Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble —
PDP ... CD Afrobomb, 2008. Used ...
A full-length cooker from Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble – a group who normally manage to pack an album's worth of energy into a 12" single! Given that talent, you can imagine how much is going on here – thanks to some very long tracks that serve up a classic 70s-styled take on Afrobeat ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
James Taylor Quartet —
Creation ... CD Acid Jazz/Hollywood, 1997. Used ...
Young Jazz Rebels (Madlib) —
Slave Riot ... LP Stones Throw, 2010. Very Good+ ...
Hazy jazz funk and soul jazz sounds from Madlib's Young Jazz Rebels – taking the gritty, percussive Madlib vibe to the outer realm here – on one of the most free jazz associated efforts Madlib has ever dropped, if not the most! The beat is the foremost element through most of Slave ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Tightly funky work from The Du-Rites – a combo who just appear to be a duo, but at a level that seems to make their groove even funkier than it might be otherwise! There's no horns, no singers – just heavy drums and lots of riffing guitar – plus bits of bass, organ, and other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fast beats and lots of old-school riffing here – a cut that almost sounds like a deft remix of vintage JBs material – with nicely breaking drums at the bottom, and some tasty horn solos over the top! "Calling The Jams" is more 80s overall – keyboards, basslines, and ... (Funky 45's, Deep Funk)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A fantastic second set from the team of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One – working here with some great help from Will Sessions on a number of tracks – an artist who really ups the funky ante of the record! The vibe is mostly in an early 80s funk mode – strong boogie grooves in the ... 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
Massive sounds from the Dopebrother Studio – home to some of the funkiest Kenny Dope productions of the past few years! The grooves here are mostly older nuggets from the 70s – rare funk, soul, and club numbers – mixed by Kenny and the Undercover Brother in ways that really bring ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A record that hardly needs to be called a "part 2" – because this sweet little set knocks it out of the park even more than the first project issued under this title – all as a mighty tribute to the evolving studio genius of Adrian Younge! Like the first record, this one ... read moreCD
A killer album of soul jazz from Robert Walter – most famously known as the keyboardist with the Greyboy All Stars, but a killer player in his own right, and the leader of the soon-to-be famous 20th Congress! The group features some killer drumming by Stanton Moore of Galactic – and ... read moreCD
One of a number of strong mid 80s sessions from drummer Bobby Previte – and like the others, as much an exploration of space and sound as it is an expression of jazz-based ideals. The group on the set is well-suited for the project – and includes Marty Erlich on tenor, Wayne Horvitz on ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
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 – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nobody's pacified here – as Soul Scratch leap right into the fray with lots of energy right from the very first note – setting up a fast funk frenzy that's matched only by the righteous energy of their excellent lead singer! The cut feels like a message cut 45 from back in the day ... (Funky 45's, Deep Funk)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Righteous funk from Gene Washington – a tune that's almost got the progressive, political vibe of some of the hippest work from the early 70s – with a raw mix of vocals and groove that would be right at home on Curtom Records! The flipside's bit more mellow – the mighty nice ... (Funky 45's, Deep Funk)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
(Black vinyl pressing.)
Quantic & Nidia Gongora —
Curao ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quantic & Nidia Gongora —
Curao ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! ... read moreCD
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – ... 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
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
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
The bassline alone is enough to make us love "Mango Season" – these deft chunks of sound that rumble up from the bottom in perfect formation – while a riffing, scratching guitar paves the way for some great percussion and horns! "Snake Bite" is equally tasty, but a ... (Funky 45's, Deep Funk)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Two great mixes here by Osunlade – both perfectly fit to the Vaudou Game groove! The core version of "On Se Pousse" has a strong Afro Funk drive – riffing guitars and keyboards, fast percussion, and sing-song vocals that really send the whole thing home – but the ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Funky keyboards and dubby grooves – a great little record that's as much inspired by Jamaican music as it is the longer legacy of American funky jazz! Soul Sugar first started giving us 45s about a decade ago, but their sound has really matured over the years – as leader/keyboard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album