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David Axelrod
Song Of Innocence

Long awaited reissue here from David Axelrod, who made a touching tribute to poet William Blake in Song of Innocence. Deceptive in its welcoming, cozy melodic furniture, it becomes an odd, illusory piece of work, infused with unexpected chords, jazzy timbres and baroque displacements. Axelrod's songs never end up the same ones you stepped into; this is a classic of both another time and place.
  • Vinyl LP (NA5165LP)
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  • CD (NA5165CD)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Binker and Moses
Alive In The East?

Binker and Moses return with 'Alive In The East?' following last year's mega-success 'Journey To The Mountain Of Forever' (which garnered much praise, including a cherished 'Urban Album Of The Year' from the urbane music publication Mojo Magazine). Binker Golding and Moses Boyd are at the forefront of a London-based jazz explosion, and this is their third LP in as many years. The collective of musicians on the record includes free-jazz innovator Evan Parker, and half of Yussef Kamaal. Careful composition meets blasts of spontaneity and improvisational freedom. On Gearbox records.
  • Vinyl LP (GB1547)
  • CD (GB1547CD)
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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.
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH028LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble
Officium

'Officium' is a collaborative effort between vocal group and early music purveyors the Hilliard Ensemble and virtuoso saxophonist Jan Garbarek. Utilising the anachronistic and uncanny aesthetic of the Hilliard Ensemble, 'Officium' attains a cerebral, devotional sound, as if free jazz could be enjoyed at a sonorous church service. The record was recorded in a monastery in Austria.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4811085)
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

C.W. Stoneking
Gon' Boogaloo

Australian revivalist C.W Stoneking offers his first full length since 2008. Gon' Boogaloo is his delta manifesto and features his very own rhythm section. Full of classic Mississippi blues and spooky cuts, Gon' Boogaloo is C.W S' take on his favorite blues men - I mean I knew the aussies can be a bit behind the times, but this is taking the piss. Out on vinyl LP and CD from King Hokum.
  • Vinyl LP (KHR03LP)
  • CD (KHR03CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jamie Isaac
(04:30) Idler

Croydonian jazz-popper Jamie Isaac is ready with a second album proper in (4:30) Idler. This one is largely informed by the young fellow’s troubles with insomnia, as evidenced by such sober titles as ‘Doing Better’, ‘Maybe’ and indeed, ‘Sleep’. Vintage synth electronica and R&B cling to a jazzy frame, allowing confessional weariness to coexist with warm pop hooks.
  • Vinyl LP (MA0128LP)

Lion
You’ve Got A Woman

You’ve Got A Woman by Lion was revived in early 2017 when Chicago indie band Whitney plucked it from obscurity and covered it. This version, the original, was released in 1975. Lion feature two major players in the world of ‘70s Dutch prog rock - Peter De Leeuwe, the drummer from Ekseption and Hans Van Hemert, who wrote and produced for Dutch ‘60s garage band Q65, among other less cool achievements. It’s pretty neat slice of funky cosmic weirdness that, to these ears, wouldn’t be out of place on a Flaming Lips album.
  • Vinyl 7" (ES63)
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Kamal Keila
Muslims and Christians

Jakarta sub-label Habibi Funk do a fine job of reissuing lost Arab classics. Their new series sees them turn their attention to the Sudanese jazz scene of the second half of the 20th century. A recent trip to the country brought the label bosses into contact with Kamal Keila, a bandleader and major player in the country’s musical landscape. After an Islamist revolution in the late 1980s, a change in the law meant that radio stations had to get musicians in for live sessions rather than air their previous recordings. Muslims And Christians combines takes from two sessions, one of which was definitely on 12th August 1992, across two vinyl. The band’s instrumentals draw from Fela Kuti, American funk and the grooves of neighbouring Ethiopia. Atop this Keila adopts a powerful stance, with his lyrics confronting everything from religious warfare to the country’s orphan problem.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HABIBI0081)
  • CD (HABIBI0082)

The Staple Singers
Coming Home: The Early Classics

It’s coming home! It’s coming home! It’s coming! Staples’ coming home! Probably unwise of The Staple Singers to release Coming Home: The Early Classics during the 2018 Fifa World Cup™, but as they’re American they might not have been aware it was happening so we’ll let them off the hook. Anyway, this collection focusses on the famed gospel-soul group's early work. Time and again a teenage Mavis Staples, flanked by the choir of her brothers and sisters, shows off her extraordinary voice.
  • Vinyl LP (CONTRAST9106LP)
  • CD (CONTRAST9106CD)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Onda de Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)

