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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
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
Colemine, 2021. New Copy
The future's brighter than the recent past – thanks to the spirit embraced here by the folks at Colemine Records – one of many labels who weathered the storm of 2020, and who see much brighter days ahead in the years to come! Colemine survived by stripping things down, and digitally ... 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

Penza Penza

Beware Of Penza Penza
Funk Night, 2020. New Copy
That's a pretty crazy cover on the front – one that makes you think that Penza Penza might end up sounding like The Shaggs – but the group are every bit as funky as everything else we've heard from producer Misha Panfilov – which is really saying a lot! There's plenty of nice ... LP, Vinyl record album
Big Crown, 2020. New Copy
A really different groove from El Michels Affair – but one that reminds us again that the group is really amazing at just about anything they ever try to do! The adult themes here are modes borrowed from older European styles – some of the slinky funk of Serge Gainsbourg and some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
ATO, 2019. New Copy 2LP
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

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

Abstract Orchestra

Dilla
ATA (UK), 2017. New Copy
There's nothing abstract here – as the set's a fantastically-focused tribute to the late Jay Dee – put together in a style that's mostly jazz, but which also has some great vocal touches too! The music's roots are in hip hop, but the presentation here is awash in strong work on saxes, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mestizo Beat

Canoga Madness
California Soul Music, 2020. New Copy
An excellent album from a group who've really got the right sort of name – as the music here is equal parts Latin and soul, with plenty of funky elements at the core – very much in the best 70s style of the west coast Chicano Soul generation! The music is all instrumental – heavy ... 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

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

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

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
Daptone, 2002. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Doug Carn

Doug Carn – Jazz Is Dead 5 (2LP 45rpm pressing)
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy 2LP
A great new showcase for the legendary keyboard work of Doug Carn – and a set that's very different both from his famous albums for the Black Jazz label, and some of his organ jazz records in more recent years too! The set's maybe got a more pronounced influence from Adrian Younge and Ali ... 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

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

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Marcos Valle

Marcos Valle – Jazz Is Dead 3
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy
A fantastic setting for the sublime vocals of Marcos Valle – the Brazilian singer who first rose up during the bossa years, soon expanded into mindblowing styles of his own – and has then had a few great revivals over the years! Yet this record may well give Marcos the fresh spin he ... LP, Vinyl record album
F Spot, 2020. New Copy
The first full length set from The Bombillas – an LA funk group, but one with a strong sense of global elements in their music – used here in ways that really make for an unusual sound throughout! The keyboards are especially strong – often abstracted, or fuzzy, and used in ways ... LP, Vinyl record album

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 ... 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
Vintage League, 2020. New Copy
A set that bills itself as "brand new original authentic soul music", but which maybe offers up more than that too – as there's also a fair bit of instrumental funk in the mix, served up by an array of up-and-comers, and some crucial talents you'll recognize from years back! The ... 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

Cochemea

All My Relations
Daptone, 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Schema (Italy), 2016. New Copy Gatefold
A great third chapter in the Danish Pornography series by Alex Puddu – and, like the others, music that was recorded to accompany the re-release of some classic adult films from the 70s! As you'd guess from the title and project, the sound here is very retro overall – wicked funk that ... 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), 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 ... CD
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

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

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Doug Carn

Doug Carn – Jazz Is Dead 5
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy
A great new showcase for the legendary keyboard work of Doug Carn – and a set that's very different both from his famous albums for the Black Jazz label, and some of his organ jazz records in more recent years too! The set's maybe got a more pronounced influence from Adrian Younge and Ali ... CD
Innovative Leisure, 2020. New Copy
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 – ... 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

Menahan Street Band

Crossing (with bonus download)
Daptone, 2012. New Copy Gatefold
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

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

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

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

Ghost Funk Orchestra

Ode To Escapism
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2020. New Copy
CD...$9.99 12.98
This one-man orchestra just keeps on getting better and better with each new record – working with the funk you'd expect from the name, but also all these cool and moody touches that mix together David Axelrod-like ambition with some of the sharper snap of hip hop production! This time ... 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
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

Heliocentrics

13 Degrees Of Reality
Now Again/Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy
CD...$7.99 17.98
If this is reality, lead us onward – as the set is a mindblowing batch of trippy psych-funk from The Heliocentrics – even more offbeat and experimental than before, in ways that make the combo the true heirs to the legacy first begun by Stark Reality! The album's definitely funky at ... 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

Dancefloor Stompers

Librerie Musicali
Four Flies (Italy), 2018. New Copy
A cool little funky group – one that's so influenced by the sound library scene of the 70s, they even styled this album like one of those records from back in the day! The tunes are almost all instrumental – heavy on drums and funky basslines, and filled with guitar, organ, electric ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bongolian

Harlem Hipshake
Blow Up (UK), 2020. New Copy
The Bongolian outs himself as a one-man operation on the cover of this cooking little album – but that's OK with us, as Nasser Bouzida more than serves up the goods on a mix of percussion, guitar, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond – all with the heavy old school funk touches that have made his ... 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

Khruangbin

Mordechai
Dead Oceans, 2020. New Copy
Fantastic work from Khruangbin – a group with a name that's hard to pronounce, but who just keep getting better and better with each new release – to the point where on this record, they're definitely in a genre by themselves! Khruangbin blend together lean funky instrumentation with ... 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

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
 
Updated March 09, 2021


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