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Robert Glasper

Black Radio III [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Chartreuse 2LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 PREORDER

Robert Glasper’s highly anticipated third installment to the Black Radio album series. Black Radio III, much like both of its predecessors, is a cultural moment that celebrates black love and resilience, features an eclectic group of talented collaborators, and is composed by Glasper who the New York Times proclaims is “probably the most prominent jazz musician of his generation”. An innovative and essential addition to Glasper’s seminal Black Radio series. Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Chartreuse 2 LP.

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The Weeknd

Dawn FM

CD: $13.99 Buy

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2022 release. Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The album is narrated by Jim Carrey, and features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. The production was handled by The Weeknd himself alongside Oneohtrix Point Never-who produced the majority of the tracks-as well as Max Martin, Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia, among others. The album serves as a follow-up to The Weeknd's fourth studio album, After Hours (2020). EXPLICIT
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Kendra Morris

Nine Lives [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle LP]

Vinyl: $23.98 PREORDER

Indie Exclusive variant on Coke Bottle color vinyl. Kendra Morris's Nine Lives, to be released on Karma Chief Records (a division of Colemine Records) in early 2022, marks not only the culmination of the decade since the release of her first LP Banshee, but also a turning point in Kendra's life. Nine Lives heralds the beginning of a new chapter; label, and an evolution to the next level of adulthood. This collection of her original songs encapsulates moments from what could be nine lifetimes. Kendra, while very much a New Yorker and veteran of almost 2 decades on the NYC scene, hails from Florida and aesthetically embodies the broader sense of American culture, bringing to her contemporary sound influences found in music and cinema dating back to the mid 20th century. Her music conjures imagery evocative of road trips to weird and wonderful places. Concurrently a visual artist, filmmaker and animator, Kendra harnesses the feline nine lives metaphor repeatedly. In the context of the chapters of her musical trajectory alone, we see at least 9 lives. From discovering multi-tracking on a karaoke machine as a child, to playing in bands in Florida, moving to NYC and creating music alone on an 8 track, releasing her first 2 LPs on Wax Poetics, releasing her 2016 EP Babble and collaborating with DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, MF Doom, Czarface, Ghostface Killah, Dennis Coffey, and David Sitek, to name a few. The life of this multi-disciplinarian artist contains units of time and story lines through which we can all relate to universal themes of love, loss and overcoming one's fears. Kendra, never ceasing to heed her spiritual calling to continue creating music and art, no matter what, has no plans of slowing down but a belief in only evolving, eager to begin experiencing her next nine lives.
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St. Paul & The Broken Bones

The Alien Coast [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP]

Vinyl: $23.98 Buy

A fever dream in sonic form, The Alien Coast is the first album St. Paul & The Broken Bones recorded in their hometown of Birmingham. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price) - the bands fourth full-length is a dizzying convergence of rock & roll and R&B, psychedelia and stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged - it makes for a majestic backdrop to the groups visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.

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Lady Wray

Piece of Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Emerald LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 Buy

Big Crown Records is proud to present Piece of Me, the sophomore full length offering from Lady Wray. This is something of a homecoming for Nicole. Where her 2016 solo debut Queen Alone leaned more towards Soul and R&B with tinges of hip-hop, this record changes the mixture. It's still R&B with the textures of analog Soul, but there is a heavy Hip Hop influence that brings the sum of Nicole's career together in a new sound that will dene her future. Boom-bap drums and chunky bass lines are front-and-center creating a perfect head-nodding backdrop for Lady Wray to take on the good, the bad, the difficult, and the joyful on her most personal collection of songs to date.

The title track, "Piece of Me," which has already become a classic since it's 2019 release is about the people in your life who need more than you are willing to give. This tune and the B side of the 7” “Come On In” were the first songs put to tape for this album and they were recorded with Nicole sitting in a chair 8 months pregnant with her daughter. Her voice is so powerful, so raw, so thorough on these initial songs—it's wild to think that they were recorded this way. And even wilder to know that she knocked them all out in one take.Long time collaborator and producer Leon Michels keeps the musical backing restrained and expertly executed, setting up Lady Wray for the full spotlight and setting the tone for the rest of the album.

While the upbeat energies of “Under The Sun” and “Through It All” are sure to become hits that reconnect Lady Wray with her 90s R&B fanbase, “Where Were You” offers a behind the scenes look at what those days of stardom in her youth were really like. Nicole takes on the racial tension in America with her poetic and powerful “Beauty In The Fire” and leans heavy into her faith and church upbringing on the showstopper, “Thank You”. She gushes about the profound love she’s come to know for her daughter on “Melody” and celebrates life’s ups and downs on “Joy & Pain”. In 2021 it is rare to hear a varied yet cohesive album with no “skippers”, but that is what you have herein spades. The tried and true chemistry between Lady Wray and Leon Michels has undeniably found a higher level and this album stands as a testament to conviction and dedication for all of us to enjoy and be inspired by.

With this in mind, when talking about this record, for Lady Wray, it's about a larger purpose. "My goal is always to help and to heal people with singing," she explains. "Part of that is to try and bring back real music, real singing, so people can feel something again." Now, she's not dissing anyone here, to be clear. It's just that Lady Wray cannot sing without tapping into something deeper, searching for that shared compassion between all of us. Perhaps it comes from her church upbringing, or maybe from her years of trials and tribulations in the music industry. Either way, Lady Wray is looking to bring that "Good Sound" back and the good feelings that come with it. She calls it "those inner hands," and she always means to stir them up, grabbing your attention from within.

