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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!


Bad Girl Yoko EP
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1966. New Copy (pic cover)
A totally cool Japanese soundtrack from the 60s – one that's as much of a jazz album as it is a film score! The group features saxes from Sadao Watanabe and trumpet from Terumasa Hino – part of a lineup that would already make the music sound great on paper, although it's even better ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Unathi/Zaharila
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
The cover's a bit unusual for a single by El Michels Affair, and the music is too – especially given that group here work with singer Piya Malik – whose entrancing vocals really bring a new sound to their groove! "Unathi" has some elements that are in the familiar El Michel's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
La Cloche/Kane EP
Columbia/Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1966. New Copy (pic cover)
A totally cool little Japanese soundtrack from the 60s – done for a film that features a bunch of younger teens who head out the beach – and which is scored with music that perfectly fits the mood! There's a really great range of 60s film modes going on here – as some tunes ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1964. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool mix of music – served up here on a soundtrack that's almost like having an audio version of a movie! The songs are all relatively short, and are the mix of jazz and lighter melodies that you might find in an early 60s Italian soundtrack – perfect music for the bittersweet ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Jazzman (UK), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
Emanative have guest vocals from Ahu on "New Day" – a tune that's got this beautiful pulse of the group's own organ, basslines, and reeds – which are really given a great sense of vocals by the upbeat spirit of the vocals! The flipside features the tune as an instrumental ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
They'll Never Know Why/Make Up Your Mind
Outta Sight (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy
Freddie Chavez really cooks along here in a Motown mode – really echoing bigger Detroit sounds on "They'll Never Know Why" – at least in the arrangements and overall structure – while still managing to come across with a nicely rougher groove in the end! Dave Newman is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Woman Love Thief/Love Power
Outta Sight (UK), 1969. New Copy
That title is pretty darn accusatory – but the groove is pretty darn upbeat – this nicely building style that kind of goes stop/start to really raise its energy – with a fantastic force when the lead singer really rolls out his words! "Love Power" is a bit more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy (reissue)
Ronnie Laws may have had the first hit version of "Always There", but Willie Bobo's is a great one too – with a slightly Latin tinge that takes the cut to a whole new level, adding in some extra percussion to make its jazz funk grooves stand up on end! "Comin Over Me" is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Brother (UK), 1980. New Copy
A stunning clubby masterpiece – one of the most soulful singles to come from the P&P studios, and a killer groove with some really wonderful vocals! The track moves along at a slightly mellower clip than the usual P&P groove – a sweet skipping midtempo groove that's flecked ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trax/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
A soulful classic from Chicago! "Move Your Body" is a wonderful house tune – one with a warmer groove than usual, and vocals that really drive the track in a great way alongside the relentless and infectious piano line. Mixed by Chicago legend Ron Hardy, this track needs no ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Baby Wants To Ride/Your Love
Trax/Get On Down, 1987. New Copy (reissue)
Two classics from Frankie! Of all the artists on the Chicago Trax label during the glory days of the windy city house scene, Frankie was the one who really kept a strong line traced back to the club sound of the late 70s and early 80s. Both of these cuts have a strongly soulful sound – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trax/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy
A gem! Larry Heard's classic work as Mr Fingers was some of our favorite back in the house days – and "Can You Feel It" is about as anthemic as you can get for a dancefloor tune! The cut's vocal refrain is immediately catchy, and it's chopped up and swirled around some monstrously ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Gimme My Wife/Ease My Mind (Part 1)
Preservation Project, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Two heavy funk tracks from the trippiest days of the genre – both of them previously unreleased, and with a nice degree of psychedelic influence in the mix! "Gimme My Wife" has almost an early Funkadelic rhythm – cyclical in a great way, with fuzzy guitar riffing around the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1972. New Copy
Early solo work from Patti Austin – rare material cut for Columbia Records before her late 70s fame! "Are We Ready For Love" soars out of the gate at a level that's almost Northern Soul, but with perhaps a bit more of a righteous undercurrent – which Patti definitely picks up ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Don't Back Down (vocal, inst)
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy
Compelling dancefloor beats, cosmic synth atmosphere, funky bass grooves and soul-steeped vocals – all things we love – and we're loving the neo-classic club grooves on the Star Creature label more and more! Ourra & Andre Espeut make 80s-inspired grooves fresh again, not skimping ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Step Out/All Night Long
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy
Spacey club soul from DJ Friction's Ground Control project – and another win for Chicago's Star Creature label! "Step Out" has a great dancefloor-ready vibe from the opening bit of beats and synth groove, but once the vocals kick it goes to another level, thanks the soulful vocals ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1977. New Copy (pic cover)
Two sweet funky tracks from the soundtrack to the Italo sex classic Emanuelle Perche Violenza Alle Donne – served up here on a mighty cool pic sleeve 45! "Eternal Anguish" has these cyclic rhythms with a bit of tribal percussion – topped by a swirling flute line that creates ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Afro Beat/Afro Flower
Four Flies (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
Two sweet funky tracks from Braen & Raskovich – a mysterious studio duo that features some extra-heavy drums from Giuliano Sorgini! The drums alone here are great – but they're also topped by a weir spooky keyboard that's billed as a "Hammond C3" on the cover – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, Early 70s. New Copy
Two rare grooves from this legendary group! "Sittin On A Red Hot Stove" is a slow-stepping monster – very hard and funky, but moving at a pace that's much more leisurely than anyone who's getting themselves burned on a grill! The tune's got a completely badass vibe that's almost ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
P&P, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A real club stormer! Queen Yahna has a deep rich voice, in the tradition of the best Miami soul divas – and it's nicely situated in a classic club groove, augmented by congas and cowbells, with great production by Capraquarius! The vocal chorus is soulful and catchy – and the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
"Coming Home" is a warmly funky groove from the great Lee Fields – a cut that seems to equally balance deep soul and sweet soul modes, as Lee himself has been doing on the best of his recent work! There's a great flow to the electric side of the instrumentation – which is ... 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
Blackman (flexidisc)
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy
A fantastic single from Jeff Parker – part of the ever-evolving level of sound that he's hit on his great projects with International Anthem! The tune's as much of a soul track as Jeff's ever recorded – one that begins with beautiful chromes layered from keyboards and guitar – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy
A gem of a sweet soul single from Numero – material that never got issued back in the day! "You & Me" is a tremendous little tune – very spare and sweet, with a completely catchy hook – all put together with a roughness that reminds us of the earliest days of doo ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Record Kicks (Italy), 2018. New Copy
Contemporary soul from a Chicago group – but one who work in this style that's nicely down to earth, and which maybe has a bit of the group feel of the 70s! "Come Back" has a brightness to the music that's a nice contrast to the bluer tone of the lyrics – and "Think I'm ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Love Vinyl (UK), 1984. New Copy
80s grooves galore! Kleer sound great on both sides of the single – hitting hard on side one with their classic "Intimate Connection", and on side two with the amazing "Tonight" – both mellow-grooving tunes with some incredible keyboard lines that slip, slide, and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet little rarity from Bobbi Humphrey – a rare single cut for Roy Ayers' Uno Melodic label, and a great blend of Bobbi's jazzy style with Roy's warmly sublime groove! There's a bit more vocals than flute on the track, but that's a-ok with us – and Roy produced, while Bobbi arranged! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy
"God Make Me Funky" is easily the best cut ever by The Headhunters – a killer long jazz funk groove, one that begins with drums that have inspired a generation of DJs, and which have made the track in-demand for years! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Brother (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Two of the greatest cuts ever from the Soul Searchers – back to back on a funky 45! "Blow Your Whistle" is a killer – an example of that tight, hard funk sound that would make the group a huge influence on the GoGo scene in years to come. And "Ashley's Roachclip" ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy
A hot slice of early 80s, post-disco soul produced by Roy Ayers! On "I Know You Care", Ethyl uses a sexy, breathy, Minnie Riperton kind of approach that accents the deep thumping bass, drums and claps, and the scratchy guitar very nicely! Overall the track has a bit poppier of a sound ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Rolling Stoned
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy (pic cover)
Two takes on a style – both of them mighty nice! The Mild High Club are "Rolling Stoned" here in this fuzzy blend of slow drums and floating flute – all given this trippy production that's very fitting for the Stones Throw touch – with a quality that seems to shapeshift ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
PIMP/Police In Helicopter
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy
A wicked set of funky steel drums – a bad-stepping number from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, and just the kind of hard funk cut we're always digging for on steel drum records! We hardly ever find gems this good though – as "Pimp" has these slow-snapping drums that make ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy
Two mighty positive groovers – pressed up here on a limited 45 from Japan! "Our Time Is Coming" is a soaring clubby cut from Roy Ayers – with rhythms that move quick, but which have a righteous message from Roy and the group – plus sweet keyboard fills in the middle! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A warm modern soul groove with plenty of charm – the kind of tune that's well put-together but never too smooth! There's a perfect sensibility to the whole thing – lightly funky rhythms, jazzy horns, and riffing guitar – all setting up the hook beautifully before the vocals come ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
