September 4, 2007

cuttin' up

the johnny otis show

cuttin' up
1970 / epic
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funky, bluesy track - with cruisey xylophone. born in california as john veliotes, a greek-american who in his teen changed his name to the blacker sounding 'otis'. wore many musical hats in his career as performer and producer, disc jockey and author. thanks to the ggc for the headsup on this brother.

northern girls


turntable soul music
2007 / tru thoughts
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great band out of the uk on the very reliable tru thoughts label. lead singer kathrin deboer has moments of husky funkiness, similar to alice russell (another tru thoughts connection) all the time delivering vocals reminiscent of beth gibbons from portishead. very cool and fresh.

August 16, 2007

it's a new day

james brown

in the jungle groove
1986 / polydor
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there's not much i can say about the godfather of soul - everything funky comes back to the man. great track here lifted off the album that gave us "funky drummer" and "give it up (or turn it loose)."

August 15, 2007

never say never


the soulciety funk family "yellow" [compilation]
1993 / soulciety records
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another smokin' track from the yellow soulciety compilation - enjoy!

soul bossa nova


private funktion
2006 / jalapeno
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skeewif are described as the "retropolitan sound of swinging london." this is a cool take on quincy jones' 1962 brazilian jazz classic, cut from the born the jazz movement mix over at royalgroove - check it out here.

August 9, 2007

get it

wilmer & the dukes

wilmer & the dukes
1969 / aphrodisiac records
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originally a cover band (steve miller, rolling stones), wilmer and the dukes formed in the late 50s. except for wilmer, all the members were white, making the band stand out in the all-back clubs they mostly played in. the band only recorded one album, with wilmer providing the sax and vocals, except for this instrumental number.

August 6, 2007

brown sugar


brown sugar [single]
1995 / cooltempo
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d'angelo is well known as a soul/funk producer and performer of enormous talent. this track's from his first album, a stripped back sexy dip into caramel mellowness.

August 5, 2007

oiganio (son numero seis)

bobby matos & the cuban jazz ensemble

chango's dance
1995 / ubiquity (cubop)
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a latin legend, bobby matos is one of the best examples of today's latin jazz scene. released on ubiquity's latin arm CuBop, chango's dance is a classic album, filled with wonderful music moments. definitely seek it out and grab a copy when you find one.

tribute to jb family

the last minister

tribute to jb family 12"
1992 / rec in pause
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funky dance track here from italian artist the last minister, full of jb samples with a juicy, thick groove. similar to jestofunk, and more like it can be found at the very delicious irma records.

stoned again

sound assembly

the acid jazz test - part 2 [compilation]
1994 / moonshine music
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funky acid jazz with a hip hop feel, this record is a good compilation of 90s jazz/funk. nice and laid back.

August 1, 2007

gimme some time [featuring mounam]

mr. president

45T / 12"
2006 / favorite recordings
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french producer patchworks delivers the funky stuff as mr. president. this is a collaboration with favorite recordings, however patchworks impressively wields most of the instruments on the track himself. hard funk in the same contemporary style as the bamboos or quantic.

July 31, 2007

suspicious minds

dee dee warwick

suspicious minds / i'm glad i'm a woman
1971 / rca
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dionne's sister released this cover of 'suspicious minds' while elvis presley's version was still in the charts.

July 26, 2007

cut me loose


the soulciety funk family "yellow" [compilation]
1993 / soulciety records
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lifted from the first soulciety compilation - a great, diverse series of funk, jazz and hip hop. I'll post a few more from this supreme album in future weeks. enjoy!


blue mitchell

pulp fusion: return to the tough side [compilation]
1998 / harmless
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had to keep with the trumpet theme. and well, the dorado theme. here's a long, hot serve from the incomparable blue mitchell. originally from the classic 1973 album graffiti blues.

it's a cool world

cool world ensemble

dorado: a compilation - volume 3
1994 / dorado
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a bit of a long lay off - some time between posts. got some great stuff queued up so stay tuned. to recommence the goodness, a nice jazzy trumpet track from the delightfully obscure dorado label.

June 20, 2007

spock with a beard

palmskin productions

mo'wax: royalties overdue
1994 / mowax
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mowax were responsible for some pretty awesome sounds in the 90s, and this track is no exception....trippy jazz with cap'n kirk samples...has the whole galaxy gone crazy?

watermelon man

sirius b

snowboy presents: the true jazz dance sessions
2000 / ocho
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another selection from snowboy's jazz dance sessions - a fresh take on the herbie hancock classic. sirius b are a brazilian jazz/dance outfit released on the supremely cool italian irma label.


dionne warwick

snowboy presents: the true jazz dance sessions
2000 / ocho
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snowboy is a uk-based percussionist and dj with a solid afro-cuban flavour. a surprising cover by miss warwick, up-tempo and latin-loco.

May 29, 2007

i don't need this trouble

natural self featuring alice russell

i don't need this trouble e.p.
2006 / breakin bread
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natural self is a producer of some pretty kick arse funk and hip hop, his sound distinctively atmospheric, with hard drums and crazy percussion. the awesome alice russell applies the vocals on this great, break-beatin' funk soul treat!

rebel radio [smalltown djs mix]

smalltown djs

hai karate allstar remix series: funk
2006 / hai karate
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this canadian label has some great records and remixes. for more, check out smalltown djs myspace. the above track is a fresh hot cup of hip hop, afro blend.

what's your problem? [martin brew remix]


what's your problem?
2005 / discotheque
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there's a crazy xylophone or something in the background on this track, that flows nicely with the laid back groove and kelly dickson's soulful vocals.



? / white
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fk1000 is a collaboration between fort knox five and ursula 1000. from what i've heard of fk5 they are worth digging for - unfortunately not that prolific. this is a catchy hip hop track with a bit of dancefloor sensibility.

May 17, 2007

the robot

jimmy green

old 45
? / wand
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i don't know anything about this track or jimmy green - but i do know it's funky soul with sound effects. buried in one of the mixes on andy votel's music to watch girls cry, which you can check out here.

your love is too much

gene harris & the 3 sounds
gene harris & the 3 sounds
1971 / blue note
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another gene harris selection; the maestro delivers the funky stuff on piano, backed by sizzling bass and percussion. enjoy!

simple song (grand phabao mix)

the procussions

parisdjs release
2006 / -
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i've recently discovered this l.a. hip hop outfit - the laid back old school vibe is right up my alley. the track is a fine dose of reggae/hip hop, with lots of percussion - courtesy of grand phabao. check out the album 5 sparrows for 2 cents, and a great live mix here.

May 6, 2007

blacker [94eq mix]

the ballistic brothers

the ballistic brothers vs the eccentric afros (volume 2)
1994 / delancy street
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the ballistic brothers were ashley beedle, rocky and diesel. their sound was jazz-influenced dance, not quite acid jazz, with great samples and a hip hop feel. the "vs eccentric afros" compilations were in particular very innovative and supremely cruisy. listen out for the gil scott-heron sample.



big beats (compilation)
1997 / ?
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great chunky bass in this hip hop groove from the big beats compilation. i can't find the original album - a collection of detroit or east coast hip hop instrumentals. solid.

May 4, 2007

going down for the last time

ronnie keaton

keb darge's legendary deep funk vol 1 (compilation)
1997 / bbe
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another killer funk-soul cut where i don't know anything about the artist. this track is lifted off the supremely funky keb darge's legendary deep funk, a series of compilations unearthing awesome and obscure 45s. well worth checking out.

April 30, 2007

i who have nothing (am somebody)

ray frazier and the shades of madness

old 45
? / stanton
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not much info can be found on ray frazier - nevertheless what an awesome funk track. the label, stanton, was run out of california, and features one of atleast two recordings by this artist. cheers to a.k. over at soulshower for background on the label.

April 14, 2007

april funky 15 - "jungle groove"

new musak in the jukebox ... enjoy!

thelma jones / mr. fix it man
spanky wilson / sunshine of your love
titus turner / can you dig it
robert parker / hip-huggin
ray charles / baby it's cold outside
paul anker / smells like teen spirit
terry clark / el blues latino
john scott / mas que nada
omar feat angie stone / stylin
tone-loc / wild thing (remixed)
salt n pepa / push it (remixed)
bluezeum / can i get that funk
blackalicious / make u feel that way
sugar billy / supa dupa love part 1
timmie rodgers / super soul brother
james brown / it's a new day

download mp3 mix

download tracks here

April 12, 2007

who is he (and what is he to you?)

gladys knight and the pips

standing ovation
1971 / motown
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funky soul sistah at her best, covering the bill withers classic.

April 11, 2007


patti drew

blue note trip - saturday night (compilation)
1968 / blue note
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what is it about blue note tonight? brilliant version of the ol' standard (there's also a great elvis version on the funky 15 jukebox). not sure where the original recording of this track comes from, but definitely check out blue note trip [saturday night/sunday morning], which has this and many more from the great jazz label. also keep an eye out for the upcoming patti drew compilation, workin' on a groovy thing.

sookie sookie

grant green

1970 / blue note
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another blue note joint (in fact, lou donaldson introduced grant green to the label), green is one of the great, unsung jazz guitarists. i love everything about this track - the sprinkling of latin percussion, the keyboard and sax solos, the howls of delight by the musicians as they get their groove on. awesome.

everything i do gohn be funky (from now on)

lou donaldson

everything i do is funky
1970 / blue note
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i regard this as donaldson's best album, accompanied with the usual funky suspects idris muhammed, melvin sparks, lonnie smith and blue mitchell. one of the great jazz alto saxophonists, I found this quote by him...aww brother, yes - i dig...hope you enjoy the track.

"I don't care what kind of style a group plays as long as they settle into a groove where the rhythm keeps building instead of changing around. It's like the way an African hits a drum. He hits it a certain way, and after a period of time, you feel it more than you did when he first started. He's playing the same thing, but the quality is different -- it's settled into a groove. It's like settin' tobacco in a pipe. You put some heat on it and make it expand. After a while, it's there. It's tight."

April 10, 2007

fire eater

rusty bryant

fire eater
1971 / prestige
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rusty bryant had his best moments with funk-soul-jazz numbers in the late 60s and early 70s. this is a great jazz track, and showcases the tenor saxophonist hittin' it hard. enjoy!

April 6, 2007

super duper love (are you diggin on me?)

sugar billy (willie garner)

old 45
1974 / fast track
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i recently heard the joss stone cover of this track, and was instantly hooked - it's such a bright, sunny soul number. this original version is an equally great chunk of funk/soul. hope y'all having a good easter.

April 4, 2007

i only have eyes for you

the flamingos

flamingo serenade
1959 / end records
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after reminiscing with a friend, i had to go diggin for this doo wap treat. though not the original (that was dick powell in 1934), i think it's the best version - a veritable soul classic. so lay back, close your eyes, and think ponytails, diners and old chevrolets...

April 3, 2007

low rider


why can't we be friends?
1975 / avenue records
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an old-skool favorite of mine...i love this track. it's been sampled quite a bit, most notably by the beasties on "slow ride" from licensed to ill. it also features in the cinematic cheech & chong classic, up in smoke. ah yeah.

remember [live]

ben harper and the innocent criminals

faded e.p.
1993 / ?
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an early ben harper cover of an older jimi hendrix tune. juan's bass solo in the middle of this track has to be heard - sooo wicked. for jadeypoo.

going home

black grass

black grass
2003 / catskills records
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a chilled, downtempo groove from the black grass crew. I keep on encountering mixes by these guys, all supremly funky. this album is killer, and definitely check out their myspace for some awesome mixes.

March 27, 2007

if this ain't love (don't know what is)

nicole willis and the soul investigators

keep reachin up
2006 / timmion
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I think I got it right this time ;). i'm diving into brooklyn born, finland living soul sistah nicole willis. the album is nicely polished and this track is killer. great article about her and the band here and another one here. cheers to bobbalin' hot ... mama feel good!.

March 18, 2007

bud makes me wiser


the definitive article
1994 / yellow
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uk rapper ex-press was released on the french label yellow productions back in '94; i can't find much info at all about him, but "the definitive article" is a solid hip hop release.

blues for basie

gene harris

funky gene's
1994 / concord records
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a great pianist, gene harris mixed blues and gospel influences with his eminent jazz style. this track is a solid example of his work; tightly performed, handled perfectly.

March 13, 2007

hungry like the wolf

richard cheese

2005 / -
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cheesy as he can be, dick delivers his swinging take on the duran duran hit.

flute loop [instrumental]

the beastie boys

ill communication
1994 / capitol
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the original recording of this song has rap vocals, from the hip hop nugget ill communication. i dig this instrumental version, clearly showcasing the trio's genius in fusing their musical influences into "the nu jazz."

neutron dance

pointer sisters

break out
1983 / planet records
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it's classic funky urban pop from the album that brought us other 80s milestones as "i'm so excited" and "jump (for my love)." more of the sister trio goodness can be found on their 1975 record, steppin'.

March 9, 2007

step it up

the bamboos (with alice russell)
step it up
2006 / ubiquity
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alice russell is prolific as she is talented, regularly involved in collaborations with the likes of quantic soul orchestra, tm juke, and the bamboos, as well as being a solo artist in her own right (check out under the munka moon). this searing-hot serve of raw funk is the title track off the latest album from melbourne outfit the bamboos. i've also included a live cover of "crazy" by cee-lo (he of gnarles barkley fame). while not as good as the original, it showcases russell's sweet, soulful vocals.

crazy (gnarles barkley cover) - live
alice russell (w/quantic)

March 8, 2007

rehab (d.e.d. remix)

amy winehouse

rehab [single]
2006 / universal
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amy winehouse has been getting a lot of attention lately with her latest album rehab, and along with joss stone and alice russell she is one of the premier female talents on the uk soul scene.

running from love

freddie cruger featuring atl

dub selector 3 (compilation)
2006 / quango fontana
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hailing from stockholm sweden, freddie cruger has been producing soulful discobeats for over a decade. this is a great reggae joint with a hip hop flavour...

March 7, 2007

family rap (extended vocal mix) / trick me (tm juke mix)

breakestra featuring chali 2na, soup, double k / kelis

family rap 12" / rebtuz ep3 12"
2006 / ubiquity / tru thoughts (?)
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a double hit of funky hip hop. the first is another blazing funk track from breakestra, a version of which can be found on their essential hit the floor album. this particular remix is from the limited vinyl 12" single release, and features the unmistakable baritone rap of charli 2na (jurassic 5). the other is a great jazzy rehash by tm juke of the kelis track "trick me." thanks goes to djouls for the smooth mix.