A nice little trip with Dinner At The Thompsons – the duo of producer/beatmaker FabLive and singer Lucille Tee – and one that finds them driving a bit further into spacey electro soul territory! Includes a couple of mellow, moodier numbers like the lovely "Pink & Grey", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of genre-splicing, party rocking 12"s by Diplo – each with Serato Control Tone B-Sides for the producers among us – plus 2 slipmats – all that's missing as a full house to spin it for! Diplo brings together influences from dancehall, to New Orleans bounce to and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty sweet set of funky grooves and programmed beats – played by a group that contains both old and new players, armed with a variety of skills! The older end of funk is represented by guitarist Calvin Keys, of Black Jazz Records fame, and drummer Ron E Beck, who's recorded with Tower Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first full length in a few years from world class turntablist DJ Kentaro – and a pretty diverse set of floor-shaking instrumentals – plus a number vocal cuts with a strong roster of guests. Kentaro is a sharp producer/artist on top of the turntablist skills, crafting well-paced ... read moreCD
The first full length in a few years from world class turntablist DJ Kentaro – and a pretty diverse set of floor-shaking instrumentals – plus a number vocal cuts with a strong roster of guests. Kentaro is a sharp producer/artist on top of the turntablist skills, crafting well-paced ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
DJ Krush —
Zen ... LP Sony, 2001. Very Good+ 2LP ....
$24.99Just Sold Out!
As usual, Krush mixes it up with a host of guest stars to fill out his sound. Titles include "Danger Of Love" featuring Zap Mama, "Vision Of Art" with Company Flow, the incredible "Candle Chant" with Boss The MC, "Whut'z Da Solution" with Kukoo Da Baga Bonez ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It seems like when this came out, critics, promoters, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice mix of danceable beats, keys and sampled atmospheres from DJ Sun – a producer with an appropriate moniker – as he delivers a nice and warm batch of grooves! Jazzy hip hop beats and samples, global beatcraft and some nice, fusiony keys float in and out here – with a guest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reworks from the USSR Repertoire album – featuring the tracks "USSR Reconstruction (Oval rmx)", "The Schematics (Jamie Hodge rmx)", "The Breaks (Techno Animal mix)", "Vad Forgive Me (Bullfrog Kid Koala mix)", "More Melodies In Vertical Theory ... read moreCD
Nice raw early Chicago house, from a group that didn't go on to cut a whole lot more singles, but left us this classic number with some James Brown shouts sampled over an unstoppable piano loop and pumping house track. ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Gene Dudley's a one-man operation here – but he handles a surprising range of instruments, and comes up with a groove that easily rivals some of the funkiest combos out there working today! In a way, Gene's a bit like Shawn Lee – one of the few folks able to get a real funk sound out ... read moreCD
John Duncan & AM McKenzie —
Contact ... CD Touch (UK), 1990. Used ....
As you might imagine, we're huge fans of any artist with Dusty in their name – but these guys have a really special sound we've been digging since their start! The record may well be the best we've heard so far from this cool German project – one rooted in the core contributions of ... read moreCD
A nice one from Parisian electro soul combo Electric Conversation – with a hazy mood, compelling beats and warm, soul-steeped vocals! EC has a more atmospheric, moody vibe over all than a lot of what's happening contemporaneously that call fall into the broken beat category – and ... read moreCD
Time ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2010. Used ....
