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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 ... 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) CD
 
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Butcher BrownLive At Vagabond ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 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

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Estrada OrchestraJazzbeatjaatis (with bonus track) ... CD
Stereophonk/P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $24.99
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" – and the Japanese bonus live track "Troubled Mind". (Jazz, Deep Funk) CD

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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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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 ... $18.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications ... CD
Dead Oceans, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
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
(Dead Oceans pressing.)

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✨✧ Durand Jones & The IndicationsYou & Me/Put A Smile On My Face ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99
The first new songs from Durand Jones & The Indications in a couple years! "You & Me" kicks off with a raw soul guitar before the sweet vocals, deft harmonies and drums kick in and it settles into a natural deep soul gem reminiscient of some of the great rare indie soul singles of the late 60s & early 70s – and we're lucky to have in a contemporary group! "Put A Smile On My Face" might be even better, another raw but tender soul tune with a lean vibe, this one with a prominent organ groove. Durand's win streak continues! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(A few more copies are on the way, but this pressing is selling out crazy fast friends...get it while you can!)

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KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo ... CD
Dead Oceans, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
A funky combo, but one with a real difference – as they seem to find whole new corners of the globe in which to work their magic – almost an imagined space of cultural criss-crossing, all set to some mighty funky bass and drums! The core element here is the guitar – which echoes exotic modes that seem to move from Mexican folk, to contemporary Tuareg sounds, and even a bit of southwest guitar instrumental echo – but all in ways that are very fresh and different, and which also sound quite unusual compared to the usual use of guitar in a funky combo! There's a bit of vocals on the album, but really the guitar is the main "voice" – and one that speaks volumes – on titles that include "Lady & Man", "Como Te Quiero", "Shades Of Man", "Maria Tambien", "Como Me Quieres", "A Hymn", and "Rules". CD

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✨✧ Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioClose But No Cigar ... Cassette
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $7.99 8.99
An organ trio, and one with plenty of soul – romping drums, riffing guitar, and some mighty sweet work on the Hammond by Delvon Lamarr! This is the first we've ever heard of the group, but they're rock solid and right on the money – working with a lean, hard style that's completely classic, but also a bit contemporary too – maybe swinging in the best sort of space between the Jack McDuff Quartet of the 60s and the Sugarman Three group of Desco Records fame! David McGraw handles the drums with a clear love of funk, and Jimmy James is wonderfully wicked on guitar – never trying to dominate too much, as there's no need – given how much he brings to the overall groove. Delvon's a hell of an organist too – the kind that knows that a little can often go much farther than a lot when handling the electric keys – which he does to set up some sweet solos on cuts that include "Ain't It Funky", "Al Greenery", "Can I Change My Mind", "Walk On By", "Between The Mustard & The Mayo", "Raymond Brings The Greens", and "Little Booker T". (Cassettes, Deep Funk) Cassette
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✨✧ Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioClose But No Cigar ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
An organ trio, and one with plenty of soul – romping drums, riffing guitar, and some mighty sweet work on the Hammond by Delvon Lamarr! This is the first we've ever heard of the group, but they're rock solid and right on the money – working with a lean, hard style that's completely classic, but also a bit contemporary too – maybe swinging in the best sort of space between the Jack McDuff Quartet of the 60s and the Sugarman Three group of Desco Records fame! David McGraw handles the drums with a clear love of funk, and Jimmy James is wonderfully wicked on guitar – never trying to dominate too much, as there's no need – given how much he brings to the overall groove. Delvon's a hell of an organist too – the kind that knows that a little can often go much farther than a lot when handling the electric keys – which he does to set up some sweet solos on cuts that include "Ain't It Funky", "Al Greenery", "Can I Change My Mind", "Walk On By", "Between The Mustard & The Mayo", "Raymond Brings The Greens", and "Little Booker T". CD
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✨✧ Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioClose But No Cigar ... LP
Colemine, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
An organ trio, and one with plenty of soul – romping drums, riffing guitar, and some mighty sweet work on the Hammond by Delvon Lamarr! This is the first we've ever heard of the group, but they're rock solid and right on the money – working with a lean, hard style that's completely classic, but also a bit contemporary too – maybe swinging in the best sort of space between the Jack McDuff Quartet of the 60s and the Sugarman Three group of Desco Records fame! David McGraw handles the drums with a clear love of funk, and Jimmy James is wonderfully wicked on guitar – never trying to dominate too much, as there's no need – given how much he brings to the overall groove. Delvon's a hell of an organist too – the kind that knows that a little can often go much farther than a lot when handling the electric keys – which he does to set up some sweet solos on cuts that include "Ain't It Funky", "Al Greenery", "Can I Change My Mind", "Walk On By", "Between The Mustard & The Mayo", "Raymond Brings The Greens", and "Little Booker T". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing.)
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Menahan Street BandCrossing ... CD
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $9.99 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
Also available Crossing (with bonus download) ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Menahan Street BandCrossing (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 15.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)
Also available Crossing ... CD 9.99

