Maybe the most classic sounds so far from tenorist Timo Lassy – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the 60s style of most of his other records! The date's a live one, and features Lassy really stretching out with a raw, earthy groove – a completely different side of his talents, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – and pressed up in a super-great, super-heavy cover! Includes bonus CD of the whole album!)
Soul steeped emotions bursts of fuzzed out atmospherics from Jamie Lidell – increasing uncategorizable as he evolves and a solid mix of neo soul inspired vocals and anything goes tripped out production! The kaleidoscopic sounds are colorful throughout, and we're clearly not alone in our ... read moreCD
Jamie Lidell —
Jim ... CD Warp, 2005. Used ...
Singer Sarah Linhare's has Messages From The Future – delivered via this sweet little set of spacey future soul! Sarah's voice pulls you in pretty quickly, with genuine soul. The production is by Kenlo Craqnuques and a couple of guests, who all manage to blend soft, airy atmoshere with some ... read moreCD
Funky flute, in a sweet dancefloor mode – as the work of Han Litz is remixed here by a variety of European producers! Litz has a groove that's already great on its own – a style that hearkens back to 60s and 70s jazz flute players, especially the funkier currents of the latter – ... read moreCD
A really great group with a strong influence from 70s Italian soundtracks – one that serves up some mighty spare instrumentation that just includes percussion and keyboards – the latter of which is heavy on organ and synthesizer! The music has a really sinister feel – like the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moody and tripped out soul sounds from Massive Attack – to say Heligoland is their strongest record in years would be a misnomer, as it's their only album in a number of years, but it's a strong and effective one! From spare melodies that slowly build in mood and volume, to sputtering ... read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. CD has a promo stamp. Cover image is blue rather than orange.)
A nice couple sides of soulful club grooves from Japan's Missing Soul – who is vouched for by the legendary Ron Trent – and sure enough, it's timeless, top quality stuff that's not lacking soul, despite the name! "Across Your Mind" is pretty busy on the percussion tip, with ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Robert Mitchell's Panacea —
Voyager ... CD Dune (UK), 2001. Used ...
Alongside Theo Parrish, one of the leading lights of the newer generation from Detroit, with a warm jazzed out approach to his techno and house tracks. 10 tracks in all, including "Misled", "I Can't Kick This Feeling When It Hits", "The Third Track", "Oceans" ... 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
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
Brightly lit, breezily soulful grooves from Nicolay's globetrotting City Lights series – inspired by a +FE tour stop in South Africa – and it may be the best City Lights set yet! One thing we love about the series, and the Soweto entry in particular, is that Nicolay isn't out to copy ... read moreCD
Nosaj Thing —
Fated ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2015. New Copy ...
Supremely moody, oddly soulful soundscapes from Nosaj Thing! NT works in realm of spacey beatcraft that other producer/beatmaker/composers travel, but everything we've heard from him to date has a distinctive style, and this is the best yet. There's a sultriness to it that's pretty great – ... read moreCD
Always-wonderful sounds from Nostalgia 77 – a group who keep on evolving and developing their sublime style over the years! This time around, they're a bit more song-based than before – instrumentation that still has some of the warmer, spiritual jazz touches of previous releases ... read moreCD
Nostalgia 77 & The Monster —
Measures ... CD Tru Thoughts, 2014. New Copy ...
Some of the jazziest, most spiritual music we've heard from Nostalgia 77 in years – a great return to territory they started hitting towards the end of the last decade – and a record that's got a rich, organic sound right from the start! The album's a jazz set through and through ... read moreCD
Key cosmic sounds from Ian O'Brien – and just the kind of record that made him a real standout back in the 90s scene! So many other artists at the time claimed to find inspiration in the music of Herbie Hancock and other 70s keyboard giant – but O'Brien was one of the few who could ... read moreCD
Jazzoo ... CD Little Village/Harmonia Mundi (Austria), 2015. Used ...
An excellent full length set from Opolopo – an artist whose name has been showing up on some of the best remix tracks we've stocked in recent years! On his own, though, Opolopo's got an even better sound – more original, and more deeply soulful – which makes for wonderful ... read moreCD
The first proper album from Detroit club genius Theo Parrish in years – a set that has Theo working way at the top of his game – doing conscious club music, but imbued with a compelling mood and artful quality, all while never undercutting the floor-shaking rhythmic sensibility of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Always-great work from Bruno Patchworks – tunes that could easily be from the best 70s club years, or maybe the more soulful side of 80s house – but which also have that undeniable Patchworks crackle in the rhythms! Vocals are very soulful, but often minimal compared to the overall ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Ahh, the golden age of drum & bass! We can't say we've been the biggest champions of jungle, but there was a time when it did really seem as if it was the future of music, and that's when Photek cut this great double 12 that really turned our heads. Dark & brooding, but still with a nice ... read moreCD
Ghislain Poirer once again delivers a batch of synthetic rhythms and computer groove with a thump learned from hip hop – and the results are far more enjoyable than many of the more pretentious laptop chin scratchers out there! Ghislain's beats occasionally ratchet up to floorshaking levels, ... read moreCD
Stunning work from Quasimode – and a great reminder that, even in the 21st Century, a combo can still cook strongly with just acoustic instruments! These guys come across like some lost soul jazz group from the 60s – the kind of outfit that worked endlessly in clubs, and found a way to ... read moreCD
A solid jazzy groover from Quintetto Lo Greco – a straight ahead acoustic combo on the mighty Schema label – and one who really have their roots in a classic 60s Italian sound! The combo's led by drummer Gianni Lo Greco and bassist Enzo Lo Greco – and it features sublime ... read moreCD
These guys just keep on getting better and better – and with an album like this, Reel People may well be one of our favorite current combos for the dancefloor! The sound here is wonderfully soulful – a style that draws from a legacy of grooves that stretches back to Stevie Wonder, but ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Alexander Rishaug —
Panorama ... CD Smalltown Supersound (Norway), 2002. Used ...
One of the more compelling new acts we've heard from Ninja Tune in recent years – working here in a mode that seems to stretch back to the earliest days of the label, when the styles were simple and often had some great ties to their sonic roots! Romare uses bits of older songs and light ... read moreCD
Another nice single from Sa-Ra – this one for that Cali hip hop flagship ABB Records! "Glorious" is a mellower number than many of the crew's more hip hop-oriented productions that we've heard – with the proudly electro modeled sound that manages to recall Detroit house, ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo, with stickered info, including a one-sheet.)
An nice set from Sa-Ra Creative Partners – emerging from a couple years of major label stepchild status with a set that's as densely rumbling with unclassifiable synth soul & pulsing future hip hop as their earlier singles and EPs! Sa-Ra's reputation has been building beyond control, ... read moreCD
Killer jazzy grooves from the bourgeoning French jazz house scene! St Germain take a Blue Note 70s sound as their base – with lots of sweet Hammond riffs, mellow Fender Rhodes licks, funky flute lines, and spacey percussion – then they add in some tight soulful house rhythms, with a ... read moreCD
Great jazzy grooves from this hip Italian combo – a late 90s precursor to the current club jazz scene! The group's got a classic Blue Note sound – mixing up soul jazz and modal grooves with some very tight playing and a strong commitment to a classic sound. The horn players are all ... read moreCD
World famous record collectors Mr. Supreme and DJ Sureshot deliver one of the best American acid jazz releases to come out. Nice deep feeling, with mellow moody grooves laid down in a real CTI sort of way. There's a bunch of nice tracks on here, many with a real sort of hip hop meets jazz feeling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including a signed one-sheet, label designs, and a Conception sticker.)
Talvin Singh —
OK ... CD Island, 1998. Used ...
Modern abstract release by Talvin Singh, with lots of the sorts of eastern-tinged grooves of his that you've been reading about in the press. Tracks include "Vikram The Vampire", "Traveller", "Mombasstic", "OK", "Decca", and "Eclipse". CD
The album that was supposed to set the pace for a new generation of beatmakers and foretell the sound of music to come, from the late 90s heyday of drum and bass, when it seemed as if things were really poised to jump off for Roni Size and his Bristol massive. Perhaps the larger musical community ... read moreCD
(Punch through barcode & promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
This Japanese group have certainly grown up a lot – and this beautiful album is their most mature in years! The combo is fronted by singer Ann Sally – whose English language vocals add a tremendous amount of sophistication to the record – snaking forth in a cool jazzy style that ... read moreCD
Wonderful modern grooves from Italy! This tight little combo takes all the best elements of the Italian groups of the early 90s – bossa grooves, electric keyboard, jazzy finishes – and filters them through modern production techniques that give the record a sound that's more compatible ... read moreCD
Studio 1 (Wolfgang Voigt) —
Studio 1 ... CD Profan/Kompakt (Germany), Mid 90s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Studio 1 AKA Wolfgang Voigt AKA Mike Ink ... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Sunaga T Experience —
STE ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
Tatsuo Sunaga has come a hell of a long way over the years – from a point when he was a hip remixer who'd always work some classic jazz into a mix – to the status of a true jazz musician, very worthy of placement on the Blue Note label! This album's a stunner if you only know Sunaga's ... read moreCD
Remixed version of Takemura's crucial first LP! If you know the Child's View LP, you know that it's filled with beautiful jazzy grooves that feature a mixture of Brazilian, soundtrack, soul, and hip hop scoring. This remix LP pushes the groove even more, by offering junglist and abstract takes on ... read moreCD
Tenor's high concept record for Warp, where he recruits an orchestra to help flesh out the grooves and provide some depth to his typically spare compositions. Complex and soundtracky at moments, but more like a tightly arranged soul record on others. Nice. 10 nubers in all: "Out Of ... read moreCD
The deepest album to date from Thievery Corporation – one that has them really expanding their palette, going beyond retro groovers into a set of future soundscapes, soulful vocal numbers, and beyond! Nearly every track on the set features a vocalist, and the album slides together nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Third Eye Foundation —
Ghost ... LP Domino (UK), 1997. Very Good ...
Beautiful bossa work from the up-and-coming Toco – a session recorded in Rio with production by S-Tone, and featuring some wonderful acoustic guitar from the legendary Roberto Menescal! Menescal's presence here really helps give the record a classic grounding – a sense of depth and ... read moreCD
Some of the headiest work we've ever heard from Ron Trent – music that definitely lives up to the ambitious timescape promised in the title! There's a sound here that's even richer and more organic than some of Trent's other music – lots of live, earthy percussion mixed with Fender ... read moreCD
Late in Tricky's career, this LP was yet another soundly rejected by the same critics that had exalted him years before. Like his other records, you either dig this or you don't, and like the other records it's a generally dark and claustrophobic affair. As you might expect, there's an all star ... read moreCD
Not a bad record overall, despite a slightly painful attempt from Bruce Lundvall (in the liner notes) to claim that US 3 are Blue Note's link between the past and the future – a fact that everyone certainly knew by then, as the group scored more cash for Blue Note in a short time than most ... read moreCD
One of Luke Vibert's earliest albums, under the Wagon Christ name, and still one of our favorites. You can hear the template of what would become his trademark sound: idiosyncratic, but remarkably funky beat, interlaced with whimsical melodic samples and a nice dose of hip hop. 17 tracks in all, ... read moreCD