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Motohiko Hamase
Reminiscence

Motohiko Hamase’s Reminiscence is another one of those rare vintage items that will quickly pluck up the attention of serious vinyl collector heads, but this reissue thankfully puts it in the hands of the regular listener and lover of new-agey, electric-bass-led ambient-jazz-fusion music. Reissued by Studio Mule.
  • Vinyl LP (STUDIOMULE10LP)
  • CD (STUDIOMULE10CD)

Skull Snaps
Skull Snaps

Despite what the cover may lead you to believe, Skull Snaps were a soul/funk act. The band were an enigma, no one knew who they were and this self-titled LP was their only one. What you’d probably like to know is that it contains the track It’s A New Day, the drum intro of which has been sampled by DJ Shadow, Digable Planets and Eric B & Rakim, among others. That makes it a fairly essential purchase, doesn't it? Reissue LP and CD on Mr. Bongo with sleeve notes by Anton Spice.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP184)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Womack & Womack
MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)

Ahh this is a really nice one man. Womack & Womack initially released the electro-soul number ‘MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)’ as a track on their 1988 LP Conscience. A couple of years later, an at-the-peak-of-his-powers Frankie Knuckles got hold of the stems and turned in a cracking 100 bpm house flip of the tune. This ‘Paradise Ballroom’ mix was also stripped of its drums for a ‘Folk Version’ that foregrounds the lovely vocal harmonies and guitar. And now the good people at Melodies International have reissued both of those reworkings.
  • Vinyl 12" (MEL11)

Fatima
And Yet It's All Love

If there were any justice in the world, Fatima would be selling out stadiums and schmoozing at the Grammy’s. The Swedish singer’s 2014 debut LP Yellow Memories was a glorious neo-soul record that held eloquence, confession and groove in perfect equilibrium. Four years on, And Yet It’s All Love seems destined to repeat the trick. Fatima’s voice remains as vibrant as ever, and productions from Natureboy Flako, Purist, MNDSGN and more provide her with excellent counter-weights. Out, of course, on Eglo.
  • Vinyl Double LP (EGLO61)
  • CD (EGLO61CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band)
Ball Of Eyes

Long before Brian Molko et al started kicking up a fuss there was a fusion act who were also called Placebo. The group - whose leader Marc Moulin was the first Belgian to own a Moog synthesiser - released three LPs in the 1970s, and it is 1971’s Ball Of Eyes which now gets a re-press. It’s a well-heeled collection of jazz-funk that tows the line between library pastiche and faithful homage. J Dilla and Madlib are among the artists who’ve sampled this record.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1091C)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mike Westbrook
Metropolis

1971 jazz concept album from Mike Westbrook, recorded with Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Osborne and a big-band. It’s something of a document of London’s scene at that time, with funk and rock vibes licking in at the edges of all that jazz. Your ears deserve Metropolis, presented here in reissue form by Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2206)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joe McPhee
Nation Time


  • Vinyl LP (SV164)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Preacherman
Preacherman Plays T.J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits

Tim Jones is one of those oddballs that you can neither imagine nor plan for. Back in the 1980s Jones performed in Las Vegas lounges under the name of Preacherman. He used to bring a wooden puppet on stage with him named T. J. Hustler, and the pair would engage in philosophical back-and-forths between the psychedelic funk numbers that Jones pounded out on a Hammond/Moog Frankensynth. Now Luaka Bop have snapped up some of the rare-as-hen’s-teeth tracks Jones cut at the time for this compilation. These are highly idiosyncratic numbers that wed home-spun dance grooves to the simultaneously focussed and free-form musings of a singular mind. In Preacherman Plays T. J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits, the label may have another Who Is William Onyeabor? situation on their hands.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LB93LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (LB93CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bill Wells
Remixes For Seksound

The Seksound label gets parts of its catalogue reworked by the legend Bill Wells, who applies his particular approach to ‘remixing’. With material put together over the last fourteen years, this compilation release includes originals by Imandra Lake and Pia Fraus, given new arrangements, total reworkings, and considerate tweaks. Released by Seksound.
  • Vinyl LP (SEKS071)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat
Everything's Getting Older


  • Vinyl LP (CHEM150LP)

Butcher Brown
Camden Session

A "direct to disc" album from American jazz and funk quintet Butcher Brown. Recorded and cut live with no overdubs at Gearbox Records in London, Camden Session captures the freedom and versatility with which the band play. There's is a modern jazz, the type you might expect from something on Brainfeeder, but with a heart that's all together more classic. 
  • Vinyl LP (GB1545)
  • CD (GB1545CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band)
1973

Placebo get the second of their three LPs reissued by Music On Vinyl. This Belgian group are not to be confused with the alt-rock legends of the same name - in fact, the elegant jazz-funk struts of 1973 are about as far away from Brian Molko’s thrashy angst as you can get. The press release for 1973 claims that Placebo leader Marc Moulin was the first Belgian to own a Moog, which is pretty cool if true. Whether it is or not, there are certainly synth grooves aplenty all over this album.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1092C)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band)
Placebo

Long before Brian Molko, MTV and all that, there was a Belgian jazz fusion act called Placebo. Led by lowlands jazz legend Marc Moulin, the band released a run of LPs throughout the first half of the 1970s. Here we have their eponymous 1974 album spruced up for reissue by Music On Vinyl. This is one of Placebo's funkiest offerings, full of ripping licks and grooves that suggest the band might have owned a copy of Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1093C)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ben Pirani
How Do I Talk To My Brother?

