A sweet change in sound from Kylie Auldist – an artist we know mostly for deep funk work with The Bamboos on backup – but who steps out here in a style that's got much more of an 80s soul vibe overall! The arrangements are full, funky, and beautifully suited to Kylie's voice – ... read moreCD
IV ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2016. New Copy ...
Badbadnotgood have always been pretty damn great, actually – and never better than on album IV – a remarkable step forward for the group! As ever, they take inspiration from some of the best prog, jazz, funk (and proggy jazz funk...they blend) of the 70s and beyond, but weave it into ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The Bo-Keys have been a rock-solid force on the Memphis scene for a number of years – and here, they take an even deeper step into the city's rich soul history – by making space on the record for performances by classic Memphis soul singers Percy Wiggins, Don Bryant, and The ... read moreCD
All hail Moog Maximus – that mighty instrument that first got going back in the 60s, handled here by Nasser Bouzida, aka Bongolian – in a mad mix of funky instrumentals! The moog's not the only thing going on here, as Bongolian brings in lots of other groovy elements too – a bit ... read moreCD
Charles Bradley —
Changes ... CD Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy ...
Jaw-dropping work from Charles Bradley – a stunning album that's maybe his best so far – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the quality of his previous work! There's a focus and power here that really puts Charles on top – from the bold statement at the start of the record, ... read moreCD
An album with a very classic look on the cover – and an equally classic sound to match – one that takes us back to some of the hippest, coolest work by early 60s singers like Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye! Both artists are a good comparison here, as Leon Bridges is unabashedly in the same ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Spacey raw funk from Lucky Brown – perfectly raw and gritty instrumental jams and vocal numbers and some jazz funk heaviness from the man behind The Funk Revolution, Crawdad Farmers and more – one of the more furiously creative figures in the international funk scene! This compilation ... read moreCD
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also ... read moreCD
Calibro 35 have always had a soundtrack style to their music – but here, they seem to hit an even trippier, spacier version of the mode – playing an all-live, all-instrumental set that's bubbling over with loads of wonderful elements! Some tracks are still as funky as before, but ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A second helping of Latin Beat from Cesar's Salad – and a feverish, funky and tight set on Perfect Toy that's easily as strong its predecessor! Led by percussionist Cesar Granados – who really knocks us out on the congas – the group is a quartet with a raw approach and a live ... read moreCD
There's a date range listed on the cover that stretches back to the 70s – not the actual age of the music on this set, but instead a way of indicating the decades worth of inspiration drawn upon by The Dandelion Set – especially the cooler post-psych elements of the UK scene in the 70s, ... read moreCD
Deep Street Soul are deeper than ever here – coming across with full-on, nonstop funky action – right from the very first drum breaks that start out the record! The set's got the group moving with incredible tightness – a razor-sharp instrumental core to beat the rest of the deep ... read moreCD
A killer solo set from DeRobert – a cat you might know as the lead singer for the Half-Truths, but an artist who's maybe even greater here on his own! The style of the record is more blacksploitation soul than the straighter funk of DeRobert's other records – this cool, crispy sound on ... read moreCD
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Dokkerman & The Turkeying Fellaz —
Illegal Move ... CD Tramp (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
A modern funk melting pot from Hungary! Group leader Tamas "Dokkerman" Michelberger is on keyboards, leading a great 9 piece group strongly rooted in gritty 70s funk – heavy drums and fierce bass grooves, and horns that show some love to JBs style funky soul as well as strains of ... read moreCD
The Excitements are a group who really live up to their name – with a hard-romping approach to soul that kicks in right from the very first note, then keeps on burning strong – thanks to excellent lead vocals from singer Koko Jean Davis! Koko's got this unbridled sound that reminds us ... read moreCD
A really fantastic album from the legendary Lee Fields – a set that blows us away every bit as much as his stellar My World album! Like that set, this one's got kind of a moody early 70s vibe – almost a New Jersey soul approach at times, but tinged with more southern modes – ... read moreCD
The Frightnrs have plenty more to say here – and they say it in a really sharp-edged approximation of older rocksteady modes! The group are contemporary, but like the best acts on Daptone, they've got an instantly classic feel – thanks to instrumentation and production that take us ... (Reggae, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Funk Como Le Gusta were one of the first contemporary funk groups we ever heard from Brazil – a combo who initially blew our minds over a dozen years, and who return here with a record that's maybe even tighter than before! There's a brilliant mix of funk elements going on here – not ... (Brazil, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Nice little retrospective bringing together some of best of UK Latin Soul combo Grupo X! From the beginning, the group's had an incredible knack for blending feverish percussion with the sometimes heavy, sometimes moody horns and unstoppable Latin rhythms of classic styles – from NY salsa to ... (Latin, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Heavy funk from the Haggis Horns – a group with a gimmicky name, but a rock-solid sound that's made them one of the best contemporary funk combos working in the British Isles these days! The horns are only part of the groove – as the drums and other funky elements really ground the ... read moreCD
