Paolo Achenza Trio —
Do It ... CD Right Tempo (Italy), 1994. Used ...
Great album of jazzy electric piano. One of the first releases on Right Tempo, and still one of the best. Very warm electric sound, great rhythm section, plus a guest appearance by Greg Osby. Funky, swinging, and very bossa. Nice stripped down grooves, with a very genuine feel, and some of the ... read moreCD
The first-ever full length we've ever heard from AJ & The Jiggawatts – and a record that really lives up to the promise of their work on funky 45! These guys are a deep funk combo, but one with a difference – energy that's a bit more raw and rough around the edges, in the best ... read moreCD
A sweet change in sound from Kylie Auldist – an artist we know mostly for deep funk work with The Bamboos on backup – but who steps out here in a style that's got much more of an 80s soul vibe overall! The arrangements are full, funky, and beautifully suited to Kylie's voice – ... read moreCD
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 ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
One of the most compelling modern groups in jazz does it again – taking the simple piano trio format and giving it a spin that's sure to catch even the most wary of ears! These guys aren't exactly funky, but they play in a freely rhythmic style that brings new life to anything they touch ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The Bad Plus have cut down their groove a bit more on this set – going for a style that's even more introspective than before, but which also shows them expanding their horizons nicely! The group's lineup of bass, piano, and drums is played with a dynamism that recalls some of the acoustic ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
(Note: This CD has expanded material that includes a "rootkit" from Sony that may install itself on your computer. Do not allow it to do so if you play the CD on a computer. Out of print.)
Charles Bradley —
Changes ... CD Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy ...
Jaw-dropping work from Charles Bradley – a stunning album that's maybe his best so far – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the quality of his previous work! There's a focus and power here that really puts Charles on top – from the bold statement at the start of the record, ... read moreCD
An album with a very classic look on the cover – and an equally classic sound to match – one that takes us back to some of the hippest, coolest work by early 60s singers like Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye! Both artists are a good comparison here, as Leon Bridges is unabashedly in the same ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A sweet return to Brown Sabbath territory – that wicked blend of deep funk rhythms and fuzzy guitar, served up by the Brownout collective! The groove has some of the Latin elements that you'd know from Adrian Quesada's other work – but the rising guitar lines dominate a lot more – ... read moreCD
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also ... read moreCD
Calibro 35 have always had a soundtrack style to their music – but here, they seem to hit an even trippier, spacier version of the mode – playing an all-live, all-instrumental set that's bubbling over with loads of wonderful elements! Some tracks are still as funky as before, but ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Calibro 35 move strongly into the world of actual soundtrack music – after a number of albums that had them taking on classic sounds of Italian cinema – and the result is a set that might well be one of the strongest the group has ever cut! The core small combo approach is still the ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
This fierce funky trio just gets better and better with each new record – to the point where we'd be hard-pressed to think of any better combination of funky drums, guitar, and Hammond! The core rhythms are sublime – in a Meters-esque territory, but even sharper, given the group's love ... read moreCD
There's a date range listed on the cover that stretches back to the 70s – not the actual age of the music on this set, but instead a way of indicating the decades worth of inspiration drawn upon by The Dandelion Set – especially the cooler post-psych elements of the UK scene in the 70s, ... read moreCD
Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks —
Black Rose ... CD Tucxone (Spain), 2016. New Copy ...
