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Mark De Clive-LoweTake The Space Trane ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. Used ... $6.99
A whole new sound for Mark De Clive-Lowe – and a great one too – a completely different approach than any of his other previous records, and one that mixes his core cosmic grooves with a heavy dose of jazz! The set has Mark working with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – who provide bigger band backing to his sweet keyboards and rhythms, making for a wonderful blend of acoustic and electric that almost takes us back to some of the best MPS sessions of this nature in the 70s! Most tracks feature at least one horn solo out from the larger group – and there's no vocals at all on the record, which further gives the whole thing a fresh vibe compared to some of Mark's recent releases. Titles include "Relax Unwind", "Blues For Six", "Money", "El Dia Perfecto", "Heaven", "Take The Space Trane", "Caravan", and "Filthy Fingers". CD

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J FelixWhole Again Hooligan (with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 23.99
A mighty nice second set from J Felix – even tighter, sharper, and funkier than his first – and done with a great blend of old school instrumentation and warmly cosmic energy! The keyboards are often in the lead – over basslines and rhythms that have plenty of 80s boogie in the mix – but the real charm of the set might be the vocals, which are served up by a quartet of different singers – each on a few tracks of their own, and really helping give the grooves a great sense of focus! Vocals are by Afua, Andrew Ashong, Emeson, and Jerry Clavier – on titles that include "Mind Up", "Future", "Good Ol Love", "I Remember", "Take Me To The Gutter", "Choppa Fiesta", "Check", and "Whole Again Hooligan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Bryony Jarman-PintoSour Face (Dego rmx, 2000 Black rmx, Dego rmx inst)/All About Life (Fish Factory session)/Sweet Sweet (Fish Factory session)/Sun Kissed (Fish Factory session) (with bonus download) ... 12-inch
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... $13.99 14.99
Great remixes of one track – plus three new versions of tracks from the excellent debut of this London singer! Side one features both Dego and 2000 Black mixes of "Sour Face" – nicely cosmic versions of the tune that link Bryony's current participation in the London scene with some of the deepest modes of the past! And the flipside features live takes on the tunes "Sweet Sweet", "Sun Kissed", and "All About Life" – given this fantastic jazz funk reading, with lots of sweet keyboard lines and percussion next to the lead vocals! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited hand numbered edition of 500 copies – with download!)

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JumbonicsSuper Baxophone ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2005. Used ... $4.99
Thumping, bumping, and jumping – an excellent set of deep funk grooves from Jumbonics, but handled with the usual Tru Thoughts twist! Jumbonics live in a space that's somewhere between instrumental funk and downtempo – using the best classic sounds of the former, but putting them together with some of the quirkier production twists of the latter – letting Hammond organ step in between bouncing beats, or a snapping snare loop around to set the tone for jazzier solo work to come! The tunes on the set are almost all instrumental, and really mix things up a lot – stepping back and forth from the 60s to the 21st Century – always dragging a groove in their wake, and blurring sounds together nicely. Titles include "Slinger", "Salvage", "Rattling", "Oui R Jumbonics", "People People", and "Bum Dee". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ego Ella MaySo Far (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
A British singer with a wonderfully fluid feel – a voice that slides right into a tune, wraps around the keyboards and other instrumentation, and picks up this special sort of glow along the way! The album's very heavy on Fender Rhodes, which are almost a second sort of voice on the record alongside Ego Ella's lead – this great grounding in organic modes that allows some of the spacier touches of the production to take off in a nice way, yet all without knocking the warmly soulful spirit of the music off course. On some numbers, May has this crispy charm that especially wins us over – and titles include "Come On", "Underwater", "Tea & Sympathy", "How Far", "Head", "Rush Hour Crush", and "Being Loved". CD features two bonus tracks – "Waiting" and "Pay My Bills". CD

