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✨✧ VariousContemporary Jazz – A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Independent Jazz Bands From All Over The World ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2010. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An even hipper volume than the Contemporary Funk collection from the folks at Tramp Records – and a mighty testament to the mindblowing jazz coming out of the global underground in recent years! Not long ago, if contemporary combos played older jazz modes, they'd usually head for straight soul jazz of the organ/tenor variety, of familiar funk from the 70s CTI scene. But here, the groups are touching on a wide range of really wonderful music – bits of spiritual jazz and more complicated elements, kind of a post-Coltrane style that's really brilliant, and carried off with some of the best traces of the Impulse Records generation! Some of the names are familiar, but others are new to us – and together, the tracks on the collection work together wonderfully well – a truly illuminating batch of music that's a lot deeper than you might expect. Titles include "Starlings Talk" by Deep Jazz, "Rockridge Kids" by Eli Sundelson, "A Vision (part 1)" by Das Goldene Zeitaler, "Bodhisvattva Wonderful Sound" by Cultures Of Rhythm, "A Child Runs Free" by Primo & The Groupe, "Senor Blues" by Wayne Bartlett, "Sweet Tater Pie" by Nick Rossi Set, "Getting Down" by Hi Fly Orchestra, and "Hier Kommt Die Laterne" by Hipnosis. (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
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Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandBacao Rhythm & Steel Band ... CD
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier than the best (and few) funky steel band tracks from the 70s – served up with razor-sharp instrumentation, and great production in a Daptone/Soul Fire mode – which really keeps things sounding raw all the way through! The group's got strong ties to the Mighty Mocambos – and some other contemporary funk acts too – and the music is top-shelf all the way through, a funkier full steel band record than you'll ever hope to find. Titles include "Beetham Highway Ride", "Scorpio", "Pimp", "Tropical Heat", "Laventille Road March", "Round & Round", "Port Of Spain Hustle", "Jungle Fever", "Love Like This", and "Dog Was A Doughnut". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD

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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
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DJ CamSoulshine Session ... LP
Inflamable (France), 2016. New Copy ... $22.99
A wonderfully jazzy session from DJ Cam – not the Soulshine album of many years back, but an all-instrumental record that may be one of Cam's warmest in years! There's a great small combo vibe to the record – which features a sextet with lots of great keyboards from Eric Legnini, plus Alex Tassel on trumpet and Giullaume Naturel on tenor and flute – working alongside more keyboards and percussion from Cam – with a laidback vibe that's partly 70s jazz funk, partly a more contemporary mode that reminds us of some of our favorite work from the west coast underground of the 90s – particularly early Ubiquity albums by Greyboy or Slide Five. Titles include "Friends & Enemies", "Juliet", "Angel Heart", "Espionage", "Dieu Reconnaitra Les Siens", and "Un Ete A Paris". (New Grooves, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album

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Dokkerman & The Turkeying FellazIllegal Move ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $12.99
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 African styled funk, and that extends to the guitars, too – but they're not all dismissive of their richly diverse European heritage. That all makes it sound like there might be too many ingredients, but that's not the case all – the gritty funk at the core holds it together nicely! Strong modern funk on Tramp, which continues to be strong source for both rare vintage and contemporary grooves! Includes "Vigyazz, Kesz, Ot", "Illegal Move", "Plan B", "Beast Chase", "Antilope", "Mango Season", "La Casa En Llamas", "Once", "Snake Bite" and "Tinigondok". CD

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Funk Como Le GustaA Nave-Mae Segue Viagem ... CD
Tratore (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99
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 just American styles of the 70s, but also some of the best Brazilian currents too – echoes of the way that older acts like Banda Black Rio or Uniao Black took American inspiration, yet created rich new grooves of their own – especially in the way the basslines are shaped, and certain acoustic elements filter effortlessly into the mix next to the sweet electric sounds! All tracks are instrumental – and titles include "Som De Preco", "Yeah Yeah Yeah", "Tudo No Lugar", "Funk Nu A Murit", "Pappa Girl", and "Voce Vera". (Brazil, Deep Funk) CD

