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Joseph Shabason
Anne

Yeah this is a good one. Anne was composed for Joseph Shabason’s mother in honour of her struggles with degenerative illness. The personal and familial turmoil of this experience crinkles the edges of these milky instrumentals. There is a feeling of tender, quiet sadness to the likes of ‘Forest Run’ that is extremely moving. Musically Shabason's second LP is pitched somewhere between Freetown Sound-era Blood Orange and Loke Rahbek/Frederik Valentin’s Buy Corals Online.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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
Confessin' The Blues - Compiled by The Rolling Stones

There's a school of thought that all the best music was made between 50 and 100 years ago and humankind’s sonic capabilities have been in steady decline ever since. As if to prove this theory the Rolling Stones (no less) have compiled this exhaustive collection of all their favourite blues people and includes tracks by pioneers such as Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and of course Robert Johnson. 
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  • BMG
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.

Various
Mobilisation Generale - French Protest and Spirit Jazz 1970-1976

As anyone with even a passing knowledge of French history will tell you, the late 1960s was a period of protest unlike anything the country had seen before. Some great music came out of that time, from rock ‘n’ roll to ye-ye to jazz. It is the latter that Born Bad's Mobilisation Generale - French Protest and Spirit Jazz 1970-1976 concerns itself with. The compilation showcases a generation of Gallic jazzers drawing inspiration from the likes of Ornette Coleman and The Art Ensemble of Chicago to make inroads into all things funky, spiritual, astral and free. A timely release given all the gilets jaunes stuff going down as we type this.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sam Wilkes
WILKES

Jazzy Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Sam Wilkes is ready with warm and beautifully produced debut full-length WILKES (I think you’re supposed to shout it) for Leaving Records. Wilkes himself performs most of the instruments throughout, but frequent collaborator Sam Gendel is at hand to lay down lots of sax. Other contributors include Christian Euman, Louis Cole, Brian Green and Etc.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dancefloor Stompers
Librerie Musicali

Dancefloor Stompers essentially attempt to bring together a nostalgic 'jazz inspired' past with a forward-thinking lust to find that sound. Librerie Musicali, if you haven't already guessed, focuses on Italian music produced in the 60's, 70's and 80's. A real mixed bag of instruments from this record that is available on vinyl LP on Four Flies. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Thundercat
Drunk

If you move in certain areas of music (the LA Brainfeeder / cosmic jazz axis and surrounds), you will appreciate Thundercat as a god-like figure. The man plays electric bass like nobody’s business, but he is also a mighty songwriter, and Drunk is his own record. It features an amazing cast of collaborators (Kendrick Lamar! Kamasi Washington!), and is presented on one CD or four 10” vinyl records.

Loren Connors
Angels That Fall

Yet more guitar murmurations reissued by the blues enigma Loren Connors. At this point he's risen to prominence in experimental scenes through a series of lovely re-evaluations, and Angels That Fall is another. Recorded as recently as 2016, it offers the same interactions of silence and resonance. 
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Mulatu Astatke
Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits

The Heavenly Sweetness label get in there at the right time with their reissue of 1972’s Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits. Released just as the Ethio-jazz revival hits fever-pitch, this LP features a bunch of cuts by the big man Mulatu Astatke as well as two entries apiece from Tèsfa-Maryam Kidané and Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt. The styles range from classic Ethio-jazz slinks (Astake’s ‘Metche Dershe’) to hard-bopping twelve-bar blues (Kidane’s ‘Yetesfa Tezeta’).

Aretha Franklin
Atlantic Records 1960s Collection

Aretha Franklin undoubtedly possessed one of the greatest voices ever committed to wax. To celebrate the Queen of Soul’s life and work we have Atlantic Records: 1960s Collection - a 6 LP box set featuring her ‘60s albums and an LP of studio outtakes. Each LP is pressed on 140g vinyl, on Atlantic Records.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lightmen Plus One
Energy Control Center

Bubbha Thomas, bandleader and drummer, worked in the background, touring the US with R&B revues and playing as a session musician.He was then inspired and affected by the civil rights movement of 1960s America and the trailblazing music of John Coltrane. He formed his band The Lightmen. Energy Control Center, his third LP is a masterpiece of '70s maverick, spiritual jazz from Houston, Texas.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.

Larry Jon Wilson
New Beginnings

Larry Jon Wilson may have one of the loveliest voices I've ever heard, and yet odds are, you've never heard of him. Be With Records have taken on the important task of reissuing his early work, New Beginnings being his debut album recorded after a decade in corporate America. Sadly, he was never a huge success in his own time but his voice and its accompanying country but funky style are well worth trying on. 

The Daktaris
Soul Explosion

Cheeky white-boy afrobeat revivalists The Daktaris went so far as to assume fake Nigerian aliases for their debut and only album Soul Explosion. The whole thing looks like a crate-digger’s wet dream, but was actually released in 1998. But! it's still one hell of a funky afrobeat affair, it's been remastered, and the folk at Daptone are reissuing it. 

David Axelrod
Earth Rot

Earth Rot was the third album by composer David Axelrod. It was also the final part of his Capitol trilogy which included Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience. It was originally released in 1970 and bemoans the state of the environment in L.A. at the time. This reissue is a 2LP version which adds an instrumental version of the original choral LP, a request Axelrod made before his death in 2017. Limited edition 2LP, includes 28 page booklet on Now-Again.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Andrew Cyrille, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell
Lebroba

The trio of Wadada Leo Smith, Andrew Cyrille and Bill Frisell have laid out this sublime set for the ECM label, and if you like music that grounds itself in jazz, blues, West African music and carefully-felt free playing, you’ll enjoy this first-time combination. Drums, trumpet, guitar, and three great musicians playing together: that’s Lebroba.
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  • ECM
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Thing
Thing

Before Swedish-Norwegian free-jazz rockers The Thing, there was Bostonian jazz-fusers Thing. About two decades before. But the name is about where the similarities end, for the latter and present Thing, consisting of seven musicians, specialised in rather funkier Davis- or Weather Report-esque free-jazz. This reissue of their only LP comprises two energetic live sets from 1972.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nubiyan Twist
Tell It To Me Slowly

Nubiyan Twist making big moves out here and signing to Strut. The Leeds soul-jazz group celebrate the occasion with the release of new single ‘Tell It To Me Slowly’. The tune, which features a turn from sax player Nick Richards on vocals, is an invigorating mix of Afrobeat-indebted rhythms, jerky electronics and massed brass. Think a more fiery rendering of Archie Pelago or Badbadnotgood. Nubiya Brandon guests on B-side ‘Sugar Cane’.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 1: 1952-1991)

Definitive collection gets bandied about quite a lot, but this one is undeniably so. Covering the singles from Sun Ra released between 1952 and 1991. All remastered and packaged with rare photos, the original artworks, and session notes track by track. A pretty good way of learning the mysterious and mental ins and outs of the inimitable Sun Ra.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Skinshape
Filoxiny

Over the past few years Skinshape mastermind Will Dorey has established himself as a worthy new addition to the lineage of British oddball artists. His Skinshape project sees Dorey fusing influences from trip-hop, reggae, downtempo electronica, psychedelic pop and chamber pop to cerebrally beautiful effect. He keeps up the good work with his fourth Skinshape LP Filoxiny. Mr. Scruff is an obvious comparison.

Alice Coltrane
Universal Consciousness

Universal Consciousness, originally released on Impulse! Records in 1971, is finally back on vinyl. Reissued on CD in 2002, a 12” reissue was highly overdue. Sprawling with free jazz and transcendental improvisation, Alice Coltrane can be heard at her peak. Time to take the aural express back to the '70s again!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tiger Hatchery
Breathing In The Walls

Imagine cracking an egg only to be confronted by a tiger! Chicago’s Tiger Hatchery are a power jazz trio, which basically means they play jazz but with a bit bit of a noise-rock slant. Rooted in the tradition of free jazz by Mike Forbes’ saxophone, the meaty rock comes from the powerful drumming of Ben Billington. Underpinning it all is bass player Andrew Scott-Young, who is credited as playing ‘basses’. I hope that means ‘more than one bass at a time’ because that would be badass. Breathing In The Walls is their new album, the follow-up to 2013’s Sun Worship. LP and CD on ESP Disk.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

What's left to say about Miles Davis? Birth of The Cool was originally released in 1957 and it brings together some of Davis's coolest from 1949-50. Most of the tracks were originally released on 10", 78RPM - those were the days! It's a comprehensive look at Cool Jazz and some of Davis's finest - a cool place to birth a Davis obsession or to just keep on bopping.  
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Herbie Hancock
Flood

Flood is a double live LP by jazz/funk genius Herbie Hancock. It was recorded in Tokyo in 1975 where he was was backed by his band The Headhunters. The album features versions of tracks from his 1973 classic Head Hunters, 1974’s Thrust and also sees him previewing tracks from his, at the time, forthcoming LP, Man-child which was released toward the end of 1975. Flood has never been released on vinyl before. Limited edition 2LP set on Get On Down.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Durand Jones & The Indications
Durand Jones & The Indications Live Vol. 1

I keep wondering if there's any other musician out there called Durand that Durand Jones could collaborate so they can form Durand Durand. While music on that I've had a read of what this is all about and it seems it's more modern day but retro sounding soul stuff that will appeal in particular to fans of Charles Bradley. This is a live LP where the added sweat adds that frisson of excitement to these soul belters.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Lee Hooker
Detroit and Beyond Vol. 2

Third Man Records reissue two volumes of early John Lee Hooker recordings. The Detroit And Beyond records originally emerged in the early 1970's but actually date from much earlier in Hooker’s career. Given their age it's no surprise that these dusty old blues ditties have had a remastering job for this release - done from the original tapes, no less.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gloria Ann Taylor
Deep Inside You

Apparently one of those records which goes for silly money online, a reissue is now available to your wallet’s relief of this classic soul number Deep Inside You by Gloria Ann Taylor. It’s a soulful, jazzy piece which oozes class. Unfortunately for us her music career was cut short by her quitting, but there's still plenty to enjoy. Like this!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stuff Combe
Stuff Combe 5 + Percussion

We Release Jazz are the (surprise, surprise) jazz-centric offshoot of We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want. Sometimes it’s nice to know what you’re getting - what we’re getting here, of course, is a nice bit of jazz. This one’s a re-release of a 1974 LP by Stuff Combe’s Stuff Combe 5. Stuff Combe 5 + Percussion is a slinky bit of Swiss soul jazz from an ensemble that includes Benny Bailey, Francy Boland (played with Benny Goodman, Chet Baker) and of course drummer Combe (Stan Getz, Art Taylor).
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett
Full Circle

While you might not know Alan Hawkshaw or Brian Bennett by name it’s quite likely that you’re familiar with their work. The library compositions of the pair have been sampled by everyone from Kanye West to Drake to The xx to Nas. Their latest LP Full Circle is classic stuff from the duo, all big-band modes and laid back jazz-funk.

Alan Parker
The Sound Of Soul

Originally released in 1976 as the instrumental accompaniment to Themes International's The Voice Of Soul, Alan Parker’s much-coveted record of library-soul now gets reissued by Be With Records. Original copies of The Sound Of Soul regularly fetch mega-money on the vinyl black market, so it’s a good job that this new edition comes in at a fraction of the price. Les Hurdle and Mike Moran - both members of the de-facto Themes International house band The Rhythm Section - also contribute a couple of numbers.

Alan Parker & Madeline Bell
The Voice Of Soul

The Voice Of Soul is a library-soul LP by session singer Madeline Bell and composer Alan Parker. Originally released in 1976, the record is notable for two reasons - being issued simultaneously with its instrumental album The Sound Of Soul, and for ‘Love Is All’ and ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’ being used in infamous porno-comedy flick Pretty Peaches. Now it’s been given a remaster and reissue job by Be With Records, a label which is really going in hard on the library music at the moment.

Various
Soul of a Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher - Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk and the Roots of Rap in the Black Power Era 1969-75

Soul Of A Nation: Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher is the companion compilation to Art In The Age Of Black Power, an exhibition held at the Tate Modern in 2017. Both celebrate the work of the 60s and 70s African American avant-garde. These artists influenced and were influenced by the Black Power movement and so represent a key musical moment in history. Features Funkadelic, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and more. On Soul Jazz.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Thought Gang
Thought Gang

So who are Thought Gang then? Well just David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti that's all. The duo have of course worked together for many years, most famously on the Twin Peaks soundtrack but here they move away slightly from the cool jazz and cinematic sounds of earlier collaborations towards more experimental textures with acid/free jazz textures and spoken word narratives. They've been working on this since 1992 so it's about time we all dipped in.  

Various
Can You Feel It? Modern Soul, Disco & Boogie 1976​-​86

Tramp Records have an excellent track record of making well curated compilation albums. After mining a bunch of  funk and soul nuggets released over three albums they’ve turned their attention to disco and modern soul fo Can You Feel It? Modern Soul, Disco & Boogie 1976-86. Features tracks by Silky Vincent, The Tams and Deep South Dance Band. Double LP on Tramp Records. First 400 copies come with a bonus 7” featuring a previously unreleased track by Deep Velvet.

Spontaneous Overthrow
All About Money

All About Money is one of those popular music curios that defies easy categorisation. The LP originally emerged from New Jersey in 1984 and is now being re-pressed by Numero Group. Its creators, a group called Spontaneous Overthrow, had never released anything before and never would again. Their sound is a funny mix of cocktail party grooves, home-baked disco and knowing soul singing. It’s an oddly hypnotic mix that will appeal to anyone who cottoned on to that Preacherman reissue that emerged on Luaka Bop a couple of months back.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics
(OST)

Lloyd Miller teaming up with The Heliocentrics, eh? Wonder what that’s going to sound like. Oh wait … yep, exactly like that. (OST) finds the hip young jazzers breathing new life into Miller’s East-gazing style. The group’s Sun Ra-indebted modalism proves a good foil for the Middle Eastern/Arabian explorations of Miller. Out via Strut.

Calender
It's a Monster

‘70s New Jersey funksters Calender were led by Paul Kyser. They released one album, It’s A Monster, in 1975. They are known for their hit, Hypertension, which foreshadowed the disco sound that exploded soon after. Kyser went on to work with Stevie Wonder, The Three Degrees and The Chi-Lites. Reissue LP on Tidal Waves Music, limited to 500 copies.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sarathy Korwar & UPAJ Collective
My East Is Your West

The reliable Sarathy Korwar presents live recordings from Church of Sound in London made with the versatile UPAJ Collective (among whose numerous members are bassist Dominico Angarano, sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun and vocalist Aditya Prakash). They interpret John McLaughlin, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Shankar and many others, resulting in quite the full-blown, exciting fusion project. Wonderful.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Corduroy
Dad Man Cat

It could be argued that Corduroy were the finest exponents of tongue-in-cheek cinematic funk in the ‘90s. It could also be argued that that they were the only ones doing such a thing. Dad Man Cat was their debut album, originally released in 1992 on Acid Jazz. The album is mainly instrumental and could soundtrack a world where someone like Steve McQueen walks around a city in a roll-neck jumper looking cool. Red vinyl LP on Acid Jazz
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Corduroy
High Havoc

High Havoc was the second album by cheesy-on-purpose London funksters, Corduroy. It was originally released in 1993. Here, they added brass to their sound thus expanding on their initial ‘cool movie soundtrack’ blueprint. Influences such as Curtis Mayfield show in their music. Reissue gold vinyl LP on Acid Jazz.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Corduroy
Out Of Here

Corduroy’s third album, Out Of Here, saw the band moving away from their ‘70s movie soundtrack style to a more song-orientated jazz-funk sound - a bit like a less annoying Jamiroquai. Elements of what is now known as Yacht Rock were beginning to poke through too - listen to Practice What You Preach. It was originally released in 1994 and features a well funky cover of Motorhead’s eponymous song. Reissue blue vinyl LP on Acid Jazz.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Running The Voodoo Down Vol. 2 - Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

Overlaps of jazz and rock music have often been abominable, but the precise area explored by Running The Voodoo Down is the particularly rich seam of, well, ‘psychrockfunksouljazz’. That’s the sixties-seventies sweet-spot where black musicians used all available means to create super-powerful, soulful, rhythmic music. Includes Isaac Hayes, John Coltrane and Sonny Sharrock.

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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jordan Rakei
Cloak

Brisbane-via-Britain musician Jordan Rakei looked at a starry sky one night and had an epiphany about oneness and the need to stop living life through the projection of his ego. Silly old Jordan, whatever would he do next? This album, it turned out - a suite of jazzy, neo-soul crooncore inspired by his experience. And now it’s back for a repress! Remi, Richard Spaven and Ngaiire guest.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dexter Gordon Quartet
Espace Cardin 1977

Espace Cardin 1977 is a previously unreleased recording by the Dexter Gordon Quartet. Jazz fans have reason to be excited about this. The quality of the performance by the tenor saxophonist makes it worthy of his oeuvre. Also, it is the only recording of Gordon playing with pioneering bebop pianist, Al Haig. Includes an essay by Michael Cuscuna. LP or CD on Intermusic.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lars Danielsson & Paolo Fresu
Summerwind

Lars Danielsson and Paolo Fresu play it very cool on new album Summerwind. Danielsson plucks and bows his way across cello and bass in accompaniment to Fresu’s succulent trumpet and flugelhorn. And what a calm and expressive pairing it all is, on a rich, crisp recording with plenty of space. Alongside many originals, there are some interpretations of Bach, Fito Páez and others.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
IF Music presents: You Need This - World Jazz Grooves (Compiled by Jean-Claude & Victor Kiswell)

Jean-Claude is a name familiar to vinyl aficionados for having many fingers in even more pies. One of those pies is this release on BBE; IF Music presents: You Need This - World Jazz Grooves. It's a delectable selection of the finest jazz from around the world. Ranging from sultry jazz ballads to free improvs. Jean-Claude and Victor Kiswell get into the groove once again. 
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Felbm
Tape 1 / Tape 2

It’s two EPs for the price of one LP from The Netherlands’ Felbm (one Eelco Topper), who recorded this pair of sessions of multi-instrumental warmth straight to Tascam tape. Drum machines, actual drums, piano, guitar and bass are the main ingredients in these smooth, jazzy instrumentals. Things get a bit less jazzy and a bit more cinematic on the second EP

John Coltrane
1963: New Directions

John Coltrane burned brilliantly brightly, if briefly; here are five of his best LPs. '1963: New Directions' brings together all of Coltrane's 1963 Impulse recordings, in the order in which they were laid down to tape. The year marked a transition point for Coltrane, he would go on to record 1964's 'Crescent' and 'A Love Supreme', of course. Available as a 5x LP box set and a 3x CD set and include artwork featuring original collages. On Impulse!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
A New Life, Vol. II

Three years on from Jazzman’s first A New Life compilation and the label comes back with the second entry. As with the first LP, A New Life, Volume II combs the archives of British jazz to present a selection of oddities, rarities and lost gems cut between 1968 and 1988. Regional heavyweights like Gerry McClelland and Billy Jenkins get a look in alongside the likes of The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Extensive liner notes provide useful context.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Georgia Anne Muldrow
Overload

Georgia Anne Mudrow can count Erkyah Badu, Mos Def, and Blood Orange as fans. So the question you should be asking yourself is why aren't you? Overload is Mudrow's first album on Brainfeeder, which turns out to be the perfect home for her gently mutated funk and soul. Her commitment to restraint her makes her a vital foil to the maximalism the Brainfeeder stamp of approval usually means. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Infinite Sound
Contemporary African-Amerikan Music

Aguirre present a special 1975 suite of explorative free jazz by Roland P. Young’s Infinite Sound outfit. Contemporary African-Amerikan Music is a politically and spiritually conscious record, mixing jazz, avant-garde and African musical influences into a seriously rich and powerful sound. Remastered reissue with liner notes by Julian Cowley.

Black Artist Group
In Paris, Aries 1973

1973 session by Black Artists Group, recorded in Paris. Though this would be filed under Free Jazz in most record stores, In Paris, Aries 1973 spends a lot of time exploring territory some distance from the sax blowouts you might expect from that genre. Lots of thoughtful activity, with a great deal of interesting percussion as well as yer trumpets and trombones. Valuable reissue, with liner notes by Julian Cowley.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn
Something About April II

Fresh from a grand mafia-superhero themed project with Ghostface Killah, ace producer Adrian Younge turns his attentions to a new solo record. Something About April was a significant record when it landed, and this sequel is no different, combining Younge’s rare instrumentation with hip-hop beats and soulful guest vocals (including Laetitia Sadier!). On Linear Labs.

Eugene McDaniels
Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse

Eugene McDaniels’ 1971 classic, Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse is a melting pot of funk, soul and folk played by a swinging jazz band. It’s contents have been oft-plundered by the hip-hop sampling community. The album is dark, and tackles issues such as race, like many artists at the time. Eugene (Gene) McDaniels was previously known for his early ‘60s hit, A Hundred Pounds Of Clay. 180g vinyl LP on Music On Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Susie Ibarra
Perception

It's been a good year for percussionist and experimentalist Susie Ibarra: first her stellar collaboration with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and YoshimiO, now this brand new solo full-length on Thrill Jockey! Perception moves sleekly between spiritual-feel jazz, expansive percussive play, and electronic enhancements. An album that will surprise and delight.

Pharoah Sanders
You've Got To Have Freedom / Got To Give It Up

Fans of Pharoah Sanders fertile 60’s free jazz period may be surprised to hear this one if they’ve not come across it before: a 1980 slice of fully-danceable good times from the Pharoah. You’ve Got To Have Freedom is a sharp and funky track, though still with a good bit of bite to Sanders’ sax. Backed here on this 12” by a great Marvin Gaye cover!
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Harlem River Drive
Harlem River Drive

Critically unsuccessful and overlooked upon release in 1971, Harlem River Drive’s self-titled debut - also Eddie Palmieri’s first time as a bandleader - nonetheless retains its cult value as a poignant political statement and accomplished musical exercise. Warm, meticulous and highly funky Latin soul, with superb cover art to boot.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Last Hurrah!!
Los Angeles

Rune Grammofon present the ultimate results of The Last Hurrah!!’s Vossajazz Festival commission: an album of jazz-and-beyond music from Norway. Main man HP Gundersen marshalls the talents of multi instrumentalist and singer Maesa Pullman and engineer and co-producer Jason Hiller. Los Angeles features their excellent musicianship, greatly executed.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Moontribe
Moontribe

Rippling rhythms and deft descents into deep zones of satisfaction from Moontribe via Tel-Aviv’s Middle Eastern curio reissue label Fortuna Records. And a beautiful sleeve to boot. Who, what, when and why is Moontribe? While no answers to those are forthcoming, a load of splendidly absorbing sounds certainly are.

Thelonious Monk
Mønk

Don’t confuse this one with Thelonious Monk’s 1964 studio LP of the same name. This version of Monk is a previously-unreleased live recording taped a year earlier, in Copenhagen, for Danish radio. Along with a stellar band made up of Frankie Dunlop, Charlie Rouse and John Orr, this recording is yet another casual masterpiece from the late, great pianist. Contains a super version of 'Nutty'.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Terry Callier
The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier

The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier was the debut album by the celebrated guitarist. The album was recorded in one afternoon in 1964, capturing a raw talent in his element. With just voice, guitar and a pair of bass players, Callier infuses jazz and soul with folk to create a unique sound. The album wasn’t released until 1968 as the master tape was temporarily lost. This reissue comes with new liner notes by Jason Woodbury which add a valuable narrative to the album. 50th anniversary 2LP reissue featuring 5 previously unreleased alternate takes.

Motohiko Hamase
Reminiscence

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

Skull Snaps
Skull Snaps

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

Womack & Womack
MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)

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

Fatima
And Yet It's All Love

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

Mike Westbrook
Metropolis

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

Koichi Matsukaze Trio + Toshiyuki Daitoku
Earth Mother

In what seems to be a theme of Japanese Jazz Reissues, we’re proud to offer Earth Mother. If you’re not a collector of Far-Eastern jazz vinyl, you have no idea what we mean. Maybe you know the Koichi Matsukaze Trio & Toshiyuki Daitoku from the infamous J-Jazz 1969-1984 compilation. We're here to offer you the chance to become a true aficionado of Japanese jazz. And where better to start than with the legendary Earth Mother? 
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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

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

Bill Wells
Remixes For Seksound

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

Butcher Brown
Camden Session

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

Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band)
1973

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

Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band)
Placebo

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

Ben Pirani
How Do I Talk To My Brother?

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

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Live At KEXP!

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

John Coltrane
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

It's somewhat of a holy grail of jazz, this. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is just that, an until-very-recently unknown and unheard studio album by the great John Coltrane. The sessions for the LP were laid down at the legendary Van Gelder Studios, with 'Trane at the peak of his powers and his classic Quartet in tow. So, here we have a document from one of the most important and influential groups in the history of music-kind having scaled the pinnacles and subsequently veering in exploratory tangents the world couldn't have anticipated. LP, Double Deluxe Edition LP with CD and 2-CD deluxe editions available, on Impulse!
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Voices of Mississippi: Artists & Musicians Documented by William Ferris

Huge compilation of recordings made by folklorist William Ferris in and around Mississippi. Comes with 3 CDs containing gospel, blues, interviews, and stories, as well as some of Ferris' documentaries on DVD and a book edited by him. An incredibly detailed study of Southern American culture that is a must for anyone interested in the region.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Cara Stacey & Camilo Ángeles
Ceder

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

The Necks
Vertigo

Vertigo is album number 18 for Australian jazz trio, The Necks. They like to take a simple idea and allow it to develop organically through improvisation. They don’t know where they’re going when they set off but they always seem to get there. Their music is very human, it allows room for space, it’s ambiguous allowing the listener to interpret it in their own way.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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