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 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 moreCD
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
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 piano trio, but one with a really unique sort of vibe – and a sound that has all three instruments cascading together in a rhythmic, joyful pulse! The group remind us a bit of some of the recent Japanese combos of late – like Fox Capture Plan – and Gogo Penguin share a similar ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A piano trio, but one with a really unique sort of vibe – and a sound that has all three instruments cascading together in a rhythmic, joyful pulse! The group remind us a bit of some of the recent Japanese combos of late – like Fox Capture Plan – and Gogo Penguin share a similar ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Some Kind Of Nature", "On Melancholy Hill", "Broken", "Plastic Beach", "To Binge", "Pirate Jet", "Rhinestone Eyes", "White Flag", "Stylo", "Superfast Jellyfish", and "Empire ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on 180 gram vinyl, including the printed inner sleeves.)
Grand Pianoramax —
Soundwave ... CD Mental Groove (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
It's been a few years since we've heard from Leo Tardin's Grand Pianoramax – and he's picked up a bit more of a vocal approach than before – working here with the raspy-voiced Black Cracker, whose lyrics make for a nice contrast to Tardin's keyboard lines! Vocals are sometime sung, ... read moreCD
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's sophomore release. 14 tracks in all including: "Loisaida", "Lift Off", "Everybody (We the People)", "Fly", "Sneaky", "I Am", "Caterpillar", "Where Are Your White Shoes", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has a cut corner.)
Brent Gutzeit/Bill Groot —
Deselm ... CD Box Media, 2003. Used ...
A cool set by an artist who's clearly influenced by all the older trippy styles issued by the Pharaway Sounds label – especially that imprint's strong focus on fuzzy psych from the Mid-East! In fact, the overall sound of this set's so cool, you could easily pass it off as some lost Turkish ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The dubbier side of Elektro Hafiz comes to the forefront here – as selections from his first album are mixed into much more abstract territory! There's certainly some of the fuzzy guitar and Anatolian rock elements of before – but the bottom of the music is much more on the top – ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sublime bit of modern soul jazz – produced by Phil Asher with a quality that blows away most other Nu Jazz efforts on the market! The album's the brainchild of sax player Nathan Haines and Asher, but it's got a soul collective feel that pushes it past any simple remix-type project, one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title certainly gets it right – as the cuts here are "recalibrations" of earlier Hiatus Kaiyote material – as we'd expect from the group, not the usual remix package, but something that's a whole lot more! The set begins with the wonderful "Prince Minikid (live ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited, numbered edition – on very cool blue-tinted vinyl!)
Hieroglyphic Being definitely gets the "acid" right in this killer debut for Soul Jazz – because the record is steeped in the roots of acid house from Chicago, but then really takes to the skies in a bold new cosmic direction! The core of the tracks feel like the deepest, darkest ... read moreCD
Yusuke Hirado (Quasimode) —
Speak ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
A really beautiful album from Yusuke Hirado – a musician you might know as the pianist in the combo Quasimode, but who steps out here in a whole new range of styles! Hirado plays mostly acoustic piano throughout – and some of the tracks have a straighter jazz vibe that shows off a ... read moreCD
A groundbreaking single – the kind that will have you re-evaluating the brass band sound! Marvin Gaye's classic "Sexual Healing" is redone here as an amazing instrumental – a bit slow, but still plenty darn funky – with lots of blue notes, sad tinges, and offbeat horn ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Gold vinyl pressing – includes download with bonus tracks!)
An organ combo, but one with a bit of a difference, too – given that the leader here plays a Philicorda organ, and not the usual Hammond! The instrument's got a nicely lean sound, which creates a mod 60s groove right from the start – one that's got some occasional soundtrack flourishes ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incognito never lets us down – and records like this keep us listening strongly year after year! The set's got all the core brilliance of Incognito at their best – a really classic approach to jazzy soul, served up with top shelf instrumentation by the group – and sent home ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Incognito hardly need to go off in search of better days – as all the many years they've given us music, the days have always been pretty darn great! Yet the title's also a great reminder of the group's unflagging positive energy and optimism – a quality that made them one of the key ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Easily some of the best work we've heard to come out of the hands of DJ Dolores – a series of remixes from the film Narradores De Jave, done in collaboration with the Instituto collective! As with other work by both artists, there's an extremely creative approach going on here – one ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Sublime stuff! Jaffa is David Kakon – a 24 year old Montreal keyboardist – but from the sound of the record, you might think you found a lost batch of backing tracks to a mid 70s Marvin Gaye album! The record is an incredible mix of swirling keyboards and slowly funky beats – ... read moreCD
Fool ... CD Brainfeeder, 2016. New Copy ...
