Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Given their longstanding love of classic funk, The Bamboos are definitely night time people – but this time around, maestro Lance Ferguson also seems to have opened up their groove – pushing things with a stronger, bolder vibe that might well give the group the long-overdue ... read moreCD
One of the hippest groups going in the deep funk underground – a combo who play way more than just conventional funk – and who manage to embrace a whole host of classic influences at once! Echoes of older Latin, African, and soundtrack-styled grooves sift together beautifully in this ... read moreCD
A pretty full-on group from the Virginia scene – one that comes on strong with a mix of funky drums, fuzzy guitar, bumping bass, and some great work on trumpet and keyboards! The groove here is almost a psychedelic take on jazz funk from years back – filtered into a very contemporary ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Calibro 35 —
Decade ... CD Record Kicks (Italy), 2018. New Copy ...
Calibro 35 have grown a heck of a lot in the last ten years – from a group who already had a strong ear for vintage soundtrack and sound library funk – to one who've definitely brought a lot of their own ideas to the music too! The sound here is razor sharp and right on the money ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The Congregation must have quite a big record collection – given the range of classic influences that go into their music – a wealth of sounds from Motown to Memphis soul, to some deeper blues currents that come from their Chicago hometown! The group are a tight little collective ... read moreCD
A sweet collection of funk from this ultra-cool Japanese combo – all hand-picked, and served up in a special mix by DJ Muro! Crazy Ken Band have an odd name, but a warmly soulful take on funk that began in the pre-Daptone years, and which maybe shares more with the funk revival modes on the ... read moreCD
Great work from Shirley Davis – working here with a Spanish funk combo who've got a deep vibe we really didn't expect! The group's got this tightness that really works well with Davis' vocals – using organ lines and downturning blue currents in this great style that gets away from some ... read moreCD
Dos Santos —
Logos ... CD 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 moreCD
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right ... read moreCD
Sonny Emory's a drummer, but he's got some great help here in his funky Cachet combo – singers on just about every track, who really help to flesh out the soulful sound of the set! The core grooves come from Sonny working the drum kit, and adding in keyboards and other instruments too – ... read moreCD
A fantastic full length set from trumpeter Jukka Eskola and his Soul Trio – a combo with a strange sort of name! The group here is actually a sextet – as the core combo gets guest help from Timo Lassy on saxes, Magnus Lindgren on flute, and Ville Herrala on bass – who really ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A fantastic full album from this ultra-cool group – a funky combo from contemporary Estonia – with ties to the Misha Panfilov Sound Combo that you might know from a sweet selection of recent 45s! Misha's in this group on bass, and also produced the record – with a raw sound that ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Ghost Note —
Swagism ... CD RSVP/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy 2CD ...
Great sounds from Ghost Note – a group that's co-led by a drummer and a keyboardist who also plays more drums – which should give you an idea of the funky nature of the album! There's a fuller group on hand for most of the record – guitar, tenor, alto, flute, and more keyboards ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The cover looks a lot like a vintage soul album from the 70s – and the whole thing sounds a lot like one too – as the vocals of Curtis Harding are maybe even more wonderful here than on his debut album, and set up with these majestic grooves that are completely outta sight! The record ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
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 moreCD
A fantastic album from this increasingly hip combo – a group who were already pretty darn funky at their start, but who've just kept on moving into really amazing territory over the years! The sound here is maybe the equivalent of the depth and shifts that El Michels brought to the deep funk ... read moreCD
BB1 ... CD Pony Canyon (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
The first music we've heard in quite awhile from Jazztronik – and a set that has them sounding even more funk-oriented than before! We've always loved the creations of leader Ryota Nozaki – even his mellower moments – but this time around, he really steps into new territory by ... (New Grooves, 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 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 fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the ... read moreCD
A triple-pack of soulful sounds from Sharon Jones – three albums together at a very nice price! The header of the set is Soul Of A Woman – the fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate ... 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
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 moreCD
An organ trio, and one with plenty of soul – romping drums, riffing guitar, and some mighty sweet work on the Hammond by Delvon Lamarr! This is the first we've ever heard of the group, but they're rock solid and right on the money – working with a lean, hard style that's completely ... read moreCD
Deeply funky work from the Tito Lopez Combo – possibly the group's grooviest album to date! The ensemble really have their chops down with this one – and hit a tight groove that's right up there in a 70s blacksploitation mode, but with some leaner jazz elements as well – driven ... read moreCD
A record that definitely delivers the very best of Herbie Mann – especially if, like us, you think that one of his greatest contributions to music was finding a way to make the flute sound surprisingly soulful in the 60s! Herbie wasn't the first to pick up the instrument and use it for ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Menahan Street Band —
Crossing ... CD Daptone, 2012. New Copy ...
