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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". CD
Also available Victim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP 13.99

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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download.)
Also available Victim Of Love ... CD 12.99

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JC Brooks & The Uptown SoundHowl ... CD
Bloodshot, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The greatest so far from this soulful Chicago group – a combo who are making big waves way beyond the Windy City, thanks to the tremendous vocals of JC Brooks! The album bursts out with a power the group have never had before – a tightness and focus that shows that these guys are definitely the real deal – and have definitely found their own unique voice in a world of copycat soul and funk – a groove that's completely contemporary, yet firmly rooted in the best bits of the past too – as fresh a change to funk and soul as some of the rootsier styles normally associated with Bloodshot Records! Brooks is a hell of a frontman in a live setting, but doesn't always come across this well on record – and the album may well be the first to really show the singer at his best. Titles include "Howl", "Married For A Week", "Rouse Yourself", "Security", "Ordinary", "Control", "Cold", and "River". CD
Also available Howl ... CD 8.99

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JC Brooks & The Uptown SoundHowl ... CD
Bloodshot, 2013. Used ... $8.99
The greatest so far from this soulful Chicago group – a combo who are making big waves way beyond the Windy City, thanks to the tremendous vocals of JC Brooks! The album bursts out with a power the group have never had before – a tightness and focus that shows that these guys are definitely the real deal – and have definitely found their own unique voice in a world of copycat soul and funk – a groove that's completely contemporary, yet firmly rooted in the best bits of the past too – as fresh a change to funk and soul as some of the rootsier styles normally associated with Bloodshot Records! Brooks is a hell of a frontman in a live setting, but doesn't always come across this well on record – and the album may well be the first to really show the singer at his best. Titles include "Howl", "Married For A Week", "Rouse Yourself", "Security", "Ordinary", "Control", "Cold", and "River". CD
(Barcode has a cutout mark and some marker.)
Also available Howl ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Lucky BrownMystery Road ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2015. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
Totally wicked funk from Lucky Brown – a contemporary set, but one recorded with all the grit in the grooves you'd hear from some ancient studio sessions from the late 60s! Lucky's not just another funk revivalist – as he goes here for a sound that's never too perfect, and which often has a slight degree of distortion – of the type we love in the best muddy funky 45s we have in our collection, or which you might hear on some of the best vintage work by artists like Lyman Woodard or Stark Realith! And by that, we don't mean that the sound is bad – just that it's perfectly pitched to have the right sort of "funk" – never too clean, never too polished, and with a nicely trippy quality that especially comes through in a few of the album's longer jams. Titles include "Brown's Bag (parts 1 & 2)", "Golden Nugget", "Santosa", "Exquisite Corpse (part 1)", "Argon (parts 1 & 2)", "Negra Modelo", and "Chicken Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered edition of 500! Sticker indicates a bonus download, but we're not sure it's there. Still, the vinyl is great – nice and heavy!)

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DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... CD
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 12.99
The greatest work we've heard so far from DeRobert Adams and the Half-Truths – a record that really pushes the singer into classic soul territory! DeRobert has always had a vintage approach to his music – but this full set plumbs a depth we never would have expected at the start – an extremely rich sense of delivery that's rooted in gospel, linked together with a range of southern soul and funk modes that really belie the Tennessee roots of the group, plus contemporary touches that really get past some of the more stock modes of the deep funk underground! All tracks are originals, but they're so good you'd swear you know them from older records – and by that, we don't mean that they're copies or cliches – just the kind of work that's so good, you're surprised you're hearing it for the first time. And if the strength of the record is any indication of justice in the mainstream, you'll be hearing lots more from the group in the near future – as this sweet set sounds like the start of a great career. Titles include "My Momma Told Me", "Goin Places", "Write A Letter", "Do It Alone", "I Don't Get Mad No Mo", "The Speech", "The Dole (part 2)", and "Ooo Wee". CD
Also available I'm Tryin' ... LP 7.99

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DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... LP
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy ... $7.99
The greatest work we've heard so far from DeRobert Adams and the Half-Truths – a record that really pushes the singer into classic soul territory! DeRobert has always had a vintage approach to his music – but this full set plumbs a depth we never would have expected at the start – an extremely rich sense of delivery that's rooted in gospel, linked together with a range of southern soul and funk modes that really belie the Tennessee roots of the group, plus contemporary touches that really get past some of the more stock modes of the deep funk underground! All tracks are originals, but they're so good you'd swear you know them from older records – and by that, we don't mean that they're copies or cliches – just the kind of work that's so good, you're surprised you're hearing it for the first time. And if the strength of the record is any indication of justice in the mainstream, you'll be hearing lots more from the group in the near future – as this sweet set sounds like the start of a great career. Titles include "My Momma Told Me", "Goin Places", "Write A Letter", "Do It Alone", "I Don't Get Mad No Mo", "The Speech", "The Dole (part 2)", and "Ooo Wee". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I'm Tryin' ... CD 4.99

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Lee FieldsEmma Jean (colored vinyl with download) ... LP
Truth & Soul, 2014. New Copy ... $28.99
An amazing chapter in the career of Lee Fields – an artist who's been moving our souls for decades, but who just keeps on growing in these really great ways! Unlike the fragile style of My World, or the heady southern soul of Faithful Man, Emma Jean's got this very different vibe – laidback, and definitely with a southern twinge – but with this mellow style that almost takes us back to country soul experiments of artists like Bobby Womack or Joe Tex in the 60s! Not that the style is straight country soul, though – because the backing is by El Michels, who have a strong funk pedigree – but who work with Fields here in this slow-stepping mode that really builds up energy – delivering Lee's vocals with all the power of before, but in an even more personal way. The result is another amazing set from an artist who never falters for a minute – and one of the few contemporary singers who can ever match the depth and strengths of 60s deep soul greats. Titles include "Standing By Your Side", "Just Can't Win", "In The Woods", "Stone Angel", "It Still Gets Me Down", "Don't Leave Me This Way", "Eye To Eye", and "Paralyzed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download. Limited colored vinyl version – nearly sold out!)

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Sonny Knight & The LakersI'm Still Here ... CD
Secret Stash, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
One of the best soul music comebacks we've ever heard – and one of the few contemporary records like this to have a really cohesive feel overall! This isn't just a new group working with an older singer – but a tremendous blending of the skilled soul vocals of Sonny Knight with just the kind of funky combo to make him come across just right – and probably even better than he ever sounded back in the day! The whole thing is perfect – from performance to production – and the record sparkles with an energy that we never heard before from Sonny Knight – with backing by the Fabulous Lakers that's right up there with best older combos from back in the day. This one may well nudge recent work from Lee Fields off the top spot on our list – and it's a real stunner from this overlooked singer! Titles include "Cave Man", "I'm Still Here (parts 1 & 2)", "Hey Girl", "When You're Gone", "Baby Baby Baby", "Get Up & Dance", and a great cover of Rodriguez's "Sugar Man". CD

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Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo DestroyersQue Chevere ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
A real old school set from Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – just about the only contemporary combo we've ever heard come close to the classic sound of the Latin Soul scene in the 60s! The album smokes like some rare gem on Fania or Cotique – with wicked Latin rhythms tied up in a fair bit of Spanish Harlem jazz – including some smoking tenor parts that are a nice change from the more typical trumpet and trombone in later salsa. The tunes are often topped with English or Spanish language lyrics that are every bit as catchy as anything you might have heard from Pete Rodriguez or Joe Cuba – and the production is perfect – just right to capture the sound of the music! Titles include "Hong Kong Shing A Ling", "Batongo", "Let Me Tell Ya Bout The Boogaloo", "Rico Boogaloo", "Ven Al Jala Jala", and "C'Mon Everybody". CD
Also available Que Chevere ... LP 18.99

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Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo DestroyersQue Chevere ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
A real old school set from Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – just about the only contemporary combo we've ever heard come close to the classic sound of the Latin Soul scene in the 60s! The album smokes like some rare gem on Fania or Cotique – with wicked Latin rhythms tied up in a fair bit of Spanish Harlem jazz – including some smoking tenor parts that are a nice change from the more typical trumpet and trombone in later salsa. The tunes are often topped with English or Spanish language lyrics that are every bit as catchy as anything you might have heard from Pete Rodriguez or Joe Cuba – and the production is perfect – just right to capture the sound of the music! Titles include "Hong Kong Shing A Ling", "Batongo", "Let Me Tell Ya Bout The Boogaloo", "Rico Boogaloo", "Ven Al Jala Jala", and "C'Mon Everybody". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Que Chevere ... CD 15.99

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Mountain Mocha KilimanjaroIchi Ni San Shi Go Roku (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99
These guys are really on fire this time around – and turn in one of the most searing performances we've ever heard from a contemporary funky combo! Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro hail from Japan, and have really earned our attention with their previous funky records – but this time around the really push it over the top, and seem to move with a grit and edge we never would have expected a few years before! Every element in the music is razor sharp, but also a bit offbeat too – so that the keyboards have this fuzzy tone, the guitar this shadowy quality, and the horns this hard-blasting ferocity that's way different than the usual use of the instruments – all qualities that are pushed even further by the album's fresh arrangements and really rich conception of sound. If you thought you'd heard it all from funk groups, you owe it to yourself to check this one out! CD

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Naomi Shelton & The Gospel QueensWhat Have You Done, My Brother? ... CD
Daptone, 2009. Used ... $8.99
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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Laura Vane & The VipertonesBodyquake ... CD
Unique (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
An even more playful set than before from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – a record that still has some of the older funk and soul elements of previous releases, but which also comes across with a more contemporary vibe as well – a kind of bouncy, jaunty sort of soul that seems to work even better with Laura's vocals! The singer's got the kind of quirky charm you'd guess from her image on the cover – a voice that may not challenge Aretha Franklin for soul supremacy, but which has the kind of creative slink and groove that you'd find in an Amy Winehouse record. Instrumentation is mostly from the core combo – with lots of Hammond and Rhodes – and titles include "I Won't Be Your Gun", "Pictures", "Just Do It", "The Enemy", "Delightfully Easy", "Hot Money", "Hi Fidelity Lover", and "Silence". CD

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Adrian Younge with The DelfonicsAdrian Younge Presents The Delfonics ... CD
Wax Poetics, 2013. Used ... $8.99
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". CD

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Adrian Younge with Venice DawnSomething About April (2CD edition – with instrumentals) ... CD
Linear Labs, 2011. New Copy ... Around April 21, 2015
A contemporary classic from Adrian Younge – and his first full soul album, after some previous soundtrack material! The record's got all the fragile, lovestruck qualities you'd expect from the image on the cover – a real throwback to the glory days of indie soul, particularly the East Coast indie variety of the early 70s – when beautiful ballads and falsetto vocals were the height of soul expression – often served up with surprisingly funky undercurrents in the backings! Younge gets all the right elements right for the set – and the whole thing feels like some lost All Platinum/Stang album from the New Jersey scene – really respectful, and delivered without any self-consciousness or gimmicks at all. Titles include "Turn Down The Sound", "Two Hearts Combine", "Reverie", "First Step On The Moon", "Sound Of A Man", "Dusts Of Gold", and "Sirens". CD

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✨✧ Sonny Knight & The LakersI'm Still Here ... CD
Secret Stash, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best soul music comebacks we've ever heard – and one of the few contemporary records like this to have a really cohesive feel overall! This isn't just a new group working with an older singer – but a tremendous blending of the skilled soul vocals of Sonny Knight with just the kind of funky combo to make him come across just right – and probably even better than he ever sounded back in the day! The whole thing is perfect – from performance to production – and the record sparkles with an energy that we never heard before from Sonny Knight – with backing by the Fabulous Lakers that's right up there with best older combos from back in the day. This one may well nudge recent work from Lee Fields off the top spot on our list – and it's a real stunner from this overlooked singer! Titles include "Cave Man", "I'm Still Here (parts 1 & 2)", "Hey Girl", "When You're Gone", "Baby Baby Baby", "Get Up & Dance", and a great cover of Rodriguez's "Sugar Man". CD
Also available I'm Still Here ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Medeski, Scofield, Martin & WoodJuice ... CD
Indirecto, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of juice from this mighty sweet combo – a great quartet that once again adds the guitar of John Scofield to the mix of grooves from Medeski, Martin, & Wood! Together, all players seem to step back to a previous generation of soul jazz styles – those best 60s moments of freewheeling Hammond and guitar groovers – yet the music is also inflected with all the more creative, more contemporary touches that each player has brought to their music over the years – in ways that really keep things fresh, and which make the record far more than just another Hammond retro rework. The set features key covers of "Sham Time", "Light My Fire", and "Sunshine Of Your Love" – plus even better instrumentals that include "North London", "Juicy Lucy", "I Know You", "Helium", and "Stovetop". CD

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✨✧ Soul SnatchersScratch My Itch ... CD
Unique (Germany), 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A solid second album from the Soul Snatchers – a confident, soulful set and the Dutch funky soul collective – bettering their debut and delivering one of our favorite records on the Unique label! Like some of our other favorite contemporary combos, The Soul Snatchers snatch from a diverse goodie bag of influences, and they do it with modern freshness and style to spare. There's some unstoppable JBs styled heaters, groove-based organ soul, vocal tunes and instrumentals. They have a pair of great vocalists in Curtis T & Jimi Bellmartin and they do their thing with some uncommon instrumentation on top of the cooking horns, drums and rhythm – vibes and violin, for instance, plus some guest female backing vocals on several tunes. A winner! "Do You Wanna Get Down", "Who I Am", "Good To Me"., "The Right Track", "Finish What You Started", "Show Me Love", "The Lick", "The Chase", "Soul To Soul", "Good & Plenty" and more. CD
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