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30/70
Elevate

Soulful Melbourne heads 30/70 hook up with Peckham stronghold Rhythm Section to deliver their second album Elevate. It’s a rich, full-bodied big band sound that moves beyond the label’s house leanings to embrace the live musicality that so many of their artists favour. Sounding primed for next year’s festival season, this is a welcome blast of life-affirming sunshine to blow away the dead leaves.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Neue Grafik
Innervision

Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section International have spent a couple of years trying to eke out an EP from Parisian producer Neue Grafik. Finally, they have it in the form of Innervision. The six tracks here pick up from where NG’s excellent 2017 Soul Conspiracy EP left off. Fusing Motor City Drum Ensemble-style Detroit fetishism, beatwork indebted to Karriem Riggins and the jazz-influenced groove music of Moses Boyd and The Comet Is Coming, the result is a record that’ll make ya head nod.

String Theory
Modularity

Brand new duo from Glasgow String Theory slam dunk the funk on their debut EP for Rhythm Section International. You might very well suspect that with a canny title such as Modularity, the music entails some sort of modular synthesis, the musical creation kit de jour. You would be right, of course. But there’s a lot more to this sound - they’ve got the funkiest lounge-jazz bass since Pest, for a start. Beautiful.

Al Dobson Jr.
Rye Lane Versions

Yes, Rhythm Section. We get it. You’re from Peckham. No need to labour the point. This one actually came out in 2014, but such is the British clubsphere’s appetite for sprightly jazz-house from SE that Bradley Zero’s only gone and bloody pressed it again. What we have here are two takes of Al Dobson Jr.’s found-sound beat-smithery fleshed out into slinky 100-bpm jams by Polish duo Ptaki and Mancunian mainstay Ruf Dug.

Dan Kye
Joy, Ease, Lightness

Jordan Rakei has a side-project that releases on Rhythm Section International. Makes sense once you think about it. Anyway, Rakei’s work as Dan Kye is much better than the Jeff Buckley-type thing he does under his given name. The four tunes of Joy, Ease, Lightness are breezy deep house shuffles of the Theo Parrish/Moodymann school. Re-pressed just in time to catch the end of summer.

Prince
Ultimate Rave

The Legacy label live up to their name with this amazing package of 2 CDs and a DVD which hold the last two full lengths Prince released under his symbol moniker, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic and the remix album Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic. In addition you get a live DVD of his live incredible concert at Paisley Park.

James Brown
Black Caesar (Original Soundtrack)

Black Caesar was the James Brown’s first stab at a film soundtrack. A 1973 blaxploitation gangster film and funk sound like a pretty cool match. The soundtrack also includes tracks by The J.B.’s and Lyn Collins. Songs from this soundtrack have been sampled by Ice-T, Nas and Trick Daddy. 180g vinyl reissue on Polydor.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles
The Last Transmission

Hot on the heels of their joyous collaborative 2LP with Afrobeat trailblazer Orlando Julius, London's leftfield funk heroes Heliocentrics are at it again, this time on an LP with Melvin Van Peebles, a filmmaker, musician and author best known for his Brer Soul trilogy of albums in the '70s and for writing, producing, scoring, directing and starring in the 1971 film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'. The result is an interplanetary space/love odyssey which the band consider their defining work.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Parliaments
Baby I Owe You Something Good

Before George Clinton became the high priest of cosmic funk with Parliament and Funkadelic he led the doo-wop group The Parliaments. Baby I Owe You Something Good contains songs from 1967-68 and show the band transitioning from Doo-wop to funk via soul with some amazing basslines. It features instrumental and vocal versions of the title track and All Your Goodies Are Gone.
  • Vinyl 10" (UFU01)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Grodeck Whipperjenny
The Grodeck Whipperjenny

The Grodeck WhipperJenny is a perfectly executed psychedelic funk rock masterpiece. It is the brainchild of James Brown’s bandleader David Matthews, who at the time, was relatively unknown. It was originally released in 1970 on James Brown’s People label. This is it’s first reissue since those heady days.
  • Vinyl LP (NA5182LP)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hoodna Orchestra
Ofel

Much, if not most, modern music has its roots in Africa, but the twelve-piece ensemble Hoodna Orchestra aim to make that explicit by studying these traces back to their original source while simultaneously fusing these sounds together. They do so with tremendous precision and expertise, as demonstrated throughout the entirety of 2018s ‘OFEL’.

Melissa Aldana
Visions

Visions by saxophonist Melissa Aldana was inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Aldana explores similarities between the struggles Kahlo faced in a male-dominated art world with her own, as she makes her way in the world of jazz which is mostly populated by men. This is Aldana’s first recording heading up a jazz quartet. LP and CD on Motema.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Maurice Louca
Elephantine

On Elephantine, Maurice Louca and his 12-piece ensemble bring together the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra and a variety of influences from Louca's own Egypt. The result is something majestic and sublime, anchored by Louca's piano and guitar playing, and occasionally loosed into free jazz ecstasy. Released on Sub Rosa.

Budos Band
V

The Budos Band have long brought something different to the Daptone stable. While the label specialises in revivalist soul, this Staten Island group have come through with a series of LPs that blends the Stax aesthetic with psych-rock, funk and even a little doom metal. New album V - their fifth, if that wasn’t obvious - proves that the Budos Band sound remains in rude health.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lee Fields & The Expressions
It Rains Love

Lee Fields and The Expressions latest album, It Rains Love, comes on the 50th anniversary year of Lee Fields career. The soul man has worked with all sorts of people over the years from Bobby Womack to BB King and Kool & The Gang. He has been recording albums with The Expressions since 1979 with this being his 7th. Productivity picked up in recent years following the popularity of Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. LP and CD, with limited editions of each available while stocks last, on Big Crown.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fixity
No Man Can Tell

Sophomore LP from Dan Walsh’s Fixity project here. As it was on previous Fixity offerings like The Things In The Room, No Man Can Tell finds Walsh teaming up with a number of session jazzers for a set of highly original jazz-adjacent improvisations. Doom-jazz, free music, stoner metal and the large-ensemble spiritual experiments of artists like Horace Tapscott are all at work here. It makes No Man Can Tell an unusual and intriguing listen.

Fixity
The Things In The Room

Dan Walsh was busy in 2016. One of the four records released by the Irish musician under his Fixity name was The Things In The Room, an LP tracked in Sweden with three other musicians. These improvisations are highly potent doom/free-jazz numbers that touch on everything from Melt Yourself Down to Free Nelson Mandoomjazz. Released through Penske Recordings.

Cykada
Cykada

Even more London jazz! Cykada are a six piece considered with taking you to the stratosphere. Held together by an unbelievably tight rhythms section, on their debut Cykada send you off to space in rudimentary space ship made of a saxophone and a trumpet. Intense in a way very few bands dare to be. On Astigmatic.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jack Jacobs
I Believe It’s Alright

Beautiful cut of classic Philly soul here. Jack Jacob’s ‘I Believe It’s Alright’ is a killer track with a scorching guitar solo breaking through early on, and Jacob’s own astounding voice atop this music of constant drive. Criminally lost through the passage of time, with hope this re-release can right that wrong.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lloyd Miller
A Lifetime in Oriental Jazz

Ten years have passed since Jazzman first released their Lloyd Miller anthology A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz, so it’s high time they pressed up another run. This compilation does justice to the legendary musician. Drawing from rare private-press LPs, live sessions and hitherto-unheard recordings, A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz is fitting tribute to a man who has done more than most to build bridges in the global jazz network. This new edition comes with remastered sound, photos, liner notes and all that type of stuff.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Aaron Broomfield
Boomerang

Double-mix delight from Crown Ruler Records here. Back in the late ‘70s Aaron Broomfield of the Broomfield Corporate Jam briefly attempted a solo career. It didn’t run to more than a handful of singles, but for some reason his killer space-funk jam ‘Boomerang’ never made it to the pressing plant. Here 'Boomerang' comes presented in two versions - the flexi-disco A-side and the loose, sensual demo take. Anyone fond of a bit of Melodies International should take a gander at this.

Chasman
Synth-E-Fuge

Synth-e-fuge by Chasman has the kind of cover that makes you want to drop everything and go listen to it. If you need more persuading, however, then it's got some great synths, a charmingly lo-fi feel, and is more 80s than Duran Duran in over-sized blazers eating a communal Vienetta. For fans of Duran Duran, Wham!, and The Human League. 

August Greene
August Greene

Augustus Greene is the intriguing supergroup consisting of Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. The trio produce a sound that is as much hip hop as it is jazz. Common confidently cruising over an elegant backing of Glasper's keys and Riggins' drums. Some supergroups make me wonder why this is happening to me. Augustus Green make wonder how it took so long. 

The Comet Is Coming
Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

On their latest LP the futuro-jazz trio The Comet Is Coming encourage us to Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery. Whether or not you think such a sentiment is sound advice is up to you, but one thing that we can all agree on is that this is another incendiary set of electrified saxophonic fare from Shabaka Hutchings et al (he's the one from Sons Of Kemet, by the way). Kate Tempest guests on ‘Blood Of The Past’.

Ruby Rushton
Ironside

Ruby Rushton is not, as you would expect, a solo artist. Rather, Ruby Rushton is the name adopted by a London fusion quartet led by MPC-funk wizard Tenderlonious. The fourth Rushton LP Ironside finds Tenderlonious (real name Edward Cawthorne) largely leaving the electronics aside in favour of flute, sax and percussion. He and the other RR members create a cool post-jazz racket on Ironside. File next to Ezra Collective, Joe Armon-Jones and all those other cats.
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  • 22a
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

New World Music
Intellectual Thinking

New World Music - one of those hard-to-Google band names. Just like everyone else, they didn’t care about Google back in the mid-’80s because it didn’t exist. This lot were a San Franciscan electro-funk group who laid down funky keyboards, 808 beats and groovy bass lines, all infused with a chemical haze. Intellectual Thinking collects together all of their singles issued on the Macola label. 12” on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl 12" (NUM803LP)
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  • Last copy
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Sketches of Spain

Initially, Miles Davis was just going to record a version of Spanish composer and vituoso pianist, Joaquin Rodrigo’s classical guitar piece Concerto De Aranjuez after composer, arranger and regular collaborator, Gil Evans had transposed the music from the only known recording. However, this got Davis and Evans’ interested in more Spanish music and they began researching the country’s folk and dance music for what would become Sketches Of Spain. The album was recorded between 1959-60 and is regarded as one of his many classics.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jesse Sharps Quintet & P.A.P.A.
Sharps and Flats

A crucial piece of spiritual soul jazz finally gets a vinyl issue for the first time courtesy of Outernational Sounds. Jesse Sharps recorded Sharps And Flats in 1985, a time when he was leading Horace Tapscott’s Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Indeed Tapscott himself plays piano on two tracks here, and final entry ‘McKowsky’s First Fifth’ is a full P.A.P.A. piece. For the first six numbers Sharps brings the freedom and fire of the P.A.P.A to his quintet while allowing more space for classic melody sections.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane
Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings

Craft recordings celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Prestige Records label and the 60th of John Coltrane’s output as leader and co-leader in 1958. A massive 37 tracks represents his huge output from the time, working with such greats as Donald Byrd, Art Taylor, Red Garland, and many other incredible players. Comes with extensive liner notes, photos and an essay.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Radiohead In Jazz

At last! Someone has compiled an album of Radiohead songs done in a jazz style. Here we have some jazz heavyweights taking on the work of the best band ever to come from Oxford. Jamie Cullum is the big name here in collaboration with Geoff Gascoyne & Sebastian de Krom but there's also other people including the magnificently named Richard Cheese. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Country Funk Volume II 1967 - 1974

Intro Volume II of Light In The Attic's highly regarded Country Funk collection All tracks newly re-mastered Features cuts by Bob Darin, Townes Van Zandt, Gene Clark , Jim Ford, JJ Cale, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Willie Nelson and more 2xLP housed in a deluxe Stoughton 'Tip-On' jacket Includes comic with story by Jessica Hundley along with Jess Rotter’s illustrations

Various
Harde Smart : Flemish & Dutch Grooves From The 70's

Ever wondered what the Dutch language music of the 70s sounded like but didn't want to put the work in to find out? Do I have a compilation for you. Harde Smart features 21 tracks from the Holland and Flanders regions, which range from funk to soul to more jazz inflected cuts. These songs will be familiar to those who grew up with them, but can be enjoyed by anyone with a passing interest in that musical decade.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Non Ex Orbis

Third album, and first in ten years from kraut-jazz-rock band Karl Hector & The Malcouns. The band are from Munich, historically fertile ground for krautrock producing the likes of Amon Düül and Popol Vuh. On Non Ex Orbis The Malcouns do their city proud, improvising around their experimental brand of music.

BADBADNOTGOOD & Little Dragon
Tried

Canadian jazz outfit, BADBADNOTGOOD, have teamed up with Swedish electronic band, Little Dragon for a 7” single. The single is called Tried. It should appeal to fans of other acts who combine jazz, pop and other elements such as Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Blood Orange. 7" single on Ninja Tune.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Aretha Franklin
Songs of Faith: Aretha Gospel

They're going back to her roots. Songs Of Faith: Aretha Gospel contains recordings of gospel songs made by Aretha Franklin when she was just 14. This album has been out of print on vinyl for years. A great historical document of a phenomenal talent in her formative years. 180g vinyl reissue on Universal. Features new artwork and essay by Aretha’s biographer David Ritz.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

King Kong Paradise
Atsuma Mo Samusam

Up until now the partnership that has been forged between Studio Mule and Johnny’s Disk Record has produced a slew of superb Japanese jazz reissues. However, for the latest edition the Mule Musiq offshoot have opted to re-press an LP that is something of an anomaly in the JDR catalogue. Atsuma Mo Samusam, a super-duper-rare 1984 record from King Kong Paradise, has just as much reggae, Balearia and new-wave in it as it does the jazz-fusion of King Kong Paradise's other albums. Think Second Circle and Beats In Space.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Aretha Franklin
Amazing Grace - The Complete Recordings

Amazing Grace is without a doubt Aretha Franklin’s greatest selling album, and as we reach the 50th anniversary, Rhino bring us something special. Recorded across two days in January of 1972 this special release holds the full recordings of both live shows that Aretha Franklin performed. Sheer soul gospel gold.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Colin Webster / Mark Holub
Nadir

Hard as nails free jazz from Colin Webster and Mark Holub. Together on Nadir the pair use their instruments, saxophone and drums respectively, to destructive effect. Rarely is jazz this disinterestedly bold. Webster is probably best known for his work with Sex Swing while Holub for the racket he and his band Led Bib are responsible for. On Raw Tonk Records.
  • Vinyl LP (RT041)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra and His Arkestra
Featuring Pharoah Sanders and Black Harold

This cracking 1964 live set from New York’s Judson Hall was released in 1976 and became one of the rarest El Saturn LPs. The 12-piece Arkestra features a young Pharoah Sanders sitting in on a for an absent John Gilmore, and flautist Black Harold shines on the vocalised solo The Voice of Pan. Overall the album captures Ra & co at a fertile transitional period and is strikingly varied, dynamic and vibrantly recorded. This new Superior Viaduct reissue restores the original cover art (unused on the ESP CD) and adds three tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Eiji Nakayama
Aya's Samba

Over the past couple of years Mule Musiq offshoot Studio Mule has established itself as one of the go-to labels for Japanese jazz reissues. Much of its best material has been scavenged from the catalogue of Johnny’s Disk Record. Eiji Nakayama’s 1978 LP Aya’s Samba is Studio Mule’s latest catch. This is a collection of deftly groovy jazz tracks whose beats are rooted in salsa, funk and (of course) samba. It's a good thing this one's been reissued seeing as original copies go for megabucks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Beileid

Whenever you feel like moving in slow motion and perceiving everything around you as the setting of a monochrome film noire, stick on some Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. Beileid is their 2011 seventh album, and it doesn’t mess with the winning Bohren formula, apart from the surprising presence of vocals, on one track, by Mike Patton no less! First time on vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (PIASD5035LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Albert Ayler & Don Cherry
Vibrations

What a scoop! Two of the finest out-there American free-jazz performers, together in the same group. Don Cherry and Albert Ayler play beautifully with each other, and guess what, the rest of the quartet (Gary Peacock! Sonny Murray!) are both superb in their own right as well. Vibrations, recorded in Copenhagen in 1964, is now reissued in remastered form by ORG Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nick Waterhouse
Nick Waterhouse

Innovative Leisure drop the fourth LP from blue-eyed soulster Nick Waterhouse. As with the Michael Kiwanukas and Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reeds of this world, you get the sense that Waterhouse has quite possibly never listened to a record that wasn’t cut for either Motown or Stax. His eponymous record is a meticulous recreation of sounds and styles from an era that, sadly for Mr. Waterhouse, will never return.

Sonny Boy Williamson with Brian Auger & The Trinity / Joe Harriott / Alan Skidmore / Jimmy Page
Don't Send Me No Flowers


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

Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Balazs Pandi, Roswell Rudd
Ceremonial Healing


  • Vinyl Triple LP (RNR107LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Konstrukt (feat. Graham Massey & David McLean)
Live At Islington Mill

Those Turkish improv Konstrukt boys sure love collaborating with guests, and here in Manchester’s fine Islington Mill venue, they added David Mclean of Tombed Visions and Graham Massey of, believe it or not 808 State into their heady live brew. On this night, the extended Konstrukt got into some Miles-ish avant-grooves, to the delight of all. Out on Backwards.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Marilyn Mazur
Shamania

Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur shows off her new group Shamania, which is made up of high-grade female avant-jazz musicians from around Scandinavia. This is their first album together. It's one of those records were the talent and chops flying around each track could almost overwhelm, if the results weren’t so directly engaging. Out on RareNoise.

Infinite Spirit Music
Live Without Fear

Live Without Fear is a little known classic of spiritual jazz by Infinite Spirit Music, a band led by Soji Ade. It was originally released in 1979 but received very little, if any, distribution and there were only a handful pressed. So….you could shell out upwards of £1000 for an original copy or you could buy one of these. LP and CD on Jazzman.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nubiyan Twist
Jungle Run

London’s Strut Records bring you the latest from expert Afro-dub jazz collective Nubiyan Twist. Perhaps they too tuned in to CITV in the early 2000s, for it’s named Jungle Run. Recorded and produced with a muscular and sumptuous sound, the album also wafts between hip hop, soul, Latin and atmospheric electronics. Vocal duties are shared by Nubiya Brandon, Nick Richards, K.O.G., Pilo Adami and Mulatu Astatke.

Mayumi Sonoda with Kichiro Sugino Trio
Gogo Sanji No Aki

Here we have another great reissue shipped via the Studio Mule-Johnny’s Disk Record pipeline. For those of you unfamiliar with Studio Mule, a sub-label of Mule Musiq, all you need to know is 1) that they specialise in re-releasing Japanese jazz rarities, and 2) that they find a lot of their material from the archives of the Johnny’s Disk Record imprint. Mayumi Sonoda and Kichiru Sugino Trio’s 1982 LP Gogo Sanji No Aki is the latest gem, a hazily beautiful selection of Billie Holiday-inspired numbers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Durand Jones & The Indications
American Love Call

Durand Jones is one of them there soul singers. On his second studio LP American Love Call, Jones and his band The Indications do a fine job at recreating the sounds, sights and smells (not really - it's not scratch 'n' sniff) of the genre’s ‘70s golden age. Curtis Mayfield would be pleased with the lilting grooves and smooth vocals on tunes like 'Don’t You Know’. Aaron Frazer guests on a bunch of cuts.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Judy Pollak featuring 33 1/3
In Togetherness

In the late 1970’s, Judy Pollak hit the studio with her group 33 ⅓ and made In Togetherness, a record with major soul credentials. Dangerously rare in its original pressing, we can now enjoy Pollak’s work with ease thanks to this Athens Of The North reissue. Direct, heartfelt, funky music, with Judy’s particular vocal style a real pleasure.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Chris Potter
Circuits

Now, those who don’t know what’s up might assume that an album named Circuits, with cover art like that, was gonna be a suite of modular synth wogglings or Mego electro-fizz… But they would be wrong! Chris Potter is a noted saxophonist, and this album features him and his band jazing out big-time! Nice. On Edition Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Cochemea
All My Relations

Cochemea Gastelum is likely best known for being a sax player with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. All My Relations, on Daptone of course, is a profoundly personal reflection on his life. Jazz meets the music of his Yaqui and Mescalero Apache Indian heritage for an album written collectively and through improvisation.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Monorails & Satellites - Works For Solo Piano Vol 1, 2, 3

There is always more to be found in the deep cosmos of the Sun Ra catalogue. Monorails & Satellite are solo piano albums recorded in 1966, which capture our intergalactic hero showing his unique yet virtuoso approach to the keys. Volume 3 of this triple set was never originally released, and the other two aren’t exactly easy to come by. Reissue sets on Cosmic Myth.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Marvin Gaye
Collected

Marvin Gaye would have been 80 this year. To celebrate we’re getting a swish vinyl version of Marvin Gaye Collected. It covers his whole career from early hits, the duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross, his ultra-cool What’s Going On phase all the way up to the posthumously released Sanctified Lady. Double red & royal blue coloured vinyl, Limited to 8080 copies.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP1818C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake
Chi

First time meeting for the trio of saxophonist Dave Liebman with superb percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake. The album is titled Chi, and the freely improvised pieces here take that concept as their root, leading to a powerful and spiritual statement. Plus, you get to hear Hamid use his frame drum, which is always wonderful. On RareNoise.

Mother Earth
The People Tree

Mother Earth were one of the leading lights on the Acid Jazz label along with Brand New Heavies, Corduroy and Jamiroquai. The People Tree was originally released in 1994. If you’re a fan of the soulful, slightly funky stuff Paul Weller did back then, this is for you. The Modfather even guests on the album along with DC Lee and Simon Bartholomew from the aforementioned Brand New Heavies.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Chicago Odense Ensemble
Chicago Odense Ensemble

Chicago Odense Ensemble was a special collaboration between Causa Sui's Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt and members of Tortoise and Isotope217 recorded in 2008. Those long and varied sessions were then edited down to create a kind of dubby jazz fusion. The star of the show is Rob Mazurek who leads the way with the wonderfully pure timbre of his cornet. On El Paraiso Records. 

Barbara Howard
On The Rise

All's well that end's well huh. In 1968 one Steven Reece set up an independent label in the hope of attracting the attention of the majors. His choice of musician was Barbara Howard and the album On The Rise aimed to cast the net as wide as possible by featuring jazz, gospel and pop. The album flopped but the pair fell in love. Whatever else, On The Rise is worth it for its story. Reissued on Colemine Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Shahid Wheeler
Just One Dance Before You Go

Melodies International are a nifty little label. Their line is that they track down rare-ass, expensive-ass old club killers and reissue them at a fraction of the cost you’d pay for an original copy. The latest Melodies coup is Shahid Wheeler’s 1978 number ‘Just One Dance Before You Go’. A righteous disco joint of the Off The Wall school, this is the sort of dancefloor gold that never goes out of fashion. Here it is presented remastered and backed with the instrumental.

José Pharos
Boucles Rythmiques

Jose Pharos was a pseudonym of the great Jacky Giordano: an outlet for idiosyncratic disco grooves. Boucles Rhythmiques is a seventies rarity, and a real joy to hear, with gorgeous sound design tying together driving rhythms with good-times funky instrumentation. Reissued on vinyl by Le Tres Groove Club.

Jacky Giordano
Pop In Devil's Train

New from the makers of the Le Tres Jazz Club label is a new label, Le Tres Groove Club, which of course has a groove focus. Reissue number one is Jacky Giordano’s library music gem Pop In Devil’s Train, a set of vivid, sleek, wonderful funky tunes. As with the best library music, it simultaneously puts you in mind of some wild kitsch vintage TV show and makes you want to dance like hell.

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

Eddie Russ
Fresh Out

Eddie Russ played piano with some jazz greats in the ’60s such as Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie. In the late ‘60s he moved into jazz fusion territory and was a major figure in the Detroit jazz underground. Deep Jazz classic, Fresh Out, was his debut solo LP. Reissue LP and CD on Soul Jazz Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Morning Echoes Of Detroit
Echoes Of The Gospel

The Morning Echoes Of Detroit are gospel group. They formed way back in the pre-back-in-the-day days of the 1940s. Echoes Of The Gospel was originally released in 1967. Singer/songwriter Kelley Stoltz sent a copy of this album to Third Man Records as a thank you gift. The label were so pleased they decided to reissue it. LP on Third Man Records, remastered from original 1967 master tapes by Warren Defever.
  • 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.

Prince
3121

3121 was the 31st studio album by Prince. It was originally released in 2006. Sony are reissuing a bunch of his later albums, and this one will be pressed on vinyl for the first time. It’s weird and funky and beautiful, just like you’d expect from the small purple one. Purple coloured vinyl and CD on Sony.

Sly & The Family Stone
There's A Riot Goin' On

A stone-cold classic brought back to vinyl LP by Music on Vinyl. What more can be said about Sly & The Family Stone’s groovy, incendiary and unique There’s a Riot Goin’ On? This is deep and inventive funk full of the tightest playing imaginable and soulful, politicised vocals. This album redefined 1970s soul and created a formula that has been copied for decades.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dwight Trible
Mothership

Dwight Trible is widely regarded as one of the greatest living jazz vocalists, central to the sound of L.A. jazz. He is adored by modern jazz masters such as Kamasi Washington. Incidentally, Washing plays on his new album, Mothership which mixes jazz, gospel, soul and psychedelic rock. Double LP and CD on Gearbox.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, Federico Ughi
New York United

Wow what a team up! We’ve got New York legend Daniel Carter along with electronic Blue Foundation dude Tobias Wilner, while in the rhythm department we have free-jazz drummer Federico Ughi and the Wu-Tang Clan’s go-to bass man, Djibril Toure. Obviously, magic ensues. New York United, with track titles named after New York streets, is the group’s first recorded release. On 577 Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Doug Shorts
Casual Encounter / Keep Your Head Up

Good things come to those who wait. That’s certainly true in the case of the wonderfully named Chicago soul singer, Doug Shorts. He’s been trying to get noticed since the ‘60s, but it took him until 2012 to actually release anything. Then he was able to release a few tracks, now stone classics, through Cherries Records. He’s now part of the Daptone family. Casual Encounter/Keep Your Head Up 7” one upbeat modern soul groove and one mid-tempo ballad. 7” on Daptone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Derek Bailey & Tony Coe
Time

A fabulous reissue of a session by free-improvising guitar supremo Derek Bailey and reeds player Tony Coe. The two players dance around each other, with timbres and pitches responding to one another with great dexterity. The clarinet and acoustic guitar sound great together, with modernist rigour and free-flowing expression in equal measure. Time is reissued by Honest Jon’s.

Okay Temiz / Johnny Dyani
Witchdoctor's Son

Recorded in Istanbul in 1976, this obscure gem captures a group led by Turkish drummer Okay Temiz and South African pianist and bassist Johnny Dyani, each getting a side-full of their own arrangements. Consider Don Cherry (whose "Marimba, Goddess Of Music” is adapted here) at his most unfettered and you’ll have some idea what to expect. Spaced out, funky, exotic and bursting with enthusiasm and energy, this is a daring, eclectic and wildly successful feat of fusion.

Various
Rare Psych Moogs And Brass - Music From The Sonotron Library 1969 to 1981

Founded in 1965 by Rotheide and Gerhard Narholz, Germany’s SONOTON library remains one of the largest independent production music companies in the world. This compilation focuses on psychedelic grooves, synthesized funk and big band belters produced for Sonoton between 1969 and 1981. Many of the featured composers also worked for other libraries - John Fiddy for KPM & Bruton, Walt Rockman for Studio One, Sammy Burdson for Conroy & Colorsound and Claude Larson for MFP. Compiled by audio archivist & electro producer Alan Gubby (Revbjelde / Jung Collective) who also produced the BBC Radiophonic Workshop compilation “The John Baker Tapes” on Trunk. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Harriet Brown
Mall Of Fortune

Get ready to hit the dancefloor with Mall Of Fortune, the second album from cool guy Harriet Brown. His beautiful falsetto vocals are soulful and funky, and they are supported by the slickest of production. Features guest vocal spots from Felicia Douglass and Ana Roxanne. Released by Innovative Leisure.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Italo Funk

Where Italo Disco and Funk music mix, great things can come to pass. Soul Clap set out to prove this with their new compilation Italo Funk, and they achieved it with ease: just listen to these ten joyous cuts. Boot & Tax, Jolly Mare and Deep88 are all here, throwing out juicy basslines every which way. Double LP compilation.

Purple Image
Purple Image

*Extremely John Lydon voice* Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Purple Imaaa-aaaaaage! Of course, this LP actually has nothing to do with The Artist Formerly Known As Johnny. It’s actually a rare 1970 funk-rock record from Cleveland, Ohio band Purple Image. As one could probably guess from the title there’s more than a bit of Hendrix to this one. This reissue comes courtesy of Tidal Waves Music.

Clarence Séti
Jungle Quest

We don’t know much about this material that Clarence Seti put together in 1991, partly because it was only ever a demo CD. But all that matters is the music, these twelve tracks that we are now able to hear. Jungle Quest will certainly require you to have a taste for digital keyboards, and Seti really lays into his collection here, but this will charm many. Out on Lily Record.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nightmares On Wax
Back To Mine – Nightmares On Wax

Popular album series Back To Mine returns for its 20th anniversary year curated by Nightmares On Wax, AKA George Evelyn from Pudsey, Leeds. The compilation, mixed by Evelyn, features a new Nightmares On Wax track and an exclusive Nightmares On Wax remix of a Fat Freddy’s Drop tune. 2LP and CD on Back To Mine.

Miles Davis Quintet
Live At The University Of California ‘67

Somebody at Hot Wax Records dug up the old tapes from a Miles Davis concert and decided to release them on vinyl. Live At The University of California ‘67 has the renowned jazz mister developing the style that would define In A Silent Way, playing here with his famous second quartet: Herbie Hancock, Alfred Stinson, Tony Williams, and Wayne Shorter on sax.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Smells Funny

Hedvig Mollestad is a total electric guitar shredder, and the other two members of her Trio are also rad virtuosos. Smells Funny, the group’s sixth album, mixes jazz and hard rock styles in varying measures, with high energy and frankly gnarly results. Very high-grade instrumental interplay, no bullshit. On Rune Grammofon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Las Vegas Grind! Volume Seven

Volumes one through six of the Las Vegas Grind compilation series were assembled and issued many years ago, beginning in the late 80’s, but now at long last there is a seventh volume! Las Vegas Grind! Volume Seven is of course a low-down and dirty listening experience, straight out of the garage. Bob Moore & The Temps, Gay Papa, Louie & The Fat Men, and many more.

Jordan Rakei
Groove Curse

Jordan Rakei can sing in the manner of that funny neo-soul/Jeff Buckley hybrid style that incubates in music conservatoires. He can also play guitar in the manner of that funny neo-soul/Jeff Buckley hybrid style that incubates in music conservatoires. He’s been able to do this for a while now - his Groove Curse EP originally came out in 2014 - but people have only really started taking notice of him in the last couple of years. Thus have we this re-release. These songs sound like that funny neo-soul/Jeff Buckley hybrid style that incubates in music conservatoires.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 3

Ever wondered what night time feels like in Tokyo? Well do we have a compilation for you. Midnight in Tokyo Vol. 3 from Studio Mule is a masterful selection of tracks that capture then multiplicity of nightlife in Japan's capital. It's sexy, it's funky, it's calm and it's lovely. All in all these 14 rare tracks are utterly transportive. 

The Bongolian
Outer Bongolia

Back in the 00’s, The Bongolian opened a time-portal to import the best high-energy percussion from the funk of ages past. In recording Outer Bongolia, Nasser Bouzida created one of the most accessible and richest modern funk records, which is now reissued in limited edition by Blow Up. Great get if your b-boy group is looking for some fresh tunes!
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay
Ice Exposure

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay return to Blackest Ever Black (Carla Dal Forno, John T. Gast) with the follow-up to their 2015 LP Antigravity. On Ice Exposure (great title) the trio come up with a sort of Gothic jazz style that is as cold as the record’s name. Imagine if The Birthday Party had ever allowed themselves to become untethered from pop song structures and cast off into the deep. Scott Walker’s late period also springs to mind.

Larry Jon Wilson
Let Me Sing My Song To You

Larry Jon Wilson is compelling proof that spending time in corporate America isn't all corrupting. He spent ten years in a suit before starting a career as a musician. On Let Me Sing My Song To You, his second album, Wilson flexes his distinct funky country style alongside a voice that feels like the warmest of hugs. A long overdue reissue from Be With Records.

Various
The Hurricane (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture)

These days, one can release pretty much any film soundtrack on vinyl and folks are into it. Here we have 1999 Denzel Washington film The Hurricane, a biopic of boxer and wrongly-imprisoned prisoner Rubin Carter, whose soundtrack features lots of soul (Ray Charles, Etta James and hip-hop, notably including a Bob Dylan cover. Out on Music On Vinyl.

The Sensory Illusions
The Sensory Illusions

The Sensory Illusions are Bill Wells and tuba genius Danielle Price. Both the songs, which vary from jazz to folk and  more, and the name came to Wells in a dream. Wells has had a long and illustrious career, never content to settle. Price meanwhile has played with Mats Gustafson, Ntshuks Bonga and more.

Toshio Matsuura Group
Loveplaydance

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. TRACKLISTING:  CD1. Change2. High Noon3. L.M. II (Full Length)4. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun5. Kitty Bey6. Brown Paper Bag7. Do The Astral Plane 8. At Les LPA1. ChangeA2. At Les A3. High NoonB1. L.M. II (Edit)B2. Brown Paper BagB3. Do The Astral Plane
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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