funk . soul . jazz . free jazz . broken beat


Genre pick of the week Cover of Expansions / Everybody Loves The Sunshine by Ghost.


Expansions / Everybody Loves The Sunshine

Super limited, blink-and-you'll-miss-it Star Creature 7" from no other than David Zylberman - one of Egyptian Lovers' coveted synth men. He flips a pair of classic jazz-funk numbers, adding layers of syrupy synths to the Lonnie Smith's "Expansions" whilst adding some body-poppin', broken-beat flex to the Roy Ayers classic, "Everybody Loves The Sunshine".

Caned by taste making DJs who received upfront copies last November, this has to be one of the most anticipated Star Creature 7"s we've had for a while. Don't sleep! 


Matt says: Probably the most sought after and highly anticipated Star Creature 7" of the year. Upfront copies sold out in seconds, prompting an online furore and, thankfully, more copies being pressed by the label. But you'll have to be quick!


Side 1
1. Expansions (4:33)
Side 2
1. Everybody Loves The Sunshine (4:30)

Born in Arrow Rock, Missouri Van Buren started sharing his love of blues and jazz with the public in 1956. Originally a drummer, he spent many years on the road with such legends as T. Bone Walker and Lou Rawls. In the early 1980s Van Buren founded his own JVB record label on which he released a couple of records and later CDs.

These two tracks are definitely the most obscure of his discography. With its positive and uplifting vibes it will certainly put a smile on the face of all our listeners and Tramp fans too.

Side A contains the vocal version of "Bronco Queen" which has already been featured on the 3rd volume of our "Can You Feel It" compilation album. Side B contains the equally great Part 2 which justifies alone this re-release.


Millie says: Unmissable reissue of this painfully obscure, progressive jazz-funk-rock number from Van Buren. Just wait for that instrumental section on Pt.2 - mindblowing!


1. Bronco Queen, Pt.1
2. Bronco Queen, Pt.2

John Coltrane

A Love Supreme - 2022 Reissue

    Easily one of the most important records ever made, this was Coltrane's pinnacle studio outing that spoke of his search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms. Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, it became an instant best-seller and received a Grammy nomination. It remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and in 2021 was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million albums in the U.S. The achievement garners Coltrane his first-ever platinum record and is the first jazz album of the 1960s to receive platinum status, underscoring its enduring legacy and importance.

    John Coltrane

    Ballads - 2022 Reissue

      Ballads is a special Coltrane masterpiece and consistent best-seller, recorded in December 1961 with Coltrane’s classic quartet—pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones—. When asked why such an undertaking, Coltrane replied, "variety." The recording captures the famed John Coltrane Quartet in a performance of timeless ballads. Coltrane was one of jazz's greatest ballad players, and his lyrical gifts are in sharp relief here.

      John Coltrane

      Coltrane - 2022 Reissue

        Initially overlooked in the music press, on its original 1962 release largely due to uninformed musical criticism of Coltrane’s performances with fellow saxophonist Eric Dolphy at the Village Vanguard the previous year, Coltrane’s eponymous album has since come to be known as a piece of art as definitive as he ever produced. Personnel: John Coltrane, tenor sax; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass.

        E. Live

        Boogie For Life

          Star Creature Legend E. Live going hard with his first solo full length. The king of the futuristic modern boogie sound delivering 6 cuts that dive deep into a funky transgenre orbital amalgamation of space funk, boogie, jazz-funk, chill wave, deep house & Brazilian booty shakers... E. Live managed to fit it all cohesively into one highly anticipated EP featuring the classic E. Live tropical shimmer - perfect for cruisin' around L.A in a soft top at 4:20PM.

          Repressed for 2022 - highly recommended! 


          A1. Boogie For Life
          A2. Sunny Side Up
          A3. Shimmering Waters
          B1. Rollin' Steady
          B2. Case Of The Shakes
          B3. Brazao

          Fast Eddie

          Shake A Tail Feather

            Collection of the lost recordings of Fast Eddie, one of the most exciting live bands of the early 1980s Rhythm ‘n’ Soul-fuelled Mod Revival.

