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Bobby Wright
Blood Of An American

Bobby Wright - now Abu Talib - was moonlighting in the clubs of NYC during the Vietnam war. When one of his band members died serving and another was drafted, he got together with his bassist and penned these two spectral, haunting soul ballads. ‘Blood Of An American’ and ‘Everyone Should Have His Day’ are as pained and affecting as anything by Wright’s contemporaries Gil Scott-Heron and Sly Stone. This 7” reissue comes with a booklet that features words by Talib and Down With Childhood author Paul Rekret.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Durand Jones & The Indications
Durand Jones & The Indications

Secretly Canadian sub-label Dead Oceans teams up with Colemine to front the debut LP from Indiana soulsters Durand Jones & The Indicators. After the sad passing of Charles Bradley there’s now a gap in the market for this sort of thing. With Jones’s soulful croon and his group’s faithful homages to golden-age James Brown and Otis Redding, this lot might be the ones to fill it.
  • Vinyl LP (DOC157LP)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Harold Alexander
Sunshine Man

A lesser-known jazz treat from 1971 here sees its first vinyl reissue since it was first released. Harold Alexander, the titular Sunshine Man, had a wonderfully soulful and funky take on jazz, leaning in both free and fusion directions at times. Sunshine Man has found its way into sample banks numerous times, but now you can give the record a chance to breathe in full. Reissued by Tidal Waves.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa

Hey, who fancies a chunky bagful of rare South-African bubblegum disco-soul from the 1980’s? That’s right, everyone does. Gumba Fire is a curatorial collaboration between Miles Cleret and DJ Okapi, and between them they’ve picked out some real dancefloor stormers. CD and triple LP editions available, from Soundway.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Tearing At The Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats made more than just ripples in the water with their self-titled debut, so it’s likely that one or two folk are looking forward to its follow-up. Tearing At The Seams should supply what they’re looking for, and it’s only on bloody Stax! White vinyl double LP or Deluxe CD with 20 page booklet and two extra tracks.

Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu

This is Hailu Mergia’s first LP since the upswing in interest in his music over the past half-decade. The revival is down in large part to the re-release job Awesome Tapes From Africa have done on some of his old records, and as such it’s fitting that Lala Belu should surface on the label. Backed by Tony Buck and Mike Majkowski, the music of Lala Belu is a knotted, swaying hybrid of American and Ethiopian jazz stylings.

Fumio Itabashi
Nature

Fumio Itabashi's many attempts to transcend a jazz idiom are fully on display on the excellent Nature, where he uses his piano to lead a band of  renowned Japanese players. This reissue firmly cements him as one of the country's greatest jazzers, mixing jittery movement with lyrical melodies for a record that feels both respectful of its tradition and keen to move on with it.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Fools Paradise Favorites

There's a man in New Jersey called Rex who has radio show where he favours forgotten skronking rock 'n' roll bops from the 50s and 60s. Through the magic of radio he's managed to give them a new lease of life and now Jazzman have compiled some of the bst. The LP comes with an extra "chicken-themed twin spin bonus 45 single". I don't know what that means but thought you'd like to know.  

Atlas
Breeze

A wonderful reissue of a distant gem from 1987, which itself was quite an obscurity in its time. Sitting in the middle of a space rock epic, 80s fusion and balearic synth, the album takes the listener to unimaginable places, an ethereal blend of vintage Japanese electronic pop and cosmic rock balladry. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Isaac Hayes
Black Moses

On his massive 1971 double, Hayes puts his own stamp on hits by the Jackson 5,  Dionne Warwick and the Carpenters. Its enduring influence led to Ike's Rap II being sampled by both Tricky and Portishead. And as if the messianic and expansive vibes weren’t coming through strongly enough, the uncompromising title was represented by a cruciform fold-out sleeve, replicated in all its glory here.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Max Cooper feat. Kathrin deBoer & Quentin Collins
Tileyard Improvisations Vol. 1

This album is what appears when numerous shades of jazz and improvisation are granted vocal narrative, then backed with smart beats and rhythms. These spontaneously created tracks defy many forms of compositional logic, yet feel natural and deeply addictive. Soulful, effortlessly groovy and singular work.

Elephant9
Greatest Show On Earth

'Greatest' as in 'worst' but only if you don't like prog/jazz explorations with lashings of Keith Emerson style organ playing.  Elephant 9 certainly have 'chops'. They have been voted one of the best live acts in Norway and transcend jazz and rock with their wild improvisational playing. RIYL people playing instruments crazily to a very high standard.   

Various
J-Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984

BBE have done it again! This time the fruits of their labours -- digging in the crates with (long-term jazz record collectors) Tony Higgins and Mike Peden -- has seen the unearthing of these gems from the post-war period in modern Japanese jazz history. The tracks take in spiritual jazz, post-modal impressionism and fusion for the dancefloors. Heaps of variety here in one exciting J package. CD or Triple LP (with 3 bonus tracks unavailable on CD).
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  • BBE
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leroy Hutson
Hutson

Acid Jazz have gone and released a brace of classic Leroy Hutson LPs, from the height of his '70s powers. ‘Hutson’ was a stone-cold high watermark of 1970s soul, produced with Curtis Mayfield at his Curtom Studios. This deluxe, remastered reissue has some signature Hutson moments: ‘All Because of You’ and ‘Lucky Fellow’ amongst them. CD with 3 bonus tracks; LP has full colour inner plus in depth sleeve notes.  
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joey Dosik
Game Winner (Deluxe Edition)

Joey Dosik’s Game Winner is a mini-album that turned out to be all about basketball: watching TV sports while recovering from an injury meant that Joey’s writing became permeated by the beautiful game. Game Winner is, as I say, a mini-album, but this deluxe reissue (of the initial 2016 release) adds four additional tracks, which I guess makes it a full album now! On Secretly Canadian.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Tubby Hayes Quintet
Modes and Blues: 8th February 1964

Despite his death in 1973 at the age of just 38, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz players the UK has produced. This LP, recorded during the band’s Ronnie Scott’s residency in 1964, makes a good show of Hayes and his quartet’s showstopping take on modernism and post-bop.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Thelonious Monk
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

Languish in the fabulous music that Thelonious Monk recorded in 1959 for the movie Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The audio has never been officially released in its own right until now, but the high quality of this double CD release makes up for that colossal delay. Comes with a sixty-page booklet, packed with exclusive photos and liner notes. On Sam Records.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Everything Is Recorded
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Richard Russell may have made his name as the boss of XL Records, but he has some production pedigree too - among others, he’s helmed LPs for Bobby Womack and Ibeyi. The cosmopolitan, soulful production style he displayed on those records translates nicely to Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell. It features a slew of big-name guests - Giggs, Kamasi Washington, Wiki, Sampha and more. The album basically ends up being an enjoyable synthesis of all facets of the XL sound.

The Group
The Feed-Back

This is some esoteric interaction from The Group aka Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. The Feed-Back is the 1970 album from the Italian all star band. It's an outing in freedom which has a deep back beat through out which the other players riff on. A blending of free jazz, freer funk and avant-garde ideals. Out on vinyl LP from Schema SCB Series.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU – Soul-fuelled Stompers from 1960s – 1970s Ethiopia

Yet another Ethio-Jazz compilation here, this time courtesy of Lebanese crate-digger Ernesto Chahoud and Barely Breaking Even records. It would be easier to lament the slew of reissues of music from Ethiopia’s 60s/70s golden age if the music wasn’t so damn good. Mulatu Astatke features, obviously, but the show is stolen by the tracks indebted to funk, soul and Motown.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Dr. John
The Sun, Moon & Herbs

Recorded in London but with a New Orleans spirit, “The Sun, Moon & Herbs” arrived towards the end of Dr. John’s voodoo-inspired period, its heavy, foggy atmosphere and nods to Cajun folklore capturing the magic and spirit of the city even from afar. Hypnotic percussion, invigorating choruses, and creepy-cum-beautiful snapshots of The Big Easy.  

Hiroshi Sato
Orient

This is a welcome reissue of Hiroshi Sato’s Orient, a record whose first edition was released in 1979 and still fetches three-figure prices on Discogs. This is its first vinyl pressing outside of Japan. Sato & pals are producing some dangerously funky, feel-good J-synthpop here. White noise faded gently to evoke the sea, vocoders, pentatonic strings, analogue envelopes and excessively knobbly bass - it’s all here.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Shannon & The Clams
Onion

Quickly recorded with caution out in the wind, Onion is the fifth and most savoury of Shannon & the Clams releases. They cite a quick and impulsive recording environment, as studio man Dan Auerbach just had his instruments ready to go at all times. Expect the usual and avid throwback pop majesty that the Clam crew live for.

