A gripping set of breakbeat tracks – with strong shifts of mood from track to track, encompassing an array of groove styles that runs from breesy bossa, to modal big band, to pumped up breakbeats. Titles include "Sordid", "Bridge", "Reanimator", "People ... read moreCD
A great set of dark breakbeat tracks – mostly downtempo, and filled with a range of influences that really deepens the sound. The colors in the mix keep shifting throughout – and Tobin's command of a wide palette of beats and grooves is impeccable. Titles include "Get Your Snack ... 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 moreCD
The no longer hibernating Aphex Twin follows up 2014's excellent Syro LP with the appropriately-titled Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2 EP – a coolly experimental project that's a lot different that his other recent work, but it's a worthy left turn! It's indeed played with a ... 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
Mindblowing work from the early years of Schema Records – a set that really helped set a whole new tone for a generation – and which still sounds wonderful all these many hears later! Balanco work up a perfect blend of bossa rhythms and soulful jazz – all wrapped up with the kind ... read moreCD
A beautiful batch of genre-straddling grooves from German guitarist Lars Bartkuhn and his Passion Dance Orchestra – wonderful stuff that brings together jazz and folk, acoustic sounds and electronics, in a warmly cohesive way! Bartkuhn is on guitars, voice and electronics, leading a group ... read moreCD
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
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
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
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
Cummi Flu —
Z ... CD Albumlabel (Germany), 2015. Used ...
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 really fresh groove from Dalindeo – still very much in the tight jazzy territory of their previous records, but with a strong addition of electric guitar added into the mix! The instrument's not used in any sort of cliched rockish way, but instead with this cool 60s electric vibe – ... 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
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
A bomb – and one of the greatest records we've heard from Detroit in 30 years! This massively beautiful record is the brainchild of Carl Craig, and it's unlike anything else he's ever done – a richly cosmic blend of music that includes funk, soul jazz, house, electronica, and more ... read moreCD
A classic set from one of the best groups of the downtempo generation – and one of the few whose work we still turn to all these years later! The Dining Rooms move in the same space as early Kruder & Dorfmeister or Mo Wax, but also bring in some jazzier elements at times too – just ... 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 moreCD
The deepest work so far from Djinji Brown – a set that moves past some of the more hip hop-styled production of the past, and delves much more deeply into the organic style of the Yoruba label! The rhythms are often in an uptempo mode, but have enough acoustic elements to push them away from ... read moreCD
Easy Access Orchestra —
Affair ... CD Irma (Italy), 2001. Used ...
A loungey gem from Irma! Supposedly, these guys are the horn players for Herbalizer – and here, they're grooving in a retro-bossa mode with electronica touches, mixing keyboards, horns, and just a bit of vocals into that stripped down lounge groove that the Irma label has always handled so ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Teeth inside digipack case are broken but everything else is in great shape.)
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
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
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
Gerardo Frisina —
Movement ... CD Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
A brilliant album of post-colonial dancefloor tracks from Frederic Galliano – vocals by a variety of female African singers, set to house rhythms with a distinct Parisian touch! The project was four years in the making – as Galliano did a lot of work recording singers through his ... read moreCD
An album we never thought we'd see from Francesco Gazzara – but one that still pleases us a heck of a lot! Gazzara's a name we've trusted for funk and other groovy styles from the Italian scene for almost 20 years now – but here, he moves away from his previous jazzy modes into a ... read moreCD
A far reaching set from bass & synth guru Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity – deftly blending Afro & Brazilian beats and rhythms with some cosmic keys, hip hop beats, and vocals that are as diverse as all of the other elements! He generates real heat on these tracks, too, a tight mix of ... read moreCD
A great companion to the instant classic first album by Gotan Project – a CD of material that includes some rare tunes by the group, plus older tango tracks that gave them their inspiration! The sound here is much more traditionally tango-based, but still quite wonderful – not as ... 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 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 moreCD
A stunning second set from Hiatus Kaiyote – a group we already loved the first time around, but who really blow us away with this amazing little record! The style is this incredible mix of cosmic keyboards and soulful vocals – but not in a way that's like any of the other oft-tread ... read moreCD
One of the crunchiest efforts we've heard from IG Culture in awhile – a record that's filled with the cosmic beats we've always loved in his music, yet firmly grounded on earth overall! The set mixes heavy rhythms with lots of vocals and rhymes – efforts from ID 4 Windz, Mr Mensah, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas —
Versus ... CD Universal, 1997. Used ...
A sweet little record that's every bit as compelling as its title! This "landscape of smaller's music" is a set of instrumental tracks from Japanese artist Tomoki Kanda – almost pastoral in nature, but with electronic touches and enough of an abstract vibes quality to land them in ... read moreCD
A noisy blend of electronics and space jazz – much more farther-reaching than the first album by Audun Kleive for Jazzland! The approach here is very abstract – filtering together drums, keyboards, and the occasional muted vocal from Kleive, into a looping, rhythmic progression of ... read moreCD
The first full album we've ever heard from Kon – and a really soulful set that follows strongly off his famous mixtapes and compilations with Amir! As on those gems, there's a very classic sound going on here – a strong love of the best moments of 70s soul, funk, and club – ... read moreCD
Jazz and soul inspired club grooves from Lay Far – with compelling beats, rhythms and all these great jazzy touches that lifty it to a loftier level! The album intro starts out a nice bit of piano leading the way, before the housey club groove kicks into full gear – kind of letting you ... read moreCD
(Barcode has some marker. Booklet has a promo sticker.)
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
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
Cosmic sounds from Lord Raja – with tripped out electronic atmosphere, though compelling and beat driven, without ever traveling into predictability – one of the finer releases on Ghostly International in a while! Covers a lot of territory, from mellow, spacey soundscapes to frenzied ... read moreCD
Soaring grooves from Sean McCabe – the artists' debut on the mostly-reissue Z Records, but a set that also puts him in the same sort of classic territory as his labelmates, the Sunburst Band! Sean's groove is filled with classic club touches, but is also a bit more contemporary – the ... read moreCD
Snd ... CD Thrill Jockey, 1996. Used ...
Wonderfully weird stuff from this fab Italian swinger! Montefiori Cocktail is the brainchild of Federico Montefiori – a genius when it comes to filtering together strange bits of easy and loungey culture from the past, and turning them into rolling party grooves with a nice jazzy finish. ... read moreCD
(Teeth inside digipack case are broken but everything else is in great shape.)
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
One of the best records to come out of the London scene in the past decade! IG Culture produced this gem – and the sound is broken beat mixed with soaring keyboards mixed with soulful house, in a spacey finish that still keeps its feet firmly on the ground, bridging scenes to craft a 21st ... 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
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 ...