            From Billericay, the band followed in the wake of Thames Delta Blues pioneers Dr. Feelgood, originally playing raw, authentic R&B before expanding their sound to incorporate club soul and a broader palette of influences and sounds.

            Originally produced and managed by legendary label man and broadcaster Eddie Piller, founder of Acid Jazz, who released their first single on his first own Well Suspect marque in 1982.

            An exciting collection of Mod-Revival-era tunes, and an important document of the wider Mod Revival and Acid Jazz Records story.

            TRACK LISTING

            Shake A Tail Feather
            I Don’t Need No Doctor
            Sugar Coated Love
            Sweet Sensation
            Turn On Your Love Light
            My Babe
            Ninety-Nine & A Half
            Out Of Sight
            Keep Your Hands Off It
            Teenie Bit Of Your Love *
            Hit The Road Jack
            Treat Her Right *
            Land Of 1000 Dances *
            Little Suzy (Instrumental) *
            Help Me *
            * = CD Only Track

            Charlie Gabriel


              “I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old,” says Charlie Gabriel, the most senior member of the legendary Preservation Hall Band, “I never did anything in my life but play music. I’ve been blessed with that gift that God gave me, and I’ve tried to nurse it the best way I knew how.” While he’s faced plenty of challenges nursing that gift for more than 78 years, none likely rank with last winter’s passing of his brother and last living sibling, Leonard, lost to COVID-19. For the first time ever, Gabriel put down his horn, filling his days and weeks instead with dark reflection, a stubborn despondency broken now and then by regular chess matches in the studio kitchen of Hall leader Ben Jaffe, working overtime to bring his friend some light. One such afternoon also included Joshua Starkman, sitting off in a corner playing his guitar and half-watching the chess from a distance. When Charlie returned the next day, he brought his saxophone. “I was just inspired to try it, to play again. It had been a long time, and a guitar makes me feel free. I do love the sound of a piano, but it takes up a lot of a space, keeps me kind of boxed in.”

              That day was to be the first session for 89, almost entirely the work of Gabriel, Jaffe and Starkman, recorded mostly right there, in the kitchen, by Matt Aguiluz. Charlie Gabriel’s first professional gig dates to 1943, sitting in for his father in New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band. As a teenager living in Detroit, Charlie played with Lionel Hampton, whose band then included a young Charles Mingus, later spending nine years with a group led by Cab Calloway drummer J.C. Heard. While he’s also fronted a bebop quintet, played and/or toured with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin and many more, this is the first time his name appears on the front of a record, as a bandleader.

              Since 2006, Gabriel has been a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, featuring prominently on That’s It, So It Is, and Tuba to Cuba. 89 was different, and not simply due to a smaller ensemble. “We had no particular plan, or any particular insight on what we were gonna do. But we were enjoying what we were doing, jamming, having a musical conversation,” Charlie says, further musing, “Musical conversations cancel out complications.” 89 includes six standards and three newer pieces on which Gabriel is a writer: “Yellow Moon,” “The Darker It Gets” and “I Get Jealous.” The record also marks Charlie’s return to his first instrument, clarinet, on many of the tracks. “The clarinet is the mother of the saxophone,” he says. “I started playing clarinet early in life, and this [taught me] the saxophone.”

              Finally, 89 includes three tracks of Charlie singing. “I always sung, but it wasn’t my forte to become a singer,” he says. “The truth is, people often develop a real relationship with a song once they hear the words. Sometimes I enjoy singing them.”

              TRACK LISTING

              Memories Of You
              Chelsea Bridge
              I'm Confessin'
              The Darker It Gets
              Three Little Words
              Yellow Moon
              I Get Jealous

              Marvin Gaye

              What's Going On - 50th Anniversary Edition

                This is the EU version and not the U.S Kevin Grey release…..although the source audio from the EU version is from Kevin Grey’s master, but cut on a different lacquer.

                Motown’s “Prince Of Soul,” Marvin Gaye, was already a hit artist for nearly a decade when, in 1971, he reached new heights with his album What's Going On. An immediate landmark recording, it was the first of Gaye's albums to break the top ten of Billboard’s Top LPs, and quickly became Motown's best-selling record. To this day, What's Going On is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, earning the number one spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2020 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.”

