Nathan Bartell —
Nathan Bartell ... CD Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
Fantastic funky soul from a very mysterious figure – Georgia's Nathan Bartell, a singer with a deep soul style, and an under-exposed legacy that mostly involves a few indie label singles, and countless work in the smaller clubs of his state! The blend of music here is a bit different than ... (Soul) read moreCD
The rare second album from Bobby Boyd – a set that's even more soulful than his first, and which is filled with funky gems! Boyd's vocals are wonderful – tight, but with an earnest quality that almost pushes him more towards a Bill Withers vibe than some of the other funky singers of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If you don't know the music of Brief Encounter, prepare for a revelation – as the group were relatively obscure, even back in their prime – but managed to cut some of the hippest soul records that were ever issued on the Carolina scene! Brief Encounter aren't southern soul or combo ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Alexander Bright joins forces here with Groove Armada's Tom Findlay – and the result is a set of grooves that partly have an 80s boogie sort of vibe, and partly reflect that sunnier, hazier sound that we've loved from the LA underground scene in recent years! Beats, basslines, and ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The funkiest record in years from the great Greg Foat – a set that moves away from some of the more open, meditative sounds of other recent albums – and has Greg returning to the kind of grooves that first made us fall in love with his music! Foat plays Fender Rhodes throughout – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Greg Foat —
Mage ... LP Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
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Maybe the most amazing work we've heard so far from Greg Foat – and that's really saying a lot, as the British keyboardist has given us some really incredible records over the years! The work's got a more ambitious vibe than some of Greg's straighter jazz sets – with large arrangements ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Greg Foat & Art Themen —
Off Piste ... LP Athens Of The North (UK), 2023. New Copy ...
British saxophonist Art Themen played on some killer records back in the day – including modern classics from Stan Tracey and Graham Collier – and here, he brings his legendary sound to a project with the younger Greg Foat – an artist who's always doing great things to open up the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
LaRombe Baker hails from Philly, but he's best known for his late 70s work on the LA scene – a place where he was continually bubbling under, but never fully got the chance he deserved! Hearing this set, it's clear that LaRombe was one of the great almost-rans of his generation – an ... (Soul) read moreCD
Southern funk from the end of the 60s – served up by a great little combo that features the raspy voice of Ike Noble in the lead, and some great backings from the well-named Uptights! The tracks here are on the rawer side of the Stax Records sound – gritty and groovy, with that great ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure if Arthur Ponder ever really got crowned prince on the Georgia scene of the early 80s – but given the class and quality of the tracks on this set, he definitely comes across like some sort of royalty! In truth, only a few of the songs here were ever issued at the time – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's drummer Dennis Young on the cover – looking as he might when he was a key member of Liquid Liquid – that killer New York underground group from the early 80s, whose complex funky rhythms were a big part of that scene at the time! Dennis here is working from the years after that ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from the UK soul scene – music from a time when some of the bigger names overseas were starting to grab interest on US charts, but were only the tip of the iceberg next to some of the overlooked artists on this set! If you dig the sounds of Loose Ends, Soul II Soul, and Mica ... (Funky Compilations) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from the UK soul scene – music from a time when some of the bigger names overseas were starting to grab interest on US charts, but were only the tip of the iceberg next to some of the overlooked artists on this set! If you dig the sounds of Loose Ends, Soul II Soul, and Mica ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Igloo Records was a teeny tiny label on the LA scene of the early 70s – but all of its releases turned out to be killers – most handled by the hip-looking Leon Gardner on the cover! The music is often heavy with the kind of deep funk you'd expect from rare singles at the time – ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD