Shawn Lee's groovy homage to the early 80s Hooked On series – in which classical music got a bit of a shiny disco-indebted makeove r– but, we think Shawn might be doing the style even better here! His approach is far groovier, less glossy, more idiosyncratic and fun – with ... read moreCD
Majestic grooves from the mighty Shawn Lee – all put together with a brilliance to rival the best soundtrack and sound library work of the 70s! The set may well be the best so far in Lee's series of projects for Ubiquity – and it's got an even wider-ranging set of grooves than before ... read moreCD
Massively messed-up grooves – and a rare one-off collaboration between Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guerrero – all artists we've come to love for their own funky music over the years! The sound here is as wild as you'd expect from the cover – a really trippy approach to funk ... read moreCD
Sweet grooves from this hip Italian combo – a group with a name that reminds us of some of our favorite sound library ensembles from years back, and a musical style to match! Magnetic 4 are heavy on 60s bossa and modal styles – jazzy in the instrumentation, but often set to dancefloor ... read moreCD
Diplo's back as Major Lazer – which is now a full-fledged all star project – and still steeped in big, boundary-busting, floor-shaking dancehall influences – with appearances by Santigold, Bruno Mars, Vybes Kartel, Amber from Dirty Projectors, Elephant Man, Wyclef, Shaggy, Opal, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great group with a strong influence from 70s Italian soundtracks – one that serves up some mighty spare instrumentation that just includes percussion and keyboards – the latter of which is heavy on organ and synthesizer! The music has a really sinister feel – like the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the tightest tracks we've ever heard from Chico Mann – and some of his most soulful too – a great set of work that really has him stepping past some of the rougher structures of earlier years, and showing a new love of 80s keys and beats as well! The album's got a skittish ... read moreCD
Some of the tightest tracks we've ever heard from Chico Mann – and some of his most soulful too – a great set of work that really has him stepping past some of the rougher structures of earlier years, and showing a new love of 80s keys and beats as well! The album's got a skittish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Deep grooves from Marc Mac – a set that's way earthier than any of his 4 Hero projects – and which is almost a tribute to the soulful sounds that have shaped his music over the years! The package is a bit similar to Mac's previous Right To Be Civil collection – and definitely has ... read moreCD
Excellent single off the Mezzanine LP, an album filled with great cuts by the godfathers of the Bristol trip hop scene. Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins vocals float over the dense, bass heavy beats, which gets a spacy modern dub treatment by the Mad Professor and as well as another nice remix ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Massive Attack & Mad Professor —
No Protection ... LP Circa (UK), 1995. Very Good+ ....
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Heavy dubs by the Mad Professor of Massive Attack's great Protection LP. The Professor takes the trip hop pioneer's album into uncharted territory with some great atmospheric dub renderings of the tracks. 8 tracks in all, including "Radiation Ruling The Nation (Protection)", "Bumper ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masters At Work —
Album ... LP Cutting, 1993. Very Good- 2LP ....
Early work from Kenny & Louie – featuring 2 albums divided up into "raw" and "club" sides, but it's all classic underground house to us. Titles include "The Buddah Chant", "I Can't Get No Sleep", "The Buff Dance", "Blood Vibes", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet spacey grooves from bassist Ross McHenry – and a set that's made even better by a host of keyboards and electronics from Mark De Clive Lowe! The style of the record is strongly jazz – mostly played live, with some subtle effects and programs – but never enough to dampen the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblower from Menagerie – yet another deep musical chapter in the rich career of Lance Ferguson – an artist we loved for his early club work, then dug as a funk maestro with The Bamboos, now able to hit spiritual jazz sounds with this wonderful new group! The set's got a feel that's ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from Monday Michiru – and a record that reminds us all over again why we love her music so much! The album's got Monday serving up all the Brazilian sounds you'd guess from the title – but always with that positive, upbeat style we've always dug in her music – a ... read moreCD
The breakthrough LP that brought Monday Michiru out of Japan, and exposed her work to a new worldwide audience! The record (like so many of her others) features performances by a great array of cool guests, including Cleveland Watkiss, DJ Krush, and Simon Richmond of Palm Skin Productions. The ... read moreCD
Sweet jazzy grooves from this hip Italian duo – Enzo & Gianni Lo Greco, who've also recorded as Quintetto Lo Greco for Schema Records! The sound here is definitely in a Schema groove – lots of jazzy instrumentation on piano, sax, trumpet, and trombone – very much in the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Million Dollar Orchestra —
Better Days ... LP BBE (UK), 2008. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ....
