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VariousBeyond Addis – Contemporary Jazz & Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds From The 70s ... CD
Trikont (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
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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VariousContemporary Jazz – A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Independent Jazz Bands From All Over The World ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2010. Sealed ... $14.99
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) LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandBacao Rhythm & Steel Band ... LP
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99 24.98
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) LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles BradleyStrictly Reserved For You/Let Love Stand A Chance ... 7-inch
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99
Pure wonderfulness from Charles Bradley – two killer cuts that really sum up his contemporary genius! "Strictly Reserved" has this slow funk groove that's nice and sinister – a stepping guitar riff that really sets up the groove right from the start – topped with these incredibly soulful vocals from Charles, and peppered with just the right dose of horns! "Let Love Stand A Chance" is a killer too – mellower, and a bit more deep soul – with a burning feel that almost blows away the best James Brown ballads of the King Records years! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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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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DeRobertGot The Goods ... CD
GED Soul, 2015. New Copy ... $6.99
A killer solo set from DeRobert – a cat you might know as the lead singer for the Half-Truths, but an artist who's maybe even greater here on his own! The style of the record is more blacksploitation soul than the straighter funk of DeRobert's other records – this cool, crispy sound on the rhythms that merges 70s inspiration with contemporary execution – an approach that gives the singer a lot more edge, and a lot more bite than before! The album's relatively short – only 6 full tracks, plus intro and outro numbers – but it may well deliver twice as much as any other DeRobert record that's come before. Titles include "Ask Of Me", "Let It Go", "Life Support", "Moody Tuesday", and "The More & More". CD
(Packaged in a slim sleeve.)

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Dokkerman & The Turkeying FellazIllegal Move ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $12.99
A modern funk melting pot from Hungary! Group leader Tamas "Dokkerman" Michelberger is on keyboards, leading a great 9 piece group strongly rooted in gritty 70s funk – heavy drums and fierce bass grooves, and horns that show some love to JBs style funky soul as well as strains of African styled funk, and that extends to the guitars, too – but they're not all dismissive of their richly diverse European heritage. That all makes it sound like there might be too many ingredients, but that's not the case all – the gritty funk at the core holds it together nicely! Strong modern funk on Tramp, which continues to be strong source for both rare vintage and contemporary grooves! Includes "Vigyazz, Kesz, Ot", "Illegal Move", "Plan B", "Beast Chase", "Antilope", "Mango Season", "La Casa En Llamas", "Once", "Snake Bite" and "Tinigondok". CD

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Brian Ellis GroupEscondido Sessions ... CD
El Paraiso, 2015. Used ... $9.99
A contemporary set from the west coast scene – and one that's got a similar feel to the soaring, spiritual sounds we've heard from some of the projects of Carlos Nino – but a quality that's maybe a bit more tripped-out overall! All tracks are long, and very jamming – with loads of cool keys from Brian Ellis – including Fender Rhodes, Hammond, Wurlitzer, and Moog – in a group that's also very heavy on percussion, which creates a wicked organic rumble next to the electric elements! Patrick Shiroishi plays alto and soprano sax – soaring out nicely and giving the tunes a bit of a soulful current – and titles include "Via De Mi Rancho", "Too Late For Georgia's", "On Peterson's Corner", and "Memories Of Pubby". (Jazz, Deep Funk) 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
Also available 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!)
Also available Special Night ... CD 15.99

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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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Funk Como Le GustaA Nave-Mae Segue Viagem ... CD
Tratore (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99
Funk Como Le Gusta were one of the first contemporary funk groups we ever heard from Brazil – a combo who initially blew our minds over a dozen years, and who return here with a record that's maybe even tighter than before! There's a brilliant mix of funk elements going on here – not just American styles of the 70s, but also some of the best Brazilian currents too – echoes of the way that older acts like Banda Black Rio or Uniao Black took American inspiration, yet created rich new grooves of their own – especially in the way the basslines are shaped, and certain acoustic elements filter effortlessly into the mix next to the sweet electric sounds! All tracks are instrumental – and titles include "Som De Preco", "Yeah Yeah Yeah", "Tudo No Lugar", "Funk Nu A Murit", "Pappa Girl", and "Voce Vera". (Brazil, Deep Funk) CD

