Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal mix two parts soul and one part funk to bring a natural winning hand to their new album Natural Born Hustler.  This is the group’s fifth studio album and first released by Color Red Studios. The band’s been around since 2012 but their signature soundContinue Reading

Joy Guerrilla is the Los Angeles-based duo Magdalena Daniec and Adam Grab. The Park Is Closed is their second full length album after Skyline (2018) which followed their debut EP E.N.O. (2015).  The Park is Closed is a fun, funky trip with a great warm weather West Coast vibe.  ForContinue Reading

Malika Tirolien is a Guadeloupe-born, Montreal-based star of the world music scene. She first gained recognition on Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Volume One with the wonderful tunes “I’m Not the One” and “Sew” in 2013. Since then, Malika’s been busy releasing her first solo album Sur La Voie Ensoleillée inContinue Reading

The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band “MSB”, is an apt title for this, the third studio album from the group.  MSB is somewhat of a house band for Daptone Records sublabel Dunham Records, having been the main support for the late, great Charles Bradley, the flying eagle.  MSB wasContinue Reading

The Dip Plays It Cool. Yes they do. This band is one of my favorites to get introduced to over the last couple of years.  They have a new soul and funk sound with that old school feel and on top of that can play with both an edge andContinue Reading

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose” and this year it was for listening intently to recorded music.  In a time when live music was unimaginable, there was a plethora of terrific albums in 2020.  This annual recap covers my most enjoyable albums released inContinue Reading

One of the coolest things in writing about music is finding out that the funk is alive all over the world. This coverage is on Pickpocket’s newly released album ‘Refraction‘ coming to us from Melbourne, Australia. The 8-piece band plays groove-based instrumental music with a focus on tight, funky rhythmsContinue Reading

Harlem Hipshake is a release that will keep you movin’ and groovin’ all day and night. It’s a full on party with a throwback style to the Latin soul of Ray Barreto and Mongo Santamaria in the ’60s.  The Bongolian, multi-instrumentalist Nasser Bouzida, plays all the instruments except the funkyContinue Reading

There’s a Tide is one of the best jazz albums you’ll hear this year from a 12-piece band.  The awe-inspiring aspect is that all twelve pieces are played by Chris Potter.  As amazing as that is, the song’s are a superb collection with Chris’ impressive imprint on each track. sContinue Reading

Polyrhythmics are a band that I first connected live perform during a scintillating set at Suwannee Hulaween 2019 in Live Oak, Florida. That set was transcendent and many who saw it said it was the best of the fest.  The eight-piece group with impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship. BackContinue Reading