Better days, indeed – as the set takes us back to our favorite club sounds of the late 70s – thanks to careful crafting from maestro Al Kent! The album's got a solid, soulful approach that's totally great – a return to a time when making dance music involved a full range of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Possibly the best album to date from Jun Miyake – a set that's every bit as enigmatic as his previous work, but somehow even better overall! There's a wonderfully visual sense to most of the songs here – almost little audio pictures in sound – put together with unusual ... read moreCD
A great bit of messed up funk from the Beastie Boys' keyboard player. Lots of nice organy choppy funky grooves, quirky pop tunes and even a few weird vocal bits. Titles include "Sixth Sense", "Pretty Pain", "Ba Ba Ba Boom", "Don't Miss The Boat", "Insec ... read moreCD
Three sweet tracks from Moon B – all every bit as great as the groove on the whole Test Pressing album! The instrumentals are heavy on keyboards and beats – served up in a style that has lots of 80s vintage echoes, but which is decidedly contemporary too – a wicked blending of ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Presented like a test pressing – and with a wonderfully spare sound to match the packaging – the set brings together a range of sweet 80s-styled keyboard grooves from Moon B cassettes – all of them with a wicked sort of old school sound! The style is very open and fluid – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the deepest grooves we've ever heard from Mop Mop – still in the cool, jazzy mode of previous records – but a lot more organic too, with great percussion that really helps shape the sound of the set! As before, there's some excellent work on vibes and keyboards – but many ... read moreCD
The title, group name, and cover are all a bit obscure – and hardly tell the full story of the rich sound of this new dynamic act – a compelling combo who mix together Spanish guitar, strings, and contemporary beats – all in a style that's way more than the sum of its parts, and ... read moreCD
A second volume of reworkings of vintage Morricone – this time with an even more profound club bounce than the first! The unofficial theme of the set can pretty much be found in the phrase "Cinematic For The People!" – and that mantra hits home with mixes by a wide, wide ... read moreCD
A brilliant record from future groove beacon Mr Chop! Now billed simply as Chop, having chopped off the honorific title, the man otherwise known as Coz Littler delivers his tightest and most compelling work to date! His past few releases recast classic synth funk, Krautrock and spacey soundtrack ... read moreCD
A brilliant record from future groove beacon Mr Chop! Now billed simply as Chop, having chopped off the honorific title, the man otherwise known as Coz Littler delivers his tightest and most compelling work to date! His past few releases recast classic synth funk, Krautrock and spacey soundtrack ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best yet from underground soul force Georgia Anne Muldrow – an artist who has now put out more exceptional music in a handful of years as both artist and producer than many do in a career these days! Kings Ballad is her full length debut for Ubiquity, a record that's as boundlessly ... read moreCD
Contemporary electronic grooves from the Norwegian scene, courtesy Ralph Myerz – mixed with synth-funky hip hop beatcraft – and finished with new vocal collaborators from Myerz's own Bergen, Norway scene as well as an eclectic batch of vox that stretch from classic Motown soul, to ... read moreCD
Nothing secret about The Sunburst Band – they're a group we've loved for years – and one that we love to rave about on these pages! This album's a tremendous effort – one that proves that our faith in the group has never let us down – and that they're one of the few acts ... read moreCD
New Cool Collective —
Eighteen ... CD Dox (Netherlands), 2011. New Copy ....
Tight grooves from this group who definitely live up to their name – a combo who's rooted in jazz, but equally adept at a rich range of other styles too! The New Cool Collective work with a tight brace of horns – including sax and flute from leader Benjamin Herrman – plus sweet ... read moreCD
Shinichi Osawa —
One ... LP Dim Mak, 2009. Very Good+ 2LP ....
Electrified one minute, soulful the next – a really great little record that shows the true spectrum of talents from Shinichi Osawa! We first fell in love with Shinichi's music during his Mondo Grosso years – a strong run of soulful house and housey soul that was at the top of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the singles pulled from Greg Osby's hip hop crossover LP, 3-D lifestyles. The beats and production were provided by Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, and have that harder early 90s sound tothem, and we forget who the MCs are, though they aren't half bad. The last mix is instrumental. ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Weird and spooky sounds from Oscillotron – a one-man outfit, but working here in sharply cinematic splendor! The music here takes plenty of cues from the late 70s/early 80s horror generation – with some wonderfully dark keyboard lines that resonate strongly throughout the entire set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album of spacey keyboards, and one of the most abstract albums from the team of Matt Cooper and Andreas Allen. The tracks have the band's usual slow funky feel (which we love!), but there's also a very strong focus on electronic keys – played in a bubbling 70s style that sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that definitely packs a powerful punch – thanks to a compelling blend of sounds from both London and Kenya, brought together in a whole new formation of African groove! The album's a wicked reworking of an older aesthetic – in a spirit that's similar to the really inventive ... read moreCD
A warmly jazzy tribute to the music of Bruno Martino – the Italian songwriter who's best known for the famous "Estate" – but who also gave the world a host of other wonderful tunes over the years! The set's done in a sparkling Irma Records style – with backings from ... read moreCD
The funkier club side of Patchworks – heard in fine formation on this sweet little set! "Give My Love" has the feel of some lost indie club track from the late 70s – more spacey soul in an upbeat mode than all-out disco – served up with these really unique vocals from ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Patchworks Galactic Project —
Space ... CD Favorite (France), 2013. New Copy ....