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MoniqueaBlackwavefunk ... LP
MoFunk, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 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

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Quantic & Nidia GongoraCurao ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 22.99
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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Eli Paperboy ReedEli Paperboy Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Yep Roc, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99
A great combination of contemporary soul talents – the blue-eyed soul vocals of Eli Reed and the horn-heavy rhythms of the High & Mighty Brass Band! The setting's a nice one for Eli, and has a rootsy feel that you don't get on some of his other records – and in addition to the expected horns in the band, the rhythms also have some guitar and drums to keep things funky. Titles include "Walkin & Talkin", "As I Live & Breathe", "Woo Hoo", "The Satisfier", "Take My Love With You", "Come & Get It", "I'm Gonna Getcha Back", "Well Alright Now", and "Name Calling". (Neo Soul, Deep Funk) CD
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Eli Paperboy ReedEli Paperboy Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Yep Roc, 2018. New Copy ... $19.99
A great combination of contemporary soul talents – the blue-eyed soul vocals of Eli Reed and the horn-heavy rhythms of the High & Mighty Brass Band! The setting's a nice one for Eli, and has a rootsy feel that you don't get on some of his other records – and in addition to the expected horns in the band, the rhythms also have some guitar and drums to keep things funky. Titles include "Walkin & Talkin", "As I Live & Breathe", "Woo Hoo", "The Satisfier", "Take My Love With You", "Come & Get It", "I'm Gonna Getcha Back", "Well Alright Now", and "Name Calling". (Neo Soul, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with download!)
Also available Eli Paperboy Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD 15.99

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Rhythm Rhyme RevolutionRhythm Rhyme Revolution 1 ... CD
Sharpeye (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $8.99
A contemporary set, but one that reaches back to the earlier years of the London funk scene – given that it not only features work from Gareth Tasker and Barrie Sharpe, but also includes contributions from members of Beggar & Co and 23 Skidoo! The sound's almost got a classic acid jazz approach – a reworking of 70s funk styles with more contemporary instrumentation – nice and lean overall, and mostly instrumental – with some especially nice basslines, and work on horns from Kenny Wellington. Titles include "Stand Up", "Watchyaback", "Sweeter Than You", "Do It In The Sunshine", "Good Lovin", "What's The Point", "I Don't Know", and "Do You Know How I Feel". CD
Also available Rhythm Rhyme Revolution 1 ... LP 22.99

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Rhythm Rhyme RevolutionRhythm Rhyme Revolution 1 ... LP
Sharpeye (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
A contemporary set, but one that reaches back to the earlier years of the London funk scene – given that it not only features work from Gareth Tasker and Barrie Sharpe, but also includes contributions from members of Beggar & Co and 23 Skidoo! The sound's almost got a classic acid jazz approach – a reworking of 70s funk styles with more contemporary instrumentation – nice and lean overall, and mostly instrumental – with some especially nice basslines, and work on horns from Kenny Wellington. Titles include "Stand Up", "Watchyaback", "Sweeter Than You", "Do It In The Sunshine", "Good Lovin", "What's The Point", "I Don't Know", and "Do You Know How I Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies!)
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✨✧ Dele SosimiIdentity ... CD
Helico (UK), 2008. Used ... $14.99
Killer work from one of the hippest artists on the contemporary Afro Funk scene – Dele Sosimi, who really makes the set sparkle on both vocals and keyboards! There's a groove here that's directly descended from Fela and Tony Allen, but which also has a few of its own elements as well – all recorded with a solid 70s sound throughout, with plenty of long tracks that offer up some great solo space for Dele's keyboards! Other instrumentation includes heavy horns and lots of percussion – and many numbers feature backing vocals too, which makes for a strong ensemble groove to the record, one that really underscores the collaborative efforts of the group. The whole thing's great – one of the strongest recent efforts we've heard of this type – and titles include "Ya Hand", "Ojoro", "I Don Waka", "E Just Dey Go", "Ori Oka", and "Local Champion". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD
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Soul ScratchPushing Fire (with download) ... LP
Colemine, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 22.98
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. LP, Vinyl record album
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Souljazz OrchestraUnder Burning Skies ... CD
Strut, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – especially in the way that they always know that the sound of the sum of their parts is very reliant on the parts – which mean that the individual musicians are quite strong, and burst out with very vibrant energy every time they get to take a solo! These guys are also never stuck in a groove – and really have found a way to refine and update their sound – this time around by maybe borrowing a bit more from some early 80s African roots and styles, of the sort that have had strong discovery in recent years. Titles include "Dog Eat Dog", "Lufunki", "Under Burning Skies", "Adawe Boogie", "Aduna Jarul Naawo", "Tambour A Deux Peaux", and "Oblier Pour Un Jour". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD

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Sulu & ExcelsiorEddie Romero ... CD
Sulu & Excelsior, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Eddie Romero's the name of the album, not the artist – a fantastic debut from the duo of Sulu & Excelsior, who have this really unique way of blending together old soul modes with a contemporary hip hop crackle! There's a sweet soul vocal style to many of the lyrics – in keeping with the vibe of the cover image – but the instrumentation is often built from programs and samples – all nice and warm, and very soulful, but quite different than if the record was served up by a live combo! Some moments almost recall the best production work by Adrian Younge – especially in the way that classic and current resonate at once – but these guys are also very much their own act lyrically, with songs that really stand out from the pack. Titles include "Up To You", "The News Today", "Away Home", "Mums The Word", "You Know What It's For", "Miriya Parina", "Memory Bank", "Anonymity", and "Nada Man". (Neo Soul, Deep Funk) CD

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✨✧ Ruby Velle & The SoulphonicsStage Of All Things ... CD
Soulphonics, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Ruby Velle's got one of those voices that will no doubt make her huge – soaring and powerful, right from the very first notes – with a capable confidence that could probably take on just about any style of music, but which is especially great here in the company of the Soulphonics combo! There's definitely an influence here from older soul music – particularly southern deep soul – but the presentation is much more contemporary, although manages to be that way without resorting to modern production or hip hop elements in the rhythms. Titles include "Love Less Blind", "Who Closed The Book", "Lost Lady USA", "I Tried", "Call Out My Name", "Used Me Again", "Broken Woman", and "State Of All Things". CD

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Nick WaterhouseTime's All Gone ... CD
Innovative Leisure, 2012. Used ... $7.99
A stone smoking album from Nick Waterhouse – the first full-length we've ever heard from the singer, and a killer set all the way through! The backings are funky, but the sound is nice and gritty too – much more in an R&B mode than other contemporary albums of this nature – which is a perfect fit for Nick's sharp-edged way of handling the lyrics! Production is wonderful – very classic overall, but with a fresh feel that's all its own – a perfect illustration of the way that Waterhouse gets past easy generic classifications, or any sort of soul music cliches – and manages to come up with something fresh, unique, and all his own! Most instrumentation is vamping small combo soul, with occasional backup vocals – and titles include "Times All Gone (parts 1 & 2)", "Indian Love Call", "Is That Clear", "Raina", "If You Want Trouble", "Say I Wanna", "Some Place", and "Teardrop Will Follow You". CD
(Promotional copy, sleeve has some light edgewear.)

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Marva Whitney with Osaka MonaurailLive In Japan ... CD
Shout (Japan), 2006. New Copy ... $22.99
A funky soul double-header – one that features live material both by Osaka Monaurail and the legendary Marva Whitney! The set starts out with a few tracks by OM – playing in that razor-sharp, James Brown-inspired groove that we love so much – easily the greatest contemporary JB-driven funk we can think of! Singer Ryo Nakata throws in a bit of vocals over the group's instrumental grooves – but then steps aside so that Marva Whitney can take center stage for the remaining three-fourths of the album – singing with the same raw fury as on her recent studio set with Osaka Monaurail! The sound here is incredible – easily some of the best funk-revival work we can think of, and the sort of record that should make Marva plenty proud after all these years. Titles include "New New Type Thing", "Evil", "I Made A Mistake", "It's My Thing", "Your Love Was Good For Me", "Things Got To Get Better", "What Do I Have To Do", and "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear". (Soul, Deep Funk) CD
(CD comes in slimline case, but with full artwork insert, and professionally printed CD art. Also features some bonus video material too!)

