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The James Hunter Six
Whatever It Takes

Look mum he's smoking! Urrrgghhh. That said so would you if you'd become such a permanent fixture in the world of rhythm and soul as James Hunter has over the last few years after a thirty year period doing jobs as foul as working on the railways and playing back up guitar for Van Morrison. R&B how it was meant to sound. Soulful and free of cliche. 
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Thelonious Monk Quartet & John Coltrane
At Carnegie Hall

At Carnegie Hall shows the burgeoning talents of John Coltrane coming to the fore during his time with Thelonious Monk Quartet. Monk’s experience shows he’s got a real player in Coltrane whose solo playing displays an early version of his ‘Sheets of Sound’ improvisation style. Unearthed by accident at the Library of Congress, this is a treat for jazz fans. Double vinyl LP on Blue Note.
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Nucleus with Leon Thomas
Live 1970

British jazz-rock pioneers Nucleus were led by trumpeter Ian Carr and remained active throughout the seventies. Thomas is of course best known for being the yodeling voice of The Creator Has a Master Plan, which took up the bulk of Pharoah Sanders’ 1969 LP Karma, and is the centrepiece of the tenor giant’s live sets to this day. The version that opens this 1970 Montreux jazz festival set is very different, not least due to Chris Spedding’s extended guitar techniques, which lends the fine ensemble an almost post-punk angularity at times. Gatefold double LP or CD in LP-replica sleeve.
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Michael Garrick Sextet with Don Rendell and Ian Carr
Prelude To Heart Is A Lotus

Michael Garrick’s 1970 LP Heart Is A Lotus went on to become one of the most important British jazz albums of the subsequent decade. For a few years prior to the record’s release Garrick and his sextet were jamming the tracks that would become HIAL with Don Rendell and Ian Carr. This session, recorded at the BBC in 1968, radically reconfigures the freeform, vaguely acidic freakouts of the final LP. An essential joining of dots.
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Elliot Galvin
The Influencing Machine

London-based jazz pianist and composer Elliot Galvin’s third album explores technology and the human mind, backed by oil-slick production, twinkling electronica and earthy Hammond organ. He also adds electric guitar to the mix, with rock-infused riffs adding some meat to this improvisational master’s output.
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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Soul Of A Woman

Soul of a Woman by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings is an album of songs that the band recorded in the year prior to her sad death in 2016. It’s always good to go out on top, and with this album, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are in scintillating, soulful form. On vinyl LP with download code and CD.
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Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Unstraight Ahead

Karl Hector is the pseudonym of visionary German producer and musician JJ Whitefield. Whitfield is the man behind the funk revival groups The Whitefield Brothers and Poets Of Rhythm. On Unstraight Ahead, with his backing band The Malcouns, Hector takes sounds from Mali and Ethiopian Jazz and mixes them with the Krautrock grooves of Can. The album still remains a funk-focused work, however. Unstraight Ahead is available on double vinyl LP with download code and CD.
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Various
Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa

Hey, who fancies a chunky bagful of rare South-African bubblegum disco-soul from the 1980’s? That’s right, everyone does. Gumba Fire is a curatorial collaboration between Miles Cleret and DJ Okapi, and between them they’ve picked out some real dancefloor stormers. CD and triple LP editions available, from Soundway.

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
The Magic City

Fully restored and then some, this pressing of Sun Ra's behemoth Magic City goes long on its history via free jazz aficionado Ben Young. Notable for its near-thirty minute skronk sprawl title track, the record became something of a kept secret, the piece never getting a live outing due to its unique, impermeable sound. 
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Various
Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 81-88

With Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s came the neon wonderlands of metropolises like Tokyo and Osaka. These futuristic cities, all bright lights and new money, needed a soundtrack, and in the genre of City Pop they got one. An amalgamation of electro-funk, r 'n' b, techno-pop and soul, City Pop’s quirky style has worn well and now shows up in the aesthetics of culture-vultures like Mac Demarco and Ariel Pink. On this double-LP, Cultures of Soul chronicle some of the best female exponents of the genre.

Dorothy Ashby
Dorothy's Harp

The harp isn’t the first instrument that comes to mind when you think of jazz soloists, but the late Dorothy Ashby made it her unlikely axe and enjoyed an 11-album career. Her 1969 album features funky interpretations of The Beatles’ Fool on the Hill, Bacharach & David’s This Girl’s In Love With You, Jimmy Webb’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix, and some Brazilian exotica. The record would later be mined for breakbeats by crate-diggers and samplers. Blue vinyl edition, limited to 750 copies.
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James Brandon Lewis Trio
No Filter

James Brandon Lewis and his trio make their full-length debut with No Filter, an album that starts out from a jazz place and then takes it some other places: from smooth and sexy R&B to funky hip-hop. With guests on board like P.SO The Earth Tone King and Nicholas Ryan Gant, No Filter is a great example of where forward-looking jazz can go these days. On BNS Sessions.
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Washington Phillips
Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams

On Dust-to-Digital’s first release they featured a few tracks by Texan blues musician Washington Phillips of which very little was actually known, even less than his mystery homemade instrument that he called The Manzarene. Enlisting the help of researcher Michael Corcoran they tracked down the story of his life, songs and instruments and put it all into this glorious book and CD combo.
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Gloria Jay
Know What You Want

Know What You Want is a collection of soft and easy-to-listen-to soul and early R&B from Chicago in the 1970's. Melodies International has beautifully remastered this Gloria J. Jennings record from the original tapes and such with nothing being added or taken away - also includes a 14"x14" poster.
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Arve Henriksen
Towards Language

Towards Language is the new album from Arve Henriksen (of Supersilent), working once again with Jan Bang and Erik Honore as on his classic 2004 record Chiaroscuro. Arve’s trumpet and voice, often live-sampled by Bang, sits at the centre of a luscious soundscape of instruments and textures, each track subtle and slow-growing like a natural process. CD and LP release on Rune Grammofon.

Jun Fukamachi
Nicole (86 Spring and Summer Collection - Instrumental Images)

Super-rare (eg never actually officially released for sale before) library music from Japan, 1986. Jun Fukamachi was commissioned by the Nicole fashion brand to introduce their 86 Spring and Summer Collection, and he did so with these slick funky tracks, which have a profoundly 80’s sheen to them. Reissued by the Kraft label.

Various
Africa Airways Four (Disco Funk Touchdown - 1976 - 1983)

The latest in a series that has the first on its fourth repress, Africa Airways here takes us to a land of forgotten disco anthems from '76 to '83. Commendable spirit has gone into unearthing and compiling such a fantastic and diverse collection, further cementing the importance of the continent in recent music history. 

Robert Crotty & Loren Connors
Robert Crotty With Me: Loren's Collection (1979-1987)

Around the same time Connors laid down his first primal solo guitar albums at his home in Daggett Street, New Haven, he recorded these duos with visiting local bluesman, Robert Crotty. Connors revered the elder guitarist, and with his trademark vocal moan audible beneath Crotty’s more sonorous singing, there’s a sense of a teacher / apprentice relationship between the two. This collection of standards and improvisations is available as a double CD, or an LP with a bonus CD. 

Yasuaki Shimizu
Kakashi

Another welcome reissue of Yasuaki Shimizu’s work, hot off the heels of his Music for Commercials on Crammed Discs. With fewer commission-related restrictions, his work here is more elaborate and immersed in playful fusion - if you didn’t know that he was on that Mariah album Utakata No Hibi (reissued to great acclaim in 2015) before, it’ll be obvious now. The ultra-crunchy bass and elegant sax are especially noteworthy here. And what a lovely cat!

GoGo Penguin
A Humdrum Star

A Humdrum Star is the second long-player from exponents of Jazz and electronica, GoGo Penguin. This is their second for Blue Note, following on from, A Man Made Object in 2016. The band were critically lauded for their set at SXSW earlier in the year and their 2014 album V2.0 was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. It's fair to say that they come highly recommended, then.
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Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Union Cafe

PCO's final studio album - Union Cafe, was only available on cassette and CD upon its initial release in 1993. GREAT NEWS: Erased Tapes are dutifully reissuing it on vinyl, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of founder Simon Jeffes' death. Outstandingly beautiful music sure to cause instant happiness and awe. Very much looking forward to absolutely rinsing this one.
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Incredible Rock City
Invasion Of The Rock-O-Mites

Obscuro vintage wonder here from The Incredible Rock City Band, a touring group in the 80’s who apparently only played at US army bases. I gotta say though, they sound a lot less straight-laced than that might lead you to expect: this is funky electro synth-rock of a high order. Their rare record Invasion Of The Rock-O-Mites is reissued by Peoples Potential Unlimited.
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Rainer & Das Combo
The Texas Tapes

Recorded in 1993, its a very fine album of post-blues music from slide-guitar supremo Rainer Ptacek and his Das Combo bandmates. The Texas Tapes feel intimate and fragile, as if some songs are on the point of vanishing into dust. This vinyl reissue with download code includes a number of demo versions and mixes by Billy Gibbons (he of ZZ TOP fame). On Fire.

