The repertoire here is as great as the lineup – positive, upbeat soul songs all written by James Day – and performed with help from a huge cast of talent from the contemporary and classic soul underground – including Maysa, U-Nam, Glenn Jones, Trina Broussard, U-Nam, Donnie, Audrey Wheeler, Tony Terry, Cool Million, Gavin Christopher, and others! Some of these are folks we haven't heard in years – and certainly not in a setting this great – as Day works with U-Nam, who co-produced the set, in a mode that's got the same warm mix of classic and contemporary that you'd find in the best music by Incognito! Titles include "Considered Delivered", "We Dance", "Don't Waste The Pretty", "Dance Again", "Repertoire", "Rewind", and "RSVP". ~ Dusty Groove
BERNIE WORRELL / BILL LASWELL / KARSH KALE - FUNKCRONOMIC
Funkcronomic features iconic, influential P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell, ikonoklast bassist / producer, Bill Laswell with drumming by renown Indian DJ / producer Karsh Kale. Album features five post modern old school / new school funk based instrumental creations. Strongly related to a stripped-down take on Funkadelic with some futurist glimpses. Smooth and fluid bass and drum tactics build around the creative core of Worrell's legendary keyboard assault. One of the most copied keyboardists of his generation, influencing everything from hip hop, pop and all funk / rock hybrids. Funk not only moves, it can remove. Tracklist: Woo Doo; Flashlight-Redux; Outer Woo; Flash Back; and Shochrolling.
MARKU RIBAS – SAMBA
A great return to form from the legendary Marku Ribas – an artist we love for his Brazilian funky classics of the 70s – still sounding great after all these years! Marku's always had a very deep vocal approach – at the bottom end of the sonic spectrum, which not only makes for a very haunting presentation of the lyrics, but also puts his singing in a space that's very close to the basslines in the music – which often make older Ribas records feel like they're growing up out of the ground in a sweet flurry of rhythms and soul! This set's got Marku working in a slightly straighter samba mode, but one that's still very much his own – as most of the tracks are originals, and delivered with that incredible voice that's unlike anyone else we can think of. Instrumentation is by a cool combo of younger players – with percussion, cavaquinho, seven-string guitar, and trombone – and titles include "Cabana E Calor", "Samba De Lira", "500 Anos", "Choro Pro Marku", "Amar E Direito", "Zabele E Mae D'Agua", "Se A Onca Morrer", and "Jeito De Felicidade". ~ Dusty Groove