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Woima CollectiveFrou Frou Rokko ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy ... $7.99
Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more psychedelic side of the 70s African scene – and layer their music with sweet trippy guitar lines and keyboard riffs, amidst the exotic horns – all at a level that's got a very other-worldly feel! The players include veterans of contemporary German funk pioneers Poets Of Rhythm – who bring a similar feel to their work as Karl Hector & The Malcouns – and titles include "Anchihoy Fanfare", "Brain Clear Heart", "Malaria", "Sabada Hui", "Le Petit", "Ssyk Sini", "Escape Cultural", "The Castle", "Oufro Kuo", and "Lassa". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD

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Woima CollectiveTezeta ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2010. New Copy ... $7.99
An amazing set of Ethiopian-styled grooves – recorded recently, but with a sound that's right up there with some of our favorite Mulatu albums of the 70s! The group here really know their stuff – and they work in a beautiful blend of bottom-heavy percussion and unique horn phrasings – played on a range of reeds, and mixed with guitar and keyboards – all in the most other-worldly modes we've come to love from the Ethiopiques series over the years! There's no vocals at all, and the instrumentation is nice and sinister on most numbers – played with a slight undercurrent of funk, but with no pandering at all to the contemporary scene – tight, and right on the money, on cuts that include "Marz", "Credo", "Woima", "Gaaf", "Puno", "Caveman's Revenge", "Wayna", "Wilder Mann", and "Illusions". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD

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✨✧ VariousCraig Charles Funk & Soul Club 5 ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2017. Used ... $4.99
A blistering array of contemporary funk and soul cuts – all served up by DJ Craig Charles – once an actor on the UK scene, now one of the biggest supporters of the global funk underground! As with previous volumes, the set pulls together a range of killer tracks from recent years – music that begins with the Daptone-styled groove, but opens up into lots of other funky styles too – mixed with a few vintage tracks for good measure! Titles include "Begin Again" by Carleen Anderson, "You What" by Andy Tolman Cartel, "Super Freak" by The Traffic, "Love Is Blind" by The Hawkmen, "Galaxia" by Joyous, "I Get By" by Daytoner, "Body" by Kylie Auldist, "Year Of The Rooster" by Scone Cash Players, "Funky Spider Dance (reflex revision)" by Henri Pierre Noel, "Change For The World" by Charles Bradley, "Everybody Do The Watusi" by Nicole Willis & Umo Jazz Orchestra, "Talking Black" by Anatoly Ice & Dariya, "Endless Chain" by Tanika Charles, and "Show Me What You've Got" by Nightshifters. CD
Also available Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club 5 ... CD 8.99

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VariousCraig Charles Funk & Soul Club 5 ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99
A blistering array of contemporary funk and soul cuts – all served up by DJ Craig Charles – once an actor on the UK scene, now one of the biggest supporters of the global funk underground! As with previous volumes, the set pulls together a range of killer tracks from recent years – music that begins with the Daptone-styled groove, but opens up into lots of other funky styles too – mixed with a few vintage tracks for good measure! Titles include "Begin Again" by Carleen Anderson, "You What" by Andy Tolman Cartel, "Super Freak" by The Traffic, "Love Is Blind" by The Hawkmen, "Galaxia" by Joyous, "I Get By" by Daytoner, "Body" by Kylie Auldist, "Year Of The Rooster" by Scone Cash Players, "Funky Spider Dance (reflex revision)" by Henri Pierre Noel, "Change For The World" by Charles Bradley, "Everybody Do The Watusi" by Nicole Willis & Umo Jazz Orchestra, "Talking Black" by Anatoly Ice & Dariya, "Endless Chain" by Tanika Charles, and "Show Me What You've Got" by Nightshifters. CD
Also available Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club 5 ... CD 4.99

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VariousModern Northern Soul ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $16.99
Contemporary cuts that burn with a classic flavor – all served up by 21st Century artists who draw a lot of inspiration from the Northern Soul sound of the 60s! The album focuses mostly on British artists, and also serves as a great reminder of the way that scene in the 60s helped bring a whole new level of appreciation for American soul music – as young mods picked up on key soul singles from the US, and created a level of support that's continued to have an impact for years to come! Because of that, there's also maybe a bit of a mod vibe to some of these songs – but in the more soulful side of the mod spectrum – as with 60s Brit groups who had no problem blending influences from Ray Charles and Jimmy McGriff with more blue-eyed musical leanings. The production is great – at the level you'd expect from Acid Jazz – and titles include "Are You Trying To Be Lonely" by Paul Weller & Andy Lewis, "From Now On" by Magnus Carlson, "Left Right & Centre" by Lord Large & Dean Parris, "Girlfriend" by The Filthy Six, "Pandora" by Men Of North Country, "Can't Get You Outta My Head" by Third Degree, "She's An Attraction" by New Street Adventure, "Alive In My Heart" by Andy Lewis with Keni Burke, "Coming Back" by Smoove with Jess Roberts, and "No More Heroes" by Night Trains. (Soul, Deep Funk) CD

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VariousThis Is My Thing! – Deep Funk/Jazz Breaks/Hip Hop/Afrosoul – Selected By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2007. New Copy ... $9.99
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 Kirmayer services with his Tramp Records label – groups steeped in the styles of the 60s and 70s underground, but who serve up new work that's filled with plenty of funky roots! Despite the wide range of styles promised in the title, most of the titles here are on the grittier side of the spectrum – which is a good thing for us – and even the few tracks that are a bit more programmed still work with plenty of soulful and jazzy elements to keep things real throughout. Titles include "Nothin But A Party" by The Blenders, "Get Clean" by The Nitesounds, "Skins Funk" by Skin Williams & His Dominoes, "Bubbles" by The Boogoos, "Violet" by Hi-Fly Orchestra, "Rhythmo" by Dusty, "Get High" by Dr Sonnenschein, "Barbados Stew" by Caldonia, "First Time Around" by Sagaflex & Rudy Tee, and "Trip To Afrika" by Baccarola. (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk) CD
Also available This Is My Thing! – Deep Funk/Jazz Breaks/Hip Hop/Afrosoul – Selected By Tobias Kirmayer ... LP 9.99

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VariousThis Is My Thing! – Deep Funk/Jazz Breaks/Hip Hop/Afrosoul – Selected By Tobias Kirmayer ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2007. New Copy ... $9.99
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 Kirmayer services with his Tramp Records label – groups steeped in the styles of the 60s and 70s underground, but who serve up new work that's filled with plenty of funky roots! Despite the wide range of styles promised in the title, most of the titles here are on the grittier side of the spectrum – which is a good thing for us – and even the few tracks that are a bit more programmed still work with plenty of soulful and jazzy elements to keep things real throughout. Titles include "Nothin But A Party" by The Blenders, "Get Clean" by The Nitesounds, "Skins Funk" by Skin Williams & His Dominoes, "Bubbles" by The Boogoos, "Violet" by Hi-Fly Orchestra, "Rhythmo" by Dusty, "Get High" by Dr Sonnenschein, "Barbados Stew" by Caldonia, "First Time Around" by Sagaflex & Rudy Tee, and "Trip To Afrika" by Baccarola. (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available This Is My Thing! – Deep Funk/Jazz Breaks/Hip Hop/Afrosoul – Selected By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Miles BonnyLet It Out EP ... LP
Bastard Jazz (UK), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Estrada OrchestraPulsar (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Funk Night, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fresh tune from the mysterious Estonian scene of recent years – and one that feels like an incredible blend of 70s Lagos and contemporary global funk! The tune's got this rolling, swirling groove at the bottom – and immediately features this fantastic electric piano that moves effortlessly between a standout solo and riffing along with the groove! The flip's got a flute solo instead – then finishes with a raspy tenor! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ FrightnrsNothing More To Say (with download) ... LP
Daptone, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 right back to late 60s Kingston, but with some of the sharper funky currents we've come to expect from the label! And while The Frightnrs may pitch themselves as an old school reggae act, they're also one that have a heavy dose of soul – almost a late night New Jersey current to their music at times – as if the All Platinum/Stang label put out their own version of Jamaican soul. The approach is great, and very unique – and titles include "Hey Brother", "Gotta Find A Way", "What Have I Done", "Nothing More To Say", "All My Tears", "Purple", "Dispute", and "Till Then". (Reggae, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Curtis HardingFace Your Fear ... LP
Anti, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing. Includes download!)
Also available Face Your Fear ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Ernie Hawks & The Soul InvestigatorsScorpio Man ... LP
Timmion (Finland), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ernie Hawks looks right out of the 70s on the cover – with his long hair, fringe jacket, and fiercely-held flute – which he mixes here with some great grooves from the Soul Investigators, in a vibe that's maybe even better than classic! The album's all instrumental, and has this fantastic sound that's way different than the usual contemporary funk set – nicely trippy at times, with echo and other effects applied to the instrumentation – and a strong ear for the overall sound, not just the power of each member of the group! Hawks is often out front, soloing with a funky flute sound – but he also handles vibes, pianoman, and trombone – in a very cool lineup that also has Martti Vesala on wah-wah trumpet, and Jimi Tenor on saxophone. All tunes are original, and they're really fantastic – each the kind that if you found on a rare soundtrack or lost jazz album, you'd be willing to pay plenty to own. Titles include "Still Trippin", "Bag Full Of Miracles", "Cold Turkey Time", "Scorpio Walk", "Windy City Blues", "Journey To The Bottom", and "Street Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo ... LP
Dead Oceans, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky combo, but one with a real difference – as they seem to find whole new corners of the globe in which to work their magic – almost an imagined space of cultural criss-crossing, all set to some mighty funky bass and drums! The core element here is the guitar – which echoes exotic modes that seem to move from Mexican folk, to contemporary Tuareg sounds, and even a bit of southwest guitar instrumental echo – but all in ways that are very fresh and different, and which also sound quite unusual compared to the usual use of guitar in a funky combo! There's a bit of vocals on the album, but really the guitar is the main "voice" – and one that speaks volumes – on titles that include "Lady & Man", "Como Te Quiero", "Shades Of Man", "Maria Tambien", "Como Me Quieres", "A Hymn", and "Rules". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Con Todo El Mundo ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Mr ChopSounds From The Cave ... LP
Jazz & Milk (Germany), 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No caveman sounds here, as the grooves are all plenty contemporary – yet also filled with plenty of funky touches from the 70s! The album's got a similar feel to the breaks album on Jazz & Milk – loads of acoustic elements patched together with a solid, soulful feel – a space somewhere between deep funk and hip hop production, with some occasional leftfield touches as well! The album's a short one, but it's quite solid throughout – aggressively funky without going over the top, and with a nice sense of freshness as each new tune rolls along. Titles include "Fuel", "Monolith Voodoo Vibes", "The Red Baron", "Conduit Closing", "Brainticket", "The Caveman", and "Snob". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Orquesta El MacabeoSalsa Macabra ... CD
Disco De Hoy, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sharp set of salsa dura from the contemporary Puerto Rican scene – and proof that they still "make 'em like the old days" – if you know where to look! The group are young, but play with some deep Caribbean roots – really sounding especially nice on the upbeat tracks, which often have some sharp, lively descarga energy in the instrumentation! There's a few rootsy elements which deepen the groove from time to time – and titles include "Charlatan", "La Noche", "Macabionico", "Se Pone", "Swing", "La Culpa", and "Supermercado". (Latin, Deep Funk) CD

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✨✧ R&R Soul OrchestraWar/Call On Me ... 7-inch
It's Soul Time, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hip contemporary combo from Queens – but one who get a great sort of indie soul vibe to their music! The style is less the deep funk of other recent groups, than the sort of east coast sound from the pre-disco years – as the R&R Soul Orchestra leap into a wonderful upbeat reading of Edwin Starr's "War", with a bit of gliding strings over the grooves – and great group interplay on the vocals! The flipside's an original tune – one with a sweet riffing rhythm that almost feels like Roy Ayers on late 70s Polydor, but with a female vocal in the lead! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Carlton Jumel Smith with Cold Diamond & MinkI Can't Love You Anymore (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Timmion (Finland), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A contemporary cut, but one that's got a great early 70s sweet soul vibe – as Carlton June delivers this fantastic heartbreaking lyric, while the Cold Diamond & Mink combo give him a slow funk drumbreak backup! The flipside's an instrumental – which lets you focus even more on the funky drums, bass, and horns! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sulu & ExcelsiorUp To You/Misery Luv ... 7-inch
Sulu & Excelsior, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really fantastic little single – the kind of cut that should become a classic, if there was any justice at all in the world! "Up To You" has these romping drums throughout, balanced by a nicely dipping bassline – while sweet soul lyrics soar over the top of the song with a hook that's completely compelling! "Misery Love" has more great vocals over contemporary funky drums – a very unique take on the classic sweet soul mode! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 100 copies!)

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✨✧ Ruby Velle & The SoulphonicsStage Of All Things (with download) ... LP
Soulphonics, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ruby Velle's got one of those voices that will no doubt make her huge – soaring and powerful, right from the very first notes – with a capable confidence that could probably take on just about any style of music, but which is especially great here in the company of the Soulphonics combo! There's definitely an influence here from older soul music – particularly southern deep soul – but the presentation is much more contemporary, although manages to be that way without resorting to modern production or hip hop elements in the rhythms. Titles include "Love Less Blind", "Who Closed The Book", "Lost Lady USA", "I Tried", "Call Out My Name", "Used Me Again", "Broken Woman", and "State Of All Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Stage Of All Things ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ First TouchFirst Touch ... LP
Star Creature, 2009. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A full-length set of sweetness from First Touch – a German duo who've got a great ear for an 80s-styled groove – and who hit this territory before so many other contemporary funky groups! The music here was recorded in 2009, and it's a great bridge between 80s modes of beats, basslines, and keyboards – and the ways that these older elements have been used by some of the contemporary generation, particularly on the LA scene. All tracks are nice and lean, but never too spare – and if you love electro soul elements, you'll find plenty to love here! Titles include "So Close To You", "It's Yours", "Night Groovin", "Let Me Get Next To You", "Toe Jammin", "80s Babies", and "Just Feel It". (New Grooves, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Ernie Hawks & The Soul InvestigatorsScorpio Man ... CD
Timmion (Finland), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ernie Hawks looks right out of the 70s on the cover – with his long hair, fringe jacket, and fiercely-held flute – which he mixes here with some great grooves from the Soul Investigators, in a vibe that's maybe even better than classic! The album's all instrumental, and has this fantastic sound that's way different than the usual contemporary funk set – nicely trippy at times, with echo and other effects applied to the instrumentation – and a strong ear for the overall sound, not just the power of each member of the group! Hawks is often out front, soloing with a funky flute sound – but he also handles vibes, pianoman, and trombone – in a very cool lineup that also has Martti Vesala on wah-wah trumpet, and Jimi Tenor on saxophone. All tunes are original, and they're really fantastic – each the kind that if you found on a rare soundtrack or lost jazz album, you'd be willing to pay plenty to own. Titles include "Still Trippin", "Bag Full Of Miracles", "Cold Turkey Time", "Scorpio Walk", "Windy City Blues", "Journey To The Bottom", and "Street Of Tears". CD

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✨✧ Martha High with Osaka MonaurailTribute To My Soul Sisters (with bonus track) ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Tribute To My Soul Sisters ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Durand Jones & The IndicationsSmile/Tuck N Roll ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
"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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✨✧ Mild High Club/King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardRolling Stoned ... 7-inch
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Two takes on a style – both of them mighty nice! The Mild High Club are "Rolling Stoned" here in this fuzzy blend of slow drums and floating flute – all given this trippy production that's very fitting for the Stones Throw touch – with a quality that seems to shapeshift effortlessly between the funky 70s and the contemporary underground! On the flipside, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard hit a variation on the groove – equally dope and funky, but with some nicely spacey touches on the edges! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Adrian Younge with The DelfonicsAdrian Younge Presents The Delfonics ... LP
Linear Labs, 2013. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really stunning little record – way more than we expected – and our expectations were already pretty darn high! The album's contemporary – and features legendary Delfonics lead singer William Hart working with younger studio whiz Adrian Younge – who gives the whole thing the feel of some lost Delfonics tapes from the early 70s! Younge really unlocks the darkness that was always present in the group's music, but didn't always show up this well – that great sound they were hitting after the initial three LPs, when the themes got even stranger, and the trio moved way past simple love songs and pop hits. Hart's vocals are tremendous – instantly recognizable, and often supported by harmonies that keep them in just the right sort of old school focus – a sound that leaves us breathless throughout, and which makes for a really incredible album. Titles include "True Love", "To Be Your One", "Stand Up", "Party's Over", "Lover's Melody", "Life Never Ends", "Just Love", "So In Love With You", "Silently", and "Enemies". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Don BryantDon't Give Up On Love ... LP
Fat Possum, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Butcher BrownLive At Vagabond ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 7.99

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✨✧ Haggis HornsOne Of These Days ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Haggis HornsOne Of These Days ... LP
Haggis (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Jive TurkeysBread & Butter ... LP
Colemine, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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✨✧ Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications ... CD
Colemine, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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