Abri & The Dreamfleet —
We Fly ... CD Desmo, 2017. New Copy ...
Abri is Hamdan Al Abri – the former singer of the excellent Dubai soul group Abri – getting back into his own groove here, at the forefront of a tight little trio! The instrumentation is heavy on warm keyboards and understated beats – often moving with a mellow rhythm that really ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The US debut of modern reed genius Stefano Di Battista – a young player who'd recorded a bit for Blue Note in Europe, and who's breaking out here in a very soulful style on his first American album. Stefano plays alto and soprano with a post-Coltrane spirituality, mixed with a hint of ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Very cool sounds from the duo of Bei Bei and Shawn Lee – and a set we love even more than their previous collaboration! The sound here is very spare, but in the best sort of way – as it allows for plenty of focus on the exotic harp sounds provided by Bei Bei, which are then set to ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
A really special sort of Christmas album from Mario Biondi – one that uses his tremendous vocals in a mighty great way! All tunes are familiar numbers – Holiday hits from the past and more recent years – but they're all taken in some great Mario Biondi directions that include the ... (Holiday Music, New Grooves)read moreCD
Soul jazz-steeped, largely instrumentals set from always jazz reverent, but rare so solidly jazz rooted producer Black Milk – played in live band arrangements by the group Nat Turner – and it's a stunner! It's got prominent bass lines, airy keyboards, and funky drums inspired by some of ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Calibro 35 have always had a soundtrack style to their music – but here, they seem to hit an even trippier, spacier version of the mode – playing an all-live, all-instrumental set that's bubbling over with loads of wonderful elements! Some tracks are still as funky as before, but ... read moreCD
Ceu ... CD Six Degrees, 2006. Used ...
Another feather in the Six Degrees cap – and like the rest of their Brazilian music repertoire, an artist who seems bent on breaking down boundaries – both in styles and generations! Ceu's got the same "old is new" feeling as some of the label's other work in recent years ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Dego and Kaidi Tatham – a duo we've been loving since their post-4Hero work as Silhouette Brown – a team who've only gotten better and better as the years go on! There's a soaring vision here that's way more than club – even though there's some clubbier ... read moreCD
These guys have come a long way since their early series of jazz break tracks issued nearly a decade ago – to a style in which they blend together strands of soundtrack themes, older jazz, downtempo beats, and a heck of a lot more that's bubbling under the mix! This set features snippets of ... read moreCD
It seems like when this came out, critics, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's gone on to ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from the legendary Joao Donato – not the bossa jazz of his roots, but instead a fresh new groove created with his son Donatinho! The music is heavy on keyboards, and definitely has the 80s vibe promised by the cover – with the younger ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
A really unique record from Peven Everett – very different than most of his other work, but equally great! The "My Brazil" reference in the title hints at the style of the work – a bossa-inspired session that has Peven singing gently and soulfully, with mostly just acoustic ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)
Excellent work from Peven Everett – another one of his home-made underground soul CDs, issued by Peven himself as a big "F#$% You" to the major labels that have screwed around with him in the past! The CD is a brilliant mix of soul, jazz, house, and touches of Afro-centric rhythms ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)
Part of the Timeless live series – the already legendary concerts organized by Mochilla in honor of influential composers J Dilla, Mulatu and Arthur Verocai! The Dilla tribute is billed as A Suite For Ma Dukes (Dilla's moms is rightly proud of Mr Yancey and deserves to be honored for his ... read moreCD
(Individual performances from the Timeless box set – featuring the performance on CD and DVD! DVD is NTSC coded, Region 0.)
Amp Fiddler's got his hands on some motor city booty – and the result is one of his greatest records in years – a funky little album that mixes up his 21st Century Detroit groove with some older soundtrack styles and blacksploitation modes! The titles of the tunes give a good idea of ... read moreCD
Not the Philly soul group from the mid 70s, but rather the pairing of DJ Kent and KZA, peddling modern, soulful electronic grooves, with break inspired beats and tapestries of electronic tones bubbling over top. While the better part of this disc is nearer to uptempo funk, the tracks we get open ... read moreCD
Forro In The Dark sound better here than ever before – working with producer Kassin, on a set of tracks recorded both in Brooklyn and in Rio – with a vibe that's maybe more faithful to their Brazilian inspiration than any of their previous records! The core trio handle a fantastic ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
The title's a great one here – as Gerardo Frisina has been one of the few contemporary artists trying to find a fresh voice for Latin Jazz – which he does beautifully by blending classic albums and a more current sense of club! The 2CD package brings together unreleased material with ... read moreCD
The classic sound of Funkadelic, reworked by a key selection of contemporary talents from the Detroit scene – but never in a way that wrecks the originals at all! Unlike other remix projects, which might break up the music to a point that you can hardly recognize the original grooves – ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Gato Preto —
Tempo ... CD Unique (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
A mix of beats and bass, electro and African percussion and rhythms from duo Gato Treto – producer and beatmaker Lee Bass and vocalist Gato Misteriosa – delivering a seamless set of Afro-futurist dancefloor club grooves and tough, yet seductive vocals! Gato Preto claim Mozimbique, ... read moreCD
The title of the record may sound a bit scientific, but the music within has a very human appeal – sweet funky rhythms forged by the team of DJ Rocca and Stefano Ghittoni – the latter of whom you might know from previous productions with The Dining Rooms! The sound here is maybe an ... read moreCD
An album that's kind of a cross-section of the Gonjasufi sound of late – given that it features some remixes and rework tracks – but a record that's still very much an important addition to his ever-growing catalog! The sound is spacey and laidback, but also has lots of dark currents ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Proof that Chico Hamilton is still one of the hippest cats around – as his music on this set provides the springboard for some wonderful remixes and remakes that sparkle with the best recent sides from much younger players! The album only features 7 tracks, but they're all really great ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bless ... CD Sound Signature, 2016. New Copy ...
A great record from the Detroit underground – a set that's almost more jazz-based than some of the others on the Sound Signature label – but which also still has all the deep grooves we love from the label too! The cover provides no information at all on Hanna – but the set has ... read moreCD
A groovy groovy little set that's as sexy as the Monica Vitti it remembers! The album was recorded recently, but has a fab 60s sound comprised of electric harpsichord, organ, scatting vocals, and a breezy, bossa-styled groove – all done without any kitsch or fakery, and coming across with a ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic record from Gaby Hernandez – a singer we've loved for previous collaborations with Build An Ark and Life Force Trio – but who really knocks it out of the park with this double-length set! The presentation is a bit unusual – in that the entire album is presented with ... read moreCD
The fantastic first album from The Hi Fly Orchestra – a group we first dug on funky 45s, but who sound even better on this full length set! Unlike some of their contemporaries, who go for more of a deep funk groove, Hi Fly have a sound that's also equally jazzy – filled with hip riffs ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
A pretty remarkable set of spacey soul songcraft from Hiatus Kaiyote – a Melbourne group that blends moody, laidback live soul instrumentation with bubbling futuristic elements in a surprisingly seamless way – elevated even higher by strong songwriting and the soulful vocals of Nai Palm! ... read moreCD
Tripped out tracks with a funky cinematic feel – a great new project with mysterious origins – supposedly the work of the "mysterious Clutchy Hopkins", but really just the efforts of a batch of underground beatmakers! There's a spare, spacious approach here that almost ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
(There is no indication, but we are assuming that the DVD is NTSC format, Region 1.)
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Fool ... CD Brainfeeder, 2016. Used ...
