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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!


Georgia Soul Council

What's For Breakfast
Dig, 2017. New Copy
Grits, bacon, and biscuits on top of a Hammond B3? The record's already got our attention, and we haven't even heard the music! Fortunately, we're already in love with these guys – as they really wowed us with their previous album, and seem to have sharpened their groove even more – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Orgone

Reasons
Killion Sound, 2019. New Copy
Orgone just seem to get better and better as the years go on – from a more standard funk combo to one who've really found their own groove – which they seem to push even further here with the addition of singer Adryon De Leon – a vocalist who really helps bring some focus to their ... CD

Andre Solomko

Le Deltaplane
Favorite (France), 2018. New Copy
Great sounds from Andre Solomko – an artist who's been giving us some great 70s-styled music in recent years, and may well have topped himself with this fantastic set! Andre plays alto and soprano sax, in a setting that's got the warm glow of a sweet 70s fusion record – but this time ... LP, Vinyl record album

Will Sessions & Amp Fiddler featuring Dames Brown

One
Sessions Sounds, 2018. New Copy 2LP
The funky Will Sessions groove gets some great electric help from Amp Fiddler – and this time around, there's also chorus vocals from the soulful Dames Brown trio! Fiddler handles most of the lead lyrics, and also plays plenty of keyboards – as you'll know from his own work – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Heliocentrics

World Of Masks
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy
A record that seems to show a whole new side of the Heliocentrics – music that's every bit as trippy and funky as before, but which also seems open to a lot more musical currents as well – possibly because the record marks the group's debut on the Soundway label! This time around, they' ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Book Of Sound
Honest Jons (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP
Beautiful sounds from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – a group who've matured tremendously in the time that they've been giving us music – and who almost seem ready here to take on the legacy of their musical father – the late Kelan Phil Cohran! There's a complexity to the horn work ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cookin On 3 Burners

Lab Experiments Vol 2
Soul Messin' (Australia), 2018. New Copy
No experiments here – as Cookin On 3 Burners stick to their very tried, very true formula – with lots of heavy Hammond upfront, riffed up nicely by guitar, and set atop some rock-solid drums! The trio just get sharper and sharper with each record – and this time around, they make ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brian Ellis

Deep Clues
Hobo Camp, 2019. New Copy
A soulful solo set from Brian Ellis – a keyboardist we know from more jazz-based projects in recent years, but who really soars out here in a warmly sunny mode! Brian handles everything on the album himself – working like some LA maestro from the 70s in a multi-track studio – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Present The Midnight Hour
Linear Labs, 2018. New Copy
Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad really sound fantastic here – stepping off their great work on the soundtrack for Luke Cage, and taking their music in an even stronger direction with help from an array of guest singers and musicians! Things are as rich and funky as you might expect ... CD

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo

En Route
Funk Night, 2017. New Copy
An incredible record from one of the hippest funky talents around – an artist who can always match the rest of the deep funk scene for sharp-edged instrumentation – but also serve up so many other musical elements as well! Misha Panlov has a way of blending core funky rhythms with lots ... LP, Vinyl record album

Menahan Street Band

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

Sha La Das

Love In The Wind
Dunham/Daptone, 2018. New Copy
The cover sticker bills this one as sounding like a lost collaboration between the Beach Boys and Delfonics – although for our money, we'd lean a bit more towards the latter – as the Sha La Das have a surprisingly strong approach to harmony soul! Instrumentation and production are much ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2011. New Copy
Gritty, powerful raw soul from Charles Bradley – the full length debut from the 62-year-old Brooklyn singer – backed perfectly by The Menahan Street Band! It's incredible, a record that sounds just as rawly emotional and impeccably soulful in 2011 as it would have in 1971 – much ... 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

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Hypnotic Joints
Pheelco, 2018. New Copy
A fantastic collection of work from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – all instrumental tracks recorded by the ensemble over the years, but issued here for the first time ever! The sound is amazing – tight, soulful, and completely different than any other group with the word "brass" ... CD

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Soul Of A Woman
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 ... CD

Philthy

Party Crashers
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
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A funky set from Philthy – a group who take their name from trumpeter/leader Philip Lassiter – an artist you might know from a previous date under his own name, but working here very much as part of the ensemble! The group have a horn-heavy sound that's somewhat in the legacy of Tower ... CD

Golden Dawn Arkestra

Children Of The Sun
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2018. New Copy
An interesting change from this offbeat spiritual ensemble – a set that's still every bit as cosmic before, but in a way that's maybe more psych-oriented and fuzzy at times – then mixed with some deeper funk elements at other points! Thematically, many of the lyrics could work in their ... CD
Buried Treasure (UK), 2015. New Copy
There's a date range listed on the cover that stretches back to the 70s – not the actual age of the music on this set, but instead a way of indicating the decades worth of inspiration drawn upon by The Dandelion Set – especially the cooler post-psych elements of the UK scene in the 70s, ... CD
Legere (France), 2017. New Copy
A great introduction to the voice of Gabriel Tajeu – a singer who has this way of grabbing us right from the very first note, with a vibe that's classic enough to have made him huge way back in the 70s! Gabriel's music has a sound that's as sunny as the image on the cover – a style ... CD

Rhythm Rhyme Revolution

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

Will Sessions & Amp Fiddler

Kindred Live
Sessions Sounds, 2017. New Copy
A fantastic step forward for Detroit's hip Will Sessions combo – a set that's every bit as funky as their previous work, but also has a soaring fusion vibe as well! Amp Fiddler's with the group on keyboards – and with his help, they hit sort of a Bitches Brew vibe here – a style ... 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

Lucky Brown & The SGs

Mesquite Suite
Tramp (Germany), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Lucky Brown is hiding under a skull on the cover – but he really lets his freak flag fly on the album – working with his cool combo in an offbeat mix of funky styles that are as tight as they are unusual! Echoes of Ethio, Afro, Latin, and other global funk modes drift in and out of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Magic In Threes

Return Of
King Underground, 2015/2018. New Copy
The return of the sound library style psych funk & soul instrumentalists Magic In Threes! The group's signature style of reviving the seedy, cinematic soul sound of 70s sound library grooves is in full effect here and as tight as ever, laid out largely by the duo of Dave Singleton and Nick ... LP, Vinyl record album

Los Sospechos

Postales
Colemine, 2013. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Deep funk, but with a compelling twist – bits of South American styles filtering into the mix from time to time, but in subtle ways that never lose the groove! The album's a soundtrack, but works more like a funk album on its own – and is a great full length follow-up to some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Record Kicks (Italy), 2018. New Copy 2LP
An ultra-groovy record label celebrates its 15th anniversary – in a hip selection of 15 tracks that features a fair bit of previously-unreleased tracks! For over a dozen years, Record Kicks has been serving up global funk from its homebase in Milan – spanning the planet to uncover some ... LP, Vinyl record album
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... LP, Vinyl record album

Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Present The Midnight Hour – Instrumentals
Linear Labs, 2018. New Copy 2LP
A great instrumental take on the Midnight Hour project from Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad – one that maybe feels even more like their great music for the soundtrack to Luke Cage – as these tunes don't have any vocals at all! The vibe is wonderful – funky instrumentation ... LP, Vinyl record album
Colemine, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Daptone Gold 2
Daptone, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Live like a funky legend with this massively-stuffed Daptone Gold collection – filled with gems from one of the coolest, funkiest record labels of the past 20 years! The set features a few special tracks for the collection, plus some numbers from old Daptone 45s – making a full length ... LP, Vinyl record album
Latin Big Note (France), 2018. New Copy
They may be Latin, but they're also pretty darn funky – and also seem to have picked up the best Brazilian funk currents of the 70s – which they use here to turn out their best album to date! There's lots of echoes of the era of Tim Maia and Toni Tornado, but mixed with some slightly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hope Street (Australia), 2018. New Copy
Turns out, white men can jump – at least on the cover of this album by the Australian funk group Putbacks – but maybe that's also because they're reaching to the skies to expand their style! The record's never just straight funk – as these guys have all these darker elements ... LP, Vinyl record album
F Spot, 2018. New Copy
These guys might just be a trio – with Hammond organ, guitar, and drums – but like the best lineups of their sort in the 60s, they already know how to do a heck of a lot with a little – and maybe even use the freedom of their lean lineup to be even more creative from a rhythmic ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Stage Of All Things (with download)
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! ... LP, Vinyl record album

Orgone

Reasons
Killion Sound, 2019. New Copy
Orgone just seem to get better and better as the years go on – from a more standard funk combo to one who've really found their own groove – which they seem to push even further here with the addition of singer Adryon De Leon – a vocalist who really helps bring some focus to their ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kerbside Collection

Smoke Signals
Legere (France), 2018. New Copy
Kerbside Collection sound way better than we ever seem to remember – with a groove here that's deeper, jazzier, and more musically seductive than ever before! The group mix together some key 70s funk covers with great numbers of their own – in this fantastic blend of sounds that moves ... LP, Vinyl record album
Latin Big Note (France), 2018. New Copy
They may be Latin, but they're also pretty darn funky – and also seem to have picked up the best Brazilian funk currents of the 70s – which they use here to turn out their best album to date! There's lots of echoes of the era of Tim Maia and Toni Tornado, but mixed with some slightly ... CD
Linear Labs, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
A very dreamy project from the mighty Adrian Younge – a special project that features two female singers in the lead, both working with this offbeat vibe that slightly recalls the way that Roy Ayers used female singers on some of his 70s records, especially the classic album by Ramp! Yet the ... LP, Vinyl record album
One Note (UK), 2018. New Copy
The New Mastersounds must have their own source of renewable energy – as they've been giving us great records for many years now, and still are strongly on top of their game! The core quartet is driven by the funky drums of Simon Allen, the bumping bass of Pete Shand, the sweet keyboards of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Ikebe Shakedown

Hard Steppin EP
Colemine, 2009. New Copy Gatefold
Hard Steppin funky sounds from Ikebe Shakedown – solid stuff from the fertile Brooklyn scene – blending hard hitting 70s funk & soul with both stateside and African influences! The group is young and doesn't take the task of honoring the pioneers of these sounds lightly – ... 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

Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles

Last Transmission
Now Again, 2014. New Copy
A mindblowing collaboration between The Heliocentrics and underground film legend Melvin Van Peebles – a set that has the group serving up some madly trippy grooves, while Melvin speaks and sings some wisdom of his own! Van Peebles already blew our minds years ago with his insane soundtrack ... 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
Daptone, 2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A killer compilation of Daptone Gold – a funky and soulful collection that's a perfect snapshot of the sounds coming out of Daptone's House Of Soul recording studios in the aughties! The Daptone sound spins from a tight community of players with the deepest love and respect for the classic, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dunham/Daptone, 2018. New Copy
The cover sticker bills this one as sounding like a lost collaboration between the Beach Boys and Delfonics – although for our money, we'd lean a bit more towards the latter – as the Sha La Das have a surprisingly strong approach to harmony soul! Instrumentation and production are much ... LP, Vinyl record album
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s. New Copy
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone ... CD

Charles Bradley

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
 
Updated March 20, 2019


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