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David Axelrod
Song Of Innocence

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

Kamasi Washington
Heaven and Earth

Oh my God he is walking on water whilst carrying a saxophone. To some Kamasi Washington is the sort of person who could walk on water with his blend of psychedelic cosmic jazz and horn workouts. His first album 'The Epic' was a hell of a thing and 'Heaven & Earth' which is split into two bits ('Heaven'/'Earth') is bound to be just as ambitious and will further crown him as the lord of modern psychedelic jazz. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Takeo Moriyama
East Plants

One of them there Japanese jazz reissues here. Takeo Moriyama’s 1983 LP East Plants isn’t a particularly famous record, but it’s held in high esteem by those who know their J-jazz onions. Moriyama is the drummer here, and his careful yet commanding kit work powers his group through a collection of slightly spiritual, slightly avant post-bop. Interestingly there’s no piano on this album - the melodic stuff is left to reeds, bass and tuned percussion.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 4)

It is a testament to the ingenuity and talent of RZA’s Wu-Tang Clan productions that the world can eagerly take four whole volumes (so far!) of material he has sampled. Shaolin Soul (Episode 4) features funky business from the likes of The Dynamics, Freda Payne and Faze-O, among others: perfect for the Wu-Tang fan and / or the soul lover in your life.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Chris Bowden
Time Capsule

Originally released in 1996, Time Capsule by Chris Bowden is truly an album that has easily withstood the test of time. Some 22 years later, its influence and legacy are still being heard in the music of a new generation of UK jazzers: Shabaka Hutchings, Yussef Kamaal and Nubya Garcia being but a few. The record was a result of listening to the spiritual and avant-garde sounds of jazz in the late '60s and '70s: Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry -- mixed with the modern classical -- Stravinsky, Glass, Reich. High quality music given a high-spec remaster for 2018. On gatefold double LP and slipcase CD on Soul Jazz records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

79.5
Predictions

Big Crown (The Fields & The Expressions, The Shacks) release the debut LP by intriguing NYC group 79.5. While it’s in essence a party record, a lot of influences are torpedoed into Predictions. The minimally groovy rhythm section often resembles ESG, but there’s a girl-group vibe to some of the carefree melodies, while tunes like ‘Boy Don’t Be Afraid’ have a little Sade to them. Imagine a more streamlined version of The Go! Team. It’s good fun.

Thelonious Monk
It's Monk’s Time

Thelonious Monk’s 1964 LP It’s Monk’s Time gets the reissue treatment courtesy of 8th Records. At this time in his career Monk was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. Many scorned his avant style on the keys, but when he turned in a relatively more sedate outing in the form of this record his die-hards railed against the album’s style. In the intervening years opinion has met in the middle, and now It’s Monk’s Time is praised for its deft arrangements.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Piano & A Microphone 1983

Prince presented himself to the world with consummate showmanship and an enigmatic persona that made his fans want to know even more about him. Piano & A Microphone gives fans a insight into his inspiration and songwriting process. Taken from a home-recorded cassette in dating from 1983, this album features Prince playing early versions of classics such as Purple Rain and Strange Relationship, along with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’. Available as an LP and CD package presented in a hardback book, vinyl LP and CD on Warner Bros.

Spencer Zahn
People Of The Dawn

Debut album from bassist Spencer Zahn. On People Of The Dawn he takes the vocabulary of jazz but plays with the semantics. The bass is still the thing holding it together but rather than melodic improvisation Zahn plays with texture. Helped by Darkside's Dave Harrington who did the electronic processing on the album.

Arve Henriksen
Composograph

Earlier this year a mere digital download courtesy of Henriksen himself, the tireless Norwegian’s Composograph finds itself bumped into the Rune Grammofon roster proper alongside new album The Height of the Reeds. Comprising material from the same string quartet sessions that yielded The Nature of Connections in 2014, these are similar arrangements, but a touch gloomier, chillier and creepier.

