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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!


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

Durand Jones & The Indications

Private Space (red nebula vinyl pressing)
Dead Oceans, 2021. New Copy
Fantastic work from Durand Jones & The Indications – a group who've really come a long way in the past few years – in ways that push Durand's vocals to places we wouldn't have guessed on previous records! This set's way more than just a funk band with a soul singer upfront – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Eastwood Music Group, 2021. New Copy 3LP
A very cool set from the Texas scene – one that's overflowing with new work by some of the hippest soul, funk, and hip hop artists in the Lonestar State – and a few others too! The set features work from Black Pumas, Leon Bridges, N'Dambi, Sha La Das, Holy Hive, Badbadnotgood, Ghost ... LP, Vinyl record album
Big Crown, 2021. New Copy
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 ... 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
We loved Cochemea the first time around, but this second solo album is even better – a set that has the reedman really finding his own unique sound away from The Dap Kings – often blowing on an electrified saxophone, but in ways that are very different than late 60s experiments in that ... CD

Durand Jones & The Indications

Private Space
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2021. New Copy
Fantastic work from Durand Jones & The Indications – a group who've really come a long way in the past few years – in ways that push Durand's vocals to places we wouldn't have guessed on previous records! This set's way more than just a funk band with a soul singer upfront – ... 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
Daptone, 2000s. New Copy
Rare work from Sharon Jones – and a record that's a bit different than some of her other work for the Daptone label! The set features the group doing cover versions of tracks by other artists – some that appeared as singles over the years, others commissioned for projects, and a few ... 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
Daptone, 2019. New Copy
A hefty collection of funky numbers from the Daptone Records label – long-trusted source of sounds from the contemporary underground – and nicely evolving past their roots in recent years! Titles include "Ephra" and "The Proposition" by Budos Band, "Dancer's ... 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
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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

Menahan Street Band

Make The Road By Walking
Dunham/Daptone, 2008. New Copy
A bold slice of work from the Daptone musical universe – a hip project that features work from members of The Dap Kings, El Michels Affair, Budos Band, and Antibalas – all put together with a range of sounds that really show the full spectrum of their styles! The groove's quite unique ... LP, Vinyl record album

El Michels Affair

Yeti Season
Big Crown, 2021. New Copy
A new and amazing chapter in the always-evolving sound of this wonderful funk ensemble – a set that holds onto all the unusual elements of previous records, but also brings in some beautiful vocals from singer Piya Malik on a number of tracks! Malik really fleshes out the sound on the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Can't Stand The Pressure
Now Again, 2015. New Copy
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

Fantastics

Take A Shot
BBE (UK), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A great album of jazzy soul from The Fantastics – a group who can open up and let their jazzier side flow on the instrumental tracks on the set, then get more of a contemporary groove when singer Sulene Fleming joins the mix! Sulene is on four of the album's ten cuts – and brings in a ... 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

Jahari Massamba Unit (Madlib & Karriem Riggins)

Pardon My French
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy
A tremendous collaboration between Madlib and drummer Karriem Riggins – both artists who are great enough on their own, but who really hit some new territory in this funky instrumental project! Riggins plays live drums, and Madlib throws in all this other instrumentation that really changes ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Daptone, 2021. New Copy
We loved Cochemea the first time around, but this second solo album is even better – a set that has the reedman really finding his own unique sound away from The Dap Kings – often blowing on an electrified saxophone, but in ways that are very different than late 60s experiments in that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2019. New Copy
A hefty collection of funky numbers from the Daptone Records label – long-trusted source of sounds from the contemporary underground – and nicely evolving past their roots in recent years! Titles include "Ephra" and "The Proposition" by Budos Band, "Dancer's ... 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 ... CD

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Gary Bartz

Gary Bartz – Jazz Is Dead 6
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy
Saxophonist Gary Bartz joins the duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad – bringing a warm sense of soul to their soulful backings – which range from funky to spacey, and do a nice job of capturing the mid 70s feel of Gary on record! The sound isn't the Larry Mizell or Ntu Group ... 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

Nicole Willis

Tortured Soul
Timmion (Finland), 2013. New Copy
CD...$8.99 18.99
Smoking soul from Nicole Willis – one of our favorite funky females of the past decade or two! Nicole's been making great records for awhile, but she really knocks it out of the part with this killer set – grooving hard with the Soul Investigators, in a raw raw groove that really gives ... 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
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

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
Night Time Stories/Beat (Japan), 2020. New Copy
A great live set from this very funky trio – recorded in our home city of Chicago, but with an appeal that's pretty darn universal! The sound here is maybe even more lean than some of the studio work we've heard from Khruangbin – lots of interplay between the basslines and guitar, over ... 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Jazz Is Dead
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy
Maybe the most fantastic record to date from the hands of Adrian Younge – a project done in collaboration with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and one that features guest appearances from some of the musical giants who first inspired Dusty Groove many years Back! The core energy of the set comes from ... CD

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

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

Gizelle Smith

Revealing
Jalepeno (UK), 2021. New Copy
Gizelle Smith changes things up here nicely – moving past her roots as a deep funk singer with the Mighty Mocambos, and maybe growing into a more fully-formed role as a classic 70s-styled soul artist! The backings are funky, rich, and full – shifting in mood and complexity, at a level ... LP, Vinyl record album

Other Mirror

Other Mirror
King Underground, 2021. New Copy
Other Mirror have a sound that's nice and lean – just keyboards from Jonny Cuba, and guitar, bass, and drums from James Tilley – served up in these rhythms that are funky, but in these really fresh ways – not retro-funk, but retooled for the 21st Century, yet without any overdone ... 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
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

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

Crossover
Hope Street (Australia), 2020. New Copy
Fantastic work from Australian soul singer Emma Donovan – an artist who's grown greatly in the space between her last album with The Putbacks – to a point where she and the group really stand apart from most other records of this nature! This isn't a funk group doing a retro thing with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Big Crown, 2021. New Copy
A new and amazing chapter in the always-evolving sound of this wonderful funk ensemble – a set that holds onto all the unusual elements of previous records, but also brings in some beautiful vocals from singer Piya Malik on a number of tracks! Malik really fleshes out the sound on the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Monophonics

It's Only Us
Colemine, 2020. New Copy Gatefold
The Monophonics sound better here than ever before – as if the group's gone through some great mutation that's got them coming across with a richer, more mature sound than we ever might have expected a few years before! Things are still pretty darn funky, but there's also strong currents of ... 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

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 ... 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

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
Funk Night, 2019. New Copy
The funky M-Tet combo add in just a slight bit of extra grease to the sound that made their debut so tight – occasional horn flairs and a bit of congas, plus maybe a bit more fuzz on the guitar! Yet the core sound is very much in that mix of organ, guitar, bass, and drums that make these ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated August 05, 2021


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