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The Thing
Again

Yeah that’s right, it's The Thing baby! Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drumkit powerhouse Paal Nilssen-Love play in a thousand and one different contexts these days, but it's great to hear them return to the roots of what really launched them into the free jazz world and beyond. Three longer tracks on this one, proving once Again that The Thing really are where it's at.
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Silver Linings
Don't Make Tracks

Silver Linings have expanded to a three-piece since we last heard from them, which has added yet more funky-strength and depth to their modern electro-R&B sound. Don’t Make Tracks marks the band out as surely the freshest gang of funksters in all of Melbourne, so dig in. Vinyl edition on Wax Museum.
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Jorja Smith
Lost & Found

Following a bunch of self-released singles, Walsall-born Jorja Smith drops her debut album, Lost & Found. The twenty year old is known for her collaborations with Stormzy, Drake and Kali Uchis, but the twelve tracks on her debut give her the chance to show us the real Jorja Smith. LP and CD on FAMM.

Kiefer
Happysad

Proper chill and proper smooth from Kiefer. The debut record, Happysad, is a smart and jazzy collection of tracks written and performed by the LA-based musician. Available on both vinyl LP and CD and is released on Stones Throw. What isn't to love about a record that has a dog sitting next to a miniature red piano as its album art? 

Robocobra Quartet
Plays Hard To Get

The group once described by Drowned In Sound as ‘Fugazi meets Mingus’ make an interesting racket on their latest LP. While the comparison still holds up on Plays Hard To Get, there’s a stuerm und drang to the likes of ‘You’ll Wade’ that has echoes of everyone from Mclusky to Zu to In Rainbows-era Radiohead.
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Theo Parrish
Gentrified Love Part 4

Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature may be turning twenty this year, but that doesn’t mean that the Detroit legend is resting on his laurels. Rather, the fourth instalment of his Gentrified Love series sees Parrish looking to improve on past glories. A-side ‘Leave The Funk To Us’, for instance, appeared in truncated form on Gentrified Love 2. This full version, featuring Amp Fiddler, John Douglas and Ideeyah, is a classic TP funky stepper. The B-side is an update of a track by Paul Randolph & Kathy Kosins which appeared on 2017’s Brownswood Bubblers compilation.

Vicktor Taiwò
Joy Comes In Spirit

Vicktor Taiwò attempts to combine twin loves of pop music and experimental on a record of inner belief and self-actualisation. His debut, Joy Comes in Spirit, gambles on its bedrock of singer-songwriter soul with amorphous deviations. Tunes stretch and expand, taking on retro game music, rap and 808s-era Kanye in its fetch quest for introspection.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ryo Fukui
Mellow Dream

Mellow Dream is an oft ignored Japanese jazz masterpiece, originally released in 1977, on which the prodigiously talented pianist, Ryo Fukui explores bop, modal and cool jazz with sublime proficiency. 180g half speed mastered vinyl LP and CD on We Release Jazz, an off-shoot of We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Beginning Of The End
Funky Nassau

Though the career of 70s band Beginning Of The End ended up being relatively short (they disbanded after their second album), things seemed rosy on the release of their 1971 debut LP Funky Nassau. The eponymous track was a huge hit, selling over a million copies and topping the Billboard R ‘n’ B chart. That song’s ebullient mix of American funk sounds, hi-life guitar and the polyrhythmic grooves of their native Bahamas are carried on through the full-length. Not a million miles away from The Funkees. The CD edition contains both this record and their self-titled follow-up.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Beginning Of The End
Beginning Of The End

Strut reissue the second album from Bahamian group Beginning Of The End here. Though they only made two LPs before splitting, the band nailed down a blend of strutting Philly soul, meaty funk and a disco sound lent extra groove by the polyrhythmic percussion style native to the band’s Caribbean home. The group’s vocalist has a nice throaty yelp reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.
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Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 3)

Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series compiles some of the gorgeous cuts that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and solo endeavors. Volume 3 features tracks from The Supremes, Bobby Bland and The Rimshots, plus plenty more.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

NxWorries
Yes Lawd!

Collaborative project of California based duo Anderson Paak and Knxwledge. Having individually worked with Kaytranada, Dr Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Joey Bada$$ they a have found a rightful home at Stones Throw. NxWorries is soulful and filled with slow, smooth R&B groove, solid layered vocals, and crackling beats from crate digging finds.

Larry Coryell
Spaces


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Chet Baker
Sings

The classic 1954 LP from the one and only Chet Baker, Chet Baker Sings showcases the jazz icon’s nuanced vocal talent. Part of the Blues Characters series, this compilation edition on vinyl double LP features 20 tracks recorded between 1953-58. Includes digital download code. On Le Chant du Monde.
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Various
Technicolour Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Others Exotic Delights

Numero, everyone's favourite musical archaeologists are back with Technicolour Paradise, a compilation that gives us a close look at the sheer weirdness of music meant to evoke paradise by and for people who likely couldn't make it there. If you ever wanted to know what a mid-20th century American thought other Americans wanted the rest of the world to sound like, now's your chance.

Farketmez
Deeelicious

Turkish jazz-rockers Farketmez mix jazz, blues, funk and a right psychedelic racket on their debut album Deeelicious. The album is the culmination of three years of musical evolution for the band. They feature Cameron Dean (formerly of Million Dead) on guitar along with Selcuk Güllü , on sax, drummer Carlos Valderrama (Not the mop-haired Colombian footballer) and bassist Hasan Kunt Yilmaz. LP on Uncomfortable Recordings.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Esbjörn Svensson Trio
e.s.t. Live In London

e.s.t. Live in London is set to be released by Act Music -- marking a poignant moment in that it'll be the tenth anniversary of the premature demise of Esbjörn Svensson, on 14th June 2018. The set was recorded live at the Esbjörn Svensson Trio's concert at the Barbican in London on 26th May 2005. The band were the biggest jazz act in the world at the time, captured here at the peak of their powers. They've been influential and have since inspired the likes of GoGo Penguin and countless others. Previous concert recording was named 'Jazz Album Of The Decade' by The Times. On double CD, in a four page digipack with a 16 page booklet including lyrics, or double LP on 180g vinyl with digital download code.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Corduroy
Return Of The Fabric Four

Acid Jazz heroes Corduroy are back with their first release in almost two decades, and it's a 12-track doozy. Blending pop-art imagery, mid-century rock swagger and swinging '60s pop, this record—released here on limited-edition white vinyl—is a retro-leaning, party-starting future classic. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Hell of a collab, this one: experimentalist Mats Gustafsson has played sax 'n' reeds as part of The Thing and with Phil Minton, and here joins post-rock minimalist Johan Berthling (fresh from a record with Oren Ambarchi) and Andreas Werlin of the percussive dance crew Wildbirds & Peacedrums. As Fire!, a group that once extended to an orchestra of thirty, they're going to improvise, a lot, and see what comes out. I imagine 'She Sleeps, She Sleeps' will garner psychedelic fruits.

Ornette Coleman
The Atlantic Years

Ornette Coleman completists need look no further than this luxury box set. Atlantic have remastered the ten records he made for the label between 1959 and 1962 - that means The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Free Jazz, This Is Our Music and more. They’ve packaged them alongside a book of photos and an essay on Coleman by famed jazz critic Ben Ratliff.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The “5” Royales
The Harbingers of Soul

Rhythm and Blues legends the 5 Royales were incredibly renowned in the 50's and into the 60's. Bringing gospel and soul inspired harmonies into the mix they recorded some treasured sides for the King and Home of the Blues stables. This album is a passionately compiled collection of all their most highly regarded numbers and is pressed on quality heavy wax with liner notes from one J. Ridley esq.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Evans Pyramid
Evans Pyramid

If you're a fan of genre-hopping musical polymaths, you'll want to pick up this re-press of Evans Pyramid, an anthology gathering together '70s boogie-disco genius Evans Pyramid's best work. This limited-edition, hand-pressed vinyl, out on Cultures Of Soul, features rare singles including "Never Gonna Leave You", "I Want Your Body" and disco party starter "Rubber Band". 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Steve Lacy, Yuji Takahashi, Takehisa Kosugi
Distant Voices

This 1976 meeting of three avant-jazz heavyweights gets reissued by Aguirre (La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley). Pianist Yuji Takehashi - a player so innovative that Iannis Xenakis composed especially for him - joined forces with soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and electric violinist/Fluxus favourite Takehisa Kosugi in a 1975 recording session while Lacy was in Japan. The resulting record employs unusual techniques - at times Takahashi plays with bells attached to his hands while Lacy pressed his saxophone up to the skin of a kettle drum - to create this surreal piece. Distant Voices takes in free jazz, cosmic jazz, post-minimalist composition and serialism.

Dinosaur
Wonder Trail

Energetic jazz-rock quartet Dinosaur (no relation or particular seniority to Dinosaur Jr.) return with Wonder Trail, once again with Edition Records. This time, the group - with Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin at the forefront, harnesses 1980s synthpop for new references. Expect the common cues of vintage keyboards, vocoders, and such to be explored in jazzy new contexts.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Golden Wings

At this point, Gabriel Garzon Montano is someone you might be more familiar with for who he’s been sampled by - Drake used his song ‘Six Eight’ in If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late highlight ‘Jungle’ - than for his own music. However, ‘Golden Wings’ could go about changing that. It’s more of the sultry neo-soul/r&b that stocked his 2017 debut LP Jardin, and in the right hands it might become absolutely massive. Out on Stones Throw.
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Arve Henriksen
Chiaroscuro

In 2004, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen brought Audun Kleive and Jan Bang to a variety of locations to live-compose the ten tracks of Chiaroscuro, whose sound is as much dominated by subtle sampling and electronics as percussion and trumpet. Chiaroscuro is a really remarkable listen that is frankly gorgeous. Released on vinyl for the first time by Rune Grammofon.

Sun Ra
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be

A Sun Ra treasure trove exists in God Is More than Love Can Ever Be, a lesser known release from deep within the cosmic jazzer's discog. Rather than shift through the sound mirages the Arkestra built its renown on, this is a set of simple jazz material, offering a snapshot of the instinctive understanding shared between Ra's players.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Demon Fuzz
Afreaka!

A crucial fact stated about Demon Fuzz is that they all immigrated to Britain from old Commonwealth nations. This shows in their blend of funky/psych-rock/jazz fusion record, and only record, Afreka!. Originally released in 1970, but reissued by Music On Vinyl and available on Vinyl LP. This much bootlegged work showcases a unique mixture of psychedelic soul, dub-heavy funk, progressive rock, Afro-jazz and acid rock.

Bob & Gene
If This World Were Mine

Not to be mistaken for television's most healthily dysfunctional father-son duo, Bob & Gene is a pair of soul artists given a revived slice of history with If This World Were Mine, initially reissued ten years ago. Teenagers who met and recorded gospel together, their work was originally put out on the label of Bob's father, Mo Do Records, but enjoys the adulation he gave it today in wider scenes due to its warm and attentive renditions. Finally back in the mix via Daptone. 
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Jean-Jacques Birge / Francis Gorge / Shiroc
Defense De


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Hugh Masekela
The Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)

A compilation to satisfy anyone whose curiosity in Hugh Masekela was peaked by his passing in January of this year. This LP collates early work by the South African jazz legend, including some of his groundbreaking stuff with The Zulus and Letta Mbulu. The likes of Ojah collaboration ‘Afro Beat Blues’ are mighty and righteous funk jams. This repressing by BBE marks the first time in a decade that this compilation has been available on wax.
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  • BBE

Mndsgn
Body Wash

LA based producer Mndsgn (pronounce Mind Design) returns to his natural home of Stones Throw for his latest double LP. Think a slowed and even warmer Toro Y Moi, thick and groovy basslines, warm pads, pianos, near synthetic vocals with heavy downtrodden beats, and smokey shimmerings every. R’n’B slowed to a halt.

Leroy Hutson
Closer To The Source

Closer To The Source by soul singer, songwriter, producer and arranger Leroy Hutson was originally released in 1978. Earlier in his career he replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions and you can see why - Hutson’s music comes from a similar place, although this is waaaaay smoother, as the cover may lead you to believe. LP with detailed sleeve notes by Tony Rounce and CD with 3 bonus tracks on Acid Jazz.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leroy Hutson
The Man!

The Man! Was Leroy Hutson’s second album, originally released in 1974, following a spell as Curtis Mayfield’s replacement in soul group The Impressions. This album is notable for containing the track The Ghetto ‘74 which he co-wrote with Donny Hathaway who recorded the song four years previously. LP with extensive sleeve notes by Tony Rounce and CD with bonus track on Acid Jazz.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prophet
Wanna Be Your Man

Just the thirty-four years on from Prophet’s debut LP Right On Time, he comes through with the follow-up for Stones Throw. There has been a quiet clamour for new music from the Bay Area artist - Right On Time is a highly collectable piece - and Wanna Be Your Man will be sure to please old fans as well as bringing in new ones. On this album, he updates the soulful electro-funk of Right On Time with the help of Mndsgn and Nite Jewel. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait so long for the next one.
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Joe Armon-Jones
Starting Today

One of the leading lights of young British jazz in 2018, Ezra Collective member Joe Armon-Jones drops his debut solo LP via Brownswood. Starting Today is as much of a melting-pot as you’d expect. Influences of jazz, hard-bop, soul, afrobeat and plenty else show here, and the performances of Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia and others buoy this globalist, cosmopolitan record.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tubby Hayes Quartet
The Syndicate: Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1

Repress and first ever CD release of this 1986 Tubby Hayes Quartet performance. Disappointingly Tubby is not a tuba or a tuba player, but a sax player. This is very, very fast jazz, with the star of the show being Hayes's remarkable drummer who manages to maintain a precision and delicacy for its entire length.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard
Perfectly Unhappy

Another release from Norway's wonderful Rune Grammofon label. Perfectly Unhappy features eight compositions written by pianist Espen Eriksen specifically for this collaboration between his trio and saxophonist Andy Sheppard. Melodic but stark, this collective have nothing to hide behind.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Habibi Funk 007: An Eclectic Selection

As the subtitle makes clear, this is a subjective and geographically and stylistically diverse and wide-ranging choice of tracks, taking in many different genres and influences. Selections come from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the 70s and 80s, all combining the impact of Western music with regional styles like zouk, or the Algerian take on Cape Verde’s coladera. Artists already represented by this Berlin label include Ahmed Malek, Al Massrieen, Dalton and Fadou, alongside many more obscure names. Double LP with 12-page booklet, and tracks are ethically licenced.

Toshio Matsuura Group
Loveplaydance

Curveballs deluxe via Tokyo resident Toshio Matsuura, a DJ and tunemaker who here groups himself up for an esoteric record that takes on old songs and re-contextualises them into new shapes. Those looking for a window into Matsuura's musical mind -- be it Detroit dance music, new realms of jazz or sample-heavy FlyLo styles -- need look no further. TRACKLISTING:  CD1. Change2. High Noon3. L.M. II (Full Length)4. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun5. Kitty Bey6. Brown Paper Bag7. Do The Astral Plane 8. At Les LPA1. ChangeA2. At Les A3. High NoonB1. L.M. II (Edit)B2. Brown Paper BagB3. Do The Astral Plane
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Stimulator Jones
Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures

I once encountered Stimulator Jones in an adult shop - it was on one of the shelves! No, this particular stimulator is actually none other than Sam Lunsford of Roanoke, Virginia. His debut Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures takes white boy soul/r’n’b to the next level of sincere flattery, eschewing contemporary production flair to ape the most classic 1970s and 1980s sounds he can manage.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane & Don Cherry
The Avant-Garde (Mono)

