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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.

Portico Quartet
Art in the Age of Automation

Rejoice! The trio that was once Portico have realised that their previous iteration sucked and have added the 'Quartet' again as well as past member Keir Vine on the hang. What's more, they've also done a U-turn on the sound of last album Living Fields, returning to the electronica / jazz fusion that they struck gold with on their 2012 self-titled.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joseph Shabason
Aytche

A nine-track release from Joseph Shabason entitled Atyche. This release is a true experimental record that Shabason himself has spoken out about and the difficult struggles with mental health and the theme of assisted suicide. A mix of gentle electro-jazz and ambient drones in the background allows this album to help you sink into deep thought. Available vinyl LP and CD.

Hisato Higuchi
She

Reissue of Japanese guitarist Hisato Higuchi’s debut EP She, expanded with two never released before tracks from his original recording sessions and made available on vinyl for the first time. Incredible delicate and nuanced guitar strumming awash with ethereal electronic fuzzes and glitches akin to Machinefabriek and outer-body vocal groans.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Steoples
Six Rocks

This sounds sweet. Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker and Yeofi Andoh have long been collaborators but this is their first full length album. It's silky, soulful and slightly eerie sound is a perfect fit for Stones Throw. Expect golden blurry melodies that recall unfinished Stevie Wonder demos all shot through with that wondrous LA haze. 

The Impellers
As Sampled By

The Impellers are a twelve-piece funk outfit with some serious weighty chops, and As Sampled By is a fabulous concept for a record: forty-four classic breaks from music history, played live. You’ll recognise grooves left right and centre, for these breaks have been Sampled By anyone and everyone from the hip-hop / D&B / etc. scenes. Funky stuff, out on vinyl from Tonearise.
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  • Limited edition

Byron The Aquarius
Leaving This Planet

It’s debut release on a label time (always cause for celebration!) and today it’s Byron The Aquarius who links up with Eglo Records for the first time on the 12” release, Leaving This Planet. On his intergalactic travels, Byron pursues a disco asteroid, circles a jazz planet and performs a successful landing onto acid-house. Vintage sounds with a distinctly cutting-edge feel to them.

Sun Ra
Jazz By Sun Ra Vol. 1

The uninventive but extremely accurate title 'Jazz By Sun Ra' probably says more than this sentence ever could, but did we mention it's Volume 1? Sun Ra's first record may not be his absolute best but sees a great assemble of musicians (a personnel of about eleven) gather 'round. This RSD release preserves the original cover and comes with the extensive written booklet collaborated on by Sun Ra and his band.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Maurice Moore and Family Affair Band
Everything That Shines Ain't Gold

Maurice Moore recorded Everything That Shines Ain’t Gold with his Family Affair Band in 1977, and the song still shines brightly with the golden soulful light of the era. Something of an obscurity, the tune has now been picked up by Floating Points and the Melodies International label! This 12” offers you the original version, plus a Floating Points edit! Fabulous soulful grooves that you can’t help but enjoy.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sam O.B.
Positive Noise

Sam Obey A.K.A. Obey City reinvents himself as Sam O.B. and brings his debut full length album to the LuckyMe label. His twist of R’n’B soul and bassy club orientated hip-hop takes another step further into a glossy 80s synth land. Retaining the furious trap style snare and hat flurries alongside anthemic 80s pop glory. Onra meets Rustie meets Bleachers.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane
Coltrane Plays The Blues (Mono)

John Coltrane captured in a bluesy mood on this old Atlantic Records release. Rhino are generously reissuing Coltrane Plays The Blues 50 years after it came out, and you’ll be glad they did. The material here was captured in the same sessions as My Favourite Things, which gives you some idea of how special we are talking here.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Amancio D'Silva
Integration

Helping to form the zenith of 1960's jazz, is Integration - a slice of solid musical gold. Any aficionado would tell you an original pressing would cost you well of £1000, but the material itself is priceless; Amancio D'Silva amounts to a true high point in the history of British jazz.

The Heliocentrics
A World Of Masks

The Heliocentric, renowned for their collaborations with Mulatu Astake and Dj Shadow (among others), here add a new singer to their rich international brew, in the form of Barbora Patkova from Slovakia. A World Of Masks is another adventure in sound, mostly improvised, from a group who contain multitudes. Out on Soundway.