Leroy Hutson
Anthology: 1972 - 1984

We’re happy to let Acid Jazz bring us Anthology: 1972 - 1984, a comprehensive Leroy Hutson compilation. The collection brings together his Curtom recordings with two newly unearthed tracks. His Newark home was a rich, fertile source of Soul -- including George Clinton’s Parliaments and the Manhattans. Hutson was soon working with Carla Thomas and Donny Hathaway. His solo Curtom sides swiftly became sought after and inspirational to many. Double LP / single CD.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Roland Kirk
Third Dimension

Recorded in New York in 1956, Third Dimension is the debut album from the legendary jazz man Roland Kirk. Slamming together bits and pieces of jazz history, he crafted his own unique multi-instrument style, showcased in all its glory here. Originally titled Triple Threat. Out on vinyl LP from Bethlehem.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
We Out Here

We Out Here presents a snapshot of the current state of young London jazz, and let me tell you, the scene(s) are sounding in fine health! Nine tracks, all recorded especially for this release, map the variety of sounds and cross-pollinations currently going on, such as Ezra Collective’s afrobeat stylings and Shabaka Hutchings’ free-but-rhythmic power. Great stuff on CD and 2 LPs by Brownswood Recordings.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sonny Rollins
A Night At The Village Vanguard

A Night At The Village Vanguard was recorded over two sessions in one day in 1957. Recorded by jazz veteran Sonny Rollins, the album features Rollins on tenor sax with Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums for the first session and Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums for the second.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ken Boothe
Everything I Own

Described by some as the most iconic Jamaican soul singer of his generation, Ken Boothe’s Everything I Own is back on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1974. The record is a must have for reggae fans and soul fans alike. The release features the original analogue mastering and album art for true authenticity. Available on vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1943)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

The Thing
Shake

At last, another full-blown studio release from the killer free-jazz trio that is The Thing! Masters of the form Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten have stunning chemistry together, and with Shake they blow everything else out of the water. Released by their own The Thing Records, working with Trost.

Hiroshi & Claudia
Six To Six

A rare and strange treat here from the obscure depths of Australia’s privately-pressed LP archives. Hiroshi & Claudia’s Six To Six is what happened when a touring group of Japanese jazz musicians had a session with a Mauritian cabaret singer, in which all parties took things to wild, funky, disco-jazz territory, Extremely rare 1979 record, now reissued by Northside Records.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nina Simone
Mood Indigo (The Complete Bethlehem Singles)

Undisputed legend of piano and performance Nina Simone gets yet more of the dues she deserves with this collection of her early recordings, many of which will be familiar even to the unfamiliar -- "My Baby Just Cares For Me" features, as does the monolithic mash of melody and solo "Love Me Or Leave Me". The LP version comes with a 7" replica of her very first single, "Porgy", which is exceedingly nifty.
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  • BMG
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Theo Parrish
Black Jazz Signature

Arguably one of the world’s most important underground dance music producer/DJs lends his hands to selecting and mixing a set of jazz and funk records licensed from and originally released on the Black Jazz label 1971-1976. Theo gives special attention to fellow Chicago musicians The Awakening (3 consecutive tracks, 4 total on the mix), one of the best funk/fusion groups that the Black Jazz label released, and whose only output was on that label. The set itself is a masterful “2 turntables all vinyl” execution, a format that Theo is dedicated to – no mp3, no CDr, just the vinyl palette for the true aural experience. LP is unmixed.

The BellRays
Punk Funk Rock Soul, Vol. 2

You know the scene in Wayne’s World when Wayne and Garth go into the bar and Cassandra Wong’s band are playing? Well, The Bellrays sound quite a lot like that band (who, for the record, were called Crucial Taunt). Fusing hard-rock stylings with soulful vocals and banging choruses got CT a record deal, and it seems to have worked for The Bellrays too.

Fire!
The Hands

Fire! is of course the fabulous power trio of Andreas Werlin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), Johan Berthling (Tape) and Phil’s least favourite saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (of over a million different avant-jazz projects and combinations). The Hands is their sixth record of dark, simmering, propulsive, muscular music, and if you liked their previous noise-jaz-rock-kraut explorations, you’ll love this too. On Rune Grammofon.

Nai Palm
Needle Paw

Debut solo album from Hiatus Kayote's lead singer and composer, Nai Palm. Needle Paw take a much more stripped back approach than anything she's done with her band, and so allows her voice to emerge all raw and powerful. Features new versions of Hiatus Kayote songs, as well as covers of Radiohead, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix. 

