Archive for the Funk Category
Sax session man on records by Bobby “Blue” Bland, Barbara Acklin, the 5 Dutones, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band, Alvin Cash, Otis Clay, and just about any soul artist who cut for Chess in the mid-‘60s, MILT BLAND, aka MONK HIGGINS is not what you would […]
Originally released in limited quantities back in 1981, the self titled ‘Señora’ was the sole release from a quartet of German groove maniacs, coming together in one ecstatic union of rhythmic precision, smooth riffing and melodic mastery.
Originally released in 2015 on cassette by G.E.D. Soul Records, KingUndergroud now presents Return Of.. pressed for the first time on vinyl. The album is a collection of delightfully smoked out, library inspired instrumentals. Following in the footsteps of their highly enjoyable 2011 debut, Return Of… combines many shades of […]
The Deirdre Wilson Tabac’s sole album is a beautiful blend of funk, jazz and pop. Possessing the complex grooves and truly soulful weirdness that The Rotary Connection pedaled so brilliantly, the LP didn’t connect with audiences on its original release. In the decades since, it has attracted a considerable cult […]
This is masterpiece. And we mean it. Beautiful, golden-era soul written by Leon Sylvers III, produced by Jerry Butler and Keg Johnson. The Sylvers were a family from Los Angeles who were very successful during the 70’s and into the early 80’s, with chart hits – deep into pop-disco territory […]
Brilliant funk-soul from 1973. Written by Leon Sylvers III, produced by a heavyweight line-up comprising Jerry Butler, Keg Johnson and Michael Viner. As with the majority of The Sylvers music from this period, the album has been heavily sampled. ‘Misdemeanour’ is a truly classic break and has been utilized by […]
Originally from Compton, Los Angeles, the Jackson Sisters were one-hit wonders who briefly shone and made some noise in the early 1970s before quickly fading into obscurity. Their only US chart entry was ‘I Believe In Miracles,’ a funky slice of bubblegum soul with a catchy, sing-along chorus released on […]
Originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio, where he was born in July 1948, Bill Mason, the son of a Baptist minister, had first learnt music in church. Starting out on piano he switched to organ in his late teens. Mason had come to Bob Porter’s attention when as part of the […]
Exact repro of this 1970 release of “real fine, funky, hard-driving, up-tempo, contemporary, down-home, nitty-gritty solid soul from Muscle Shoals and Memphis.” Recorded by a 14-strong collective, this is psych-tinged soul with strong melodies, tight rhythms, fuzzy guitars and superb organ work.
A relatively obscure, but endlessly playable, album of disco/funk/soul originally released in 1977 made by PRANA PEOPLE (aka brothers TAHARQA and TUNDE RA ALEEM, who had previously worked with JIMI HENDRIX). Originally out on PRELUDE RECORDS, this official reissue comes courtesy of OMAGGIO.
In an interview, Gordon Bahary said of “Electric Kingdom,” Twilight 22’s smash hit from their sole, eponymous 1984 LP: “I took the most seemingly opposite elements: my father’s middle eastern record collection, and a hip-hop/dance beat and combined them. Then I co-wrote a rap encouraging people to make a positive […]
Pharaway Sounds present the first ever reissue of Cuasares’ Afro-Progresivo, originally released in 1973. A wild, esoteric mix of psychedelic funk, Afro-Latin grooves, jazz, and Italian/French-styled library sounds courtesy of Cuasares, an enigmatic studio project created by pianist/arranger/visionary Waldo Belloso. Acid fuzz guitar, cosmic synth splashes, distorted organ, flute, vibraphone, […]
Phantom Island‘s first outing in 2018 is a project that dates back to the very beginning of the label. Wavetest is something like Phantom Island’s in-house band, a true family affair. The five-piece combo, originally from Liechtenstein, now based in Zurich, consists of childhood friends Florin Büchel (aka CCO), Michael […]
There are musicians who have done little in their career, but the little they have done has left their mark. One of these examples is Donald Austin’s ‘Crazy Legs’ album. Originally from Memphis, there is little known about Donald Austin.. he worked as an arranger and sessionist for Junie Morrison […]
Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1974 – 1988 is a first ever compilation of female music from Turkey from 70s and 80s. Sony Music Turkey and Ladies on Records deliver a compilation emerged from deep and profound listening to the message of Turkish female singers. Created from music archives […]
Originally released in South Africa in 1983, In The Music……The Village Never Ends is one of those holy grail African records that barely needs any introduction. Featuring the enormous ‘Nomalizo’, it’s a record that aficionados around the world have been waiting many years for. Now, Be With Records proudly presents […]
Everland present a reissue of the Tutt Band’s self-titled album, originally released in 1988. This is the only album from the Tutt Band known to ever be recorded. The ultra-rare and sought-after boogie-funk LP on Spoonful Records out of Phoenix, Arizona was released in 1988, but style-wise it sounds much […]
Everland present a reissue of Snoopy Dean’s Wiggle That Thing, originally released in 1977. The late Nathaniel “Snoopy” Dean is one of those many underrated southern soul and blues men who never reached great fame outside their home ground. His legacy is deeply treasured though by hardcore black music followers. […]
Nicolas Jaar shows he is paying attention to the masses by issuing a widely called for vinyl press of his A.A.L. (Against All Logic) album 2012-2017. Originally issued as a digital-only release back in February of 2018, it’s slowly grown to become one of the most cherished releases in the […]
Formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums; globetrotting Texan trio Khruangbin present their second album ‘Con Todo El Mundo’, set for release on 26th January 2018. Whereas their 2015 debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ was influenced by 60s and […]
Hailing from Indianapolis, Caesar Frazier (spelled ‘Ceasar’ from time to time) was a funky soul-jazz organist who recorded several albums for the Eastbound/Westbound label family during the ‘70s. In addition to recording on his own, Frazier also played keyboards in Marvin Gaye’s backing band. Collaborations with contemporaries were numerous and […]