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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!


Anti, 2022. New Copy
High Pulp have always been one of those groups that are nicely hard to define – but this time around, they seem to be coming across with a jazzier vibe than ever before – and a new sort of musical sophistication that really has their music falling into place! The Seattle combo's always ... LP, Vinyl record album

El Michels Affair

Enter The 37th Chamber
Fat Beats, 2009. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.98
Cinematic funky soul instrumentals from the El Michels Affair – the loose NYC collective's long awaited full length nod to the Wu Tang Clan! The crew brings their tried and true slow rolling and dirty funk to their interpretations of classic Wu Tang tracks, with some straight up beautiful ... CD
Penrose/Daptone, 2021. New Copy
A new sort of groove from the Daptone side of the universe – a set that showcases work on the Penrose offshoot of the label – an imprint dedicated to more laidback, west-coast styled grooves! The emphasis here is more on soul than funk – particularly the sort of mellow soul that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jackson Conti (Madlib & Mamao)

Sujinho
Madlib Invazion, 2008. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Great grooves from Jackson Conti – not a dude, but a duo – one that features Madlib teamed with Mamao, drummer from the legendary Azymuth! The album's got a really unique feel – one that mixes Madlib's chunky, fuzzy style of production with some of the cleaner, jazzier Azymuth ... LP, Vinyl record album

Soul Revivers

On The Grove
Acid Jazz (UK), 2022. New Copy
The Soul Revivers really live up to their name here – by bringing back some classic Jamaican talents, including the great Ernest Ranglin and Ken Boothe – and also opening the door to some really fresh ideas in the world of funk! As you'd guess from the Jamaican component – which ... CD

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Jazz Is Dead 10 – Remixes
Jazz Is Dead, 2022. New Copy 2LP
A fantastic extension of the Jazz Is Dead series – a run of records that's already got a wonderfully collaborative vibe, which is taken even further with these tracks! As you might guess from the title, the album features remixes of cuts from the previous nine volumes – and the choice ... 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
Funk Night, 2021. New Copy
A really wonderful album from one-man funk powerhouse Jeffery Scott Greer – a set that's different both from his previous albums, and his funky 45s! As before, Greer does all the work himself – but the tracks are longer, and jazzier too – both in the way the rhythms slide in, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funk Night, 2021. New Copy
Jeffrey Scott Greer is a one-man funky powerhouse here – playing drums, Fender Rhodes, guitar, moog, congas, bass, and even jazzy flute – but all with a sharpness that makes the record every bit as great as music from a much larger funk ensemble! In fact, we dare say that Greer's work ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funk Night, 2021. New Copy
Jeffery Scott Greer has given us some great funk singles in recent years – those expensive funky 45s that can sometimes cost more than a full length album – which is why we're so happy to have this record on hand! Greer can be a one-man band at times, but here he works with help from ... LP, Vinyl record album

Monophonics

Sage Motel
Colemine, 2022. New Copy
Slow funk and soul, with plenty of psychedelic touches – all delivered in the best mode we've come to expect from the Monophonics over the years! The group's always off in their own space in a really great way – creating a sonic environment that easily shifts between past, present, and ... CD
Colemine, 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Maybe the sharpest, funkiest album to date from the great jazz organist Delvon Lamarr – a live set that was done at the Colemine headquarters – but handled with a vibe that makes the whole thing feel like some small club date from the east coast from the 60s Hammond hero generation! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Record Kicks (Italy), 2015. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Wonderful work from Calibro 35 – a funky combo who just seem to get better and better with each new record! These guy started out in territory that was strongly influenced by older Italian soundtrack material – which they could copy with effortless ease – but this time around, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Adrian Younge

American Negro
Jazz Is Dead, 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The most political album we've ever heard from Adrian Younge – a set that stands as a much stronger, much more individual message than anything he's ever given us before! All Adrian's previous instrumental elements are in the mix – heavy funk, with a special soundtrack sort of twist ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nautilus

Reconnection
Urban Discos (Japan), 2022. New Copy
There's a pile of vinyl on the cover of this album from Japanese trio Nautilus – and that's maybe a good way to get at the sound of their style – as the group work heavily from an old school mode, while still pushing things into some more contemporary rhythmic territory too! The ... CD
Jagjaguwar, 2021. New Copy
A really different sound for this legendary group – still very hypnotic and brassy, but in a very different way! The EP features three songs that build slowly, with brass as a key element, but maybe more in the background than the rhythmic forefront of previous records – letting vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album
Record Kicks (UK), 2012. New Copy (reissue)
Massive work from Calibro 35 – a group we've been digging on obscure overseas releases – stepping out here on their first American record, and easily their funkiest album to date! The sound is wonderful – still filled with the older Italian soundtrack references that got the ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

Night Owls

Versions
F Spot, 2022. New Copy
The Night Owls take off here with their own takes on a host of funk and soul classics – vintage songs by Shuggie Otis, Marvin Gaye, The Dramatics, Al Green, and others – all served up in the group's unique groove! The approach mixes in bits of rocksteady rhythms with deep funk – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Record Kicks (Italy), 2022. New Copy
Tanika Charles soars like a hot butterfly here – using a "papillon" reference that can't help make us think of Chaka Khan – and somehow managing to really rise up to that territory with a record like this! A few years back, we thought of Tanika as just another retro-styled ... CD
Daptone, 2014. New Copy 2CD
A fantastic presentation of all that's wonderful with the mighty Daptone label – one of the hippest, funkiest record companies of the past few decades – the company that gave the world Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, and other great artists – all of whom are heard here in an ... CD

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

100 Days 100 Nights
Daptone, 2007. New Copy
They might be borrowing her band, but they sure can't dampen her soul – because Sharon Jones is strongly back in action, and sounding funkier and more deeply soulful than ever! Given that Sharon wasn't singing back in the 60s, it's hard to think we'd be calling her the real deal – but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sugarman Three

Pure Cane Sugar
Daptone, 2002. New Copy
The greatest album to date from Sugarman 3 – one of the funkiest combos of the past 50 years! The group's organ/sax sound has never sounded so great – and it's pumped up even further here from some added guest instrumentation, including drums from Bernard Purdie, plus vocals on a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lady Wray

Piece Of Me
Big Crown, 2021. New Copy
Lady Wray has been giving us music for almost a decade – going back to her initial work in the duo Lady – but she's really stepping forward strongly with this record, and maybe finally reaching that level that will get her the sort of wider attention she deserves! While some of Wray's ... CD

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Close But No Cigar
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Big Crown, 2021. New Copy
LP...$7.99 22.99
A sweet little tribute to the great Sunny Ozuna – the soulful lead singer of The Sunliners, who were one of the best Texas soul groups back in the 60s! His original tunes virtually invented the concept of brown-eyed soul, and helped bridge communities in the process – and that spirit ... 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

Jake Breaks

Breaksy
Wide Hive, 2021. New Copy
A great little record that really goes back to the early days of the Wide Hive label – the time when the company emerged as a hotbed of Cali funk, and was less of the jazz imprint it is today! Jake delivers plenty of breaks here on drums – and also turns in a bit of turntable work too ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2022. New Copy
Tanika Charles soars like a hot butterfly here – using a "papillon" reference that can't help make us think of Chaka Khan – and somehow managing to really rise up to that territory with a record like this! A few years back, we thought of Tanika as just another retro-styled ... LP, Vinyl record album

Aldorande

Deux
Favorite (France), 2021. New Copy
A really fantastic second album from this keyboard-heavy combo from France – a set that's even more cosmic and spacey than their first album, as you might guess from the cover – thanks in large part to all sorts of great work from Florian Pellissier, on a host of keys that includes ... 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jackson Conti (Madlib & Mamao)

Sujinho
Madlib Invazion, 2008. New Copy
Great grooves from Jackson Conti – not a dude, but a duo – one that features Madlib teamed with Mamao, drummer from the legendary Azymuth! The album's got a really unique feel – one that mixes Madlib's chunky, fuzzy style of production with some of the cleaner, jazzier Azymuth ... 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
Now Again/Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
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

Soul Revivers

On The Grove
Acid Jazz (UK), 2022. New Copy 2LP
The Soul Revivers really live up to their name here – by bringing back some classic Jamaican talents, including the great Ernest Ranglin and Ken Boothe – and also opening the door to some really fresh ideas in the world of funk! As you'd guess from the Jamaican component – which ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Joao Donato

Joao Donato – Jazz Is Dead 7
Jazz Is Dead, 2021. New Copy
A really great entry in this excellent series – one that not only features lots of great Fender Rhodes from Brazilian jazz legend Joao Donato, but also vocals from Loren Oden on almost every track – which makes the whole thing feel like a fantastic hybrid of Joao's genius with a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lance Ferguson

Rare Groove Spectrum 2
Freestyle (UK), 2022. New Copy
A great little project from funk maestro Lance Ferguson – one that has Ferguson working with a group of musicians and singers to really recast some great tracks from the past! The approach here is maybe a bit like the way that Bluey and Incognito might transform a classic tune on some of ... LP, Vinyl record album

El Michels Affair & Liam Bailey

Ekundayo Inversions (clear red vinyl pressing)
Big Crown, 2021. New Copy
A really new setting for the vocals of singer Liam Bailey – and one that's a bit different for El Michels Affair! The group here are still very funky, and filled with all the fantastic sonic touches that we've always loved from leader Leon Michels – but the setting is more in a reggae ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funk Night, 2020. New Copy
Searing funk from the Great Revivers – a group who supposedly recorded this set in Russia, but come across with the energy of the best funky 45 combos of the American underground! Drums are fast and frenzied, and cut through with some sweet keyboards, riffing guitar, and mighty nice live ... LP, Vinyl record album

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Jazz Is Dead 9 – Instrumentals
Jazz Is Dead, 2021. New Copy 2LP
A special set of all-instrumental tracks – culled together from the sessions that went into some of the previous editions of this mighty great series – including collaborations with Gary Bartz, Joao Donato, Marcus Valle, and Roy Ayers! As the title implies, the cuts here are all ... 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

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Azymuth

Azymuth – Jazz Is Dead 4
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy 2LP
A fantastic combination of funky grooves – the studio talents of Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and the Brazilian-tinged fusion of the legendary Azymuth! The jazzy trio are in great form here – tunes that are lean, and which really offer up all the best aspects that the ... LP, Vinyl record album
ATO, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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
Record Kicks (Italy), 2017. New Copy Gatefold
Damn! These guys just keep getting better and better with each new release – to the point where they're way more than just a combo dedicated to classic soundtrack modes – and instead have found a fuzzy funky space that's all their own! Both the instrumentation and rhythms are sharper ... LP, Vinyl record album
Record Kicks (Italy), 2022. New Copy 2LP
A pretty great soundtrack set from Calibro 35 – a group who've been giving us soundtrack-inspired music for years, and who finally get a crack at the real thing here! If you know the group, you'll know that they've got a great ear for classic cinematic modes – especially those on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tannen/Record Kicks (Italy), 2012. New Copy
An obscure set of unreleased work from this very cool group – material recorded in New York around the same time as their third album – and issued here as maybe a slight appendix to that classic set! The group's always had a classic cinematic approach to funk – heavy on 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album

Malka Family

Superlune
Malka Family (France), 2022. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The great return of a classic French funk group – one who gave us some great records in the 90s as part of the Kif Productions imprint – born again here with a sound that's even warmer and more groovy than before! The group's as much of a soul group as a funk one – blending ... LP, Vinyl record album

Black Flower

Magma
Sdban (Belgium), 2022. New Copy
A really haunting little record – one that hangs in older jazz-based territory, but layers in a bit of contemporary elements as well – all with a sound that's maybe somewhere in that special sort of spectrum that might includes recent projects by Hampshire & Foat! There's some ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hamburg Spinners

Der Magische Kraken
Legere (France), 2021. New Copy
A goofy name, a goofy cover, but some mighty groovy music – served up with a sweet small combo sound that's heavy on really great organ lines! The Hamburg Spinners are plenty funky, but also aren't out to be the most hard-hitting funk act in the world – as they instead lay back, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 20, 2022


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