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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...view item »

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 vin...view item »

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...view item »

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....view item »

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...view item »

Sontag Shogun
Absent Warrior, Abandoned Battlefield

Cor, I really like this. A five track EP beginning with some very pretty piano playing all smothered in electrical feedback and fizzing, fluctuating tones, thunderous noise bursts or electro-acoustic ripping...it see...view item »

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 crea...view item »

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. ...view item »

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...view item »

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band are a steel drum band operating out of Hamburg, Germany. They got the attention of DJs and home listeners alike when they covered 50 Cent’s essential track ‘P.I.M.P.’ (included here), and have an array of other crucial covers to show off on 55, their debut...view item »

The Comet Is Coming
Channel The Spirits

The Comet Is Coming aim to provide a soundtrack to the apocalypse with their debut album Channel The Spirits  They make a sound that is driven by sax, beats and live drums and evokes Sun Ra and Funkadelic with a backdrop of BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Three-piece...view item »

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....view item »

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 ...view item »

GoGo Penguin
v2.0

Heard a track on Giles Peterson on 6 and bought straight away, amazing piano led jazz trio from Manchester. Although saying it is piano led takes nothing away from the bassist & drummer, who are faultless in drawing you in and demanding listen after listen after listen ... First track sounds like jazz-shoegazing (awesome) and the res...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 Blac...view item »

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 a...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 hi...view item »

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 Di...view item »

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 i...view item »

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 complic...view item »

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 plac...view item »

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 ...view item »

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....view item »

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 tou...view item »

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 st...view item »

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 Gr...view item »

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 leat...view item »

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 lea...view item »

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. E...view item »

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 i...view item »

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...view item »

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 arrang...view item »

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 a...view item »

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 Com...view item »

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 thi...view item »

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...view item »

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)....view item »

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....view item »

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....view item »

Various
Hey Lover Boy! (An Assortment Of Girlie Tracks From The 60s)

Hey Lover Boy! (An Assortment Of Girlie Tracks From The 60s) contains a veritable plethora of lesser known girl group tracks from the 1960s. This 25 track collection will have any avid collector of such sounds watering at the mouth. Hey Lover Boy! (An Assortment Of Girlie Tracks From The 60s) is available on CD....view item »

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 Se...view item »

Cassie
Cassie

This is the first release on vinyl of electro R&B star Cassie's self titled, instant classic debut album. This ten track masterpiece of minimalist R&B has influenced a host of her contemporaries including Jamie xx, Four Tet, Hot Chip and Tri Angle Records since it’s original CD release in 2006 and it's not hard to see how with it&r...view item »

Mere
Mere

How do you pronounce Gizeh? Is it like how Yosser Hughes would once have requested, in casual earnestness, for a job? Or is it a little more distinguished and pretentious than that? And are these post-rock releasing types aware that they share a name with both a smoking accessories firm f...view item »

Baylis/ Howard/ McCallum
Baylis/ Howard/ McCallum

Jazz. Jazz. Jazz. I've totally got to be in the mood for Jazz. I ain't no natural born hep-cat. I don't have much of a be-bop bone in my body. I've never got smacked up on brown or used my girl as a punch bag either. I'm just not, what's the word, SMOKIN' enough. If I listen to jazz I kind of like it smoky, cerebral & sensual or just plain d...view item »

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
The Conny Plank Session

Whoah, who knew that Duke Ellington & His Orchestra did a recording session with legendary krautrock / komische producer Conny Plank (Can, Neu!, Ash Ra Tempel etc.)? Well he did, in 1970, and it sounds just super, Ellington&...view item »

Screaming Peaches
Ads / Mr Fist

Trying to find audio for this on the internet wasn’t that easy. You try searching on Movie Ads... Well this starts with some promising enough with some wonky guitar before the Madness ‘Our House’ rhythm section kicks in. I can confirm this has a funk, in fact I’d describe this as a weird indi...view item »

