RECORD KICKS – FUNK SIDES (VARIOUS ARTISTS)
Record Kicks proudly present "Funk Sides", the new compilation featuring 14 deep funk cuts taken from the label's vaults, out today in every digital store. Under its motto "The explosive sound from Today's scene", Milan-based independent label Record Kicks, together with similar outfits like Daptone, Jazzman, Freestyle or Timmion Records, has been pitching the so-called "Deep Funk" scene for 14 years. After the previous installment "Soul Sides" here's "Funk Sides" another irresistibly infectious compilation made of 14 heavy funk pearls from the Record Kicks vaults. Featuring tracks from Marta Ren & The Groovelvets, The Liberators, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations, Dojo Cuts, Martha High & Osaka Monaurail, Calibro 35 and many more. Play it loud!
RODNEY GREEN QUARTET FEAT. WARREN WOLF – LIVE AT JAZZHUS MONTMARTRE COPENHAGEN
The name of vibist Warren Wolf is emblazoned proudly across the front cover here – and for good reason, too – as the musician really steals the show in performance by a quartet led by drummer Rodney Green! The set's live, and maybe a bit looser than some of Warren's recent records – with long tracks that really showcase that boldly chromatic style he brings to his work on vibes, and which make him maybe our favorite contemporary talent on the instrument. And the group's also got strong work from Jacob Christoffersen on piano and David Wong on bass – rounding out the sound nicely, and given the whole thing maybe a bit more force and color than some of the more staid vibes/piano settings. Titles include "Bud Powell", "Emily", "Budo", "Just One Of Those Things", "Well You Needn't", and "Humpty Dumpty". ~ Dusty Groove
EDDY SENAY – HOT THANG
A heck of a great little guitar funk album – one of two rare sides cut by the amazing Eddy Senay! The record's all-instrumental – and Eddie's fuzzed-out guitar takes center stage over tripped-out arrangements that recall the best psychedelic funk of the early 70s – bubbling along with just enough drums, bass, and keyboards to make for a chunky bottom groove – while Senay wails over the top on guitar! The record reminds us of similar guitar funk albums from the time – including the work of Dennis Coffey, Eddie Fisher, or Donald Austin – but the groove's even more laidback and trippy, with a few nice breakway moments from the rhythm section. Tracks include "Jubo", "Hot Thang", "Message of Love", and great covers of "Ain't No Sunshine" and Donny Hathaway's "Zambezi". (Limited colored vinyl pressing). ~ Dusty Groove