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BallantynesLiquor Store Gun Store Pawn Shop Church EP (with download) ... 12-inch
La Ti Da (Canada), 2013. New Copy (pic cover).... $10.99
Romping grooves that do a great job of blending 60s mod styles with both soul and garage undercurrents – all in a style that reminds us of some lost London combo from many years back! The Ballantynes are contemporary, but they mix up tight drums and fuzzy guitars at a level that's somewhere in old school freakbeat mode – or maybe with a bit of a Cherrystones vibe too. The group's got both a male and female singer – and titles include "No Love", "Sickos", "Black Magic", "Let It Rain", "Night Gospel", and "Morning". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes bonus download too!)

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Bombay RoyalePhone Baje Na – Remix EP ... 12-inch
Hope Street (Australia), 2013. New Copy (pic cover).... $12.99
A nice remix EP of a standout cut from Bollywood funk, soul and disco lovin' Aussie combo Bombay Royal! The original version of "Phone Baje Na" is a bass heavy, nicely percussion tune that blends vintage Bollywood soundtrack styled grooves with hypnotic female and male harmony vocals with contemporary spacey funk touches – and the remixes bring bits of hip hop and global clubby touches that serve it quite well! Features the original album mix of "Phone Baje Na" – plus remixes by Pasobionic, Damn Moroda and Monkeymarc – and solid instrumental B-side "Sleeping Giant". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes download.)

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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 completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". CD
Also available Victim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP 13.99

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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 15.99
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 completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download.)
Also available Victim Of Love ... CD 12.99

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JC Brooks & The Uptown SoundHowl ... CD
Bloodshot, 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
The greatest so far from this soulful Chicago group – a combo who are making big waves way beyond the Windy City, thanks to the tremendous vocals of JC Brooks! The album bursts out with a power the group have never had before – a tightness and focus that shows that these guys are definitely the real deal – and have definitely found their own unique voice in a world of copycat soul and funk – a groove that's completely contemporary, yet firmly rooted in the best bits of the past too – as fresh a change to funk and soul as some of the rootsier styles normally associated with Bloodshot Records! Brooks is a hell of a frontman in a live setting, but doesn't always come across this well on record – and the album may well be the first to really show the singer at his best. Titles include "Howl", "Married For A Week", "Rouse Yourself", "Security", "Ordinary", "Control", "Cold", and "River". CD

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Fay Hallam & BongolianLost In Sound ... CD
Blow Up (UK), 2012. New Copy .... $10.99
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 Bongolian have gone for a sweet approach that's somewhere in the best mod modes of the 60s, but which also have some nice early 80s touches too – almost the kind of mod revival energy you'd find filtered through the London scene in the years after punk – but put together with the kind of deeper contemporary sound we'd expect from Bongolian – a real respect for the right recording styles for Hammond organ, bongo beats, and other key instrumental touches. Fay is great, too – with a vocal approach that almost has a Swing Out Sister kind of ear for really classic inflections, but without ever sounding like a copycat style at all – a rare balance that really makes the music sparkle! Titles include "Shallow Moon", "Lost In Sound", "Freefall", "Dancing", "Lights Are Coming Down", "Get Off The Bus", "I Can't Cry", and "Gathering". CD

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Heliocentrics & Gaslamp KillerHelio x GLK – Fantasy/Reality ... 12-inch
Now Again/Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy .... $12.99
Contemporary psych funk torch carriers Heliocentrics get the remix/re-edit treatment from Gaslamp Killer – who was given the keys to the interstellar vessel that is the Heliocentrics' 13 Degrees Of Reality record – and je really trips out the sounds in incredible fashion! We cannot think of a more appropriate man for the job than GK, who is probably the most psych-indebted DJ/producer around. One side is Fantasy – with lots of splintered out atmospherics, echoey washes and diverse soundscapes floating over the cosmic funk at the core. Whereas the Fantasy side finds Gaslamp Killer gleefully coloring outside the lines, the Reality side skews a bit closer the Heliocentrics sound – though it's still plenty tripped out. A nice riff on the Heliocentrics vibe from a kindred spirit! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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LiberatorsPower Struggle ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy .... $18.99
Smoking Afro Funk from down under – played by a tight combo from Sydney who rival the best of the contemporary global underground! The horns here are very powerful – not a "struggle" but more of a blast of righteous energy that really puts the group firmly on the map – a bold breakout that really matches the funky rhythms of the bottom, and which features lots of great solo moments throughout! There's almost no vocals on the record, which means that The Liberators offer up even more instrumental interplay than some of their Afro Funk contemporaries – a smoking little set that includes "Soul Dive", "Cairo Uprising", "Red Green Live Die", "Dos Caras", "Water Somewhere", and "Epicoso". CD

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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 also this amazing interplay between the horns, weird sounds from the organ, and cool extra touches on auto harp and ukulele – which gives the music these exotic elements that are simply mindblowing! The set's a stone smoker from the start – instrumental, but in ways that let the Menahan Street Band open up way more than when working with a singer – showing us that they've got some of the freshest ideas in the contemporary funky underground. Titles include "The Crossing", "Sleight Of Hand", "Three Faces", "Keep Coming Back", "Seven Is The Wind", "Driftwood", and "Ivory & Blue". CD
Also available Crossing (with bonus download) ... LP 13.99

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Menahan Street BandCrossing (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy 2LP .... $13.99 15.99
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 also this amazing interplay between the horns, weird sounds from the organ, and cool extra touches on auto harp and ukulele – which gives the music these exotic elements that are simply mindblowing! The set's a stone smoker from the start – instrumental, but in ways that let the Menahan Street Band open up way more than when working with a singer – showing us that they've got some of the freshest ideas in the contemporary funky underground. Titles include "The Crossing", "Sleight Of Hand", "Three Faces", "Keep Coming Back", "Seven Is The Wind", "Driftwood", and "Ivory & Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)
Also available Crossing ... CD 13.99

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New Mountain Mocha KilimanjaroIchi Ni San Shi Go Roku (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy .... $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 the really push it over the top, and seem to move with a grit and edge we never would have expected a few years before! Every element in the music is razor sharp, but also a bit offbeat too – so that the keyboards have this fuzzy tone, the guitar this shadowy quality, and the horns this hard-blasting ferocity that's way different than the usual use of the instruments – all qualities that are pushed even further by the album's fresh arrangements and really rich conception of sound. If you thought you'd heard it all from funk groups, you owe it to yourself to check this one out! CD

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No BS Brass BandRVA All Day (with download) ... LP
Electric Cowbell, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99
Definitely no BS here – as the group really works in a tight approach to brass band grooving – using just one drum and plenty of horns for rhythm – while still managing to serve up some tasty solos over the top! There's a style here that really links up generation – a mode that's heavy in classic Crescent City grooving, but which also brings in a bit of contemporary funk too – especially on the lyrics, which often crackle with the vibrancy of hip hop – yet aren't really bounce-type lyrics at all. The lineup features four trombones, three trumpets, alto sax, and drums – and titles include a cover of "Thriller", plus the tunes "Jalapenos On The Side", "Run Around", "RVA All Day", "Get It Awn", "Meat Wagon", and "Love Seat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice textured cover – and includes bonus download too!)

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Soulful OrchestraMood So ... CD
Soulful Torino/Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy .... $18.99
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 indie level of production – and a nice change from some of the more 70s-oriented combos on the market! Maya Giglio sings leads on most tracks – with a quality that's nicely gritty at most points, and mostly in English – except for a few very cool numbers that feature lyrics in Italian. A few tunes have slight contemporary touches, but the overall sound is pretty 60s all the way through – and tracks include "Don't Freeze On Me", "Occapella", "I'm Mad At You", "Questo Mondo Non Mi Va", "Secret Love", and "Bring It On Home To Me". CD

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Vintage TroubleBomb Shelter Sessions (plus download) ... CD
Vintage Trouble, 2012. Used .... $7.99
Rugged and raw contemporary live soul from Vintage Trouble – who bring a pretty raucous edge to the scene – but they don't skimp on the soul! This group is trouble on a number of levels. On one is a powerhouse soul vibe with louder guitars and heavier rhythms – but they work just as well with more tender songcraft. Pretty nice stuff from band that's gained quite a reputation for a transcendent live show – and we're inclined to believe that, considering the urgency of the studio material! Includes "Blues Hand Me Down", "Not Alright By Me", "Gracefully", "You Better Believe It", "Nancy Lee", "Run Outta You", "Total Strangers" and more. CD