One of the coolest projects so far from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's put together as a tribute to all the spacey electronic 70s grooves from artists like Patrick Adams, Alain Goraguer, or Jean Pierre Massiera! Patchworks definitely gets the sound right for the set ... read moreCD
A great set of jaunty groovers from the Frank Popp Ensemble – a group who always manage to tap into an older mod and Northern Soul-influenced vein, yet come up with a sound that's cracklingly fresh! As with the other Popp releases, this set's got a really playful feel – not really ... read moreCD
Warm instrumentation blended nicely with electronics and soulful vocals – and the first we've heard from Positive Flow in a little while – sounding as fresh as ever here on the first PF full length for the Tokyo Dawn label! Keys and beats flow nicely under live strings, flute, sax and ... read moreCD
PPP (Platinum Pied Pipers) —
Abundance ... CD Ubiquity, 2008. New Copy ....
A bigger and more uniquely soulful sound for Triple P – aka cosmic DJ production duo Platinum Pied Pipers, rechristened as PPP with the addition of vocalists Coultrain and Karma to the group on the wonderful Abundance! The vocals, and a tighter focus on great songs than on an overall vibe, ... read moreCD
A great step forward for Alex Puddu, and a real return to form for the legendary Edda Dell'Orso – that sublime soundtrack singer from the 60s and 70s who made magic with Ennio Morricone and some of his best Italian contemporaries! Puddu's always had a cinematic vision to his music, but he ... read moreCD
A great step forward for Alex Puddu, and a real return to form for the legendary Edda Dell'Orso – that sublime soundtrack singer from the 60s and 70s who made magic with Ennio Morricone and some of his best Italian contemporaries! Puddu's always had a cinematic vision to his music, but he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quadron steps up the bigs with Avalanche – an impeccable second album and first to be co-released Epic Records – and as much as we appreciated their earlier album on Plug Research, this really is an epic-level creative leap forward for the duo! They're still working mix of electro and ... read moreCD
Quadron steps up the bigs with Avalanche – an impeccable second album and first to be co-released Epic Records – and as much as we appreciated their earlier album on Plug Research, this really is an epic-level creative leap forward for the duo! They're still working mix of electro and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This guy never fails to blow our mind – and with this sweet little set, Quantic takes his groove one step further! Not content to rest on the laurels of his already excellent previous work, Will Holland brings in an array of sounds from around the globe – obscure samples, ethnographic ... read moreCD
A totally great live set from Quasimode – and one that really returns the combo to the core brilliance of their first few records from Japan! The setting is completely unfurled and unbridled – the main quartet soaring away in a fast flurry of piano, bass, and percussion – always ... read moreCD
Quiet Boys —
Bosh! ... LP Acid Jazz (UK), 1995. Near Mint- ....
A sweet steppers classic that never gets old – one of the best albums ever by The Quiet Boys, a UK acid jazz outfit who broke big on both sides of the Atlantic in the 90s! The group's the brainchild of jazz DJ Chris Bangs – and the work here is steeped in older jazz funk influences, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quiet Nights Orchestra —
Movin ... CD Reach Up (Sweden), 2011. New Copy ....
Great jazzy grooves from the Quiet Nights Orchestra – the second set from the group, and every bit as wonderful as the first! There's wicked blend of modes going on here – a bit of modal jazz, some clubjazz rhythms, a touch of Schema groove, and also just a hint of older jazz modes too ... read moreCD
Two very different sides of the same spacey coin – an original 1971 track by Sun Ra, plus a contemporary remake! "Nidhamu" is a very weird electronic number recorded by Ra at the house of Harmut Geerken in Cairo in the early 70s – done with loads of cool moogy keyboards and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Ras G may be back on the planet, but the sound here is still very much in keeping with the excellent mode on his Ghetto Sci Fi set – a really weird and wonderful blend of cosmic influences from the heyday of spiritual jazz, including lots of Sun Ra-inspired touches, mixed with some very ... read moreCD
Ras G may be back on the planet, but the sound here is still very much in keeping with the excellent mode on his Ghetto Sci Fi set – a really weird and wonderful blend of cosmic influences from the heyday of spiritual jazz, including lots of Sun Ra-inspired touches, mixed with some very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning full length set from Reel People – soulful club with vocals by a variety of wonderful singers that include Angela Johnson, Vanessa Freeman, Dyanna Fearon, Sharlene Hector, and Jag! The set really lives up to the promise of Reel People's work on singles over the years – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing lost here at all – as the album's a standout set of new material from S-Tone, plus remixes of a few older nuggets – and may well be his best so far! There's a soulful depth to the music that we don't remember from before – a quality that mixes the jazzy and bossa-inflected ... read moreCD
Contemporary electro funk from Sasac – part of an elite underground of artists who really draw strong inspiration from the sound of the 80s! The music here is relatively spare – no vocals, but lots of great rhythms on beats and bass, topped with the kind of keyboard lines you'd hear ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album