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

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

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

Monophonics
It's Only Us

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

Master Oogway
Earth And Other Worlds

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

I Like To Sleep
Daymare

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

Pharoah Sanders
Welcome To Love

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

Bobby Patterson
The Storyteller

As a delightful mix of upbeat funk and blues, Bobby Patterson's 'The Storyteller' is reissued and sounding as impressive as ever. Bobby's charm and dexterity, showcased across the thirteen scintillating tracks, resonates just as strongly as it did upon release (way back to 1982). Uplifting stuff from the jovial Texan.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Scott Bomar
Dolemite Is My Name (Music from the Netflix Film)

Scored with original music from Scott Bomar that scans as a tribute to Seventies funk and classic Blaxploitation movie soundtracks, the music from Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name comes to vinyl. Concerning the story of filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore - played by Eddie Murphy - it’s the culmination of a 15-year passion project. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Gil Scott-Heron
Nothing New

If you missed out on this Record Store Day release - here is a second chance to grab this essential album by the late Gil Scott-Heron. Stripped back re-recordings of some of his favourite tracks from each of his albums, these were recorded early on in the sessions that eventually yielded 'I'm New Here'. A beautiful bookend to a wonderful artists discography.  
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Celestial Love

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

52nd Street
Look Into My Eyes / Express

This will be of interest to historians of the Manchester music scene. It was initially released on Factory and if you thought that label was mainly for spindly, lovelorn white boys then 52nd Street were a black soul band who make strutting jazz-influenced funk. They were joined on this release by the mysterious Be Music on keyboards who turned out to be a moonlighting Bernard Sumner. A vital slice of history and a brilliant record. 
  • Vinyl 12" (BEWITH012TWELVE)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Holy Hive
Float Back To You

Passionate folk and soul enthusiasts to their core, drumming session veteran Homer Steinweiss and guitarist newcomer Paul Spring present the debut studio album from their Holy Hive project. Along with bassist Joe Harrison, the two bring their very different life experiences to bear on Float Back To You. 
  • Vinyl LP (BCR078LP)
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  • Indies-only

Oneness of Juju
Space Jungle Luv

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

John Carroll Kirby
My Garden

A collaborator with artists as diverse as Frank Ocean and Solange to Harry Styles and Kali Uchis, John Carroll Kirby strikes out on his own for his first solo album. Written and recorded entirely by the pianist / producer himself, My Garden perfectly captures his unique style, and demonstrates precisely why he’s so highly sought after. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ibibio Sound Machine
Doko Mien

Ibibo Sound Machine return with their third album and second for Merge Records. Doko Mie is a joyful blend of post-punk and West African electronic music, that reflects Eno Williams' own upbringing having been born in the UK but raised in Nigeria. Arpeggiated synths meet exuberant horns, always being marshalled by Williams' commanding vocals.

Soul Connection
Street Soul

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

Derek Bailey & Han Bennink
Derek Bailey & Han Bennink

A sheer treat of classic free improvisation here from British guitarist Derek Bailey and Dutch super-drummer Han Bennink! Anyone who knows anything about this whole scene knows that this is a recipie for total top-notch sound sparring, and so it is. Derek Bailey & Han Bennink was recorded live in 1972 and released on the crucial Incus imprint. Now remastered and reissued by Honest Jon’s.

Lee Morgan
Rumproller

Jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was best known for his classic album, The Sidewinder, released in 1964. It was hugely influential with the long, funky title track quickly becoming a jazz standard. His follow up, The Rumproller, was made in the same image with a funky opener followed by a clutch of hard bop tunes. This one includes The Lady, a tribute to Billie Holiday.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bobby Hutcherson
The Kicker

The Kicker was the debut record vibraphonist extraordinaire Bobby Hutcherson made for Blue Note but it wasn't released at the time and they put out his later Dialogue instead. After staying i the vaults for many years it was finally released in 1999 and now finally gets a vinyl release. If you know Grant Green's Opus Idle Moments you may dig this as it is a kind of sequel and contains the exact same personnel. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jackie McLean
It’s Time

It’s Time is a 1965 Blue Note album from US jazz saxophonist, Jackie McLean. The album blends post bop and free jazz sounds with McLean’s signature blues stamp. All pieces are McLean originals. The band included trumpet player Charles Tolliver and Herbie Hancock on keyboards along with Cecil McBee on bass and Roy Haynes on drums.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dr. Lonnie Smith
All In My Mind

Dr. Lonnie Smith played the Hammond B3 in George Benson’s band and recorded albums with Lou Donaldson before embarking on a solo career that has included 28 albums. He has carried on making albums with Donaldson in that time, too. All In My Mind is his latest album to date and was originally released in 2018. This is its first time on vinyl and it has been remastered by Kevin Gray.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lee Morgan
The Cooker

The Cooker by Lee Morgan was recorded shortly after the jazz man had contributed to John Coltrane’s classic Blue Train album in 1957. His abilities as a musician were displayed in dazzling fashion on the opening track A Night In Tunisia. When you think he was only 19 at the time and that it was his 5th album as a band leader it makes The Cooker even more amazing. Remastered in painstaking detail by Kevin Gray.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Shirley Scott
One For Me

Shirley Scott was known as the “Queen of the Organ” for her abilities with a Hammond B3. She played what became known as soul jazz and her career stretched from the late ‘50s all the way up to the early ‘90s. As well as her solo albums, she worked with Stanley Turrentine and Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis. One For Me, as the title suggests, is a very personal album that she recorded in late ‘74. The musicians included Harold Vick on tenor sax and Billy Higgins on Drums.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The James Hunter Six
Nick of Time

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

Ian Willson
Straight From The Heart

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

Herbie Hancock
The Prisoner

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

Kelly Finnigan
I Called You Back Baby

Kelly Finnigan has just finished an album and resulting promo tour with his band The Monophonics. He just couldn’t sit still, though, as he had his own album to make. The Tales People Tell is a collection of super funky soulful instrumental grooves. Chief among those funky cuts is I Called You Back Baby, which is released as a 7” single backed with the slow burning soul of Impressions of You. On Colemine.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Spiritual Jazz Vol. 11 : SteepleChase

SteepleChase Records is the Copenhagen-based jazz label set up by Nils Winther. It specialises in bringing European jazz to the fore. Its origins lie in recording the likes of Chet Baker, Dexter Gorden and Stan Getz when toured in the country. However, it specialised in  European-based artists such as Billy Gault, Johnny Dyani and Khan Jamal, and also released some obscure gems by Jackie McLean and Mary Lou Williams. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 11 doffs its cap to the label with this special release.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fatima
Yellow Memories

Some extra sexy heat for your frozen bones from Fatima. Yellow Memories is the debut from one of the deepest soul stirrers around. These grooves are so damn loose they barely stay together, yet they're tighter than than George Osborne's autumn statement. The list of producers will make you weep, with some of the hottest cats around on this one. As if that wasn't enough, Fatima's voice is pure jazzy R&B sass, so don't sleep on it. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Eglo.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fairuz
Maarifti Feek

The reissue of the rare 1987 album Maarifti Feek by Lebanese diva Fairuz follows WEWANTSOUNDS reissue of the 1979 classic Wahdon in 2019 which gave the label a thirst for Lebanese music. Ziad Rahbani composed and orchestrated the album in his own inimitable jazz / funk way. It includes the track Overture 83.
  • Vinyl LP (WWSLP36)
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Basil Kirchin
Basil Kirchin Is My Friend – A Trunk Records Sampler

Courtesy of the good people at Trunk, this is a sampler of the music of the experimental music polymath. His oeuvre took in pretty much took in everything from field recordings to jazz to soundtrack music, horror and post punk. With such a rich and varied history of recording this is as good a place as anywhere to begin. 
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  • Soundtracks
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Habibi Funk 007: An Eclectic Selection

As the subtitle makes clear, this is a subjective and geographically and stylistically diverse and wide-ranging choice of tracks, taking in many different genres and influences. Selections come from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the 70s and 80s, all combining the impact of Western music with regional styles like zouk, or the Algerian take on Cape Verde’s coladera. Artists already represented by this Berlin label include Ahmed Malek, Al Massrieen, Dalton and Fadou, alongside many more obscure names. Double LP with 12-page booklet, and tracks are ethically licenced.

Greg Foat
Symphonie Pacifique

Symphonie Pacifique by Greg Foat sees the jazz pianist building a cinematic soundscape aided by harp, tubular bells, choirs, bass palyed by Phil Achille, congas played by Eric Young, and breakbeats courtesy of Moses Boyd and library music legend Duncan Lamont. It was recorded in London, Edinburgh and Gothenburg. An international affair. On Strut.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT212LP)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Mystery Kindaichi Band
The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke

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

Thundercat
It Is What It Is

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

Dawan Muhammad
Deep Stream

Not much is known about Dawan Muhammed's Deep Stream  - a 1979 era private press album now re-issued on High Jazz. A Google search reveals very little but listening through the album it is immediately clear that this is a beautiful work of spiritual jazz that needs to reach a wider audience. It features seven glistening tracks of piano, sax and cool vocal harmonies. A beautiful ride. 
  • Vinyl LP (HJLP010)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Everything Is Recorded
Friday Forever

Friday Forever is the follow-up to the Mercury Music Prize nominated eponymous debut by Everything Is Recorded. It is released through XL Recordings, which is rather convenient as the man behind this particular mask is XL head honcho Richard Russell. There are guest spots for some new artists such as Aitch, FLOHIO and Berwyn, Maria Somerville, Kean Kavanagh, A.K. Paul, James Massiah, Infinite Coles and well-known names such as Ghostface Killah and Penny Rimbaud of Crass - a varied bunch. I think you’ll like this. Yes, you, reading this. *Competition: Order a copy for the chance to win a huge bundle! There's a Maharishi artwork print shirt (usually retailing at £70), a huge organic tote bag, Richard Russell's new autobiography, mini album artwork stickers and more*

Nightports w/ Betamax
Nightports w/ Betamax

VHS vs Betamax was the great home video fight of the early '80s but now we get Nightports Vs Betamax. Nightports are two musicians from Leeds and Hull who are experts in manipulating electronics and here team up with drum wizard Betamax of The Comet is Coming. Their rule is to only use the sounds made by the musician (i.e no sampling, found sounds etc) and they utilise the wild, improvised drumming to it's limit, finding melodies and hidden rhythms and manipulate them to their own end.  
  • Vinyl LP (BAY118V)
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Gil Scott-Heron
Pieces Of A Man

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

Alice Clark
Alice Clark

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

Patrice Rushen
Posh

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

Kahil El'Zabar
Spirit Groove

Spirit Groove is the latest missive from jazz master Kahil El’Zabar and like a lot of his work over the past forty years has been made in tandem with sax legend David Murray.  Otherwise El’Zabar brings in younger players to provide a youthful freshness to his soulful jazz and groove. a spiritual and explorative journey.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (LPKEZ003X)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Swamp Dogg
Sorry You Couldn't Make It

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

Hideto Sasaki
Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet +1 - Stop Over

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

Miles Davis
Miles In Tokyo: Miles Davis Live In Concert

Only five out of ten for the non Miles pun album title but otherwise this is a luxury issue of a cracking Miles Davis set from his first ever Japanese tour in 1964. It's the only document of Miles Davis and Sam Rivers blowing together and there's further stellar support in Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter  (double bass), and Tony Williams (drums).
  • Vinyl LP (GET51452LP)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Makaya McCraven
Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape)

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

Tony Allen
The Source

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

Fire! Orchestra
Actions

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

Maribou State
fabric presents Maribou State

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

Ofege
How Do You Feel

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

Irreversible Entanglements
Who Sent You?

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

Shabaka & The Ancestors
We Are Sent Here By History

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

The Daktaris
Soul Explosion

Cheeky white-boy afrobeat revivalists The Daktaris went so far as to assume fake Nigerian aliases for their debut and only album Soul Explosion. The whole thing looks like a crate-digger’s wet dream, but was actually released in 1998. But! it's still one hell of a funky afrobeat affair, it's been remastered, and the folk at Daptone are reissuing it. 
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-049-LPX)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Village Of The Sun feat. Binker and Moses
Village Of The Sun / Ted

You may not know Village of the Sun but if I said it was a collaboration between Binker & Moses and Simon Radcliffe of Basement Jaxx then your ears may prick somewhat. Expect two future Balearic classics here, both sun-ready and upliftingly vibrant. Collectible limited pressing 12" with die cut sleeve.    
  • Vinyl 12" (GB1558)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock
Butterfly

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

Skalpel
Highlights

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

Herbie Hancock
Inventions & Dimensions

Whilst the multi-talented Illinois-based creator Herbie Hancock made a name for himself with his jazz-focussed catalogue, 'Inventions & Dimensions' was his first release to be noticeably latin percussion-dominated. Over half a century later and this 6 track stands as a marquee release in the dexterous pioneer's back-catalogue.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
A Tribute To Jack Johnson

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

Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty
Visions

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

Ratgrave
Rock

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

Sibusile Xaba
Nigwu Shwabada

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

Art Taylor
A.T's Delight

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

Elvin Jones
Mr. Jones

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

Brian Blade Fellowship
Brian Blade Fellowship

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

Melt Yourself Down
100% YES!

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

Pulled By Magnets
Rose Golden Doorways

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

Byron Pope Speed Of Light
Music For Earthdwellers And Starseekers

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

Skymark
Primeiras Impressoes

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

The Real ShooBeeDoo
Reminiscing

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

Michael Orr
Spread Love

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

Lightning Orchestra
Source And Deliver

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

GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin

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

Decoy with Joe McPhee
AC/DC

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

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
To Know Without Knowing

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

Psychic Mirrors
Nature Of Evil

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

LCSM (Likwid Continual Space Motion)
Earthbound

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

Marvin Gaye
More Trouble

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

Jimi Tenor
NY, Hel, Barca

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

Otis Houston Jr.
America

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

Use No Hooks
The Job

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

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

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

Irreversible Entanglements
Irreversible Entanglements

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

Heliocentrics
Infinity Of Now

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

Abner Jay
Man Walked On The Moon

Abner Jay was a multi-instrumentalist from Georgia who gave an eccentric take on blues and folk music. Man Walked On The Moon is a compilation of some ‘hits’ and previously unreleased recordings. The ‘hits’ include I’m So Depressed, whilst the unreleased tracks include the title track and are played by Jay using his usual one band band set up of banjo, harmonica and foot-powered drums.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kassa Overall
I Think I'm Good

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

Jaga Jazzist
Pyramid

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

Tommy Guerrero
A Little Bit Of Somethin'

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

Sons of Kemet
Burn

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

Thollem / Parker / Cline
Gowanus Sessions II

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

Chet Baker
Chet Baker Sings

Known as a fine trumpet player, Chet Baker can also sing, as the title of his 1956 studio album, Chet Baker Sings confirms. Whilst this is an end-to-end classic album, it’s worth it just for his velvety rendition of My Funny Valentine. Musicians backing Chet are Russ Freeman, Carson Smith, Joe Mondragon, Jimmy Bond, Bob Neel, Larance Marable and Peter Lipman.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Grant Green
Nigeria

