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
An incredible meeting of talents – one we never would have expected in a million years, but which comes off beautifully throughout! The spacey genius of Amp Fiddler meets the Jamaican grooves of Sly & Robbie – in a blend that's breathtaking – one that takes all of Amp's ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anoushka's a duo, as you might have guessed from the image on the cover – and a great one at that, with these sublime spacey soul vocals from Victoria Port, mixed with her own keyboards and more beats and keys from Max Wheeler! The music's got a lean quality, but also soars with a cosmic ... read moreCD
Anoushka's a duo, as you might have guessed from the image on the cover – and a great one at that, with these sublime spacey soul vocals from Victoria Port, mixed with her own keyboards and more beats and keys from Max Wheeler! The music's got a lean quality, but also soars with a cosmic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little spacey club soul EP on Brownswood – actually the duo of singer/songwriter Victoria Port and producer Max Wheeler – and it's very promising stuff! Brownswood has a been a vital source for burgeoning progressive dancefloor talent for years now, and the depth continues to ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes download card.)
Aphex Twin —
Syro ... CD Warp, 2014. New Copy ...
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complica ... read moreCD
III ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ...
The best work so far from this ultra-hip trio – an amazing combination of keyboards, bass, and drums – served up in styles that are rooted in funk and jazz, but go to so many other places as well! The drums crackle with a quality schooled in 70s breaks and beats, stripped down to their ... read moreCD
The sound of the Star Club lives again – in this great set of retro-styled German beat group tracks! Beatplanet have a sound that's sure to take you back to early 60s Hamburg – a clear Beatles inspiration in the way they put together their tracks, complete with great production touches ... read moreCD
One of the tightest records to date from Bebo Best – a set that's still awash in cool 60s influences from lounge, bossa, and soundtracks – but which also comes across with an even more spontaneous spirit! There's still a fair bit of programs in the rhythms, and lots of cool sound ... 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
Black Dog Productions —
Bytes ... CD Warp/Wax Trax, 1993. Used ...
A host of lesser-known bits and pieces from Bonobo – including some 12" tracks, other rare cuts, and even some remixes for other artists too! The music is all united by Bonobo's ear for a sharp edge and funky beat – in that same blend of contemporary elements and classic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the warmer grooves we've heard from Bosq so far – but that might also come from the soulful touches brought to the remix from Tall Black Guy too! "Paciencia De Jo" has this stepping glide that comes from mellow beats and sweet female vocals from Tita Lima – layered ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A greatly expanded version of this recent classic of 21st Century soul – complete with a full bonus disc of material! The original set came out a few years back, and grabbed our ears instantly – work by one of the best new downtempo acts we've heard in years – a British outfit ... read moreCD
A stunner of a set from one of the few groups of their generation who seem to grow and grow more with each new record! Break Reform first caught our ears a few years ago, in the big rush of excellent work coming from London at the start of the 21st Century – but with this great little record ... read moreCD
A killer set from the young Kenny Dope – one of his first big-name projects of the 90s, and a great showcase for his already-mature approach to a groove! There's echoes here of the indie east coast club scene of a few years before – some of the soul of New Jersey, and the playful ... read moreCD
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
A hypnotic batch of atmospherics and cosmic sounds from Carlos Nino & friends – a nice blend of found sounds and field recordings of both natural soundscapes and studio bits from some of the talented musicians in his circle of friends! Carlos is really one of the more diverse ... 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
Jimi Tenor is a man of many talents – able to work in modes from spacey to jazzy to funky, and everything in between – as is singer Nicole Willis, who most folks know from her deep funk recordings, but who reemerges here as a house vocalist in the team of Cola & Jimmu! The look of ... read moreCD
Jimi Tenor is a man of many talents – able to work in modes from spacey to jazzy to funky, and everything in between – as is singer Nicole Willis, who most folks know from her deep funk recordings, but who reemerges here as a house vocalist in the team of Cola & Jimmu! The look of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Remixes and new versions of tracks from the album Let Us Play. Titles include "Atomic Moog 2000 (Cornelius mix)", "Rubaiyat (Carl Craig mix)", "More Beats & Pieces (Dj Lord Fader turntable mix)", "Last Night A Cliche Saved My Life (featuring Grandmaster Flash ... 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
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
Daft Punk have always worn their love of pop, disco, electro, soul and fusion pretty proudly on their robot sleeves – and bless 'em, they're paying more earnest tribute than ever before on Random Access Memories – featuring homages to and collaborations with Chic guitarist/pop soul ... read moreCD
A whole new sound for Mark De Clive-Lowe – and a great one too – a completely different approach than any of his other previous records, and one that mixes his core cosmic grooves with a heavy dose of jazz! The set has Mark working with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – who provide ... read moreCD
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Mercan Dede —
Nar ... CD RH (Turkey), 2002. Used ...
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 more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
A new project from Dokta Venom – who you may just know as Venom – son of Bluey from Incognito, and a frequent partner of that funky group as well! The style here is very much Venom's own – lean club tracks that lie somewhere in a space between house and disco, depending on the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Sublime soulful sounds from Diggs Duke – one of the freshest artists we've heard in years – and one of the few who really live up to the cosmic promise of the Brownswood label! Duke's got this way of singing, speaking, and playing Fender Rhodes with a really righteous sort of vibe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
E-Dancer (Kevin Saunderson) —
Heavenly ... LP Play It Again Sam, 1998. Very Good 3LP Gatefold ...
