(Out of print. Digipack has some light edge wear.)
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
Soil & Pimp Sessions —
Circles ... CD Victor (Japan), 2013. Used ...
Beautiful grooves from Soil & Pimp Sessions – a sweet jazzy combo who are already plenty great on their own, but who get some help here from Jose James, DJ Kentaro, Rhymester, and a few other guests! Different singers grace each new number – helping to give even more shape to that ... read moreCD
Beautifully brilliant work from one of our favorite bands going – an amazing step forward for Soil & Pimp Sessions, and a record with a whole new sense of depth in their music! The group are still in territory similar to before – heavy horns, played in a live club jazz mode – ... 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
This Japanese group have certainly grown up a lot – and this beautiful album is their most mature in years! The combo is fronted by singer Ann Sally – whose English language vocals add a tremendous amount of sophistication to the record – snaking forth in a cool jazzy style that ... 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
Righteous club from Joey Negro and his legendary Sunburst Band – a contemporary group, but one who sparkle with a really classic 70s feel! The tunes here are completely sublime – upbeat, soulful, and soaring with an energy that few other groups can match – hardly a too-forced ... read moreCD
A soaring batch of boogie from the Sunburst Band – the group's long-awaited second album, and just as incredible as the first! Dave Lee's really gone all out for this session – dipping back into his classic references to feature vocals by older club singers that include Norma Jean and ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
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
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
United Future Organization —
Jazzin ... CD Zero/Kind Of Groove (France), 1993. Used ...
An excellent collection of early work by United Future Organization – mostly recorded in 1991 and 1992, when the group was first experimenting with its playful blend of jazzy samples and soulful rhythms. There's some real gems on the set – tunes that still stay faithful to the songs ... 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.)
Urban Species —
Listen ... CD Talkin' Loud (UK), 1994. Used ...
Crucial work by Urban Species – a key part of the early Talkin Loud family, known to us best for this standout album! The record is very much in the spirit of some of the best of the British soul scene coming out at the time – with traces of jazz, reggae, and other cross-cultural ... read moreCD
Voices Of Kwahn —
Rebirth ... CD Voices Of Kwahn, 1993. Used 2 CDs ...
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
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
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
Another really hot batch of jazzy club groove, and thumping brilliance compiled by Joey Negro! The set list for the most part blends some of the more lively bands in the club underground, like Sessomatto, Blaze and others with remixes and re-edits of the 70s master class members like MFSB and ... read moreCD
The 200th release on Compost Records – but way more than just a simple birthday celebration, and instead a batch of rare mixes that have mostly never been on CD! The sound of Compost has changed a lot in recent years, and this collection does a good job of presenting the newer grooves that ... read moreCD
A far reaching mix of material put together by Henrik Schwarz/Ame/Dixon – from the minimalist electronic experimentalists, to hypnotic film score bits, to sparsely furnished house and club sounds of more recent years – a deeply diverse tapestry of beats and sounds from the past 50 years! ... 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
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
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
The nice set of club jazz, downtempo, cosmic hip hop, and all around groovy beatcraft blended together by DJ Mark Farina – his 6th volume in the Mushroom Jazz series! Mark does a terrific job here of assembling some of our favorite club grooves from around the globe, and an even better job ... 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
10 tracks that sum up the hopes for modern funk and underground soul – circa 1993! The set was a big one back in its day, and it still provides a good picture of what the kids were digging during those difficult years for modern groove. Titles include "Chameleon" by Jazz Warriors, ... read moreCD
An early volume in the Red Hot series of benefit compilations, with a Brazilian theme, and as with others in the series, a broad range of artists, often pairing new with old. 21 tracks in all, some with only the most tenuous connection to Brazilian music, but others a brilliant fusion of new ... 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 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
A sweet little mix of London and New York grooves – all of them plenty darn soulful, and all coming from the great catalog of UK-based Sole Records! There's a positive-grooving feel here that hangs on throughout – a love of deeper soul mixed with vibrant dancefloor rhythms, in a way ... read moreCD
Grooves that give us a Happy Feelin – and the second entry into KSR's great Sweet Melody Project! The set brings together 10 warm and soulful dance tracks – very nicely chosen to fit together with a burning dancefloor feel. Titles include "Callin U" by Axus feat Naomi, " ... read moreCD
A joyous collection of warm little grooves – sweet melody all the way, served up over a spacious collection of deeply soulful dancefloor tracks! Titles include "My Tim" by Kaskade, "Milk & Honey" by Chris J, "Natural High" by Wagon Cookin, "Diamond ... read moreCD
A great collection of modern tracks playing big on the London scene – put together by Nik Weston, one of the city's current tastemakers! The range of grooves here is really wonderful – with a lot more jazz and soul influences than you'd expect, especially hearing some of the broken ... read moreCD