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Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975) is the debut release from World Psychedelic Funk Classics and presents itself as 'a global psychedelic funk curriculum', complete with a 'course description' and 'supplemental listening' in its copious notes (found either on the handsome gatefold sleeve of the vinyl or the 36-page booklet of the CD). The title may...view item »

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. ...view item »

Survival (Afro Rock)
Simmer Down

So when I did my GCSE in music we were given twenty minutes to compose an original piece of music to accompany a poem. I (shamefully) cheated and squashed the words from the provided poem into T-shirt Sun Tan by the Stereophonics. In the years since I’ve become less ashamed of diddling my way to that A* ...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Give The People What They Want

If you have been a fan of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' other fine albums --- and they are all worthwhile --- I think that getting this one qualifies as a 'no-brainer'. You know what to expect and the songs do not disappoint. Songs with deep hooks, punctuated by the vibrant horn section, and Sharon's emotional vocals stirring the pot. Sharon...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 »

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

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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Don't Make a Fool Out of Me

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 »

Brother Claude Ely
Ain’t No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely

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 »

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

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 »

Michael Garrick

Nels Cline & Julian Lage

Santa Y Su Gente

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

Mean Love

With roots in the rich musical history of North America as well as Africa, Sinkane provide a new perspective on what Soul Music is, and what it can be. Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultram...view item »

Stan Getz & Cal Tjader
Stan Getz & Cal Tjader Sextet

This newly reissued vinyl addition is a ‘MUST HAVE’ title for for both Getz and Tjader fans. In the vein of many a smooth West Coast jazz outing, this 1958 disc finds original cool stylist Getz paired with vibraphonist Cal Tjader on a very enjoyable selection of jazz standards and Tjader originals. The lineup includes pianist...view item »

Cannonball Adderley Quintet
In San Francisco

A classic and soulful hard-bop effort from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. In San Francisco is a great testiment to not only Adderley and co, but to the jazz scene in the late 50's and early 60's. With bebop over a decade old and the west-coast sound pervading the start of the 50's, cats like A...view item »

The Peak Twins
Pump Me Up

New York DJs Lloydski (Night People/Tiki Disco/Dither Down) and Ter Khan Lawrence (Nurvous) join forces as The Peak Twins with this debut 12" on Dither Down. Two fresh cuts of bouncy rave-inspired (have you seen that video?) NY house full of repetitive sample snippets and crisp beats, plus an Ultracity re...view item »
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Tom Carter and Pat Murano
Four Infernal Rivers

This is a second collaboration between Charalambides man Tom Carter and No Neck Blues Band feller Pat Murano. The pair had already made an eponymous LP back in 2012 but have now colklaborated again, this time at Carter's place, passing musical ideas back and forth, forth and back. There are four lengthy improvisations using Car...view item »

Fatima Al Qadiri

Here's an interesting one from Hyperdub. The latest from mercurial Kuwaiti artist Fatima Al Qadiri, now based between London and New York, takes us on an imaginary journey through China. "It's not the real China," she clarifies. "I've never been to China. I only know what the West is telling me about China." ...So this is a concept album...view item »

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Cold World

Six long years of touring went into this latest album from Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded at the Daptone Records House Of Soul, 'Cold World' fuses the pure gospel voice of Naomi Shelton with soul grooves from the likes of Fred Thomas (long-term bassist for James Brown).  ...view item »

Buddy Miles
Them Changes

Them Changes is the 1970 release by American Rock and Funk drummer, vocalist, composer and producer Buddy Miles. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag (1967), a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys (1969-1970), founder and leader of the Buddy Miles Express and later, the Buddy Miles Band. In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Miles playe...view item »

Savage Rhythm: Swingin' Dance Floor Sounds to Blow Your Top

A nice family tree of rock 'n' roll is drawn up by 'Savage Rhythm: Swingin' Dance Floor Sounds to Blow Your Top'. This collection attempts to show off the through-line of music in America, from the 1930s, when swing was in full effect, through to the discovery of R&B vibe n the 40s and the eventual coalescing of that thing we call rock music...view item »

Sun Ra Arkestra
Live in Nickelsdorf 1984

The leftfield jazz genius Sun Ra took his Arkestra to Nickelsdorf in Austria back in 1984, offering up three whole hours of his dizzying improvisations and arrangements, with the usual extensive and overwhelming roster of players: Marshall Allen is of course present on alto, but there are also a series of percussionists and bongo players. There ...view item »


The office post-it goblin has been up to his usual business on this Mumpbeak CD. "Interesting proggy instrumentals, King Crimson-ish", he says. He's right, this is a CD of instrumental prog, complex and psychedelic stuff with a very obvious debt to the aforementioned Crimmo but also plays around with complex ...view item »

True Soul : Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax Volume 2

True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax, a collection of rare and unreleased funk and soul music from the fabled Arkansas indie. 60’s and 70’s Soul, Funk, Disco, Party-Rap and Boogie from Arkansas’s Legendary Independent Label – the second installment presented as a CD/DVD. 18 Rare and Unreleased 60s & 70...view item »

Sten Sandell & Paal Nilssen-Love

The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. Jacana, the latest in Rune Grammofon’s occasional series of unusual duo combi...view item »
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Alien Ensemble
Alien Ensemble

Attempting to contact other intelligent life forms with the Alien Ensemble. Their self-titled record is the bands own take on improvised music. Taking ideas and concepts from the history of jazz, their sound blends Gil Evans-ish arranging techniques, Sun Ra harmonic forays and contempo...view item »

A Rhythm & Blues Chronology 2: 1942-1944

Big, four-disc box-set of Rhythm and Blues, captured in the very early years (1942-1944) of the genre. This release is the second in a series documenting the history of R&B, and can reasonably be described as comprehensive. Includes T-Bone Walker, Leadbelly, Savannah Churchill And Her All Star Seven...view item »

Wheedle’s Groove - Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987

It should be common knowledge that you can never have too much 70s and 80s funk & soul in your music collection. We realize only too well, and so do the kind folks at Wheedle’s Groove - they’re here to help you get down and get with it. Maybe send them a thank you note for this voluptuous collection of Seattl...view item »

How To Dress Well
What Is This Heart?

Tom "How To Dress Well" Krell is back this week with a new album of his understated neo-soul crooning. 'What Is This Heart' is a softly grooving collection where his silky voice often rings out over the most fragile and wispy of backings, only occasionally bursting into life in moments of triumphant alien synth-funk, as he does in the final mo...view item »

The Electric Spanking Of War Babies

Originally released in 1981, 'The Electric Spanking Of War Babies' was one Funkadelic's most uncompromising and controversial records. The title is a reference to the Vietnam War, U.S imperialism and the Baby Boomer generation. The reissue replicates the intended artwork which was originally censored by Warner Brothers. ...view item »

Nightmares On Wax
N.O.W Is The Time

Here’s Leeds own George Evelyn with a long overdue best-of compilation from the 20 plus years strong Nightmares On Wax history. This is sure to bring back memories of those post club chilled vibes from the nineties and beyond featuring tracks from his early classic albums like ‘Smokers Delight’ and ‘Carboot Soul&r...view item »

Tommy Guerrero
No Mans Land

Described as a musician, designer, artist and skateboarder from San Francisco, I immediately find Tommy Guerrero annoying. He’s just bound to be one of those too-cool-for-school kids isn’t he? Probably some kind of trendy hairstyle and undoubtedly with that most annoying of traits; an upbeat enthusiasm for everything...view item »

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Enfant Terrible

There's a post-it on this record that simply has my name on it, since I'm the office's known Rune Grammofon expert. This is of course album number three from those crunchy minimal jazz-proggers Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Those of you who are familiar with the previous two will know that this lot's stock in trade is twisty-turny instrumentals full ...view item »

Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution - Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75

This beautiful Soul Jazz book documents a time of furious change within African-American culture, in which radical politics, spirituality and new-found artistic freedom converged to create some of the most astonishing music ever performed. Among its hundreds of photographs from the late 1960s and early 1970s are iconic images of Ornette ...view item »

Michael White
Spirit Dance

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Jamie Lidell
Jamie Lidell

So it’s 1982 again and Prince is ruling the pop charts? Well that’s according to Jamie Lidell’s latest album anyway, this is so retro it actually hurts and I’m not normally one for dancing but in the right frame of mind I might actually get up ...view item »

Yellow Memories

Some extra sexy heat for your frozen bones from Fatima. Yellow Memories is the debut from one of the deepest soul stirrers around. These grooves are so damn loose they barely stay together, yet they're tighter than than George Osborne's autumn statement. The list of producers will make...view item »

Led Bib
The Good Egg

I have not one but three live albums on my review stack this week, and the first one I'm going to tackle is this lively bit of Scandi-style jazz fusion from Led Bib, recorded live at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. It's a bubbly and energetic brew ably led by percussionist Mark Holub, whose highly kinetic style contains more than a trace of clas...view item »


Food is the 6th album by Harlem born songstress Kelis.It has been described as being her most lyrically honest album to date. As well as being a singer, Kelis is a qualified Le Cordon Bleu sauce chef, so unsurprisingly her love of food influenced the album. Food was produced by...view item »

Supreme Cuts
Divine Ecstasy

Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts drop their debut LP 'Divine Ecstasy' on Memphis Industries this week. This pair are new to me but within a few tracks I'm enjoying their easygoing, genre-jumping house-pop style. Old school Chicago house shines through as the main influence on the first couple of tracks, the tracks are led by crisp programmed ...view item »

The Blues Roots Of The Rolling Stones

At last, a compilation that explicitly draws the links between the Black American musicians who created and circulated the Blues, and the band who made such a critical and commercial success of… borrowing their style! Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson all appear on this re...view item »

Thai? Dai!

I'm so into all of this archive far Eastern stuff at the moment you've no idea. I can't help myself when it comes in and I'm particularly enjoying the slew of Thai comps that have come out lately. Finders Keepers continue their quest to plunder the world's psych-funk vaults to bring you a new selection of Thai tracks comprising of the heavier si...view item »

Larry Young

A freshly remastered vinyl version of legendary jazz organist Larry Young’s 1966 sophomore date for Blue Note, released to mark the label’s 75th anniversary. This session featured Woody Shaw (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax) and Elvin Jones (drums), who ably facil...view item »

The Brothers & Sisters
Dylan's Gospel

I'm enjoying an uplifting start to the day courtesy of this superb reissue on Light in the Attic. The concept is pretty self-explanatory - a team of LA's finest session singers brought together by producer and visionary Lou Adler and given rousing gospel arrangements by Motown legend Gene Page. The album has languished in collector obscurity for...view item »

Made To Break
Cherchez la femme

Here's a pretty crazy LP from sax wizard Ken Vandermark's latest project, an electro acoustic whirlwind of bouncy and melodic free jazz and minimal electronic experimentation. There's one track on each side. 'Sans Serif' on side A is dedicated to Betty Page and Sleater Kinney and in honour of their favourite ...view item »
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Aloe Blacc
Lift Your Spirit

My knowledge of singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc is pretty limited. He made his way on to Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw Records and released a couple of LPs to great acclaim (of which I’ve watched pass through Norman Towers unappreciated), being dubbed the 'indie R.Kelly' along the way....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
In Each And Every One

The Mercury Music Prize nominated jazz combo Polar Bear are back with their fifth album ‘In Each And Every One’, it’s business as usual with their amazing mix of free jazz, hip-hop beats and avant garde noise scronk. This album though takes this sound further into more progressive territories with ...view item »

(Without Noticing)

Honk if you're excited! It’s the return of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin, collectively known as FIRE!, for the first album in a while that they’ve done as a trio instead of with a big ol’ jazz orchestra or in collaboration with some improv g...view item »

One Nation Under A Groove

Originally issued in 1978 'One Nation Under a Groove' is a reissue of one of the defining albums of the funk movement. Put together by mothership mastermind George Clinton, Funkadelic absorbed all the best elements of seventies psychedelia, rock and funk spawning a P-Funk empire of cartoon-inspired imagery, futuristic space travel and sonic adve...view item »

Melt Yourself Down
Live At The New Empowering Church

Bill Horist / Jakob Riis
The Cessation Elegy

Here's a peculiar CD on which guitarist Bill Horist of America teams up with sound artist Jakob Riis of Denmark on laptop and real time processing on a two-act suite of instrumentals which they confidently declare "a new wordless opera". Rather good it is too, I'm quite surprised they've only made 100 of these. Opening with the Americana...view item »

Zea / Oscar Jan Hoogland
Exploding Head Syndrome / Solo Electric Clavichord

Got a split 7" of Dutch weirdness here. Confusingly the two sides play at different speeds. I've never understood why people do that. I mean, presumably the 45rpm side will sound marginally better, but they really don't think about people like me with Pro-Ject turntables who have to lift the platter off every time they want to change speed. ...view item »

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz
The Shape Of Doomjazz To Come + Saxophone Giganticus

You’ll be pleased to hear that The Shape Of Doomjazz To Come + Saxophone Giganticus by Free Nelson Mandoomjazz sounds pretty much as you’d expect ‘doomjazz’ to. Relatively traditional jazz passages (but with heavy bass) lurch into grinding metal with wild saxophone over the top. I also applaud th...view item »

Talmud Beach
Talmud Beach

Talmud Beach a bearded three-piece from Helsinki, Finland but their sound recalls the relaxed blues of JJ Cale and Canned Heat with elements of Krautrock and Suicide. Talmud Beach are so laid back they are horizontal and the music matches their demeanor. ...view item »

Blue Film

I tried to review this record yesterday. I really wanted to like it, 4AD have put out a lot of things I really like, both in the past and more recently, but they seem to have dropped the ball a little here. Lo-Fang is the alias of Matthew Hemerlein and this album is full of sweeping, brooding, cinematic pop with falsetto vocals and violins and s...view item »

Mississippi Sheiks
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol 4

Jumping into my time machine for another one from that ace Third Man reissue series of the people who influenced the people who influenced your favourite musicians. This is the fourth volume from the Mississippi Sheiks with recordings spanning 1932-34. This crew had a fluctuating line-up mostly consisting of members of the Chatmon family - cousi...view item »

Ann Peebles
I Can't Stand The Rain

I Can’t Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles is a wonderfully sparse yet funky soul record. This fantastic selection is strengthened by the way producer Willie Mitchell chose to use the horns and strings and the cool perfection of the Hi rhythm section. Peebles sings tales from the darker side of love on this southern so...view item »

Bushman's Revenge
Thou Shalt Boogie!

The Norwegian jazz/prog scene is a highly divisive topic at Norman Towers. On one side of the office there's me, Kim, Mike and Ian who will happily listen to Motorpsycho and El Doom all day long, and in the other camp there's Clint, Phil, Brian and Li'l Biz, all of whom would r...view item »

Counter Silence
Knowing The Right Question To Ask

Incredible Bongo Band
The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band

The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band by The Incredible Bongo Band is the follow-up their 1973 classic, Bongo Rock. Bongo Rock was plundered by rappers and producers for samples helping to build the foundation of hip-hop and many other facets of popular music. The Return Of The Incredible Bongo B...view item »

Frank Fairfield
Duncan & Brady

Resplendent with phenomenal moustache, Frank Fairfield is an old fashioned 25 year old passionate about music from a long long time ago. He plays all sorts of instruments and in a unique and authentic manner. Props as always to Third Man for bringing this type of stuff to a wider audience. On Side A ‘Duncan and Brady’ is a tr...view item »

Gary Burton
Seven Songs for Quartet and Chamber Orchestra

Leo Welch
Sabougla Voices

For fans of Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, Johnny Farmer and Hezekiah Early, Welch is from that same rough, raw, unsophisticated mould. His rough spoken-sung vocals are backed up with his equally rough guitar style--which at times sounds like it could cut through virtually anything in it's path. His backing band too is rudimentary but perfect f...view item »

David Grubbs
Borough of Broken Umbrellas

Grubbsy. The Grubbsmeister. Grubbsmania. Tony Grubba’s. However you want to greet him, it's clear that David Grubbs has followed an interesting and idiosyncratic path since the sad demise of Gastr Del Sol. This is his first release of solo guitar improvisations....view item »

Robbie Hill's Family Affair
Gotta Get Back: The Unreleased L.A. Sessions

Originally recorded in Los Angeles in January 1975, these five tracks were all but lost in the ether. Light In The Attic continues the fine tradition for essential reissues with the Seattle soul of Robbie Hill’s Family Affair. It’s sweet, funky and beautifully mixed to show the band at their best. Out on vinyl LP lim...view item »

Nath & Martin Brothers

Nath & Martin Brothers LP Money is one of the more sought after Nigerian records and therefore ripe for a wallet friendly reissue, thankfully Voodoo Funk have done though honours. The brothers were a backing band and also recorded under other names, notably Saxon Lee and the Shadows Intenati...view item »

The Bang Girl Group Revue
Soul Shangri-La

Inspired by the old days of heart-wrenching and life-affirming soul music -- back when it was the much idolized '60s -- The Bang Girl Group Revue take retro and reroute it for the current day. The trio try and keep their sound on Soul Shangri-La as true to their vision as possible, doing soul re...view item »
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Super Adventure Club
Straight From The Dick

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The Ex & Brass Unbound
Enormous Door

I used to like the Ex..(circa 1983/84),then for no real reason..left them behind,they released sooo many records i could'nt keep up..then somehow i heard they had a new singer,thought hmmm,i give him a listen..probably won't like it..HOOLLYY SHIT,'catch my shoe' the previous lp...A-MA-ZING. Instantly my fave...view item »

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