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Prince
1999

The best way to celebrate the memory of the suddenly-departed Prince surely isn’t to read through hundreds of obituaries and thinkpieces. Do it right, and listen to some of the good man’s music. 1999 is his 1982 fifth album, and its synth-funky joys come sprawled across 2 LPs. Reissued by Warner Bros.

Walker Family Singers
Panola County Spirit

The Daptone label release the first proper recordings from the Walker Family Singers. Panola Country Spirit, on CD and very limited vinyl LP, is a powerful collection of bluegrass and gospel. The songs draw from blues and americana too, using simple arrangements and strained guitar riffs to create impassioned, spiritual music.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Blind Alfred Reed
Appalachian Visionary

Dust to Digital continue their incredible work reissuing lost folk, gospel and blues albums with Blind Alfred Reed’s Appalachian Visionary. These recordings from 1927 and 1929 are extremely rare and showcase Reed’s covers of hymns as well as his own old-time compositions for violin. These rich and joyous songs are full of witty lyrics about depression-era life and emotive instrumentation.

Men of North Country
This City

Men of North Country are a modern-day Israeli band, although they could probably fool you that they were from NYC in its vintage soul era. They certainly groove, swagger and swing in all the right ways, and they have the fiery energy of all the best soul. This City (referring to their native Tel Aviv) is their second album. Out on Acid Jazz.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band are a steel drum band operating out of Hamburg, Germany. They got the attention of DJs and home listeners alike when they covered 50 Cent’s essential track ‘P.I.M.P.’ (included here), and have an array of other crucial covers to show off on 55, their debut full-length. CD / 2LP on Big Crown.

Mayer Hawthorne
Man About Town

Mayor Hawthorne has built a reputation making ridiculously earnest, fun and groovy 80s-inspired funk and On Man About Town he has refined his sound into a slick, synthetic pop. This is Hawthorne’s fourth album and he not only plays most of the instruments, but handles production duties as well.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
If Music presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986)

A compilation of some of the finest rare pieces from Eastern Europe during the period 1970 to 1986. If Music presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds gifts the listener Polish disco, Slovakian synth action, and both spiritual and frantically-groovy jazz. Plus useful sleevenotes to elaborate on the context around the music. Vinyl LP from our Record Store Day 2016 stock.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Arena
Arena

This album, the only record made by the selection of Australia-based session musicians who went under the name Arena, is so revered by collectors of jazz-funk and rare grooves that it is very hard to find any of the scarce original pressings. But this material is too strong, too interesting, too special for that to remain the case: hence this Record Store Day reissue!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Boulevards
Groove!

Despite its diverse instrumentation and big band atmosphere Boulevards is dominated by the presence of one man, Jamil Rashad. His deep and emotive vocals power the electronic soul of Groove! Whether the background is early hip-hop productions, or 1980s party jams, he can be relied on for smooth and funky vocals.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ornette Coleman
To Whom Who Keeps A Record

This is a rare slice of Ornette Coleman, a collection originally only released in Japan and made up of outtakes from the classics Change of the Century and This Is Our Music. Needless to say with that pedigree (and with the same astonishing band line-up, including Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell), this is premium jazz. First-time vinyl reissue!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Filthy Six
More Filth

The Filthy Six play old-school dancefloor soul and R&B with all the elements in place: rock-solid rhythm section, smooth organ lines, tight brass and guitar… Every part works in service to the get-on-up groove, which most listeners will find irresistible. More Filth is released on the Acid Jazz label, in CD and LP editions.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Rusconi + Fred Frith
Live in Europe

Rusconi are a young and adventurous jazz band; who could be a better collaborative partner than old and adventurous jazz man Fred Frith? The former Henry Cow man slots his jagged guitar right into the Rusconi sound. Live In Europe presents extracts from 2 live shows on 180g vinyl. Released on Qilin Records.

Avishai Cohen
Into The Silence

Following on from his stunning contribution to Mark Turner’s 2014 Lathe Of Heaven, Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen makes his leader debut on ECM with Into The Silence. The album features pianist Yonathan Avishai, drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Eric Revis - known for his work with the Branford Marsalis Quartet along with Sax from Bill McHenry. The understanding between Cohen and Waits occasionally recalls the relationship between Miles Davis and Tony Williams or Don Cherry and Billy Higgins. The album is dedicated to his late father, David.
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  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

GoGo Penguin
Man Made Object

GoGo Penguin are part of a small, elite pantheon of British artists signed to the legendary Blue Note label, putting them in the same room as jazz royalty. As Man Made Object shows, they’ve got there by melding traditional jazz approaches with sounds from glitchy electronica: all produced acoustically, of course.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Luther Dickinson
Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II

Folk, blues, and southern rock troubadour Luther Dickinson, release Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II. This collection on New West highlights the mid-south, Memphis rock ‘n roll sound that Dickinson works to preserve. To celebrate oral and written traditions in music Dickinson has also included a 16-page songbook with both the digipak CD and 180 gram vinyl double LP.

Marva Whitney
It's My Thing

Proper, original A-grade funk from Marva Whitney. It’s My Thing was produced by none other than James Brown, and has been hard to find since its 1969 release. Probably because hip-hop producers have been grabbing irresistible breaks from it for years. Now though, this reissue makes the whole album available, with 4 rare bonus tracks too. Double LP on Soul Brother
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander, Jarle Vespestad
What Was Said

Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad explore Norwegian hymns on this ECM release; it’s jazz, but not as we know it. As a duo Gustavsen and Vespestad have worked closely together for a long time, refining their complex interplay for piano, drums and subtle electronics. But here they also complicate their relationship by working with Afghan poet Tander. Together they make What Was Said a very personal and moving piece of modern jazz.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The James Hunter Six
Hold On!

James Hunter (and his Six) is back with his 4th record, this time on the same famed Daptone label that have been keeping the flame of this kind of funky soul music burning brightly for years. Hold On! has everything perfectly in place, from Hunter’s full-throated frontman vocals to the horn section sparring over the groovy rhythms. Full of soul.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fold
Fold

Fold are a quartet from Leeds who mix hip-hop, funk, jazz and a teeny bit of psychedelic rock to produce a slick and confident sound. They have played gigs with and remixed the music of Public Service Broadcasting. Their self-titled debut, over its ten tracks, contemplates the importance of the life lessons not taught in school. Self-released on 180g vinyl and digipak CD.

Espen Eriksen Trio
Never Ending January

Espen Eriksen Trio are a modern jazz group who are neither fire-spitting free jazz or dull nothing-new dinner party fare. Instead, this piano trio approach rich melodic themes with a tightly-poised minimalism. Never Ending January is their third record, released on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Valentine West
Code 17 Abstraction

Code 17 Abstraction is an album of electronic wonder from Michael Valentine West (who you might know better as Mikimo Sosumi, Twiggy And The K-meson or Lower Third). Mad, funky, energetic styles tumble over each other, (we’re talking glitch, funk, maybe even a touch of drum & bass) forming a wild whole. LP release on Anna Ott.

The Edge Of Daybreak
Eyes Of Love

Eyes Of Love is a rare proposition: it was recorded by four incarcerated artists, imprisoned in Virginia, USA in the 70’s. But this is not prison blues: instead, The Edge Of Daybreak sounds like it could have poured forth from un-impinged freedom, such is the bright beauty that is played here. Reissue on Numero Group.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Cotton
Live At Antone’s Nightclub

Some classic blues here from James Cotton, a hardy veteran of feeling a bit sad and singing about it. Live At Antone’s Nightclub is just that, a classic live show from Cotton and his ensemble on energetic form. Reissued by New West, both CD and LP editions are packed in a luxuriously embossed leatherette sleeve.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Cotton
Mighty Long Time

Some classic blues here from James Cotton, a hardy veteran of feeling a bit sad and singing about it. Mighty Long Time is his 1988 album, and has the 12-bar guitar, the lived-in vocals, and the bursts of harmonica all firmly in place. Reissued by New West, both CD and LP editions are packed in a luxuriously embossed leather sleeve.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Pinetop Perkins
Live At Antone’s Vol. 1

Jools Holland’s constant interjections of ‘boogie woogie piano’ on his TV show ‘Later…’ proving not quite enough for you? Then go straight to the source with Pinetop Perkins’ Live At Antone’s Vol. 1, which is a full-on adventure in original blues music. Expanded and remastered reissue on the New West label
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Pinetop Perkins
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie

Jools Holland’s constant interjections of ‘boogie woogie piano’ on his TV show ‘Later…’ proving not quite enough for you? Then go straight to the source with Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie, by Pinetop Perkins, who truly knows the blues. This 1992 record is receiving its first ever vinyl pressing on the New West label.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fay Hallam
Corona

A trip to Italy inspired the songs on Fay Hallam’s new album, Corona. Upon her return, she was bursting with ideas and wrote all of the songs in just two days. A melting pot of influences helped create this eclectic album from Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto to Beck via The Carpenters and Frankie Laine. There’s even a cover of Paul McCartney’s classic Maybe I’m Amazed.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dexter Story
Wondem

Dexter Story deploys influences from all across a range of East African nations, to enormously good-time effect. Wondem features guests like Nia Andrews, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Yared Tashele, but it is Dexter’s broad vision and detailed arrangements that bring this record home. On Soundway.

The Necks
Vertigo

Vertigo is album number 18 for Australian jazz trio, The Necks. They like to take a simple idea and allow it to develop organically through improvisation. They don’t know where they’re going when they set off but they always seem to get there. Their music is very human, it allows room for space, it’s ambiguous allowing the listener to interpret it in their own way.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Daptone Gold Vol.II

Daptone Gold Vol. II is one of those highly reliable compilations: excellent soul from the Daptone vaults. Lots of material that is hard to find, having been either previously unreleased or previously unreissued from old 45's. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, The Como Mamas… great stuff all through.

Dam Funk
Invite The Light

Eighties electro-funk revivalist Dam Funk has an excellent line in smooth jams both slow and fast, and he crucially understands the essential swing of funk. Invite The Light gets help from the likes of Q-Tip and both Leon Sylvers III and Leon Sylvers IV. The home of this record is Stone’s Throw, just the right place I should think.

Willis Earl Beal
Noctunes

Willis Earl Beal has been out of view for over two years: turns out he was busy prepping Noctunes, his sweeping new LP. The feel of this music occurs to me as space-soul: not space in George Clintonesque way, but in the sense that it feels like Beal’s intense vocals feel like they are floating in a void of subtle synths and heartache. On Tender Loving Empire.

Tarracoir
Growth

‘Growth’ contains the edited, collaged and overdubbed first two live performances of Dublin grindcore, hardcore three piece Tarracóir (Gaelic for Tractor), featuring Diarmad Mac Diarmada (Tenor Sax, Trombone, Percussion, Garden Hose, Vox), Bryan O'Connell (Drums) and Gavin Prior (Guitar, Vox, Bass, Piano Innards, Electronics). With elements of free jazz and death metal accompanied by chaotic additions of demon-chasing rituals, their music has a primitive brutality that is deliberately ignorant.

Various
The Music City Sessions Volumes 1-3

The Music City Sessions is a three volume collection of rare, early ’70s Bay Area funk, soul, and R&B. Volume one, ‘Richmond Experience’, features 10-tracks of previously unreleased material based around the working-class, blue-collar landscape that created the street funk of Richmond and the East Bay Area.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Hey Lover Boy! (An Assortment Of Girlie Tracks From The 60s)

Hey Lover Boy! (An Assortment Of Girlie Tracks From The 60s) contains a veritable plethora of lesser known girl group tracks from the 1960s. This 25 track collection will have any avid collector of such sounds watering at the mouth. Hey Lover Boy! (An Assortment Of Girlie Tracks From The 60s) is available on CD.

Steven A Clark
The Lonely Roller

Steven A. Clark has a neo-soul, electro-R&B kind of sound, his emotive crooning sitting atop a bed of expansive synth-lines and neat, funky bassline. The Lonely Roller has Clark’s charismatic, emotive vocals and the swinging productions to back him up: I’m sure he’ll do well. On Secretly Canadian.

Cassie
Cassie

This is the first release on vinyl of electro R&B star Cassie's self titled, instant classic debut album. This ten track masterpiece of minimalist R&B has influenced a host of her contemporaries including Jamie xx, Four Tet, Hot Chip and Tri Angle Records since it’s original CD release in 2006 and it's not hard to see how with it’s tasteful arrangements, 80’s style synth samples and Cassie’s cold/eerie yet soulful vocals.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jamie Harrison
Under The Carpet


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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Danielson
Trying Hartz


  • CD (SC180)
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  • Last copy

Birchall/ Cheetham Duo
Tipping Point


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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
The Conny Plank Session

Whoah, who knew that Duke Ellington & His Orchestra did a recording session with legendary krautrock / komische producer Conny Plank (Can, Neu!, Ash Ra Tempel etc.)? Well he did, in 1970, and it sounds just super, Ellington’s crew deftly moving around the tunes with a thrillingly loose sensibility. On Gronland.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Screaming Peaches
Ads / Mr Fist


  • Vinyl 7" (SKELLY001)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Royal Jesters
English Oldies

Royal Jesters were a group of 1960’s Texan-Mexicans who brought joy to the teenage populace in their locality. Their blend of doo-wop and R&B sizzles with the feeling of groovy fun, and with English Oldies containing a full 28 tracks, there is plenty to enjoy here. Released on The Numero Group.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

ALA.NI
YOU & I - Spring

ALA.NI gained her singing chops by performing with artists as diverse as Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli and Damon Albarn. Her voice is fragile yet strong, her sound is anachronistic yet completely perfect for now. Not only is she a performer, but she directed the video for “Cherry Blossom”. A refreshingly creative new talent.
  • Vinyl 7"
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Karin Krog
Don't Just Sing – An Anthology: 1963-1999

Karin Krog is a Scandinavian legend, but a more-or-less unknown in our part of the world. Let’s change that eh? Don’t Just Sing - An Anthology: 1963-1999 collects highlights of a full career of creative, jazz-inflected pop, fronted by Krog’s inventive and highly characteristic vocals. On Light In The Attic.

Alex Puddu
The Mover ft. Joe Bataan / Soultiger

Alex Puddu is a smooth character (his last release was literally a soundtrack to some vintage Danish porn), and here he gives us a preview of his upcoming album with a 7”. Two tracks of slick grooving neo-soul, with vocals on The Mover provided by semi-famed Latin singer Joe Bataan. Out on the Schema label.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Andreya Triana
Giants

Joining the competitive musical scene of jazzy, soulful, power singer along with artists such as Paloma Faith, Adele and Laura Mvula, Andreya Triana is the latest name to create joyous, fun soul/jazz, all punctuated by her vocals. The songs on Giants are produced by Matt Hales who also produced Paloma Faith and it shows. Comes with bonus CD, exclusive for indy stores, which includes remixes of track “Gold” and alternative edits of “Lullaby”.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Polar Bear
Same As You

Not to be confused with the American band, or the Arctic carnivore, Polar Bear are back with their sixth album. Once again delving into the riches of double-saxophone-fueled jazz, Same As You is a double LP with outside ideas and at the same time appealing sounds. British avant-garde made available to the masses!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon

Australian ensemble Hiatus Kaiyote present Choose Your Weapon, their second album, and by the sounds of it the weapons on offer are Soul, R&B, Funk and Future versions of all of the above. And over eighteen tracks and seventy minutes, they get the chance to deploy them all! A very accomplished work all told.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Saun & Starr
Look Closer

Saun & Starr were,for a long time, backing singers to Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. Last year they released their first single as a duo, Hot Shot, which sold a bucket load. Now they have an album, Look Closer, for you to get your groovy paws on. It’s packed with the kind of funky soul that made Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown soundtrack so cool.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Memphis Development Foundation Presents: Beale Street Saturday Night

Saving the beautiful Memphis music scene, James Luther Dickinson had Memphis musicians record their heritage when Beale Street fell victim to urban renewal programs in 1976. These tracks have stood the test of times with this reissue of the 1979 release of Beale Street Saturday, featuring, on clear vinyl no less, the finest of blues and soul heard on the streets of Memphis.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Richard Swift
Ground Trouble Jaw

Record Store Day 2015 release from Richard Swift: we’ve got a few copies left if you want to snap one up! Totally spot-on songs in a Motown-via-the-present-day style. Ground Trouble Jaw was first released only digitally, but thankfully can now be heard on a vinyl record. 12” EP on Secretly Canadian.

Tamikrest
Taksera

Available on 180 gram 12” vinyl in gatefold case on Glitterbeat. Live recording from Taureg rock band Tamikrest. Layered percussion grooves and dirtied electric guitars filled with extensions and improvisations of album tracks. It’s excellent desert blues for fans of Can or Pink Floyd. Limited 1500 copies, with download code.

Exhaustion w/ Kris Wanders
Exhaustion w/ Kris Wanders

Scrappy no wave punx Exhaustion are friends with a saxophonist, named Kris Wanders, and here lies the inevitable conclusion of their acquaintanceship: a self-titled LP of music that goes slower and more patient. These are carefully considered improvisations, in a way, bringing together different styles and making space they can both exist in.

Detail
First Detail

The first detail you must realize is this: all the musicians on this record are Norwegian free jazz musicians, and this is a free jazz album. It features organs and saxophones and wild music in general. These guys don’t just have a good eye for detail. They are Detail, and this is First Detail.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

THEESatisfaction
EarthEE

Witness Rhythm and Blues finally rise from its ashes thanks to the efforts of THEESatisfaction. With their new and fresh take on the genre that died in early naughties pop, the group has captured our hearts. EarthEE is their sophomore effort, and their latest development is really quite THEESatisfactory. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder
Talking Timbuktu

A Grammy award winning album which was number 1 in the US World Music Charts for 31 weeks, Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Toure, who has been a hot ticket for any fans of so-called “world music”, and Ry Cooder, the American guitarist known for his slide guitar, is an album which combines the two perfectly - it’s Africa with a hillbilly influence. Lovely stuff. A limited 180g vinyl 2 LP.  

Albatrosh
Night Owl

We could just say Rune Grammofon and let your imagination run wild from there, but that'd be misleading: Albatrosh actually make jazz, and while 'Night Owl' is their second record on the experimental Norwegian label, it's their fifth on a long, steady career built on tenacious compositional structures and a melodic approach to playing.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third

Winsome middle class siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis reappear for a third album of laid back old timey organic grooves. If lead single "Baby Bye Bye" sounded just a little too close to Mike Read's "UKIP Calypso" then the lyrics chart a more lovelorn territory that should help get it onto an advert before the summers out. Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.  

Richie Hayes Vs Noonday Underground
Here Comes The Fury

Back together on vinyl 12” are old collaborators Richie Hayes and Noonday Underground. the first release from Art Gallery / Monkey See Monkey Do and it’s a strong one, featuring the vocals of ex-Morcheeba vocalist Daisy Marty, Simon Dine and multi-instrumental brilliance from Richie Hayes.

Sonore
Cafe OTO

This is a recording of Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson all blowing horns at Cafe Oto in April 2011 culminating in a particularly windy night across north-east London. Originally broadcast on Jazz on 3. I wonder if anyone in the audience was shushed as happened to me the last two times I attended Cafe Oto?  

Full Blast & Friends
Sketches and Ballads

This group comes together on the orders of one Michael Wertmueller, the part-composer, part-drummer who makes Full Blasts what it is. The & Friends part is thanks to the contributions of saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and e-bassist Marino Pliakas as well as clarinet player Ken Vandermark and additional percussionist Dirk Rothbrust. 'Sketches And Ballads' is equal parts loose and disciplined, moving between more prepared arrangements to lightning-fast blastbeats and moments of free-form. 

Nels Cline & Julian Lage
Room

Nels Cline is a guitarist best known for his tenure in alt-country superheroes Wilco, while Julian Large made his name playing with Mark O'Connor and Gary Burton. This record, simply titled 'Room', displays a tactful understanding of what people want to hear from these two brilliant and delicate guitarists: a simple record that concentrates on the details of their playing. 'Room' puts one guitarist in each channel and lets their sound trickle down like a slow-moving stream. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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Santa Y Su Gente
Urgente

Another overdue rerelease to please the fans. First released during the rule of Pinochet, this sweet piece of progressive/Latin funk never got the attention it deserved. Now you can listen to Santa Y Su Gente in the warmth of your own home, whilst basking in the peace of your own democratically elected government.