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MenagerieThey Shall Inherit ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. Used ... $6.99
A mindblower from Menagerie – yet another deep musical chapter in the rich career of Lance Ferguson – an artist we loved for his early club work, then dug as a funk maestro with The Bamboos, now able to hit spiritual jazz sounds with this wonderful new group! The set's got a feel that's more in the Build An Ark/Carlos Nino camp than anything else we've heard on the Tru Thoughts label – and Menagerie's a very cool ensemble with Ferguson on guitar, plus tenor, flute, trumpet, soprano sax, Fender Rhodes, and lots of percussion – and added vibes from Roy Ayers on one key track! Vocals are great – sung by Lance and female singers together, in a mode that recalls some of Ayers' more righteous moments of the 70s – and the album's a stunner all the way through – way deeper than we were expecting. Titles include "They Shall Inherit", "The Chosen", "Jamahlia", "Leroy & The Lion", "The Quietening", and "There Will Come Soft Rains". CD

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QuanticApricot Morning ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2002. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A real moment of breakthrough from Will "Quantic" Holland – a set that really expands his sound, deepens his ties to funk roots, and makes the whole thing feel a lot more live than some of his previous work! Will's at the helm and handles most instruments – but there's also guest vocals from Aspects, EQ, and Allice Russell – the last of whom was just at the start of her mighty run, and really gains plenty by matching up with the funky Quantic style of production! There's a lot more tuneful, catchy moments than before – and titles include "Off The Beaten Track", "Sweet Calling", "Primate Boogaloo", "Apricot Morning", "Search The Heavens", "Brand New Watusi", "Transatlantic", and "Blackstone Rock". CD

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QuanticAtlantic Oscillations ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... $10.99 11.99
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout that long musical journey, he's never failed to keep on growing – always stepping forward towards new sonic horizons, rather than be content to serve up the same sounds that got him attention in the first place! Subtle strings are added to beats (both acoustic and electric), keyboards, and just the right use of vocals from Nidia Gongora, Alice Russell, Denita Odigie, and Holland himself – so that the album's got this balance between instrumental activity and lyrical passages – the shifting voices never taking the spotlight away from the larger musical vision that Quantic uses to guide the whole proceedings. Sly5thAve also adds in some great work – and titles include "Tierra Mama", "Incendium", "Divergence", "Is it Your Intention", "La Reflexion", "Orquidea", "September Blues", and "Now Or Never". CD

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✨✧ Alice RussellUnder The Munka Moon ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2004. Used ... $4.99
A wonderful set from UK chanteuse Alice Russell – one of the best records yet to come out on always reliable Tru Thoughts label! Alice's strong soul vocals have added real depth to tracks by Quantic and others, but here she succeeds tenfold as the marquee artist! She has a heavy, resonate style that portrays a genuine love for Minnie Riperton and Chaka Khan at her best – and she's given some wonderful material here to showcase her strengths. The TM Juke produced opener "Hurry On Now" takes a light symphonic soul approach, complete with lovely string charts and slowly rolling drums. Alice is equally at home with mellow, Latin groove of "Sweet As The Air". Other tracks take a more stripped down, jazzy combo approach while still working in some organic, yet still pretty housey touches here and there. It's a winner all the way through – one that should bust the gates wide open, making Alice Russell one of the most in-demand UK soul vocalists for years to come! "Someday", "Hard Times", "Tired Little One", "Peace Resides", "Taking Hold", "Something That's Real", "Search The Heavens", "Take Your Time, Change Your Mind", "Sweet Calling", "Somebody's Gonna Love You" featuring Quantic and more. CD

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Sly5thAveInvisible Man – An Orchestral Tribute To Dr Dre ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An orchestral homage to Dr Dre spearheaded by Brooklyn's Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve – fleshing out hooks and melodies from throughout Dre's career, from classic singles to deep cuts, into large scale jazzy soul – with a stellar roster of guests including Mark De Clive-Lowe, DJ Center, Quantic, Jimetta Rose and more! It's pretty diverse, capturing timeless Cali funk & soul backdrops as well as slightly more stripped down live band hip hop-style versions, and mostly, but not entirely instrumentals. One exception is "Let Me Ride" with singer Jimetta Rose, who delivers some great, spontaneously emotional vocals – but the whole set is excellent – and titles includes "Shiznit" with Jessie Fisher, "California", "Drelude For Woo" feat Mark De Clive-Lowe, "No Diggity" feat Sydney Driver, "The Jam" feat Matthias Loescher, "Who Am I" feat Paul Wilson, "Still Dre", "My Name Is" feat Robert Searight, "Guilty Conscience", "Nuthin' But A G Thang" feat Brad Allen Williams, "The Edge" feat Quantic, "Next Episode", "Peace" and more. CD

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✨✧ Sly5thAveWhat It Is ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together in a great tapestry that showcases the hippest sides of the contemporary soul spectrum – as Sly gets guest help from Denitia, Marlon Craft, Thalma De Freitas, Sene, Melissa McMillan, and others – really bringing a lot of different flavors to the mix, while the maestro keeps it all together with a very unified vibe! In a world of quickie songdrops and long-distance internet productions, a record like this restores our faith in the way forward – thanks to tracks that include "The Night", "Expatria", "C-Side", "What It Is", "Daddy Warbucks", "Boulevards", "With You", "More Or Less", and "Right Here". CD
Also available What It Is (purple vinyl pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ Sly5thAveWhat It Is (purple vinyl pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 21.99
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together in a great tapestry that showcases the hippest sides of the contemporary soul spectrum – as Sly gets guest help from Denitia, Marlon Craft, Thalma De Freitas, Sene, Melissa McMillan, and others – really bringing a lot of different flavors to the mix, while the maestro keeps it all together with a very unified vibe! In a world of quickie songdrops and long-distance internet productions, a record like this restores our faith in the way forward – thanks to tracks that include "The Night", "Expatria", "C-Side", "What It Is", "Daddy Warbucks", "Boulevards", "With You", "More Or Less", and "Right Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on purple vinyl with download.)
Also available What It Is ... CD 12.99

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VariousShapes – Mountains – Compiled By Robert Luis ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. Near Mint- 2LP ... $16.99
Heady sounds from the Tru Thoughts label – served up here in one of their special Shapes collections – which always means a lot of special mixes and hard-to-find tracks! Tru Thoughts have been at the underground music game for years – and they've always had a fantastic ear for finding fresh, funky music – which you'll definitely hear on this set. Titles on the vinyl edition include "Original Nuttah" by Magic Drum Orchestra with Bunty, "Find My Way (clean version)" by Aurora Dee Raynes, "Air Sign" by KXNGS, "Distant Heart (Wrongtom rmx)" by The Seshen, "Night Driving (Ivy Lab rmx)" by Rhi, "Can't Nobody Get Down (Alphabets Heaven rmx)" by Hot 8 Brass Band, "Run Away (Eric Lau & Kaidi Tatham rmx)" by Moonchild, "Still DRE (Ed West rmx)" by Sly5thAve, "J-Freq" by J-Felix, "Car Number 27/Mr Alpo (Tim Deluxe rmx)" by Uniting Of Opposites, and "Passing Time" by Nonames with Alexa Harley. LP, Vinyl record album
(Green vinyl pressing, still in the shrink including the download card.)

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✨✧ VariousShapes – Sideways (with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
A mighty nice entry in the Shapes series – and like recent efforts, a vinyl package that follows up a previous digital-only release – featuring the best cuts in a physical package! As with other collections in the Shapes series, the music here is from a much wider version of the Tru Thoughts universe than has been issued on record – up-and-coming artists, under-recorded talents, and some of the label's bigger names featured in exclusive or unreleased mixes. Titles include "Original Nutta (DJ Madd rmx)" by Magic Drum Orchestra with Bunty, "Traveller (VB Kuhl rmx)" by Rabil Harnoune & VB Kuhl, "All About Life (Wonky Logic rmx)" by Bryony Jarman-Pinto, "Life Is Not A Crime" by Tiawa, "The Edge (Swarvy rmx)" by Sly5thAve featuring Quantic, "RAM Generation" by sUb_modU, "Cant' Nobody Get Down (Kabuki rmx)" by Hot 8 Brass Band, "Work It Out (west Loop Chicago mix)" by Soul Central with Jennifer Wallace, "Mind Up (Werkha rmx)" by J Felix with Andrew Ashong, "Vitruvian Man" by WheelUP, "How Deep (Nuff Pedals rmx)" by Rhi, and "Nom Wah Tea Parlour" by Strategy. LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500 – includes download with bonus tracks – the full 32 track digital release of the collection!)

