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Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: Aragon/El Niño

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Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, from San Diego, is one of the most talented new bands on the West Coast. The group mixes funk, soul, jazz, Latin & African influences to create unique, exciting music.

Their 2018 single on Colemine Records, “Aragon b/w El Niño" is a little black crack 45 inch slab of jazzy ...

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Analog Son: CTI

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Analog Son is the brainchild of Jordan Linit (guitar) and Josh Fairman (bass), with only goal, TO FUNK!

Jordan Linit and Josh Fairman originally created Analog Son around a studio project involving the Shady Horns, Ryan Zoidis and Eric Bloom (Lettuce/Soulive), and Joe Tatton (New Mastersounds). Now in 2018, they have cultivated a steadfast ...

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Soul Sugar: Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)

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Phenomenal French band, Soul Sugar, comes through with what could surely be the best reggae album of 2017--Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). True to its name, this album is full of funky, soulful reggae tunes, and each one has a delightful dub version as well.

Keyboard player Guillaume “Gee" Méténier, ...

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Funkallisto: Saturday Night Dogs

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Italian funk band, Funkallisto, comes from Rome's Trastevere neighborhood, a fascinating maze of medieval streets along the Tiber. I originally got turned onto these Roman funkateers because of their smoking cover version of Willie Bobo's Latin funk classic, “Broasted Or Fried." Influenced by the great funk bands of the 1970s, Funkallisto keeps to those roots as ...

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Victor Rice: Smoke

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When I heard this one was coming out I couldn't have been more excited! Easy Star Records described Smoke as a blend of Brazilian Jazz and Rocksteady, so I knew it would be excellent.

Legendary Reggae producer, Victor Rice, has been living in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 2002 so an original album made from his ...

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Ikebe Shakedown: The Way Home

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Ever since I heard their debut in 2009, Ikebe Shakedown became one of my favorite bands. There's nothing I love more in music than funky grooves, powerful percussion and bold brass. Ikebe Shakedown does all-instrumental, percussive, brassy Funk as well as anyone else on the scene these days.

Their 2017 record, The Way Home on ...

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 Polyrhythmics: Caldera

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The great Polyrhythmics of Seattle are back & better than ever in 2017 with their epic album, Caldera. Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, it showcases the instrumental eight-piece's impossibly tight grooves and virtuoso musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of Funk, Soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive Jazz, and Afrobeat.

“Goldie's ...

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PHO: Two

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PHO, the Minneapolis funk band, is one of the hottest rising stars on the modern funk music scene. Even Prince thought so.

The Purple One got hip to PHO, and then invited the group to open for Larry Graham at Paisley Park. Since then, PHO has played with The Motet, Dopapod, Dam-Funk, Dumpstaphunk and ...

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Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar’s

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A cool thing about music is that when you follow a band for a long time, you eventually get turned on to the music that influenced them. You get to hear all kinds of exciting new music, and start digging deep, going down groovy rabbit holes to discover great musicians you might not find on your ...

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Analog Son: Black Diamond

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Jordan Linit and Josh Fairman created Analog Son around a studio project involving the Shady Horns, Ryan Zoidis and Eric Bloom (Lettuce/Soulive), and Joe Tatton (New Mastersounds). Since conception the band has now recorded three records with 30 amazing musicians--their 2014 debut, Analog Son, and one of the best albums of 2015, Stomp & Shout. And ...