Brandon Coleman
Resistance

The fun times just keep coming as the party fortress Brainfeeder offers us Resistance, the new cut from Brandon Coleman. To put things in perspective, he happens to be a member of saxophonist Kamasi Washington's band, padding out that symphonic sound with fusion sounds on his keyboard and keytar. If you've heard anything off Heaven And Earth you'll know: he's gone on some real funk benders. On his new solo record he draws on boogie vibes and R&B while keeping his vintage electro sound in tac. This will rule.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

Strut have already reissued this 1975 soul-jazz classic from Oneness Of Juju a couple of times, but the latest pressing of African Rhythms comes with a few upgrades. The most notable tweak is the recently-discovered ‘Afrobeat’, taped at the original album sessions but lost to the winds until now. We also get the original 45-rpm version of the title track, remastered versions of all the cuts and an interview with bandleader James ‘Plunky’ Branch in the sleeve.

Carrie Cleveland
Looking Up: The Complete Works

Carrie Cleveland’s 1978 LP Looking Up is catnip to record collectors and connoisseurs. Recording alongside her husband in their home studio, Cleveland is a poised and charismatic presence atop instrumentals that range from swooning soul (‘Take A Moment’) to dancefloor boogie (the acclaimed ‘Love Will Set You Free’). Original copies are hard to source - just 1000 were pressed on first release - so Kalita Records have done the decent thing and reissued the album. They’ve expanded the original Looking Up package with rarities and detailed liner notes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Spiral Deluxe
Voodoo Magic

Rather than a lady, Spiral Deluxe are channelling Voodoo Magic but thats not the only thing of note about this supergroup, their drummer and percussionist is none other than Jeff Mills. Yes that Jeff Mills. They are a group of skilled musicians making music with no creative boundaries blending jazz, funk pop, house and techno in one enormous globule of sound.

Get The Blessing
Bristopia

Get The Blessing, who choose to broadcast the fact that they come from Bristol with the fairly poor album title of Bristopia, are a mutant jazz group who liberally use electronics, rock and post-rock forms, and party rhythms to take their music to wherever they want to go. This one features bonus pedal-steel from Margerethe Bjorklund and bonus guitar from Adrian Utley!
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Louis Cole
Time

Uptown Funk? Nah thanks, Louis Cole has got you covered for all you infectiously groovy disco funk jams, with an added sprinkle of odd and playful (Brainfeeder ready). Having gained admiration from the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Flying Lotus he is now releasing his first full length on Brainfeeder. Features tracks with Thundercat, Genevieve Artadi, and Brad Mehldau.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Liran Donin's 1000 Boats
8 Songs

Liran Donin is a double bass player who has been involved in sessions by the illustrious likes of Mulatu Astatke, Polar Bear, The Unthanks and Led Bib. He has now assembled a band of his own (1000 Boats), and recorded a debut album of his own material, which bobs and grooves through lots of intricate melodic playing, with Donin’s big bass always at the core.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jungle
For Ever

Jungle is massive. Jungle is unstoppable. Jungle For Ever. The posh soul duo have swapped the townhouses of Shepherd’s Bush for the penthouses of Los Angeles in a bid to be more … something. To be honest, this - their second album - just sounds like the first one. It’s another helping of blue-eyed funk grooves topped with fey falsettos. If you liked their eponymous debut then you’ll like For Ever. And a lot of you liked that first record, didn’t you.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ralph Thomas
Eastern Standard Time

What could be better than a happy mix of flute, baritone, alto and tenor saxophone and percussion? A large coke and a cheeseburger? Maybe. But still, baritone, alto AND tenor saxophones. Eastern Standard Time is the record from Ralph Thomas who is the mastermind behind this coming together of flute, a trio of saxophones and percussion. Available on a reissued vinyl LP (the original was *really* expensive or something) and CD. 
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground

Numero Group have gone crazy for the big-haired harmonious sisters of the '60s! Their latest extravaganza -- namely 'Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground' -- compiles 56 tracks (on double-CD, 28 on double vinyl) from various girl groups of the halcyon pop era; families, studio receptionists and all. Soaring vocals and raw pop power from: The Four J's, The Vandelettes, The Soulettes, The Para-Monts, plus many, many more!

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
The Serpent’s Mouth

Ushering in an exciting, vibrant and dynamic new age for steel drum music it's Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band with their new full-length release 'The Serpent's Mouth'. Named after an eight-mile stretch of water running between the island of Trinidad and Venezuela, the record is sprinkled with original songs as well as classics covered in their own unique style. These include a selection of R&B and hip-hop classics by: Amerie, Jackson 5, Gang Starr, Mary J Blige and more. There's even Harold Faltermeyer's '80s movie classic 'Crockett's Theme'. Uh-huh. LP or CD, on Big Crown records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tord Gustavsen Trio
The Other Side

Imbibe the vibes baby, because Tord Gustavsen is here. Over on the legendary ECM he returns to his piano trio with co-conspirators Jarle Vespestad and Sigurd Hole. The Other Side is a stately spa retreat, an immensely relaxing collection that draws on both smooth jazz and traditional folk music. RIYL melody.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Jungle
Heavy, California / Cherry

Jungle gear up for the release of their sophomore LP For Ever with another light dusting of alt-soul. ‘Heavy, California’ and ‘Cherry’ are par for the course, all polite funk grooves and snapback-and-a-pair-of-Huaraches falsetto. This is the sort of breezy whimsy that sinks soft claws into radio station playlists the world over, so drink your fill now lest your thirst by slaked by another hand.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Swamp Dogg
Love, Loss and Auto-Tune

Despite his recording career running to over half a century at this point (!), Jerry Williams, Jr. shows no signs of taking it easy in his old age. If anything, his latest LP might be his boldest move since abandoning the pop ditties of his Little Jerry years for the gnarled psych-soul sound of Swamp Dogg. Love, Loss and Auto-Tune claims inspiration from Kanye West’s 808s And Heartbreak, but the massed electro-warbles on tunes like ‘I’ll Pretend’ actually have more in common with what Bon Iver was getting up to in the background of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. One wonders if this might be the sort of thing Captain Beefheart would be doing were he still alive today.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Scott Xylo
Find Us When U Get There

Black Acre scoop up Leicester twentysomething spark Scott Xylo for an afrofuturist LP of neo-soul, hip-wonk beats, smokey jazz downtempo and collaborations with the likes of Jon Glitches, Catherine Sera, Afronaut Zu and Marcus Joseph. Plus fairly splendid cover art by Philly comic illustrator Pat Aulisio.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Young Sick Camellia

Alabama group St. Paul & The Broken Bones release their third LP. There’s eight of them in this rabble, which seems like an awful lot of people to do something you can achieve with just one Mark Ronson. This young blurb writer reckons that they relax after shows by getting together and watching Peaky Blinders. One day in the near future, something from Young Sick Camellia will be used on an advert for a bespoke razorblade made by a company called Dapper Harry's or Sir Smitherington's or something to that effect.

Rejoicer
Energy Dreams

After a few years releasing on his own Raw Tapes label, Israeli producer Rejoicer has struck beatsmith gold and signed for Stones Throw. However, Energy Dreams could just as easily have cropped up on Brainfeeder, such is the similarity to Daedelus and mid-period FlyLo. Funky, jazzy, hip-hoppy electronica of the sort that never goes out of fashion.

Richenel
Perfect Stranger

Six more tracks released by Music From Memory by the Dutch art-disco singer Richenel. The songs on Perfect Stranger are from Richenel's 1982 cassette only debut album La Diferencia. This is disco in the post-punk vein, all austere and jagged, but very danceable all the same.

Singu
Siki

Psychedelic jazz improvisations from Hiroshima based duo, Singu. Siki has Kiyo and Keta Ra furiously duelling using drums, keyboard and guitar. For all the chaos, there's a surprising amount of space in their music, mostly thanks to Kiyo's drumming very humbly being a little quieter in the mix than you'd usually get from such a virtuoso. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Betty Davis
The Columbia Years 1968-1969

Pay attention, this is important! These sessions, recorded by Betty Davis with her then-husband Miles (yeah that Miles) and an impressive cast of late 60’s musicians (including Wayne Shorter, Mitch Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) have never been released (or even bootlegged) before! This material has acquired quite the reputation in the meantime, partly because it forms a key pre-Bitches Brew link in the Miles Davis chain. But even without that, this stuff is fresh and fantastic!
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bernard Estardy
Space Oddities 1970-1982

Bernard Estardy had one of the most influential careers in French pop. From his studio the late producer helped shape the sounds of artists including Francoise Hardy and Claude Francois. As well as working behind the scenes for singers he was always tinkering at the controls and made many solo records of experimental Library pop throughout the second half of the 20th Century. Space Oddities 1970-1982 sees Born Bad Records (La Femme, Francis Bebey) collate a few choice nuggets from Estardy’s extensive body of oddities.

Willie Hutch
Soul Portrait

Willie Hutch signed to Motown in the ‘70s. After the legendary Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Motown was all about Willie Hutch. His nine album run for Berry Gordy’s label included two classic blaxploitation soundtracks: Foxy Brown  and The Mack. However, before he signed to Motown he recorded two important albums for RCA. Soul Portrait was his debut and was originally released in 1969. Hutch wrote and arranged every track on the album which mixed the gritty, southern soul of Stax with the glittering sound of Detroit.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Jackson
Thriller

If you've not already bought the standard vinyl for 1p at a charity shop at any time over the last twenty years then now is the time to catch to with what Michael Jackson was doing in 1982 on this special picture disc edition. He was, of course, becoming the 'king of pop' with this multi squillion selling opus which remains the best selling record of all time. It's also good, especially the B side which just shows that you don't have to front load albums to be successful. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Adrian Younge
Voices Of Gemma Instrumentals

‘Instrumental’ records often come off like vanity projects that only ever have real appeal for the producer and a very select number of die-hard completists. Not so Adrian Younge’s Voices Of Gemma. The original record purposely pitted plush library-pop against eerie and operatic female vocals to bring about a sense of Twilight Zone uncanniness. Now Linear Labs strip out the singing to allow the just-a-little-too-comfortable instrumentals to work their magic on you.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Szun Waves
New Hymn To Freedom

Szun Waves are a small collective of musicians who improvise, but whilst improvisation can sometimes be viewed as self-indulgent and not particularly audience friendly, on New Hymn To Freedom, the trio make the listening experience an immersive one. The band features Luke Abbott, who is known for mixing leftfield club music with ambient explorations, Jack Wyllie, of Portico Quartet and Circle Traps and Aussie drummer Lawrence Pike from Triosk and PVT. 2LP and CD on The Leaf Label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Don Cherry
Home Boy, Sister Out

Don Cherry set aside his free jazz, post bop and free improvisation characterised by his '70s period to make a record of afro-funk fusion in Paris, 1985; the result was Home Boy, Sister Out. Paris by the mid-80s was in the midst of its cool swing with jazz, funk and new wave all co-mingling with African, Jamaican and Latin American sounds. Originally a French only release, this newly remastered double LP with a bonus disc of demos, instrumentals and other extras has been reissued by WEWANTSOUNDS, in a deluxe gatefold edition.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tirzah
Devotion

Tirzah has been reaching a particular audience with her contemporary, streetwise voice since her debut EP for the Greco-Roman label in 2013. Now her soulful style reaches a wider audience on her debut LP for big boys Domino records. Co-created and written with Mica Levi who also produced, 'Devotion' is an 11-track set of intimate songs dripping with romance, sadness and desire. This is British R'n'B at its most innovative.

Various
Give Me My Flowers

Give Me My Flowers is a celebration of Nashboro Records, a label founded by Ernie Young in 1951, to release the most exciting and effusive gospel music coming out of Nashville at the time. Who better then Third Man to compile these tracks then, a label whose output has been heavily informed by the gospel music tradition.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stone Foundation
Everybody, Anyone

Weller got so excited by the last Stone Foundation album that he ended up producing it and playing on every single track. This time round he's a mere guest along with bandmates Mick Talbot and Steve White. Also appearing is Dr Robert from the Blow Monkeys. Stone Foundation have here mined a heavier funk vibe than before but still blend funk and soul with mod-ish pop and have become a popular live act on the 'circuit'. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joey Dosik
Inside Voice

Vulfpeck continue to extend their insidious tendrils into every facet of contemporary music. Joey Dosik may not be a full-time member of the Berkley ‘band’, but his solo output bears a similar element of nudge-nudge-wink-wink to that group's output. Inside Voice, his debut solo LP, thinks it’s doing a Father John Misty thing when it’s actually doing an Adam Levine thing. We can also blame this one on Moses Sumney, Theo Katzmann, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, among others.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

serpentwithfeet
soil

Josiah Wise enlists a raft of sound innovators for the debut serpentwithfeet LP. Clams Casino, Paul Epworth, Katie Gately and mmph are some of the minds behind the gorgeous vistas of soil. Wise’s extraordinary voice, reminiscent of Nina Simone, remains centre-stage. He is a true innovator and we should treasure his talent. If you never listened to blisters, get to know now

Son House
Father Of Folk Blues

Reissue of the album that introduced Son House to the 1960s. Born in Mississippi in 1902, Son House was one of the most influential blues musicians of the era, in particular the intensity of emotion in both his singing and guitar playing. You may recognise his most famous track 'Death Letter' as The White Stripes covered it on De Stijl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Motohiko Hamase
Intaglio

There’s a resurgence in japanese electronic, jazz and new age music going at the moment. This has shone new light on the underrated bass player, Motohiko Hamase leading to the reissue of his ambient/new age album, Intaglio. Hamase was a reliable session player with acts such as pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and maverick guitarist, Kazumi Watanabe as well as being a member of the Isao Suzuki Sextet playing modern jazz. LP and CD on Studio Mule.

Funkadelic
Live – Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan – 12th September 1971

Goddamn: the fully-fledged Funkadelic ensemble captured live in concert in their early days. Live - Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan - 12th September 1971 was recorded straight from the soundboard, meaning that this release is the closest you can get to that extraordinarily tight and groovy night. Fiercely psychedelic funk music, released on vinyl for the first time by Tidal Waves Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gil Scott-Heron
Nothing New

If you missed out on this Record Store Day release - here is a second chance to grab this essential album by the late Gil Scott-Heron. Stripped back re-recordings of some of his favourite tracks from each of his albums, these were recorded early on in the sessions that eventually yielded 'I'm New Here'. A beautiful bookend to a wonderful artists discography.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Binker and Moses
Alive In The East?

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

Sun Ra
Janus

Janus is a collection of tracks taken numerous rare and differing sources from Sun Ra and the band that followed him round so loyally. The tracks featured in this five-track record were recored between 1960 and 1970 and contain live and studio performances. Available on vinyl LP and released on Warners. 
  • Vinyl LP (711574835713PMI)
  • £27.49 £21.99 (saving: £5.50)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tropics
Nocturnal Souls

After LPs for Planet Mu and Innovative Leisure, the latest full-length from Chris Ward’s Tropics project drops via Plus Fours. Nocturnal Souls is an accomplished neo-soul album in the vein of his mates BADBADNOTGOOD - indeed, the celebrated jazz group crop up as backing band here. Ward’s fine songwriting style incorporates elements of the French New Wave, cosmic jazz, chillwave and even a little 'Reckoner'-era Radiohead. He’s got a great set of pipes on him too.

Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

Thriller may have been better known but Off the Wall was Jackson at the top of his game. This was the pre-surgery, pre- being 'friends' with children Jackson when he was fully focussed on music and had a point to prove. Although his fifth solo album it was his first with Quincy Jones at the helm and the first where he had complete creative control. Features a host of his best known work such as the self penned  'Don't Stop Til You Get Enough' and the brilliant Rod Temperton duo of 'Rock with You' and the unsurpassable title track.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Eric Demarsan
Le Cercle Rouge (Original Soundtrack)

We Release Jazz release - who’d have thought? - some jazz. Well, library jazz at least. This LP showcases old-timey French composer Eric Demarsan’s score for 1970 noir flick Le Cercle Rouge. All the usual tropes are present and correct - vibraphone, massed brass, flutes etc. - and Demarsan’s flavours the music with elements of lounge jazz, big band and hard-boiled detectivism. Stands up well when yanked away from the screen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Funkadelic
Finest

Probably the greatest compilation of George Clinton’s iconic funk ensemble Funkadelic, Finest covers 1970 to 1976 and mixes classics with obscurities. Tidal Waves Music have repressed this out of print rarity to very limited deluxe double vinyl LP, complete with the original psychedelic artwork.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TWM05)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Bill Mason
Gettin' Off

One of them there rare soul records here. Bill Mason’s 1972 LP Gettin’ Off has quite the list of credits - the band includes Idris Muhammad and James Brown’s one-time bassist Gordon Edwards, and the record was engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. Mason does well in getting this talented bunch all pulling in the right direction, guiding the group through five soul-funk-jazz period pieces that include a cover of Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. Now reissued by Tidal Waves.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mattson 2
Mattson 2 Play "A Love Supreme"

On the delightfully named label Spiritual Pajamas, this duo of identical twins Jared & Jonathan Mattson have decided to recreate and rework John Coltrane's classic album and rebadge it for the 21st century. The album pushed the music into bold and challenging new shapes, with analog synths, guitars and atmospheres giving it that 2018 sheen. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prophet
Right On Time

Unsure about the album art on this one. Is he suggesting that he is the prophet, overlooking the universe from the 1980's before descending down to earth today to save us from the absolute mess we find ourselves in? If that is the case, I welcome him. Right On Time is a 7" release from the aforementioned Prophet and contains two tracks from the original album Right On Time, funnily enough. Released on Stones Throw. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Internet
Hive Mind

You know all the kids who get onto the ‘Jazz & Pop’ course at music college and end up in naff neo-soul ensembles? The Internet is the band they all think they're in. Hive Mind, the fourth LP from Syd The Kyd et al, is as cool as a cloud of smoke being blown by someone in silhouette. The prominent vocals and ultra-swung grooves place it in the newer school of Fatima, Zara McFarlane et al, but the flex of the thing rivals D’Angelo’s best years. Some people should be taking notes.

Sons Of Kemet
Your Queen Is A Reptile

Sons Of Kemet return with their third LP of iconoclastic jazz takes. Your Queen Is A Reptile has Shabaka Hutchings and company using sax, tuba and dual-drums to conjure music that sees traditional jazz modes cusping on several sounds of the Caribbean diaspora. Soca, calypso, merengue and more all rumble in the lines of the drum work here, and Hutchings masterfully uses his horn to conduct the proceedings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tohru Aizawa Quartet
Tachibana

This isn’t just vintage Japanese jazz: its private-pressed, collector-baiting Japanese jazz that was once so rare, many doubted that it even really existed. The Tohru Aizawa Quartet were amateurs who only ever made this one album Tachibana, but by god its a remarkable set, bristling with energy and invention. A very welcome reissue here, on CD and double LP, from BBE.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Yazz Ahmed
La Saboteuse Remixed

Self-proclaimed ‘High priestess of psychedelic Arabic jazz’ and former Radiohead/These New Puritans collaborator Yazz Ahmed sees her 2017 LP La Saboteuse remixed by a handful of Gilles Peterson-y producers. The Bahraini-British trumpeter allows Hector Plimmer, DJ Khalab and Blacksea Nao Maya twist her originals into new, club-friendly shapes here. La Saboteuse Remixed also includes the Ahmed original ‘Spindrifting.

R+R=NOW
Collagically Speaking

A proper all-star cast on this new Blue Note joint. Robert Glasper, Taylor McFerrin and Derrick Hodge are part of R+R=NOW, and Collagically Speaking features guest spots from the likes of Terry Crews and Yasiin Bey. The band set out to ‘reflect the times’ on this one, both politically and musically. As such we have an LP of post-genre jazz - immediate comparisons would be Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s The Epic - that frequently touches on The Current State Of Affairs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Adrian Younge presents
Voices Of Gemma

A giddy LP from former Ghostface Killah and Ali Shaheed Muhammad collaborator Adrian Younge here. Voices Of Gemma is something of an iron fist in a velvet glove. These ten tracks will often lull you in with gorgeous, lilting tunes lifted straight from the David Axelrod songbook before hitting you with a sharp left hook. It could be an unsettling lyric, an incongruous bass lick or simply the single appearance of a male vocal after a record of head-voice female parts, but these intrusions destabilise the fantastical world that Younge otherwise sets up with such meticulous care. This is a louche, dreamy and uncanny listen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Blurt
Poppycock

At the time of writing (5th April 2018), Poppycock - the third studio LP from 80s art-punks Blurt - is ranked as the 831st-best album for 1986 by Rate Your Music. Initially that doesn’t sound very impressive, but consider 1) how many records were released that year, and 2) those lists tend to be skewed by people who actually think that Peter Gabriel’s So deserves a place in the top 20 and the odds start to look more favourable for Blurt. Anyway, Poppycock is a funny old thing, a zany saxophone-led affair that recalls The Birthday Party and James Chance & The Contortions as well as paving the way for the wtf-fest that was Mr. Bungle. Now remastered and reissued by Klanggalerie.

Kon & Amir present
Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn

DJ pair Kon & Amir are far too wise about their music specialties: I can scarcely imagine the weight of their record collections. But don’t get jealous! Just sit back and let them spin an array of gorgeous rare cuts for you to enjoy. Volume III of their Off Track mixtape series focuses on Brooklyn NYC, the source of so much groovy musical wonder. Reissued double LP.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas
Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas

Prins Thomas has been keeping busy hasn’t he. After a solo full-length, a collaborative LP with Bjorn Torske, some remixes and a bunch of EPs back in 2017, he’s now readying a new album alongside Norwegian jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. The five lengthy tracks here meet somewhere in-between Wesseltoft’s downtempo lounge-hop and the spacey disco we usually associate with Thomas. It’s a very pleasant affair. Out, of course, on Smalltown Supersound.

Mndsgn
Snax

Ringgo Ancheta is back as Mndsgn with Snax, marking a return to his mixtape roots -- on this inaugural release on his own Ringgo Records. Following on from a smorgasbord of treats on Stones Throw, The LA beatmaker has been searching anew and discovering tasty new bites and slices, splicing them together to produce this latest mouthwatering sandwich of soul, jazz and boogie. Delicious, cosmic, summery times ahead. BBQ optional but recommended.

Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock
Butterfly

Reissue of a previously Japan-only LP here. Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai teamed up with a band led by Herbie Hancock in 1979 to record this collection of covers. Many of them are smooth-as-silk versions, with Kasai’s beautiful voice floating over languid soul-jazz instrumentals. Closes out with a rambunctious disco-funk version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘As’. Nicely restored and remastered by Be With Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble
Officium

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

C.W. Stoneking
Gon' Boogaloo

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

Jamie Isaac
(04:30) Idler

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

Kamal Keila
Muslims and Christians

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

Fadoul
Al Zman Saib

Furiously energetic Arabic funk-rock music that leaps out of the speakers. Fadoul’s music has been little noticed in the non-Arabic world over the years, which is frankly a tragedy when you hear the quality of the material Al Zman Saib. Thankfully, Habibi Funk are reissuing, in an archival package with rare photos and translations of the lyrics.

The Staple Singers
Coming Home: The Early Classics

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

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

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

H. Caiage, Amedeo Tommasi
Carnet Turistico

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

Various
Bury Me in a Corner of the Yard

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

C.W. Stoneking
Jungle Blues

C.W. Stoneking is, at the time of writing, a living human being. However, Jungle Blues is one of those records that sounds like it was made by a dead person. We mean that in a literal sense - from its grainy recording quality to stories of ‘a poor shipwrecked soul stranded in the jungles of darkest Africa’ (hmm…), Jungle Blues is a perfect pastiche of several early-20th-century blues traditions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

C.W. Stoneking
King Hokum

Is Hokum a bad thing? It sounds like it might be a bad thing. Nevertheless, here’s Australian man out of time C.W. Stoneking come to spin us a few more yarns. Like literally every one of Stoneking’s LPs King Hokum sounds like it was made a hundred years ago, but this time Stoneking goes one further and comes up with a whole concept about some magic-realist nonsense going on way back when in the U.S. South. His ability to pastiche remains meticulous.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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

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

Onyx Collective
Lower East Suite Part Three

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

Floex
Gone


  • Vinyl 10" (DEN174LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 1)

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

Hampshire & Foat
Nightshade

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

emanative
Earth

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

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

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

Jackson Sisters
Jackson Sisters

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

Various
Feeling Good

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

Various
Fools Paradise Favorites

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

Manu Dibango
Electric Africa

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

The Nineteenth Whole
Smilin'

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

Donald Austin
Crazy Legs

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

Tenderlonious
The Shakedown featuring The 22archestra

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

The Thing
Again

Yeah that’s right, it's The Thing baby! Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drumkit powerhouse Paal Nilssen-Love play in a thousand and one different contexts these days, but it's great to hear them return to the roots of what really launched them into the free jazz world and beyond. Three longer tracks on this one, proving once Again that The Thing really are where it's at.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Silver Linings
Don't Make Tracks

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

The James Hunter Six
Whatever It Takes

Look mum he's smoking! Urrrgghhh. That said so would you if you'd become such a permanent fixture in the world of rhythm and soul as James Hunter has over the last few years after a thirty year period doing jobs as foul as working on the railways and playing back up guitar for Van Morrison. R&B how it was meant to sound. Soulful and free of cliche. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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