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Deep Funk — Recently Added

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


Big Crown, 2020. New Copy
Never-heard work from Elmer Lee Fields – one of the greatest deep soul singers of the contemporary age – an artist who had to wait decades to get the attention he deserves, and one who's never been in better hands than these! The tracks here are unreleased gems from the sessions for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Big Crown, 2020. New Copy
Never-heard work from Elmer Lee Fields – one of the greatest deep soul singers of the contemporary age – an artist who had to wait decades to get the attention he deserves, and one who's never been in better hands than these! The tracks here are unreleased gems from the sessions for ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy (reissue)
Not the original Quatermass EP from The Heliocentrics – but material that takes off in an even fuller, heavier direction – and which may well be the funkiest sounds we've heard from these guys so far! The music is stunning right from the very first heavy bassline and sharp drum crackle ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2021. New Copy Gatefold
The Menahan Street Band are always pretty exciting to our funk-trained ears – but this time around, there seems to be a little something extra in the mix – a sound that has all these great little strange twists and turns around the edges, while still keeping all the mellow funk of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges

Texas Sun EP
Dead Oceans, 2020. New Copy
Khruangbin get a great new sound here – thanks to the vocals and acoustic guitar of Leon Bridges, who bring a whole new dimension to their music! The title and cover of the record are very well-put – as there's this open space to the record that's a bit different than previous outings ... LP, Vinyl record album
Big Crown, 2021. New Copy
A new and amazing chapter in the always-evolving sound of this wonderful funk ensemble – a set that holds onto all the unusual elements of previous records, but also brings in some beautiful vocals from singer Piya Malik on a number of tracks! Malik really fleshes out the sound on the ... CD

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

I Told You So
Colemine, 2021. New Copy
Deeply funky work from one of the hippest Hammond organ combos around – just a trio, but one that's able to pack the punch of so many much larger groups! Delvon Lamarr took all the right lessons from Hammond heroes of the past – not that he's copying anyone's style, because he isn't ... CD

Butcher Brown

#KingButch
Concord, 2020. New Copy
Fantastically jamming genius from Butcher Brown – a contemporary funk combo, but one with a sound that owes nothing to anyone else! These guys aren't retro, or any kind of jamband offshoot – and instead, they rework vintage instrumentation with a very fresh feel of their own – a ... CD

Stimulator Jones

La Mano
Mutual Intentions, 2021. New Copy
A nice little record – one without much information on the over, but a wealth of jazzy sounds inside! Stimulator Jones play jazz funk, but they're not entirely a jazz group – as the approach here is more varied, and the tunes change in style and length – almost making the whole ... LP, Vinyl record album
ATA (UK), Mid 2010s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ubiquity, 2021. New Copy
An unusual project from Chico Mann – one first conceived when he moved to LA, and had the desire to start an Afro Funk band – music penned for that idea, but performed here with the stripped-down style of some of Chico's other work! You can definitely hear how the tunes might sound ... LP, Vinyl record album

Baast

Trident
Ubiquity, 2020. New Copy
A record that's every bit as trippy as its cover – which features two sexy mermaids delivering love to a giant octopus! The sound here is maybe as many-tentacled as the guy in the picture – as it weaves together strands of spiritual jazz, psychedelic folk, and lots of other offbeat ... LP, Vinyl record album

Miles Bonny

Lumberjack Soul 2
Innate Sounds/Diggers Factory, 2021. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Whitefield Brothers

Earthology
Now Again, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The long-awaited return of the Whitefield Brothers – melding global funk and tripped out psychedelia as masterfully as on their massive In The Raw album – and tripping it out and funking it up even more this time! The psychedelic sounds get more pronounced play this time out, but it's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2020. New Copy
Budos Band may be long in the tooth – 15 years since their first record (!) – but they still sound pretty darn funky and fresh to our ears, and maybe even return here to some of the rawer modes of their first few records! The approach is simple, but fantastic – heavy drums on the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Wanubale

Phosphenes
Agogo (Germany), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A funk band with horns, but one with a very different feel than the rest – as these guys have arrangements that are nicely complicated up top – in a way that has the horns moving in all these really wonderful, colorful sort of ways! Instead of the usual inspirations from 60s soul or ... LP, Vinyl record album

Charles Bradley

Black Velvet
Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy
The great Charles Bradley left this planet all too soon – and although we've got this final album of music to enjoy, it's only a partial consolation for Bradley's early departure! The set's maybe a bit like some of the albums of Otis Redding material that were issued after his passing – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Devonns

