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Nathan BartellNathan Bartell ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
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 most collections of this nature – as Nathan's work spans both the hard-hitting funky 45 world of the 70s, and the emerging groove styles of the 80s – which means that the record begins with the kind of funky material you'd guess from other southern singles of the time, then moves into midtempo modern soul that's more in the territory of Leon Ware! The mix of modes is a great testament to the under-recognized strengths of Bartell – an artist who kept on growing, even if the rest of the world wasn't paying attention at the time. Titles include "I Feel It Coming", "Top Going Down Bottom Going Up", "Moving On", "Some One Like You", "Ooh Baby I Love You", "Mystery Lady", "I Want Your Love", "See Me Cry", "If I Could Win Your Love", and "Jody & John". CD
Also available Nathan Bartell ... LP 24.99

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Nathan BartellNathan Bartell ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $24.99 26.99
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 most collections of this nature – as Nathan's work spans both the hard-hitting funky 45 world of the 70s, and the emerging groove styles of the 80s – which means that the record begins with the kind of funky material you'd guess from other southern singles of the time, then moves into midtempo modern soul that's more in the territory of Leon Ware! The mix of modes is a great testament to the under-recognized strengths of Bartell – an artist who kept on growing, even if the rest of the world wasn't paying attention at the time. Titles include "I Feel It Coming", "Top Going Down Bottom Going Up", "Moving On", "Some One Like You", "Ooh Baby I Love You", "Mystery Lady", "I Want Your Love", "See Me Cry", "If I Could Win Your Love", and "Jody & John". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nathan Bartell ... CD 13.99

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Greg Foat & James ThorpePhotosynthesis ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $7.99
A very cool collaboration between Greg Foat and James Thorpe – a set that's billed more as a sound library session than some of Foat's other jazz projects – even though the sound is equally appealing if you love those records too! The set is self-described as "futuristic analogue cosmic synth library cues for TV, film, and radio" – but it's also got a much warmer sound than you might expect, very much in keeping with the natural image on the cover – as Foat and Thorpe eschew some of the colder keyboard styles of other library records, and instead really let things glow with that organic vibe that usually informs Greg's music, as gentle rhythms set the pace for Fender Rhodes, Hohner pianet, and a host of Korg and Roland keys. There's also a touch of vibes, some field recordings, and other cool touches – on tracks that include "Balloon Ride", "Circadian Rhythms", "Grockle Box", "Living The Dream", "Platform Game", "Stacey's Theme", and "Elementary Physiology (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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Warren HampshireLanguage Of The Birds ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A solo album from Warren Hampshire, recorded right around the same time as his collaborations with Greg Foat, but done with a very different vibe! The set's got a nicely pastoral approach – slow building sounds that are somewhere between spiritual and meditative modes, with work from Hampshire on a variety of guitars, keyboards, and a wealth of percussion – plus inventive use of elements like autoharp and field recordings as well – blended with a few guest contributions on flute, cello, and strings – all elements that keep the gentle glowing spirit of the music nicely intact! Pascale Edwards Labelle sings guest vocals on the track "Zep Tepi", and the rest of the set is instrumental – with titles that include "From Lonely Hours", "Then It Was Gone", "I Just Didn't Think You'd Care", "Only A Moment", "Wu Wei", "Eve Of The Deluge", and "The Falling Rain". CD
Also available Language Of The Birds ... LP 26.99

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Warren HampshireLanguage Of The Birds ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $26.99 29.99
A solo album from Warren Hampshire, recorded right around the same time as his collaborations with Greg Foat, but done with a very different vibe! The set's got a nicely pastoral approach – slow building sounds that are somewhere between spiritual and meditative modes, with work from Hampshire on a variety of guitars, keyboards, and a wealth of percussion – plus inventive use of elements like autoharp and field recordings as well – blended with a few guest contributions on flute, cello, and strings – all elements that keep the gentle glowing spirit of the music nicely intact! Pascale Edwards Labelle sings guest vocals on the track "Zep Tepi", and the rest of the set is instrumental – with titles that include "From Lonely Hours", "Then It Was Gone", "I Just Didn't Think You'd Care", "Only A Moment", "Wu Wei", "Eve Of The Deluge", and "The Falling Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Language Of The Birds ... CD 12.99