Killer work from a group that features the wonderful Jessica Lauren on keyboards – a player who was such a big part of London work we loved in the 90s, sounding even more amazing here! The group's got a decidedly jazzy tip – one that really makes the best use of Jessica's keys, which ... read moreCD
Kenny Dope returns to Kim English – one of the greatest vocalists to grace his grooves way back in the 90s – and a stunning singer who makes this one an instant club classic! The tune soars, skips, and grooves with incredible power – a real anthem throughout, and filled with ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
We haven't heard from Peven Everett in quite some time – and the respite's been a great one, because it seems that Peven's really regrouped, found new strengths, and has come out with his best record in years! The whole thing's one of the best produced, packaged, and put-together sets we've ... read moreCD
A warm batch of instrumental beats and atmospherics from Express Rising – and a much-anticipated second project from funk archivist Dante Carfagna! Dante's a name you probably know best from his work writing liner notes or Wax Poetics – and helping out in countless important ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy little album by this current Japanese group that has a cool retro sound that's peppered with influences from French pop, bossa nova, and other sources – filtered through a modern production angle that gives the music a bit of an electronica twist. Before you say "Wait, not ... read moreCD
Two remixes of one of the best tracks so far from the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – pressed up on one of the heaviest 12" singles we've handled in a long time! Mark Pritchard adds these sweet acid touches to "Vendetta" – cool electric bits that bubble and pulse at ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A Chicago house classic, taking off on the riff from the Isaac Hayes tune that's been re-edited and mixed as doubles in clubs for ages and turning it into a new club anthem! ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Larry Heard and Robert Owens what more need we say? Mr Fingers adds his soulful, jazzy touch to a classic classic Chicago house bass line, then Robert Owens lays his rich vocals over the top for a certified classic! ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Some of the coolest, most complex work we've ever heard from Fink – a set that takes the trio way past their usual Ninja Tune territory – thanks to the addition of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra! The core trio serve up spare instrumentation that's dramatically augmented by the RCO ... read moreCD
Some of the coolest, most complex work we've ever heard from Fink – a set that takes the trio way past their usual Ninja Tune territory – thanks to the addition of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra! The core trio serve up spare instrumentation that's dramatically augmented by the RCO ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spacey bit of 70s jazz gets some great mixing here from Finnish studio maestro Didier – and the result is a tune that's almost as dark as some of his original work under the Didier's Sound Spectrum banner! "Ufology" begins with lots of weird analogue electronics – clearly ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Xaver Fischer Trio —
Dumidum ... CD Unique (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
It's been many years since we've last heard from keyboardist Xaver Fischer – but it's been well worth the wait! Fischer's got a sweet way with a keyboard like that few others can match – and this set smokes like the best of the 70s – maybe even more so at times, given that the ... read moreCD
It's been many years since we've last heard from keyboardist Xaver Fischer – but it's been well worth the wait! Fischer's got a sweet way with a keyboard like that few others can match – and this set smokes like the best of the 70s – maybe even more so at times, given that the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best yet from Flying Lotus – who we keep allowing ourselves to believe has hit an insurmountable peak with each new record – but he just keeps getting better! Where the preceding Cosmogramma upped the stranger, spacier and more abstract textures, Until The Quiet Comes is a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Foreign Exchange and friends get some remix love! As impressive and eclectic as Nicolay and Phonte are as the flagship FE duo – and given the depth of their excellent +FE Music catalog – you probably expected them to attract the crème of the crop of cosmic soul remixers, and that ... read moreCD
The remixed version of 4 Hero's beautiful Two Pages album – one of the most heavenly set of grooves recorded in the past decade! The remixers are incredibly well-chosen – all with a love of the group's style, and an approach to the music that still preserves all the spirit and soul of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not a 4 Hero album, exactly, but a great set of "extensions" of their musical genius – one that has a host of other like-minded artists serving up their own version of 4 Hero tunes! The whole thing's completely sublime – every bit as cosmic, righteous, and joyous as some of 4 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modern avant pop from Brooklyn with love for the 80s post-punk and post-disco gamechangers – dancefloor ready acts from Liquid Liquid to ESG to Tom Tom Club – though done with a hooky, contemporary vibe! It's irresistible stuff to us – we couldn't shrug it off, even if we tried ... read moreCD
Gerardo Frisina —
Hi Note ... CD Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy ....
Hi Note, indeed! Gerardo Frisina's latest is awe-inspiring – a completely seamless blend of Italian and Latin jazz, bossa rhythms and percussion, and some of the most tasteful and naturally blended electronic elements you could ever expect to hear on an album so steeped in a genuine affinity ... read moreCD
Modal brilliance from Gerardo Frisina – possibly his greatest album ever, and a set that really shows his true transformation into a jazzman! The set's got a wide range of acoustic jazz instrumentation played live, and features none of the rhythm programs you might get on earlier Frisina ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gerardo Frisina —
Latin Kick ... CD Schema (Italy), 2005. New Copy ....
$16.99Just Sold Out!
The Latin Kick – with a jazzy groove! Gerardo Frisina's long been one of our favorite talents on the international groove underground, and like his labelmate and sometime musical partner Nicola Conte, he's got a way of crafting tracks that are awash in classic jazz touches. Frisina himself ... read moreCD
Latin groover Gerardo Frisina's got a key new partner here – DJ Maurizio Bonnizoni, who helps give the single an upbeat, club-heavy vibe! "Voices Of The Jungle" still has all the earthy elements we love in Gerardo's music – acoustic piano and percussion, and an overall spirit ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Plenty of great guests really make this one sparkle – Diamond D, Sadat X, Large Professor, Gift Of Gab, and others – all of whom really live up to the true school style of beatmaking from Hugo! The tunes have some especially great keyboards at times, scratches by Suspect, and even a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
In a world of supposed crossover Brazilian projects that have mostly lost their roots, the music of Bebel Gilberto is surprisingly refreshing! This daughter of Joao Gilberto (not Astrud) sings in a manner that's in keeping with the classic bossa divas of years past – but she works here in ... read moreCD
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... read moreCD
The first "jazz meets hip hop" effort by Guru and a host of guests that includes Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ronny Jordan, Lonnie Liston Smith, and MC Solaar. Tracks include "Slicker Than Most", "Loungin", "Sights In The City", and "Le Bien, Le Mal". ... read moreCD
A really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways ... read moreCD
A really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Bongolian in years – a great collaboration with vocalist Fay Hallam, who really helps his grooves find a great sense of focus! Unlike other efforts of this nature – the usual "soul diva with funk group" outing – Fay and ... read moreCD
One of the hippest entries so far in Ropeadope's Experiment series – every bit as amazing as their previous experimental excursions to Philadelphia and Detroit! Like those previous sets, this one attempts to refine the best sounds of a local scene – focusing here on the rich array of ... read moreCD
Get ready for greatness from the Hi Fly Orchestra – a sound that's even sharper, hipper, and jazzier than ever before – served up in a sublime mix of deep funk rhythms and lots of global touches! These guys are definitely one of the coolest funk combos around – as they're never ... read moreCD
They're billed as an "orchestra", and have a sound to match – but the group's mostly a quartet on this sweet little outing – with added help from guest players on different tracks! The sound here is every bit as great as the previous Hidden Orchestra outing – an ... read moreCD
It's been many years since we last heard from Clara Hill – an artist we first fell in love with about a decade ago, as part of the Sonar Kollektiv scene in Germany – and she's really grown a lot in the process, and has started to do some amazing things with her music! The Hill heard ... read moreCD
It's been many years since we last heard from Clara Hill – an artist we first fell in love with about a decade ago, as part of the Sonar Kollektiv scene in Germany – and she's really grown a lot in the process, and has started to do some amazing things with her music! The Hill heard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazz ... LP Perfect Toy (Germany), 2003. Very Good ....
A brilliant album of cosmic jazz from this up and coming German group! Hipnosis work in a territory that's half 70s fusion, and half underground club jazz – in a style that kind of feels like what would have happened if Herbie Hancock recorded for Compost Records! The group boasts some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hip hop-schooled leftfield pop songcraft from Honeycut – with a sensibility that fits very well with labelmates on Quaanum without really sounding like any of their contemporaries! Honeycut features production, keys and samples by Hervé "RV" Salters of General Elektriks, ... read moreCD
If the story is stripped down avant funk instrumentals with subtle stylistic twists and turns, it's a story worth telling – and that's what Clutchy Hopkins puts down on The Story Teller – an album that manages to be among his most raw and direct and his most adventurous at the same time! ... read moreCD
If the story is stripped down avant funk instrumentals with subtle stylistic twists and turns, it's a story worth telling – and that's what Clutchy Hopkins puts down on The Story Teller – an album that manages to be among his most raw and direct and his most adventurous at the same time! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tripped out tracks with a funky cinematic feel – a great new project with mysterious origins – supposedly the work of the "mysterious Clutchy Hopkins", but really just the efforts of a batch of underground beatmakers! There's a spare, spacious approach here that almost ... read moreCD
A slightly different flavor than usual from Clutchy Hopkins – and another great batch of cuts from the enigmatic beatmaker! This set's supposedly done in collaboration with Lord Kenjamin – an equally enigmatic figure, with a Caribbean-styled name – and the record's definitely got ... read moreCD
A slightly different flavor than usual from Clutchy Hopkins – and another great batch of cuts from the enigmatic beatmaker! This set's supposedly done in collaboration with Lord Kenjamin – an equally enigmatic figure, with a Caribbean-styled name – and the record's definitely got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It always feels like we're waiting a long time for a new record from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – but it's always well worth the wait! This time around, they've found a way to focus their energies even more than before – still sticking strongly in the horn-heavy groove that we love, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This mighty combo do it again – and really blow our minds with their rich reworking of older traditions, complex instrumentation, and tight rhythms – all served up in a set that may well be the group's funkiest ever! The horns are tremendous – as always – but the percussion ... read moreCD
Some nicely jagged sounds from I See – these cool blasts of keyboard sounds that are as punchy as the beats on the tune – almost as if someone's cut up an older funk number, then re-assembled it in chunks that are put together in a different way! A warm keyboard solo links the whole ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Jazzy magic from the current Japanese underground – a hip group bubbling under, but with the same magic energy Jazztronik! Like Jazztronik, J's Bee blends together solid jazz roots and modern production – searching out some richly organic grooves that start slowly, build with spare ... read moreCD
The first record we've heard from this Japanese collective in many years – and a set that definitely marks a real maturation in their music! The album was inspired by the tragic events of the 2011 nuclear catastrophe in Japan – and shows a decidedly deeper side of J's Bee's music ... read moreCD
J-Ramm/Kolon Productions/Clark-F/Knutsons —
Produced In Norway ... LP Plastic Strip Press (Norway), 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ....
A selection of beats from four contemporary forces working on the Norwegian scene – J-Ramm, Kolon Productions, Clark F, and The Nutsons! The last are the only ones here we've heard before – from a great single we used to stock many years ago – and each artist has a different ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jackson & His Computerband —
Glow ... CD Warp, 2013. New Copy ....
Far-reaching, unpredictable electronic grooves from Parisian dancefloor soundscape expander Jackson Fourgeaud! This is just his second full length for Warp in about 8 years – and he remains creatively restless and broadly appealing – with lots of intriguing twists and turns. Big beats ... read moreCD
Far-reaching, unpredictable electronic grooves from Parisian dancefloor soundscape expander Jackson Fourgeaud! This is just his second full length for Warp in about 8 years – and he remains creatively restless and broadly appealing – with lots of intriguing twists and turns. Big beats ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The often cinematic sounds of Jaga Jazzist, given an extra orchestral sweep – working beautifully well with the Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra! It's a match made in jazzy, proggy, soundtracky heaven. Jaga Jazzist has a sprawling sound even at their core – with soul jazz, prog and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great ... read moreCD
The Jazz Invaders here are tighter than ever – and not just because they've got some heavy Hammond help from the legendary Lonnie Smith! Smith's definitely a key part of what makes this album so great – and his organ lines have a sharpness and depth that really stands out from the rest ... read moreCD
A tremendous step forward for Jazzanova – an album that's overflowing with classic soul touches, and done in a style we'd hardly have expected from the group a few years before! Jazzanova have always had an ear for older sounds in their music – which is something that first set them ... read moreCD
"Bamba" has a great skittish grooves – contemporary Afro Funk, but a lot more stripped-down – so that the percussion and bass are really taking the lead, and providing a perfect foil for the atmospheric vocals of the tune! This quality really continues on "Walo", ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Instrumental versions from the 800% Ndagga sessions – an absolutely incredible set of Sabar and talking-drum tracks – recorded in Dakar with an amazing group of players! The vocal versions are great, and bring in some beauty – but there's never a doubt that it's this amazing ... read moreCD
Instrumental versions from the 800% Ndagga sessions – an absolutely incredible set of Sabar and talking-drum tracks – recorded in Dakar with an amazing group of players! The vocal versions are great, and bring in some beauty – but there's never a doubt that it's this amazing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Baaba Maal's vocals step out strongly here on "Gwalo" – soaring over the top of the track's skittish Afro rhythms, and giving the groove an even deeper sense of soul than other cuts by Jeri Jeri! The remix is even dubbier than the original, and really enforces the hypnotic quality ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Deborah Jordan —
Light ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2009. New Copy ....
A fantastic full length set from Deborah Jordan – a singer we know mostly for her wonderful work with Silhouette Brown on an album that was one of our favorites from the London scene a few years back! This set has all the cosmic crackles of Jordan's previous work with Dego & Kaidi Tatham ... read moreCD
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band —
Live In Bremen ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ....
Excellent live work from Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band – and a set that's easily their greatest effort to date! There's a sense of power here that doesn't always come through in the group's studio albums – a mixture both of deep funk in the rhythms and sharp jazz styles in the ... read moreCD
Jyoti (Georgia Anne Muldrow) —
Denderah ... CD E1, 2013. New Copy ....
One of the most stunning records we've heard from Georgia Anne Muldrow in years – even more mindblowingly cosmic than just about all her other recent work! The set features mostly instrumental tracks – heavy on keyboards, both acoustic and electric – and played with this ... read moreCD
Cool compressed grooves from Raoul K – music that's offers up a really unique blend of African roots and contemporary club – but in ways that are a lot more abstract than others working in the genre! Raoul really abstracts the instruments in his music – so that the core elements ... read moreCD
The great first chapter of an ultra-hip ensemble – a contemporary group, but one with a great ear for the spiritual sounds of the 70s! The group's a bit like Build An Ark – no surprise, as they've shared a similar label, Kindred Spirits – and like that collective, this one really ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A very hip, very cool project from the Nostalgia 77 side of the universe – an offshoot project by various members of that group, done in a style that's a lot more funky than usual! The tracks have either male or female vocals – both very soulful singers – and the instrumentation ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album