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Youngblood Brass BandPax Volumi ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
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 shakes the genre free of any old time cliches – and although the instrumentation is heavy on brass, there's some pretty fierce rhythms too – especially on cuts that show more of a hip hop influence, and which feature lyrics. The blend of beats and brass is really unique, and makes the record way different than even any of the other contemporary attempts to reinvent the genre. Titles include "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", "Cite The Line", "20 Questions", "The Plank Will Nod & You Will Go", "E La E", "A Gust Inside The God", "Erik Owen", "Wrestlevania", and "Third Half". CD

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Adrian Younge with The DelfonicsAdrian Younge Presents The Delfonics ... CD
Wax Poetics, 2013. New Copy Gatefold .... $12.99 13.98
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 the feel of some lost Delfonics tapes from the early 70s! Younge really unlocks the darkness that was always present in the group's music, but didn't always show up this well – that great sound they were hitting after the initial three LPs, when the themes got even stranger, and the trio moved way past simple love songs and pop hits. Hart's vocals are tremendous – instantly recognizable, and often supported by harmonies that keep them in just the right sort of old school focus – a sound that leaves us breathless throughout, and which makes for a really incredible album. Titles include "True Love", "To Be Your One", "Stand Up", "Party's Over", "Lover's Melody", "Life Never Ends", "Just Love", "So In Love With You", "Silently", and "Enemies". CD
Also available Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics ... LP 17.99

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Adrian Younge with The DelfonicsAdrian Younge Presents The Delfonics ... LP
Wax Poetics, 2013. New Copy .... $17.99 19.98
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 the feel of some lost Delfonics tapes from the early 70s! Younge really unlocks the darkness that was always present in the group's music, but didn't always show up this well – that great sound they were hitting after the initial three LPs, when the themes got even stranger, and the trio moved way past simple love songs and pop hits. Hart's vocals are tremendous – instantly recognizable, and often supported by harmonies that keep them in just the right sort of old school focus – a sound that leaves us breathless throughout, and which makes for a really incredible album. Titles include "True Love", "To Be Your One", "Stand Up", "Party's Over", "Lover's Melody", "Life Never Ends", "Just Love", "So In Love With You", "Silently", and "Enemies". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics ... CD 12.99

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Jive TurkeysBread & Butter ... LP
2010. New Copy .... Late November, 2013 (delayed)
Organ funk from the midwest scene – raw, tightly grooving instrumentals and the first full length release from Ohio's Jive Turkeys – numbers that sounds right in step with the 70s instro funk of The Meters and the best of the contemporary indie funk scenes! The group is a four piece – organ, drums, bass and guitar – keeping it simple, raw and funky. As hinted at on the on the couple of the stellar 45s that led up to Bread & Butter, they work well in both a slower cooking, Booker T indebted groove or a fast & furious,post-JBs style. Simple, straight up funky soul instrumentals is the order of the day, and these Jive Turkeys bring it! Titles include "Funky Turkey", "JT Strut", "Soul High", "Chickenfoot", "Straight Fire", "Bill Collector", "Stamp", "Funky Brewster", "Talkin' That Talk", "Grimmin", "BA" and "Otis Lament". LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally on vinyl for fall 2013!)

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VariousMo' Record Kicks – B Sides, Exclusives & Remixes For Forward Thinking Cats ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2010. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
Massive music from the Record Kicks label – 21 tracks that have never been issued on CD before, including some rare singles, b-sides, and even a few cuts exclusive to the collection! If you know the Record Kicks name, you know that the label's a key outlet for contemporary deep funk and mod soul grooves – sounds that are steeped in the best influences of the 60s and 70s, but played by the cream of the crop of the global underground – including great funky groups on both sides of the Atlantic! With all the cuts on the collection, the set's one hell of a bargain – especially when you figure that it's got these cuts you won't find anywhere else: "Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover" by The Hawk, "Waiting For Reforms" by Gizelle Smith, "Zebra 3" by The Link Quartet, "Scaramunga (Lack of Afro 7" edit)" by Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience, "With Time" by Katzuma, "Changes (funk edit)" by Milano Jazz Dance Combo, and "Irrompibles Hi Fi" by Crabs Corporation. Other cuts include "Get On Up" by Ray Lugo Les Express, "Soul Train" by Soul Fanatics, "Italian Spiderman Theme" by Enzo Bontempi, "Battle Of Yoker" by Privates Hammond Orchestra, "Nervous (Kenny Dope bonus beat rmx)" by New Mastersounds, "See & Don't See" by Dojo Cuts, "Red Flames" by The Underbelly, and "Air I Breathe" by Floyd Lawson & The Hearts Of Stone. CD

