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New Big Boss ManLast Man On Earth ... CD
Blow Up (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from this mod British combo – a set that gets way past the easy retro references of previous albums, and goes for a vibe that's quite complicated, but still pretty darn groovy! The set's got the look and feel of the best jazzy soundtracks of the 60s ... read more CD
Also available Last Man On Earth (180 gram vinyl – with download) ... LP 22.99

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Bombay RoyaleIsland Of Dr Electrico ... CD
Hope Street (Australia), 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
A pretty huge leap forward for The Bombay Royale – the Bollywood funk-inspired combo who bring some Indian charm to the fertile Australian funk scene – and a whole lot more! Funk-era Bollywood soundtracks are still a huge part of the what they do, but there's a whole lot more going on ... read more CD

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New BongolianBlueprint ... CD
Blow Up (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $17.99
Bongos and keyboards galore – and a stunning second full length set from London's Bongolian! We've always loved these guys, but they've definitely taken things to the next level on this album – and have honed their groove down to a key focus on the elements that make them best – ... read more CD

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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
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 more CD
Also available Victim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP 13.99

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Budos BandBudos Band III ... CD
Daptone, 2010. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A great third album from Staten Island instrumental funk titans The Budos Band – who've brought eclectic inspiration all along and have always colored from a much broader palette of styles than most of their peers – going even further this time out and delivering their best yet! The ... read more CD

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New Karl Denson's Tiny UniverseNew Ammo ... CD
Stoopid, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99
Karl Denson's definitely got some new ammo this time around – a sharper, more hook-based approach to work with his usual funky groove! Denson's tenor and flute are still strong in the mix, and the record's still got the requisite Hammond, Fender Rhodes, funky basslines, and horns – but ... read more CD

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DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... CD
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
The greatest work we've heard so far from DeRobert Adams and the Half-Truths – a record that really pushes the singer into classic soul territory! DeRobert has always had a vintage approach to his music – but this full set plumbs a depth we never would have expected at the start – ... read more CD
Also available I'm Tryin' ... LP 12.99

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Eminent StarsSittin' In With The Eminent Stars ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Stardom seems eminent with this fierce funky combo – a quintet of players with a deep love of southern sounds from the 60s – particularly the best grooves coming out of Memphis or New Orleans! The mix of instrumentation features tight trumpet, tenor, and guitar – and although the ... read more CD
Also available Sittin' In With The Eminent Stars (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP 15.99

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Express RisingExpress Rising (2nd album) ... CD
Numero, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 13.00
A warm batch of instrumental beats and atmospherics from Express Rising – and a much-anticipated second project from funk archivist Dante Carfagna! Dante's a name you probably know best from his work writing liner notes or Wax Poetics – and helping out in countless important ... read more CD
Also available Express Rising (2nd album) ... LP 16.99

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Lee FieldsEmma Jean ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
An amazing chapter in the career of Lee Fields – an artist who's been moving our souls for decades, but who just keeps on growing in these really great ways! Unlike the fragile style of My World, or the heady southern soul of Faithful Man, Emma Jean's got this very different vibe – ... read more CD
Also available Emma Jean (colored vinyl with download) ... LP 17.99

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Lee FieldsFaithful Man ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2012. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Smoking soul from the mighty Lee Fields – and a set that really has him getting back to his roots, as well! The record's billed as a follow-up to the previous My World – but it's got a style that's much more deep soul, much more southern-tinged than that great record – a ... read more CD
Also available Faithful Man ... CD 9.99

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Lee FieldsProblems (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Soul Fire/Truth & Soul, 2002. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
Tight!! Lee Fields, one of the great criminally under appreciated funky geniuses of the 70s is back with another pounding, raw funk classic that still finds the man at the peak of his powers, decades after he first made mark on the funk landscape! This is Lee's first full length effort for Soul ... read more CD
(A stellar and much deserved reissue of the incredible Soul Fire album that paved the way for the funk revival of the 00s – with heavy duty cardboard LP style sleeve! Essential!)
Also available Problems ... LP 17.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsMy World ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
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 more CD
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My World ... LP 17.99
My World ... CD 6.99

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GetupStraight From The Hob ... CD
Breakin Bread (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
Massive drums really get things going right for The Getup – a funky combo who hit their groove running from the ground up! These guys load plenty of Hammond, trumpet, and tenor on the top of the tracks – but really seem to get even more energy going on the bottom – thanks to ... read more CD

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Grand SlamLifetimers For The Funk – In The Studio 1985 to 2010 ... CD
TNT Productions (Germany), Late 80s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $6.99
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 more CD

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Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... CD
MRI, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – ... read more CD
Also available Inland Emperor ... LP 15.99

