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!


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
Awake O Zion/Power
Athens Of The North (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet soaring gospel from Elbertina Clark – a track that has a swirling mix of upbeat rhythms, strings, and soul – all with a groove that's almost clubby at times – and which really helps Clark's vocals rise to the skies! "Power" is great too – a cut that has a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Warner (Italy), 1967/2017. New Copy
One of the most classic tracks from this 60s Italian singer – a blue-tinged number that really gets at the heartfelt quality she was developing in her vocals – matched with a 1997 remake that shows an even more contemplative vibe! That second version has these beautiful spoken/sung ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tortuga/Kings Up
F Spot, 2017. New Copy
A sweet pair of west coast funky instrumentals from The Bombillas! "Tortuga" is a nice mix of a heavy funk bottom end a lighter touch floating over it – hard-hitting drums held tight with the bass, some breezy flute and vibes, and organ. "Kings Up" has a more playful vibe ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
A funky snapping single from Lady Wray – one that's got a vamping guitar alongside the drums – almost in a modern update of a "Fever" sort of groove – which opens into deeper territory as the lady steps up and belts out the lyric! "Guilty" has a slower-breaking ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Electric Cowbell, 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
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Colemine, 2017. New Copy
A great remake of the classic 60s soul tune "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman" – redone here by Orgone with a bass-heavy groove, and some excellent lead vocals from Cyril Neville! Both the group and Neville give the whole tune a very different flavor – more 70s righteous ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Electric Cowbell, 2017. New Copy
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Strange Boy/No Surprise
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy (pic cover)
One of the moodiest tracks we've heard from El Michels in a while – and one that gets a nice female vocal in the lead! The core instrumentation has all those great hallmarks of El Michels funk – a slow vibe, and lots of deep currents at the bottom – while the female singer of The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Special Night (parts 1 & 2)
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy
A two-part stunner from Lee Fields & The Expressions – a cut that's every bit as great as their work together on the sublime My World album – delivered in a similiar slow funk mode! The groove is like classic New Jersey soul from the early 70s – rough-edged, but sweet at the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
A.MA (Italy), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
Two great tracks from Paolo Achenza – one of the first artists to open our ears to the sound of the Italian scene back in the 90s! The single features a great remake of the Brazilian funk classic "A Vida Em Seus Metodos Diz Calma" – done here in a sweet groove that mixes lots ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Here I Go Again/Tighten Up
Atlantic/Outta Sight (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy
Great work by Archie Bell & The Drells from their time with Gamble & Huff – some of their greatest work ever! "Here I Go Again" is a really wonderful tune – a track that starts slow, with a hint of electric sitar, then skips into a swinging Philly groove that's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Plane Jane, 2017. New Copy
A funky spiritual tune from Miles Bonny – maybe one of his best tracks in years, and a tune that blends hip hop production with old school gospel lyrics! Miles has a nicely understated approach that's right on the money – and which makes for no fake modes at all – and the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Make The World (voc, inst)
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy
Lee Fields in storming fuzzy funk mode – a standout track from one of the greatest voices in classic school soul, backed by one finest backing bands in The Expressions! "Make The World" bursts out of the gate with heavy drums, punchy horns, and borderline sinister guitar sound, but ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Jungle Fever/Tender Trap
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy
A sweet steel band cover of the funky classic "Jungle Fever" – that great groove you'll know from the famous original by Chakachas – served up here with even more of a funky drum break on the intro, and the added charm of funky steel drums! Those drums sound equally great on ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Modern/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy (pic cover)
Four rare slices of west coast soul – all hand-picked from the overlooked catalog of Modern Records – a label that's better-known for its R&B of the 50s, but which served up some fantastic soul in the following decade! Jackie Day belts it out of the park on "Before It's Too ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Too Soon You're Old/Lady Day & John Coltrane/What's Goin On (interlude)
Sidney/Athens Of The North, Early 70s. New Copy
A great little soul jazz tune – one of the few classics ever cut by singer Penny Goodwin! "Too Soon You're Old" has a Marlena Shaw kind of approach – slowly slinking arrangements with a sparkling jazzy quality, almost in a CTI mode, with string stepping behind electric piano, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Norton, 1960s. New Copy
A very cool tribute to Sun Ra on his birthday – a limited single with two previously-unreleased tracks! Both sides are untitled – and side a features a recitation with a cool jazzy backdrop – almost in the vein of Sun Ra's doo wop work, but a bit moodier – as the group ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Expansion (UK), 1975. New Copy
Two overlooked gems from this fantastic harmony group! "When A Little Love" has a percolated intro that's almost in Shuggie Otis territory, but then soars up a bit when the voices come in – and the whole tune hits this catchy vibe that's perfect RCA soul from the 70s! The group ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Wejene Aola/Eastern Prayer
Soundway (UK), 2016. New Copy (pic cover)
Maybe the coolest cut we've ever heard from Dexter Story – and not just because Kamasai Washington plays some guest tenor sax! The whole groove is great – a reworking of an older Ethiopian track, but with a richer jazz funk feel – produced by Story with Carlos Nino, who also ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated April 30, 2017


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