Additional Recommendations for Lesser-Known Music

You can consider this a companion piece to my other “playlist” of semi obscure music which I feel deserves a wider audience. To reiterate, I know modern election seasons are rough, I know a lot of people are sick of politics and seek out goofy blogs like my own to escape from that depressing shit rather than delve into it. While I feel the current situation in America is important to discuss, and offer solutions for, I would like to cater to the needs of my readers who come here to get away from current events too. That’s why I’m trying to separate this last batch of political essays with stuff that’s more fun. Enjoy, and remember that in the captions below each video I will include the artist and song/album name in case YouTube takes them down.

Standalone Songs

the Inside Man (Soopasoul Remix) by Funky Destination
I Got The… by Labi Siffre
the word Il by Shigeo Sekito
Way Star by Rubba
Slippin’ Into Darkness by WAR
Move on Up by Curtis
Forty Nine Reasons by Julius Brockington
The Spy From Cairo by Nafas
The Re-Stoned by Crystals
Abusey Junction/We Out Here by Kokoroko
The Look of Love by Burt Bacharach
The Girl from Ipanema by Stan Getz
Chain Reaction by Brian Bennett
Soulful by L’Indécis
Sexopolis by Jean Pierre Mirouze
It’s Changed by Lonnie Smith
We Almost lost Detroit by Gil Scott Heron
Sink into the Floor by Feng Suave
I Am in Love by Jennifer Lara
People Get Up and Drive You Funky by James Brown
Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull
This is the Place by Kansas City Express
Mas Que Nada by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66
Didn’t I by Darondo
I Don’t Wanna Cry by After Hours
Moonbird by Vocal Patterns
Looking for You by Nino Ferrer
Love is Stronger Far Than We by Astrud Gilberto
Agua de Beber by Astrud Gilberto
Moonset 2 by Andre Tschaskowski
Grazing in the Grass by Hugh Masekela
Give Me Your Love by Curtis Mayfield
Do It In Slow Motion by Larry Page
Hunnybee by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Searchin by Roy Ayers
For My Ladies by Yussef Dayes
Street Fighter Mas by Kamasi Washington
Soulful Strut by Young-Holt Unlimited
Drug Song by Janko Nilovic
Israelites by Desmond Dekker & the Aces
Everybody Anyone by Itsuroh Shimoda
Lansana’s Priestess by Donald Byrd
Morning by Yusef Lateef
Should I Take You Home by Bobby Oroza
Norman Overhears the Conversation from A Star is Born

Full Albums

L’Univers de la Mer by Dominique Guiot
Ethiopian Knights by Donald Byrd
First Cuckoo by Deodato
Thursday Afternoon by Brian Eno
Auracle by City Slickers
Window of a Child by Seawind
Soul Food Taqueria by Tommy Guerrero
Foreplay by Mild Orange
Road to Knowhere by Tommy Guerrero
Little Ghost by Moonchild
Tranquility by Dutch Treat
Jazz Rock by Lockwood
Prism by Prism
Like it is by Yusef Lateef
Short Trip to Space by Tropea
Visions by Clearlight
Stories of the Astral Lizard by The Re-Stoned
Le Jardin de Lucy by Sumac Dub
Dreams by Gabor Szabo
Wildflower by Herb Ellis &Remo Palmier
Between Days by Far Caspian
Mint Jams by Casiopea
Summer Breeze by Piper
Firefly by Emily Remler
Wave by Tom Jobim
Carnaval by Spyro Gyra
No Problem by Chet Baker Quartet
My Favorite Things by John Coltrane
Texas Sun by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
Gentleman by Fela Kuti
Eloy, Power and the Passion
Tarkus by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Diane by Chet Baker and Paul Bley
Ocean by Eloy
Frente Bolivarista Vol 4 by Nomades
Reflections on Creation and Space by Alice Coltrane
Surfin’ by Embryo
Rainbow Goblins by Masayoshi Takanaka
Seychelles by Masayoshi Takanaka
Can I Sing? by Masayoshi Takanaka
The Fence by Harold McNair


  1. Nice variety of songfs,I remember The Look of Love and Girl from Ipanena, tunes that bring back good memories. but the others are all new to me. The first few seemed toi be Zazz a music type I was never big into. .Didn’t have time to listen to many of the songs, But they seem like a nice selection to go back and listen to sometime. Thanks for sharing these songs.


  2. Wow, you have been busy! Quite a few familiar names (and songs) in there but plenty of new things too. I’ve been getting into Alice Coltrane myself recently–what extraordinary music she made! And I bumped into Windflower not so long ago. I see I shall have to delve more deeply into this selection. Thank you–there is so much good music in the world!


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