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
A classic bit of funk from the Italian scene of the 90s – and a record that first gave the world a taste of all the great sounds to come! At the time of this release, Italy was mostly known for its club and house tracks – yet some of the hipper musicians on the scene had also been ... read moreCD
An excellent early album by funky guitarist Ronny Jordan! Back when everyone seemed to have lost their groove, Ronny emerged with a strong single-note style that reminded us a heck of a lot of Grant Green or Melvin Sparks. This record features some great backings behind Ronnie's guitar, arranged ... read moreCD
Kandinsky Effect —
Pax 6 ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
A jazz trio, but one with a very unique vibe – given that, in addition to familiar saxes, bass, and drums – the group also uses a fair bit of effects as well! The drums are often echoey and thunderous, the basslines nicely bumping, and the tones of the saxophone can go off in all sorts ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Kondi Band —
Salone ... CD Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from a wonderful pairing of sources – the ancient African thumb piano and contemporary funky production – at a level that's almost a 21st Century update of the American 70s kalimba experiments by Phil Cohran and Earth Wind & Fire! There's moments here that ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Kyoto Jazz Sextet —
Unity ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
The Kyoto Jazz sound just keeps on getting better and better – from the time 20 years back, when it was a visionary club movement spearheaded by Shuya Okino – to the point now where it's focused into a core jazz combo that brings beautiful new life to Okino's music! The group are a ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic debut from the James L'Estraunge Orchestra – a studio combo, but one who come together with this amazing mix of groove and sophisticated arrangements! The project is the brainchild of Ricky Reid – who you might know in his work with The Soul Renegades – and there's a ... read moreCD
A contemporary record, but one that's got a very vintage vibe – served up by a young Italian combo whose style hearkens back to the grooviest styles of the 60s! Most of the tunes are romping, jerking, and jumping – that mod 60s blend of soul, rock, and jazz elements that flourished ... read moreCD
Sabrina Malheiros —
Clareia ... CD Far Out (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Beautiful modern bossa from Sabrina Malheiros! Sabrina has always had a genuine feel for classic Brazilian soul – she's the daughter of Alex Malheiros of Azymuth, so samba jazz, funk and soul are in her genes – and she really soars on this one. All the songs on Clareia are originals, ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
The Meridian Brothers have been making music for quite a few years now – and with each new release, they seem to open up another fresh corner of southern hemisphere sounds, and continue to find a way to weave them together into something quite fresh and unique! Few other folks could navigate ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Really great remixes from Monday Michiru's Nexus album – tracks that make some really great magic with the originals! Monday's selected a great array of talents for this project, and the music really takes off from the sound of Nexus – often into territory that's even more cosmic and ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Great remixes from Monday Michiru's Routes album – and a set that really continues her strong tradition of collaboration with some of the hippest talents of the underground! As with some of our favorite Michiru remixes from years back, the tracks here are more re-imaginations or re-recordings ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Monday Michiru is one of the few contemporary artists to get the Free Soul treatment – but that's more than ok with us, given the depth of her work, and her near-classic sound! The collection brings together some of the most soulful and deeply flowing tunes by Monday from the past decade or ... (Neo Soul, 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
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... CD Artist Share, 2006. New Copy ...
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Robert Miles —
23am ... CD Arista, 1997. Used ...
You might remember Nina Miranda for her great work with Da Lata years ago – but since that time, she's only evolved even more as an artist – to a point where she's really finding her voice here in a freshly creative way! The record's got a very compelling mix of acoustic and electric ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
It's been quite a long time since we last heard from Mondo Grosso – the Japanese project from Shinichi Osawa whose work was part of the same great wave of 90s Tokyo soul we loved from artists like Mondo Grosso, Kyoto Jazz Massive, and Monday Michiru! Yet, despite the passage of time, and a ... read moreCD
A soundtrack for the 21st Century – original film tunes written and scored by il maestro Morricone, re-mixed and re-done by the Compost Records collective! Compost isn't normally as into the soundtrack bag as some of their other contemporaries on the European scene – which is why this ... (Soundtracks, New Grooves)read moreCD
Definitely a special space from Carlos Nino – a record that seems to even deepen the sound of some of his recent cosmic explorations – to take Nino into territory that's far beyond jazz or much of his other modes too! The set features a bit of guest work from Iasos – an artist ... read moreCD
Robert Normandeau —
Sonars ... CD Rephlex (UK), 2006. Used ...