Silk Rhodes
Silk Rhodes

The modern sound of funky R&B from Silk Rhodes. This self-titled record is a fresh take on contemporaneous R&B - packed with an array of sultry keyboards and synths, super tight guitars, some funk-centric bass and sultry vocals. A fusion of Stevie, D'angelo, Prince and Sa-Ra. These are some straight up sexy jams. Pick it up on Vinyl LP and CD from Stones Throw.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jaga Jazzist
Jaga Jazzist - '94-'14

Post-rock wasn't always this drab; there was a time when it could sound like it was made by a jazz band living in a beanstalk. Jaga Jazzist's inventive and ever-curious sound infused nu-jazz with the climactic disciplines of Talk Talk and Tortoise. They're pretty old now, though, and this year marks their twentieth anniversary, so they've reissued their most bombastic and jazz-dominated work, A Livingroom Hush.

DJ Fede
Rude Boy Funker

DJ Fede is a vintage producer from Italy, making his name in the early 1990s after working tirelessly to become prolific as can-be with a bunch of hip-hop records and a great deal of appearances on funk and jazz compilations. 'Rude Boy Funker' collects together many of his most popular tracks, and genre-hops like crazy, featuring a roster of contributions from Bunna, Cato, and Mr T-Bone -- from reggae to ska to funk to wherever the hell Fede wants to go.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Guano Padano
Americana

Guano Padano's Italian jazz 'n' swing heroics are on display once again with 'Americana', named after the book of translated American works literary mind Ello Vittorini hoped to bring to Italy in the 1940s. Padano let their fascination with Vittorini's undertaking, as well as with American writers, bleed through the songs of 'Americana', marrying their distinctly Italian sound with American grandstanding. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Psych-Funk 103: Sa-Re-Ga! Psychedelic Funk India

A platter of hallucinatory spices from various Indian artists. As a follow up to their other guitar-centric odyssey's, Psych-Funk 103: Sa-Re-Ga! Psychedelic Funk India spans through the 70's until '83. It's full of tripped out guitars, super tight drums and raw vocals and horns. Out on CD from World Psychedelic Funk Classics.

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Sinner / Everybody Knows (River Song)

The gravelly voiced Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens belt out a couple of classics on this  7” vinyl from Daptone. Amazingly not named from the enigmatic wife of the Doctor from the BBC’s Doctor Who, but in fact a celestial rendition of the Texan tune transposed through rhumba to the Caribbean. Gospel combined with the island sound makes for an excellent record.
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Various
Black Fire! New Spirits! Deep and Radical Jazz in the USA 1957-75

This compilation attempts to elucidate the versatility and transience of jazz music through the '60s and '70s in America, when the civil rights movement was in full swing and the sounds around it were constantly changing. With 'Black Fire! New Spirits! Deep and Radical Jazz in the USA 1957-75', Soul Jazz Records highlights music from acts such as Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef and Don Cherry, to give you an example of how varied the banner of jazz was, even in this era. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
The Birth of Funk

This new compilation on History of Soul covers the formative years of funk music in the first half of the 20th century, originally played by jazz musicians in New Orleans who would hit the clubs and play something more downbeat and dirty after wowing the crowds with their hot jazz of an evening. You've got all sorts on here from classics like Earl King and James Brown to more obscure crate-digging gems like The Turquinettes and Porgy & the Polka Dots.

Various
The Soul Of Designer Records

This monolithic boxset attempts to give its listener an idea of the scope of Designer Records' scope. The duo behind the operation, soul men Style Wooten and Roland Jones, recorded up to five hundred singles, many of them now revered as classics in traditional gospel. This set of one hundred (plus one more for luck!) songs shows how distinctive and fluid their style was, and now it can be heard in every recording artist they worked with.

