The seventh album from prolific modern funky soul gurus The Baker Brothers – a tight, thunderous mix of vocals and instrumentals that range from rawly raucous numbers to sly little groovers! The group really is a well oiled engine at this point – after a good decade or so of activity. ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great little set – one that definitely lives up to the retro feel of the cover, and which has a soulful sound we really didn't expect! The trio are more of a soul act than a girl group pop outfit – and they get some sharp backing here by a quartet of funk-steeped players ... read moreCD
Jon Batiste & Stay Human —
Social Music ... CD Razor & Tie, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ....
A really unique album from pianist Jon Batiste – a set that's straight jazz at some points, a bit Crescent City at others, but always with a feel that's very individual – and one of the freshest new styles we've heard in years! Jon's instrumental tracks are wonderful – full of ... read moreCD
A wonderful full length debut from Bei Bei on Ubiquity – collaborating with the kaleidoscopic hip hop funk instrumental stylist Shawn Lee – and they make a great team! Bei Bei plays the guhzheg – a traditional Asian string instrument that often spins harp-like sounds – in ... read moreCD
Bnegao & Seletores De Frequencia —
Sintoniza La ... CD Coqueiro Verde (Brazil), 2012. New Copy ....
A brilliant mix of live funk and lead MC work from Bnegao – and just the sort of unique criss-crossing of styles we'd never see up here in the US! The album's not really a hip hop record – despite the lead raps of Bnegao – and instead, it's kind of a funk record with spoken ... read moreCD
One man psychedelic funk jams from Blue and his Bluefunks project – bass player for the ATL's hip hop funk band (who backed Outkast live) – doing his own thing here on HomeCookedTapeHissInfestedFunks! Blue's heavy bass groove leads the way, boundlessly straddling genres and making his ... read moreCD
Gritty, powerful raw soul from Charles Bradley – the full length debut from the 62-year-old Brooklyn singer – backed perfectly by The Menahan Street Band! It's incredible, a record that sounds just as rawly emotional and impeccably soulful in 2011 as it would have in 1971 – much ... read moreCD
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are ... read moreCD
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound —
Want More ... CD Bloodshot, 2011. Used ....
The second album from Chicago's great raw soul torch carriers JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – their debut for Bloodshot, and a record that's gonna catapult them to the forefront of the live soul scene, in the Chi and everywhere else! The group's proved over the past couple years, via ... read moreCD
Breaks, beats and funky drums from Bumps – aka Dan Bitney, John Herndon and John McEntire of Tortoise – a mightily thumping set that sounds very little like their much vaunted flagship operation – serving up raw, funky beatcraft all the way through! Tortoise has always worked ... read moreCD
Cactus Channel —
Wooden Boy ... CD Hope Street (Australia), 2013. New Copy ....
The Cactus Channel really explode here – serving up even more soulful flavors than in the past, yet all while still holding onto their deep commitment to funk! As before, the groove here is all-instrumental, and all super-tight – classic funk played with a really tight approach to ... read moreCD
Damn! These guys just keep getting better and better with each new release – to the point where they're way more than just a combo dedicated to classic soundtrack modes – and instead have found a fuzzy funky space that's all their own! Both the instrumentation and rhythms are sharper ... read moreCD
An amazing full length collection of work from Rickey Calloway – an artist we've really only known from individual singles, but one who packs a hell of a punch in the space of this rock-solid CD! Rickey's groove is right out of the James Brown camp of the glory days – tight tight tight ... read moreCD
A brilliant meeting of two top talents – reggae legend Cornell Campbell and underground funk combo The Soothsayers – working here together on a set that feels like it could have been pulled from the vaults of Studio One! The Soothsayers have already demonstrated their global leanings ... read moreCD
The first record from Cheeba in many years – and definitely his funkiest so far! The production of this one is right on the money – filled with sharp, funky, 70s-styled riffs – very much in the best blacksploitation style from back in the day! Years back, we'd always like Cheeba' ... read moreCD
Trip ... CD Melting Pot (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
Funky hip hop beatcraft laced with far out psychedelic samples from German producer Dexter – and it's a trip, alright – a far out funky one at that! Dexter lays down a thick layer of hypnotic beats underneath a sprawling batch of sampled sounds from the psychedelic area and beyond, but ... read moreCD
A tremendous step forward for Dojo Cuts – a record that has the funky ensemble from down-under really finding their own groove – and coming across with a sound that's a lot tighter than before! We liked these guys from the start – but this time around, they really win us over ... read moreCD
Gene Dudley's a one-man operation here – but he handles a surprising range of instruments, and comes up with a groove that easily rivals some of the funkiest combos out there working today! In a way, Gene's a bit like Shawn Lee – one of the few folks able to get a real funk sound out ... read moreCD
A heavy record with a heavy pedigree – a smoking set of funky instrumentals, all recorded directly to tape! The trio has a hard-burning sound that takes us back to the Prestige records jazz funk sound of the early 70s – the sort of groove you might have heard from Leon Spencer or ... read moreCD
As you might imagine, we're huge fans of any artist with Dusty in their name – but these guys have a really special sound we've been digging since their start! The record may well be the best we've heard so far from this cool German project – one rooted in the core contributions of ... read moreCD
Plenty of excitement from this hip Spanish group – a really old school-styled soul act, complete with one hell of a great lead singer – and a very deep sound to match! Koko Jean Davis really tops most of the usual work of this nature – and is a true soul singer, at a Sharon Jones ... read moreCD
A bold step forward for Fanga – and a set that's easily the group's greatest record ever! This time around, Fanga are teamed with guembri player Maalem Abdalla Guinea – a musician who seems to have unlocked some rich new energy in the group – and a sound that takes them past ... read moreCD
Lee Fields & The Expressions —
My World ... CD Truth & Soul, 2009. New Copy ....
One of the best new soul records we've heard in years – a tremendous accomplishment for the mighty Lee Fields, and a set that's quite different than any of his other work! We've always loved Lee's funk and deep soul sides, but this album's something new altogether – almost done in the ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from this very hip group – a contemporary combo, but one who play with a depth of sound to warrant their inclusion on the Jazzman label! The style is almost spiritual jazz, but a bit more laidback too – sounds that are cosmic, yet never soaring to the skies – and ... read moreCD
A definite heavyweight set from Frootful – one that's every bit as funky as before, but which also shows the group picking up some new flavors too! At the core is some tight deep funk energy that makes the whole thing crackle – and there's also a great blend of different soulful ... read moreCD
A great collection of work from Grand Slam – a German funk combo who were serving up a classic take on American sounds long before the Daptone and Soul Fire generation! These guys are equally influenced by James Brown and George Clinton – especially the latter, given the bass-heavy ... read moreCD
Grand Slam with Gary Mudbone Cooper —
Who's Cooking ... CD TNT Productions (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
Grand Slam take plenty of inspiration from the P-Funk universe – and as proof of that fact, they've got Gary Mudbone Cooper on vocals for a few tracks on this sweet little set – a record that definitely offers up a 21st Century evolution of the original P-Funk groove! The combo are ... read moreCD
A massive look at the music of Greyboy – one that features classic cuts, previously unreleased tracks, and rare mixes as well! Back in the early 90s, when most of the few funky records coming out of the west coast were pretty darn weak, Greyboy really caught our ears with his raw, stripped-do ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Greyboy – his first album in years, and well worth the wait! The set shows considerable growth in his style – yet should still also be extremely pleasing to fans of his older work, as he's kept the commitment to mixing heavy hip hop beats with tight funky jazz, and ... read moreCD
One of the most unified albums we've ever heard from Greyboy – an excellent little set that perfectly bridges his two loves of funk and hip hop! The core style is in the hip hop-infused mode of earlier years – with lots of programming and scratches by Greyboy himself – but there's ... read moreCD
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Bongolian in years – a great collaboration with vocalist Fay Hallam, who really helps his grooves find a great sense of focus! Unlike other efforts of this nature – the usual "soul diva with funk group" outing – Fay and ... read moreCD
Tremendous soul from Harleighblu – a young UK singer we bet we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Harleighblu really represents the strongest side of the UK soul scene – bursting forth with a mix of classic and contemporary modes that make her way more than just another deep ... read moreCD
Benjamin Herman —
Deal ... CD Dox (Netherlands), 2012. New Copy ....
A cool little set from reedman Benjamin Herrman – even cooler than his work with The New Cool Collective! The album's packaged in a DVD-style case, and has a very cinematic feel – core sounds from a combo led by Herrman, and featuring lots of Hammond and guitar – but then backed ... read moreCD
Hi Fly Orchestra —
Get Ready ... CD Agogo (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
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Get ready for greatness from the Hi Fly Orchestra – a sound that's even sharper, hipper, and jazzier than ever before – served up in a sublime mix of deep funk rhythms and lots of global touches! These guys are definitely one of the coolest funk combos around – as they're never ... read moreCD
The smoking return of Martha High – a singer who worked famously with James Brown during his funk years, but who never got the same shot at full-length fame as Lyn Collins or Marva Whitney! Martha's every bit as great – and although she did cut later records in the disco years, it's ... read moreCD
Tripped out tracks with a funky cinematic feel – a great new project with mysterious origins – supposedly the work of the "mysterious Clutchy Hopkins", but really just the efforts of a batch of underground beatmakers! There's a spare, spacious approach here that almost ... read moreCD
A slightly different flavor than usual from Clutchy Hopkins – and another great batch of cuts from the enigmatic beatmaker! This set's supposedly done in collaboration with Lord Kenjamin – an equally enigmatic figure, with a Caribbean-styled name – and the record's definitely got ... read moreCD
Charlie Hunter's back in a straight grooving mode – getting tight and funky in a set of tracks that features some guest vocals from the likes of Mos Def, Kurt Elling, and Norah Jones. Don't worry about Charlie losing control to the vocalists – because his guitar's still at the head of ... read moreCD
This mighty combo do it again – and really blow our minds with their rich reworking of older traditions, complex instrumentation, and tight rhythms – all served up in a set that may well be the group's funkiest ever! The horns are tremendous – as always – but the percussion ... read moreCD
The Jazz Invaders here are tighter than ever – and not just because they've got some heavy Hammond help from the legendary Lonnie Smith! Smith's definitely a key part of what makes this album so great – and his organ lines have a sharpness and depth that really stands out from the rest ... read moreCD
Damn damn damn – maybe the funkiest album ever from Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings! The group have always been great, but there's something here that goes even farther than usual – an especially funky snap on the drums at the bottom, even on more laidback tunes – and a stone ... read moreCD
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band —
Live In Bremen ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ....
Excellent live work from Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band – and a set that's easily their greatest effort to date! There's a sense of power here that doesn't always come through in the group's studio albums – a mixture both of deep funk in the rhythms and sharp jazz styles in the ... read moreCD
Lady (Terri Walker & Nicole Wray) —
Lady ... CD Truth & Soul, 2013. New Copy ....
The long-overdue return of soulsinger Terri Walker – teamed up here brilliantly with Nicole Wray, and served up in a format that's even better than before! Lady have a style that's totally great – a really old school female duo, presented with strong Truth & South touches that ... read moreCD
A wonderful full album from keyboardist Jessica Lauren – a London talent we've loved for years, and have watched mature deeply over the past few decades! Jessica's keyboards have graced a number of key recordings from the past 20 years or so on the British scene – but she's issued ... read moreCD
The most deeply soulful record we've ever heard from Shawn Lee – a massive tribute to the soul sounds of the 60s and 70s, served up with help from a host of hip singers who include Darondo, Nicole Willis, Karime Kendra, and Fanny Franklin! Lee's grooves are as funky as ever, but the ... read moreCD
Textural mood funk from the team of Shawn Lee and Clutchy Hopkins – the second collaborative batch from this dynamic and well matched duo! We loved Clutch Of The Tiger, but they take a profound step forward on Fascinating Fingers – if they were feeling each others styles out on that ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling albums so far from funky maestro Shawn Lee – all instrumental versions of recent tunes by megastars like Gwen Stefani, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Blur, Badly Drawn Boy, Justin Timberlake, and Outkast! As you might guess from Shawn's previous records, the ... read moreCD
Shawn Lee's groovy homage to the early 80s Hooked On series – in which classical music got a bit of a shiny disco-indebted makeove r– but, we think Shawn might be doing the style even better here! His approach is far groovier, less glossy, more idiosyncratic and fun – with ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest Holiday albums you'll ever hear – a great set of instrumentals that's every bit as great as the other work by Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, but which has a special Christmas focus as well! All the tunes here are familiar carols, but Shawn does them with a hip ... read moreCD
Majestic grooves from the mighty Shawn Lee – all put together with a brilliance to rival the best soundtrack and sound library work of the 70s! The set may well be the best so far in Lee's series of projects for Ubiquity – and it's got an even wider-ranging set of grooves than before ... read moreCD
One of the best blends of global funky elements we've ever heard – a hip little project that draws on dub, funk, Latin, Ethio-jazz, and more – all handled beautifully by a west coast collective of players from Orgone, Breakestra, Sound Directions, and Connie Price & The Keystones! ... read moreCD
Massively messed-up grooves – and a rare one-off collaboration between Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guerrero – all artists we've come to love for their own funky music over the years! The sound here is as wild as you'd expect from the cover – a really trippy approach to funk ... read moreCD
The first-ever new recording on the Soundway label – and a honey of a session produced by Quantic at his Colombian studios! The sound here is very classic – raw percussion, sharp-edged saxes, and even a bit of accordion from Quantic himself – all wrapped up in a blend that's a ... read moreCD
Los Po-Boy-Citos —
Hasta ... CD Superultramega, 2013. New Copy ....
