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VariousContemporary Jazz – A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Independent Jazz Bands From All Over The World ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2010. New Copy ... $5.99
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) CD
 
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Zeshan BVetted ... CD
Minty Fresh, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A record that certainly deserves its title – as the sound is well-vetted right from the start, and not at all the gimmicky approach you might expect! Zeshan B might well be forging a whole new genre here – one of Indian soul – as the singer was raised by Indian parents in contemporary Chicago – where he developed a love of classic soul, especially the deeper variety from down south – which you'll definitely hear in the album's Memphis soul production at Ardent Studios by Lester Snell! We'll admit, we were a bit suspicious at first – but from the very first note, Zeshan won us over – a truly dedicated deep soul singer, and one who's also able to slide into a few non-English lyrics as well, but all without sounding gimmicky at all. Part of the record's strength is the instrumentation – which is as dedicated to classic Memphis modes as the singer – and titles include "Lonely Man", "Meri Jaan", "Hard Road To Travel", "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City", "Prove It To Me"< "Ki Jana", "You Don't Miss Your Water", and "What Now". CD

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JC BrooksNeon Jungle ... CD
Rock Ridge, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
JC Brooks parts company with the Uptown Sound – and comes across here with a completely different sound! Brooks is a Chicago soul singer whose risen to great acclaim with that previous group – who've given him a retro-styled, old school soul approach – but here, he comes across with a more contemporary vibe, in a 21st Century funky soul mode that has some sweet electric touches around the edges, while still letting Brooks really soar upfront! The shift is an interesting one, and a great one too – the kind of move that may well get JC some of the bigger attention he deserves. Titles include "Jungle", "Edge Of Night", "ONO", "One For Someone", "Get Gone", "Watch Me", "Playing With Fire", and "Stumble In The Dark". CD

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Don BryantDon't Give Up On Love ... CD
Fat Possum, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
The first album in decades from Memphis soul legend Don Bryant – a singer who hardly even gave us any recordings back when he was in his prime! Don was one of the lesser lights at the famous Hi Records – not as successful as Ann Peebles or Al Green, but steeped in the same wonderful sound as those great artists – and still going wonderfully strong after all these years! In fact, the album almost feels more like some lost Hi tapes from Bryant's glory days than a contemporary set – as his voice is wonderful, the songs are tight, and both the production and instrumentation have just the right sort of classic approach – soulful, but without overstating things in any sort of cloying "resurrection" mode. Instead, Don's just right on top, and right in the pocket – doing his thing wonderfully on titles that include "Don't Give Up On Love", "I Got To Know", "First You Cry", "It Was Jealousy", "Something About You", "Can't Hide The Hurt", "One Ain't Enough", and "A Nickel & A Nail". (Soul, Deep Funk) CD

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Estrada OrchestraJazzbeatjaatis ... LP
Stereophonk (Estonia), 2017. New Copy ... $26.99
A fantastic full album from this ultra-cool group – a funky combo from contemporary Estonia – with ties to the Misha Panfilov Sound Combo that you might know from a sweet selection of recent 45s! Misha's in this group on bass, and also produced the record – with a raw sound that makes the whole thing a fantastic criss-crossing of deep funk and some freer jazz energy – all at a level that makes the whole thing completely fresh, and one of the hippest underground records we've heard in a while! These guys aren't really spiritual jazz, but they clearly get that energy – and although they play hard, they're not straight funk either – as they spin out on longer tracks and really know how to take solos – serving up excellent sounds on flute, tenor, alto, and a range of great keyboards – all set to nicely heavy drums, on titles that include "Nite City", "Envelope", "Garden Of Pleasures", "Queens", and "Troubled Mind". (Jazz, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsSpecial Night ... CD
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
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 – mixed with bits of Lee's more familiar funk at others – but often with this moody, almost mellow vibe that's such a fresh take on the territory that Fields has been exploring for years! Lee's lost none of the deep soul elements in his vocals, but there's a shift in arranging styles that's really great – and superbly delivered by the Expressions – a subtle darkness that shows why Fields is really one of the true greats out there in the contemporary funk underground – a true soul singer who's never content to just rest on the laurels of previous success. Titles include "Let Him In", "Lover Man", "Make This World", "How I Like It", "Special Night", "I'm Coming Home", and "Where Is The Love". CD
Also available Special Night ... LP 13.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsSpecial Night ... LP
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 24.98
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 – mixed with bits of Lee's more familiar funk at others – but often with this moody, almost mellow vibe that's such a fresh take on the territory that Fields has been exploring for years! Lee's lost none of the deep soul elements in his vocals, but there's a shift in arranging styles that's really great – and superbly delivered by the Expressions – a subtle darkness that shows why Fields is really one of the true greats out there in the contemporary funk underground – a true soul singer who's never content to just rest on the laurels of previous success. Titles include "Let Him In", "Lover Man", "Make This World", "How I Like It", "Special Night", "I'm Coming Home", and "Where Is The Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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Also available Special Night ... CD 9.99

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Funky Drive BandFunky Drive Band ... CD
R $ J Recordz & Tapes/Think (Japan), 2011. New Copy ... $16.99
These guys may look they they're living at the start of the 80s, but they're actually a contemporary combo – although one with a very old school approach in their music! The Funky Drive Band have a perfect mid 80s style to their music – upbeat funky soul with plenty of keyboards and basslines – handled with arrangements and production that make the whole thing feel just like some lost indie side, from the cover right down to the sound of the tunes! Lots of the instrumentation appears to be vintage – which makes for some great electro soul touches – and vocals are really catchy and playful, and really augment the midtempo rhythms that keep the record moving strongly along. Titles include "Fizzcal Attraction", "Love Suspect", "Dance Or Die", "Funky Drive'z Me Crazy", "Pimp", "First Love Never Die", and "Lover Forever Together". CD also features two bonus tracks – the unreleased "She's On My Mind", and "Funky Drive'z Me Crazy (ext version)". (Soul, Deep Funk) CD

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Grand Slam with Gary Mudbone CooperFunk Cruisin' – The Neverending Voyage (includes bonus DVD) ... LP
TNT Productions (Germany), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99
A contemporary group from overseas, but one who've drank heavily from the George Clinton P-Funk brew of the 70s – and found a great way to bring the sound forward for the 21st Century! The work here is very much in the best late P-Funk mode – bassy, but never too uptight – played live with a great flourish that really shows the camaraderie of the group as a whole, and their love of trading licks back and forth with effortless ease! Much of the groove is instrumental – at times, vocals almost feel like an afterthought next to the instrumental jams – but Gary Mudbone Cooper, of P-Funk fame, does sing on a few tracks, as do other group members too. Titles include "Get On Down", "A Little Mo'Fun", "Camp Down", "Chillin With My People", "New Crack Swing", "Funky Juices", "Time 2 Get Paid", "Kon Air", "Drunk Cruisin", and "Soul Machine". Features a full concert DVD too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jive TurkeysBread & Butter ... LP
Colemine, 2010. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Organ funk from the midwest scene – raw, tightly grooving instrumentals and the first full length release from Ohio's Jive Turkeys – numbers that sounds right in step with the 70s instro funk of The Meters and the best of the contemporary indie funk scenes! The group is a four piece – organ, drums, bass and guitar – keeping it simple, raw and funky. As hinted at on the on the couple of the stellar 45s that led up to Bread & Butter, they work well in both a slower cooking, Booker T indebted groove or a fast & furious,post-JBs style. Simple, straight up funky soul instrumentals is the order of the day, and these Jive Turkeys bring it! Titles include "Funky Turkey", "JT Strut", "Soul High", "Chickenfoot", "Straight Fire", "Bill Collector", "Stamp", "Funky Brewster", "Talkin' That Talk", "Grimmin", "BA" and "Otis Lament". LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally on vinyl!)

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JohnnyOnly Love (voc, inst) (with download) ... 7-inch
Now Again, 2016. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Killer blend of raw funk and fuzzy guitar from Johnny! – spearheaded by neo-classic funk heavy J Whitefield! Whitefield's is a key contemporary funk player to say the least – busting regional and stylistic boundaries with Poets Of Rhythm, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Whitefield Brothers and more over the years – while always keeping it funky. Johnny! is another exciting chapter, deserving of exclamation point in the name – leaning more on fuzzy funk guitars and raw drums of Ghana and Zambia in inspiration – working with Henry Taylor (some of Ghana legend Ebo Taylor), singer and percussionist Eric Owusu and others. Includes the vocal and instrumental. (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications (with download) ... LP
Colemine, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing, includes download.)

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Durand Jones & The IndicationsSmile/Tuck N Roll ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 7.98
"Smile" has this nicely heavy bottom – drums that almost come on with the power of a contemporary beat, which really underscores the deep soul vocals of Durand Jones – a singer with almost a Lee Fields approach to the music! "Tuck N Roll" is funky too – but with the guitar doing as much as the drums – and really setting the scene for the Indications to take off on their own instrumental groove! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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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

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MoniqueaBlackwavefunk ... CD
MoFunk, 2017. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Sweet bassy soul from Moniquea – a record that's got as many basslines and keyboard riffs as some of our favorite early 80s underground work – but which also has a nicely lean, contemporary vibe too! Moniquea's vocals have a great way of fitting into this setting, too – almost electric at times, as if she's a natural vocoder – but at a level that also gives her a deeper sense of soul than just another processed voice – a really unique approach that makes the record sound quite different than anything else we can think of! Hardly just another 80s retro soul effort – and instead something really unique – on titles that include "Checkin Out", "I Just Don't Know", "Make You Feel My Love", "Check Your Sources", "Famous", and "Knew It". (Neo Soul, Deep Funk) CD
Also available Blackwavefunk ... LP 19.99

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MoniqueaBlackwavefunk ... LP
MoFunk, 2017. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
Sweet bassy soul from Moniquea – a record that's got as many basslines and keyboard riffs as some of our favorite early 80s underground work – but which also has a nicely lean, contemporary vibe too! Moniquea's vocals have a great way of fitting into this setting, too – almost electric at times, as if she's a natural vocoder – but at a level that also gives her a deeper sense of soul than just another processed voice – a really unique approach that makes the record sound quite different than anything else we can think of! Hardly just another 80s retro soul effort – and instead something really unique – on titles that include "Checkin Out", "I Just Don't Know", "Make You Feel My Love", "Check Your Sources", "Famous", and "Knew It". (Neo Soul, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Blackwavefunk ... CD 10.99

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Orgasmo SonoreRevisiting Obscure Film Music Vol 2 ... LP
Cineploit (Austria), 2012. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A sublime second set of work from Orgasmo Sonore – even hipper than their first, and again a wonderful reworking of soundtrack modes from the Italian scene of the 70s! Compositions here are by Ennio Morricone, Stelvio Cipriani, Piero Piccioni, and others – but the group makes the music very much their own – by transforming the tunes with tighter, funkier instrumentation – almost giving the songs a small combo sort of feel, while still retaining all the majestic charm of the originals! The approach is mindblowing – easily one of the best contemporary experiments of this nature we've ever heard – and the record is pleasing both to ears that love vintage soundtracks, and to those that dig funky instrumentals too. Titles include "Too Risky A Day For A Regatta", "Incubi Ricorrenti", "Metropolis", "Summertime Bossa", "Volto Di Donna", "Pillage", "Les Dunes D'Ostende", "Un Ombra Nell'Ombra", "La Sconda Caccia", and "Pearls". (Soundtracks, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Quantic & Nidia GongoraCurao ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! Quantic's working here with Colombian singer Nidia Gongora – whose voice really gives a strong focus to the kind of territory that he's explored on other records – at a level that really elevates the music past any sort of underground expression, and may well allow Quantic a bigger bridge into a the world of contemporary Latin music! Yet the set's hardly Latin pop, either – as all the rich textures and complicated elements we love from Quantic's production are still very firmly in place – providing a rootsy vibe and funky currents alongside the fantastic lead vocals. Titles include "Ojos Vicheros", "Amor En Francia", "Se Lo Vi", "E Ye Ye", "Que Me Duele", "Dub Del Pacifico (version)", "Dios Promete", and "Un Canto A Mi Tierra (version)". CD
Also available Curao ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Quantic & Nidia GongoraCurao ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 21.99
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! Quantic's working here with Colombian singer Nidia Gongora – whose voice really gives a strong focus to the kind of territory that he's explored on other records – at a level that really elevates the music past any sort of underground expression, and may well allow Quantic a bigger bridge into a the world of contemporary Latin music! Yet the set's hardly Latin pop, either – as all the rich textures and complicated elements we love from Quantic's production are still very firmly in place – providing a rootsy vibe and funky currents alongside the fantastic lead vocals. Titles include "Ojos Vicheros", "Amor En Francia", "Se Lo Vi", "E Ye Ye", "Que Me Duele", "Dub Del Pacifico (version)", "Dios Promete", and "Un Canto A Mi Tierra (version)". LP, Vinyl record album
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Also available Curao ... CD 10.99

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Naomi Shelton & The Gospel QueensWhat Have You Done, My Brother? ... CD
Daptone, 2009. New Copy ... $5.99 14.99
A gospel album, but one with deep funk roots – the first full length album from Naomi Shelton, a vocalist we first came to love for her funky 45s on the Desco and Daptone labels! The music's a great mix of gospel vocals and some of the heavy soul sounds we've come to expect from Daptone – small combo instrumentation led by keyboardist Cliff Driver – recorded with a gritty edge that takes us back to the best southern soul sounds of the late 60s. Production is impeccable – a perfect setting for Naomi's great lead vocals, and some hip support from the Gospel Queens trio – and although contemporary, the album's like finding a batch of rare soul gospel singles in the back of some dusty record shop. Titles include "What Is This", "What Have You Done", "I'll Take The Long Road", "Trouble In My Way", "Am I Asking Too Much", "He Knows My Heart", "By Your Side", and "Lift My Burdens". CD

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Soul ScratchPushing Fire ... CD
Colemine, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99
An absolute stormer from Soul Scratch – a contemporary combo from the SoCal scene doing the legacy of the late 60s/early 70s raw funky soul style proud! Both the band name and album titles are appropriate – we wouldn't call it "truth in advertising", just straight up truth – with a genuine depth of soul in both the songs and performance, played with incredible energy in the more fiery number, but with a sure hand on the more tender numbers, too. Singer Dale Spollett can wail with the best of them, and the band has real firepower in their arsenal. The horns and rhythm section are stunningly tight, or have a loose swagger when the song calls, and there some tasty guitar, too. Includes the righteous opener "Pacified", "Look How Far We've Come", "Odessa Heat", the sweet little centerpiece ballad "Kiss Me In The Morning", "Be Kind", "Fireside Lounge", "Empty Cup", "It's Not Over", "Thank You" and more. CD
Also available Pushing Fire (colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP 18.99
 
 
 



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