Funky 45's — Recently Added

Classic sounds on 45rpm 7 inch singles -- Northern soul, deep soul, funk, breaks, rare groove, sample tracks, modern soul, and jazz!


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Xica Da Silva
Mr Bongo (UK), 1975/1980. New Copy
Two versions of Jorge Ben's "Xica Da Silva" – one by the man himself, one by Miriam Makeba! Jorge's version has this nicely raspy vocal, and a great riffing groove – very much in his best Afro Brasil sort of style – and Makeba takes the cut into some very cool territory ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Aynotche Terabu/Ene Negn Bay Manesh
Mr Bongo (UK), 1969/1975. New Copy
Two Ethio funk tracks with a heck of a lot of power! Mahmoud Ahmed is on the a-side – singing in that beautifully melancholy style of his, while the backing group his this funky groove with chunky organ and some nicely peppered horns, too! There's more great organ on "Ene Negn Bay ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Tessassategn Eko/Ayallkem Tedenko
Mr Bongo (UK), 1971/1973. New Copy
Bahta Gebre-Hiwot is one of those Ethiopian singers you may not be able to pronounce, but who you'll really be digging once you hear him sing – a cool, raspy style over a slightly funky groove with rolling piano, a bit of horns, and some nice riffing guitar in the middle! Alemayehu Eshete is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Listen/Party
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Easy to listen with a groove this great – cut that begins with this completely bumping bassline, intercut by this cool flanged-out guitar – which is off on wicked territory of its own, while the drums snap fast, and Little George's youthful vocal calls out the tune! "Party" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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World Today/JR
Athens Of The North (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A righteous funky cut from New World – one that talks about the issues of society, but grooves along at a mighty fast clip – incredible basslines, riffing guitar, and horns from the group – all moving at a speed so quick, the vocalist must have done plenty to keep up! There's a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
An instantly compelling club cut – not disco, but fast funk with this wonderful vibe – as if all the instruments are swirling together in one flowing musical wave, while the group's vocals slide into the mix with a completely charming hook! Those vocals get even more amazing on "Sa ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy
One of the funkiest versions of "Jesus Christo" you'll ever hear – a take on the Carlos' brothers tune that's even better than the original, thanks to romping drums and this wicked tangle of organ, piano, and guitar! "Ossain" is great, too – given almost a Jorge Ben ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy
Two lovely tracks from the great Rosa Maria! "Deixa Nao Diexa" has a bouncy, upbeat groove – and this cool mix of samba roots and more sophisticated jazzy arrangements – very much in early 70s EMI/Odeon mode! "Avenita Atlantica" is even funkier – wicked horns ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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It's Your Thing/Knock On Wood
Mr Bongo (UK), 1968/1974. New Copy
A great funky remake of the Isley Brothers "It's Your Thing" – done here as a Latin instrumental with some heavy percussion at the bottom, tight horns, and both tenor and keyboard solos in the middle! Machito hits the Latin Soul generation with his take on "Knock On Wood" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Dois Minutos De Uma Novo Dia/Candomble
Mr Bongo (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy
A beautifully baroque groove from Antonio Adolfo – set to soaring arrangements that are topped by lovely female vocals – very groovy, with a nice undercurrent of funk, in that great late 60s Brazilian style! "Candomble" is a jazzy samba number from Mario Castro Neves – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Tanganica (2 versions)
Mr Bongo (UK), 1969. New Copy
Two versions of "Tanganica" – a groovy Brazilian track from the end of the 60s! Luis Carlos Vinhas takes the track in a nicely jazzy mode – using wordless female vocals that drift over the top of the sweet grooves on piano and percussion – sounding a bit cool, until ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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One & Only (pts 1 & 2)
Pres, 2016. New Copy
A contemporary combo, but one who really get the "boogaloo" sound in their name just right – as they come across here with a wicked sort of energy that feels like some lost Latin Soul cut from the late 60s! Piano, percussion, and everything else is right on the money – and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Vampi Soul (Spain), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 10 x 7"
A really sweet collection of grooves – titled after the Afrosound combo who lead off the set, and featuring a wealth of vintage tracks from the legendary Colombian label Disco Fuentes! Like some of the best work on that imprint, the styles here are a really wonderful blend of modes – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Popcorn (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
"I Can't Go" is a real killer from Buddy Lucas – a tune with this very cool, sinster organ that bubbles underneath his vocals – almost sounding electronic at points, then bursting out with a sonic vibe that really sends the lyrics over the top! "Get Away" is pretty ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Sixteen Tons/Coralee
Popcorn (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
One of the deepest versions of "Sixteen Tons" we've ever heard – cut with the great Eugene Church in the lead, and great vocals from a backing group that dip, turn, and take on most of the roles that the instruments held in the original! There's a wicked guitar in the mix, too ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Pres, 2016. New Copy
The legendary Ural Thomas returns to fine form here – working with a cool younger combo, and turning out an even heavier version of "Pain Is The Name Of The Game" than his original single! Thomas has a really raw edge in his vocals – blasting out the lyrics with a quality ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy 5 x 7 inch (reissue)
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Atlantic/High Moon, 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Killer single from Lotti Golden – cut around the time of her classic in our eyes, though popularly underappreciated Motor-Cycle LP for Atlantic! The A-Side is a rockin' soul medley of "Sock It To Me Baby" and "It's Your Thing", a really fun number with boisterous Bob ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Yep Roc, 2016. New Copy
A pair of solid numbers from Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s My Way Home LP on Yep Roc! "Cut Ya Down" in driving, old school R&B fueled gem with all the righteous fervor you'd expect from the title. "Hold Out" is another winning number, this one with a prominent bit of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu/Heaven
Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Sweet organ and guitar do a mighty nice dance together at the start of "Kyenkyen Bi Adi" – then these wicked beats come in, all snapping and syncopated – while horns carve out this nicely exotic vibe over the top! "Heaven" is a tune that certainly lives up to its ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated May 28, 2016


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