Extremely haunting work from Eivind Aarset – a record that continues the experiments of his previous albums on the Jazzland label, but which also comes across a bit more tunefully too! Eivind's still working with a range of guitars, electronics, percussion, and programming – but there's ... read moreCD
Loads of great electro sounds here – bassy keyboards, splashy beats, and some cool moogy moments – all wrapped up in the kind of heavy funk we've always loved from Shawn Lee! This cool collaboration with AM furthers the pair's step into the best sounds of the 80s – modes that ... read moreCD
Some of the deepest sounds we've ever heard from Atjazz – thanks, no doubt, to a key collaboration with Jullian Gomes! The work's got roots in the best older house styles, but also a clean contemporary finish, too – beats that aren't broken, but still have a cosmic crackle – and ... read moreCD
Creative electronics from Uwe Schmidt – aka Atom (TM) and dozens of other pseudonyms! Atom (TM) And Friends make these great pop music pastiches laced with electronic textures – putting modern electronica, classic funk, pop, rock, bossa nova and more in a blender – and coming ... read moreCD
Reggie B —
DNA ... CD Tokyo Dawn, 2013. New Copy ....
Cosmic funk and soul inspired grooves from Reggie B – with a sound rooted in 70s and 80s spacey soul sounds, with jazzy hip hop era production touches. We hadn't heard from Reggie B for a few years, before this solid set on the reliable Tokyo Dawn label – and it's as solid and timeless ... read moreCD
A full length set that offers up remixes and remakes from Bajka's Wonderland album – a set that's a bit more varied stylistically, yet which still offers up the singer in a mostly jazzy setting! Grooves are mostly nice and crisp, with plenty of acoustic elements that pop strongly – and ... read moreCD
Maybe the best record we've ever heard from Cosmic mainman Daniele Baldelli – and definitely a set that really lives up to the funky side promised in the title! Baldelli's got a much deeper groove here than ever before – a great ear for tight elements on the basslines, mixed with jazzy ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful albums we've heard from Schema in many years – a brilliant batch of jazzy tracks from singer Andrea Balducci – served up with backing by a great lineup of players from both the Ricky Tick and Schema worlds! The core approach is jazz, but many of the songs are ... read moreCD
Soulful vocals, synths and orchestral pop from Beauty Room on Far Out! Beauty Room features joint production and songwriting by singer Jinadu and synths maestro Kirk Degiorgio – the latter a Far Out veteran at this point, and an artist whose creative evolution has been a joy to follow! They ... read moreCD
A wonderful full length debut from Bei Bei on Ubiquity – collaborating with the kaleidoscopic hip hop funk instrumental stylist Shawn Lee – and they make a great team! Bei Bei plays the guhzheg – a traditional Asian string instrument that often spins harp-like sounds – in ... read moreCD
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this ... read moreCD
Mario Biondi —
Sun ... CD Sony, 2013. New Copy ....
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old ... read moreCD
A really wonderful set of grooves – much richer, jazzier, and more soulful than we would have expected – and a great full length introduction to the work of Bosq! Bosq's a name that's been brimming around on singles recently – but on this full album, he really opens up with a ... read moreCD
Brand New Heavies —
Forward ... CD Shanachie, 2013. New Copy ....
Brand New Heavies back in action – and sounding every bit as great as always! The group still has that sublime mix of soul, jazz, and funk that's made them so great right from the start – a mode that's steeped in classic influences from the 60s and 70s, yet finds a way to come out ... read moreCD
A really cool live set from Mari Kvien Brunvoll – live concert solo work, but with lots of on-the-spot sampling – which allows Mari to loop her vocals and other instrumentation as well! Mari's voice has this really wonderful sound – airy, but very melodic too – a quality ... read moreCD
Spill ... CD Signature (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
High caliber drum and bass from Calibre – with frenetic and sputtering beats – and an uncommon soulful depth! As insistent as the beats are here, the diverse keyboard backdrops and occasional moody vocals are what takes it to deeper level. A really solid balance between frenetic beats ... read moreCD
Damn! These guys just keep getting better and better with each new release – to the point where they're way more than just a combo dedicated to classic soundtrack modes – and instead have found a fuzzy funky space that's all their own! Both the instrumentation and rhythms are sharper ... read moreCD
Tommaso Cappellato & Astral Travel —
Cosmethic ... CD Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
A totally sweet set from drummer Tommaso Cappellato – a player who was mentored by legendary spiritual jazz maestro Harry Whitaker, and who works here in a groove that really recalls Whitaker's best music of the 70s! The album features a small group that's heavy on Fender Rhodes and moog ... read moreCD
Some of the noisiest music we've heard so far from Cherrystones – a sweet set that's heavy on fuzz and electronics, but which still holds onto the strong sense of beat from before! There's a pretty dark vibe to most of the record – a bite that goes way beyond downtempo, and which ... read moreCD
Moody beats and surprisingly soulful vocals from Child Of Lov – with solid songs, too – which is ultimately what takes this self-titled record a substantial step deeper than some of his fellow atmospheric producer/beatmaker peers! Hazy, gritty hip hop-learned beats with spacey dynamics ... read moreCD
Cola & Jimmu (Nicole Willis & Jimmy Tenor) —
Enigmatic ... CD Herakles (Finland), 2013. New Copy ....