A bright blend of abstract electronics and leftfield jazz from Dutch experimentalist Mitchel Van Dinther, aka Jamezoo – and one more significant reminder that the Brainfeeder label is home to some of the best, most creative modern instrumental music of the past couple decades! After the ... read moreCD
Were the Jazz Invaders ever this soulful before? We don't seem to remember that – as they come on totally strong and wonderful here – with a groove that might even rival the best previous work by big-name combos like Incognito or Brand New Heavies! Like both those groups, the Jazz ... read moreCD
A nice single from one of the groups that we like to think of as the second generation of Acid Jazz, with a post Brand New Heavies sound that mixes a bit more slick modern soul in with their jazz. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Beautiful sounds from Jazztronik – a set that reminds us why we first fell in love with his music so many years ago! The album mixes wonderful keyboard lines and warmly soulful vocals – the former from the man himself, Ryo Nozaki – the latter from guests who include Valerie ... read moreCD
A great little introduction to the work of Jazztronik – a CD that offers up some of their best bits from recent years, plus a new track especially for the set – all in one special oversize package! At some moments, the group's working in an all-out blend of rhythm and life – with ... read moreCD
Repro ... CD Pony Canyon (Japan), 2008. Used ...
A hip little set of grooves from Jazztronik – only a 6 track EP overall, but one that's got all the depth and punch of a full album! The tracks here all represent Jazztronik at their clubby best – upbeat, soulful, and coming across with lots of sophisticated tones and colors – ... read moreCD
Jazztronik figures here more as a mixer than an artist – serving up 2CDs worth of music, most of it with a pretty club-heavy vibe! The package is divided up into two servings, one for each disc – Love Tribe and Jazztronica – and the former has a very upbeat, housey groove, while ... read moreCD
Jonti's full length debut for Stones Throw – delivering with this supremely catchy, yet unbridled and densely-layered Twirligig – showing a love for primitive electronics, sunny psych melodies, erratic, sampler pastiche experimentalism and moody avant pop of all kinds. It's really all ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)
Anthony Joseph —
Time ... LP Naive/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Anthony Joseph has always sounded great – but this time around he's got some stellar help from Meshell Ndegeocello – who wrote, arranged, and produced the entire album! The result is the best material we've ever heard from Joseph – a completely righteous record that gives his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raoul K —
Mande ... LP Still Music (Germany), 2012. Sealed 2LP ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Bright and boyant modern funk from K-Maxx – Bay Area producer, composer, soul-reverent singer and all around creative force! K-Maxx has a way of maximizing 80s-forward funk influences into a fresh modern vibe that's pretty wonderful – with airy keys thick bass grooves and timeless 808 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner of a record from trumpeter Goran Kajfes – an artist we've loved for years, but who really blows us away even more with this set! The first album with his Subtropic Arkestra was a real revelation – a bold step into funkier, more globally-conscious territory – but this ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A stunner of a record from trumpeter Goran Kajfes – an artist we've loved for years, but who really blows us away even more with this set! The first album with his Subtropic Arkestra was a real revelation – a bold step into funkier, more globally-conscious territory – but this ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dynamic sounds from Kaytronik – Karizma's alter ego, working here in a sound that's got all the sharp, angular grooves you might expect – but maybe a bit of a cosmic vibe as well! The tracks have elements that definitely show their Baltimore roots, but also take off to the skies a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great new album from 70s funk guitar legend Calvin Keys! Calvin's more than kept his chops up over the years – and this tight little set sounds like it was recorded only a few years after his classic album for the Black Jazz label. Of course, it helps that Calvin's got some great help ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
The spacey look of the cover is a great fit for the music – a set of keyboard-heavy club instrumentals, which often come across with a 70s sort of cosmic disco vibe! The performance is as spare as the album's title – usually just basslines, rhythms, and loads of great keyboard lines on ... read moreCD
A tribute by Frankie Knuckles to the then recently departed Ron Hardy, his contemporary in building the House scene here during the early 80s in Chicago. 10 house classics & Ron Hardy edits, including "Your Love", "Children Of TheNight", "Beat The Knuckles", ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cut that really lives up to its name – as the single's got a timeless sound that takes us back to the glory days of club – from the early disco years, right on up through the first emergence of soulful house! Kon's compiled plenty of classic cuts over the years, and now he finally ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The group gets their name from the kondi – a Sierre Leone variation on the African thumb piano, which is used to great effect on these grooves! The cuts have a contemporary electro-Afro sort of rhythm – but also hold onto some older roots in the vocal refrain, and in the use of the ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Felix Kubin looks a lot like an alien on the cover of this set – and sounds a fair bit like a space visitor in the music as well! The work's got this very cool blend of electronics and playful rhythms – served up in a style that really takes us back to some of our favorite German work ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