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Funky Drive BandFunky Drive Band ... CD
R $ J Recordz & Tapes/Think (Japan), 2011. New Copy ... $22.99
These guys may look they they're living at the start of the 80s, but they're actually a contemporary combo – although one with a very old school approach in their music! The Funky Drive Band have a perfect mid 80s style to their music – upbeat funky soul with plenty of keyboards and basslines – handled with arrangements and production that make the whole thing feel just like some lost indie side, from the cover right down to the sound of the tunes! Lots of the instrumentation appears to be vintage – which makes for some great electro soul touches – and vocals are really catchy and playful, and really augment the midtempo rhythms that keep the record moving strongly along. Titles include "Fizzcal Attraction", "Love Suspect", "Dance Or Die", "Funky Drive'z Me Crazy", "Pimp", "First Love Never Die", and "Lover Forever Together". CD also features two bonus tracks – the unreleased "She's On My Mind", and "Funky Drive'z Me Crazy (ext version)". (Soul, Deep Funk) CD

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Haggis HornsWhat Comes To Mind ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Jive TurkeysBread & Butter ... LP
Colemine, 2010. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Organ funk from the midwest scene – raw, tightly grooving instrumentals and the first full length release from Ohio's Jive Turkeys – numbers that sounds right in step with the 70s instro funk of The Meters and the best of the contemporary indie funk scenes! The group is a four piece – organ, drums, bass and guitar – keeping it simple, raw and funky. As hinted at on the on the couple of the stellar 45s that led up to Bread & Butter, they work well in both a slower cooking, Booker T indebted groove or a fast & furious,post-JBs style. Simple, straight up funky soul instrumentals is the order of the day, and these Jive Turkeys bring it! Titles include "Funky Turkey", "JT Strut", "Soul High", "Chickenfoot", "Straight Fire", "Bill Collector", "Stamp", "Funky Brewster", "Talkin' That Talk", "Grimmin", "BA" and "Otis Lament". LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally on vinyl!)

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✨✧ JohnnyOnly Love (voc, inst) (with download) ... 7-inch
Now Again, 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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Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications ... CD
Colemine, 2016. Used ... $7.99
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
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Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications ... CD
Colemine, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99
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
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Durand Jones & The Indications (with download) ... LP 19.99
Durand Jones & The Indications ... CD 7.99

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Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications (with download) ... LP
Colemine, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – and instead, he gets right to the heart of the matter, right from the very first note – with a deep vocal approach that's rivaled by a rare few in the contemporary scene – maybe Lee Fields (and maybe that's it!) The vocals are perfect – never forced or cliched, and really right on the money – and the Indications do a great job, too – with these lean backings that never overwhelm, yet really help keep things funky. Hats off to drummer Aaron Frazier and guitarist Blake Rhein, who wrote most of the songs on the record with Jones – and titles include "Make A Change", "Can't Keep My Cool", "Groovy Babe", "Giving Up", "Now I'm Gone", and "Is It Any Wonder". LP, Vinyl record album
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Durand Jones & The IndicationsSmile/Tuck N Roll ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 7.98
"Smile" has this nicely heavy bottom – drums that almost come on with the power of a contemporary beat, which really underscores the deep soul vocals of Durand Jones – a singer with almost a Lee Fields approach to the music! "Tuck N Roll" is funky too – but with the guitar doing as much as the drums – and really setting the scene for the Indications to take off on their own instrumental groove! (Funky 45's, Deep Funk) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Les Freres SmithFree To Go ... CD
Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. Used ... $11.99
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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✨✧ 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.)
 
 
 



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