Good old Soundway Records. They never fail. It’s another crate-digging extravaganza from the global pop imprint, and this time they turn their attention to the music of the Brazilian 80s and 90s. Roping in vinyl junkie Millos Kaiser - 50% of the duo Selvagem - Kaiser has put together a compilation of sixteen would-be hits from long-gone artists that combine samba, funk, disco and more to ebullient effect. Might relaunch a career or two.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP125)

H. Caiage, Amedeo Tommasi
Carnet Turistico

A rare and gorgeous obscurity from the seemingly never-ending depths of the Italian library music archives. Carnet Turistico is a real funky one, featuring Amedeo Tommasi and H. Caiage getting wild with sweet drum breaks and fabulously thick organ sounds. Considerably good music, remastered and reissued by Four Flies in a limited edition of 500 copies.
  • Vinyl LP (FLIES12)
  • Limited edition

Various
Bury Me in a Corner of the Yard

Death Is Not The End are a fine label who should get more recognition than they do. The rare-as-hen’s-teeth records they get hold of for reissue are always hauntingly beautiful, and their recent LPs from Nina De La Puebla and Violeta Parra are simply not the sort of thing you hear every day. Bury Me In A Corner Of The Yard, a cassette focussing on the Cajun music of inter-war Louisiana, is no exception. Classic artists such as Segura Brothers, Amede Ardoin and more feature.
  • Tape (DEATH026)

James Brandon Lewis - Chad Taylor
Radiant Imprints

A nice little story behind this one. Both James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor have been brewing a budding friendship since they first met and decided that an album of great music should be written by the pair. Radiant Imprints is released on CD and has been released on Off. Both artists are soon-to-be classics of their own unique genres. 
  • CD (OCD038)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Super Elcados
Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Vol. 2

Anyone keeping track of the resurgent interest in ‘70s Afrofunk over the past decade will have seen the name Super Elcados crop up every now and then. Now the group’s LP Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Volume 2 gets a reissue via Mr. Bongo. Despite this being the second instalment in a series it’s actually the band’s debut full-length and dates back to 1976. These are eight premium pieces of Lagos boogie similar to contemporaries The Funkees and Monomono.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP163)
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C.W. Stoneking
Jungle Blues


  • Vinyl LP (KHR2LP)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

C.W. Stoneking
King Hokum


  • Vinyl LP (KHR1LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Dance For Your Life – Rare Finnish Funk & Disco 1976-1986

Lordi. HIM. Apocalyptica. When one thinks of Finnish music, the words ‘funk’ and ‘disco’ are not ones that immediately spring to mind. The people at Svart Records - despite being a label that largely releases prog and metal - are out to change those perceptions. They’ve brought together eighteen choice morsels from the discotheques of 70s and 80s Finland. A lot of the tracks have a charmingly skew-whiff, Gilbert & Sullivan-esque flavour to them.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SRE143)
  • CD (SRE143CD)

Onyx Collective
Lower East Suite Part Three

After the first two instalments of their Lower East Suite series garnered considerable interest, NYC neo-jazz ensemble Onyx Collective complete the trio with an LP. The group's music combines serious jazz/free-jazz chops with techniques from music concrete, hip-hop, neo-soul and other genres, and is imbued with the same sparky DIY aesthetic as fellow Big Apple upstarts Wiki and Princess Nokia. It makes for a dense, evocative listening experience.
  • Vinyl LP (BD294)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Floex
Gone


  • Vinyl 10" (DEN174LP)
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Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 1)

Delicious treats right here for serious fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series is a collection of some of the many many classic tunes that have been sampled for Wu-Tang Clan albums and related solo productions, generally dating from RZA’s primary production era. Volume 1 features cuts from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips and many more.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BEC5543356)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hampshire & Foat
Nightshade

Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat get together for this limited-run LP on Athens Of The North. Nightshade indulges the pair’s love for all things library. Building from the guitar up, they construct richly evocative pieces of jazzy soundtrack stuff with a particular adherence to ‘60s and ‘70s lore. Side A has them cycling through a variety of pastiches - Spaghetti Western, car racing show theme music - before they go for a sort of hard-boiled cop thing in the ‘suite’ on the flip.
  • Vinyl LP (AOTNLP018)

emanative
Earth

The latest LP from drummer Nick Woodmansey’s emanative project is a global jazz love-in. Earth’s lengthy cast of guests includes members of The Pyramids, Ibibio Sound Machine, Fela Kuti’s Africa 80. Led by Woodmansey, the group create a potent mix that touches on spiritual explorations in the tradition of Alice Coltrane, dubby hip-hop, Sun Ra-style cosmicism and free experimentation. Out via Jazzman.
  • Vinyl Double LP (JMANLP099)
  • CD (JMANCD099)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Madlib / Various
Untinted: Sources For Madlib's Shades Of Blue