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Vula

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra are a Berlin behemoth of a band, featuring eighteen members working under leader Daniel Glatzel. New fourth album Vula is a thrilling ride through stacks of international rhythms, melodies and textures, the whole thing unfolding in great detail over the course of an hour. Vula is a double LP, released by Alien Transistor.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kleefstra / Pruiksma / Kleefstra
Deislieper


The Heliocentrics
The Sunshine Makers (Original Soundtrack)

Soundtrack to The Sunshine Makers, a documentary from the makers of Searching For Sugarman about two notorious LSD producers in the 60s and the beginnings of the war on drugs. The Heliocentrics are regular releasers through the once sub-label of Stones Throw, Now-Again. Their mix of psychedelic rock, jazz, funk and hip-hop is perfectly placed for a soundtrack such as this.

Steve Baczkowski / Chris Corsano / Paul Flaherty
The Dull Blade

Phwoar, a big juicy slab of that good heavyweight free jazz, courtesy of lightning-speed super-drummer Chris Corsano and the twin saxophone attack of Paul Flaherty and Steve Baczkowski. The Dull Blade mixes power-skronk with a surprising amount of swing: nice! Edition of 400 LPs on Feeding Tube Records.

Hotline
You Are Mine

Soundway proudly re-issue the only album from Nigerian boogie masters Hotline. Originally 1986 You Are Mine is a no-holds-barred funk/disco takedown, slapped bass and synth basslines that sound like zippers and the cheekiest leadlines you’ve ever not heard. Comes with new liner notes and photos.

Gil Scott-Heron
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Re-issue of the classic 1974 compilation originally released to capitalise on his success with the track 'the Bottle'. The CD version contains nine extra tracks, the original spoken word version of the title track and edited versions of some of his poems. The vinyl version is an exact replica of the original release packaged in a heavy duty sleeve. 
  • Label(s):
  • BGP
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mr Jukes
God First

Jack Steadman is certainly known for being the guitarist and frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club, but to the side of the indie he has been working on his passion of crate-digging, soul and hip hop. His debut album as Mr Jukes brings slick, sunny, soul-filled beats and grooves and a load of guests, including BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, and Laleh Hathaway.

The Carter Family
American Epic: The Best of The Carter Family

After Jack White released his documentary American Epic, centred on music in the 1920s and the popular music boom, he has been crate digging, remastering and releasing a lot of pioneers responsible for country and blues through Third Man. Here we have 16 tracks of The Carter Family, whose harmonies and unique playing style influenced country and bluegrass immeasurably.

Mississippi John Hurt
American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt

On Third Man’s American Epic series, taking it’s name and premise from the Jack White produced documentary on early blues and country music. Mississippi John Hurt was a fingerpicking blues guitarist, an artist that was underappreciated when originally recording and rediscovered with the American Folk Music Revival in the 60s.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Memphis Jug Band
American Epic: The Best of Memphis Jug Band

Part of Jack White’s American Epic series, coming from his documentary of the same name about the roots of blues and music from the 1920s. The Memphis Jug Band incorporated a much wider assortment of instruments from washboards, kazoos and jugs, and between 1925 and 1950 they recorded more than any pre-war jug band. Best of on Third Man records
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Blind Willie Johnson
American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson

Jack White’s Third Man label is delving into american musical heritage with their American Epic series. Here they have compiled 16 of Blind Willie Johnson’s tracks, he only ever recorded 30, so this is pretty comprehensive. Preceding and influencing Howling Wolf Robert Johnson with a voice Tom Waits could envy, slide guitar blues at it’s finest.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lead Belly
American Epic: The Best of Lead Belly

Jack White’s American Epic documentary centred on music in the 1920s and the popular music boom, now through his Third Man label he has turned it into a series of releases uncovering material from legendary musicians. Lead Belly is one of the better known on the list, a blues musician who actually sung himself out of prison time. 14 remastered tracks.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
American Epic: The Best of Blues

Jack White, having produced a short documentary series about music in the 1920s, has been releasing the soundtrack and delving deeper into the various styles of music around at the time. This one is a “best of..” that might actually count. Remastered delta blues, of some you might know but many you might not, discoveries are always a good thing.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sinkane
Life & Livin’ It

Here’s the third album from Sinkane, the extremely funky outfit led by Ahmed Gallab, who you might also have seen touring William Onyeabor’s music in The Atomic Bomb Band recently. Life & Livin’ It can be seen as part of the same continuum, bringing rich Afro-soul into a shiny pop context. Out on City Slang.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sam & Dave
Soul Men

Long before Sam Moore hooked up with Lou Reed for an astonishing, barely believable version of 'Soul Man', he had the same hit along with a bunch of others with his friend Dave Prater. well they were friends but then they fell out but not before releasing this that has been described as "one of the greatest soul LPs of all time". 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Booker T. & The M.G.s
Green Onions

Well we all know 'Green Onions' the song. The kind of laid back groove that could only have been made by 'cats' in the 'swinging' sixties. The sort of 12 bar blues riff that will live on forever. Well who knew that there was an album attached? Here it is in all it's instrumental glory. Classic early day Stax recordings to be laid back to. 

