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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!


Art Yard (UK), 1957/1978. New Copy (pic cover)
Two fantastic tracks from Sun Ra – different vintage, but equally great! "Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness" is a mellow, spiritual quartet track – very stripped down, with a beautiful vocal that slides alongside this blue-tinged piano from Ra – surprisingly soulful, and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Happy Day/Pepite (France), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A rare boogie number from Chicago – presented here both in the original version, and a new edit! The tune's got a warmly captivating vibe – a smooth groove at the core, and these raspy vocals from Frank that are very different than the usual – as is the lyric, which is nicely ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 5 x 7"
A killer package of work from some of the funkiest years on the Brazilian music scene – that great 70s moment when the nation exploded with fresh sounds borrowed from American artists, then completely changed over by unique instrumental styles and production modes! Some of the work is a bit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. New Copy (pic cover)
Two beautiful little songs from the Moomins animated series – one of them issued here for the first time ever! "Woodland Band (parade)" is a gentle number with a sweet flute line over this guitar part that moves up and down in a way that's lightly resonating – before opening ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Brussels Art Quintet

Vas-Y Voir/Four Paul S
Cacophonic (UK), 1969. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool group from the Belgian jazz scene of the 60s – one we've never heard before, but who we'll definitely be looking for after hearing this single! The lineup features the great Babs Robert on tenor, with Daniel Max Schellekens on guitar, Jean-Pierre Destree on vibes, Marial Van ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Jazzman (UK), 2021. New Copy (pic cover)
A beautiful single – and both sides are great! Shay Hazan's a bassist, and leads the group with a very strong energy on "Berber's Cha Cha" – a modal tune, not a Latin number – building wonderfully with trumpet from Tal Avraham, tenor from Eyal Netzer, and piano from ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Preservation Project, Late 60s. New Copy
A rare slice of Philly – two unusual tracks by The Larks – a group who are different than the doo wop act of the 50s! "Another Sleepless Night" has this rolling romp of a groove – harmonies cresting over the top while piano tinkles along with the rhythms – a bit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Two fantastic bits of deep female soul – back to back on a single! Maxine Weldon is always great – but she really knocks it out of the park on "I'm The Other Half Of You" – a slow-stepping tune with great organ under the vocals – which superbly deliver the blue-tin ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Billy Bassman Jenkins

Fly Wounded Bird/Grandma's Chili
Family Groove, 1985. New Copy
Billy certainly lives up to his Bassman name here – as "Fly Wounded Bird" has a deep 80s funk sort of vibe – lots of groove from the bottom on up, as the basslines weave a fantastic midtempo stepping groove between the clapping beats and sweet keyboard lines! "Grandma's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy (pic cover)
Angel Bat Dawid is looking at a picture of Sun Ra on the cover – and with a record like this, she seems instantly able to challenge his long musical legacy! "Transition East" has Angel on clarinets, keyboard, and a drum machine – a tune that's spare and snakey, but which also ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Keep On Looking/NBL (inst with strings)
Daptone, 2008. New Copy
There's a nice raw guitar line at the start of this one – before the Dap Kings come into the mix and send the tune into funky chugging bliss – then Sharon Jones steps into the spotlight, blows us away with her vocals, and reminds us why she's always the main attraction! The flipside ... 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), 2007/2020. New Copy (pic cover)
A really cool limited single – with two contemporary vocal jazz gems! Kurt Elling takes on the groovy tune "Stepping Out" by Joe Jackson – really unlocking the jazzy core of the song, almost as anthem for the New York that Elling now calls home – and Mark Murphy handles ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1971. New Copy (pic cover)
A killer cut from a rare Italian soundtrack – the mighty "Badabadaba" – a weirdly scatting vocal number that's almost in the territory of the classic "Mah Na Mah Na"! The track's got this fast-riffing acoustic guitar that really drives the rhythm – while a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
A track from one of the more savage Emmanuelle films of the 70s – and pretty darn groovy! "Make Love On The Wing" is an upbeat clubby track – lots of romping drums at the core, and vocals from Ulla Linder that have a slightly creepy take on the usual disco diva mode! The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1968. New Copy (pic cover)
Two great vocal numbers from Piero Umiliani – the kind of strong English language tunes he used to kick off his best soundtracks of the 60s! Both of these were from the film Orgasmo – and Lydia MacDonald does a great job on "Fate Had Planned It So" – a tune that has ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1980. New Copy (pic cover)
Three great tracks from this later soundtrack by 70s maestro Stelvio Ciprani – all of them pretty darn wonderful! The "sequence 1" variation has this slow-building mix of percussion that's nicely exotic, but touched with some of the warmth of Stelvio's more famous crime and erotic ... 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
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
Inner City/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1977. New Copy (pic cover)
Two rare funky gems from this obscure 70s group! "The Perfect Circle" is a fantastic theme song for the group – hard, full, funky, and plenty darn righteous – a great indie group take on some of the more polished funk ensembles of the time! "Hands Of Time" has ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mario Molina with Edda Dell'Orso

Ash/Gli Angeli Del 2000
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy
Two of the grooviest tracks from the soundtrack to Gli Angeli Del 2000 – one of the best musical moments from Mario Molina! Edda Dell'Orso sings in the lead on "Ash" – but the tune is funky, and Edda's actually singing real lyrics – not the wordless vocalizations she ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson

Step In To Our Life/For Real
Polydor/Dynamite Cuts (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two gems from the legendary pairing of these two great 70s jazz funk giants! "Step In To Our Life" is the title cut from one of the albums that Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson cut together – and the tune has all the edgy vibes of Roy's great Polydor records, mixed with some of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Dwight Trible with Matthew Halsall

What The World Needs Now/Tryin Times
Gondwana (UK), 2020. New Copy
A Burt Bacharach tune, given a fantastic reading here – as the soaring, spiritual vocals of Dwight Trible really transform the song – which is set up here in a modal jazz reading with a trumpet solo from Matthew Halsall! The pair reunite on the flip – which is an equally sublime ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Light In The Attic, 1967. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
One of the greatest duet songs of all time – a surprisingly creepy 60s pop gem from the team of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood! The song has a haunting vibe that builds beautifully in Lee's production – as Hazlewood matches his deep vocals with Nancy's lighter touch, all in a mode ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover)
Funky sounds and offbeat grooves from an obscure French adult film of the late 60s – directed by Jean Rollin under a fake name, and scored by Pierre Raph with the same sort of charm as his work for Requiem For A Vampire! This EP features a number of different styles of sounds from the film ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy
A hard-romping single – one that presents the first takes of both of these R&B classics! Roy Brown is at his most hard-wailing on "Boogie At Midnight" – a tune that grooves along mightily in the best King Records style – heavy rhythms, raw vocals, and a great sax ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Maxine Brown and Chuck Jackson recorded some famous duets in the 60s – but here, each are featured as solo acts, on a great repressing of rare tracks! "I Wonder" is a very groovy number from Maxine – a bit more upbeat than some of her other work, and with a nice swing that's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Le Theatre Du Chene Noir

Miss Madona EP
Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy (pic cover)
Heavenly sounds from early 70s France – an EP, but one with the power of a much bigger record – thanks to uniquely-crafted work from Le Theatre Du Chene Noir! The set begins with "Le Chant Du Cirque" – a tune that has an eerie wordless vocal over a slow-building rhythm, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Crossover/Kent (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Two rare tracks from the Crossover Records years of Darrow Fletcher – issued here for the first time on 45! "What Are We Gonna Do" is wonderful – a tune that's got a great bumping groove, soaring strings, and this strong message-oriented lyric from Darrow that really knocks ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
It's Soul Time, 2020. New Copy
There's no R&R for these guys – as they're clearly working overtime to refine and improve their groove – which is even better here than on their last single! "90 To Nothing" has a tight rhythm core that could have been lifted from the Philly scene of the 70s – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Norton, 2003. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The cover looks vintage, but the cuts are contemporary – recent work from Detroit soul legend Nathaniel Mayer, including one especially nice Holiday number! "Mr Santa Claus" is one of the roughest, rawest Christmas tunes ever recorded in the 21st Century – a nice bluesy tune ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mike James Kirkland with Cold Diamond & Mink