Everyone dug Madlib’s classic rummage through the legendary Blue Note jazz archives from 2003, the smoky-cool Shades Of Blue, in which our hero made sweet funky hip-hop groove instrumentals out of the jazz samples. Now you can cut straight to the source of the samples, without doing any crate-digging of your own. Neat. Double LP reissue.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2095)

Jackson Sisters
Jackson Sisters

Reissued at last -- the first official reissue in decades -- by the always reliable Mr Bongo, it's the Jackson Sisters with their eponymous and only LP. Now regarded as a classic in the soul and funk genre, Jackson Sisters includes the massive rare groove hit, "I Believe In Miracles". They and the track were sampled many times but perhaps most notably by Public Enemy on their 1990 LP 'Fear Of A Black Planet'. Includes 9 other well crafted slices of funk, soul and pop: plus liner notes from Charles Waring.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP161)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Feeling Good

A compilation of damn fine rare funk and soul, all connected by the hand of legendary producer Bob Shad. Feeling Good includes happy-vibes material from acts including Alice Clark, Barry Miles and Blue Mitchell, all covered in Shad’s colourful production: lots of Rhodes organ and high-funk rhythms. CD / 2LP on WEWANTSOUNDS.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WWSLP5)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Fools Paradise Favorites

There's a man in New Jersey called Rex who has radio show where he favours forgotten skronking rock 'n' roll bops from the 50s and 60s. Through the magic of radio he's managed to give them a new lease of life and now Jazzman have compiled some of the bst. The LP comes with an extra "chicken-themed twin spin bonus 45 single". I don't know what that means but thought you'd like to know.  
  • Vinyl LP (JMANLP090)

Ben LaMar Gay
Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun

Chicago trumpeter, vocalist and composer Ben LaMar Gay doing some serious quality control here: the tunes making up Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun were chosen from seven unreleased albums. It’s quite a mix and it’s all of a very high quality, neither of which surprising. There’s gorgeous, melted piano textures (‘Melhor Que Tem’), brass duets, bizarre, restless future blues led by LaMar Gay’s handsome voice (‘Muhal’, ‘Swim Swim’), rap and all sorts.
  • Vinyl LP (LPIARC0017)

Manu Dibango
Electric Africa

Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1985. Electric Africa is four tracks of primo electro meets afrobeat. Solid groove meets synthesizers, electronic drums, saxophone and Dibango’s thick vocals. Features tracks with Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell and Bernie Worrell on synthesizers. Vinyl on Tidal Waves.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM10)
  • Limited edition

The Nineteenth Whole
Smilin'

While this 1972 LP from short-lived Indianapolis group The Nineteenth Whole may not exactly be a household name, some big-hitters were involved in its creation. Rudy Van Gelder was at the controls for this one, and Cornell Dupree - the guitarist who laid down the opening lick for Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ - also shows up. They add polish to the five pieces of organ-led soul jazz that make up Smilin'. Now reissued by Tidal Waves Music.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM14)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Donald Austin
Crazy Legs

Crazy Legs is the only LP laid down by Memphis guitarist Donald Austin. Originally released in 1973, the record has become a highly sought-after work of golden-age funk. It’s no surprise - the likes of the title track and ‘Hot Rooster’ are outrageously groovy takes from a time where Motown, soul, funk and disco were just beginning to cross-pollinate. Now reissued as a limited run by Tidal Waves Music.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM16)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tenderlonious
The Shakedown featuring The 22archestra

Ed 'Tenderlonious' Cawthorne is a virtuoso saxophonist, flautist, and band leader. On The Shakedown he and The 22archestra (featuring Yussef Dayes of Yussef Kamaal on drums) show off the extent of Tenderlonious's abilities by building a supremely fun jazz album out of hip hop, funk, and Afrobeat. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (22A022LP)
  • Label(s):
  • 22a
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by looking at pictures of headliner Peter Brötzmann playing his instrument.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SRE253)
  • CD (SRE253CD)

Dr.John
Gris Gris


  • Vinyl LP (0081227971618)

Sun Ra
Astro Black

A Sun Ra album that manages to have more of the mystique about it than usual. It was allegedly recorded at El Saturn Studio in Chicago, a studio that has no record of ever having existed. Well, Astro Black definitely exists and in typical 'Ra' fashion will take you all the way to space. Pressed on purple vinyl on Modern Harmonic.  
  • Vinyl LP (MH-8080)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Steve Colson and the Unity Troupe
Triumph!


