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Deep Funk

XHeavy funk from the contemporary scene -- from labels like Daptone, Truth & Soul, Now Again, Schema, Freestyle, and Legere!

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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show Number 11 – Low Budget Hi Fi Music ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Low Budget Hi Fi Music from Madlib – the eleventh entry in his epic Madlib's Medicine Show series – 28 tracks of hip hop unofficially dubbed the Dirty Demos! The set feature sample enriched instrumentals by Madlib as Loop Digga and collaborations with Strong Arm Steady, J Rocc, Madlib & Oh No as The Professionals, Guity Simpson, AG & Frank Nitt. It's great stuff, natch – finding Madlib in a straighter hip hop mode production wise – but straighter Madlib production has unexpected twists and turns! Loads of funky samples, some recognizable others otherworldly – and beats that range from dusty funk to dramatically soulful. Includes "The Sound Of Champions" (inst), "Charlie Hustle" by Strong Arm Steady, "Sam", "Snakes 101" by MED, "Girls" by J Rocc, "Love/Hate" (inst), "The Adventurs Of Soul Bra And Docta Dick'em Pts 1 & 2", "Hold Up" by The Professionals, "Thoughts Of An Old Flame" by Guilty Simpson and others. (Hip Hop, Deep Funk) CD

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Bobby PreviteMusic Of The Moscow Circus ... CD
Gramavision, 1991. Used ... $4.99
Featuring Mark Feldman on violin, Carol Emanuel on harps, and Jerome Harris on guitars – plus vocals from the Saint Pancras Choristers. (Jazz, Deep Funk) CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Vintage League MusicVintage League Music Family Album Vol 1 ... LP
Vintage League, New Copy ... On January 15, 2021 (delayed)
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Mestizo BeatCanoga Madness ... LP
California Soul Music, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
An excellent album from a group who've really got the right sort of name – as the music here is equal parts Latin and soul, with plenty of funky elements at the core – very much in the best 70s style of the west coast Chicano Soul generation! The music is all instrumental – heavy on percussion next to the drums at the core – with riffing guitar, heavy bass, and a great use of jazzier elements on keyboards and saxes – which really elevates the music past standard funk, into territory that's often as rich as our favorite groups with a similar groove from back in the day! Most tracks are instrumental, but Terin Ector sings on "Find A Better Way" – next to other tracks that include "When Walls Fall", "Canoga Madness", "ANTFBS", "Lizard Brain", "El Camino Del Caballo", and "Osvaldo's Rebellion". LP, Vinyl record album

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Third RootPassion Of The Poets ... LP
Third Root Music, 2020. New Copy ... $21.99
Knowledge-heavy hip hop from the Texas trio of Easy Lee, MexStep, and DJ Chicken George – working here with some heavy help from a lineup of guests that includes Black Pumas and Grupo Fantasma! Producer Adrian Quesada, the powerhouse between those two acts, is on hand as producer for a fair bit of the record – bringing in his special blend of funk and soul roots, with that genre-stepping quality he's known for – perfect here for the conscious rhymes of Third Root. The whole thing hearkens back to an early 90s level of edutainment – and features additional production from El Dusty, and guest work from Madine and Kam Franklin too. Titles include "Born To Rhyme", "Spring Groove", "The Next Kendrick", "BBG", "MexStep 4 President", "Summer Groove", "Fantasma Horns", and "The Last Triumvirate". (Hip Hop, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Kylie AuldistThis Is What Happiness Looks Like ... CD
Soul Bank, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Aussie singer Kylie Auldist first cut her teeth singing for deep funk groups – but on a set like this, it's clear that she's ready to step out and soar into a wide world of soulful modes! The record brings in more 80s styles than we've heard from Kylie before – some keyboards and beats that bubble and turn nicely with the catchy lyrics of the tunes – and, in a way, it might almost seem like the singer is even better suited to music like this than some of the harder funk that got her going in the first place! The record's got a lot of tasty crossover cuts that almost hit mid 80s Deniece Williams territory – and titles include "All Mine", "Lyb", "Just Show Me", "Fly", "I Get It", "Everythink", and "Stay In Front". CD
Also available This Is What Happiness Looks Like ... LP 19.99

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Kylie AuldistThis Is What Happiness Looks Like ... LP
Soul Bank, 2020. New Copy ... $19.99 20.99
Aussie singer Kylie Auldist first cut her teeth singing for deep funk groups – but on a set like this, it's clear that she's ready to step out and soar into a wide world of soulful modes! The record brings in more 80s styles than we've heard from Kylie before – some keyboards and beats that bubble and turn nicely with the catchy lyrics of the tunes – and, in a way, it might almost seem like the singer is even better suited to music like this than some of the harder funk that got her going in the first place! The record's got a lot of tasty crossover cuts that almost hit mid 80s Deniece Williams territory – and titles include "All Mine", "Lyb", "Just Show Me", "Fly", "I Get It", "Everythink", and "Stay In Front". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available This Is What Happiness Looks Like ... CD 12.99

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Laurent Bardianne & Tigre D'Eau DouceLove Is Everywhere ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99
A fresh set of contemporary soul jazz from French tenorist Laurent Bardianne – a jazz musician, but one with a tie to other stylistic communities – which you can hear in the record from the very first note! The quintet has a familiar lineup that includes Hammond B3, bass, drums, and percussion – the last from Roger Raspail – but the sound is often very different than the standard grooves you'd expect from such a setting, partly because the presence of Raspail does a nice job of complicating things in the rhythm department, as does the presence of a bassist next to any basslines that might be produced by the organ! Bardianne gets plenty of space to solo out front – often in a way that really matches the changed-up rhythms – and titles include "Kinshasa", "Cabane", "Song Dong Hee", "Apaches", "Insolente", "Everlasting Child", and "Love Is Everywhere" – plus the track "Star 5", which features a guest vocal appearance from Anthony Joseph. (Jazz, Deep Funk) CD

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✨✧ BongolianHarlem Hipshake ... CD
Blow Up (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The Bongolian outs himself as a one-man operation on the cover of this cooking little album – but that's OK with us, as Nasser Bouzida more than serves up the goods on a mix of percussion, guitar, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond – all with the heavy old school funk touches that have made his previous records so great! There's a bit of help on horns along the way – but Nasser keeps the grooves nice and lean throughout, with the kind of focus on conga and bongo parts that have made his music a 21st Century answer to the sound of the Incredible Bongo Band – funky, soulful, and really outta sight! Titles include "Soul Drums On 110th Street", "West Side Stories", "Mojito Time Baby", "Give The Drummer Some", "Tito's Payoff", "Do You Like It Like That", and "LSD Got A Hold On Me". CD

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✨✧ Miles BonnyLumberjack Soul 2 ... CD
Innate Sounds, 2021. New Copy ... $9.99
It's been almost a decade since the first Lumberjack Soul album from Miles Bonny – and in that time, he's grown tremendously – both as a singer and musician, and as an artist who's really in command of his sound! Miles' voice still has the raspy charm we loved before, but the overall setting is far richer and more complex – maybe in a way that owes a lot more to jazz than before, although still with just the right inflections of beats – which are balanced with all these really creative sonic touches from Bonny – shapes and sounds from trumpet, piano, moog, and some other sources that are a bit hard to figure out – mixed together wonderfully. Titles include "Day Alone", "Go With The Sun", "In This World", "Soulful Melodies", "Release & Expand", "Wantu", and "Mother Of Love". CD
Also available Lumberjack Soul 2 ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Miles BonnyLumberjack Soul 2 ... LP
Innate Sounds/Diggers Factory, 2021. New Copy ... $23.99
It's been almost a decade since the first Lumberjack Soul album from Miles Bonny – and in that time, he's grown tremendously – both as a singer and musician, and as an artist who's really in command of his sound! Miles' voice still has the raspy charm we loved before, but the overall setting is far richer and more complex – maybe in a way that owes a lot more to jazz than before, although still with just the right inflections of beats – which are balanced with all these really creative sonic touches from Bonny – shapes and sounds from trumpet, piano, moog, and some other sources that are a bit hard to figure out – mixed together wonderfully. Titles include "Day Alone", "Go With The Sun", "In This World", "Soulful Melodies", "Release & Expand", "Wantu", and "Mother Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)
Also available Lumberjack Soul 2 ... CD 9.99

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BrooksAny Day Now ... LP
Underdog (France), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99
The Brooks have one hell of a drummer in the group – Maxime Bellavance, who's also credited as "Maestro Rhythm King" – and his sharp work on the kit really keeps things sharp throughout, as this Canadian funk combo make their way through a surprisingly strong array of 70s funk modes! The vibe is even more sophisticated than their previous record – with a nice blacksploitation sense of scope, even while things stay funky – more musical elements, and even some nice orchestrations – all held strongly in place by the funky drums! Titles include "Turn Up The Sound", "The Crown", "Game Play", "Headband", "Issues", "So Turned On", and "Etoile Polaire". LP, Vinyl record album

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Calibro 35High Tension Vol 35 – Calibro 35 Plays Lesiman ... LP
AMS (Italy), 2019. New Copy ... $32.99
Maybe one of the coolest records we've ever heard from Calibro 35 – and certainly one of the funkiest – thanks in part to a selection of tracks that are pulled from the catalog of Italian sound library genius Lesiman! The music is very hip – unusual sonic touches alongside tight basslines, great drums, and riffing guitar – all recorded with a mode that seems more open, airy, and inventive than any other Calibro 35 record too! And oddly, even though the group are reaching for a more direct reference to a sound and style they've already been exploring, the whole thing is maybe their most individual album overall – and the group's greatest calling card to date. Titles include "Milano 7", "Play Car", "Players/Bagliori", "Moto Centripeto", "Macchine Nello Spazio", "Schegge", and "Ricognizione Sulle Macerie". LP, Vinyl record album

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Calibro 35Ogni Riferimento A Persone Esistenti O A Fatti Realmente Accaduti E Puramente Casuale (Any Resemblance To Real Persons Or Actual Facts Is Purely Coincidental) ... LP
Record Kicks (UK), 2012. New Copy (reissue)... About February 1, 2021
Massive work from Calibro 35 – a group we've been digging on obscure overseas releases – stepping out here on their first American record, and easily their funkiest album to date! The sound is wonderful – still filled with the older Italian soundtrack references that got the group's music going in the first place – but also driven by a much tighter sound at the bottom, especially on the drums – which really drive the tunes strongly! Other instrumentation includes loads of keyboards – especially clavinet-type riffs that fit the group's 70s cop/crime mode perfectly – and titles include "Uh Ah Brrr", "Thank You & Goodbye", "New Delhi Deli", "New York New York", "Italian Band From BBQ", "Rain On Concrete", and "A Massacre At Dawn". (New Grooves, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album

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Clear Path EnsembleClear Path Ensemble ... LP
Cosmic Compositions, 2020. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
Jazzy work from Clear Path Ensemble – mostly a solo act by composer/performer Cory Champion, but graced with some nice guest work on bass clarinet, flute, harp, and piano too! Despite the one-man operation at the core, the music isn't electric or heavily processed – and instead, things feel more multi-layered – with elements that are as instrumental as jazz, but sometimes move into funkier modes too – maybe less concerned with the solo than the song itself – although there's plenty of standout instrumental performances throughout the record. A few tunes almost hit Roy Ayers territory, while others are more jagged and choppy – and titles include "Jerry's Funk", "Drip", "Tall Shorty", "Inner Space", "Sacred 7", and "Panorama Actual Spectral". (Jazz, Deep Funk) LP, Vinyl record album

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Phil Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass EnsembleKelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble ... CD
Honest Jons (UK), 2012. New Copy Gatefold ... $8.99 15.99
An amazing bit of music – and an incredible document of generations of creative jazz energy as well! The legendary Phil Cohran teams up here with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – a collective made up of Cohran's sons, who follow strongly in the rich legacy of his own Artistic Heritage group – yet in a very different way! Hypnotic Brass have caught the ear of many during their bright rise to fame – with a fluid, horn-heavy groove that's really amazing – echoes of Sun Ra and other Chicago creative legends – yet played almost entirely on brass instruments, which gives them an even bolder vibe. Here, working with their progenitor brings the group even more depth than before – an excellent sound that really spins things out wonderfully – percussion layered underneath the horns, solos taking jazzy flight, and an overall righteous vibe that holds things together beautifully. The album's way more than the sum of its parts – and those parts are already rich indeed – and titles include "Stateville", "Cuernavaca", "Ancestral", "Spin", "Zincali", "Apsara", and "Frankincense & Myrrh". (Jazz, Deep Funk) CD
 
 
 



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