The second album by Japanese singer Akiko – and light years ahead of her first! This set brings Akiko's jazzy vocals into contact with work by a number of different arrangers and producers – including Keiji Matsumoto, Yoshito Tanaka, and Swing Out Sister! The range of tracks is really ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Older samba tunes, remade and remixed – in a style that recalls the approach of some of the bossa remix work in recent years! The album uses lots of core bits from older recordings – interspersed with some nice electronic touches and effects – and given the organic joy of most ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Liedgut ... CD Raster Noton (Germany), 2009. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
III ... LP Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful Swimmers —
Son ... LP Future Times, 2013. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Unpredictable electronic grooves from the duo of Ari Goldman and Andrew Field-Pickering (aka Maxmillion Dunbar) – making a fine splash as Beautiful Swimmers! Beatiful Swimmers cover quite a bit of stylistic distance on the sides of their Son – from spare beats and bubbling synth with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)
Benny Sings —
Studio ... CD Jakarta (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past ... read moreCD
While house has traditionally been a music of the 12" format, this long player from New Jersey's Blaze shows that the best of the genre can drop a solid modern soul set as good as any out there. 8 smooth club tracks, some with a nice jazzy tinge, others with a strong soulful vibe whether in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Truth ... LP Art & Rhythm, Early 90s. Near Mint- ...
Another nice collection of left-of-center jazz for the digital age from piano/synthesizer maestro Matthew Shipp & co. for his hungry Thirsty Ear label! This set features frequent collaborators William Parker on bass, Daniel Bernard Roumain on violin, Evan Ziporyn on clarinet and others. The ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
The world of Blundetto is a mighty groovy one – filled with dubby rhythms, funky touches, and some of the sharpest underground production around! This album's a real standout in a world of kicked-back rhythms – never too sleepy, never too sloppy – and always thoughtfully done ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blundetto dives deep into the world of dub – offering up fresh abstractions of work from his previous World Of Blundetto album – but at a level that's completely different than the original! These tracks are maybe even more of a transformation of the originals than the sort of dub work ... read moreCD
Blundetto dives deep into the world of dub – offering up fresh abstractions of work from his previous World Of Blundetto album – but at a level that's completely different than the original! These tracks are maybe even more of a transformation of the originals than the sort of dub work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lively mix of club soul rhythms, Afrobeat inspired guitars keyboards from Bosq – sounding as sweet as ever here – especially with soul singer Nicole Willis out front! "Bad For Me" pretty great for us, and it's here in the tightly grooving, big sounding original mix, plus ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A great new set from Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom – an excellent player, who, apart from a few albums on Artista in the early 80s, has never really gotten his dues! In the intervening years since those albums, Broom's increased his capabilities tremendously – taking off from his Grant ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A pretty sweet mix of beats, funky samples, and Latin elements – all mixed together with almost a Tru Thoughts or Melting Pot Music sort of approach! The groove here is extremely upbeat and joyous – and most tracks step around in hard funky midtempo rhythms – assembled in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Calibro 35 —
Space ... CD Record Kicks (Italy), 2015. New Copy ...
Wonderful work from Calibro 35 – a funky combo who just seem to get better and better with each new record! These guy started out in territory that was strongly influenced by older Italian soundtrack material – which they could copy with effortless ease – but this time around, ... read moreCD
Razor-sharp horns from this up-and-coming Japanese club jazz combo – a group who are supposedly equally tight on the stage as well! Calmera start out in the hard-driving version of jazz that you'll know from earlier Japanese combos like Soil & Pimp Sessions and Quasimode – but they ... read moreCD
25 years of French disco collide as one – as house genius Bob Sinclar remixes the legendary late 70s work of Cerrone! Cerrone's work from the late 70s and early 80s was some of the best club music coming out of Europe at the time – and he virtually pioneered the extended slow-building ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A surprisingly great live album from Brazilian singer Ceu – surprising, because we sometimes tend to think of the vocalist as more of a studio artist, given her Six Degrees presentation – but that's an opinion we'll definitely have to revise after hearing the singer in a live setting! ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very unique package, too – like getting 2 classic Blue Note albums together at once!)
Nicola Conte Presents Stefania Dipierro —
Natural ... CD Far Out (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Nicola Conte's working here with a great new singer – the lovely Stefania Dipierro, who brings in just the right sort of Brazilian vibe to fit the record's placement on the Far Out label! The style here is maybe a bit more Brazilian than some of Nicola's music on the Schema imprint – ... read moreCD
One of the best funk records to ever come out of England! Corduroy later devolved into a rock-ish kind of group – but on this debut album, they were a tight funky combo, with an organ and clavinet mod sound that still holds up damn well over the years. Their songwriting is great, and the ... read moreCD
The time has definitely come for the Cosmic Groove Orchestra – a hip spiritual jazz combo, and one who makes amazing sounds on some really wonderful strings! The group clearly borrow inspiration from Alice Coltrane – as a jazz harp is their lead instrument, mixed beautifully with ... read moreCD
Cubismo are an Italian band who play Latin – mostly in a fairly traditional way, but with touches of some of the newer grooves that have been infusing the Italian scene during the past decade. This live set stick fairly close to their roots – and features Latin jazz versions of "Gr ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl. Includes code for digital download.)
The first release on Marc Davis's own Black Pegasus, and a timeless bit of funk steeped house! Written, produced and by the man himself, "Mechanical Melody" holds a steady funky club beat with some mood setting bits of vocal – from strident spoken word to soulful back up singing. ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Universes of sound within the mind of Seven Davis – a record that he dedicates both to those who've bullied him as well as supported him – with the idea that all of their input has made him stronger as an artist! You can definitely hear that strength on this overstuffed full length set ... read moreCD
Beautiful bossa from Rosalia De Souza – and a set that's got a sweet little difference from some of her earlier Schema albums! This time around, the sound is warmly acoustic throughout – very jazz-based, and wrapped around Rosalia's vocals wonderfully – sometimes with a groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the hippest album we've ever heard from The Dining Rooms – something we probably could have guessed from their evocation of Sun Ra in the title! And while that title seems a bit obtuse – maybe even a joke – the music here is right on the money, and some of the most serious, ... read moreCD
DJ Cam pays tribute to the great moment of Miami Vice in the 80s – but with a sound that's definitely 21st Century all the way through! The music here is mostly composed by Cam – supposedly in Miami – and the whole thing does feel like some revised soundtrack for the famous show, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully jazzy session from DJ Cam – not the Soulshine album of many years back, but an all-instrumental record that may be one of Cam's warmest in years! There's a great small combo vibe to the record – which features a sextet with lots of great keyboards from Eric Legnini, plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
DJ Cam doing what he does best – serving up a set of beats, and in a way that makes for some of his most playful work in years – in a spirit that's nicely matched by the work of Moar on the flipside! Each artist gets half of the record to make their statement – and Cam works from ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ghana-born singer Sena joins the ever adventurous DJ Vadim on Grow Slow – who lays down eclectic backdrops of beats for Sena's righteously soulful, expressive voice! Production wise, it's a fairly crisp, thumping, timeless hip hop soul effort from Vadim – who recently to a left turn ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
DJ Vadim & Sena —
Grow Slow ... LP BBE (UK), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Ghana-born singer Sena joins the ever adventurous DJ Vadim on Grow Slow – who lays down eclectic backdrops of beats for Sena's righteously soulful, expressive voice! Production wise, it's a fairly crisp, thumping, timeless hip hop soul effort from Vadim – who recently to a left turn ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Better than you might think – and a sparkling selection of recent exotica work that's very much in the best tradition of Martin Denny or Les Baxter, but which also goes far beyond that style, into a wealth of groovy modes that also hits some great 60s soundtrack moments! The first few tunes ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
Genre defiant post modern dancehall from Duppy Gun Productions – the project spearheaded by Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras – collaborating with different adventurous Jamaican players after their initial, much acclaimed earlier collab with The Congos! "Press Bookfa Press" pairs ... (Reggae, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Torun Eriksen —
Visits ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ...
