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Charles Bradley
Changes

Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, began his incredible journey from being down-and-out to soul singing sensation with his debut album No Time For Dreaming in 2011. Appearances at Glastonbury and on Later...With Jools Holland have only seen his stock rise higher. Changes is his third album and is named after the Black Sabbath track he covers with an emotional intensity that only Charles Bradley can.
  • Vinyl LP (DAP041LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (DAP-041)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Shanghai’d Soul

A big bundle of old soul tracks of the absolute highest quality, assembled by reissue maestros The Numero Group. Shangai’d Soul will delight everyone who loves them some soul, but the tracks have also been picked with their later use in mind: plenty of these productions have been mined for hip-hop samples over the years, see what you can spot!
  • Vinyl LP (NBR7LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Larry Dixon & LAD Productions Inc.
Star Time

LAD Productions Inc. was the imprint operated by Larry Dixon to release his own material and that of his friends operating out of Chicago from 1971 to 1987. This material is so very rare, but the Star Time box-set gathers up every last track from this underrated soulful star. Everything has been remastered, and the set comes with a booklet of Dixon / LAD history. On Past Due Records.
  • Vinyl LP box set (PASTDUE4LPB1)
  • CD (PASTDUE2CD1)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
New Orleans Funk 4: Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-75

The Soul Jazz team head to New Orleans for their latest high-grade compilation of rare old records. Volume 4 of the New Orleans Funk series takes in the period 1951 to 1975, when funky producers like Allen Toussaint and Eddie Bo were in their prime. Excellent music and a history lesson to boot. Voodoo Fire In New Orleans is released as a CD or double LP set.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP355)
  • CD (SJRCD355)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jamie Lidell
Building a Beginning

Really smooth music from Huntingdon's answer to Marvin Gaye. Liddell has been soulful for many years but he sounds like some kind of cross between Gaye and Stevie Wonder slinking his way through a batch of laid back electronic soul. He uses the cream of the world's best session musician to create this soporific, psychedelic soul that is so thick you could stand a spoon in it.      
  • Vinyl Double LP (JJL004)
  • CD (JJL005)

Kadhja Bonet
The Visitor

Kadhja Bonet makes her recording debut with this EP for Headcount. Dwelling in Los Angeles, it's hard not to hear a little of the Flying Lotus / Brainfeeder influence in Bonet’s psychedelically-tinged jazzy sound. She writes and sings electronic neo-R&B music, but with plenty of that spacey flair. This release adds 4 previous singles to The Visitor’s 6 tracks.
  • Vinyl LP (FP15761)
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  • CD (FP15762)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Incredible Bongo Band
Bongo Rock

Bongo Rock is a reissue of the 1973 album by The Incredible Bongo Band. If you we’re wondering where all of your favourite hip hop and dance acts sampled their beats from, there’s a good chance they got them from here. Everyone from Beastie Boys to Jay-Z, Goldie to Aphex Twin have delved into this rich resource for drum samples and inspiration.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP118)

Sarathy Korwar
Day To Day: Remixes

Debut album from American percussionist and composer Sarathy Kowar was mightily well received, a glorious fusion of percussion, free jazz and Indian rhythms. The folks at Ninja Tune, quite rightly, thought some remixes would go down a treat, getting Tenderlonious, Photay and Emanative down to put their own broken beat electronica versions in. Think Four Tet and Theo Parrish.
  • Vinyl 12" (ZEN12445)

The Cosmic Range
New Latitudes

The Cosmic Range is Toronto’s Matthew Doc Dunn, a man who has played extensively alongside psychedelic experimental heavyweights like MV & EE, Sunburned Hand Of The Man and J Mascis. All that experience made Dunn pretty well equipped to make New Latitudes a pretty special-sounding LP. Released by Idee Fixe.
  • Vinyl LP (LPIF015)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr
The Resonator

Look past the quite frankly not-very-good cover art for The Resonator, and you will find an interesting leftwards turn in folk singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams’ career. She has set aside her own material and embraced the vibraphone of Anthony Kerr: together, the pair have taken on a set of jazz standards, making them into something new. The Resonator is released by One Little Indian.
  • Vinyl LP (TPLP1350)
  • CD (TPLP1350CD)

Harvey Mandel
Snake Pit

A former member of Canned Heat, electric guitar innovator Harvey Mandel's career has spanned over four decades. Mandel's fifteenth studio album boasts 8 tracks of the formidable creativity and virtuosity for which he is known and loved. With equal parts blues, jazz and funk, Snake Pit is an invigorating release which is sure to impress. Released on Vinyl LP and CD via the Tompkins Square label.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5302)
  • CD (TSQ5296)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi
Mudei De Ideia

The debut album of Antonio Carlos and Jocafi, who managed great success with their psychedelic take on samba and funk music in Brazil in the 70’s. Mudei De Ideia was initially released in 1971 and is reissued now by Mr Bongo, packaged in the psych-haze variation on the sleeve art (much nicer than the more straight-laced variation).
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP140)
  • CD (MRBCD140)

Various
Saint Etienne Presents Songs for a London Winter

Of late almost everything Saint Etienne release has got something to do with London. They love the place. Can't get enough of it. This time they have personally selected their favourite christmas songs, presumably by Londoners.  Ah.. christmas in London. The stabbings and muggings stop for a moment whilst everyone gathers round the nearest jellied eel warmed by the exhaust pipe. Nice to see Wally Whyton represented.   
  • CD (CR9013)

Miles Davis
The Essential Miles Davis

On vinyl to really get the most of his epic sound, The Essential Miles Davis covers his illustrious career with some of the defining songs, from his solo on "Generique", taken from the French film "Ascenseur pour L'echafaud" as well as songs from Bitches Brew and a Kind of Blue - one for the recent Jazz initiate. Double LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (88985357741)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Paul & The Tall Trees
Our Love In The Light

Paul and the Tall Trees are Paul Schalda and pals (including perhaps uniquely his dad and his brother). This family set up leads to some pretty warm hearted acoustic pop. Paul's belchy vocals recall Buddy Holly but his heart on sleeve lyrics are matched with jerky song structures that could come from the pen of Jeffrey Lewis.   
  • Vinyl LP (BC019LP)
  • CD (BC019CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Olympians
The Olympians

The Olympians are an instrumental soul  / R&B crew with a mighty personnel taken from outfits like The Dap-Kings, the Tonight Show Band and Lee Fields’ backing band, all lead by Tony Panzer. This record is dripping with the raw groovy power of a much-loved music: The Olympians is one of the year’s finest soul records, vocals or no vocals. On Daptone.
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-044LP)
  • CD (DAP-044)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

94 East feat. Prince
94 East feat. Prince

Hold the bloody phone…. The earliest recordings of Prince, as he emerged with 94 East. Obviously, he plays as many instruments as you can name, THIS is where it all began, and now remastered and put on glorious triple LP or coloured (purple, naturally) vinyl. Box set includes interview with 94 East founder and Prince discoverer Pepé Willie.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (CHARLYL221)
  • Vinyl LP (CHARLYL219)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (CHARLYF840)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Follow Me to the Popcorn: The Untold History of the Belgium Popcorn Scene

Popcorn is the name given to the 60s / 70s Belgian R&B scene: sort of an equivalent to Britain’s Northern Soul. Follow Me To The Popcorn: The Untold History Of The Belgian Popcorn Scene compiles 2 LPs-worth of the groovy fruits of this scene, not often circulated today. Out on the Jazzman label.
  • CD (JMANCD085)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bushman's Revenge
Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen

Bushman’s Revenge are a jazz band who have often looked like a rock band, but Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen has them moving back towards the roots of the music they love: there are versions of pieces by Albert Ayler and McCoy Tyner here. Although some fairly gnarly electric blues guitar solos find their way in as well. Out on Rune Grammofon.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3185)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lee Moses
Time and Place

Long-time soul session musician Lee Moses (he played with Gladys Knight and Jimi Hendrix!) made his debut as a frontman and bandleader in 1971 on Time and Place. It wasn’t a hit, but it is a classic: Moses is light enough on his feet to get that lithe groove going, but also tough enough for his vocals and brass arrangements to carry serious heft. Reissue on Light In The Attic.
  • CD (FDR630CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

94 East feat. Prince
Just Another Sucker

And.. a star is born. Welcome, Prince. 94 East was the start of Prince’s inimitable career path, with Pepe Willie recognising his ridiculous amount of talent from the get go he shoved him straight to the front of his band and the story starts there. This collection of tracks from 1975-1979 is pure fire funk, and has the formerly artist formerly known as Prince all over it.
  • Vinyl 12" (CHARLYL220)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Scorch Trio
XXX

Scorch Trio is a fierce improvising guitar / bass /drums group with two-thirds of talent behind The Thing on board (Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten), plus searing guitarist Raoul Björkenheim. This XXX box-set contains three studio albums (all currently unavailable on vinyl), plus Oval, which has never previously been released at all. 4LP set on Rune Grammofon.
  • Vinyl LP box set (RLP2187)

Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes
Night Illusion

Originally released in 1980, 'Night Illusion' is an Afro soul classic that's ventured deeper into obscurity over the years, and still remains relatively unknown outside of Nigeria. Once impossibly hard to find - thanks to Soul Jazz Records, the enigmatic Tee Mac and the lost 'Night Illusion' sees the light of day once more for those who missed it first time around. 
  • Vinyl LP (SJRLP346)
  • CD (SJRCD346)

Shafiq Husayn
On Our Way Home (feat. Fatima & Jimetta Rose)

A tantalising preview of Shafiq Husayn’s exciting second album The Loop. The single On Our Way Home moves along with both classic soulfulness and Brainfeeder-esque beat science, while guest vocalists Fatima and Jimetta Rose sing with fire and sunlight. Released as a single-sided 12” on Eglo.
  • Vinyl 12" (EGLO52)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Sea of Noise

Sea Of Noise is the second album from Birmingham, Alabama six-piece St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Their heartfelt brand of soul, blues, gospel and rock won many fans on their 2014 debut Half The City. Sea Of Noise is expected to produce a similar amount of sincere soulfulness that is likely to engage many more fans.
  • Vinyl LP (88985345131)
  • CD (88985345132)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
NIGERIA SOUL FEVER - Afro Funk, Disco And Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!

