Reworks from the USSR Repertoire album – featuring the tracks "USSR Reconstruction (Oval rmx)", "The Schematics (Jamie Hodge rmx)", "The Breaks (Techno Animal mix)", "Vad Forgive Me (Bullfrog Kid Koala mix)", "More Melodies In Vertical Theory ... read moreCD
Nice raw early Chicago house, from a group that didn't go on to cut a whole lot more singles, but left us this classic number with some James Brown shouts sampled over an unstoppable piano loop and pumping house track. ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Gene Dudley's a one-man operation here – but he handles a surprising range of instruments, and comes up with a groove that easily rivals some of the funkiest combos out there working today! In a way, Gene's a bit like Shawn Lee – one of the few folks able to get a real funk sound out ... read moreCD
John Duncan & AM McKenzie —
Contact ... CD Touch (UK), 1990. Used ....
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
Time ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2010. Used ....
Killer work from a group that features the wonderful Jessica Lauren on keyboards – a player who was such a big part of London work we loved in the 90s, sounding even more amazing here! The group's got a decidedly jazzy tip – one that really makes the best use of Jessica's keys, which ... read moreCD
We haven't heard from Peven Everett in quite some time – and the respite's been a great one, because it seems that Peven's really regrouped, found new strengths, and has come out with his best record in years! The whole thing's one of the best produced, packaged, and put-together sets we've ... read moreCD
Two remixes of one of the best tracks so far from the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – pressed up on one of the heaviest 12" singles we've handled in a long time! Mark Pritchard adds these sweet acid touches to "Vendetta" – cool electric bits that bubble and pulse at ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
An excellent raw house track, with insanely huge bass, and a raw, spare approach to the production that never sounds out of date to us! The vocal and instrumental house mixes are actually nearly two different tracks, both totally great, too! ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A Chicago house classic, taking off on the riff from the Isaac Hayes tune that's been re-edited and mixed as doubles in clubs for ages and turning it into a new club anthem! ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spacey bit of 70s jazz gets some great mixing here from Finnish studio maestro Didier – and the result is a tune that's almost as dark as some of his original work under the Didier's Sound Spectrum banner! "Ufology" begins with lots of weird analogue electronics – clearly ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best yet from Flying Lotus – who we keep allowing ourselves to believe has hit an insurmountable peak with each new record – but he just keeps getting better! Where the preceding Cosmogramma upped the stranger, spacier and more abstract textures, Until The Quiet Comes is a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The remixed version of 4 Hero's beautiful Two Pages album – one of the most heavenly set of grooves recorded in the past decade! The remixers are incredibly well-chosen – all with a love of the group's style, and an approach to the music that still preserves all the spirit and soul of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not a 4 Hero album, exactly, but a great set of "extensions" of their musical genius – one that has a host of other like-minded artists serving up their own version of 4 Hero tunes! The whole thing's completely sublime – every bit as cosmic, righteous, and joyous as some of 4 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modern avant pop from Brooklyn with love for the 80s post-punk and post-disco gamechangers – dancefloor ready acts from Liquid Liquid to ESG to Tom Tom Club – though done with a hooky, contemporary vibe! It's irresistible stuff to us – we couldn't shrug it off, even if we tried ... 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
Modal brilliance from Gerardo Frisina – possibly his greatest album ever, and a set that really shows his true transformation into a jazzman! The set's got a wide range of acoustic jazz instrumentation played live, and features none of the rhythm programs you might get on earlier Frisina ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin groover Gerardo Frisina's got a key new partner here – DJ Maurizio Bonnizoni, who helps give the single an upbeat, club-heavy vibe! "Voices Of The Jungle" still has all the earthy elements we love in Gerardo's music – acoustic piano and percussion, and an overall spirit ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Plenty of great guests really make this one sparkle – Diamond D, Sadat X, Large Professor, Gift Of Gab, and others – all of whom really live up to the true school style of beatmaking from Hugo! The tunes have some especially great keyboards at times, scratches by Suspect, and even a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
In a world of supposed crossover Brazilian projects that have mostly lost their roots, the music of Bebel Gilberto is surprisingly refreshing! This daughter of Joao Gilberto (not Astrud) sings in a manner that's in keeping with the classic bossa divas of years past – but she works here in ... read moreCD
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... read moreCD
The first "jazz meets hip hop" effort by Guru and a host of guests that includes Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ronny Jordan, Lonnie Liston Smith, and MC Solaar. Tracks include "Slicker Than Most", "Loungin", "Sights In The City", and "Le Bien, Le Mal". ... 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Bongolian in years – a great collaboration with vocalist Fay Hallam, who really helps his grooves find a great sense of focus! Unlike other efforts of this nature – the usual "soul diva with funk group" outing – Fay and ... read moreCD
One of the hippest entries so far in Ropeadope's Experiment series – every bit as amazing as their previous experimental excursions to Philadelphia and Detroit! Like those previous sets, this one attempts to refine the best sounds of a local scene – focusing here on the rich array of ... 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
Hi Fly Orchestra —
Get Ready ... CD Agogo (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
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Get ready for greatness from the Hi Fly Orchestra – a sound that's even sharper, hipper, and jazzier than ever before – served up in a sublime mix of deep funk rhythms and lots of global touches! These guys are definitely one of the coolest funk combos around – as they're never ... read moreCD
They're billed as an "orchestra", and have a sound to match – but the group's mostly a quartet on this sweet little outing – with added help from guest players on different tracks! The sound here is every bit as great as the previous Hidden Orchestra outing – an ... read moreCD
It's been many years since we last heard from Clara Hill – an artist we first fell in love with about a decade ago, as part of the Sonar Kollektiv scene in Germany – and she's really grown a lot in the process, and has started to do some amazing things with her music! The Hill heard ... read moreCD
It's been many years since we last heard from Clara Hill – an artist we first fell in love with about a decade ago, as part of the Sonar Kollektiv scene in Germany – and she's really grown a lot in the process, and has started to do some amazing things with her music! The Hill heard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazz ... LP Perfect Toy (Germany), 2003. Very Good ....
A brilliant album of cosmic jazz from this up and coming German group! Hipnosis work in a territory that's half 70s fusion, and half underground club jazz – in a style that kind of feels like what would have happened if Herbie Hancock recorded for Compost Records! The group boasts some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hip hop-schooled leftfield pop songcraft from Honeycut – with a sensibility that fits very well with labelmates on Quaanum without really sounding like any of their contemporaries! Honeycut features production, keys and samples by Hervé "RV" Salters of General Elektriks, ... read moreCD
If the story is stripped down avant funk instrumentals with subtle stylistic twists and turns, it's a story worth telling – and that's what Clutchy Hopkins puts down on The Story Teller – an album that manages to be among his most raw and direct and his most adventurous at the same time! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tripped out tracks with a funky cinematic feel – a great new project with mysterious origins – supposedly the work of the "mysterious Clutchy Hopkins", but really just the efforts of a batch of underground beatmakers! There's a spare, spacious approach here that almost ... read moreCD
A slightly different flavor than usual from Clutchy Hopkins – and another great batch of cuts from the enigmatic beatmaker! This set's supposedly done in collaboration with Lord Kenjamin – an equally enigmatic figure, with a Caribbean-styled name – and the record's definitely got ... read moreCD
Lars Horntveth —
Pooka ... CD Smalltown Supersound, 2004. Used ....
It always feels like we're waiting a long time for a new record from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – but it's always well worth the wait! This time around, they've found a way to focus their energies even more than before – still sticking strongly in the horn-heavy groove that we love, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This mighty combo do it again – and really blow our minds with their rich reworking of older traditions, complex instrumentation, and tight rhythms – all served up in a set that may well be the group's funkiest ever! The horns are tremendous – as always – but the percussion ... read moreCD
Some nicely jagged sounds from I See – these cool blasts of keyboard sounds that are as punchy as the beats on the tune – almost as if someone's cut up an older funk number, then re-assembled it in chunks that are put together in a different way! A warm keyboard solo links the whole ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Jazzy magic from the current Japanese underground – a hip group bubbling under, but with the same magic energy Jazztronik! Like Jazztronik, J's Bee blends together solid jazz roots and modern production – searching out some richly organic grooves that start slowly, build with spare ... read moreCD
The first record we've heard from this Japanese collective in many years – and a set that definitely marks a real maturation in their music! The album was inspired by the tragic events of the 2011 nuclear catastrophe in Japan – and shows a decidedly deeper side of J's Bee's music ... read moreCD
J-Ramm/Kolon Productions/Clark-F/Knutsons —
Produced In Norway ... LP Plastic Strip Press (Norway), 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ....
A selection of beats from four contemporary forces working on the Norwegian scene – J-Ramm, Kolon Productions, Clark F, and The Nutsons! The last are the only ones here we've heard before – from a great single we used to stock many years ago – and each artist has a different ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jackson & His Computerband —
Glow ... CD Warp, 2013. New Copy ....
Far-reaching, unpredictable electronic grooves from Parisian dancefloor soundscape expander Jackson Fourgeaud! This is just his second full length for Warp in about 8 years – and he remains creatively restless and broadly appealing – with lots of intriguing twists and turns. Big beats ... read moreCD
Far-reaching, unpredictable electronic grooves from Parisian dancefloor soundscape expander Jackson Fourgeaud! This is just his second full length for Warp in about 8 years – and he remains creatively restless and broadly appealing – with lots of intriguing twists and turns. Big beats ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The often cinematic sounds of Jaga Jazzist, given an extra orchestral sweep – working beautifully well with the Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra! It's a match made in jazzy, proggy, soundtracky heaven. Jaga Jazzist has a sprawling sound even at their core – with soul jazz, prog and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great ... read moreCD
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
"Bamba" has a great skittish grooves – contemporary Afro Funk, but a lot more stripped-down – so that the percussion and bass are really taking the lead, and providing a perfect foil for the atmospheric vocals of the tune! This quality really continues on "Walo", ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Instrumental versions from the 800% Ndagga sessions – an absolutely incredible set of Sabar and talking-drum tracks – recorded in Dakar with an amazing group of players! The vocal versions are great, and bring in some beauty – but there's never a doubt that it's this amazing ... read moreCD
Instrumental versions from the 800% Ndagga sessions – an absolutely incredible set of Sabar and talking-drum tracks – recorded in Dakar with an amazing group of players! The vocal versions are great, and bring in some beauty – but there's never a doubt that it's this amazing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Baaba Maal's vocals step out strongly here on "Gwalo" – soaring over the top of the track's skittish Afro rhythms, and giving the groove an even deeper sense of soul than other cuts by Jeri Jeri! The remix is even dubbier than the original, and really enforces the hypnotic quality ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Deborah Jordan —
Light ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2009. New Copy ....
A fantastic full length set from Deborah Jordan – a singer we know mostly for her wonderful work with Silhouette Brown on an album that was one of our favorites from the London scene a few years back! This set has all the cosmic crackles of Jordan's previous work with Dego & Kaidi Tatham ... 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
Jyoti (Georgia Anne Muldrow) —
Denderah ... CD E1, 2013. New Copy ....
One of the most stunning records we've heard from Georgia Anne Muldrow in years – even more mindblowingly cosmic than just about all her other recent work! The set features mostly instrumental tracks – heavy on keyboards, both acoustic and electric – and played with this ... 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 great first chapter of an ultra-hip ensemble – a contemporary group, but one with a great ear for the spiritual sounds of the 70s! The group's a bit like Build An Ark – no surprise, as they've shared a similar label, Kindred Spirits – and like that collective, this one really ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A very hip, very cool project from the Nostalgia 77 side of the universe – an offshoot project by various members of that group, done in a style that's a lot more funky than usual! The tracks have either male or female vocals – both very soulful singers – and the instrumentation ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Instrumentals from French hip hop collective Klub Des Loosers – flavored nicely with mad sampled film dialogue, revolving bits of sound library styled funk, spacey touches of electro and other tripped out touches! The tracks were largely produced in 2006 and 2007, and eventually finished and ... read moreCD
Instrumentals from French hip hop collective Klub Des Loosers – flavored nicely with mad sampled film dialogue, revolving bits of sound library styled funk, spacey touches of electro and other tripped out touches! The tracks were largely produced in 2006 and 2007, and eventually finished and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Four cuts from from the tag team lineup of jittery/noisy electronic beatmakers Push Button Objects and DMC Champ DJ Craze. The beats are more on the abstract side of the fence, while Craze displays his over the top turntable technique. Includes "I Can't Understand You", "Metro ... read moreCD
A sweet set of grooves from this cool Italian combo – served up with just the sort of retro style you'd guess from the cover! There's a strong influence here from older soundtrack modes – particularly Italian ones – no surprise, given that the album's on the film score reissue ... read moreCD
A sweet collaboration from Lamp – a duo that features Andy Compton of The Rurals, and singer Ladybird – who's worked before with Soldiers Of Twilight and Llorca! Ladybird's got this sweetly slinky style of singing – and Compton's grooves here are a bit more laidback than with The ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
110 ... CD Static Discos (Mexico), 2008. Used ....
A sweet set from Eric Lau – one of the finer producer/beatmaker/instrumentalists out there blending cosmic keyboard atmosphere with crisp hip hop soul beats – and with a strong, song-based approach, thanks in part to a great roster of guest vocalists! Eric's been working in this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The most deeply soulful record we've ever heard from Shawn Lee – a massive tribute to the soul sounds of the 60s and 70s, served up with help from a host of hip singers who include Darondo, Nicole Willis, Karime Kendra, and Fanny Franklin! Lee's grooves are as funky as ever, but the ... read moreCD
The most deeply soulful record we've ever heard from Shawn Lee – a massive tribute to the soul sounds of the 60s and 70s, served up with help from a host of hip singers who include Darondo, Nicole Willis, Karime Kendra, and Fanny Franklin! Lee's grooves are as funky as ever, but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Textural mood funk from the team of Shawn Lee and Clutchy Hopkins – the second collaborative batch from this dynamic and well matched duo! We loved Clutch Of The Tiger, but they take a profound step forward on Fascinating Fingers – if they were feeling each others styles out on that ... read moreCD
Textural mood funk from the team of Shawn Lee and Clutchy Hopkins – the second collaborative batch from this dynamic and well matched duo! We loved Clutch Of The Tiger, but they take a profound step forward on Fascinating Fingers – if they were feeling each others styles out on that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album