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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!


New Mastersounds

Shake It/Permission To Land
Color Red, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
Two funky nuggets from New Mastersounds – each with a special guest! Vocalist Lamar Williams Jr joins the group on "Shake It" – a tune that's almost got a Meters-like starkness to the groove that gets things going – but which takes on a bit more fullness from the vocals ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Nature Sounds, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Cymande

Bra/The Message
Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two funky killers on a reissue 45! Cymande's "Bra" is a dub-heavy classic – rolling along at a compelling midtempo groove, with scattershot bass and drums, and these cool flanged out rasta vocals that make the cut super-righteous! "The Message" is probably the group's ... 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
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Gratitude are definitely here to party – stepping out of the gate with a mighty quick tempo that sets up the tune nicely – as bursting horns intersperse with the catchy, upbeat lyrics – definitely a call to the dancefloor! "Loving You" has this cool moogy keyboard ... 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
Universal (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 x 7 inch set (pic cover)
A totally great package – especially if you love the music of Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends as much as we do! That groovy late 60s album is a classic round these parts – and at the time, a number of other singers tried their hands at some of the great songs from the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trio (Japan), 1973. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Funky keyboard grooves from early 70s Japan – a special single featuring two tracks from the What's Going On album by Takehiro Honda! "Ain't It Funky Now" has Honda on lead keys, with a mean solo in the middle – while a guitar riffs along the famous groove of this James Brown ... 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
Universal (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover)
Fantastic work from France Gall – a breathy little tune with a great bossa groove – served up here in a cool replica Japanese pic sleeve single! France sounds wonderful on the tune – and there's this raspy guitar that steps along a groove too – bringing in a nice sort of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy (pic cover)
Fantastic work from this very cool soundtrack – two upbeat, groovy tunes that are both centerpieces of the famous score by Francois De Roubaix! "Repetition" is already great – and "Piti Piti Pas" is even cooler, with lots of weird touches and rhythms! 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
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
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
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

Ronnie McNeir & Instant Groove

My Baby/Hold On (2019 Record Store Day Release)
Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy
A rare 80s track from Detroit soul legend Ronnie McNeir – a very obscure recording with the Instant Groove combo – done in a sweet stepping modern soul mode! The tune's got a fantastic midtempo groove – and Ronnie's vocals flow out with a majesty we don't hear on his 70s records ... 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

Irene Nonis

This Love/Night Stuff
Schema (Italy), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A great slinky groove for the vocals of Irene Nonis – a tune co-written with Nicola Conte, who produced and also plays guitar on the cut! The track's got an easygoing vibe – with congas under keyboards, almost feeling like a sweet-stepping 70s tune! "Night Stuff" is maybe ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Liberty/Expansion (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderfully romping tune from the great Timi Yuro – one that's got this upbeat rhythm, topped with soaring horns – all at a level that has Yuro sounding a bit less blue than usual – although still with a great power to her voice! "It'll Never Be Over" is wonderful too ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Hanz Mambo & His Cigarettes

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

Great Revivers

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

Polyversal Souls (Poets Of Rhythm) with Alemayehu Eshete

Addis Abeba Bete/Portrait Of Alemayehu
Philophon (UK), 2019. New Copy
Legendary Ethiopian singer Alemayehu Eshete joins the Polyversal Souls here – adding his tremendous vocals to "Addis Abeba Bete", in a way that makes the tune the coolest thing the group has ever recorded! Horns romp along with the rhythms, with a very cool edge – making the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy
Syl Foreman really belts it out of the park on "Before I Leave You" – a tune that's almost got Syl popping the microphone levels into the red, as he romps along with the jaunty guitar and organ in the groove! The tune's a bit deep soul, but funkier – and the drums really go ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Jeff Perry (Jeffree)/Mandrill

Love Don't Come No Stronger/Too Late
Arista/Outta Sight (UK), 1975/1978. New Copy
One of the first great moments to come from the pen of Jeff Perry – the 70s soul singer who'd later rise to great fame as Jeffree on another label! The tune's got a strong piano in the lead, and a raspy vocal that almost makes the whole thing feel more like some indie gem than you'd expect ... 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

Teacher Haters

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

Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities

Do Something/When
It's Soul Time, 2018. New Copy
A fantastic little single from Ernest Ernie – one that bumps along in a groove that reminds us of the best Chicago soul at the end of the 60s – that loping rhythm that's perfect for sweeter-styled vocals like Ernie's! The flipside's pretty fantastic too – graced with light ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fraternity, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
One of those funky classics that can never go wrong – served up here in a great new take by a combo who keep all the funky drums in just the right place! The record only got a CD release a few years back – but it's served up here in two great versions that are slightly remixed – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Ace/Sensation (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
A romping little groove from the Detroit scene of the postwar years – a mix of jump blues and jazz, with a catchy, quirky vocal that's a bit like Slim Gaillard at his best! The tune's a jiving little track – and has a great echoey guitar line in the middle – between very catchy ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Cody Black/Charles Spurling

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
West End/Get On Down, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
One of the strangest club tracks from the West End years – but a great one! The cut's an obvious reference to some of the more sensual practices of the club scene, and it's got a nice dark sound to it that's a good example of the way that late disco, early house, and post-punk sounds were ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Badbadnotgood feat Little Dragon

Tried (voc, inst)
Innovative Leisure, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A great little number from Badbadnotgood with Little Dragon – a pretty spot on synthesis of the versatile, jazz-inspired groove of the former and moody electronic soul of the latter, especially singer Yukimi Nagano! "Tried" doesn't have to try too hard to pull is from the beginning, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Afro National

Temedi Oh/Den Kick
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Two great tracks by this group from Sierra Leone! "Temedi Oh" has this fast-moving groove that's totally wonderful – followed by guitar that riffs along in quick time with the pulsating bass, and topped with a vocal call that's like icing on the cake! "Den Kick" is a bit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A sweet little number with a sunny California vibe – equal parts rock and soul, with a guitar line that fades in to echo the waves of the surf – while Rudy De Anda delivers a vocal over romping drums! "Los Canarios" is slower, with plenty of echoey guitar tripping over slow ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Transistor Sound, 2018. New Copy
A great little soul tune with some mighty nice organ – used here as an instrument that swirls up and all around the tune – setting the scene and egging on the vocals, which feel like some sort of old school Curtom – but at a rootsier level! There's a tinkling piano in the middle ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Numero, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A rare indie track from Thelma Jones – recorded down in Florida with a nicely burning groove! "I Can't Stand It" moves along at a slow-stepping, yet funky sort of pace – with a chunky rhythm that really lets Thelma take off with her vocals in the lead! "Only ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
International Anthem, 2017. New Copy
A fantastic track from this ultra-hip Chicago group – very spiritual in terms of the lyrics and soulful vocals, but also given a very cool crackle, thanks to some killer work on drums and percussion! Those elements get even more exposure on the flipside – which is a really great way to ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Numero, Early 60s. New Copy
Sweet girl pop from Bernadette Carroll! "Laughing On The Outside" is the kind of weepy gem that might have been recorded by Joanie Sommers – but handled here with a nicely indie vibe that has spare strings moving nicely next to Bernadette's blue-tinged vocals, and a nice spoken bit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

EL V & The Gardenhouse

El Doctor/Tamarita (colored vinyl)
Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
"El Doctor" is a lively little number with a nice hint of revolution – performed here by a combo from Italy, but with a very South American vibe! The percussion is upbeat, the horns punch along with the groove, and the rolling lyrics are nice and compelling – and the flipside ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Lasry-Baschet

Les Structures Sonores
Disques Bam/Cacophonic (France), Mid 50s. New Copy (pic cover)
Incredible sounds from the postwar avant scene in France – a small record, but one that's had huge impact over the years! This 3 track EP features compositions based around the "structures sonores" of Jacques Lasry and Bernard Baschet – both of whom create and play these ... 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
Yep Roc, 2019. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A very different version of this classic cut by Squeeze – done with slow-building, soul-based instrumentation – and given some really great vocals from both Badu and Poyser! 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
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

El Michels Affair

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
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
Perception/BBE (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy
An early stunner from Black Ivory – a great groover, done with kind of a bouncy lilting groove that has lots of bass, and a good mix with the group's harmony vocals! One of the funkiest from Fatback – "Goin' to See My Baby" is especially tough, and starts out with a massive ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated May 24, 2019


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