The first-ever contemporary recording on Soundway – but a set that's still got firm roots in the 70s African scene that's usually represented by the label! Batida is the brainchild of Portuguese DJ Mpula – who brings together samples from older Angolan recordings with contemporary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly majestic project – and a record that matches its mighty spirit with an equally great set of grooves! Blaze put together the album to benefit the Lifebeat AIDS charity – and they've got help from a tremendous assemblage of underground club talents – including Barbara ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK test press in a stickered sleeve.)
Brand New Heavies —
Shelter ... LP Delicious Vinyl, 1997. Very Good+ 2LP ....
An overlooked mid 90s set from The Brand New Heavies – not as hitbound as some of their earlier work, but still plenty darn great – recorded with a strong emphasis on the vocals, and a no-nonsense soul sound that's always refreshing! There's one or two instrumentals on the album, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's been nearly 20 years since Natalie Cole first sang duets with her father through the magic of technology – so the time's long overdue to throw a host of other talents into the mix! The style here is a bit like the Verve Remixed albums – in that the record takes older classics by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty sweet set of funky grooves and programmed beats – played by a group that contains both old and new players, armed with a variety of skills! The older end of funk is represented by guitarist Calvin Keys, of Black Jazz Records fame, and drummer Ron E Beck, who's recorded with Tower Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It seems like when this came out, critics, promoters, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on Mo Wax/A&M, including the printed inner sleeves.)
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
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
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
Masters At Work —
Album ... LP Cutting, 1993. Very Good- 2LP ....
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear & some creasing. Vinyl has a few clicks.)
Sweet jazzy grooves from this hip Italian duo – Enzo & Gianni Lo Greco, who've also recorded as Quintetto Lo Greco for Schema Records! The sound here is definitely in a Schema groove – lots of jazzy instrumentation on piano, sax, trumpet, and trombone – very much in the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Million Dollar Orchestra —
Better Days ... LP BBE (UK), 2008. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ....
Better days, indeed – as the set takes us back to our favorite club sounds of the late 70s – thanks to careful crafting from maestro Al Kent! The album's got a solid, soulful approach that's totally great – a return to a time when making dance music involved a full range of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shinichi Osawa —
One ... LP Dim Mak, 2009. Very Good+ 2LP ....
Electrified one minute, soulful the next – a really great little record that shows the true spectrum of talents from Shinichi Osawa! We first fell in love with Shinichi's music during his Mondo Grosso years – a strong run of soulful house and housey soul that was at the top of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album of spacey keyboards, and one of the most abstract albums from the team of Matt Cooper and Andreas Allen. The tracks have the band's usual slow funky feel (which we love!), but there's also a very strong focus on electronic keys – played in a bubbling 70s style that sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool group, with a classic jazz funk feel! The album was quite unique at the time of its release – and features Xaver Fischer on loads of sweet keyboards! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited/numbered – in hand-stitched sleeve!)
Quiet Boys —
Bosh! ... LP Acid Jazz (UK), 1995. Near Mint- ....
A sweet steppers classic that never gets old – one of the best albums ever by The Quiet Boys, a UK acid jazz outfit who broke big on both sides of the Atlantic in the 90s! The group's the brainchild of jazz DJ Chris Bangs – and the work here is steeped in older jazz funk influences, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning full length set from Reel People – soulful club with vocals by a variety of wonderful singers that include Angela Johnson, Vanessa Freeman, Dyanna Fearon, Sharlene Hector, and Jag! The set really lives up to the promise of Reel People's work on singles over the years – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Routine ... LP 99 Records (Germany), 1995. Near Mint- ....
Features a nice version of "The Creator Has a Master Plan", plus a nice extended piece called "The Awakening Suite". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Todd Terry'sfirst full length for Sleeping Bag records! The sound here's a bit warmer and not as dark as some of Terry's house singles under other group names – with a classic New York club feel that's in keeping with earlier work on the Sleeping Bag label, and loads of those cool splashy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most gently crafted and most psychedelic folk flavored material we've heard to date from the ever eclectic, always worthwhile oeuvre of Carlos Nino – working here as a duo with multi-instrumentalist Jesse Peterson! Carlos and Jesse have worked together before, on the High With A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best remix projects we've heard in years – most likely because the original work is so great! As the title indicates, the set features older Atlantic soul classics – remixed by a host of modern talents that include King Britt, Sa-Ra, Vikter Duplaix, and Quantic – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really groundbreaking little set – the revival of bossa influence on the Japanese scene, presented here by a host of hip talents from the earliest years of the club jazz scene! The album's got a wonderful vibe through and through – a sound that was later taken up by bigger names from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice collection of club and house tracks selected by Kenny Dope and Lil' Louie Vega: Kenlou "Magica Ilusion", Albert Cabrera "In Pursuit Of The Pimp Mobile", Frankie Feliciano "A Place In the Sun", The Backroom Project "that's Happiness", Benji Candelario ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If this one were any smoother, it would have to be a razor commercial! This 4th volume in the much-hailed Paradisiac series continues the tradition of the first 3 volumes: deep, smooth, sensual house and soul – a mix of hits and underground tracks, with a few classic tunes thrown in for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album