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Deep Funk — New Arrivals ✈

XHeavy funk from the contemporary scene -- from labels like Daptone, Truth & Soul, Now Again, Schema, Freestyle, and Legere!

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✨✧ AntibalasAntibalas ... CD
Daptone, 2012. Used ... $5.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) read more CD
Also available Antibalas (with download) ... LP 15.99

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✨✧ Karl Hector & The MalcounsNon Ex Orbis ... CD
Now Again, 2019. New Copy ... $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 ... read more CD
Also available Non Ex Orbis ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ New Cool Collective feat Tony AllenTrippin ... CD
Dox (Netherlands), 2005. Used 2CD ... $9.99

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✨✧ Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show Number 12 – Raw Medicine – Madlib Remixes ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2011. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
The supposed conclusion in the madly epic Medicine Show series from Madlib – Number 12, and it's a hazy, funky, rawly brilliant batch of hip hop remixes from the mid 00s onward – 60+ minutes and 30+ unlisted tracks that's pretty much quintessential Madlib hip hop! We're not going to ... (Hip Hop, Deep Funk) read more CD

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✨✧ Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show No 7 – High Jazz ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Quite possibly our favorite installment so far in the Madlib Medicine Show series – as the set's a treasure trove of rare work from the many-faceted Yesterday's New Quintet combo – that genius funky jazz ensemble headed by Madlib! According to the notes, some of these cuts are from ... (Hip Hop, Deep Funk) read more CD

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✨✧ Natural Yogurt BandAway With Melancholy (LP sleeve edition – limited edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, 2008. New Copy Gatefold ... $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 ... read more CD
(Limited edition of 1000 copies.)

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✨✧ HeliocentricsInfinity Of Now ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy ... $19.99 24.98
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Slum Village & Abstract OrchestraFantastic 2020 Vol 2 (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ne'Astra, 2020. New Copy ... $19.99 24.98
Slum Village teams up with the hip hop-reared jazz funk collective Abstract Orchestra for this worthy revisit/live band rework of the legendary Fantastic Vol 2 – a soulful Detroit hip hop classic and a vital piece of the late great J Dilla's legacy! A few cuts have prominent vocals, others ... (Hip Hop, Deep Funk) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Slum Village & Abstract OrchestraFantastic 2020 Vol 1 (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ne'Astra, 2020. New Copy ... $19.99 24.98
Slum Village teams up with the hip hop-reared jazz funk collective Abstract Orchestra for this worthy revisit/live band rework of the legendary Fantastic Vol 2 – a soulful Detroit hip hop classic and a vital piece of the late great J Dilla's legacy! A few cuts have prominent vocals, others ... (Hip Hop, Deep Funk) read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Fantastic 2020 (2CD set) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Jason McGuinessEmpyrean Tones ... LP
Common Good, 2019. New Copy ... $19.99 22.98
Jason McGuiness handles the keyboards, but he's also got some great help on the session too – a strong lineup of guests that includes Kamasi Washington on tenor, Phil Ranelin on trombone, and Keyon Harrold on trumpet! Drums are by Te'Amir Sweeney, who's got this crackling touch that brings a ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Karl Hector & The MalcounsNon Ex Orbis ... LP
Now Again, 2019. New Copy ... $19.99 22.98
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Non Ex Orbis ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Karl Hector & The MalcounsUnstraight Ahead (with download) ... LP
Now Again, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs ... $19.99 21.98
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)
Also available Unstraight Ahead ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Seu Jorge & AlmazSeu Jorge & Almaz ... LP
Now Again, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $15.99 18.98
Incredible music from Seu Jorge – and that's saying a lot, given how much we've loved all of his previous records! This time around, Jorge really knocks it out of the park – by stepping away from some of his tighter styles, and going for a looser, more organic approach that's totally ... (Brazil, Deep Funk) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Souljazz OrchestraFreedom No Go Die ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2007. Used ... $8.99
More Afro Funk than the soul jazz you might guess from the group's name – but that's OK with us, because the record's plenty darn great! Souljazz Orchestra are one of the best of the current wave of Afro combos to hail from Canada – and they manage to get an incredible full sound from ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Skeletons (Nostalgia 77)Smile ... CD
Impossible Ark (UK), 2010. Used ... $7.99
An Ethio funk influenced effort from Nostalgia 77 composer, arranger and guitarist Benedic Lamdin – demonstrating a real love for African jazz and funk, raw drums, sound library style pulpiness, and wavering spacey atmospherics! The horn parts are often the elements with the strongest Mulatu ... read more CD

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✨✧ Jungle By NightJungle By Night ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2011. Used ... $18.99
Warm modern Afro-inspired funk & soul from Amsterdam's Jungle By Night – whose promising earlier 45 primed us pretty well – and this self-titled set of live-in-the-studio grooves for Kindred Spirits more than delivers on it! The set is described simply as "highlights from a ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Cornell Campbell Meets SoothsayersNothing Can Stop Us ... CD
Strut (UK), 2013. Used ... $8.99
A brilliant meeting of two top talents – reggae legend Cornell Campbell and underground funk combo The Soothsayers – working here together on a set that feels like it could have been pulled from the vaults of Studio One! The Soothsayers have already demonstrated their global leanings ... (Reggae, Deep Funk) read more CD

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✨✧ Chicago Afrobeat ProjectNyash Up! ... CD
Chicago Afrobeat Project, 2012. Used ... $8.99

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✨✧ J FelixWhole Again Hooligan (with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 23.99
A mighty nice second set from J Felix – even tighter, sharper, and funkier than his first – and done with a great blend of old school instrumentation and warmly cosmic energy! The keyboards are often in the lead – over basslines and rhythms that have plenty of 80s boogie in the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ James Hunter SixNick Of Time ... CD
Daptone, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of the best things that ever happened to singer James Hunter was the moment he formed his James Hunter Six – a great combo who've really helped Hunter deepen his groove in recent years! James was always a great vocalist – one of the best blue-eyed soul singers of the past 20 years ... read more CD
Also available Nick Of Time (with bonus download) ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ James Hunter SixNick Of Time (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
One of the best things that ever happened to singer James Hunter was the moment he formed his James Hunter Six – a great combo who've really helped Hunter deepen his groove in recent years! James was always a great vocalist – one of the best blue-eyed soul singers of the past 20 years ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download card.)
Also available Nick Of Time ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ VariousDaptone Gold 2 ... LP
Daptone, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 28.99
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 4 – Beat Konducta In India ... LP
Stones Throw, 2007. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
The long awaited sides C & D in Madlib's incredible blend of Bombay soundtrack-styled funk, blunted Eastern beats, and all round stunning Middle Eastern accented hip hop instros! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India and/or otherwise East ... (Hip Hop, Deep Funk) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kokolo Afrobeat OrchestraFuss & Fight ... CD
Afrokings (UK), 2002. Used ... $9.99
The bold voice of a new Afro Funk ensemble – jamming hard with an intensity that matches recent work by Antibalas or The Daktaris, and which stands proudly in a tradition that runs back to Fela's best work of the 70s! The group's extremely tight, and have a good funky edge – and they've ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) read more CD

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✨✧ Samuel Jon SamuelssonHelvitis Fokking Funk ... CD
SJS Music (Iceland), 2010. Used ... $14.99
A funky funky big band – and one that blasts away with a power that's just incredible – almost the force of some small combo from the funky 45 universe, stretched out over a wide range of heavy horns! The album's light years past the previous album from Samuel Jon Samuelsson – ... read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ New MastersoundsBe Yourself (with bonus download) ... LP
King Underground, 2003. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 29.99
A warm return to funky form for the New Mastersounds – working here in an instant-classic groove that recalls the glory days of the Memphis scene! The group's instrumental sound is supported by some extremely burning work on Hammond – sweet and soulful licks that remind us a lot of the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl! Includes download.)

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✨✧ Blustaeb & S FidelityBlustaeb & S Fidelity Present – Underground Canopy ... LP
Menace (Germany), 2020. New Copy ... $24.99
Spare instrumentals created in a world that's aware of downtempo – but also delivered with a lot more warmth and jazzy energy than the usual sort of set like this – thanks to very strong work on trumpet and keyboards throughout! The tunes are relatively spare, and have great beats at ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Crowd CompanyLowdown ... LP
Vintage League, 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A nice mix of mod soul and funkier styles from Crowd Company – a group who know how to lead as strongly with their Hammond as they do with their vocals – really putting both elements to work in the frontline to carve out some very catchy songs for the set! The group sport two different ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Lowdown ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Crowd CompanyLowdown ... CD
Vintage League, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 10.98
A nice mix of mod soul and funkier styles from Crowd Company – a group who know how to lead as strongly with their Hammond as they do with their vocals – really putting both elements to work in the frontline to carve out some very catchy songs for the set! The group sport two different ... read more CD
Also available Lowdown ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Abstract OrchestraDilla ... LP
ATA (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
There's nothing abstract here – as the set's a fantastically-focused tribute to the late Jay Dee – put together in a style that's mostly jazz, but which also has some great vocal touches too! The music's roots are in hip hop, but the presentation here is awash in strong work on saxes, ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mustang ForceHollywood Hustlers ... LP
Beatsqueeze (France), 2020. New Copy ... $23.99
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AldorandeAldorande ... CD
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy ... $19.99
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 ... read more CD

