KVNF New Releases

Tuxedo / Tuxedo II / Stones Throw: Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One present their second release as "Tuxedo" and the R&B, Funk, Soul, DooWop, 80s Club Grooves keep comin...

Five Alarm Funk / Sweat / FAF: The Vancouver 8 piece group offers up 12 colossal arrangements with Trumpet, Bass, Sax, Guitar, Congas, Drums, Timbales, Keyboards, Vocals...And we all know: We All Need A Little More Funk...

Thundercat / Drunk / Brainfeeder: 23 Tracks from the Grammy Winning Singer/Bassist make for a Jazzy/Alternative/Dance type blend with a rainbow list of guest artists;  Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Kamasi Washington, Wiz Khalifa - A remarkable, seductive, serious & humorous sound...

Jose James / Love In A Time Of Madness / Blue Note: Known primarily in the Jazz World, Jose is very capable of a Funky, Soulful, Bluesy Riff and this CD is filled with Voice and Vibe and Very Valuable Lyrics that lean in all directions, crossing all genres...

Izo Fitzroy / Skyline / Jalapeno: The Singer/Songwriter/Pianist  from London brings Gospel, Soul, Funk, Jazz and  Blues to her "Gutsy Vocals" and with Production by Dr Rubberfunk, her range is wide and wonderful...

Beth Hart / Fire On The Floor / ProVogue: The LA Based Singer Songwriter belts the Blues, Rock, Gospel, Soul & Jazz Fusion and is joined by Ivan Neville & Jeff Beck & Waddy Wachtel on a few tracks to make it even hotter.

Amos Lee / Spirit / Republic: After a  dozen years & 6 studio releases, "Spirit" (Released in 2016 & Self Produced) represents a stretch from Amos'  Acoustic Roots into a world inhabited by Rock/Soul/Piano Jazz & A New Orleans "Spirit" -

Neil Young / Peace Trail / Reprise: With his 37th Album, recorded in 4 days, Neil may have mellowed but his political message is true and strong and important...

David Gray / The Best Of David Gray / IHT: 14 tracks from the past releases of the  talented English Singer/Songwriter plus 2 new tunes; all of which are worth listening to again... and again...

Jim James / Eternally Even / Capitol: The voice is mellower, the instrumentals softer and the lyrics and message  as powerful as ever...

Sonny Knight & The Lakers / Sooner Or Later / Secret Stash: The elder Soul Man has a great story and with his 7 piece hot-hot-hot band of younger souls, & 10 super tunes, you can only give thanks for his talent and his perserverance and for "Sooner or Later..."

The Frightners / Nothing More To Say / DapTone: Jamaican Rock Steady, Reggae, Ska and a nod to R&B make this 11 track wunderkind a "must listen" and "must dance to..." With the  passing of the dominant lead singer, Dan Klein, the band will hopefully continue to regale their fans with the magic of that Caribbean sound blended with an irresistible soulfulness and lushness...

Thirty Three & 1/3 (3+31/3) / Richie Hart - Bobby Deitch - James Hart / Hohenberger Music: With  history & pedigree & a true "Family Affair" sensibility,  this Funky/Jazzy/Extremely Cool ensemble needs to be heard - If you are hip to Eric Krasno and the group Lettuce, you will recognize the sound & the irresistible tempo, lush vibes and soulfulness,  and you may find yourself playing it again and again...

Nick Waterhouse / Never Twice / Innovative Leisure: A sterling Singer/Songwriter, a remarkable Producer, a hot GuitarPlayer, and on this release he has put together a Powerhouse Gang of musicians & instrumentation (Waterhouse & Leon Bridges wrote "Katchi!") - He crosses the R&B/Soul/Rock/Jazz genres with ease and style...Wow!

Quantic  Presenta Flowering Inferno / 1000 Watts / TruThoughts:  Will "Quantic" Holland's third Reggae & Dub release will get you on the dance floor and with U-Roy, Alice Russell, Hollie Cook & Christopher Ellis in the mix; all 14 tracks are worthy of praise.

Boxer Rebellion / Ocean By Ocean / Absentee: The London based quartet has been around for 15 years and with a lead singer from Tennessee their 5th release transcends genre and location with an exquisite sound...

Peter Wolf / A Cure For Loneliness / Concord: The lead singer of the J Geils Blues Band is back and he is covering a lot of territory - Give it a listen, sit back and hold on...

Ceu / Tropix / Six Degrees: The Brazilian chanteuse  claimed " I am going back to the beat" on her masterpiece from Six Degrees and she succeeds beautifully with her trademark sultry vocals, muted drums, synthesizers & production from Herve Salters/"General Elektrik" (player with Lyrics Born, Fema Kuti, Blackalicious)...

Ceu / Tropix / Six Degrees: The Brazilian chanteuse claimed "I am going back to the beats" as she approached her latest masterpiece of sultry vocals, synthesizers, muted drums, and that definitive bass beat. French producer Herve Salters/"General Elektrik" (Player with Femi Kuti, Blackalicious & Lyrics Born) lent the "tropical and pixel" vibe...

Bonnie Raitt / Dig In Deep / Red Wing: The Grammy Winning Legend  is back with that amazing band, her profound lyrics & songwriting and that gorgeous sound...

Santigold / 99Cents / Atlantic: Fun music with a thoughtful lyricism and a dance beat.

Richmond Fontaine / You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To / Fluff & Gravy: Reportedly the final release from Willy Vlautin and that band of huge talent, the lyrics are poignant, humorous, heavy.

Rufus Du Sol / Bloom / Foreign Family Collective: "Dreamy Vocals, Moody Synths & Driving Kicks" says it all about this group that writes, produces and performs a remarkable array of sound. The 11 tracks are not enough; you will want more!

An incredible array of music for the week! David Bowie, John Trudell, Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell, Basia Bulat, DJDS - Gotta Pick One:

The James Hunter Six / Hold On / Daptone: The label is stellar and only features the cream of the crop - James Hunter is a Soulful R&B master and stretches on this one with a sweet taste of  Rock, Bossa Nova and a whole lot of "Get Up And Dance" music.

Joe Cocker / The Life Of A  Man / Sony:

A retrospective of  the legendary artist's incredible repertoire - Bittersweet and beautiful -  The liner notes by his brother are most touching - Listen and give thanks...

It's A Holiday Soul Party | Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Daptone

Sugar's Pick November 23rd, 2015:

Stick Figure / Set In Stone / Ruffwood: Written,  produced & recorded by self taught musician Scott Woodruff, The Roots/Dub/Reggae CD stands out as a sonic journey and deserves a listen.

Sugar's Pick For Week Of November 9, 2015

Ephemerals / Chasin Ghosts / Jalapeno: The 7 piece Group, based in Classic Soul, shifts to Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk and back again via a NY/ International/Urban/London scene. Their breakthru album, "Nothing Is Easy" was a favorite and they have created another rich and deep blend of genres and sound. 

Sugar's Pick for the Week of November 2, 2015:

Billy Gibbons & The BFG's / Perfectamundo / Concord:   ZZ Top's legendary Guitarist & Vocalist spent a little time as a Latin Percussionist  student of Tito Puente and he blends that Cuban-Afrom sensibility with his Blues ridden Rock on this first solo release. Lots to listen to.

Liz Vice / There's A Light / Ramseur: The Portland Singer mixes it up with a Soulful/Gospel/R&B sound rising from an obvious deep rooted spirituality.

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