Tricky's darker than ever here – sounding really spooky, moody, and, well, downright tricky in the way he brings together so many different strands of styles from the previous few decades – then weaves them into a contemporary and personal soundscape that has just the right space for ... read moreCD
Grace ... CD Brownswood (UK), 2013. New Copy ...
A nice mix of bubbling electronic grooves and warm, earthy atmosphere from Troumaca – and another solid set of genre-skirting soundscapes on the Brownswood label! It's a mix of compelling beats, keyboards, synth and more organic instrumentation. They've got quite a sun-toasted vibe, with ... 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
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Louie Vega/Elements Of Life —
Eclipse ... CD Fania, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ...
Louie Vega on Fania Records – a long-overdue match that really makes for some amazing sounds on this set! The pairing isn't that much of a surprise – given that Louie's done plenty to keep Latin music alive in the past few decades in the clubs – from his own Nuyorican Soul ... read moreCD
Webster Wraight Ensemble —
No Lucky Days ... CD Miso/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2013. New Copy ...
A really stunning collaboration between Charles Webster and Peter Wraight – the former mostly known for his house music, the latter an arranger for the Herbert big band sessions – coming together here in a lush new sound that's totally their own! There's an expansive feel to the record ... 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
Sweet and smooth grooves from Desmond Williams – mostly instrumental, but with a few choice vocals thrown in from time to time! The feel here is similar to other titles on the 18th Street Lounge label – laidback and funky, with a mellow grooving approach that's very nice. Tracks ... read moreCD
A surprisingly spiritual collaboration between Onra and and Buddy Sativa – one that's filled with lots of rich acoustic sounds that recall the glory days of the 70s spiritual jazz scene and the post-Coltrane years on Impulse Records! Most of the music is handled just by the two musicians, ... read moreCD
Hajime Yoshizawa —
Japan ... CD Village Again (Japan), 2008. New Copy ...
One of the greatest efforts so far from Hajime Yoshizawa – a set that has some heavy jazz influences, and almost hearkens back to his roots – yet one that's also awash in some of his best 21st Century soul styles as well! The album has a snapping acoustic energy that's right up there ... read moreCD
Groovy collection on Irma that brings together 12 cuts that made the acid jazz scene happen – both old and new. Sort of a nice trip down jazzy clubby memory lane, with early groovers by Sade and Working Week, classic cuts by Young Disciples, Jamiroquai, and Brand New Heavies – plus ... read moreCD
Some of the warmest grooves we've heard so far from Osunlade – a beautiful selection of tracks that work perfectly together – almost as if the artist himself had a hand in their creation! The tracks follow strongly in the vein of organic house that Osunlade's always brought us – ... read moreCD
Electronic music with soul from a variety of contempory artists – compiled by Alex Stevenson of Patchwork Pirates and material with the personal endorsement of the Gilles Peterson – featuring truly exceptional stuff by B Brova, Mosca, 16bit, Hypno, George Fitzgerald and more! ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-cool project – music that's neither straight disco, nor really reggae – and instead a great dubby reworking of dancefloor modes from a few generations past! The range of material here comes a number of different settings – but is all worked ... read moreCD
A pair of sweet mix CDs from Joe Claussell and Black Coffee – each done in support of Djoon, the multi-cultural nightspot in Paris! Joe Claussell brings out all his best tones here – those cosmic elements mixed with earthier elements that have always kept his music grounded so firmly ... 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 trippy batch of covers – songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s – redone by a host of today's funky musicians! The album's one that will please both your ears for the classics and your taste for new music – and it offers up a diverse selection of tunes that includes covers of work by ... 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
A shapely set of grooves from the Tru Thoughts label – a double-length set at half the price of a regular CD – and one that also features a fair bit of rare mixes and hard to find tracks! The package is a great way to dip into the richness of the label – one of the few leftfield ... read moreCD
A sunny mix of grooves that's every bit as charming as its title might imply – the 4th volume in Irma Records collection of their most bossa-inspired tracks! The groove here isn't as straight bossa as some other compilations of this type – rather, the musicians have taken the warmth ... read moreCD
One of the hippest sets we've ever heard on the Still Music label – a massive blend of tracks that feel a lot more like classic disco than some of the contemporary work you'd usually expect from Still Music! CD1 is especially great – and features a set of killer edits and remixes by ... read moreCD
A very unusual set of work – original vocal tracks pulled from classic soul and jazz songs – all set to new bossa nova rhythms done especially for the project! Sony Records gave Studio Rio free access to its vaults – and the team was able to pull off original vocals, then rework ... read moreCD