December 22, 2014 by Nigel
For the final edition of ‘New Music‘ for 2014 we’ve got releases from the past few months, plus some music that we missed earlier in the year. All very worthy of your attention.
We’ve also included a track from 2013 by The Delegators, if you like the Ska sound of bands such as The Specials and The Beat then this once is for you. There’s afrobeat from Dele Sosimi, funk from UK band King Bee and soul courtesy of Myles Sanko plus much much more.
So grab your headphones and your favourite tipple and enjoy!
About New Music
‘New Music’ is a series of mixes, featuring the best new music from around the globe. In these mixes you can expect to hear an eclectic mix of funk, soul, jazz and much more.
1. Miles Tackett – The Fool Who Wonders
The Fool Who Wonders is the first solo record from Miles Tackett. Best known as the founder/leader of the Los Angeles based Funk/Soul outfit Breakestra. Miles fuses soul, psychedelia, jazz and blues.
Record Label: Rootdown LA Records // Release Date: 08 July 2014
2. The Delegators – I Didn’t Mean To Break Your Heart
I missed this when it was released back in 2013 and like it so much I couldn’t resist adding it to the mix. So it’s new to me but not exactly a new release.
The Delegators play rocksteady and early reggae, with hints of Motown and 60s soul. If you like the 2 Tone sound of the late seventies then this track is definitely for you.
Record Label: Unsigned // Release Date: 26 November 2013
3. Cherry Boop and The Sound Makers – Missed You
Paris-based sixties Soul outfit Cherry Boop and The Sound Makers bring us ‘Missed You’. Cherry draws inspiration from artists such as Tammi Terrell to Brenda Holloway to name two all backed up by the solid outfit that is The Sound Makers.
The LP ‘The Way I Am’ was written and recorded in France and Spain and mastered in Philadelphia by MSFB guitarist Bobby Eli at his Grooveyard Studios.
Record Label: Ray Muse Records // Release Date:07 April 2014
4. The Bluebeaters – Toxic (One Drop Version)
Italian Ska, Rocksteady and Soul combo The Bluebeaters have released their first 45 on Record Kicks. Toxic is a Jamaican cover-version of a well known pop single (you know who the original is by)! It quite clearly doesn’t need to be said that The Bluebeaters have improved the track a thousand times.
With four studio albums under their belt on various other labels I’m hoping that Record Kicks release more music from this outfit. The B side is a Soul/RnB cover of Catch The Teardrop by The Five Royales and also worth checking out.
Record Label: Record Kicks // Release Date: 22 Sept 2014
5. Myles Sanko – Forever Dreaming
UK soul singer Myles Sanko is influenced by the likes of Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Al Green and James Brown and you can certainly here it in his style. This is the title track from his new album of the same name and is a fusion of soul and jazz.
‘Forever Dreaming’ is Myles’ first full-length LP, a follow up to his 2013 EP ‘Born in Black and White’, which received critical acclaim. Expect to hear soul/jazz, acid jazz and classic soul.
Record Label: Legere Recordings // Release Date:12 Sept 2014
6. Third Coast Kings – Birds and Bees
Heavily influenced by the music of James Brown, deep funk and classic soul. Third Coast Kings are an 7-piece band from Michigan (USA). They pride themselves on producing an authentic sound that could easily be mistaken for having been released in the sixties or seventies.
‘West Grand Boulevard’ is their third album and showcases a raw yet soulful sound.
Record Label: Record Kicks // Release Date: 19 May 2014
7. AJ & The Jiggawatts – 98 Degrees
AJ & The Jiggawatts bring us their heavyweight funk sound with ’98 Degrees (of funk). Taken from their self-titled debut album which was crowd funded and released on G.E.D Soul records.
This is music for dancing, if this doesn’t get the party started then nothing will.
Record Label: G.E.D Soul Records // Release Date: 15 April 2014
8. King Bee – Six Foot Sucker
New funk outfit ‘King Bee’ released their much anticipated debut album and they haven’t disappointed. Hailing from the UK these guys really know how to play their funk.
‘Six Foot Sucker see’s the band members providing vocals in much the same way that Hot 8 Brass Band did with their cover of Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye.
Record Label: Beeswax Records // Release Date: 23 May 2014
9. The Baker Brothers – Hill Climb
Fans of The Baker Brothers will know what to expect, heavy hitting soul and funk aimed squarely at the dancefloor and album track ‘Hill Climb’ is just that.
Two and a half years since their last long player. ‘Hear No Evil’ is studio album number seven from The Baker Brothers and sees them go from strength to strength. Surely a contender for album of the year!
Record Label: Fish Leg Records // Release Date: 17 Nov 2014
10. Dele Sosimi – Sanctuary
Dele Sosimi was the keyboardist and musical director for both Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive force.
Hailed as a bit of an afro-beat legend this is his first single for Wah Wah 45’s. It’ s been produced by Nostalgia 77 (Tru Thoughts Records) and is a taste of what’s to come from Dele’s third album scheduled for release in 2015.
Record Label: Wah Wah 45s // Release Date: 07 Nov 2014
11. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Daddy
Acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks have teamed up to release Dawn. There first album together, out on Hope Street Recordings.
‘Daddy’ is the first single from the album and is a frenetic psych/soul stomper.
Record Label: Hope Street Recordings // Release Date: 07 Nov 2014
12. The Bluebottles – Come To This
The Bluebottles are on a mission to play no nonsense raw as raw funk.
They recently headed into the studio to record 13 tracks. Keeping to their no nonsense approach they recorded all 13 tracks in one day. Then it was up to in demand UK producer Lack of Afro to sprinkle his magic dust over the tracks. The resulting album is called ‘Bottled Up’.
Record Label: TRAMP Records // Release Date: 10 Nov 2014