A great week for amazing new music!
Ace (UK), Late 60s.
Totally groovy sounds from the Swedish scene of the 60s – a flurry of female pop tunes that we love every bit as our favorite French femme work from the time! Like French pop, the tunes here are lively and upbeat – often with a slight current of funk or soul in the rhythms, and with ... (Rock)
Stax, 1966. 6 CDs
The complete document of a legendary live recording by Otis Redding – material that not only shows a slightly different side of Redding than his studio albums for Stax – but which also continued to flow out in parts, issued after his too-early death, as a way of keeping his music alive! ... (Soul)
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s.
A legendary series gets a great return here – in a special package that brings together all the best cuts from the now-classic Keb Darge Deep Funk compilations! Years before people were digging Daptone, or really giving funky 45s their full due, London DJ Keb Darge created a series of ... (Funky Compilations)
Clintone/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The complete recordings of a crucially overlooked deep soul singer – the amazing Rozetta Johnson, a voice that should have been as big as Aretha Franklin or Gladys Knight, if there were any justice in the world! And Johnson isn't just a great singer on her own – she gets incredible ... (Soul)
Stones Throw, 2016. 2LP Gatefold
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with ... (Neo Soul)
One of the coolest new groups we've heard on Daptone in a long time – an instrumental combo that's definitely funky, but which has some of the exotic touches you might expect from their name! There's a nice current of strings that slide in alongside more familiar funk instrumentation – ... (Deep Funk)
Mainstream/Kent (UK), Mid 70s.
Killer cuts from one of the coolest indie labels on the east coast scene in the 70s – Mainstream Records, an imprint that may be best-remembered for its righteous jazz albums of the time – but a company who also cut a heck of a lot of stellar soul on funky 45s! This collection does a ... (Funky Compilations)
Brownswood (UK), 2016.
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very ... (Jazz)
Mercury/Jazzclub (Germany), 1967.
Instrumental magic from pianist Horst Jankowski – two 60s classics back to back! Baby But Grand features the grand piano in the hands of the maestro – the great Horst Jankowski, an artist who took the instrument from the concert hall to the AM radio in the 60s! The album's got ... (Now Sound)
Numero, 1970s. 3 CDs
One of the most ambitious projects we've ever seen from Numero – and that's saying a lot, given some of their other releases! This package is equal parts cultural document and musical treasure trove – a heavy book full of photos from a time when Upper Volta was stepping past its ... (Global Grooves)
Aum Fidelity, 2004.
A great improvised performance between these two longtime partners – music recorded over a decade before its release, but still at a time when both Matthew Shipp and David S Ware had been working together for years! The material is very unstructured – just two long parts of a ... (Jazz)
Stax, 1969. (reissue)
Killer work from William Bell – a record that has him really unfolding and growing at the end of the 60s – taking off with a new sort of energy that we hardly would have expected a few years before! The sound here is nicely deep and mature – still in a classic Memphis mode, but ... (Soul)
Legere (UK), 2016.
The continuing genius of Myles Sanko – served up here in a record that's easily his best so far! We've been watching Myles for the past few years – really impressed by the way he can work equal parts jazz and soul into his phrasing, and go for a groove that's unabashedly catchy – ... (Neo Soul)
Mercury/Jazzclub (Germany), 1966.
Two classics from this legendary instrumental wonder – back to back on a single CD! First up is Still More Genius Of Jankowski – fantastic piano work from the very groovy Horst Jankowski – an artist who's really stepping into his own with this sweet mid 60s album! The set still ... (Now Sound)
ECM (Germany), 2016.
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel – a set that opens up in so many tones and colors, thanks to help from a great group that features Ambrose Akimusire on trumpet and Brad Mehldau on piano! Both of these musicians really help underscore the ... (Jazz)
A sweet return to Brown Sabbath territory – that wicked blend of deep funk rhythms and fuzzy guitar, served up by the Brownout collective! The groove has some of the Latin elements that you'd know from Adrian Quesada's other work – but the rising guitar lines dominate a lot more – ... (Deep Funk)
These guys really live up to the "future" in their name – and serve up a wonderfully soulful version of funky jazz – one that's brimming over with youthful energy, and a strong vision that should guide the group for years to come! The music is almost a reworked version of old ... (Jazz)
Flipper/Dagored (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
One of the grooviest trips through the zodiac we've ever taken – and that's saying a lot, because there were some pretty cool zodiac-related records at the end of the 60s! This set's nice and jazzy overall – and features some beautiful instrumentals from Amadeo Tommasi, with a vibe ... (Sound Library)
Sonorama (Germany), 1961.
They're not kidding about the big sound here – as tenorist Hans Koller was easily one of the deepest, most soulful talents on his instrument in the European scene of the start of the 60s – as you'll instantly hear on this fantastic live performance! In later years, Koller got a bit ... (Jazz)
Sidney/Athens Of The North (UK), 1974.
A legendary bit of jazzy soul – recorded by an obscure female singer from Milwaukee! Penny's got a warm style that's pretty darn nice on its own – but it's made even better by the great arranger Richard Evans, who helped out a lot on the session. The feel is very much in the Chicago ... (Soul)
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