Rainer Ptacek
Worried Spirits

Rainer Ptacek (a member of Giant Sand) was a talented slide-guitarist working in a blues / post-blues mould, weaving powerful and intimate performances with his desert voice and knife-edge steel-stringed guitar. Worried Spirits is a 1992 collection of rare recordings, now reissued in commemoration of his 1997 passing. Vinyl reissue from Fire.

The Budos Band
Magus Mountain / Vertigo

The Budos Band are an instrumental, nine piece band of Afro Soul explorers from Brooklyn who play a mixture of Ethiopian influenced soul with a sixties pop flavour. Like all of their records ‘Magus Mountain/Vertigo’ was recorded and released by the legendary Daptone records, steeped in the rich traditions of jazz, deep funk and soul, this record begins with the hammering of drums and wavering harmonies to prepare you for the monumental musical journey that is ‘Magus Mountain’.

Sha La Das
Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time)

Some freshly baked mince pies from the Sha La Das. Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time) is possibly the most genuinely soulful Christmas song I have ever heard. Rich doo-wop harmonies, a funky James Jamerson-esque bass line and some classic motown era guitars and organ sounds. Any group that has their name in the song title and the lyrics knows what is up. Out on 7" vinyl from Daptone.
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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Matter Of Time / When I Saw Your Face

Pretty much everything that Sharon Jones touched turned out golden and soulful, and that goes all the way till the end of her career. Matter Of Time / When I Saw Your Face is a pair of recordings taken from Sharon’s final studio sessions. With the legendary Dap-Kings in tow, she naturally tears it up sharp and funky. This 45’ is released by Daptone.
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Susan Phillips
Soft Sexy Soul

Ah this was another RSD 17 title that has been re-issued just a few months down the line. The album was previously going for a lot of wad on discogs and is a classic soul record with lashings of that orchestrated New Jersey sound with a mixture of great ballads and the odd Northern Soul stomper.   
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Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra
My Brother The Wind Vol. 1

This 1970 album features Sun Ra excitedly wrenching some seriously wild and transportive sonics out of his new Moog synth, backed by Arkestra stalwarts John Gilmore, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis. As with their recent reissue of The Magic City, Cosmic Myth have done a superb job with this 2LP version, adding the side-long Space Probe and alternate takes of the funky single The Perfect Man. The entirely different Vol. 2 has been more widely reissued and is better known, so don’t let the near-identical sleeve confuse you!
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Francois Tusques With Barney Wilen
Le Nouveau Jazz

An apprehensive black pudding comes from Francois Tusques With Barney Wilen. Le Nouveau was initially released when the Europeans were getting their teeth into the improvised avant-garde free jazz scene. This is densely packed with ideas and themes, all pretty dark. Think Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler on Halloween. This was a mega rarity, but luckily for us it's been repressed on vinyl LP by Cacophonic.

World's Experience Orchestra
As Time Flows On

An underground gem from 1980 has been given the reissue treatment, yet still seems completely relevant now. It's a gorgeous mixture of Sanders-esque devotional jazz, Don Cherry's instrumental freedom, British pastoral psychedelic rock and a lyrical execution that's half crooner, half spiritual doctrine. Just lovely.
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Arve Henriksen
The Nature Of Connections

On 'The Nature Of Connections', Arve Henriksen collaborated with a variety of improv, folk and jazz musicians who composed pieces for him. The record features a variety of touring Norwegian artists brought together by Henriksen, including violinists Nils Okland and Gjermund Larsen, cellist Svante Henryson and double bassist Mats Eilertsen, known formally as The Nature of Connections. The result is a record of minimalist folk and chamber music. Much of 'The Nature of Connections' is made for Henriksen, not by him, including "Hymn", which was written by Ståle Storløkken of experimental act Supersilent. 
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Alice Coltrane
A Monastic Trio