Blue Note re-issues a long-lost gem from the hard-bop era. Recorded in 1962 but not seeing the light of day until 1980, Nigeria was a masterwork from guitar legend Grant Green, recorded with a star-studded backing band that included pianist Sonny Clark, drummer Art Blakey and bassist Sam Jones and featuring inspired covers of Cole Porter and George & Ira Gershwin. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Alabaster dePlume
To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol.1

To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol.1 by Alabaster De Plume was made when the saxophonist, composer and activist was working with the Manchester-based charity, Ordinary Lifestyles. De Plume was assigned with helping two of the charity’s clients Cy and Lee to socialise. He did this through helping them create music which, in turn, enabled them to express themselves in a way they hadn’t done before. The tracks within were developed from impromptu sessions involving Cy, Lee and their friends.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Louis Moholo Octet
Spirits Rejoice!

Here we have another of those highly sought-after records that people pay large amounts for in the second had market. Spirits Rejoice! By Louis Moholo Octet is a free jazz masterpiece, originally released in 1978. Now it is reissued at a more palatable price. Moholo is a South African drummer who has played in South African jazz bands, The Blue Notes and The Brotherhood of Breath as well as Afro-rock combo, Assagai.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Rhythm Showcase Vol. 1

Daptone Records present a delightful set of rarities from their friends and family. Acts including NYC Afrobeat legends Antibalas, Daptone stoner-soul favourites The Budos Band, Africa 70 member Pax Nicholas and Moroccan gnawa trailblazer Innov Gnawa all contribute some unreleased/lesser-known nuggets to ‘Rhythm Showcase Vol. 1’.
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-058S)
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Victor Cavini
Japan

German musician Gerhard Trede can play 50 instruments. He is also known as Victor Cavini, maker of the supreme library music album, Japan. The album has been very hard to track down, but the good folks at Be With have found it and reissued it. It is a sampler’s treasure trove featuring traditional Japanese music as played by a western musician in 1983.

El Michels Affair
Adult Themes

Big Crown Records presents the first album of original compositions from El Michels Affair in 15 years. On Adult Themes, the band’s founder Leon Michels (with help from The Shacks’ Shannon Wise) quickly re-establishes the group’s sophisticated ‘cinematic soul’ aesthetic that they laid down way back in 2005.  
  • Vinyl LP (BCR090LPC2)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (BCR090LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane
1963: New Directions

John Coltrane burned brilliantly brightly, if briefly; here are five of his best LPs. '1963: New Directions' brings together all of Coltrane's 1963 Impulse recordings, in the order in which they were laid down to tape. The year marked a transition point for Coltrane, he would go on to record 1964's 'Crescent' and 'A Love Supreme', of course. Available as a 5x LP box set and a 3x CD set and include artwork featuring original collages. On Impulse!
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Robert Glasper
Fuck Yo Feelings

Fuck Yo Feelings is the latest studio project from the prestigious Robert Glasper, multiple Grammy-winning pianist and record producer. The result of a two day-session in which Glasper’s musician friends contributed in spontaneous improvisation, it has a refreshingly unplanned ‘mixtape’ feel. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joe Armon-Jones
Icy Roads (Stacked)

Icy Roads, Armon-Jones, to the place, I belong. Yep, another of them there jazz records from London’s ever-growing community of hip young cats. This time we see star of the scene Joe Armon-Jones joining forces with KwAkE bAsS and Mutale Chashi (Kokoroko) for a two-tracker of vibe-drenched, dreamy fusion. ‘Icy Roads (Stacked)’ is out on Brownswood.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Renaldo Domino
No Laggin' and Draggin'

Titled with the sort of phrase Phil might come out with to keep his staff in line, Renaldo Domino is actually an old timer Chicago based soul singer who started out in the 1960s but this is new work backed by some of Brooklyn's finest soul musicians. The aim was to create something to live up to Domino's earlier work and by the sounds of this stonker they've succeeded. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel