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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!


Eastwood Music Group, 2019. New Copy
Dallas combo Bastards Of Soul sounding ready to claim the raw soul crown – doing a great job of refreshing Stax-steeped, organ funk-tinged grooves on a pair of solid tunes! They really do a fine job of bringing old school style to pretty timeless groove on the "The Way It Should Be" ... 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
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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
Star Creature, 2019. New Copy
Fantastic soul from Lucid Paradise – a group who work here with a soaring, joyous vibe that takes us back to the best underground club of the early 80s! The beats are contemporary, but the keyboards and group vocals are very old school – and the whole thing sounds like it came from ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Railroad Ave Bullies

Alligator Shoes/She Ready
Lugnut Brand, 2019. New Copy
Lots of fuzzy guitar on this one – riffing away with a monstrous sound, while the heavy drums at the core do a nice job of romping away with the groove! The tune's kind of an updated take on the psychedelic soul mode – and is backed by "She Ready", which has more of a 60s ... 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
Ubiquity, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
The text on the cover looks a lot like a classic JBs album from the 70s – which is no mistake, as the Soul Surfers turn their own funky talents to a pair of killer cuts from that famous James Brown funk band! "Popcorn With A Feeling" is done with a vibe that's nicely different from ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy
Myron & E add in some great vocals here – that really classic old school style they use in their own records, but maybe even deeper here – and with a production style that makes them more hard-hitting than sweet, in a way that really matches the funky currents of The Soul Surfers! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Chess/Third Man, 1954. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe one of the most famous Muddy Waters songs ever recorded – served up here in all its fantastically raw glory! The tune's got Waters playing a famous electric guitar vamp that may well have become the blueprint for countless bar bands to come – but serving up the lyrics with a wit ... 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
Four Flies (Italy), 1979. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Always-great 70s music from Stelvio Cipriani – the Italian soundtrack maestro who got his start a bit later than some of his contemporaries, but followed through with a range of amazing sounds in the decade! This single brings together two of the best tracks from the film Bersaglio Altezza ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Santa Maria Romitelli

Aldo E Ulla/Beat Del Panfilo
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two very groovy tracks from the score to the film Top Sensation – both of them great! "Aldo E Ulla" has snapping drums and this very cool organ – moving between melody and this cool squishy sound across the keyboard – all in a way that reminds us of the great use of the ... 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
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
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
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

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

Mac & Party

Zandale/Kiss To Kiss
Afro 7 (Finland), Mid 60s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from Mac & Party – two rare tracks recorded in Mombasa during the 60s! "Zandale" begins with this strutting spare guitar part, which then gets laced with these snakey, exotic keyboard lines – played on just a small set of notes, in a way that shows that ... 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
Sussex/Soul Brother (UK), 1971. New Copy
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Nat Birchall

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

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
Kent (UK), 1976. New Copy
A great bit of sharply-timed funk from the California Playboys – a tune that's got some great changes at the start, then rolls into a wicked groove that supports the vocals with this nicely-toned riffing guitar! The flipside has an equally great sound – the kind of funk group that can ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Preachermann

Familiar To Me/Lucky
Cordial (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Preachermann has vocals that really live up to his name – a style that's definitely soul, but which has the soaring grace of an artist raised in the spirit! "Familiar To Me" has congas under a bassline that drives the whole thing forward with a righteous power – while "Lu ... 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

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
 
Updated January 26, 2020


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