"Bending New Corners" - Eric Truffaz
Superb 99 release from edgy French trumpeter - more jazz oriented than later work and all the better for that in my opinion - some of the best jazz/hip-hop fusion ever played - fantastique!... DJ Root
"Funky Freedom" - Gumbo Brothers
The Gumbo Brothers bring you a generous slab of bayou funk, by way of Venice Beach - great tunes, indepently produced and released and well worth your valuable time... DJ Root
"Power Punch" - Owiny Sigoma Band
Their debut was one of the best fusion experiments of recent years, with its clash of traditional Kenyan styles and contemporary British electronica, and here's a second set to prove how well the collaboration works. This time round, the nyatiti lyre expo...
"Oremi" - Angelique Kidjo
Kidjo uses her amazing voice as a vehicle for exploring the African roots of popular music. With this 1998 album she turns the light on hip-hop/r&b/nu-soul with great results - an afro-urban album that is actually in a genre of its own - luscious... ...
"The Spoken Word" - Various Artists
Well funky collection of Acid Jazz biscuits - themed around spoken poetic vocals and following in the tradition of Beat Poets and BeBop, The Watts Prophets, The Last Poets etc., the new take is definitely interesting - top drawer... DJ Root
"What It Is" - Various Artists
A glorious slice of funk and soul from the Atlantic/Atco/Warner vaults - singles A's and B's from 67 to 77 - features standards and rarities from the likes of The Meters, Wilson Pickett and lesser known acts - we spinnin' the 7' vinyl edition - yummy!...<...
"L'ombre sur la mesure" - La rumeur
Polemic French hip-hop from La Rumeur, a radical underground outfit heavily involved in combatting the institulationised racism of the French state - the beats are basic and solid with some nice melodics, taking backseat to the flows - premium hip-hop...<...
"ARULAR" - M.I.A
Hot electro from militant Tamil Maya Arulpragasam - stripped down grimey beats and cool London vocal delivery make for great jump up party tunes with serious lyrical and political depth - check out the spectacular rework of 'Sunshowers' - peachy... ...
"Bongo Rock" - Incredible Bongo Band
And, yes, the bongos are incredible - scratch band assembled for a B-movie soundtrack stuck together and created this veritable goldmine of breaks - mostly drum-centric covers of classic rock tunes - probably the most sampled album of all time... DJ...
"Manuel Guajiro Mirabal" - Manuel Guajiro Mirabal
Classic Cubano tunes courtesy of Buena Vista Social Club trumpet king - a tribute to legendary bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez - fantastic horns and rough and ready production - lovely job... DJ Root
"in the heart of the moon" - ali toure and toumani diabate
Kora/guitar duets from two Mali music masters - some percussion and vocals too, but its the interplay of the strings that makes the magic - whatever your usual reaction to 'world music', this is a recording of rare beauty which will not disappoint... <...
"Afro" - Novalima
An ethno-electro-latino fusion of the highest order - trad Peruvian songs and some original compositions with great rootsy percussion, instrumentation and vox and some subtle and skillful studio work - afro influences funk it up a little - just superb...<...
"Undun" - The Roots
undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford's internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out `on t...
"Slappers" - Dani Siciliano
Sumptuous electroid soul from Dani Siciliano - her second, 'Slappers', is a gorgeous combo of scratchy, thumpy and sometimes funky beats and Dani's wide ranging and supa quality vocals - great stuff... DJ Root
"Medicine Man" - The Bamboos
Medicine Man is The Bamboos fifth album on Tru Thoughts. A revelatory, forward-looking record, with guests including Aloe Blacc, Daniel Merriweather and Megan Washington alongside the powerhouse stylings of regular singer Kylie Auldist, this stunning LP m...
"Daptone 7 Inch Singles Vol 1" - Various Artists
Funky funk and sweaty soul from New York keepers of the flame Daptone - Lee Fields, Sharon Jones, Sugarman 3, the mighty house band The Dap-Kings represented - mostly available only on 7's prior to this - essential new school funk... DJ Root
"Soul '69" - Aretha Franklin
More jazz-swing than Soul really this one - an underrated album featuring Aretha in fine vocal form, great horns throughout and a band featuring Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter and Grady Tate amongst others - solid gold... DJ Root
"II" - Tensei
After the release of their “One” EP, Tensei, which consists of Chicago based musicians Simple X and Midas Wells, have released their second instrumental effort, “Two” on LA based label, Plug Research. Inspired by ’70s soul, afro-funk, and themed soundtrac...
"Stand Up And Be Counted" - Various Artists
Combines the More Popular Soul, Funk and Jazz Recordings of this Period by James Brown, Gil Scott, Heron and the Impressions with Very Rare Songs by Such Musicans as Hank Ballard, Flames and Clarence Paul and the Members.
"Indigo Red" - Amana Melome
Top drawer indie release in a jazzy, nu-soul stylee with occasional funky breakouts - strong and varied songs and arrangements and a peachy voice with classic jazz quality and a sophisticated soulful twist - simply great, snap this up... DJ Root
"Musicaelettronica Volume Uno" - Piero Umiliani
Oh my god - yes I do believe because I just went to heaven - Italian composer and jazz head Piero delivers the funkiest synth jazz ever made - these tunes from 69 to 79 are a revelation - the future is here, and its 30 years old :) DJ Root
"Hit The Floor" - Breakestra
Strong debut album from LA funksters - nicely updated retro 60's/70's funksoul vibe with some b-boy touches in the mix - great horns and drums in particular - all tunes played at party pace - funkalicious... DJ Root
"Release The Hounds" - The Fellows
More electroid hip-hop weirdness of a particularly English kind from the terminally twisted Fellows ('The Fellows Who Cut The Hay', to give them their full moniker) - "Release The Hounds" is their second full length, self-release - while lyrically the ton...
"Cover the World" - Various Artists
Covers of pop 'classics' in global stylees - great latin take on Walk On The Wild Side and someone even manages to make a Phil Collins song sound like music! - a whole world of fun... DJ Root
"Run Come Save Me" - Roots Manuva
While the debate rages about why a country as large and multicultural as England has yet to produce a noteworthy MC, Roots Manuva makes a strong case that a contender has arrived. On "Witness 1 Hope" (hands down, the best cut on the album) and "Article," ...
"Songs Of Icon" - Lekan Babalola
Percussionist Lekan Babalola has played with a stellar list of artists including Fela Kuti, Ernest Ranglin and Roy Ayers - this solo album occupies a unique jazzy space between latin and afrobeat - hear it to believe it - Mr Bongo strikes gold again!......