Perhaps the most accomplished harpist ever, Alice Coltrane's jazz was unique, moulding together the traditional aspects of the genre with free new innovations and suspenseful, almost droning capabilities. A Monastic Trio is her first work as a band-leader and is a shimmering, patiently unfolding work.
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Various
Heed The Call! Whakarongo, Nga Tamariki! - 17 Prime Soul, Funk and Disco Cuts from Aotearoa 1973 to 1983

Heed The Call! is a compilation of that lesser-known thing: music from Aotearoa, New Zealand, released in the fertile period between the years 1973 and 1983. Lots of extremely funky soul and disco sounds, all of them super-rare in their original issues and receiving vinyl reissue for the first time here! Antipodean treats on Vostok.
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Muddy Waters
Electric Mud

In 1968 Chess Records teamed Muddy Waters up with Chicago rockers Rotary Connection. It was a rather calculated attempt to sell the older bluesman to hippies, and the result was a somewhat forced grafting of obvious psych tropes over Muddy’s standards and a cover of the Stones’ "Let's Spend the Night Together". It shouldn’t be the first port of call for those new to Waters, or anyone seeking the best in post-psychedelic era heavy blues. It is however an intriguing and very period-specific curio that would later lend samples to Cypress Hill and Gorillaz. Lavish reissue by Third Man.
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Hello Skinny
Watermelon Sun

Hello Skinny target their actions straight for the heart of New York’s dub-disco jazz 1970’s avant-garde world, seemingly using Arthur Russell collaborator Peter Zummo, who appears on Watermelon Sun, to channel those sweet sounds to the present day. Limber and funky and experimental goodness. On Brownswood Recordings.

John Zorn
Spy vs Spy

Acting almost as a precursor to John Zorn’s jazz thrash group Naked City 1989’s Spy Vs. Spy see Zorn arrange pieces by Ornette Coleman into near terrifying cacophony inspired greatly by hardcore, grindcore and thrash acts such as Blind Idiot God and Napalm Death. Intensely unrelaxing stuff.
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Prince
When Doves Cry

Warner Bros present a series of Prince reissues, this time focused on 12” singles. Reissued in their original vinyl formats with the original artwork and their original B-sides, these singles are available again just as they were meant to be experienced. When Doves Cry, the lead single from the Purple Rain album, is backed with the song ‘17 Days’.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
It's a Holiday Soul Party

Seemingly following the blueprint that was set in the 1960’s by A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector is Holiday Soul Party by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. This is the first time the band, famous for their soulful sound and rhythm, have recorded a festive album. Featuring 11 tracks to get you in the mood for the holiday season.
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August Rosenbaum
Vista

August Rosenbaum has been a fairly major session player in the Danish music scene for some time now. Playing as part of electro-soul duo Quadron’s live set-up, and recording with Canadian/Danish R&B duo Rhye. His prodigious ability as a pianist saw him playing tunes by the likes of Thelonious Monk and Wu Tang Clan and pieces by Erik Saite at school concerts. Vista is his debut album on which he mixes elements of jazz, pop, classical with a cinematic reach and soulful delivery.
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The Breathing Effect
The Fisherman Abides

A tender, multi-faceted sophomore LP here. While the quirky nautical focus of The Fisherman Abides recalls British Sea Power, there is a far greater stylistic scope to the songwriting from The Breathing Effect here. The group wed contemporary jazz chops to Mogwai-indebted post-rock and synth-led indie to create a record rich with detail and feeling. Out via Alpha Pup.
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Don Cherry
Music, Wisdom, Love

Here’s a remarkable document of a Don Cherry residency in Paris 1967, unreleased and unheard for fifty years! Music, Wisdom, Love is an exciting slice of the Don Cherry puzzle, adding yet more insight into one of the most eclectic and intriguing figures in free jazz. LP release on the Cacophonic label.
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Eero Koivistoinen Quartet feat. Philip Catherine
Jazz-Liisa 13

Belgium meets Finland in 1974 here with this juicy session of incisive melodic jazz. The guitarist Philip Catherine was in Finland for some teaching and he found the Finnish group Eero Koivistoinen to be the perfect foil to his stylings. Jazz-Lissa 13 is a great little document, reissued here in a rather snazzy sleeve. Vinyl on Svart.
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Nina Simone
The Best Studio & Live Recordings