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Charlotte Day Wilson

Alpha [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

ALPHA is an eleven-song project of metaphor and earnest declarations, recollecting Charlotte’s inner struggles of love, growing, and breaking that she’s finally speaking to in a greater way. Self produced, the album shines a light on her prodigious skills of which are deeply admired by her peers including Toronto’s jazz-funk trio BADBADNOTGOOD, Mustafa, Syd and Daniel Caesar who all appear on ALPHACharlotte has continued to make wonders with the ALPHA era showcasing her impressive instrumental repertoire of guitar, bass, drum pad, and piano talent.

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Amber Mark

Three Dimensions Deep [2LP]

Vinyl: $39.98 Buy

Creative multi-hyphenate Amber Mark releases her ethereal debut album, Three Dimensions Deep, featuring critically-acclaimed singles “Foreign Things,” “Worth It,” and more.

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Gabriels

Love And Hate In A Different Time [LP]

Vinyl: $31.98 PREORDER

'Jacob Lusk (an acclaimed gospel singer/choir director and contestant on Season 10 of American Idol), Ryan Hope (established film director), and Ari Balouzian (a classically trained musician and soundtrack artist) are the trio that fate brought together who now make up Gabriels. Their debut EP 'Love and Hate In A Different Time' comprises five songs that sound instantly of another era without faltering into throwback territory. True masters of story-telling, their timeless take on vintage soul, new R&B, and just a hint of ultra-contemporary alt-pop have seen them become firm favorites of Gilles Peterson, Off White's Virgil Abloh, Benji B, Annie Mac, Elton John... The list goes on. The lead track and new single, 'Love and Hate In A Different Time', showcases their sound perfectly. A soul-stirring song with elements of funk and that joyous gospel influence too. Jacob has one of those terrifically cavernous deliveries and understands the power of when to adopt restraint and when to let rip. It's raw, show-stopping and combines to form a magical few minutes of cinematic sound, unlike anything else out there today. In the song's long-form video, directed by band member and British born musician Ryan Hope (himself a celebrated music video director), we're taken through a history of the dancefloor in archive footage, culminating in Jacob singing Billie Holliday's 'Strange Fruit' to a rapt audience during a Black Lives Matter protest in LA last year. It's an engrossing, moving watch and an evocative listen. The rest of the EP stands tall with it's lead track, shoulder to shoulder. Experimental flourishes, sultry beats, and jazzy polyrhythms are all present. It is simply riveting and a hugely promising introduction to an already accomplished new act.
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Freekbass

Krameria EP [Pink Vinyl]

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

Following up their 2019 full-length album All The Way This. All The Way That., Freekbass & The Bump Assembly continue to push the limits of their "funk forward" style in Krameria. Recorded just a few months before quarantine at Color Red Studios in Denver, CO, the album's themes present an uncanny timely nature delving into themes of tenacity, escaping one's thoughts, fantasy, and more. With Eddie Roberts tracking and producing the album, you'll find classic production tones mixed with Freekbass' future funk and signature thumping style in a delightful concoction that's suited for many musical tastes.
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Sly & The Family Stone

There’s A Riot Goin’ On [Red LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 Buy

There’s A Riot Goin’ On, Sly And The Family Stone’s influential masterpiece of darkly psychedelic funk turns 50 in 2021 and to celebrate, there will be a new limited edition version on red vinyl. The album marked a shift in the band’s tone, striking a more political and militant vibe while showing Sly Stone’s disillusionment with the promise of the 60s. At the same time, it was also a big commercial success, hitting #1 on the album charts while the single “Family Affair” topped the singles charts. Its influence rang throughout the 70s as all of the funk innovators took their cues from this seminal album, and its songs became a favorite for hip hop artist mining sampling gold decades later. It came in at #81 on Rolling Stone’s  Greatest Albums Of All Time and besides “Family Affair,” the album features the tracks “Just Like A Baby” and “Africa Talks To You (“Asphalt Jungle”).”

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The 5th Dimension

Greatest Hits On Earth [LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

The 5th Dimension’s “Greatest Hits On Earth” is being issued, featuring 11 of their most beloved hits including “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At all,” “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In,” “One Less Bell To Answer” and more!

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Quincy Jones

$ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Mint Green LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

$ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack to the 1971 movie of the same name. The soundtrack was composed and produced by Jazz legend Quincy Jones and includes performances from Roberta Flack, Little Richard and Doug Kershaw. This version will be the first repressing since 2002, and will be pressed the color of money on mint green vinyl. SIDE A 01 Money Is (feat. Little Richard) 02 Snow Creatures 03 Rubber Ducky 04 Redeye Runnin' Train (feat. Doug Kershaw) 05 Shady Lady 06 Money Runner 07 When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You) [feat. Roberta Flack with the Don Elliott Voic SIDE B 01 Do It - To It! (feat. Little Richard) 02 Candy Man 03 Passin' the Buck 04 Kitty with the Bent Frame 05 Brooks' 50c Tour (Main Title Collage) [feat. Little Richard and Roberta Flack]

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Ohio Players

Skin Tight [Limited Edition Audiophile Anniversary Edition Turquoise LP]

Vinyl: $34.98 PREORDER

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Trammps

The Best Of The Trammps [Limited Edition Disco Inferno Audiophile Edition LP]

Vinyl: $32.98 PREORDER

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this compilation from the iconic disco group.
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Curtis Mayfield

The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield [2LP]

Vinyl: $31.98 PREORDER

The definitive collection of Curtis Mayfield’s reflective, soul moving, evocative hits. Includes everything from the political to the romantic, from cuts from his genre-defining Superfly (“Freddie’s Dead) to statement makers like “(Don’t Worry) If there’s a hell below, we’re all going to go.”

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Stro Elliot / James Brown

Black & Loud: James Brown Reimagined By Stro Elliot [LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 PREORDER

Stro Elliot (of The Roots) puts his spin on ten James Brown classics. The remixes draw upon a variety of inspirations, from Afro-Beat to electronica.

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The Temptations

Temptations 60

CD: $13.95 Buy

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A brand new album of brand-new songs from the No. 1 R&B Group of All Time, The Temptations. Features tracks written and produced by Narada Michael Walden, the young hip-hop producer K. Sparks, longtime group member Ron Tyson, founding member Otis Williams, and the equally legendary Smokey Robinson, whose classic songs launched the group’s original hit streak. The new album release will coincide with Otis Williams’s 80thbirthday, and the Broadway return (and road show edition) of the hit musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.

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Chaka Khan

I'm Every Woman - Live! [Colored Vinyl] (Gate)

Vinyl: $26.98 Buy

For the first time on vinyl - the spectacular live album from the original modern R&B diva and Rock Hall Of Fame nominee, Chaka Khan!Incredible performances of Khan's best loved songs including "I Feel For You," "Ain't Nobody," "Through The Fire," "I'm Every Woman," and more!Gorgeous gatefold jacket with colored vinyl!
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J. Cole

The Off-Season

CD: $13.99 Buy

The Off-Season is the sixth studio album from Grammy Award winning recording artist, J.Cole. Album features 21 Savage, Morray, Bas, Lil Baby & 6LACK.

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The Best Of Lou Rawls

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

Lou Rawls (December 1, 1933 - January 6, 2006) was an American record producer, singer, composer and actor. Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records. Talk about Groovy People.
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The Time

The Time

Vinyl: $31.98 Buy

Double red and white colored vinyl LP pressing. The debut album by Morris Day's band, The Time. Written and produced with, and performed almost entirely by Prince with vocals from Day. With a 6-track second LP of original single edits of five of the album's songs (with "Cool" in 2 parts).
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Jam & Lewis

Jam & Lewis: Volume One

CD: $13.98 Buy

Grammy winning producers and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are one of the most successful production duo with an astonishing amount of hit records. They started this journey in music over 30 years ago creating hits for countless artist such as Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, The Time, Usher, Mary J. Blige, New Edition and the list goes on. The dynamic duo have created a body of work in Jam & Lewis: Volume One which represents the celebration of their journey. This album is another one of their timeless bodies of work with features from Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Toni Braxton just to name a few. You will not be disappointed in the delivery of this melodic masterpiece.
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Drifters

Drifters Golden Hits [180 Gram]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. An Atlantic compilation from 1968, this was included in Rolling Stone's best albums of all time in 2012. Packaged in it's original sleeve, illustrated by Loring Eutemey.
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Zapp & Roger

All The Greatest Hits [140g Neon Violet and Magenta / Orange and Pink 2LP]

Vinyl: $34.98 Buy

The band's first Greatest Hits compilation from their first four albums, originally released on Reprise in 1993. Includes "More Bounce To The Ounce" sampled by The Notorious BIG, and "Computer Love" sampled by "2Pac. On two-color per LP Violet and Magenta / Orange and Pink 140g colored vinyl.

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Various Artists

Truth To Power Project [RSD Drops 2021]

Vinyl: $39.98 Buy

June - RSD First

Dallas-based Eastwood Music Group has joined forces with the Dallas Mavericks and Universal Music Production Group to curate a "Soundtrack for Empowerment." The Truth to Power Project is a creative endeavor working to engage people with inspiring new music and multimedia content to encourage community involvement. Let’s bring truth to the light so that we can heal, grow, and prosper together. Hip-Hop, Soul, Psych and Jazz artists with a shared commitment to racial equity have donated their time and creative energies to produce Exclusive collaborations, including Leon Bridges, Black Pumas, BADBADNOTGOOD, Keite Young, Ghost-Note, Sarah Jaffe, Holy Hive, and many more. And it hasn’t taken long for this expansive, nonprofit musical endeavor to transcend its DFW roots and grow into Austin, New York, Detroit, and Toronto. On a local level, Eastwood is working with the Dallas Mavericks and Universal Music Production Group to identify nonprofits in the DFW-area that are aligned with their vision for supporting communities that have been damaged by inequitable structures. Released on RSD-Exclusive smoky clear vinyl in a single wide-spine jacket designed by renowned Dallas artist Jeremy Biggers.

Leon Bridges & Keite Young - Like A Ship | Elliott Skinner - What Does It Mean | S1 feat. Dereck Scott - Bishop | Sergeant Ira Carter | Paul And The Tall Trees + Adrian Quesada - Don't Stay Silent | Black Pumas - Black Moon Rising (Badbadnotgood Remix) | N'Dambi - Space (NCS Remix) | Holy Hive - Kingdom Of The Sun | Sha La Das - Didn't I | Ghost Funk Orchestra - Your Man's No Good | Bastards Of Soul - Look Me In The Eye | Flower Child - Truth To Power | Free Blck feat. The Dallas String Quartet - Ventilation | Max Gerl - Restoration | Cure For Paranoia - Peace And Light | Ghost-Note - Spunky | JT Donaldson & Penelope Antena - Colorblind | Zaftiggg! - Sultans Of Decay | Leon Bridges & Keite Young - Like A Ship (Niles City Dub) | Abraham Alexander - Bridge Over Troubled Water | Sarah Jaffe & Sam Lao - Domino | Keite Young - Is It Because I'm Black

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James Brown

Live At The Apollo (Blue) [Colored Vinyl] (Uk)

Vinyl: $24.99 Buy

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Eddie Chacon

Pleasure, Joy And Happiness

Vinyl: $27.98 UNAVAILABLE
Eddie Chacon experienced proper, peak-nineties acclaim in the soul duo Charles and Eddie: they scored a global No. 1 in 1992 with "Would I Lie To You," appeared three times on Top of the Pops, and featured on soundtracks from True Romance to Super Mario Bros.. Their crooning style was clearly pop-ready, but undeniably reverent: the pair first met when Eddie noticed Charles carrying a vinyl copy of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man" on a New York subway train. By that time, Chacon had already been navigating music in interesting ways, all the way back to his teen garage rock band with the late Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Mike Bordin (Faith No More). In the late '80s, he released a full-length on Uncle Luke from 2 Live Crew's label and signed to Columbia as a solo act. He was a working artist, always popping up in unexpected places: through the course of his career, Chacon would write, sing, or produce ten Top 40 hits around the globe. In the words of Mac DeMarco: "Eddie Chacon is planet earth's number one musician. Yesterday, today, and forever." Years ago, Chacon retired from music for a second calling as a fashion photographer and creative director. In an interview at the time, he said, "I was fortunate to have a 35-year music career and felt that there wasn't that much more for me to say or achieve." Very thankfully, that's no longer the case. Private experiments, far from the major-label center he once frequented, began to feel urgent and new. "There's nothing more exciting for me than getting to start from the beginning again," he says today. "Pleasure, Joy and Happiness" will be available July of 2020 on the boutique Los Angeles-based label Day End Records. This is a thoughtfully considered album of quiet, confident R&B: it doesn't jump out at you, but rather gets in you. Produced by John Carroll Kirby, the like-minded artist and collaborator with Frank Ocean and Solange Knowles, it features restrained percussion from Kanye West's Sunday Service drummer Lamar Carter. Celestial soul as a break from chaos, these are quietly challenging songs as timeless as they are contemporary. "What a rare and cool challenge it was for me to help Eddie re-emerge after a long hiatus," says John Carroll Kirby. "I was excited to produce a record for him that captured the chill, laid-back wisdom and easy vocal mastery he has that you don't see that much these days." Lead single "My Mind Is Out of It's Mind" finds a deep groove to try and contain spiraling heartbreak, while the sweet and wobbly "Trouble" balances the delightful near whisper of the title track "Pleasure, Joy and Happiness." But even the project's lightest moments feel sincere and mature. Altogether: a truly unifying release, coming from a man who's earned the right to share such a regal, romantic sound. "I used to think to myself," Chacon says, "if I ever make a record again, I'd want it to be a record you'd have to be my age to make."
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Cha Wa

My People

CD: $14.98 Buy

The future of New Orleans music shares a bold vision for the future with a reverence for the past. It builds upon tradition to bring something unique to the world. The future of New Orleans music is Cha Wa, a Mardi Gras Indian funk band that takes the music of the streets into the 21st century, with guests like Alvin Youngblood Hart and production from Galactic's Ben Ellman. On "My People", the band tries to "take the influence of Monk and Bo and Willie Tee [from the original Wild Magnolias] back in the day, when they were interpreting the music of their time - the deep funk, disco, Afrobeat and tinges of reggae," says drummer & bandleader Joe Gelini. "And we're also trying to interpret and write new music that we're inspired to play that's relevant to our generation, and our current social environment.""My People" feels like pure joy, a distillation of generations of New Orleans expression, but it also never fails to remind us how hard-won that joy was and still is: not least in the tense, funky and explosive title track, with it's declaration "My people, we're still here.""Mardi Gras Indian songs are inherently songs about freedom," Gelini says. "And that struggle is as relevant today as it's ever been."
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The Jacksons

Live! [2LP]

Vinyl: $25.98 Buy

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

The Jacksons Live! is back on vinyl and remastered - featuring "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)", "Can You Feel It", and "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough". This live double album was recorded during The Jacksons' North American Triumph Tour in 1981.

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Surprise Chef / Minoru Muraoka

Positive And The Negative

Vinyl: $18.98 Buy

This release is a special one; a moment where the two halves of the Mr Bongo record label unite, our heritage re-issues and our contemporary artists roster. Minoru Muraoka's 'The Positive and the Negative' is a firm favourite at Mr Bongo. It sees a master of the shakuhachi, a traditional bamboo Japanese flute, flex his prodigious skill resulting in a unique mix of breakbeat jazz and Japanese folkloric music. 'The Positive and the Negative' featured on the 1970 'Bamboo' album, which Mr Bongo reissued in 2019. Heralded by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Egon, and many others. The record's cult status had us thinking how could we pay further homage to a sublime track such as this. The opportunity came to us in an email from Melbourne's Surprise Chef with a link to the fabulous reinterpretation of the track which they had just recorded. Forged in their signature sound, "The Chef" have made 'The Positive and the Negative' their own whilst simultaneously treating the original with utmost respect. The shakuhachi and koto have been replaced by synths and guitars, but the breakbeat psychedelic vein flows richly through both instruments The 7" vinyl format was the right fit for this release, so the original Minoru Muraoka recording which clocks in over nine minutes has been edited into a 7" version to accompany Surprise Chef's new take.
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Mary Wilson

Motown Anthology (W/Book)

CD: $29.99 PREORDER

Two CDs. Singer, activist, author, fashion icon, actress, mother, grandmother, friend, trailblazer, legend, Supreme: Mary Wilson earned her place in music history. She was the only original member of The Supremes in every incarnation of the groundbreaking group from beginning to end (1961 to 1977) but her story didn't end when The Supremes did. Now, the late superstar's remarkable legacy of music is being collected for the very first time in a deluxe set. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are proud to present Mary Wilson's The Motown Anthology. This comprehensive overview of Wilson's Motown discography presents 38 songs, including a whopping 33 tracks only available physically on this collection. It boasts nearly two dozen Supremes classics, deep cuts, and never-before-heard songs (most in stunning new mixes) from a host of songwriters including Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Deke Richards, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Thom Bell and Linda Creed, and others. In addition to the worldwide CD debut of the 1979 Mary Wilson album, The Motown Anthology premieres on CD solo tracks produced by the late Gus Dudgeon, the first-time-available album version of Mary's new single 'Why Can't We All Get Along,' and Eric Kupper's remix of 'Red Hot.' The set has been produced by the team of Andrew Skurow, George Solomon, and Joe Marchese and mixed and mastered by Kevin Reeves. It's 44-page booklet is stuffed with rare and previously unpublished color photos plus liner notes from Marchese, Skurow, and best-selling author Mark Bego. Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton has penned a special appreciation, as well, for this ultimate celebration of the late, great Supreme legend Mary Wilson.
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Aretha Franklin

Yeah [Colored Vinyl] [Limited Edition] [180 Gram] (Purp) (Hol)

Vinyl: $36.99 Buy

180 gram audiophile vinyl. Seventh studio album by the Queen of Soul. Recorded live at New York's Columbia Studios and produced by Clyde Otis. Featuring "Misty", "If I Had a Hammer", "There Is No Greater Love" and many more. Limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on purple coloured vinyl. The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin released her seventh studio album Yeah!!! in 1965. The album was recorded live at New York's Columbia Studios and produced by Clyde Otis. Yeah!!! features "Misty", "If I Had a Hammer" and "There Is No Greater Love" amongst others.
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Aretha Franklin

Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington [Limited Edition]

Vinyl: $36.99 Buy

MP3 Album: $9.99 Download

180 gram audiophile vinyl. Fifth studio album by the Queen of Soul. Recorded at New York's Columbia Studios and produced by Robert Mersey. Featuring "What a Diff'rence a Day Made", "Unforgettable", "This Bitter Earth" & "Cold, Cold Heart". Limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on crystal clear vinyl. Dinah Washington has been cited as "the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s". The jazz vocalist passed away in December 1963 at the age of 39. Just a few months after, in February 1964, Aretha Franklin released her fifth studio album Unforgettable - A Tribute to Dinah Washington.
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Wooden Glass

Wooden Glass Recorded Live

Vinyl: $57.98 PREORDER

Billy Wooten is a vibraphonist and percussionist from Indianapolis who also participated in 'Grant Green / Visions', which was released from Blue Note, and 'Richard Evans / Dealing With Hard Times,' among other things.This is a legendary live recording from Billy Wooten and his band 'The Wooden Glass,' as played in 1972. The CD edition has sold more than 10,000 copies, and now this masterpiece of jazz-funk live albums is finally here on vinyl! Comes with an OBI-strip.
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Thee Sinseers

What's His Name (Random [Colored Vinyl]

Vinyl: $8.98 Buy

On limited "random" colored vinyl. Thee Sinseers are the premier band in Southern California's souldies scene and their new single "What's His Name" represents what's the come from the future-household-name Joey Quiñones' mind. He produces, writes, and plays nearly everything you hear on recordings of Thee Sinseers. So enjoy this sweet slice of soul from Joey and co. It certainly won't be the last time you hear his name!
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Aretha Franklin

Sparkle [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Crystal Clear LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 Buy

The 1976 Warner Bros Motion Picture “Sparkle” features a soundtrack created by two Soul giants – Aretha and Curtis. Whilst the movie stars - Irene Cara and Lonette McKee (primarily) - sang the songs on the film, “Sparkle (Music From The Warner Bros. Motion Picture)'' features the Queen of Soul herself 'Aretha Franklin', accompanied by composer and producer Curtis Mayfield recorded at his Curtom studio in Chicago. It will be pressed on LP - for the first time since its original release in 1976 - on a Crystal Clear vinyl. SIDE A 01 Sparkle 02 Something He Can Feel 03 Hooked on Your Love 04 Look into Your Heart SIDE B 01 I Get High 02 Jump To It 03 Loving You Baby 04 Rock with Me

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Sam Cooke

Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]

Vinyl: $35.98 Buy

Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 is a career-spanning, 31-track collection of music pioneer Sam Cooke’s greatest works. This collection presents tracks from Cooke’s gospel and early R&B career, pop/soul hits from the Specialty and RCA labels and combined them with the cream of the masters that are part of his own company, Tracey Records. Includes comprehensive liner notes by Peter Guralnick as well as detailed musician credits. Limited Edition Indie Exclusive 2 LP on 180-gram clear vinyl.

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Ripple

Ripple (2021 Remastering)

CD: $26.99 Buy

Japanese-only pressing features 2021 remastering. Ultra-Vybe.
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Scott-Gil Heron

Pieces Of A Man + 3 (Jpn)

CD: $19.99 Buy

Japanese pressing of the classic soul album. Hi Records/Solid. 2021.
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Beale Street Beats 2: Soul House / Various (10in)

Beale Street Beats 2: Soul House / Various (10in)

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Memphis, Tennessee: large urban metropolis on the Mississippi River, home to such legendary record labels as Sun, Stax, Hi Records and... Home Of The Blues! On two single high-quality 25cm LPs, Bear Family Recordsr presents an overview of the creative years of this underrated label that released great rhythm 'n' blues, soul, blues and rock 'n' roll throughout the early 1960s. Volume 2 with a focus on the label's rhythm 'n' blues and soul sides. This LP delivers rare tunes that are hard to find on the original format, recordings by Jimmy Dotson, Willie Cobbs, Ed Pauling and the '5' Royales, among others. The 12-page colored folder includes extensive liner notes by Chicago music expert Bill Dahl, with photos from the label archives. Memphis-based Home of the Blues Records cooked up more than it's share of blistering singles during it's all-too-brief early '60s lifespan. Headed by Ruben Cherry (owner of a famous record store of the same handle on Beale Street where Elvis and Johnny Cash shopped) and his aunt, Celia G. Camp, HOTB specialized in tough, horn-driven Memphis R&B tightly arranged by it's house bandleader, trumpeter Willie Mitchell. It's talent roster was split between veteran stars (Roy Brown, The '5' Royales) and big-voiced obscurities that included New Orleans emigre Dave Dixon and Charles James, whose infectious rendition of One Mint Julep for HOTB's affiliated Zab logo is one of the myriad highlights of Bear Family's 10-inch vinyl LP 'Soul House.' The '5"'Royales' Catch That Teardrop and Willie Cobbs' original You Don't Love Me (later revived by The Allman Brothers) are here as well, along with hard-to-find gems by Jimmy Dotson, Billy Adams, and Bill Yates. The instrumental title track is a dazzling showcase for Royales guitarist Lowman Pauling's slashing fretwork
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Kem

Love Always Wins [Deluxe]

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Deluxe edition. Love Always Wins is the sixth studio album by Kem. It was originally released by Motown Records in August 2020, his first full-length project in six years.
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Eddie Hazel

Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs

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If your circle of friends includes any guitar players, take this little test. Ask them if they are familiar with Eddie Hazel's Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs. Chances are their eyes will widen, followed by an exclamation something like 'I thought I was the only one who knew about that record!' Indeed, knowledge of this relatively obscure album is something of a secret handshake among axe men, because the guitar work on it is flat-out incredible. But then, you had to be a bad mutha to be in a band with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and the rest of the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership, and that's where a 17 year-old Eddie Hazel found himself in 1967, as the new guitar player in the Parliaments. Over the next ten years, Hazel would become an instrumental mainstay in PFunk, most notably on Fender Strat showcases like 'Maggot Brain' and 'Dollar Bill,' which he co-wrote. By the time he recorded this album in 1977, however, Hazel was out of the band, beset by personal problems that led to his premature demise in 1992 and which also explain at least in part why this album never reached commercial lift-off. All of the aforementioned PFunk notables are here, along with the Brides of Funkenstein on vocals, but this is Eddie's show, as he let's loose with one coruscating, psychedelic funk lead after another over a mixture of George Clinton-penned originals and covers of 'California Dreamin' and 'I Want You (She's So Heavy).' And now you can get Game in two different ways: on CD with liner notes by former Minister of Information for PFunk, Tom Vickers, or on LP in an electric blue vinyl edition!
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WARDELL PIPER

Wardell Piper (Mod)

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Rene & Rene

Magic Of Rene & Rene (Mod)

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Percy Mayfield

Walking On A Tightrope (Blk) (Ofgv) (Uk)

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Singer and songwriter Percy Mayfield is one of the giants of 1950s R&B. He was also the favoured songwriter of Ray Charles who handed him 'Hit The Road Jack' and 'At The Club'. 'Walking on a Tightrope' is his only album for Brunswick originally released in 1969. This is the first time ever this album has been reissued. Pressed on 140g black vinyl with original artwork and printed inner sleeve.
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This Is Lowrider Soul Vol 2 / Various

This Is Lowrider Soul Vol 2 / Various (Uk)

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It's been almost three years since Sean Hampsey and the Southern (California) Soul Spinners created "This Is Lowrider Soul" for Kent Records, and the ensuing acclaim and enjoyment have made this second volume essential. Only three artists are repeated, which shows the depth of the genre, and two of those - Barbara Mason with her Philly slow-burners and Lee Williams & the Cymbals' fantastic East Coast harmonies - epitomise the Lowrider soul sound between them. The Lovers are also featured again, providing sweet soul from the Pacific coast. A big talking point will be the previously unissued ballad 'Can't Nobody' from Detroit's top vocal group Brothers Of Soul, which they cut for Galaxy in 1969. That was the year in which the more obscure Mark-Keys, from the same city, offered their re-interpretation of J. T. Rhythm's 'My Sweet Baby'. Detroit also provides the Perfections' tour de force 'Don't Take Your Love From Me', a Jack Ashford gem from the previous year, and harmony was still strong in the city in 1972 when the Houston Outlaws' 'What Am I Going To Do' was released by Westbound. It failed to gain the acclaim it deserved - until now, currently one of the most sought-after and expensive Detroit sides on the Lowrider collectors' scene. Philadelphia also specialised in this sound as the 60s turned into the 70s, and the Ethics' 'Sad Sad Story' is a classic of it's kind, in a similar vein to the offerings of Little Ben & the Cheers, the Vanguards and Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr; mid-Western groups trying to capture that same soulful feeling. Though the artists on this CD are overwhelmingly male, when the girls hit it right the effect is stunning - as with the Sparkels' rarity 'Try Love (One More Time)'. Another pricey original 45 is the Hyperions' West Coast-recorded and released 'Believe In Me'. It was hardly known until the Northern Soul A-side was flipped out of curiosity. Three tracks were rescued from the tape vaults and released on Kent CDs in the late noughties. East Coast stalwart Benny Gordon's protégés the Exceptions, New York outfit the Radiations and Los Angeles' very own Magicians all deliver accomplished and ready-to-hear soul ballads. It is testament to the depth of talent in black America in the soul era, that they were deemed surplus to requirements at the time.
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El Michels Affair

Stack The Deck B/W Things Done Changed

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Big Crown Records is proud to present this rock solid two-sider from El Michels Affair. This 7" is part of a new Big Crown X El Oms collaboration that includes a custom deck of playing cards and a t shirt series illustrated by El Oms. The labels of this 45 are pulled from some of the King & Queen illustrations contained in the deck.To go with this project, El Michels teamed up again with Bobby Oroza for the A side tune which plays along with the collab theme called "Stack The Deck". These two proved their chemistry on 2020's "Reasons" which became a fast favorite around the globe. This time El Michels comes with a heavier more orchestrated track that Bobby finds the perfect groove on as he plays up the gamble of love.The B side is a speaker smashing cover of the late, great, Notorious B.I.G.'s "Things Done Changed" from his Ready To Die album. El Michels Affair stays close to the tone of the original Easy Mo Bee production but makes it their own with their signature horns and cinematic grit.45 and playing cards are being sold separately
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This Love Was Real: La Vocal Groups 1959-1964

This Love Was Real: La Vocal Groups 1959-1964 (Uk)

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We explore the later years of Los Angeles' doo wop scene from sources that have never previously been digitalised from master tape. We have found master tapes of very rare and expensive doo wop recordings in the vaults of Doré, Era, Gary Paxton, Kent Harris and George Motola in particular. Most of these great tracks have only previously been heard on badly reproduced bootleg releases. Three tracks have never been heard before. One is a Class recording by Adolph Jacobs, of which noted LA vocal group writer Steve Propes says, "The Coasters' Billy Guy and Carl Gardner were singing with Bobby Day on Jacobs' session for Class Records", which makes it a historically important track, as well as a great record. Of similar interest to doo wop fans is an unheard number from Arthur Lee Maye - the greatest of all the singing sportsmen - from his 1958 'Pounding' Cash session, complete with vocal group. The Pharoahs' beautiful 'Here Comes The Rain' has only a basic instrumental backing, but the superb singing makes it a very worthy release. Another Gary Paxton-produced track has only been heard under the incorrect group name of the Sesames on a bootleg EP; it is actually Bobby Sheen with a group covering the Interludes' 1962 King release. Super-rarities include the Showcases' magnificent 1964 Galaxy release '(This Love) Was Real', the Heartbreakers' Markay single 'Since You've Been Gone', the Cezannes' 'Pardon Me', the Tabs' 'Never Forget' on Noble and Carlton Beck's (of the Shields) 'The Girl I Left Behind' Troy offering. Most are classic 50s ballads but there are some R&B-oriented numbers such as Kent Harris' group the Valaquans' 'Jolly Green Giant' Rayco 45, the Creators' quirky 'Drafted, Volunteered, Enlisted', released on Dootone in 1961, and the scarce and imaginative Emberglows' Doré single 'Sack And Chemise Gang Fight' - all have Coasters influences with their novelty and humour. Several of the acts would go on to record through the soul era - Dorothy Berry, Morris Chestnut (here as James Washington Lee); the Individuals' James Leon Moore went on to be a Youngheart and, of course, Danny Stewart would lead the groundbreaking Sly & The Family Stone. Sleeve notes are from Steve Propes and Alec Palao to further map this city's important musical history.
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Mickey And Sylvia

Singles & Albums Collection 1952-62

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They were one of the few boy/girl duos to make an impact in the R&B, rock 'n' roll and pop markets during the rock 'n' roll era, and occupy an interesting niche in the history of the genre. This substantial and fairly comprehensive overview of their output during the primary period of the career provides an entertaining showcase for their distinctive style and talents.
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The Brkn Record

The Architecture Of Oppression Part 1 [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Red LP]

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The Brkn Record is a new project led and produced by Jake Ferguson, the co-founder and bass player for the UK's foundational deep jazz outfit the Heliocentrics. With fellow Heliocentrics co-founder and legendary drummer Malcolm Catto, Ferguson has been a regular collaborator with globally recognised artists including Archie Shepp, Mulatu Astatke, Melvin Van Peebles, Orlando Julius and many others. The Architecture of Oppression Part 1 represents Ferguson's debut as a bandleader and orchestrator, and manifests as a committed and soulful response to ongoing and systemic anti-black racism, social oppression and state violence both at home in London and across the globe. Combining poetry, testimony and song with rich and cinematic backdrops, Ferguson has produced a sui generis sound that conjures flavours of Arthur Verocai, Ennio Morricone, classic library productions, Madlib-style deep-jazz beat science, and psychedelic soul. With bandmate Malcolm Catto on drums, Ferguson draws on their long years of collaborative experience in the Heliocentrics to build an album of striking texture and depth.
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Tuxedo

Doin' My Best

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A Pandemic Banger from Tuxedo, the duo formed by Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. Doin' My Best stand-along single b/w "Doin' My Best Instrumental". Limited edition 45 in a pic sleeve that was originally a Tower Records Japan exclusive. Cover by Jean Andre. TRACKLISTING: Doin' My Best Doin' My Best (Instrumental)
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Warlock

Warlock (Blk) (Ofgv) (Uk)

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Warlock is a super rare funk/rock release on the Holland Dozier Holland's label Music Merchant. Influenced by Funkadelic and MC5, this is the first time ever this album has been reissued on vinyl since it's release in 1972. Pressed on 140g black vinyl with original artwork and printed inner sleeve.
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Total Eclipse

Great Combination (Blk) (Ofgv) (Uk)

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The Total Eclipse are a New York funk and soul eight piece originally from Jamaica. 1976 album was released on the obscure Brunswick label BRC subsidiary. This is the first time 'A Great Combination' has ever been reissued. Pressed on 140g black vinyl with original artwork and printed inner sleeve.
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Henry, Joshua

Grow

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BMG Grow - Joshua Henry - Three-time Tony nominee and GRAMMY-nominee Joshua Henry announced his debut album 'Grow' via BMG. This album is a kaleidoscopic spectrum of sounds that showcases Joshua's powerhouse vocals and versatile talents.
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Fana Hues

Hues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque White LP]

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When singer-songwriter Fana Hues was a child, illness took away her voice for almost five years. "I had scarlet fever, tonsillitis, and strep throat at the same time," recalls the 25-year-old from Pasadena, CA, about the years she spent yearning to sing-years her mother, a dancer and healer, spent concocting natural medicines and elixirs that would eventually restore her voice. A challenging and humbling experience, Fana's period of near voicelessness led her to appreciate the power of healing, and to realize her purpose as a musician at a young age. The sonically-sprawling collection of tracks weaves moody trances with funky bass lines and delicate strings, landing cohesively as a thorough reflection on the complexity of human emotion. "I thought it was super important for me as a black woman to be open about that because so many times I feel like I'm not allowed to express my emotions." In Fana's words, "I'm kind of all over the place, but there's always a method to the madness; it's all centered; it all has a purpose."
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Kenny Lattimore

Here To Stay

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Hailed by the New York Times as a "modern soul man," Kenny Lattimore, the singer behind the hits "Never Too Busy", "For You", and the Michael Jordan hype song "Day's Like This" is back with a new album for the first time in 4 years. CD Digi-Pak.
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Aretha Franklin

Her Ultimate Collection [180-Gram Red Colored Vinyl]

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Limited 180gm red colored vinyl LP pressing.
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El Michels Affair

The Abominable EP [Indie Exclusive Yeti Baby Blue Vinyl]

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El Michels Affair follows up the massive success of their full length Yeti Season with The Abominable EP. A collection of unreleased tracks, alternate takes, and instrumentals from the Yeti Season recording sessions.EMA's blending their signature cinematic soul sound with influences from Turkish Funk and the grittiest of Bollywood soundtracks yielded an instant classic The Fader calls "a carnival of dusty funk and soul".The EP starts off with the unreleased gem "Messy Grass" whose synth intro, peppered with distant yeti cries, gives way to a tremendous backing track that Tamer Pinarbasi's Qanun dances over. On "Cham Cham" EMA invites Piya Malik to the microphone again to share her styled storytelling vocals over the instrumental track from Yeti Season's "Perfect Harmony". Where some of the tunes on the EP have vocals added, some of them have them removed letting the band take center stage; "Poison Song", "Uncut Gem", "Smoked", and "Progress" are all instrumen- tal here giving them a wholly different energy than the vocal versions.The EP is being released with two different covers, each one has two paintings from different Ghanaian mobile cinema artists commissioned through Chicago's Deadly Prey Gallery and are interpretations of the original album artwork. One version is paintings by Stoger and Heavy J, who also contributed cover paintings to the Return To The 37th Chamber album. The other version of the cover is two paintings by Teshie and Farkira.
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Various Artists

I'm Back! Family & Friends / Various

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The funktastic 2011 album by legendary funk master Sly Stone featuring incredible new versions of Sly's biggest hits recorded with rock n' roll royalty!Features brand new renditions of the all-time classics "Dance To the Music," "Everyday People," "Family Affair," "Thank You (Falentinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" and much more PLUS 3 previously unreleased tracks!Includes a host of well-known guests such as Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Bootsy Collins, Ann Wilson (Heart), Jeff Beck, Carmine Appice and others!Previously available as CLP4800
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Tink

Gift & A Curse (Red & White Candy Cane Cornetto)

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Initially released digitally on Christmas Day 2020 as a surprise gift to her fans, Tink's "A Gift and a Curse" was met with wide praise from fans and virtually every outlet. Celebrating the one year anniversary, Tink continues the holiday tradition with a limited edition exclusive pressing for her ride-or-dies. In keeping true to it's title, A Gift and a Curse delivers themes of heartbreak, love, and all that goes in between.
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