Abstract Orchestra —
Dilla ... LP ATA (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
There's nothing abstract here – as the set's a fantastically-focused tribute to the late Jay Dee – put together in a style that's mostly jazz, but which also has some great vocal touches too! The music's roots are in hip hop, but the presentation here is awash in strong work on saxes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great take on the music of Madvillain – that famous collaboration between Madlib & MF Doom – served up here in a mostly instrumental mode that's heavy on funk and jazz! You'll definitely recognize the tunes in the set, but the presentation is very different – almost ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Antibalas take a page from the Wu-Tang book, and add a little kung fu action to their music – with results that maybe make this set one of their freshest in years! All the core energy of the group is very firmly in place – that razor-sharp instrumentation that's made these guys one of ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Beat Bronco Organ Trio are more than great enough at the core, but they also offer up some great surprises over the course of this fantastic full length album – including slight use of clavinet and mini-moog by Gabri Casanova, who mostly handles the Hammond in the lead – and guest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long awaited sides C & D in Madlib's incredible blend of Bombay soundtrack-styled funk, blunted Eastern beats, and all round stunning Middle Eastern accented hip hop instros! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India and/or otherwise East ... (Hip Hop, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great bit of jazzy funk – put together by Lucky Brown with the Longhorns and SGs, and done in a way that's kind of a cross between spiritual jazz and straighter grooves – with maybe a touch of Ethio horns in the mix! The package is very cool – limited, and looking like a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 350 – and in vintage 78 sleeve!)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Budos Band —
V ... LP Daptone, 2019. New Copy ...
It's hard to believe that the Budos Band have been around long enough to give us five full albums – but along the way, they've also picked up plenty of power to add to their sound! This time around, the guitars seem even sharper than ever – full and fuzzy, and maybe even touched with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Calibro 35 —
Momentum ... LP Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy Gatefold ...
Calibro 35 have certainly gained momentum in our book – as the group's given us more than a few albums over the years, and just keep sounding better and better with each new one! This set has the group still strongly in their core territory of Italian soundtrack and sound library funk – ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Crowd Company —
Lowdown ... LP Vintage League, 2020. New Copy ...
A nice mix of mod soul and funkier styles from Crowd Company – a group who know how to lead as strongly with their Hammond as they do with their vocals – really putting both elements to work in the frontline to carve out some very catchy songs for the set! The group sport two different ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool little funky group – one that's so influenced by the sound library scene of the 70s, they even styled this album like one of those records from back in the day! The tunes are almost all instrumental – heavy on drums and funky basslines, and filled with guitar, organ, electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Devonns ... LP Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy ...
A nice little soul group from Chicago – and one who work in the sort of legacy that makes us mighty proud to be a part of the Windy City! Most of the tracks here are original, but the group also do a nice version of one of our favorite tunes by Leroy Hutson – and it's clear that there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No time for table games here – as Diazpora jump right in the groove from the very first note – working with a sweet 70s funk approach to their music, which means lots of riffing guitar, funky basslines, and horns punctuating the keys – all while lead singer Axel Maximilian Fiege ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of work from one of our favorite side of the many talents of DJ Cam – his Quartet material, which is a more jazz-based take on the hip hop modes of his early days! Right from the start, Cam had a great ear for a classic groove – and here, he takes on a set of ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 600 – on colored vinyl!)
Dos Santos —
Logos ... LP International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic album from this groundbreaking Latin combo from Chicago – one who've got an inclusive spirit that grabs together so many different elements of music and unifies them as one! The style isn't quite salsa, isn't Latin rock or jazz – but instead has so many strands of sounds ... (Latin, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet and salty psych-soul-rock-funk from Adrian Quesada and Shawn Lee, working together as The Electric Peanut Butter Company! They're a company of just 2, handling every aspect themselves, but if you if ever heard anything by either party, you know this is going to have a huge sound. Lots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty nice second set from J Felix – even tighter, sharper, and funkier than his first – and done with a great blend of old school instrumentation and warmly cosmic energy! The keyboards are often in the lead – over basslines and rhythms that have plenty of 80s boogie in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer debut from soul singer Kelly Finnigan – an artist who's got years of experience under his belt, working on other folks' projects – finally out in the spotlight on his own! Kelly's a blue-eyed singer, but has a voice that crackles with a classic soul rasp – set up here in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic full-length group of The Harlem Gospel Travelers – a quartet trained on the male group gospel modes of older acts like the Soul Stirrers or Violinaires – but one who really shine strongly with a voice of their own, thanks to a set of all original material, and some nice ... (Gospel, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing – on clear vinyl and with download!)
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Martha High has a hell of a legacy in soul music – one that includes early work with James Brown, and a surprisingly strong run of recent records that includes this well-crafted gem! Martha's singing here with a younger group from Italy, but the sound is very old school throughout – ... (Soul, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best things that ever happened to singer James Hunter was the moment he formed his James Hunter Six – a great combo who've really helped Hunter deepen his groove in recent years! James was always a great vocalist – one of the best blue-eyed soul singers of the past 20 years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'll be the first to admit, we were always a bit suspicious of James Hunter at the start – but over the years, with records this great, he's really won us over – to the point that we're not sure why we even had any question about his music in the first place! The really strong step ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to imagine these kings being left behind, as the sound of Ikebe Shakedown just keeps getting bolder and more majestic with each new release – a very special strand of deep funk, with a blend of horns that you might find in a more Afro-styled band, mixed with tighter rhythms at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We got the word on The Jay Vons, and it is that this organ soul and raw vintage R&B influenced combo delivers the goods in a big way – with an authentic sound to show for it – recorded at Daptone's House Of Soul! The group's earlier singles had the deep soul and funk base elements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Man, these guys just keep on getting better – and this time around, Durand Jones & The Indications deliver a record that's way more than just another funk band with a lead singer! Instead, there's a depth and complexity to this set that takes us back to our favorite indie soul albums at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible music from Seu Jorge – and that's saying a lot, given how much we've loved all of his previous records! This time around, Jorge really knocks it out of the park – by stepping away from some of his tighter styles, and going for a looser, more organic approach that's totally ... (Brazil, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky combo, but one with a real difference – as they seem to find whole new corners of the globe in which to work their magic – almost an imagined space of cultural criss-crossing, all set to some mighty funky bass and drums! The core element here is the guitar – which echoes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Kutimangoes keep on refining their groove with each new release – and really open up with a nice sense of variety from the usual Afro Funk mode! The horn section still has a strong role – two saxes, one trombone – but there are also both instrumental and rhythmic shifts from ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Music that you'd hardly expect, if you only know the more groove-oriented side of saxophonist Timo Lassy – the sounds he's given us from the Ricky-Tick years onwards – because this album is straight jazz overall, and a relatively improvised one at that! The album shows off a whole ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Los Sospechos —
Postales ... LP Colemine, 2013. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Deep funk, but with a compelling twist – bits of South American styles filtering into the mix from time to time, but in subtle ways that never lose the groove! The album's a soundtrack, but works more like a funk album on its own – and is a great full length follow-up to some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight instrumental work from the UK scene – a record that's part funky, part fuzzy, and very electric overall – almost a hybrid of jazz fusion and some of the electro modes that first found space on horror soundtracks of the 70s and 80s! The group's got lots of guitar pyrotechnics from ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Mocambos are back, and mightier than ever – thanks to help from a lineup of all-stars who include Lee Fields, Jswiss, Ice T, Gizelle Smith, and even German sci-fi legend Peter Thomas! The core sound of the group is as before – tight funk by a large ensemble of all-star players who'v ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Monophonics sound better here than ever before – as if the group's gone through some great mutation that's got them coming across with a richer, more mature sound than we ever might have expected a few years before! Things are still pretty darn funky, but there's also strong currents of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mourning A BLKstar —
Cycle ... LP Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy 2LP ...
