neo classic boogie funk on the level of Hidden Groove that is! "Do You Want To Groove" has lean spacey electro-inspired beat, chunky bits of synth that have one fit in the 80s and the other in the future. "Funkin All The Time" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Stone genius from the legendary Cymande! "Fug" is a tune with this amazing bassline and riffing guitar – all deep and complicated at the start, then opening up even more as the tune moves on – with great percussion, and this stop/start approach to the groove that's really ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Roller Rock/Body
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy
Neo classic vocoder funky club grooves! "Roller Rock" is the kind of cosmic jam we love – strongly influenced by early-to-mid 80s future funk/cosmic soul club jams, but it feels fresh too. "Body" is just as great, with some really great synth in the mix! Both sides are ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy (reissue)
What can we say? This is one of the greats! Foster Sylvers' "Misdemeanor" is one of the greatest-ever funky tunes from the 70s – made famous years back by a DOC sample, but loved way before that by anyone with a funky set of ears! The cut's got this incredibly strange groove ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Mais Kriola/Maita
Mr Bongo (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy (reissue)
There's lots of cool keyboards on "Mais Kriola" – moogy bits, clavinet, and maybe more too – all wrapped together in this mix of funk and Brazilian fusion, in a way that reminds us a bit of early Azymuth – but with more soulful vocals! "Maita" is one of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tunji/Mode For Trane
Jazzman (UK), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
Tenorist Nat Birchall takes on the great Coltrane tune "Tunji" – a perfect fit for Nat, given how much spiritual jazz he's got in his music! The tune has a great modal groove – thanks to a quartet that includes John Ellis on piano, Michael Bardon on bass, and Andy Hay on ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1984. New Copy (pic cover)
Two of the grooviest tracks from the score to L'Allenatore Nel Pallone – both issued here on a limited 45! "Mundialito" has a Braziliany groove at the bottom, with lots of cuica next to percussion – but the overall rhythm is more leaping and Italian, and a chorus does all ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Mer Baltique/Breaking Wave
Funk Night, 2018. New Copy
Hanz Mambo lives up to the watery sound of his previous single with "Mer Baltique" – a dreamy little instrumental that has lots of echoey guitar over a slowly-loping groove – complete with some very nice watery effects in the middle! "Breaking Wave" is slower and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Bar Hop/Last
Funk Night, 2018. New Copy
If the Great Revivers are doing a bar hop, it's got to be one that involves plenty of shots – as the speed of this funky instrumental is so nice and quick, it hardly leaves room for any drinking! The drums are sharp, guitar nicely riffing, and the whole thing has a nice wah wah breakdown in ... 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
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
Carlena/Let's Get Back Together
Garrison/Outta Sight (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
A great back-to-back set of Northern soul! "Carlena" is a hard-rolling groover by Just Brothers – an obscure 60s harmony combo with a rough edge that's just right for the groove! The Honey Bees really kick it on "Let's Get Back Together" – a tune produced here with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
I Just Can't Leave You Alone (vocal, inst)
Timmion (Finland), 2018. New Copy
Massive drums really get this one going – a hard, heavy, almost-classic drum break that begins the tune – and sounds great next to the more easygoing vocals of Willie West – as he brings a great deep soul touch to the tune, alongside this floating flute played by Jimi Tenor! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Aloha Got Soul, 1980. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Sweet sunny sounds from the Hawaii scene at the end of the 70s – served up here by a funk group who would have been huge, were they working in Los Angeles or San Francisco! There's a sharp blend of jazz, funk, and soul throughout – like some of the hippest Fantasy Records groups – ... 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
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
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
Rendevous (vocal, instrumental)
Sessions Sounds, 2018. New Copy
A fantastic funky little single – one that makes great advantage not just of the sharp grooves of Will Sessions, but also the ever-growing genius of Amp Fiddler! There's an early 80s boogie vibe going on here – as we've heard from Amp Fiddler in recent years – but also maybe a bit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Give Love A Try/Sole Chance
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
A sweet rocksteady groove from Nico Collins & The Soul Chance – a contemporary group who share a lot with Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – both a love of older Jamaican modes, and their placement on Colemine Records! Nico's got a sweeter vocal approach than Jr – which really ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Nature Sounds, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
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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
Superjock/Nola Breaks, 2018. New Copy (reissue)
New Orleans funky soul and breakbeat funk remix mastery combined – with The Allergies and Professor Shorthair taking on classics by Danny White and The Meters! The Allergies bring uptempo hip hop funk into "Natural Soul Brother" and Professor Shorthair nicely mixes up a blend of ... 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
Austin Boogie Crew, 2016. New Copy
"Ride Wit It" just features keyboards, bass, and beats – but in just about the catchiest way possible – so that the spare tune seems to have a lot more to offer than most fully funky instrumentals! "Late Nights" follows suit in a similar vein – equally 80s, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
I’m Slowly Molding/She Cried Just A Minute
King/Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Two Northern Soul gems back to back! Cody Black's "I'm Slowly Molding" is a nice little tune that starts out with some walloping drums augmented by handclaps, and Cody's deeply felt soul vocals backed nicely with groovy harmonies and horns – soaring and building as the tune goes on ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Spar/Outta Sight (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Two sock-soul groovers – back to back! Herbert Hunter's got this full, rich voice that's completely magnificent – a smooth polish over the top of the grooves, which have this vibrant energy that's like Motown moving down to Nashville – bumped up a bit along the journey, but in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Melinda Latino/I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Babe
Pride/Mr Bongo, 1973/1974. New Copy (reissue)
A really cool cut from the soundtrack to Melinda – a "Latino" theme, but one that's got this beautiful funky sitar over stepping beats and piano – almost like a hip hop sample that was waiting 20 years to be discovered, and a very cool instrumental groove! Jimmy Smith ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated January 19, 2019


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