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
The sound of the Star Club lives again – in this great set of retro-styled German beat group tracks! Beatplanet have a sound that's sure to take you back to early 60s Hamburg – a clear Beatles inspiration in the way they put together their tracks, complete with great production touches ... read moreCD
One of the best groups to come out on Irma during the mid 90's, and a tight Italian ensemble with a classic jazz funk groove. The band is co-led by guitarist Andrea Raffini and keyboard player Goffredo "Picchio" Bagnoli, and the sound is nice and jazzy, with a feel that's similar to ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Black Dog Productions —
Bytes ... CD Warp/Wax Trax, 1993. Used ...
A killer set from the young Kenny Dope – one of his first big-name projects of the 90s, and a great showcase for his already-mature approach to a groove! There's echoes here of the indie east coast club scene of a few years before – some of the soul of New Jersey, and the playful ... read moreCD
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
A hypnotic batch of atmospherics and cosmic sounds from Carlos Nino & friends – a nice blend of found sounds and field recordings of both natural soundscapes and studio bits from some of the talented musicians in his circle of friends! Carlos is really one of the more diverse ... 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
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
Five Corners Quintet —
Hot Corner ... CD Ricky Tick/Sony (France), 2008. Used ...
The long-awaited second album from The Five Corners Quintet – easily one of the greatest groups going on the global groove scene! As with their debut, the sound here is highly jazzy – played by a core combo that features Timo Lassy on reeds and Jukka Eskola on trumpet and flugelhorn ... read moreCD
Like every Galliano album, this one offers the same quandry: there's great funky instrumental grooves, of the sort that would be really appreciated by fans of other albums in our acid jazz section, but they're marred by the presence of Galliano himself, rhyming and reciting his way through the cuts ... read moreCD
Recorded live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and a special set featuring the acoustic talents of trumpeter Tim Hagan and soprano saxist Bob Belden, mixed with electronics by Scott Kinsey, and turtablism by DJ Kingsize. Most of the material is fairly out – with off-kilter solos draped over ... read moreCD
The best work in years from The Herbaliser – a mixture of funk, hip hop production, and slight soundtrack touches on the best cuts! The album's got a huge amount of guest vocals – from the likes of Blade, Seaming To, MF Doom, and Rakka Irscience – but the best part of it is 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
One of Kahimi Karie's loveliest albums – filled with sweet little pop tunes produced by Momus, Stereo Total, and others on the left side of the pop underground! Tunes have a lot of nice French pop influences, mixed with the slight electronic touches you'd find in Momus' own work of the same ... read moreCD
One of the best recent grooves we've heard from Kraftwerk – a snapping little number that really takes us back to the Tour De France days! As usual, the group handles their sound the best – and our favorite here is probably the "Kling Klang Dynamix" – although we can ... read moreCD
A mad mix of spaced out jazz funk from Madlib – working here in a style closer to his benchmark Yesterday's New Quintet mode of forward looking band-based grooves – but also taking it even further and into deeper realms! The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble ... read moreCD
(Comes in a nice heavy gatefold-style cardboard sleeve.)
Nice later effort from the original Bristol beatheadz, off the awesome Mezzanine LP. CD
(Out of print.)
Masters At Work —
Album ... CD Cutting, 1993. Used ...
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 moreCD
Wow! What a great surprise! This album was way better than we expected it would be when we ordered it, even though it's on a label that we know and like. It's a great groovy mix of funky loungy grooves (which sounds a bit like Pizzicatto 5 in parts), mixed with a great tenor player who has a ... read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that there is some edgewear to the digipack case.)
Joey Negro may have many faces, but he always works in a wonderfully soulful groove – one of the few modern approaches to club music that we'd rank right up there with our favorite work of the late 70s and early 80s! The tracks here are an assortment of recent singles and projects recorded ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
BJ Nilsen & Z'EV —
22' 22" ... CD Ideal (Sweden), 2007. Used ...
Ambient electronic music. CD
Nuyorican Soul (Masters At Work) —
Nuyorican Soul ... CD Giant Step/Talkin' Loud, 1997. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A massive record – and an instant legend the day it was released! Masters At Work host the beautiful meeting of a host legendary artists – Roy Ayers, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Jocelyn Brown, Vince Montana, and others – all united in a magical session that brings ... read moreCD
A beautiful collection of work from Ian O'Brien – rare tracks from a time when he was really making some great steps forward in the underground scene – one of the few keyboardists able to really reintroduce a sense of cosmic jazz to the music! Most tracks here are appearing on CD for ... read moreCD
Modern mod groovers – a serious 60s retro sound in force, mixing Hammond organ, bossa beats, jangly guitars, and a bit of Motown soul – very much in the Blow Up kind of style, with perhaps a bit more of a modern bounce in the beats! There's some campy elements to the overall production ... read moreCD
A decade since their previous effort, and 14 years since their previous masterpiece, Portishead returns with Third – and, oh, what a mindblowing third act. The first thing you'll realize about Third is that it's not Dummy Part 3 – a welcome and surprising trait – but it does take ... read moreCD
Killer jazzy grooves from the French jazz house scene – and hands down one of our favorite albums of the 00s! St Germain take a Blue Note 70s sound as their base – with lots of sweet Hammond riffs, mellow Fender Rhodes licks, funky flute lines, and spacey percussion – then they ... read moreCD
Dexter Story —
Seasons ... CD Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2012. Used ...
A beautiful project from the contemporary underground scene in LA – a record that shares lots of energy and musicians with recordings by Build An Ark and Life Force Trio! Dexter Story's the main force behind the record, but the set's a strongly collaborative effort – and features ... read moreCD
The beat here is a bit less vintage than you might guess from the title – but Caterina definitely keeps things sweet – and the album's a nice batch of groovers that really keep up the best side of the Irma sound! Vocals are in Italian, and the rhythms are never too clubby – kind ... read moreCD
Jerome Sydenham & Kerri Chandler —
Saturday ... CD Ibadan, 2001. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Towa Tei —
Flash ... CD V2 (Japan), 2005. Used Gatefold ...
One of the tightest and most soulful sets we've ever heard from Towa Tei – not nearly as gimmicky as some of his other work, and done with a real focus on a catchy tune! Towa's working here with a variety of different lead singers – including Joi Cardwell, Byron Stingily, Masaya, Arto ... read moreCD
A tasty set of grooves – mostly in the downtempo breakbeat mode, but with more soul than usual, and a range of instrumentation that touches on bits of Latin Jazz, 70s funk, and 80s UK soul. Titles include "Rain In Tibet", "Lazy Daze", "Apple Streudel", "Clan ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Justin Velor —
2013 ... CD Brutal (UK), 2013. Used ...
Brooding sounds from Justin Velor, aka Dom Thomas – and a set that's definitely worthy of placement on the Brutal Music label! The set's a mix of different post-punk energies with a UK twist – sometimes abstract noise, sometimes more groove-conscious rhythms – but often with ... read moreCD
Phil Von & The Gnawa Musicians Of Fes —
L'Autre Nuit ... CD Lytch (France), 2001. Used ...
Bugge Wesseltoft —
IM ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2007. Used ...
A wealth of great keyboard work from Bugge Wessltoft – a beautiful little record with a tremendous amount of sensitivity – hardly what we might have expected from his work of a few years before! The album shows Bugge's full evolution from a dancefloor-oriented artist to a more serious ... read moreCD
Beautiful beyond compare – and great work by one of the best group's on Norway's hip Jazzland label! Wibutee take a bit of Miles Davis electric funk, mix it with spacious doses of keyboards and electronics, bundle the whole thing in warm flowing acoustic basslines, and top off the best ... read moreCD
Acid Jazz may be on the rocks, but that doesn't stop the folks at Irma from plugging ahead with their usual high standards. This 15 track sampler includes some of the nicer recent cuts from their current artists – and titles inlcude "Ribbon In the Sky" by 2 Men 4 Soul, "The ... read moreCD
This one's got a sound that deserves way more than the "things" in the title – as the tracks are tight, soaring, and very soulful – a select batch of underground house tracks, compiled together in some very strong mixes! Titles include "Dance For Life (Little Big Bee ... read moreCD
A blistering array of soulful house tracks – all mixed together by Masanori Morita of the Japanese group Studio Apartment! The sound here is more dynamically clubby than most of Studio Apartment's work – more in a house-based New York groove – with a rich tapestry of sounds that ... read moreCD
Spacey, loungey, and a lot like some of the material on the Stereo Deluxe label – compiled by the ultra-hipsters at Germany's 99 Records, with some cool older tracks thrown in to keep things real! Plenty of electronics, plenty of funky beats – but over the top, there's some great older ... read moreCD
A motherlode of funky dancefloor tracks from Irma, with many titles by groups that are not represented by full albums in their catalog. Cuts include "Funky Guitar" by TC 92, "Feel Free" by Last Minister, "Trouble Jazz" (funky mix) by Blender, "Two Hearts ... read moreCD
A great slice of future jazz funk from the mid 90s – a then-groundbreaking compilation that features work that's turned out to be some of the best-remembered from the generation! There's a total of 16 tracks in all – and titles include "Revenge Of The Number" by Portishead, ... read moreCD
A nice piece of history! It's easy in these post-Headz days to forget the sort of records Mo Wax was putting out in the early days, and though there's some seminal trip hop included here, like Shadow's "Influx" and RPM's "Food Of My De-Rhythm", there's some straight up acid ... read moreCD