saturday shifting


The Gene Dudley Group represents an outpouring of deep soul and funk music from obscenely talented 27 year-old multi-instrumentalist, Gene Dudley. The debut album, „Saturday Shifting“, was recorded in a cupboard in Muswell Hill, North London, and features the man himself on trumpet, saxophone, drums, bass, guitar and piano. On a couple of occasions, though, Gene had to budge over to allow fellow musicians Ewan Whyte and Tom Jackson to fit in a play a solo or two, but other than that, everything you hear on this album comes from the mind, mouth, fingers and heart of Mr. Gene Dudley Esq. Fans of labels like Truth & Soul and Daptone will relish these sonorous soulful offerings, but the influences on this album are wide ranging. Now available on Wah Wah 45s.

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mood matters


After his successful debut album „Keep It Raw“, Dusty now released his new project „Mood Matters“ via Jazz & Milk. The album has gained heavy support from Mr. Scruff, Simbad, Moonstarr, Jeremy Sole, Dom Servini, Nik Weston and many more. Place your order online via Bandcamp.

Don’t miss out on the Jazz&Milk Album Release Party at STRøM in Munich on May 3rd. Dusty & the Mood Matters Trio will perform several tracks of the album live.

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nobody can live forever


Tim Maia, the Brazilian Funk Soul Godfather was the real thing. His 1970 debut album introduced his audacious talent, as well as North American soul and funk musical influences, forever changing Brazilian popular music. His legendary appetites sought out carnal AND spiritual fulfillment in equal measure. He bought 100 hits of LSD and handed them out to the staff of his record label. At the height of his mid-70s success he joined the Cult of Racional Energy; watching for spaceships while wearing only white clothes and playing only white instruments! Yet the two albums he recorded for the Cult are among his best. His songs search for love, and they dig into the existential. His own lyrics say it best: “I am so groovy now and I don’t care!”. Stream the entire album below and watch the animated short movie on Tim Maia, narrated by Devendra Banhart. The album is available on Luka Bop, jump over and save a free download.

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people make the world go round


With his debut album „People Make The World Go Round“ the French producer Medline is taking you on a trip down memory lane by paying tribute to the jazz funk masters who’s music shaped the musical DNA of hip-hop. From Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith to Freddie Hubbard and the Heath Brothers. Songs like „Everybody Loves The Sunshine“, „Red Clay“ or „Smilin‘ Billy Suite“ have been a staple amongst hip-hop and jazz fans alike for a long time. But the album is more than a sample song-book of 90ties rap. Medline reinterpretates the songs in his very own way. A beatmaker by trade, Medline acts as a one man orchestra playing every instrument himself. with a strong focus on the flute. Think Herbie Mann joins Yesterdays New Quintett with a headnod towards broken beat. On three songs he is joined by Roni Alkekengi who’s sultry vocals are a perfect match.

Release via Melting Pot Music on 4th April. Stream preview tracks below.

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isle of magic


Mop Mop “… a bastard performance of modern jazz based on riffs looped till monotony…”, (from Nestor Ortiz Oderigo,Dictionary of Jazz-PBR 1961). Mop Mop is the brainchild of Andrea Benini, musician, producer, DJ who has been active for more than ten years exploring a large variety of musical genres, from club to jazz music.

To celebrate the release of MOP MOP’s forthcoming new album ‚Isle Of Magic‘ you can now grab the song ‚Run Around‘ featuring funk legend Fred Wesley & Anthony Joseph for free on Bandcamp! Release is march 2013, pre-order now via iTunes or Amazon.

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acting, thinking, feeling

Stark Reality - Acting, Thinking, Feeling

‚Acting, Thinking, Feeling‘ the Stark Reality’s complete works is out now on Now Again Records. Available on 3CD box set/digital. LP box set out March 5th. You can still download Monty Stark’s ‚All You Need To Make Music‘ and, if you’d like, subscribe to Now-Again Deluxe and get get the entire box set and a bonus album for $15!

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Stark Reality – All You Need To Make Music

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message from soulville

Marc Mac - Message From Soulville

Marc Mac (4hero) returns with ‚Message From Soulville‘ another mixtape album following on from ‚Extend The Knowledge‚ and ‚It’s Right To Be Civil‚. Beats are intertwined with soundbites from the 1960’s Vietnam War protest era where African Americans were sent to fight in Vietnam during the Civil Rights period in the USA.

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spiritual flight vol. II


Dâm-Funk starts 2013 with his second volume of ‘Spiritual Flight‘ of Stones Throw’s podcast series. After the first volume in 2008 you can stream the mix below and load it in your iTunes or direct (right click). If you’re interested in more funk stuff of Dam, check out Rappamelo’s unofficial compilations of tracks he released in 2012 on his soundcloud.

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1. Passage – I See The Light
2. OMNI – Warriors
3. The Ydoc’s – It’s Your Choice
4. Federation Of Love – You’ve Changed My Life
5. The Fords – He’s My Closest Friend
6. The King’s Men – It’s Testifying Time
7. The Rance Allen Group -Can’t Get Enough
8. The Rance Allen Group – It’s Your Time
9. Donn Thomas – Any Other Love
10. White Heat – Hold On
11. Norm Calvin and the Truthseekers – Faith Medley
12. D.J. Rogers – I Told Him I Would Sing
13. Larnelle – To Be Like Him
14. The Fantastic Violinaires feat. Robert Blair – Telephone
15. Eeddie Bradford – He Keeps Me
16. Louis Farrakhan – Let Us Unite
17. Googie & Tom Coppola – Joyous Flame (DāM-FunK String-Synth)

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silver and gold

fat freddy's drop - silver and gold

„Silver And Gold“ is the first single from New Zealand’s band Fat Freddy’s Drop forthcoming third studio album „Blackbird“ dropping early 2013. „Silver And Gold“ neatly summarises what to expect from the new album – a typically all-encompassing mix of reggae, dub and soul music. Free download below!