Prince and the Revolution
I Would Die 4 U

Warner Bros present a series of Prince reissues, this time focused on 12” singles. Reissued in their original vinyl formats with the original artwork and their original B-sides, these singles are available again just as they were meant to be experienced. Here we’ve got the extended 12” mix of I Would Die 4 U, plus the Prince Christmas tune ‘Another Lonely Christmas’.

Prince and the Revolution
Let’s Go Crazy

Warner Bros present a series of Prince reissues, this time focused on 12” singles. Reissued in their original vinyl formats and with their original B-sides, these singles are available again just as they were meant to be experienced. This one has the exciting ‘Special Dance Mix’ of Let’s Go Crazy on the A, and ‘Erotic City’ on the B.

Gaby Hernandez
Spirit Reflection

LA singer-songwriter, Brainfeeder associate and Build An Ark founder Gaby Hernandez presents her third LP, Spirit Reflection. Expect a serene blend of electronics, acoustic instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies with that typically refreshing and breezy West Coast feel. Check the guests lining up here, too: Kamasi Washington, Lapalux, Kelis... the list goes on. Peterson approved of course.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

dieb13 / Gustafsson / Siewert
(Fake) The Facts


The Necks
Open

Aussie jazz stalwarts The Necks drop their umpteenth LP. On Open we find the trio in peerless form. The album consists of a single 68-minute-long work that hovers at the edges of experimental/free jazz - specifically the points where it meets musique concrete, electronic composition and post-rock. Rocketnumbernine, Oval and The Books are very rough touchstones, but really this is the work of a band in a league of its own.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins
The Lighthouse


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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Wanted Funk

Wagram present a series of collaborative compilations presented with incredible imagery courtesy of photographer Chris Steel-Perkins. The Wanted series is covering a huge range of music, this time round, funk!. Featuring cuts from The Fatback Band, Ray Camacho, Billy Garner, Little Beaver, and The Barons Ltd.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane
Olé Coltrane

Ole Coltrane was recorded in 1961 by John Coltrane’s remarkable quintet at the time (Reggie Workman, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Eric Dolphy), with the very welcome addition of Freddie Hubbard and Art Davis. Now there’s a line-up. Three pieces that explore Spanish and African themes. LP reissue on Atlantic.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nautilus
Nautiloid Quest

This Nautilus isn't the electronic artist we used to know and love but a trio of music aficionados who use bass, keys and drums to fashion a sophisticated blend of jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop. The cooly cover Suzanne Vega's 'Tom's Diner' and mix this up with their own blend of rare groove compositions.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Benjamin Booker
Witness

Benjamin Booker’s new record is partly the result of a trip he took to Mexico City, which gave him a broader perspective on his own world. Booker has an excellent sound that mixes all the best hallmarks of classic soul and R&B with an edgy garage blues touch. Witness, which features a guest vocal from Mavis Staples(!) is released by Rough Trade.

Spanky Wilson
Doin' It

Spanky Wilson was a soul singer out of Pittsburgh and this album has been going for lots of dollar on discogs for years so a re-issue has been long overdue. As well as containing a host of excellent late '60s mid tempo soul, the album has Spanky's version of Cream's 'Sunshine of Your Love' which has been sampled by all and sundry over the years.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tuxedo
Tuxedo II

The second record by Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One) is, remarkably, yet more funky than their first! Tuxedo II seems to be making a pitch for Tuxedo as the heirs of George Clinton and Nile Rodgers, being packed with grin-inducing grooves and big pop hooks. Proper party music, released by Stones Throw.

BADBADNOTGOOD
Late Night Tales

This time it's the turn of the Canadian quartet to pick their favourite tracks and as with all or most Late Night Tales you get an obligatory Boards of Canada track. There's also stuff by Stereolab, Thundercat, the Beach Boys and luckily for anyone thinking this might be a bit on the safe side a bunch of stuff I personally haven't heard of.   