Muddy Waters
The Best Of Muddy Waters

The Best Of Muddy Waters is reissued on vinyl for the first time in 30 years to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the blues legend’s first album release. It’s made up from the 78rpm recordings Waters made for Chess Records between 1948 and 1954. The recordings show Waters as a highly expressive performer making this a great place to start if you want to explore one of music’s most influential artists.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

D'Angelo
Voodoo

Voodoo by D’Angelo is regarded by many as the first great album of the new millennium. It was released shortly after 1999 had rolled into 2000. It features a crack-team of R&B musicians who were able to look into each others eyes as they played live. Voodoo is inspired equally by his children, his childhood home in Virginia and ground-breaking black musicians such as Sly Stone, George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix and Al Green.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4724084)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The James Hunter Six
Whatever It Takes

Look mum he's smoking! Urrrgghhh. That said so would you if you'd become such a permanent fixture in the world of rhythm and soul as James Hunter has over the last few years after a thirty year period doing jobs as foul as working on the railways and playing back up guitar for Van Morrison. R&B how it was meant to sound. Soulful and free of cliche. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Thelonious Monk Quartet & John Coltrane
At Carnegie Hall

At Carnegie Hall shows the burgeoning talents of John Coltrane coming to the fore during his time with Thelonious Monk Quartet. Monk’s experience shows he’s got a real player in Coltrane whose solo playing displays an early version of his ‘Sheets of Sound’ improvisation style. Unearthed by accident at the Library of Congress, this is a treat for jazz fans. Double vinyl LP on Blue Note.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Khruangbin
Con Todo El Mundo

Khruangbin are a band inspired by non-Western music of many stripes, taking what they like from all sorts of cultures. Second album Con Todo El Mundo hones in on Iran and the Mediterranean in particular, whipping up some soulful funky storms as they do so. Con Todo El Mundo is released by Night Time Stories.

Nucleus with Leon Thomas
Live 1970

British jazz-rock pioneers Nucleus were led by trumpeter Ian Carr and remained active throughout the seventies. Thomas is of course best known for being the yodeling voice of The Creator Has a Master Plan, which took up the bulk of Pharoah Sanders’ 1969 LP Karma, and is the centrepiece of the tenor giant’s live sets to this day. The version that opens this 1970 Montreux jazz festival set is very different, not least due to Chris Spedding’s extended guitar techniques, which lends the fine ensemble an almost post-punk angularity at times. Gatefold double LP or CD in LP-replica sleeve.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Garrick Sextet with Don Rendell and Ian Carr
Prelude To Heart Is A Lotus

Michael Garrick’s 1970 LP Heart Is A Lotus went on to become one of the most important British jazz albums of the subsequent decade. For a few years prior to the record’s release Garrick and his sextet were jamming the tracks that would become HIAL with Don Rendell and Ian Carr. This session, recorded at the BBC in 1968, radically reconfigures the freeform, vaguely acidic freakouts of the final LP. An essential joining of dots.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Elliot Galvin
The Influencing Machine

London-based jazz pianist and composer Elliot Galvin’s third album explores technology and the human mind, backed by oil-slick production, twinkling electronica and earthy Hammond organ. He also adds electric guitar to the mix, with rock-infused riffs adding some meat to this improvisational master’s output.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
The Magic City

Fully restored and then some, this pressing of Sun Ra's behemoth Magic City goes long on its history via free jazz aficionado Ben Young. Notable for its near-thirty minute skronk sprawl title track, the record became something of a kept secret, the piece never getting a live outing due to its unique, impermeable sound. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 81-88

With Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s came the neon wonderlands of metropolises like Tokyo and Osaka. These futuristic cities, all bright lights and new money, needed a soundtrack, and in the genre of City Pop they got one. An amalgamation of electro-funk, r 'n' b, techno-pop and soul, City Pop’s quirky style has worn well and now shows up in the aesthetics of culture-vultures like Mac Demarco and Ariel Pink. On this double-LP, Cultures of Soul chronicle some of the best female exponents of the genre.

Washington Phillips
Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams

On Dust-to-Digital’s first release they featured a few tracks by Texan blues musician Washington Phillips of which very little was actually known, even less than his mystery homemade instrument that he called The Manzarene. Enlisting the help of researcher Michael Corcoran they tracked down the story of his life, songs and instruments and put it all into this glorious book and CD combo.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gloria Jay
Know What You Want

Know What You Want is a collection of soft and easy-to-listen-to soul and early R&B from Chicago in the 1970's. Melodies International has beautifully remastered this Gloria J. Jennings record from the original tapes and such with nothing being added or taken away - also includes a 14"x14" poster.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jun Fukamachi
Nicole (86 Spring and Summer Collection - Instrumental Images)

Super-rare (eg never actually officially released for sale before) library music from Japan, 1986. Jun Fukamachi was commissioned by the Nicole fashion brand to introduce their 86 Spring and Summer Collection, and he did so with these slick funky tracks, which have a profoundly 80’s sheen to them. Reissued by the Kraft label.

Various
Africa Airways Four (Disco Funk Touchdown - 1976 - 1983)

The latest in a series that has the first on its fourth repress, Africa Airways here takes us to a land of forgotten disco anthems from '76 to '83. Commendable spirit has gone into unearthing and compiling such a fantastic and diverse collection, further cementing the importance of the continent in recent music history. 

Robert Crotty & Loren Connors
Robert Crotty With Me: Loren's Collection (1979-1987)

Around the same time Connors laid down his first primal solo guitar albums at his home in Daggett Street, New Haven, he recorded these duos with visiting local bluesman, Robert Crotty. Connors revered the elder guitarist, and with his trademark vocal moan audible beneath Crotty’s more sonorous singing, there’s a sense of a teacher / apprentice relationship between the two. This collection of standards and improvisations is available as a double CD, or an LP with a bonus CD. 

Arve Henriksen
Towards Language

Towards Language is the new album from Arve Henriksen (of Supersilent), working once again with Jan Bang and Erik Honore as on his classic 2004 record Chiaroscuro. Arve’s trumpet and voice, often live-sampled by Bang, sits at the centre of a luscious soundscape of instruments and textures, each track subtle and slow-growing like a natural process. CD and LP release on Rune Grammofon.

GoGo Penguin
A Humdrum Star

A Humdrum Star is the second long-player from exponents of Jazz and electronica, GoGo Penguin. This is their second for Blue Note, following on from, A Man Made Object in 2016. The band were critically lauded for their set at SXSW earlier in the year and their 2014 album V2.0 was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. It's fair to say that they come highly recommended, then.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Union Cafe

PCO's final studio album - Union Cafe, was only available on cassette and CD upon its initial release in 1993. GREAT NEWS: Erased Tapes are dutifully reissuing it on vinyl, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of founder Simon Jeffes' death. Outstandingly beautiful music sure to cause instant happiness and awe. Very much looking forward to absolutely rinsing this one.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Rainer & Das Combo
The Texas Tapes

Recorded in 1993, its a very fine album of post-blues music from slide-guitar supremo Rainer Ptacek and his Das Combo bandmates. The Texas Tapes feel intimate and fragile, as if some songs are on the point of vanishing into dust. This vinyl reissue with download code includes a number of demo versions and mixes by Billy Gibbons (he of ZZ TOP fame). On Fire.

Rainer Ptacek
Worried Spirits

Rainer Ptacek (a member of Giant Sand) was a talented slide-guitarist working in a blues / post-blues mould, weaving powerful and intimate performances with his desert voice and knife-edge steel-stringed guitar. Worried Spirits is a 1992 collection of rare recordings, now reissued in commemoration of his 1997 passing. Vinyl reissue from Fire.

The Budos Band
Magus Mountain / Vertigo

The Budos Band are an instrumental, nine piece band of Afro Soul explorers from Brooklyn who play a mixture of Ethiopian influenced soul with a sixties pop flavour. Like all of their records ‘Magus Mountain/Vertigo’ was recorded and released by the legendary Daptone records, steeped in the rich traditions of jazz, deep funk and soul, this record begins with the hammering of drums and wavering harmonies to prepare you for the monumental musical journey that is ‘Magus Mountain’.

