Vocalist Martha High spent three decades with James Brown, and she tells PopMatters about her resurrected solo career as well as her path through the music industry.
Ohio-based producer Jacoti Sommes creates a warm sonic world where trippy vibes coexist with funky jams on his typically strange, lovable new album, Travel Time.
Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis takes the sound of an all-night throwdown in the French Quarter worldwide with help from his mighty Uptown Jazz Orchestra.
The Staple Singers' Stax recording, Come Go with Me, captures their transformation from the church-wrecking gospel highway to the soul-filling pop charts.
Spafford are known for their improvisational skills, and they waste no time before taking the audience on a magic carpet ride to a higher dimension.
Karl Denson's funky dance parties have been a regular occurrence at the Fillmore over the past two decades and a great new tradition is now growing, with Tiny Universe returning for late December shows for the third time in four years.
Strut Records compilation Alefa Madagascar! traces cultural flows and musical history in funk and folk, and shows a range of the nation's popular music styles from 1974 to 1984.
Prince's 1999 is not so much one of the greatest albums of all time as a curation from an amorphous mass of music that might be one of the greatest achievements in pop.
The year in R&B and soul brought brilliant returns from music legends alongside artists pushing the boundaries of R&B past any limits. It's a genre where retro and futurism nestle cozily side by side. Here are the 15 best.
The Souljazz Orchestra confront current political realities with a mix of reggae, ska, disco, and punk -- plus some jazz and soul, of course -- on Chaos Theories.
Brooklyn Funk Essentials take partying to intergalactic levels in a video both space-age and retro for "Funk Ain't Ova".
Soul Jazz packs an impressive range of vintage sounds into an expanded release of Nigeria Soul Power 70.
The mastermind of the Ghost Funk Orchestrahonors the spirit of his grandfather -- and the spirit of Isaac Hayes -- on A Song for Paul.
Solid Bronze's Debut 'The Fruit Basket' Is a Worthy Addition to the '70s Funk and Soul It Emulates
Solid Bronze deliver animated funk, laid-back soul, and sauntering instrumentals on their debut The Fruit Basket.
How do you navigate the personal murk of every day, or in the political climate that hates you? Blood Orange's Angel's Pulse is a "mixtape" that sounds like how it might feel to live underwater.
If Khruangbin's Con Todo El Mundo was a sweltering Texas night drive, then Hasta El Cielo is a beachfront sunset. No longer on the attack, Khruangbin relax at last.
A collection of 15 highly enjoyable demos of songs written for other artists is another reminder – as if we needed one – of why we love Prince Rogers Nelson.
A music historian could pick out the multitude of sources that inform Diplomats of Solid Sound's A Higher Place. That may be fun and even illustrative, but it's beside the point. This is music to party with, dance to, and enjoy.
Miami's Scone Cash Players are a hot and scorching soul group that put the Hammond organ front and center in their sound. Hear their smoking new single "Canned Champagne".
L'Eclair's third album effortlessly touches on funk, prog, dub, disco, ambient, and electronic genres, warming the chilled precision of Krautrock with danceable rhythms. Bass player Elie Ghersinu observes, "It just keeps on evolving every day, every month."
A Certain Ratio's acr:box is a comprehensive and often stunning collection that charts the Manchester band's fascinating career.
Light in the Attic's latest reissue, Pacific Breeze, is rife with slick '70s grooves and '80s funk beats. It's the perfect soundtrack for a sunny day off with the ocean breeze in your hair
This time we have shadowy, soulful house with a UK garage twist in the form of Quiet Man X Joy Anonymous, stuttering funk from Skinny Pelembe, downtempo synthpop from CC Honeymoon, fiery punk 'n' roll from Eyesore & the Jinx, and glam-infused psychedelia from Benedict Benjamin.
Austin-based Afro-Colombian funk ensemble Superfónicos honors a more inclusive sense of America on their new cumbia single "Cumbéalo".
Cultural and musical variety is the spice of Austin-based Grupo Fantasma's American Music: Volume VII.
As a platform for further discussion and as a funky, hip shaking, unifying electronic album, Jayda G's Significant Changes is a triumph.
Florida garage soul outfit the Sh-Booms offer up a slice of the real via "Leon the Hustler" from debut album, The Blurred Odyssey. Fight the disenfranchisement.
Rhino has remastered Curtis Mayfield's first four albums, a politically conscious, progressive-soul tetralogy that has stood the test not just of time but also changing tastes and fashions, and come out sounding stronger than ever.
You've danced to Sister Sledge's joyful "We Are Family" at high school dances and gay -- and straight -- weddings. Kathy Sledge revisits the iconic song with James Earl Hardy.
'Jazz Is the Teacher, Funk Is the Preacher' Continues the Connection Between Black Power-era Art and Progressive Jazz and Funk
Soul Jazz Record's second tie-in to the Soul of a Nation art exhibit brings the funk, alongside a wide range of progressive populist jazz from the early '70s.
Mark Feldman's Level 5 release their funky debut EP, Sybil, on 22 February and share the new track "Jabber Jaw", evidence of the members' deep musical roots in funk and fusion.
Replete with rich production and a polished, soulful sound, Toronto R&B group After Funk's newest single is a scorcher.