The Memphis Sounds – Ike’s Moods

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Traffic Entertainment presents The Memphis Sounds Ike’s Moods, an all-instrumental collection of Isaac Hayes’ most well-known songs. In a similar vein as the Ultimate Breaks & Beats Instrumentals album, Ike’s Moods takes the best from Isaac Hayes’ catalog and transforms them into instrumental gems. Just as Hayes defined funk and soul in the 60s and 70s, the members of The Memphis Sound have carved out their own unique contemporary sound that not only attracts a younger generation to the genres, but also pleases fans of the sounds since their inception. Consisting of members from the Dap Kings,and Anti Balas, these instrumentalists have been a part of a movement of neo-wave funk and soul musicians, redefining the sound through projects with Mark Ronson (his most recent album Version) and Amy Winehouse (Back to Black, as well as touring with the singer); reworking classic instrumentals for the Wu-Tang Clan on a series of 7″ records and performing live alongside the clansmen; and other various live and studio recorded projects. Ike’s Moods contains such classics as “Shaft,” “Walk On By,” and “Look Of Love,” and aptly pays homage to the many moods and musical stylings of Hayes. An innovator of his time, Isaac Hayes is most known for his work on the music for Shaft whose theme song was made famous by its wah-wah guitar and multi-layered symphonic arrangement. Passing away in August 2008, Hayes left behind a career that spanned an extensive discography, filmography, and a handful of awards including three Grammy’s, an NAACP Image Award, and an Academy Award. Celebrate the career of this American music icon who defined the funk and soul genres with Ike’s Moods.

Tracklist

01. Walk On By
02. The Look Of Love
03. Theme From Shaft
04. Blue’s Crib
05. The Red Rooster
06. Bumpy’s Lament
07. The Feeling Keeps On Coming
08. Do Your Thing
09. Run Fay Run
10. Hung Up On My Baby

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Gopher – Hairyshima

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Gopher is an italian artist (i posted (here) another his album under the name Unto Ke), this is ” Hairyshima” istrumental album with blending of Jazz & Funk, enjoy!

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Tracklist

01. Intro
02. Huruma
03. Peli senza Veli
04. Chiva Acida
05. Hairyshima
06. Skit #1
07. 11432
08. Samandhi (Ieri Non C’è)
09. Diavoli di Polvere
10. J.S.
11. Aware (Outro)

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Billy Cobham – A Funky Thide Of Sings

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After a string of successful solo efforts, Billy Cobham began to slip into mediocrity beginning with this recording, originally released in 1975. While elements of funk were always a part of his band’s sound, it was now the primary focus. “Panhandler” stands out as the session’s most memorable composition, while Milcho Leviev contributes nicely on “Moody Modes.” Cobham fans will want to seek this out for the extended drum solo “A Funky Kind of Thing,” which stands as one of the most original drum solos he ever recorded.

Tracklist

01. Panhandler
02. Sorcery
03. A Funky Thide Of Sings
04. Thinking Of You
05. Some Skunk Funk
06. Light At The End Of The Tunnel
07. A Funky Kind Of Thing
08. Moody Modes

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Piero Umiliani – Il Corpo

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Sweetly funky and very slinky this is one of the best early 70s scores by the great Italian composer Piero Umiliani! The record has lots of bubbling electric piano, rumbling electric basslines, warm acoustic percussion, and moody wordless vocals. At some level, the album sounds a lot like the contemporaneous work by the great Italian Fender Rhodes combo Crossfire  but it’s also filled with a spacey madness that could only come from the pen of Umiliani!

Tracklist

01. Free Life (Vocal)
02. Tidal Stream
03. In The End (Instrumental)
04. Hard Times
05. Stream (Alternate)
06. Princess (Alternative)
07. Chaser
08. Stream (Alternate Intro)
09. The Body
10. White Sand (Extended)
11. In The End
12. In The Village
13. Free Life (Extended)
14. Princess (Extended Intro)
15. Stream
16. Savana
17. Dusken
18. Desert Island
19. Princess
20. The Body
21. Desert Island (Extended)

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Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms

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A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde. The album’s one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s – and it’s filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic “African Rhythms” and “Liberation Dues”. Other titles include “Kazi”, “Funky Wood”, “Don’t Give Up”, “Poo Too”, and “Incognito”.

Tracklist

01. African Rhythms
02. Kazi
03. Funky Wood
04. Tarishi
05. Mashariki
06. Chants
07. Don’t Give Up
08. Icognito
09. Poo Too
10. Liberation Dues
11. Liberation Dues (Instrumental)
12. African Rhythms (45 Version)

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Franco Micalizzi – Italia A Mano Armata

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Awesome soundtrack of the italian movie “Italia A Mano Armata” by Franco Micalizzi!

Tracklist

01. The Criminal Gang
02. A Dirty Trick
03. The Cruel Kidnapper
04. Hunting The Gang
05. The False Hostage
06. Temptation And Siege
07. The Child And Her Sister
08. Hard Falling
09. The Pleasant Visit
10. A Man Befor Your Time
11. Shall We Dance
12. A Nosy Guy
13. Too Much Nosy
14. Death In The Cave
15. The No-Peace Pursuit
16. A Tree Could Hurt
17. A Snare For Betti
18. An Angel, A Devil
19. Damned Bricks
20. Machinegun Death
21. Black and White Ending
22. The Criminal Gang
23. Tiny Armed Suite
24. Detecting The Boss

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Catalyst – Catalyst

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People living anywhere other than southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York in the ’70s missed the Catalyst experience. Catalyst, a four-man jazz combo from Philadelphia, played a gourmet of avant-garde, contemporary bop, soul, and funk at the dawn of the big fusion explosion. The originals were Eddie Green (keyboards, vocals), Sherman Ferguson (drums, percussion, marimba), Odean Pope (sax, flute, oboe), and Al Johnson (bass). Tyrone Brown replaced Johnson after Catalyst’s self-titled debut album on Cobblestone Records in 1972. Producer Skip Drinkwater discovered them playing at the Aqua Lounge in West Philly; this resulted in a contract with Cobblestone Records, with Drinkwater producing. Green was a disciple of the Bud Powell school of pianism, and was instructed on chord changes by Powell’s brother, Richard. Pope was tutored by Ray Bryant, Benny Golson, and others; strains of John Coltrane are revealed when the aggressive sax player expands. Ferguson was a bop drummer whose effortless tempo changes and impeccable timing kept Catalyst tight. Johnson, who joined Weather Report after Catalyst’s first album, was self-taught, but influenced by classical music.

They rehearsed hard and inspired one another to push farther into unknown territories where all the music they liked could be wrapped into a holistic sound. Jazz clubs in Philly were plentiful in the ’70s, which may account for the group’s lack of trips outside the region. The band’s eponymous funk-jazz debut, Catalyst, is highly regarded as a fusion masterpiece.

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Tracklist

01. Ain’t The Truth
02. East
03. Catalyst Is Coming
04. Jabali
05. New-Found Truths
06. Salaam

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Michael Longo – 900 Shares of the Blues

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A killer electric piano jam from the great Mike Longo – stone funky, and one of his best albums ever! The whole thing’s done in a really laidback style that’s simply amazing – a lot like the best CTI work of the time, but somehow rougher, and with a darker edge. Longo riffs out on the keys over rhythm by Ron Carter, Mickey Roker, and Ralph MacDonald – and Joe Farrell and Randy Brecker add in some great horn work that fleshes out the tunes with a deeply soulful jazzy feel. The whole album’s great, with a range of moods, emotions, and grooves that Longo hardly ever hit again – and titles include “Summers Gone”, “El Moodo Grande”, “Like a Thief In the Night”, “Ocean of His Might”, and “Magic Number”.

Tracklist

01. 900 Shares Of The Blues
02. Like a Thief In The Night
03. Ocean Of His Might
04. Magic Number
05. Summers Gone
06. El Moodo Grande

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Liquid Spirits – Music

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”LIQUID SPIRITS”, Dutch Contemporary Soul formation founded by producers/musicians Manuel Hugas (bass) and Wiboud Burkens (keyboards). The Liquid Spirits band consists solely of the finest musicians of the Dutch Music Scene: Jasmin Tusjadia, Dedre Twiss, Lo van Gorp, Brian Zalmijn (vocals), Cyril Directie (drums), Wiboud Burkens (keyboards), Manuel Hugas (bass) and Marc Bien (guitars).

Considered one of the best hip hop-soul bands in Europe, their music – a mix of hiphop grooves, ambient and soul is melodic and deep. Their “hip hop-soul” music arises because the group writes, produce and record together. When doing this they use different production styles like the monotheism of sample culture, old school soul recordings with all live instruments and combinations. The variety of vocal harmonies and soulful melodies are never slick, but always sophisticated, subtle and emotional.

for more info check: myspace.com/liquidspirits

Tracklist

01. Say It Ain’t So
02. A Little More
03. Melodies ft. Leon Ware
04. Could It Be You 1
05. Could It Be You 2
06. Closing Time
07. Closing Time – Duet
08. If You Don’t Love Me ft. Phonte
09. Stepney
10. Music
11. No One ft. Melodee
12. Sacred State Of Mind
13. Higher Ground
14. Heaven

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Mulatu & The Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information

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The third in Strut’s Inspiration Information studio collaboration series brings together an intriguing pairing between one of Africa’s great bandleaders, Mulatu Astatke, with the next level musicianship of The Heliocentrics collective from the mighty roster of Stones Throw / Now Again. for more info and buy check: www.strut-records.com

Tracklist

01. Masenqo
02. Cha Cha
03. Addis Black Widow
04. Mulatu
05. Blue Nle
06. Esketa Dance
07. Chik Chikka
08. Live from Tigre Lounge
09. Chinese New Year
10. Phantom of The Panther
11. Dewel
12. Fire in the Zoo
13. An Epic Story
14. Anglo Ethio Suite

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Tonio Rubio – Rhythms

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Tracklist

01. Latin Leitmotiv
02. Red Medium
03. Dead Slow
04. Royal Shuffle N°1
05. Royal Shuffle N°2
06. Rock 73
07. Bass In Action N°1
08. Bass In Action N°2
09: Pepper Rock

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Acusmatic Group – Pilot

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ACUSMATIC GROUP is an instrumental cinematic-jazz-funk studio project, founded by 2 musicians / producers (Romeo Sandri and Michele Berselli) based in the North-West of Italy.

INSPIRED BY: spy movies atmospheres, blaxploitation and 70′s italian cop movie soundtracks. They combine the magic of ‘crime jazz’ and funk from those days, giving it a fresh treatment with today’s grooves. James Bond vs John Shaft

“Pilot” is their debut album, released on La Douce (IRMA records). It contains only original compositions, except for one very special cover of ‘Walkin’ On The Moon’ by The Police that could easily come from a blaxploitation OST.

for more info and buy: www.acusmaticgroup.com

Tracklist

01. Appuntamento al Porto
02. Walking On The Moon
03. Fish Food
04. Momento Suspense
05. Secret Lovers
06. S’Apercevoir
07. Mac Guffin
08. Inst4action
09. Regolamento di Conti
10. Any Questions
11. Supablax
12. The Fixer
13. Un Grosso Guaio
14. Regolamento di Conti (End Titles)

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Katzuma.org – Moonbooty

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Katzuma is Chico MD and Tony T mixing samples as they were live instruments and viceversa. We bring to life some original compositions that you’d expect to find in a dusty 12″ rare vinyl. Made three cds “Moonbooty” (2005) “Rituals Of Life” (2008) “DR.Know” (2010) and played hundreds of djsets all over Italy. In 2007 Benn invited to collaborate with Italian 70 Soundtracks composer Franco Micalizzi, doing the musical arrangements for the incredible show-event “Gli Originali” (myspace.com/glioriginali). Katzuma’s tracks have been used for commercial spots and tv shows and as a chant to invoke the troubled spirit of El Chupacabra. We like Cedrata Tassoini and are grateful to the fine signers, musicians, and graphic designers who helped us along the way. Keep on steppin!

for more info check: www.katzuma.org

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Tracklist

01. On the one
02. Let’s get it started (Feat. Sean Martin)
03. The sleeptalker (Feat. Sean Martin)
04. The job’s not over (’til the paperwork is done)
05. Playing your game (Feat. Gloria T and Sean Martin)
06. I never saw someone bend before (Feat. Sean Martin and Dre Love)
07. Baby won’t you
08. Free your mind pt. 2 (Feat. Sean Martin)
09. People get up
10. Dig deeper work harder
11. Got to get sum

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Gong – Shamal

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By 1975, all Gong’s rough edges were sanded away. Erstwhile leader Daevid Allen took his spacy/psychedelic hippie mythology with him when he left in ’74. In it’s place, the remaining members (vocalist Gilli Smyth and synth player Tim Blake had also departed) pursued a jazz-rock fusion sound and a group-led dynamic, with all members contributing ideas. SHAMAL is full of ultimately satisfying mid-’70s fusion, but the final traces of the old Gong can still be heard in Didier Malherbe’s whimsical sax lines, bassist Mike Howlett’s occasional vocals/lyrics and the biting guitar of Steve Hillage (at this point merely a guest musician). It’s ironic that it was produced by Nick Mason since it’s far from Gong’s Pink Floydish space-rock origins, but SHAMAL is the first and probably the best of the Gong Mark II albums.

Tracklist

01. Wingful Of Eyes
02. Chandra
03. Bombooji
04. Cat In Clark’s Shoes
05. Mandrake
06. Shamal

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Brian Bennett – Voyage (A Journey Into Discoid Funk)

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A voyage from Brian Bennett – indeed a trip into disco and funk inspired rhythms, as the subtitle lets us know, but also plenty synthy rock, jazz and proggy elements – a Voyage worth taking from the sound library genius Bennett! The synths and keyboards by Francis Monkman is the secret weapon on this effort for sure – percussionist/producer/arranger Bennett is the guiding force, but the sound of those keys and synths are the neon bright leading light, while Bennett’s percussion and Alan Jone’s bass bring a nice funky bottom end. Titles include “Voyage”, “Solstice”, “Chain Reaction”, “Pendulum Force”, “Air Quake” and “Ocean Glide”.

Tracklist

01. Voyage
02. Solstice
03. Chain Reaction
04. Pendulum Force
05. Air Quake
06. Ocean Glide

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MRR-ADM Featuring Malcolm Catto – Untitled

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This record is simple to describe: it’s all about rhythm. Drums to be exact. Heavy, syncopated, driving. Followed by the bass. Percussive, insistent. Perhaps some guitar. Biting, raspy. Analog synth sounds? Absolutely. As long as they’re dark. If those descriptions sound similar to those that you might find on the back of those production library LPs from the likes of KPM, Dewolfe, Southern, Peer or other imprints whose sole purpose was to supply talented musicians with a blank disc which they could theninscribe with sounds of their liking, well, congrats to you. You’ve touched on MRR-ADM’s mantra. No contrived, commercial formulas needed. Just a theme, built upon for a number of tracks pressed onto wax and sold to radio stations, film and television editors and ad agencies across the world. That’s really what you’re holding in your hand – a music library album. Done for the modern day arbiter of taste, of course. But, this time made available – in limited quantities, however – to the record buying public. MRR-ADM are a production team from Southern California. At one point in the past, they were known as MHE (see their forthcoming release on Sound in Color). On this record, they worked with Malcolm Catto (leader of The Heliocentrics on Now-Again Records) and Mike Burnham (Tardis Studios, UK and Australia) along with some other supremely musical compatriots. This limited edition (less than 1,000 pieces manufactured) 10″ vinyl is a privately pressed record. Catchy titles are not MRR-ADM’s strong suit. You’ll notice that there aren’t any song titles on this album. Actually, there aren’t any words on this package. MRR-ADM are concerned with stark, dark minimalism, whether in their design or in their sound. These six songs – complex in their seeming simplicity – are their favorites from the first round of recordings that they made over the past five years. But they are only an introduction. There is much more to come.

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Tracklist

01. 009
02. 010
03. 011
04. 012
05. 013
06. Beat

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Eddie Russ – Take A Look At Yourself

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Tracklist

01. Take A Look At Yourself
02. Don’t Ask My Neighbours
03. Tea Leaves
04. Interlude
05. I Want To Be Somebody
06. Feelin’ Fine
07. I Heard That
08. Lay Back

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Piero Umiliani – La Ragazza Fuori Strada

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One of the coolest Italian soundtracks we’ve heard in a long time — a wonderful set of tunes that moves from slinky, to easy, to groovy, and beyond! The tunes start out bubbling very spare and slow — with floating piano, moog, and other nice bits — and as the record progresses, the sound gets heavier, with some nice funky elements thrown into the mix! The whole thing’s a brilliant exercise in understatement — not only one of the best soundtracks by Umiliani from the 70s, but also a perfect example of why we dig Italian soundtracks so much! Titles include “Volto Di Donna”, “La Prima Uscita”, “La Rinuncia”, “Senza Tregua”, “Nostalgia”, “The Party”, and “Maryam”.

Tracklist

01. Volto Di Donna (Original Demo)
02. Volto Di Donna
03. Nostalgia
04. La Rinuncia
05. Nostalgia
06. Senza Tregua
07. Volto Di Donna
08. Il Tuo Volto
09. Nostalgia
10. Cantata Per Maryam
11. La Rinuncia
12. Oltre L’acqua Del Fiume
13. La Prima Uscita
14. Tra La Gente
15. Le Ore Che Contano (Base)
16. Volto Di Donna
17. Maryam
18. The Party
19. Le Ore Che Contano
20. Volto Di Donna
21. Il Tuo Volto

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Oliver Sain – Main Man

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Tracklist

01. Soul Serenade
02. Comin Down Soul
03. On The Hill
04. Harlem Nocturn
05. 20-75
06. Scratch My Back
07. Georgia
08. St. Louis Breakdown
09. Mr. King & Mr. Jordan
10. St. Louis Breakdon (45 Version)

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André Ceccarelli – Rythmes

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Tracklist

01. Panier A Crabes
02. Regis Song
03. Funk No. 3
04. Dindou No. 1
05. 4ème Gauche
06. Magasins D’Usines
07. Bossa For My Feet
08. Funk No. 4
09. Beautiful Country
10. Gang Progress
11. Papa Song
12. Funk No. 2
13. Funo No. 1
14. X
15. Stock No. 1
16. Samba For D
17. For D
18. Dindou No. 2
19. Boxing No. 1
20. Ponctuations No. 1
21. Ponctuations No. 2
22. Ponctuations No. 3
23. Ponctuations No. 4
24. Ponctuations No. 5
25. D d No. 1
26. D d No. 2
27. D d No. 3
28. D d No. 4
29. Ponctuations No. 6
30. Ponctuations No. 7
31. Ponctuations No. 8
32. Ponctuations No. 9

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