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✨✧ Chicago Afrobeat ProjectOff The Grid EP ... CD
Chicago Afrobeat Project, 2008. Used ... $8.99
A short set, but one that's packed with loads of great work from this hip Chicago ensemble – an Afro Funk group with a style that's a bit different than some of the rest – not content to simply copy older 70s sounds, and always searching for unusual ways to serve up a groove! The ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) read more CD

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✨✧ DevonnsDevonns ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $19.99
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ SorcerersIn Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God ... LP
ATA (UK), 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The Sorcerers return, and with a sound that's even deeper than before – a fantastic blend of funk and Ethiopian elements – but with a tightness that also resonates with some of the hipper European sound library work of the 70s! In fact, there's a mode here that's like those few special ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available In Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Karate BoogalooCarn The Boogers ... LP
College Of Knowledge (Australia), 2020. New Copy ... $22.99
Heavy funk from an Australian group who take their name from one of our favorite funky 45s of the 60s – a combo who try hard to live up to that legacy, but also add in plenty of their own touches too! The keyboards and guitar are surprisingly well-crafted – so much so that they often ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Haggis HornsStand Up For Love ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99
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 ... read more CD
Also available Stand Up For Love ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Malcolm StrachanAbout Time ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $11.99
The debut solo album from trumpeter Malcolm Strachan – a musician who's normally part of the larger Haggis Horns ensemble, but who sounds even more tremendous out here in the spotlight on his own – a player with a lot stronger jazz chops than we might have expected, really soaring here ... read more CD

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✨✧ SpeedometerOur Kind Of Movement ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $11.99
Speedometer have been giving us great funky music for many many years – yet this album may well have the group hitting a whole new level in sound – able to hold on to all the gritty elements of their early days, while also expanding in ways that touch onto Afro Funk, psychedelic funk, ... read more CD

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✨✧ SorcerersIn Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God ... CD
ATA (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
The Sorcerers return, and with a sound that's even deeper than before – a fantastic blend of funk and Ethiopian elements – but with a tightness that also resonates with some of the hipper European sound library work of the 70s! In fact, there's a mode here that's like those few special ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) read more CD

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✨✧ Caroline LacazeEn Route ... CD
Legere (France), 2013. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
Fantastic French funk – a record that's unlike any other deep funk combo we can think of – because Caroline Lacaze sings in her native language instead of English! The grooves are stepped in the best funky 45 styles of the late 60s, but the vocals also echo the more soulful sound of ... read more CD

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✨✧ CheebacabraExile In The Woods ... CD
Mackrosoft, 2006. Used ... $4.99
One of the more madly tripped out albums from the Mackrosoft camp in the past few years – a very electric bit of keyboard funk that sets a whole new level for the Cheeba sound! The record's got a style that starts with 70s fusion, but which almost moves into an 80s electro sound – not ... read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ El Michels AffairAdult Themes ... CD
Big Crown, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
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 ... read more CD

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✨✧ Black Market BrassUndying Thirst ... CD
Colemine, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99
Beautifully heavy sounds from Black Market Brass – a group who started out with more of a global funk approach, but who emerge here with the intensity of some lost funky soundtrack – all with the sort of edge you might expect from the cover! The style here is really revolutionary ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk) read more CD

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✨✧ Khruangbin & Leon BridgesTexas Sun EP (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Dead Oceans, 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited orange vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Ikebe ShakedownKings Left Behind ... LP
Colemine, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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Also available Kings Left Behind ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Kelly FinniganTales People Tell ... LP
Colemine, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.98
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 16.99
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 ... read more CD

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✨✧ Los SospechosPostales ... LP
Colemine, 2013. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 26.98
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
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 ... read more CD
Also available How Do I Talk To My Brother? ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ OrgoneUndercover Mixtape ... LP
Colemine, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
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 ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioClose But No Cigar ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $10.99
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 ... read more CD

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✨✧ PolyrhythmicsMan From The Future ... CD
Color Red, 2020. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The Polyrhythmics always manage to give us something groovy – and this set's got their trademark style of shifting rhythms laced with lots of tight guitar – partly old school funk, but also graced with some contemporary elements too! The guitar of Ben Bloom is often the lead solo ... read more CD

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✨✧ James Taylor QuartetRochester Mass ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 2015. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Keyboard James Taylor works here in a very unique setting – but one that's totally great, as well – and which really seems to give his music a very fresh vibe! The title's no lie – as Taylor's working in a mass-like format, complete with a large vocal choir – but the result ... read more CD
 
 



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