Stay Don't Go (vocal, inst)
Ubiquity, 2020. New Copy
New work from legendary Cali soul singer Mike James Kirkland – working here with some nice lean backing from Cold Diamond & Mink – who keep things as laidback and funky as on his classic records from the 70s! Mike's voice has aged a bit as the decades have gone on – but he's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Nicetown, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Two great tracks from Power Of Attorney – a group who are best-remembered for not only being prisoners when they recorded their music, but who were also getting strong support from James Brown! "Changing Man" is a really sweet groove – almost instrumental – with fast ... 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
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)
Sean Martin provides some great lead vocals on this slinky groove from The Dining Rooms – a tune that's got riffing guitar nestled right down in the rhythms, and a fuller, funkier feel as things move on! The remix on the flip really changes things up nicely – dropping the guitar for a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Showbiz, Early 60s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
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Misha Panfilov & Shawn Lee

Mic Wallace/Miraggio
Funk Night, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A mighty pairing of funky talents – recording together in Estonia, with a style that really draws on the strengths of both musicians! "Mic Wallace" has some of the soundtrack vibes that Shawn Lee can sometimes bring into his music – but given all these moody, almost spooky ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. New Copy
There's a fantastic sound at the start of the single – this nicely funky, nicely messed-up blend of bass, guitar, and funky drums – all with the vibe of Westbound Records material by The Counts! When Manuel comes into the mix, he adds a nice deep soul vocal to this monstrous groove ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Miles Away (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Dean Parrish takes off with a very strong message on this killer cut – a tune that comes on with a critique of late 60s America in a way that's right up there with the Temptations at the time – served up with a groove and production that also fits the strong spirit of Norman Whitfield ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

COS/Daniel Schell & Dick Annegarn

Mein Maschine Ist Schon/FF Boom
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
Two very groovy tracks – both with a sweet 70s vibe! "Mein Maschine" starts out with this slow bubbling funky vibe, then keyboards start sprinkling over the tune as things get fuller and even funkier – making for a mighty nice groove that has all these glistening elements in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1961. New Copy (pic cover)
Never-issued work from the Sun Ra Arkestra – and two tracks that really show just how much the initial wave of their sound tied together with other strands of postwar music! Both cuts here feature vocals from singer Ricky Murray – and as you can tell from the titles, there's a slightly ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Miles Away (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A great group soul groove from the mid 70s – a cut that burns bright with some horns at the start, then moves into some nice rough soul harmonies that really send things over the top! The cut's burning with righteous energy – hardly a "slow down" song at all – and on ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Albarika Store/Miles Away (UK), 1978. New Copy
There's some sharp jazzy changes at the start of this groove – a mix of instruments on the rhythms that show why Ipa Boogie could almost challenge Kool & The Gang at their sound – but also bring in some deeper West African touches to send the tune over the top! "Africa" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Miles Away (UK), 2021. New Copy
A contemporary cut from the London scene, but one that's got a classic roots reggae vibe – with a very righteous message on "Got To Live", served up by vocalist Earl 16! Earl steps aside on the flip, which has an instrumental take on the tune – a slight bit of dub in the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Westbound/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
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Mack, 1976. Near Mint-
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People, 1972. Near Mint-
An excellent hard-to-find track by Lyn Collins! "Me & My Baby" has a wonderful gospelly intro, similar to "Message to the Soul Sisters", which then leaps into a great groove with a nice hard soul hook! The flip has sort of a nice Muscle Shoals-ish sound, with some good ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
HLF Records, Mid 70s. Near Mint-
A rare bit of gospel from Chicago – issued by a small label on Michigan Ave! 7-inch, Vinyl record

Redd Holt Unlimited

Do It Baby/I Shot The Sheriff
Paula, 1975. Very Good
"Do It Baby" is probably the best-ever track by Redd Holt, with a stone cold breakbeat in the intro that was sampled by BDP and others, and some great grooves all the way through. His version of "I Shot The Sheriff" is pretty fantastically funky, too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

Incredible Bongo Band

Bongo Rock/Apache
Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. Near Mint-
Two of the greatest songs ever from the Incredible Bongo Band – brought together here in a special limited edition picture sleeve! "Bongo Rock" is a killer – a tune with a massive break that's been sampled countless times, and which has this amazing percussion part in the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated April 17, 2021


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