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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)... $7.99
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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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

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JC Brooks & The Uptown SoundHowl (with download) ... LP
Bloodshot, 2013. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes mp3 download of album, plus bonus tracks!)

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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 there's also a strong presence from DJ Williams on both guitar and vocals – adding in some rockish touches that are bound to push Denson's music to an even bigger new audience. Some titles have the guitar very strongly in the lead, others showcase Denson's reeds a bit more – and titles include "Cheerleader", "Grenadiers", "Three Trials Of Strength", "New Ammo", "The Duct", "My Baby", and a version of "Seven Nation Army" – perhaps the most-covered song ever by contemporary funk bands. CD

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DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... LP
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy ... $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 – 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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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 – laidback, and definitely with a southern twinge – but with this mellow style that almost takes us back to country soul experiments of artists like Bobby Womack or Joe Tex in the 60s! Not that the style is straight country soul, though – because the backing is by El Michels, who have a strong funk pedigree – but who work with Fields here in this slow-stepping mode that really builds up energy – delivering Lee's vocals with all the power of before, but in an even more personal way. The result is another amazing set from an artist who never falters for a minute – and one of the few contemporary singers who can ever match the depth and strengths of 60s deep soul greats. Titles include "Standing By Your Side", "Just Can't Win", "In The Woods", "Stone Angel", "It Still Gets Me Down", "Don't Leave Me This Way", "Eye To Eye", and "Paralyzed". CD
Also available Emma Jean (colored vinyl with download) ... LP 17.99

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Lee FieldsEmma Jean (colored vinyl with download) ... LP
Truth & Soul, 2014. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
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 – laidback, and definitely with a southern twinge – but with this mellow style that almost takes us back to country soul experiments of artists like Bobby Womack or Joe Tex in the 60s! Not that the style is straight country soul, though – because the backing is by El Michels, who have a strong funk pedigree – but who work with Fields here in this slow-stepping mode that really builds up energy – delivering Lee's vocals with all the power of before, but in an even more personal way. The result is another amazing set from an artist who never falters for a minute – and one of the few contemporary singers who can ever match the depth and strengths of 60s deep soul greats. Titles include "Standing By Your Side", "Just Can't Win", "In The Woods", "Stone Angel", "It Still Gets Me Down", "Don't Leave Me This Way", "Eye To Eye", and "Paralyzed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download. Limited colored vinyl version – nearly sold out!)
Also available Emma Jean ... CD 13.99

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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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Sonny Knight & The LakersI'm Still Here (with bonus download) ... LP
Secret Stash, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
One of the best soul music comebacks we've ever heard – and one of the few contemporary records like this to have a really cohesive feel overall! This isn't just a new group working with an older singer – but a tremendous blending of the skilled soul vocals of Sonny Knight with just the kind of funky combo to make him come across just right – and probably even better than he ever sounded back in the day! The whole thing is perfect – from performance to production – and the record sparkles with an energy that we never heard before from Sonny Knight – with backing by the Fabulous Lakers that's right up there with best older combos from back in the day. This one may well nudge recent work from Lee Fields off the top spot on our list – and it's a real stunner from this overlooked singer! Titles include "Cave Man", "I'm Still Here (parts 1 & 2)", "Hey Girl", "When You're Gone", "Baby Baby Baby", "Get Up & Dance", and a great cover of Rodriguez's "Sugar Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download, too!)

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Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo DestroyersQue Chevere ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
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 a fair bit of Spanish Harlem jazz – including some smoking tenor parts that are a nice change from the more typical trumpet and trombone in later salsa. The tunes are often topped with English or Spanish language lyrics that are every bit as catchy as anything you might have heard from Pete Rodriguez or Joe Cuba – and the production is perfect – just right to capture the sound of the music! Titles include "Hong Kong Shing A Ling", "Batongo", "Let Me Tell Ya Bout The Boogaloo", "Rico Boogaloo", "Ven Al Jala Jala", and "C'Mon Everybody". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 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 14.99

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New Menahan Street BandCrossing (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 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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No BS Brass BandRVA All Day (with download) ... LP
Electric Cowbell, 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
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 ... $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 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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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 even better with Laura's vocals! The singer's got the kind of quirky charm you'd guess from her image on the cover – a voice that may not challenge Aretha Franklin for soul supremacy, but which has the kind of creative slink and groove that you'd find in an Amy Winehouse record. Instrumentation is mostly from the core combo – with lots of Hammond and Rhodes – and titles include "I Won't Be Your Gun", "Pictures", "Just Do It", "The Enemy", "Delightfully Easy", "Hot Money", "Hi Fidelity Lover", and "Silence". CD
Also available Bodyquake (with download) ... LP 21.99

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Laura Vane & The VipertonesBodyquake (with download) ... LP
Unique (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $21.99
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 even better with Laura's vocals! The singer's got the kind of quirky charm you'd guess from her image on the cover – a voice that may not challenge Aretha Franklin for soul supremacy, but which has the kind of creative slink and groove that you'd find in an Amy Winehouse record. Instrumentation is mostly from the core combo – with lots of Hammond and Rhodes – and titles include "I Won't Be Your Gun", "Pictures", "Just Do It", "The Enemy", "Delightfully Easy", "Hot Money", "Hi Fidelity Lover", and "Silence". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)
Also available Bodyquake ... CD 16.99

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Youngblood Brass BandPax Volumi ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $7.99 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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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 – deep funk, jazzy club, neo soul, and more – always with an ear for the best of the best, at a level that's made Freestyle a label to always keep an eye on! This set features cuts that are exclusive to the collection – rare mixes of other singles or completely new tunes altogether – 13 numbers in all, including "Star Ski & Putz (DGB mix)" by Jazz Juice, "Life Is A Trip (Mo Horizons mix)" by Gypsy Brown, "Think (Aroop Roy rmx)" by Afro Elements, "Walking Sbase" by Dj Graham B, "Nasty (modern mix)" by Big Pimp Jones, "I Can't Dance With You" by The Fantastics vs Lack Of Afro, "Rock Creek Park (in da bush mix)" by Beggar & Co, "No I Can Do (Bennson rmx)" by SK Radicals, and "Mr Hot Pants" by Jezebel Sextet. CD

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New Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New VariousMocambo Funk 45s – A Selection Of Today's Rarest Vinyl Singles ... CD
Mocambo (Germany), 2007. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Contemporary funk, but with a groove deep enough to warrant the "rare" promised in the title – as most of these numbers would stand strongly next to the best funky 45s from the late 60s and early 70s! The production is great throughout – very hard-edged, and with a back-to-basics feel that really focuses on the best elements of the tunes – the snapping drums, funky basslines, blasting horn parts, and other great instrumental bits that make these tracks great. And while we'd always paid attention to the Mocambo label, this set clearly shows that they've got a lot more to offer than we'd ever realized – a completely solid body of work that's presented wonderfully in this super-tight CD! 18 tracks in all – including "Listen Up" by Glover Crockett & Glover, "Free Vibes (parts 1 & 2)" by Gizelle Smith & The Mocambo Allstars, "The Getaway" by Delta Rhythm Section, "Hustle The Mustle" by Speedometer, "Chicano Chaser" by Ian Langley, "Highway Patrol" by James Taylor Quartet, "Look Ka Py Py" by The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, "The Prophet" by Glover Crockett & Glover, and "Funkin Fever" by Delta Rhythm Section. CD

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New Sonny Knight & The LakersI'm Still Here ... CD
Secret Stash, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best soul music comebacks we've ever heard – and one of the few contemporary records like this to have a really cohesive feel overall! This isn't just a new group working with an older singer – but a tremendous blending of the skilled soul vocals of Sonny Knight with just the kind of funky combo to make him come across just right – and probably even better than he ever sounded back in the day! The whole thing is perfect – from performance to production – and the record sparkles with an energy that we never heard before from Sonny Knight – with backing by the Fabulous Lakers that's right up there with best older combos from back in the day. This one may well nudge recent work from Lee Fields off the top spot on our list – and it's a real stunner from this overlooked singer! Titles include "Cave Man", "I'm Still Here (parts 1 & 2)", "Hey Girl", "When You're Gone", "Baby Baby Baby", "Get Up & Dance", and a great cover of Rodriguez's "Sugar Man". CD
Also available I'm Still Here (with bonus download) ... LP 16.99

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New Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo DestroyersQue Chevere ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 a fair bit of Spanish Harlem jazz – including some smoking tenor parts that are a nice change from the more typical trumpet and trombone in later salsa. The tunes are often topped with English or Spanish language lyrics that are every bit as catchy as anything you might have heard from Pete Rodriguez or Joe Cuba – and the production is perfect – just right to capture the sound of the music! Titles include "Hong Kong Shing A Ling", "Batongo", "Let Me Tell Ya Bout The Boogaloo", "Rico Boogaloo", "Ven Al Jala Jala", and "C'Mon Everybody". CD
Also available Que Chevere ... LP 18.99
 
 
 



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