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Marsmobil veröffentlichen ihr fünftes Studioalbum “Fairytales Of The Supersurvivor” via Compost Records
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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“Fairytales Of The Supersurvivor” ist das fünfte Album von Marsmobil und in mancher Ohren das Beste. Es knüpft stärker an “Minx” (von 2006) an, als an die beiden letzten Marsmobil Alben. Auf “Fairytales Of The Supersurvivor” gibt es wieder diese wundersamen, großartigen Songs (“And The Fishes In The Ocean”, “Shadows Of The Inner Light”), die […]

Auf Unique Records erscheint die sechste Ausgabe der “New Testament Of Funk” Compilation-Serie
Monday, March 20th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Das New Testament Of Funk ist zurück, um den neuen Funk zu predigen! Lange hat es gedauert, aber nun ist die Zeit gekommen dem Groove zu huldigen. Nach dem Erfolg der letzten NTOF-Sampler warteten viele Gläubige auf mehr. Jetzt ist es soweit! Henry Storch und Chrispop haben sich die nötige Zeit genommen, um einen Sampler […]

Various – The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol.4 (Freestyle Records)
Friday, December 9th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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So there you have it boys & girls – I give you The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 4 – the cream of the current crop, the choicest cuts of my favourite slices of the slinkiest soul, weapons grade funk bombs – it does exactly what it says on the tin … and then some. Craig Charles.

CD FSRCD119
Release: 16-12-16
Various – Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3 (Tramp Records)
Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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As long as there is music out there that has the power to drop our jaws to the floor we will still be here – and, like Santa himself, we will work year-round to continue to deliver our funky Christmas miracles directly to your turntable. Merry Christmas!

CD TRCD9050
Release: 20-11-15
The Funky Side of Goldband/ANLA Records
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 | Tags: ,
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Goldband Records played a key role in documenting and shaping of musical traditions, tastes, and trends, both regionally and internationally since 1944. The focus of the Goldband catalog is certainly set on Country & Western, Swamp Pop, and Cajun music. However, from the 1960s until the early 1970s Goldband, and it’s sub-label ANLA Records, released […]

Various – The Funky Side Of Goldband/ANLA Records
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Funky Side Of Goldband/ANLA Records

Image: 1593317 GOLDBAND Records spielte seit 1944 auf regionaler wie auch internationaler Ebene eine Schlüsselrolle in der Gestaltung musikalischer Traditionen und Trends. Der Fokus des GOLDBAND Kataloges liegt hierbei auf Country & Western, Cajun und Zydeco. Dennoch veröffentlichte GOLDBAND zwischen 1960 und 1970 viele hochqualitative Rhythm & Blues und Funk Aufnahmen. Dies lag unter anderem an Eddie Shuler’s Philosophie “…giving a man a chance, otherwise, how would you discover what somebody could do?” die dem Label letztendlich den Ruhm brachte.

Available from 21.11.2014

“Colours Of Funk Vol.2” – more from the German sound library of Golden Ring & Happy Records 1975-1982 …
Thursday, November 18th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Killer funk compilation – next chapter: More highlights from the German music archives of Golden Ring & Happy Records, pulled from the most famous library albums of the catalogue. 17 unreleased signature sounds in a wicked jazz-funk-cosmic-latin-boogie style by Peter Thomas, Klaus Weiss, Juan Demonio, Mladen Franco and others. Stand out tunes for the dancefloor, […]

Various – Monsters Of Funk & Soul (Unique Records)
Monday, October 18th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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This compilation is dedicated to the sound of the “Monsters Of Funk & Soul” party series. Featuring Laura Vane & The Vipertones, The Soul Snatchers, Osaka Monaurail, Malente, Wondertronix and many more.

CD UNIQ182-2
Release: 15-10-10
Now-Again Records presents a new album by legendary funk collective The Whitefield Brothers …
Monday, December 14th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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“Earthology” is the latest album from The Whitefield Brothers, a loose line-up of musicians centred on the siblings Jan ‘JJ’ and Max ‘Muggy’ Whitefield, formerly known as the founders of Munich’s legendary Poets Of Rhythm. Last heard from with their cult 2001 debut “In The Raw” (re-issued this year on Now-Again Records), “Earthology” finds the […]

High quality reissue of one of the rarest funky latin soul records of all time …
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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Just in time for summer here’s a mouth-watering taste of super latin soul! With the ingredients ranging from spicy hot funk to cool refreshing salsa, Ricardo Marrero’s “A Taste” sets the scene for an exciting summer awash with soulful latin rhythms over a tropical breeze … an album of wonderful music, an album that very […]

Sonorama Records comes up with “PUPPET JAZZ” the first volume in a series of funky library compilations …
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Soul/Jazz/Funk

Eko – Funky Disco Music
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Eko – Funky Disco Music

Eko Roosevelt Louis has had a music career spanning over forty years, born the grandson of a Kribi tribal chief, his musical persuasion beginning humbly with his village’s local church before his formal education at the Senegal conservatoire and Paris…

Tramp Records is celebrating the ninth volume of the prestigious “Movements” series
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Tags: ,
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IT’S TIME TO PAAAARTY! Why? The Universe knows that Tramp is celebrating their 40th trip around the sun in 2018. And what about planet Earth? Well … it is as blind as it is in so many other situations. Therefore, it is time to shine the light on Tramp for all of its unremitting efforts. […]

James Hunters neues Album erscheint über Daptone Records
Friday, January 12th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Nach fünf umjubelten Alben veröffentlicht James Hunter, längst eine feste Größe in der Welt des Rhythm and Soul, sein neues Werk. “Whatever It Takes” erscheint beim renommierten New Yorker Label Daptone Records. Zusammen mit Bosco Mann, Produzent und Mitbegründer von Daptone, hat Hunter zehn neue Songs aufgenommen, die noch ergreifender und fesselnder als seine vorherigen […]

Zackey Force Funk / XL Middleton – Slow Attack / You’re So Different
Thursday, December 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zackey Force Funk / XL Middleton – Slow Attack / You’re So Different

Image: 1617102 The intriguing character known as Zackey Force Funk is bringing his
psychedelic brand of future funk to MoFunk Records, one of the prime
players in the ever-expanding world of modern funk. Designed as an
appetizer for his full-length MoFunk project, Zackey brings you “Slow
Attack,” a track that delivers on the promise of its title, with brooding,
ominous, synth-heavy production from Liquid Pegasus. It’s the kind of
track that demands play in a lowrider driving straight from the darkest
corners of hell.
The flip, XL Middleton’s “You’re So Different,” is a bonus track from his
“Things Are Happening” LP, previously only available on the CD release.
It’s a perfect counterpoint to Zackey’s A-side, a frenetic slice of modern
electro-funk, drenched in loose synth lines and staccato bass notes,
as Middleton delivers sly commentary on those who falsely declare
themselves intellectually superior. It’s a dance floor filler with a cynical,
yet humorous message intertwined.

Zackey Force Funk
• One of the most high profile artists in the modern funk scene
• Known for past collaborations with Egyptian Lover, Kutmah, Salva, Mike Gao and others
• Host of Modern Funk Fest event seriesXL

Middleton
• Recording artist and producer with collaborations and remixes with B. Bravo, Egyptian Lover, Kokane, Leon Ware and others
• Multiple tours in Europe and Japan
• Co-organizer of Modern Funk Fest event series Available from 19.01.2018

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol.5
Monday, December 18th, 2017 | Posted in Features, Magazine | Comments Off on The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol.5

Ladies and gentleman – Volume 5 of my Funk & Soul Club compilations is something of a milestone – so let me take you through just some of the highlights in my latest trunk of funk which also includes some 100% exclusive tracks not available anywhere else: The Traffic have a knack of rendering well […]

Craig Charles presents volume 5 of his legendary “Funk & Soul Club” compilation series
Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Ladies and gentleman – Volume 5 of my Funk & Soul Club compilations is something of a milestone – so let me take you through just some of the highlights in my latest trunk of funk which also includes some 100% exclusive tracks not available anywhere else: The Traffic have a knack of rendering well […]

Habibi Funk: An eclectic selection of music from the Arab world
Monday, November 27th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Habibi Funk is dedicated to re-releasing a style of music that historically never existed as a musical genre. We use the term to describe a certain sound that we like from the countries of the Arab world. The songs we chose were created in places quite far from another and under very different circumstances. Some […]