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✨✧ QuanticApricot Morning ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2002. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real moment of breakthrough from Will "Quantic" Holland – a set that really expands his sound, deepens his ties to funk roots, and makes the whole thing feel a lot more live than some of his previous work! Will's at the helm and handles most instruments – but there's also guest vocals from Aspects, EQ, and Allice Russell – the last of whom was just at the start of her mighty run, and really gains plenty by matching up with the funky Quantic style of production! There's a lot more tuneful, catchy moments than before – and titles include "Off The Beaten Track", "Sweet Calling", "Primate Boogaloo", "Apricot Morning", "Search The Heavens", "Brand New Watusi", "Transatlantic", and "Blackstone Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back in print and with download!)
Also available Apricot Morning ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ QuanticAtlantic Oscillations ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout that long musical journey, he's never failed to keep on growing – always stepping forward towards new sonic horizons, rather than be content to serve up the same sounds that got him attention in the first place! Subtle strings are added to beats (both acoustic and electric), keyboards, and just the right use of vocals from Nidia Gongora, Alice Russell, Denita Odigie, and Holland himself – so that the album's got this balance between instrumental activity and lyrical passages – the shifting voices never taking the spotlight away from the larger musical vision that Quantic uses to guide the whole proceedings. Sly5thAve also adds in some great work – and titles include "Tierra Mama", "Incendium", "Divergence", "Is it Your Intention", "La Reflexion", "Orquidea", "September Blues", and "Now Or Never". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Atlantic Oscillations ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ Alice RussellUnder The Munka Moon 2 ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic follow up to Alice Russell's first Munka Moon set – and a collection of some of her greatest musical contributions over the past few years – a range of singles, remixes, and special projects that are all touched beautifully by her super-soulful vocals! Although only still an up-and-comer, Alice has a voice that's easily becoming one of the most recognized in 21st Century Soul – with a sound that's ageless at one level, almost back to Atlantic soul of the 60s – but also well suited to the needs of her collaborators on some of the more contemporary-sounding projects! CD features 13 tracks in all – many from hard to find import releases – and titles include "Don't You Worry", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know (one take version)", "I'm Just Here (Wyndam Earl rmx)", "To Know This (live)", "Hurry On Now (Boub rmx)", "Seven Nation Army (with Nostalgia 77)", "A Fly In The Hand (DJ Vadim rmx)", "Do It (with Unforscene)", "Mirro Mirror On The Wolf (Bonobo mix)", and "Mean To Me (acoustic)". CD

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✨✧ FlevansMake New Friends – The Flevans EP Collection ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed album-length set from Flevans – one that brings together all the group's previous eps for the Tru Thoughts label! If you haven't heard Flevans before, they're a total trip – far more than the usual downtempo beats n samples crew, with a playful and imaginative style that makes each tune a new delight! There's lots of weird lost bits here from easy listening albums, kiddie records, soundtracks, and other odd sources – all staggered around some incredibly catchy rhythms and well-crafted beats, all of which are enough to lift the other sounds from their humble sources, into a newly-hip style for the listener of today! Titles include "Dinenr With Boskins", "Sweep Definitive", "Dumb Ballad", "Begin Again", "Hey Mr Bundle", "Me & My Moody", and "Get Caribou". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Nostalgia 77Songs For My Funeral ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great batch of slow building funk and hypnotic mood music from Nostalgia 77 – and another gift from future funk generators at Tru Thoughts Records! Nostalgia 77 takes the sort of inward, not necessarily downtempo, but definitely more cerebral tack of later work by DJ Shadow and others to a deeper level. The programmed funky drums, spare hip hop scratches and samples, and, perhaps most importantly, a hugely melodious jazz and sparely trippy psychedelic influences really make for a unique vibe here! This is one of the finest DJ-based albums we've heard in a good little while! Tracks include "Processional", "The Conventicle", "Rain Walk", "Only Hush", "Metamorphosis", "The Mirror", "The Gates Pts 1 & 2", "Dirge" and more. CD