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 ... read moreCD
A bold slice of work from the Daptone musical universe – a hip project that features work from members of The Dap Kings, El Michels Affair, Budos Band, and Antibalas – all put together with a range of sounds that really show the full spectrum of their styles! The groove's quite unique ... read moreCD
Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad really sound fantastic here – stepping off their great work on the soundtrack for Luke Cage, and taking their music in an even stronger direction with help from an array of guest singers and musicians! Things are as rich and funky as you might expect ... read moreCD
One of the most unique funk groups we've ever heard – one who bring together Japanese roots, and inflect them with a much more global sense of groove! The approach is maybe Lagos by way of Kyoto – with maybe a stop in Addis Ababa during the trip – but the end result is also a lot ... read moreCD
A nice little project from The Monophonics – one that has the group turning their fuzzy funk talents towards a host of classic cuts from the 60s and 70s – which they remake with a very distinctly different sound! You're bound to recognize most cuts here, but it might take you a minute ... read moreCD
A hugely expanded version of this stone London classic from Mother Earth – presented as a 2CD set with a huge amount of extra material! The core album is the kind of record that should have crossed over big at a global level, had more folks been paying attention to the Brit funk scene at the ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
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 moreCD
A record that may well single-handedly mark the huge shift in American/Cuban relations in years to come – as the set's a tremendous project between the New York forces of Daptone Records, and the overlooked genius of the younger scene in Havana! Make no mistake, this isn't your usual Daptone ... (Latin, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A funky set from Philthy – a group who take their name from trumpeter/leader Philip Lassiter – an artist you might know from a previous date under his own name, but working here very much as part of the ensemble! The group have a horn-heavy sound that's somewhat in the legacy of Tower ... read moreCD
Bernard Purdie & Friends —
Cool Down ... CD Sugar Road, 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Legendary drummer Bernard Purdie has left a huge legacy of music behind him – and here he adds to that legacy in a new small combo set – one that features core work from members of New Mastersounds and Pimps Of Joytime – and which also features Ivan Neville on keyboards, and Cyril ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A great combination of contemporary soul talents – the blue-eyed soul vocals of Eli Reed and the horn-heavy rhythms of the High & Mighty Brass Band! The setting's a nice one for Eli, and has a rootsy feel that you don't get on some of his other records – and in addition to the ... (Neo Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A contemporary set, but one that reaches back to the earlier years of the London funk scene – given that it not only features work from Gareth Tasker and Barrie Sharpe, but also includes contributions from members of Beggar & Co and 23 Skidoo! The sound's almost got a classic acid jazz ... read moreCD
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens —
Cold World ... CD Daptone, 2014. New Copy ...
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – a record that's done with deeper raw soul roots than their Daptone debut – but which still holds onto all the group's uplifting gospel spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show ... read moreCD
An orchestral homage to Dr Dre spearheaded by Brooklyn's Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve – fleshing out hooks and melodies from throughout Dre's career, from classic singles to deep cuts, into large scale jazzy soul – with a stellar roster of guests including Mark De Clive-Lowe, DJ ... read moreCD
The debut album by Bette Smith – a singer with a definite 70s look on the cover, and a definite sound to match! Bette was raised in Brooklyn, where she worked for years to hone her voice to a uniquely raspy style – but she recorded this album in Mississippi, with a deep soul vibe that ... 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
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 moreCD
The return of the great ones – and quite possibly the funkiest album ever from The Sugarman Three – a crowning achievement for this funky combo that we've loved for years! The core trio is still in place – soaring Hammond, tight tenor, and heavy drums – but they've also ... read moreCD
A great introduction to the voice of Gabriel Tajeu – a singer who has this way of grabbing us right from the very first note, with a vibe that's classic enough to have made him huge way back in the 70s! Gabriel's music has a sound that's as sunny as the image on the cover – a style ... read moreCD
Keyboard James Taylor works here in a very unique setting – but one that's totally great, as well – and which really seems to give his music a very fresh vibe! The title's no lie – as Taylor's working in a mass-like format, complete with a large vocal choir – but the result ... read moreCD
We've always loved the music of Jimi Tenor – but recently, he seems to get better and better with each new record – hitting a spiritual, soulful depth we never would have expected years ago! This album's one of his best efforts ever – and feels more like some lost 70s ... read moreCD
Ruby Velle's got one of those voices that will no doubt make her huge – soaring and powerful, right from the very first notes – with a capable confidence that could probably take on just about any style of music, but which is especially great here in the company of the Soulphonics combo! ... read moreCD
A funky soul double-header – one that features live material both by Osaka Monaurail and the legendary Marva Whitney! The set starts out with a few tracks by OM – playing in that razor-sharp, James Brown-inspired groove that we love so much – easily the greatest contemporary JB-dr ... (Soul, Deep Funk)read moreCD
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Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Woima Collective —
Tezeta ... CD Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2010. New Copy ...
An amazing set of Ethiopian-styled grooves – recorded recently, but with a sound that's right up there with some of our favorite Mulatu albums of the 70s! The group here really know their stuff – and they work in a beautiful blend of bottom-heavy percussion and unique horn phrasings ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
An ultra-groovy record label celebrates its 15th anniversary – in a hip selection of 15 tracks that features a fair bit of previously-unreleased tracks! For over a dozen years, Record Kicks has been serving up global funk from its homebase in Milan – spanning the planet to uncover some ... read moreCD