Harleighblu x Starkiller —
Amorine ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Maybe the sharpest set so far from Harleighblu – a record that's got the soul singer working here with Starkiller, who brings a sharpness to the music that really sets her vocals free! The lady's always had a bit of a bit in the way she puts over a tune, but that seems to be even more the ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
An organ combo, but one with a bit of a difference, too – given that the leader here plays a Philicorda organ, and not the usual Hammond! The instrument's got a nicely lean sound, which creates a mod 60s groove right from the start – one that's got some occasional soundtrack flourishes ... read moreCD
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – ... read moreCD
A stunner – the first full album by deep funk singer Sharon Jones, and an instant soul masterpiece! The album's right up there with the best work by James Brown divas like Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Lyn Collins – and overall, we might dare say that the album's even better than ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A wonderful Holiday set from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – easily one of the coolest albums you'll ever hope to spin in December! The group really recreate the vibe of a classic Christmas soul album – like records from James Brown or Stevie Wonder – and do an excellent job ... (Holiday Music, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings —
Naturally ... CD Daptone, 2005. New Copy ...
The long-anticipated second album from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is a stunner – undoubtedly stronger than the group's fantastic debut – and a record that not only transcends the late model funk revival genre, but stands on footing as solid as the best hard funky soul of the late ... read moreCD
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings —
Soul Time ... CD Daptone, 2011. New Copy ...
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
The fourth album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – solidifying what we learned pretty early on from the indomitable soul spirit that is Sharon and her impeccable combo the Dap-Kings – it's that this is not some retro soul revival novelty act, what they are is the greatest active ... read moreCD
Lack Of Afro are back, and fiercer than ever before – really evolved from just a name known for funky remixes and dancefloor grooves, and stepping forward strongly into a much more well-rounded, deeply soulful group! The title's a reference to older Brit sound library albums, but the overall ... read moreCD
A stunning full length debut from Lady Wray – a voice you might know from her previous collaboration in the duo Lady – but one that's even more amazing out front here on her own! The album's got a rock-solid, totally classic vibe – thanks to Leon "El" Michels – ... 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 ... (Holiday Music, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The duo of Christian Capiozzo and Mecco Guidi gave us a really great record their first time around – and this time they're joined by guitarist Daniele Santimone, who helps them keep things very much in the mod instrumental mode of their debut! Despite the title of the album, the songs aren't ... read moreCD
Heavy jamming from Mushroom – the California combo with a sound that's a mix of older prog and funk styles, played to full intensity on a lineup that includes organ, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, flute, sax, percussion, and lots of guitar! This newly remastered version of the album features 25 ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A heavy slab of jam band funk! Mushroom are a heavy jamming funk outfit with a classic groove – working hard with horns and Fender Rhodes to craft up solid slabs of groove, circa early 70s Atlantic Records vintage. This 5 track ep has about as much music as you'd find on a regular album ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
These guys keep getting better and better – and this album may well be their best set to date! The album's a massive double-length set – broken down into 2 different discs, one titled London, the other titled Oakland – both of them each with their own theme. The London set has a ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Long live jams from Mushroom – recorded at a variety of different locations in 1997 and 1998, and really showcasing the intensity of the group in this setting! There's a fair bit of heavy guitar on these tunes, and given the point in the group's history, there's possibly a bit more jamming ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Our hat's off to Mushroom – for naming a record after one of the greatest bumper stickers of all time – and for following it up with the kind of fuzz-heavy funk that first made us love the group many years back! This set came in a bit under the radar from some of their bigger releases, ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
An action-packed Afro Jazz and psych funk trip from Outer Space – a Catalan group who'd only been traveling the spaceways for a couple years leading up to this stellar set, but has the instinctive grooves and masterful interplay of a veteran act – all the more impressive given that the ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Heavy funk, with some 70s Afro touches too – served up with some help from the Mighty Mocambos, Spike Orchestra, The Snitch, and other deep funk combos too! The horns here are nice and heavy, but used in a way that's different from both familiar Afro Funk and Ethio-styled work too – ... read moreCD
Nick Pride & The Pimptones —
Go Deep ... CD Legere (France), 2016. New Copy ...