Enigmatic dancefloor grooves from the duo of Cola and Jimmu – actually funky soul singer Nicole Willis and Finnish jazz funk player Jimmy Tenor! As Cola and Jimmu, Nicole and Jimmy are working in a mode that's inspired by dawn of the 90s soulful house music – a nice mix of earthy ... read moreCD
A sweet surprise from Andy Compton of The Rurals – work that's even more profoundly steeped in deep soul atmosphere – with Compton collaborating with seductive female vocalists for one of the sultriest underground soul sets we've heard in a while! This is one of those records that you'd ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Nicola Conte – Schema records maestro making his Blue Note debut with this set – and giving the label one of their best new albums of the 21st Century! The record's quite different than Nicola's programmed dancefloor work for Schema – and is much more of an ... read moreCD
A long-overdue collection of all the mixes, side-projects, and rare "Nicola Conte version" tracks that have cropped up in the past decade or so – work that's every bit as great as the material Conte includes on his own albums and singles! Nicola Conte's not a remixer – he's a ... read moreCD
Four classic albums by this hip UK group – all with rare bonus tracks too! First up is the wonderful Dad Man Cat – our favorite record by one of the best funk records to ever come out of England! On this great debut album, Corduroy are a tight funky combo, with an organ and clavinet ... read moreCD
Not entirely the bossa set you might guess from the title – but a mighty sweet session by a group with a very jazzy vibe – one who deliver some very unusual takes on tunes from the 70s and 80s! Couture Chic features a female lead singer, and a core keyboard of guitar, bass, and drums ... read moreCD
Easily some of the most global work we've ever heard from Da Lata – a set that goes far beyond the mix of London and Rio that first made the group so great – into a realm that encompasses a wide range of sounds from around the world! The music's still got that great organic groove ... read moreCD
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back ... read moreCD
Far more than just a full album from keyboard wiz and producer Mark De Clive-Lowe – a much-needed collection of his various remixes, small label recordings, and small projects from the past few years – pulled from a variety of labels around the globe, and packaged into one overstuffed ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from singer Guida De Palma – an album with jazzy bossa backings from Jazzinho, and a groove that's even more sublime than any of their previous work! The album easily ranks right up there with our favorite 70s classics by Brazilian legends like Joyce or Tania Maria ... read moreCD
Deep Jazz —
Meeting ... CD Perfect Toy (Germany), 2012. New Copy ....
The amazing second album from Deep Jazz – and every bit as spiritual and soulful as the first! These guys really blew us away with their debut, and we're loving them even more this time around – and can honestly say that they're one of the few contemporary combos to ever get our ... read moreCD
Kirk Degiorgio Presents Sambatek —
Sambatek ... CD Far Out (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
Brazilian percussion mixed with 21st Century sounds – all served up sublimely in the hands of Kirk Degiorgio – one of the few artists we could ever expect to get a project like this just right! The album follows nicely off Kirk's previous collaboration with Azymuth – but has an ... read moreCD
Stellar dancefloor soul from Dego – the first ever solo album from one half of the pioneering, longstandingly brilliant 4 Hero – thwarting trendiness with ease and crafting a set that's fully lives up to the 4 Hero-ic legacy! It's nice to have a full scale solo effort from Dego, not ... read moreCD
Cheick Hamala Diabate —
Prudence ... CD Electric Cowbell, 2013. New Copy ....
