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Kokoroko
Kokoroko

Kokoroko are part of London's current jazz scene as documented on the We Out Here compilation. Their self-titled EP, also on Brownswood Recording, captures the band as it effortlessly blends jazz with afrobeat and soul to create something utterly vibrant. They are lead by Sheila Maurice-Grey and her wonderful trumpet playing. 

Roy Ayers
Virgin Ubiquity II (Unreleased Recordings 1976 - 1981)

Roy Ayres is beloved to fans of funk, soul and hip-hop notable for having more of his tunes sampled in hip-hop than any other artist. His two Virgin Ubiquity albums round up unreleased tracks he had in storage and this is their first vinyl re-press since 2006. It showcases perhaps his most fertile period with bags of grooves for all you production heads out there to sample. 
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Basil Kirchin
Everyday Madness

Definitely in the world's top three Basils (alongside Fawlty and Brush) is legendary sound manipulator Basil Kirchin. Those intrepid folk at Trunk have found a bunch of unheard 1960s and 1970s era recordings by the great man and here are three separate and very different tapes pressed onto vinyl. Perhaps the most exciting thing is that there are further found archives to come.  

Alice Clark
Alice Clark

Soul, jazz, funk and raw emotion all play their part in making the one and only self-titled album by Alice Clark one of the most sought after pieces of wax known to man. It was originally recorded in 1972 over a two day session. Very little is known about Clark apart from what happened on that two day stint. No need to crate-dig in a blind panic anymore as Wewantsounds are reissuing this highly regarded album.
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Idris Muhammad
Power Of Soul

For complex yet easy-listen jazz, look no further. Dextrous drummer and Louisiana-born Idris Muhammad's latest work 'Power of Soul' is a gorgeous slice of creativity, tinged with soul and leftfield ideas. As a legend in his field, history looks back kindly at Muhammad's works and this is a real highlight of the pioneer's back catalogue.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Patrice Rushen
Posh

Patrice Rushen was perhaps better known as an arranger and pianist who worked behind the scenes with other artists at the time of her 1980 album Posh but she had released a series of low key records under her own name throughout the 1970s. She was working with a small group of musicians who she trusted and it is through loose jamming that the ideas for Posh would come about. She went on to be better known for her subsequent hit Forget-Me-Nots. A classic if ever there was one and a record that Posh paved the way for. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Marvin Gaye
What's Going On

Immediately recognisable from the cover alone, What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye feels like an album that was never not there. The soothing and enthralling tracks like Mercy Mercy Me and What’s Happening Brother, feel like they have always existed somewhere, a testament to Gaye’s effortless craftsmanship and one of the myriad of reasons why this has become a classic LP and one that deserves to be in any respectable collection.  
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Amy Winehouse
Back To Black

Back To Black was the second and final album by Amy Winehouse. It was regarded as a classic pretty much upon on its release. Here she found her ideal musical partner in Mark Ronson whose soulful production was the perfect backdrop to her incredible voice. Contains Rehab, Love Is A Losing Game and Tears Dry On Their Own.
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Don Cherry
Brown Rice

Imagine having a name as cool as Don Cherry! Anyway, Eagle Eye’s dad and Neneh's stepdad wasn’t just cool by name, he played a mean jazz trumpet too. Brown Rice is a 1975 album that fuses jazz, rock, indian, African and Arabic sounds. What’s more it features Charlie Haden on wah-wah bass! Reissue LP on Blue Note.
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Nick Hakim
Will This Make Me Good

Will This Make Me Good is the second album by U.S. singer / songwriter Nick Hakim. It follows his much lauded 2017 debut Green Twins. Before he recorded this album he worked with the likes of Onyx Collective, Anderson .Paak, Jesse and Forever, Lianne La Havas and Slingbaum which only served to reinforce the ideas he had for this album. 
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Everything Is Recorded
Friday Forever

Friday Forever is the follow-up to the Mercury Music Prize nominated eponymous debut by Everything Is Recorded. It is released through XL Recordings, which is rather convenient as the man behind this particular mask is XL head honcho Richard Russell. There are guest spots for some new artists such as Aitch, FLOHIO and Berwyn, Maria Somerville, Kean Kavanagh, A.K. Paul, James Massiah, Infinite Coles and well-known names such as Ghostface Killah and Penny Rimbaud of Crass - a varied bunch. I think you’ll like this. Yes, you, reading this.

Thundercat
It Is What It Is

No McDonald and Loggins this time but Thundercat follows up the expansive, at times baffling 'Drunk' with another tour de force of his nimble-fingered funk, soul and hip-hop. Fifteen more tracks of blissful, laid back sunshine vibes topped off with his distinctive sweet vocals and virtuoso bass playing. He's roped in a tantalizing array of artists, here working with Childish Gambino, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil B, Zack Fox & Louis Cole. Four (count 'em) different vinyl versions to choose from at the time of launch. Released through Flying Lotus' esteemed Brainfeeder label (naturally). 

The James Hunter Six
Nick of Time

Well this is on Daptone so you know what to expect right? Modern day soul that sounds like the vintage stuff. The James Hunter Six have already made five albums of this stuff so are now well in the groove and Nick of Time doesn't disappoint showcasing beautiful mid tempo soul tracks with hints of the timeless melodies of Burt Bacharach beneath stunning vocal performances that stand up to the great records of the past. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kahil El'Zabar
Spirit Groove

Spirit Groove is the latest missive from jazz master Kahil El’Zabar and like a lot of his work over the past forty years has been made in tandem with sax legend David Murray.  Otherwise El’Zabar brings in younger players to provide a youthful freshness to his soulful jazz and groove. a spiritual and explorative journey.  
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Swamp Dogg
Sorry You Couldn't Make It

American soul and R&B legend Jerry Williams Jr., at the grand age of 77, returns to his Swamp Dogg psych/soul persona once again for You Couldn’t Make It. Backed by a 14-strong band and a cast of guest stars that includes Bon Iver, John Prine and Jenny Lewis, the album follows the heart-warming success of his Ryan Olson-produced 2018 hit album Love, Loss and Auto-Tune. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hideto Sasaki
Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet +1 - Stop Over

There’s a lot of Japanese jazz being reissued at the moment, and to back up my claim, this is the 6th Japanese jazz reissue on BBE. This one features Hideto Sasaki, Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet +1 playing their acoustic hard-bop classic, Stop Over, from 1976. If you can imagine Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers powered by recreational chemicals, then you’d be close to imagining the sound in these grooves.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tom Misch
Beat Tape 1

Known as an ally of the likes of Loyle Carner, Michael Kiwanuka and Jordan Rakei on top of his solo work - most notably his impressive 2018 debut album Geography - Tom Misch’s first unofficial release, 2014’s Beat Tape 1, gets a double-LP re-issue. Now including a bonus track (‘Marrakech’), it spans 19 tracks and is composed and performed entirely by Misch himself. 

Elysian Spring
Glass Flower

French jazz from the late sixties is an underappreciated niche. Mais pas ici at Norman Records. Imagine the heartfelt joy we felt when our kind amis at Le Très Jazz Club announced their repressing of Elysium Spring’s cult classic, Glass Windows. Finally, these soft and gentle jazz tones will be available to a wider audience. Best not sleep on this one, it might not be around for too long.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Miles In Tokyo: Miles Davis Live In Concert

Only five out of ten for the non Miles pun album title but otherwise this is a luxury issue of a cracking Miles Davis set from his first ever Japanese tour in 1964. It's the only document of Miles Davis and Sam Rivers blowing together and there's further stellar support in Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter  (double bass), and Tony Williams (drums).
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gil Scott-Heron
I'm New Here (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

Gil Scott-Heron released I’m New Here in 2010. It sadly turned out to be the legendary musician and poet’s final album. The album at least matches his previous work in terms of boundary-pushing and musical quality, so it's well deserving of a 10th anniversary reissue. This version comes with a previously unreleased cut from the original sessions and a cover of Handsome Johnny, originally by Richie Havens, which turned out to be the last song Scott-Heron ever recorded. There’s a bunch of other rare tracks dating from the original album sessions too. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Makaya McCraven
Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape)

Here we have the distilled results of a happy meeting between new collaborators, including Makaya McCraven, Nubya Garcia, Soweto Kinch, Ben LaMar Gay, Quiet Dawn and more. Lots of live fun was had under the CHICAGO X LONDON banner, and the recordings were then taken home for remixing and rearranging by Makaya. The resultant Mixtape is vibrant indeed.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tony Allen
The Source

Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representing a philosophy of quality and the analogue principles of its founders. Warm jazz sounds.

Peter Brötzmann
14 Love Poem

Initially released in 1984 and now re-issued on Cien Fuegos, Peter Brötzmann’s 14 Love Poems was inspired by a booklet of poetry with the same title by Kenneth Patchen. On it, the German-born free jazz saxophonist and clarinetist also plays the tárogató, and delivers an album strong on expression and emotion. 

Fire! Orchestra
Actions

A rare new interpretation of avant-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki´s ‘Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra’, commissioned by Poland’s Sacrum Profanum festival in 2018 and performed by Mats Gustafsson and a drastically altered iteration of Fire! Orchestra. Actions is longer than Penderecki’s original score and takes liberties with it, injecting fresh perspective into a classic. 

Dinosaur
To The Earth

2020 marks ten years of Dinosaur, and ‘To The Earth’ acts as a reflection on the past decade of playing and creating together. More acoustic than some of their previous albums, ‘To The Earth’ features band leader and trumpeter Laura Jurd’s compositions, and sees the jazz quartet go further in their improvisations than ever before.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Maribou State
fabric presents Maribou State

The latest compilation from Fabric sees electronic duo Maribou State pick some of their favourite tunes. It's an eclectic leftfield choice with the likes of Stelvio Cipriani, Botany and Ekkehard Ehlers all representing but the boys get some of their own music on there including a rare remix of Radiohead's Reckoner. 

Emma-Jean Thackray
Rain Dance

Emma-Jean Thackray launches her new label, Movementt, and along with it her new EP, Raindance. She is a musician, composer, DJ and bandleader. She has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and Makaya McCraven. All this should tell you that she care not for genre boundaries and just makes the music she feels is right.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ofege
How Do You Feel

Ofege began in early 1970s Nigeria smitten by the twiddly likes of Santana and Jeff Beck. How Do You feel was their fourth album originally released in 1978 and was seen as the high point in their career cementing their West African psych funk sound but blending it with reggae and disco. They have gained increased exposure over the years through appearances on compilations so this luxury re-issue of this Afrobeat classic is rather timely. 

Irreversible Entanglements
Who Sent You?

Irreversible Entanglements are a free jazz collective featuring saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa and bassist Luke Stewart along with trumpeter Aquiles Navarro and drummer Tcheser Holmes. Their music is driven by the poetry of Ayewa, whose subjects centre on injustice, survival, power and inequality. Who Sent You? is their new album.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
MORIS ZEKLER - Fuzz & Soul Sega from 70's Mauritius

MORIS ZEKLER - Fuzz & Soul Sega from 70's Mauritius is a new compilation charting the curious origins of sega. Forged from Western and Indian influences in Mozambique and East Africa in the Seventies, its key practitioners are collected on this 13-track album, including Harold Berty, Ti L’Afrique and Claudio Veeraragoo. 

The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble
The Neptune Collection

The Neptune Collection by The Entourage Music and Theatre Company was originally released in 1975. The music on here blends folk, jazz and traditional music forms from all over the world. If you’re a fan of Six Organs of Admittance, Bill Orcutt and Sun City Girls, then you may want to give this a go as it foreshadows their styles.
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Roy Budd
The Internecine Project

Trunk might well have unearthed a gem in this previously unreleased score from Roy Budd. Budd, as you may know, was master of 1970s scores and The Internecine Project comes from his peak pre-Get Carter period. The film with its oddball title and James Coburn lead fell under the radar somewhat and therefore the soundtrack is one of Budd's lesser known works. Get it now on limited one time vinyl pressing.  
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Shabaka & The Ancestors
We Are Sent Here By History

Reed player Shabaka Hutchings is known for being the band leader in the highly rated jazz outfit Sons Of Kemet. Shabaka and the Ancestors, which finds Hutchings fronting a band of South African jazz players, released their debut album, Wisdom of Elders, in 2016. Here we have their much anticipated new one, We Are Sent Here By History, which deals with the weighty subject of human extinction. Powerful stuff.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Mystery Kindaichi Band
The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke

Here we have some much coveted Japanese disco funk in the form of The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke by The Mystery Kindaichi Band. It’s an imaginary soundtrack from 1977 which features the best Tokyo Funk and City Pop musicians Japan has to offer: pianist Hideo Ichikawa, drummer Jun Moriya, percussionist Tadaomi Anai, Eri Ohno on vocals, Takeru Muraoka on sax, trumpeter Koji Hadori and Koji Yamaguchi on French horn.

The Daktaris
Soul Explosion

Cheeky white-boy afrobeat revivalists The Daktaris went so far as to assume fake Nigerian aliases for their debut and only album Soul Explosion. The whole thing looks like a crate-digger’s wet dream, but was actually released in 1998. But! it's still one hell of a funky afrobeat affair, it's been remastered, and the folk at Daptone are reissuing it. 
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Village Of The Sun feat. Binker and Moses
Village Of The Sun / Ted

You may not know Village of the Sun but if I said it was a collaboration between Binker & Moses and Simon Radcliffe of Basement Jaxx then your ears may prick somewhat. Expect two future Balearic classics here, both sun-ready and upliftingly vibrant. Collectible limited pressing 12" with die cut sleeve.    
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um

Mingus Ah Um was Charles Mingus's first album for Columbia released in 1959. It is a personal work which sees the double bass player and bandleader look back upon his childhood assisted by an all star group including Jimmy Knepper and Brooker Ervin. It contains some of his most enduring tracks and is widely regarding as a masterpiece. 
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Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock
Butterfly

Reissue of a previously Japan-only LP here. Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai teamed up with a band led by Herbie Hancock in 1979 to record this collection of covers. Many of them are smooth-as-silk versions, with Kasai’s beautiful voice floating over languid soul-jazz instrumentals. Closes out with a rambunctious disco-funk version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘As’. Nicely restored and remastered by Be With Records.
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Skalpel
Highlights

Building their great reputation by welding samples from Poland’s rich history of jazz from the Sixties and Seventies to distinctive, modern hip-hop beats with a curator’s sense of love and knowledge, the Wrocław-based duo Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło release their newest Skalpel record Highlight on the Nopaper imprint. 

Herbie Hancock
Inventions & Dimensions

Whilst the multi-talented Illinois-based creator Herbie Hancock made a name for himself with his jazz-focussed catalogue, 'Inventions & Dimensions' was his first release to be noticeably latin percussion-dominated. Over half a century later and this 6 track stands as a marquee release in the dexterous pioneer's back-catalogue.
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Various
Gilles Peterson Presents: MV4

Gilles Peterson has made a career of championing a certain brand of jazzy, soulful often hip-hop-influenced music that he plays on his popular 6 Music show each Saturday afternoon. This is a collection of live tracks made by some of the acts he has promoted of late all recorded at Maida Vale and originally broadcast on his show on 20th October 2019. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Oneness of Juju
Space Jungle Luv

Space Jungle Luv is the second album by Oneness of Juju. It was originally released in 1976. The band, led by saxophonist James “Plunky Nkabinde“ Branch play a brand of funky, cosmic jazz which allows Branch’s sax to take flight. This album features jazz pianist Joe Bonner. Reissue on Now Again.
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The Colours That Rise
Grey Doubt

The Colours That Rise are Simeon Jones and Nathanael Williams, a pair of producers and multi-instrumentalists. They make a mix of jazz and retro funk with the zip of electronic music using various acoustic instruments and some nice analogue synths. Ge=rey Doubt is their debut album, coming hot on the heels of their brilliant EP, 2020.
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Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

Coming at us via jazz colossus Blue Note is this interesting thing: a 4-track 10" from Tony Allen & Jeff Mills which they've called "Tomorrow Comes The Harvest". So that's Allen the legendary jazz drummer and Afrobeatist making sweet rhythmic music with Mills the Detroit Techno Titan. Two futurists with some serious chops that accompany their intimidating CVs combine on this record to bring us a rhythmical conversation. Nice.

Prince and the Revolution
Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

Seriously exciting stuff here for Prince fans: as well as a remastered version of the deeply classic album Purple Rain, the CD versions of this reissue also include a whole disc of contemporary tracks from the great one’s immense and closely guarded archives, which haven’t even been bootlegged before! Revel in the rarities. On Warner Bros.

I Like To Sleep
Daymare

I Like To Sleep are a young Norwegian jazz trio who take their name from a Thelonious Monk quote. It’s a quote that could also be attributed to this Norman Records scribe, I mean, who doesn’t like to sleep? Anyway, they feature Amund Storløkken Åse on vibraphone, Nicolas Leirtrø on baritone guitar and Øyvind Leite on drums. They bonded over a love of jazz, prog rock and classical music. Daymare is their second album.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Master Oogway
Earth And Other Worlds

Master Oogway are a quartet with strong jazz leanings made up of young musicians from the Norwegian Academy of Music. The quartet plays guitar, dums, sax and double bass. Their second album, Earth And Other Worlds, show the band growing in terms of group dynamic, songwriting and the variety of music they play. On Rune Grammofon.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
A Tribute To Jack Johnson

A Tribute To Jack Johnson is a soundtrack to a 1971 documentary about American boxer, Jack Johnson by Miles Davis. It is thought of as being among the great jazz trumpeter’s best work, which is perhaps not surprising when you consider the backing back was made up of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Bennie Maupin, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Cobham. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

52nd Street
Look Into My Eyes / Express

This will be of interest to historians of the Manchester music scene. It was initially released on Factory and if you thought that label was mainly for spindly, lovelorn white boys then 52nd Street were a black soul band who make strutting jazz-influenced funk. They were joined on this release by the mysterious Be Music on keyboards who turned out to be a moonlighting Bernard Sumner. A vital slice of history and a brilliant record. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty
Visions

Visions is a collaborative album from BADBADNOTGOOD member Leland Whitty and one of the group’s former members, Matthew Tavares. Written in three weeks and laid down in one gigantic recording session, in which the entire suite was performed with a rhythm section of bassist Julian Anderson-Bowes and drummer Matthew Chalmers. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela
Rejoice

Two long-time associates of the legendary Fela Kuti come together on Rejoice. Afrobeat drumming pioneer Tony Allen and the (now sadly departed) South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela got together in 2010 when their touring schedules allowed, with the unfinished sessions laying in an archive until last summer when producer Nick Gold applied the finishing touches. 

Ratgrave
Rock

Rock  - great title but it isn't just rock music that duo of Max Graef and Julius Conrad are interested in. Here as Ratgrave they take influence from funk, soul, jazz rock and electronica to make an album that may well be genre splicing but still owes a debt to Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath. On the Black Focus label founded by Kamaal Williams.

Sibusile Xaba
Nigwu Shwabada

Guitarist and singer Sibusile Xaba hails from South Africa. He makes his own take on Maskandi (Zulu folk music) music, mixing it with the avant-garde. Nigwu Shwabada his new album. It translates as I Am with Shwabada, Shwbada being a spiritual lineage. Features an 18 minute improvised track recorded with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet and Shabaka & the Ancestors.

Monophonics
It's Only Us

Bay Area long runners Monophonics have built a reputation on making solid music that blends soul and psychedelic rock  - the sort of stuff that goes down well in large auditoriums but also has the classic sound of Stax and Motown at its heart. It's Only Us is their fourth album and sees the band look inwards towards politics and mental health struggles for inspiration yielding a healing sort of album of soulful resistance. 

Fire! Orchestra
Arrival

For those who haven't heard of Fire! Orchestra what you need to do is imagine a big band willing to channel all its resources into one thing: weight. Their previously resources have been heftier than most most metal releases, and though they've trimmed down from 28 to 14 members for Arrival it doesn't make them any less potent. Sublime in the way that music so rarely is. On Rune Grammofon.
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Lamont Butler
It's Time For A Change

Lamont Butler recorded one album, It’s Time For A Change, circa 1970. It was built on a foundation of gospel, R&B and jazz. He was blessed with an amazing voice and prior to going solo was singer with the groups The Enterprise, The Dynamics and The New Beginnings. This is one of those much sought after records, and thanks to this reissue you can get your hands on a pristine copy for a relatively small sum, courtesy of Acid Jazz.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Amy Winehouse
Frank

Frank was the debut album by Amy Winehouse. She made a massive impact with this upon its release in 2003. Firstly as a major new talent had just unleashed itself on the world and secondly because her lyrics didn’t pull any punches, hence the title.The title is also a nod to one of her heroes, Frank Sinatra.

Soul Connection
Street Soul

Legendary street soul duo, Soul Connection released two albums in their time, their 1988 debut Rough & Ready and its follow-up, Raw Street Soul two years later. The aptly named Street Soul picks the best tracks from the two albums to create an essential retrospective of their career, remastered from the original tapes. 
  • Vinyl LP (ICE 016)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Art Taylor
A.T's Delight

Art Taylor is a drummer who has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk but only made this one album as de facto band leader. He put together a large ensemble to play a combination of Latin influenced jazz and bebop on a mainly covers set containing interpretations of cuts by John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Elvin Jones
Mr. Jones

If you don't know Elvin Jones then if I mentioned he was the drummer in John Coltrane's Classic Quartet then that might give you an indication of the regard he is held in in jazz quarters. Here he puts together a large band including three (count 'em) sax players on his penultimate album for Blue Note. It's a varied work touching on jazz, latin and post bop and a mixture of original tunes and interpretations. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Brian Blade Fellowship
Brian Blade Fellowship

You may not know Brian Blade by name but he has been the drummer for the likes of Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell and Wayne Shorter. This was his debut album from 1998 which contained seven slo-mo jazz compositions with contributions from Jeff Parker of Tortoise alongside stellar jazz musicians Melvin Butler on soprano and tenor sax and Myron Walden (alto sax) amongst others. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Herbie Hancock
The Prisoner

Recorded in 1969, The Prisoner was the last album that Herbie Hancock recorded for the Blue Note label. The album is a social statement on racial oppression. Flautist, Hubert Laws, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn and trombone player Garnett Brown are among the group of stellar musicians joining Hancock on this album.
  • Vinyl LP (0847068)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Melt Yourself Down
100% YES!

After famously missing out on The Beatles, Decca have vowed never to make the same mistake twice. They’ve snapped up London’s jazz / funk / post-punk outfit Melt Yourself Down for their third album, 100% Yes! They’ve drafted in producers Flood and Ben Hillier who have added a bit of synth to the band’s sound. There are also some hard-hitting lyrics focusing on the realities of modern Britain.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Pulled By Magnets
Rose Golden Doorways

Seb Rochford has already been in Mercury nominated bands Polar Bear and Sons of Kemet and collaborated with the likes of David Byrne and Patti Smith but here strikes out with a totally new project. It is an entirely fresh soundtrack which includes the likes of Neil Charles (Zed-U, Empirical) on bass and Pete Wareham on Saxophone. His back story suggests this could be another one to watch from this talented drum maestro.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Jazz In Silhouette

