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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

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

Saun & Starr
Look Closer – Instrumental Versions


  • Vinyl LP (DAP-038)
  • £20.49 £15.37 (saving: £5.12)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Diana Ross and the Supremes
Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found

Jack White’s Third Man label are dabbling with the mainstream. Working with record industry behemoths Universal they have packaged their 2008 double CD release of Diana Ross & The Supremes - Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found as a spectacular 4 LP box set. It has the honour of being the first Motown record to be pressed in Motor City itself. You'll hear them cover The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder along with 45 other tracks.
  • Vinyl LP box set (TMR506)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Alex Puddu
The Golden Age of Danish Pornography Vol. 3

Originally started by composing a soundtrack to a set of 70s vintage hardcore short films, Alex Puddu’s Golden age series is brought to an end with the third installment. Dusty funk grooves, with track titles such as Cowboys Do It Better I think you get the idea. Remember Ron Jeremy’s Pornosonic album? Of course you do.
  • Vinyl LP (SCEB949LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I Put A Spell On You

The story goes that during the recording of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins signature song, I Put A Spell On You, he was so ‘hepped up on goofballs’ that he blacked out and didn’t remember doing it. The recording has earned cult and legendary status for it’s sheer out-there-ness. Hawkins was also an actor with a penchant for the macabre and this fed into his live performances influencing a whole host of acts from Alice Cooper to The Cramps and Arthur Brown to Tom Waits, to name a few. This LP gathers together his most famous song with 14 other tracks including Little Demon and Frenzy. LP on Wagram.
  • Vinyl LP (3352646)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dave Holland featuring Evan Parker, Craig Taiborn and Ches Smith
Uncharted Territories

A veritable avant-jazz odyssey from legendary double-bassist Dave Holland and company here. Across the twenty-three tracks of Uncharted Territories, the quartet of Holland, Evan Parker (saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano/electronics) and Ches Smith (percussion) journey into the farthest-flung corners of jazz experimentalism. While challenging, the LP remains consistently interesting as the group break off into duo and trio combinations throughout.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (LPDARE010)

John Coltrane
Giant Steps (Mono)


  • Vinyl LP (0081227945251)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tsvia Abarbanel
Eastern Soul

Israeli crate-diggers Fortuna Records have a bit of a thing for Yemeni singer Tsvia Abarbanel. The label’s first release was a 7” single featuring her tracks ‘Wings Of Love’ and ‘Yahlel Hawa’, both of which also appear on this reissue of a privately-pressed recording made in 1970. The music of Eastern Soul is a heady mix of spiritual jazz, Yemenite funk and swinging standards. Abarbanel’s strong, earthy voice provides the album's anchor. Good stuff.
  • Vinyl 12" (FTN008)

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 2)

Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series is a collection of some of the countless classic tunes that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and related solo productions. Volume 2 features cuts from Al Green, Ann Peebles and Syl Johnson, among plenty others.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BEC5543357)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Arve Henriksen
Places Of Worship


  • Vinyl LP (RLP3147)
  • CD (RCD2147)

Menahan Street Band
The Crossing


  • Vinyl LP (DAP029LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jack White
Lazaretto / Power Of My Love

'Lazaretto' is the first single from Jack White's second album, cunningly also called 'Lazaretto', being released on his very own Third Man Records. Why Jack White is writing songs about maritime quarantine stations, only he knows. The track is backed on the flip by exclusive tune 'Power Of My Love'. 
  • Vinyl 7" (TMR273)
  • Limited edition

Charley Patton
Founder Of The Delta Blues

It’s hard to think of a more seminal and influential artist than Charley Patton. As well as being a first-hand influence on fellow giants Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, his guitar and vocal 78s are some of the most revered recordings in blues. This double LP compilation of his 1929-1934 Paramount and Vocation sides was first issued in 1971. Foundational stuff that’s in the DNA of countless successive examples of blues, folk and rock, yet sounds utterly otherworldly.
  • Vinyl Double LP (YAZ1020LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Majik
Back Into Your Heart

Hi Records did a roaring trade in the 1970s, but much of the label’s catalogue has fallen into obscurity since. One of the lost gems was Majik’s 1979 single ‘Back Into Your Heart’/’Dance Dance Dance’. Now set to wax once again by Melodies International - the same imprint responsible for fine recent reissues of Bobby Wright and Tomorrow’s People - both tracks are the sort of hot-wired, Motown-sound disco which never fail to get a party going.
  • Vinyl 7" (MEL10)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lightmen Plus One
Fancy Pants

