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Monophonics Are an Ardent Blast of True Rock 'n' Soul on 'It's Only Us'

The third time's the charm as Bay Area soul sextet Monophonics release their shiniest record yet in It's Only Us.

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On Top of the World: An Interview With Martha High

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.

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Jacoti Sommes Gets Spacey and Soulful with the Irresistible 'Travel Time'

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.

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Delfeayo Marsalis Makes a Joyful Noise on 'Jazz Party'

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis takes the sound of an all-night throwdown in the French Quarter worldwide with help from his mighty Uptown Jazz Orchestra.

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How the Staple Singers Became the Soul of Protest Music

The Staple Singers' Stax recording, Come Go with Me, captures their transformation from the church-wrecking gospel highway to the soul-filling pop charts.

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D'Angelo's Anti-Producer Project, 'Voodoo'

D'Angelo's Voodoo may well be the working blueprint for "post-Soul" black pop, but are pop fans ready to embrace more than the same five melodies and the same five bass-lines?

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Spafford Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary with Jamtastic Return to the Great American Music Hall

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.

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Get Down to Rise Up at the Fillmore

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.

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Alefa Madagascar!: Salegy, Soukous and Soul from the Red Island 1974-1984

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.

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Prince's '1999' Shines a Light on What Might Be the Best Year Ever for a Pop Artist

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.

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The 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2019

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.

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Jazz, Soul, and a Whole Lot More with the Souljazz Orchestra

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.

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Brooklyn Funk Essentials Go Space Age on "Funk Ain't Ova" (premiere)

Brooklyn Funk Essentials take partying to intergalactic levels in a video both space-age and retro for "Funk Ain't Ova".

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'Nigeria Soul Power 70' Expands to Include Even More Funky Soul

Soul Jazz packs an impressive range of vintage sounds into an expanded release of Nigeria Soul Power 70.

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Sister Sledge Before "We Are Family"

Even before Sister Sledge met Chic, they were making records and appearing on Soul Train. A new collection pulls together the best of Sister Sledge's early years.

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Kaleta and Super Yamba Band Create Glorious Afrofunk on 'Mèdaho'

There are no half-measures for Kaleta and Super Yamba Band on searing Afrofunk album, Mèdaho.

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Ghost Funk Orchestra Offer Up 'A Song for Paul' and One for Isaac As Well

The mastermind of the Ghost Funk Orchestrahonors the spirit of his grandfather -- and the spirit of Isaac Hayes -- on A Song for Paul.

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Yesterday's Jukebox: Chic - "Good Times"

Take a moment to consider Chic's massive 1979 disco hit "Good Times", the most present-tense song ever.

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Blood Orange's New Mixtape 'Angel's Pulse' Is Like a Thick Soup

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.

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Khruangbin Go All-Out Summer with New Dub Mix, 'Hasta El Cielo'

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.

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Another Treasure Trove Emerges from Prince's Vaults with 'Originals'

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.

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Diplomats of Solid Sound Take You to 'A Higher Place'

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.

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Scone Cash Players Bring the Hot, Funky Organ on "Canned Champagne" (premiere)

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".

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Swiss Grooves: An Interview with L'Eclair

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."

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A Certain Ratio's Legacy Is Immense, and Impressive

A Certain Ratio's acr:box is a comprehensive and often stunning collection that charts the Manchester band's fascinating career.

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'Pacific Breeze' and the Lost Japanese Genre of City Pop

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

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Brits in Hot Weather #15

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.

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Superfónicos Transcends the Limitations of the Americas' Political States on "Cumbéalo" (premiere)

Austin-based Afro-Colombian funk ensemble Superfónicos honors a more inclusive sense of America on their new cumbia single "Cumbéalo".

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Jayda G Wants You to Think While You Dance on 'Significant Changes'

As a platform for further discussion and as a funky, hip shaking, unifying electronic album, Jayda G's Significant Changes is a triumph.

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The Sh-Booms Tell Us All About "Leon the Hustler" (premiere)

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.

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Chapter One of Curtis Mayfield's Solo Career Gets a Much-Needed Makeover

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.

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Kathy Sledge on the 40th Anniversary of the Joyful Song, 'We Are Family'

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.

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'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.

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Mark Feldman's Level 5 Takes the Funk Higher With "Jabber Jaw" (premiere + interview)

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.

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