Ben Pirani steps up to the soul plate with a spring in his step for this, his debut album. And who can blame him for having confidence when he has members of the Dap-Kings backing him in the studio? How Do I Talk To My Brother? is positively brimming with positivity, not to mention the grooves and the smokey passion crucial to good soul. Released by Colemine.
  • Vinyl LP (CLMN12021LPC1)
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl LP (CLMN12021LP)
  • CD (CLMN12021CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dick Dickson
In The Pocket

Dick Dickinson is a Cameroon-born singer. He recorded In The Pocket in Togo in 1986. He used African groove as a starting point, with a view to creating a mid-eighties American funk sound, which was de rigueur at the time. This reissue 12” is the second release for the new Beaumonde label who felt this track deserved to be given a second chance.
  • Vinyl 12" (BM 1702)
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Supersilent
14

Still out here, still making remarkable music, still refusing to put their time into graphic design or making up titles: its Supersilent! The mighty electroacoustic trio of Helge Sten (Deathprod), Arve Henriksen and Ståle Storløkken continue to blur the boundaries between post-jazz, electronic music, and see-what-comes improvisation on 14, with the wonderful inventive chemistry between the group as apparent as ever. Out on Smalltown Supersound.
  • Vinyl LP (STS332LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (STS332CD)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Live At KEXP!

Multiformat repress of former Record Store Day 2018 exclusive (boo!) Live at KEXP!, which seems to have worked wonders for the popularity of the trio. Delvon Lamarr and his B-3 Hammond organ are joined by pretty magnificent guitarist Jimmy James and drummer Dave McGraw. All three are on fire in this session.
  • Vinyl LP (CLMN12020LP)
  • CD (CLMN12020CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Sign 'O' The Times

Look people, this is literally Sign ‘O’ The Times by Prince. Arguably this is the purple one at the very peak of his hit-making powers. This Warner Bros reissue doesn’t appear to be remastered, and doesn’t come with a brace of demos / live tracks / whatever. It just makes an über-classic album available on wax again. Double LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0075992557719)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Aretha Franklin
The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970

These double-editions from Atlantic/Rhino showcase some iconic tracks from an iconic performer. All bar one of these 34 singles (25 on the vinyl edition) are drawn from the first six LPs Aretha Franklin cut for Atlantic between 1967 and 1970 (the exception being her version of Elton John’s ‘Border Song’, released as a single in 1970 but found on the 1972 LP Young, Gifted And Black). They include stone-cold classics like ‘Respect’ and ‘Baby I Love You’ as well as barnstorming covers of The Beatles, Sam Cooke and The Band.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0603497858040)
  • CD (0603497858057)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 4)

It is a testament to the ingenuity and talent of RZA’s Wu-Tang Clan productions that the world can eagerly take four whole volumes (so far!) of material he has sampled. Shaolin Soul (Episode 4) features funky business from the likes of The Dynamics, Freda Payne and Faze-O, among others: perfect for the Wu-Tang fan and / or the soul lover in your life.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BEC5543596)
  • CD (BEC5543595)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Chris Bowden
Time Capsule

Originally released in 1996, Time Capsule by Chris Bowden is truly an album that has easily withstood the test of time. Some 22 years later, its influence and legacy are still being heard in the music of a new generation of UK jazzers: Shabaka Hutchings, Yussef Kamaal and Nubya Garcia being but a few. The record was a result of listening to the spiritual and avant-garde sounds of jazz in the late '60s and '70s: Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry -- mixed with the modern classical -- Stravinsky, Glass, Reich. High quality music given a high-spec remaster for 2018. On gatefold double LP and slipcase CD on Soul Jazz records.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP410)
  • CD (SJRCD410)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

79.5
Predictions

Big Crown (The Fields & The Expressions, The Shacks) release the debut LP by intriguing NYC group 79.5. While it’s in essence a party record, a lot of influences are torpedoed into Predictions. The minimally groovy rhythm section often resembles ESG, but there’s a girl-group vibe to some of the carefree melodies, while tunes like ‘Boy Don’t Be Afraid’ have a little Sade to them. Imagine a more streamlined version of The Go! Team. It’s good fun.
  • Vinyl LP (BC047LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (BC047CD)

Thelonious Monk
It's Monk’s Time

Thelonious Monk’s 1964 LP It’s Monk’s Time gets the reissue treatment courtesy of 8th Records. At this time in his career Monk was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. Many scorned his avant style on the keys, but when he turned in a relatively more sedate outing in the form of this record his die-hards railed against the album’s style. In the intervening years opinion has met in the middle, and now It’s Monk’s Time is praised for its deft arrangements.
  • Vinyl LP (ETH8984HLP)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sha La Das
Love In The Wind

Something of a Daptone Records love-in here. The Sha La Das are three Staten Island brothers (surname Schalda, hence the moniker of the group) who grew up singing backing harmonies for their dad Bill, himself a one-time member of 1960s doo-wop group The Montereys. When Menahan Street Band founder Thomas Brenneck got wind of their talent, he teamed up with Bill to write the eleven instant Daptone classics that make up Love In The Wind. Bill and his sons are backed by the MSB here, the group that anchored the late Charles Bradley.
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-053LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (DAP-053CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Spencer Zahn
People Of The Dawn