Though Sun Ra's third album 'Jazz In Silhouette' is his last "conventional" record before side-stepping into the stratospheres of cosmic avant-garde jazz, it's still one of his greatest works which is deserving of a whole lot more attention. Marrying post-bop styles with elements of big band, 'Jazz In Silhouette' is a complete joy to listen to and can stand alongside many of the hugely important jazz records from 1959. A crucial record in understanding Sun Ra's early beginnings, or just a really good listen.
  • Vinyl LP (POPPYLP029)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Byron Pope Speed Of Light
Music For Earthdwellers And Starseekers

Byron Pope is an alto sax player and was a professor in Jazz and Blues at University of Washington, Seattle. He has lived in Germany and France. It was in France that he started playing with Burton Greene. He subscribes to his friend, John Coltrane’s school of jazz and was also pals with Sun Ra. His modal / spiritual jazz album Music For Earthdwellers And Starseekers was originally released in 1982 and includes Georges-Edouard Nouel on piano, Roger Raspail (Kassav) on percussion and Chris Henderson (Sun Ra) on drums and was engineered by the legendary Jean-Philippe Bonichon.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM43)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Skymark
Primeiras Impressoes

Skymark is Italian producer, composer and general music obsessive Marc Friedli. He also co-runs Modern Sun Records. He has made music that has skipped through numerous genres - disco, fusion, house, latin, funk, soul - to name but a few. Here, on Mule Musiq, we have a reissue of his jazz album Primeiras Impressões.
  • Vinyl LP (MuleMusiq251)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Celestial Love

Celestial Love by Sun Ra was originally released in 1982. It was his 60th album, and whilst he has been making records for thirty years by this point, that’s still damn good going. Despite it being recorded in the ‘80s it still featured original members of his Arkestra and was recorded in the same studio as many of his other classics. This is the only place you’ll get a recording of the title track. This Sundazed reissue features Blue Intensity and a bonus track not featured on the original LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Real ShooBeeDoo
Reminiscing

The Real ShooBeeDoo has got to be one of the best every names taken on by a musician. Real name Reggie Fields, ShooBeeDoo was a fixture of Detroit's jazz scene through the 70s and 80s. Reminiscing, which was first released in 1981, is a brilliant jazz album, brought together by Fields strangely lyrical singing. 
  • Vinyl LP (TWM29)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Orr
Spread Love

A little-known footnote in the rich tapestry of African-American soul from the Seventies, Michael Orr’s 1975 album Spread Love fetches insane money for original copies, with fans admiring the cosmic soul leanings and Orr’s spellbinding baritone voice. This heavyweight vinyl re-issue ought to allow greater access to this vital work. 
  • Vinyl LP (TWM35)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nate Morgan
Retribution, Reparation

The second of two albums that Los Angeles-based jazz pianist and composer Nate Morgan recorded for the Nimbus West imprint, Retribution, Reparation is now available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1984. With its spiritually and politically charged take on modal jazz, it has been highly sought-after by collectors for years. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jaman
Sweet Heritage

Jaman were a eight-piece jazz band led by keyboardist James Edward Emanuel from Buffalo, New York. He got the name for the band by removing most of the letters from his name and squashing the remaining five together. Sweet Heritage was originally released in 1974.  It was his only album, and it was released in such a small number that it has become much sought after. Despite having only one album, Emanuel was a big noise in the live jazz scene, often sharing stages with the likes of Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, Joe Henderson, Ruth Brown, Frank Morgan, Woody Shaw and Sonny Stitt.
  • Vinyl LP (OTR-012)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lightning Orchestra
Source And Deliver

Lightning Orchestra is the creative conduit for multi-instrumentalist Travis Murphy, bolstered by a rotating, elastically-numbered backing band of like-minded souls inspired by legends from Jimi Hendrix to Fela Kuti. The outfit’s debut album Source and Deliver is released on neon yellow vinyl, containing the monstrous ‘White Tiger’. 
  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP494)
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  • Coloured vinyl

GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin

Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin deliver another record of sprawling yet taut experimentalism embracing jazz, breakbeats and riffs for the legendary Blue Note label. GoGo Penguin, their sixth studio effort, sees Chris Illingworth, Rob Turner and Nick Blacka in the most inventive form of their career since their 2014 Mercury nomination. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (0878918)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl Double LP (0878915)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Decoy with Joe McPhee
AC/DC

AC/DC sees jazz trio Decoy - formed of bassist John Edwards, drummer Steve Noble and organ player Alexander Hawkins - get back together with trumpeter/saxophonist Joe McPhee on the final night of the latter’s four-night residency at Dalston’s Cafe OTO. The two sets are offered up here on CD. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
To Know Without Knowing

Mulatu Astatke is an influential musician from Africa, Black Jesus Experience are a twelve piece funk conglomerate out of Australia. This is the latest example of their musical journey together which began in 2009. Astakte calles Black Jesus Experience his favourite backing band and on To Know Without Knowing their shared love of funk and jazz creates a groove-laden classic. 

Sun Ra
Disco 3000


  • Vinyl LP (COSMO ALIENS 111)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gil Scott-Heron
Pieces Of A Man

Pieces of a Man was Gil Scott-Heron’s debut album and was originally released in 1972. This reissue has been taken from the original master tapes. Pieces of a Man includes some of Gil Scott-Heron’s best and best known tracks such as The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and Lady Day and John Coltrane. Pieces of a Man is available on vinyl LP.
  • Label(s):
  • BGP

Psychic Mirrors
Nature Of Evil

Four years after its original release to critical acclaim, the debut album from Psychic Mirrors is getting a re-mastered re-issue via Cosmic Chronic Records. Taking two years to record in their Miami studio, Nature of Evil presented itself as a kind of musical - in the band’s words, “like Grease but with synthesizers” - and forced yacht rock and synth-based jazz together in a way that worked beautifully. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

LCSM (Likwid Continual Space Motion)
Earthbound

LCSM (standing for Likwid Continual Space Motion) is the latest thrilling project from broken-beat figurehead IG Culture. Following the testing-of-the-waters that was last year’s EP1, he expands massively by releasing this thrilling triple-LP of interstellar, futuristic jazz, titled Earthbound, which also doubles up as a soundtrack to a theatrical production arriving later in 2020. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SSJ 09)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Marvin Gaye
More Trouble

More Trouble by Marvin Gaye is an album of outtakes from his soundtrack to the 1972 film Trouble Man. The original album was the follow-up to What's Goin' On, the success of which meant he was given full creative control for the first time. These songs were originally released on the 40th anniversary expanded edition of the original album. This is the first time these tracks have been released on vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (0848792)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Pharoah Sanders
Welcome To Love

One of the harder-to-find gems from the back catalogue of mercurial jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, Welcome To Love was originally released in 1991 and consisted of his interpretations of jazz standards, many of which had previously been covered by the great John Coltrane. Tidal Waves Music presents the first-ever vinyl pressing of this album. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (TWM47)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ian Willson
Straight From The Heart

Self-recorded in late 1983 in his native Oakland with the help of an Otari 8-track, Straight From The Heart from Ian Willson was practically ignored upon release via a private pressing in ‘85, but has grown to be regarded as a minor West Coast classic. Now, Willson’s shimmering and sultry vision for AOR gets a re-issue via Be With Records. 
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH085LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jimi Tenor
NY, Hel, Barca

The Bureau B label delivers a compilation exploring the early works of Finnish composer and musician Jimi Tenor. NY, Hel, Barca is a double-LP package containing 20 cuts from his first six studio albums from 1994 to 2001, including his three albums released on Warp Records at the end of the Nineties. 

Otis Houston Jr.
America

Otis Houston Jr is a kind of Wesley Willis/Moondog like character that hangs around a particular spot in New York where he performs impromptu performances of music and poetry and displays his art usually made from things he has collected from the street. His life has been full of incident and here he regales all kinds of stories of incarceration and getting shot over a kind of DIY R&B production. An utterly fantastic document of outsider art.  
  • Vinyl LP (PPM063LP)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Use No Hooks
The Job

The Job is a delightful exhumation of previously unreleased recordings from Australian cult icons Use No Hooks. Active from 1979 to 1984 and featuring members of INXS side-project Max Q and Primitive Calculators, a nine-piece line-up of the band recorded a session in late 1983 that disappeared into the vaults. This seven-track vinyl compilation allows these recordings to finally see the light of day, with six bonus tracks on the digital edition. 
  • Vinyl LP (CH146LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Various
Listen, Whitey! The Sounds Of Black Power 1967-74

Light In The Attic’s Listen, Whitey! The Sounds Of Black Power 1967-1974 has been released as the aural companion to Pat Thomas’ book of the same name. This is an impressively thorough collection - not only do the expected names feature (Gil Scott-Heron, Last Poets), but we also get songs of solidarity from the likes of Bob Dylan and recordings of speakers like Stokely Carmichael.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Irreversible Entanglements
Irreversible Entanglements

With their new mini-odyssey ‘Bread Out of Stone’ recently landing, it’s an appropriate time for this vinyl re-issue of Irreversible Entanglements’ self-titled debut album. Originally released in 2017 and winning plaudits from The Quietus to Gilles Peterson, it essayed the experiences of Black suffering, survival and power over four wonderful free-jazz explorations. 
  • Vinyl LP (IARC14LP)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Heliocentrics
Infinity Of Now

The Heliocentrics draw on a combination of James Brown, Sun Ra, Ennio Morricone,David Axelrod, Pierre Henry and Can to make their powerful and epic, expansive, psychedelic funk. Their latest album Infinity of Now is released on Madlib Invazion, the label owned by one-of-a-kind hip-hop producer Madlib.

Kassa Overall
I Think I'm Good

I Think I’m Good is the second album by rising star Kassa Overall. Through a seamless fusion of jazz and hip-hop, the Brooklyn-based musician tackles America’s prisons, personal relationships and mental health. Features guest spots from Brandee Younger and Theo Croker, newbies Joel Ross and Morgan Guerin and activist Dr. Angela Davis. On Brownswood Recordings.

Jaga Jazzist
Pyramid

Norwegian eight-piece group Jaga Jazzist return with their first album in five years titled Pyramid, their ninth overall but their debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Recorded in just two weeks over intense recording sessions, the Lars Horntveth-led ensemble continue their cosmic excursions covering jazz, post-rock and psychedelia. 
  • Vinyl LP (BF099)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince and The New Power Generation
One Nite Alone... Live!

One Nite Alone...Live! By Prince and the New Power Generation was recorded during a tour of North America, following the release of The Rainbow Children LP in 2001. At this time, the NPG included John Blackwell, Renato Neto on keyboards, Rhonda Smith on bass  and Eric Leeds, Candy Dulfer and Maceo Parker on saxes. The set list was made of tracks from The Rainbow Children along with hits from his back catalogue. He would go on to record the intimate studio album, One Nite Alone, following the tour.
  • Vinyl LP box set (19075935441)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Prince
One Nite Alone... (Solo Piano and Voice by Prince)

Accompanying the comprehensive 4xCD/DVD box set of Up All Nite... is a re-issued purple vinyl version of Prince’s 2002 release, One Nite Alone…. It was a stripped-down affair, consisting entirely of Prince singing and accompanying himself on piano and just a handful of other instruments, and makes for a real treat as it was never officially sold in stores, instead given to members of his NPG Music Club. 
  • Vinyl LP (19075935421)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Prince
Up All Nite With Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection

It seems at times that the record industry is being kept afloat by Prince re-issues and here is another bumper pack of goodies. It contains his piano and vocal album One Nite Alone plus a CD of the live performance of this album plus other classics performed in the same stripped down manner. There's also the One Nite Alone Aftershow....not exactly sure what it is but George Clinton makes an appearance and to round it all off is a DVD of Prince live in Las Vegas. Prince fans have never had it so good. 
  • CD box set (19075976622)
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Prince
The Rainbow Children

The rediscovery of Prince’s fascinating and labyrinthine back catalogue continues apace, with his 2001 album The Rainbow Children being re-issued on crystal clear vinyl. Inspired by his conversion to the Jehovah’s Witness faith, the CD versions have long since gone out of print and original vinyls change hands for hundreds of dollars. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075918041)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Tommy Guerrero
A Little Bit Of Somethin'

What a beautiful little release. The album art pretty much sums up the sound on the LP, so as you can imagine, the tracks are mellow and guitar-y. A Little Bit Of Somethin' by Tommy Guerrero has been reissued on vinyl LP on Be With Records and would be a nice addition to the chilled out part of your record collection. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BEWITH024LP)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Chicano Batman
Invisible People

Laidback, very cool grooves and bass lines abound on Invisible People by Los Angeles band Chicano Batman. The album mixes soul, R&B, Tropicália and funk with a typically Californian sun-baked flavour. Produced by Leon Michels (Sharon Jones, Lee Fields) and mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, War On Drugs, Grammy winner!)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sons of Kemet
Burn

Burn was the debut album from soon-to-be-massive and soon-to-be-Mercury nominated afro-jazz many piece Sons of Kemet. Burn itself was nominated for a Mobo award but the band only really started turning heads with their third album Your Queen Is A Reptile. Now is your chance to re-listen to where the fun all started. On lovely vinyl of course. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Chantler / Steve Noble / Seymour Wright
ATLANTIS

John Chantler is a Stokholm-based musician known for his electronic improvisations. He follows his debut solo album, Tomorrow Is Too Late, by adding Seymour Wright on sax and Steve Noble on drums and expanding to a trio to make ATLANTIS. The album was improvised live and recorded in a day, so all that raw energy will be right there in those grooves.
  • Vinyl LP (1703—9)
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Thollem / Parker / Cline
Gowanus Sessions II

Gowanus Sessions II reunited American pianist and post-punk vocalist Thollem McDonas, Wilco’s Nels Cline and American double-bass player, poet and composer, William Parker. This has been in the works for 7 years. The trio began work immediately after Gowanus Sessions I was released in 2012. Another interesting exploration of guitar, bass and piano.