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Binker and Moses
Alive In The East?

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

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

Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

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

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

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

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

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

Sons Of Kemet
Your Queen Is A Reptile

Sons Of Kemet return with their third LP of iconoclastic jazz takes. Your Queen Is A Reptile has Shabaka Hutchings and company using sax, tuba and dual-drums to conjure music that sees traditional jazz modes cusping on several sounds of the Caribbean diaspora. Soca, calypso, merengue and more all rumble in the lines of the drum work here, and Hutchings masterfully uses his horn to conduct the proceedings.
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Tohru Aizawa Quartet
Tachibana

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

Yazz Ahmed
La Saboteuse Remixed

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

R+R=NOW
Collagically Speaking

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

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

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

Kon & Amir present
Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn

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

Derek Bailey’s Aida hasn’t had a vinyl reissue for nearly forty years at this point. High time Honest Jon’s did something about that. This new pressing of the pioneering free-jazz guitarist’s 1980 LP comes with two bonus jams culled from BBC sessions recorded at around the same time as the Paris and London shows that make up the bulk of Aida. Bailey’s immense variety and innovation on the acoustic six-string shines through here. One of the best things about this is the musician's commentary that peppers the extra cuts.
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Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas
Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas

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

Mndsgn
Snax

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

Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble
Officium

'Officium' is a collaborative effort between vocal group and early music purveyors the Hilliard Ensemble and virtuoso saxophonist Jan Garbarek. Utilising the anachronistic and uncanny aesthetic of the Hilliard Ensemble, 'Officium' attains a cerebral, devotional sound, as if free jazz could be enjoyed at a sonorous church service. The record was recorded in a monastery in Austria.
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  • ECM
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C.W. Stoneking
Gon' Boogaloo

Australian revivalist C.W Stoneking offers his first full length since 2008. Gon' Boogaloo is his delta manifesto and features his very own rhythm section. Full of classic Mississippi blues and spooky cuts, Gon' Boogaloo is C.W S' take on his favorite blues men - I mean I knew the aussies can be a bit behind the times, but this is taking the piss. Out on vinyl LP and CD from King Hokum.
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Kamal Keila
Muslims and Christians

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

Fadoul
Al Zman Saib

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

It’s coming home! It’s coming home! It’s coming! Staples’ coming home! Probably unwise of The Staple Singers to release Coming Home: The Early Classics during the 2018 Fifa World Cup™, but as they’re American they might not have been aware it was happening so we’ll let them off the hook. Anyway, this collection focusses on the famed gospel-soul group's early work. Time and again a teenage Mavis Staples, flanked by the choir of her brothers and sisters, shows off her extraordinary voice.
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Various
Onda de Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)

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

John Coltrane
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

It's somewhat of a holy grail of jazz, this. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is just that, an until-very-recently unknown and unheard studio album by the great John Coltrane. The sessions for the LP were laid down at the legendary Van Gelder Studios, with 'Trane at the peak of his powers and his classic Quartet in tow. So, here we have a document from one of the most important and influential groups in the history of music-kind having scaled the pinnacles and subsequently veering in exploratory tangents the world couldn't have anticipated. LP, Double Deluxe Edition LP with CD and 2-CD deluxe editions available, on Impulse!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

C.W. Stoneking
Jungle Blues

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

Is Hokum a bad thing? It sounds like it might be a bad thing. Nevertheless, here’s Australian man out of time C.W. Stoneking come to spin us a few more yarns. Like literally every one of Stoneking’s LPs King Hokum sounds like it was made a hundred years ago, but this time Stoneking goes one further and comes up with a whole concept about some magic-realist nonsense going on way back when in the U.S. South. His ability to pastiche remains meticulous.
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Various
Dance For Your Life – Rare Finnish Funk & Disco 1976-1986

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

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 1)

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

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

emanative
Earth

The latest LP from drummer Nick Woodmansey’s emanative project is a global jazz love-in. Earth’s lengthy cast of guests includes members of The Pyramids, Ibibio Sound Machine, Fela Kuti’s Africa 80. Led by Woodmansey, the group create a potent mix that touches on spiritual explorations in the tradition of Alice Coltrane, dubby hip-hop, Sun Ra-style cosmicism and free experimentation. Out via Jazzman.
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Madlib / Various
Untinted: Sources For Madlib's Shades Of Blue

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

Jackson Sisters
Jackson Sisters

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

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

Crazy Legs is the only LP laid down by Memphis guitarist Donald Austin. Originally released in 1973, the record has become a highly sought-after work of golden-age funk. It’s no surprise - the likes of the title track and ‘Hot Rooster’ are outrageously groovy takes from a time where Motown, soul, funk and disco were just beginning to cross-pollinate. Now reissued as a limited run by Tidal Waves Music.
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Onyx Collective
Lower East Suite Part Three

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

The Thing
Again

Yeah that’s right, it's The Thing baby! Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drumkit powerhouse Paal Nilssen-Love play in a thousand and one different contexts these days, but it's great to hear them return to the roots of what really launched them into the free jazz world and beyond. Three longer tracks on this one, proving once Again that The Thing really are where it's at.
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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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Jamie Isaac
(04:30) Idler

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

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.

Various
Voices of Mississippi: Artists & Musicians Documented by William Ferris

Huge compilation of recordings made by folklorist William Ferris in and around Mississippi. Comes with 3 CDs containing gospel, blues, interviews, and stories, as well as some of Ferris' documentaries on DVD and a book edited by him. An incredibly detailed study of Southern American culture that is a must for anyone interested in the region.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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? 

Kadhja Bonet
Childqueen

Kadjha Bonet follows up her beautiful 'The Visitor' record of 2015 with another album full of sumptuous chocolatey soul, titled Childqueen. Last we heard of Ms Bonet, the L.A. singer was wrapping her mellifluous vocal tones around some highly melodic and harmonious old-schooly tunes channeling the Memphis sound perfectly. Here is a full LP and CD of similar, courtesy our friends at Fat Possum records.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.
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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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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. 140g 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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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • B13
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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.

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.

Kamaal Williams
The Return

Yussef Kamaal may have disbanded, but Henry Wu continues to fly the flag as Kamaal Williams. For the first LP released under his given name we see Williams behind the keys in a jazz fusion trio that brings together the visionary aesthetic of the YK output with the sounds of new London jazz and the shuffling grooves of the Wu project. Out via the new Black Focus records, a label named after YK’s sole full-length.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Cara Stacey & Camilo Ángeles
Ceder

Cara Stacey (South Africa) and Camilo Ángeles (Peru) bashed this one out in a day, and it’s quite a trip. Both artists performed multiple instruments, but Stacey largely favours piano and Ángeles various flutes. With a great sense of freedom, the material goes all over: opener ‘Jazmin’ mixes odd dissonances with unmistakable calmness at first before gathering rhythmic and harmonic momentum - all in under two minutes. Unpredictable, beautiful and slightly bonkers.

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.
  • Label(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Charles Bradley
Victim Of Love

Victim of Love was the second studio album by the Screaming Eagle of Soul Charles Bradley. Following the success of debut No Time For Dreaming, Bradley produced a more varied work which contained several tracks which you would swear were from the golden age of soul music. His raw and emotional singing style has seen Bradley compared to Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and James Brown -  the man Bradley had previously earned a living impersonating before his late flowering success. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

The World Psychedelic Funk Classics label promise what they say on the tin by curating this double LP jam packed with fuzzed-up classics from places such as Nigeria, Iran, Turkey, Russia, South Korean. All are of a 1960s and 1970s vintage and showcase bands influenced by the popular psychedelic bands of the day. Comes with informative 36 page book.  

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Menahan Street Band
The Crossing

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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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel