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Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. One Size Fits All
04. Star Chaser
05. Take It All The Way
06. You've Got That Thing
07. Jump In The Middle Of Love
08. I Feel The Love
09. Shes So Sensitive
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01 Midnight Desire
02. Rock It Down[engl] Two slices of prime cut DISCO–BOOGIE–FUNK from 1979 by this US band formed by siblings Rebecca Dru and Ian Wilson. Featuring Tower Of Power horn section.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. Des Îles
03. Fifteen For Me!
04. The Proud Mongol
05. Let’s Go, Kids of The Drum
06. Tsunami(Sommor)[engl] Second album, released in 1979, by French keyboard wizard Benoit Widemann (ex–Magma). "Tsunami" is an incredible mix of electronics and jazz–fusion with prog / avant–garde /minimal elements. Treated Minimoog, Oberheim synths, Rhodes, early computer sequencing plus bass, drums, guitar, sax... Featuring Jean–Pierre Fouquey (ex–Magma), Jean–Pierre Grasset (Verto) and Jean–Paul Ceccarelli among others. *Remastered sound, insert with liner notes / interview by Halfway Ritmo and photos.
- 01. Circles
02. A Dream Deferred
03. You Can't Play In The Rain
05. For The Children
06. Friendships and Rainbows
07. Lift Me Higher
08. Black On Black
09. Do Dat
[engl] First ever vinyl reissue of this Spiritual / Modal Jazz private album from 1980, originally released on the RPC custom label from the US. Including top modal tracks like “Do Dat” or “Circles”, the terrific jazz-funk of “Unicorn” and more. "For The Children" was written and produced by Anthony "Tony" Branker while he was a senior in the Princeton University Department of Music in 1980. It features Branker on trumpet, a young Stanley Jordan on guitar (this is his earliest recorded work), Glenn Cashman on alto, soprano and tenor sax, Gary Monhein on piano, Dan Krimm on bass and Jeff Penney on drums. Remastered sound, original artwork.
- 01. The Message
03. The Girl Next Door
05. Stay Around
06. The Statement
10. La Nuit M'appartient
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. Intrologue
02. Never Take It feat. Soulamadou
03. Space Station
07. Believe It feat. Axel Feige
08. Transneptunians (I)
09. Transneptunians (II) feat. Soulamadou
10. Orion Safari
11. The Void
13. I Wanna Go Back feat. Axel Feige
14. Repitaph[engl]“Afrokraut II: The Lowbrow Manifesto” returns to the place where David Nesselhauf imagined a world of peace, unity and impossible dreams with the release of “Afrokraut” in 2016. Now, with “Afrokraut II” David Nesselhauf expands into space. David Nesselhauf is unlike any other musician, producer and arranger you know. Through the tiny window of his laboratory he observes the stars. Using self-made antennas and ancient tape machines, he records electromagnetic waves sent from outer space. Played in reverse at triple speed he manages to decode the information herein without much use of psychoactive substances. On “The Lowbrow Manifesto” Nesselhauf collects these fragments and tells stories from a future mankind which seems to live scattered across the universe. They communicate their secret thoughts and wishes through music, painting a picture about what is to come for us all. Using a colourful palette of sounds, selected stories got further enhanced by David Nesselhauf to a digestible, funky and contagious new album. „Afrokraut II: The Lowbrow Manifesto“ documents Nesselhauf’s journey backwards through future, dedicating his work to the heritage of “Afrokraut” history, a brief episode when Krautrock got funky (and David Nesselhauf wasn‘t even born at that time).
- 01. Waiting Game
02. Jacob's Ladder
04. Cajun Jollof
05. Afro Struttin
07. Little Mountain
08. Yellow Fellow
09. Westchester Lady
10. Smoke Signals[engl]Jazz funk and gritty rare grooves ensemble from down under - Kerbside Collection - return with their third record Smoke Signals! Continuing in a down home, instrumental approach, but this time combining updated ideas and flavours into their spectrum of warm, analogue, dusty grooves from more frequent fender-rhodes electric jazz elements, to New Orleans sprinklings alongside their 60’s inspired West Coast style. Smoke Signals continues the wilder tones, textures and ‘library’ sounds of extra instrumentation where previous ‘Trash or Treasure’ left off, whilst introducing hints of fusion and cinematic analogue electric colours into the mix - bringing things into slightly early 70s territory. Opening with the lush, chilled, palate of Waiting Game, remeniscent of some classic Air ‘Moon Safari’ grooves, before the album properly begins with a fresh rendition of the rhodes heavy Cedar Walton 70’s jazz funk classic ‘Jacob’s Ladder’. Then straight into the street-styled jazzbongo breaks and funky-flute of ‘Traffic’, a skankin’ New Orleans reggae homage to one of its finest Creole dishes, featuring funky hammond organ curtosy of guest Jake Mason (Cookin’ on 3 Burners/Jake Mason Trio) and tasty piano work from multi instrumentalist Andrew Fincher who handles both guitar and keys on the whole record.
- 01. Three Way Situation (part 1)
02. Three Way Situation (Part 2)
[engl] Classic CARIBBEAN DISCO–FUNK / MODERN SOUL from 1979 by Trinidad Soul Diva NADIE LA FOND. Produced by RICHARD ’NAPPY’ MAYERS. First ever vinyl reissue of this sought–after 12".
- 01. Let Yourself Go
02. Let Yourself Go (version)
[engl] CARIBBEAN DISCO–FUNK DANCEFLOOR BOMB by the great RICHARD ’NAPPY’ MAYERS, the man behind some of the best Soca, Disco and Funk sounds ever produced in Trinidad.
- 01. Juan Muro - Vuestro Mundo
02. Alcy Agüero Y Su Orquesta Pop - Quiero Bailar
03. Los Goya - Arbol Sin Raiz
04. Pedro Gonzalez - El Samurai
05. Microns - Liberacion
06. Calderon - Marcha De Aida
07. Barbara - Conquistador De Carton
08. Los Tíos Queridos - Por Eso Vuelve, Por Favor
09. Márquez - Barahunda
10. Tinglado 13 - I Miss You
11. Jou Cogra - Crater Satanico
12. Alfredo Doménech Y Su Conjunto - Arabesco
13. Greg Segura - Distorsionando
14. Polos Opuestos - Smartypants[engl] Get ready for the ultimate psychotronic party!! Underground soul, psychedelic funk, Hammond and library grooves, dirty fuzz guitars, wah-wah, horns, drum breaks, crazy bongos...14 tracks taken from rare and unknown until now Spanish records from the late 60s and early 70s, many of them released on small and private labels, including the Türkish style hard-psych-groove of Pedro Gonz lez with "El Samurai" and the ultra-rare private pressing EP by Alcy Agüero y Su Orquesta Pop featuring the killer scat-fuzz dancer "Quiero bailar"... But wait... there's more! Powerful soul movers by Juan Muro, Tios Queridos and Los Goya ; Hammond grooves by Marquez and Polos Opuestos ; library-fuzz-groove by Jou Cogra, Calderón and Greg Segura, progressive soul by Microns...
- 01. Alessandro Alessandroni - Bandidos
02. Marcello Giombini - Sabata
03. Bruno Nicolai - La Partenza
04. Angelo F Lavagnino - The Price Of Gold
05. Luis Bacalov - Memories
06. Stelvio Cipriani - Blindman's Arrival
07. Piero Piccioni - If You See Sartana, Pray For Death
08. Nora Orlandi & Robby Poitevin - La Morte Non Conta I Dollari (Sequence #11)
09. Fred Bongusto / Berto Pisano - May Be One, May Be Nine
10. Carlo Pes - Professionisti Per Un Massacro (Suite #2)
11. Carlo Savina - Vengeance
12. Robby Poitevin - Killer Calibro 32
13. Gianni Ferrio - Find A Place To Die
14. Gian-Piero Reverberi - Una Colt In Pugno Al Diavolo
15. Roberto Pregadio - Crying
16. Francesco De Masi - Maybe Somewhere, Maybe Someday
17. Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera - Carambola (Deguello
18. Bruno Nicolai - Dead Men Ride (Suite 8)
19. Franco Micalizzi - Attacco Al Villaggio
20. Francesco De Masi - Stranger
21. Augusto Martelli - Free
22. Guido & Maurizio De'Angelis - To The Adventure
23. Benedetto Ghiglia - Il Bandito Messicano[engl] The most famous of all the Italian soundtrack composers is Ennio Morricone - and he is the undisputed king of the genre. But there were many other great and legendary maestros who scored their share of westerns. This compilation presents transcendent, brilliant and challenging tracks from the likes of: Bruno Nicolai, Gianni Ferrio, Francesco De Masi, Marcello Giombini, Luis Bacalov, Stelvio Cipriani, Alessandro Alessandroni, Nora Orlandi, Nico Fidenco, Piero Umiliani, and many others. Named for the iconic Ennio Morricone composition, The Ecstasy of Gold: 23 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West, Vol. 1 is the first installment in a five-volume set of some of the grooviest deep cuts to come from the European Western movie craze of the '60s and '70s. Filled with plenty of reverb-drenched guitars, wailing horns, and plaintive vocals, this collection is a must-listen for fans of the glorious melodrama of spaghetti Western scores.
- 01. Bitchin
03. In A Funky Way
04. Two Is One
05. In His Presence Searching[engl] A massive jazzrock album in the vein of SOFT MACHINE; MILES DAVIS and THE MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA which even resembles German Krautrock acts from time to time. A colorful cocktail of many influences from funk and soul to free jazz, Indian and Eastern European traditional music kept together by the brilliant saxophone play of leader Charles Rouse.
- 01. You Danced Your Way Into My Life
02. Can You Smell My Love Burning?
03. Oops - Oops Means I Love You
04. Just Three Nights Away From You
05. This Time Tomorrow
06. Selfish For Unselfish Reasons[engl]Where were we in 79 when the dam began to burst? Well, some of us were hanging out in the clubs to dance to smooth and sweet disco music with utterly cheerful melodies, slick and lush arrangements of brass and string sections over an ever pulsating rhythm section borrowing elements of funk and soul to create something new, fresh and exciting. And some of the disco acts that popped up like daisies on a lawn even hit the big time. Most of the acts on the other hand sank without a trace and only the real music lovers among those who danced through the nights remembered great bands and albums such as WILD HONEY. No wonder that their sole effort from 1979 is a rare diamond today and goes for more than 200 € among collectors of great black music if it ever turns up for sale. The very go – getting EVERLAND label from the Netherlands have filled the gap and did a reissue of the highest order. It is time to make this beauty available again since there is still a huge crowd out there craving for enthralling black music. WILD HONEY consisted of talented musicians backing up the three singing queens. The playing is powerful and precise. Despite the slick and perfect production the music shows feeling and is vivid. You hear every single beat from the percussionists due to the crystal clear sound.
- 01. Girl From The Mountain
02. There Is Something In My Heart
03. Got This Happy Feeling
04. Mastica Chupa Y Jala
05. You Say You Are My Friend
06. Viva Puerto Rico Libre
07. I Saw A Tear
08. Ghetto Brothers Power[engl]When you see some dude having listed an album for sale somewhere for the utterly crazy price of 7500 US$ saying in the item description that he actually does not even want to sell it due to being his favorite piece of music ever, it really must be something special. When you check for other auctions and sales and find this goodie being sold regularily for 650 to 1200 US$, you get your first impression confirmed. This is indeed a really special album. THE GHETTO BROTHERS were not initially a rock band when they formed in the Bronx / NYC back in the late 60s. They were a street gang with mainly Puerto Rican members with a rather political attitude. For example they tried to uplift young black and hispanic people or even stood in between rival gangs to make a truce work. They were certainly not only good guys concerning their actions as they used to plunder a local music store, Mary Lou Records, from time to time where then young Bobby Marin, a leading figure in the field of 1960s Boogaloo music and later on famous record producer up to the present day, used to work in. As the store owner thought about using a shotgun to solve that problem, Bobby Marin convinced him not to do so to avoid that anybody gets hurt and took the chance to speak personally with the gang leader Benji Mendelez who turned out to be the lead singer of a band formed by members of the GHETTO BROTHERS.
- 01. Le Payback (Vocal)
03. Feelin' Good
04. Funky Feelin'
05. The Force
06. Disco Boogie
07. Le Payback (Instrumental)
08. The Mad Mechanic[engl] A compelling slice of Canadian funk from the late 70s – a group and album who were inspired by the righteous power of James Brown's famous Payback album – but who come across here with a warmer, clubbier feel overall! There's a nice degree of boogie in the mix, but the overall approach is definitely funk – with bumping basslines underneath tight horns, including plenty of sweet Fred Wesley-styled trombone. Yet other club elements come into the mix too – keyboards and a bit of strings at times, which warm things up nicely alongside the tighter bottom rhythms – but always in a way that's still relatively funky overall. Most cuts have an instrumental focus – but there's also female chorus vocals on a number of tracks too.
- 01. On Old Broadway
02. Toma Guajira
03. Look To Me
04. You Put A Hurt In My Heart
05. Rhythm And Soul
06. Mojo Shingling
07. Barbara With The Kooky Eyes
08. Tell Her I Love Her
09. Let Me Do My Thing
10. Come Live With Me
11. Rose Marie With The Funny Knees
12. Hey Mama
13. Lost In The Jungle[engl]This is a band project from the late 1960s with a very young Bobby Marin, a leading figure in the invention of BOOGALOO music, a cocktail of Latin music, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Rock’n’Roll oft he day clearly geared towards the western pop music that made the top of the charts. As he grew up on 107th Street in Harlem / NYC he and his mates played a game called Stickball during the day which is a street variation of baseball originating from the New York area while at night he rehearsed with a doo wop ensemble named THE LATIN CHORDS and others from his team got together in a percussion group in buildings on the opposite site of the street. It was no miracle that both groups soon merged into one act that became the 107TH STREET STICKBALL TEAM producing this sole LP in 1969 with a 7“ decoupled probably upfront that featured the two album tracks „On old Broadway“ and „Mojo shingaling“. Well shaped originals of the full length vinyl go for 200,00 € now as a mono pressing, while even those which fetch lower prices never fall beyond 100,00 €. Therefore this reissue on Everland Records suits us fans of outstanding 1960s music fairly well with even four bonus tracks added that band leader Marin unearthed from his personal vaults. This is clearly a typical album in the field of BOOGALOO music of the later 1960s.
- 01. Super Fonque
02. Unbelievable Two
03. Night Cruiser
04. Feier In Babylon (Ital Sunshine)
06. Song For Jörn (Poly Ryhthm)
08. Speed Dance
09. Power Plant[engl] “Uplifting boogie grooves to set your spirit free.” (Paul Kane / Jordan Valley Records) When The Unbelievable Two appeared on the scene in 2014, their pure underground, analogue boogie and disco sound mirrored what was going on in the vinyl infected bars and small cellar clubs in their hometown of Hamburg/Germany. “The Unbelievable Two” was inspired by the golden age of the genres, played live with skills and insight. Four years later, boogie and disco are all around us. So it is about time that these pioneers release their second album. Honest and authentic, “Power Plant” recalls late 1970s New York Disco and mid 1908s UK Boogie. The Unbelievable Two still is Mzuzu and Mucka, who lead us through nine new songs of speedy disco, down low boogie and even some smokin’ reggae. Recorded in late 2017 and through the spring of 2018, “Power Plant” tells stories beyond the surface level. “Even though our music is purely instrumental, it doesn’t mean we haven’t got anything to say,” explains Mzuzu, a respected and well-travelled vinyl DJ on the Germany funk/disco scene. “Boogie and disco are a universal language. With the influence of Afro, Latin, Reggae, even European electronic music you do not need a lot of words to tell a story which gets everybody connected. These songs are about our friends, our everyday life, how we life and what we feel.”
