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Ibibio Sound Machine
Doko Mien

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

Elephant9 with Reine Fiske
Psychedelic Backfire II

Norwegian post-jazz supergroup Elephant9 spent some quality time in front of an audience over the course of four nights in a small Oslo venue, and they recorded the results for two album releases. Psychedelic Backfire II features the guest presence of Reine Fiske, whose rhythm guitar fits right in with the rich and remarkable Elephant9 sound. Four lengthy live cuts.

Eddie Prévost
Matching Mix

Solo album from the erstwhile free-improvising percussionist and AMM member Eddie Prevost. Matching Mix was recorded in Eddie’s home village of Matching Tye, and some of the performances were recorded outside, including a deliciously subtle piece for bowed cymbal and rural wind. Released by Earshots Recordings.

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.

Mark A. Mitchell
How Can I? / All Your Love

Reissue of this very cool and very rare 7" single by Mark A. Mitchell. Mitchell took some of the same college classes as Juan Atkins who offered him the chance to record with Cybotron. Some of the results of that collaboration are How Can I? and All Your Love, a pair of futuristic sounding soul ballads with Mitchell's heartfelt vocals pairing wonderfully with Cybotron's productions.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Everything Is Recorded
Close But Not Quite

Everything Is Recorded is the production project of Richard Russell, the head honcho of XL Recordings. Russell used his impressive contacts book to get a whole host of modern vocal talent (plus Warren Ellis!) into his studio to craft excellent and soulful music. The project’s debut features Sampha, Giggs, Green Gartside and more.
  • Vinyl 12" (XLT869)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Portico Quartet
Untitled (AITAOA #2)

London's Portico Quartet, here with 'Untitled, Art in the Age of Automation #2', weave together jazz, electronica, ambient and minimalism in an addictive sound that journeys through textures, acoustic arrangements and grooving, widescreen minimalism. A hard-hitting record that's well worth the listen.

Nina Simone
A Very Rare Evening

You really shouldn’t need me to tell you who Nina Simone is. The important thing here is that this album has been out of press since 1979 and contains rare versions that just aren’t anywhere else, performances of songs by Aretha Franklin, Barry Gibb, Randy Newman and Pete Seeger and featuring performers Weldon Irvine and Gene Perla. Glorious.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Coastal County
Coastal County

Some extremely lush library sounds from Norwegian duo Coastal County here. The group’s eponymous record is full of meticulous re-renderings of noirish, Italo-style exploitation jazz. You’d imagine that Dummy-era Portishead would have had a field day sampling these tunes. The production on Coastal County is particularly juicy and makes the grooves really pop.

Mabuta
Welcome To This World

Neo-jazz ensemble Mabuta group drop an eight-track LP. Despite its creators hailing from South Africa, Welcome To This World is very much of the new global school that takes in NYC’s Onyx Collective and London artists like Moses Boyd and Joe Armon-Jones. One thing that distinguishes this record is a distinct Afrofuturist bent that aligns Mabuta with the likes of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As he has been decreed to do on every other record released in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings toots his horn a few times.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AFS041)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

John Lee Hooker
Detroit and Beyond Vol. 1

Jack White’s Third Man Records project reaches its logical conclusion with a set of John Lee Hooker reissues. Originally released in 1973, Detroit And Beyond Vol. 1 collects some of the famed bluesman’s earliest recordings. Many of these tracks were cut at a studio but a stone's throw away from where the Third Man store now resides.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TMR511)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

William Hooker
... Is Eternal Life

Drummer, band leader, poet and composer, William Hooker’s 70+ album career all began with ….Is Eternal Life in the mid-’70s. Like many artists of the day, he was inspired to make his art - be it free jazz or poetry - by the political climate, social injustices and cultural inequality. ….Is Life Eternal strains with tension and explodes with fury.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 2: 1962-1991)

The second volume of Strut’s compilation of Sun Ra’s many many singles gets a vinyl release. The Definitive 45s Collection includes a huge variety of Ra’s styles: he seemed to view singles (often pressed in very small runs) as opportunities to try things as strange as quasi-disco, spoken word, R&B and more. Three LPs of rare material, accompanied by detailed track-by-track liner notes. On Strut.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (STRUT149LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fairuz
Wahdon

WEWANTSOUNDS with another brilliant reissue. Wahdon saw the legendary Lebanese musician Fairuz working with her son after the untimely passing of her husband. The result is an album that has one foot in the traditional, and one in the contemporary. Swooning arabic strings find themselves next to disco beats, all held together by the will and talent of Fairuz.

Collocutor
Instead

Collocutor’s 2014 LP Instead was the first thing to be released by On The Corner Records. It is the album that set the tone for a label whose impressive roster now includes artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue and DJ Khalab. Furthermore, you can make the case that Instead is one of the LPs which helped kick-start the London nu-jazz scene that has produced Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones et al. Led by saxophonist/flautist Tamar Osborn, Collocutor’s sound is a rhythm-heavy mix of various jazz colours - free, spiritual, bop, astral and soul all get a look-in here.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Marvin Gaye
You’re The Man

Ooooh, a ‘lost’ album by soul superman Marvin Gaye is now being made available! You’re The Man was meant to follow on from What’s Going On in 1972, so you can imagine how high the quality is here. This is the first time these tracks have been presented in their proper album context, and there is also a nice extended version of Gaye’s Christmas song. Double LP reissue on Island, celebrating what would have been his 80th birthday.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Brian Ellis
Deep Clues

A vinyl release for eclectic musician Brian Ellis’ latest album Deep Clues, which first appeared back in January. Although a comparatively short collection at just eight tracks, Ellis covers a hell of a lot of ground, from smooth radio-friendly soul and funk to jazz and some avant-garde aspects of electronica. 
  • Vinyl LP (HOBO013LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Brown
Get On The Good Foot

Get On The Good Foot by James Brown was originally released in 1972. As you might expect, it’s funky as hell. The title track was released as a single, split into two parts for some reason, and has been sampled numerous times. If you think you haven’t heard it before, you probably have.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Patterson Twins
Gonna Find A True Love / A Good Thing

Miles Away Records with a reissue of ‘Gonna Find A True Love’, a rare disco gem by Mississippi pair the Patterson Twins. You’ve all heard disco before so there’s not really much more we need to tell you about this one - it’s just really good, funky, soulful music. Comes backed by the gospel-soul number ‘A Good Thing', a track that appeared alongside ‘Gonna Find A True Love’ on the duo’s 1978 debut LP Let Me Be Your Lover.
  • Vinyl 7" (MA003)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Untitled

Untitled by Various - about as vague as you can get, eh? Well I have more information for you. It’s an album of new and established UK artists who have made music inspired by the late New York-based artist Jean-Michel Basquiat including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Mala, Kwake Bass. The music within shows the musical diversity of the UK with a wide range of sounds from jazz to dub, post-punk to ambient on display. The project surrounding the album also aims to engage young people with art. On The Vinyl Factory.  

Minoru Muraoka
Bamboo

Re-issue on CD and vinyl of a formerly ultra-rare Japanese jazz / breakbeat record used as source material for the likes of DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist among others. Bamboo by Minoru Muraoka is a perfect example of culture fusion, blending traditional Japanese instrumentation with Western-based jazz techniques. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Starcrost
Starcrost

Starcrost were a jazz/funk/ soul band who released their only album in the mid-’70s. Despite this possesing a sleeve like something you’d steer clear of in a charity shop, it is actually a highly sought after piece of wax - I mean, there is some serious bass and drum playing on here -  by collectors and DJs alike, as only 1000 of them were pressed. Jazzman are now reissuing the album to relieve all those crate-digging anxieties.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ofege
The Last Of The Origins

Nigerian rockers Ofege get another of their classic LPs reissued on Tidal Waves Music. 1976’s The Last Of The Origins built on the success of their debut album Try And Love, fusing psych-rock grooves with Lagos funk fire in a manner reminiscent of their heroes BLO and The Funkees. This one’s been pretty rare up until now - indeed, this is the first time the record has been put on wax since the ‘70s.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM24)
  • 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!

Kamaal Williams
New Heights / Snitches Brew

New EP from our big broken-beat jazz talent Kamaal Williams. After his success with Yussef Kamaal, producer Henry Wu delivers a follow-up to this year’s the Return. Snitches Brew boasts some genre-defying shredding from virtuoso Mansur Brown, whereas New Heights promises to be more of a spaced-out hiphop affair. Limited supply: buy now or face eternal regret.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lou Donaldson
Mr. Shing-A-Ling 

Mr. Shing-A-Ling is a 1967 album by saxophonist, Lou Donaldson, one of three he released that year. It shows Donaldson transitioning from bop-tinged soul jazz to jazz funk, opening with a mid-tempo groove workout of Bobby Gentry’s Ode To Billy Joe. The band included Blue Mitchell, Lonnie Smith and Jimmy Ponder.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lee Morgan
Cornbread

Trumpeter, Lee Morgan, earned his jazz chops playing with John Coltrane and Art Blakey. He was prominent in the ‘60s with classic albums such as The Sidewinder (1963) and the equally superb Cornbread (1965). For this he got together an ace band featuring Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Billy Higgins, Jackie McClean and Larry Ridley. Sadly, Morgan was shot and killed by his common-law wife in 1972.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Parliament
Chocolate City

180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue of Chocolate City, the third studio album by George Clinton’s legendary Parliament which was originally released in 1975. Boasting their classic line-up and conceived of as a positive reversal of the contemporaneous concern of ‘white flight’ from city centres, it included the singles ‘Chocolate City’ and ‘Ride On’. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lucinda Williams
Happy Woman Blues

Happy Woman Blues, originally released in 1980, was the second album by Lucinda Williams. It was, however, the first comprised entirely of original material. Williams’ mixes traditional and alternative folk, blues and country seamlessly to create her own sound, reflecting her southern roots. It is regarded as a classic, influential record.

Black Pumas
Black Pumas

Black Pumas are a funk/soul/hip-hop duo comprising of Adrian Quesada of Brownout and Grupo Fantasma and the previously unheard of but undoubtedly talented Eric Burton. The band made an indelible impression on many that saw them at 2019’s SXSW festival. Their self-titled debut is available on LP and CD on ATO Records.

Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight
Cumulo Nimbus

47 Times Its Own Weight were a jazz/funk band from Austin, Texas. Cumulo Nimbus was originally released in 1975 on the Fable label, which was started by trombone player, Michael Mordecai. There were only 1000 of these pressed at the time so it has become a highly sought after record. Jazzman are reissuing the LP, so your search ends here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sinkane
Dépaysé

Sinkane has taken a more confrontational approach to his latest album, Dépaysé. The album tells of the difficulties immigrants have under the Trump administration. Sinkane describes it as being loud and raw. Judging by lead single Everybody, he’s mixed soul power and North-African rock to create an emotive and powerful sound. LP and CD on City Slang.

Kyriakos Sfetsas
Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol​.​2

Teranga Beat had so much fun putting out the first Greek Fusion Orchestra compilation that they’ve decided to do it all again. The GFO were set up by Kyriakos Sfetsas with the intention of creating jazz fusion that drew on the nation’s traditional musics. As such, the tracks on Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 2 combine library-funk rhythms with all manner of Greek styles and instrumentation. These tracks are previously unreleased.

Gil Scott-Heron
Small Talk At 125th & Lenox

The late great Gil Scott Heron, here we have a reissue of his 1970s debut album Small Talk at 125th & Lenox. The album features the classic The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and what more can I say? It’s a classic album by a true talent which went on to influence any artists across various genres. Reissue on 180g vinyl.  
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  • 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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leyla McCalla
The Capitalist Blues

The Capitalist Blues. Too right mate. The third LP from former Carolina Chocolate Drop member Leyla McCalla finds her delving deeper into the folk sounds of her ancestry. That means New Orleans jazz, Haitian rara, Zydeco and early blues all get a look in here. The resulting record is a damn good time for all concerned.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

JJ Whitefield
Brother All Alone

Having been a part of a bewildering number of projects over the last twenty years, German underground musician and bandleader JJ Whitefield strikes out under his own name for this first time with solo album Brother All Alone. Recorded between Germany and Kenya, this new collection immerses you in Whitefield’s passions - namely, weird funk, neo-jazz and krautrock. 

Kutiman
Sakla Beni (featuring Melike Sahin)

Kutiman’s new single ‘Sakla Beni’ is a collaboration with Turkish singer Melike Şahin. This track is a righteous bit of psychedelic neo-soul, one that mixes together a thick fuzz-funk bassline, slow stomp of a groove and Anatolian rock production. The end result is not unlike those Khruangbin fellows everyone gets so excited about. The ‘Sakla Beni’ 7” comes backed with the ‘karaoke’ version.

Laurence Pike
Holy Spring

Former Liars/Bill Callahan/DD Dumbo collaborator and Szun Waves member Laurence Pike drops his second solo LP via The Leaf Label (Snapped Ankles, The Comet Is Coming). Holy Spring bracingly combines free jazz, electronica, post-rock and the pagan classical composition of Igor Stravinsky. It’s no coincidence that Holy Spring shares a word with Stravinsky’s seminal Rite Of Spring. Tracks like ‘Drum Chant’ sound like something from Music From Memory if it had been plied with peyote. Really cool record.

Los Coast
Samsara

Austin, Texas band, Los Coast, make soul music with a modern twist. The vocals of Terry Privott give a sense of the coolest ‘70s soul. The band cook up an energetic groove that blends psychedelic rock and the soulful funk of Bobby Womack, sprinkled with the dust of the Texan desert. Samsara is their debut album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jordan Rakei
Origin

Following a couple of years of buzz, guest feature spots and 100 million Spotify streams clocked up, New Zealand-born singer Jordan Rakei will be hoping to make the final push into mainstream superstardom with third album Origin. If recent single ‘Mind’s Eye’ is anything to go by, there’s no stopping him. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Badge Époque Ensemble
Badge Époque Ensemble

There are supergroups and there are supergroups, but the combined musical experience of Toronto-based ensemble Badge Époque Ensemble would take an entire page of its own - six of them starred as Meg Remy’s U.S. Girls live band last year. Featuring woodwind alongside traditional band instrumentation, the collective’s self-titled debut ought to be a great one!
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Herbie Hancock
Dedication

Dedication by Herbie Hancock was recorded live in Tokyo in 1974. It is a spacious jazz/funk exploration of his exquisite keyboard skills. It was released in japan only at the time and we had to wait until 2013 to buy it on CD here. It has never been released on vinyl outside of Japan, so this special vinyl edition will be a real treat for fans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw
Black Pearl

Re-issue of the much-loved Black Pearl album, released originally in 1973 by musician Alan Parker and composer Alan Hawkshaw and which utterly sums up kind of driving, orchestral funk that soundtracked so much of the early Seventies. It’s also long been a treasure trove for hip-hop artists seeking samples! 

Charles Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

Despite being named Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, a title that perhaps suggests a solo, Mingus-only effort, this 1964 record actually captures Charles Mingus’ experimentation with a large, 11 piece group, performing some of his finest tunes, including ‘Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul’. Vinyl reissue on the Jeanne Dielman label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Archie Shepp
Fire Music

Vintage free-jazz from Archie Shepp and group, landing in the middle of heady times when it was initially released in 1965. The aptly titled Fire Music was Shepp’s second album on Impulse! and notably includes a track dedicated to Malcom X and a version of a Duke Ellington number. Reissued by Impulse! themselves.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Edson Frederico
Edson Frederico E A Transa

If you're one of the 585 people who want this on discogs but don't want to pay the £494 asking price, you're in luck. Music On Vinyl have reissued Edson Frederico's E A Transa, one of the few albums Frederico ever release. A great ambassador of the more easy listening side of Brazil's 70s scene, a fusion of jazz, funk, bossanova and more.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Charles Mingus
Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

A real bumper haul from the Charles Mingus vaults here. The widow of late drummer Roy Brooks had these concert tapes in her care for many years. Only now are they seeing the light of day. Recorded during a week-long residency at Detroit's Strata Concert Gallery in 1973, the five shows here are from a short period when Mingus had John Stubblefield in his band on sax duties. The resulting performances, broadcast at the time on WDET FM, see Mingus and his group bossing the joint night after night.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane / Alice Coltrane
Cosmic Music

The first couple of spiritual jazz share the bandleader role here on Cosmic Music: two tracks are from John Coltrane’s final quintet, and two are from Alice Coltrane’s first bandleader session. With pedigree like that, and with  extra legends like Pharoah Sanders and Rasheid Ali on board, you know you are guaranteed some deep and fiery magic from this set. Cosmic Music is reissued by Superior Viaduct.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic on purple vinyl? It’s what the Prince formerly known as The Artist (and known at the time of this particular release as the unpronounceable ‘Love Symbol #2’) would’ve wanted. Originally released in 1999, this one enlists the collaborative talents of Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco, Eve, Chuck D and Gwen Stefani.
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075913981)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

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

Lloyd McNeill
Treasures

Soul Jazz Records reissue another LP from the notable Lloyd McNeill. After putting out new editions of Asha, Tanner Suite and Washington Suite the label now dusts off 1976’s private press album Treasures. This is ebullient, flowing music that incorporates elements of various jazzes - spiritual, Latin and soul being the most prominent. McNeill’s glorious flute playing ties the thing together. Treasures is one to file next to those recent Horace Tapscott reissue that we got so excited about a few weeks back.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gloria Ann Taylor
Love Is A Hurtin' Thing

Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing is the highly anticipated anthology by Gloria Ann Taylor. Despite her obvious talent, a Grammy nomination, making Motown sit up and take notice and that she moved in the same circles as soul/funk legends James Brown and Bootsy Collins, Taylor quit the music business after the heartbreak of a failed relationship with record producer Walter Whisenhunt. Recorded between 1971-77 she left some golden soul behind though - music that was influenced by her gospel roots and came from deep inside her. Gloria Ann Taylor was the real deal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

David Axelrod
Earth Rot Instrumentals

The plush compositional style that the late David Axelrod laid down in the 1960’s still exerts great influence on popular music. His way with orchestral arrangements - post-Library, proto-Lynchian - is instantly recognisable when it crops up in the work of everyone from Adrian Younge to Tyler, The Creator. It makes sense, then, that someone thought to strip out all the vocals and just focus on Axelrod’s instrumentals. 1970’s Earth Rot, a LP in which Axelrod started to explore jazz further than on his previous records, is the lucky album this time around.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Avishai Cohen
Arvoles

Arvoles, the latest album from double bass player and composer Avishai Cohen is built around the sturdiest of trio. Cohen is joined by a drummer and pianist who are more than capable of keeping up with his frenetic and flowing compositions. They're occasionally joined by other musicians, including a flautist and a trombonist to add some more colour to the pieces.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Abstract Orchestra
Madvillain Vol. 2

Rob Mitchell’s Abstract Orchestra go back to the well for another edition of their Madvillain homage albums. As anyone who copped 2018’s Volume 1 will know, these records feature the beats from Madlib and MF Doom’s legendary collaboration reinterpreted by a contemporary big band. As such, Madvillain Volume 2 is sort of like Count Basie for a post-?uestlove world.

Basil Kirchin
Worlds Within Worlds (Part I and II)

A deep-cut wonder by Basil Kirchin gets reissued here, granting blessed wider availability to this fine document at last. Worlds Within Worlds is built out of carefully chosen field recordings that have then been treated and layered into abstraction, over which Evan Parker and Derek Bailey were invited to improvise. This reissue adds fine artwork and liner notes to the richly compelling 1971 music. From Trunk.
  • Vinyl LP (JBH080LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Teodross Avery
After The Rain : A Night for Coltrane

Teodross Avery here does a superb job of reckoning with the long shadow cast by John Coltrane over every subsequent tenor saxophonist, by recording After The Rain: A Night for Coltrane. This live performance spans various pieces from across Coltrane’s career, including 'Africa / Brass' and 'A Love Supreme'. Avery and his group are superb and spirited interpreters. On Tompkins Square.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

David Wertman & Sun Ensemble
Earthly Delights

Lesser-heard free-jazz from 1978, led by the double-bassist David Wertman Earthly Delights features four pieces over two LPs, with Wertman’s fantastically rich and fluid (and self-taught) bass playing surrounded by drums, saxophone, flute and synthesiser. Its remarkable that this album has been under the radar for so long as it is a truly glorious listen. Reissued by BBE.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fumio Itabashi Trio
Rise and Shine – Live at the Aketa's

Fumio Itabashi recorded this very fine live date at Tokyo jazz club Aketa’s in 1977, in fact prior to his first album release. His phenomenal piano lines lead his Trio  through three pieces here, with a classic and a cover culminating in the epic and ecstatic Rise And Shine. Reissued to vinyl by Studio Mule.
  • Vinyl LP (STUDIOMULE20)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Exile One
Exile One

In 1970 Gordon Henderson moved to Guadeloupe to pursue a career in music. By 1973 he'd started his own back, Exile One. This reissue on Tidal Wave Music, of their 1974 debut, shows off the band's ability to mix together funk, soul, reggae, calypso and Haitian music. The result is fun as hell and demands that you get up and dance.

Seba Kaapstad
Thina

Seba Kaapstad is not a person but a group, and a highly-international one at that. They’ve assembled a real wonder of a record, with positive grooves and good-vibes tunes spread over twelve tracks. I guess Thina is global future-pop, rich with colours and touching on all the loveliest genres. Out on Mello Music Group.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Shankar Jaikishan
Raga Jazz Style

Released in 1968 and never previously reissued until now, this is a rare wonder of a recording from the little-documented Indian jazz scene. Shankar Jaikishan and his ensemble do a masterful job of merging the traditional ragas of Indian classical music with Western swing jazz, and it comes out sounding frankly gorgeous. Raga Jazz Style is reissued by Outernational Sounds.

Creative Arts Ensemble
One Step Out

Excellent re-press from Outernational Sounds here. The Creative Arts Ensemble was the only larger-size ensemble to emerge out of Horace Tapscott’s superb Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Their 1981 debut LP, made in collaboration with B. J. Crowley, ran with the spiritualism of Tapscott’s ensemble while also nodding to the wildness of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago.
  • Vinyl Double LP (OTR-005)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tim Maia
Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia

Tim Maia has a lot of cultural caché in his native Brazil, but his profile in the English-speaking world could do with a little boost: enter Luaka Bop. The David Byrne-affiliated label have compiled 15 highlights from Maia’s extremely soulful career. Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia is available on CD or double LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Neil Ardley
A Symphony Of Amaranths

As a fan of AFC Wimbledon, just imagine how excited this young blurb writer is to see a record from The Dons’ manager Neil Ardley up on the Norman Records site! Granted, A Symphony Of Amaranths isn’t the sort of poetic turn of phrase one usually associates with former members of The Crazy Gang, but Ardley’s a man of principle and I’m sure he knows what he’s doing. I wonder if there’s anything as catchy as ‘We Are Wombles’ on here? Time to find out. Off we go … … Oh, looks like I’ve got the wrong Neil Ardley. This one is actually a late jazz pianist who was the director of the New Jazz Orchestra, and this pressing of A Symphony Of Amaranths is a reissue of a work that dates from 1972. Ardley conducts a chamber jazz ensemble here as well as banging keys on a prepared piano. There’s a track on it called ‘The Dong With A Luminous Nose’. If only it were ‘The Don With A Luminous Nose’. Take me back to Plough Lane ...
  • Vinyl LP (WBSLP016)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Piero Piccioni
3 Notti D'Amore (Original Soundtrack)

Not only do Italians know how to create lush film scores on the themes of love, lust and murder, they know how to live the art too! During the 1950s, Piero Piccioni was a prime suspect in the murder of a young girl, Wilma Montesi. It was the first court case to lift the lid and take a peek at the corruption, wealth and sex at the top of Italian society and the public lapped up the tabloid headlines and paparazzi pictures. Piccioni was cleared of all charges and the case remains unsolved. You can hear it all here in Piccioni's 1964 soundtrack, 3 Notti d'Amore. Moving from sensuous sax and relaxed rhythms to tense strings and jumpy horns. It goes through the emotions like only an Italian could. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Sun Ra and Solar Arkestra
On Jupiter

Where are we in the great intergalactic Sun Ra catalogue? Well, On Jupiter is a funk album of sorts, recorded in the late 70’s no less. Ra engages with what was going on down in the streets but from the perspective of his own spacemind. The Solar Arkestra follow gamely, and another unique Sun Ra artefact was created. Reissued by Art Yard.
  • Vinyl LP (ARTYARD-444-COSMO EPIC)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Laneous
Monstera Deliciosa

Australian vocal jazz with an inevitably Giles Peterson co-sign from Brisbane's Laneous. The project belongs to Lachlan Mitchell who has been showing off his soulful falsetto for years. On Monstera Deliciosa he gets together with a number of incredibly talented musicians, including a couple from Hiatus Kaoiyote for an album as smooth as silk. On Soul Has No Tempo.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Collard
Unholy

Here’s rising star Collard with his debut Unholy. Raised in a Mormon household near South London, the 24-year-old deploys sultry falsetto over lithe songs of funky r’n’b-ish rock and pop. Tunes such as ‘Hell Song’ and ‘Warrior Cry’ are filled with tight instrumentation, pregnant pauses and personal lyrics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

Filles De Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis was originally released in 1968. It sits between Miles In The Sky and In A Silent way, making it the transitional album between his acoustic and electric periods. Accompanying Davis on the album was the stellar line up of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. A Classic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lee Moses
How Much Longer Must I Wait? Singles & Rarities 1965-1972

Lee Moses is an enigmatic Southern Soul kind of guy, noted for his rare but fantastic 1971 album Time and Place. But what if you wanted to go deeper than that album? Well then you’d need How Much Longer Must I Wait?, which compiles (mostly earlier) non-album material that is either vanishingly rare or actually never before released. Very soulful stuff, beautifully restored and presented.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Steve Lacy
Apollo XXI

Here we have the long-awaited debut LP from The Internet’s Steve Lacy. Though Apollo XXI is Lacy’s first solo full-length, we doubt this precocious young chap was feeling the pressure too much - when you’ve made beats for Kendrick Lamar, given a TED Talk and walked the runway at Paris Fashion week before turning 20 you probably don’t even know what pressure is. Lacy’s carefree approach translates into this gorgeous neo-soul set. Dropping just as the weather heats up, Apollo XXI is a perfect summer jam collection.

Grant Green
Grant’s First Stand

Though Grant’s First Stand isn’t technically the first set Grant Green taped for Blue Note - that honour goes to the recordings collected as 2001’s First Session - it was definitely the first LP that the famed jazz guitarist released through the label. On this record Green’s unusual trio (drums, organ and guitar) front their own take on the contemporaneous sounds of hard bop and balladry. The result is an album that still surprises and thrills all these years later.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Johnny Griffin
Introducing

Blue Note reissue the classic debut LP from late saxophonist Johnny Griffin. 1956’s Introducing Johnny Griffin kick-started one of the longest and most distinguished careers in jazz, but even well over a half a century later this record still ranks among the ‘Little Giant’s finest. Introducing’s opening track ‘Mil Dew’ is one of the essential hard bop texts.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Freddie Hubbard
Open Sesame

This new edition of Freddie Hubbard’s famous 1960 debut LP fronts up the original in its full glory. Even all these years later Open Sesame remains a exercise in bespoke cool from the famous trumpeter/flugelhorn player. Along with a band that featured Tina Brooks (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Sam Jones (bass) and Clifford Jarvis (drums), Hubbard swings through a set of originals and covers here with effortless grace. Blue Note’s latest pressing of Open Sesame features liner notes penned by the late Ira Gitler.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic

By posthumous appointment of His Royal Majesty the late Prince Rogers Nelson, the article contained within - to wit, the present item of recorded and remixed music, titled Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic - shall be herewith available for public purchase by way of mandated, if finite, general release, and thereby shall no longer retain exclusivity among those few members constitutive of the 2001 NPG Music Club organisation. Signed, the Estate of His Majesty. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075914001)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Adrian Lim-Klumpes
Yield (Preludes & Fugues for Piano)

Adrian Lim-Klumpes has plied his pianist’s trade at the helm of bands including Tangents and 3ofmillions, generally working in a jazz-informed milieu. But, as solo album Yield’s sub-heading Preludes & Fugues for Piano suggests, this is a more classically informed release, presenting crystal-clear ideas that stand and breath in the sound-space. On Off Records.

Orchestra Exotica
Plays Martin Denny

Hm. Very interesting. One guy plays, and I quote, 'parafernalia' along with the flute and synths. I can only imagine that this record is going to be a bit whacky and, yes, interesting. Orchestra Exotica have released Plays Martin Denny on CD and is released on Off. (An annoying little snippet to try and say. Released on Off. Try it). 

Tenderlonious
Hard Rain

This new album by Tenderlonious, 'Hard Rain', looks like a nice mix of urban jazz and vintage hip-hop, with elements of ambient, funk, and trip-hop. Tenderlonious is not only a solo artist but the head of an up-and-coming record label 22a, a DJ, a producer, and multi-instrumentalist. This is clearly a one to watch. 
  • Label(s):
  • 22a

Griot Galaxy
Kins

Griot Galaxy painted their faces silver, read poetry at their gigs and played oddball jazz. Kins, their 1982 masterpiece,  is one of those much sought-after, legendary rare albums, made more rare by the fact that 1800 copies of the original pressing were accidentally binned. The Detroit band had the spirit of John Coltrane and Sun Ra coursing through their veins.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

It may seem ironic that the biggest-selling album in jazz history is such a subtle and understated beast - perhaps less so when you consider it as a sublime masterpiece of subtlety and understatement. Improvisation is an enigmatic and elusive thing, especially at the envelope-pushing level captured here, with Miles and sidemen forging ahead and abandoning the strictures of hard bop for the relative freedom of a modal approach. Even for musicians of the calibre of Coltrane and Bill Evans, there’s a special unplannable magic here, where every player is utterly in the zone and in synergy. They all unleash majestic lines like it’s the easiest thing in the world. Kind of Blue is no daunting, towering edifice - it doesn’t insist on itself, but is a gently seductive and laidback entity. It’s beautifully recorded record too, and one of the nicest vinyl experiences you can have.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Chevance - Outremusique pour enfants 1974-1985

Take an eye-opening spin through the catalogue of Chevance, Philippe Gavardin’s experimental sub-label, wherein all manner of experiments were published. Linguists, chansons, free-leaning jazz, poetics and unclassifiable abstractions are all featured in this survey of the most intriguing moments of those eleven years of activity. Really, the only way to get an impression is to dive into Outremusique pour enfants yourself! Compilation on Born Bad.

Alan Hawkshaw
The Road Forward

I wonder what Alan Hawkshaw envision these compositions of his would be used for. Once again Be With Records have gone to drink from the KPM well and have developed a case of The Road Forward. Mysterious and compelling scores wrought from synths, beats and grooves. Features one track called 'Strangelands' and one called 'Strangeways'.

John Cameron
Jazzrock

John Cameron has worked with artists as diverse as Donovan, Cilla Black and Hot Chocolate and was a member of CCS who famously covered Led Zeppelin’s 'Whole Lotta Love' way back when. He’s also responsible for the soundtracks to many films, most notably, Kes. Jazzrock is percussion-heavy, soundtrack-esque, full of funk breaks and has been enormously influential in its time. On Be With.
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH059LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Alan Hawkshaw / Keith Mansfield
Beat Incidental

Here's one for all of the people who want to get their scrobble numbers up. Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield worked together to create 32 tracks, some of which are under 10 seconds long. And you know what, a lovely 10 seconds they are too. Be With Records continue their raiding of the KPM archives, and if Beat Incidental is anything to go by, they probably shouldn't stop.
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH060LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Golden Hands
Golden Hands

Moroccan 70s funk rock anyone? Good, I thought so. Despite their name sounding like an off-kilter US indie band, Golden Hands were a sibling duo formed in Morocco in 1969. It wasn’t until 1978 that their North African DIY take on funk and rock took off, though. They were successful enough in their homeland to make them try to crack Europe. This is their self-titled debut LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ruf Dug
Ruf Dug presents The Committee

On this genre-blending five-track EP of dub, soul and jazz, Manchester-based record store owner and producer Ruf Dug assembles a cast of friends and musical fellow-travellers to present The Committee. Recorded in less than a fortnight at the collective’s own studio in South London, this short but immensely fun collection is a testament to the powers of collaboration. 

Spring Heel Jack and Wadada Leo Smith
The Sweetness of the Water

Spring Heel Jack, aka John Coxon and Ashley Wales, bring in American avant-jazz composer and performer Wadada Leo Smith for a fabulous session of electroacoustically-tinged modern improvisation. And look beyond the headline artistes of The Sweetness of the Water and you’ll even find guest appearances by the likes of Evan Parker and Mark Sanders! Plenty of chops here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Be Known Ancient/Future/Music

Kahil El’Zabar’s high-grade outfit Ethnic Heritage Ensemble present a new suite of spiritual afro-jazz. Be Known Ancient / Future / Music flowed forth from the combination of percussion, vocals, cello, trumpet and baritone sax, a non-standard ensemble combination with a fabulous intuitive group feel. Somehow earthy and cosmic all at once. Out on Spiritmuse.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Robert Glasper
Canvas

Robert Glasper is a well-respected and successful jazz et al musician, winning Grammys for the film Miles Ahead, for his Kendrick Lamar collaboration, and his solo albums. Damn. But now let's look back to his major label debut, on none other than Blue Note. Canvas was originally released in 2005, and features nine spritely groovy originals and a cover of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Riot’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Brown
Say It Live And Loud: Live In Dallas 08.26.68 (Expanded Edition)

Say It Live And Loud: Live In Dallas 08.26.68 sees James Brown and his band in powerful form. It was recorded with the recent assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy fresh in people’s minds. His protest anthem Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud had just been released, and to rightly hammer his point home, he performs it twice. Classic stuff! Double LP on Polydor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Planet Earth

Sony are reissuing some later albums by Prince. Here’s album No.32, Planet Earth, which originally saw the light of day via a free giveaway CD with some bloody newspaper or other. Now it’s being reissued on CD and purple vinyl (what else?!) so at last you can buy your copy without feeling the shame of buying certain publications. A few of his old cohorts played on the album, including Michael Bland, Wendy & Lisa and Sheila E. Includes the singles Guitar, Chelsea Rogers and Future Baby Mama.

Maisha
There Is A Place

Ride the London Jazz Underground, Brownswood Records line, then hop off at Maisha station. There is a place there called There is a Place. It’s this debut Maisha album and it’s a vibrant little corner indeed. Drummer-bandleader James Long and his twelve-strong accomplices weave through guitar- and sax-led spiritual jazz, Afrobeat and other stylings.
  • 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!

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

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