Martha High teams up with mighty Japanese Osaka Monaural to pay homage to JB’s Funky Divas
Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Original Funky Diva Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown’s life and career for more than 30 years. She was his backing vocalist, hair stylist, payroll master and his always loyal and reliable confidant. The idea for this project was hatched back in 2014, when Martha was visiting producer DJ Pari, head […]

Biosis Now & Afro Train – Bahamas Tropical Funk Vs Ivory Coast Afro Funk
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Biosis Now & Afro Train – Bahamas Tropical Funk Vs Ivory Coast Afro Funk

Image: 1612055 After Mukatsuku Records summer Hammond Organ screamer from Billy Hawks (MUKAT 052) the label goes deep on an international funk tip. Few years ago label manager Nik played in France and the promoter pulled out a Biosis now 45 that he never knew existed up till then and was generally thought to be a long album track only. An extensive search revealed nothing online including popsike/discogs/ebay except a tropical seller who’d just bought a huge caribbean collection with the record included saying he’d never seen it before either and he was keeping it…Failing to secure a copy themselves the label licensed it instead and created their own 45 edit which retains all the funk & soul of the elongated album version into a 7 inch friendly format. On the flipside and 1973 Tumba Safari from Afro Train get’s a funky afrobeat re touch for peak time club play that would save you several hundred pounds on an original if you could actually find a copy !

Tracklisting
1. Biosis Now – Independent Bahamas V’s Ivory Coast Afro Funk (Nik’s Mukatsuku Edit)
2. Afro Train – Tumba Safari (Nik’s Mukatsuku Re-Edit)

Available from 17.11.2017

Various – I Got Funk – Time To Get Down
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – I Got Funk – Time To Get Down

Image: 1612034 “I Got Funk” ist eine erstklassige Funk-Playliste, präsentiert von Frankreichs Playoff Records, als Nachfolger zur “I Got Soul”-Trilogie im Stil der erfolgreichen “Shaolin Soul”-Serie. Das Album enthält viele Klassiker wie James Brown, The Blackbyrds, Black Heat, Bobby Byrd, Maceo Parker, Skull Snaps, Fred & The New JB’s, Kool & The Gang, Lightnin’ Rod, Ohip Players, Cameo und viele andere. Available from 27.10.2017

Reuben Bell – Superjock / Make Love To Funky Music
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Reuben Bell – Superjock / Make Love To Funky Music

Image: 1611301 Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Reuben Bell began singing in local clubs. He first recorded for the local Murco label in 1967 before moving to the Silver Fox and House of Orange labels. In 1975 he released his first 45rpm single for Alarm Records (“Superjock” b/w “I Still Have To Say Goodbye”) which was produced by Wardell Quezergue. Neither side made any noise back then but 24 years later “Superjock” was included in DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist’s Brainfreeze mix.

Since then it has become a classic and it has been played constantly by hip hop and funk djs all around the world. It has appeared on a handful of (mainly bootleg) compilations over the years so we are proud to present the long-overdue, fully licensed re-issue on its original format.

You may check out Tramp’s “Countdown to… Soul” (TR-9067) compilation which contains “Superjock” as well as some other fine Rare Grooves. Available from 25.08.2017

Rock Town Express – Funky Makossa
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rock Town Express – Funky Makossa

Image: 1611068 In 1973, EMI Records Nigeria released the 45 rpm disc “Fuel for Love” b/w “Soundway,” credited to a mysterious band
called Wrinkar Experience. The record was a finely-crafted gem of pop-rock and funky soul as had never before been heard
coming out of the country’s nascent rock scene, and it ended up being the biggest selling Nigerian single up until that
point. The success of Wrinkar Experience effectively demonstrated that was a market for homegrown pop and rock, and
sent record labels scrambling to sign similar bands, kicking off the Nigerian rock revolution that is still being celebrated
and discovered by new generations today.
But while Wrinkar Experience launched the movement, the group itself would be short-lived: after another hit single in
1973, the band’s frontman Danie Ian split for a solo career. The remaining principal players in the group—Cameroonian
musicians Ginger Forcha and Edjo’o Jacques Racine—tried to keep the Wrinkar name going before giving it up and
rebranding themselves as Rock Town Express.
Rock Town Express’s debut LP Funky Makossa was recorded in 1974 for ARC Records, the cutting-edge studio and label
established in Lagos by English drum legend Ginger Baker. The album showcased in long format the qualities that had only
been hinted at on the Wrinkar Experience singles: bright, confident pop melodies, articulate lyrics, and darkly
potent funk-rock.
Comb & Razor Sound is proud to present a new, fully-authorized reissue of Funky Makossa, featuring the seven tracks
from the original release, plus “I Am A Natural Man” and “I Don’t Want To Know,” from Wrinkar Experience’s seldom-heard
third and final single.