Royal Jesters
English Oldies

Royal Jesters were a group of 1960’s Texan-Mexicans who brought joy to the teenage populace in their locality. Their blend of doo-wop and R&B sizzles with the feeling of groovy fun, and with English Oldies containing a full 28 tracks, there is plenty to enjoy here. Released on The Numero Group....view item »

ALA.NI
YOU & I - Spring

ALA.NI gained her singing chops by performing with artists as diverse as Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli and Damon Albarn. Her voice is fragile yet strong, her sound is anachronistic yet completely perfect for now. Not only is she a performer, but she directed the video for &ldquo...view item »

Karin Krog
Don't Just Sing – An Anthology: 1963-1999

Karin Krog is a Scandinavian legend, but a more-or-less unknown in our part of the world. Let’s change that eh? Don’t Just Sing - An Anthology: 1963-1999 collects highlights of a full career of creative, jazz-inflected pop, fronted by Krog’s inventive and highly characteristic vocals. ...view item »

Andreya Triana
Giants

Joining the competitive musical scene of jazzy, soulful, power singer along with artists such as Paloma Faith, Adele and Laura Mvula, Andreya Triana is the latest name to create joyous, fun soul/jazz, all punctuated by her vocals. The songs on Giants are produce...view item »

Alex Puddu
The Mover ft. Joe Bataan / Soultiger

Alex Puddu is a smooth character (his last release was literally a soundtrack to some vintage Danish porn), and here he gives us a preview of his upcoming album with a 7”. Two tracks of slick grooving neo-soul, with vocals on The Mover provided by semi-famed Latin singer Joe Bataan. Out on the Sch...view item »

Polar Bear
Same As You

Not to be confused with the American band, or the Arctic carnivore, Polar Bear are back with their sixth album. Once again delving into the riches of double-saxophone-fueled jazz, Same As You is a double LP with outside ideas and at the same time appealing sounds. British avant-garde made available to the masses!...view item »

Hiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon

Australian ensemble Hiatus Kaiyote present Choose Your Weapon, their second album, and by the sounds of it the weapons on offer are Soul, R&B, Funk and Future versions of all of the above. And over eighteen tracks and seventy minutes, they get the chance to deploy them all! A very accomplished work all told....view item »

Saun & Starr
Look Closer

Saun & Starr were,for a long time, backing singers to Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. Last year they released their first single as a duo, Hot Shot, which sold a bucket load. Now they have an album, Look Closer, for you to get your groovy paws on. It’s packed with the kind of funky so...view item »

Various
Memphis Development Foundation Presents: Beale Street Saturday Night

Saving the beautiful Memphis music scene, James Luther Dickinson had Memphis musicians record their heritage when Beale Street fell victim to urban renewal programs in 1976. These tracks have stood the test of times with this reissue of the 1979 release of Beale Street Saturday, featuring, on clear vinyl no less, the fi...view item »

Richard Swift
Ground Trouble Jaw

Record Store Day 2015 release from Richard Swift: we’ve got a few copies left if you want to snap one up! Totally spot-on songs in a Motown-via-the-present-day style. Ground Trouble Jaw was first released only digitally, but thankfully can now be heard on a vinyl record. 12” EP on Secretly Canadian....view item »

Tamikrest
Taksera

Available on 180 gram 12” vinyl in gatefold case on Glitterbeat. Live recording from Taureg rock band Tamikrest. Layered percussion grooves and dirtied electric guitars filled with extensions and improvisations of album tracks. It’s excellent desert blues for fans of Can or Pink Floyd...view item »

Exhaustion w/ Kris Wanders
Exhaustion w/ Kris Wanders

Scrappy no wave punx Exhaustion are friends with a saxophonist, named Kris Wanders, and here lies the inevitable conclusion of their acquaintanceship: a self-titled LP of music that goes slower and more patient. These are carefully considered improvisations, in a way, bringing together differ...view item »

Detail
First Detail

The first detail you must realize is this: all the musicians on this record are Norwegian free jazz musicians, and this is a free jazz album. It features organs and saxophones and wild music in general. These guys don’t just have a good eye for detail. They are Detail, and this is First Detail....view item »

Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder
Talking Timbuktu

A Grammy award winning album which was number 1 in the US World Music Charts for 31 weeks, Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Toure, who has been a hot ticket for any fans of so-called “world music”, and Ry Cooder, the American guitarist known for his slide guitar, is an album which combi...view item »

Albatrosh
Night Owl

We could just say Rune Grammofon and let your imagination run wild from there, but that'd be misleading: Albatrosh actually make jazz, and while 'Night Owl' is their second record on the experimental Norwegian label, it's their fifth on a long, steady career built on tenacious compositional structures and a melodic approach to playing....view item »

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. Pr...view item »

Richie Hayes Vs Noonday Underground
Here Comes The Fury

Back together on vinyl 12” are old collaborators Richie Hayes and Noonday Underground. the first release from Art Gallery / Monkey See Monkey Do and it’s a strong one, featuring the vocals of ex-Morcheeba vocalist Daisy Marty, Simon Dine and multi-instrumental brilliance from Richie Hayes....view item »

Sonore
Cafe OTO

This is a recording of Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson all blowing horns at Cafe Oto in April 2011 culminating in a particularly windy night across north-east London. Originally broadcast on Jazz on 3. I wonder if anyone in the audience was shushed as happened to me the last two times I attended Cafe Oto?   ...view item »

Full Blast & Friends
Sketches and Ballads

This group comes together on the orders of one Michael Wertmueller, the part-composer, part-drummer who makes Full Blasts what it is. The & Friends part is thanks to the contributions of saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and e-bassist Marino Pliakas as well as clarinet player Ken Vandermark and additional percussionist Dirk Rothbrust. 'Sketch...view item »

Nels Cline & Julian Lage
Room

Nels Cline is a guitarist best known for his tenure in alt-country superheroes Wilco, while Julian Large made his name playing with Mark O'Connor and Gary Burton. This record, simply titled 'Room', displays a tactful understanding of what people want to hear from these two brilliant and delicate guitarists: a simple record that concent...view item »

Santa Y Su Gente
Urgente

Another overdue rerelease to please the fans. First released during the rule of Pinochet, this sweet piece of progressive/Latin funk never got the attention it deserved. Now you can listen to Santa Y Su Gente in the warmth of your own home, whilst basking in the peace of your own democratically elected government....view item »

Flying Lotus
Until The Quiet Comes

You know  - so many things go on these days that I somehow missed Flying Lotus’s last opus ‘Cosmogramma’. Just never got round to it. Shocking isn’t it? A man of my regard within the community. Anyway I will make up for lost time by boldly proclaiming this new on...view item »

Jaga Jazzist
Jaga Jazzist - '94-'14

Post-rock wasn't always this drab; there was a time when it could sound like it was made by a jazz band living in a beanstalk. Jaga Jazzist's inventive and ever-curious sound infused nu-jazz with the climactic disciplines of Talk Talk and Tortoise. They're pretty old now, though, and this year m...view item »

DJ Fede
Rude Boy Funker

DJ Fede is a vintage producer from Italy, making his name in the early 1990s after working tirelessly to become prolific as can-be with a bunch of hip-hop records and a great deal of appearances on funk and jazz compilations. 'Rude Boy Funker' collects together many of his most popular tracks, and genre-hops like crazy, featuring a roster of con...view item »

Guano Padano
Americana

Guano Padano's Italian jazz 'n' swing heroics are on display once again with 'Americana', named after the book of translated American works literary mind Ello Vittorini hoped to bring to Italy in the 1940s. Padano let their fascination with Vittorini's undertaking, as well as with American writers, bleed through the songs of 'Americana', marryin...view item »

Various
Psych-Funk 103: Sa-Re-Ga! Psychedelic Funk India

A platter of hallucinatory spices from various Indian artists. As a follow up to their other guitar-centric odyssey's, Psych-Funk 103: Sa-Re-Ga! Psychedelic Funk India spans through the 70's until '83. It's full of tripped out guitars, super tight drums and raw vocals and horns. Out on CD from World Psychedelic Funk Classics....view item »

Sly Stone
I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower Power 1969-70

He's just like us, except for he actually has hair, and can play instruments well. 'I'm Just Like You: Sly Stone's Flower Power' celebrates the second era of the master's career, after leaving the Family Stone for a solo career that explored the electronic expansions of funk music, using a wide variety of instruments and programmed drum machines...view item »

Seu Jorge and Almaz
Seu Jorge and Almaz

A lovely album by Seu Jorge this, sunshine lilting arrangements of well know songs, pity its nearly winter, but you can't have everything can you? For me this is largely about the two singles released from the album, Everybody Loves the Sunshine and The Model. Now Kraftwerk don't al...view item »

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Sinner / Everybody Knows (River Song)

The gravelly voiced Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens belt out a couple of classics on this  7” vinyl from Daptone. Amazingly not named from the enigmatic wife of the Doctor from the BBC’s Doctor Who, but in fact a celestial rendition of the Texan tune transposed through rhumba to the Caribbean. Gospel combine...view item »

Various
Black Fire! New Spirits! Deep and Radical Jazz in the USA 1957-75

This compilation attempts to elucidate the versatility and transience of jazz music through the '60s and '70s in America, when the civil rights movement was in full swing and the sounds around it were constantly changing. With 'Black Fire! New Spirits! Deep and Radical Jazz in the USA 1957-75', Soul Jazz Records highlights music from acts such a...view item »

Various
The Birth of Funk

This new compilation on History of Soul covers the formative years of funk music in the first half of the 20th century, originally played by jazz musicians in New Orleans who would hit the clubs and play something more downbeat and dirty after wowing the crowds with their hot jazz of an evening. You've got all sorts on here from classics like Ea...view item »

Various
The Soul Of Designer Records

This monolithic boxset attempts to give its listener an idea of the scope of Designer Records' scope. The duo behind the operation, soul men Style Wooten and Roland Jones, recorded up to five hundred singles, many of them now revered as classics in traditional gospel. This set of one hundred (plus one more for luck!) songs shows how distinctive ...view item »

Sun Ra Arkestra
3rd September 1988 Chicago

This is one of those does-what-it-says-on-the-tin deals, but anyway: Sun Ra performs live! In 1988! Let's zone in on this a bit, though: this appearance documents Sun Ra at the Chicago Free Jazz Festival, backed by his classic Solar Arkestra and performing some of his most impressionist and avant-garde works.  ...view item »

Diana Dors
Swingin' Dors

Diana Dors, that Swindon born beauty of the 1950s. Famed for her Monroe style of beauty, Dors was a staple of the movie and television screen and the image behind the eyes of most men. Here we have her singing to some classic, big band jazz numbers. There are some real stormers on here and Dors proves to have a stellar singing v...view item »

DJ Maestro
Bethlehem Blends By DJ Maestro: Day & Night

Best known for his 'Blue Note Trip' compilation series, DJ Maestro returns here with some adventures in the back-catalogue of another legendary label, Bethlehem Records. Founded in the 1950s, Bethlehem was home to such legendary artists as Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus - and with the encyclopaedic noggin of Maestro showing you r...view item »

Big Boss Man
Last Man On Earth

Big Boss Man aren't a one-genre band: they make boogaloo music, formally, but will often delve into jazz, psychedelic, Latin rythms and whatever else they feel like. 'Last Man On Earth' is their fourth record, and their first in four years, too: it collects fifteen tracks varying in their particular dance aesthetic of choice, including the ...view item »

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Enter The Slasher House

Avey Tare (AKA David Portner) escapes out of the clutches of his Animal Collective mates only to sound………….pretty much exactly like Animal Collective.   This is a relentlessly upbeat affair of warped electronic pop with the wa...view item »

Polar Bear
Peepers

Yuk, the press release for this is a bit dodge.. Banging about how the nippers are stepping away from their crunky wonkstep and spraypainting "Hey, jazz is kewl!" all over your dad's Mondeo. Whatever Trevor. In any case is does mention sterling local heroes TrioVD who Polar Bear do share a vague similarity with in some senses, albeit with...view item »

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