Jazzman Records recently released very rare material from Master Plan Inc., a band from Chicago led by Fred Shorts. All songs are previously unreleased, so if you’re into modern soul, 70s funk, smooth mid-tempo crossover dancers or high energy funk blasts – you’re in for a treat! Available now at Jazzman’s online store.
SePtember 1200 is a 12-track instrumental album inspired by Preservation’s sharing of the same birth date – September 12th – as the one and only Barry White. The concept of the album is based on material sourced from the maestro’s discography and produced solely on the 10-second sampling time of the classic drum machine, the SP-1200. The result is an outstanding 30-minute presentation of Preservation’s approach to constructing albums with a deeply personal touch that takes the listener on a journey of styles and moods.
You can download the album for free here or via Mondieu Music.
After 109 releases, 51 international artists, Record Kicks celebrate their 10th anniversary. From deep funk to (northern) soul, afrobeat, dancefloor jazz and rocksteady. The compilation is a collection of Record Kicks hits filled up with many exclusive contributions that will give you a full spectrum of the sounds they love. Featuring songs by Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers, Dojo Cuts, Gizelle Smith, Third Coast Kings, The Strides, The Baker Brothers, The Liberators and many more. Available now on Bandcamp, iTunes or Amazon.
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.
A four-track preview of Myron & E‘s upcoming album “Broadway” is available today on ITunes. Release-date of the complete work is July 7th. ”If I Gave You My Love” was shot in east Los Angeles at the UFW Hall in the City of Industry. Get the track for free here(right click).