Tracklisting (updated)
1. Funky Makossa
2. Tell Me My Life
3. Dear Doctor
4. No One Else (But Me)
5. We’re Makin’ A Hell
6. If You Love Your Neighbour You No Go Die
7. Sweet Rock Town Available from 29.09.2017

Various – Inner Peace (Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems)
Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Inner Peace (Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems)

Image: 1609761 WEWANTSOUNDS are back with a superb selection of Spiritual Jazz and Funk grooves from legendary Producer BOB SHAD’s Mainstream Records catalogue. Many sought-after tracks here have never been reissued and will delight all the crate diggers worldwide.

Bob Shad was one of the greatest music producers of the 20th century, having worked with all the music giants you can think of, from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Sarah Vaughan, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Platters and Janis Joplin to name just a few. “Bobby Shad was a legend in our family” says his grandson Judd Apatow who, together with his sister Mia, still looks after Shad’s back catalogue, Mainstream Records.
Like his peers, jazz producers Creed Taylor and Bob Thiele, Shad went independent in the 60s and by the early 70s, he was producing a string of superb albums mixing Spiritual Jazz with Funk and Soul. These albums are now being rediscovered by new generation of Soul and Jazz lovers hooked on the music of Kamasi Washington and Shabaka Hutchings.
Recorded between 1971 and 73,  the Fender-Rhodes-drenched tracks on INNER PEACE showcase Shad’s unique Deep Jazz sound. They feature such revered musicians as Harold Land, Roy Haynes and Frank Foster, together with a younger generation of talented musicians led by Buddy Terry, Dave Hubbard and LaMont Johnson.
Here they are accompanied by the cream of 70s jazz session musicians including Bernard Purdie, Buster Williams, Eddie Henderson, Mtume, Stanley Clarke, and Cecil Bridgewater.
The Mainstream catalogue has been sampled by a long list of revered DJs and Hip Hop producers over the years. Roy Haynes’ ‘Senyah’ was sampled by De La Soul on ‘Pony Ride’ and Shelly Manne’s short outro, ‘Infinity’ forms the unmissable backbone of Jeru The Damaja’s all-time Hip Hop classic, ‘Come Clean’. A fitting tribute to the supreme sound of producer Bob Shad.
Wewantsounds will start a reissue program of original Mainstream albums with bonus material and rare photos from the vaults. Look out for more

“Bob Shad’s Master Sound” Okayplayer
“A Legendary Producer” Mojo UK
“Visionary” Liberation FR

TRACKLIST LP
S1
1 Harold Land – In The Back, In The Corner, In The Dark 1972
2 Roy Haynes – Senyah 1972
3 Charles Williams – Iron Jaws 1972
S2
1 Buddy Terry – Inner Peace 1973
2 Hadley Caliman – Cigar Eddie 1971
S3
1 Frank Foster – Requiem for a Dusty 1972
2 Pete Yellin – Mebakush 1972
S4
1 Dave Hubbard – B.C. 1971
2 Sonny Red Love Song 1971
3 LaMont Johnson- Libra’s Longing 1972
4 Shelly Manne – Inifinity 1972 Available from 23.06.2017

Basement Freaks – All That Funk
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Basement Freaks – All That Funk

Image: 1610447 “All That Funk!” (officially licensed from the mighty Jalapeno
Records) has had DJ’s begging for a 7” release since the first listens
of Basement Freaks’ “Time Machine” LP in 2016. The wait is over
and this James Brown influenced groove is ready for DJ’s and fans
of funk alike.
“Calling The Jams” is an exclusive roller skate disco boogie joint
influenced by the New York City block party disco scene. The bridge
will surely delight fans of early Prince vibes.
With a fifth full studio album, an enviable catalog of EP’s and
remixes, and his extraordinary amount of time playing shows across
six continents, Basement Freaks has been dubbed “the hardest
working man in funk” by his peers. Boogieburg proudly presents
this glimpse into the world of Greece and Germany’s ever-evolving
Basement Freaks… past, present, and future.

• “All That Funk!” officially licensed from Jalapeno Records
• “Calling The Jams” roller skate disco boogie joint exclusive to this vinyl release
• Fifth studio album out June 5, 2017 on Adapted Records
• Basement Freaks has played legendary festivals like Glastonbury & Shambhala and has upcoming gigs around Europe including Romania’s “Electric Castle Festival”
• Basement Freaks’ music can be heard on Radio One and KCRW
• Has releases on Jalapeno Records, Fort Knox Recordings, Goodgroove Records, Bomb Strikes, and Ghetto Funk
• Past remixes for Max Sedgley, Bajka, Smoove & Turrell (Jalapeno Records), Valique (Freestyle Records), Chris Joss (Eighteenth Street Lounge Music), & Nappy Riddem (Fort Knox Recordings)

KEY SELLING POINTS
A. All That Funk!
B.Calling The Jams Available from 14.07.2017

The Como Mamas veröffentlichen ihr neues Gospel-Album “Move Upstairs” auf Daptone Records
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Mit nur zwei Alben – “Get An Understanding” und als Gastsängerinnen auf “Como Now” – haben sich die Como Mamas jetzt schon als drei der stärksten Stimmen im modernen Gospel etabliert. Mit ihrem Auftritt bei der Daptone Super Soul Revue im Apollo Theater in Harlem im Dezember 2015 – also weit entfernt von Como, Mississippi […]

Various – Inner Peace (Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems)
Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Inner Peace (Rare Spiritual Funk & Jazz Gems)

Image: 1609760 Wewantsounds ist zurück mit “Inner Peace”, einer weiteren Compilation von seltenem Spiritual Jazz und Funk, handverlesen aus dem Katalog von Mainstream Records des legendären Produzenten Bob Shad. In Zusammenarbeit mit Mia und Judd Apatow (Shads Großenkel) entstand die Compilation für das Wewantsounds Label unter Leitung von Matt Robin, einem begeisterten Sammler des Labels, der zuvor das Jazzactiel BYG Boxset mit Thurston Moore betreute. Viele der Tracks sind absolute Kult-Klassiker, auch in Hip Hop-Kreisen wohl bekannt als Samplefutter für Künslter wie De La Soul, Jeru The Damaja und andere. Available from 09.06.2017

Sonorama Records celebrates catalogue number 100 with the release of “Cool Europa”
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Unique compilation and 100th release in the catalogue of Sonorama Records – file under: cool, modern, hard bop, modal! Fourteen previously unknown tracks recorded 1959-63 in West-Germany by some of the best European jazz artists of the time, featuring Barney Wilen, Francy Boland, Rolf Kühn, Joki Freund, Attila Zoller, Fats Sadi, Roland Kovac, Rolf Ericson, […]

Moniquea – Blackwavefunk
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Moniquea – Blackwavefunk

Image: 1608906 Moniquea established herself as one of the foremost female artists
in the modern funk scene with her 2014 MoFunk Records debut
album Yes No Maybe. For her followup, she continues exploring and
expanding upon the boogie/modern soul sound of her debut, and at
the same time, ventures bravely into a new sound inspired by the
new wave and synthpop sounds of the 80’s. Thus, the album title:
Blackwavefunk.
Listening to Blackwavefunk feels like sweeping across a spectrum
of sounds and feels. The lead single, “Checkin’ Out,” channels the
‘street funk’ sound that Moniquea’s native California is known for,
while “I Just Don’t Know” slows the pace and mood to offer up one
of the few true downtempo love songs of the genre. “When You Are
Away,” “Make You Feel My Love” (feat. Brian Ellis) and “Why Can’t
You See” offer sleek, sexy modern soul soundscapes while the
Turquoise Summers-produced “Knew It” thumps with a menacing
g-funk bounce. Finally, the wave in Blackwavefunk reveals itself
on the eccentric “Check Your Sources,” an anthem about sordid
speculation and grievous gossip, over a musical backdrop that
sounds like 1999-era Prince and DPG somehow achieved perfect
sonic fusion. The album’s closer, “Famous,” takes it further and gives
a glimpse of what it might sound like if Bernie Worrell played synth
basslines for OMD or Pet Shop Boys.

1. Checkin’ Out
2. Knew It
3. When You Are Away
4. I Just Don’t Know
5. Check Your Sources
6. Make You Feel My Love (feat. Brian Ellis)
7. Why Can’t You See
8. Famous

• Production from XL Middleton and Turquoise Summers
• Featuring Brian Ellis Available from 23.06.2017

Various – Function Underground (RSD)
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Image: 1608992 FUNCTION UNDERGROUND – The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974

14 tracks by Jimi Macon, Black Maffia, Blacklites and more, many reissued for the first time. Includes a 16 page booklet with extensive notes on an overlooked and important portion of rock n’ roll’s history & a Download card to WAV files of the full album.

Nearly everyone in the world can rattle off the great African-American musical forms. Jazz, blues, R&B, soul, hip-hop, house, gospel. One influential genre is always left off of the
list: a folk music known as rock n’ roll. Rock n’ roll was a term originally coined to market the white-friendly version of a genre that already existed, prior to 1965, the line between
rock n’ roll and R&B was thin: Ike Turner recorded and released “Rocket ‘88’ ” in 1951 and, while its Chess Records release reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart, it is
regarded by many as the first rock n’ roll record.
The Great Divide between R&B and rock n’ roll came after the Beatles and the British Invasion decimated the Top 40 chart in 1964. Simultaneously, R&B entered a new phase, soon
to be labeled “soul,” which upped the music’s gospel quotient and turned its frantic twang. So somewhere in the mid to late-1960s, rock n’ roll became perceived as something for
the Caucasian kids. When Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Lee made the scene, they were said to be black musicians entering into a white world. While that couldn’t be farther from the truth,
that false dichotomy has existed in America’s popular conscious ever since, to the point where the idea of a black rock musician is on the level with the idea of a black cowboy.
In the mid-1960s, funk replaced soul as the rhythm that was going to move the world. We know all its progenitor – James Brown, The Meters, Kool & The Gang – and their
innovations: the syncopated, 4/4 dance between the bass and drums, horns repurposed as percussion, chicken-scratch and wah-wah guitar. We can trace where they came from.
But there is one crucial funk influence that no one seems to want to acknowledge – a devil-may-care attitude we can attribute to rock n’ roll. It’s not a stretch to say that funk is the
African-American answer to psychedelia and hard rock rolled into one.
The idea of “progressivism” that took over rock music after psychedelia’s heyday in the late 1960s belatedly spilled over to funk. In the early 1970s, as the underground/psychedelic
fire burnt out in the white rock world, it roared to a blaze in the black musical community. Nearly every American city with a large black population boasted self-contained funk bands
that didn’t consider themselves simply revues or backup groups, but rather fully-operational ensembles In these bands, everything from composing, arranging, record production
and distribution, was handled in house by band members. These are the bands whose music comprises this anthology, and while they’re all different, they’re unique in one way: they
kept their ears open for new developments in funk and rock music.
This anthology presents earnest questions as to why we know so little about these bands and the movement of which they were a part. While we don’t anticipate that we’ll ever find
a definitive answer as to what these ensembles’ true goals were, then, we do know that they took their charges seriously. And they knew they were onto something different,
something that, though only they and their immediate kin might recognize it, was more interesting than the status quo. Function Underground shines light on an important and
overlooked part of rock n’ roll’s history and talented ensembles that toiled in the shadows, derided by their peers
‘Do you realize that Hendrix was dead before most black people in America knew he was a black man?” Ebony Rhythm Band drummer Matthew Watson questions rhetorically. “We
was scorned. In that era, everybody else in the black community was wearing three-piece suits, processes and Afro wigs and that shit. We was the first guys to wear bell bottoms.
The first guys to wear big hats. We were off into a whole other thing.”

