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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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Dictaphone
Collection

Dictaphone are a an electronic music project started by Oliver Doerell, who grew up in Brussels, in Berlin at some point in the late ‘90s. A couple of years later he was joined by Roger Doring. They bonded over the ‘80s Brussels music scene. They became a trio in 2009 when violin player, Alex Stolze joined. Collection gathers together their 4 albums on a very limited 4LP box set or 3CD set.

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.

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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Mansur Brown
Shiroi

The Black Focus story grows ever more intertwined with Mansur Brown’s Shiroi. Brown contributed heavily to Yussef Kamaal’s acclaimed 2016 LP Black Focus. Earlier this year Kamaal Williams - one half of YK - set up a label of the same name as a home for his album The Return. Now Brown has become Williams’ first signing to the imprint. The virtuoso guitarist impresses across the eleven tracks of his debut record, marrying cascading licks with sloping neo-soul instrumentals.
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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.  

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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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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Curtis Mayfield
Curtis/Live!

A 1971 live album from Curtis Mayfield gets a tidy little reissue. Taped at a concert in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village fairly soon after Mayfield left The Temptations, Curtis/Live! shows him coming into his own as a solo performer. On this double LP Mayfield and his band blend the soul tunes of his old group with fiery conga-funk originals on this double LP.
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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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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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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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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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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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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. 
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  • BBE
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  • 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

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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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

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

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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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.
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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.
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  • 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'.
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  • 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.

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.
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  • 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.
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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? 
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  • BBE
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dick Dickson
In The Pocket

Dick Dickinson is a Cameroon-born singer. He recorded In The Pocket in Togo in 1986. He used African groove as a starting point, with a view to creating a mid-eighties American funk sound, which was de rigueur at the time. This reissue 12” is the second release for the new Beaumonde label who felt this track deserved to be given a second chance.
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Supersilent
14

Still out here, still making remarkable music, still refusing to put their time into graphic design or making up titles: its Supersilent! The mighty electroacoustic trio of Helge Sten (Deathprod), Arve Henriksen and Ståle Storløkken continue to blur the boundaries between post-jazz, electronic music, and see-what-comes improvisation on 14, with the wonderful inventive chemistry between the group as apparent as ever. Out on Smalltown Supersound.
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  • 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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Aretha Franklin
The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970

These double-editions from Atlantic/Rhino showcase some iconic tracks from an iconic performer. All bar one of these 34 singles (25 on the vinyl edition) are drawn from the first six LPs Aretha Franklin cut for Atlantic between 1967 and 1970 (the exception being her version of Elton John’s ‘Border Song’, released as a single in 1970 but found on the 1972 LP Young, Gifted And Black). They include stone-cold classics like ‘Respect’ and ‘Baby I Love You’ as well as barnstorming covers of The Beatles, Sam Cooke and The Band.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sha La Das
Love In The Wind

Something of a Daptone Records love-in here. The Sha La Das are three Staten Island brothers (surname Schalda, hence the moniker of the group) who grew up singing backing harmonies for their dad Bill, himself a one-time member of 1960s doo-wop group The Montereys. When Menahan Street Band founder Thomas Brenneck got wind of their talent, he teamed up with Bill to write the eleven instant Daptone classics that make up Love In The Wind. Bill and his sons are backed by the MSB here, the group that anchored the late Charles Bradley.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Arve Henriksen
The Height Of The Reeds

In a work specially commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017, Arve Henriksen relates to the love-affair-on-the-waves between Scandinavia and the hitherto unheralded Yorkshire port-town on The Height Of The Reeds. Composed alongside Elvind Aarset and Jan Bang, the music accompanied a sound walk last year, to be listened to crossing the Humber; all 15,000 tickets sold out. Jez Riley French's field recordings taken from the site provide added local detail and context and the voices and orchestra of Opera North with Norwegian poetry from Nils Christian Moe-Repstad feature. Available on CD, or LP plus CD from Rune Grammophon.

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

African Rhythms by Oneness of Juju does what it says on the tin to some degree but also delves deep into jazz and funk making mystical Afro-beat that has drawn comparisons to Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane. This is a one time re-pressing of their classic 1975 era opus which comes with a deluxe booklet featuring extensive liner notes.  

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!
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  • 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.

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE399CLP)
  • £24.49 £14.69 (saving: £9.80)
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  • 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

Alice Coltrane
Lord Of Lords

Superior Viaduct with a superior record from a superior artist. Alice Coltrane has finally been getting her dues from the reissue game in recent years, and 1972’s Lord Of Lords is another crucial re-pressing. The last record of the trilogy that includes Universal Consciousness and World Galaxy, Coltrane takes charge of a sizeable orchestra here while also contributing piano and harp. Her combination of spiritual jazz, modal and avant-garde techniques and a simple quest for truth in music results in another wonderful record.
  • 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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
  • 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.