Deep Funk — CDs

Heavy funk from the contemporary scene -- from labels like Daptone, Truth & Soul, Now Again, Schema, Freestyle, and Legere!


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Deep Street SoulCome Alive ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $12.99
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 funk competition – topped on most cuts by vocals from May Johnson, who's easily one of the most unbridled singers we've heard working with a group like this! Some cuts have nicely noisy electric piano (Wurlitzer?) – which gives these guys a different core than some of the more Hammond-heavy groups – and the record also features guest vocals from Kylie Auldist and Joshua Taveres – but honestly, we like May's vocals the best! Titles include "Out Of The Gates", "Little Ray", "Done Me Wrong", "Big C", "Deux Freres", "The Hardest Part Is Knowing", "Love On Tap", and "Sweet Sugar Man". CD

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Hot 8 Brass BandTombstone ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. Used ... $6.99
These guys just keep getting better and better with each new record – really transforming the older sound of New Orleans into a rich new groove – one that's not just jazz, street music, or conventional brass band – but a really unique hybrid of all those modes and more! The album begins with a great intro piece, spoken by Big Al over grooves from the group – who then really let loose on the album's instrumental tracks that follow – mixing melody and rhythm effortlessly with their work on horns and percussion, and coming across with a style that's even funkier than before – further proof that their placement on the Tru Thoughts album is a mighty good thing! Titles include "Shot Gun Joe", "Tombstone Intro", "We Goin Make It", "Big Girl", "Take It To The House", and "Milwaukee Fat". CD

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✨✧ Samuel Jon SamuelssonHelvitis Fokking Funk ... CD
SJS Music (Iceland), 2010. Used ... $10.99
A funky funky big band – and one that blasts away with a power that's just incredible – almost the force of some small combo from the funky 45 universe, stretched out over a wide range of heavy horns! The album's light years past the previous album from Samuel Jon Samuelsson – and we like that one a lot, so that will tell you what we think of this one – a record that's unlike anything else we can think of, almost a distillation of 70s funky big band modes, run through a razor-sharp sense of rhythm – and topped with a few slight keyboard touches amidst the full-on brace of horns, guitar, and percussion! The sound is mindblowing – "fokking" amazing, if we can pun off the title – and tracks include "Ahoba Rodney", "International Monetary Funk", "God Blessi Island", "Chicken Street", and "Phobos & Deimos". CD
(Out of print.)

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