  • Vinyl LP (USLP40)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Skymark
Virtual Stars

A record of leftfield boogie music from Skymark here, out via his own Modern Sun Records. Virtual Stars combines neo-soul, jazz-funk, Theo Parrish-style deep house and electro. There’s also a little early MF Doom (beats, not rhymes) to the choice of lead instruments. The result is an LP of sunny, chunky grooves just in time for summer.
  • Vinyl LP (MSLP 007)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Silver Linings
Don't Make Tracks

Silver Linings have expanded to a three-piece since we last heard from them, which has added yet more funky-strength and depth to their modern electro-R&B sound. Don’t Make Tracks marks the band out as surely the freshest gang of funksters in all of Melbourne, so dig in. Vinyl edition on Wax Museum.
  • Vinyl LP (WMR 012)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
100 Days 100 Nights


  • Vinyl LP (DAP-012LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jorja Smith
Lost & Found

Following a bunch of self-released singles, Walsall-born Jorja Smith drops her debut album, Lost & Found. The twenty year old is known for her collaborations with Stormzy, Drake and Kali Uchis, but the twelve tracks on her debut give her the chance to show us the real Jorja Smith. LP and CD on FAMM.
  • Vinyl LP (JSLAFLP01)
  • CD (JSLAFCD01)

Childish Gambino
Awaken, My Love!

Vinyl release of Childish Gambino’s third album, which was released at the end of 2016. Polymath that he is, Donald Glover ditches his project’s characteristic rapping to croon his way through an ambitious funk effort that resembles 70s R&B more than his own previous work. Standard vinyl LP on Glassnote.
  • Vinyl LP (GLS22101)

Kiefer
Happysad

Proper chill and proper smooth from Kiefer. The debut record, Happysad, is a smart and jazzy collection of tracks written and performed by the LA-based musician. Available on both vinyl LP and CD and is released on Stones Throw. What isn't to love about a record that has a dog sitting next to a miniature red piano as its album art? 
  • Vinyl LP (STH2398LP)
  • CD (STH2398CD)

Brötzmann / Miller / Moholo
Opened, But Hardly Touched


  • Vinyl Double LP (CF010)

Potter & Tillman
...Space...Rapture

Reissue of percussionist Andre Potter and pianist David Tillman’s second album of the only two they released as Potter & Tillman. Originally released in 1982, ...Space...Rapture is a futurist funk/bop jazz fusion expressway utilising synths , electrified basslines alongside funky jazz perfection. Features vocal performances from Lillian Tynes, Carmen Lundy, and Connie M Tillman.
  • Vinyl LP (HJLP 002)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Robocobra Quartet
Plays Hard To Get

The group once described by Drowned In Sound as ‘Fugazi meets Mingus’ make an interesting racket on their latest LP. While the comparison still holds up on Plays Hard To Get, there’s a stuerm und drang to the likes of ‘You’ll Wade’ that has echoes of everyone from Mclusky to Zu to In Rainbows-era Radiohead.
  • Vinyl LP
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Osunlade
Peacock


  • Vinyl LP (YSD69)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Colin Stetson
Those Who Didn't Run


  • Vinyl 10" (CST084LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Theo Parrish
Gentrified Love Part 4

Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature may be turning twenty this year, but that doesn’t mean that the Detroit legend is resting on his laurels. Rather, the fourth instalment of his Gentrified Love series sees Parrish looking to improve on past glories. A-side ‘Leave The Funk To Us’, for instance, appeared in truncated form on Gentrified Love 2. This full version, featuring Amp Fiddler, John Douglas and Ideeyah, is a classic TP funky stepper. The B-side is an update of a track by Paul Randolph & Kathy Kosins which appeared on 2017’s Brownswood Bubblers compilation.
  • Vinyl 12" (SS070)
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Vicktor Taiwò
Joy Comes In Spirit

Vicktor Taiwò attempts to combine twin loves of pop music and experimental on a record of inner belief and self-actualisation. His debut, Joy Comes in Spirit, gambles on its bedrock of singer-songwriter soul with amorphous deviations. Tunes stretch and expand, taking on retro game music, rap and 808s-era Kanye in its fetch quest for introspection.
  • Vinyl Double LP (IL2049V)
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  • CD (IL2049CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Beginning Of The End
Funky Nassau

Though the career of 70s band Beginning Of The End ended up being relatively short (they disbanded after their second album), things seemed rosy on the release of their 1971 debut LP Funky Nassau. The eponymous track was a huge hit, selling over a million copies and topping the Billboard R ‘n’ B chart. That song’s ebullient mix of American funk sounds, hi-life guitar and the polyrhythmic grooves of their native Bahamas are carried on through the full-length. Not a million miles away from The Funkees. The CD edition contains both this record and their self-titled follow-up.
  • Vinyl LP (STRUT184LP)
  • CD (STRUT184CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Beginning Of The End
Beginning Of The End

Strut reissue the second album from Bahamian group Beginning Of The End here. Though they only made two LPs before splitting, the band nailed down a blend of strutting Philly soul, meaty funk and a disco sound lent extra groove by the polyrhythmic percussion style native to the band’s Caribbean home. The group’s vocalist has a nice throaty yelp reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT185LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Live at Teatro Tenda Pianeta, Rome, Italy, 26 April 1982 (1st set)


  • Vinyl LP (B154LP)
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  • B13
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 3)

Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series compiles some of the gorgeous cuts that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and solo endeavors. Volume 3 features tracks from The Supremes, Bobby Bland and The Rimshots, plus plenty more.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BEC5543358)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

NxWorries
Yes Lawd!

Collaborative project of California based duo Anderson Paak and Knxwledge. Having individually worked with Kaytranada, Dr Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Joey Bada$$ they a have found a rightful home at Stones Throw. NxWorries is soulful and filled with slow, smooth R&B groove, solid layered vocals, and crackling beats from crate digging finds.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STH2370LP)

Larry Coryell
Spaces


  • Vinyl LP (VSD79345)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Chet Baker
Sings

The classic 1954 LP from the one and only Chet Baker, Chet Baker Sings showcases the jazz icon’s nuanced vocal talent. Part of the Blues Characters series, this compilation edition on vinyl double LP features 20 tracks recorded between 1953-58. Includes digital download code. On Le Chant du Monde.
  • Vinyl Double LP (74288485)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Technicolour Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Others Exotic Delights

Numero, everyone's favourite musical archaeologists are back with Technicolour Paradise, a compilation that gives us a close look at the sheer weirdness of music meant to evoke paradise by and for people who likely couldn't make it there. If you ever wanted to know what a mid-20th century American thought other Americans wanted the rest of the world to sound like, now's your chance.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (NUM65LP)
  • CD (NUM65CD)

Kamaal Williams
The Return

Yussef Kamaal may have disbanded, but Henry Wu continues to fly the flag as Kamaal Williams. For the first LP released under his given name we see Williams behind the keys in a jazz fusion trio that brings together the visionary aesthetic of the YK output with the sounds of new London jazz and the shuffling grooves of the Wu project. Out via the new Black Focus records, a label named after YK’s sole full-length.
  • Vinyl LP (BFR001LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (BFR001CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Farketmez
Deeelicious

Turkish jazz-rockers Farketmez mix jazz, blues, funk and a right psychedelic racket on their debut album Deeelicious. The album is the culmination of three years of musical evolution for the band. They feature Cameron Dean (formerly of Million Dead) on guitar along with Selcuk Güllü , on sax, drummer Carlos Valderrama (Not the mop-haired Colombian footballer) and bassist Hasan Kunt Yilmaz. LP on Uncomfortable Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (UR001LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Esbjörn Svensson Trio
e.s.t. Live In London

e.s.t. Live in London is set to be released by Act Music -- marking a poignant moment in that it'll be the tenth anniversary of the premature demise of Esbjörn Svensson, on 14th June 2018. The set was recorded live at the Esbjörn Svensson Trio's concert at the Barbican in London on 26th May 2005. The band were the biggest jazz act in the world at the time, captured here at the peak of their powers. They've been influential and have since inspired the likes of GoGo Penguin and countless others. Previous concert recording was named 'Jazz Album Of The Decade' by The Times. On double CD, in a four page digipack with a 16 page booklet including lyrics, or double LP on 180g vinyl with digital download code.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ACT90421)
  • CD (ACT90422)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Corduroy
Return Of The Fabric Four

Acid Jazz heroes Corduroy are back with their first release in almost two decades, and it's a 12-track doozy. Blending pop-art imagery, mid-century rock swagger and swinging '60s pop, this record—released here on limited-edition white vinyl—is a retro-leaning, party-starting future classic. 
  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP439)
  • CD (AJXCD439)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Hell of a collab, this one: experimentalist Mats Gustafsson has played sax 'n' reeds as part of The Thing and with Phil Minton, and here joins post-rock minimalist Johan Berthling (fresh from a record with Oren Ambarchi) and Andreas Werlin of the percussive dance crew Wildbirds & Peacedrums. As Fire!, a group that once extended to an orchestra of thirty, they're going to improvise, a lot, and see what comes out. I imagine 'She Sleeps, She Sleeps' will garner psychedelic fruits.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3178)
  • CD (RCD2178)

Ornette Coleman
The Atlantic Years

Ornette Coleman completists need look no further than this luxury box set. Atlantic have remastered the ten records he made for the label between 1959 and 1962 - that means The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Free Jazz, This Is Our Music and more. They’ve packaged them alongside a book of photos and an essay on Coleman by famed jazz critic Ben Ratliff.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (0081227940690)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Evans Pyramid
Evans Pyramid

If you're a fan of genre-hopping musical polymaths, you'll want to pick up this re-press of Evans Pyramid, an anthology gathering together '70s boogie-disco genius Evans Pyramid's best work. This limited-edition, hand-pressed vinyl, out on Cultures Of Soul, features rare singles including "Never Gonna Leave You", "I Want Your Body" and disco party starter "Rubber Band". 
  • Vinyl LP (COS004LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Steve Lacy, Yuji Takahashi, Takehisa Kosugi
Distant Voices

This 1976 meeting of three avant-jazz heavyweights gets reissued by Aguirre (La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley). Pianist Yuji Takehashi - a player so innovative that Iannis Xenakis composed especially for him - joined forces with soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and electric violinist/Fluxus favourite Takehisa Kosugi in a 1975 recording session while Lacy was in Japan. The resulting record employs unusual techniques - at times Takahashi plays with bells attached to his hands while Lacy pressed his saxophone up to the skin of a kettle drum - to create this surreal piece. Distant Voices takes in free jazz, cosmic jazz, post-minimalist composition and serialism.
  • Vinyl LP (ZORN51LP)

Dinosaur
Wonder Trail

Energetic jazz-rock quartet Dinosaur (no relation or particular seniority to Dinosaur Jr.) return with Wonder Trail, once again with Edition Records. This time, the group - with Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin at the forefront, harnesses 1980s synthpop for new references. Expect the common cues of vintage keyboards, vocoders, and such to be explored in jazzy new contexts.
  • Vinyl LP (EDNLP1111)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Cara Stacey & Camilo Ángeles
Ceder

Cara Stacey (South Africa) and Camilo Ángeles (Peru) bashed this one out in a day, and it’s quite a trip. Both artists performed multiple instruments, but Stacey largely favours piano and Ángeles various flutes. With a great sense of freedom, the material goes all over: opener ‘Jazmin’ mixes odd dissonances with unmistakable calmness at first before gathering rhythmic and harmonic momentum - all in under two minutes. Unpredictable, beautiful and slightly bonkers.
  • Vinyl LP (KR27V)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (KR27)

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Golden Wings

At this point, Gabriel Garzon Montano is someone you might be more familiar with for who he’s been sampled by - Drake used his song ‘Six Eight’ in If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late highlight ‘Jungle’ - than for his own music. However, ‘Golden Wings’ could go about changing that. It’s more of the sultry neo-soul/r&b that stocked his 2017 debut LP Jardin, and in the right hands it might become absolutely massive. Out on Stones Throw.
  • Vinyl 7" (STH7064V)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Chicano Batman
Chicano Batman


  • Vinyl LP (J-001)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Arve Henriksen
Chiaroscuro

In 2004, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen brought Audun Kleive and Jan Bang to a variety of locations to live-compose the ten tracks of Chiaroscuro, whose sound is as much dominated by subtle sampling and electronics as percussion and trumpet. Chiaroscuro is a really remarkable listen that is frankly gorgeous. Released on vinyl for the first time by Rune Grammofon.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3037)

Sun Ra
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be

A Sun Ra treasure trove exists in God Is More than Love Can Ever Be, a lesser known release from deep within the cosmic jazzer's discog. Rather than shift through the sound mirages the Arkestra built its renown on, this is a set of simple jazz material, offering a snapshot of the instinctive understanding shared between Ra's players.
  • Vinyl LP (CMR003LP)
  • CD (CMR003CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Demon Fuzz
Afreaka!

A crucial fact stated about Demon Fuzz is that they all immigrated to Britain from old Commonwealth nations. This shows in their blend of funky/psych-rock/jazz fusion record, and only record, Afreka!. Originally released in 1970, but reissued by Music On Vinyl and available on Vinyl LP. This much bootlegged work showcases a unique mixture of psychedelic soul, dub-heavy funk, progressive rock, Afro-jazz and acid rock.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1935)

Bob & Gene
If This World Were Mine

Not to be mistaken for television's most healthily dysfunctional father-son duo, Bob & Gene is a pair of soul artists given a revived slice of history with If This World Were Mine, initially reissued ten years ago. Teenagers who met and recorded gospel together, their work was originally put out on the label of Bob's father, Mo Do Records, but enjoys the adulation he gave it today in wider scenes due to its warm and attentive renditions. Finally back in the mix via Daptone. 
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-047)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jean-Jacques Birge / Francis Gorge / Shiroc
Defense De


  • Vinyl LP (FAUNI017)
  • £29.99 £17.99 (saving: £12.00)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hugh Masekela
The Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)

A compilation to satisfy anyone whose curiosity in Hugh Masekela was peaked by his passing in January of this year. This LP collates early work by the South African jazz legend, including some of his groundbreaking stuff with The Zulus and Letta Mbulu. The likes of Ojah collaboration ‘Afro Beat Blues’ are mighty and righteous funk jams. This repressing by BBE marks the first time in a decade that this compilation has been available on wax.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBELP69)
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Fat Freddys Drop
Based On A True Story

Debut album from modern reggae favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop, first released in 2005 and since then apparently the best-selling record by a New Zealand artist ever! Just pipped The Dead C to the post I guess… Based On A True Story is a real favourite of hippies and non-hippies alike, available again now on vinyl, on The Drop.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DRP7)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mndsgn
Body Wash

LA based producer Mndsgn (pronounce Mind Design) returns to his natural home of Stones Throw for his latest double LP. Think a slowed and even warmer Toro Y Moi, thick and groovy basslines, warm pads, pianos, near synthetic vocals with heavy downtrodden beats, and smokey shimmerings every. R’n’B slowed to a halt.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STH2372LP)

Leroy Hutson
Closer To The Source

Closer To The Source by soul singer, songwriter, producer and arranger Leroy Hutson was originally released in 1978. Earlier in his career he replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions and you can see why - Hutson’s music comes from a similar place, although this is waaaaay smoother, as the cover may lead you to believe. LP with detailed sleeve notes by Tony Rounce and CD with 3 bonus tracks on Acid Jazz.
  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP425)
  • CD (AJXCD425)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leroy Hutson
The Man!

The Man! Was Leroy Hutson’s second album, originally released in 1974, following a spell as Curtis Mayfield’s replacement in soul group The Impressions. This album is notable for containing the track The Ghetto ‘74 which he co-wrote with Donny Hathaway who recorded the song four years previously. LP with extensive sleeve notes by Tony Rounce and CD with bonus track on Acid Jazz.
  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP421)
  • £18.49 £16.64 (saving: £1.85)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (AJXCD421)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prophet
Wanna Be Your Man

Just the thirty-four years on from Prophet’s debut LP Right On Time, he comes through with the follow-up for Stones Throw. There has been a quiet clamour for new music from the Bay Area artist - Right On Time is a highly collectable piece - and Wanna Be Your Man will be sure to please old fans as well as bringing in new ones. On this album, he updates the soulful electro-funk of Right On Time with the help of Mndsgn and Nite Jewel. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait so long for the next one.
  • Vinyl LP (STH2385LP)
  • CD (STH2385CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Julian Curwin
The Mango Balloon - Volume 2


  • CD (ROM004)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Charles Bradley
Victim Of Love


  • Vinyl LP (DAP031LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joe Armon-Jones
Starting Today

One of the leading lights of young British jazz in 2018, Ezra Collective member Joe Armon-Jones drops his debut solo LP via Brownswood. Starting Today is as much of a melting-pot as you’d expect. Influences of jazz, hard-bop, soul, afrobeat and plenty else show here, and the performances of Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia and others buoy this globalist, cosmopolitan record.
  • Vinyl LP (BWOOD177LP)
  • CD (BWOOD177CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tubby Hayes Quartet
The Syndicate: Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1

Repress and first ever CD release of this 1986 Tubby Hayes Quartet performance. Disappointingly Tubby is not a tuba or a tuba player, but a sax player. This is very, very fast jazz, with the star of the show being Hayes's remarkable drummer who manages to maintain a precision and delicacy for its entire length.
  • Vinyl LP (GB1532)
  • CD (GB1532CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard
Perfectly Unhappy

Another release from Norway's wonderful Rune Grammofon label. Perfectly Unhappy features eight compositions written by pianist Espen Eriksen specifically for this collaboration between his trio and saxophonist Andy Sheppard. Melodic but stark, this collective have nothing to hide behind.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3199)
  • CD (RCD2199)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Congo Revolution: Afro-Latin, Jazz And Funk Evolutionary And Revolutionary Sounds From The Two Congos


  • Vinyl 7" box set (SJR407)
  • Limited edition

Karriem Riggins
Alone


  • Vinyl LP (STH2296LP)

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HABIBI007)

The Heavy
Coleen (EL-B &; Rhythm Beater Remixes)


  • Vinyl 12" (COUNT018)
  • £5.49 £1.65 (saving: £3.84)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Toshio Matsuura Group
LOVEPLAYDANCE - 8 Scenes From The Floor

Curveballs deluxe via Tokyo resident Toshio Matsuura, a DJ and tunemaker who here groups himself up for an esoteric record that takes on old songs and re-contextualises them into new shapes. Those looking for a window into Matsuura's musical mind -- be it Detroit dance music, new realms of jazz or sample-heavy FlyLo styles -- need look no further.
  • Vinyl LP (BWOOD179LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (BWOOD179CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stone Foundation
A Life Unlimited

Friends of Paul Weller, The Stone Foundation play funk, soul and jazz taking their influences from artists as diverse as The Style Council and Massive Attack. A Life Unlimited is their sixth album and was originally released in 2015. It features guest performances from Graham Parker, Nolan Porter, The Four Perfections and head Blow Monkey, Dr. Robert Howard. Repress on The Turning Point Recording Organisation.
  • Vinyl LP (TPLPO8)
  • £16.49 £14.84 (saving: £1.65)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stimulator Jones
Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures

I once encountered Stimulator Jones in an adult shop - it was on one of the shelves! No, this particular stimulator is actually none other than Sam Lunsford of Roanoke, Virginia. His debut Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures takes white boy soul/r’n’b to the next level of sincere flattery, eschewing contemporary production flair to ape the most classic 1970s and 1980s sounds he can manage.
  • Vinyl LP (STH2394LP)
  • CD (STH2394CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane
My Favorite Things


  • Vinyl LP (0081227535018)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane & Don Cherry
The Avant-Garde (Mono)

A clear vinyl re-release of one of John Coltrane’s more disputed works, this album from him and Don Cherry has the pair playing Ornette Coleman tracks with some of the Ornette Coleman Quartet. One of the few Coltrane recordings sans piano which gives the saxophonist room to manoeuver. One for the die-hard fans.
  • Vinyl LP (0081227945190)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince and the Revolution
Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

Seriously exciting stuff here for Prince fans: as well as a remastered version of the deeply classic album Purple Rain, the CD versions of this reissue also include a whole disc of contemporary tracks from the great one’s immense and closely guarded archives, which haven’t even been bootlegged before! Revel in the rarities. On Warner Bros.
  • CD box set (0093624913207)
  • Vinyl LP (0093624930242)
  • CD (0093624930433)

Various
Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)


  • Vinyl Double LP (WPFC101LP)
  • CD (WPFC101CD)

Koboku Senju
Joining The Queue To Become One Of Those Ordinary Ghosts


  • Vinyl LP (MIE 016)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nick Hakim / Onyx Collective
Vincent Tyler / The Pawn Broker / Rat Race


  • Vinyl 12" (ATO0424)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ceaser Frazier
Hail Ceaser!

Hail Ceaser! by Ceaser Frazier (yes, the 'a' and the 'e' are meant to be that way round) is one of those early-70s soul jazz records that collectors go ape for. Having regularly fetched three-figure sums on the vinyl black market since its release in 1972, it now gets the reissue treatment from Tidal Waves Music, a label that has also repressed rarities by Nina Simone and Manu Dibango. The six tracks here, all led by Frazier’s hot-fingered Hammond playing, are funkier than a mosquito’s tweeter.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM13)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Laurence Pike
Distant Early Warning

Laurence Pike is the drumming part of PVT (Pivot), Szun Waves and Triosk, but he also has a solo practice, which he is sharing with us for the first time here on Distant Early Warning. These six tracks, which were all recorded live during one day in the studio (very efficient), are played by Pike on drumkit and sampler, and the variety of sounds and textures achieved is impressive. Distant Early Warning is released by The Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY109V)
  • CD (BAY109CD)

Fire!
The Hands

Fire! is of course the fabulous power trio of Andreas Werlin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), Johan Berthling (Tape) and Phil’s least favourite saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (of over a million different avant-jazz projects and combinations). The Hands is their sixth record of dark, simmering, propulsive, muscular music, and if you liked their previous noise-jaz-rock-kraut explorations, you’ll love this too. On Rune Grammofon.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3197)
  • CD (RCD2197)

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