„Tintm“ is Alpman’s debut 7 inch and will be release by KEPT Records on january 2013. Alpman’s sound are instrumental spychedelic funk and worldbeat rhythms, but with a dose of head-nodding, hypnotic groove. Check out more Alpman tracks on his soundcloud page.

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there were seven

The Herbaliser - There Were Seven

The Herbaliser now released „There Were Seven“, their seventh studio album featuring Hannah Clive, Twin Peaks and George the Poet on the vocals. Listen to the preview minimix below and get it now direct or via iTunes.

„We came back to stick a banana in the tailpipe of that machine that keeps churning out plastic pop idols, fake hustlers and blow up dolls. The Herbaliser are proud to present to you „There Were Seven“. A trunk of funkin‘ beats, fashioned into weapons designed to raze that hunk of junk to the ground. Are you with us? Then lets go to work!“ DJ Ollie Teeba

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loving on the flipside

Now Again - Loving On The Flipside

„Loving On The Flip Side“ collects the overlooked ballads from the flip sides of the funk 45s in the Now-Again and Truth and Soul vaults. Loving On The Flip Side again offers the enthused a chance to listen to, read about and reflect on another great burst of black American creativity: the creation of a sublime genre “sweet funk”. It was the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy’s beautiful two-sider that set this record in motion, nearly ten years back. The collections comes with songs Black Velvet, Hot Chocolate, The Equatics, Lee Bonds, Symphonic Fours, Thomas East and many others. (read more)

Free download of „Darling Dears And Funky Heavy – And I Love You“ here. Get the album via iTunes and 2LP version anywhere good music is sold.

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ancestors of rap

Various - Ancestors Of Rap A Collection of Highly Underrated Prototype Rap Songs

Tobias Kirmayer of the soul/funk/jazz label Tramp Records compiled prototype rap songs, „Ancestors Of Rap“ unites the few existing soul and funk tracks from the late 1960s to early 70s that feature lyrics that are rhymed in rhythm. One of the most expressive examples is Who Got The Number by comedian Pigmeat Markham. Similar in style are Billy Dee & Sugarbear. No matter what track you select, James West, Bobby & Deborreh Williams or one of the big names like James Brown or Blowfly, you can be assured of the sheer quality and relevance of each song. The 12-page CD-booklet contains detailed liner notes and scans of all labels. The deluxe double-gatefold LP contains the same information as the CD-booklet and is limited to 1000 copies. Order via Juno or HHV.

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everybody loves the sunshine

Medline - Everybody Loves The Sunshine

Beatmaker and DJ from France Medline is paying tribute to the jazz funk originators. If you liked Medline’s take on the Stylistics classic „People Make The World Go Round“ then you might also dig his new 45 cover version of Roy Ayers‘ „Everybody Loves The Sunshine“ with Roni Alkekengi on vocals. Full album is coming this fall. Purchase via MPM Store and listen below.

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synthesizers in space

Shawn Lee - Synthesizers In Space

„Synthesizers In Space“ is Shawn Lee’s album no. 30. The new album is a diverse, densely layered collection from a musician known for his ability to blend sunny melodies, smoky grooves and propulsive rhythms into his own inimitable sound. Stream the entire project below and purchase on Amazon or iTunes.

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The Cactus Channel – Haptics

Funk, recorded straight to analog tape. It’s just like the old days, but so new it’s sporting a badass teenage moustache. Now that Melbourne funk sensation The Cactus Channel have graduated high school, they’re taking their own brand of high-octane, instrumental car chase funk and smooth soundtrack soul to the people with their debut „Haptics“ … (more). Download the track „The Colour of Don Don“ for free. Order the album via iTunes.

„Tightly thundering funk from the Oz scene“ – DUSTY GROOVES

lovers melt

Flying Lotus – Lovers Melt Pt.3
Flying Lotus released the third installment in his yearly Lovers Melt mixes, again via the Brainfeeder site. In case you missed Part 1 and Part 2. Stream Part 3 below and download here.
„Another mix for your summer – some things you know – some things you may not love“
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01. Intro
02. Sample
03. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
04. Marijuana interlude
05. Freda Payne – I Get High
06. The Whatnauts – I’ll Erase Away Your Pain
07. The Eight Minutes – Find The One Who Loves You
08. interlude
09. L.T.D. – Love Ballad
10. Don Blackman – Holding You, Loving You
11. Ann Peebles – Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness
12. unknown – Because I Love You
13. Norman Connors feat. Michael Henderson – You Are My Starship
14. Marvin interlude
15. Bobby Caldwell – My Flame
16. Lyn Christopher – Take Me With You
17. Lee “Scratch” Perry intro interlude
18. King Tubby & The Upsetters – Drum Rock
19. unknown
20. Dillinger – Flat Foot Hustling
21. The Congos – The Wrong Thing
22. Augustus Pablo – Young Generation Dub
23. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Black Panta
24. Herman Chin Loy – Heavy
25. coded performance interlude
26. Donovan – Wear Your Love Like Heaven
27. Soft Machine – Behind The Crystal Curtain
28. Soft Machine – As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
29. Almendra – Hoy Todo El Hielo En La Ciudad
30. Doris – You Never Come Closer
31. unknown
32. Junior Parker – Tomorrow Never Knows
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