The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Rise Of The East (7", self-released, 2015)

After a killer first, self-released 45 (licensed in Paris DJs' funk/soul compilation 'Killas, Thrillas & Chillas'), and a couple months before their first full-length album release on Colemine Records, San Diego-based instrumental soul band The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble are dropping another...

The Meltdown - Better Days (7'", HopeStreet Recordings, 2015)

It seems the success of The Bamboos after their crossover into pop landscapes has inspired other Australian soul bands… The Meltdown might be one of those, adding the classy HopeStreet Recordings retro soul production to some blues/country/gospel songwriting and a sweet, soulful voice. If the...

Movements Vol.7 - Compiled by Tobias Kirmayer (CD/2LP, Tramp Records, 2015)

Exactly one year after Volume 6, Tramp Records releases the next instalment in their 'Movements' series of unheard soul & jazz diggin' picks from the 60s & the 70s. The promotional CD doesn't really does the record justice, since it' doesn't include the 16-page CD-booklet (or the deluxe...

Nik Weston presents Afrofunk Gems Volume Five (7", Mukatsuku, 2015)

Jo Tongo was born and raised in Douala, Cameroon. He was sent to Paris by his father in 1964 and started studying pharmacy for a couple of years. While in Paris, he took up classic piano and obtained a degree from the Paris National Superior Academy of Music. A few years later Jo Tongo was...

The Bank - Europa Center (CD, Ambassador's Reception, 2014)

Italian funk & afro disco. I guess that's enough to grab your attention! The Bank is a guitar/bass/drums trio originating from Bologna. 'Europa Center' is their second album, closer to what the band does on stage than on their previous effort 'Upper Class', sounding like a perfect calling card...

Praise Poems - A Journey Into Deep, Soulful Jazz & Funk From The 1970s (CD/2LP, Tramp Records, 2015)

Tramp Records in Germany is a label we've learned to trust over the years, for the quality of their releases, the diversity of the themes they choose to explore, and the hard work they put into digging for stuff that hasn't been reissued yet. Their new, deeply groovy & soulful compilation...

1-6 - Cosmetic Love b/w The Public Opinion Six - Jappo (7", HopeStreet Recordings, 2015)

Today a nice surprise lands in Paris DJs' mailbox. And by 'mailbox' I totally don't mean 'e-mail box' but the real life one. The one where, regularly, artists and labels send some cool records for us to check and eventually review. No the one where so many people throw gigabytes of digital links...

Tropical Disco Hustle (CD/2LP, Cultures Of Soul, 2014)

If you're into the hard-to-find, disco-influenced, cosmic boogie or funk from Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica or the Bahamas, this Cultures Of Soul compilation is one you don't want to miss. Hand-picking up tunes one by one from rare-as-fuck vinyl, label honcho Deano Sounds has cooked a hard to...

Joanne Wilson - Got To Have You (12", Cultures Of Soul, 2014)

Released just a week prior to the 'Tropical Disco Hustle' compilation, this 12 inch collects the original and instrumental versions of Joanne Wilson's West Indies cosmic disco tune 'Got To Have You', along with a killer even-more-dancefloor remix of the same tune by Bosq of Whiskey Barons fame....

Stanton Davis & The Ghetto Mysticism Band - Isis Voyage (CD/2LP, Cultures Of Soul, 2014)

After the 2011 reissue of the cult 1977 jazz-funk album 'Brighter Days', Boston-based label Cultures Of Soul keeps on digging into the vaults of American trumpeter Stanton Davis. The original album is a killer, mind-blowing LP, between Pharoah Sanders and James Mason, ranging from blistering...

Bombay Disco: Disco Hits From Hindi Films 1970-1985 (CD/2LP, Cultures Of Soul, 2014)

DJ Brother Cleve has prepared here a stellar selection of disco bangers from Bollywood movies soundracks in the late 70s/Early 80s era. The grooves are heavily funky, and the songs really fun, with lots of great energy, making you wish you had the movies the music is extracted from to watch! Hints...

Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism - Things Cannot Stop Forever (Al Kent Version) (12", Cultures Of Soul, 2014)

US label Cultures Of Soul launched a year ago a new series of disco 12 inches records. The first release gathers two jazz-funk disco pieces from American trumpeter Stanton Davis and his Ghetto Mysticism band in 1977, previously released on the 'Brighter Days' album. The tune featured here were...

C.S. Crew - Funky Pack (CD/LP, Cultures Of Soul, 2013)

Even though it was released nearly 40 years ago in Nigeria, the City Street Funk Band's only album, 'Funky Pack' is heavy heavy heavy on the FUNK. In the mid-70s in Lagos, psychedelic rock was starting to get hijacked by the mainstream, the live scene getting its kicks on juju music, and the...

Myles Sanko - Forever Dreaming (CD/LP, Légère Recordings, 2014)

Born from a French mother and a Ghanean father, UK-based soul singer Myles Sanko released in 2013 a first, critically acclaimed EP, 'Born In Black & White', before delivering his first full-length album, 'Forever Dreaming', during the autumn of 2014. With a voice evoking Michael Jackson, Stevie...

Etienne de la Sayette - I'm So Cool In Seoul / Lord Bougainvillard (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2014)

Composer/arranger/producer Etienne de la Sayette is a frenetic globe-trotter and a relentless collector of musical instruments. Founder and headhunter of, among others, the Frix and Baeshi Bang (reviewed here) groups, co-founder/saxophonist for Akalé Wubé, Etienne might mostly be a live musician,...

The Electric Peanut Butter Company - Trans-Atlantic Psych Classics Vol.1 (CD/LP, Ubiquity Records, 2015)

In 2010 our esteemed collaborators Adrian Quesada and Shawn Lee finally met at the SXSW festival in Austin. In 2012 they started trading ideas through the internet. Late 2013 they released the first volume of their soft psych/folk/funk/psychedelic project The Electric Peanut Butter Company which we...

The Mighty Sceptres - All Hail The Mighty Sceptres! (CD/LP, Ubiquity Records, 2015)

After a few different releases under the Freestyle Records banner in the UK, with Frootful or Angeline Morrison (or that pretentious, insulting guy who thinks he's so big while Paris DJs is so nothing that we should be working for him for free), guitarist/composer/graphic designer Nick Radford is...

Lucky Brown - Mystery Road (2LP, Tramp Records, 2015)

After the 'Lucky Brown's Space Dream' CD/LP collection from 2011, American composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Joel Ricci a.k.a. Lucky Brown is back with a new concept: releasing a double vinyl album of deep funk tunes from different recording sessions, various incarnations of the Lucky...

Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra feat. Sandra Nkaké & Jî Drû - Talking & Singing (T-shirt/Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2014)

Talking & Singing unites together the forces of 3 unique players: Paris-based Franco-Cameroonian singer & actress Sandra Nkaké; composer, singer & flute player Jî Drû; reggae, ska, soul, and afrofunk producer Grant Phabao. The resulting piece is an amazing piece of afro-funk, blending...

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks - Dawn (CD/LP, HopeStreet Recordings, 2014)

The PutBacks is one of the rising funk bands in Australia. They came to our attention in 2011 with their first two 45s, 'Diamond Cutter' and 'Busted', and we were lucky to be able to license the b-side of their latest single 'Spanish Harlem on friendly label HopeStreet Recordings, for Paris DJs...

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