Julian Curwin
The Mango Balloon - Volume 4

A member of The Tango Saloon, an experimental tango band (that’s a thing) from Australia, Julian Curwin has taken a step back with his solo outings and the result is perfectly cinematic, fit for a noir western. The fourth volume of his series The Mango Balloon features guest keyboardist Matt McMahon.

Various
Studio One Soul 2

Soul Jazz’s superlative catalogue of archival compilations goes deep and wide, but their Studio One series, documenting the music of the renowned Jamaican label of the same name, remain some of their finest sets. Here we have a reissue of Studio One Soul 2, digging into the sweet and soulful corners of that fine fine archives. Think Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo, and Hortense Ellis. Double LP reissue.

Sun Ra
Hello Mr. Schimmel

This one would go under the very special category for record store day releases. A recording of an interview Sun Ra gave in 1990 with Jez Nelson from Jazz FM. Once they had finished the interview Nelson asked if he would like to play something for them, he happily embraced the opportunity, said “Hello Mr Schimmel” and began to improvise. First time this has been released, collectors gem.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Howard / Wiggan / Mapp
From Dust We Came... To Dust We Return

Noah Howard, the free jazz saxophone explorer who made the vintage Black Ark album with Arthur Doyle, died in 2010. This interesting new release was put together using previously-unheard solo sax recordings Howard made at home, augmented with electronics and bass from Wiggin and Mapp to make a brand new record. From Dust We Came… To Dust We Return is co-released by Dirter and Static Caravan.

Various
Bubblers Twelve pt.1 - Compiled by Giles Peterson

If you want a compilation of otherworldly underground music, Giles Peterson and his Brownswood Bubblers series is a one stop shop. Now on it’s twelfth installment and having previously uncovered the likes of Flying Lotus and Dam-Funk I’d just buy this one blind. Features tracks from Wayne Snow, Sélébéyone, and Red Planet.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Avishai Cohen
Cross My Palm With Silver

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his remarkable quartet reveal their second album on the august ECM label. Cross My Palm With Silver is some of the finest contemporary jazz you are likely to find in 2017, with the musicians deftly slipping between Cohen’s compositions and free interplay. CD and LP editions on ECM.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Marshall Allen Presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In Orbit Of Ra

Saturn's best jazz musician and Earth's smartest out-of-space citizen, Sun Ra released an endless slew of records with his various Arkestra incarnations, changing the face of his genre over and over by going down experimental and cosmic avenues and using maddening concepts. 'In The Orbit Of Ra' is a birthday gift to the musician who would have turned a hundred if he'd lived to see it. It's more than just a best of collection, also unearthing unreleased tracks -- both live and studio -- that will be new to even the most avid Sun Ra fan. 'In The Orbit of Ra' is affectionately curated by Marshall Allen, a close companion of the jazz icon and frequently his saxophonist.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ahmad Jamal
Marseille

Ahmad Jamal is an 87 year old jazz pianist whose sound still sounds fresh and young and crystalline in its beauty. Marseille has him playing with his long-established three-part rhythm section, but also with jazz vocalist Mina Agossi and rapper Abd Al Malik, two new and unexpected collaborations. CD and double LP editions on Jazz Village.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Cody ChesnuTT
My Love Divine Degree

Remember the wonderful track The Seed recorded by The Roots all those years ago? So do we. Unusually capitalised man Cody ChesnuTT did that very song first on his debut solo outing. You probably knew that. Atlanta, Georgia's finest finally brings us a new full-length with his distinctive blend of rock, funk, R&B, hip-hop and The Blues. My Love Divine is on One Little Indian. Vinyl and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dead Neanderthals
Craters

Dead Neanderthals are everyone’s favourite free-jazz-gone-grindcore outfit, generally tending towards relentless sax / drums thunderstorms. Craters is still an intense ride, but it adds in a third member / instrument in the form of Maxime Petit’s bass guitar. They let the atmospheres simmer and grow on this one, without losing their essential Neanderthal bite. LP / CD release on Consouling Sounds.

