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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!


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

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
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
Colemine, 2019. New Copy Gatefold
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

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

Budos Band

V
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

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

Black Flower

Future Flora
Sdban (Belgium), 2019. New Copy
A very cool little combo – one who play funky jazz, but add in a globe's worth of influences – with an especially strong ear for the exotic reed sounds of Ethiopia in the 70s! The album's got warm keyboards at the core, driven by live drums and percussion – then topped with ... CD

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 ... 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

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
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

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

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

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

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

Bobby Oroza

This Love
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy
A really fantastic full length set from Bobby Oroza – a moody take on blue-eyed soul, with a vibe that's completely its own! Oroza has some fantastic help here – production and music by Cold Diamond & Mink, the combo who've given such a fantastic sound to Timmion Records soul ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kelly Finnigan

Tales People Tell
Colemine, 2019. New Copy Gatefold
A killer debut from soul singer Kelly Finnigan – an artist who's got years of experience under his belt, working on other folks' projects – finally out in the spotlight on his own! Kelly's a blue-eyed singer, but has a voice that crackles with a classic soul rasp – set up here in ... 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

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Live At KEXP
Colemine, 2018. New Copy
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of ... CD
BMG (Australia), 2019. New Copy 2LP
The Bamboos really take the "special arrangement" here seriously – as the record has the group moving way past their funk combo roots, to work in a set of large orchestral arrangements that really transform their sound! If anything, the record's a lot more soulful than recent ... LP, Vinyl record album

Connie Price & The Keystones

Lucas High
Man Called Horse, 2019. New Copy Gatefold
Connie Price & The Keystones are tighter and funkier here than ever – partly because the album's a tribute to 70s Euro funk artist Doug Lucas – but also because the set's filled with guest appearances from a huge lineup of all-stars – the sort that definitely demand that the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)

Tuxedo III
Funk On Sight, 2019. New Copy
There's a sticker on the cover that proclaims "third time's the charm" – and while that might be the case, we've also got to admit that we've always been pretty well charmed by Tuxedo – a great outlet for the soulful talents of Mayer Hawthorne, as he teams up with Jake One! ... 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

JP Bimeni & The Black Belts

Free Me
Tucxone (Spain), 2018. New Copy
Really wonderful work from JP Bimeni – a hell of a soul singer, even without such a tight band backing him up – a new talent to our ears, but one who could have easily held his own on the Memphis or Muscle Shoals scenes of the 60s! JP's way more than just another singer with a funky ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)

Tuxedo III
Funk On Sight, 2019. New Copy
There's a sticker on the cover that proclaims "third time's the charm" – and while that might be the case, we've also got to admit that we've always been pretty well charmed by Tuxedo – a great outlet for the soulful talents of Mayer Hawthorne, as he teams up with Jake One! ... 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
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

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
Color Red, 2019. New Copy
These guys really take the analog in their name seriously – as the sound here is awash in vintage funk elements, all played live, and given some great direction in the studio from Eddie Roberts of the New Mastersounds! The group's a larger ensemble than most funk combos – thanks to a ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

Heavy

Sons
BMG, 2019. New Copy
A fierce full-on blend of rock and soul from The Heavy – not to be confused with Heavy, the more soul-based combo from a decade back! These guys are determined to cross over big, with a sound that really fits their look on the cover – a tight, sometimes tuff, blend of guitar, bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brownswood (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A wonderful overview of the creative scene in Melbourne – a collection that's almost the down-under equivalent of We Out Here – a previous Brownswood sampler of contemporary genius on the London scene! As with that collection, this one brings together the best up-and-coming artists who ... LP, Vinyl record album

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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cotonete & Di Melo

Atemporal
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy
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 ... 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

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
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

Durand Jones & The Indications

Durand Jones & The Indications Live Vol 1
Dead Oceans, 2018. New Copy
A smoking live set from this ultra-funky group – a combo who've got the mighty Durand Jones to send them over the top with his deep soul vocals! The set features live material recorded in Boston, and closer to home in Bloomington – with titles that include "Now I'm Gone", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Linear Labs, 2019. New Copy
Adrian Younge's a talent who never sleeps – a producer/musician who's always on to new projects and new records – including some surprisingly great soundtrack efforts in recent years! Here, Younge takes a bit of time to collaborate with four different lyricists – Georgia Anne ... 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
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

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

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
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

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

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
 
Updated September 22, 2019


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