Devonns
Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy
A nice little soul group from Chicago – and one who work in the sort of legacy that makes us mighty proud to be a part of the Windy City! Most of the tracks here are original, but the group also do a nice version of one of our favorite tunes by Leroy Hutson – and it's clear that there's ... CD
Daptone, 2021. New Copy
The Menahan Street Band are always pretty exciting to our funk-trained ears – but this time around, there seems to be a little something extra in the mix – a sound that has all these great little strange twists and turns around the edges, while still keeping all the mellow funk of the ... CD

Jahari Massamba Unit (Madlib & Karriem Riggins)

Pardon My French
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy
A tremendous collaboration between Madlib and drummer Karriem Riggins – both artists who are great enough on their own, but who really hit some new territory in this funky instrumental project! Riggins plays live drums, and Madlib throws in all this other instrumentation that really changes ... CD

Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto

Quatermass Seven
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy
A heady mix of fuzzy funk and psychedelic production – served up here as a duet between Little Barrie and Malcolm Catto! Catto's on drums, with the same rock-solid style that we've loved right since his Mo Wax days – and Barrie handles guitar and vocals – with that more ... CD

Heliocentrics

Infinity Of Now
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy
A fantastic mix of heady sounds and heavy funk from The Heliocentrics – and a record that continues the vibe of their previous set – in which the team of Malcolm Catto and Jake Ferguson were joined by the lovely vocals of Barbora Patkova! Patkova's presence is just what the group needs ... CD

Freedom Affair

Freedom Is Love
Sunflower Soul/Colemine, 2021. New Copy
A really great contemporary soul group – one who've got a different vibe than some of the rest, and this warmly righteous spirit that really lives up to the title of the record! The group embrace themes of love and power equally – rising up with a quality that's a great change from ... CD

Miles Bonny

Lumberjack Soul 2
Innate Sounds, 2021. New Copy
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 ... CD

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges

Texas Sun
Dead Oceans, 2020. New Copy
Khruangbin get a great new sound here – thanks to the vocals and acoustic guitar of Leon Bridges, who bring a whole new dimension to their music! The title and cover of the record are very well-put – as there's this open space to the record that's a bit different than previous outings ... CD

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Unstraight Ahead
Now Again, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... CD
Numero, 2013. New Copy
CD...$7.99 13.00
A warm batch of instrumental beats and atmospherics from Express Rising – and a much-anticipated second project from funk archivist Dante Carfagna! Dante's a name you probably know best from his work writing liner notes or Wax Poetics – and helping out in countless important ... CD

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Non Ex Orbis
Now Again, 2019. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
Some of the fullest, freakiest sounds we've ever heard from Karl Hector & The Malcouns – and a set that almost has the contemporary combo resonating with some of the older psych and fuzz that often gets reissued on the Now Again label! JJ Whitefield – of Whitefield Brothers/Poets ... CD

Connie Price & The Keystones

Wildflowers (expanded edition)
Now Again, 2004. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
A damn funky little album – and one of the best Stones Throw albums of the past 20 years! Connie Price & The Keystones are a modern group – but one who's steeped in all the older messed-up funky styles of their Stones Throw labelmates – even some of the offbeat psych and rock ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy
Not the original Quatermass EP from The Heliocentrics – but material that takes off in an even fuller, heavier direction – and which may well be the funkiest sounds we've heard from these guys so far! The music is stunning right from the very first heavy bassline and sharp drum crackle ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2011. New Copy
Classic-styled funk from Alex Puddu – not only the greatest record we've heard from him so far, but a set that's definitely worthy of its "golden age" claim in the title! The music is all new, but it was done for a series of short Danish porno films from the 70s – and Puddu ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ghost Funk Orchestra

Song For Paul
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2019. New Copy
A set that's definitely funky, but which maybe has a lot more going on as well – richer production moments that move between ambitious soundscapes and fuzzier freakouts – but all without losing the groove at the core! The record's billed as "mysterious", but really seems to ... LP, Vinyl record album

El Michels Affair

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

Khruangbin

Hasta El Cielo
Dead Oceans, 2019. New Copy
A trippier version of Khruangbin than we're used to – but that's maybe no surprise, given that the whole album's a dub version of the Con Todo El Mundo record – with all the best funky currents of that sweet set, and some wilder modes as well! Drums and bass really get a great workout ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, 2008. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$8.99 18.98
One of the hippest non-reissue records we've heard so far from the Jazzman Records empire – a massive set of grooves with a really odd sort of feel! Natural Yogurt Band work in spare, funky territory – serving up some very heavy drums (played by Wayne Fullwood, formerly of Little ... CD
Stereophonk (France), 2020. New Copy
These guys definitely take the "breaks" in the title seriously – as the music explodes with fresh funky drums right from the start – very much in an old school style, but mixed with elements that also showcase more of sonic influence from decades of hip hop production too! ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brooks

Any Day Now
Underdog (France), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Innovative Leisure, 2020. New Copy 2LP
The rawest record to date from Nick Waterhouse – a live set, recorded way out in Pioneertown, CA – with a nice edge and a bit more fuzz than some of his previous records! The vibe is still soulful, and the group features backing vocals along with tight horns, bass, and organ – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hamburg Spinners

Skorpion Im Stiefel
Legere (France), 2021. New Copy
A tight little quartet from the Hamburg scene – a combo who really get back to basics with a strong focus on organ lines and guitar! The groove is maybe a more complicated take on the territory of Booker T & The MGs – longer tunes, with more variation in the rhythms – but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ernie Hawks & The Soul Investigators

Scorpio Man (yellow vinyl pressing)
Timmion (Finland), 2018. New Copy
Ernie Hawks looks right out of the 70s on the cover – with his long hair, fringe jacket, and fiercely-held flute – which he mixes here with some great grooves from the Soul Investigators, in a vibe that's maybe even better than classic! The album's all instrumental, and has this ... LP, Vinyl record album

Beat Bronco Organ Trio

Road Trip (with bonus download)
Rocafort (UK), 2020. New Copy
The Beat Bronco Organ Trio are more than great enough at the core, but they also offer up some great surprises over the course of this fantastic full length album – including slight use of clavinet and mini-moog by Gabri Casanova, who mostly handles the Hammond in the lead – and guest ... LP, Vinyl record album
Plug Seven (Australia), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A great little compilation – and one that really makes us want to hear a lot lot more from all the artists in the lineup! Think of this one as a bit like some of the excellent Brownswood compilations that have hipped us to changes on the London scene during the past few years – as this ... LP, Vinyl record album

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Run This Town
Linear Labs, 2020. New Copy
Not everyone loved the movie, but Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad did a really great job with the soundtrack – using a style that's a more stripped-down approach to some of the funkier styles they've used in other films – often with more of a focus on percussion, and an insolated ... LP, Vinyl record album

Setenta

Materia Negra
Latin Big Note (France), 2020. New Copy
Excellent work from Setenta – a Parisian combo who work with a great blend of Latin roots and funk – served up with lots of percussion at the core, topped with Fender Rhodes and other keyboards from jazz genius Florian Pellissier! The acoustic percussion and electric keys are perfectly ... LP, Vinyl record album

Carlton Jumel Smith

1634 Lexington Avenue
Timmion, 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Allergies

As We Do Our Thing
Jalepeno (UK), 2016. New Copy
Tightly funky work from The Allergies – a group who work equally with processed sounds and live instrumentation, all to create a nicely playful batch of funk tracks! There's vocals on the set – some found, some live – and the mood shifts nicely from cut to cut – almost with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Bank, 2020. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Setenta

Materia Negra
Latin Big Note (France), 2020. New Copy
Excellent work from Setenta – a Parisian combo who work with a great blend of Latin roots and funk – served up with lots of percussion at the core, topped with Fender Rhodes and other keyboards from jazz genius Florian Pellissier! The acoustic percussion and electric keys are perfectly ... CD
Mocambo (Germany), 2011. New Copy
A great, proper album from Germany's excellent funk combo The Mighty Mocambos – who've dropped many killer 45s as themselves and with pseudonyms, as well as backing London-based funky soul diva Gizelle Smith for a teriffic full length – and sounding as vital and exuberant as ever here! ... LP, Vinyl record album

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Gary Bartz

Gary Bartz – Jazz Is Dead 6
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy
Saxophonist Gary Bartz joins the duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad – bringing a warm sense of soul to their soulful backings – which range from funky to spacey, and do a nice job of capturing the mid 70s feel of Gary on record! The sound isn't the Larry Mizell or Ntu Group ... CD
 
Updated May 06, 2021


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