What's New: Roots Department

Here we cover new-releases from the rich traditions of Soul music, Country Music, Blues & Jazz, along with the traditional folk-musics the world over. We'll tip you off to quality reissues while also checking in with today's torch carriers.

Jason Isbell Live At The Ryman

The ex-Drive By Trucker has become one of the most important voices in today’s Americana music landscape. And a lot of his notoriety has been earned on the road, with a notoriously excellent live presence. Getting a great live experience to translate to wax is rare, but this one gets it, and this is timely music.

Dean Wareham vs Cheval Sombre S/T

This one is somehow akin to a mystic western take on the vibes of Mr Wareham’s old gig in Galaxie 500. Reverb and twang are everywhere. Dare say there might be a little Morricone in the influence mix. Sounds very wide-screen!

Georgia Anne Muldrow Overload

Georgia updates her sound a touch, but this is still soul music. Crisp sounding, with her rich voice over cutting edge modern production. She’s not afraid to takes risks with what soul music can do. Badu fans should listen right away if they don’t already know.

Dur-Dur Band Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

From the brilliant archivists over at Analog Africa is an excellent collection of vintage Somali groove from the Dur-Dur Band. It’s got that Afro-beat devotion to the rhythm, and an amazing, one-of-a-kind sound, a little lo-fi warble, propulsive ensemble playing, and such musical language.

Brownout Fear Of A Brown Planet

We were probably sold on this one once we saw the record cover, but a grimy instrumental funk record inspired by the music of Public Enemy is a real good time. It’s been out for a bit, but isn’t getting old. A little psychy and a lot of sweaty, it’s a good groove.

Takeo Moriyama East Plants

Quite obscure in the west, this is some very fine Japanese jazz. Reissued by the DJ worshiped BBE label, this record is both spiritual and soulful, unique and percussive. We don’t know a lot about the artist but this sounds incredible!

Jr. Thomas & the Volcanoes Rockstone

Incredibly soulful contemporary reggae music, this is a rare thing! Honest lovers-rock, brilliantly produced, pure bliss. The Colemine record label has been on a tear, add it to the list of record labels you must hear every release from.