An early example of the deep funk explosion in the 90s – the kind of work that laid the ground for the Soul Fire and Daptone labels to come! The set's performed by a tight bunch of modern funkateers who are transforming the field with hardcore, old school, purist funk grooves. The Other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Fiuczynski & John Medeski —
Lunar Crush ... CD Gramavision, 1994. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Remember these compilations? Before the funky phenomenom went above ground, they were one of the best ways to get your fix. Fifteen tracks on this volume: Eddy Jacobs Exchange "Pull My Coat", Freedom Now Brothers "Sissy Walk", Third Avenue Blues Band "Come And Get It" ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Whitefield Brothers —
Earthology ... LP Now Again, 2009. Very Good+ 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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hazy beatcraft steeped in Indian soundtrack style funk, strings and percussion from the indefatigable Madlib – Volume 3 in the increasingly adventurous and conceptual outings of the Beat Konducta! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India ... (Hip Hop, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Medeski, Martin & Wood —
Dropper ... CD Blue Note, 2000. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A return to funky grooving for Medeski, Martin, & Wood – and a slamming set that really captures the energy of the group in performance! The trio move effortlessly through tight Hammond grooving and off-beat jazzy piano work, riffing hard in the jam-band mode that's made them a huge ... read moreCD
Mad grooves from Uri Caine's Bedrock group – a core trio that features Caine on lots of cool keyboards, Tim Lefebvre on bass and guitar, and Zach Danzinger on drums – plus added vocals from Barbara Walker and percussion from Elizabeth Pupo-Walker! There's some really great electric ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Sharon Jones does a wonderful job with this classic – getting some hard funky backings from The Dap-Kings, and soaring out over the top with the best reading of the lyric we've ever heard! There's a tasty sax solo in the middle of the track – and the instrumental flipside offers even ... (Funky 45's, Deep Funk)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Tight modern funk from Detroit funk troop Will Sessions – compiling their great pair of Mix Takes EPs, previously vinyl-only, together on CD for the first time! The group covers and reinterprets classic funky soul instrumental tracks as well as timeless hip hop cuts with a seamless flow in ... read moreCD
Surprisingly fantastic bit of funky sitar tracks! The project's a recent one, but it's got a classic 70s global crossover funk sound that's very much in the vein of the weird Indian-funk work of Ananda Shankar or The Dave Pike set. The record's got a raw Meters-esque groove at the base – ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A deep funk classic from the early years – an album recorded in the mid 90s, back when few current funk groups were doing their thing – and originally released as the "fake" soundtrack to a 70s Hong Kong film! The actual music is by Mike Jackson & The Soul Providers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mad mix of spaced out jazz funk from Madlib – working here in a style closer to his benchmark Yesterday's New Quintet mode of forward looking band-based grooves – but also taking it even further and into deeper realms! The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer jazz and soul work from Snowboy – some overlooked sides that are easily some of the best grooves of his scene at the time! Snowboy first got his start as a Latin percussionist – adding a lot of firey energy to the London jazz scene in the early Acid Jazz years – but by the ... read moreCD
Erik Truffaz —
Revisite ... LP Blue Note (UK), 2001. Very Good+ 2LP ...
The spacey work of French trumpeter Erik Truffaz gets the remix treatment, in a great set of chillout grooves! Truffaz has a great sound – kind of a blend of late 60s Miles Davis, and mid 70s Eddie Henderson – and his first few albums for Blue Note France have been some of our favorite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Frightnrs have plenty more to say here – and they say it in a really sharp-edged approximation of older rocksteady modes! The group are contemporary, but like the best acts on Daptone, they've got an instantly classic feel – thanks to instrumentation and production that take us ... (Reggae, Deep Funk)read moreCD
In many ways, this album was the beginning of the Desco Records story – as the Pure crowd of funk lovers turned towards some of the newer funk acts that were springing up on the scene, and recorded tracks that they could slip into their series of funky compilations, most of which had only ... (Funky Compilations, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great step forward for the Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra – even better than their previous album, and a set that beautifully mixes together jazz, Latin, and African elements into one seamless groove! Percussionist Masta Conga is at the head of the group – leading the ensemble with a ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreCD
Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Dubby funk with plenty of Jamaican undertones, but not exactly a reggae set – and instead the sort of wonderful criss-crossing of modes we've come to expect from The Lions! The group definitely owes a lot to the sound of 60s and 70s Kingston – yet their approach is different, too ... read moreCD
The Monophonics definitely have a way of getting inside your brain – using a cosmic slop of fuzzy guitars and funky basslines to eat away your grey matter more than a maggot inside your cranium! Yet even past that heavy Funkadelic reference, they've also got a richer vibe too – ... read moreCD
SEME ... CD Mackrosoft, 2009. Used ...
Even more soulful stuff than before from The Baker Brothers – a record that really has them getting past the gritty funk of earlier records, and hitting a fuller groove that's totally great! The sound here is expanded past the guitar-heavy sounds that we first came to love from the Bakers ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great set from Chris Joss – much harder and funkier than most of his other work, with a strong deep funk component in the mix! The drums are hard, and instrumentation includes bits of Hammond, sitar, and lots of riffing guitar – all stripped down nicely in ways that ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
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 ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Wonderful early work from the great James Taylor Quartet – a killer UK group that emerged out of the London mod and acid jazz scenes of the 80s, then went onto become a monstrously talented funk group in their own right! Taylor's smoking Hammond leads the session, stepping out in some strong ... read moreCD
A double-length collection of singles from the UK's mighty Freestyle label – kind of an offshoot of the Jazz Cafe scene in London, and easily one of the hippest imprints of the past few years! Freestyle's issued plenty of great full length albums, but they've put out way more singles – ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Akimbo may not be a household name, but the group's members have played with Brand New Heavies, Soul II Soul, and Jamiroquai – and they've got a sound that more than lives up to that heritage! In a way, the groove here really takes us back to the best styles of the early days of Acid Jazz ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra —
Wendelu ... CD Ubiquity, 2015. Used ...
Warsaw may seem like an unlikely place for Afro Funk to grow – but given the work of this excellent combo, we're guessing we may well be hearing more from the scene in years to come! The group's got a richer, more sophisticated vibe than some of the other Fela-inspired groups on the scene ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
The world of Alex Puddu just keeps on getting bigger and bigger – and so do the wonderfully funky sounds on his records! Puddu's always been a real up-and-comer in the global funk underground – an artist who gets just the right 70s vibe in his instrumentation, arrangements, and ... read moreCD
Massively messed-up grooves – and a rare one-off collaboration between Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guerrero – all artists we've come to love for their own funky music over the years! The sound here is as wild as you'd expect from the cover – a really trippy approach to funk ... read moreCD
Unheard Piano Overlord material – the hypnotic piano & Rhodes-spun recordings of Guillermo Scott Herren – the visionary mind behind Prefuse 73 and Savath Y Savalas! Piano Overlord arguably finds Herren at his loosest – though Aninha Mission has plenty of the moody, hazy beats ... read moreCD
If the story is stripped down avant funk instrumentals with subtle stylistic twists and turns, it's a story worth telling – and that's what Clutchy Hopkins puts down on The Story Teller – an album that manages to be among his most raw and direct and his most adventurous at the same time! ... read moreCD
One of the hippest groups going in the deep funk underground – a combo who play way more than just conventional funk – and who manage to embrace a whole host of classic influences at once! Echoes of older Latin, African, and soundtrack-styled grooves sift together beautifully in this ... read moreCD
Smoking Afro Funk from the legendary Tony Allen – recording during an incredible world tour in 2004, in a lean, mean groove that stands as a nice counterpoint to his studio sessions of the past few years! Tony's working here with a stripped down quintet – led by himself on drums and ... (Global Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
A nice blend of classic funk inspiration and turntable DJ-ism from Funky Destination – the brainchild of Croatian funk head Vladimir Sivc, aka Mr. Louie! This is destination worth finding – a fresh mix of funky beats and rhythms and a richly layered sound – with funky soul guitar ... read moreCD
A great bit of old school hip hop – served up with plenty of funky 45 touches! Fresh Mark have a relation to some of the recent work coming out from Tramp Records – and although the style here is hip hop, circa 1982, the overall presentation has plenty of deep funk spirit! Drums are ... (Funky 45's, Deep Funk)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
New Mastersounds —
102% ... CD 3 On The B, 2006. Used ...
Heavy instrumental funk from the New Mastersounds – a group that seems to get more of an edge with each new release! The sound here is strongly in the Meters side of the funky spectrum – with lots of hard-burning Hammond organ and tightly scratching guitar – all served up with ... read moreCD
The Apples present a pair of Kings – a nice little project the finds the nine piece collective in collaboration with masters of their styles – funk pioneer Fred Wesley on a quartet of tracks and Israeli percussion titan Schlomo Bar on 4 others! The Apples are such a stylistically ... (New Grooves, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Killer funk! Amazing new release by Lee Fields, one of the 70's lost funky geniuses – and a record that sounds like it was lifted from the vaults of James Brown's People label, circa 1972! Unlike other "funk revival" titles of the past few years (especially those by ex-JBs Fred ... read moreCD
The Bad Plus have cut down their groove a bit more on this set – going for a style that's even more introspective than before, but which also shows them expanding their horizons nicely! The group's lineup of bass, piano, and drums is played with a dynamism that recalls some of the acoustic ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
(Note: This CD has expanded material that includes a "rootkit" from Sony that may install itself on your computer. Do not allow it to do so if you play the CD on a computer. Out of print.)
Billy Martin & Wil Blades —
Shimmy ... CD Royal Potato, 2012. Used ...
A funky funky shimmy from Billy Martin and Wil Blades – a very spare, stripped-down set that's heavy on drums from Martin, and lots of great Hammond and clavinet from Blades! The groove is a lot more focuses, and decidedly more gritty than we've heard from either player of late – ... (Jazz, Deep Funk)read moreCD
Rodney Jones —
X Field ... CD Music Masters, 1996. Used ...
Just Sold Out!