This is the second LP from Texas native Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen band, and it's a doozy. A symbiotic blend of politically fuelled, revolutionary social commentary and maverick underground jazz, this vinyl reissue is presented in both stereo and mono mixes, with a bonus download card featuring footage of live performances.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NA5156LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

J. M. Tim & Foty
African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)

J. M. Tim & Foty were a creative duo based from Cameroon working on funk and disco. This LP on Africa Seven presents just two years of that hard work. And if you need a seal of approval just know that god like genius Missy Elliot has sampled one of these tracks. So what are you waiting for?
  • Vinyl LP (ASVN058)

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Jukebox Single #6


  • Vinyl 7" (ITR228)
  • Limited edition

Leon's Creation
This Is The Beginning

Acid Jazz reissue this rare 1970 LP from San Franciscan seven-piece Leon’s Creation. The group emerged in the wake of Golden Gate city giants like Sly And The Family Stone and Santana - Leon’s Creation frontman Leon Patillo would later collaborate with the latter on Borboletta and Festival. This Is The Beginning bears a strong influence of both of those groups with an additional Frisco hippie vibe thrown in for good measure.
  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP434)
  • CD (AJXCD434)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Isaac Hayes
Hot Buttered Soul

On only his second album, Issac Hayes had managed to acquire complete artistic control, resulting in one of the most groundbreaking soul albums of any era. Containing only four long tracks, the album is dominated by Hayes’ legendary elongations of Walk On By and By the Time I Get to Phoenix. New remaster, housed in a tip-on jacket.
  • Vinyl LP (7202920)
  • Genre(s):
  • 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)
  • £7.49 £5.62 (saving: £1.87)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Batteaux
Batteaux

This is a much needed re-issue of this sampled folk funk classic from 1973 which has been described as proto Yacht Rock. Melodic sun dappled songs with hints of country rock that stand pretty well against the likes of Crosby Stills and Nash whilst being underground and cool enough to be sampled by MF Doom.  
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH027LP)

Various
Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1+2

For sure, Japan’s legacy of jazz music is under-heard and under-appreciated outside of the country, despite huge domestic enthusiasm. This double disc Jazzman compilation might put paid to that, being a sixteen track selection of lesser-known (in the West) performers of the more spiritual end of jazz music. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1 + 2 comes with bilingual liner notes, for all the context you could want.
  • CD (JMANCD096)

Baloji
137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese artist Baloji works as a sort of stylistic lightning rod on his latest LP. Bringing together pop stylings from all over Africa - he even goes so far as to jack the instrumental of Dur Dur’s mighty ‘Dooyo’ for lead single ‘Soleil De Volt’ - Baloji turns 137 Avenue Kanaima into a celebration of Pan-Africanism and continental resilience, all married to a disco beat.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BELLA709V)
  • CD (BELLA709CD)

Félix Blume
Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince

Felix Blume is the sound-artist credited with Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince, but what he has really done is provided a window through which the people of Haiti can shine. Funerals, funeral processions and church services are condensed into a rich and powerful sound picture of these traditions. Masterfull presented on vinyl by Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP51)

Starchild & The New Romantic
Language

Starchild's Brandon Cook is wonderfully unashamed about his influences: Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson. This impeccably produced pop record could easily be an 80s gem. It stays true to the style but carries important, topical messages of marginalisation and the difficulties of growing up within institutionalised adversity.
  • Vinyl LP (GI310LP)
  • £19.99 £14.99 (saving: £5.00)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (GI310CD)

Sun Ra
Of Abstract Dreams

It’s unlikely that the cosmos boasts many ensembles more hard-working or prolific than Sun Ra’s Arkestra, so it shouldn’t be surprising that quality recordings keep turning up decades after the fact. This release captures a mind-seventies session for Philadelphia’s WXPN FM. Sonny sticking to piano, debuting live favourite I’ll Wait For You, and throwing in the goofy Unmask the Batman among longer and more intense workouts. LP or CD, remastered from the original tapes.
  • Vinyl LP (STRUT166LP)
  • CD (STRUT166CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bobby Wright
Blood Of An American

Bobby Wright - now Abu Talib - was moonlighting in the clubs of NYC during the Vietnam war. When one of his band members died serving and another was drafted, he got together with his bassist and penned these two spectral, haunting soul ballads. ‘Blood Of An American’ and ‘Everyone Should Have His Day’ are as pained and affecting as anything by Wright’s contemporaries Gil Scott-Heron and Sly Stone. This 7” reissue comes with a booklet that features words by Talib and Down With Childhood author Paul Rekret.
  • Vinyl 7" (MEL9)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Durand Jones & The Indications
Durand Jones & The Indications

Secretly Canadian sub-label Dead Oceans teams up with Colemine to front the debut LP from Indiana soulsters Durand Jones & The Indicators. After the sad passing of Charles Bradley there’s now a gap in the market for this sort of thing. With Jones’s soulful croon and his group’s faithful homages to golden-age James Brown and Otis Redding, this lot might be the ones to fill it.
  • Vinyl LP (DOC157LP-C1)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (DOC157LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Harold Alexander
Sunshine Man

A lesser-known jazz treat from 1971 here sees its first vinyl reissue since it was first released. Harold Alexander, the titular Sunshine Man, had a wonderfully soulful and funky take on jazz, leaning in both free and fusion directions at times. Sunshine Man has found its way into sample banks numerous times, but now you can give the record a chance to breathe in full. Reissued by Tidal Waves.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM12)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Brownswood 10 Versions

Tenth birthday release from the Brownswood label, who have decided to celebrate the occasion with ten key cover versions from their quality roster. Represented here are the likes of Mala, Giles Peterson and his Havana Cultura Band and Owiny Sigoma Band, reinterpreting music by Can, Art Blakey, Sun Ra and other heavyweights. Double LP release on Brownswood Recordings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BWOOD159LP)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Tearing At The Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats made more than just ripples in the water with their self-titled debut, so it’s likely that one or two folk are looking forward to its follow-up. Tearing At The Seams should supply what they’re looking for, and it’s only on bloody Stax! White vinyl double LP or Deluxe CD with 20 page booklet and two extra tracks.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STX00308)
  • CD (STX00301)

Fumio Itabashi
Nature

Fumio Itabashi's many attempts to transcend a jazz idiom are fully on display on the excellent Nature, where he uses his piano to lead a band of  renowned Japanese players. This reissue firmly cements him as one of the country's greatest jazzers, mixing jittery movement with lyrical melodies for a record that feels both respectful of its tradition and keen to move on with it.
  • Vinyl LP (MULEMUSIQ223)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Atlas
Breeze

A wonderful reissue of a distant gem from 1987, which itself was quite an obscurity in its time. Sitting in the middle of a space rock epic, 80s fusion and balearic synth, the album takes the listener to unimaginable places, an ethereal blend of vintage Japanese electronic pop and cosmic rock balladry. 
  • Vinyl LP (STUDIOMULE2LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Isaac Hayes
Shaft

Here’s a soundtrack whose enduring impact and influence outweighs that of its parent film. Besides the ubiquity of the title track, this mostly instrumental double is the best-selling Stax LP, and was harvested for samples by 2Pac, Lil’ Kim and Dr. Dre. With Hayes being mostly relegated to songwriting, the focus is more on The Bar-Kays, who get to stretch out to the max on Do Your Thing. Remastered double LP in tip-on sleeve.
  • Vinyl Double LP (7202924)
  • £36.99 £33.29 (saving: £3.70)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Isaac Hayes
Black Moses

On his massive 1971 double, Hayes puts his own stamp on hits by the Jackson 5,  Dionne Warwick and the Carpenters. Its enduring influence led to Ike's Rap II being sampled by both Tricky and Portishead. And as if the messianic and expansive vibes weren’t coming through strongly enough, the uncompromising title was represented by a cruciform fold-out sleeve, replicated in all its glory here.
  • Vinyl Double LP (7202921)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Isao Suzuki Quartet +2
Orang-Utan

If your Japanese jazz collection is lacking a little, you might want to pick up Orang-Utan, now finely reissued on vinyl by Le Tres Jazz Club. Orang-Utan, by the bass-and-cello-led Isao Suzuki Quartet (on this occasion featuring two additional players), is a session of thoughtful, explorative free jazz that leans at times into fusion flavours.
  • Vinyl LP (LTJC003)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Madlib
Shades Of Blue


  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP1898)

Max Cooper feat. Kathrin deBoer & Quentin Collins
Tileyard Improvisations Vol. 1

This album is what appears when numerous shades of jazz and improvisation are granted vocal narrative, then backed with smart beats and rhythms. These spontaneously created tracks defy many forms of compositional logic, yet feel natural and deeply addictive. Soulful, effortlessly groovy and singular work.
  • Vinyl 12" (GB1525)
  • £9.49 £8.54 (saving: £0.95)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

T.J. Hustler Metaphysical Synthesized Orchestra
Age of Individualism

Another rescued from obscurity, T.J. Hustler's set of long form drum machine and keys electronic funk tracks, lifted by synthesiser stabs and pads, each created a surreal world. Hustler could have easily influenced Wesley Willis, his loose, growling musings swapping places with abstract instrumental licks. Wonderful.
  • Vinyl Double 12"
  • £36.99 £33.29 (saving: £3.70)
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  • Last copy

Elephant9
Greatest Show On Earth

'Greatest' as in 'worst' but only if you don't like prog/jazz explorations with lashings of Keith Emerson style organ playing.  Elephant 9 certainly have 'chops'. They have been voted one of the best live acts in Norway and transcend jazz and rock with their wild improvisational playing. RIYL people playing instruments crazily to a very high standard.   
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3198)
  • CD (RCD2198)

1939 Ensemble
Beats & Saints

1939 Ensemble, whose name unfortunately sounds to English ears like a Tory committee, are in fact an instrumental quartet who perform boldly experimental covers of various material with their percussion, vibraphone, trumpet, guitar and electronics set-up. The Beats & Saints EP features versions of songs by The Breeders, Stereolab, Charles Mingus and more, plus some originals.
  • Vinyl 12" (JB159)
  • £15.49 £11.62 (saving: £3.87)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leroy Hutson
Hutson

Acid Jazz have gone and released a brace of classic Leroy Hutson LPs, from the height of his '70s powers. ‘Hutson’ was a stone-cold high watermark of 1970s soul, produced with Curtis Mayfield at his Curtom Studios. This deluxe, remastered reissue has some signature Hutson moments: ‘All Because of You’ and ‘Lucky Fellow’ amongst them. CD with 3 bonus tracks; LP has full colour inner plus in depth sleeve notes.  
  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP422)
  • CD (AJXCD422)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leroy Hutson
Hutson II


  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP423)
  • CD (AJXCD423)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kjetil Mulelid Trio
Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House

Kjetil Mulelid Trio are young, new, Scandinavian, and a piano trio. Their album Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House has an airy, white-room clarity to it, but still fizzes with melodic flair and the excitement of busy collective improvisation. CD and LP editions on the ever-excellent Rune Grammofon label.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3196)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joey Dosik
Game Winner (Deluxe Edition)

Joey Dosik’s Game Winner is a mini-album that turned out to be all about basketball: watching TV sports while recovering from an injury meant that Joey’s writing became permeated by the beautiful game. Game Winner is, as I say, a mini-album, but this deluxe reissue (of the initial 2016 release) adds four additional tracks, which I guess makes it a full album now! On Secretly Canadian.
  • Vinyl LP (SC363LP)
  • CD (SC363CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Tubby Hayes Quintet
Modes and Blues: 8th February 1964

Despite his death in 1973 at the age of just 38, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz players the UK has produced. This LP, recorded during the band’s Ronnie Scott’s residency in 1964, makes a good show of Hayes and his quartet’s showstopping take on modernism and post-bop.
  • Vinyl LP (GB1013)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hiroshi Fukumura Quintet
Morning Flight

If your Japanese jazz collection is lacking a little, you might want to pick up this fresh new reissue of Hiroshi Fukumura Quintet’s 1973 recording Morning Flight, featuring the additional trombone talents of Shigeharu Mukai. Somewhere between the spiritualism of John Coltrane and the modalism of, well, earlier John Coltrane, Morning Flight is certainly one to pick up. Reissued by Le Tres Jazz Club.
  • Vinyl LP (LTJC004)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU – Soul-fuelled Stompers from 1960s – 1970s Ethiopia

Yet another Ethio-Jazz compilation here, this time courtesy of Lebanese crate-digger Ernesto Chahoud and Barely Breaking Even records. It would be easier to lament the slew of reissues of music from Ethiopia’s 60s/70s golden age if the music wasn’t so damn good. Mulatu Astatke features, obviously, but the show is stolen by the tracks indebted to funk, soul and Motown.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BBE369CLP)
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Thelonious Monk
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

Languish in the fabulous music that Thelonious Monk recorded in 1959 for the movie Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The audio has never been officially released in its own right until now, but the high quality of this double CD release makes up for that colossal delay. Comes with a sixty-page booklet, packed with exclusive photos and liner notes. On Sam Records.
  • Vinyl LP (SRS-1-LP)
  • CD (SRS-1-CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Everything Is Recorded
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Richard Russell may have made his name as the boss of XL Records, but he has some production pedigree too - among others, he’s helmed LPs for Bobby Womack and Ibeyi. The cosmopolitan, soulful production style he displayed on those records translates nicely to Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell. It features a slew of big-name guests - Giggs, Kamasi Washington, Wiki, Sampha and more. The album basically ends up being an enjoyable synthesis of all facets of the XL sound.
  • Vinyl LP (XL883LPE)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (XL883LP)
  • CD (XL883CD)

Curtis Harding
Soul Power

35 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter Curtis Harding settled in Atlanta, Georgia after travelling all over the US with his family as a kid. Those travels helped gather musical inspiration for Soul Power, where he fuses southern garage rock with soul, blues and indie to make a soulful yet gritty rock album. Soul Power is available on vinyl LP and CD.
  • Vinyl LP (8714092739619)
  • CD (8714092739626)

The Group
The Feed-Back

This is some esoteric interaction from The Group aka Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. The Feed-Back is the 1970 album from the Italian all star band. It's an outing in freedom which has a deep back beat through out which the other players riff on. A blending of free jazz, freer funk and avant-garde ideals. Out on vinyl LP from Schema SCB Series.
  • Vinyl LP (SCEB916LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Shuggie Otis
Freedom Flight

There are gems galore to be found on this early Shuggie Otis LP, in a welcome reissue from 8th Records. Freedom Flight was Shuggie's sophomore full-length, and features the rejuvenated classic 'Strawberry Letter 23' as well as psych-funk nuggets such as 'Ice Cold Daydream' and the LP's title cut, the acid-funk instrumental guitar workout 'Freedom Flight'. A classic album made available on wax for the fans and for all the people; the record has truly stood the test of time and transcends genres and its era.
  • Vinyl LP (ETH743879HLP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dr. John
The Sun, Moon & Herbs

Recorded in London but with a New Orleans spirit, “The Sun, Moon & Herbs” arrived towards the end of Dr. John’s voodoo-inspired period, its heavy, foggy atmosphere and nods to Cajun folklore capturing the magic and spirit of the city even from afar. Hypnotic percussion, invigorating choruses, and creepy-cum-beautiful snapshots of The Big Easy.  
  • Vinyl LP (ETH33362CLP)

Shannon & The Clams
Onion

Quickly recorded with caution out in the wind, Onion is the fifth and most savoury of Shannon & the Clams releases. They cite a quick and impulsive recording environment, as studio man Dan Auerbach just had his instruments ready to go at all times. Expect the usual and avid throwback pop majesty that the Clam crew live for.
  • Vinyl LP (0075597932058)
  • CD (0075597931914)

Leroy Hutson
Anthology: 1972 - 1984

We’re happy to let Acid Jazz bring us Anthology: 1972 - 1984, a comprehensive Leroy Hutson compilation. The collection brings together his Curtom recordings with two newly unearthed tracks. His Newark home was a rich, fertile source of Soul -- including George Clinton’s Parliaments and the Manhattans. Hutson was soon working with Carla Thomas and Donny Hathaway. His solo Curtom sides swiftly became sought after and inspirational to many. Double LP / single CD.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AJX2LP419)
  • CD (AJXCD419)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Al Green
Let's Stay Together


  • Vinyl LP (FP11371)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Roland Kirk
Third Dimension

Recorded in New York in 1956, Third Dimension is the debut album from the legendary jazz man Roland Kirk. Slamming together bits and pieces of jazz history, he crafted his own unique multi-instrument style, showcased in all its glory here. Originally titled Triple Threat. Out on vinyl LP from Bethlehem.
  • Vinyl LP (VP90024)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
We Out Here

We Out Here presents a snapshot of the current state of young London jazz, and let me tell you, the scene(s) are sounding in fine health! Nine tracks, all recorded especially for this release, map the variety of sounds and cross-pollinations currently going on, such as Ezra Collective’s afrobeat stylings and Shabaka Hutchings’ free-but-rhythmic power. Great stuff on CD and 2 LPs by Brownswood Recordings.
  • CD (BWOOD175CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.
  • CD (OCD036)
  • In stock and ready to ship

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). 
  • CD (OPV012)
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Sonny Rollins
A Night At The Village Vanguard

A Night At The Village Vanguard was recorded over two sessions in one day in 1957. Recorded by jazz veteran Sonny Rollins, the album features Rollins on tenor sax with Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums for the first session and Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums for the second.
  • Vinyl LP (3773068)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ken Boothe
Everything I Own

Described by some as the most iconic Jamaican soul singer of his generation, Ken Boothe’s Everything I Own is back on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1974. The record is a must have for reggae fans and soul fans alike. The release features the original analogue mastering and album art for true authenticity. Available on vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1943)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

The Thing
Shake

At last, another full-blown studio release from the killer free-jazz trio that is The Thing! Masters of the form Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten have stunning chemistry together, and with Shake they blow everything else out of the water. Released by their own The Thing Records, working with Trost.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TTR005LP)

Hiroshi & Claudia
Six To Six

A rare and strange treat here from the obscure depths of Australia’s privately-pressed LP archives. Hiroshi & Claudia’s Six To Six is what happened when a touring group of Japanese jazz musicians had a session with a Mauritian cabaret singer, in which all parties took things to wild, funky, disco-jazz territory, Extremely rare 1979 record, now reissued by Northside Records.
  • Vinyl LP (NR016LP)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Curtis Mayfield
Back To The World


  • Vinyl LP (ETH8015LP)
  • £25.99 £19.49 (saving: £6.50)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Peter Brotzmann / Harry Miller / Louis Moholo
The Nearer The Bone, The Sweeter the Meat

Legendary saxophonist Peter Brotzmann meets two South African musicians on a reissue of this classic FMP session on Cien Fuegos. Brotzmann deploys his full range of reeds, from the lows of the bass clarinet to the dizzy highs of the soprano sax. Harry Miller grinds away on his double bass and Louis Moholo keeps up a constant spattering rhythm on the drums, all facilitating free jazz joy.
  • Vinyl LP (CF005)

Zu
Goodnight, Civilization


  • Vinyl 12" (TR131)
  • Artist(s):
  • Zu

Nina Simone
Mood Indigo (The Complete Bethlehem Singles)

Undisputed legend of piano and performance Nina Simone gets yet more of the dues she deserves with this collection of her early recordings, many of which will be familiar even to the unfamiliar -- "My Baby Just Cares For Me" features, as does the monolithic mash of melody and solo "Love Me Or Leave Me". The LP version comes with a 7" replica of her very first single, "Porgy", which is exceedingly nifty.
  • Vinyl LP (4050538322460)
  • CD (4050538320282)
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Theo Parrish
Black Jazz Signature

Arguably one of the world’s most important underground dance music producer/DJs lends his hands to selecting and mixing a set of jazz and funk records licensed from and originally released on the Black Jazz label 1971-1976. Theo gives special attention to fellow Chicago musicians The Awakening (3 consecutive tracks, 4 total on the mix), one of the best funk/fusion groups that the Black Jazz label released, and whose only output was on that label. The set itself is a masterful “2 turntables all vinyl” execution, a format that Theo is dedicated to – no mp3, no CDr, just the vinyl palette for the true aural experience. LP is unmixed.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SDGBJ1303LP)
  • CD (SDGBJ1303CD)

The BellRays
Punk Funk Rock Soul, Vol. 2

You know the scene in Wayne’s World when Wayne and Garth go into the bar and Cassandra Wong’s band are playing? Well, The Bellrays sound quite a lot like that band (who, for the record, were called Crucial Taunt). Fusing hard-rock stylings with soulful vocals and banging choruses got CT a record deal, and it seems to have worked for The Bellrays too.
  • Vinyl LP (UME011LP)
  • Vinyl LP (UME011LPX)
  • £17.99 £13.49 (saving: £4.50)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
  • CD (UME011CD)

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)

Nai Palm
Needle Paw

Debut solo album from Hiatus Kayote's lead singer and composer, Nai Palm. Needle Paw take a much more stripped back approach than anything she's done with her band, and so allows her voice to emerge all raw and powerful. Features new versions of Hiatus Kayote songs, as well as covers of Radiohead, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2048)

Muddy Waters
The Best Of Muddy Waters

The Best Of Muddy Waters is reissued on vinyl for the first time in 30 years to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the blues legend’s first album release. It’s made up from the 78rpm recordings Waters made for Chess Records between 1948 and 1954. The recordings show Waters as a highly expressive performer making this a great place to start if you want to explore one of music’s most influential artists.
  • Vinyl LP (5772325)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

D'Angelo
Voodoo

Voodoo by D’Angelo is regarded by many as the first great album of the new millennium. It was released shortly after 1999 had rolled into 2000. It features a crack-team of R&B musicians who were able to look into each others eyes as they played live. Voodoo is inspired equally by his children, his childhood home in Virginia and ground-breaking black musicians such as Sly Stone, George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix and Al Green.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MCR902B)
  • Vinyl Double LP (4724084)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Thelonious Monk Quartet & John Coltrane
At Carnegie Hall

At Carnegie Hall shows the burgeoning talents of John Coltrane coming to the fore during his time with Thelonious Monk Quartet. Monk’s experience shows he’s got a real player in Coltrane whose solo playing displays an early version of his ‘Sheets of Sound’ improvisation style. Unearthed by accident at the Library of Congress, this is a treat for jazz fans. Double vinyl LP on Blue Note.
  • Vinyl Double LP (5793871)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nucleus with Leon Thomas
Live 1970

British jazz-rock pioneers Nucleus were led by trumpeter Ian Carr and remained active throughout the seventies. Thomas is of course best known for being the yodeling voice of The Creator Has a Master Plan, which took up the bulk of Pharoah Sanders’ 1969 LP Karma, and is the centrepiece of the tenor giant’s live sets to this day. The version that opens this 1970 Montreux jazz festival set is very different, not least due to Chris Spedding’s extended guitar techniques, which lends the fine ensemble an almost post-punk angularity at times. Gatefold double LP or CD in LP-replica sleeve.
  • Vinyl Double LP (GB1529)
  • CD (GB1529CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Garrick Sextet with Don Rendell and Ian Carr
Prelude To Heart Is A Lotus

Michael Garrick’s 1970 LP Heart Is A Lotus went on to become one of the most important British jazz albums of the subsequent decade. For a few years prior to the record’s release Garrick and his sextet were jamming the tracks that would become HIAL with Don Rendell and Ian Carr. This session, recorded at the BBC in 1968, radically reconfigures the freeform, vaguely acidic freakouts of the final LP. An essential joining of dots.
  • Vinyl LP (GB1517)
  • CD (GB1517CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Elliot Galvin
The Influencing Machine

London-based jazz pianist and composer Elliot Galvin’s third album explores technology and the human mind, backed by oil-slick production, twinkling electronica and earthy Hammond organ. He also adds electric guitar to the mix, with rock-infused riffs adding some meat to this improvisational master’s output.
  • CD (EDN1103)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Polar Bear with Jyager
Common Ground


  • Vinyl LP (BAY78V)
  • £10.49 £8.39 (saving: £2.10)
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  • CD (BAY78CD)
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Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings On Earth

Frenzied super-group Melt Yourself Down (members of Polar Bear and Zun Zun Egui, plus Shabaka Hutchings) return with a second album! Last Evenings On Earth, which takes its name from a Roberto Bolano text, is a pre-apocalypse party record of immense energy and joy: vocals, saxophones and everything else all operating at peak level throughout. Released by The Leaf Label.
  • Vinyl LP (BAY101V)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • CD (BAY101CD)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Unstraight Ahead

Karl Hector is the pseudonym of visionary German producer and musician JJ Whitefield. Whitfield is the man behind the funk revival groups The Whitefield Brothers and Poets Of Rhythm. On Unstraight Ahead, with his backing band The Malcouns, Hector takes sounds from Mali and Ethiopian Jazz and mixes them with the Krautrock grooves of Can. The album still remains a funk-focused work, however. Unstraight Ahead is available on double vinyl LP with download code and CD.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NA5114LP)
  • Artist(s):
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa

Hey, who fancies a chunky bagful of rare South-African bubblegum disco-soul from the 1980’s? That’s right, everyone does. Gumba Fire is a curatorial collaboration between Miles Cleret and DJ Okapi, and between them they’ve picked out some real dancefloor stormers. CD and triple LP editions available, from Soundway.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SNDWLP124)

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
The Magic City

Fully restored and then some, this pressing of Sun Ra's behemoth Magic City goes long on its history via free jazz aficionado Ben Young. Notable for its near-thirty minute skronk sprawl title track, the record became something of a kept secret, the piece never getting a live outing due to its unique, impermeable sound. 
  • Vinyl LP (CMR001LP)
  • CD (CMR001)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 81-88

With Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s came the neon wonderlands of metropolises like Tokyo and Osaka. These futuristic cities, all bright lights and new money, needed a soundtrack, and in the genre of City Pop they got one. An amalgamation of electro-funk, r 'n' b, techno-pop and soul, City Pop’s quirky style has worn well and now shows up in the aesthetics of culture-vultures like Mac Demarco and Ariel Pink. On this double-LP, Cultures of Soul chronicle some of the best female exponents of the genre.
  • Vinyl Double LP (COS021LP)
  • CD (COS021CD)

Dorothy Ashby
Dorothy's Harp

The harp isn’t the first instrument that comes to mind when you think of jazz soloists, but the late Dorothy Ashby made it her unlikely axe and enjoyed an 11-album career. Her 1969 album features funky interpretations of The Beatles’ Fool on the Hill, Bacharach & David’s This Girl’s In Love With You, Jimmy Webb’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix, and some Brazilian exotica. The record would later be mined for breakbeats by crate-diggers and samplers. Blue vinyl edition, limited to 750 copies.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1977)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Garrick and Shake Keane
Rising Stars


  • CD (JBH041CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Brandon Lewis Trio
No Filter

James Brandon Lewis and his trio make their full-length debut with No Filter, an album that starts out from a jazz place and then takes it some other places: from smooth and sexy R&B to funky hip-hop. With guests on board like P.SO The Earth Tone King and Nicholas Ryan Gant, No Filter is a great example of where forward-looking jazz can go these days. On BNS Sessions.
  • Vinyl LP (BNS032LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Sunset Mission

Vintage dark-ambient-noir-jazz-doom from the German masters of the field, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. Sunset Mission is their 2000 album, the first in which saxophone appears. No lively jaunts here though: smooth black darkness is the way of Bohren. This moody work is reissued on CD and on gatefold-housed double vinyl by Play It Again Sam.
  • Vinyl Double LP (PIASD5013LP)

Colin Stetson
New History Warfare Vol. 3 : To See More Light


  • Vinyl Double LP (CST092LP)
  • CD (CST092CD)

Washington Phillips
Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams

On Dust-to-Digital’s first release they featured a few tracks by Texan blues musician Washington Phillips of which very little was actually known, even less than his mystery homemade instrument that he called The Manzarene. Enlisting the help of researcher Michael Corcoran they tracked down the story of his life, songs and instruments and put it all into this glorious book and CD combo.
  • CD (DTD-49)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Drakkar Nowhere
Drakkar Nowhere

Bringing together members of Phenomenal Handclap Band, Favored Nations, and Dungen by means of an impromptu kitchen jam session Drakkar Nowhere produce proggy and jazzy tinged soul tracks straight from a psychedelic past. Space organs and lazy walking bass lines, timeless pieces where the journey is the destination.
  • Vinyl LP (LPBBIB030)
  • £17.49 £13.12 (saving: £4.37)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (CDBBIB030)

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band are a steel drum band operating out of Hamburg, Germany. They got the attention of DJs and home listeners alike when they covered 50 Cent’s essential track ‘P.I.M.P.’ (included here), and have an array of other crucial covers to show off on 55, their debut full-length. CD / 2LP on Big Crown.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BC013LP)
  • CD (BC013CD)

Taylor McFerrin
Early Riser


  • Vinyl LP (BF045)
  • CD (BFCD045)

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