There must be something funky going down in the water in Spain – because in recent years, the nation's scene has given us some mighty hard-hitting funky artists – the best of whom may well be featured on this set! Shirley Davis isn't one of those easy retro soul singers – and ... read moreCD
Deep Street Soul are deeper than ever here – coming across with full-on, nonstop funky action – right from the very first drum breaks that start out the record! The set's got the group moving with incredible tightness – a razor-sharp instrumental core to beat the rest of the deep ... read moreCD
A record with a cosmic cover, but a sound that's very down to earth – fierce deep funk, in the best Legere Records mode – played by a group who are currently one of the hardest-hitting acts on the funky label! The music's got the full-on power of Afro Funk – especially in the way ... read moreCD
Dope gems, indeed – as the album's filled with fierce funky tracks that take us back to the 70s heyday of CTI Records and blacksploitation soundtracks! Yet the sound here isn't just fake retro funk, either – it's really well-crafted, jazz-heavy work that's filled with sweet vibes, ... read moreCD
The Excitements are a group who really live up to their name – with a hard-romping approach to soul that kicks in right from the very first note, then keeps on burning strong – thanks to excellent lead vocals from singer Koko Jean Davis! Koko's got this unbridled sound that reminds us ... read moreCD
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 – ... read moreCD
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 ... (Reggae, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Nice little retrospective bringing together some of best of UK Latin Soul combo Grupo X! From the beginning, the group's had an incredible knack for blending feverish percussion with the sometimes heavy, sometimes moody horns and unstoppable Latin rhythms of classic styles – from NY salsa to ... (Latin, Deep Funk)read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
Hard Proof —
Stinger ... CD Modern Outsider, 2017. New Copy ...
A definite stinger from Hard Proof – an Austin-based funk combo who really know how to blend the best of both worlds! At one level, they've got some of the tight rhythms and sharp horns of an Afro Funk combo – but at another, they've got a bolder use of electric guitar with a bit of ... read moreCD
Harleighblu x Starkiller —
Amorine ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Maybe the sharpest set so far from Harleighblu – a record that's got the soul singer working here with Starkiller, who brings a sharpness to the music that really sets her vocals free! The lady's always had a bit of a bit in the way she puts over a tune, but that seems to be even more the ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Mayer Hawthorne moves to the majors on How Do You Do – bringing that fun, neo classic bedroom soul sound he did so well on Stones Throw with him – pretty much picking up right where Strange Arrangement left off! The Mayer Hawthorne story was a strange one from the start – white ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Hammond funk and soul jazz from Chris Hazleton and his Boogaloo 7 – recorded live at the Green Lady Lounge in Kansa City! Soul Jazz Fridays is a timeless joy any damn day, the Hazleton riffing mightly on B-3, with a wonderful group – including Matt Hopper on guitar, Danny Rojas and Pat ... read moreCD
Not the original Quatermass EP from The Heliocentrics – but material that takes off in an even fuller, heavier direction – and which may well be the funkiest sounds we've heard from these guys so far! The music is stunning right from the very first heavy bassline and sharp drum crackle ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from the years when most of the rest of the world had forgotten about the JBs – but Fred Wesley and the group were still going strong! The set's a great meeting of two funky generations – the classic James Brown funk of the late 60s and early 70s, and some of the ... (Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Aargh! ... CD B Crack (Netherlands), 2013. New Copy ...
Razor-sharp funk from The Jig – a group who come across with a really classic feel throughout – and a vibe that's a lot like The JBs at their early 70s best! Like that legendary group, these guys have a great way of fusing their horn parts with their rhythms – compressing trumpet ... read moreCD
A stunner – the first full album by deep funk singer Sharon Jones, and an instant soul masterpiece! The album's right up there with the best work by James Brown divas like Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Lyn Collins – and overall, we might dare say that the album's even better than ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – a set that took a bit longer to hit the racks than expected, but which really shows a richness that more than makes up for the delay! Sharon's a singer who's always been great – but she steps out strongly here with a sense of ... read moreCD
(Includes bonus download code!)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings —
Naturally ... CD Daptone, 2005. New Copy ...
The long-anticipated second album from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is a stunner – undoubtedly stronger than the group's fantastic debut – and a record that not only transcends the late model funk revival genre, but stands on footing as solid as the best hard funky soul of the late ... read moreCD
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings —
Soul Time ... CD Daptone, 2011. New Copy ...
