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✨✧ Underground SystemWhat Are You ... LP
Soul Clap, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great things percolating in the sonic mix – more beats, catchy lyrics, and playful passages that almost recall some of the the NYC downtown experiments with funky global styles in the post-disco years – but all handled with a much more contemporary vibe. The criss-crossing of styles is a great change from some of the too-standard groups of the scene – and titles include "State Of Mind", "What's It Gonna Take", "Nmani", "Rent Party", "Just A Place", "Sebben", and "Three's A Charm". (Neo Soul, New Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
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Underground SystemWhat Are You ... LP
Soul Clap, 2017. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great things percolating in the sonic mix – more beats, catchy lyrics, and playful passages that almost recall some of the the NYC downtown experiments with funky global styles in the post-disco years – but all handled with a much more contemporary vibe. The criss-crossing of styles is a great change from some of the too-standard groups of the scene – and titles include "State Of Mind", "What's It Gonna Take", "Nmani", "Rent Party", "Just A Place", "Sebben", and "Three's A Charm". (Neo Soul, New Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, including the printed inner sleeve.)
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Benny SingsCity Pop ... CD
Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
We've loved the music of Benny Sings for years – and can't understand why the man's not a much bigger success at a worldwide level – because his songs have the gentle soul and careful construction of the sorts of music that used to grace the airwaves decades back! Yet maybe the obscurity is always what makes Benny so great – as the songs here feel like lost AOR gems from a time when folks really knew how to make a record – but also sifted down to a core approach that never lets things get too overly-polished or commercial – kind of that modern love of classic modes that we also find in the music of Ed Motta, even though Ed's a very different singer overall. Titles include "Familiar", "Not Enough", "Duplicate", "Dreamin", "Summerlude", "Everything I Know", and "Nakameguro". (Neo Soul, New Grooves) CD

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✨✧ Mario BiondiSun ... CD
Sony, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old school jazz in the mix that we love from Mario's Schema work – but the album's also got a fuller production style at times, one that really expands the palette of Biondi's colors, and which has him working here with help from key guests who include Omar, Leon Ware, Al Jarreau, Incognito, and Chaka Khan – and even a bit of organ from the James Taylor Quartet! Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick helped co-write a good number of tracks on the set – and titles include "Shine On", "Come To Me", "Woman Woman", "What Have You Done To Me", "Never Stop", "La Voglia La Pazzia L'Idea", "Girl Blue", "Light To The World", and "Catch The Sunrise". CD

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✨✧ Brand New HeaviesBrand New Heavies – Trunk Funk Classics 1991 to 2000 ... CD
Delicious Vinyl/Rhino, 1990s/Early 2000s. Used ... $5.99
15 tracks from one of the best jazz funk bands of the past 25 years! The Brand New Heavies have a wonderful sound that mixes 70s jazz funk with a tight modern soul groove – never sleepy, and infused with all the best energy of older groups. They first sprung into being in the early days of the London acid jazz scene of the late 80s – but over the next few years, they became one of the best soul acts in the world, breaking out of the underground, and storming the US charts with classics like "Dream On Dreamer", "Stay This Way", and "Never Stop". All those cuts are on this tasty "best of" set – as are numbers from their hip hop experiments, including "Soul Flower" with The Pharcyde, "Bonafide Funk" with Main Source, and remixes of "Sometimes" with Q-Tip and "Saturday Nite" with Mos Def. The set also features "Dream Come True '92", "Put The Funk Back In It", "Have A Good Time", "Bonafide", and "Finish What You Started", a new track with vocals by N'Dea Davenport! (Neo Soul, New Grooves) CD

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Giovanni DamicoBoogie Tracks ... LP
Star Creature, 2019. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A sweet set of largely instrumental Italo electro funk and spacey 80s synth soul inspired grooves from Giovanni Damico! Giovanni delivers what's really becoming a something of a signature Star Creature sound – a deep love for the 80s era synth and drum programming, but strongly resonant of post-millennium modern funk – with a lot of other diverse touches layered in, including occasional vocoder and vocals, more insistent, old school hip hop inspired drum programming and more. Titles Includes "Spazio E Tempo", " "Boogie Erogeno", "Bday Mood", "Puma Beat", "Rize Up", "The G-Sound", "New Directions" and "Stream Of Souls". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ FunkadelicFunkadelic – Reworked By Detroiters ... CD
Westbound (UK), Early 70s/2017. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
The classic sound of Funkadelic, reworked by a key selection of contemporary talents from the Detroit scene – but never in a way that wrecks the originals at all! Unlike other remix projects, which might break up the music to a point that you can hardly recognize the original grooves – this set does a wonderful job of maintaining all the integrity of the famous funky recordings by the group, while also letting some artists from the group's hometown also include a few of their own contributions too – all in ways that really expand the original vision of the music, while keeping things in a funky soul vein all the way through! Given all the greateness of Detroit grooves in recent years – from that city's very fertile underground of producers and musicians – the sound here is still even more amazing than we expected, and the album's a very fitting one to be issued on the Westbound label. The set's double-length, and for good reason too – and titles include "Music 4 My Mother (Underground Resistance mix)", "Sexy Ways (Recloose disco flip)", "Get Your Ass Off & Jam (Marcellus Pittman rmx)", "You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure (Alton Miller mix)", "Super Stupid (Dirtbombs version)", "Music For My Mother (Andres Wo Ahh Ay voc mix)", "Cosmic Slop (Moodymann mix)", "Be My Beach (Mophono & Tom Thump)", "Let's Make It Last (Kenny Dixon Jr edit)", "Let's Take It To The Stage (Amp Fiddler @Ya mix)", "Undisco Kidd (Gay Marvine edit)", "Looking Back At You (Ectomorph stripped & dubbed)", and "Standing On The Verge (Anthony Shake Shakir & T Dancer rmx)". (Soul, New Grooves) CD

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✨✧ GuruBest Of Guru's Jazzmatazz ... CD
Virgin, 1990s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jazzy soul & straight up hip hop from Guru's pioneering Jazzmatazz series – cuts culled from Volumes 1-3 – the Virgin years! Not only did Guru do an admirable job of inspiring a host of jazz legends and contemporary players to get involved, Jazzmatazz also proved to be an excellent platform for singers in the emerging neo soul scene of the 90s – from Lonnie Liston Smith, Ramsey Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Donald Byrd and many more from the jazz world, to Mica Paris, Angie Stone, Kelis, N'Dea Davenport and others on the soul side – plus the Roots and Bahamadia representing hip hop. We always appreciated Guru's efforts with his Jazzmatazz – and it's pretty sweet that it has this lasting positive influence! 18 tracks in all: "No Time To Play" feat Ronnie Jordan & D Cee Lee, "Trust Me" feat N'Dea Davenport, "Slicker Than Most" feat Gary Barnacle, "Down The Backstreets" feat Lonnie Liston Smith, "Sights In The City" feat Courtney Pine & Carleen Anderson, "Loungin'" feat Donald Byrd, "Watch What You Say" feat Chaka Khan & Bradford Marsalis, "Looking Through Darkness" feat Mica Paris, "Choices" feat N'Dea Davenport & Bobbi Humphrey, "Supa Love" feat Kelis and more. (Hip Hop, New Grooves) CD

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✨✧ JazzanovaOf All The Things (3LP set) ... LP
Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2008. New Copy ... On November 8, 2019
A tremendous step forward for Jazzanova – an album that's overflowing with classic soul touches, and done in a style we'd hardly have expected from the group a few years before! Jazzanova have always had an ear for older sounds in their music – which is something that first set them apart from the dancefloor pack – but this album's a really amazing achievement, and one that's put together with the solid sound of some lost late 60s sessions from Motown at points – or with some of the cooler sounds of European jazz of the 70s! There's still a 21st Century vibe to the music – a bit of crackle here and there that marks it as contemporary – but the backings also have tight orchestrations, occasional strings, and that perfectly put-together quality that still makes us marvel at old soul and jazz records after all these years. Vocals are sublime too – as the album features contributions from Phonte, Paul Randolph, Ben Westbeech, Jose James, Dwele, Bembe Segue, and Leon Ware – all of whom fit in perfectly, without any of the sort of random "vocals with sound system" feel you might get in another album of this type. Most tracks are co-written with the vocalist – which is an even hipper touch that ensures a depth of quality – and titles include "Gafiera", "Lucky Girl", "Little Bird", "I Can See", "Look What You're Doin To Me", "Let Me Show Ya", "Lie", and "So Far From Home" – plus a great cover of "Rockin You Eternally". LP, Vinyl record album

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JitwamJitwam ... LP
Cosmic Compositions (Germany), 2018. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Beautiful beats and spacey soul from Jitwam – a record that's definitely in its own sort of territory – as it layers together a range of wonderful elements, without any care as to what genre it might be creating! There's definitely a mode here that resonates with the hippest of underground soul in recent years – but the overall sound is maybe edgier than most of that scene – sometimes almost avant in expression, but always with a return to tunefulness that holds the whole thing together. Added elements include a bit of harp, some offbeat trumpets, and even sirens from the NYPD – on titles that include "Yesiknw", "Thelove", "Heavensent", "Drowning In Tomorrow", "I Ain't Scared Of No Devil", "Somethingtochewon", and "Trinkets". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kings Go ForthOutsiders Are Back ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2010. Used ... $7.99
The brilliant full length debut of Kings Go Forth – a set we'd been eagerly anticipating after hearing their first few fantastic singles! The group hail from Milwaukee, an unlikely spot for a combo this hip – and they've got a sound that's smoking 70s soul all the way through – not just the deep funk you might hear from other groups working today, but a deeper soul spectrum that brings in bits of Curtom, New Jersey soul, Philly Northern, and a handful of other great 70s soul moments we totally love! As longtime fans of classic soul, we're pretty picky about the contemporary stuff that we rate – so take it from us, when we give these guys a 10 out of 10, we definitely mean it – and they've definitely done what it takes to earn our respect with a record like this. Vocals are wonderful – harmonized like some group soul 45 on most of the best cuts – and titles include "Fight With Love", "You're The One", "I Don't Love You No More", "One Day", "Paradise Lost", "Don't Take My Shadow", and "1000 Songs". (Deep Funk, New Grooves) CD
(Out of print.)

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Mad ZachOut Of Body EP (splatter colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Alpha Pup, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
Densely atmospheric and hypnotically beat-driven grooves from Mad Zach on Alpha Pup! There's a bit more of intense electronic vibe here than the some of the more abstract jazzy soul soundscapes of a lot what we've heard on the label to date, which is gratifying honestly – and is compelling as can be and with a human soul behind it, nothing too clinical or sterile in the way a lot of modern day techno can come off as. Solid stuff! Includes "Dark Street", "Drawing Blood", "Shadow Figure and "Trunk Funk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code.)

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Massive Attack100th Window ... CD
Virgin, 2003. Used ... $1.99
The latest from the groundbreaking Bristol crew! The sound on this outing isn't as dark as the last two albums, but there's still the unmistakable Massive vibe, with a full, deep bass, dubby elements, hip-hop & jungle inflected beats and atmospheric touches that spawned scores of copycats. Horace Andy is welcome, as on previous efforts, with his bright voice gracing a number of tracks, while on other songs Sinead O'Connor's vocals actually fit in quite well amongst the thick sonic collage. 9 tracks in all: "Future Proof", "What Your Soul Sings", "Everywhen", "Special Cases", "Butterfly Caught", "A Prayer For England", "Small Time Shot Away", "Name Taken" and "Antistar". CD

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✨✧ Monday MichiruSoulception ... CD
Adventure Music, 2012. Used ... $2.99
Fantastic sounds from Monday Michiru – quite possibly her greatest album in years, and one that really draws together all the best elements of her style! The vocals are wonderful – soaring, fluid, and filled with soul – almost more confident than ever – and set to these small group jazz arrangements that still bounce around with lots of contemporary rhythms – yet all played live, almost in a clubjazz mode – which makes for a perfect backdrop for Monday's lyrics! As always, the vibe is righteous, and the spirit is totally uplifting – the kind of amazing music that's held us rapt, watching her career for the past two decades – never disappointed, and always blown away by the rich progression in her music. Monday plays a bit of flute on the record, Ed Motta sings guest vocals on a version of the Milton Nascimento classic "Bridges" – and other titles include "Adventures", "What Is In A Soul", "Map Of The Soul", "What Defines You", "Brasilianos", "Til Morning Comes Again", and "The Elusive Song". (Neo Soul, New Grooves) CD
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✨✧ XL Middleton2 Minutes Till Midnight ... LP
MoFunk, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Modern funk heavy XL Middleton doing his masterful thing here – taking 80s electro era funk deep into the post millennium with a timeless feel! He's mixing styles here really well without losing sight of the signatures sound – funky bass grooves, spacey keys and drum programming – bringing in some timely hip hop and soul lyricism courtesy of a solid guest list, and seamlessly going from bouncing G Funk, to hip hop soul and back. Includes "PTL" with Zackey Force Funk", "Where We About To Talk It (Salvation)", "I Don't Wanna Wait", "What She Sounds Like" feat I Ced, "Love When It Comes Down To It" feat Z-Man & Moniquea, "Gentched Up", "Think U Slick" feat Kokane & Rev, "Trippin'" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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NicolayHere ... CD
BBE, 2006. Used ... $4.99
A nice set of tracks from Dutch producer/beatmaker Nicolay – building off of the atmospheric approach he brought to the Foreign Exchange album – a bubbling synthesis of moody beats, spacey touches, and rhymed and sung vocals by guests Darien Brockington, Black Spade, Yahzarah, Sy Smith and others! There's an soul-stirring undercurrent to Nicolay's sound that we love – one that relies on a textural soundscape as much as the beat – but one that still manages to touch on the kind of emotional vibe put underneath the rhymes by contemporaries such as 9th Wonder. Tracks include "I Love The Way You Love" feat Darien Brockington, "I Am The Man" feat Black Spade, "Give Her Everything", "What It Used To Be" feat Wiz Khalifa, "Good Days Are Gone" feat Black Spade, "Let It Shine For Me", "Adore" feat Yahzarah and "My Story" feat Kay and Sy Smith. CD

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✨✧ James PantsWelcome ... CD
Stones Throw, 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Electro party funk, lots of drums, and grooves galore from elastic man James Pants – one of the more wildly eclectic figures on Stones Throw, but his full length debut is anything but a hodge podge – it's a madly charming danceable gem all the way! Pants fully delivers on the promise of his earlier singles and mad mix sets – the LP is rife with minimalist electro jams, pulsing synthy funk, a nod or two to no wave, and Kraftwerk-ian computer soul – winning track after winning track. What's best is that it's done with a knowing smirk that never ever comes off as cloying – and real affection in place of the irony that mires lesser bedroom beatmakers. A straight up great time! Titles include the killer single "We're Through", the drum heavy standout "Dragonslayer", "Theme From Paris", "Crystal Lite" feat Deon Davis, "Cosmic Rapp", "My Tree", "My Girl", I Choose You", "Green Rivers", "Voodoo Caves", "Ka$h" feat Deon Davis, "You're The Only One" feat Gary Davis, "Shower Party". CD

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Alice RussellMy Favourite Letters ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2005. Used ... $5.99
A brilliant set from one of the greatest voices in 21st Century soul – and a record that has Alice exploring even more territory than her first! Russell's got a sound that's effortlessly classic – one of those voices that grabs you like some lost jazz vocalist or soul singer from years past, but which isn't mired in any of the cliches of simple reproduction of style. Instead, she's teamed beautifully here with TJ Juke – who offers a range of different backdrops for Russell's unique voice – allowing her to sing playfully one moment, scat breezily the next, and hit some earthy, bluesy notes that really dig deep! Take our word, you'll be hearing plenty from Alice in years to come – and this album's a great place to start following her fame. Titles include "All Else Can Wait", "Humankind", "What We Want", "I'm Just Here", "Munkaroo", "All Over Now", "Remember To Forget", "To Know This", "A Fly In The Hand", "Mean To Me", and "High Up On The Hook". (Neo Soul, New Grooves) CD

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Cecilia Stalin & Khari SimmonsStory Of Love EP ... LP
Cecilia Stalin (UK), 2015. Sealed ... $9.99
We've always loved vocalist Cecilia Stalin, no matter what the setting – but here, she might be in the best company ever – working with jazzy backings from Khari Cabral Simmons and other members of the Atlanta scene – on a record that's drenched in soul from the very first note! Stalin hails from London, was born in Sweden, and worked with Koop and other overseas acts – but she's also got this strongly soulful quality that's always made her a favorite with American listeners too – and here, working with Khari, she's almost returning the favor by giving a special sort of Atlanta spin to her music! The music's based on strong basslines from Simmons, and features lots of warm keyboards – and all the rhythms are live, with a spontaneous jazzy undercurrent that works perfect with Cecilia's lovely vocals. Our only complaint might be that we would have loved a full record from the duo – but the four songs here offer maybe more than most other full LPs. Titles include a great reworking of Jon Lucien's "Sunny Day", plus "He Loves You", "The Story Of Love", and "Norwegian Wood". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousTotally Wired & Illicit Grooves – Acid Jazz – The Birth Of A Scene 1987 to 1990 ... CD
Acid Jazz/BGP (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous grooves from the earliest (and best) years of the acid jazz scene – all recorded at a time when London was exploding with sounds from the 60s and 70s, and turning out some of the hippest music on the planet! Although the term "acid jazz" was soon mishandled and mis-managed here in the US, the earliest days of the movement were really a tremendous time in London – a period when folks returned to the core elements that made funk, jazz, and soul great – and shook off all of the too-electric and too-stiff modes that had crept in during the 80s! Most of the work here is in a really spare, stripped-down funky mode – a cross between soul jazz of the 60s and blacksploitation funk of the 70s, with possibly a few more contemporary elements thrown into the mix. And in these years way before the current deep funk revival, what's even more important is the way these songs were produced – with a warmth that other groups hadn't had in years, and a real love of the way these tracks might have sounded in older studios a few decades before. The package contains a number of key rare singles from the Acid Jazz label, other album tracks, and even a few classics that had a big influence on the London scene. Titles include the rare pre-Acid Jazz single "Got To Give" by The Brand New Heavies, the sublime "Rejoice In Righteousness" by Bukky Leo Quintet, and the tracks "Cut & Run" by Lay Zee Muthas, "Like A Gun" by King Truman, "The Killer" by Night Trains, "People Get Ready" by The Brand New Heavies, "Haw Right Now" by Patrice Rushen, "Earthly Powers" by Man Called Adam, "Mr PC" by Snowboy, "Spinning Wheel" by New Jersey Kings, "Let The Good Times Roll" by The Quiet Boys, and "Mighty Mouse" by Caesar Frazier. Loads of great notes too – a really detailed look at the London scene at the end of the 80s! CD

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