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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!


Colemine, 2020. New Copy Gatefold
The Monophonics sound better here than ever before – as if the group's gone through some great mutation that's got them coming across with a richer, more mature sound than we ever might have expected a few years before! Things are still pretty darn funky, but there's also strong currents of ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

Monophonics

It's Only Us
Colemine, 2020. New Copy
The Monophonics sound better here than ever before – as if the group's gone through some great mutation that's got them coming across with a richer, more mature sound than we ever might have expected a few years before! Things are still pretty darn funky, but there's also strong currents of ... CD

James Hunter Six

Nick Of Time
Daptone, 2020. New Copy
One of the best things that ever happened to singer James Hunter was the moment he formed his James Hunter Six – a great combo who've really helped Hunter deepen his groove in recent years! James was always a great vocalist – one of the best blue-eyed soul singers of the past 20 years ... CD

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
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

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
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy
A big collection of funky gems from the Big Crown label – an important imprint in the role of fresh funky styles in the global underground! Big Crown are part of a musical legacy that stretches back to Soul Fire and Desco – but the company also has an ear towards newer modes of funky ... LP, Vinyl record album

Diamond Street Players

Diamond Street Players
Gemco, 2019. New Copy
Raw funky soul from Diamond Street Players – heavy on vintage inspired, timelessly spun instrumentals, but nailing down some standout vocal jams with Orgone vocalist Adryon de Leon and Atlanta soul singer Amanda Joy – and ultimately delivering a solid gem for the Gemco label! The core ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2019. New Copy
A hefty collection of funky numbers from the Daptone Records label – long-trusted source of sounds from the contemporary underground – and nicely evolving past their roots in recent years! Titles include "Ephra" and "The Proposition" by Budos Band, "Dancer's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Non Ex Orbis
Now Again, 2019. New Copy
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

Cochemea

All My Relations
Daptone, 2019. New Copy
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You might know Cochemea Gastelum from his work in The Dap-Kings over the years – but this time around, the saxophonist is very much his own man – blowing a version of his instruments that often seems electrified, ala classic Varitone from the late 60s – used in these really new ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2009. New Copy
An amazing deep funk combo from Japan – one that almost rivals Osaka Monaurail for classic-styled grooves! These guys have a sharpness that reminds us of the late 60s James Brown Band at their best, touched with a bit of JBs instrumental riffing – all produced with just the right ... CD

Natural Yogurt Band

Away With Melancholy
Jazzman (UK), 2008. New Copy
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

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

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

Selenites Band

Ethio Jazz Groove Project
Stereophonk, 2019. New Copy
An album that definitely lives up to the title – as the music here is rooted in classic Ethiopian modes, but also has the freer flow of a contemporary funky jazz ensemble! There have been other Ethio-styled albums from current groups in recent years, but this set may well be one of the best ... LP, Vinyl record album
AMS (Italy), 2019. New Copy
Maybe one of the coolest records we've ever heard from Calibro 35 – and certainly one of the funkiest – thanks in part to a selection of tracks that are pulled from the catalog of Italian sound library genius Lesiman! The music is very hip – unusual sonic touches alongside tight ... LP, Vinyl record album

Aldorande

Aldorande
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A jazz funk killer from Aldorande – a French quartet that features some mighty nice keyboards from Florian Pellissier, who we also really love on his own recordings too! The style here is different than those, though – very tight rhythms with a slightly cosmic core – almost jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cotonete & Di Melo

Atemporal
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A legendary soul singer returns to the fold – the mighty Di Melo, who's best known for one killer Brazilian funk album in the 70s – working here with superb support from contemporary French combo Cotonete! Di Melo's vocals maybe sound even better than before – with a raspy charm ... LP, Vinyl record album
Color Red, 2019. New Copy
The New Mastersounds shake it strongly here – still with all the great core energy of their classic quartet lineup – but further expanded with excellent lead vocals from Lamar Williams, plus a bit of tenor and trumpet too! The group have always been funky, but they've got a nicely ... LP, Vinyl record album

Du-Rites

Sound Check At 6
Redefinition, 2019. New Copy
Way more than just a sound check, as the Du-Rites play here live – at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn – in a set that's still got some vocals from J-Zone and Pablo Martin, but which also really seems to showcase the full funky action of the group as a quartet – with lots of ... 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
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

Uptown Funk Empire (Patchworks)

Empire Strikes Back
Soul Lab (France), 2009. New Copy
A sweet funky project from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's filled with lots of 70s funk elements, but which keeps up the groove we've come to love in all of his previous Patchworks projects! There's a great blend here between live funk instrumentation and dancefloor ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout ... CD

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations

50 Foot Woman
Record Kicks (Italy), 2019. New Copy
Hannah Williams comes on with a fuller force than before – really topping the energy of The Affirmations with a quick-stepping approach to soul music that's every bit as sharp as their instrumentation! Shawn Lee produced the set, which might account for some of the energy – and there's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jason McGuiness

Empyrean Tones
Common Good, 2019. New Copy
Jason McGuiness handles the keyboards, but he's also got some great help on the session too – a strong lineup of guests that includes Kamasi Washington on tenor, Phil Ranelin on trombone, and Keyon Harrold on trumpet! Drums are by Te'Amir Sweeney, who's got this crackling touch that brings a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Aldorande

Aldorande
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy
A jazz funk killer from Aldorande – a French quartet that features some mighty nice keyboards from Florian Pellissier, who we also really love on his own recordings too! The style here is different than those, though – very tight rhythms with a slightly cosmic core – almost jazz ... CD

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Non Ex Orbis
Now Again, 2019. New Copy
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 ... 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, 2019. New Copy
A funky trio with a really unique sort of vibe – vocals that are somewhere in the sweet soul territory of the early 70s, set to spacious instrumentation that's got some nicely trippy touches! The core lineup features guitar, bass, and drums next to the harmonized vocals of Kevin and Tony ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pendletons

2 Steps Away
Bastard Jazz, 2019. New Copy
A great full length set from The Pendletons – a group who've given us some great singles in recent years, but who seem to sharpen up their sound even more in an extended setting! These guys started out in more of a lean 80s funk mode, but have really warmed up their groove – so that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tramp (Germany), 2019. New Copy
The Eminent Stars maybe bring a bit more roots into their music here – by really leaning on the lead vocals of Bruce James – a raspy-voiced singer with a style that has plenty of roots in New Orleans styles from years back! The group still have plenty of their strong horn lines in ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Oroza/Cold Diamond & Mink

This Love – Instrumentals (red vinyl pressing)
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy
A sweet instrumental take on the Bobby Oroza debut record – a set that works perfectly well as a deep funk record, even without the vocals – thanks to instrumental help from Cold Diamond & Mink! Bobby's still on the set – playing guitar, organ, and percussion – and gets ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ikebe Shakedown

Kings Left Behind
Colemine, 2019. New Copy
It's hard to imagine these kings being left behind, as the sound of Ikebe Shakedown just keeps getting bolder and more majestic with each new release – a very special strand of deep funk, with a blend of horns that you might find in a more Afro-styled band, mixed with tighter rhythms at the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Black Pumas

Black Pumas
ATO, 2019. New Copy
Soulful sounds from Black Pumas – a collaboration between singer Eric Burton and the great Adrian Quesada – the latter an instrumentalist and producer that you'll know from a variety of different funky projects over the years! This set might well be Adrian's ticket to the big time ... LP, Vinyl record album

Durand Jones & The Indications

American Love Call
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2018. New Copy
Man, these guys just keep on getting better – and this time around, Durand Jones & The Indications deliver a record that's way more than just another funk band with a lead singer! Instead, there's a depth and complexity to this set that takes us back to our favorite indie soul albums at ... 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
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

Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita

My Soul Sensation
Persephone (UK), 2019. New Copy
Nicole Willis has always been a fiercely collaborative singer – at a level that really helps her open up her style with each new project she takes on! That's definitely the case here as Willis works with Banda Palomita – who've got this smoothly groovy style that's really wonderful ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
La Castanya, 2019. New Copy
We got the word on The Jay Vons, and it is that this organ soul and raw vintage R&B influenced combo delivers the goods in a big way – with an authentic sound to show for it – recorded at Daptone's House Of Soul! The group's earlier singles had the deep soul and funk base elements ... LP, Vinyl record album
Legere (UK), 2019. New Copy
The freewheeling Shawn Lee rides again, this time steering into folk soul, country funk and personally reflective songwriting in ways we haven't heard from him before – all the while living up to his genre-straddling indie funk legacy and penchant for winning stylistic detours over the years! ... LP, Vinyl record album

Golden Dawn Arkestra

Darkness Falls On The End Of Time
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2019. New Copy Gatefold
A set that nicely takes Golden Dawn Arkestra back to their roots – with music that's warmly organic, spiritually evocative, and pretty darn funky all the way through – all with a unique quality that definitely marks the group's own territory! The ensemble almost move as if in an ... LP, Vinyl record album

Scone Cash Players

As The Screw Turns
Flamingo Time/Daptone, 2019. New Copy
The Scone Cash Players have a name that's a but unusual, but a sound that's right on the money – thanks to some massive Hammond work from leader Adam Scone, and lots of tight saxophone lines from Ian Hendrickson-Smith – who you'll remember from his work in the Dap-Kings! The groove ... 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' ... CD

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations

50 Foot Woman
Record Kicks (Italy), 2019. New Copy
Hannah Williams comes on with a fuller force than before – really topping the energy of The Affirmations with a quick-stepping approach to soul music that's every bit as sharp as their instrumentation! Shawn Lee produced the set, which might account for some of the energy – and there's ... CD

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

Sami Linna

Sami Linna Quartet
Timmion (Finland), 2019. New Copy
Sami Linna might look like some sort of Tyrolean hipster on the cover of the album, but his guitar has been behind a fair bit of great funky work on the Timmion label in recent years – which is why it's great to hear him up front here in the lead! A bit like when Eddie Roberts stepped out ... CD
ATA (UK), 2019. New Copy
A really great take on the music of Madvillain – that famous collaboration between Madlib & MF Doom – served up here in a mostly instrumental mode that's heavy on funk and jazz! You'll definitely recognize the tunes in the set, but the presentation is very different – almost ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated March 30, 2020


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