The weight of fantastic 1970’s Nigerian music being discovered in recent years by non-Nigerians (much of this music was never exported at all) has grown so great that authoritative compilers Soul Jazz have had to step in with this hefty set. Nigeria Soul Fever - Afro Funk, Disco And Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem! delivers on the title’s promise in absolute spades, with killer material spread across 2 CDs or 3 LPs.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP344)
  • CD (SJRCD344)

Various
Running The Voodoo Down - Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80

The period 1967 to 1980 was a vivid one if you were in the States and paying attention to the music collected on this double release. Explorations in Psychrockfunkjazzsoul describes it neatly, with African-American musicians constantly blowing minds: we’ve got the likes of Funkadelic, Don Cherry, James Brown, Miles Davis… Running The Voodoo Down is out on Festival.
  • CD (FEST601047CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince and the Revolution
Parade (Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon)

Posthumous re-release of Prince's seminal eighth studio album, and the soundtrack to 1986's 'Under the Cherry Moon'. This contains some proper Prince classics such as 'Kiss' and 'Anotherloverholenyohead'. This album sold two million copies when it was originally released. Pure, classic Prince. Pre-order on vinyl now. 
  • Vinyl LP (0075992539517)

Charles Mingus
Blues & Roots


  • Vinyl LP (0081227944360)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Seasick Steve
I Started Out With Nothin'


  • Vinyl LP (0190295971106)

Seasick Steve
Man From Another Time


  • Vinyl LP (0190295971090)

Parliament
5 Classic Albums

This must unquestionably be the best deal around in terms of funk-per-pound ratio. George Clinton’s intergalactic Parliament crew are essential for all space-funk fans, and this CD set contains five (5!) of their albums, including Mothership Connection and The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, in one very reasonably-priced package. Cheers Universal.
  • CD box set (5370152)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nick Waterhouse
Never Twice

Oh I know who this guy is. He's the recording genius that made recent records by the Allah Las and Ty Segall sound like they were covered in 60s dust. Now he's doing his own thing which is a cool but perhaps unfashionable blend of elegant 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo and taking inspiration from the back streets of New Orleans.  
  • Vinyl LP (IL2037V)
  • CD (IL2037)

Jah Wobble and The Invaders Of The Heart
Everything Is Nothing

This album is a real meeting of the veterans. PiL man Jah Wobble welcomed in a band that includes Tony Allen (of Fela Kuti fame) and Nick Turner of Hawkwind for these sessions: even the producer (Youth) used to be in Killing Joke. Together, these Invaders Of The Heart have created Everything Is Nothing, a dub-jazz-world odyssey of sorts. It feels good. On Wobble’s own label.
  • CD (JW001)

Jameszoo
Fool

Straight out of Holland comes Jameszoo, an eclectic DJ and producer who has turned to incorporating live instrumentation into his work on new album Fool. In doing so he contributes to the post-Kamasi Brainfeeder mission of re-engineering funk jazz music, working with veterans like Steve Kuhn, Arthur Verocai and in-house bass wizard Thundercat. On Brainfeeder.
  • Vinyl LP (BF059)
  • CD (BFCD059)

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Black Stabat Mater

Hedvig Mollestad is properly trained in jazz music, but when working with her Trio, she pushes into darkly funky territory that is more influenced by heavy psychedelic rock. It’s a place that her gnarly guitar chops sit very comfortably, and on new studio album Black Stabat Mater, her sound is outright flaring. On Rune Grammofon.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3183)
  • CD (RCD2183)

L.A. Salami
The City Nowadays

From the name, L.A. Salami sounds like a Californian punk band: in fact, he’s a UK ‘postmodern blues and urban folk’ musician. Ahead of his forthcoming debut full-length album he releases The City Nowadays, a big statement of a single with confessional / political lyrics and large brass-powered choruses. 7” on Sunday Best.
  • Vinyl 7" (SBESTS183)

Miles Davis
Miles Ahead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Miles Ahead, the big new Don Cheadle biopic of Miles Davis, comes with a soundtrack that is, needless to say, stellar. 11 classic Miles tracks that span the mighty jazzman’s career are included, rounded out by some new compositions by Robert Glasper, working with Herbie Hancock and Pharoahe Monch. All on 2 vinyl LPs.
  • Vinyl Double LP (88985306681)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Seasick Steve
Dog House Music


