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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!


Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad)

Midnight Hour Live At Linear Labs
Linear Labs, 2019. New Copy
Adrian Younge is best known as a studio genius – and he's certainly working in that setting here – but in a live environment, with a larger group – in a way that really shows off a whole new side of his talents! Younge's partner here is Ali Shaheed Muhammad – who plays bass ... CD

Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad)

Midnight Hour Live At Linear Labs
Linear Labs, 2019. New Copy
Adrian Younge is best known as a studio genius – and he's certainly working in that setting here – but in a live environment, with a larger group – in a way that really shows off a whole new side of his talents! Younge's partner here is Ali Shaheed Muhammad – who plays bass ... 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
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
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

Tanika Charles

Gumption
Record Kicks (Italy), 2019. New Copy
Tina Charles has plenty of gumption – just the right kind of persistence that's going to make her a soul singer to watch in years to come! Charles starts out in the territory of a female vocalist working with a funk band – but she also brings a lot more to her music than just straight ... 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

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

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

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo

Astral Schlagers – The Singles Collection
Funk Night, 2019. New Copy
Fantastic funk from one of the hippest combos currently working on the planet – the mighty Misha Panfilov Sound Combo, a group who effortlessly blend 70s-style funk with some sweet spacey sounds! The "astral" in the title here is very well-placed – as there's a slightly ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Fields & The Expressions

It Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition)
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy 2CD
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early ... 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

Cotonete

Super Vilains
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic full length set from this hip French collective – an assemblage of musicians who draw equal inspiration from the worlds of jazz, funk, and global-styled grooves – then forge those influences into a really fresh sound of their own! The album's funky, but not in a familiar ... 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

Lee Fields & The Expressions

It Rains Love
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2019. New Copy
It's hard to believe that the Budos Band have been around long enough to give us five full albums – but along the way, they've also picked up plenty of power to add to their sound! This time around, the guitars seem even sharper than ever – full and fuzzy, and maybe even touched with ... 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

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

Eric Boss (Myron & E)

Modern Love (with bonus download)
Mocambo (UK), 2019. New Copy
The solo debut of Eric Boss – a singer you might know as part of the duo of Myron & E – who gave us some great harmony soul records on Stones Throw and Timmion! Here, Eric is a much straighter soul singer overall – working with a sharp funky punch in the backings, with plenty ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tanika Charles

Gumption
Record Kicks (Italy), 2019. New Copy
Tina Charles has plenty of gumption – just the right kind of persistence that's going to make her a soul singer to watch in years to come! Charles starts out in the territory of a female vocalist working with a funk band – but she also brings a lot more to her music than just straight ... CD

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

Khruangbin

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 ... 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

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

Lee Fields & The Expressions

It Rains Love
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early ... CD

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 ... CD

Durand Jones & The Indications

American Love Call
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2019. 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 ... 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

Jake Najor & The Moment Of Truth

In The Cut
Redwoods, 2019. New Copy
Jake Najor's a mighty funky drummer – as you'll hear from the very first note on this set – a spark that sets a flame to the album's strong run of tunes in both a funky and instrumental mode, as Jake leads the group through a great assortment of small combo grooves! Most tracks feature ... CD

Philthy

Party Crashers
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
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

Polyversal Souls

Invisible Joy
Philophon (Germany), 2015. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$8.99 19.98
Expansively percussive, universally soulful sounds from the mind of composer/percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Max Weissenfeldt – aka Max Whitefield of underground funk heavies the Whitefield Brothers, Poets Of Rhythm. and working here with his Polyversal Souls! It's the most diverse record ... 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

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse
Innovative Leisure, 2019. New Copy
A pretty tight little album from Nick Waterhouse – and even though his conga's apparently getting stolen in the cover phot, he's got more than enough of a combo to make up for that loss! The groove here is in a place between vintage soul and garagey rock – maybe garage soul, with Nick's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy
Hot 8 Brass Band definitely take the title seriously here – as they serve up a quintet of covers – including one Joy Division tune, one George Benson classic, and three Michael Jackson hits – all done by the group in their horn-heavy style! Hot 8 have always been one of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fat Beats, 2018. New Copy
The Brownout magic turns towards the world of Public Enemy this time around – in a sweet little record that serves up Latin funk instrumentals of PE classics! The music is hardly hip hop – apart from a few turntable scratches and vocal samples – and instead, the groove is deep ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lance Ferguson

Rare Groove Spectrum
Freestyle (UK), 2019. New Copy
Lance Ferguson has given us plenty of great work over the years – from his work in The Bamboos, to all his many other projects – yet as much as we've liked all of those, this one might actually be one of his best – a fantastic reworking of rare groove tracks from the 70s, all with ... LP, Vinyl record album

New Mastersounds

Nashville Session 2
One Note (UK), 2018. New Copy
The New Mastersounds return to the sweet studio in Nashville that gave us the previous album – but this time around, they change things up a bit – by using a variety of different keyboards instead of their usual Hammond! The core rhythms are every bit as sharp as before – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lance Ferguson

Rare Groove Spectrum
Freestyle (UK), 2018. New Copy
Lance Ferguson has given us plenty of great work over the years – from his work in The Bamboos, to all his many other projects – yet as much as we've liked all of those, this one might actually be one of his best – a fantastic reworking of rare groove tracks from the 70s, all with ... CD

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

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

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
Colemine, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
A great little soul set by a singer we're betting will have a long run in the funky underground – a relative newcomer, but one who comes across with a power that really belies his time in the studio! Ben Piriani's music has this righteous, full-on groove that reminds us a lot of that moment ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

Budos Band

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

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

Budos Band

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
 
Updated May 24, 2019


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