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Haggis HornsWhat Comes To Mind ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
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 tracks strongly – with a classic vibe that takes us back to our favorite 70s albums by better-known horn groups – like the Memphis or Muscle Shoals Horns! And like the latter, there's also a great vocal component here – something the group has really worked on for this record, and which they introduce with a vibe that's way different than just the usual female singer with a funk band – and instead comes across with a much more integrated style that almost has these guys challenging Incognito for UK funky soul supremacy! Half the cuts feature vocals – by singers John Turrell, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – and titles include "Digging In The Dirt", "Keep It Tight", "It Ain't What You Got", "You've Got To Keep On Bumpin", "Give Me Something Better", "I Can't Stop The Feeling", and "Outta My Head". CD

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HarleighbluFuturespective ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Harleighblu's vocals are in some wonderful company here – a host of different guests and producers who each give the individual tunes a special flavor – while still allowing the soulful lady to very much do her thing! The vocals are maybe even bolder than on the previous record – sometimes with the brashness of the best of the contemporary underground soul scene, sometimes with even more grit and a raspy quality that almost feels timeless – alongside help from SpectraSoul, Brother Mike, Audio Sparks, Captain Supernova, Azure, J-Felix, Lost Midas, and others. Titles include "Forget", "Another One", "Reverse", "For Fun", "Tell Em", "Meant To Be", "MMM", and "Real Good". (Neo Soul, Deep Funk) CD

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Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications ... CD
Colemine, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99
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 – and instead, he gets right to the heart of the matter, right from the very first note – with a deep vocal approach that's rivaled by a rare few in the contemporary scene – maybe Lee Fields (and maybe that's it!) The vocals are perfect – never forced or cliched, and really right on the money – and the Indications do a great job, too – with these lean backings that never overwhelm, yet really help keep things funky. Hats off to drummer Aaron Frazier and guitarist Blake Rhein, who wrote most of the songs on the record with Jones – and titles include "Make A Change", "Can't Keep My Cool", "Groovy Babe", "Giving Up", "Now I'm Gone", and "Is It Any Wonder". CD

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Sonny Knight & The LakersI'm Still Here ... CD
Secret Stash, 2014. Used ... $5.99
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

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Los TerrificosGo South – Vaya Pa'l Sur (2LP 45 rpm pressing) ... LP
Peace & Rhythm, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
Los Terrificos really live up to their name here – in a set of sounds that take Latin roots and push them into the trippy territory you might expect from the cover! The group's headed up by Ray Lugo, who we love from other creative contemporary Latin projects – and he's really outdone himself here, by drawing deep from a range of South American rhythms – complicated changes that are sometimes served up in more classic instrumental arrays, sometimes with more unusual keyboard lines that give the whole thing a strong 21st Century vibe! Ray sings on the record, but the vocals are really the lesser focus – as the core energy comes from interplay between guitar lines, keyboards, bass, percussion, and some other sweet electric touches. Titles include "La Mordida", "A Correr", "La Pantera", "Todos Pa'L Norte", "Muerte En La Galera", "Cachas De Oro", "El Camino Azul", and "Polvo Plomo Poder". So heavy, the whole thing had to be pressed as two 45rpm records for maximum sound! (Latin, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Magic Source (Bjorn Wagner)Earthrising ... LP
Favorite (France), 2016. New Copy ... $26.99
A great project from Bjorn Wagner – a contemporary clubby talent who's becoming as enigmatic as Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart in the way that he can handle so many different styles! This album almost feels like some lost bit of Miami funk from the end of the 70s – the kind of TK Records session that brings some spiritual and Caribbean influences to play with a smoother, American kind of soul – nice percussion at the bottom, jazzy inflections on the horns, and a sunny vibe that's as sparkling as the music is groovy! Keyboards include Fender Rhodes and Hammond – and titles include "Cosmic Awakening", "Togetherness", "The Third Eye", "Purple Galaxy", and "Earth Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sergio Mendoza Y La OrkestaSergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta ... CD
Le Pop Musik (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
Sergio Mendoza is a mighty cool cat – a musician who can handle keyboards, vibes, percussion, and other instruments with effortless ease – all in the retro-styled take on Latin sounds that you might expect from the album's cover! The record has a very unusual vibe – not straight Latin, like some of the contemporary salsa dura combos – and instead this hip hybrid of modes from the late 50s and early 60s – Latin jazz mixed with exotica, bits of strings, and even some soundtrack-styled elements – almost the cool blend that you'd hear from some of the best Latin-styled artists on Schema Records, but with a vibe that's more American overall – maybe like some of the best Irma La Douce projects from years back. The rhythms change up nicely – really keeping things interesting – and titles include "Mario Tambien Come", "Mambo Dukesa", "Orkesta Y Sonido", "Mambo In The Dark", "Molino Rojo", "Amada Amante", and "Toma Tres". (Latin, Deep Funk) CD

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Moonfires (Alex Puddu)Black Sugar ... LP
Al Dente (France), 2015. New Copy ... $12.99
A great new showcase for the music of Alex Puddu – the contemporary groover who's given us some wonderful music over the years – including his famous Golden Age Of Danish Pornography sets! This album's more of a back-to-basics affair for Puddu – recorded with a tight combo, and a very classic approach to mod jazz and funk – performed by a group that's very heavy on keyboards alongside sweet riffing guitar from Alex! The sound is tight, but never too smooth – and there's a few additional horns thrown into the mix, to augment the top end alongside the guitar, clavinet, Hammond, and Fender Rhodes – all with a sweet blend that's almost got a 70s blacksploitation vibe at times, but a bit looser and more spontaneous too. Puddu wrote, arranged, and produced – and most cuts are instrumental, but a few feature vocals from singer Duane Hobson. Titles include "Sexy Lady", "You Got Me Funky", "Such A Bad Girl", "Black Sugar", "Love Rollercoaster", "Losing My Mind", and "Feel The Heat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that the LP sleeve jacket has a slightly creased corner. Numbered, limited edition of 300.)

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Ola FrescaElixir ... CD
Pipiki, 2015. Used ... $7.99
A contemporary salsa group, but one with a really classic New York vibe – a no-nonsense approach that focuses both on the excellent vocals of leader Jose Conde, and on the rhythmic interplay from the members o fthe group! The lineup features two trombones – in a bold, soulful style that echoes older music from Willie Colon – but all the musicians have a much more contemporary sense of phrasing, and this complex approach that slide in modern currents that create a beautiful array of colors alongside the rhythms! The group also features trumpet, piano, and plenty of percussion – and titles include "Mulata", "Convivencia", "Elixer", "Bizcocho", "Bandera", "El Nino De La Clave", and "Pollitos De Primavera". (Latin, Deep Funk) CD
(Comes in a slim sleeve.)

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Orquesta El MacabeoEl Entierro ... LP
Peace & Rhythm, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
A sweet little cooker from this contemporary combo – and even better than the group's previous record! These guys get things going right out of the gate – using deep Puerto Rican roots to craft a tight salsa groove that also has some nice little twists and turns – certain instrumental inflections that show the group members' involvement with a wide variety of previous projects – all focused together here nicely as a unit! There's a rock-solid, all-classic vibe to the set throughout – the kind of indie record we might have hoped to find digging in New York a few decades back – and titles include "Fulana", "La Conga", "La Dieta", "El Sueno", "Musico", and "Cuto Medina". (Latin, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album

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Quarter StreetQuarter Street (with download) ... LP
Hope Street (Australia), 2015. New Copy ... $18.99
Fiercely percussive, heavily soulful Latin sounds from Quarter Street – cut from the cloth of the classic, hard hitting 70s NYC salsa of Fania and Tico – and convincingly carrying that vibe in the contemporary Melbourne scene! It takes a depth of talent to retrace the past and sound vital in the present, and Quarter Street is the real deal. Given the sound, you'd think they were scions of the 70s Nu Yorican soul scene, honestly, we're not surprised to learn they're from Melbourne give the depth of soul and funk talent down under! This one's hard hitting ensemble with a great, gritty lead singer in Sergio Botero and a lineup that includes Luis Poblete on congas, Cristian Saavedra on timbales, Cesar Saavedra on bass, Sebastian Orellana on bonga, Lazaro Numa on guiro, Ben Gillespie and Jimmy Bowman on trombones and Andrew James on piano. Includes "Fantasia", "Tumba La Cana Jibarito", "Los Golpes Ensenan", "Diferfene", "Libre Soy", "Se Casa La Rumba", "De Cualquier Manera" and "La Quarter Llego". (Latin, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
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Speedometer with James JuniorNo Turning Back ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $19.99
Speedometer unleash a great new talent for this excellent album – singer James Junior, who helps the group hit even greater funky heights than before! James isn't just one of those fake retro-styled vocalists who are thrown into the mix as an extra element – but a well-schooled, UK soul talent who's been working for years on a range of projects from session sides to gospel work – a legacy that's given him plenty of time to hone his craft, and emerge here as a singer who almost eclipses the rest of the group! The singer is just what Speedometer needed – a way to help them to really open up and find new territory with their sharp style of instrumentation – including a bit of jazz that we might never have heard from the group otherwise, which James takes to with a solid flair that reminds us a bit of Cleveland Watkins many years ago. This isn't another one of those deep funk albums trying to recreate the sound of soul music from the 60s and 70s – and instead really hits these fresh, strong styles that are completely great, and which make the whole album a delight – a great reminder that sometimes the UK scene can have a much more contemporary soul approach than the US. Titles include "Orisha's Party", "No Turning Back", "Just The Same", "I Showed Them", "Homebreaker", "Troubled Land", "Middle Of The Night", and "Mirage". LP, Vinyl record album

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TrigeminoIn Sound We Trust ... CD
Cometa (Italy), 2015. New Copy ... $19.99
A contemporary Italian combo, but one who hit a very strong 70s sound library vibe – so much so that the older Cometa label decided to issue this album by the group! And honestly, the set fits right in with the same classic spirit of the legendary Cometa releases from the 70s – all the right sort of funky touches on guitar, keyboards, and even a bit of flute and trumpet too – served up on these beautiful tunes with a really evocative spirit, and recorded without any sort of too-clean, too-modern sound in the production. Titles include "Three Times Of Violence", "Ambush Of Summer", "Burglary Times", "Hospital Shootout", "Shifting Gears", and "Black Belt Ricky Funko". (Sound Library, Deep Funk) CD

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Adrian Younge & OthersAdrian Younge & Linear Labs Present Los Angeles ... LP
Linear Labs, 2015. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
The LA underground, seen through the eyes of ultra-hip producer Adrian Younge – who works here in collaboration with Souls Of Mischief, members of Wu-Tang, Karolina, Laetitia Sadier, and others – all in this very heady brew of sounds that stands as a perfect summation of his genius! Younge's got plenty of ears for the past – as shown in some of the old school modes of his 70s-tinged projects – but he's also got a level of presentation that's very fresh and contemporary – this way of bridging generations to enhance the spirit of the moment, which he then uses to draw a really unique performance from the artists involved. Titles include "The Last Act", "The Sure Shot (parts 1 & 2)", "Feel Alive", "1969 Organ", "Memories Of War", "Chicago Wind", "To Be Your One", "Turn Down The Sound", and "Panic (Ali Shaheed Muhammad rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBlack Feeling Vol 3 ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 1970s/2015. New Copy ... $18.99
Heavy funk from around the globe – and a volume of this series that seems even more focused on classic cuts than contemporary ones – all pulled together in a wicked blend of sounds from Africa, South America, Australia, and even American scenes in Texas and Florida too! There's a solidly 70s vibe throughout – and even the few newer numbers have a sound that stands strongly alongside the older numbers – a vibe so rich we'll forgive the cover (and the series) for its slightly pandering title – and just get on with the work of digging the music in the grooves! Highlights include some great covers – Cymande's "Brothers On The Slide" by Sonny Benton & The Typhoons, Dexter Wansel's "Life On Mars" by Antipodelica, and Donny Hathaway's classic "Valdez In The Country" by The Cuba Libre All-Stars – and other titles include "Black Rite" by Mkali Bahari Orchesra, "Razor Blade" by The Sentinels, "Rotation" by Toshio Asukataei, "The Gold Coast" by Coconut 74, "Buckingham Palace" by Glenn Eden Set, and "Sao Paulo" by Nova Catalina Octet. LP, Vinyl record album

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