The Necks
Silverwater

Word of something new from The Necks always causes a flurry of excitement in these parts. For many years now the Australian trio have consistently created genre-defying records of great beauty. Silverwater is no exception. In classic Necks fashion this album features a single piece of music that is roughly an hour in length. Along the way it nods to Steve Reich’s Music For Eighteen Musicians, astral jazz, Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert and so much more without really sounding like anything else out there. Silverwater is another casual masterpiece from this singular group.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Soul 70

Soul Jazz Records knock Record Store Day out of the park with this box of 7”s. 5 different artists, two tracks a piece, remastered and reissued in full glory. Tracks from Arnold Blair, Brief Encounter, Johnny Adams, Norma Jean, and Richard Brown. Some incredible rare and long out of print 70s soul for your soothing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nick Waterhouse
L.A Turnaround / I Cry

Sounding as if it was dug straight out of the 60s archives, Californian singer/songwriter Nick Waterhouse crafts soul-filled rhythm and blues that you wouldn’t believe was only released in 2016. Sun-filled and uplifting music Ray Charles would condone. Taken from his Never Twice album, this limited 7” features an unreleased duet - I Cry on the B-Side.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Lost Train Blues

Could there be a more quintessential subject for a blues compilation to centre around than the train? Unlikely. Lost Train Blues contains recordings made by the likes of John and Alan Lomax, which have been languishing in the vaults of the American Folklife Center for half a century or more. Many have never previously been released. Raw and wonderful blues recordings, accompanied by an informative booklet. LP on Jalopy Records.

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan
Small Town

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan present an album of luscious live performances, interweaving their respective electric guitar and double bass around one another with extraordinary sensitivity. Small Town contains interpretations of compositions by Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, and John Barry’s ‘Goldfinger’ theme. Out on ECM.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Retta Young
Young and Restless

Young and Restless is a jewel of an album that has never previously been reissued since its initial 1976 release! That’s shocking, given the super-high quality of Retta Young’s performances here, which combine all the best parts of both soul and disco into a supremely groovy mid-70’s mix. Hooray for this joyous remastered reissue! On Expansion Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Root Hog Or Die 100 Years, 100 Songs (An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute)

To celebrate the centennial of Alan Lomax, Mississippi Records have assembled this massive box-set, containing 100 of his recordings. Significantly, more than half of what appears here has never been released before, including recordings of Shirley Collins and Bob Dylan as well as unknown blues musicians. Attractively packaged 6 LP set.

D'Angelo and The Vanguard
Black Messiah

Returning after an almost fourteen year absence, D’Angelo finally follows up his influential ‘Voodoo’. This is a politicised record of soul, funk and hip-hop hybrids, of daring lyrics combining eroticism and state-of-the-nation pleas and of warm R&B backing from his long-term band. The pieces on this vinyl double LP are so confident and natural it’s difficult to imagine he’s been gone at all.
  • Label(s):
  • RCA
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jan Garbarek
Places

Reissue of Nowegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s Places. Originally released in 1978. High regarded as one of his best, Places is stark and isolated with Garbarek’s sax floating in a distant drone of organ chords, and percussion you barely notice coming into the forefront. Features Bill Connors (guitar), John Taylor (organ, piano), and Jack DeJohnette (drums).
  • Label(s):
  • ECM

Rev. Sekou
In Times Like These

Rev. Sekou resurrects the good old fiery spiritual soul sound of the Old South, imbuing gospel and blues with the full strength of his theological and activist background. His debut album In Times Like These is protest music imbued with a righteous power and a deep grounding in musical tradition. Out on Zent Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics
The Delfonics Instrumentals

The Delfonics are a vintage soul group who experienced a late-career resurrection when producer Adrian Younge got involved. His hip-hop informed approach was a hell of a boost, and this previously unreleased collection of instrumentals shows off the sheer god-damn groove of this fine outfit. LP release on Younge’s Linear Labs label.

Harriet Brown
Contact

Proving Harriet Brown isn't just a stunning live act, is the eleven track expedition named Contact. Whether is that contact between slick vocals, groovy drum machines, generous synths or the luxurious production, this collection is destined for success. Overlook this wonderment at your peril. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Keith Jarrett
The Survivors’ Suite

Recorded in 1976, The Survivors’ Suite is a classic from Keith Jarrett. Although the record only contains two tracks, Beginning and Conclusion, the overall sound is full bodied and complete. A great combination of experimental noise and sound-art, this record is re-issued by ECM and is available on Vinyl LP.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM

Stone Alliance
Stone Alliance

Stone Alliance were a formidable grouping of jazz and funk musicians who came together in 1976 to record one of the era’s choicest jazz-funk albums. The performer pedigree is so high (Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Jaco Pastorius lie among previous studio credits) that these totally-groovy jams sound effortless and cool, despite their dead-on ultra-tightness. Long out of print, but now reissued by Tidal Waves.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tomorrow's People
Open Soul

