The Brownout magic turns towards the world of Public Enemy this time around – in a sweet little record that serves up Latin funk instrumentals of PE classics! The music is hardly hip hop – apart from a few turntable scratches and vocal samples – and instead, the groove is deep ... read moreCD
Tight guitar from Chance Hayden – a player who definitely knows how to get a lot of color and tone out of his instrument, even while picking out a sharp note solo! There's a dexterity in Hayden's style that's clearly inspired by the more proficient blues guitarists in recent generations ... (Jazz, 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)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
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