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VariousBack To The Beat – The Legend Of Northern Soul – Rare Breed Rhythm & Soul 1956 to 1962 ... LP
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
A set that's got Northern Soul in the title, but which instead focuses on the raw grooves from the generation before – the upbeat, hard-wailing R&B material that first took shape in the postwar years – then went on to become a huge driving force behind soul music at the start of the 60s! Many of these cuts are right on the cusp – tracks with maybe a bit more class and a bit less blues than R&B of a few years before, and with soaring vocal leads that really show the growing role of a singer in the generation of soul. There's a few very early cuts by artists you'll know from later years – mixed with lots more obscure singles – in a set that includes the titles "She's So Fine" by Big Boy Myles, "Bit Oak Tree" by Herbert Hunter, "Troubles" by Joe Simon, "What You Bet" by Ricky Rezell, "Come On Home" by George Allen, "That's A Good Idea" by Grover Mitchell, "Take A Giant Step" by The Profiles, "I'm Going Home" by Prince Conley, "These Tears" by Mary Johnson, "Too Young" by Dale Cunningham, "Third Window From The Right" by Dean Barlow, "Sugar Diabetes" by Eddie Banks & The Five Dreamers, and "Something Funny Is Going On" by Bertha Tillman. LP, Vinyl record album
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Roy Head & The TraitsTreat Her Right/So Long, My Love ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1965. Very Good ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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OV WrightMemphis Unlimited ... CD
Back Beat/Reel Music, 1973. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
OV Wright at the top of his game – working here with classic Memphis production from Willie Mitchell, and a sound that should have knocked Al Green right off of the charts! Wright's vocals have a rougher edge than Al's, and the record's really dripping with deep soul feeling – a slow-burning energy that's perfectly handled by Mitchell, in ways that echo some of OV's bluesier roots, but keeps things in the more sophisticated Memphis modes of the 70s. The balance is perfect, and instrumentation is handled by a batch of Hi Records regulars – including the Memphis Horns with Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love. Wright really rises to the occasion for the whole album, and the set's arguably better than any of his later work for Hi – although that stuff is all pretty darn wonderful too! Titles include "I've Been Searching", "Lost In The Shuffle", "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled & Crazy", "Ghetto Child", "You Must Believe In Yourself", and "I'm Going Home". Beautiful reissue pressing too – with deep notes on the music, details of the session, vintage images, and even an OV Wright Discography too! CD

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✨✧ OV WrightAce Of Spade/Afflicted ... 7-inch
Back Beat, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ OV WrightI'd Rather Be Blind (Blind, Cripple, & Crazy)/Please Forgive Me ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Dos Santos Anti-Beat OrquestaCafeteando/Camino Infernal/Phantom Weight ... 7-inch
Electric Cowbell, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99
A sweetly-burning organ line kicks this one off – folding back again and again on itself, in some minimalist wave – while the group's very lively Latin percussion builds and builds, as a trombone comes in for a great lead line – and chorus vocals make the whole thing really soar! The flipside's got an echoey guitar line on "Camino Infernal" – almost surf-like – but mixed with lots more percussion, and relayed in a bit of distorted production – before "Phantom Weight" takes over, as more of a hard-driving bit of funk overall! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jon ThomasBig Beat On The Organ ... LP
Mercury, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $3.99
Although he's best known for his vocal R&B hit "Heartbreak", Jon Thomas was also a darn good organist, and this mid 50s album for Mercury's a nice batch of sides in the same tradition as contemporaneous work by Bill Doggett and Doc Bagby. The tracks are short and lively, and Jon plays with most of the stops out, for a vibrato-heavy sound. Titles include "Blu Jon", "Hot Tip", "Fat Back", "Go & See", and "Jelly Belly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has moisture along the opening.)

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VariousTeen Beat Vol 6 – Another 26 Great Rockin Instrumentals ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
A teen beat, but one with plenty of twang – given that all the cuts here are killer instrumentals from the early days of rock and roll! Most tracks here feature small, raunchy combos – usually with a guitar, tenor, or organ in the lead – working over romping drums, and recorded at a level that keeps things nice and raw – even though a number of these tracks were hits back in the day! Yet there's also lots of great obscure numbers, too – including some instrumentals from artists you might normally associate with vocals – alongside local hits by groups that never fully broke big – all to make for a hell of a groovy little instrumental party. CD features 26 tracks in all – with excellent sound and very detailed notes – on titles that include "Night Ride" by The Ramrods, "The Noplace Special" by The Titans, "Reveille Rock" by Johnny & The Hurricanes, "Straight Flush" by The Frantics, "Path Finder" by Teddy & The Rough Riders, "Frankie & Johnny" by The Mus-Twangs, "Nee Nee Na Na Nu Nu" by Dickie Doo & The Don'ts, "Happy Vacation" by Jackie Lee, "2000 Pound Bee (parts 1 & 2)" by The Ventures, "Beach Party" by King Curtis & The Noble Knights, "Hully Gully Guitar" by Jerry Reed & The Hully Girlies, "Choo Choo" by James Brown & The Famous Flames, and "Disk Jockey" by The Invaders. CD

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✨✧ FunkdoobiestFunkiest (original, bonus beat, acapella, doobie dust rmx, inst) ... 12-inch
Immortal, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Funkdoobiest's best from their first LP, with classic screachy early Muggs production, back when even real hip hop could use energy in the production and vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Clear vinyl promo in a plain sleeve.)

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✨✧ Fat BoysFat Boys Are Back ... LP
Sutra, 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
Produced by Kurtis Blow – and featuring the tracks "Human Beat Box part 2", "Hard Core Reggae", "Fat Boys Scratch", "Rock N Roll", and "Don't Be Stupid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few spots of old tape along the opening.)

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✨✧ Raph RashidBack to the Lab – Hip Hop Home Studios (hardcover) ... Book
Gingko Press, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hip hop started in the streets, then quickly moved to the studio once the music got more sophisticated – then made a further move to the home studio as costs went up and technology got better – almost taking things back to the underground as it opened up lots of new creative freedoms! Raph (aka Raphael) Rashid first examined these new spaces in his classic book Behind The Beat – issued over a decade back, and a crucial look at the new underground of hip hop production – and this volume follows up with new spaces from the ensuing years – all represented with the great sort of photography and attention to detail that we loved in the first book! Raph's got unfettered access to these amazing spaces – non-public production sites, responsible for some of the best sounds of the underground – in chapters that look at Kenny Dope, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Oh No, Dianmond D, Khalil, Waajeed, Oddisee, Alchemist, Jazzy Leff, Just Blaze, Sa Ra, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Lord Finesse, and others – with pictures of the artists, their creative space, and even their record collections too. Most of the book is photographs, but there's also introductory text for each chapter too – and the whole thing is a hefty 212 pages, hardcover. Book

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✨✧ WhodiniBack In Black ... LP
Jive, 1986. Used ... Out Of Stock
Whodini's third LP, and probably their last good one. A little less of the electro production but still some nice cuts including the big beat production on "Funky Beat", the goofy "I'm A Ho" and the mellow hit "One Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War) ... CD
Motown, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 15.98
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses of her criminally underappreciated Worldwide Underground and more of a hip hop based, righteously grooving style – but still bursts with a freshness that's unrivaled to say the least. From free spirited soul, to sparse hip hop funk this record is both blunt and beautiful – with a slow-building emotional resonance that'll reach the most jaded souls. Modern soul music of the first order that gives us goosebumps from the first spin to the last beat! The album kicks off with Erykah riffing on and remixing Ramp's "American Promise" as an intro – and it just gets deeper from there. Producers/collaborators include Madlib, Sa-Ra, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser and ?uestlove. Amazing!!! Titles include "The Healer", "Me", "My People", "Soldier", "The Cell", "Twinkle", "Master Teacher", "The Hump" and "Telephone". The 9th Wonder produced single "Honey" is an unlisted bonus track. CD

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Les Baxter And OthersWild Stereo Drums ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Compilation of Capitol artists doing material designed to show off rhythmic stereo patterns. Les Baxter does a couple exotica things, and Dick Harrell delivers two cool rockin' drum tracks. There's a total of 9 tracks in all, including "Bangkok Beat", "Blue Rhumba" and "Bongo Bash" by Pepe Dominguin, "Rocket Racket" and "Drivin' Around The Block" by Dick Harrell, "Uncle Tom Tom" and "Ting Ting Ting" by Les Baxter, "Drummer Boys" by Felix Slatkin & The Drum Brigade and "Tri Fi Drums" by Stan Levy, Alvin Stoller and Irv Cottler with the Billy Mays Orchestra. Powerful Percussion! Dramatic Stereo! Exciting Variety! LP, Vinyl record album
(UK stereo pressing, with a promo sticker. Flip-back cover has light wear.)

