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Howlin Rain
The Good Life


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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.

Khruangbin
The Universe Smiles Upon You

Despite operating out of Texas, Khruangbin are deeply influenced by Thai music, specifically the Thai funk of the 1960’s. If you aren’t familiar with the genre’s sound, prepare to be impressed with the grooving joy it fills you with! The Universe Smiles Upon You, the band’s debut, is on Late Night Tales, pressed to CD or white vinyl.

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • 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


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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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins
The Lighthouse


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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Convergence
Live


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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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.

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

Alice Coltrane
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitandanda contains some of the material that Alice Coltrane released in later life, as an aspect of her spiritual experience. Gospel and Indian devotional traditions mix with Alice’s own inspiration. Originally only available via Alice’s ashram, this music is now available on vinyl and CD, thanks to Luaka Bop. Both editions come with informative booklets.

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.

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

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

Childhood
Universal High

After a successful debut, bands either go two ways when creating a sophomore: stick with the initial blueprints, or twist and reinvent. Nottingham outfit Childhood have done the latter with their new rebirth, Universal High. This new sound is a soul-soaked concoction of classic pop songwriting.
  • 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
  • Genre(s):
  • 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

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

James Brandon Lewis Trio
No Filter

James Brandon Lewis and his trio make their full-length debut with No Filter, an album that starts out from a jazz place and then takes it some other places: from smooth and sexy R&B to funky hip-hop. With guests on board like P.SO The Earth Tone King and Nicholas Ryan Gant, No Filter is a great example of where forward-looking jazz can go these days. On BNS Sessions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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
  • Genre(s):
  • 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

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

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

BADBADNOTGOOD
IV

Canadian quartet BADBADNOTGOOD fuse jazz, krautrock and hip-hop on IV to sound something like what could only be described an incredible jam session between John Coltrane, Arthur Russell, Can, Herbie Hancock and MF Doom. IV is the follow-up to last year’s Sour Soul - a collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah.

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).

Don Bryant
Don’t Give Up On Love

Don Bryant has spent a life in soul music, singing since the age of five in church, in the family group, in Willie Mitchell’s band and many other contexts. He also continually wrote songs, giving him some very fine material to put to tape on Don’t Give Up On Love, recorded in his seventy-fourth year with a band of players old and new. Out on Fat Possum.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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. 1987’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.

D∆WN
Infrared (Deluxe)

This is the deluxe edition of the 'Infrared' EP by this soul star favoured by some of the younger people in the office. Here she collaborates with some like-minded folk (Kingdom, Prince Will) on some smooth auto-tune friendly R&B and to make things even more exciting this time they've added a bunch of remixes too. 

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sly & The Family Stone
Stand!

Not too much we need to say about Sly & The Family Stone’s fourth LP really. Stand! remains the band’s critical and commercial peak. It’s shifted tonnes of units since it was first released in 1969, spawned a U.S. number one single in ‘Everyday People’, and has firmly ensconced itself in the ‘best albums of all-time’ conversation. Stand! has even been inducted into the U.S. Library Of Congress, so significant a record is it. Now reissued on two nice, heavy slabs of wax.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Merge
Kashan

Like your jazz-funk odysseys served with a heap of melody and crunchy bass playing? Come on in. Kashan recalls the more lounge-lizard end of Weather Report as its three tracks move nimbly from motif to improv and back again. ‘III’ features a thick, chatty bassline that will have Jaco Pastorius nodding approvingly from beyond the grave. 12” out just in time for Xmas on Growing Bin (Moon B).
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mere
Mere II

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere II is the second part of a live recording, which has in turn been divided into three distinct sessions and carefully mastered to bring out every last detail in crisp clarity. CD on Home Normal, packaged with a photo negative. Edition of 500.

Mere
Mere III

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere III is the third part of a lively and questing live recording, carefully mastered to bring out each detail in crisp clarity. The trilogy is now complete! CD on Home Normal, packaged with a photo negative in an edition of 500.

Various
Sofie’s SOS Tape

Sofie Fatouretchi, one of Boiler Room’s in-the-know types, has compiled twenty-four tracks of stuff that she reckons you need to hear. There’s Ill Camille, Stimulator Jones, Mndsgn, Kutmah and many more, showcasing plenty of sleek and soulful underground hip-hop sounds. Double LP release on Stones Throw.

Various
New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76

‘New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76’ chronologically captures the various sounds of New Orleans soul covering 1960-76. The compilation has been ten years in the making, and features an expansive collection of music: ranging from the deep, gospel soul of Aaron Neville, Willie Tee and Robert Parker, the uptempo infectiousness of Northern Soul to Crescent City’s finest soul sisters - Irma Thomas, Betty Harris, Jean Knight, Inell Young to name but a few. Also features extraordinary lost and rare tracks from this golden era of soul, from artists such as Eddie Bo, Jean Knight, Jimmy Hicks and Francine King. Presented as a deluxe CD which includes a slipcase and outsize booklet, or as a limited-edition vinyl album with download code, both of which feature extensive liner notes and rare, never before seen photography. Digital download also available. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Let's Pretend We're Married

When Prince makes the proposition Let's Pretend We’re Married to you, you know you are in for a hell of an evening. Especially if you take a look at the sleeve art too… This was one of the singles from the smash album 1999, and comes backed with the original B-side ‘Irresistable Bitch’. 12” single reissued by Warner Bros.

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Sunset Mission

Vintage dark-ambient-noir-jazz-doom from the German masters of the field, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. Sunset Mission is their 2000 album, the first in which saxophone appears. No lively jaunts here though: smooth black darkness is the way of Bohren. This moody work is reissued on CD and on gatefold-housed double vinyl by Play It Again Sam.

Syl Johnson
My Gift

Syl Johnson reckons that he’s been sampled more than any other artist, and it could well be true. The tracks gathered here are packed with funky breaks and slick-hot grooves. My Gift is a compilation of the R&B / soul man’s 45’ singles from his early days, with B-sides to boot. All remastered, of course. LP on Numero Group.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Miss Sharon Jones! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The release of Miss Sharon Jones!, the new documentary about Jones’ life and work, makes this the perfect time to get some Sharon Jones in your collection if you foolishly haven’t already. She really is a modern soul queen, and her band The Dap-Kings have probably never dropped a beat in their lives. This double LP soundtrack to the film gives an overview of a remarkable career.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Ixtahuele
Call Of The Islands

Elevator music, dinner jazz, whatever. A group of white dudes do ‘island music’ here, and the general air of easy-listening pleasantry here is underpinned by solid musical ability and an interest in otherwise-maligned genres seen in the work of Henry Mancini and more recently Todd Terje. Vinyl and CD.

Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

'Bitches Brew' is a jazz standard living outside of jazz standards, believed to be one of the best ever made. Miles Davis originally recorded the record of long jazz fusion tracks in 1970; here, the original master tapes have been used to reissue the music as a double LP via Mobile Fidelity. 'Bitches Brew' is recommended for fans of improvisation and weird compositional stories (Davis "arranged his band in a semi-circle" and conducted them vaguely - sounds like he might have heard 'Trout Mask Replica' once or twice). Perhaps the most experimental of Davis' works.    Tracks: Pharaoh’s Dance Bitches Brew Spanish Key John McLaughlin Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Sanctuary
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fogh Depot
Turmalinturm

In continuing a journey through the avant-garde style melding a genres, Fogh Depot releases a highly off-kilter 7-track offering. Comprised of mainly nu-jazz, modern classical and electronic experimentalism, Turmalinurm is a wondrous and sprawling mix of drone, noise and melancholic melody

Willie Hutch
Season For Love

Willie Hutch signed to Motown in the ‘70s. After the legendary Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Motown was all about Willie Hutch. His nine album run for Berry Gordy’s label included two classic blaxploitation soundtracks: Foxy Brown and The Mack. However, before he signed to Motown he recorded two important albums for RCA. Season For Love was his second album released in 1970. Although Highly sought after now, It was overlooked at the time, probably overshadowed by the southern fried gritty power of his debut. Here the sound, led by strings, is warmer and more mellow. It even led Hutch to compare himself to Otis Redding.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Shanghai’d Soul

A big bundle of old soul tracks of the absolute highest quality, assembled by reissue maestros The Numero Group. Shangai’d Soul will delight everyone who loves them some soul, but the tracks have also been picked with their later use in mind: plenty of these productions have been mined for hip-hop samples over the years, see what you can spot!
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Larry Dixon & LAD Productions Inc.
Star Time

LAD Productions Inc. was the imprint operated by Larry Dixon to release his own material and that of his friends operating out of Chicago from 1971 to 1987. This material is so very rare, but the Star Time box-set gathers up every last track from this underrated soulful star. Everything has been remastered, and the set comes with a booklet of Dixon / LAD history. On Past Due Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
New Orleans Funk 4: Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-75

The Soul Jazz team head to New Orleans for their latest high-grade compilation of rare old records. Volume 4 of the New Orleans Funk series takes in the period 1951 to 1975, when funky producers like Allen Toussaint and Eddie Bo were in their prime. Excellent music and a history lesson to boot. Voodoo Fire In New Orleans is released as a CD or double LP set.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jamie Lidell
Building a Beginning

Really smooth music from Huntingdon's answer to Marvin Gaye. Liddell has been soulful for many years but he sounds like some kind of cross between Gaye and Stevie Wonder slinking his way through a batch of laid back electronic soul. He uses the cream of the world's best session musician to create this soporific, psychedelic soul that is so thick you could stand a spoon in it.