Damn damn damn – maybe the funkiest album ever from Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings! The group have always been great, but there's something here that goes even farther than usual – an especially funky snap on the drums at the bottom, even on more laidback tunes – and a stone ... read moreCD
They might be borrowing her band, but they sure can't dampen her soul – because Sharon Jones is strongly back in action, and sounding funkier and more deeply soulful than ever! Given that Sharon wasn't singing back in the 60s, it's hard to think we'd be calling her the real deal – but ... read moreCD
The fourth album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – solidifying what we learned pretty early on from the indomitable soul spirit that is Sharon and her impeccable combo the Dap-Kings – it's that this is not some retro soul revival novelty act, what they are is the greatest active ... read moreCD
Jungle Fire —
Jambu ... CD Nacional, 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Fantastic funky work from Jungle Fire – a group we've heard before, but who never seemed to blow us away this much! In a moment when so many other groups are grabbing an Afro Funk sort of vibe, these guys hit a space that's almost completely their own – more Latin America, taken across ... read moreCD
Fantastic funk from Sonny Knight & The Lakers – one of the few cases where an older soul singer can really find a fresh new vibe with a younger group! Knight may well be on his way to hitting the same sort of heights that Lee Fields has reached in recent years – and he definitely ... read moreCD
We loved The Kutimangoes last time around, but we love them even more on this sweet second set – a record that, as the title implies, was recorded in Burkina Faso, with a killer sound that really opens up their groove! The music is Afro Funk at the core, but has lots of jazz inflections ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Lack Of Afro are back, and fiercer than ever before – really evolved from just a name known for funky remixes and dancefloor grooves, and stepping forward strongly into a much more well-rounded, deeply soulful group! The title's a reference to older Brit sound library albums, but the overall ... read moreCD
A stunning full length debut from Lady Wray – a voice you might know from her previous collaboration in the duo Lady – but one that's even more amazing out front here on her own! The album's got a rock-solid, totally classic vibe – thanks to Leon "El" Michels – ... read moreCD
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 ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Billy Martin & Wil Blades —
Shimmy ... CD Royal Potato, 2012. Used ...
A funky funky shimmy from Billy Martin and Wil Blades – a very spare, stripped-down set that's heavy on drums from Martin, and lots of great Hammond and clavinet from Blades! The groove is a lot more focuses, and decidedly more gritty than we've heard from either player of late – ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The Medeski, Martin, & Wood trio is augmented by the guitar of John Scofield – and the result is one of their funkiest records in years! There's almost a back-to-basics sort of style going on here – the kinds of grooves the trio first brought to the table during their ... read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in the Mr Chop canon! Coz Littler, aka Mr. Chop, has been a beacon in the future groove cosmos for years now – filtering his love for spacey 70s psych funk through classic-era hip hop beatcraft in a distinctive, irresistible way – and he's uber-prolific, too. In ... read moreCD
A heavy slab of jam band funk! Mushroom are a heavy jamming funk outfit with a classic groove – working hard with horns and Fender Rhodes to craft up solid slabs of groove, circa early 70s Atlantic Records vintage. This 5 track ep has about as much music as you'd find on a regular album ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
These guys keep getting better and better – and this album may well be their best set to date! The album's a massive double-length set – broken down into 2 different discs, one titled London, the other titled Oakland – both of them each with their own theme. The London set has a ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Long live jams from Mushroom – recorded at a variety of different locations in 1997 and 1998, and really showcasing the intensity of the group in this setting! There's a fair bit of heavy guitar on these tunes, and given the point in the group's history, there's possibly a bit more jamming ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Mushroom's working here with vocalist Alison Faith Levy – a singer who really helps the group find some new space, and who also brings in a slightly folksy focus to their heavier jams! The core Mushroom sound is still very much intact – with tripped-out guitars, offbeat reeds, and ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreCD
One of the coolest new groups we've heard on Daptone in a long time – an instrumental combo that's definitely funky, but which has some of the exotic touches you might expect from their name! There's a nice current of strings that slide in alongside more familiar funk instrumentation – ... read moreCD
An action-packed Afro Jazz and psych funk trip from Outer Space – a Catalan group who'd only been traveling the spaceways for a couple years leading up to this stellar set, but has the instinctive grooves and masterful interplay of a veteran act – all the more impressive given that the ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Heavy funk, with some 70s Afro touches too – served up with some help from the Mighty Mocambos, Spike Orchestra, The Snitch, and other deep funk combos too! The horns here are nice and heavy, but used in a way that's different from both familiar Afro Funk and Ethio-styled work too – ... read moreCD
Nick Pride & The Pimptones —
Go Deep ... CD Legere (France), 2016. New Copy ...
Nick Pride and his group definitely go deep – thanks to lead vocals from Beth Macari, whose sound here easily matches the best female singers on the international deep funk scene in recent years! The album's got a clean, classic feel – stripped-down funky instrumentation from Nick's ... read moreCD
Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno —
1000 Watts ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
A dubbier set than even before from Quantic and his Flowering Inferno project – a record that's still quite heavy on the range of Caribbean elements he blended with funk on the previous two albums, but one that also seems to draw a bit more strongly from the sound of Kingston overall! The ... read moreCD
One of the sweetest sets ever cut by organist Ron Levy – and a record that's done very much in the mode of the older Prestige soul jazz and jazz funk that first inspired his work! Of course, that relation to Prestige is no surprise – given that Ron's working here with Melvin Sparks on ... read moreCD
Timeless soul and funk from London-based singer Myles Sanko! Sanko had been a rising talent for a few years, serving as a guest vocalist with funk combo Speedometer and others on the European scene, and he really steps out strongly on his own here. There's a richly melodic vibe that's pretty ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The continuing genius of Myles Sanko – served up here in a record that's easily his best so far! We've been watching Myles for the past few years – really impressed by the way he can work equal parts jazz and soul into his phrasing, and go for a groove that's unabashedly catchy – ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Excellent second album from one of the few truly great American acid jazz bands. Stellar bass/drum/keyboard arrangements, with the occasional "junglist" update to the sound that they made popular on their classic Rhode Trip LP. This CD version comes with 4 extra tracks which comprise a ... read moreCD
Killer jazz and soul work from Snowboy – some overlooked sides that are easily some of the best grooves of his scene at the time! Snowboy first got his start as a Latin percussionist – adding a lot of firey energy to the London jazz scene in the early Acid Jazz years – but by the ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
Mighty nice work from The Soul Snatchers – a Dutch group, but one who've got a deep funk sound that matches a lot of combos in the American underground in recent years! These guys start with a very old school approach to the groove – a sound steeped in older modes of Memphis and Muscle ... read moreCD
These guys are plenty darn funky – and don't let the "surf" or "rock" on the cover make you think otherwise! The core quartet is super-tight, and work with this blistering barrage of funky drums, fierce Hammond, and lots of riffing guitar – which is then often ... read moreCD
Great work from one of the freshest funk combos going today – a group who really grabbed our ears with their initial singles and debut album – but who seem here to be heading into even hipper territory overall! There's a brilliant blend of sharp-edged instrumentation and more exotic ... read moreCD
A mighty full length debut from the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – a group we've really been digging on funky 45s, and who seem to serve up even more great work in the space of an album! The sound here is deeper than the usual funky combo – with some of the more complicated lines and colors ... read moreCD
The title may seem a bit strange, but the grooves on this set are so heavy, you might find yourself heading for the chiropractor after your first listen to the record! Tacosan takes strong inspiration from the James Brown band of the late 60s – with all the bumps, grinds, and funky jumps you ... read moreCD
Tacosan might look like somebody's grandpa on the cover, but he comes on hard and strong on the music within – with a rock-solid sound that makes him an undiscovered Japanese champion of the classic deep funk sound! The groove here is an unusual blend of James Brown funk, fuzzier guitar, and ... read moreCD
The earliest work ever recorded by UK Hammond hero James Taylor as a leader – sides cut at a time when he was a key link between the British Mod and Acid Jazz scenes! The first half of the set is from the classic Mission Impossible – the group's first hard-hitting Hammond-driven album, ... read moreCD
Jr Thomas & The Volcanos —
Beware ... CD Truth & Soul, 2015. Used ...
A contemporary group from the Truth & Soul universe, but one who work in the best classic style we love from the label – although at a level that takes us back to 70s reggae, not funk or soul! The album's presented in glorious mono, which really goes well with the old school Kingston-styl ... (Reggae, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The best album so far from Throttle Elevator music – thanks to some fantastic saxophone from Kamasai Washington! The group was always pretty good before – but this time around, they really rise above their past – and also have Washington handling all the arrangements on the ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Vaudou Game —
Kidayu ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2016. New Copy ...
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 ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A surprisingly strong set from radio personality/author Rickey Vincent – a set that's got the man himself on the cover, looking like some heir to the George Clinton empire – which is mighty fitting, given the old school vibe of the set! The album's got a definite 80s funk sort of ... read moreCD
Robert Walter's out of his usual jamband context here – and is working with a group of soul jazz masters, older players who helped define the jazz funk groove of the 70s, clearly a strong influence on Walter's keyboard style. The group features tenor by Red Holloway, drums by Harvey Mason, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Whitefield Brothers —
In The Raw ... CD Soul Fire/Now Again, 2002. New Copy ...
Whomp! These guys bring it all down on the beat – hitting harder than Cassius Clay at the Rome Olympics in '60, packing bass, guitar, and drums into one funky punch – pounding out a hard heavy groove all the way through their entire debut LP! Of course, these guys have the talent to ... read moreCD
It's hard to imagine Hannah Williams having any heartbreak with a voice this great – the kind of all-out soul style that grabs you right away with its power, and never lets you go! The set's the second from Hannah and her group, and it's got even more bite than the first – produced ... read moreCD
One of the most legendary albums of recent years finally gets an official release – and about time, too! The set is a loving tribute to the genius of Stevie Wonder – and features a batch of instrumental readings of Stevie's 70s classics, all performed by Madlib with a sweet mix of keys ... read moreCD
One of the hippest bands in the forefront of the brass band revival – a hard-hitting, no-nonsense group that goes way past the cliches of earlier years! The ensemble hails from Wisconsin – of all places – but plays in a percussion/horn frenzy that easily matches the best groups ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Adrian Younge Presents The Electronique Void —
Black Noise ... CD Linear Labs, 2016. New Copy ...
Adrian Younge is a man of many modes – soundtrack funk, to hip hop, to a great project with The Delfonics – and here, he opens up yet another side of his genius – to give us a set of tracks that feel as if they could have been lifted from some great early 80s electronic film score! ... read moreCD
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 ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD
UK DJ Craig Charles is looking a bit more disco than usual on the cover here – and maybe sounding a bit more on the music, as well – although the set's still pretty darn funky overall, and definitely lives up to the solid soul of other great volumes in this series! Through his work at ... read moreCD
Kenny Dope and Keb Darge together – an amazing team that's already resulted in some incredible records! Both Kenny and Keb are well-known for their record-hounding skills – and they've turned that energy towards the incredible Kay-Dee label – home to killer 45s both old and new, ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A treasure trove of rare funk – all hand-picked by Keb Darge and Kenny Dope, two names we trust more than most when it comes to rare funk! Most of these tracks are of 70s vintage, and a handful are presented here in new edits by Kenny – not remixes, and very much in the spirit of the ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The long-awaited third volume Original Raw Soul – a set that pulls together rare funky soul singles by the revolving roster of players led by the Whitefield Brothers – singles that ultimately became just as rare as the obscure funk 45s that inspired them! Nowadays, The Whitefield ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The mighty Soul Patrol Records is firmly back in business – and this time around they're serving up a collection of newer work pulled from the catalogs of modern funk labels Soul Fire and Timmion! The work on the set grooves with the raw deep funk power of obscure 70s funky 45s – and ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD
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 ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The 4th volume in Ubiquity's great cookin' series – the cool series of compilations designed to document some of the great acid jazz groups coming out of San Francisco and some of the other cities on the West Coast. This volume has tracks by some older favorites, and some newer groups who ... read moreCD