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right
02. The Rap
03. If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right (Reprise)
04. All I Want Is A Fighting Chance
05. I'm Tired Of Hiding
06. It's All Over But The Shouting
07. It's Easy Going
08. I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You
09. Summer (The First Time)
[engl]Millie Jackson’s love triangle masterpiece back on vinyl. The return to LP format restores the framework of Millie Jackson’s thematic musical saga: her perception of the affair with Mr Jody is related on Side One, while Mrs Jody’s experience is related on Side Two. Millie draws a crooked line back to the mythic, habitual ladies’ man “Jody”, as outlined in 1920s and 30s blues recordings such as ‘Joe The Grinder’ and ‘Joe Grind’. During the 1970s the inveterate lover man returned in Johnnie Taylor’s ‘Jody’s Got Your Girl And Gone’, Bobby Newsome’s ‘Jody Come Back And Get Your Shoes’ and other songs but the character was not referenced for the entire duration of an album until Millie’s “Caught Up”. Millie Jackson had already enjoyed considerable success, with three exceptional albums and eight R&B Top 30 singles for Spring Records, before her move from New York to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Alabama to record with the pre-eminent Muscle Shoals Swampers rhythm section and producer Brad Shapiro. The result was an instant soul masterpiece. The suite of compositions that comprise “Caught Up” unfolds with Millie’s epic interpretation of Luther Ingram’s 1972 hit ‘If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right’. Her thrilling rendition is presented in two parts, with the dynamic, six-minute ‘The Rap’ in between, outlining, in no uncertain terms, her positive and negative observations on conducting an affair with a married man.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. Rendezvous
03. Ecoutez Moi
04. You – A5. Beggin’ To Say
06. Another Day Gone
07. One Night
08. In My Life[engl] Originally from San Francisco, Matthew Larkin Cassell is a talented songwriter, vocalist and multi–instrumentalist. During the ’70s–80s, Cassell fronted a trio in the Bay Area, opening for major acts like The Tubes and Sylvester. Playing a particular fusion of funk, R&B, soul–jazz and 70s pop, he self–financed and released his first album, "Pieces", in 1977. Distributed only locally at the time, the album remained buried until it was discovered in the ’00s by beat makers and crate diggers which led to some of the tracks being sampled and included on mixes by people like Kon & Amir, Madlib and M.F. Doom. Reputed labels like Stones Throw and P–Vine reissued Casell’s music at the same time that the original album was sought–after by funk collectors and reached outrageous prices. Here’s a straight reissue in original artwork with master tape sound and including a lyrics insert.
- 01. Colosse De Rhodes
02. Sous La Mer C'est Calme
05. La Ville
06. Le Vide
08. El Bahr
09. Ultra Moderne Solitude 2
10. Yaaa Yaaa Yaaa(Born Bad)[engl]Of all the Cyrils born in the city of Calvin at the dawn of the 80s, these two were bound to find each other. Two Cyrils like two dizygotic souls whose contingencies have brought their meeting forward. Cyril Cyril. A liberated hydra, born in this city of diplomats where Borges duplicated his rejuvenated ego in “The Other”. On the ruins of their worn out bands, they put together an innately cosmopolitan empire. Because these Cyrils have devoured miles, away from their Genovese haven. A muezzin without borders, Cyril Yeterian came to the disheveled world through Mama Rosin, a three-piece that stirred the ghosts of the rogue bayou, the clammy Mardi Gras of some electric Louisiana. Soon, the world fell in love with their flair. The BBC celebrated them, Jon Spencer produced them, records proliferated. And then in 2017, the honeymoon period passed. Cyril was alone. Well, not quite: music kept popping up around him. Inside his Bongo Joe record store, on the label of the same name, in the underground DJ sets he stirred up, Yeterian explored like crazy, in a binge of exiled grooves. Within the same space-time, Cyril Bondi hit the road. Diatribes, La Tène, Insub Meta Orchestra, the most adventurous projects of the Geneva scene all had a bone to pick with this percussionist in search of unheard beats.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz