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


Stage Of All Things
Soulphonics, 2018. New Copy
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! ... CD
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
The Dap-Kings instrumentals to the mighty debut of Saun & Starr – the female soul duo who have been best known for their backing work behind Sharon Jones! Although funky, it also has more of a deep soul approach a quality that's very old school, and which burns with the fire of some lost ... LP, Vinyl record album
Unstraight Ahead (with download)
Now Again, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... LP, Vinyl record album
Burnt Offering
Daptone, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2010. New Copy
A great third album from Staten Island instrumental funk titans The Budos Band – who've brought eclectic inspiration all along and have always colored from a much broader palette of styles than most of their peers – going even further this time out and delivering their best yet! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Budos Band
Daptone, 2005. New Copy
A brilliant mix of Afro and deep funk styles – the kind of grooves you'd get if Fela Kuti hung out with The Meters in the late 60s! Budos Band recall the genius of 90s deep funk combo The Daktaris – and have a similar love of older African rhythms touched by a newer indie funk sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Budos Band 2
Daptone, 2007. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Close But No Cigar
Colemine, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Close But No Cigar
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2014. New Copy
Tremendous work from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – a set that took a bit longer to hit the racks than expected, but which really shows a richness that more than makes up for the delay! Sharon's a singer who's always been great – but she steps out strongly here with a sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Whatever It Takes
Daptone, 2018. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Of A Woman (with download)
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Changes (with download)
Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy
Jaw-dropping work from Charles Bradley – a stunning album that's maybe his best so far – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the quality of his previous work! There's a focus and power here that really puts Charles on top – from the bold statement at the start of the record, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Crossing (with bonus download)
Daptone, 2012. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2016. New Copy
One of the coolest new groups we've heard on Daptone in a long time – an instrumental combo that's definitely funky, but which has some of the exotic touches you might expect from their name! There's a nice current of strings that slide in alongside more familiar funk instrumentation – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dap-Dippin' With Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Daptone, 2002. New Copy
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 ... CD
Way Home
Colemine, 2017. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
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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 ... CD
Tribute To My Soul Sisters
Record Kicks (Italy), 2017. New Copy
A hard-smoking set of female funk – with backing from the mighty Osaka Monaurail combo! Years ago, Martha High was something of a "lost" female soul figure – an artist who worked with James Brown in the 60s, recorded a bit of disco in the 70s, but never fully got her due. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Year Of The Funky
Legere (France), 2017. New Copy
Very cool sounds from the duo of Bei Bei and Shawn Lee – and a set we love even more than their previous collaboration! The sound here is very spare, but in the best sort of way – as it allows for plenty of focus on the exotic harp sounds provided by Bei Bei, which are then set to ... CD
Rhythm Rhyme Revolution 1
Sharpeye (UK), 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy
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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 ... CD
Rhythm Rhyme Revolution 1
Sharpeye (UK), 2018. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gotta Keep It Rollin
Al Dente (France), 2018. New Copy
The Moonfires better keep it rolling, given that they're being chased by a giant ape on the cover – but with the mighty Alex Puddu on guitar, they can't help but take off and soar! The album's got that great commitment to classic cinematic funk styles that we've always loved in Puddu's music ... LP, Vinyl record album
Drumology 101
Peripheral Enterprises, 2009. New Copy
All drums, and nothing else! The album's a totally great batch of spare, hard, funky breaks – all played by drummer Steve Candemeres in a way that's definitely pitched towards the beathead crowd – with lots of sharp, stark rhythms that are totally great on their own – or which ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soulive, 2018. New Copy
The cover here is a bit different than usual for a Soulive release, and the sound is a bit different too – as the trio definitely explore some of the cinematic funk modes promised in the title! The drums are heavy and the keyboards are warm, but there's also modes here that go back farther ... LP, Vinyl record album
Con Todo El Mundo
Dead Oceans, 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Sounding Out The City
Truth & Soul/Big Crown, 2005. New Copy
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Unorthodoxy
Peripheral Enterprises, 2009. New Copy
Massive breaks galore – a set with a heady name, but a straightforwardly funky groove! The drums are live, raw, and very up front in the mix – almost as if they were recorded to be used later as hip hop samples – as are the other instrumental bits too, some great keyboard and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jambu
Nacional, 2017. New Copy
Fantastic funky work from Jungle Fire – a group we've heard before, but who never seemed to blow us away this much! In a moment when so many other groups are grabbing an Afro Funk sort of vibe, these guys hit a space that's almost completely their own – more Latin America, taken across ... LP, Vinyl record album
Durand Jones & The Indications
Dead Oceans, 2016. New Copy
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 – ... CD
100 Days 100 Nights
Daptone, 2007. New Copy
They might be borrowing her band, but they sure can't dampen her soul – because Sharon Jones is strongly back in action, and sounding funkier and more deeply soulful than ever! Given that Sharon wasn't singing back in the 60s, it's hard to think we'd be calling her the real deal – but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Factory, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
A fantastic little package – one that not only features music by the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, but also a DVD that tells the story of the group's unique legacy too! The story of the ensemble has been told before – they are all sons of the legendary Phil Cohran, of Artistic Heritage ... LP, Vinyl record album
Way Home
Colemine, 2017. New Copy
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 ... CD
Record Collection
Congregation, 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Color Red, 2018. New Copy
Heavy sounds from this deep funk supergroup – a killer sextet that features Alan Evans of Soulive on drums, Eddie Roberts of New Mastersounds on guitar, as well as members of Pimps Of Joytime and Orgone! The group sports two female singers – Kim Dawson and Adryon De Leon – both ... LP, Vinyl record album
Money Spyder
Acid Jazz/Hollywood, 1988. New Copy
Very early work from the James Taylor Quartet – music that's a lot more mod soul than some of the funk or clubbier styles of later work – but still served up with an equally sharp ear for a retro-styled sound! The groove here is more 60s mod than 70s funk, and James plays piano more ... CD
Orange Whip
Wah Wah 45s (UK), 2018. New Copy
A funky combo, but one with a bit of a difference – one that comes through in varied ways on every different track on this set! The music has maybe some bluesier currents than usual, although it's not blues at all – just maybe that moment when blues and blues rock were having an ... CD
More Filth
Acid Jazz (UK), 2016. New Copy
These guys may be filthy, but don't hold it against them – as this mod sextet use their dirt to bring plenty of grit to their grooves! The group's a bit jazz, a bit funk, and a bit more soul when they've got a singer in the mix – which they do on two tracks here that have Brendan ... CD
Colemine, 2017. New Copy Gatefold
An absolute stormer from Soul Scratch – a contemporary combo from the SoCal scene doing the legacy of the late 60s/early 70s raw funky soul style proud! Both the band name and album titles are appropriate – we wouldn't call it "truth in advertising", just straight up truth ... LP, Vinyl record album
Orange Whip
Wah Wah 45s (UK), 2018. New Copy
A funky combo, but one with a bit of a difference – one that comes through in varied ways on every different track on this set! The music has maybe some bluesier currents than usual, although it's not blues at all – just maybe that moment when blues and blues rock were having an ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ruthless Day
Jalapeno (Spain), 2018. New Copy
Gizelle Smith got caught in the rain on the cover – but you'd hardly know that, given the sunny, upbeat vibe of the album! Smith's a singer who's been bubbling under for years, and this sweet little set may be the one that breaks her out to the big time – as the album has her going ... LP, Vinyl record album
Money Spyder (180 gram pressing)
Acid Jazz (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
Very early work from the James Taylor Quartet – music that's a lot more mod soul than some of the funk or clubbier styles of later work – but still served up with an equally sharp ear for a retro-styled sound! The groove here is more 60s mod than 70s funk, and James plays piano more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Curao
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Time
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Let It Out EP
Bastard Jazz (UK), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
Beautifully layered vocals, trumpet, and beats from Miles Bonny – a set that reminds us that he's still one of the freshest talents in the contemporary underground! All the tracks here were recorded in KC, but have a future soul sound that can easily rival work on either side of the Atlantic ... LP, Vinyl record album
BGP (UK), 1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Soul Time
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 ... CD
What The World Needs Now
Daptone, 2012. New Copy
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 ... CD
 
Updated May 20, 2018


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