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✨✧ Pieces Of A ManMade In Pieces ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
You've gotta love a band who names themselves after a Gil Scott Heron album – even if their approach is somewhat different than the legendary records by the man himself! Pieces Of A Man hail from London, and are wonderfully soulful overall – but they also work in a pastiche-oriented style hinted at by the cover – grabbing elements of earlier modes, pulling them apart, and recombining them in a very contemporary sound – one that uses jazzy horns, keyboards, and layered vocals in a really great way – rising, moving, and righteously stepping forward with a real sense of power – and a quality that definitely sets the group apart from the rest. Amp Fiddler joins the group on a remake of the Scott-Heron tune "Lady Day & John Coltrane" – and other titles include "Easier", "Listen", "Running", "Grits", "Climb Down", "Drifting", and "Nothing To Lose (part 1)". CD

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✨✧ Quantic Soul OrchestraPushin On ... CD
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity, 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
If drums were enough to make us love a record, we'd love this one to death – but it's also got a heck of a lot more to offer! Quantic Soul Orchestra return with a smashing second set – one that's even tighter and funkier than the first one – with a sound that really bridges both sides of the Quantic camp! The first go-round, the classic style of Quantic Soul were kind of an experiment – one that got back to older forms of funk from the more electronic studio style of the Quantic releases. But by the time of this set, the Soul Orchestra format is very firmly in place – and instrumentally, the group are at the top of their game – coming across with a blisteringly live blast of guitars, horns, and drums that crackle with energy from the very first note! The strength of the set cannot be understated – as the group have really got their whole game totally down pat for this set – a tight, kinetic, highly frenetic approach to older deep funk modes – and one that's not just rehashing a 70s groove, but finding more than enough space for funk in the 21st Century! Alice Russell sings some great vocals on 5 of the album's 11 tracks, and the rest are all hard-smoking instrumentals. Titles include "Pushin On", "Introducing The Quantic Soul Orchestra", "The Conspirator", "Get A Move On", "End Of The Road", "That Goose On My Grave", "Feeling Good", "Hold On Tight", and "Paintings & Journeys". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Quantic Soul OrchestraStampede ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album – one that has the beat-heavy Quantic transform into the Quantic Soul Orchestra, for a stunning deep funk performance! The record sounds like nothing Quantic have done in the past – and shares a sound with work from the Soul Fire/Daptone underground, with a tight blend of hard drums, fast-riffing guitar, and all-solid 70s funky grooves. The one element that we would say the record shares with Quantic is a real talent for picking up neat instrumental twists – like the odd flute fill, string wash, or off-kilter drum sound – all of which make for a record that really opens up the genre of deep funk, and makes for one of the freshest releases we've heard of its type in a while! Includes a great deep funk cover of 4 Hero's "Hold It Down", plus the tracks "Terrapin", "Something That's Real", "South Coastin", "Stampede", "Raw Ingredients", "Babarabatiri", and "Take Your Time Change Your Mind". CD
 
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✨✧ VariousPakistan – Folk & Pop Instrumentals 1966 to 1976 ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful batch of instrumental folk & pop sounds from 60s & 70s Pakistan – with more than a little bit of garage rock, surf pop, mod and beat influences – all anchored by regional folk sounds, strings and melodies! It was a fertile time in Pakistan for an influx of western styles to fuse with Middle Eastern tradition – electric guitars, sitars and woozy organs meld beautifully – making music that's groovy and fun while still feeling natural to the time and place. Includes tracks by The Panthers, The Mods, The Bugs, The Abstracts, The Fore Thoughts, The Blue Birds and more. Titles include "Malkaus" by The Panthers, "Spring Dance" by The Mods, "Aay Jays Theme" by The Aay Jays, "Pyar Ki Ik" by Nisar Bazmi, "Garba Dance" by The Mods, "The Khyber Twist" by Sohail Rana and more. Sublime sounds on Sublime Frequencies! CD

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DissentDissent ... CD
Wide Hive, 2001. Used ... $4.99
A pretty sweet set of funky grooves and programmed beats – played by a group that contains both old and new players, armed with a variety of skills! The older end of funk is represented by guitarist Calvin Keys, of Black Jazz Records fame, and drummer Ron E Beck, who's recorded with Tower Of Power – and the newer end of the funk spectrum is filled by the keyboardist, sax player, vocalist, and bassist in the group. The tracks have a good mixture of 70s soundtrack funk with touches of 90s sample/beat culture – and there's plenty of warm soulful moments, and strong jazzy playing, both of which make for a real album of grooves that goes way beyond a simple postmodern pastiche of tricks. Titles include "Apollo", "Thoughts On Freedom", "So Damn Phisticated", "Sound Is God", "Corporate Voodoo", and "Bringing It On". Think Poets of Rhythm without the pot smoke, and you'll get a decent idea of the sound. CD

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Jazz ChroniclesJazz Chronicles ... CD
Futuristica (UK), 2009. Used ... $8.99
More beats than straight jazz, but pretty great overall – a set that really reminds us of that key 90s moment when real jazz instrumentation first started creeping into the work of beatmakers! Simon S is at the head of the project – handling most beats and instrumentation, often with a spare, soundscapey feel that really takes us back to the glorious early years of Mo Wax – or perhaps the initial glimmer of genius we heard from Kruder & Dorfmeister. There's a bit of guest vibes, sax, and flute at times – but most of the main jazzy bits are from keyboards and piano. Titles include "One For Joe", "Land", "Maybe", "Time For", "Bologna", "J Bounce", "CM Vibe", and "Thoughts Of You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show Number 11 – Low Budget Hi Fi Music ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Low Budget Hi Fi Music from Madlib – the eleventh entry in his epic Madlib's Medicine Show series – 28 tracks of hip hop unofficially dubbed the Dirty Demos! The set feature sample enriched instrumentals by Madlib as Loop Digga and collaborations with Strong Arm Steady, J Rocc, Madlib & Oh No as The Professionals, Guity Simpson, AG & Frank Nitt. It's great stuff, natch – finding Madlib in a straighter hip hop mode production wise – but straighter Madlib production has unexpected twists and turns! Loads of funky samples, some recognizable others otherworldly – and beats that range from dusty funk to dramatically soulful. Includes "The Sound Of Champions" (inst), "Charlie Hustle" by Strong Arm Steady, "Sam", "Snakes 101" by MED, "Girls" by J Rocc, "Love/Hate" (inst), "The Adventurs Of Soul Bra And Docta Dick'em Pts 1 & 2", "Hold Up" by The Professionals, "Thoughts Of An Old Flame" by Guilty Simpson and others. CD

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✨✧ Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP 33.99

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $33.99 35.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)

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Sounds Of LiberationUntitled – Columbia University 1973 ... CD
Dogtown/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.00
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and elsewhere – with Khan Jamal on vibes, Monette Sudler on guitar, and Omar Hill and Rashid Salim on percussion – working alongside some great work on flute and alto from Byard Lancaster, heavy bass from Billy Mills, and just the right touch of drums from Dwight James! The style here is maybe tighter, and occasionally more funky than on their one self-titled album – but the group also stretch out strongly too – hitting all the right spots in this forward-thinking blend of spiritual jazz modes, of the sort that would have made them a huge 70s ensemble, had they held on and found the right venue. Titles include the extended "New Horizon", plus "Badi", "Sweet Evil Mist", "Thoughts", and "Keno". CD