                In celebration of this groundbreaking album while also marking the 50th anniversary of the title song’s release as a single, UMe will be issuing collections that honor the depth of Gaye's album.

                First, Motown/UMe has consolidated several What’s Going On-related releases into one new digital collection, What’s Going On: Deluxe Edition/50th Anniversary This includes the original album, plus 12 bonus tracks featuring each of the LP’s original mono single versions and their B-sides, two of which are different takes – “God Is Love” and “Sad Tomorrows,” an earlier version of “Flying High (in the Friendly Sky)” – while the pre-album single version of “What’s Going On” has no “party” intro and a false fade. Also included is the title song’s earliest mix, initially made as a reference for Motown’s in-house quality control department before horns and strings were added; a dramatic instrumental mix; a “Coffeehouse Mix” by Grammy-winning engineer Russ Elevado that emphasizes the track’s previously buried acoustic guitar, originally available on a Record Store Day exclusive 10” EP for the album’s 45th anniversary in 2016. Also included from that same 2016 release is a “What’s Going On” duet with Motown artist B.J. the Chicago Kid. Other tracks are an early working version of “Symphony,” written by Marvin with Smokey Robinson, in which Marvin sings over and over, “what’s going on?” while the song of the same name sat unreleased; and the instrumental “I Love the Ground You Walk On,” recorded during the same waiting period.

                Fifty years later, the influence and meaning behind this legendary record continues to ring true. The single “What’s Going On” originated as a response to police brutality at a protest in Berkeley, CA and coincided with personal tragedy in Gaye's life as well as Gaye’s brother's time fighting in Vietnam. The compounding experiences sparked the poignant plea that became the full-length LP What's Going On. Calling out to a broken country, Gaye searched for reason and hope in a world that felt desperate and senseless; a sentiment that many share now more than ever.

                Marvin Gaye continues to hold his place as one of the greatest singers, composers and producers of all time, and in this half a century What's Going On has proven itself to be one of the world's most unforgettable records. 

                TRACK LISTING

                LP 1:
                SIDE 1
                What’s Going On 3:53
                What’s Happening Brother 2:44
                Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) 3:50
                Save The Children 4:03
                God Is Love 1:42
                Mercy Mercy Me 3:13
                SIDE 2
                Right On 7:32
                Wholy Holy 3:08
                Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 5:27

                LP 2:
                SIDE 3
                What’s Going On Stripped Version * 3:57
                What’s Going On 3:54 Mix 1/no Strings Or Horns
                What’s Going On Rhythm & Strings Instrumental Mix 3:50
                Symphony Demo Version 2:49
                SIDE 4 – Original Mono Single Mixes
                What’s Going On 3:54
                God Is Love 2:51
                Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 2:30
                Sad Tomorrows 2:22
                Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 2:58
                Wholy Holy 3:09

                Seven years since releasing two back to back dancefloor hits, Jack J returns to the airwaves with this amazing LP on Mood Hut Records. Laid back, sun drizzled house music was the previous inclination; and here Jack seems to continue to the mood, featuring his own vocals against a backdrop of vintage synth swells, organic 4/4 drums and sumptuous bass guitar licks. It's still wrapped in that 4:20 stoned glow as we get Balearic (read: Vancouver Riviera) flavours washing up against the Pacific coastline.

                There's a playfulness, a sincerity, and yet a naivety which sees J's emotions painted firmly across the record. The interplay between Rhodes, vox and synthesized elements his unique calling card and one that's executed with such an effortless calm - you just can't help but be sucked in by this guy's music! Well worth the wait! 

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Seven years after those two, genre-defining 12"s, Vancouver Riviera OG Jack J returns with his debut LP. Already huge with Ryan Horsebeach and Pasta Paul we reckon this'll blow up big.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. If You Don’t Know Why
                A2. Opening The Door
                A3. The Only Way
                A4. Only You Know Why
                B1. Clues (Part I)
                B2. Clues (Part II)
                B3. I Saw Fire
                B4. Closing The Door

                Ryo Kawasaki


                  Born in Japan in 1947, Ryo had a long and stellar career recording and releasing music up until his passing on 13 April 2020, in Tallinn, Estonia. Ryo is one of the pioneers of the jazz fusion genre, with the Japanese jazz fusion / funk sound becoming extremely influential within the 80s UK club scene and amongst its DJs. His track 'Trinkets & Things' became a bonafide underground classic. In the US he worked with some of the greats of jazz, such as Elvin Jones, Chico Hamilton and Bobbi Humphrey, to name but a few. A forward-thinking and ever-evolving musician,

                  Ryo collaborated with the Roland Corporation and Korg on the 'guitar synthesizer' and later wrote music software for computers. Later in life he relocated to Estonia and worked there, as well as Finland, Sweden, and the Baltic states.