A set that's as smooth as the baby lotion offered by the title – warmly laidback soul, with a definite old school vibe – and a style that almost feels like lost underground work from the LA scene of the early 80s! There's a funky core to most tracks, but one that moves nice and slow, ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Creepy, cataclysmic sounds from Oscillotron – a set that's very much in keeping with their previous attempts to revive an older style of horror film scoring – but at a level that's maybe even better than before! The music here is sublime – maybe in the best territory of ... (Soundtracks, New Grooves)read moreCD
A big assemblage of DJs, hip hoppers, producers and musicians come together to worship at the church of Charlie – mixing, mashing, retooling and reassembling a batch of Charlie Parkers magical recordings from the 40s and 50s! The set obviously takes inspirtation from the Verve Remixed ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the boldest statements we've heard from the Detroit underground in years – and a great reminder that the city's legendary club sound is still alive and well – if you know where to look! Terrence Parker serves up a set that makes the Planet E label very proud – and which ... read moreCD
Amazing work from Detroit future house genius Theo Parrish! Parallel Dimensions couldn't be a more appropriate title for the set – as Parrish takes the languorous, hypnotic elements learned from years in the Detroit house scene and blends those loops and beats with a rich tapestry of ... read moreCD
Spare sounds from the Detroit scene – the kind of grooves that Theo Parrish and his scene have been making for years, and really opening up the frontiers – even when the rest of the world may not have been looking! The sounds here are spare and spacey, but still mostly rhythmic – ... read moreCD
Patchworks Galactic Project —
Space ... CD Favorite (France), 2013. Used ...
One of the coolest projects so far from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's put together as a tribute to all the spacey electronic 70s grooves from artists like Patrick Adams, Alain Goraguer, or Jean Pierre Massiera! Patchworks definitely gets the sound right for the set ... read moreCD
Spiritual space explorations by the Portico Quartet – a group who are really a duo instead of a four-piece – and who use a lot more electronics than some of their contemporaries on the Gondwana label! In a way, the music almost has the same post-jazz vibe as some of the work on the Tru ... read moreCD
Massive work by Quantic – his third album, and easily the best one so far! There's a sophistication to the grooves here that we never would have expected in the earlier recordings – a keen love of a globe's worth of influence – summed up in the deeply changing mood of the set, as ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
A whole new sound for Quantic, and a great one too – a mixture of his older funk with newer influences from Latin music – all in a blend that's totally fresh, and very unique! This "Latin chapter" of the Quantic sound has been showing up a bit on remixes and singles over the ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Torch ... CD Song X Jazz (Japan), 2016. Used ...
The long-awaited first full length set by Rebirth – and a record that more than lives up to all the brilliant promise the group has displayed on their first few singles! Rebirth are an amazing combo – a fully-formed funky soul ensemble with a vision that's incredibly deep – and a ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
An overlooked gem from the Detroit scene at the start of the century – the kind of soulful, spiritual grooves that were being cut in the city long after the initial techno boom had passed – by an underground that's still turning out great music in more recent years too! The album ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling tracks from St Germain's Tourist album is given the remix treatment on this 3-track CD single. "Sure Thing" has got a great sound that features bluesy guitar licks and scatted jazzy vocals – and the radio version throws in a bit more of a kick to the ... read moreCD
Maybe the greatest work so far from guitarist Matt Hudson – an album that's more jazz-based than previous efforts, and which has a sense of flow that's really classic! Dave Holloway plays some really wonderful keyboards on the record – round warm sounds from an electro piano, as well ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Funky jazz breaks from Skalpel – a really excellent set throughout, and one that's a lot warmer than the group's earlier work! The drums are heavy, the tracks are tight, but most importantly, the album's awash in warm instrumentation that includes acoustic bass, soulful horn parts, and some ... read moreCD
The Soul Clap duo have a huge amount of help on this full length set – a range of guests that runs from Nona Hendryx, through Ebony Houston, Nick Monaco, Hazmat Talkbox, Dayonne Rollins, Billy Bass Nelson, and others – all of whom help shape the sound nicely over the electro funk ... read moreCD
S-Tone Inc —
Onda ... CD Schema (Italy), 2017. New Copy ...
A beautifully collaborative project from S-Tone – aka Stefano Tirone – done in a way that makes his already warm grooves sound even better than usual! The album's got a blend of modern production and older Brazilian music references – not the more mainstream bossa remix style, ... read moreCD
Thievery Corporation are back after a long hiatus – and they've returned to the fold with a host of surprising guest stars! The set's got a really wide range of grooves – as one might expect when the group's working with artists that include David Byrne, Perry Farrell, and The Flaming ... read moreCD