More dark and twisted beat science from Amon Tobin, filled with alien tones and coloristic washes of sound. Continuing to develop from his earlier work, Tobin continues to expand outward on this release, a challenging excursion into the outer limits of the new beat scene, with some complicated ... read moreCD
A massive collaboration between Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle – a well-titled second set in Strut's Inspiration series, and one that brings both artists into some really fresh, new territory! Andy handles most of the vocals, and Beedle's working rhythms that are somewhat in his Black Science ... read moreCD
Tangoclub ... CD Surco/Vibra/Universal (Argentina), 2002. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An overlooked gem from the amazing John Beltran – beautifully jazzy, and the first record that really had him breaking away from straighter dancefloor electronics! The set is filled with as many acoustic sounds as it is electronic ones – as John brings in flute, percussion, guitar, ... read moreCD
Mario Biondi —
Sun ... CD Sony, 2013. Used ...
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
Brilliant work from Blaze – one of the greatest groups ever in house music, never failing to please at any point in their rich 15 year history! This set has the group a long way from their New Jersey roots – grooving hard in a London mode, with strong elements of spacey soul layered ... 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
Wobbly sounds from Casino Vs Japan – loads of great low fi electronics that really take us back to that key 90s moment when so many folks were rediscovering the sound of the analogue generation! The music here comes from a few years after that moment, but still shares the same love of shapes ... read moreCD
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 Cliché Saved My Life (featuring Grandmaster ... read moreCD
A bold new chapter in the career of Nicola Conte – quite possibly his most collaborative record to date, and easily his most righteous as well! Although Conte looks cheesy on the cover, his style here is even deeper than before – still driven by the classic modal and bossa sounds of ... read moreCD
Mercan Dede —
800 ... CD Double Moon (Turkey), 2007. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Dining Rooms —
Tre ... CD Schema (Italy), 2003. Used ...
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
Tripped-out downtempo breaks from the days when Coldcut were still involved with DJ Food! Lots of blunted beats and bassy grooves – and titles include "Dark River", "Scratch Yer Hed", "Spiral", "Fungle Junk", "Brass Neck", "Akaire", ... 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
Comes with a bonus disc full of bonus tracks and remixes! Hed Phone Sex is a bit less club-oriented than the follow up Love, Pussycats and Car Wrecks. The overall feel is of a warm, smooth and trippy electronic groove that would come to be a very dominant sound on the Ninja Tune (and Shadow, ... read moreCD
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
(Out of print.)
Daniel Givens —
Age ... CD Aesthetics, 2000. Used Gatefold ...
The debut release from genre defying Daniel Givens, brewing together elements of dub, nu-jazz and spare electronics. Broken beats without being "broken beat" skitter underneath spoken word vocals dotted with contributions from Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams and other ... read moreCD
A really beautiful little record – one that combines crackling jazzy dancefloor rhythms with soaring lines on acoustic piano! Tardin plays grand piano throughout – with a graceful, flowing style that's a great counterpoint to the tighter rhythms at the bottom. And although the ... read moreCD
Heavy piano and raspy vocals from Raphael Gulazzi – an artist with a boldly jazz feel, and a classic sense of spirit we'd put right up there between the best recent work from Mario Biondi and Jamie Cullum! Like Mario, Raphael is Italian, but mostly sings in English – accenting the ... 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
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
The first-ever full length album from Jazzanova – and an instant classic that's been well worth the wait! For years, the group have turned out some of the most exciting singles and remixes on the international groove scene – and during all that time, they've been secretly storing away ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has some light edge wear and a spot of sticker remnants.)
A great set of jazzy club tunes – selected and mixed by Jazztronik – and served up in a style that seems to make the tunes resonate even more strongly together! There's a "best of the best" sound here that's evident from the very first tune – as Jazztronik hand-pick ... read moreCD
Jazzy grooves in 2 different flavors – served up nicely in a double-disc set that's compiled and mixed by Jazztronik! The styles here are a bit farther-reaching than their first Jazztronica set – with one CD of "break beats/brokenbeats", tracks that have a more classic jazz ... read moreCD
Tomas Jirku —
Variants ... CD Alien8 (Canada), 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Retro-styled funk from the mad Chris Joss – a producer and DJ who's been bubbling under on the French scene for years, but will no doubt burst big globally with this tasty set! Chris' music is a perfect match for the ESL label – as he's got a keen ear for a classic-styled groove, and ... read moreCD
One of Kahimi Karie's loveliest albums – filled with sweet little pop tunes produced by Momus, Stereo Total, and others on the left side of the pop underground! Tunes have a lot of nice French pop influences, mixed with the slight electronic touches you'd find in Momus' own work of the same ... read moreCD
The first full album from Koop – and one of the best new records on Compost in years! Koop have a jazzier touch than some of the label's groups – almost going back to the earliest days of the label, and working in a sound that's much more faithful to the jazzy roots that have inspired ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes bonus DVD.)
Kruder & Dorfmeister —
G-Stoned ... CD G Stone/Quango, 1993. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Massive!! When this EP first came out in the mid 90s, it totally changed the face of modern music – and introduced the concept of abstract downtempo to a very juiced-up modern funk world! Kruder & Dorfmeister took the spare subtle funky sound of labels like CTI and Kudu, and reworked ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a gold promo stamp and barcode has a cutout hole.)
Skittish beats and warm jazzy grooves from London's Landslide – featuring Victor Davies as guest vocalist on the track "Tumbling", and a guest appearance by London Elektricity on "Incurable Voices". There's less bossa on here than you might think from the title, but the ... read moreCD
A long-awaited full length set from Lanu – aka Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos – and a record that's one of the best blends of soul, funk, and cosmic vibes we've heard in many many years! Lanu's been bubbling under for quite awhile – first issuing singles from his native New ... read moreCD
Los Amigos Invisibles are back on the dancefloor with their unique blend of clubby grooves and Venezuelan pop – and this time around, they're getting a fair bit of help from Dimitri From Paris, who produced most of the tracks on the set! With Dimitri at the helm, the sound here is still ... read moreCD
A return to slightly funky work for MMW – lots of organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and other groovy keyboards from John Medeski driving the set, backed by some excellent rhythm work by Billy Martin and Chris Wood. This is probably their most compelling album in years – at least to our ... read moreCD
Another great little batch of wonderfully thumping grooves from Mo' Horizons! The group doesn't turn away from what they've done so well on their previous work – but everything seems just a bit fuller, and better realized this time out! It's a great blend of crisp, jazz-trained late 70s ... read moreCD
Modjo ... CD Universal (France), 2001. Used ...
New work by these funky French sensations – a mix of many styles, from soul to funk to electronica to Latin-tinged rhythms – with tracks that include "Chillin", "Too Good To Be True", "Peace Of Mind", "What I Mean", "No More Tears", ... read moreCD
The mad funky keyboard wizard is back – back with a great set of heavy-duty instrumentals with his usual "speakers blown out" kind of sound! Mark's picked up a bit of moog along the way since the last release, and he's given a few of these tunes a fuzzed out trippy edge that moves ... read moreCD
Warm and bouncy work from the Harry Morse Project – a blend of French house and quirky elements, with a touch of world music and jazz – all coming together in a playful set that grooves along at a nice little pace. Features guest vocals by Sacha, Damian McCall, and Valerie Comet – ... read moreCD
Joey Negro may have many faces, but he always works in a wonderfully soulful groove – one of the few modern approaches to club music that we'd rank right up there with our favorite work of the late 70s and early 80s! The tracks here are an assortment of recent singles and projects recorded ... read moreCD
Spacey soul soundscapes from Nicolay – another big step for the unpredictable, but always soulful beatmaker, producer, and artist – inspired by a consciousness awakening trip to Tokyo on Shibuya – City Lights Volume 2! When we were first tipped to Nicolay's sounds, it was from a ... read moreCD
An amazing step forward for Nostalgia 77 – working here in a live setting as an expanded octet, and jamming in a jazz-based way that recalls the hippest sounds of the late 60s and early 70s! The vibe here steps nicely off the group's earlier studio-based work – taking soulful ideas and ... read moreCD
A massive record – and an instant legend the day it was released! Masters At Work host the beautiful meeting of a host legendary artists – Roy Ayers, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Jocelyn Brown, Vince Montana, and others – all united in a magical session that brings ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Koyo ... CD Amigo (Sweden), 2003. Used ...
An excellent bit of funky work from Sweden's Oddjob – a group that are looming large on the international club jazz scene! Oddjob work in the same vein as groups like Hipnosis and Honeymuch – playing real jazz, but with a dancefloor twist – taking bits of classic Blue Note, ... read moreCD
Easily the best album we've heard from P'Taah – the brainchild of UK DJ/producer Chris Brann, finally stretching back to his influences to craft a really solid album! At one level, the record's very much in keeping with the best of the current London broken beat scene – but at another, ... read moreCD
Remixes of Pine's excellent crossover into the modern London groove scene, the Modern Day Jazz Stories LP. Given that this is the mid 90s, there's loads of jungle and drum and bass mixes here, but executed with grace and respect for the originals that makes them more timeless than many tracks of ... read moreCD
At this point, we hardly need to tell you what this is about. To many, a genre-defining period classic: haunting vocals, dark, spacey production, and beats so slow, you wonder if your turntable isn't busted. "Sour Times" was the one that put them over the top, and spawned too many ... read moreCD
Timeless jazzy sounds from Danish groovers Povo – who have a way of making classic club jazz & soul influences as fresh as can be and all their own – made all the more wonderful on this set, with a revolving trio of lead vocalists that includes the legendary Andy Bey! Like their ... read moreCD
Quasimode are definitely cooking on this sweet little set – picking up a rich array of influences they've never had before – including bits of Latin rhythms, and some soul music as well! A few of the cuts feature vocals – but in ways that are more straight soul than the group's ... read moreCD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing. Please note that the DVD doesn't list a Region so you may need a multiregion player to view it.)
An incredible evolution for Recloose – a wickedly soulful album that's filled with classic 70s-styled jazz and soul tunes – recalling some of the best moments of artists like Donald Byrd, James Mason, and Johnny Hammond! Recloose has a wonderful band for the record – vocalists ... read moreCD