                  'Juice' has become a much-loved album for crate diggers and jazz-funk enthusiasts, with its tracks frequently being sampled and re-imagined in hip-hop. The smoky, beat- down, spiritual funk jam 'Bamboo Child' has been flipped by Diamond D, Puff Daddy, and Kool G Rap. The album was released in 1976 on RCA Records and features the musicians' drummer Jimmy Young, rhythm guitarist Hugh McCracken, and bassist Stu

                  Woods amongst other luminaries. A solid album throughout that incorporates a heavy dose of tripped-out synths alongside the emerging disco sound of the time. Tracks such as the opener 'Raisins', with its drum beat intro and bubbling bass-line, rivals The Headhunters at their finest. A superb album from an underground legend.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Raisins
                  2. Sometime
                  3. The Breeze And I
                  4. East Side Boogie
                  5. El Toro
                  6. Bamboo Child
                  7. Andes

                  John Carroll Kirby

                  Dance Ancestral

                    Dance Ancestral is the latest addition to the prolific artist John Carroll Kirby’s fast-growing and distinctive body of work. Kirby debuted on Stones Throw in 2020 with My Garden, an album influenced by jazz, New Age and early music which he synthesised into his unique and instantly recognisable sound signature. Since then, he’s released the instrumental piano album Conflict, the Cryptozoo original feature film soundtrack, and the jazz fusion suite Septet. For Dance Ancestral, Kirby invited Canadian producer Yu Su to join him on production duties for a record with a more electronic sound.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Dawn Of New Day (ft. Laraaji)
                    2. Pan’s Dance
                    3. Repettos For You My Lord
                    4. Pause On The Ancient Ballcourt
                    5. Frog Life
                    6. Ghost In A Mist
                    7. Messages In Water
                    8. Tiptoe To The Grave
                    9. Gabriel’s Gig


                    Could We Be More

                      Following the huge success of 2018’s Kokoroko EP and the sensational Abusey Junction (100M streams and counting), Could We Be More is an expansive and ambitious debut album that speaks to the force of Kokoroko.

                      Each song possesses the power to evoke memories and harness the feeling of home through music: from the psychedelic, funk-laden previous single ‘Something’s Going On’ to the congregational energy of today’s track ‘We Give Thanks’, ‘Could We Be More’ fuses together the African- London synergy which so naturally underpins the heat of Kokoroko’s identity.

                      Winners of a slew of awards in the UK, Kokoroko specialise in soul shaking, horn fuelled sounds with West African roots and Inner London hues. Having played many EU Festivals including Glastonbury, Meltdown Festival, Elbjazz, & Jazz a la Villette, they are are looking forward to extending their reach further around the globe in 2022 and beyond. The band have performed on several BBC TV shows and their two Boiler Room sets have racked up almost half a million plays between them.

                      “Drawing influence from West African highlife and jazz, wellmarinated in enough polyrhythm seasoning to induce fires on the dance floors they play.” Okay Africa

                      “Afrobeat, jazz, soul and ’70s psych-leaning funk - luminescent” Cool Hunting

                      “This female-led, multicultural collective of under 30s is a vital example of not only jazz’s new form but the shape of things to come.” The Guardian

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Tojo
                      A2. Blue Robe (pt.i)
                      A3. Ewà Inú
                      A4. Age Of Ascent
                      A5. Dide O
                      A6. Soul Searching
                      B1. We Give Thanks
                      B2. Those Good Times
                      B3. Reprise
                      B4. War Dance
                      B5. Interlude
                      B6. Home
                      B7. Something's Going On
                      B8. Outro
                      B9. Blue Robe (pt.ii)

                      The 4-track "Lex On The Beach" is a balearic funk-soul EP by the Estonian group. In favor of a fresh flavor, we see Lexsoul drop the Dancemachine for a moment. To come up with these soulful, jazzy and R&B jams, the 6-piece channeled yacht rock and silky Miami Vice scenery. Pirouetting away from making people dance, Lexsoul manifests visions of summer. As your close personal advisors, we suggest you use this music in your slow living, dog days' playlist.