Nick Pride and his group definitely go deep – thanks to lead vocals from Beth Macari, whose sound here easily matches the best female singers on the international deep funk scene in recent years! The album's got a clean, classic feel – stripped-down funky instrumentation from Nick's ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A great third chapter in the Danish Pornography series by Alex Puddu – and, like the others, music that was recorded to accompany the re-release of some classic adult films from the 70s! As you'd guess from the title and project, the sound here is very retro overall – wicked funk that ... read moreCD
The world of Alex Puddu just keeps on getting bigger and bigger – and so do the wonderfully funky sounds on his records! Puddu's always been a real up-and-comer in the global funk underground – an artist who gets just the right 70s vibe in his instrumentation, arrangements, and ... read moreCD
Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno —
1000 Watts ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
A dubbier set than even before from Quantic and his Flowering Inferno project – a record that's still quite heavy on the range of Caribbean elements he blended with funk on the previous two albums, but one that also seems to draw a bit more strongly from the sound of Kingston overall! The ... read moreCD
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, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A French combo, but one who really love the best styles of 70s Latin from the New York scene – particularly the funky current that was only handled by a few great acts at the time! These guys effortlessly mix electric bass, keyboards, and guitar with rootsier elements on percussion – ... read moreCD
Snarky Puppy find a whole new global current here – coming together in a style that mixes their usual soulful funk with a range of interesting percussion elements – in styles that sometimes remind us of our favorite creative sounds from the Brazilian or Afro Funk instrumental scene, but ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Snarky Puppy serve up a second family dinner – and this time around, their sound is even more expansive than before – still strongly done in that warm, tight blend of live instrumentation, but also augmented with a host of global elements as well! The core style is still very soulful, ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A mighty full length debut from the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – a group we've really been digging on funky 45s, and who seem to serve up even more great work in the space of an album! The sound here is deeper than the usual funky combo – with some of the more complicated lines and colors ... read moreCD
The title may seem a bit strange, but the grooves on this set are so heavy, you might find yourself heading for the chiropractor after your first listen to the record! Tacosan takes strong inspiration from the James Brown band of the late 60s – with all the bumps, grinds, and funky jumps you ... read moreCD
Tacosan might look like somebody's grandpa on the cover, but he comes on hard and strong on the music within – with a rock-solid sound that makes him an undiscovered Japanese champion of the classic deep funk sound! The groove here is an unusual blend of James Brown funk, fuzzier guitar, and ... read moreCD
Keyboard James Taylor works here in a very unique setting – but one that's totally great, as well – and which really seems to give his music a very fresh vibe! The title's no lie – as Taylor's working in a mass-like format, complete with a large vocal choir – but the result ... read moreCD
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Jimi Tenor in a while – and a set that's a really great sideways-step from some of his other recent music! There's still elements of the spiritual jazz currents that Jimi's been exploring for the past decade or so, but the group's also leaner, and ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The deep funk sound is fast becoming universal – so much so that a Dutch combo like this can cook every bit as well as some of the best groups in the American underground – complete with tight, classic-styled instrumentation – and some great lead vocals from singer Elsa Beckman! ... read moreCD
Vaudou Game —
Kidayu ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2016. New Copy ...