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Bodast (Steve Howe)Towards Utopia (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
You may know Steve Howe as a key member of Yes during their glory days – but the guitarist had a rich resume of work that went back to the early 60s UK scene – including this great stint in the trio Bodast! The group was one that Howe worked with between his time with Tomorrow and Yes – and they've got a tight, stark sound that's different than either group – maybe a bit of the fuzz of Tomorrow, but almost some elements that point back towards Steve's beat years – although the guitar lines get a chance to really stretch out and do some wonderful things here. The material was recorded in 1968, and never issued at the time – and this superb vinyl pressing presents the rare original mix for the first time on vinyl – much grittier than a cleaned-up version that Howe handled in the 80s. Titles include "Black Leather Gloves", "Mr Jones", "Tired Towers", "Do You Remember", "Beyond Winter", "Nether Street", and "1000 Years". CD features bonus tracks – "The Spanish Song", "Power Of Music", and "Come Over Stranger" – recorded by the previous group Canto. CD

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✨✧ ClashSandinista! ... LP
Epic, 1980. Very Good+ 3LP ... $33.99
The longest album ever from The Clash – a stunning triple LP set that really shows the group bristling with new ideas and energy throughout! There's a hell of a lot going on here – some cuts that are every bit as strong as the previous records, others that offer a few mis-steps but in a wonderfully playful way – and a few more that really hit this sort of unique mix of genres and politics that could only be summed up as Clash-like at its best! Bits of hip hop, reggae, new wave, funk, and more mix together beautifully – and the album's got a hell of a lot of charm and character, even if you're skipping past a few of the cuts you don't like as much as the others. 36 tracks in all – and titles include "The Magnificent Seven", "Hitsville UK", "Junco Partner", "The Leader", "Police On My Back", "Midnight Log", "The Call Up", "Washington Bullets", "Broadway", "Rebel Waltz", "Look Here", "The Crooked Beat", "Somebody Got Murdered", "Lose This Skin", "Charlie Don't Surf", "Kingston Advice", "Corner Soul", "Let's Go Crazy", "The Sound Of Sinners", "Living In Fame", "Silicone On Sapphire", and "Career Opportunities". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the booklet. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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D'AngeloBlack Messiah ... LP
RCA, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $22.99 23.98
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has definitely been formative, as he comes back here with a righteous power that really blows away all his previous work! D'Angelo still loves the slow beat and mellow approach to funk – but he's also picked up a lot more fuzz and freak, too – righteous energy that more than lives up to the Black Messiah promised by the title, as do the lyrics. Instrumentation includes work by Questlove on drums, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, and Jesse Johnson on guitar – and the grooves have these tripping, slow-percolating elements that really give the lyrics a great sort of crackle. More than worth the wait – as you'll hear on titles that include "Back To The Future (parts 1 & 2)", "Sugah Daddy", "Really Love", "1000 Deaths", "Ain't That Easy", "Betray My Heart", "The Door", and "Till It's Done (Tutu)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Don DrummondDon Cosmic ... CD
Studio One, Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
An incredible collection of work from one of the coolest musicians on the Jamaican scene in the 60s – the legendary Don Drummond – an artist who was schooled in jazz trombone, then went on to use the instrument as a surprisingly powerful force in ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This collection focuses on Don's performances for Studio One – and includes a number of tracks that were only ever issued as 45s, and which make their first-ever appearance here on album – along with a few classics, and some other unreleased takes too! Don's musicianship is superb – and he uses the trombone in a way that has the powerful punch of a trumpet, but is also tied quite strongly to the basslines in the rhythms too – an approach that was the epitome of cool back in the day. Titles include "Reload", "The Shock", "Surplus", "Coolie Boy", "Roll On Sweet Don", "The Rocket", "Rain Or Shine", "Scrap Iron", "Grooving With The Beat", "Serenade In Sound", "Green Island", "Far East", "Last Call", and "Jet Stream". CD

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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesFame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $29.99
Fame at last – and well-deserved fame too, because young Georgie's working here in a style that's unlike anybody else! The album's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Yeh Yeh", "Preach & Teach", "Tom Hark Goes Blue Beat", "Madness", "Bend A Little", "Do Re Mi", and "One Whole Year Baby". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Maynard FergusonDancing Sessions (Plays Jazz For Dancing/Let's Face The Music & Dance) ... CD
Roulette/Jazz Beat (Spain), 1959/1960. Used ... $24.99
2 lesser-known gems from a young Maynard Ferguson – back to back on a single CD! First up is Plays Jazz For Dancing – a record that hones the usual Ferguson groove a bit more for the dancefloor, yet still keeps in plenty of room for the sorts of solo space that Maynard first forged earlier in the 50s! The lineup here features some great work from Willie Maiden on tenor, Slide Hampton on trombone, and Jimmy Ford on alto sax – as well as performances from Maynard himself on trumpet, valve trombone, and even a bit of euphonium. Titles include "Hey There", "Where's Teddy", "Soft Winds", "Tis Autumn", "Secret Love", "I'll Be Seeing You", and "If I Should Lose You". Let's Face The Music & Dance follows in very similar form – a well-crafted batch of big band numbers from Maynard Ferguson, with more than enough swing and sway for the dancefloor, but also that stronger sense of personality and power you'd expect from Maynard. As usual for the time, the lineup of players is totally great – a surprising batch of hipsters that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Slide Hampton on trombone, Joe Farrell on tenor and clarinet, and Willie Maiden on tenor and flute – plys some great drum work from Rufus Jones, who really keeps a nice punch in the rhythms. Titles include "Let's Do It", "Spring Is Here", "Teach Me Tonight", "Let's Face The Music & Dance", and "Mangos". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Formula 5 (Formula V)Determination ... LP
Malaco, 1985. Very Good ... $4.99
A Cali group, but one who cut this sweet 80s set for the Malaco label – a record that's definitely much more street beat oriented than most of the usual blues and southern soul you'd find on the imprint! The tunes have a snapping array of beats and keyboards, one that definitely matches the group's leather jackets on the cover – but the vocals can often be warmer than the instrumentation, with a nice indie soul feel throughout. Titles include "Back To Love", "Undercover Lover", "Killer Groove", "Love Hour", "Cleaning House", "Part Time Lover Full Time Fool", and "New Fool On The Block". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jef GilsonEnfin! ... LP
CED (France), 1963. Very Good ... $189.99
Some of the earliest music ever from groundbreaking French pianist Jef Gilson – and proof that right at the start, he was already in a unique space that was all his own! Gilson was a real standout in the European postwar scene – and he was one of the first in the 60s to really try to find a new voice for himself and his contemporaries – a great lineup here that works in shifting arrays on these beautifully vivid compositions by Gilson – tracks that always have a pulsating rhythmic core, but some very unusual modern solos out front! There's a mix of earthy elements and forward-thinking instrumentation that reminds us maybe of Randy Weston at his most modern – or like some of the music on the British scene to come – but given the date of these sides, Gilson may well have beat everyone to the punch. Players include Michel Portal on alto, Francois Jenneau on soprano, Jean Louis Chautemps on tenor, Ivan Jullien on trumpet, Mowgli Jospin on trombone, and Jacques Thollot on drums – and titles include "Anamorphose", "Bitonalite", "Le Grand Bidou", "Indicatif L'Autoroute 1", "Curious", "Three Four One", and "Blue Bizz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original French pressing! Cover appears to have an autograph on the back, next to a small stamp. Cover has a small mark from an old sticker, and a small rip in the spine – but this is still a nice copy overall.)

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Jimmy GiuffreCool One – The Tangents In Jazz & Four Brothers Sessions ... CD
Capitol/Giant Steps (UK), 1954/1955. Used ... $6.99
Seminal west coast modern work from Jimmy Giuffre – both of his mid 50s classics for Capitol Records, back to back on one CD! The self-titled album Jimmy Giuffre is from 1954 – and was incredible work from one of the freshest new voices in jazz at the time! The album takes tracks from an original 10" LP session, and adds in a few more – so that you've got Jimmy playing tenor, clarinet, or baritone – in groups that include west coast cool players like Jack Sheldon, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne, Russ Freeman, and Ralph Pena. The writing's quite original, and Giuffre's already got that angular quality that will allow him to leap even further over the next few years. Titles include "Nutty Pine", "Wrought Of Iron", "Do It", "All For You", and "Sultana" – as well as the classic "Four Brothers". On Tangents In Jazz, Giuffre begins his experiments in jazz without a "non-pulsating beat" –, jazz without snapping cymbal, walking bass, or pounding piano to provide a steady pulse! The group on the LP includes Ralph Pena on bass, Artie Anton on drums, and Jack Sheldon on trumpet – and the four musicians play together in beautifully fragile little lines, which arc up and back, and come together with a sense of grace and surprise. Tracks include "The Leprechaun", "Scintilla Three", "Rhetoric", and "Chirpin Time". 20 tracks in all – most original compositions by Giuffre! CD
(Out of print.)

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Haggis HornsOne Of These Days ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
The Haggis Horns use plenty of their namesake instrument here – but what really makes the record great is its funky rhythmic core – a rock-solid rhythm section that has the larger group rivaling some of the best deep funk combos of the contemporary scene! The Haggis Horns are no newcomers to the music, but they just seem to get better and better with each new release – moving past their initial rise as a unique Scottish funk band, as you'd guess from their name – with a sound that could easily compete with the best blacksploitation-styled funk from both sides of the Atlantic! This time around, there's a few different singers in the mix – Doc Brown, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – which also expands the musical vision of the group – on titles that include "Curse Of The Haggis", "What's It All About", "The Long Way", "Gonna Be Alright", "World Gone Crazy", "Taker It Back", "New York Beat", and "One Of These Days". CD
Also available One Of These Days ... LP 16.99

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Haggis HornsOne Of These Days ... LP
Haggis (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
The Haggis Horns use plenty of their namesake instrument here – but what really makes the record great is its funky rhythmic core – a rock-solid rhythm section that has the larger group rivaling some of the best deep funk combos of the contemporary scene! The Haggis Horns are no newcomers to the music, but they just seem to get better and better with each new release – moving past their initial rise as a unique Scottish funk band, as you'd guess from their name – with a sound that could easily compete with the best blacksploitation-styled funk from both sides of the Atlantic! This time around, there's a few different singers in the mix – Doc Brown, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – which also expands the musical vision of the group – on titles that include "Curse Of The Haggis", "What's It All About", "The Long Way", "Gonna Be Alright", "World Gone Crazy", "Taker It Back", "New York Beat", and "One Of These Days". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available One Of These Days ... CD 12.99
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✨✧ NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Yes Lawd! (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with crackling, funk-steeped hip hop soul production. That's the case whether he's producing himself, working with a giant like Dr. Dre, or paired as he is here with Knxledge. Knx's production is a perfect backdrop – beats out front in the mix, classic Cali sample funk and soul framing the vocals – with a lingering haze holding it all together amazingly well! Intentional or not, Yes Lawd channels earlier Stones Throw classic LPs like Jaylib and Madvillain in the way it pairs distinctive contemporary talents for a joint duo effort, and after .Paak's solo shot Malibu, it's his second potential classic in a single year! Includes "Livvin", "Wngs", "What More Can I Say", "Kutless", "Lyk Dis", "Can't Stop", "Get Bigger", "Scared Money", "Suede", "Starlite", "Sidepiece", "Jodi", "Link Up", "Another Time", "Fkku" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". CD

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✨✧ DJ IncAfterset Breaks Beats & Grooves – Not Often (club, bonus beats)/Welcome Back (club)/Tha POOH (club) ... 12-inch
Dusty DJ Inc, 2002. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
3 smooth jazzy club tracks from DJ Inc – that sweet and light sound that's always been popular with Chicago's steppers scene, mixed in with some heavier beats than usual! "Not Often" has a very catchy vocal refrain that slides in and out as the track grooves on – and "Tha POOH (Pursuit Of One's Happiness)" features a strong sax solo, snaking around some warm and mellow beats, in the tradition that's the best promise of DJ Inc! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousLooking Back – 80 Mod, Freakbeat, & Swinging London Nuggets – Compiled By Paul Weller (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
Fantastic work from a time when the London scene was heavy on influences from American soul, blues, and R&B – and sought to turn the best elements of that music into something new and unique! Some of the groups here are ones that you'll recognize from later years and greater fame, others are early combos that featured later stars, and still others are wonderful groups you've been lost to the shifting sands of time – but who really show the fantastic edge that the British scene had in the mid 60s! Lots of this work has the mod vibe you'd expect from the title, but there's also some fuzzier moments too – and the package is a hell of a deal at this great price! 80 tracks in all – with titles that include "Looking Back" by Spencer Davis, "I Don't Need Your Kind" by The Rockin Vickers, "Done Me Wrong" by The Couriers, "Broken Truth" by A Wild Uncertainty, "Looky, Looky" by The Brothers Grimm, "Kangaroo" by Hoagy Benson, "Reviewing The Situation" Jacki Bond, "No Good Without You" by The Birds, You Can't Be Serious" by The Mirage, "Jak D'Or" by Episode Six, "Until My Baby Comes Home" by The Mojos, "Hush" by Kris Ife, "Take It Easy" by Sugar Simone, "Yes I Do" by Ram John Holder, "Take Away" by The Couriers, "I'll Be Doggone" by Glen Ingram, "Ace Of Clubs" by The Knave, "Last Night" by Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen, "Baby Do You Know What You're Doing" by Arthur Brown Set, "Please Go" by The Trekkas, and "Tough She Says" by The In Crowd. CD

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James BrownPayback (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Polydor, 1973. Very Good ... $7.99
One of James Brown's greatest cuts ever – a stone funky monster that never gets old! The tune's got a snapping slow funk beat that's simply incredible, and it builds and builds with a sound that has an intensity that can't be beat! Plus, this 2-part single is actually pretty tough to find – a lot rarer than the album, with a strange spoken announcer over a few parts! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a sticker.)

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FatbackGirl Is Fine (So Fine) (long, dance version) ... 12-inch
Spring, 1983. Very Good ... $4.99
A great little electro groover from Fatback – less funky and more beat-heavy than the group's other work – but a great crossover tune with a heck of a pretty hook! Dance version has a nice mix by Francois K, too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Test pressing, with incorrect title.)

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Just-IceBack To The Old School ... CD
Fresh/Traffic, 1986. Used ... $9.99
The classic first (and hardest to find) Just-Ice LP – finally back in print. The album was officially produced by Mantronik, although we always thought that Just-Ice also had a hand in the production, since the sound is harder and slower than the other early Mantronik productions. The record features beatboxing by the "Human DMX" and the classics "Back To The Old School", "Gangster of Hip Hop", "Latoya", and "Put That Record Back On." The picture cover is a dope notebook style grafitti drawing of Just-Ice, DMX, Latoya and Mantronik – who's carrying a Roland 909! CD
(Out of print original CD pressing – not a CDr.)

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Willie West & Cold Diamond & MinkGive it Back (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Timmion (Finland), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99
Willie West is a soul singer with a long legacy of his own – but to our ears, the real stars here are Cold Diamond & Mink – whose funky backings make the tune crackle with soul right from the start! There's a great drum break, offbeat organ, and these horn blasts that make the whole thing feel like some rare Nola 45 – and all these elements come to the forefront even more strongly on the instrumental flipside! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousNippon Girls Vol 2 – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Rock & Roll 1966 to 1970 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
Mad sounds from the late 60s world of Japanese pop – a mindblowing, ear-opening batch of singles we never would have gotten our hands on otherwise! The music here feels like sounds coming out of some backroom jukebox in a Nikkatsu "new action" film – or maybe the kind of offbeat pop that Quentin Tarantino might throw into a soundtrack – but there's also a much deeper range of sounds going on than you might expect, with wonderfully clever instrumentation, and lots of surprisingly heartfelt passages in the vocals! And sure, the language might be a barrier – but there's a really universal sense of appeal to this music – a variant of 60s soul and pop, focused through a different sort of lense – and the instrumentation alone is great – with wicked guitars, Hammond, and other garagey touches! As usual with Ace, the whole thing's supported with nicely detailed notes that tell the whole story behind these wonderful lost gems (we like this one even better than the fab first volume) – and titles include "Namida No Go Go" by Emy Jackson & Blue Comets, "Koi Gurui" by Chiyo Okumura, "Tokyo No Hito" by The Peanuts, "Warui Kuse" by Kazumi Yasui, "Boy & Girl" by Akiko Wada, "Namida No Mori No Monogatari" by Akiko Nakamura, "Saike Na Machi" by Reiko Mari, "Bazazz No 1" by Kayoko Ishuu, and "Furi Furi 5" by Linda Yamamoto. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousPhil Spector – Back To Mono 1958 to 1969 (4CD set) (NO XMAS CD) ... CD
Abkco, Late 50s/1960s. Used 4 CDs ... $14.99
The classic box set featuring so many of the biggest, best, and brightest pop, rock & soul singles of the late 50s and on through the 60s – those ubiquitous, but no less incredible productions from that crazy genius Phil Spector! Back To Mono features many of the best known numbers by the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, Darlene Love, the Checkmates, the Crystals and many more – all of it with the appropriately dubbed Wall Of Sound that made Phil Spector the most famous producer of all time! We'd love to see an addendum someday featuring a set of Spector's productions for those idiosyncratic superstars of the 70s (the Ramones, Leonard Cohen, the post-Beatles) – but as a snapshot of an era, this box can hardly be beaten! 60 tracks on the the main 3CDs in the set – plus a 4th CD featuring the classic Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector album from 1963! Titles include "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears, "Spanish Harlem" by Ben E King, "I Love How You Love Me" by Paris Sisters, "He's A Rebel" by the Crystals, "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Going To Marry" by Darlene Love, "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, "Hold Me Tight" by the Treasures, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by the Righteous Brothers, "River Deep Mountain High" by Ike & Tina, "Love Is All I Have To Give" by Checkmates and tons more – plus the immortal holiday disc featuring the Ronettes, Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans, Crystals, Darlene Love and more! All that, and a thick, nearly 100 page booklet! CD
(Out of print. Includes book and "Back To Mono" button too!)

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✨✧ Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 1 – Movie Scenes ... LP
Stones Throw, 2005. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A platter of Madlib beats – the first in a series of instrumental hip hop from 'Lib's Beat Konducta (formerly Beat Conductor) moniker! Madlib's production work has always had a filmic groove, and this set collects and assembles the most cinematic of said beats into an (unsurprisingly) incredible 2-sided piece. The soundscapes really kind of run the gamut of his hip hop styles – always soulful, and always funky, whether he's rocking a stone funk or an electro-modeled groove. Honestly, how much longer is it going to take for the mainstream to finally catch up with this genius!?! Tracks include "The Comeback (Madlib)", "The Payback (Gotta)", "Face The Sun (Africa)", "Stax (Strings)", "Left On Silverlake (Ride)", "Offbeat (Grooves)","Pyramids (Change)", "Eternal Broadcaster (Authentic)" and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ FatbackHot Box ... LP
Spring, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Man, it must have been something to hear this record blasting out of a boombox back in the old days – especially if it was the magenta-hued one on the cover! The groove here is strong and loud – plenty of bass and beats at the bottom, and even a few surprising early electro touches that really stand out and make the album something special. And as with other records from this time, Fatback also show their ballad skills on one number – "Come & Get the Love" – but it's the more jamming tracks we really love, and they include "Street Band", "Hot Box", "Love Spell", "Gotta Get My Hands On Some Money", and the fat 80s jam "Backstrokin". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Massive AttackSly (7 stones mix, Underdog mix, album, cosmic dub, eternal feedback dub) ... 12-inch
Circa (UK), 1994. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent single off the Protection LP, by the godfathers of the Bristol trip hop scene, featuring former Breakbeat (remember that?) star Nicolette on vocals. Every mix on this single is great, even the Tim Simenon mix, whose stuff we haven't always dug, and all maintain a great chilled flavor like the original, though the Underdog adds a nice hip hop beat and darkened the track up a bit, and Mad Professor turns in 2 nice, nice spacey dubs. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousBlue Break Beats 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collection of grooves that first came to light in the 90s – one that had the Blue Note label digging back in their catalog and completely re-thinking their approach to reissues – given the new popularity of jazz in the hip hop sample world! As you'd guess from the title, the music here is very strongly oriented in the mode of "breaks", or tracks that were sampled for later hip hop and club recordings – classic jazz tunes from the glory days of Blue Note that have gone onto live again, thanks to the keen ears and inventive work of more contemporary DJs and producers. After all these years, The Blue Breakbeats series still stands as one of the best illustrations of the funkier side of the label – and titles on this first volume include "Weasil" by Donald Byrd, "Who's Makin Love" by Lou Donaldson, "Final Comedown" by Grant Green, "Groovin For Mr G" by Richard Groove Holmes, "Kudu" by Eddie Henderson, "Harlem River Drive" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Move Your Hand" by Lonnie Smith, "Shu Shu" by Ike Quebec, "Oliloqui Valley" by Herbie Hancock, "Your Love Is Just Too Much" by Gene Harris & The Three Sounds, "Blue Juice" by Jimmy McGriff, "Turtle Walk" by Lou Donaldson, and "Chunky" by Ronnie Foster. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousKing Jammy's Dancehall Part 3 – Hard Dancehall Murderer 1985 to 1989 ... CD
Dub Store (Japan), Late 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds from King Jammy – a reggae maestro who really made his mark during the dancehall generation with work like this! The set's the third in this excellent series from Dub Store, but has all the freshness of the first two – a great testament to the never-ending genius that flowed from Jammy's tap at the time! Rhythms are laidback and midtempo – and production is digital, but still has plenty of warmth – even on the beats, which are woven beautifully into the more organic elements of the music – and given an especially strong spirit by the excellent vocalists. Titles include "The Ruler" by Gregory Isaacs, "Butter Bread" by Nitty Gritty, "Can't Ride Computer" by King Kong, "Musical Murder" by Banana Man, "Chain Robbery" by Johnny Osbourne, "Trouble Nobody" by Echo Minott, "Murderer" by Pad Anthony, "Mi Ah The Danger" by Admiral Bailey, "Midnight Hour" by Robert Lee & Bunny General, and "Ram Up Every Corner" by Tonto Irie. CD
Also available King Jammy's Dancehall Part 3 – Hard Dancehall Murderer 1985 to 1989 ... LP 33.99

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✨✧ Tony AllenSecret Agent ... CD
Nonesuch, 2010. Used ... $6.99
Tony Allen never lets us down – and even though he's well into the first decade of his "comeback" years, an album like this still has the same sort of fresh, urgent feel that got him noticed again by a whole new generation of fans! There's definitely lots of Allen's roots with Fela in the music – the kind of Afrobeat grooves that Tony first helped invent back in the 70s – but as with some of his other recent records, there's also a strong willingness to play with tradition, too – mixing in unusual sounds and patterns that really keep things interesting, and which show why Allen's probably been the best ambassador of Afrobeat styles in the 21st Century! Vocals are by Allen and a few other singers over the course of the set – and the band's a super-tight combo with some especially great keyboards from Claude Dibongue. Titles include "Secret Agent", "Ijo", "Switch", "Celebrate", "Ayenlo", "Pariwo", "Nina Lowo", "Atuwaba", and "Alutere". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Angelo Baroncini/Bruno Battisti D'AmarioMusic For Movement (180 gram pressing) ... LP
RRC/Sonor (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Music for movement, but of so many different kinds – movements that are funky and groovy, but also some that are a bit more laidback as well – all captured nicely in this rare Italian sound library set from the end of the 60s! A fair bit of the tunes fall into the kind of upbeat, groovy style that we love in Italian film work of the period – but there's also some more experimental numbers that, while not totally experimental, definitely seem to lay back a bit more and let the instrumentation trip out in casual ways. The record does a great job of balancing funky numbers with mellower ones – and titles include "Soul's Fire", "Relax In My Hole", "Stressing Heart", "Steel Lung", "Moon Ice", "Black Feeling", and "Eco's Drops". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beady BelleAt Welding Bridge ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2010. New Copy ... $16.99
A beautiful album from Beady Belle – the group and wonderful vessel for the seductive, entrancing voice and songs of Beate S. Lech – possibly their best yet! Beady Belle have made deeply engaging blend of modern jazzy soul and beautiful mood music for most of the outs, taking a step back just a bit from the slightly more crossover ready songs of Belvedere album into more intimate, yet just was inviting material on At Welding Bridge. Beate's vocals are as sultry and hypnotic as ever, singing with warmth and genuine emotion in elegant, but not overly precious way – and the instrumentation suits her perfectly. Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer or other keys, some truly excellent guitar, clarinet, flute, electric bass and percussion frame the vocals on most tracks, and some of the tracks were cut at home, which we believe, given the warmth and intimacy. Titles include "Diamond In The Rough", "Come Home", "The Storm", "Runaway Mind", "Bird's-Eye View", "Turn Back Time", "Press Of Canvas", "Leeway", "Ambush" and "Walk On Air". CD

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Ewa BemBe a Man ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Straight ahead and swinging jazz vocals from Ewa Bem – a session that's sung both in English and her native Polish, and which features backings by the lively Swing Session combo, led by trumpeter Henryk Majewski! Tracks are mostly short and upbeat, and although the standards here are familiar and done with a tone that's a bit too eighties at times, the other Polish numbers are pretty darn great – colored with deeper tones and more imagination than the English numbers, in a way that makes us wish we understood the language! Titles include "Tylko Dni", "Wyznanie Wieczorne", "Dzien Dobry Mr Blues", "Groovin High", "The Man I Love", and "Rob To Co Chcesz". CD

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Miles BonnyLet It Out EP ... LP
Bastard Jazz (UK), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)... $13.99
Beautifully layered vocals, trumpet, and beats from Miles Bonny – a set that reminds us that he's still one of the freshest talents in the contemporary underground! All the tracks here were recorded in KC, but have a future soul sound that can easily rival work on either side of the Atlantic – as Bonny blows his horn over these laidback grooves that are all sweet and spacey around the edges, and cosmically deep in the middle – topped with vocals that are surprisingly soulful, in a way that never tries to do too much – which is really one of their greatest strengths! Beats are by Ta-Ku – and titles include "As You Sleep In My Lap", "The Future's Today", "I'll Be Here For You", "People Going Crazy", and "Welcome To My Arms". LP, Vinyl record album

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