A fantastic album from Mourning A BLKstar – even more powerful than their set dedicated to Eric Garner, and a batch of material that really gets at the righteous energy of this Cleveland combo! The group see themselves as part of the James Baldwin tradition of the artist bearing witness ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great entry in the ongoing resurgence of the mighty Mulatu Astatke – the legend of Ethiopian music from the 70s, still going strong after all these years – and finding new ways to interact with generations of musicians that he inspired with his original recordings! This set has ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Loads of sweet little instrumentals from Graham Mushnik – most of which feature his own organ in the lead, tippling nicely over rhythms that run from bossa, to jazz funk, to soundtrack-styled modes – often peppered with nice touches on sax and flute! The record's maybe a nice throwback ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The New Mastersounds must have their own source of renewable energy – as they've been giving us great records for many years now, and still are strongly on top of their game! The core quartet is driven by the funky drums of Simon Allen, the bumping bass of Pete Shand, the sweet keyboards of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The New Mastersounds shake it strongly here – still with all the great core energy of their classic quartet lineup – but further expanded with excellent lead vocals from Lamar Williams, plus a bit of tenor and trumpet too! The group have always been funky, but they've got a nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Damn! Orgone just keep getting better and better – to the point where we might almost say that there's no difference between the strength of the group's sound and all the funky 70s acts that have inspired their music! The instrumentation and production are right on the money throughout ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic full length set from Bobby Oroza – a moody take on blue-eyed soul, with a vibe that's completely its own! Oroza has some fantastic help here – production and music by Cold Diamond & Mink, the combo who've given such a fantastic sound to Timmion Records soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Polyrhythmics always manage to give us something groovy – and this set's got their trademark style of shifting rhythms laced with lots of tight guitar – partly old school funk, but also graced with some contemporary elements too! The guitar of Ben Bloom is often the lead solo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic-styled funk from Alex Puddu – not only the greatest record we've heard from him so far, but a set that's definitely worthy of its "golden age" claim in the title! The music is all new, but it was done for a series of short Danish porno films from the 70s – and Puddu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue debut of Carlton Jumel Smith – a soul singer with roots at the Harlem address listed in the title, and who's slowly been working his way around the globe in recent years! Those global travels are key to the success of this set – as Smith works very tightly in Finland's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Sorcerers return, and with a sound that's even deeper than before – a fantastic blend of funk and Ethiopian elements – but with a tightness that also resonates with some of the hipper European sound library work of the 70s! In fact, there's a mode here that's like those few special ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary record, but one we'd rank right up there with the moodiest, most exotic African funk albums of the 70s – especially the gems we've discovered through the Ethiopiques series! These guys play in a style that certainly references Ethiopian reeds and keyboard work of the 70s, but ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Speedometer have been giving us great funky music for many many years – yet this album may well have the group hitting a whole new level in sound – able to hold on to all the gritty elements of their early days, while also expanding in ways that touch onto Afro Funk, psychedelic funk, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble are tighter than ever, and have really perfected a trademark sound – a style that's got the breaking drums of a vintage funky 45, the moody horns of an Ethio funk group, and the kind of organ and keyboard lines that would be right at home on a vintage album by The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really amazing step forward for Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty – two musicians best known as founders of BADBADNOTGOOD – but emerging here in an even more mature blend of jazz and larger instrumental ideas! The record mixes core solo voices with some larger touches here and there ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funk band with horns, but one with a very different feel than the rest – as these guys have arrangements that are nicely complicated up top – in a way that has the horns moving in all these really wonderful, colorful sort of ways! Instead of the usual inspirations from 60s soul or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more unusual collaborations we've heard in recent years – and one that shouldn't work as well as it does! Jack Waterson's probably best known as a key member of Green On Red back in the 80s, but over the decades he's had a long history of work on his own – including ties to ... (Rock, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Whitefield Brothers —
Earthology ... LP Now Again, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
The long-awaited return of the Whitefield Brothers – melding global funk and tripped out psychedelia as masterfully as on their massive In The Raw album – and tripping it out and funking it up even more this time! The psychedelic sounds get more pronounced play this time out, but it's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations —
50 Foot Woman ... LP Record Kicks (Italy), 2019. New Copy ...
Hannah Williams comes on with a fuller force than before – really topping the energy of The Affirmations with a quick-stepping approach to soul music that's every bit as sharp as their instrumentation! Shawn Lee produced the set, which might account for some of the energy – and there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nicole Willis has always been a fiercely collaborative singer – at a level that really helps her open up her style with each new project she takes on! That's definitely the case here as Willis works with Banda Palomita – who've got this smoothly groovy style that's really wonderful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A big collection of funky gems from the Big Crown label – an important imprint in the role of fresh funky styles in the global underground! Big Crown are part of a musical legacy that stretches back to Soul Fire and Desco – but the company also has an ear towards newer modes of funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Live like a funky legend with this massively-stuffed Daptone Gold collection – filled with gems from one of the coolest, funkiest record labels of the past 20 years! The set features a few special tracks for the collection, plus some numbers from old Daptone 45s – making a full length ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great little collection – one that's maybe not as "early" as you'd guess from the title, given that most of these tracks are less than a decade old – but a set that really shows the great ear for a classic style that we love from the ATA label! Most of these tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album