Sun Ra Arkestra
3rd September 1988 Chicago

This is one of those does-what-it-says-on-the-tin deals, but anyway: Sun Ra performs live! In 1988! Let's zone in on this a bit, though: this appearance documents Sun Ra at the Chicago Free Jazz Festival, backed by his classic Solar Arkestra and performing some of his most impressionist and avant-garde works. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Diana Dors
Swingin' Dors

Diana Dors, that Swindon born beauty of the 1950s. Famed for her Monroe style of beauty, Dors was a staple of the movie and television screen and the image behind the eyes of most men. Here we have her singing to some classic, big band jazz numbers. There are some real stormers on here and Dors proves to have a stellar singing voice on Swingin’ Dors. Lipstick red vinyl. Yabadabadooo!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

DJ Maestro
Bethlehem Blends By DJ Maestro: Day & Night

Best known for his 'Blue Note Trip' compilation series, DJ Maestro returns here with some adventures in the back-catalogue of another legendary label, Bethlehem Records. Founded in the 1950s, Bethlehem was home to such legendary artists as Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus - and with the encyclopaedic noggin of Maestro showing you round, this promises to be a memorable tour of their roster.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Big Boss Man
Last Man On Earth

Big Boss Man aren't a one-genre band: they make boogaloo music, formally, but will often delve into jazz, psychedelic, Latin rythms and whatever else they feel like. 'Last Man On Earth' is their fourth record, and their first in four years, too: it collects fifteen tracks varying in their particular dance aesthetic of choice, including the smooth jazz single "Aardvark". Expect this quartet to play it loud, whatever it is they choose to play.   Tracks: Theme From Last Man On Earth Aardvark Blow Your Own Last Man On Earth (Feat. Princess Freesia) Hail Caesar Changing Faces (Feat. Al Greener) Bombay Mix Crimson 6t's The Bear Project No. 6 Le Dernier Homme Sur Terre Shot Down Trans Adonis Painted Rainbow (Feat. Princess Freesia) Sladey
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sinkane
Mean Love

With roots in the rich musical history of North America as well as Africa, Sinkane provide a new perspective on what Soul Music is, and what it can be. Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time. From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African influence of popular Sudanese music and haqibah, as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements more common to East Africa.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stan Getz & Cal Tjader
Stan Getz & Cal Tjader Sextet

This newly reissued vinyl addition is a ‘MUST HAVE’ title for for both Getz and Tjader fans. In the vein of many a smooth West Coast jazz outing, this 1958 disc finds original cool stylist Getz paired with vibraphonist Cal Tjader on a very enjoyable selection of jazz standards and Tjader originals. The lineup includes pianist Vince Guaraldi, guitarist Eddie Duran, bassist Scott La Faro, and drummer Billy Higgins (this was one of the earliest record dates for either La Faro or Higgins, both of whom were playing with Getz at San Francisco's Black Hawk in between recording sessions). Guaraldi's spry "Ginza Samba" kicks thing off with nimble and imaginative statements by all the soloists. Tjader's swinging originals "Crow's Nest" and "Big Bear" provide prime solo vehicles as well, while his lovely waltz number "Liz-Anne" adds some nice contrast to the set, eliciting one of Getz's best solos in the process. The group rounds things out with fine ballad readings of "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and "For All We Know."
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Cannonball Adderley Quintet
In San Francisco

A classic and soulful hard-bop effort from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. In San Francisco is a great testiment to not only Adderley and co, but to the jazz scene in the late 50's and early 60's. With bebop over a decade old and the west-coast sound pervading the start of the 50's, cats like Art Blakey, Horace Silver, and Adderley were playing their own funky gospel tinged hard-bop - taking the forum back to it's roots. With brilliant originals from Adderley, Timmons and Monk. A collection essential. Out on vinyl LP from Concord Records.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tom Carter and Pat Murano
Four Infernal Rivers

This is a second collaboration between Charalambides man Tom Carter and No Neck Blues Band feller Pat Murano. The pair had already made an eponymous LP back in 2012 but have now colklaborated again, this time at Carter's place, passing musical ideas back and forth, forth and back. There are four lengthy improvisations using Carter's piercing, acid-lead guitars against Murano’s sympathetic synthesizer lines, the sounds of guitar, synthesizer and drum machine to dissolve into one another, often to the point where they seem to come from the same source. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Chain & the Gang
Never Been Properly Loved

Blue Coloured Vinyl 7" with Jukebox Hole. The new single form CHAIN AND THE GANG is the dancefloor smash “Never Been Properly Loved”, taken from their critically acclaimed new album MINIMUM ROCK N ROLL and due out on Fortuna POP! on 26 May. Featuring Katie Alice Greer of Priests and led by the Ian Svenonius, prime mover behind two of the most essential bands of our time, Nation Of Ulysses and The Make-Up, Chain And the Gang deal in a new genre called CRIME ROCK. Minimum Rock N Roll was recorded in Portland Oregon with Ian and Katie Alice on vocals, Brett playing the electric guitar, Chris on electric bass guitar, and Fiona driving the drum kit and then mixed down in DC by Brendan Canty. More minimal and more ferocious, more lean and more mean, Minimum Rock N Roll is Chain & the Gang looking for food, hungry and intent on devouring the known world, once they find its tender underbelly.