A great update of older cumbia modes – served up here in a style that's extremely fresh, and very fitting for the fierce vocal approach of La Yegros! Yegros spends her time between Buenos Aires and Paris, and that global range definitely shows in the music – as she mixes a host of ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
A great update of older cumbia modes – served up here in a style that's extremely fresh, and very fitting for the fierce vocal approach of La Yegros! Yegros spends her time between Buenos Aires and Paris, and that global range definitely shows in the music – as she mixes a host of ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lack Of Afro really seems to have tightened up his game – realizing that more can come from less – especially when it's focused on a sound this strong! Gone are some of the tricks and turns you might know from the LOA of years back – especially some of the mixes that circulated ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Lack Of Afro are back, and fiercer than ever before – really evolved from just a name known for funky remixes and dancefloor grooves, and stepping forward strongly into a much more well-rounded, deeply soulful group! The title's a reference to older Brit sound library albums, but the overall ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion ... read moreCD
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty sprawling set of sometimes minimalist, sometimes jarring electronic punch press operations from Jan St. Werner of Mouse On Mars and others. This definitely a more "out" project than the cool and bouncy Mouse – a bit more akin to some of the later work of Takemura, with ... read moreCD
LTJ Experience started out as one of the few great Italian club artists to carry forward the disco sound of the glory years into the final decade of the last century – and since that time, he's just continued to evolve his sound – to a point where he comes across here with a wonderfully ... read moreCD
Mammal Hands —
Floa ... CD Gondwana (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
A cool cascading mix of piano, saxophone, and drums – wrapped together in a way that's extremely fluid, and filled with lots of warm, lyrical touches! The approach here is a bit like that of GoGo Penguin – a trio with a style that's almost as pulsingly rhythmic as it is melodic – ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
An ambitious title for this one – but it more than lives up to the name! Mamond is a huge collective of Brazilian players working with British producer Roc Hunter in Rio-based studios. Roc brings the tight dancefloor sound of the London scene to the rich vocal and instrumental talents of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marcelo's not lying with the title to this one – as the record bristles with a lot more Brazilian influences than some of his previous work – a brilliant blend of the classic and the modern, served up with plenty of hip hop touches! But while certainly in the hip hop camp, Marcelo's ... read moreCD
A contemporary set, but one that's trying for a sound library vibe – in particular, the kind of moody, more electronic work that was coming from the French and UK scenes in the 70s! There's some funky elements here, but they're all moving nice and slow – brooding bass stepping slowly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title definitely gets it right – as the team of Kenny Dope and Louie Vega are certainly masters of house – as you'll hear in this overstuffed 4CD set! The package brings together 40 tracks that really span the gamut of the duo's genius – from their important early house ... read moreCD
Medeski, Martin & Wood —
Shack Man ... CD Ryko/Gramavision, 1996. Used ...
More great grooves by this incredible band with a real talent for mixing jazz funk organ with a much freer sensibility – hitting a range of influences that run the gamut from Jimmy Smith to Larry Young, and blending them into something all their own. Titles include "Spy Kiss", ... read moreCD
Mia Doi Todd —
Gea ... CD City Zen, 2008. Used ...
A set of sweetly spun psych folk tunes from Mia Doi Todd – really intimate stuff that's hypnotic and moving all the way! Mia's working here in a earthy story song mode, playing guitars and a gentle wave of harmonium all the way through the record – laid down wondfully by producer ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
A wonderful portrait of Monday Michiru – one of our favorite singers of the past 20 years – equally well-versed in jazz, soul, and Brazilian modes – all of which come together on this collection of very well-chosen and overlooked tracks! The special 2CD package brings together ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Modern electronic funk from XL Middleton! XL handles all keyboards, vocoder and programming himself here – bridging bouncing 80s electro boogie, to 90s west coast G-Funk, to the bedroom beatcraft of today – with a lot of distinctive charm, making it much more than a mere wayback trip ... read moreCD
A great new showcase for the music of Alex Puddu – the contemporary groover who's given us some wonderful music over the years – including his famous Golden Age Of Danish Pornography sets! This album's more of a back-to-basics affair for Puddu – recorded with a tight combo, and a ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that the LP sleeve jacket has a slightly creased corner. Numbered, limited edition of 300.)
Beautifully tripped-out funk from Nino Moschella – a record that revels in some of the spacey touches coming from the current Detroit scene, but which also has a messed-up groove that recalls bits of leftfield 70s soul! Side one features 3 originals by Nino – including one especially ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record