More dark and twisted beat science from Amon Tobin, filled with alien tones and coloristic washes of sound. Continuing to develop from his earlier work, Tobin continues to expand outward on this release, a challenging excursion into the outer limits of the new beat scene, with some complicated ... read moreCD
A massive collaboration between Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle – a well-titled second set in Strut's Inspiration series, and one that brings both artists into some really fresh, new territory! Andy handles most of the vocals, and Beedle's working rhythms that are somewhat in his Black Science ... read moreCD
Tangoclub ... CD Surco/Vibra/Universal (Argentina), 2002. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Wobbly sounds from Casino Vs Japan – loads of great low fi electronics that really take us back to that key 90s moment when so many folks were rediscovering the sound of the analogue generation! The music here comes from a few years after that moment, but still shares the same love of shapes ... read moreCD
Remixes and new versions of tracks from the album Let Us Play. Titles include "Atomic Moog 2000 (Cornelius mix)", "Rubaiyat (Carl Craig mix)", "More Beats & Pieces (Dj Lord Fader turntable mix)", "Last Night A Cliché Saved My Life (featuring Grandmaster ... 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
Comes with a bonus disc full of bonus tracks and remixes! Hed Phone Sex is a bit less club-oriented than the follow up Love, Pussycats and Car Wrecks. The overall feel is of a warm, smooth and trippy electronic groove that would come to be a very dominant sound on the Ninja Tune (and Shadow, ... 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
(Out of print.)
Daniel Givens —
Age ... CD Aesthetics, 2000. Used Gatefold ...
The debut release from genre defying Daniel Givens, brewing together elements of dub, nu-jazz and spare electronics. Broken beats without being "broken beat" skitter underneath spoken word vocals dotted with contributions from Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams and other ... read moreCD
A really beautiful little record – one that combines crackling jazzy dancefloor rhythms with soaring lines on acoustic piano! Tardin plays grand piano throughout – with a graceful, flowing style that's a great counterpoint to the tighter rhythms at the bottom. And although the ... 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
The first-ever full length album from Jazzanova – and an instant classic that's been well worth the wait! For years, the group have turned out some of the most exciting singles and remixes on the international groove scene – and during all that time, they've been secretly storing away ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has some light edge wear and a spot of sticker remnants.)
Retro-styled funk from the mad Chris Joss – a producer and DJ who's been bubbling under on the French scene for years, but will no doubt burst big globally with this tasty set! Chris' music is a perfect match for the ESL label – as he's got a keen ear for a classic-styled groove, and ... 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
The first full album from Koop – and one of the best new records on Compost in years! Koop have a jazzier touch than some of the label's groups – almost going back to the earliest days of the label, and working in a sound that's much more faithful to the jazzy roots that have inspired ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes bonus DVD.)
Kruder & Dorfmeister —
G-Stoned ... CD G Stone/Quango, 1993. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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
(Out of print. Booklet has a gold promo stamp and barcode has a cutout hole.)
Skittish beats and warm jazzy grooves from London's Landslide – featuring Victor Davies as guest vocalist on the track "Tumbling", and a guest appearance by London Elektricity on "Incurable Voices". There's less bossa on here than you might think from the title, but the ... read moreCD
A long-awaited full length set from Lanu – aka Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos – and a record that's one of the best blends of soul, funk, and cosmic vibes we've heard in many many years! Lanu's been bubbling under for quite awhile – first issuing singles from his native New ... read moreCD
Los Amigos Invisibles are back on the dancefloor with their unique blend of clubby grooves and Venezuelan pop – and this time around, they're getting a fair bit of help from Dimitri From Paris, who produced most of the tracks on the set! With Dimitri at the helm, the sound here is still ... read moreCD
A return to slightly funky work for MMW – lots of organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and other groovy keyboards from John Medeski driving the set, backed by some excellent rhythm work by Billy Martin and Chris Wood. This is probably their most compelling album in years – at least to our ... read moreCD
Modjo ... CD Universal (France), 2001. Used ...
New work by these funky French sensations – a mix of many styles, from soul to funk to electronica to Latin-tinged rhythms – with tracks that include "Chillin", "Too Good To Be True", "Peace Of Mind", "What I Mean", "No More Tears", ... read moreCD
The mad funky keyboard wizard is back – back with a great set of heavy-duty instrumentals with his usual "speakers blown out" kind of sound! Mark's picked up a bit of moog along the way since the last release, and he's given a few of these tunes a fuzzed out trippy edge that moves ... read moreCD
Warm and bouncy work from the Harry Morse Project – a blend of French house and quirky elements, with a touch of world music and jazz – all coming together in a playful set that grooves along at a nice little pace. Features guest vocals by Sacha, Damian McCall, and Valerie Comet – ... read moreCD
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
(Out of print.)
Koyo ... CD Amigo (Sweden), 2003. Used ...
An excellent bit of funky work from Sweden's Oddjob – a group that are looming large on the international club jazz scene! Oddjob work in the same vein as groups like Hipnosis and Honeymuch – playing real jazz, but with a dancefloor twist – taking bits of classic Blue Note, ... read moreCD
Easily the best album we've heard from P'Taah – the brainchild of UK DJ/producer Chris Brann, finally stretching back to his influences to craft a really solid album! At one level, the record's very much in keeping with the best of the current London broken beat scene – but at another, ... 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
At this point, we hardly need to tell you what this is about. To many, a genre-defining period classic: haunting vocals, dark, spacey production, and beats so slow, you wonder if your turntable isn't busted. "Sour Times" was the one that put them over the top, and spawned too many ... read moreCD
An incredible evolution for Recloose – a wickedly soulful album that's filled with classic 70s-styled jazz and soul tunes – recalling some of the best moments of artists like Donald Byrd, James Mason, and Johnny Hammond! Recloose has a wonderful band for the record – vocalists ... read moreCD
Roni Size/Reprazent —
New Forms 2 ... CD Talkin' Loud/Universal (UK), 1997/2008. Used ...
An updated and expanded reissue of this seminal album – one that to set the pace for a new generation of beatmakers and foretoldl the sound of music to come, from the late 90s heyday of drum and bass! Perhaps the larger mainstream musical community never followed through on the promise, but ... read moreCD
Part of a generation of US Acid Jazzers we could never really get behind at the time, this set fares a little better in retrospect. The playing has a crispness about it that we felt lacked edge back then, but betrays a debt to some of our favorite 70s jazz funk on second listen. Includes "Jaz ... read moreCD
The backside shaking full length debut of Spank Rock – one of the most heavily buzzed acts in quite a while on the Big Dada label – one that actually lives up to the hype! The secret of living up to the hoopla seems to be in Spank Rock's clearly not giving a s**t what's hot and trendy, ... read moreCD
New jazz funk release by the New York drummer and keyboard player Ticklah, with a sound that mixes straight old-style jazz funk with some grooves that have a bit more of a modern sound. Ticklah himself has done a few projects with DJ Spinna, and one track on here – "Cooly Wages" ... read moreCD
JAC ... CD K7/G Stone, 2005. Used ...
The downtempo legacy of Tosca continues – and is still really the strongest link to the Kruder & Dorfmeister sound that first got things going years back! Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber work here in a warmly soulful set of tunes that show them both mellowing with age – but in ... read moreCD
The biggest selling album ever cut by Blue Note – and a festive romp through samples of the label's famous jazz catalog! US3 mix it up on tunes that include "Cantaloop", "I Got It Goin On", "Different Rhythms", "Eleven Long Years", "Lazy Day" ... read moreCD
Classic modern Acid Jazz, in the best tradition of the label! Vibist Roger Beaujolais (of the Beaujolais Band) plays vibes, and he's backed by a mix of samples, percussion, and live jazz playing. Alison Limerick sings on the cuts "Fall For You" and "Trust Me", and other cuts ... read moreCD
(Out of print US pressing. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Voices Of Kwahn —
Rebirth ... CD Voices Of Kwahn, 1993. Used 2 CDs ...
We've got to admit, we don't know much about this group, but somebody passed these our way and asked us to give them a try. Funky acid jazz stuff, like some of the other releases on the Groove Attack Productions label, but with a lot of hip hop overtones, and a fair bit of turntable tricks. Not ... read moreCD
World class minimalist club maestros Ame do their thing for the Mixing series – bringing together a stellar batch of material from Laurie Spiegel, Nu Musik, Double, Nexus, Chateau Flight, Atjazz, Ben Westbeech and more! The set is stylistically varied, but cohesively groovy thanks the strong ... read moreCD
The Mr Bongo posse has had a Japanese foothold for over a decade now – and the result of that London/Tokyo nexus is firmly implanted in these grooves! Like Ichi, the first volume in the series, Dois brings together a flurry of hard to find Japanese singles – most of them from the ... read moreCD
The German studio geniuses go to town on some of the best work of the late 90s – remixing a host of tracks that range from the junglist musings of Birtish artists like Roni Size and Alex Reece, to the jazzier riffings of the Compost crew. Remixed titles include "Heroes" by Roni Zie ... read moreCD
After the success of the US3 hit "Cantaloop", Blue Note embraced the "let's sample our classics, and turn them into new dance hits" philosophy, and put together this full album that features modern DJs and producers remixing older works by the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Bobby ... read moreCD