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  • The story of Stark Reality… Discovers The Hoagy Carmichael Music Shop begins with Hoagy Carmichael’s son, Hoagy Bix Carmichael Nearing 30 and working on Wall Street, Bix wanted to do something more worthwhile He relocated to Boston and started working at WGBH, one of the country’s most innovative PBS stations There he met...
  • Anatolian psych-folk fire and balm starring the angelic Derya Yıldırım and her band, Grup Şimşek reprising classic ‘70s styles with a timeless vivacity While the quintet were all born between the ‘80s-‘90s, Yıldırım and Şimşek could easily be mistaken for a band twice their age on 3rd album ‘Dost 2’...
  • Soulful Proclamation was the first and only LP to be released by Oklahoma band Messengers Incorporated, and it's glowing hues of psych-infused funk and soul has kept it's legacy burning bright among rare groove circles Originally released in 1972, it was briefly swept up in the booming popularity of deep-funk, before the band...
  • Following on from the runaway success of Soundway's release of Kiki Gyan's "24 Hours In A Disco", another Ghanaian legend looks to have his time to shine One of the most well-known disco and burger highlife artists of the time, Charles Amoah originally began his career as a drummer Playing with Alex Konadu's band, as well as the...
  • The unstoppable, irresistible rhythms and melodies of Antibalas have influenced scores of artists across rock, hip hop, afrobeat and beyond Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, 12 piece ensemble Antibalas is credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience, influencing countless musicians and developing a live show...
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    Tartelet release jitwam's 2019 success album on gold vinyl HONEYCOMB hits the sweet spot between jitwam's work in dance music and efforts as a bandleader, connecting people in studio and on stage The record encapsulates his diverse upbringing in India and Australia, before living in monasteries in Thailand, orphanages in South...
  • Reissue, originally released in 1971 South-African jazz-rock worshippers alert! Assagai was an Afro-rock band, active in the early 1970s in London, whose relatively short career produced two albums recorded in 1971 It has been described as "the second best-known African group of the late '60s/early '70s in Britain" after Osibisa...
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    "'Dancing Time: The Best of Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77' by The Funkees is the latest title on Soundway to mine the rich musical output of 60s and 70s Nigeria For the five-year period this compilation spans The Funkees output crackled with dance floor fire… In the early 1970s The Funkees were the number-one east...
  • Some crate-digging compilations are often the result of someone hand-picking their choice favourites from another country’s musical history, perhaps unaware or uninvolved with its cultural lineage in the process On Soundway’s latest release - a treasure trove of synth jams, pop, samba boogie, balearic and electro from 1980...
  • In 1980s black South Africa a local form of pop music evolved as the disco boom died down and slowly mutated It was often ubiquitously described as Bubblegum - usually stripped-down and lo-fi with a predominance of synths, keyboards and drum-machines and overlaid with the kind of deeply soulful trademark vocals and harmonies that...
  • This summer, Soundway Records will release Esa Presents Amandla: Music To The People, a double vinyl electronic music compilation by DJ and producer Esa Williams Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, during the last days of Apartheid, Esa recalls the immense power of music had in resisting oppression and division "Amandla,...
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    Bukaroo Bank is actually Mauskovic’s second album There, the band reinvents both their approach and their sound, while maintaining the rhythm-forward euphoria heard on their debut album and surrounding singles It is one of those albums that sounds brashly live, like you’re in the room while the jams are being kicked out, but...
  • Produced by George Nowak, a German musician who ended up in the Cayman Island in 1971, aka the Barefoot man “What a heat” is a dreamy slow paced disco cruise (with obvious reggae influences) highly suggestive of the beautiful nuances that might be part of West Caribbean island life With the opportunity of more playtime...
  • The time was 1988, and urban life in Miami was at its apex After having moved from Jamaica to The Magic City in the summer of 1977, Pluto saw the future Rhythm Of The City fully expresses this forward thrust, where technology, nightlife, love and urban vibes mingle in an exciting vision of a past future Recorded at Earthman Studio...
  • Jerome Derradji and Past Due Records officially reissued this perfect piece of boogie-funk action by San Francisco based band Chateau a few years ago, and it's been repressed The band only released this one 7" single in 1984, but 'Feelings' is still one of the most highly sought-after west coast funk records to this day Over on...
  • Earl McKenzie & Clive Gardiner are two lifelong friends who grew up together in Southall, West London, UK Their mutual love of soul and funk inspired them to form a 7-piece band, The Class of 78, while still at school and years later became the duo, McKenzie & Gardiner They made their first demos in 1983 followed soon...
  • A special sort of project from the great Misha Panfilov, but one that's very much in line with the psychedelic sound of his funky 45s – as the set here is all instrumental, and features tracks recorded by Misha for a stage performance! Yet this is hardly familiar soundtrack music – as the performance is one with a lot of...
  • Strut revisit the early years of Patrice Rushen’s time with Elektra Records with the definitive 2LP edition of the ‘Patrice’ album from 1978 After a series of jazz funk albums on Prestige, Patrice moved to Elektra as the label tapped into the burgeoning “sophisticated R&B” market at the tail end of the disco era...
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    Patrice Rushen’s all-time classic 1979 album for Elektra Records This album marked another progression in Rushen’s solo career as she broke through with the huge club hit ‘Haven’t You Heard’ and also featured on her LP cover with her trademark braids for the first time courtesy of stylist Sibongile Bradley and top...
  • Glenn Fallows and Mark Treffel released their first album, ‘The Globeflower Master Vol 1’, on Mr Bongo in September 2021 With its lush, warm and timeless productions paying homage to classic 60s and 70s soundtrack composers, it was very well received and struck a chord with the scene’s connoisseurs Louder Than War...
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    Originally planned for release last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the album's creation, Gil Scott-Heron's most renowned full-length returns in stunning, audiophile quality sound This time round, the album has been stretched across two discs, both of which have been pressed at 45rpm for louder sound Created by Scott-Heron...
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    Over the years, artists have continuously inspired one another through the art of sampling The SAMPLED vinyl collection is an invitation to (re) discover the most iconic sampled artists and original tracks in music history such as Charles Aznavour, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield or Gwen McCrae Launched in 2018 with 2 volumes...
  • FBI were one of the tightest UK Funk and Soul bands of the 1970’s The nine piece band led by Root Jackson had a real feel good sound He interchanges with Bonnie Wilkerson on vocals on this nine track album originally released in 1976 The album is a mix of hard driving funk like ‘FBI’, ‘Bad Deal’ ,’Get That Ball’ and...
  • Johnny Hammond was a prolific organist, composer and multidisciplinary artist active throughout the USA for the majority of the 20th Century By the time the lesser-known LP and meditation on devilish excess 'Gambler's Life' was released in 1974, Hammond's sound had grown unusually cacophonous and was noisy to a kind of perfection...
  • The first homonym album by obscure italo-disco group Rainbow Team sees the light once again since its first release in 1981 This time around this nice gem is remastered and repressed on limited edition green vinyl , released by FullTime Production One of the first seminal italo-disco projects, the first Rainbow Team album was...
  • This album, which is the only album of a large group of Ascension Mono from the artist name “Heaven St & Ecstasy” based in US Oakland, contains a lot of floor-like killer songs and groovy disco tunes A DJ & collector’s coveted album that also contains the sweetest soul numbers! Featured in the “US Black Disc...
  • In the early 80s, the Ansambl Mileta Petrovića was formed in Nis, in the Serbian part of the former Yugoslavia Mile Petrovic and his band were pioneers and modernised gypsy music by replacing the accordeon and brass with synthesizers and guitars The result is a psychedelic cocktail of traditional rhythms and spaced out sounds As...
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    Dr John's Gumbo is the fifth album by New Orleans singer and pianist Dr John, a tribute to the music of his native city The album is a collection of covers of New Orleans classics, played by a major figure in the city's music In May of 2012, Dr John's Gumbo was listed in the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Dr John's Gumbo...
  • Flame splattered vinyl Originally released in 2016 Continually pushing the boundaries of jazz, funk, electronic music and disco, as expressed through their signature samba swing, the Brazilian mavericks Azymuth, have recreated the energy of those spellbinding seventies sessions which would launch them into international...
  • Jeffrey Scott Greer is a one-man funky powerhouse here – playing drums, Fender Rhodes, guitar, moog, congas, bass, and even jazzy flute – but all with a sharpness that makes the record every bit as great as music from a much larger funk ensemble! In fact, we dare say that Greer's work here might rival some of the best on some...
  • Maha’s “Orkos” immediately catches your ear as a unique album A strong and energetic voice, equally grounded in jazz as well as Egyptian vocal traditions, Maha sings over instrumentals that offer a wide palette of influences, sonically emblematic of the cultural changes that were occurring in the country The album features...
  • Jeffery Scott Greer has given us some great funk singles in recent years – those expensive funky 45s that can sometimes cost more than a full length album – which is why we're so happy to have this record on hand! Greer can be a one-man band at times, but here he works with help from some other musicians too – although...
  • A really wonderful album from one-man funk powerhouse Jeffery Scott Greer – a set that's different both from his previous albums, and his funky 45s! As before, Greer does all the work himself – but the tracks are longer, and jazzier too – both in the way the rhythms slide in, and the Rhodes and flute lines dance over the top...
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    What do you get when you have two of the finest minds in music, amazing composers and multi-instrumentalists working together to bring and explosion of sound The new LP “Space & Tempo” from the tag team duo of Shawn Lee and Misha Panfilov which is a fuel filled, combustible soundscape of energy that tickles the ear drum...
  • Each song on Ghost Funk Orchestra’s 3rd album, A New Kind of Love, due to be released on Colemine Records … 2022, resonates like the soundtrack to a scene from an imaginary movie The music could score a romantic drama, an action thriller, or a modern twist on a classic film noir The spare, cascading vocals accentuate the lush...
  • Odyssey stands as James Blood Ulmer’s signature masterpiece, the purest and most accessible showcase for his bold, genre-clashing guitar vision With minimal trio accompaniment - only drummer Warren Benbow and violinist Charles Burnham - Ulmer’s guitar is always the meat of the ensemble, especially since his unique tuning...
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    A cool quartet with some very groovy vocals – a combo who seem to take some great inspiration from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – as well as other hip vocal groups of the 60s! The lineup features one gal and three guys – often with the gal singer in the lead, supported by warm harmonies from the male singers – all...
  • The Lewis Connection was a Soul / Funk band from Minneapolis whose self-titled LP may have been lost to the vaults were it not for their peculiar historical connection – the first appearance of Prince as a guest performer The song in question, “Got To Be Something Here,” features Prince on background vocals and guitar,...
  • Surprise Chef’s music is based on evoking mood; their vivid arrangements utilize time and space to build soundscapes that invite the listener into their world The quintet’s distinct sound pulls from 70s film scores, the funkier side of jazz, and the samples that form the foundation of hip hop They push the boundaries of...
  • With Panorama, Frank Maston pays homage to the classic era of library records and Italian soundtracks of the '70s A blissed-out, grooving collection of filmic cues, it continues the unique brilliance of Tulips and Darkland Elegant and easy, subtle and stylish, breezy and beautiful; this is his Maston-piece Commissioned by...
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    2017 reissue Originally released in 1970 "The story of Movements began in 1969 with Johnny Harris being hired as musical director for Lulu's BBC television show, A Happening For Lulu which would feature a different artist each week along with a featured instrumental section of Johnny Harris and his band playing popular hits of the...
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    Key members of Ill Considered are back as Pokus with their self-titled album The line-up also includes Dave De Rose of Agile Experiment and together, they and drop some of the most HARD-hitting, trippy, psychedelic, electronic, library music style funk! Check the...
  • Discover "Le Deltaplane", fifth album by Andre Solomko, and third produced on Favorite Recordings, pursuing a collaboration that started more than 5 years ago Born in Ukraine in 1965 and now based in Finland, Andre Solomko is primarily a rich and engaging personality, but above all, a brilliant saxophonist, composer and...
  • French label Broc Recordz presents its new release, L'Obsession by the Italian composer Louis Fontaine The album is a fictional soundtrack, between Library music and Italian OST from the 70's in a Jazz...
  • Founded back in 1937 and originally known as Boosey & Hawkes Recorded Music Library, Cavendish Music is the largest independent Library Music publisher in the UK and also represents a host of music catalogues across the globe The influence of Library Music on British pop culture cannot be overstated, especially during the...
  • Joseph Thomas Escovedo, better known as Coke Escovedo, was an American percussionist who played in several genres, including jazz fusion, R&B, and soul Escovedo played with great names such as Cal Tjader and was a member of Santana and Azteca In 1976 he released his second solo studio album Comin' At Ya!, which counts 11...
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    Presenting a brand new vinyl compilation featuring artists from the electic Funkiwala label – from Brasillian Afrobeat to Bengali Funk to Indo-Cuban-Nigerian Jazz to European Jazz Soul to traditional Baul Myticism - 3 newly released tracks by Phil Dawson, Cubafrobeat and Lokkhi Terra, with other tracks previously released...
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    The Souljazz Orchestra, hailing from Ottawa Canada, are one of the hardest working bands in show business For the last decade, Pierre Chretien and company have been spreading the gospel of heavy funk, soul, Latin and African sounds via their crowd moving live show, and a catalogue of outstanding releases Do Right! Music is...

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