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✨✧ Bob Thiele EmergencyHead Start ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1969. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $39.99
A wild little record – one that was issued under the name of Flying Dutchman label headman Bob Thiele – but which actually features work from some of the grooviest artists on the label at the time – including Tom Scott, Ornette Coleman, Jon Appleton, John Carter, Horace Tapscott, and Bobby Bradford! The package has a very different feel on each of the album's four sides – and side one is a tremendous showcase for the young reedman Tom Scott – working here in a cool mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation that's similar to his other records of the time – including organ, vibes, and some nice funky touches as well. Side two features an exploration of the history of jazz – but one that progresses quickly from early modes to hipper ones – showcasing the talents of John Carter on tenor, Bobby Bradford on trumpet, and Horace Tapscott on piano! Side three is a mighty dedication to the late John Coltrane – played at first by a trio with Joe Farrell on flute, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – then moving into a mix of Farrell's flute and narration by Rosko – then a performance by the Ornette Coleman quartet. And side four is especially mindblowing, as it's comprised of lone long piece by Jon Appleton's Syntonic Menagerie – a mix of sound samples, tape tricks, and jazz – as a commentary on The American Indian, JFK, and Martin Luther King. The whole thing's a great illustration of the Flying Dutchman label at its most revolutionary – and titles include "Head Start", "Freaky Zeke", "Lanoola Goes Limp", "Swing Era", "In The Vineyard/Avant Garde", "Love Supreme", "Lament For John Coltrane", and "A Few Thoughts For The Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a thin cutout notch, in great shape otherwise!)

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✨✧ VariousCape Jazz 2 ... CD
Mountain (South Africa), Early 90s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Modern work from the South African jazz scene – and a collection that showcases the rich legacy of players to emerge in Capetown after the departure of The Blue Notes and the global fame of Abdullah Ibrahim! The work here often mixes older South African jazz modes with modern instrumentation and a sometimes smoothly soulful approach to production – blending sharper saxes with electric keyboards, but always retaining a rhythmic mode that keeps things from being sleepy. Saxophonists are often the key focus of most of these tracks – and titles include "Capetown" by Merton Barrow, "Snoek Town" by Mike Campbell, "Mofolo" and "Majietas" by Basil Coetzee, "Tasteful Thoughts" and "Robbie Bop" by Robbie Jansen & The Sons Of Table Mountain, "Nights With The Cape Gypsies" by The Genuines, and "Khawuleza" by Mike Perry & Winston Mankunku. CD

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✨✧ Sounds Of LiberationUntitled – Columbia University 1973 ... LP
Dogtown, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and elsewhere – with Khan Jamal on vibes, Monette Sudler on guitar, and Omar Hill and Rashid Salim on percussion – working alongside some great work on flute and alto from Byard Lancaster, heavy bass from Billy Mills, and just the right touch of drums from Dwight James! The style here is maybe tighter, and occasionally more funky than on their one self-titled album – but the group also stretch out strongly too – hitting all the right spots in this forward-thinking blend of spiritual jazz modes, of the sort that would have made them a huge 70s ensemble, had they held on and found the right venue. Titles include the extended "New Horizon", plus "Badi", "Sweet Evil Mist", "Thoughts", and "Keno". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Untitled – Columbia University 1973 ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Art BlakeyFarewell – Live At Sweet Basil (2CD set) ... CD
King (Japan), 1985. Used 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
One of the most stunning later sets from the great Art Blakey – a record that reminds us that although Blakey had a great talent for picking key younger players to work with during the 80s, he could also still be one hell of a drummer as well! The tracks here are incredibly long and open – maybe more so than most other Blakey live records of the time – really flowing with bold work from Art himself on the kit – kicking the tunes into action with nonstop energy at the start, then opening up with wonderful solos from Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Jean Toussaint on tenor, and Mulgrew Miller on piano! The group also features Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Tim Williams on trombone – and titles include "Sudan Blue", "Uranus", "Second Thoughts", "Goma", and "I Thought About You". CD
(Out of print, 2016 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Gordon GiltrapGordon Giltrap/Portrait ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of early albums from the great Gordon Giltrap – both released by Transatlantic Records when Gordon was a very young fellow! The self-titled Gordon Giltrap is a gem from 1968 – a record that has Gordon stepping out as a hell of a guitarist, and a very dark-tinged songwriter – certainly of the generation that was budding with John Renbourn and Bert Jansch – but with a distinct quality that really set Giltrap apart from the rest, maybe making him as much of an individualist as Davy Graham! Although just 18, Giltrap's acoustic guitar work is fantastic– and his vocals are much more biting than some of his contemporaries – almost mean at times. Titles include "Window Pattern", "Blythe Hill", "Won't You Stay Awhile Suzanne", "Don't You Feel Good", "Birth Of Spring", "Don't You Hear Your Mother's Voice", and "Ives Horizon". Portrait is an amazing record – at one level filled with mastery of the 12 string guitar has has Gordon Giltrap matching the best of the Takoma generation in the US – but also graced with vocals that are very distinct, very pointed, and which make the tunes with lyrics such a contrast to the instrumentals! The whole thing is fantastic – a true testament to the legend that has grown up around Giltrap over the years – with titles that include "Thoughts In The Rain", "Never Ending Solitude", "Young Love", "Lucifer's Cage", "Portrait", "Tuxedo", and "Hands Of Fate". CD

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✨✧ LazarusLazarus/Fool's Paradise ... CD
Bearsville/Wounded Bird, 1971/1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of records from this overlooked harmony group of the 70s! The self-titled Lazarus album has this warm glow right from the start – a mode that seems to draw on the same kind of relaxed energy that was showing up in the work of groups like America or Crosby Stills & Nash – a mode that wasn't trying nearly as hard to cop the harmony styles of the soul generation, and which instead had this easygoing vibe that was, at this point, still more personal than some of the too-produced AOR moments to come. Instrumentation is mostly just piano, bass, and guitar – which suits the vocals beautifully – and titles include "Warmth Of Your Eyes", "Refugee", "Whatever Happened", "Doncha Cry", "Memory Of A Stranger", and "Rivers". Fool's Paradise is a warmly glowing set from Lazarus – a group here who maybe have a bit more punch than on their debut, thanks to the addition of drums on a few cuts – but who still mostly take their cue from the laidback interplay of their vocals! The approach is nicely understated – not the polished pop of some of their contemporaries, but almost a singer/songwriter evolution of harmony work past the 60s – yet before the polish of AOR. The balance is great – maybe like a more understated America – and titles include "Poets & Lovers", "Thoughts Of You", "Take Me High", "Ladyfriends 1", and "When Will The Home Of Me Begin". CD

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✨✧ Sonny FortuneWaves Of Dreams ... LP
A&M/Horizon, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful album by Sonny Fortune – recorded for a major label, sure, but with the soulful depth of some of his earlier work for the indies! Sonny's on alto, flute, and soprano sax – and also plays a bit of percussion and some slight mini moog – not too much, as the session only has slight electric touches, but mixed with additional Fender Rhodes from Michael Cochrane, which gives the record a shimmering finish that helps take Fortune's reed solos up to the heavens! Other players include Charles Sullivan on trumpet, Buster Williams on bass, and Chip Lyle on drums – and tracks include "In Waves Of Dreams", "A Space In Time", "Thoughts", "Revelation", and "Seeing Beyond The Obvious". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bill DixonThoughts ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1987. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Bill Dixon on piano, trumpet, and flugelhorn – with Marco Eneidi on alto, Lawrence Cook on drums, and Peter Kowald, Mario Pavone, and William Parker on basses! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a PSI sticker.)

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VariousLux & Ivy Dig The Beatniks – A Collection Of Finger Lickin Grooves, Deep Thinking Diatribes, & Exploitation 45s ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A crazy collection of singles from the pre-hippie years of the beatnik – that cool cat who loved jazz, read poetry, and dug the scene with plenty of attitude! That attitude is the main focus of most of the cuts here – obscure tracks from the late 50s and early 60s that poke fun at the heady thoughts and easy intellectualism of the beat scene – presented in a range of different styles that really run the gamut – from jazz, to rock, to many other genres in between – including a fair bit of offbeat spoken word and instrumental records too! The vibe here follows nicely in the other Lux & Ivy collections on the Righteous label – full of weird and wild records we never would have discovered otherwise – with cuts that include "Dog" by Bob Dorough, "Laffin Beatnik" by Johnny Beeman, "Reaching Into In" by Ken Nordine, "No Pictures Please" by Rod McKuen, "Manhattan Fable" by Babs Gonzales, "Pimples & Braces" by Spike Jones & The City Slickers, "Teenage Beatnik" by Louis Nye, "A Beatnik Story" by The Expressos, "Meet The Bongo Man" by Johnny O, and "William Butler Yeats On The Third Avenue El" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. CD
 
 
 



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