Afro grooves galore – all taken to rich new territory in the hands of a few contemporary mixers! The set's based around a core track – "Prudence", sung and played by Cheick Hamala Diabate – with great work on ngoni in the lead – a hip stringed instrument that ... read moreCD
Dining Rooms —
Tre ... CD Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy ....
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms (in case you couldn't guess by the title!) – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot ... read moreCD
The first full length in a few years from world class turntablist DJ Kentaro – and a pretty diverse set of floor-shaking instrumentals – plus a number vocal cuts with a strong roster of guests. Kentaro is a sharp producer/artist on top of the turntablist skills, crafting well-paced ... read moreCD
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
One of the most compelling albums so far from funky maestro Shawn Lee – all instrumental versions of recent tunes by megastars like Gwen Stefani, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Blur, Badly Drawn Boy, Justin Timberlake, and Outkast! As you might guess from Shawn's previous records, the ... read moreCD
Shawn Lee's groovy homage to the early 80s Hooked On series – in which classical music got a bit of a shiny disco-indebted makeove r– but, we think Shawn might be doing the style even better here! His approach is far groovier, less glossy, more idiosyncratic and fun – with ... read moreCD
Majestic grooves from the mighty Shawn Lee – all put together with a brilliance to rival the best soundtrack and sound library work of the 70s! The set may well be the best so far in Lee's series of projects for Ubiquity – and it's got an even wider-ranging set of grooves than before ... read moreCD
Massively messed-up grooves – and a rare one-off collaboration between Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guerrero – all artists we've come to love for their own funky music over the years! The sound here is as wild as you'd expect from the cover – a really trippy approach to funk ... read moreCD
Sweet grooves from this hip Italian combo – a group with a name that reminds us of some of our favorite sound library ensembles from years back, and a musical style to match! Magnetic 4 are heavy on 60s bossa and modal styles – jazzy in the instrumentation, but often set to dancefloor ... read moreCD
Some of the tightest tracks we've ever heard from Chico Mann – and some of his most soulful too – a great set of work that really has him stepping past some of the rougher structures of earlier years, and showing a new love of 80s keys and beats as well! The album's got a skittish ... read moreCD
Deep grooves from Marc Mac – a set that's way earthier than any of his 4 Hero projects – and which is almost a tribute to the soulful sounds that have shaped his music over the years! The package is a bit similar to Mac's previous Right To Be Civil collection – and definitely has ... read moreCD
A mindblower from Menagerie – yet another deep musical chapter in the rich career of Lance Ferguson – an artist we loved for his early club work, then dug as a funk maestro with The Bamboos, now able to hit spiritual jazz sounds with this wonderful new group! The set's got a feel that's ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from Monday Michiru – and a record that reminds us all over again why we love her music so much! The album's got Monday serving up all the Brazilian sounds you'd guess from the title – but always with that positive, upbeat style we've always dug in her music – a ... read moreCD
Possibly the best album to date from Jun Miyake – a set that's every bit as enigmatic as his previous work, but somehow even better overall! There's a wonderfully visual sense to most of the songs here – almost little audio pictures in sound – put together with unusual ... read moreCD
Some of the deepest grooves we've ever heard from Mop Mop – still in the cool, jazzy mode of previous records – but a lot more organic too, with great percussion that really helps shape the sound of the set! As before, there's some excellent work on vibes and keyboards – but many ... read moreCD
The title, group name, and cover are all a bit obscure – and hardly tell the full story of the rich sound of this new dynamic act – a compelling combo who mix together Spanish guitar, strings, and contemporary beats – all in a style that's way more than the sum of its parts, and ... read moreCD
A brilliant record from future groove beacon Mr Chop! Now billed simply as Chop, having chopped off the honorific title, the man otherwise known as Coz Littler delivers his tightest and most compelling work to date! His past few releases recast classic synth funk, Krautrock and spacey soundtrack ... read moreCD
The best yet from underground soul force Georgia Anne Muldrow – an artist who has now put out more exceptional music in a handful of years as both artist and producer than many do in a career these days! Kings Ballad is her full length debut for Ubiquity, a record that's as boundlessly ... read moreCD
Contemporary electronic grooves from the Norwegian scene, courtesy Ralph Myerz – mixed with synth-funky hip hop beatcraft – and finished with new vocal collaborators from Myerz's own Bergen, Norway scene as well as an eclectic batch of vox that stretch from classic Motown soul, to ... read moreCD
Nothing secret about The Sunburst Band – they're a group we've loved for years – and one that we love to rave about on these pages! This album's a tremendous effort – one that proves that our faith in the group has never let us down – and that they're one of the few acts ... read moreCD
New Cool Collective —
Eighteen ... CD Dox (Netherlands), 2011. New Copy ....
Tight grooves from this group who definitely live up to their name – a combo who's rooted in jazz, but equally adept at a rich range of other styles too! The New Cool Collective work with a tight brace of horns – including sax and flute from leader Benjamin Herrman – plus sweet ... read moreCD
An album that definitely packs a powerful punch – thanks to a compelling blend of sounds from both London and Kenya, brought together in a whole new formation of African groove! The album's a wicked reworking of an older aesthetic – in a spirit that's similar to the really inventive ... read moreCD
A warmly jazzy tribute to the music of Bruno Martino – the Italian songwriter who's best known for the famous "Estate" – but who also gave the world a host of other wonderful tunes over the years! The set's done in a sparkling Irma Records style – with backings from ... read moreCD
Patchworks Galactic Project —
Space ... CD Favorite (France), 2013. New Copy ....
One of the coolest projects so far from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's put together as a tribute to all the spacey electronic 70s grooves from artists like Patrick Adams, Alain Goraguer, or Jean Pierre Massiera! Patchworks definitely gets the sound right for the set ... read moreCD
Warm instrumentation blended nicely with electronics and soulful vocals – and the first we've heard from Positive Flow in a little while – sounding as fresh as ever here on the first PF full length for the Tokyo Dawn label! Keys and beats flow nicely under live strings, flute, sax and ... read moreCD
PPP (Platinum Pied Pipers) —
Abundance ... CD Ubiquity, 2008. New Copy ....
A bigger and more uniquely soulful sound for Triple P – aka cosmic DJ production duo Platinum Pied Pipers, rechristened as PPP with the addition of vocalists Coultrain and Karma to the group on the wonderful Abundance! The vocals, and a tighter focus on great songs than on an overall vibe, ... read moreCD
A great step forward for Alex Puddu, and a real return to form for the legendary Edda Dell'Orso – that sublime soundtrack singer from the 60s and 70s who made magic with Ennio Morricone and some of his best Italian contemporaries! Puddu's always had a cinematic vision to his music, but he ... read moreCD
Quadron steps up the bigs with Avalanche – an impeccable second album and first to be co-released Epic Records – and as much as we appreciated their earlier album on Plug Research, this really is an epic-level creative leap forward for the duo! They're still working mix of electro and ... read moreCD
This guy never fails to blow our mind – and with this sweet little set, Quantic takes his groove one step further! Not content to rest on the laurels of his already excellent previous work, Will Holland brings in an array of sounds from around the globe – obscure samples, ethnographic ... read moreCD
A totally great live set from Quasimode – and one that really returns the combo to the core brilliance of their first few records from Japan! The setting is completely unfurled and unbridled – the main quartet soaring away in a fast flurry of piano, bass, and percussion – always ... read moreCD
Quiet Nights Orchestra —
Movin ... CD Reach Up (Sweden), 2011. New Copy ....
Great jazzy grooves from the Quiet Nights Orchestra – the second set from the group, and every bit as wonderful as the first! There's wicked blend of modes going on here – a bit of modal jazz, some clubjazz rhythms, a touch of Schema groove, and also just a hint of older jazz modes too ... read moreCD
Ras G may be back on the planet, but the sound here is still very much in keeping with the excellent mode on his Ghetto Sci Fi set – a really weird and wonderful blend of cosmic influences from the heyday of spiritual jazz, including lots of Sun Ra-inspired touches, mixed with some very ... read moreCD
Nothing lost here at all – as the album's a standout set of new material from S-Tone, plus remixes of a few older nuggets – and may well be his best so far! There's a soulful depth to the music that we don't remember from before – a quality that mixes the jazzy and bossa-inflected ... read moreCD
Cosmic hip hop soul with a love for classic keyboard-flavored jazz funk – and a heck of a convincing debut from Seravince! Seravince is the latest – and to date greatest project from Vincent Helbers – whose earlier work with Flowriders was excellent, too. That said, this is real ... read moreCD
A wonderful third album from Elizabeth Shepherd – possibly her best yet – taking the stripped down, yet adventurous jazzy soul intimacy of the debut and the deeper, dreamier sound of her Parkdale album, and coming up with a lovely, unique and wholly excellent sound on Heavy Falls The ... read moreCD