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Curtis HardingSoul Power ... CD
Burger, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A great debut from Curtis Harding – a singer who's definitely got the soul power promised in the title, but one with a much wider reach as well! The core approach is funky soul, but the music is often inflected with other touches too – putting Curtis in that unique space between styles ... read more CD

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Karl Hector & The MalcounsUnstraight Ahead ... CD
Now Again, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $15.99 17.98
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... read more CD
Also available Unstraight Ahead (with download) ... LP 21.99

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Hi Fly OrchestraGet Ready ... CD
Agogo (Germany), 2013. New Copy ... $7.99
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 more CD

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Clutchy HopkinsWalking Backwards (CD & DVD) ... CD
Ubiquity, 2008. New Copy CD & DVD ... $7.99 18.98
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 more CD
(There is no indication, but we are assuming that the DVD is NTSC format, Region 1.)

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Clutchy Hopkins & Lord KenjaminMusic Is My Medicine ... CD
Ubiquity, 2009. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
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 more CD

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ImpellersMy Certainty ... CD
Legere (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
The Impellers get some heavy help from Clair Witcher – whose vocals come to the forefront on just about every number on the set, and bring a nice deep soul quality to the record! Clair's got a style that's a bit different than other female funk divas in recent years – phrasing that's ... read more CD
Also available My Certainty (with bonus CD) ... LP 19.99

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Indigo Jam UnitMilestone ... CD
Basis (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $29.99
Massively funky work from Indigo Jam Unit – but in a way that's quite different from all the other funky combos around today! These guys have always had a very unique, very personal vibe – one that draws heavily from jazz, but blocks its energy into these full, rich, round acoustic ... read more CD

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Big Pimp JonesJimmy Ruckus & The Five Fingers Of Death ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2010. New Copy ... $9.99
Faux film, furious funk – the further adventures of Jimmy Ruckus via Big Pimp Jones – gritty drums, killer bass lines, slammin' sax and thematic bits of dialogue – bridging the 70s funky exploitation soundtrack oeuvre and hip hop era breakbeat funk just as deadly for this sequel! ... read more CD

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Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsGive The People What They Want (with bonus download) ... CD
Daptone, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Tremendous work from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – a set that took a bit longer to hit the racks than expected, but which really shows a richness that more than makes up for the delay! Sharon's a singer who's always been great – but she steps out strongly here with a sense of ... read more CD
(Includes bonus download code!)
Also available Give The People What They Want (with download) ... LP 13.99

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Shawn LeeGolden Age Against The Machine ... CD
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $17.99
A whole new side of Shawn Lee's talents – an album that mixes his great ear for funk with rhymes from a series of guest MCs – all at a level that really takes us back to true school productions of the 90s! Lee's got plenty of 60s and 70s funk and jazz elements in the mix – and a ... read more CD

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Lions vs Dub ClubThis Generation In Dub ... CD
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 7.98
A dubbed-up version of The Lions album This Generation – done at a level that's very faithful to the format, especially considering the classic Kingston vibe of the original versions! There's a few new bits here – greatly extrapolated from the album's recordings – but most ... read more CD

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Los Charly's OrchestraRediscovering The Big Apple ... CD
Imagenes (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $14.99
Los Charly's Orchestra rediscover the Big Apple – although given the group's strong approach to Latin music, it's hard to imagine that they'd ever forget the sound of New York! Yet this time around, there's an added element of Latin Soul in the mix – some touches of late 60s and early ... read more CD

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Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo DestroyersQue Chevere ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
A real old school set from Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – just about the only contemporary combo we've ever heard come close to the classic sound of the Latin Soul scene in the 60s! The album smokes like some rare gem on Fania or Cotique – with wicked Latin rhythms tied up in ... read more CD
Also available Que Chevere ... LP 18.99

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New Medeski, Scofield, Martin & WoodJuice ... CD
Indirecto, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Plenty of juice from this mighty sweet combo – a great quartet that once again adds the guitar of John Scofield to the mix of grooves from Medeski, Martin, & Wood! Together, all players seem to step back to a previous generation of soul jazz styles – those best 60s moments of ... read more CD

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New Menahan Street BandCrossing ... CD
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
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 more CD

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New Mountain Mocha KilimanjaroIchi Ni San Shi Go Roku (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $28.99
These guys are really on fire this time around – and turn in one of the most searing performances we've ever heard from a contemporary funky combo! Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro hail from Japan, and have really earned our attention with their previous funky records – but this time around ... read more CD

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Mr ChopIlluminate ... CD
Now Again, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 15.98
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 more CD

