Extremely haunting work from Eivind Aarset – a record that continues the experiments of his previous albums on the Jazzland label, but which also comes across a bit more tunefully too! Eivind's still working with a range of guitars, electronics, percussion, and programming – but there's ... read moreCD
Loads of great electro sounds here – bassy keyboards, splashy beats, and some cool moogy moments – all wrapped up in the kind of heavy funk we've always loved from Shawn Lee! This cool collaboration with AM furthers the pair's step into the best sounds of the 80s – modes that ... read moreCD
A remixed version of the Ananda Project's Release album – featuring a dozen tracks from that set, all redone in some very ambitious versions! Titles include "Bahia (Kyoto Jazz Massive mix)", "Breaking Down (Blu Mar Ten's back to mine mix)", "Expand Your Mind (King ... read moreCD
Some of the deepest sounds we've ever heard from Atjazz – thanks, no doubt, to a key collaboration with Jullian Gomes! The work's got roots in the best older house styles, but also a clean contemporary finish, too – beats that aren't broken, but still have a cosmic crackle – and ... read moreCD
Creative electronics from Uwe Schmidt – aka Atom (TM) and dozens of other pseudonyms! Atom (TM) And Friends make these great pop music pastiches laced with electronic textures – putting modern electronica, classic funk, pop, rock, bossa nova and more in a blender – and coming ... read moreCD
Not really the Bahama sounds you'd guess from the group's name, nor the Cuban ones in the title – but a really cool combination of a range of older musical elements, re-forged into a new sort of 21st Century groove! The record's got the feel of some of the best playful projects on Irma ... read moreCD
A full length set that offers up remixes and remakes from Bajka's Wonderland album – a set that's a bit more varied stylistically, yet which still offers up the singer in a mostly jazzy setting! Grooves are mostly nice and crisp, with plenty of acoustic elements that pop strongly – and ... read moreCD
Maybe the best record we've ever heard from Cosmic mainman Daniele Baldelli – and definitely a set that really lives up to the funky side promised in the title! Baldelli's got a much deeper groove here than ever before – a great ear for tight elements on the basslines, mixed with jazzy ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful albums we've heard from Schema in many years – a brilliant batch of jazzy tracks from singer Andrea Balducci – served up with backing by a great lineup of players from both the Ricky Tick and Schema worlds! The core approach is jazz, but many of the songs are ... read moreCD
Ubiquity is back on track with this great set from Beatless – a batch of spacey soul, downtempo, and ambient grooves from Alex Attias, recorded in collaboration with a host of underground stars, like Jessica Lauren, Nathan Haines, Quasimoto (aka Madlib), and others! The record's a lot more ... read moreCD
Mario Biondi —
Sun ... CD Sony, 2013. New Copy ....
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old ... read moreCD
One of the coolest Compost sets we've heard in a long time – a stunning batch of work that really lives up to its title! While there's a bit of jazz here, the overall style is more cinematic than anything else – with strong echoes of 60s and 70s European soundtrack modes, served up ... read moreCD
A really wonderful set of grooves – much richer, jazzier, and more soulful than we would have expected – and a great full length introduction to the work of Bosq! Bosq's a name that's been brimming around on singles recently – but on this full album, he really opens up with a ... read moreCD
A sweet set of contemporary bossa gems – all older numbers made famous by Joao Gilberto in his early days – spun out with a very fresh finish here by the Brazilian Love Affair combo! The group work in a mostly live jazz mode, with just a bit of programming on the rhythms – and ... read moreCD
Spill ... CD Signature (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
High caliber drum and bass from Calibre – with frenetic and sputtering beats – and an uncommon soulful depth! As insistent as the beats are here, the diverse keyboard backdrops and occasional moody vocals are what takes it to deeper level. A really solid balance between frenetic beats ... read moreCD
Damn! These guys just keep getting better and better with each new release – to the point where they're way more than just a combo dedicated to classic soundtrack modes – and instead have found a fuzzy funky space that's all their own! Both the instrumentation and rhythms are sharper ... read moreCD
1999 ... CD Astralwerks, 1999. Used ....
Nouveau French house from Zdar and Boom Bass, aka La Funk Mob, in the mode of Super Discount or any of the Yellow Productions disco sample material. Includes 'Feeling For You", "Crazy Legs", 'Foxxy", "Planetz", "Mister Eveready", "Club Soixante ... read moreCD
Some of the noisiest music we've heard so far from Cherrystones – a sweet set that's heavy on fuzz and electronics, but which still holds onto the strong sense of beat from before! There's a pretty dark vibe to most of the record – a bite that goes way beyond downtempo, and which ... read moreCD
Moody beats and surprisingly soulful vocals from Child Of Lov – with solid songs, too – which is ultimately what takes this self-titled record a substantial step deeper than some of his fellow atmospheric producer/beatmaker peers! Hazy, gritty hip hop-learned beats with spacey dynamics ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Nicola Conte – Schema records maestro making his Blue Note debut with this set – and giving the label one of their best new albums of the 21st Century! The record's quite different than Nicola's programmed dancefloor work for Schema – and is much more of an ... read moreCD
Not entirely the bossa set you might guess from the title – but a mighty sweet session by a group with a very jazzy vibe – one who deliver some very unusual takes on tunes from the 70s and 80s! Couture Chic features a female lead singer, and a core keyboard of guitar, bass, and drums ... read moreCD
Easily some of the most global work we've ever heard from Da Lata – a set that goes far beyond the mix of London and Rio that first made the group so great – into a realm that encompasses a wide range of sounds from around the world! The music's still got that great organic groove ... read moreCD
A great little EP from Mark De Clive-Lowe – whose way of inflecting timeless dancefloor heat with boundless cosmic atmosphere and a genuine love of global soul jazz has always been big part of his appeal – and he's doing it as deeply as ever here! The Leaving This Planet EP is ... read moreCD
Far more than just a full album from keyboard wiz and producer Mark De Clive-Lowe – a much-needed collection of his various remixes, small label recordings, and small projects from the past few years – pulled from a variety of labels around the globe, and packaged into one overstuffed ... read moreCD
Mark De Clive-Lowe —
Renegades ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2011. New Copy ....
Mark De Clive-Lowe is back, and more brilliant than ever – working here on a set that's overflowing with superstar talent, and which cooks even more than some of his previous albums! All the grooves we've always loved from Mark are firmly in place – the wicked beats, cosmic rhythms, ... read moreCD
A whole new sound for Mark De Clive-Lowe – and a great one too – a completely different approach than any of his other previous records, and one that mixes his core cosmic grooves with a heavy dose of jazz! The set has Mark working with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – who provide ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from singer Guida De Palma – an album with jazzy bossa backings from Jazzinho, and a groove that's even more sublime than any of their previous work! The album easily ranks right up there with our favorite 70s classics by Brazilian legends like Joyce or Tania Maria ... read moreCD
The best work so far from Rosalia De Souza – a session that features production and guitar from bossa legend Roberto Menescal, and a sound that's deeper and even more classic than any of Rosalia's other work! Most of the instrumentation here is in an older acoustic mode – piano, ... read moreCD
Deep Jazz —
Meeting ... CD Perfect Toy (Germany), 2012. New Copy ....
The amazing second album from Deep Jazz – and every bit as spiritual and soulful as the first! These guys really blew us away with their debut, and we're loving them even more this time around – and can honestly say that they're one of the few contemporary combos to ever get our ... read moreCD
Kirk Degiorgio Presents Sambatek —
Sambatek ... CD Far Out (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
Brazilian percussion mixed with 21st Century sounds – all served up sublimely in the hands of Kirk Degiorgio – one of the few artists we could ever expect to get a project like this just right! The album follows nicely off Kirk's previous collaboration with Azymuth – but has an ... read moreCD
Oasis ... CD Kompakt (Germany), 2000. Used ....
A well-titled set from DJ Cam – as the record really takes us back to the brilliance of his earlier work in the previous decade! The sound here is subtle and stripped-down – a blend of hip hop beats and jazzy instrumentation – served up in spare ways that make Cam's music almost ... read moreCD
Tripped-out downtempo breaks from the days when Coldcut were still involved with DJ Food! Lots of blunted beats and bassy grooves – and titles include "Dark River", "Scratch Yer Hed", "Spiral", "Fungle Junk", "Brass Neck", "Akaire", ... 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 moreCD
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
Excellent sounds from this hip Japanese group – a jazzy combo with some mighty strong vibes in the lead – and a range of sweet styles that run from bossa to bop to soul jazz! The instrumentation is all played live, never programmed – and the group have a groove that easily ... 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 moreCD
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
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
Mighty keyboards from Francesco Gazzara – easily one of our favorite Irma Records artists from years back – still sounding pretty darn great here in a nicely mature setting! The album's got a bit of the bossa promised in the title, but also has a wider-ranging groove too – echoes ... 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
The usual blend of downtempo beats and tripped-out grooves – mostly instrumental, but with some occasional raps by the likes of Big Ted, What What, and Fabian. Titles include "Shocker Zulu", "Shorty's Judgement", "Hardcore", "Theme From Control Centre" ... read moreCD
Hex ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2013. New Copy ....
One of the coolest new Japanese combos we've heard in awhile – a group who have some of the live jamming of the club jazz generation, but who also touch on some of the noisier elements of an earlier generation of Japanese avant players as well! The blend is great – never too free or ... read moreCD
Lars Horntveth —
Pooka ... CD Smalltown Supersound, 2004. Used ....
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
The first full length from UK artists Jersey Street, with a wonderfully spare approach to production, and a nice vocal compliment from Dawn Zee. The grooves have a nice degree of air and space, but run the gamut from contemporary house to laidback NuSoul grooves, all handled with a feel for the ... read moreCD
Hard to find double LP pressing of this excellent early album by funky guitarist Ronny Jordan! Back when everyone seemed to have lost their groove, Ronny emerged with a strong single-note style that reminded us a heck of a lot of Grant Green or Melvin Sparks. This record features some great ... read moreCD
Anthony Joseph —
Time ... CD Naive/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ....
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Anthony Joseph has always sounded great – but this time around he's got some stellar help from Meshell Ndegeocello – who wrote, arranged, and produced the entire album! The result is the best material we've ever heard from Joseph – a completely righteous record that gives his ... 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
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 first full album we've ever heard from Kon – and a really soulful set that follows strongly off his famous mixtapes and compilations with Amir! As on those gems, there's a very classic sound going on here – a strong love of the best moments of 70s soul, funk, and club – ... read moreCD
Kruder & Dorfmeister —
G-Stoned ... CD G Stone/Quango, 1993. Used ....
Massive!! When this EP first came out in the mid 90s, it totally changed the face of modern music – and introduced the concept of abstract downtempo to a very juiced-up modern funk world! Kruder & Dorfmeister took the spare subtle funky sound of labels like CTI and Kudu, and reworked ... read moreCD
The sound of Ricky Tick hits Schema Records – with a whole new groove in the process! Tenorist Timo Lassy has won our ears strongly with his previous records for Finnish label Ricky Tick – hardbop groovers that are filled with soul and life, and lots of spontaneous live jazz playing. ... read moreCD
Jazz and soul inspired club grooves from Lay Far – with compelling beats, rhythms and all these great jazzy touches that lifty it to a loftier level! The album intro starts out a nice bit of piano leading the way, before the housey club groove kicks into full gear – kind of letting you ... 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 moreCD
The great first LP by the Mighty Bop with smoked out trip hop beats that manage to carry a lot of weight in spite of the spare atmospherics. One of our favorite mid 90s down tempo albums, this set has a heavy hip hop feel to the beats, but a great spacious vibe underneath. 10 tracks in all, ... read moreCD
Money Mark's second full length album, another heady trip into the psyche of one of the west coast's more unique visionaries on the keys! You've heard his heavy work for Beasties laying down Groove Holmes-esque grooves on their best albums, but this albums a melange of out there funk, trippy ... 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
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
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
Always-wonderful sounds from Nostalgia 77 – a group who keep on evolving and developing their sublime style over the years! This time around, they're a bit more song-based than before – instrumentation that still has some of the warmer, spiritual jazz touches of previous releases ... read moreCD
A collection of spiritual house tracks from the contemporary underground – all picked and mixed by Osunlade, all with a feel that's quite similar to his own Yoruba Records work! Beats are deep and usually very bassy – which gives the music a warm, earthy style right from the start ... read moreCD
A percussion heavy, club jazz-lovin' mix of programmed beats & spacey downtempo atmospherics from Ubiquity! There's more than a little bit of early-to-mid 70s space jazz in the equation, too. Another fine release from the great Ubiquity Records – definitely something to check out if you ... read moreCD
James Pants returns with his self-titled set for Stones Throw – and it's an appropriate time to call an album James Pants, we think – no one really mixes fuzzed out electronics flavored funk, soul and post punk strangeness into a strangely cohesive flow as Pants does! The songs are are ... read moreCD
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
Diverse dancefloor rock, soul & psychedelia from from Daniel Collas & Sean Marquand and their NYC collective Phenomenal Hand Clap Band – a mix synth and keyboard groovers, percussion rich cosmic grooves! The only previous material we've heard from the Phenomenal Hand Clap Band was a ... 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
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
Quasimode are definitely cooking on this sweet little set – picking up a rich array of influences they've never had before – including bits of Latin rhythms, and some soul music as well! A few of the cuts feature vocals – but in ways that are more straight soul than the group's ... read moreCD
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