Wonderful work from this New Orleans combo – a Latin act that feels like they'd be much more at home in the Spanish Harlem scene of the 60s, especially given the soulful undercurrents of this set! On previous releases, the group already showed a great talent for crafting just the right sort ... read moreCD
Some of the tightest tracks we've ever heard from Chico Mann – and some of his most soulful too – a great set of work that really has him stepping past some of the rougher structures of earlier years, and showing a new love of 80s keys and beats as well! The album's got a skittish ... read moreCD
Menahan Street Band —
Crossing ... CD Daptone, 2012. New Copy ....
Sublime work from one of the coolest funky combos around – a group who aren't content to just hit the same funky styles as other outfits – and one who really stretch strongly in their pursuit of new sounds! The set's definitely funky – especially on the drums – but there's ... read moreCD
The Monophonics definitely have a way of getting inside your brain – using a cosmic slop of fuzzy guitars and funky basslines to eat away your grey matter more than a maggot inside your cranium! Yet even past that heavy Funkadelic reference, they've also got a richer vibe too – ... read moreCD
A brilliant record from future groove beacon Mr Chop! Now billed simply as Chop, having chopped off the honorific title, the man otherwise known as Coz Littler delivers his tightest and most compelling work to date! His past few releases recast classic synth funk, Krautrock and spacey soundtrack ... read moreCD
Heavy funk from this Bay Area combo – keeping the messed-up funky tradition of the area strong with a tight set that mixes fusion jamming, organ, moog, and guitars! The album's got a bit of a jam band feel, mixed with space fusion rock – but there's also more than enough funk in the ... read moreCD
A memorable set from Mushroom – captured live at San Francisco's Tip Top Inn in March of 2000! The set promised to channel the creative spirit of leftfield Brit jazz figures of the 70s, such Keith Tippett, Chris McGregor and Ian Carr – and dare we say so, they pretty much nail it! ... read moreCD
The second outing from this west coast, tripped out, drugged up, funky jazz act – and arguably better than their first! The album's got a sound that will appeal to fans of the more progressive end of grooving – with plenty of long tracks that have the band jamming in a kick-back mode ... read moreCD
Mushroom join with legendary trumpeter Eddie Gale – in a set of work that's easily some of the group's greatest so far! The usual tripped-out jamming style is pushed a bit to the background here – and Mushroom seem to take Gale's presence very seriously, and try to create a more ... read moreCD
New Cool Collective —
Eighteen ... CD Dox (Netherlands), 2011. New Copy ....
Tight grooves from this group who definitely live up to their name – a combo who's rooted in jazz, but equally adept at a rich range of other styles too! The New Cool Collective work with a tight brace of horns – including sax and flute from leader Benjamin Herrman – plus sweet ... read moreCD
Amazing work from Nomo – their greatest album so far, and an incredible step forward in styles! Nomo started out as an already-great Afro Funk combo – but over the past few records, they've picked up a really hip range of musical influences – spiritual jazz, electronica, ... read moreCD
Mindblowing work from one of the greatest new groups we've heard in years – Michigan's mighty Nomo, easily one of the greatest Afro Funk combos going! Nomo's got a tightness that surpasses most other heirs to Fela's throne – an intensely focused energy that's really tremendous – ... read moreCD
A sublime second set of work from Orgasmo Sonore – even hipper than their first, and again a wonderful reworking of soundtrack modes from the Italian scene of the 70s! Compositions here are by Ennio Morricone, Stelvio Cipriani, Piero Piccioni, and others – but the group makes the music ... read moreCD
Incredible funk from The Poets Of Rhythm – one of the hardest and heaviest groups in the deep funk underground – and one of the first, too – given that most of the work here pre-dates efforts by all the rest of the Daptone and Soul Fire generation! Long before there was even a ... read moreCD
Afro Funk mixed with lots of wah wah guitar – a wonderfully wicked set from the Polyrthmics, and one that's got an even sharper groove than ever before! These guys have all the right rhythms and horns to get an Afro Funk groove just right – but the guitar is often a bit tighter and ... read moreCD
A great step forward for Alex Puddu, and a real return to form for the legendary Edda Dell'Orso – that sublime soundtrack singer from the 60s and 70s who made magic with Ennio Morricone and some of his best Italian contemporaries! Puddu's always had a cinematic vision to his music, but he ... read moreCD
This guy never fails to blow our mind – and with this sweet little set, Quantic takes his groove one step further! Not content to rest on the laurels of his already excellent previous work, Will Holland brings in an array of sounds from around the globe – obscure samples, ethnographic ... read moreCD
Mindblowing stuff – maybe the deepest album we've heard so far from Quantic, and a great step forward for Alice Russell too! After years of working in some of the best contemporary funk modes around, Quantic really expands his vision here – hitting a level of maturity that brings in ... read moreCD
Kind of an amazing collaboration – a core group that features Tony Allen, Damon Albarn, and Flea – with guest appearances by Erykah Badu, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Fatoumata Diawara, M.anifest, Cheick Tidiane Seck, and Thundercat! The sound of the set is surprisingly wonderful – ... read moreCD
Alice Russell —
To Dust ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
Dusty grooves from Alice Russell – a set that's steeped in heavy soul influences all the way through – from her great vocals on the top, to the tight instrumentation in the middle, to all the heavy drums that keep things kicking on the bottom! The album may well be Russell's tightest ... read moreCD
S3 (Miles Bonny & Brenk Sinatra) —
Supa Soul Sh*t ... CD Melting Pot (Germany), 2012. New Copy ....
A gritty, genuinely soulful debut from the team of Miles Bonny and beatmaker Brenk Sinatra – and one of the best underground soul-skewing full lengths yet from Mr. Bonny and Melting Pot! With the exception of some guitar, S3 is a 2-man operation – Brenk on the beats and Bonny on vocals ... read moreCD
Cosmic hip hop soul with a love for classic keyboard-flavored jazz funk – and a heck of a convincing debut from Seravince! Seravince is the latest – and to date greatest project from Vincent Helbers – whose earlier work with Flowriders was excellent, too. That said, this is real ... read moreCD
One of the coolest Latin combos cooking today – a group who are heavily influenced by the funky Latin sound of the 70s, and who work here in a Parisian studio playing only on vintage instruments! If that sounds like too much hype, don't worry – because it's really just our way of ... read moreCD
The amazing return of the Shaolin Temple Defenders – a group who've really deepened their sound since we last heard from them! On previous albums, the Defenders were a razor-sharp funk combo – a French ensemble who'd really studied the funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s ... read moreCD
A totally great little set from Sign Of Four – a project of Miles Newbold from the Natural Yogurt Band – served up with an approach to exotic jazz funk that's even trippier than his previous work! Miles plays a load of live instruments here – vibes, flute, guitar, percussion, and ... read moreCD
70s action film-styled funk from the Italian scene from Signor Wolf – one that certainly lives up the experience promised by the title! The Signor Wolf approach is much more styled after the pulpy funk era soundtracks of the 70s than many of the JBs-born funk revival projects out there ... read moreCD
A nice one from Nashville modern funk veterans Sky Hi – balancing hard grooving grit and emotionally resonant soulfulness on this great set for the increasingly impressive GED Soul label! The group has been kicking around the region for the better part of a decade leading up to this album, ... read moreCD
One of the best new funk albums we've heard in years – and one that really does an amazing job of putting equal emphasis on intrumentation and deep soul vocals! Slim Moore comes across like some lost singer from the early 70s funky 45 generation – gritty and upfront, with a quality ... read moreCD
A fantastically funky full length set from Gizelle Smith – a hell of a great singer who's really been winning our ears with her funky 45s – now stepping out with an even more badass sound in the space of this album! Gizelle's groove is right up there with the hippest female singers in ... read moreCD
Soulful Orchestra —
Mood So ... CD Soulful Torino/Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy ....
A group that really lives up to its title – and one with a sound that's proudly in the mode of the best Northern Soul of the 60s! The backings are full, and done in a style that's strongly inspired by Detroit soul of the Motown years – a bit rougher and more funky overall, given the ... read moreCD
More Afro Funk than the soul jazz you might guess from the group's name – but that's OK with us, because the record's plenty darn great! Souljazz Orchestra are one of the best of the current wave of Afro combos to hail from Canada – and they manage to get an incredible full sound from ... read moreCD
Souljazz Orchestra —
Manifesto ... CD Do Right (Canada), 2008. New Copy ....
A searing second set from Souljazz Orchestra – easily one of the funkiest groups in the contemporary Afro Funk underground! The set's even sharper than their first – really tight on the rhythms, which are filled with skittish guitars that cut a groove strongly – vamping and quick- ... read moreCD
A sprawling second album from Stones Throw psych, funk, fusion, rock, beathead genre blenders The Stepkids – mixing up diverse styles as adventurously as they've done to date – and delivering tighter stand alone songs than before! The Stepkids are certainly omniverous fans of all kinds ... read moreCD
Funky grooves, psychedelic sitar, and mod Hammond organ – a magnificent blend that's every bit as dynamic as the image on the cover – served up as the long-awaited debut album from this cool European combo! The album's got a feel that's somewhere between 60s spy soundtracks and Brit ... read moreCD
Funky grooves, psychedelic sitar, and mod Hammond organ – a magnificent blend that's every bit as dynamic as the image on the cover – served up as the long-awaited debut album from this cool European combo! The album's got a feel that's somewhere between 60s spy soundtracks and Brit ... read moreCD
Al Supersonic & The Teenagers —
It's Alright ... CD Unique (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
Al Supersonic has a mighty nice vocal approach on this retro-soul set – a style that's a bit looser and maybe more personal than some other singers in recent years – a quality that gives the the whole thing a pretty sweet edge! Al's a bit less "perfect" than some of the deep ... read moreCD
Sweet grooves from this hip Spanish combo – one of the hardest-working deep funk combos on the European scene in recent years – and a mighty soulful one as well! Mayka Edjole sings lead vocals in English, but with this cool accent that really makes the music sound different – ... read moreCD
Continuing genius from keyboardist James Taylor – exactly the kind of set that supports all the faith we've had in his music over the years! James steps out here in a vibe that's very different than before, yet every bit as great – still keyboard-heavy, with plenty of Hammond – ... read moreCD
Trombone Shorty continues to charismatically do away with genre definitions of all kinds as well as defying convential expectations New Orleans brass band jazz, soul or jazzy soul – he's been doing that for years and it's still his way on For True! Trombone Shorty is also B-3 Shorty, Drums ... read moreCD
This is the sound we've been waiting to hear from Trombone Shorty all these years – a really tight blend of funk, soul, and jazz – served up here with way more punch than we've ever heard before! Raphael Saadiq is at the helm – co-producing the record with Shorty – and the ... read moreCD
One of our favorite funk combos take on a host of gems from the past – all classic soul and funk numbers that really expand the sound of Osaka Monaurail! The group first got their start doing a great riff on the sound of James Brown – but here, they move into Memphis soul, Chicago funk ... read moreCD
Maybe the most smoking collaboration so far between The Dynamites and vocalist Charles Walker – a singer who only seems to sound younger and younger with each new record – driven on by the sharp funky sounds of the group! Walker's got a way of stretching out a note that's rooted in 60s ... read moreCD
There's a gospel tinge to the title here, but the album's easily one of the funkiest we've ever heard from keyboardist Robert Walter and his 20th Congress band – a tight little outing that has the group hitting with a tightness that pushes them even closer to the deep funk underground than in ... read moreCD
Smoking soul from Nicole Willis – one of our favorite funky females of the past decade or two! Nicole's been making great records for awhile, but she really knocks it out of the part with this killer set – grooving hard with the Soul Investigators, in a raw raw groove that really gives ... read moreCD
Youngblood Brass Band —
Pax Volumi ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
Wonderful work from this combo who really live up to the "young blood" in their name – way more than just a standard brass band, as they draw on styles from a range of genres that include funk and hip hop, plus a slight touch of punk as well! There's an edge to the performance that ... read moreCD
A really stunning little record – way more than we expected – and our expectations were already pretty darn high! The album's contemporary – and features legendary Delfonics lead singer William Hart working with younger studio whiz Adrian Younge – who gives the whole thing ... read moreCD