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Mr PresidentHips Shaking (with bonus track) ... CD
Favorite (France), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
The coolest work we've heard so far from this Patchworks side project – a record that fuses together equal parts 70s jazz, funk, and soul – with just the right smattering of global influences as well! There's a tightness to the set that we really love – careful instrumentation ... read more CD

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New MastersoundsTherapy ... CD
Legere (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of the grooviest, funkiest work we've ever heard from New Mastersounds – and that's saying a lot, given how much we dig all their other records! We've been following these guys for over a decade, and they've never let us down – and they're one of the rare funky combos who really ... read more CD

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Nick Pride & The PimptonesRejuiced Phat Shake ... CD
Legere (France), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
We're not sure what we think of the title – which has a bit of a 90s ring to it – but the record's got a smoking soulful sound that definitely lives up to previous work from Nick Pride and his combo! The group's equal parts 60s soul and 70s funk – and often blend the two together ... read more CD
Also available Rejuiced Phat Shake (with bonus CD) ... LP 16.99

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Alex PudduGolden Age Of Danish Pornography Vol 2 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... read more CD
Also available Golden Age Of Danish Pornography Vol 2 (with bonus CD) ... LP 23.99

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QuanticMagnetica ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Quantic goes back to the old school with this sweet little set – and by that, we mean his own old school – from the years when he was mixing a lot more electric elements in his music! The record takes all the great Quantic sounds in recent years – his experiments with deep funk, ... read more CD

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New Rebellum (Burnt Sugar Arkestra)Darknuss ... CD
Burnt Sugar/Avantgroidd, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
A blistering blend of righteous sounds, funky jazz, and knowledge – very much in the best Burnt Sugar tradition, but served up here by their Rebellum offshoot! Lyrics and beats are from the mighty Greg Tate – and definitely reflect his long connection to progressive cultural ... read more CD

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RFRF (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Timeless (Japan), 2010. New Copy ... $4.99
A very groovy little set – one that features jazz guitar versions of a host of familiar tunes – including takes on The Pharcyde's "Runnin" and the Souls Of Mischief classic "93 Til Infinity"! The approach is very nice – mostly jazz guitar in the lead of the ... read more CD

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Ron Levy's Wild KingdomBest Of Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom – B3 Organic Grooves ... CD
Levtronic, Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... $7.99
A collection of some of the best funky numbers from Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom – a loose assemblage of players headed by organist Ron Levy, and featuring funky legends Karl Denson and Melvin Sparks on a few tracks! The set pulls together a dozen tunes from Levy's self-released CDs – ... read more CD

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Shaolin Temple DefendersFrom The Inside ... CD
Soulbeats (France), 2013. New Copy ... $4.99
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 more CD

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Naomi Shelton & The Gospel QueensCold World ... CD
Daptone, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – a record that's done with deeper raw soul roots than their Daptone debut – but which still holds onto all the group's uplifting gospel spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show ... read more CD

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Soulful OrchestraMood So ... CD
Soulful Torino/Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
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 more CD

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Miles TackettFool Who Wonders ... CD
Rootdown LA, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99
A great solo set from music man Miles – an artist you'll know best for his fierce work in Breakestra – the legendary Cali funk and soul torch carriers! The set's got a very hip vibe – done in a diverse blend of LA styles – from early 70s folk and psychedelic soul, to harder- ... read more CD
Also available Fool Who Wonders (with download) ... LP 18.99

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Third Coast KingsWest Grand Boulevard ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
Heavy funk from Michigan's Third Coast Kings – sounding better here than ever before, with a groove that really lives up to their Detroit soul legacy! The combo is mostly instrumental – and have really found a way to fuse tight guitar lines with the rhythms – so that the groove ... read more CD

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Laura Vane & The VipertonesBodyquake ... CD
Unique (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
An even more playful set than before from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – a record that still has some of the older funk and soul elements of previous releases, but which also comes across with a more contemporary vibe as well – a kind of bouncy, jaunty sort of soul that seems to work ... read more CD
Also available Bodyquake (with download) ... LP 21.99

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Nick WaterhouseHolly ... CD
Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Damn deep grooves from Nick Waterhouse – a singer we've always liked a lot, and one who really seems to sharpen his edge here with some great elements from older R&B! Nick's already proved himself to be one heck of a soulful vocalist – and this time around he picks up more grit ... read more CD

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VariousFresh Out The Box – 13 Unreleased & Exclusive Tunes From Freestyle ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2010. New Copy ... $9.99
Fresh out the box – a baker's dozen totally fresh cuts – even if you've already been digging all the great recent albums and singles on the Freestyle label! Freestyle's headquartered in London, with a keen ear for the best sounds bubbling around in the contemporary underground – ... read more CD
 
 



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