Sha La Das
Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time)

Some freshly baked mince pies from the Sha La Das. Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time) is possibly the most genuinely soulful Christmas song I have ever heard. Rich doo-wop harmonies, a funky James Jamerson-esque bass line and some classic motown era guitars and organ sounds. Any group that has their name in the song title and the lyrics knows what is up. Out on 7" vinyl from Daptone.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Matter Of Time / When I Saw Your Face

Pretty much everything that Sharon Jones touched turned out golden and soulful, and that goes all the way till the end of her career. Matter Of Time / When I Saw Your Face is a pair of recordings taken from Sharon’s final studio sessions. With the legendary Dap-Kings in tow, she naturally tears it up sharp and funky. This 45’ is released by Daptone.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Susan Phillips
Soft Sexy Soul

Ah this was another RSD 17 title that has been re-issued just a few months down the line. The album was previously going for a lot of wad on discogs and is a classic soul record with lashings of that orchestrated New Jersey sound with a mixture of great ballads and the odd Northern Soul stomper.   
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra
My Brother The Wind Vol. 1

This 1970 album features Sun Ra excitedly wrenching some seriously wild and transportive sonics out of his new Moog synth, backed by Arkestra stalwarts John Gilmore, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis. As with their recent reissue of The Magic City, Cosmic Myth have done a superb job with this 2LP version, adding the side-long Space Probe and alternate takes of the funky single The Perfect Man. The entirely different Vol. 2 has been more widely reissued and is better known, so don’t let the near-identical sleeve confuse you!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

World's Experience Orchestra
As Time Flows On

An underground gem from 1980 has been given the reissue treatment, yet still seems completely relevant now. It's a gorgeous mixture of Sanders-esque devotional jazz, Don Cherry's instrumental freedom, British pastoral psychedelic rock and a lyrical execution that's half crooner, half spiritual doctrine. Just lovely.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Arve Henriksen
The Nature Of Connections

On 'The Nature Of Connections', Arve Henriksen collaborated with a variety of improv, folk and jazz musicians who composed pieces for him. The record features a variety of touring Norwegian artists brought together by Henriksen, including violinists Nils Okland and Gjermund Larsen, cellist Svante Henryson and double bassist Mats Eilertsen, known formally as The Nature of Connections. The result is a record of minimalist folk and chamber music. Much of 'The Nature of Connections' is made for Henriksen, not by him, including "Hymn", which was written by Ståle Storløkken of experimental act Supersilent. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Heed The Call! Whakarongo, Nga Tamariki! - 17 Prime Soul, Funk and Disco Cuts from Aotearoa 1973 to 1983

Heed The Call! is a compilation of that lesser-known thing: music from Aotearoa, New Zealand, released in the fertile period between the years 1973 and 1983. Lots of extremely funky soul and disco sounds, all of them super-rare in their original issues and receiving vinyl reissue for the first time here! Antipodean treats on Vostok.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Muddy Waters
Electric Mud

In 1968 Chess Records teamed Muddy Waters up with Chicago rockers Rotary Connection. It was a rather calculated attempt to sell the older bluesman to hippies, and the result was a somewhat forced grafting of obvious psych tropes over Muddy’s standards and a cover of the Stones’ "Let's Spend the Night Together". It shouldn’t be the first port of call for those new to Waters, or anyone seeking the best in post-psychedelic era heavy blues. It is however an intriguing and very period-specific curio that would later lend samples to Cypress Hill and Gorillaz. Lavish reissue by Third Man.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Zorn
Spy vs Spy

Acting almost as a precursor to John Zorn’s jazz thrash group Naked City 1989’s Spy Vs. Spy see Zorn arrange pieces by Ornette Coleman into near terrifying cacophony inspired greatly by hardcore, grindcore and thrash acts such as Blind Idiot God and Napalm Death. Intensely unrelaxing stuff.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
When Doves Cry

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. When Doves Cry, the lead single from the Purple Rain album, is backed with the song ‘17 Days’.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
It's a Holiday Soul Party

Seemingly following the blueprint that was set in the 1960’s by A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector is Holiday Soul Party by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. This is the first time the band, famous for their soulful sound and rhythm, have recorded a festive album. Featuring 11 tracks to get you in the mood for the holiday season.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kamasi Washington
The Epic

If you enjoyed the corners of Flying Lotus’ music where he flirts with psychedelic jazz, now is a chance to get more, much more… The Epic, released on FlyLo’s own Brainfeeder label, is a three disc super-album orchestrated by Kamsai Washington and utilising orchestra, choir, and a band that includes bassist Thundercat. Hell of a thing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

August Rosenbaum
Vista

August Rosenbaum has been a fairly major session player in the Danish music scene for some time now. Playing as part of electro-soul duo Quadron’s live set-up, and recording with Canadian/Danish R&B duo Rhye. His prodigious ability as a pianist saw him playing tunes by the likes of Thelonious Monk and Wu Tang Clan and pieces by Erik Saite at school concerts. Vista is his debut album on which he mixes elements of jazz, pop, classical with a cinematic reach and soulful delivery.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Breathing Effect
The Fisherman Abides

A tender, multi-faceted sophomore LP here. While the quirky nautical focus of The Fisherman Abides recalls British Sea Power, there is a far greater stylistic scope to the songwriting from The Breathing Effect here. The group wed contemporary jazz chops to Mogwai-indebted post-rock and synth-led indie to create a record rich with detail and feeling. Out via Alpha Pup.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Don Cherry
Music, Wisdom, Love

Here’s a remarkable document of a Don Cherry residency in Paris 1967, unreleased and unheard for fifty years! Music, Wisdom, Love is an exciting slice of the Don Cherry puzzle, adding yet more insight into one of the most eclectic and intriguing figures in free jazz. LP release on the Cacophonic label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Eero Koivistoinen Quartet feat. Philip Catherine
Jazz-Liisa 13

Belgium meets Finland in 1974 here with this juicy session of incisive melodic jazz. The guitarist Philip Catherine was in Finland for some teaching and he found the Finnish group Eero Koivistoinen to be the perfect foil to his stylings. Jazz-Lissa 13 is a great little document, reissued here in a rather snazzy sleeve. Vinyl on Svart.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Black Beauty / Miles Davis At Fillmore West

One of the true legends of Jazz in the 20th century, Miles Davis delivers a ferocious and innovative jazz-rock performance at Filmore West, San Francisco. Recorded live in 1970, Black Beauty features Davis' blistering muted trumpets on the backdrop of a fine-tuned jazz ensemble. Released as Vinyl LP on the Music On Vinyl label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Panduranga Henderson
Ocean Of Love

This astonishing record features a close collaborator of none other than Alice Coltrane, the pair having spent time at her California ashram in the 80s engaging in deep, spiritualist devotional song. Contrary to popular belief, special records do exist and do offer their presence in our mortal world. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Cosmic & Phill Musra Group
Peace In The World / Creator Spaces

A vast dive into the vaults from No-Again unearths a high point in free improv and spiritual jazz. With significant political leanings and an clear influence from the almost divine grace of Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders, it's a colourful and ever changing affair, completed with World's Experience Orchestra's sublime 'The Prayer'.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kjetil Mulelid Trio
Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House

Kjetil Mulelid Trio are young, new, Scandinavian, and a piano trio. Their album Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House has an airy, white-room clarity to it, but still fizzes with melodic flair and the excitement of busy collective improvisation. CD and LP editions on the ever-excellent Rune Grammofon label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Curtis Harding
Face Your Fear

Atlanta’s Curtis Harding turns in an album of hard-bitten funk and soul that bears great reverence for the titans of 70s American black music. Shuggie Otis, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye are obvious touchstones for Face Your Fear, and Harding’s fabulous voice and strong songwriting chops means he deserves to be mentioned in the same bracket. Production from Danger Mouse sees the LP straddle the old- and new-schools with aplomb.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ken Boothe
Inna de Yard

Legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe has returned to the studio to record a full-length album for the first time in twenty-five years. Ken recorded Inna de Yard inna de yard, e.g. outside in nature, using only acoustic instruments. He and his group return to some of the tunes from Ken’s past, adding the deep maturity of his older voice. On Wagram.

Seratones
Necromancer / Take It Easy

Seratones hail from Louisiana, from whence they launch their southern-tinged garage rock. The most notable thing about the group is vocalist AJ Haynes, who has one of those enormous voices full of fire. 7” single Necromancer / Take It Easy is on Fat Possum, and only available from independent record stores.

Jackie Shane
Any Other Way

A pioneering figure who is thoroughly deserving of the retrospective interest in her career, Any Other Way is the first collection of Jackie Shane’s work approved by the artist herself. Though at the time her work barely got beyond the clubs of Toronto, Shane’s strong voice and stronger presence as a transgender woman in 1960’s North America has seen her influence spread far over the years. This LP brings together live recordings and her run of 45s, all of which demonstrate her unique command of soul, funk and r&b. Includes three previously unreleased tracks.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM67DLX)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Soul Of A Woman

Soul of a Woman by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings is an album of songs that the band recorded in the year prior to her sad death in 2016. It’s always good to go out on top, and with this album, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are in scintillating, soulful form. On vinyl LP with download code and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jamila Woods
HEAVN

First LP from Jamila Woods, whose influences include Toni Morrison and Kendrick Lamar. After providing vocals for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Chance the Rapper (who features on HEAVN), Woods’ voice on her own debut maintains enthralling sweetness while losing none of the force of her intelligent political observations. Extremely listenable protest record. Available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

IAM
Passe Passe

French hip-hop band IAM haven’t exactly been prolific in their 28 years, releasing 8 albums, their latest being the recent Revolution. But here we have some more new material. Passe Passe is a brand new track and is released as a limited edition 12” single. There’s only 250 of these in the UK so you’d better be quick!
  • Vinyl 12" (5734684)
  • £9.99 £5.99 (saving: £4.00)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • IAM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Thelonious Monk
Misterioso

Ah, Thelonious Monk. More distinctive a jazzman there is not. Even when obscured and peering from within the album sleeve of Misterioso, it’s still him alright. The music concurs; swinging brass, tinkling keys and shimmering cymbals shine across this 8 track LP of a live recording from 1958. Get in the groove man.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sunny & The Sunliners
Mr. Brown Eyed Soul

Sunny & The Sunliners is the superlative soul group of Sunny Ozuna, a true veteran who has been performing since the 1950’s. Mr Brown Eyed Soul is a compilation put together with Ozuna, plucking highlights from the releases on his own label during the period 1966 to 1972. Fabulously rich vintage soul. On Big Crown.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Little Axe
London Blues

Little Axe, AKA Skip MacDonald was schooled in blues, jazz and gospel. He was once a session player in the Sugarhill Records house band. He then went on to work with Adrian Sherwood and experiment with industrial and dub sounds in Tackhead. On his eighth album London Blues, he is ably assisted by Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Perry Melius from African Head Charge and roots artist Jeb Loy Nichols. The music is the blues but it is eclectically flavoured by McDonald's career to date.

Jordan Rakei
Wallflower

Jordan Rakei is the young New Zealand multi-instrumentalist musician who is going to dominate your smooth summer listening for years to come. His very nice voice is supported by a rich bed of (almost entirely self-played) instrumentation, creating jazzy soul songs that you can just sink into. His album Wallflower is released by Ninja Tune
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Moses Sumney
Aromanticism

If I had Moses Sumney’s voice I’d lose all my friends. That’s because I wouldn’t stop singing. If you had a voice this beautiful, this rich, this dynamic, why would you? Sumney’s debut LP, out on Jagjaguwar, is a record of lush contemporary soul akin to Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe and serpentwithfeet’s Blisters.

The NJE
Afloat

This band (abbreviated from Near Jazz Experience) is a collaboration between seen it all/done it all musicians Terry Edwards (the Higsons/Gallon Drunk/everyone) and Mark Bedford (Madness) along with polyrhythmic drummer Simon Charterton. They play horn led instrumentals which flirt with Can, Roland Kirk and Motown. They are having a good time keeping things fresh. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Antibalas
Where The Gods Are In Peace

Large Brooklyn based collective Antibalas release their sixth full length studio album. Taking their blueprint from Fela Kuti and having members of Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 perform with them several times, they are keeping afrobeat very much alive and striving to update it with modern influences from hip hop, jazz, funk, and dub. Vinyl comes with download code, on Daptone.

Sun Ra
In Some Far Place: Roma ‘77

Sun Ra continues his posthumous musical output this time with In Some Far Place, that place being Rome and the time being 1977. This is the first ever issue of these recordings and comes mastered from the original tapes. Interestingly, rather than going full Arkestra on this LP, here we hear some of Ra’s expertise at the piano with intimate playing of some classic Arkestra tracks and blues numbers. Accompanied only by drums and vocals, this offers an interesting look at the ability and diversity of Sun Ra.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Francois Tusques
Free Jazz

Recorded in 1965, when this thing called free jazz was really starting to pick up steam around the world, Francois Tusques’ album Free Jazz brings together the finest French players for a fiercely cool session. This first-time vinyl reissue includes two bonus outtakes, as well as a replica of the original booklet. On Cacophonic
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Movers
Kansas City

A classic slice of disco, The Movers originally had this one out in 1979, having long established themselves as a band of innovative hybrid -- the South African group had previously worked funk and marabi jazz into their sound, experimenting with approaches to dance. Kansas City is proof of the band's fusion talents.