A clear vinyl re-release of one of John Coltrane’s more disputed works, this album from him and Don Cherry has the pair playing Ornette Coleman tracks with some of the Ornette Coleman Quartet. One of the few Coltrane recordings sans piano which gives the saxophonist room to manoeuver. One for the die-hard fans.
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Nick Hakim / Onyx Collective
Vincent Tyler / The Pawn Broker / Rat Race

Nick Hakim - one of those Mac Demarco/Tyler, The Creator/Steve Lacy types - unites with up-and-coming NYC post-jazzers Onyx Collective for a short, sharp EP. Only the gritty neo-soul slap of ‘Vincent Tyler’ is anything close to what you might have expected going into this record. ‘The Pawn Broker’ and ‘Rat Race’ are hard and heavy - the latter is grungy and the former legitimately sounds like Thou. This EP is a very pleasant surprise.
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Ceaser Frazier
Hail Ceaser!

Hail Ceaser! by Ceaser Frazier (yes, the 'a' and the 'e' are meant to be that way round) is one of those early-70s soul jazz records that collectors go ape for. Having regularly fetched three-figure sums on the vinyl black market since its release in 1972, it now gets the reissue treatment from Tidal Waves Music, a label that has also repressed rarities by Nina Simone and Manu Dibango. The six tracks here, all led by Frazier’s hot-fingered Hammond playing, are funkier than a mosquito’s tweeter.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Diana Ross and the Supremes
Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found

Jack White’s Third Man label are dabbling with the mainstream. Working with record industry behemoths Universal they have packaged their 2008 double CD release of Diana Ross & The Supremes - Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found as a spectacular 4 LP box set. It has the honour of being the first Motown record to be pressed in Motor City itself. You'll hear them cover The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder along with 45 other tracks.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I Put A Spell On You

The story goes that during the recording of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins signature song, I Put A Spell On You, he was so ‘hepped up on goofballs’ that he blacked out and didn’t remember doing it. The recording has earned cult and legendary status for it’s sheer out-there-ness. Hawkins was also an actor with a penchant for the macabre and this fed into his live performances influencing a whole host of acts from Alice Cooper to The Cramps and Arthur Brown to Tom Waits, to name a few. This LP gathers together his most famous song with 14 other tracks including Little Demon and Frenzy. LP on Wagram.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dave Holland featuring Evan Parker, Craig Taiborn and Ches Smith
Uncharted Territories

A veritable avant-jazz odyssey from legendary double-bassist Dave Holland and company here. Across the twenty-three tracks of Uncharted Territories, the quartet of Holland, Evan Parker (saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano/electronics) and Ches Smith (percussion) journey into the farthest-flung corners of jazz experimentalism. While challenging, the LP remains consistently interesting as the group break off into duo and trio combinations throughout.

Tsvia Abarbanel
Eastern Soul

Israeli crate-diggers Fortuna Records have a bit of a thing for Yemeni singer Tsvia Abarbanel. The label’s first release was a 7” single featuring her tracks ‘Wings Of Love’ and ‘Yahlel Hawa’, both of which also appear on this reissue of a privately-pressed recording made in 1970. The music of Eastern Soul is a heady mix of spiritual jazz, Yemenite funk and swinging standards. Abarbanel’s strong, earthy voice provides the album's anchor. Good stuff.

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 2)

Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series is a collection of some of the countless classic tunes that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and related solo productions. Volume 2 features cuts from Al Green, Ann Peebles and Syl Johnson, among plenty others.
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Charley Patton
Founder Of The Delta Blues

It’s hard to think of a more seminal and influential artist than Charley Patton. As well as being a first-hand influence on fellow giants Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, his guitar and vocal 78s are some of the most revered recordings in blues. This double LP compilation of his 1929-1934 Paramount and Vocation sides was first issued in 1971. Foundational stuff that’s in the DNA of countless successive examples of blues, folk and rock, yet sounds utterly otherworldly.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Majik
Back Into Your Heart

Hi Records did a roaring trade in the 1970s, but much of the label’s catalogue has fallen into obscurity since. One of the lost gems was Majik’s 1979 single ‘Back Into Your Heart’/’Dance Dance Dance’. Now set to wax once again by Melodies International - the same imprint responsible for fine recent reissues of Bobby Wright and Tomorrow’s People - both tracks are the sort of hot-wired, Motown-sound disco which never fail to get a party going.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lightmen Plus One
Fancy Pants

This is the second LP from Texas native Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen band, and it's a doozy. A symbiotic blend of politically fuelled, revolutionary social commentary and maverick underground jazz, this vinyl reissue is presented in both stereo and mono mixes, with a bonus download card featuring footage of live performances.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

J. M. Tim & Foty
African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)

J. M. Tim & Foty were a creative duo based from Cameroon working on funk and disco. This LP on Africa Seven presents just two years of that hard work. And if you need a seal of approval just know that god like genius Missy Elliot has sampled one of these tracks. So what are you waiting for?

Laurence Pike
Distant Early Warning

Laurence Pike is the drumming part of PVT (Pivot), Szun Waves and Triosk, but he also has a solo practice, which he is sharing with us for the first time here on Distant Early Warning. These six tracks, which were all recorded live during one day in the studio (very efficient), are played by Pike on drumkit and sampler, and the variety of sounds and textures achieved is impressive. Distant Early Warning is released by The Leaf Label.

Leon's Creation
This Is The Beginning

Acid Jazz reissue this rare 1970 LP from San Franciscan seven-piece Leon’s Creation. The group emerged in the wake of Golden Gate city giants like Sly And The Family Stone and Santana - Leon’s Creation frontman Leon Patillo would later collaborate with the latter on Borboletta and Festival. This Is The Beginning bears a strong influence of both of those groups with an additional Frisco hippie vibe thrown in for good measure.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Batteaux
Batteaux

This is a much needed re-issue of this sampled folk funk classic from 1973 which has been described as proto Yacht Rock. Melodic sun dappled songs with hints of country rock that stand pretty well against the likes of Crosby Stills and Nash whilst being underground and cool enough to be sampled by MF Doom.  

Various
Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1+2

For sure, Japan’s legacy of jazz music is under-heard and under-appreciated outside of the country, despite huge domestic enthusiasm. This double disc Jazzman compilation might put paid to that, being a sixteen track selection of lesser-known (in the West) performers of the more spiritual end of jazz music. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1 + 2 comes with bilingual liner notes, for all the context you could want.

Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller present
Jazz On The Corner

Acid Jazz co-founder Eddie Piller and famous man Martin Freeman did a radio show together a couple of years ago. That’s the genesis for this compilation, a double LP that kicks of the Acid Jazz 30th birthday celebrations. Features music from old heads like Art Blakey and new ones like Kamasi Washington.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Baloji
137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese artist Baloji works as a sort of stylistic lightning rod on his latest LP. Bringing together pop stylings from all over Africa - he even goes so far as to jack the instrumental of Dur Dur’s mighty ‘Dooyo’ for lead single ‘Soleil De Volt’ - Baloji turns 137 Avenue Kanaima into a celebration of Pan-Africanism and continental resilience, all married to a disco beat.

Félix Blume
Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince

Felix Blume is the sound-artist credited with Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince, but what he has really done is provided a window through which the people of Haiti can shine. Funerals, funeral processions and church services are condensed into a rich and powerful sound picture of these traditions. Masterfull presented on vinyl by Discrepant.

Starchild & The New Romantic
Language

Starchild's Brandon Cook is wonderfully unashamed about his influences: Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson. This impeccably produced pop record could easily be an 80s gem. It stays true to the style but carries important, topical messages of marginalisation and the difficulties of growing up within institutionalised adversity.

Sun Ra
Of Abstract Dreams

It’s unlikely that the cosmos boasts many ensembles more hard-working or prolific than Sun Ra’s Arkestra, so it shouldn’t be surprising that quality recordings keep turning up decades after the fact. This release captures a mind-seventies session for Philadelphia’s WXPN FM. Sonny sticking to piano, debuting live favourite I’ll Wait For You, and throwing in the goofy Unmask the Batman among longer and more intense workouts. LP or CD, remastered from the original tapes.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bobby Wright
Blood Of An American

Bobby Wright - now Abu Talib - was moonlighting in the clubs of NYC during the Vietnam war. When one of his band members died serving and another was drafted, he got together with his bassist and penned these two spectral, haunting soul ballads. ‘Blood Of An American’ and ‘Everyone Should Have His Day’ are as pained and affecting as anything by Wright’s contemporaries Gil Scott-Heron and Sly Stone. This 7” reissue comes with a booklet that features words by Talib and Down With Childhood author Paul Rekret.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Durand Jones & The Indications
Durand Jones & The Indications

Secretly Canadian sub-label Dead Oceans teams up with Colemine to front the debut LP from Indiana soulsters Durand Jones & The Indicators. After the sad passing of Charles Bradley there’s now a gap in the market for this sort of thing. With Jones’s soulful croon and his group’s faithful homages to golden-age James Brown and Otis Redding, this lot might be the ones to fill it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Harold Alexander
Sunshine Man

A lesser-known jazz treat from 1971 here sees its first vinyl reissue since it was first released. Harold Alexander, the titular Sunshine Man, had a wonderfully soulful and funky take on jazz, leaning in both free and fusion directions at times. Sunshine Man has found its way into sample banks numerous times, but now you can give the record a chance to breathe in full. Reissued by Tidal Waves.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Brownswood 10 Versions

Tenth birthday release from the Brownswood label, who have decided to celebrate the occasion with ten key cover versions from their quality roster. Represented here are the likes of Mala, Giles Peterson and his Havana Cultura Band and Owiny Sigoma Band, reinterpreting music by Can, Art Blakey, Sun Ra and other heavyweights. Double LP release on Brownswood Recordings.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Tearing At The Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats made more than just ripples in the water with their self-titled debut, so it’s likely that one or two folk are looking forward to its follow-up. Tearing At The Seams should supply what they’re looking for, and it’s only on bloody Stax! White vinyl double LP or Deluxe CD with 20 page booklet and two extra tracks.

Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu

This is Hailu Mergia’s first LP since the upswing in interest in his music over the past half-decade. The revival is down in large part to the re-release job Awesome Tapes From Africa have done on some of his old records, and as such it’s fitting that Lala Belu should surface on the label. Backed by Tony Buck and Mike Majkowski, the music of Lala Belu is a knotted, swaying hybrid of American and Ethiopian jazz stylings.

Fumio Itabashi
Nature

Fumio Itabashi's many attempts to transcend a jazz idiom are fully on display on the excellent Nature, where he uses his piano to lead a band of  renowned Japanese players. This reissue firmly cements him as one of the country's greatest jazzers, mixing jittery movement with lyrical melodies for a record that feels both respectful of its tradition and keen to move on with it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Atlas
Breeze

A wonderful reissue of a distant gem from 1987, which itself was quite an obscurity in its time. Sitting in the middle of a space rock epic, 80s fusion and balearic synth, the album takes the listener to unimaginable places, an ethereal blend of vintage Japanese electronic pop and cosmic rock balladry. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Isaac Hayes
Black Moses

On his massive 1971 double, Hayes puts his own stamp on hits by the Jackson 5,  Dionne Warwick and the Carpenters. Its enduring influence led to Ike's Rap II being sampled by both Tricky and Portishead. And as if the messianic and expansive vibes weren’t coming through strongly enough, the uncompromising title was represented by a cruciform fold-out sleeve, replicated in all its glory here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Max Cooper feat. Kathrin deBoer & Quentin Collins
Tileyard Improvisations Vol. 1

This album is what appears when numerous shades of jazz and improvisation are granted vocal narrative, then backed with smart beats and rhythms. These spontaneously created tracks defy many forms of compositional logic, yet feel natural and deeply addictive. Soulful, effortlessly groovy and singular work.

Elephant9
Greatest Show On Earth

'Greatest' as in 'worst' but only if you don't like prog/jazz explorations with lashings of Keith Emerson style organ playing.  Elephant 9 certainly have 'chops'. They have been voted one of the best live acts in Norway and transcend jazz and rock with their wild improvisational playing. RIYL people playing instruments crazily to a very high standard.   

Various
Listen, Whitey! The Sounds Of Black Power 1967-74

Light In The Attic’s Listen, Whitey! The Sounds Of Black Power 1967-1974 has been released as the aural companion to Pat Thomas’ book of the same name. This is an impressively thorough collection - not only do the expected names feature (Gil Scott-Heron, Last Poets), but we also get songs of solidarity from the likes of Bob Dylan and recordings of speakers like Stokely Carmichael.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leroy Hutson
Hutson

Acid Jazz have gone and released a brace of classic Leroy Hutson LPs, from the height of his '70s powers. ‘Hutson’ was a stone-cold high watermark of 1970s soul, produced with Curtis Mayfield at his Curtom Studios. This deluxe, remastered reissue has some signature Hutson moments: ‘All Because of You’ and ‘Lucky Fellow’ amongst them. CD with 3 bonus tracks; LP has full colour inner plus in depth sleeve notes.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kjetil Mulelid Trio
Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House

Kjetil Mulelid Trio are young, new, Scandinavian, and a piano trio. Their album Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House has an airy, white-room clarity to it, but still fizzes with melodic flair and the excitement of busy collective improvisation. CD and LP editions on the ever-excellent Rune Grammofon label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joey Dosik
Game Winner (Deluxe Edition)

Joey Dosik’s Game Winner is a mini-album that turned out to be all about basketball: watching TV sports while recovering from an injury meant that Joey’s writing became permeated by the beautiful game. Game Winner is, as I say, a mini-album, but this deluxe reissue (of the initial 2016 release) adds four additional tracks, which I guess makes it a full album now! On Secretly Canadian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Tubby Hayes Quintet
Modes and Blues: 8th February 1964

Despite his death in 1973 at the age of just 38, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz players the UK has produced. This LP, recorded during the band’s Ronnie Scott’s residency in 1964, makes a good show of Hayes and his quartet’s showstopping take on modernism and post-bop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU – Soul-fuelled Stompers from 1960s – 1970s Ethiopia

Yet another Ethio-Jazz compilation here, this time courtesy of Lebanese crate-digger Ernesto Chahoud and Barely Breaking Even records. It would be easier to lament the slew of reissues of music from Ethiopia’s 60s/70s golden age if the music wasn’t so damn good. Mulatu Astatke features, obviously, but the show is stolen by the tracks indebted to funk, soul and Motown.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Thelonious Monk
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

Languish in the fabulous music that Thelonious Monk recorded in 1959 for the movie Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The audio has never been officially released in its own right until now, but the high quality of this double CD release makes up for that colossal delay. Comes with a sixty-page booklet, packed with exclusive photos and liner notes. On Sam Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Curtis Harding
Soul Power

35 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter Curtis Harding settled in Atlanta, Georgia after travelling all over the US with his family as a kid. Those travels helped gather musical inspiration for Soul Power, where he fuses southern garage rock with soul, blues and indie to make a soulful yet gritty rock album. Soul Power is available on vinyl LP and CD.

The Group
The Feed-Back

This is some esoteric interaction from The Group aka Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. The Feed-Back is the 1970 album from the Italian all star band. It's an outing in freedom which has a deep back beat through out which the other players riff on. A blending of free jazz, freer funk and avant-garde ideals. Out on vinyl LP from Schema SCB Series.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Shannon & The Clams
Onion

Quickly recorded with caution out in the wind, Onion is the fifth and most savoury of Shannon & the Clams releases. They cite a quick and impulsive recording environment, as studio man Dan Auerbach just had his instruments ready to go at all times. Expect the usual and avid throwback pop majesty that the Clam crew live for.

Fire!
The Hands

Fire! is of course the fabulous power trio of Andreas Werlin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), Johan Berthling (Tape) and Phil’s least favourite saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (of over a million different avant-jazz projects and combinations). The Hands is their sixth record of dark, simmering, propulsive, muscular music, and if you liked their previous noise-jaz-rock-kraut explorations, you’ll love this too. On Rune Grammofon.

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