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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!


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

Budos Band

Long In The Tooth
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 ... CD
Stereophonk (France), 2020. New Copy
These guys definitely take the "breaks" in the title seriously – as the music explodes with fresh funky drums right from the start – very much in an old school style, but mixed with elements that also showcase more of sonic influence from decades of hip hop production too! ... 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 ... 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

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

Heliocentrics

Telemetric Sounds
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy
The Heliocentrics just get spookier and spookier with each new release – as is definitely the case here, with a recording that seemed to haunt the group like a ghost! The majority of the record comes from one long improvised jam the group were recording – supposedly while on a break, ... CD

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 ... CD

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
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

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
Legere (France), 2020. New Copy
No time for table games here – as Diazpora jump right in the groove from the very first note – working with a sweet 70s funk approach to their music, which means lots of riffing guitar, funky basslines, and horns punctuating the keys – all while lead singer Axel Maximilian Fiege ... 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

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 ... 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

Frankie Reyes

Originalitos
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy
A set that definitely earns its title – given that it features freshly original keyboard instrumentals from Frankie Reyes – a musician who plays here unlike anyone else we can think of! The tracks are all quite spare – the keyboard (organ?) serving as both the rhythm and the ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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 ... CD

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

Mildlife

Automatic
Heavenly, 2020. New Copy
Mildlife snuck under the radar a bit with their previous record – but here, they seem poised to break big, and with a sound that's very much their own! All the great keyboard work from before is still in place, but the vocal quotient of the music has been increased – to a level where ... CD
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

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges

Texas Sun EP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Bank, 2020. New Copy
Aussie singer Kylie Auldist first cut her teeth singing for deep funk groups – but on a set like this, it's clear that she's ready to step out and soar into a wide world of soulful modes! The record brings in more 80s styles than we've heard from Kylie before – some keyboards and ... CD

Allergies

As We Do Our Thing
Jalepeno (UK), 2016. New Copy
Tightly funky work from The Allergies – a group who work equally with processed sounds and live instrumentation, all to create a nicely playful batch of funk tracks! There's vocals on the set – some found, some live – and the mood shifts nicely from cut to cut – almost with ... 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

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Can't Stand The Pressure
Now Again, 2015. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
The first-ever CD issue of a range of material from this ultra-hip group – all tracks that originally appeared on vinyl-only releases, now making their CD debut in an overstuffed collection that features 24 tracks in all! The vibe here is great – that Karl Hector & The Malcouns mix ... CD

Mr President

One Night
Favorite (France), 2020. New Copy
Maybe the best work so far from Mr President – one of our favorite projects from the tireless French producer Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! The set begins with a groove that would be right at home on some late 70s funky jazz playlist – kind of Roy Ayers or Kudu Records – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Heliocentrics

Telemetric Sounds
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy
The Heliocentrics just get spookier and spookier with each new release – as is definitely the case here, with a recording that seemed to haunt the group like a ghost! The majority of the record comes from one long improvised jam the group were recording – supposedly while on a break, ... 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Whitefield Brothers

Earthology
Now Again, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The long-awaited return of the Whitefield Brothers – melding global funk and tripped out psychedelia as masterfully as on their massive In The Raw album – and tripping it out and funking it up even more this time! The psychedelic sounds get more pronounced play this time out, but it's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mildlife

Automatic
Heavenly, 2020. New Copy
Mildlife snuck under the radar a bit with their previous record – but here, they seem poised to break big, and with a sound that's very much their own! All the great keyboard work from before is still in place, but the vocal quotient of the music has been increased – to a level where ... CD

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
Jazzman/Now Again, 2008. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$8.99 18.98
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

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

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Live At KEXP (with bonus download)
Colemine, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... 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
P-Vine (Japan), 2010. New Copy
A great Japanese funk group – one who cut this fantastic record during the same generation as classics from Osaka Monaurail and Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro! These guys have a sharpness that rivals both groups – a way of getting everything right down on the money, at a level that's ... 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

Mustang Force

Hollywood Hustlers
Beatsqueeze (France), 2020. New Copy
The cover's got the look of some old action thriller from the 70s – and the music follows that spirit in a really faithful way – offering up a really good range of different funky modes, which gives the whole record the feel and complexity of some classic cop, crime, or blacksploitation ... 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

Haggis Horns

Stand Up For Love
Haggis (UK), 2020. New Copy
The Haggis Horns just seem to get tighter and tighter with each new record – to a point where they're way more than just another funk combo with a gimmicky name, and have grown into a really great soul group on their own! The rhythms, arrangements, and horns are great – but there's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Plug Seven (Australia), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A great little compilation – and one that really makes us want to hear a lot lot more from all the artists in the lineup! Think of this one as a bit like some of the excellent Brownswood compilations that have hipped us to changes on the London scene during the past few years – as this ... 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

Quantic

Apricot Morning
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2002. New Copy 2LP
A real moment of breakthrough from Will "Quantic" Holland – a set that really expands his sound, deepens his ties to funk roots, and makes the whole thing feel a lot more live than some of his previous work! Will's at the helm and handles most instruments – but there's also ... 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

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
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

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

Nick Pride & The Pimptones

Ideology
Legere (France), 2020. New Copy
Nick Pride's the guitarist, the arranger, and the songwriter of the group – but the lineup features equally strong lead presence from singer Eliza Lawson – whose vocals are at the core of the set, and provide a very strong grounding to the larger funky horns from the Pimptones! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 02, 2020


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