                      "Lex On The Beach" doesn't only treat the listener with the sweet and smooth aural experience produced by Solid Gold Sound. It also appeals to the visual senses courtesy of digital painter Estookin. We saw her aesthetics on the band's previous "Lexplosion II" LP. She returns with artworks that accompany the EP released digitally and on vinyl.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Heavy hammock funk, tailor made to make your cocktail taste better and the sun to feel even nicer on your flesh. A truly Pikes-flavoured offering from this Balearic wonderkid.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Pigeon Pit
                      2. Lazy Breeze
                      3. Relax Your Mind (feat. Jim Hart)
                      4. Sweet Life

                      Moonchild Sanelly


                        The trailblazing South African musician Moonchild Sanelly - real name Sanelisiwe Twisha - signed to Transgressive Records in 2020, kicking off with diverse mini-LP Nüdes. Now, she returns to the international label with her genre-crossing second album Phases. Forming a sonic foundation that veers between Amapiano, Gqom, grime, pop, house and R&B while showcasing her vocal talents on more downtempo songs, Phases 19-tracks document the varying chapters of a toxic relationship and subsequent freedom. A double album, the first side is a journey through the relationship with production reflecting those different moods and aspects of her personality; the second side, meanwhile, leads into a clubbier amapiano space. Collaboration has always been core to Moonchild’s alternate world.

                        Since her 2015-released award-winning first album Rabulpha! put her on the global map, she has collaborated with local favourites Maphorisa, Sho Madjozi and Thandiswa Mazwai. In the years that followed, she caught the attention of a host of international superstars, leading to high-profile collaborations with artists including Wizkid, Beyonce (featuring on “My Power”) and Gorillaz (on “With Love To An Ex”). Phases is a highly collaborative record, too, with production and guest features from Sad Night Dynamite (their track “Demon” is already a huge hit), Wesley Joseph, Xavier Thomas (Débruit), TOKiMONSTA, Holly and Aramboa.

                        The album’s title takes on a multitude of meanings: via the range of genres covered across its runtime, the different sounds and styles that it encompasses and the personal journey that Sanelisiwe Twisha has taken to get to this point. But, for Moonchild Sanelly, it’s more literal than that: “I think that, with this album, I’ve managed to piece all the different parts of me together, because I’m known for different things in different parts of the world. I think you get to know me better with Phases - all the different sides of me.”

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Undumpable
                        2. Demon (Moonchild Sanelly And Sad Night Dynamite)
                        3. Cute (Ft. Trillary Banks)
                        4. April Fool’s Day
                        5. Strip Club (Ft. Ghetts)
                        6. Let It Rip
                        7. Over You
                        8. Money Tree
                        9. Favourite Regret
                        10. Too Late
                        11. ULi (Ft. Blxckie)
                        12. Covivi
                        13. Soyenza (Ft. Sir Trill)
                        14. Yebo Teacher (Extended Version)
                        15. Chicken
                        16. Jiva Juluka
                        17. Bad Bitch Budget
                        18. Jump
                        19. Bird So Bad

                        This is Kaidi's 4th solo album under his own name, following on from 'An Insight To All Minds' (2021), 'It's A World Before You' (2018), and 'In Search Of Hope' (re-pressed in 2020), all released on First Word, along with several EPs from 2017 onwards.