Tomorrow’s People’s Open Soul is an underground soul classic, beloved of collectors and deep-cuts genre fans for years. But, as is the way of these things, the record has been hard to find for a long time… Until now! This is the first release of Open Soul in four decades, adding some pieces of Tomorrow’s People memorabilia and an interview into the set. LP reissue on Melodies International.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jeb Loy Nichols
Ya Smell Me

Jeb Loy Nichols limbers up for the release of his forthcoming tenth album with this ‘mini-album’, Ya Smell Me? The record is full to brimming with groovy ‘Country Soul’, Nichols’ own hybrid genre. This 10” vinyl mini-album is limited to 500 copies only on the Meltdown Music label, and comes with an acetate graffiti insert.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Half The City

Half the City was the debut album from Birmingham Alabama's Best Soul Band St Paul & The Broken Bones. Released in 2014 it showcased for the first time their energetic and intoxicating blend of Soul, R&B and Motown. Their sound brilliantly retro and led by the soulful voice of professional Alan Carr lookalike Paul Janeaway. Fans of Sharon Jones, Daptone Records and even Amy Winehouse might want to get on board.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stone Foundation
Street Rituals

The new album from Stone Foundation (their fourth) is particularly remarkable for one reason: Paul Weller. The former Jam-man was due to produce Street Rituals, but ended up musically contributing to every single track. So this is an augmented version of Stone Foundation’s soulful sound. Released on a strikingly wide range of formats on the 100% label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jeff Buckley / Sly & The Family Stone
Everyday People

Thought you were familiar with all the material Jeff Buckley recorded in his brief career didn’t you? Well you were wrong: a forthcoming compilation gathers together a selection of previously unheard covers, and this single pairs his take on Sly & The Family Stone’s Everyday People with Sly’s original version. 7” vinyl.

Miles Davis
Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5

A real piece of insight here for the Miles Davis lover, or really just jazz lover. Covering Davis’ studio work between 1966-1968, It includes some final takes that made it onto his Miles Smiles, Nefertiti and Water Babies albums, but the gold is in the 2 hours of rehearsals and the conversations between the players that have been left in. A great little insight into their process.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

New Street Adventure
Stubborn Sons

Having earned rave reviews on a national level, New Street Adventure have gone on to release Stubborn Sons. A powerful combination of funk and modern jazz, very skilfully mixed with meaningful lyrics sung in a strong Londoner accent. The Vinyl LP contains a download code, and is also available on CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince and the Revolution
Kiss

Well, blimey, this is the easiest and hardest record to describe to you folks. Prince And The Revolution’s Kiss is just that, a big old smooch of funking rock ‘n’ roll pop, a true classic, which will outlast anything I could possibly say about it. A reissued 12” with extended version of Kiss and ♥ or $ (Love Or Money).

Rene Costy
Expectancy

Rene Costy is another obscure '70s jazz, electronics and library music genius whose work had previously been lost to time. Thanks to SDBAN this much referenced, but little heard, musician can finally be appreciated, on CD and double vinyl LP. Expectancy’s compilation of funky synthesizer and violin is a complete revelation.

Chicago / London Underground
A Night Walking Through Mirrors

Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor’s long-running Chicago Underground project welcomes in some new voices from overseas: London’s Alexander Hawkins on piano and double-bass stalwart John Edwards. A Night Walking Through Mirrors is a wild ride of improvised music that pushes in all sorts of different directions, sometimes at once. It’s out on Cuneiform.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Irabagon, Hegre & Drønen
Axis

A tasty trio here, formed by Mostly Other People Do The Killing saxophonist Jon Irabagon alongside a pair of noisy Norwegians, Nils Are Drønen and John Hegre (the latter a founding member of Jazzkammer with Lasse Marhaug). Wow! Axis finds these guys sparking off each other for some deep-down instant composition. Released by Rune Grammofon.

Prince and The New Power Generation
Cream

An enormous portion of Cream here from Prince and The New Power Generation. This 12” EP contains nine versions of the classic track, from the original album version to ‘Housebangers’, ‘Get Some Solo’ and ‘Ethereal’ mixes. Of course, all of them have that crucial Prince sex-funk running through them. 12” reissue on Warner Bros.

Prince
If I Was Your Girlfriend

A classic single by the legend that is Prince, reissued in proper 12” style. 1986’s If I Was Your Girlfriend is a tender exploration of intimate platonic relationships, sung over slapped bass and sexy synths. And on the B-side, you can find an extended 12” version of ‘Shockadelica’. Reissued 12” on Warner Bros.

Prince
U Got The Look

A classic single by the legend that is Prince, reissued in proper 12” style. 1988’s U Got The Look features a guest vocal from Sheena Easton, and is presented here in two different mixes. And on the B-side, you can find two different versions of ‘Housequake’. Reissued 12” on Warner Bros.

Innercity Ensemble
III

With an all-star cast that incorporates Stara Rzeka, Kapital and T’ien Lai, the odds for Innercity Ensemble turning out quality music are high. And they don’t disappoint! III is sort of jazz-derived, but also totally grounded in thick heavy rhythms. Definite jazz-fusion vibes here, but without any of the weaker trappings of that genre. Out on Instant Classic.

SJOB Movement
Friendship Train

SJOB Movement made their second and final album Friendship Train in 1977, with leader (and prominent Nigerian session musician) Prince Bola Agbana at the helm. Friendship Train is a funky piece of work, melding Moog synths with eternal afro-beat rhythms and disco vibes. This rare record has now been reissued by Cultures Of Sound on CD and LP.

Chicano Batman
Freedom is Free

Chicano Batman draw on the multicultural liveliness of their hometown of Los Angeles to produce a soulful brew of classic R&B with Brazilian tropicalía and funky pop. Their third album, Freedom Is Free, is an especially positive and energetic set from these guys, and it’s released by the ATO Records label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tredici Bacci
Amore Per Tutti

Tredici Bacci is the ensemble of Simon Hanes, indulging his deep love for the old soundtrack sounds of the great 70’s Italian studios. Amore Per Tutti is a set of cool high-drama big band music to accompany imaginary films. Released by NNA Tapes, though on vinyl rather than the label’s usual cassettes.

Sampha
Process

He's had his finger in an impressive selection of pies for the last 5 or 6 years, and that's why it may come as a surprise that South London-born producer/singer/songwriter Sampha is only just releasing his first full length LP. After an outstanding recent feature on Solange's "A Seat At The Table", Process is his own creation, and it's pretty exciting. "Blood On Me" is the teaser single, a potent electronic blend of soul, pop and hip-hop with shuffling beats, gorgeous harmonies and that distinctive, powerful-yet-delicate voice that Sampha has become so sought-after for. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Young Turks label.

Glenn Jones
This Is The Wind That Blows It Out

Glenn Jones is a maestro of the American Primitive style of guitar playing: that sweet sweet Fahey-derived sound we all love so much. This Is The Wind That Blows It Out is Glenn’s 2004 album, now receiving a vinyl release for the first time courtesy of Thrill Jockey. Rich and beautiful music. Oh and by the way, the inner sleeve artwork includes the notes and tunings for all the songs in case you want to have a go yourself.

The Weeknd
House of Balloons

House of Balloons is one third of Trilogy, the debut release by Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Abel Tesfaye, who is more famously known as The Weeknd. The album is a compilation of his early work and encompasses R&B, soul, trip-hop and dream pop. House of Balloons is available for the first time as a stand alone double vinyl LP
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Blind Owl Wilson
Blind Owl Wilson

A compilation of songs by the late great Alan Christie Wilson, aka Blind Owl, otherwise known as the lead singer of Canned Heat. He wasn't really blind, just very short sighted and possibly autistic. And he was also a great guitarist and song writer and his death, at age 27 (two weeks before Hendrix died at the same age) was a great loss to music. This lovely limited edition of 1300 copies comes on shiny vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics
Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics

Ghostface Killah-collaborator and purveyor of all gritty ‘70s sounds, Adrian Younge sought to re-invent Philly sweet-soul vanguards the Delfonics for the modern day. Teaming up with Delfonics’ William Hart, Younge presented the album in 2013 and its music has made it to Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix in the time since. Now it receives the reissue treatment with the LP out late January on Linear Labs.

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper
Everything's Beautiful

Bold stuff here: Robert Glasper reworks slices of sound from the mighty back catalogue of Miles Davis into R&B-inclined new pieces. Everything’s Beautiful also includes soulful vocals from heavy-hitters like Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder(!), all paying their respects to Miles while creating something wholly new.

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