A sweet mix of soul, funk, and Jamaican styles – all put together by Shane "Sureshot" Hunt, who we've trusted for grooves for many years! The package draws on Shane's deep knowledge of old school roots – but it also reflects the cultural melting pot of San Francisco's ... read moreCD
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – ... read moreCD
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Part of the Timeless live series – the already legendary concerts organized by Mochilla in honor of influential composers J Dilla, Mulatu and Arthur Verocai! The Dilla tribute is billed as A Suite For Ma Dukes (Dilla's moms is rightly proud of Mr Yancey and deserves to be honored for his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Five Corners Quintet —
Hot Corner ... CD Ricky Tick/Sony (France), 2008. Used ...
The long-awaited second album from The Five Corners Quintet – easily one of the greatest groups going on the global groove scene! As with their debut, the sound here is highly jazzy – played by a core combo that features Timo Lassy on reeds and Jukka Eskola on trumpet and flugelhorn ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Flying Lotus is not only very much alive on You're Dead! – he's as lively as ever – delivering his best, most diverse record to date! The Flying Lotus sound is in peak form here – glitchy beats and spacey keyboards, deftly layered samples, and carrying boundless influences from ... read moreCD
Not the Philly soul group from the mid 70s, but rather the pairing of DJ Kent and KZA, peddling modern, soulful electronic grooves, with break inspired beats and tapestries of electronic tones bubbling over top. While the better part of this disc is nearer to uptempo funk, the tracks we get open ... read moreCD
Fox Capture Plan —
Wall ... CD Playwright (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
We really love these guys – and are continually amazed at what they can do with just bass, drums, and piano – all very conventional instruments, but used by Fox Capture Plan in this soaringly soulful style! The music's not entirely jazz – because all three instruments are very ... 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
The Latin Kick – with a jazzy groove! Gerardo Frisina's long been one of our favorite talents on the international groove underground, and like his labelmate and sometime musical partner Nicola Conte, he's got a way of crafting tracks that are awash in classic jazz touches. Frisina himself ... read moreCD
Spacey club grooves from Gerardo Frisina – blending cosmic dancefloor sounds with a genuine dose of jazzy instrumentation! Frisina often flirts with modern club influences, and on "Passion Dance" and "Space In Time" he nearly goes all the way – or at least gets to ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Like every Galliano album, this one offers the same quandry: there's great funky instrumental grooves, of the sort that would be really appreciated by fans of other albums in our acid jazz section, but they're marred by the presence of Galliano himself, rhyming and reciting his way through the cuts ... read moreCD
Mighty keyboards from Francesco Gazzara – easily one of our favorite Irma Records artists from years back – still sounding pretty darn great here in a nicely mature setting! The album's got a bit of the bossa promised in the title, but also has a wider-ranging groove too – echoes ... read moreCD
Gritty sounds from Guts – a set that might well be great enough on its own if it were instrumental – but which also features a surprising amount of guest work from folks who include Masta Ace, Grand Puba, Tanya Morgan, Rah Digga, Cody Chestnutt, Murs, and others! The lyricists really ... read moreCD
Recorded live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and a special set featuring the acoustic talents of trumpeter Tim Hagan and soprano saxist Bob Belden, mixed with electronics by Scott Kinsey, and turtablism by DJ Kingsize. Most of the material is fairly out – with off-kilter solos draped over ... 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
Larry Heard —
Alien ... CD Alleviated (UK), 1996. New Copy ...
The further evolution of Larry Heard – and a set that takes him way past his roots in Chicago house, into a realm of spacey electronics and future jazz musings! The album's a lot more spare and gentle than some of Heard's earlier grooves – done with a sensitivity that's really great, ... read moreCD
Larry Heard —
Alien ... LP Alleviated (UK), 1996. New Copy ...
The further evolution of Larry Heard – and a set that takes him way past his roots in Chicago house, into a realm of spacey electronics and future jazz musings! The album's a lot more spare and gentle than some of Heard's earlier grooves – done with a sensitivity that's really great, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The usual blend of downtempo beats and tripped-out grooves – mostly instrumental, but with some occasional raps by the likes of Big Ted, What What, and Fabian. Titles include "Shocker Zulu", "Shorty's Judgement", "Hardcore", "Theme From Control Centre" ... read moreCD
Live band hip hop funk grooves from Herbaliser & friends – the tight and bumping Session 1 from the dawn of the aughts! Herbaliser and players from the Easy Access Orchestra knocked it out in a couple days as if they'd been playing together for years, with some lean, kinda jazzy funk ... read moreCD
Well, this turned out well! Session 2 from the Herbaliser Band – which finds the Herbaliser style of beathead moodcraft turntable wizardry working live and direct with the Easy Access Orchestra! All in all, it's a grittier, funkier vibe than we were expecting for some reason, even the the ... read moreCD
The best work in years from The Herbaliser – a mixture of funk, hip hop production, and slight soundtrack touches on the best cuts! The album's got a huge amount of guest vocals – from the likes of Blade, Seaming To, MF Doom, and Rakka Irscience – but the best part of it is the ... read moreCD
A pretty remarkable set of spacey soul songcraft from Hiatus Kaiyote – a Melbourne group that blends moody, laidback live soul instrumentation with bubbling futuristic elements in a surprisingly seamless way – elevated even higher by strong songwriting and the soulful vocals of Nai Palm! ... read moreCD