A1. 1984 – There’s A Wrinkle In Our Time
A2. Purple Snow – Down By The River
A3. Jimi Macon – Jimi’s Guitar Raps With The Bass
A4. Creations Unltd – Corruption Is The Thing
A5. We The People – Function Underground
A6. Michael Liggins And The Super Souls – Loaded Back
A7. Stone Coal White – Stone Coal White
B1. Blacklites – BL Movement
B2. Ebony Rhythm Band – Drugs Ain’t Cool
B3. Cisneros and Garza Group – I’m A Man
B4. LA Carnival – Blind Man (45 Version)
B5. Revolution – The Siesta Is Over
B6. Black Conspirators – Just Got To Be Free
B7. Black Maffia – I Want To Take You Higher
Available from 22.04.2017

Gato Preto – Tempo (Unique Records)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Rockender Favela Funk aus Rio, rumorende Township-Grooves aus Südafrika und Angolas technoider electro-Hybrid Kuduro sind Grundzutaten, die Gato Preto zur Global-Bass-Kernschmelze bringt, wahlweise mit Rave und Breakbeat vermengt.

CD UNIQ222-2 / LP+MP3 UNIQ222-1
Release: 24-03-17
AKTR – suburbanfunkessentials (10”+MP3)
Thursday, March 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on AKTR – suburbanfunkessentials (10”+MP3)

Image: 1609296 ATKR with his debut on Ta-ku’s & Repeat Pattern’s 10inch label BRRWD. BRRWD is a label collaboration between Ta-ku/ repeat pattern & Jakarta Records. AKTR (pronounced actor), is a beat maker from Yokohama city sampling primarily 80s funk. With his familiar yet subtly unique and fresh approach, AKTR is commonly loved by both more hiphop leaning loop heads, and serious connoisseur consumers of Vaporwave alike. He somehow manages to consistently contribute a high level of bliss to this sample/collage culture (or whatever you want to label it) in a quiet yet powerful manner from his humble Yokohama apartment. We are very excited to be one of the stops in his creative journey and hope you will hear what we are hearing.

Tracklisting
1. ihavenothing
2. devonrex
3. positive afterimage
4. dowhatyoulike
5. youmakemelove
6. nextmovement
7. realclose
8. anotherplace
9. allnightlamp
10. illbethere
11. dustindust
12. giveitto(pray)

previous releases and work with:
 
woodman+hitachitronics label, New Masterpiece (Japan).
NO PROBLEMATAPES (Chile)
Turbo Tape Recordings (Italy),
fuzzoscope (Los Angels),
Mhz Music (Taiwan),
Hermit City Recordings (Yokohama),
Appearances and association with EN TOKYO and RBMA TOKYO.

http://www.brrwdlove.com/

Available from 21.04.2017

Various – Lord Have Mercy/Soulful Gospel Of Checker Records
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Lord Have Mercy/Soulful Gospel Of Checker Records

Sammlung mit 16 fantastischen, funkigen Gospel-Perlen aus dem Checker Katalog. Available from 31.03.2017

Various – Lord Have Mercy /Soulful Gospel Of Checker Records
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Lord Have Mercy /Soulful Gospel Of Checker Records

Sammlung mit 27 fantastischen, funkigen Gospel-Perlen aus dem Checker Katalog. Available from 17.03.2017

Fünf Jahre nach dem Album “Racing With The Sun” sind Chinese Man mit ihrem neuen Opus “Shikantaza” zurück
Monday, January 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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“Shikantaza” ist ein Begriff, der in der buddhistischen Schule Soto Zen verwendet wird und wörtlich “nichts als (shikan) genau (da) Sitzen (za)” bedeutet. Es beschreibt die angenommene Haltung während der Zazen-Meditation. Zusammengestellt zwischen Marseille, Bombay und einer geheimen Zuflucht in der französischen Landschaft, schlagen die 16 Tracks des neuen Albums den Bogen zurück zu den […]

Auf Peanut Butter Wolfs Stones Throw Records erscheint das Albumdebüt des talentierten Soulsängers Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Monday, January 9th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on Auf Peanut Butter Wolfs Stones Throw Records erscheint das Albumdebüt des talentierten Soulsängers Gabriel Garzón-Montano

Die Karriere von Gabriel Garzón-Montano hatte bereits Fahrt aufgenommen, als ihm das geschah, was man wohl als den “Drake-Effekt” bezeichnet. Die gefeierte Debüt-EP “Bishouné: Alma del Huila” hatte dem aus Brooklyn stammenden Singer/Songwriter und Multiinstrumentalisten hervorragende Kritiken beschert, und er war gerade mit Lenny Kravitz auf Tour, als ihn die Neuigkeit erreichte, dass Drake ein […]

It’s time for the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 4
Monday, November 28th, 2016 | Tags: ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on It’s time for the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 4

I can hardly believe the very first edition of the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club came out in 2012 – much time has passed, but my mission remains the same – to give you lucky lucky people another hard hitting selection – a crafty musical right hook, another fist full of funky things – […]

Beenie Man – Unstoppable (VP/VPAL/357 Records)
Monday, November 28th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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The new album is a hell of a comeback! With a playtime of a double album, producer credits including Tony Kelly, Jeremy Harding, Don Corleon, Major Lazer (“I’m The King”) and BlackOut (“Play”) the album is sure to please.

CD TFSR501712
Release: Out now
Wewantsounds pres. “Feeling Good – Funk, Soul & Deep Jazz Gems”: The supreme sound of producer Bob Shad
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on Wewantsounds pres. “Feeling Good – Funk, Soul & Deep Jazz Gems”: The supreme sound of producer Bob Shad

Wewantsounds is back with Feeling Good, a compilation of rare Spiritual Jazz and Funk frooves culled from legendary Producer Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records. The compilation features insightful sleevenotes by Judd Apatow, Bob Shad’s grandson and was supervised by Matt Robin (producer of theJazzactuel BYG boxset with Thurston Moore). Alice Clark’s cult classic “Never Did I […]

Various – James Brown’s Funky People (Part 3)
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Image: 1606745 “Get On Down continues its very welcome obsession with James Brown’s
stable of late ’60s and early ‘70s talent – much of it culled from his People
Records label, including various backing bands – by bringing this firsttime-
ever-on-vinyl package to the world. The third volume in the groundbreaking
Funky People series, originally released on CD in 2000, is just as
incredible as the first two. And maybe even more fascinating to JB fans,
because of the less-heard discoveries lurking in these grooves.
With 12 tracks spanning 1967 to 1975, this is far from a “remainders”
collection. Each cut here packs an undeniable punch. Featuring James’
most talented side-people, including The JBs, Bobby Byrd, Marva Whitney,
Lyn Collins and Vicki Anderson, Volume 3 goes even deeper in the
cut than previous collections, with the white Ohio-based studio crew The
Dapps (featuring drummer / vocalist Beau Dollar), the Dee Felice Trio and
even a cheekily named side crew called the A.A.B.B. (Above Average Black
Band).
There are some impressive covers here, including the Dee Felice Trio’s
driving, jazzy version of James’ “There Was A Time” (known to the
hip-hop nation thanks to Chubb Rock’s “Treat ‘Em Right”), a live version
of Lyn Collins covering the Isley Brothers’ “It’s My Thing”, in addition to
her studio cover of James’ “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose.” In retrospect it
even sounds like James covers himself on the raw and powerful “Original
Rock Version” of his 1972 hit “Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’,” even
though the Rock version was recorded first, in 1970.
Marva Whitney’s “If You Don’t Give Me What I Want” is as powerful and
emotional as a soul ballad gets. The A.A.B.B.’s “Pick Up The Pieces One
By One” must have made the Average White Band want to hang up their
instruments. And one truly fascinating alternate take here is the
“Undubbed Version” of the JBs’ “Blow Your Head,” with the Moog work
and main Fred Wesley trombone solo removed. It lets the groove shimmer
in whole new light.
The more that newcomers and diehard fans alike dig into the James
Brown and People Records vaults, the more they realize that it’s a neverending
source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be
sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the
exhaustive efforts of Get On Down.”

A1. James Brown
Talkin’ Loud & Saying Nothin’
A2. Fred Wesley & The JBs
Blow Your Head
A3. The Believers
Mr. Hot Pants AKA Across The Track (Pts. 1 & 2)
B1. Beau Dollar
Who Knows
B2. Hank Ballard & The Dapps
How You Gonna Get Respect
(When You Haven’t Cut Your Process Yet)
B3. Bobby Byrd
Doin’ The Do
C1. A.A.B.B.
Pick Up The Pieces One By One
C2. Lyn Collins
Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
C3. Sweet Charles
Hang Out & Hustle
D1. Dee Felice Trio
There Was A Time
D2. Vicki Anderson
If You Don’t Give Me What I Want
(I Gotta Get It Some Other Place)
D3. Marva Whitney
It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me
Who To Sock It To) (Live) Available from 25.11.2016

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