                        To bring you up to speed, Kaidi Tatham is a legendary multi-instrumentalist born in the Midlands and based in Belfast. Once dubbed "the UK's Herbie Hancock" by Benji B, he's a virtuoso on the keys and a true innovator in sound production as one of the original creators of the Broken Beat sound. Over the years his musical prowess has blessed numerous projects, recently with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Andrew Ashong and with longtime accomplice, Dego. This in addition to session and remix work for artists such as Mulatu Astatke, Slum Village, Marcos Valle, Amy Winehouse, Soul II Soul, Nubya Garcia, Rosie Frater-Taylor and Leroy Burgess, along with First Word label mates Eric Lau, Children of Zeus, Allysha Joy and Darkhouse Family. Kaidi is also a revered DJ known for rocking parties globally, whilst his solo catalogue spans tons of EPs and releases for labels such as Dego's 2000 Black, Alex Nut's Eglo Records and Theo Parrish's Sound Signature.

                        This new album 'Don't Rush The Process' opens with an intro of sweet strings on 'Mystery Solved', ahead of lead title track, which is on a mid-tempo boom bap vibe, before switching to a more uptempo boogie vein, with the assistance of The Easy Access Orchestra, who also appear on 'We Chillin' Out', which is on a similar boogie tip. 'All I Need' is some gospel flavoured hip hop, whilst 'Knocknee Donkey' steps things up in a jazz-funk fashion. The second half of the album takes on a very Brazilian flavoured stance, with a set of delicious latin flavoured grooves on 'Any Flavour', 'Runnin' Tru', 'What A Dream' and 'Sooretama', the latter featuring the additional prowess of pianist Robert Mitchell. There's a touch more of the hip hop beats thrown in via 'Funky Fool' and the album closes out in inimitable Kaidi style with a short message: 'Mind Yourself'.

                        A hugely prolific artist, here he adds to an already impressive catalogue, a body of work that falls within the cracks of jazz and dance music, exemplifying modern British black brilliance; uncompromising, innovative, groundbreaking, intricately sophisticated and deeply funky. His fanbase expands on every release and it's no surprise that that fanbase includes a diverse set of peers such as Madlib ("ahead of his time"), Gilles Peterson ("a key part of an entire movement"), K15 ("a limitless source of inspiration") and Kyle Hall.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Millie says: The musician's musician and broken beat pioneer Kaidi Tatham graces us with a lavish selection of boom-bap, semi-instrumental hip-hop and pure broken beat funk. It's an amazing collection from this much-lauded innovator.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Mystery Solved
                        2. Don't Rush The Process (feat. The Easy Access Orchestra)
                        3. Just Not Right Rudi
                        4. All I Need
                        5. We Chillin' Out (feat. The Easy Access Orchestra)
                        6. Knocknee Donkey
                        7. Any Flavour
                        8. Funky Fool
                        9. Sooretama (feat. Robert Mitchell)
                        10. Runnin' Tru
                        11. What A Dream
                        12. Mind Yourself

                        James Taylor Quartet

                        Man In The Hot Seat

                          A bona fide legend of the acid jazz / jazz funk scene, James Taylor returns with a stunning new James Taylor Quartet orchestral record 'Man In The Hot Seat'. A sonic collossus of a record, particularly when listening on vinyl, it ties together the effortless melodic funk of the quartet, the fullness of sound that only an orchestra can bring, with James’ love of classic film soundtracks. Created and recorded with the musicianship and production mastery we have come to expect from JTQ this is undoubtedly one of the best sounding records you’ll hear in 2022.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Man In The Hot Seat
                          A2. The Danzig Connection
                          A3. The New Money Spyder
                          A4. Don’t Mess With The Champ
                          A5. Cold War Etiquette

                          B1. Murder On The Vaporetto
                          B2. Diametric Opposition
                          B3. The Gravedigger
                          B4. Time For Revenge
                          B5. Night Garden 

                          Josephine Taylor / Krystal Generation

                          Is It Worth A Chance / Satisfied

                            Two tracks from the short-lived Twinight label from Chicago that peaked in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, their biggest star being the super soulful Syl Johnson.

                            Featuring ‘Is It Worth A Chance’, the flipside of Josephine Taylor’s 1969 single ‘I’ve Made Up My Mind’, original copies of which go for anything between £30 and £100 these days.

                            A brass peppered funker with a driving bassline behind Josephine’s strutting vocal, it was the climax of her short career that started with three 45s for the Mar-V-Lus label.

                            Cut with Krystal Generation’s 1970 side ‘Satisfied’, the B-side of their ‘Is It Meant To Be’ that goes for around £75 if you can find a copy.

                            A female four-piece from Chicago featuring Darlene Arnold, who recorded several sides in her own right as well as half a dozen with Krystal Generation, who also released a couple of singles on Gene Chandler’s Mister Chand label.

                            ‘Satisfied’ revolves around Darlene’s lead vocal, some glorious harmonies and some sassy Staxlike horns.

                            Slightly slower paced than Josephine Taylor’s cut - more soulful but just as funky.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Josephine Taylor ‘Is It Worth A Chance’
                            Krystal Generation ‘Satisfied’

                            Ural Thomas & The Pain

                            Dancing Dimensions

                              Though Ural Thomas is universally recognized as one of the most exciting singers remaining from the original soul era, and an active musical institution for over sixty years, his band, all decades younger, are treated as equals. The Pain are no backing band - but rather a well-oiled tightly knit musical aggregation that have spent the last eight years with Thomas developing a unique sound of their own. 

                              The relationship extends beyond the stage and the studio and the practice room. On a given night you may witness the octogenarian soul journeyman turning up at the club with a crew one-third his age at midnight. If you don't recognize him, he's the sharp-dressed man with the charismatic grin out on the floor cutting a rug long after the young folks went home. This love of life and crossgenerational relationship is the essence of Ural Thomas & The Pain. 

                              Despite the usual COVID-19 obstacles, Ural Thomas and The Pain finally completed their much-anticipated third album, ‘Dancing Dimensions’. While exploring everything from sweet Chicago soul to airy West Coast psychedelia to Sly funk, their latest collection retains the distinctive sound the band organically developed over years of relentless work.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Dancing Dimensions
                              2. Heaven
                              3. Do You Remember The
                              4. Times We Had?
                              5. First Dimension
                              6. Apple Pie (Oh Me Oh My)
                              7. Ol Safiya
                              8. El Eey Em Eh
                              9. Gimme Some Ice Cream
                              10. Second Dimension
                              11. My Favourite Song
                              12. Third Dimension
                              13. Hung Up On My Dream
                              14. Promises
                              15. If It Wasn't For Love

                              British soul royalty John Turrell's classic debut solo album 'The Kingmaker' is given a much-deserved release on a limited edition yellow vinyl LP. Delivering eleven stunning raw vocal performances on emotionally searing tracks, Turrell manages to span upbeat northern soul jaunts, downtempo bluesy groovers and emotive ballads in a cohesive collection that never ceases to treat the listener.

                              Created with writing partner and producer Nick Faber as a reflection and meditation on the ebb and flow of a normal man's life, authenticity and relatability are two key characteristics of the writing style on this record. While it is an album that references a diverse set of influences there is an unmistakable soul and blues sensibility that courses throughout the tracks. There are the same recognisable soaring vocals and heartfelt lyricism from the 'Smoove & Turrell' frontman that long term fans are used to (Smoove even lent a helping hand with engineering duties on the record) however this is undoubtedly a case of John running his own show.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. To The City
                              2. The Temper
                              3. Wrong Time
                              4. Low
                              5. The Kingmaker
                              6. These Things
                              7. Eating Stones
                              8. Chasing Shadows
                              9. Stella Maris
                              10. Won't Get Fooled Again
                              11. Home

                              Various Artists

                              Give Me The Funk - Tribute Session

                                Funk, The Tribute Session : a killer selection of pop hits revisited in a groovy and funky way ! With Marcus Miller - Clarence Reid - Spanky Wilson - Incredible Bongo Band - Redd Holt Unlimited - Dennis Coffey - The Mighty Mocambos - Electro Deluxe

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Clarence Reid - Get Back
                                A2. Spanky Wilson - Sunshine Of Your Love
                                A3. Incredible Bongo Band - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
                                A4. Pretty Purdie & The Playboys Feat. Norman Matlock - Funky Mozart
                                A5. Redd Holt Unlimited - I Shot The Sheriff
                                A6. Dennis Coffey - Never Can Say Goodbye
                                B1. The Mighty Mocambos - The Next Message
                                B2. Electro Deluxe - Staying Alive
                                B3. Marcus Miller - Girls & Boys
                                B4. Lenny White Feat. Donald Blackman & Foley - Kashmir

                                Various Artists

                                Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Music Lab

                                  This new Studio collection on Soul Jazz Records delves deep into a melting pot world of reggae and funk and dub created at the music laboratory of 13 Brentford Road, Kingston in the 1970s - an intense collaboration of crack musicians, singers, DJs and engineers under the guidance of producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd.

