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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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Miles BonnyLet It Out EP ... LP
Bastard Jazz (UK), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)... $13.99
Beautifully layered vocals, trumpet, and beats from Miles Bonny – a set that reminds us that he's still one of the freshest talents in the contemporary underground! All the tracks here were recorded in KC, but have a future soul sound that can easily rival work on either side of the Atlantic – as Bonny blows his horn over these laidback grooves that are all sweet and spacey around the edges, and cosmically deep in the middle – topped with vocals that are surprisingly soulful, in a way that never tries to do too much – which is really one of their greatest strengths! Beats are by Ta-Ku – and titles include "As You Sleep In My Lap", "The Future's Today", "I'll Be Here For You", "People Going Crazy", and "Welcome To My Arms". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Butcher BrownLive At Vagabond ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A pretty full-on group from the Virginia scene – one that comes on strong with a mix of funky drums, fuzzy guitar, bumping bass, and some great work on trumpet and keyboards! The groove here is almost a psychedelic take on jazz funk from years back – filtered into a very contemporary space, too – almost post-Medeski Martin & Wood, although nothing like that group at all – just in the kind of space that the new freedoms of recent years have opened up! In other words, these guys are pretty funky, but also not slavishly so – especially in any sort of retro mode – and although they're playing live here, there's an electric crackle to the whole proceedings that further ties their collaborative energy together. Titles include "Tunnelvision", "Moses", "Cairo", "Tomahawk", "Lysol", and "Forest 2.0". (Jazz, Deep Funk) CD
Also available Live At Vagabond ... LP 23.99

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Butcher BrownLive At Vagabond ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
A pretty full-on group from the Virginia scene – one that comes on strong with a mix of funky drums, fuzzy guitar, bumping bass, and some great work on trumpet and keyboards! The groove here is almost a psychedelic take on jazz funk from years back – filtered into a very contemporary space, too – almost post-Medeski Martin & Wood, although nothing like that group at all – just in the kind of space that the new freedoms of recent years have opened up! In other words, these guys are pretty funky, but also not slavishly so – especially in any sort of retro mode – and although they're playing live here, there's an electric crackle to the whole proceedings that further ties their collaborative energy together. Titles include "Tunnelvision", "Moses", "Cairo", "Tomahawk", "Lysol", and "Forest 2.0". (Jazz, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Live At Vagabond ... CD 12.99

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Tanika CharlesSoul Run ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $18.99
The first full-length from Tanika Charles – a deep funk singer with a difference! Tanika definitely works in some of the old school soul modes that you'll know from other artists on the Record Kicks label – but there's also a bit more of a contemporary crackle to her music, too – thanks to production work from Slakah The Beatchild, which brings in some hip hop elements to the rhythms! Tanika still sings like she's making a record from the 60s and 70s, and most of the other instrumentation falls in the same way too – but the added production really gives things a crisp vibe that gets past some of the more overdone retro soul cliches in recent years. Titles include "Soul Run", "More Than A Man", "Money", "Love Fool", "Endless Chain", "Darkness & The Dawn", and "Waiting". LP, Vinyl record album

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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

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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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Haggis HornsOne Of These Days ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
The Haggis Horns use plenty of their namesake instrument here – but what really makes the record great is its funky rhythmic core – a rock-solid rhythm section that has the larger group rivaling some of the best deep funk combos of the contemporary scene! The Haggis Horns are no newcomers to the music, but they just seem to get better and better with each new release – moving past their initial rise as a unique Scottish funk band, as you'd guess from their name – with a sound that could easily compete with the best blacksploitation-styled funk from both sides of the Atlantic! This time around, there's a few different singers in the mix – Doc Brown, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – which also expands the musical vision of the group – on titles that include "Curse Of The Haggis", "What's It All About", "The Long Way", "Gonna Be Alright", "World Gone Crazy", "Taker It Back", "New York Beat", and "One Of These Days". CD
Also available One Of These Days ... LP 16.99

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Haggis HornsOne Of These Days ... LP
Haggis (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
The Haggis Horns use plenty of their namesake instrument here – but what really makes the record great is its funky rhythmic core – a rock-solid rhythm section that has the larger group rivaling some of the best deep funk combos of the contemporary scene! The Haggis Horns are no newcomers to the music, but they just seem to get better and better with each new release – moving past their initial rise as a unique Scottish funk band, as you'd guess from their name – with a sound that could easily compete with the best blacksploitation-styled funk from both sides of the Atlantic! This time around, there's a few different singers in the mix – Doc Brown, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – which also expands the musical vision of the group – on titles that include "Curse Of The Haggis", "What's It All About", "The Long Way", "Gonna Be Alright", "World Gone Crazy", "Taker It Back", "New York Beat", and "One Of These Days". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available One Of These Days ... CD 12.99

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Curtis HardingFace Your Fear ... CD
Anti, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The cover looks a lot like a vintage soul album from the 70s – and the whole thing sounds a lot like one too – as the vocals of Curtis Harding are maybe even more wonderful here than on his debut album, and set up with these majestic grooves that are completely outta sight! The record blends deep soul, funky currents, and soaring arrangements – all with a no-nonsense, no-gimmick vibe that hardly sounds like a contemporary effort at all – and instead, much more like one of those rare times when a current producer can really get a classic sound just right! Sam Cohen mixed and produced most of the cuts here – so our hat's most likely off to him, as he's in a rare contemporary breed that might include Adrian Younge – but the strength of Harding's ability to slide right into the grooves is also a key part of the album's success, as is the really righteous quality of his songs. Titles include "Face Your Fear", "On & On", "Wednesday Morning Atonement", "Need Your Love", "Dream Girl", "Welcome To My World", "Ghost Of You", and "Need My Baby". (Neo Soul, Deep Funk) CD

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✨✧ Martha High with Osaka MonaurailTribute To My Soul Sisters ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A hard-smoking set of female funk – with backing from the mighty Osaka Monaurail combo! Years ago, Martha High was something of a "lost" female soul figure – an artist who worked with James Brown in the 60s, recorded a bit of disco in the 70s, but never fully got her due. Yet in recent years, she's re-emerged with a bold new sound – maybe even funkier than back in the day, and working with some very cool contemporary combos – at a level that's maybe made her second just to Sharon Jones for hard-edged funky soul music! This time around, High returns to working with Japan's Osaka Monaurail – maybe one of our favorite funky groups of recent years, and an ensemble who are very committed to the sound of the James Brown band in the late 60s – which is a perfect fit for the songs that High's using here – which were originally recorded by Lyn Collins, Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Yvonne Fair. The whole thing's mighty smoking – and titles include "Unwind Yourself", "Mama's Got A Bag Of Her Own", "Mama Feelgood", "Answer To Mother Popcorn", "Put It On The Line", "Things Got To Get Better", "Think", and "A Little Tasted Of Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tribute To My Soul Sisters (with bonus track) ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Martha High with Osaka MonaurailTribute To My Soul Sisters (with bonus track) ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
A hard-smoking set of female funk – with backing from the mighty Osaka Monaurail combo! Years ago, Martha High was something of a "lost" female soul figure – an artist who worked with James Brown in the 60s, recorded a bit of disco in the 70s, but never fully got her due. Yet in recent years, she's re-emerged with a bold new sound – maybe even funkier than back in the day, and working with some very cool contemporary combos – at a level that's maybe made her second just to Sharon Jones for hard-edged funky soul music! This time around, High returns to working with Japan's Osaka Monaurail – maybe one of our favorite funky groups of recent years, and an ensemble who are very committed to the sound of the James Brown band in the late 60s – which is a perfect fit for the songs that High's using here – which were originally recorded by Lyn Collins, Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Yvonne Fair. The whole thing's mighty smoking – and titles include "Unwind Yourself", "Mama's Got A Bag Of Her Own", "Mama Feelgood", "Answer To Mother Popcorn", "Put It On The Line", "Things Got To Get Better", "Think", and "A Little Tasted Of Soul". CD features the bonus track "Oh What A Feeling". CD

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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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La Band Del BrasilianoLa Band Del Brasiliano Vol 2 ... CD
Cinedelic (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
A contemporary record, but one that's got a very vintage vibe – served up by a young Italian combo whose style hearkens back to the grooviest styles of the 60s! Most of the tunes are romping, jerking, and jumping – that mod 60s blend of soul, rock, and jazz elements that flourished strongly on the Euro scene – and which built a very hip bridge between American styles and the newly emerging hipster scene overseas! Vocals are by both female and male singers – sometimes alone, sometimes together – and the instrumentation is heavy on Hammond, guitar, and saxes – on titles that include "92 Minuto", "La Verita", "Impossibile", "Hey Ragazzo", "Un'Ora In Piu", "Eclisse Twist", and "Preparati Bambina". (New Grooves, Deep Funk) CD

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La Band Del BrasilianoLa Band Del Brasiliano Vol 2 ... LP
Cinedelic (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A contemporary record, but one that's got a very vintage vibe – served up by a young Italian combo whose style hearkens back to the grooviest styles of the 60s! Most of the tunes are romping, jerking, and jumping – that mod 60s blend of soul, rock, and jazz elements that flourished strongly on the Euro scene – and which built a very hip bridge between American styles and the newly emerging hipster scene overseas! Vocals are by both female and male singers – sometimes alone, sometimes together – and the instrumentation is heavy on Hammond, guitar, and saxes – on titles that include "92 Minuto", "La Verita", "Impossibile", "Hey Ragazzo", "Un'Ora In Piu", "Eclisse Twist", and "Preparati Bambina". (New Grooves, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)
Also available La Band Del Brasiliano Vol 2 ... CD 12.99

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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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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
 
 
 



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