A beautiful record from singer Torun Eriksen – one based around a selection of older songs that are some of her favorites, but which are done with the slight mix of electricity we love in her other work! The core of the album features Torun's lovely vocals with lots of great keyboard work ... read moreCD
One of the most strongly jazz-based records we've heard from singer Torun Eriksen – an album done in collaboration with Froydis Grorud, who plays saxes, flute, and organ on the record! The arrangements still have that spare, almost icy style of Torun's other records – but the ... read moreCD
A spare, spacey record from this cool French trio – a group who's maybe more laidback than you'd guess from their explosive name – and who work here with lots of great electronics from Gilbert Cohen of Chateau Flight! The record's got a vibe that's almost like some of the best German ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from Swedish producer Rasmus Faber – an artist most folks might know for his work on the dancefloor, but who here takes on a whole host of songs from classic Japanese animated features! The package features unique Faber remakes of songs from ... read moreCD
There's plenty of Afro Funk combos working today, but these guys are one of the greatest – a totally hip French ensemble with a really amazing sound! Fanga has a groove that's really a cut above – a way of pulling together all the best elements of the 70s generation of Afro Funk, and ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These guys may be filthy, but don't hold it against them – as this mod sextet use their dirt to bring plenty of grit to their grooves! The group's a bit jazz, a bit funk, and a bit more soul when they've got a singer in the mix – which they do on two tracks here that have Brendan ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The deepest work yet from Foreign Exchange – and as hard as it is for us to believe, a record that unofficially kicks off the second decade of the one-time transatlantic partnership of Nicolay and Phonte – which has evolved into a bonafide indie soul supergroup with Zo!, Tamisha Waden ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Four Tet for the rising and setting sun – two evolving, hypnotic pieces that each roll to around or just past the 20 minute mark – and it's among the best we've heard from Kieran Hebden in years! "Morning Side" starts off with just stuttering, surprisingly clubby sounding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Half-speed mastered – includes download!)
Fox Capture Plan —
Butterfly ... CD Playwright (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
One of the most beautiful albums so far from Fox Capture Plan – a set that adds in a bit of strings at times – which makes for an even more colorful variation on their freewheeling piano sound! We've loved these guys right from the start for the way they fold piano, bass, and drums ... 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
Gerardo Frisina —
Movement ... LP Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy 2LP ...
Plenty of movement from the great Gerardo Frisina – a set that's awash in all the Latin and modal elements we've always loved in his music – and a record that filled with jazzy touches throughout! Rhythms are both live and programmed – but even the latter have a very spontaneous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A special vinyl-only release from Latin beatmeister Gerardo Frisina – a sweet little set that almost gets back to the basics of his early work on Schema Records! The set features five earthy groovers – all a blend of live percussion, vibes, piano, and even a bit of tenor, trumpet, and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Gerardo Frisina works here with a great female singer – the lovely Liviana Ferri, who brings in a much deeper vibe than usual to his music! Part of that quality also comes from the Cubafro group, who work with Ferri and bring in plenty of raw percussion – all directed by Frisina's ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
FX Randomiz —
Goflex ... CD A-Musik (Germany), 1997. Used ...
An album that bills itself as "acoustic songwriting filtered through the futuristic acid trip that is the current Southern California beat scene" – but a set that's also much more than that as well! True, there's some sweet songs nestled in the mix – vocals and guitar that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning new album from Ethiopian singer Gigi – working here with Bill Laswell to craft a batch of timeless grooves sung in her native Amharic. There's a universality to the music – not just because of Laswell's talent for crafting a globally oriented groove, but also because Gigi's ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Lovely work from Bebel Gilberto – her debut for Verve – which in a way, brings her home, given that Verve released so many great records in the 60s from Brazilian artists with boundary skirting appeal! Bebel's work has never lacked warmth, but she's bringing even more of it to this set ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
More soul than before, with guest work by Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Les Nubians, The Roots, Donell Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Isaac Hayes. Tracks include "Keep Your Worries" featuring Angie Stone, "Plenty" featuring Erykah Badu, "Who's There?" featuring Les ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Promotional sticker over barcode & stamp on CD.)
Eternal ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (Netherlands), 2016. New Copy ...
A real change for French producer Guts – a set that has him working with a lot more live instrumentation than ever before – in a way that really opens up his sound! The record's the result of a live tour that had Guts working with a full band – and that spirit continues here in a ... read moreCD