                                  Here you will find some of the deepest and rawest cuts to emanate out the Studio One factory - truly hypnotic rhythms, powerful funk guitar and bass, soaring horns and more interspersed with occasional vocals and toasting as musicians reach for the highest heights and deepest roots of reggae music.

                                  Some of these tunes here are rare and classic versions to seminal Studio One vocal cuts from the likes of Horace Andy and Hortense Ellis. There is also a wealth of cuts from simply the greatest musicians ever to come out of Jamaica (let alone Studio One). These include Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso, Cedric Brooks, Ernest Ranglin and the Brentford All-Stars. You’ll find straight up funk bombs such as Lennie Hibbert’s mindblowing ‘Go For Yourself’ (sounding like The Meters meets James Brown), the Brentford All-Stars covering War’s classic ‘The World is a Ghetto’, and Jackie Mittoo showing how to make Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ into a reggae funk bomb.

                                  All of these sit beside super-deep roots and dub cuts that exemplify together how Studio One was unique in Clement Dodd’s pioneering vision of reggae, the music created functioning with a continuous level of experimentation that blurred the lines between genres and pushed the outer limits of reggae music at all times. This album is deep.

                                  The album comes with extensive sleeve notes by Steve Barker

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Hortense And The Sound Dimension -
                                  People Make The World Go Round Version
                                  Leroy Wallace And The New Establishment -
                                  Far Beyond Version
                                  Sound Dimension - Face Man Version
                                  Fabian & The Vibes - Mother And Child (Part
                                  Lennie Hibbert - Go For Yourself
                                  Dub Specialist - Chainey Roots
                                  Brentford All Stars - The World Is A Ghetto
                                  The Jay Tees And Brentford Rockers -
                                  Forward To Jah (Part 2)
                                  Roy Richards - Summertime
                                  Lennie Hibbert - Snow Bird
                                  Pablov Black - Dread Head
                                  Cedric Im Brooks - Glory To Sound
                                  Jackie Mittoo - Lazy Bones
                                  Dub Specialist - Message From Dub
                                  Jackie Mittoo - Sunshine Of Your Love
                                  Roland Alphonso - Tenor Man Trip
                                  Ernest And The Sound Dimension - Surfin’

                                  Various Artists

                                  Tsfjazz.Com Rare Groove Vol. 1

                                    A fine selection of rare jazz tracks with a funky flavor - curated by Parisian radio station TSF Jazz.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Manu Dibango - Groovy Flute
                                    A2. Tenório Jr. - Nebulosa
                                    A3. Mark Murphy - Why Don't You Do Right
                                    A4. Illinois Jacquet - Mambocito Mio
                                    A5. Frank Minion - Bongo Blues
                                    A6. Blue Mitchell - Mi Hermano
                                    B1. Lorez Alexandria - I'm Whishin'
                                    B2. Marian McPartland - Coming Home Baby
                                    B3. Oliver Nelson - 125th Street & 7th Avenue
                                    B4. Ella Fitzgerald, Ernie Heckscher Big Band & Tommy Flanagan - Sunshine Of Your Love
                                    B5. Orchester Roland Kovac - Milky Way
                                    C1. Gene Ammons - Pagan Love Song
                                    C2. The Monty Alexander Trio - Monticello
                                    C3. Mel Tormé - Right Now!
                                    C4. Richard "Groove" Holmes - Six Million Dollar Man Theme
                                    C5. Dizzy Gillespie - For The Gypsies
                                    D1. Michel Sardaby - Welcome New Warmth
                                    D2. Art Farmer Septet - Mau Mau
                                    D3. Frank Minion - Watermelon
                                    D4. The Ibrahim Khalil Shihab Quintet - Before The Rain And After
                                    D5. Gabor Szabo - Galatea's Guitar

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