  • Vinyl LP (5060130500288)

Seasick Steve & The Level Blues
Cheap

This is the very first album from everyone’s favourite (presumably-former?) hobo bluesman Seasick Steve, recorded in 2004 with a pair of Scandinavians (The Level Devils). Cheap sounds cheap, but it's also full of heart and soul and gnarly guitar, presented raw and unadulterated. Reissued by There’s A Dead Skunk on CD and vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (5060130500318)
  • CD (5060130500035)

Johnnie Frierson
Have You Been Good To Yourself

Johnnie Frierson was in the 60’s Stax soul crew The Drapels and is brother to Wendy Rene, but his own personal music was not so much about making people dance as about making them pray. Have You Been Good To Yourself is a set of heartfelt intimate gospel songs, recorded at home and locally distributed around Memphis. This remastered Light In The Attic reissue is the first ‘proper’ release of this sensitive music to date.
  • CD (LITA127CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate

British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has made an album in Love & Hate that embraces the long playing format. It’s a dynamic, nuanced collection that will find you reaching for the headphones for its more intimate moments. Whilst his debut LP Home Again recalled the classic soul of Bill Withers and Otis Redding, Love & Hate expands on that base introducing psychedelic elements to its contemporary freeform feel. The album was produced by Grammy winning US producer Danger Mouse and up and coming UK producer Inflo.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4783458)
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  • CD (4785905)

Kneebody + Daedelus
Kneedelus

Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint is constantly upping the ante when it comes to fusing deep electronic production and the freedom of jazz playing. Here Jazz quintet Kneebody pair up with equally face-paced and ever changing producer Daedelus. Aptly titled Kneedleus their two worlds collide, with a high energy burst, where you can’t really tell which is taking the lead… if, infact, any of them are!  
  • Vinyl LP (BF058)
  • CD (BFCD058)

Prince
Dirty Mind

The recently-departed Prince was renowned for his Dirty Mind, and he was never concerned about showing it: the title his third album displays it proudly. So buy this LP reissue (you won’t be stream it online, Prince’s lawyers are too good) and get dirty… It’s what he would have wanted. On Warner Bros.
  • Vinyl LP (0081227977771)

Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn
Something About April II - Instrumentals

Ace producer Adrian Younge‘s solo record Something About April II was a significant set when it was released last year, brimming over with Younge’s skills of arrangement and eclectic instrumentation. Now we have the chance to hear those cinematic productions shine all on their own with this Instrumental version of the whole LP. On Linear Labs.
  • Vinyl LP (LL031LP)

Love
Reel To Real

Love wrapped up their career over 40 years ago with Reel To Real, a classically funky selection from Arther Love and the gang. This double LP reissue (first time on vinyl in decades) accompanies the original record with 11 never-before-heard tracks, a mixture of alternate takes and unreleased original songs(!). Plus a lengthy, comprehensive booklet.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LPHMR03)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince and the Revolution
Around The World In A Day

Prince’s post-Purple Rain album found the sex-funk overlord’s run of mastery continuing. He wound back from the commercial hit-making slightly in favour of some wild psychedelia, but 1985’s Around The World In A Day still contains ‘Raspberry Beret’ and sold in the millions. It’s peak-period Prince for god’s sake: it can’t be beat! Timely vinyl reissue on Warner Bros.
  • Vinyl LP (0075992528610)

L.A. Salami
Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Directors Cut

From the name, L.A. Salami sounds like a Californian punk band. In fact, he’s a UK ‘postmodern blues and urban folk’ musician, and Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut is his debut album. Salami utters confessional / political lyrics on a wide-range of songs, some quiet and subtle, others big and brassy. Out on Sunday Best.
  • CD (SBESTCD75X)

Sarathy Korwar
Day to Day

Sarathy Korwar draws on the folk musics of his Indian routes, as well as the kind of jazzy electronics associated with Ninja Tune, who release his debut album in collaboration with The Steve Reid Foundation. The genre-blend is a great success, a deep and exciting engagement that avoids the common pitfalls of such things.
  • CD (ZENCD230)

John Coltrane
The Atlantic Years In Mono

Stacks of classic Trane in this deluxe clothbound box-set on Warner Jazz. During his time recording for Atlantic (just 2 years!), John Coltrane produced an impressive 5 albums, including one with Don Cherry and Giant Steps. The Atlantic Years In Mono gives you the lot, in replica sleeves with a comprehensive booklet and a disc of outtakes! Woo-hoo!
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (0081227946401)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Invisible
Patience

Third album from The Invisible, which finds them returning with some friends in tow. Collaborators on Patience album include Jessie Ware, Annie Calvi and Floating Points, making it a pretty excellent summation of where this corner of the modern R&B-ish electronics scene is at right now. On Ninja Tune.
  • Vinyl LP (ZEN229)
  • Vinyl LP (ZEN229C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (ZENCD229)

The Gary Wilson Trio
Another Galaxy

Gary Wilson got his cult reputation from his electrified avant-songcraft album You Think You Really Know Me, but this release, unearthed from distant 1974 obscurity by Feeding Tube Records, shows that he had jazz talent too. Not just any jazz either, but the kind that floats serenely through outer space… Another Galaxy indeed.
  • Vinyl LP (FTR232LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jeff Parker
The New Breed

Jeff Parker’s a big name to those with an interest in experimental jazz, with a place in Chicago’s Tortoise group and having released 5 albums himself. Making sample based music, Parker infuses a myriad of genres; jazz, R&B and electronica to name a few, to create a distinctive sound which edges into hip hop, with Parker citing the likes of J Dilla as an inspiration, whilst keeping a funky jazz sound here on The New Breed.  
  • Vinyl LP (LPIARC0009)
  • CD (CDIARC0009)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Laura Mvula
The Dreaming Room

The Dreaming Room is the second album by Birmingham-born soul, gospel and R&B singer/songwriter Laura Mvula. It is the follow-up to her impressive 2013 debut Sing To The Moon. The Dreaming Room features guest performances from Nile Rodgers and Wretch 32.Includes the singles Overcome and Phenomenal Woman.
  • Vinyl LP (88875165681)
  • CD (88875165682)
  • Label(s):
  • RCA
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Anthony Joseph
Caribbean Roots

British and Trinidadian singer, novelist and spoken-word artist Anthony Joseph is finally coming out and saying it: he’s got Caribbean Roots. As you might guess based on the title, this record is all about Caribbean rhythms and melodies - but never without freely formed lyrics and some crazy and equally free jazz.
  • Vinyl LP (HS131LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (HS131CD)

Bernard Purdie
Lialeh

1974’s Lialeh is regarded as “the first major black porn movie”, and who are we to disagree? With a film like that to accompany, it should be no surprise that the original soundtrack, by Bernard Purdie, is some of the sexiest, funkiest material you ever heard. I mean, these are literally porn grooves. Extremely rare, but now reissued by Light In The Attic.
  • Vinyl LP (LITA003)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

The Bongolian
Moog Maximus

How about a ride in a bongo-funk inspired time machine? Ever since Nasser Bouzida, known for his role in Big Boss Man, locked himself up with a bunch of synthesizers, his project The Bongolian has resulted in severely synthesized funky bongo tracks. And Moog Maximus continues dropping those b-boy-friendly funkbombs.
  • Vinyl LP (BU102LPC)
  • CD (BU102CD)

Prince
Controversy

The recently-departed Prince was always happy to pursue Controversy. This fourth album of his achieves that by combining Prince’s super-sexual obsessions with political comment (see ‘Ronnie, Talk to Russia’ for example). All to the funkiest imaginable synth-grooves, needless to say. Vinyl reissue on Warner Bros.
  • Vinyl LP (0081227977764)

Peace
Black Power

Black Power by Peace was released in the mid 1970’s, and it has taken as long as this for it to see an official reissue. And yet this is one of the premium albums of the whole Zambian Zamrock scene, a groovy and soulful thing. It is also the only album that Peace ever made. In print once more, with a booklet, courtesy of Now-Again.
  • CD (NA5130CD)

Kutiman
6am

Kutiman does all sorts, having worked internationally with art institutions and youtube collages for years. Here he returns to recorded music, with what quickly proves to be a highly energised global groove party: 6AM has afro-funk rhythms and free-jazz tone blasts, plus all sorts of psychedelic sound detritus. It’s a colourful listen! On Siyal Music.
  • CD (SYLCD002)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fire! Orchestra
Ritual

Fire! Orchestra are of course the mutated super-version of the mighty Fire! trio, adding up to 21 members on this record. The title Ritual is about right, with this many (mostly Swedish) major musicians grouped together to summon up energetic, elemental power. Heavy and ecstatic, there aren’t many other groups comparable to this one.
  • CD (RCD2182)

Prince
Prince

The vinyl reissue of Prince’s 1979 eponymous second album was planned before His Royal Badness sadly passed away. This gives fans and newcomers alike a chance to hear the Minneapolis musical polymath in his early days . The album contains I wanna Be Your Lover, his first big hit. Pressed on 140g vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (0093624922087)

Dam Funk
DJ-Kicks

Dam Funk steps up to the wheels of steel for his contribution to the venerable DJ-Kicks series. You’d expect the man to deliver some compelling funk action, and boy does he not disappoint. Stacks of quality synthy-groove, sourced from producers big and small, and topped off with an exclusive Dam Funk cut. Different tracklistings on the CD and vinyl editions.
  • Vinyl LP (K7332LP)
  • CD (K7332CD)
  • Label(s):
  • !K7

Prince
1999

The best way to celebrate the memory of the suddenly-departed Prince surely isn’t to read through hundreds of obituaries and thinkpieces. Do it right, and listen to some of the good man’s music. 1999 is his 1982 fifth album, and its synth-funky joys come sprawled across 2 LPs. Reissued by Warner Bros.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0081227977757)

Miles Davis
Sketches of Spain

Initially, Miles Davis was just going to record a version of Spanish composer and vituoso pianist, Joaquin Rodrigo’s classical guitar piece Concerto De Aranjuez after composer, arranger and regular collaborator, Gil Evans had transposed the music from the only known recording. However, this got Davis and Evans’ interested in more Spanish music and they began researching the country’s folk and dance music for what would become Sketches Of Spain. The album was recorded between 1959-60 and is regarded as one of his many classics.
  • Vinyl LP (88875111931)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Walker Family Singers
Panola County Spirit

The Daptone label release the first proper recordings from the Walker Family Singers. Panola Country Spirit, on CD and very limited vinyl LP, is a powerful collection of bluegrass and gospel. The songs draw from blues and americana too, using simple arrangements and strained guitar riffs to create impassioned, spiritual music.
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-039LP)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Blind Alfred Reed
Appalachian Visionary

Dust to Digital continue their incredible work reissuing lost folk, gospel and blues albums with Blind Alfred Reed’s Appalachian Visionary. These recordings from 1927 and 1929 are extremely rare and showcase Reed’s covers of hymns as well as his own old-time compositions for violin. These rich and joyous songs are full of witty lyrics about depression-era life and emotive instrumentation.
  • CD (DTD-48)

Men of North Country
This City

Men of North Country are a modern-day Israeli band, although they could probably fool you that they were from NYC in its vintage soul era. They certainly groove, swagger and swing in all the right ways, and they have the fiery energy of all the best soul. This City (referring to their native Tel Aviv) is their second album. Out on Acid Jazz.
  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP398)
  • CD (AJXCD398)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mayer Hawthorne
Man About Town

Mayor Hawthorne has built a reputation making ridiculously earnest, fun and groovy 80s-inspired funk and On Man About Town he has refined his sound into a slick, synthetic pop. This is Hawthorne’s fourth album and he not only plays most of the instruments, but handles production duties as well.
  • CD (538189682)
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
If Music presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986)

A compilation of some of the finest rare pieces from Eastern Europe during the period 1970 to 1986. If Music presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds gifts the listener Polish disco, Slovakian synth action, and both spiritual and frantically-groovy jazz. Plus useful sleevenotes to elaborate on the context around the music. Vinyl LP from our Record Store Day 2016 stock.
  • Vinyl LP (IFMR002)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

GoGo Penguin
v2.0


  • Vinyl Double LP (GONDLP009SEBLK)
  • CD (GONDCD009)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Boulevards
Groove!

Despite its diverse instrumentation and big band atmosphere Boulevards is dominated by the presence of one man, Jamil Rashad. His deep and emotive vocals power the electronic soul of Groove! Whether the background is early hip-hop productions, or 1980s party jams, he can be relied on for smooth and funky vocals.
  • Vinyl LP (CT245LP)
  • CD (CT245CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ornette Coleman
To Whom Who Keeps A Record

This is a rare slice of Ornette Coleman, a collection originally only released in Japan and made up of outtakes from the classics Change of the Century and This Is Our Music. Needless to say with that pedigree (and with the same astonishing band line-up, including Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell), this is premium jazz. First-time vinyl reissue!
  • Vinyl LP (SV086)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Filthy Six
More Filth

The Filthy Six play old-school dancefloor soul and R&B with all the elements in place: rock-solid rhythm section, smooth organ lines, tight brass and guitar… Every part works in service to the get-on-up groove, which most listeners will find irresistible. More Filth is released on the Acid Jazz label, in CD and LP editions.
  • Vinyl LP (AJXLP378)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (AJXCD378)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Rusconi + Fred Frith
Live in Europe

Rusconi are a young and adventurous jazz band; who could be a better collaborative partner than old and adventurous jazz man Fred Frith? The former Henry Cow man slots his jagged guitar right into the Rusconi sound. Live In Europe presents extracts from 2 live shows on 180g vinyl. Released on Qilin Records.
  • Vinyl LP (LP01592)
  • CD (CD01593)

Avishai Cohen
Into The Silence

Following on from his stunning contribution to Mark Turner’s 2014 Lathe Of Heaven, Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen makes his leader debut on ECM with Into The Silence. The album features pianist Yonathan Avishai, drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Eric Revis - known for his work with the Branford Marsalis Quartet along with Sax from Bill McHenry. The understanding between Cohen and Waits occasionally recalls the relationship between Miles Davis and Tony Williams or Don Cherry and Billy Higgins. The album is dedicated to his late father, David.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4760091)
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Luther Dickinson
Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II

Folk, blues, and southern rock troubadour Luther Dickinson, release Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II. This collection on New West highlights the mid-south, Memphis rock ‘n roll sound that Dickinson works to preserve. To celebrate oral and written traditions in music Dickinson has also included a 16-page songbook with both the digipak CD and 180 gram vinyl double LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NW5120)
  • £18.99 £11.39 (saving: £7.60)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (NW6346)

Marva Whitney
It's My Thing

Proper, original A-grade funk from Marva Whitney. It’s My Thing was produced by none other than James Brown, and has been hard to find since its 1969 release. Probably because hip-hop producers have been grabbing irresistible breaks from it for years. Now though, this reissue makes the whole album available, with 4 rare bonus tracks too. Double LP on Soul Brother
  • Vinyl Double LP (LPSBCS6)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander, Jarle Vespestad
What Was Said

Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad explore Norwegian hymns on this ECM release; it’s jazz, but not as we know it. As a duo Gustavsen and Vespestad have worked closely together for a long time, refining their complex interplay for piano, drums and subtle electronics. But here they also complicate their relationship by working with Afghan poet Tander. Together they make What Was Said a very personal and moving piece of modern jazz.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4766532)
  • CD (4758697)
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The James Hunter Six
Hold On!

James Hunter (and his Six) is back with his 4th record, this time on the same famed Daptone label that have been keeping the flame of this kind of funky soul music burning brightly for years. Hold On! has everything perfectly in place, from Hunter’s full-throated frontman vocals to the horn section sparring over the groovy rhythms. Full of soul.
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-040LP)
  • CD (DAP-040)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fold
Fold

Fold are a quartet from Leeds who mix hip-hop, funk, jazz and a teeny bit of psychedelic rock to produce a slick and confident sound. They have played gigs with and remixed the music of Public Service Broadcasting. Their self-titled debut, over its ten tracks, contemplates the importance of the life lessons not taught in school. Self-released on 180g vinyl and digipak CD.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • CD
  • In stock and ready to ship

Espen Eriksen Trio
Never Ending January

Espen Eriksen Trio are a modern jazz group who are neither fire-spitting free jazz or dull nothing-new dinner party fare. Instead, this piano trio approach rich melodic themes with a tightly-poised minimalism. Never Ending January is their third record, released on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3173)
  • CD (RCD2173)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Valentine West
Code 17 Abstraction

Code 17 Abstraction is an album of electronic wonder from Michael Valentine West (who you might know better as Mikimo Sosumi, Twiggy And The K-meson or Lower Third). Mad, funky, energetic styles tumble over each other, (we’re talking glitch, funk, maybe even a touch of drum & bass) forming a wild whole. LP release on Anna Ott.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship

The Weeknd
Thursday

Thursday is one third of Trilogy, the debut release by Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Abel Tesfaye, who is more famously known as The Weeknd. The album is a compilation of his early work and encompasses dubstep, downtempo, hip-hop, rock, reggae and dream pop. Thursday is now available as a stand alone double vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (4726493)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Edge Of Daybreak
Eyes Of Love

Eyes Of Love is a rare proposition: it was recorded by four incarcerated artists, imprisoned in Virginia, USA in the 70’s. But this is not prison blues: instead, The Edge Of Daybreak sounds like it could have poured forth from un-impinged freedom, such is the bright beauty that is played here. Reissue on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM61LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Cotton
Live At Antone’s Nightclub

Some classic blues here from James Cotton, a hardy veteran of feeling a bit sad and singing about it. Live At Antone’s Nightclub is just that, a classic live show from Cotton and his ensemble on energetic form. Reissued by New West, both CD and LP editions are packed in a luxuriously embossed leatherette sleeve.
  • Vinyl LP (ANT3502)
  • CD (ANT2502)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Cotton
Mighty Long Time

Some classic blues here from James Cotton, a hardy veteran of feeling a bit sad and singing about it. Mighty Long Time is his 1988 album, and has the 12-bar guitar, the lived-in vocals, and the bursts of harmonica all firmly in place. Reissued by New West, both CD and LP editions are packed in a luxuriously embossed leather sleeve.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ANT3501)
  • CD (ANT2501)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Pinetop Perkins
Live At Antone’s Vol. 1

Jools Holland’s constant interjections of ‘boogie woogie piano’ on his TV show ‘Later…’ proving not quite enough for you? Then go straight to the source with Pinetop Perkins’ Live At Antone’s Vol. 1, which is a full-on adventure in original blues music. Expanded and remastered reissue on the New West label
  • Vinyl Double LP (ANT3504)
  • £20.49 £10.25 (saving: £10.24)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (ANT2504)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Pinetop Perkins
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie

Jools Holland’s constant interjections of ‘boogie woogie piano’ on his TV show ‘Later…’ proving not quite enough for you? Then go straight to the source with Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie, by Pinetop Perkins, who truly knows the blues. This 1992 record is receiving its first ever vinyl pressing on the New West label.
  • CD (ANT2503)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fay Hallam
Corona

A trip to Italy inspired the songs on Fay Hallam’s new album, Corona. Upon her return, she was bursting with ideas and wrote all of the songs in just two days. A melting pot of influences helped create this eclectic album from Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto to Beck via The Carpenters and Frankie Laine. There’s even a cover of Paul McCartney’s classic Maybe I’m Amazed.
  • Vinyl LP (BU101LP)
  • CD (BU101CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dexter Story
Wondem

Dexter Story deploys influences from all across a range of East African nations, to enormously good-time effect. Wondem features guests like Nia Andrews, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Yared Tashele, but it is Dexter’s broad vision and detailed arrangements that bring this record home. On Soundway.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP076)
  • CD (SNDWCD076)

The Necks
Vertigo

Vertigo is album number 18 for Australian jazz trio, The Necks. They like to take a simple idea and allow it to develop organically through improvisation. They don’t know where they’re going when they set off but they always seem to get there. Their music is very human, it allows room for space, it’s ambiguous allowing the listener to interpret it in their own way.
  • Vinyl LP (VNECKS12)
  • CD (RERNECKS12)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Daptone Gold Vol.II

Daptone Gold Vol. II is one of those highly reliable compilations: excellent soul from the Daptone vaults. Lots of material that is hard to find, having been either previously unreleased or previously unreissued from old 45's. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, The Como Mamas… great stuff all through.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DAP036LP)
  • CD (DAP036)

Dam Funk
Invite The Light

Eighties electro-funk revivalist Dam Funk has an excellent line in smooth jams both slow and fast, and he crucially understands the essential swing of funk. Invite The Light gets help from the likes of Q-Tip and both Leon Sylvers III and Leon Sylvers IV. The home of this record is Stone’s Throw, just the right place I should think.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (STH2358LP)
  • CD (STH2358CD)

Willis Earl Beal
Noctunes

Willis Earl Beal has been out of view for over two years: turns out he was busy prepping Noctunes, his sweeping new LP. The feel of this music occurs to me as space-soul: not space in George Clintonesque way, but in the sense that it feels like Beal’s intense vocals feel like they are floating in a void of subtle synths and heartache. On Tender Loving Empire.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TLE058LP)
  • CD (TLE058CD)

Tarracoir
Growth

‘Growth’ contains the edited, collaged and overdubbed first two live performances of Dublin grindcore, hardcore three piece Tarracóir (Gaelic for Tractor), featuring Diarmad Mac Diarmada (Tenor Sax, Trombone, Percussion, Garden Hose, Vox), Bryan O'Connell (Drums) and Gavin Prior (Guitar, Vox, Bass, Piano Innards, Electronics). With elements of free jazz and death metal accompanied by chaotic additions of demon-chasing rituals, their music has a primitive brutality that is deliberately ignorant.
  • CD (DV50)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Various
The Music City Sessions Volumes 1-3

The Music City Sessions is a three volume collection of rare, early ’70s Bay Area funk, soul, and R&B. Volume one, ‘Richmond Experience’, features 10-tracks of previously unreleased material based around the working-class, blue-collar landscape that created the street funk of Richmond and the East Bay Area.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (0816651015214)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Super-Sonic Jazz

Early days Sun Ra here with Super-Sonic Jazz, reportedly only his second album (out of a surely triple-figure total). Dating from 1956, the sounds are not quite as ‘out’ as later explorations, but there is already a clear and present strangeness amidst the tunes. Remastered and repressed on Poppydisc.
  • Vinyl LP (POPPYLP030)
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Steven A Clark
The Lonely Roller

Steven A. Clark has a neo-soul, electro-R&B kind of sound, his emotive crooning sitting atop a bed of expansive synth-lines and neat, funky bassline. The Lonely Roller has Clark’s charismatic, emotive vocals and the swinging productions to back him up: I’m sure he’ll do well. On Secretly Canadian.
  • Vinyl LP (SC301LP)
  • Vinyl LP (SC301LP-C1)
  • £15.49 £11.62 (saving: £3.87)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
  • CD (SC301CD)

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third

Winsome middle class siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis reappear for a third album of laid back old timey organic grooves. If lead single "Baby Bye Bye" sounded just a little too close to Mike Read's "UKIP Calypso" then the lyrics chart a more lovelorn territory that should help get it onto an advert before the summers out. Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.  
  • Vinyl LP box set (SBESTAL64)
  • Vinyl LP (SBESTLP64)
  • Vinyl LP (SBESTLP64W)
  • Indies-only
  • CD (SBESTCD64)

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