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Hampshire & FoatSaint Lawrence ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $9.99
The duo of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat keep on getting more and more interesting as the years go on – to a point where they seem to be carving out a really special place in music that might well be a genre of their own! The music here represents a wonderful evolution of their skills together – sounds that are still steeped in older elements of jazz, funk, and other modes – but which have also taken on a new sort of complexity, yet all without ever losing the organic, immediate approach that makes them so compelling! There's a blend here that's as if an Italian soundtrack of the 70s used spiritual jazz for its instrumentation – long flowing tracks that unfold with a gentle sort of beauty – with Hampshire on guitars and percussion, Foat on organ, guitar, piano, and kalimba – and other instrumentation on bells, gongs, flute, and percussion. Titles include "The Solitude Of Certitudes", "Woody Bay", "Out On The Side", "The Undercliff", "The Snake & The Weasel", and "The Clock Tower". CD

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Linkwood & Other LandsFace The Facts ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $8.99
Sweet grooves from Linkwood – served up in the kind of keyboard-heavy style of his collaboration with Greg Foat, but even more upbeat and 80s-styled overall! The tunes here really recall the best sound of 80s electro soul – all instrumental, with a really classic vibe to the keyboard lines and drum machines – but also served up in a way that's not totally retro – maybe more of an imagined version of the past, and by that we mean that things actually sound even better put-together and warmer than they did back in the day! There's a nice sense of understatement to the record that really serves it well – and titles onclude "Varial", "Shapes", "Down Leith", "First Take", "Theme For City", "Porty", "Face The Facts", and "Silver Nows". CD
Also available Face The Facts ... LP 14.99

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Linkwood & Other LandsFace The Facts ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Sweet grooves from Linkwood – served up in the kind of keyboard-heavy style of his collaboration with Greg Foat, but even more upbeat and 80s-styled overall! The tunes here really recall the best sound of 80s electro soul – all instrumental, with a really classic vibe to the keyboard lines and drum machines – but also served up in a way that's not totally retro – maybe more of an imagined version of the past, and by that we mean that things actually sound even better put-together and warmer than they did back in the day! There's a nice sense of understatement to the record that really serves it well – and titles onclude "Varial", "Shapes", "Down Leith", "First Take", "Theme For City", "Porty", "Face The Facts", and "Silver Nows". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Face The Facts ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Linkwood & Other LandsMono ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $26.99 32.99
"Mono" might seem to be a strange word to use in relation to the music of Linkwood – as his sets always have a very spacious, stretched-out sort of sound – one that's hardly the stuff of a one-channel recording! Yet here, Linkwood strips things down in a nice way – almost offering an 8-bit version of his fuller sounds from other records – using some lean, 80s-styled instrumentation – plenty of beats and keyboards, served up on these short tracks that move between upbeat groovers and a few more mellow moments! Titles include "No One's Perfect", "Date Line", "Refresher", "Strangely Enough", "Dust Jacket", "Rain & Shine", "Bubbles", "Byte Size", and "Endcoms". LP, Vinyl record album

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William StuckeyLove Of Mine (with bonus track) ... LP
Symplex/Athens Of The North (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 26.99
A rare set issued on a tiny label from Arkansas – but a set that's got all the charm, poise, and sparkle of some of the best deep soul on late 70s Columbia Records! Stuckey's got a touch of southern soul in his voice, with a sweet cracking sound – and that honest approach is mixed with some warmer modern soul arrangements – a bit like the style of some of the best Tyrone Davis or Johnnie Taylor records from the time! The blend of southern and modern is wonderful – and handled with a sense of care that really makes you think that the whole thing was done at one of the best studios out on the coast – rather than some tiny outpost west of the Mississippi. A great record – one of those cases where the rarity is matched by the quality – on titles that include "I've Got Plans For You", "Love Of Mine", "If You Want To", "Hold Me Close", and "The First Time". Also features the previously unissued "Just Around The Corner". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLeon Gardner's Igloo Records ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
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 – but Gardner also has an ear for more complex sounds at times, and brings in some jazz moments that really give the Igloo titles a unique vibe – always with plenty of grit in the grooves, as befits a small indie label – but with an ear for the music that also makes us wonder what Gardner could have done, had someone given him the keys to a bigger label and studio for his productions! We'd love a bit more in the way of notes – but that's to be expected, as Leon was somewhat of a mysterious figure – and the music is more than great enough on its own, with titles that include "Farm Song", "Be There", "My Love Is Growing", "Who Are You", "Beef Jerky", "Tuff Lover", "Wonderful World Of Children", "You Gonna Cry", and "You Don't Care" by Leon Gardner himself – plus "You're My Love" by Eddie Lewis, "I've Cried" by The Jhamels, and "Petty Cash" and "Ropeokra" by Wallace Petty Combo. CD
Also available Leon Gardner's Igloo Records ... LP 24.99

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VariousLeon Gardner's Igloo Records ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $24.99 26.99
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 – but Gardner also has an ear for more complex sounds at times, and brings in some jazz moments that really give the Igloo titles a unique vibe – always with plenty of grit in the grooves, as befits a small indie label – but with an ear for the music that also makes us wonder what Gardner could have done, had someone given him the keys to a bigger label and studio for his productions! We'd love a bit more in the way of notes – but that's to be expected, as Leon was somewhat of a mysterious figure – and the music is more than great enough on its own, with titles that include "Farm Song", "Be There", "My Love Is Growing", "Who Are You", "Beef Jerky", "Tuff Lover", "Wonderful World Of Children", "You Gonna Cry", and "You Don't Care" by Leon Gardner himself – plus "You're My Love" by Eddie Lewis, "I've Cried" by The Jhamels, and "Petty Cash" and "Ropeokra" by Wallace Petty Combo. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Leon Gardner's Igloo Records ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Eugene Perkins/LaMont Zeno TheaterBlack Fairy ... CD
Taifa/Athens Of The North (UK), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally righteous little record – originally put together in support of a local stage production in mid-70s Chicago, but a set that's come to gain some global funky fame over the years! The record mixes together spoken bits, sung vocals, and some very cool instrumentation that includes lots of Fender Rhodes and guitar, plus excellent reed passages from the young Chico Freeman – all with a hip-stepping vibe that's a fair bit like the best soul-based soundtracks of the period! The spoken parts are especially great – and really make the record stand out from the pack – and the whole thing has a progressive, positive energy that follows in the spirit of earlier Chicago artists like Oscar Brown Jr or the Artistic Heritage Ensemble. The core story features a Black Fairy who's self-conscious about her social standing and race – and learns to empower herself by tapping into her inner strength and pride – very powerful stuff for a children's stage at the time, and a message that's unfortunately still very relevant all these many years later. Titles include the killer modal jazz number "Black Land Of The Nile", which almost feels like one of Archie Shepp's spiritual vocal tracks – plus "The Streets Of Harlem", "Afrika's My Home", "Travel to Afrika", "Black Fairy Returns", and "Hey Black Child". CD

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✨✧ RivageSittin On It ... CD
Tempus/Athens Of The North (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet bit of funky soul from the Florida scene in the early 80s – a completely charming modern soul effort that's quite different than the bigger Miami hits of the decade before! These guys have a sense of integrity that comes through in their look on the cover – unassuming, and very down to earth – which maybe gives the whole thing that nice indie vibe of New Jersey work from ten years before, but with some of the grooves and styles that might be more contemporary to 1981! Vocals are often harmonized, in ways that again go back to older New Jersey or Philly soul – and the album balances funky upbeat tracks with some mighty nice ballads. Titles include "I Need You Baby", "Strung Out On Your Love", "Waiting On A Sign", "I Need Your Love", and "All My Love For You". CD

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✨✧ William StuckeyLove Of Mine (with bonus track) ... CD
Symplex/Athens Of The North (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare set issued on a tiny label from Arkansas – but a set that's got all the charm, poise, and sparkle of some of the best deep soul on late 70s Columbia Records! Stuckey's got a touch of southern soul in his voice, with a sweet cracking sound – and that honest approach is mixed with some warmer modern soul arrangements – a bit like the style of some of the best Tyrone Davis or Johnnie Taylor records from the time! The blend of southern and modern is wonderful – and handled with a sense of care that really makes you think that the whole thing was done at one of the best studios out on the coast – rather than some tiny outpost west of the Mississippi. A great record – one of those cases where the rarity is matched by the quality – on titles that include "I've Got Plans For You", "Love Of Mine", "If You Want To", "Hold Me Close", and "The First Time". Also features the previously unissued "Just Around The Corner". CD
Also available Love Of Mine (with bonus track) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ VariousFor The Love Of You – A Selection Of Soulful Lovers Rock Covers ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really fantastic idea for a compilation – a set that brings together obscure covers of funk and soul tunes – mostly from the late 70s/early 80s generation, and mostly in a laidback, soul-stepping style! If you're a lover of rare groove, you'll recognize plenty of the songs, but not the versions – as these are all pretty darn rare and obscure, usually cut by indie artists who barely got any circulation for their recordings at the time – in the best tradition of super-rare work we usually expect from the Athens Of The North label! And while the title might indicate that the set features tracks in a lovers rock mode, the approach is maybe more indie soul overall – with only a hint of reggae inspiration in some of the grooves. The package features new takes on songs by Leon Ware, Mtume, Deniece Williams, Lowrell, and others – with titles that include "Rocking You Eternally" by Peter Hunningale, "For The Love Of You" by Simplicity, "What You Won't Do For Love" by Michael Gordon, "Do Me Baby" by Family Love, "Don't Let Love Get You Down" by Pure Silk, "Mellow Mellow Ride On" by Misses Misty, "Body Fusion" by Michael Prophet, and "Outstanding" by Al Charles. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Billy BrunerBilly Bruner ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Billy Bruner looks nice and relaxed on the cover – and his grooves are nice and relaxed, too – but maybe that's just how they make their music in Billy's hometown of Tulsa! The set's got a sweet blend of 80s soul and mellow boogie – never too over the top, and handled with a nice mix of 80s production styles, in a good balance between electric elements and some warmer modes at the core. Most cuts are nicely unpolished – diamonds in the rough that might have been hits, had they gotten commercial treatment – but which are maybe even better sounding in this approach. The package features a few unreleased tracks, and work by Billy that also includes cuts by T'Spoon and The Davis Family – on titles that include "If You Dance Tonite", "School Dance", "Amazing", "The Tulsa Song", "The Dream", "Sweetness", "Cat's Meow", and "Say Yeah". CD

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✨✧ Hampshire & FoatHoneybear ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat have already given us some amazing music on record – but this strangely-titled set may well be their crowning achievement so far! The set's got kind of a creepy look and feel – and a layout that replicates some of the more sophisticated UK jazz titles on the Argo Records label at the end of the 60s. And the style here is very much in keeping with that spirit – this straight mixture of light and darkness, delivered by the duo in a way that's more subtle than before – yet even more powerful too! Hampshire plays guitars, organ, and other keyboards – and Foat adds in more keyboards and bass, while both handle some other effects and sounds – but the real difference here is the album's use of larger string arrangements – not full orchestrations, but just the right kind of light colors and shadings that you might have heard on a record by Nick Drake, Colin Blunstone, or some of the other hipper British singers at the start of the 70s. The approach is more holistic than their previous jazz efforts – not entirely in that side of the spectrum – and more a beautiful record of rich yet melancholy instrumentals. Titles include "Crows Feet", "The Hive", "The Elderflower", "Honey Dreams", "Rain Clouds", "Winter Bound", and "The Fly & I". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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