You know it's a good month to buy music when you find me trying to eat things like dryer lint and tote bags because I can't afford food. What's new, you ask?
Well, for starters, Tru Thoughts Records has released the new album by Nostalgia 77, titled Songs for My Funeral. Some of you may be familiar with earlier Nostalgia works via the limited seven-inches scattered over the past year. But while those little nuggets are just straight-up raw funk, Funeral is not. Rather, it's a sublime mix of downtempo and, dare I say, avant-garde jazz with a touch of gospel (!). Now I know this sounds like something a ponytail-havin' cheeseball who wears silk shirts and loves Thai food would create, but trust me, this is deep. Fans of Bonobo, Quantic, and Kruder and Dorfmeister, take note. On CD and double vinyl!
Speaking of Quantic, look for the new album in the summer, released stateside via Ubiquity Records. On the recent twelve-inch tip, you must go seek out Dr. Delay's The Limitations EP on Funk Weapons Records, worth it for the break-heavy "General Krook's Theme" alone. Fans of Cut Chemist will foam at the mouth for this one. Also, check for Zegon's Brazilian Export Breaks EP on Extensive Research. Here you get a producer who is very knowledgeable on Brazilian funk, jazz, samba, and percussion while also putting his sampler to good use. Finally, the latest Kraak & Smaak twelve-inch, "Keep On Searching," is just stupid fresh - by that I mean it's ill and def, knowhaimsayin'? It's simply one of the funky house cuts ever; the bassline is so huge, you may sweat gravy dancing to it.
On the reissue tip, run out and grab the self-titled repress of funky Filipino band Please. The original goes for about $200 and it is well worth it - imagine what James Brown would sound like if he hailed from Manila instead of Augusta, Georgia. The money shot is a cover of Sly Stone's "Sing a Simple Song." Also worth picking up is the latest Jazzman Records compilation, Midwest Funk, a collection of obscure but fantastic funk 45s from the early-'70s Midwest. Don't look for any familiar names here: This is as unknown as it gets.
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