I don't know if all of you realize this, but there's been some great funk/soul/afrobeat coming out over the last few years. A lot of it has a throwback kind of sound to it, and a lot of the best is instrumental rather than vocal. Most of the best has been concentrated on 4 or 5 labels. I've been listening to a ton of this stuff lately, and I'm always down for hearing more. Here's some of the new funk/soul/afrobeat bands I've been listening to lately, and those of you that know of any should recommend some.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble:
The Budos Band:
El Michels Affair (some of you may have heard of these guys because of their album of Wu-Tang covers, but that album is really uneven whereas their first album is consistently great. Their "Heaven and Hell" cover is really good though):
Menahan Street Band:
^This song was sampled by Jay-Z for "Roc Boys (And the Winner is...)"
They also just put out an album backing Charles Bradley:
Karl Hector & The Malcouns:
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics
Connie Price & The Keystones:
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings:
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (their best song is called "Age" but it's not on Youtube):
Big Pimp Jones (who makes soundtracks for the fake "Jimmy Ruckus" series of blaxploitation movies):
Dam-Funk is a bit different than these other guys in that he's going back and mining sounds from the early to mid 80s rather than the 60s and 70s, but he's still too dope. His debut album came out on Stones Throw and was a 5LP. Most of the songs are instrumental, but he has a few vocal ones. This is a vocal version of one of the instrumentals from his debut. He did another version of this song with MC Eiht that is probably also available on youtube.
I don't know how to embed this type of video, but here's a clip of one of his shows that has one of the craziest synth solos I've ever heard. It would make Bernie Worrell proud:
If you've got some acts like these, post them, and I'll keep posting more.