A contemporary combo from Togo, but one who've got a hard-riffing sound that takes us back to the James Brown band of the late 60s – which is then mixed with a lot of sweet touches of their own, to create one of the freshest strands of Afro Funk we've heard in years! These guys are hardly ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra —
Wendelu ... CD Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy ...
Warsaw may seem like an unlikely place for Afro Funk to grow – but given the work of this excellent combo, we're guessing we may well be hearing more from the scene in years to come! The group's got a richer, more sophisticated vibe than some of the other Fela-inspired groups on the scene ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Nick Waterhouse keeps winning us over again and again with his music – which seems to get better and better with each new release! This album might be Nick's most compelling so far – a nicely gritty set that almost takes us back to that hip London stretch in the 60s, when British ... read moreCD
Tight modern funk from Detroit funk troop Will Sessions – compiling their great pair of Mix Takes EPs, previously vinyl-only, together on CD for the first time! The group covers and reinterprets classic funky soul instrumental tracks as well as timeless hip hop cuts with a seamless flow in ... read moreCD
It's hard to imagine Hannah Williams having any heartbreak with a voice this great – the kind of all-out soul style that grabs you right away with its power, and never lets you go! The set's the second from Hannah and her group, and it's got even more bite than the first – produced ... read moreCD
Reiner Witzel & Datfunk —
Steppin Up ... CD Unique (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
A record that's heavy on Hammond, and features lots of great flute and alto sax too – served up in a soulfully slinky blend that's mighty darn nice! There's definitely an old school vibe to the record – a classic approach to production – but these guys aren't just aping an older ... read moreCD
Adrian Younge Presents The Electronique Void —
Black Noise ... CD Linear Labs, 2016. New Copy ...
Adrian Younge is a man of many modes – soundtrack funk, to hip hop, to a great project with The Delfonics – and here, he opens up yet another side of his genius – to give us a set of tracks that feel as if they could have been lifted from some great early 80s electronic film score! ... read moreCD
A contemporary classic from Adrian Younge – and his first full soul album, after some previous soundtrack material! The record's got all the fragile, lovestruck qualities you'd expect from the image on the cover – a real throwback to the glory days of indie soul, particularly the East ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from the Austin Boogie Crew record label – a set of grooves that owes plenty to the sound of soul music in the 80s – from electro funk, to boogie grooves, to some of the more beat-heavy styles of the time! A number of contemporary artists have been dabbling in this ... read moreCD
If the sound of Nigeria was a huge influence on funk bands in the previous decade, the sound of Ethiopia has been an even bigger one in recent years – as testified by the huge amount of contemporary work presented in this set – which offers up a very fresh spin on the golden era styles ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The influence of Ethiopian grooves has been strongly felt in the worlds of funk and jazz over the past decade or two – thanks to tremendous global exposure of the sound of the 70s through various reissues and the Ethiopiques compilation series – which has inspired a whole new generation ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
An excellent compilation of the funky sounds of Colemine Records – a contemporary indie label/labor of love with roots in Oxford, Ohio – who've been putting out some of the best singles in the post-millennium funk underground for years! The label has been delivering solid funk 45s for ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD
UK DJ Craig Charles is looking a bit more disco than usual on the cover here – and maybe sounding a bit more on the music, as well – although the set's still pretty darn funky overall, and definitely lives up to the solid soul of other great volumes in this series! Through his work at ... read moreCD
Contemporary grooves, but all pretty darn funky – thanks to an excellent track selection by Tobias Kirmayer – the same guy who brought us the excellents Movements collections! A few of the titles here are of older vintage, but most are pulled from the same deep funk underground that ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD