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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. Used ... $4.99
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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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 ... $9.99
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
Also available Contemporary Jazz – A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Independent Jazz Bands From All Over The World ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ VariousBeyond Addis – Contemporary Jazz & Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds From The 70s ... CD
Trikont (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
If the sound of Nigeria was a huge influence on funk bands in the previous decade, the sound of Ethiopia has been an even bigger one in recent years – as testified by the huge amount of contemporary work presented in this set – which offers up a very fresh spin on the golden era styles of the 70s! All the cuts here are by younger groups from around the globe – but acts who feel a huge influence from the sorts of sounds presented on the Ethiopiques series – especially the unique hybrids of jazz, soul, and exotic phrasing that made music from Ethiopia so incredible, and unlike anything else taking place on the continent at the time. All the tracks on the set were picked by JJ Whitefield – a funk artist who's given us plenty, and who has also opened up his ears to these sounds – and titles include "La Marche Des Smith" by Les Freres Smith, "Yefikir Woha Timu" by Imperial Tiger Orchestra, "Jawa Jawa (alt take)" by Akale Wube, "Phantom Of The Panther" by The Heliocentrics, "Sem Yelesh" by The Whitefield Brothers, "The Scarab" by Shaolin Afronauts, "Drop It" by Tezeta Band, "Origin Of Man" by Budos Band, "Addis Ababa" by Zafari, and "Girma's Lament" by Karl Hector & The Malcouns. (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD
 
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Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandBacao Rhythm & Steel Band ... CD
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier than the best (and few) funky steel band tracks from the 70s – served up with razor-sharp instrumentation, and great production in a Daptone/Soul Fire mode – which really keeps things sounding raw all the way through! The group's got strong ties to the Mighty Mocambos – and some other contemporary funk acts too – and the music is top-shelf all the way through, a funkier full steel band record than you'll ever hope to find. Titles include "Beetham Highway Ride", "Scorpio", "Pimp", "Tropical Heat", "Laventille Road March", "Round & Round", "Port Of Spain Hustle", "Jungle Fever", "Love Like This", and "Dog Was A Doughnut". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD

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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". LP, Vinyl record album
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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsSpecial Night ... CD
Big Crown, 2016. Used ... $9.99
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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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsSpecial Night ... CD
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 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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Special Night ... LP 21.99
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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsSpecial Night ... LP
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $21.99 24.98
A really fantastic album from the legendary Lee Fields – a set that blows us away every bit as much as his stellar My World album! Like that set, this one's got kind of a moody early 70s vibe – almost a New Jersey soul approach at times, but tinged with more southern modes – mixed with bits of Lee's more familiar funk at others – but often with this moody, almost mellow vibe that's such a fresh take on the territory that Fields has been exploring for years! Lee's lost none of the deep soul elements in his vocals, but there's a shift in arranging styles that's really great – and superbly delivered by the Expressions – a subtle darkness that shows why Fields is really one of the true greats out there in the contemporary funk underground – a true soul singer who's never content to just rest on the laurels of previous success. Titles include "Let Him In", "Lover Man", "Make This World", "How I Like It", "Special Night", "I'm Coming Home", and "Where Is The Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
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Special Night ... CD 15.99
Special Night (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 19.99
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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsSpecial Night (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $19.99 22.98
A really fantastic album from the legendary Lee Fields – a set that blows us away every bit as much as his stellar My World album! Like that set, this one's got kind of a moody early 70s vibe – almost a New Jersey soul approach at times, but tinged with more southern modes – mixed with bits of Lee's more familiar funk at others – but often with this moody, almost mellow vibe that's such a fresh take on the territory that Fields has been exploring for years! Lee's lost none of the deep soul elements in his vocals, but there's a shift in arranging styles that's really great – and superbly delivered by the Expressions – a subtle darkness that shows why Fields is really one of the true greats out there in the contemporary funk underground – a true soul singer who's never content to just rest on the laurels of previous success. Titles include "Let Him In", "Lover Man", "Make This World", "How I Like It", "Special Night", "I'm Coming Home", and "Where Is The Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited colored vinyl pressing. Includes download!)
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Special Night ... LP 21.99
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FrightnrsNothing More To Say ... CD
Daptone, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
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) CD

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Haggis HornsWhat Comes To Mind ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
Heavy funk from the Haggis Horns – a group with a gimmicky name, but a rock-solid sound that's made them one of the best contemporary funk combos working in the British Isles these days! The horns are only part of the groove – as the drums and other funky elements really ground the tracks strongly – with a classic vibe that takes us back to our favorite 70s albums by better-known horn groups – like the Memphis or Muscle Shoals Horns! And like the latter, there's also a great vocal component here – something the group has really worked on for this record, and which they introduce with a vibe that's way different than just the usual female singer with a funk band – and instead comes across with a much more integrated style that almost has these guys challenging Incognito for UK funky soul supremacy! Half the cuts feature vocals – by singers John Turrell, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – and titles include "Digging In The Dirt", "Keep It Tight", "It Ain't What You Got", "You've Got To Keep On Bumpin", "Give Me Something Better", "I Can't Stop The Feeling", and "Outta My Head". CD

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✨✧ JohnnyOnly Love (voc, inst) (with download) ... 7-inch
Now Again, New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
Killer blend of raw funk and fuzzy guitar from Johnny! – spearheaded by neo-classic funk heavy J Whitefield! Whitefield's is a key contemporary funk player to say the least – busting regional and stylistic boundaries with Poets Of Rhythm, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Whitefield Brothers and more over the years – while always keeping it funky. Johnny! is another exciting chapter, deserving of exclamation point in the name – leaning more on fuzzy funk guitars and raw drums of Ghana and Zambia in inspiration – working with Henry Taylor (some of Ghana legend Ebo Taylor), singer and percussionist Eric Owusu and others. Includes the vocal and instrumental. (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited editon of 1000 – includes download.)

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Les Freres SmithFree To Go ... CD
Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. Used ... $2.99
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a way of making their sound come out at a very personal, unique sort of level – one that's often rawer on the percussion tip than most other contemporary groups, and which layers the keyboards in with the horns, so that there's a sense of counterpoint that pushes both instruments away from their usual comfort zone! There's some slight psych touches on the production – but never in a way that gets away from the core funk of the combo – and the balance of the music is really hard to peg in words, but comes through right away with the very first listen. One of the freshest Afro Funk sets we've heard in years – with tracks that include "Supermandingue", "Liar", "Better Thing", "Djilan", "Koni", "Nia Mangolo", "AK 54", and "Crisis". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD

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Monophonics/DestrumentsLike Yesterday/Freedom ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2011. New Copy ... $4.99 7.98
Heavy funk from our friends at Colemine – great stuff from Cali combo Monophonics plus a different, but just as great psych funk styled cut by Destruments! "Like Yesterday" is solid as can be, a hard-hitting number with walloping drums, punchy horns, and powerhouse vocals – a track that starts out like it's going to slow cookin' jam highlighted by bluesy soul guitar, but it heats up quickly! "Freedom" by Destruments is an atmospheric gem that's not too easy to describe – which is a good thing! The beat and rhythm are stable, with densely atmospheric horns and spacey flourishes. A cool split single that demonstrates the far-reaching creative capabilities of the contemporary funk scene! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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R&R Soul OrchestraWar/Call On Me ... 7-inch
It's Soul Time, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99
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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Soul MotivatorsIt Ain't Fair But It's Fun/Side Hustle ... 7-inch
Funk Night, 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A wickedly classic funky 45 – a contemporary recording, but one that's got all the dark-tinged, muddy-cornered funk of a rare gem from the indie scene at the start of the 70s! The production's the star here as much as the band – and the two come together in the kind of perfect groove that would make this one right at home with your rarest funky 45s! (And take it from us – we don't make comparisons that easily!) "Side Hustle" is a bit cleaner, but still nice and funky – sharp horns arcing nicely over the tune's bassline – which is complicated, but never loses its groove! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Soul ScratchPushing Fire ... CD
Colemine, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
An absolute stormer from Soul Scratch – a contemporary combo from the SoCal scene doing the legacy of the late 60s/early 70s raw funky soul style proud! Both the band name and album titles are appropriate – we wouldn't call it "truth in advertising", just straight up truth – with a genuine depth of soul in both the songs and performance, played with incredible energy in the more fiery number, but with a sure hand on the more tender numbers, too. Singer Dale Spollett can wail with the best of them, and the band has real firepower in their arsenal. The horns and rhythm section are stunningly tight, or have a loose swagger when the song calls, and there some tasty guitar, too. Includes the righteous opener "Pacified", "Look How Far We've Come", "Odessa Heat", the sweet little centerpiece ballad "Kiss Me In The Morning", "Be Kind", "Fireside Lounge", "Empty Cup", "It's Not Over", "Thank You" and more. CD
Also available Pushing Fire (colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP 18.99

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Soul ScratchPushing Fire (colored vinyl pressing – 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
(Limited edition pressing on orange colored vinyl! Includes download.)
Also available Pushing Fire ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ SouliveNo Place Like Soul ... CD
Stax, 2007. Used ... $2.99
A bit of a shift for Soulive – a record that has a lot more of a soul-based feel than before – thanks to the addition of vocalist Toussaint to the usual jamming trio! The grooves here are still as hard and funky on the bottom as ever, but they've got a bit more vocal focus too – set up to deliver a nice punch to Toussain't raspy, classic-styled singing – all very much in hopes of reviving the older spirit of Stax Records, given that the album's the group's debut for the label! There's a slightly more contemporary feel here than we might ascribe to Stax back in the 60s or 70s – but the album's not a bad one, either – and the addition of a vocalist may just be what Soulive need to help them keep on grooving freshly into their second decade of music. Titles include "Waterfall", "Mary", "Comfort", "Callin", "Outrage", "Morning Light", "Don't Tell Me", "If This World Was A Song", and "One Of Those Days". CD

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Pat Van DykeLet the Horns Blow EP ... 7-inch
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy (pic cover)... $9.99
Pat Van Dyke definitely lets the horns blow here – a trumpet, tenor, and trombone – often working together in the frontline, in a way that echoes the old school sound of the JBs – while Pat Van Dyke lays down a set of more contemporary breaks and beats! The mix of studio rhythms and live horns is great – especially when the instrumentalists step out a bit and sprinkle things with their own flavors – on titles that include "Afro", "Break", "On The Good Foot", and "Forth & Back". (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition.)

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Vaudou GameKidayu ... CD
Hot Casa (France), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99
A contemporary combo from Togo, but one who've got a hard-riffing sound that takes us back to the James Brown band of the late 60s – which is then mixed with a lot of sweet touches of their own, to create one of the freshest strands of Afro Funk we've heard in years! These guys are hardly content to copy modes of the 70s – and instead, they work with a sense of instrumental craftsmanship that's clearly informed by the giants of the past, but set loose in all these great new directions – especially given the paths that the flowing French vocals seem to open up! There's a sense of joy and pride in the music right from the start – a soaring sort of energy that's a great counterpoint to the gritty grooves at the bottom – and a combination that has us loving the group way more than before. Titles include "Natural Vaudou", "La Vie C'Est Bon", "On Se Pousse", "La Dette", "Elle Decide", "Locataire", "Cherie Nye", and "Lonlon". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) CD
Also available Kidayu (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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Vaudou GameKidayu (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
A contemporary combo from Togo, but one who've got a hard-riffing sound that takes us back to the James Brown band of the late 60s – which is then mixed with a lot of sweet touches of their own, to create one of the freshest strands of Afro Funk we've heard in years! These guys are hardly content to copy modes of the 70s – and instead, they work with a sense of instrumental craftsmanship that's clearly informed by the giants of the past, but set loose in all these great new directions – especially given the paths that the flowing French vocals seem to open up! There's a sense of joy and pride in the music right from the start – a soaring sort of energy that's a great counterpoint to the gritty grooves at the bottom – and a combination that has us loving the group way more than before. Titles include "Natural Vaudou", "La Vie C'Est Bon", "On Se Pousse", "La Dette", "Elle Decide", "Locataire", "Cherie Nye", and "Lonlon". (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Kidayu ... CD 14.99

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Adrian Younge Presents The Electronique VoidBlack Noise – Instrumentals ... LP
Linear Labs, 2016. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
All instrumental sounds from Adrian Younge's Electronique Void project – a record that almost makes even more sense than the original, given the strong placement of electronic elements in the music! In fact, the keyboards and analogue elements might well be the main draw from Black Noise – and they really get full space in the spotlight here – on the kind of cuts that almost have a Stranger Things soundtrack approach – with retro elements at the core, but a definite contemporary execution overall. Titles include "The Night", "Fly Away", "Voltage Controlled Orgasms", "Patterns", "Suicidal Love", "Linguistics", and "Black Noise". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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