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New DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... CD
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 – an extremely rich sense of delivery that's rooted in gospel, linked together with a range of southern soul and funk modes that really belie the Tennessee roots of the group, plus contemporary touches that really get past some of the more stock modes of the deep funk underground! All tracks are originals, but they're so good you'd swear you know them from older records – and by that, we don't mean that they're copies or cliches – just the kind of work that's so good, you're surprised you're hearing it for the first time. And if the strength of the record is any indication of justice in the mainstream, you'll be hearing lots more from the group in the near future – as this sweet set sounds like the start of a great career. Titles include "My Momma Told Me", "Goin Places", "Write A Letter", "Do It Alone", "I Don't Get Mad No Mo", "The Speech", "The Dole (part 2)", and "Ooo Wee". CD

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New Georgia Soul CouncilThickens Upon Standing ... CD
Dig, 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fierce funky combo from Georgia – as you might guess from their name – one of the hardest-hitting soul acts we've heard from the contemporary Atlanta scene, and a group with a razor-sharp approach to their music all the way through! These guys hit right on the money right from the start – monstrous drums mixed with bass, guitar, and lots of Hammond and Fender Rhodes – topped with tight horns, in a groove that's mostly instrumental, but features the occasional chorus vocal from time to time. The vibe runs from late 60s small combo funk to a bit of early 70s as well – and the record's a raw treat that serves as a perfect introduction to the group. Titles include "Dutch Oven", "Snaggletooth", "Gatur Bait", "Hutchins", "Hip Shot", "Sauce", and "Soul Syrum". CD

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New LiberatorsPower Struggle ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smoking Afro Funk from down under – played by a tight combo from Sydney who rival the best of the contemporary global underground! The horns here are very powerful – not a "struggle" but more of a blast of righteous energy that really puts the group firmly on the map – a bold breakout that really matches the funky rhythms of the bottom, and which features lots of great solo moments throughout! There's almost no vocals on the record, which means that The Liberators offer up even more instrumental interplay than some of their Afro Funk contemporaries – a smoking little set that includes "Soul Dive", "Cairo Uprising", "Red Green Live Die", "Dos Caras", "Water Somewhere", and "Epicoso". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Power Struggle ... CD 18.99

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New JC Brooks & The Uptown SoundHowl (with download) ... LP
Bloodshot, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The greatest so far from this soulful Chicago group – a combo who are making big waves way beyond the Windy City, thanks to the tremendous vocals of JC Brooks! The album bursts out with a power the group have never had before – a tightness and focus that shows that these guys are definitely the real deal – and have definitely found their own unique voice in a world of copycat soul and funk – a groove that's completely contemporary, yet firmly rooted in the best bits of the past too – as fresh a change to funk and soul as some of the rootsier styles normally associated with Bloodshot Records! Brooks is a hell of a frontman in a live setting, but doesn't always come across this well on record – and the album may well be the first to really show the singer at his best. Titles include "Howl", "Married For A Week", "Rouse Yourself", "Security", "Ordinary", "Control", "Cold", and "River". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes mp3 download of album, plus bonus tracks!)
Also available Howl ... CD 13.99

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New DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... LP
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
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 – an extremely rich sense of delivery that's rooted in gospel, linked together with a range of southern soul and funk modes that really belie the Tennessee roots of the group, plus contemporary touches that really get past some of the more stock modes of the deep funk underground! All tracks are originals, but they're so good you'd swear you know them from older records – and by that, we don't mean that they're copies or cliches – just the kind of work that's so good, you're surprised you're hearing it for the first time. And if the strength of the record is any indication of justice in the mainstream, you'll be hearing lots more from the group in the near future – as this sweet set sounds like the start of a great career. Titles include "My Momma Told Me", "Goin Places", "Write A Letter", "Do It Alone", "I Don't Get Mad No Mo", "The Speech", "The Dole (part 2)", and "Ooo Wee". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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