Debut album from bassist Spencer Zahn. On People Of The Dawn he takes the vocabulary of jazz but plays with the semantics. The bass is still the thing holding it together but rather than melodic improvisation Zahn plays with texture. Helped by Darkside's Dave Harrington who did the electronic processing on the album.
  • Vinyl LP (DDR32LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Arve Henriksen
Composograph

Earlier this year a mere digital download courtesy of Henriksen himself, the tireless Norwegian’s Composograph finds itself bumped into the Rune Grammofon roster proper alongside new album The Height of the Reeds. Comprising material from the same string quartet sessions that yielded The Nature of Connections in 2014, these are similar arrangements, but a touch gloomier, chillier and creepier.
  • Vinyl LP (RALP321)
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  • Last copy

Brandon Coleman
Resistance

The fun times just keep coming as the party fortress Brainfeeder offers us Resistance, the new cut from Brandon Coleman. To put things in perspective, he happens to be a member of saxophonist Kamasi Washington's band, padding out that symphonic sound with fusion sounds on his keyboard and keytar. If you've heard anything off Heaven And Earth you'll know: he's gone on some real funk benders. On his new solo record he draws on boogie vibes and R&B while keeping his vintage electro sound in tac. This will rule.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BF069)
  • CD (BFCD069)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The James Hunter Six
I Don’t Wanna Be Without You / I Got Eyes

Hip-shakin’! Splits-makin’! Throat-shreddin’! Cigarette-smokin’! Soul-singin’! Good-lovin’! Electrifyin’! And so on and so forth. It’s that sort of affair from The James Hunter Six here. ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Without You’ and ‘I Got Eye’ show that the Daptone sound is still doing it for the label after more than fifteen years.
  • Vinyl 7" (DAP1111)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

Strut have already reissued this 1975 soul-jazz classic from Oneness Of Juju a couple of times, but the latest pressing of African Rhythms comes with a few upgrades. The most notable tweak is the recently-discovered ‘Afrobeat’, taped at the original album sessions but lost to the winds until now. We also get the original 45-rpm version of the title track, remastered versions of all the cuts and an interview with bandleader James ‘Plunky’ Branch in the sleeve.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT188LP)
  • CD (STRUT188CD)

Trio Ternura
A Gira / Last Tango In Paris

A shining golden piece of Música Popular Brasileira from the 70’s, recorded by two sisters and a brother. Trio Ternura learned their craft from their father, Umberto Silva, and A Gira / Last Tango In Paris is a beautiful example of what they could do. Lush strings, smooth rhythms, heavenly vocals: this is a crucial piece of Brazilian music. Reissued by Melodies International.
  • Vinyl 7" (MEL12)

Carrie Cleveland
Looking Up: The Complete Works

Carrie Cleveland’s 1978 LP Looking Up is catnip to record collectors and connoisseurs. Recording alongside her husband in their home studio, Cleveland is a poised and charismatic presence atop instrumentals that range from swooning soul (‘Take A Moment’) to dancefloor boogie (the acclaimed ‘Love Will Set You Free’). Original copies are hard to source - just 1000 were pressed on first release - so Kalita Records have done the decent thing and reissued the album. They’ve expanded the original Looking Up package with rarities and detailed liner notes.
  • Vinyl LP (KALITALP2)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (KALITACD2)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

David Axelrod
Songs Of Experience

Wait! Come back! This isn't a reissue of that U2 album, I promise! This is David Axelrod's second album first release in 1969, and the sequel to Songs of Innocence. Like his first album, this is a lushly orchestrated interpretations of the poetry of one William Blake. As the name might suggest, this time Axelrod was concerned with the darker aspects of life.
  • Vinyl LP (NA5166LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (NA5166CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Spiral Deluxe
Voodoo Magic

Rather than a lady, Spiral Deluxe are channelling Voodoo Magic but thats not the only thing of note about this supergroup, their drummer and percussionist is none other than Jeff Mills. Yes that Jeff Mills. They are a group of skilled musicians making music with no creative boundaries blending jazz, funk pop, house and techno in one enormous globule of sound.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AX076)

Get The Blessing
Bristopia

Get The Blessing, who choose to broadcast the fact that they come from Bristol with the fairly poor album title of Bristopia, are a mutant jazz group who liberally use electronics, rock and post-rock forms, and party rhythms to take their music to wherever they want to go. This one features bonus pedal-steel from Margerethe Bjorklund and bonus guitar from Adrian Utley!
  • Vinyl LP (GTB08LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Louis Cole
Time

Uptown Funk? Nah thanks, Louis Cole has got you covered for all you infectiously groovy disco funk jams, with an added sprinkle of odd and playful (Brainfeeder ready). Having gained admiration from the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Flying Lotus he is now releasing his first full length on Brainfeeder. Features tracks with Thundercat, Genevieve Artadi, and Brad Mehldau.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BF073)
  • CD (BFCD073)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Liran Donin's 1000 Boats
8 Songs

Liran Donin is a double bass player who has been involved in sessions by the illustrious likes of Mulatu Astatke, Polar Bear, The Unthanks and Led Bib. He has now assembled a band of his own (1000 Boats), and recorded a debut album of his own material, which bobs and grooves through lots of intricate melodic playing, with Donin’s big bass always at the core.
  • Vinyl LP (LDLP001)
  • CD (LDCD001)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Oluko Imo
Praise Jah

Despite Manu Dibango’s ‘Soul Makossa’ being a crucial record in the early days of disco and Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ bringing the track's refrain to wider attention, not many of the Makossa genre’s wealth of gems have crossed the gap from Cameroon to the West. Oluko Imo’s 1979 Makossa cut here joins the slipstream of excellent contemporaneous sub-Saharan club cuts that have been reissued by Soundway, Soul Jazz Recs et al. Backed with a dub.
  • Vinyl 12" (ICE 012)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Air
Air

A jazz/soul/prog-rock classic from 1971, Air’s self-titled album is something of a rarity. Thankfully, Be With Records are highly skilled at their reissues, and Air is no exception. They’ve recreated the exact original release, including beautiful artwork - but with remastered tracks. All on 180 gram vinyl. Not to be confused with French electro duo Air!
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH015LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Jungle
For Ever

Jungle is massive. Jungle is unstoppable. Jungle For Ever. The posh soul duo have swapped the townhouses of Shepherd’s Bush for the penthouses of Los Angeles in a bid to be more … something. To be honest, this - their second album - just sounds like the first one. It’s another helping of blue-eyed funk grooves topped with fey falsettos. If you liked their eponymous debut then you’ll like For Ever. And a lot of you liked that first record, didn’t you.
  • Vinyl LP (XL927LP)
  • Vinyl LP (XL927LPX)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (XL927CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey
Royal

Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton, together on an Incus release from 1974! Amazing stuff eh free improvisation fans? But wait, there’s more (literally)! Braxton and Bailey originally planned two volumes of Royal, but only one was ever released… Until now! This newly remastered reissue contains both volumes, at last. From Honest Jon’s.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HJRLP201)

Ralph Thomas
Eastern Standard Time

What could be better than a happy mix of flute, baritone, alto and tenor saxophone and percussion? A large coke and a cheeseburger? Maybe. But still, baritone, alto AND tenor saxophones. Eastern Standard Time is the record from Ralph Thomas who is the mastermind behind this coming together of flute, a trio of saxophones and percussion. Available on a reissued vinyl LP (the original was *really* expensive or something) and CD. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE404ALP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (BBE404ACD)
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground

Numero Group have gone crazy for the big-haired harmonious sisters of the '60s! Their latest extravaganza -- namely 'Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground' -- compiles 56 tracks (on double-CD, 28 on double vinyl) from various girl groups of the halcyon pop era; families, studio receptionists and all. Soaring vocals and raw pop power from: The Four J's, The Vandelettes, The Soulettes, The Para-Monts, plus many, many more!
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM75LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (NUM75CD)

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
The Serpent’s Mouth

Ushering in an exciting, vibrant and dynamic new age for steel drum music it's Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band with their new full-length release 'The Serpent's Mouth'. Named after an eight-mile stretch of water running between the island of Trinidad and Venezuela, the record is sprinkled with original songs as well as classics covered in their own unique style. These include a selection of R&B and hip-hop classics by: Amerie, Jackson 5, Gang Starr, Mary J Blige and more. There's even Harold Faltermeyer's '80s movie classic 'Crockett's Theme'. Uh-huh. LP or CD, on Big Crown records.
  • Vinyl LP (BC055LP)
  • CD (BC055CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tord Gustavsen Trio
The Other Side

Imbibe the vibes baby, because Tord Gustavsen is here. Over on the legendary ECM he returns to his piano trio with co-conspirators Jarle Vespestad and Sigurd Hole. The Other Side is a stately spa retreat, an immensely relaxing collection that draws on both smooth jazz and traditional folk music. RIYL melody.
  • Vinyl LP (6758251)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE399CLP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (BBE399CCD)
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Jungle
Heavy, California / Cherry

Jungle gear up for the release of their sophomore LP For Ever with another light dusting of alt-soul. ‘Heavy, California’ and ‘Cherry’ are par for the course, all polite funk grooves and snapback-and-a-pair-of-Huaraches falsetto. This is the sort of breezy whimsy that sinks soft claws into radio station playlists the world over, so drink your fill now lest your thirst by slaked by another hand.
  • Vinyl 12" (XL947T)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jungle
Happy Man

More competent modern funk/soul from XL darlings Jungle here. ‘Happy Man’ and ‘House In L.A.’ are the first new material from the group since all that fuss about them and their Millennial take on blue-eyed soul in the mid-2010s. Both of these tunes would have slotted neatly into their self-titled debut album.
  • Vinyl 12" (XL926T)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Swamp Dogg
Love, Loss and Auto-Tune

Despite his recording career running to over half a century at this point (!), Jerry Williams, Jr. shows no signs of taking it easy in his old age. If anything, his latest LP might be his boldest move since abandoning the pop ditties of his Little Jerry years for the gnarled psych-soul sound of Swamp Dogg. Love, Loss and Auto-Tune claims inspiration from Kanye West’s 808s And Heartbreak, but the massed electro-warbles on tunes like ‘I’ll Pretend’ actually have more in common with what Bon Iver was getting up to in the background of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. One wonders if this might be the sort of thing Captain Beefheart would be doing were he still alive today.
  • Vinyl LP (JNR269LP)
  • Vinyl LP (JNR269LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (JNR269CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Scott Xylo
Find Us When U Get There

Black Acre scoop up Leicester twentysomething spark Scott Xylo for an afrofuturist LP of neo-soul, hip-wonk beats, smokey jazz downtempo and collaborations with the likes of Jon Glitches, Catherine Sera, Afronaut Zu and Marcus Joseph. Plus fairly splendid cover art by Philly comic illustrator Pat Aulisio.
  • Vinyl LP (ACRELP012)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Thelonious Monk
Nutty


  • Vinyl 7" (GB1546)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Young Sick Camellia

Alabama group St. Paul & The Broken Bones release their third LP. There’s eight of them in this rabble, which seems like an awful lot of people to do something you can achieve with just one Mark Ronson. This young blurb writer reckons that they relax after shows by getting together and watching Peaky Blinders. One day in the near future, something from Young Sick Camellia will be used on an advert for a bespoke razorblade made by a company called Dapper Harry's or Sir Smitherington's or something to that effect.
  • Vinyl LP (19075878101)
  • CD (19075880442)

Rejoicer
Energy Dreams

After a few years releasing on his own Raw Tapes label, Israeli producer Rejoicer has struck beatsmith gold and signed for Stones Throw. However, Energy Dreams could just as easily have cropped up on Brainfeeder, such is the similarity to Daedelus and mid-period FlyLo. Funky, jazzy, hip-hoppy electronica of the sort that never goes out of fashion.
  • Vinyl LP (STH2396V)

Richenel
Perfect Stranger

Six more tracks released by Music From Memory by the Dutch art-disco singer Richenel. The songs on Perfect Stranger are from Richenel's 1982 cassette only debut album La Diferencia. This is disco in the post-punk vein, all austere and jagged, but very danceable all the same.
  • Vinyl LP (MFM 034)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Singu
Siki

Psychedelic jazz improvisations from Hiroshima based duo, Singu. Siki has Kiyo and Keta Ra furiously duelling using drums, keyboard and guitar. For all the chaos, there's a surprising amount of space in their music, mostly thanks to Kiyo's drumming very humbly being a little quieter in the mix than you'd usually get from such a virtuoso. 
  • Vinyl LP (KOSMIK IMPROVOSATIONS)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Betty Davis
The Columbia Years 1968-1969

Pay attention, this is important! These sessions, recorded by Betty Davis with her then-husband Miles (yeah that Miles) and an impressive cast of late 60’s musicians (including Wayne Shorter, Mitch Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) have never been released (or even bootlegged) before! This material has acquired quite the reputation in the meantime, partly because it forms a key pre-Bitches Brew link in the Miles Davis chain. But even without that, this stuff is fresh and fantastic!
  • Vinyl LP (LITA135LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bernard Estardy
Space Oddities 1970-1982

Bernard Estardy had one of the most influential careers in French pop. From his studio the late producer helped shape the sounds of artists including Francoise Hardy and Claude Francois. As well as working behind the scenes for singers he was always tinkering at the controls and made many solo records of experimental Library pop throughout the second half of the 20th Century. Space Oddities 1970-1982 sees Born Bad Records (La Femme, Francis Bebey) collate a few choice nuggets from Estardy’s extensive body of oddities.
  • Vinyl LP (BB103LP)

Willie Hutch
Soul Portrait

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. Soul Portrait was his debut and was originally released in 1969. Hutch wrote and arranged every track on the album which mixed the gritty, southern soul of Stax with the glittering sound of Detroit.
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH018LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Peter Brötzmann Octet
Machine Gun Alternate Takes

Accompanying their new reissue of Peter Brötzmann’s legendary Machine Gun album, Cien Fuegos also provide some fascinating outtakes from those fiery 1968 sessions, never before pressed to vinyl. We get an alternate spin on Machine Gun itself, plus the first take of a composition that never made it to the finished album. A must for fans of the Brötz.
  • Vinyl LP (CF021LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Michael Jackson
Thriller

If you've not already bought the standard vinyl for 1p at a charity shop at any time over the last twenty years then now is the time to catch to with what Michael Jackson was doing in 1982 on this special picture disc edition. He was, of course, becoming the 'king of pop' with this multi squillion selling opus which remains the best selling record of all time. It's also good, especially the B side which just shows that you don't have to front load albums to be successful. 
  • Vinyl LP (19075866421)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Adrian Younge
Voices Of Gemma Instrumentals

‘Instrumental’ records often come off like vanity projects that only ever have real appeal for the producer and a very select number of die-hard completists. Not so Adrian Younge’s Voices Of Gemma. The original record purposely pitted plush library-pop against eerie and operatic female vocals to bring about a sense of Twilight Zone uncanniness. Now Linear Labs strip out the singing to allow the just-a-little-too-comfortable instrumentals to work their magic on you.
  • Vinyl LP (LL036LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Szun Waves
New Hymn To Freedom

Szun Waves are a small collective of musicians who improvise, but whilst improvisation can sometimes be viewed as self-indulgent and not particularly audience friendly, on New Hymn To Freedom, the trio make the listening experience an immersive one. The band features Luke Abbott, who is known for mixing leftfield club music with ambient explorations, Jack Wyllie, of Portico Quartet and Circle Traps and Aussie drummer Lawrence Pike from Triosk and PVT. 2LP and CD on The Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BAY111V)
  • CD (BAY111CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sakata / Laswell / Drake / Cosey
Fisherman's.com

Cool your jets, that’s not THE Drake. It’s actually drummer Hamid Drake, and along with Bill Laswell and Pete Cosey he is part of the quartet led by Japanese saxophonist/vocalist/synth player Akira Sakata on this 2000 LP. Fisherman’s.com is a potent mix of free jazz, jazz fusion, post-rock and psych-rock. Sakata absolutely commands the record, raising his voice to the sky one minute and bellowing down his saxophone the next. This Trost release marks the first time that Fisherman’s.com has been made available on vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (TR173)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Don Cherry
Home Boy, Sister Out

Don Cherry set aside his free jazz, post bop and free improvisation characterised by his '70s period to make a record of afro-funk fusion in Paris, 1985; the result was Home Boy, Sister Out. Paris by the mid-80s was in the midst of its cool swing with jazz, funk and new wave all co-mingling with African, Jamaican and Latin American sounds. Originally a French only release, this newly remastered double LP with a bonus disc of demos, instrumentals and other extras has been reissued by WEWANTSOUNDS, in a deluxe gatefold edition.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WWSLP14)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Give Me My Flowers

Give Me My Flowers is a celebration of Nashboro Records, a label founded by Ernie Young in 1951, to release the most exciting and effusive gospel music coming out of Nashville at the time. Who better then Third Man to compile these tracks then, a label whose output has been heavily informed by the gospel music tradition.
  • Vinyl LP (TMR478)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stone Foundation
Everybody, Anyone

Weller got so excited by the last Stone Foundation album that he ended up producing it and playing on every single track. This time round he's a mere guest along with bandmates Mick Talbot and Steve White. Also appearing is Dr Robert from the Blow Monkeys. Stone Foundation have here mined a heavier funk vibe than before but still blend funk and soul with mod-ish pop and have become a popular live act on the 'circuit'. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (100LP85W)
  • Vinyl Double LP (100LP85)
  • CD (100CD85)
  • CD (100CDX85)
  • Tape (100CASS85)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joey Dosik
Inside Voice

Vulfpeck continue to extend their insidious tendrils into every facet of contemporary music. Joey Dosik may not be a full-time member of the Berkley ‘band’, but his solo output bears a similar element of nudge-nudge-wink-wink to that group's output. Inside Voice, his debut solo LP, thinks it’s doing a Father John Misty thing when it’s actually doing an Adam Levine thing. We can also blame this one on Moses Sumney, Theo Katzmann, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, among others.
  • Vinyl LP (SC364LP-C1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (SC364CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

serpentwithfeet
soil

Josiah Wise enlists a raft of sound innovators for the debut serpentwithfeet LP. Clams Casino, Paul Epworth, Katie Gately and mmph are some of the minds behind the gorgeous vistas of soil. Wise’s extraordinary voice, reminiscent of Nina Simone, remains centre-stage. He is a true innovator and we should treasure his talent. If you never listened to blisters, get to know now
  • Vinyl LP (SC366LP-C1)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (SC366CD)

Jeff Majors
For Us All (Yoka Boka)

Original copies of Jeff Majors’ 1986 LP For Us All (Yoka Boka) go for mad money these days. If your coin is of the saner variety, then maybe try this Invisible City Editions re-press out for size. Majors was a student of Alice Coltrane, and there’s a shared strain of devotionalism with Coltrane’s spiritual output that runs through these nine tracks. However, Majors’ use of harp, synths and drum machines gives the thing a bit of a Vangelis feel. Features covers of the so-famous-we-don't-need-to-tell-you-who-they're-by ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Summertime’.
  • Vinyl LP (ICE 015)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Dap-Kings
Tear It Down (feat. Sharon Jones) / The Collection Song

Soul singer extraordinaire Sharon Jones may have passed away in 2016, but her band The Dap-Kings are still going strong. This Daptone single ushers the instrumentalists into the spotlight. ‘Tear It Down’, which features some vocals from Jones, is a hard-bitten number in the vein of Bobby Bland’s ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’. This comes backed with fan-favourite ‘The Collection Song’.
  • Vinyl 7" (DAP-1116)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Son House
Father Of Folk Blues

Reissue of the album that introduced Son House to the 1960s. Born in Mississippi in 1902, Son House was one of the most influential blues musicians of the era, in particular the intensity of emotion in both his singing and guitar playing. You may recognise his most famous track 'Death Letter' as The White Stripes covered it on De Stijl. 
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2030)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Motohiko Hamase
Intaglio

There’s a resurgence in japanese electronic, jazz and new age music going at the moment. This has shone new light on the underrated bass player, Motohiko Hamase leading to the reissue of his ambient/new age album, Intaglio. Hamase was a reliable session player with acts such as pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and maverick guitarist, Kazumi Watanabe as well as being a member of the Isao Suzuki Sextet playing modern jazz. LP and CD on Studio Mule.
  • CD (Studio Mule 8CD)

Funkadelic
Live – Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan – 12th September 1971

Goddamn: the fully-fledged Funkadelic ensemble captured live in concert in their early days. Live - Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan - 12th September 1971 was recorded straight from the soundboard, meaning that this release is the closest you can get to that extraordinarily tight and groovy night. Fiercely psychedelic funk music, released on vinyl for the first time by Tidal Waves Music.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TWM04)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Anthology: Spirits Above Us


  • Vinyl Double LP (0825646591411)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.  
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP575)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Janus

Janus is a collection of tracks taken numerous rare and differing sources from Sun Ra and the band that followed him round so loyally. The tracks featured in this five-track record were recored between 1960 and 1970 and contain live and studio performances. Available on vinyl LP and released on Warners. 
  • Vinyl LP (711574835713PMI)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tropics
Nocturnal Souls

After LPs for Planet Mu and Innovative Leisure, the latest full-length from Chris Ward’s Tropics project drops via Plus Fours. Nocturnal Souls is an accomplished neo-soul album in the vein of his mates BADBADNOTGOOD - indeed, the celebrated jazz group crop up as backing band here. Ward’s fine songwriting style incorporates elements of the French New Wave, cosmic jazz, chillwave and even a little 'Reckoner'-era Radiohead. He’s got a great set of pipes on him too.
  • Vinyl LP (PF002)

Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

Thriller may have been better known but Off the Wall was Jackson at the top of his game. This was the pre-surgery, pre- being 'friends' with children Jackson when he was fully focussed on music and had a point to prove. Although his fifth solo album it was his first with Quincy Jones at the helm and the first where he had complete creative control. Features a host of his best known work such as the self penned  'Don't Stop Til You Get Enough' and the brilliant Rod Temperton duo of 'Rock with You' and the unsurpassable title track.  
  • Vinyl LP (19075866411)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Eric Demarsan
Le Cercle Rouge (Original Soundtrack)

We Release Jazz release - who’d have thought? - some jazz. Well, library jazz at least. This LP showcases old-timey French composer Eric Demarsan’s score for 1970 noir flick Le Cercle Rouge. All the usual tropes are present and correct - vibraphone, massed brass, flutes etc. - and Demarsan’s flavours the music with elements of lounge jazz, big band and hard-boiled detectivism. Stands up well when yanked away from the screen.
  • Vinyl LP (WRJ003LTD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Funkadelic
Finest

Probably the greatest compilation of George Clinton’s iconic funk ensemble Funkadelic, Finest covers 1970 to 1976 and mixes classics with obscurities. Tidal Waves Music have repressed this out of print rarity to very limited deluxe double vinyl LP, complete with the original psychedelic artwork.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TWM05)

Bill Mason
Gettin' Off

One of them there rare soul records here. Bill Mason’s 1972 LP Gettin’ Off has quite the list of credits - the band includes Idris Muhammad and James Brown’s one-time bassist Gordon Edwards, and the record was engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. Mason does well in getting this talented bunch all pulling in the right direction, guiding the group through five soul-funk-jazz period pieces that include a cover of Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. Now reissued by Tidal Waves.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM18)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mattson 2
Mattson 2 Play "A Love Supreme"

On the delightfully named label Spiritual Pajamas, this duo of identical twins Jared & Jonathan Mattson have decided to recreate and rework John Coltrane's classic album and rebadge it for the 21st century. The album pushed the music into bold and challenging new shapes, with analog synths, guitars and atmospheres giving it that 2018 sheen. 
  • Vinyl LP (SPIRITUAL023)
  • CD (SPIRITUAL023CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Soul Time!


  • Vinyl LP (DAP024LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prophet
Right On Time

Unsure about the album art on this one. Is he suggesting that he is the prophet, overlooking the universe from the 1980's before descending down to earth today to save us from the absolute mess we find ourselves in? If that is the case, I welcome him. Right On Time is a 7" release from the aforementioned Prophet and contains two tracks from the original album Right On Time, funnily enough. Released on Stones Throw. 
  • Vinyl 7" (S-12513)
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Vinyl LP (SP1084)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Internet
Hive Mind

You know all the kids who get onto the ‘Jazz & Pop’ course at music college and end up in naff neo-soul ensembles? The Internet is the band they all think they're in. Hive Mind, the fourth LP from Syd The Kyd et al, is as cool as a cloud of smoke being blown by someone in silhouette. The prominent vocals and ultra-swung grooves place it in the newer school of Fatima, Zara McFarlane et al, but the flex of the thing rivals D’Angelo’s best years. Some people should be taking notes.
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075861921)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (19075861912 )

Sons Of Kemet
Your Queen Is A Reptile

Sons Of Kemet return with their third LP of iconoclastic jazz takes. Your Queen Is A Reptile has Shabaka Hutchings and company using sax, tuba and dual-drums to conjure music that sees traditional jazz modes cusping on several sounds of the Caribbean diaspora. Soca, calypso, merengue and more all rumble in the lines of the drum work here, and Hutchings masterfully uses his horn to conduct the proceedings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (6736432)
  • CD (6736435)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tohru Aizawa Quartet
Tachibana

This isn’t just vintage Japanese jazz: its private-pressed, collector-baiting Japanese jazz that was once so rare, many doubted that it even really existed. The Tohru Aizawa Quartet were amateurs who only ever made this one album Tachibana, but by god its a remarkable set, bristling with energy and invention. A very welcome reissue here, on CD and double LP, from BBE.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE469ALP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • CD (BBE469ACD)
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Yazz Ahmed
La Saboteuse Remixed

Self-proclaimed ‘High priestess of psychedelic Arabic jazz’ and former Radiohead/These New Puritans collaborator Yazz Ahmed sees her 2017 LP La Saboteuse remixed by a handful of Gilles Peterson-y producers. The Bahraini-British trumpeter allows Hector Plimmer, DJ Khalab and Blacksea Nao Maya twist her originals into new, club-friendly shapes here. La Saboteuse Remixed also includes the Ahmed original ‘Spindrifting.
  • Vinyl 12" (NAIMSP366)

R+R=NOW
Collagically Speaking

A proper all-star cast on this new Blue Note joint. Robert Glasper, Taylor McFerrin and Derrick Hodge are part of R+R=NOW, and Collagically Speaking features guest spots from the likes of Terry Crews and Yasiin Bey. The band set out to ‘reflect the times’ on this one, both politically and musically. As such we have an LP of post-genre jazz - immediate comparisons would be Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s The Epic - that frequently touches on The Current State Of Affairs.
  • Vinyl Double LP (6755433)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Adrian Younge presents
Voices Of Gemma

A giddy LP from former Ghostface Killah and Ali Shaheed Muhammad collaborator Adrian Younge here. Voices Of Gemma is something of an iron fist in a velvet glove. These ten tracks will often lull you in with gorgeous, lilting tunes lifted straight from the David Axelrod songbook before hitting you with a sharp left hook. It could be an unsettling lyric, an incongruous bass lick or simply the single appearance of a male vocal after a record of head-voice female parts, but these intrusions destabilise the fantastical world that Younge otherwise sets up with such meticulous care. This is a louche, dreamy and uncanny listen.
  • Vinyl LP (LL035LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 2

Mule Musiq spin-off Studio Mule revisits their Midnight In Tokyo series and returns with another collection of smooth cuts from 1980s Japan. Anyone who’s enjoyed the recent resurgent interest in Japanese City Pop will be plenty pleased with what’s on offer on Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 2. These slick selections from  Ondas boss Dubby bring together electro-funk, MOR pop, Yacht Rock, jazz fusion and occasionally some Latin or Caribbean rhythms.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STUDIOMULE6LP)
  • CD (STUDIOMULE6CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Blurt
Poppycock

At the time of writing (5th April 2018), Poppycock - the third studio LP from 80s art-punks Blurt - is ranked as the 831st-best album for 1986 by Rate Your Music. Initially that doesn’t sound very impressive, but consider 1) how many records were released that year, and 2) those lists tend to be skewed by people who actually think that Peter Gabriel’s So deserves a place in the top 20 and the odds start to look more favourable for Blurt. Anyway, Poppycock is a funny old thing, a zany saxophone-led affair that recalls The Birthday Party and James Chance & The Contortions as well as paving the way for the wtf-fest that was Mr. Bungle. Now remastered and reissued by Klanggalerie.
  • CD (CDGG267)

Kon & Amir present
Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn

DJ pair Kon & Amir are far too wise about their music specialties: I can scarcely imagine the weight of their record collections. But don’t get jealous! Just sit back and let them spin an array of gorgeous rare cuts for you to enjoy. Volume III of their Off Track mixtape series focuses on Brooklyn NYC, the source of so much groovy musical wonder. Reissued double LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE130CLP)
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Miles Davis
Round About Midnight


  • Vinyl LP (88985434521)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas
Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas

Prins Thomas has been keeping busy hasn’t he. After a solo full-length, a collaborative LP with Bjorn Torske, some remixes and a bunch of EPs back in 2017, he’s now readying a new album alongside Norwegian jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. The five lengthy tracks here meet somewhere in-between Wesseltoft’s downtempo lounge-hop and the spacey disco we usually associate with Thomas. It’s a very pleasant affair. Out, of course, on Smalltown Supersound.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STS336LP)
  • CD (STS336CD)

Mndsgn
Snax

Ringgo Ancheta is back as Mndsgn with Snax, marking a return to his mixtape roots -- on this inaugural release on his own Ringgo Records. Following on from a smorgasbord of treats on Stones Throw, The LA beatmaker has been searching anew and discovering tasty new bites and slices, splicing them together to produce this latest mouthwatering sandwich of soul, jazz and boogie. Delicious, cosmic, summery times ahead. BBQ optional but recommended.
  • Vinyl LP (SNX001)

The Thing
Again

Yeah that’s right, it's The Thing baby! Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drumkit powerhouse Paal Nilssen-Love play in a thousand and one different contexts these days, but it's great to hear them return to the roots of what really launched them into the free jazz world and beyond. Three longer tracks on this one, proving once Again that The Thing really are where it's at.
  • Vinyl LP (TTR007LP)
  • CD (TTR007CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kadhja Bonet
Childqueen

Kadjha Bonet follows up her beautiful 'The Visitor' record of 2015 with another album full of sumptuous chocolatey soul, titled Childqueen. Last we heard of Ms Bonet, the L.A. singer was wrapping her mellifluous vocal tones around some highly melodic and harmonious old-schooly tunes channeling the Memphis sound perfectly. Here is a full LP and CD of similar, courtesy our friends at Fat Possum records.
  • Vinyl LP (FP16581)
  • CD (FP16582)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ryo Fukui
Scenery

Considered by many the jazz man's definitive moment, scenery sees pianist Ryo Fukui at a cross section of his genre's multitudes, considering what can be done between cool and modal. These tunes sound gorgeous and flowing, a testament to how Fukui's lovely, clean style could occasionally shine all verbose and boastful.
  • Vinyl LP (WRJ001LTD-LP)
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl LP (WRJ001REG)
  • CD (WRJ001CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Union Cafe

PCO's final studio album - Union Cafe, was only available on cassette and CD upon its initial release in 1993. GREAT NEWS: Erased Tapes are dutifully reissuing it on vinyl, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of founder Simon Jeffes' death. Outstandingly beautiful music sure to cause instant happiness and awe. Very much looking forward to absolutely rinsing this one.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ERATP105LE)
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl Double LP (ERATP105LP)
  • CD (ERATP105CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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