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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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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 16.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". CD features the bonus track "Don't Give Up" – and 2CD version features a full bonus album of instrumentals by Leon Michels and the group! CD

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✨✧ Groove CollectivePeople People Music Music ... CD
Savoy, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little set from Groove Collective – a much deeper, more strongly jazz-based set than before – the kind of record we never could have imagined from them years back! These guys have really matured their groove over the years – and are coming across now with a really righteous sound, one so strong we almost think they warrant a change of name! There's none of the simple tricks or gimmicks of earlier records here – and instead, the approach is solidly based in soul jazz modes of the 70s – lots of Fender Rhodes over tight percussion topped with horns – often coming across with some cosmic touches that are subtle, but brilliantly placed. Titles include "What If", "DFU", "Forgotten Travelers", "Tito", "Eat No Space", "Set Up", "Centerfield", "Speak Like A Child", and "Outermost". CD
(Sticker over barcode.)

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✨✧ HifiversHifivers Play Raw Soul ... CD
Hi Five (Germany), 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lots of raw soul here, and plenty of deep funk too – but tied together in a vibe that almost goes deeper than usual for a European combo of this nature, thanks to some great imagination on the horn parts! The set begins with the excellent "Watusi", which almost has a spiritual jazz vibe – then rolls into some numbers with a tighter funk approach, and some occasional female vocals too – used in ways that are often very respectful of the instrumentation, and definitely lets it set the tone first. Titles include "Thru To You", "Watusi", "Don't Step", "Got Myself Some Bucks", and "What You Lookin At". CD
(Cover says "promotional copy" – but these are copies sold to us by the band – the closest to a physical release of this digital album.)

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Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
A great little soul set by a singer we're betting will have a long run in the funky underground – a relative newcomer, but one who comes across with a power that really belies his time in the studio! Ben Piriani's music has this righteous, full-on groove that reminds us a lot of that moment when Chicago soul was cusping at the end of the 60s – hitting more progressive themes, and really exploding with power – which is definitely what Ben and the group do here, thanks to sharp, soulful backings – and lots of backup vocals that almost put Piriani's lead in the company of groups like The Artistics or Lost Generation. Unlike other singers who try to go back, but usually just go for the easy marks, Ben's really got his sound just right here – and is one of the best blue-eyed soul singers we've heard in years. Titles include "How Do I Talk To My Brother", "Light Of My Life", "Try Love", "Not One More Tear", "Can't Get Out Your Own Way", "You Brought The Rain", and "Dreamin's For Free". CD
Also available How Do I Talk To My Brother? ... LP 14.99

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Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... LP
Colemine, 2018. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
A great little soul set by a singer we're betting will have a long run in the funky underground – a relative newcomer, but one who comes across with a power that really belies his time in the studio! Ben Piriani's music has this righteous, full-on groove that reminds us a lot of that moment when Chicago soul was cusping at the end of the 60s – hitting more progressive themes, and really exploding with power – which is definitely what Ben and the group do here, thanks to sharp, soulful backings – and lots of backup vocals that almost put Piriani's lead in the company of groups like The Artistics or Lost Generation. Unlike other singers who try to go back, but usually just go for the easy marks, Ben's really got his sound just right here – and is one of the best blue-eyed soul singers we've heard in years. Titles include "How Do I Talk To My Brother", "Light Of My Life", "Try Love", "Not One More Tear", "Can't Get Out Your Own Way", "You Brought The Rain", and "Dreamin's For Free". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl promo pressing.)
Also available How Do I Talk To My Brother? ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ PlayersFrom The Six Corners ... CD
Discotheque (UK), 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A British combo with a classic soul sound – and one who've got roots in a mod scene that stretches back before the early days of Acid Jazz! Given that the group features keyboards from Mick Talbot and drums from Steve White, you can bet that their sound is tight and right – a solid 60s-influenced style that drips with soul, jazz, and funky touches – but which also gets a powerful lead vocal edge from singer Kelly Dickson. Dickson's are nicely raspy throughout – not authentic soul, but more than soulful enough to keep the set moving nicely – especially on some of the numbers that move into odd arrangements and strange production twists, which help the set avoid a straight soul copy mode. Titles include a surprisingly great funky remake of Scott Walker's "Little Things", plus the cuts "What's Your Problem", "Nobody Told Me", "Isaac's Boogaloo", "Quinta Del Sordo", "Liberation", "It's Not Over Now", and "No Big Deal". CD
(Includes slicpase.)

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✨✧ Slum Village & Abstract OrchestraFantastic 2020 (2CD set) ... CD
Ne'Astra, 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Slum Village teams up with the hip hop-reared jazz funk collective Abstract Orchestra for this worthy revisit/live band rework of the legendary Fantastic Vol 2 – a soulful Detroit hip hop classic and a vital piece of the late great J Dilla's legacy! A few cuts have prominent vocals, others have atmospheric backing vocals, but it's Abstract Orchestra's jazzy hip hop soul instrumentals – taking flight on the inspiration of the Jay Dee & Slum Village Detroit hip hop classic – that serve as the driving soulful spirit of this one. They are indeed a sizable crew more than earning the orchestra part of their name, but they know how to keep the core groove in a tight, headnodding mode befitting late 90s soulful hip hop, while finding space to soar within. It's also a testament to Dilla's original production that it makes so much sense fleshed out with horns, strings and more orchestral atmosphere. Titles including "Hold Tight", "Tell Me", "Jealousy", "Thelonius", "Who We Are", "Players", "What's It All About", "Forth & Back", "CB4:, "Once Upon A Time", "Untitled", "Eyes Up" and more. 21 tracks on 2CDs. (Hip Hop, Deep Funk) CD

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Carlton Jumel Smith1634 Lexington Avenue ... LP
Timmion, 2019. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
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 Timmion studios with Cold Diamond & Mink – who bring to his music what the Dap-Tones or El Michels have brought to other singers in the deep funk spectrum! Yet the sound here is definitely different than those efforts, too – as Smith is a soul stylist with a nicely open range – able to hit some late 60s sweet soul moments at times, then going for deeper, more righteous sounds at others – all of which really fit the instrumental range of CD&M, who get a bit of help on horn arrangements from Jukka Eskola, in addition to their usual tight sound at the core. Titles include "Love Our Love Affair", "I'd Better", "You Gonna Need Me", "Help Me", "Woman You Made Me", "We're All We Got", and "I Can't Love You Anymore". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousEarly Works – Funk, Soul, & Afro Rarities From The Archives (with bonus download) ... LP
ATA (UK), Mid 2010s. New Copy ... $19.99
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 have a rock-solid deep funk mode – more 70s in their approach, and with a range that moves between cinematic funk, Ethio-influenced numbers, and a number of down-to-earth grooves – of the sort you might find on a vintage funky 45! Titles include "Cave Of Brahma" and "Elephant" by The Sorcerers, "The Flip" by Cleveland Freckleton, "Cookie Jar" by The Reverend Barrington Stanley, "Thought Forms" by Ivan Von Engelberger's Asteroid, "Sucker Punch" by The Mandatory Eight, "What Are We Made Of" by The Cadets, and "London Station" by The Lamplighters. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
 
 
 



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