Plenty of TKOs, the Colombians for example, beautifully presented. A moving, mind-boggling testament to Afrobeat, with shout-outs from Ghana, Trinidad, the US and elsewhere. Last few vinyls. Don’t miss.
We’ve unearthed a few boxes of this pioneering, magisterial compilation, which turned many of us here onto Mustafa Ozkent, Fikret Kizilok, Erkin Koray, Temiz and co, a decade ago. Still dazzling, fresh, essential.
Inspired, fresh crate-digging. Some amazing funky noise and loads of psychey hard rock for B-boys and girls (with a sprinkling of exhibitionist rock bollocks, has to be said).
Calypso, blues, disco, funk, reggae, bruckdown, soul, folk — in the kitchen, Belizians would call it Boil Up. For the New York Post, ‘indispensable’; the Chicago Tribune’s ‘best reissue of the year’ (2006).
Seventies Caribbean soul and funk — one ear tuned in to nearby Miami, with reggae and jazz in the mix too — from Frank Penn’s Freeport operation.
A fascinating delve into the bizarre and brilliant world of Jeremiah Yisrael and the funky disco treasures of Tap Records. The boxed vinyl is beautifully done even by Numero standards, with 11 extras and a free CD.
Out of Phoenix, Arizona, Lenaburg’s 60s and 70s productions typify the wrong-side-of-the-desert sound (if ever there was). A melange of Tejano psych, flutey funk, horny soul, and fistfight doo-wop.
For twenty years in Detroit, this label failed at everything except what counts: soulful doo-wop, blistering garage funk, sultry R and B, cut-rate Hendrix over a steel drum break.
Four years of singles on the Lloyd and Deep City labels run by Willie Clark and Johnny Pearsall: sixties Miami’s rarest of the rare, including the vinyl debuts of Betty Wright and Paul Kelly.
The history of the Chicago label, and the life of its owner Arrow Brown: twenty tracks of blistering R and B, sweet soul, and discofied funk. Now on vinyl, in a sumptuous Numero box-set.
Short for ‘Capital City Soul’, this Columbus, Ohio label ran for five years during the 1970s. Founded by Bill Moss, a local singer and DJ, Capsoul released just a dozen 45s and one LP.
Super-rare, big-money, cream-of-the-crop Peter Brown productions — throwing down vintage electro, hiphop and funk. Supervised by the man himself.