Nina Simone was a genuinely groundbreaking artist. A musician, composer and arranger with great skill and an expressive voice that told of her woes as she sang her songs. As great creative people often are, Nina Simone was tightly wound and prone to explosive fits of rage, but this only made her music all the more passionate. The Best Studio & Live Recordings is just that, split over a double LP.
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Miles Davis
Black Beauty / Miles Davis At Fillmore West

One of the true legends of Jazz in the 20th century, Miles Davis delivers a ferocious and innovative jazz-rock performance at Filmore West, San Francisco. Recorded live in 1970, Black Beauty features Davis' blistering muted trumpets on the backdrop of a fine-tuned jazz ensemble. Released as Vinyl LP on the Music On Vinyl label.
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Betty Davis
Nasty Gal

Re-release of Betty Davis’ 1975 third album Nasty Gal. A piece of soul history, with still-irresistible grooves from the fierce and formidable contemporary of Miles Davis and Hendrix. Mastered from original tapes, on vinyl in Stoughton gatefold and with a booklet featuring goodies such as rare pictures and liner notes by John Ballon.
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Panduranga Henderson
Ocean Of Love

This astonishing record features a close collaborator of none other than Alice Coltrane, the pair having spent time at her California ashram in the 80s engaging in deep, spiritualist devotional song. Contrary to popular belief, special records do exist and do offer their presence in our mortal world. 
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Michael Cosmic & Phill Musra Group
Peace In The World / Creator Spaces

A vast dive into the vaults from No-Again unearths a high point in free improv and spiritual jazz. With significant political leanings and an clear influence from the almost divine grace of Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders, it's a colourful and ever changing affair, completed with World's Experience Orchestra's sublime 'The Prayer'.
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Curtis Harding
Face Your Fear

Atlanta’s Curtis Harding turns in an album of hard-bitten funk and soul that bears great reverence for the titans of 70s American black music. Shuggie Otis, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye are obvious touchstones for Face Your Fear, and Harding’s fabulous voice and strong songwriting chops means he deserves to be mentioned in the same bracket. Production from Danger Mouse sees the LP straddle the old- and new-schools with aplomb.
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Ken Boothe
Inna de Yard

Legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe has returned to the studio to record a full-length album for the first time in twenty-five years. Ken recorded Inna de Yard inna de yard, e.g. outside in nature, using only acoustic instruments. He and his group return to some of the tunes from Ken’s past, adding the deep maturity of his older voice. On Wagram.

Seratones
Necromancer / Take It Easy

Seratones hail from Louisiana, from whence they launch their southern-tinged garage rock. The most notable thing about the group is vocalist AJ Haynes, who has one of those enormous voices full of fire. 7” single Necromancer / Take It Easy is on Fat Possum, and only available from independent record stores.

New Street Adventure
One And The Same - Acoustic EP

Four track EP off acoustic versions of tracks taken from funk/soul four-piece New Street Adventures’ 2017 album Stubborn Sons. Reimaginings of One And The Same, Why Should We Do Anything, What’s So Good About, and  Something More Than This. Soften and subdued, pushing the soul to the front. 7” on Acid Jazz
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Jackie Shane
Any Other Way

A pioneering figure who is thoroughly deserving of the retrospective interest in her career, Any Other Way is the first collection of Jackie Shane’s work approved by the artist herself. Though at the time her work barely got beyond the clubs of Toronto, Shane’s strong voice and stronger presence as a transgender woman in 1960’s North America has seen her influence spread far over the years. This LP brings together live recordings and her run of 45s, all of which demonstrate her unique command of soul, funk and r&b. Includes three previously unreleased tracks.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Antonio Adolfo
Viralata

Viralata is the big classic for explorers of Brazilian progressive jazz-funk, standing tall above the rest with its fabulous grooves. Antonio Adolfo and his band really nailed it here, earning the album a surprise afterlife as a favourite in seminal London dubstep club Plastic People… Needless to say original copies of this are supremely rare, but this first-time vinyl reissue is here to save the day! On Far Out Recordings.

Jeff Parker
The Relatives

Beloved Jeff Parker and his strange guitar contraption. Saviour of Tortoise and genre polymath, it's no surprise that 2004 release The Relatives is a fine improvised showing in post-bop jazz, a modal exercise of originals supplemented with a take of Marvin Gaye's "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You?". Rather than just play out his compositions, Parker attempted to create an atmosphere on these tracks, citing '70s recordings as his focus. 
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Jamila Woods
HEAVN

First LP from Jamila Woods, whose influences include Toni Morrison and Kendrick Lamar. After providing vocals for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Chance the Rapper (who features on HEAVN), Woods’ voice on her own debut maintains enthralling sweetness while losing none of the force of her intelligent political observations. Extremely listenable protest record. Available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
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IAM
Passe Passe

French hip-hop band IAM haven’t exactly been prolific in their 28 years, releasing 8 albums, their latest being the recent Revolution. But here we have some more new material. Passe Passe is a brand new track and is released as a limited edition 12” single. There’s only 250 of these in the UK so you’d better be quick!
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Thelonious Monk
Misterioso

Ah, Thelonious Monk. More distinctive a jazzman there is not. Even when obscured and peering from within the album sleeve of Misterioso, it’s still him alright. The music concurs; swinging brass, tinkling keys and shimmering cymbals shine across this 8 track LP of a live recording from 1958. Get in the groove man.   
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sunny & The Sunliners
Mr. Brown Eyed Soul

Sunny & The Sunliners is the superlative soul group of Sunny Ozuna, a true veteran who has been performing since the 1950’s. Mr Brown Eyed Soul is a compilation put together with Ozuna, plucking highlights from the releases on his own label during the period 1966 to 1972. Fabulously rich vintage soul. On Big Crown.
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Little Axe
London Blues

Little Axe, AKA Skip MacDonald was schooled in blues, jazz and gospel. He was once a session player in the Sugarhill Records house band. He then went on to work with Adrian Sherwood and experiment with industrial and dub sounds in Tackhead. On his eighth album London Blues, he is ably assisted by Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Perry Melius from African Head Charge and roots artist Jeb Loy Nichols. The music is the blues but it is eclectically flavoured by McDonald's career to date.

Jordan Rakei
Wallflower

Jordan Rakei is the young New Zealand multi-instrumentalist musician who is going to dominate your smooth summer listening for years to come. His very nice voice is supported by a rich bed of (almost entirely self-played) instrumentation, creating jazzy soul songs that you can just sink into. His album Wallflower is released by Ninja Tune
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Moses Sumney
Aromanticism

If I had Moses Sumney’s voice I’d lose all my friends. That’s because I wouldn’t stop singing. If you had a voice this beautiful, this rich, this dynamic, why would you? Sumney’s debut LP, out on Jagjaguwar, is a record of lush contemporary soul akin to Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe and serpentwithfeet’s Blisters.

The NJE
Afloat

This band (abbreviated from Near Jazz Experience) is a collaboration between seen it all/done it all musicians Terry Edwards (the Higsons/Gallon Drunk/everyone) and Mark Bedford (Madness) along with polyrhythmic drummer Simon Charterton. They play horn led instrumentals which flirt with Can, Roland Kirk and Motown. They are having a good time keeping things fresh. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Antibalas
Where The Gods Are In Peace

Large Brooklyn based collective Antibalas release their sixth full length studio album. Taking their blueprint from Fela Kuti and having members of Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 perform with them several times, they are keeping afrobeat very much alive and striving to update it with modern influences from hip hop, jazz, funk, and dub. Vinyl comes with download code, on Daptone.

Sun Ra
In Some Far Place: Roma ‘77

Sun Ra continues his posthumous musical output this time with In Some Far Place, that place being Rome and the time being 1977. This is the first ever issue of these recordings and comes mastered from the original tapes. Interestingly, rather than going full Arkestra on this LP, here we hear some of Ra’s expertise at the piano with intimate playing of some classic Arkestra tracks and blues numbers. Accompanied only by drums and vocals, this offers an interesting look at the ability and diversity of Sun Ra.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Francois Tusques
Free Jazz

Recorded in 1965, when this thing called free jazz was really starting to pick up steam around the world, Francois Tusques’ album Free Jazz brings together the finest French players for a fiercely cool session. This first-time vinyl reissue includes two bonus outtakes, as well as a replica of the original booklet. On Cacophonic
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Movers
Kansas City

A classic slice of disco, The Movers originally had this one out in 1979, having long established themselves as a band of innovative hybrid -- the South African group had previously worked funk and marabi jazz into their sound, experimenting with approaches to dance. Kansas City is proof of the band's fusion talents. 

Dinosaur
Together, As One

They may be this years token 'jazz/freeform' Mercury Music Prize contenders but Dinosaur are at least more interesting than the dull mainstream pap of the other nominees. They are based around trumpeteer Laura Jurd who leads a kind of improvised jazz sound that has elements of Portico Quartet but remains creative and unique.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tony Allen
The Source

Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representing a philosophy of quality and the analogue principles of its founders. Warm jazz sounds.

Portico Quartet
Art in the Age of Automation

Rejoice! The trio that was once Portico have realised that their previous iteration sucked and have added the 'Quartet' again as well as past member Keir Vine on the hang. What's more, they've also done a U-turn on the sound of last album Living Fields, returning to the electronica / jazz fusion that they struck gold with on their 2012 self-titled.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joseph Shabason
Aytche

A nine-track release from Joseph Shabason entitled Atyche. This release is a true experimental record that Shabason himself has spoken out about and the difficult struggles with mental health and the theme of assisted suicide. A mix of gentle electro-jazz and ambient drones in the background allows this album to help you sink into deep thought. Available vinyl LP and CD.

Hisato Higuchi
She

Reissue of Japanese guitarist Hisato Higuchi’s debut EP She, expanded with two never released before tracks from his original recording sessions and made available on vinyl for the first time. Incredible delicate and nuanced guitar strumming awash with ethereal electronic fuzzes and glitches akin to Machinefabriek and outer-body vocal groans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Steoples
Six Rocks

This sounds sweet. Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker and Yeofi Andoh have long been collaborators but this is their first full length album. It's silky, soulful and slightly eerie sound is a perfect fit for Stones Throw. Expect golden blurry melodies that recall unfinished Stevie Wonder demos all shot through with that wondrous LA haze. 

The Impellers
As Sampled By

The Impellers are a twelve-piece funk outfit with some serious weighty chops, and As Sampled By is a fabulous concept for a record: forty-four classic breaks from music history, played live. You’ll recognise grooves left right and centre, for these breaks have been Sampled By anyone and everyone from the hip-hop / D&B / etc. scenes. Funky stuff, out on vinyl from Tonearise.
  • Vinyl Double LP (GLN004)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Byron The Aquarius
Leaving This Planet

It’s debut release on a label time (always cause for celebration!) and today it’s Byron The Aquarius who links up with Eglo Records for the first time on the 12” release, Leaving This Planet. On his intergalactic travels, Byron pursues a disco asteroid, circles a jazz planet and performs a successful landing onto acid-house. Vintage sounds with a distinctly cutting-edge feel to them.

Sun Ra
Jazz By Sun Ra Vol. 1

The uninventive but extremely accurate title 'Jazz By Sun Ra' probably says more than this sentence ever could, but did we mention it's Volume 1? Sun Ra's first record may not be his absolute best but sees a great assemble of musicians (a personnel of about eleven) gather 'round. This RSD release preserves the original cover and comes with the extensive written booklet collaborated on by Sun Ra and his band.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Maurice Moore and Family Affair Band
Everything That Shines Ain't Gold

Maurice Moore recorded Everything That Shines Ain’t Gold with his Family Affair Band in 1977, and the song still shines brightly with the golden soulful light of the era. Something of an obscurity, the tune has now been picked up by Floating Points and the Melodies International label! This 12” offers you the original version, plus a Floating Points edit! Fabulous soulful grooves that you can’t help but enjoy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sam O.B.
Positive Noise

Sam Obey A.K.A. Obey City reinvents himself as Sam O.B. and brings his debut full length album to the LuckyMe label. His twist of R’n’B soul and bassy club orientated hip-hop takes another step further into a glossy 80s synth land. Retaining the furious trap style snare and hat flurries alongside anthemic 80s pop glory. Onra meets Rustie meets Bleachers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Coltrane
Coltrane Plays The Blues (Mono)

John Coltrane captured in a bluesy mood on this old Atlantic Records release. Rhino are generously reissuing Coltrane Plays The Blues 50 years after it came out, and you’ll be glad they did. The material here was captured in the same sessions as My Favourite Things, which gives you some idea of how special we are talking here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Amancio D'Silva
Integration

Helping to form the zenith of 1960's jazz, is Integration - a slice of solid musical gold. Any aficionado would tell you an original pressing would cost you well of £1000, but the material itself is priceless; Amancio D'Silva amounts to a true high point in the history of British jazz.

Various
Soul Of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power - Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots of Rap 1968-79

Released in conjunction with a an art exhibition taking place at the Tate and Brooklyn Museum - Soul Of A Nation: Art In The The Age Of Black Power, linking the civil rights movement and the artists that personified it. Compilation including tracks from Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, David Mcknight, Joe Henderson and many more. Comes with pictures and extensive notes. LP comes with download code.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Heliocentrics
A World Of Masks

The Heliocentric, renowned for their collaborations with Mulatu Astake and Dj Shadow (among others), here add a new singer to their rich international brew, in the form of Barbora Patkova from Slovakia. A World Of Masks is another adventure in sound, mostly improvised, from a group who contain multitudes. Out on Soundway.

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Vula

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra are a Berlin behemoth of a band, featuring eighteen members working under leader Daniel Glatzel. New fourth album Vula is a thrilling ride through stacks of international rhythms, melodies and textures, the whole thing unfolding in great detail over the course of an hour. Vula is a double LP, released by Alien Transistor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kleefstra / Pruiksma / Kleefstra
Deislieper


The Heliocentrics
The Sunshine Makers (Original Soundtrack)

Soundtrack to The Sunshine Makers, a documentary from the makers of Searching For Sugarman about two notorious LSD producers in the 60s and the beginnings of the war on drugs. The Heliocentrics are regular releasers through the once sub-label of Stones Throw, Now-Again. Their mix of psychedelic rock, jazz, funk and hip-hop is perfectly placed for a soundtrack such as this.

Steve Baczkowski / Chris Corsano / Paul Flaherty
The Dull Blade

Phwoar, a big juicy slab of that good heavyweight free jazz, courtesy of lightning-speed super-drummer Chris Corsano and the twin saxophone attack of Paul Flaherty and Steve Baczkowski. The Dull Blade mixes power-skronk with a surprising amount of swing: nice! Edition of 400 LPs on Feeding Tube Records.

Hotline
You Are Mine

Soundway proudly re-issue the only album from Nigerian boogie masters Hotline. Originally 1986 You Are Mine is a no-holds-barred funk/disco takedown, slapped bass and synth basslines that sound like zippers and the cheekiest leadlines you’ve ever not heard. Comes with new liner notes and photos.

Gil Scott-Heron
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Re-issue of the classic 1974 compilation originally released to capitalise on his success with the track 'the Bottle'. The CD version contains nine extra tracks, the original spoken word version of the title track and edited versions of some of his poems. The vinyl version is an exact replica of the original release packaged in a heavy duty sleeve. 
  • Label(s):
  • BGP
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mr Jukes
God First

Jack Steadman is certainly known for being the guitarist and frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club, but to the side of the indie he has been working on his passion of crate-digging, soul and hip hop. His debut album as Mr Jukes brings slick, sunny, soul-filled beats and grooves and a load of guests, including BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, and Laleh Hathaway.

Ahmad Jamal
Marseille

Ahmad Jamal is an 87 year old jazz pianist whose sound still sounds fresh and young and crystalline in its beauty. Marseille has him playing with his long-established three-part rhythm section, but also with jazz vocalist Mina Agossi and rapper Abd Al Malik, two new and unexpected collaborations. CD and double LP editions on Jazz Village.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan
Small Town

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan present an album of luscious live performances, interweaving their respective electric guitar and double bass around one another with extraordinary sensitivity. Small Town contains interpretations of compositions by Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, and John Barry’s ‘Goldfinger’ theme. Out on ECM.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Silk Rhodes
Silk Rhodes

The modern sound of funky R&B from Silk Rhodes. This self-titled record is a fresh take on contemporaneous R&B - packed with an array of sultry keyboards and synths, super tight guitars, some funk-centric bass and sultry vocals. A fusion of Stevie, D'angelo, Prince and Sa-Ra. These are some straight up sexy jams. Pick it up on Vinyl LP and CD from Stones Throw.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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