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Cold World

Six long years of touring went into this latest album from Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded at the Daptone Records House Of Soul, 'Cold World' fuses the pure gospel voice of Naomi Shelton with soul grooves from the likes of Fred Thomas (long-term bassist for James Brown). 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Buddy Miles
Them Changes

Them Changes is the 1970 release by American Rock and Funk drummer, vocalist, composer and producer Buddy Miles. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag (1967), a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys (1969-1970), founder and leader of the Buddy Miles Express and later, the Buddy Miles Band. In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Miles played and recorded with Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield and others.

Jungle
Jungle

Initially we were told Jungle were a street collective from darkest London. Nice try. As ever they are two well-to-do white kids with some fine production chops and a decent '70s record collection for inspiration. Their debut is rather good  - a collection of smooth and catchy disco pop some of which you'll have heard blasting out of various high street stores sound systems. Perfect Top Shop music and I mean that as a compliment. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Savage Rhythm: Swingin' Dance Floor Sounds to Blow Your Top

A nice family tree of rock 'n' roll is drawn up by 'Savage Rhythm: Swingin' Dance Floor Sounds to Blow Your Top'. This collection attempts to show off the through-line of music in America, from the 1930s, when swing was in full effect, through to the discovery of R&B vibe n the 40s and the eventual coalescing of that thing we call rock music. 'Savage Rhythm' is brought together by Shamblin Sexton to help you get your swing on. 

Sun Ra Arkestra
Live in Nickelsdorf 1984

The leftfield jazz genius Sun Ra took his Arkestra to Nickelsdorf in Austria back in 1984, offering up three whole hours of his dizzying improvisations and arrangements, with the usual extensive and overwhelming roster of players: Marshall Allen is of course present on alto, but there are also a series of percussionists and bongo players. There were dancers, too, but I don't think you can hear them.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
True Soul : Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax Volume 2

True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax, a collection of rare and unreleased funk and soul music from the fabled Arkansas indie. 60’s and 70’s Soul, Funk, Disco, Party-Rap and Boogie from Arkansas’s Legendary Independent Label – the second installment presented as a CD/DVD. 18 Rare and Unreleased 60s & 70s Soul, Funk, Disco and Party-Rap cuts from the True Soul vaults. 56 Page Full color booklet contains never-before-seen photos, ephemera, extensive liner notes and a candid interview between producer Eothen “Egon” Alapatt and Lee Anthony himself. All tracks remastered from the Original Master tapes. Bonus DVD with Excerpts from the True Soul Revue TV show. Accompanying legendary  cuts such as “Slipping Around” and “Doing my Own Thing” is a DVD containing excerpts from The True Soul Revue television program, that captured live performances from the True Soul All Stars in 1973. Tracks: 1. Albert Smith - The Thrill Is Gone 2. Thomas East - Just A Trip 3. Larry Davis - Down Home Funk (Full Version) 4. Thomas East - Sister Funk (Instrumental)  5. Classic Funk - The Funk's Gonna Fly* 6. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - Thank You 7. The Conspiracy – Conspiracy 8. The Right Track - Maybe Yes, Maybe No 9. The Leaders - (It's A) Rat Race (Vocal) 10. The Conspiracy - I Believe (Our Love Has Gone Away) 11. John Craig - I Don't Want To Do It 12. John Craig - Doing My Own Thing (Interlude) 13. The Right Track - You For Me And Me For You 14. Portrait - Springtime Smile 15. Portrait - Love You For Now On 16. Le'Chance - Get Down 17. Le'Chance – Gigolo 18. Soul Mind And Body - I Took Your Love (To Be True) (Full Version)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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