I Can't Love You Anymore (voc, inst)
Timmion (Finland), 2017. New Copy
A contemporary cut, but one that's got a great early 70s sweet soul vibe – as Carlton June delivers this fantastic heartbreaking lyric, while the Cold Diamond & Mink combo give him a slow funk drumbreak backup! The flipside's an instrumental – which lets you focus even more on the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tamla/Third Man, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
A great one from the early days of The Supremes – much more gritty than the polished soul of the trio's famous years – with this excellent R&B vibe at the bottom, and a shouted vocal that's nice and raw, and which really fits the popcorn lyric of the tune! "Who's Loving ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
S'Plat, 2018. New Copy
Raw soul with powerful vocals by Milwaukee singer Gervis Myles – and a promising debut single for the S'Plat label! "Element Of Love" and "I'm Thirsty" both put a timeless spin on a style of soul rooted in the early 60s – think Two Steps From The Blues era Bobby ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 6 x 7 inch box set
The Ethiopiques series just got cooler than ever – given a very hip twist here in a limited box of 7" singles – which bring the music forth at a level that feels even more vintage than before! If you're not hip, the long-running Ethiopiques collection has uncovered some of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1975/1977. New Copy
Two great 70s Atlantic Records grooves from Margie Joseph! "I Can't Move" has Arif Mardin handling production – with that warm swirl of elements that he brought to Aretha Franklin's best productions of the decade – and the great Johnny Bristol handles Margie on "Come On ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Don't Pity Me/My Block
Warner/Expansion (UK), 1965. New Copy
Surprisingly soulful work from Joanie Sommers – a singer you might have known from lighter girl pop just a few years before! "Don't Pity Me" has this heavy punch in the rhythms – almost a popcorn soul groove, handled wonderfully by Tommy Oliver! "My Block" seems to ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Send Him Back/You Got To Pay Your Dues
Outta Sight (UK), 1970/1972. New Copy
An early cut from The Pointer Sisters – and much more raw than their crossover hits of later years! There's some cool strings that step quickly along with the righteous groove – plucking out this sinister edge that really works great with the bold vocals on "Send Him Back". ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Go Bang! (parts 1 & 2)
Sleeping Bag/Get On Down, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A spacey disco classic! "Go Bang" is a wonderful tune – with a jaunty vocal refrain that's laid over some off-kilter keyboard rhythms infused with bass. Arthur Russell produced and Francois K mixed – and this great vinyl single features the complete cut – Part 1 on one ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tearz/Verbal Intercourse
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
The label says El Michels, but the record also features vocals from Lee Fields & The Shacks – singing in this slow-stepping harmony chorus that often gives way more strongly to the instrumentation – in a moody, late nite funk approach that's one of the finest moments in the El ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
A great little cut that really lives up to its title – a jazzy mambo taken at a nice fast tempo – complete with some excellent percussion, fast-scatting vocals, and this great flute line that comes along in the middle and makes the whole thing really sparkle! The flipside is great too ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Che Che Cole Makossa/Che Che Cole
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
Insanely fantastic work from the mighty Antibalas Orchestra! The group's really moved onto a whole new level here – covering Willie Colon's classic 70s groover "Che Che Cole", but kicking up the beats to give the track more of an African feel. This version really cooks with some ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Traveler's Prayer/Stepped Into The Light
Magnifreeq, 2017. New Copy
Funky soul from Phenomenal Hand Clap Band – a group who bring some nice 80s elements into their music, while still keeping things nice and warm overall! "Traveler's Prayer" almost feels like soulful fusion from The Crusaders generation – with a great female singer who comes ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2005. New Copy
The first funky outing we've ever heard from The Budos Band – but a really tasty funky set, with a raw and stripped-down feel! "Up From The South" is a chugging, churning mass of snapping drum breaks and scratchy guitar – topped by a well-crafted horn part that comes in as ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Fantastic Latin soul from the late 60s New York scene – two tracks with superb arrangements by Hector Rivera! David Coleman's got a great voice – raspy, but strong – really soaring out on the lyrics to "Drown My Heart" while the band has all these sharp, edgey, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tell Me That You Love Me (vocal, inst)
Timmion (Finland), 2017. New Copy
One of those singles that lets you know that they DO still make 'em like they used to – at least if you're talking about the kind of moody harmony soul singles that we love so much from the start of the 70s – from the slightly fragile vocals right down to the slow funk of the drums! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. New Copy
Two killer slices of Brazilian funk! The instrumental "Miss Cheryl" is one of the trademark tunes of Banda Black Rio – a cut with these sharp, jazzy changes that are completely amazing – and which easily have BBR rivaling the sound of Earth Wind & Fire at their best! The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated June 19, 2018


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