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
A beautiful record from Miguel Atwood Ferguson – an artist we first came to love for his work with the Carlos Nino spiritual jazz scene on the west coast – really stretching out on his own as a leader! Miguel plays viola, violin, and cello on the record – plus some piano as well ... read moreCD
World Of ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2015. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Bobby Hughes Experience —
Fusa Riot ... CD Ultimate Dilemma (UK), 1999. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Funky retro funk – but in the best style we can think of! The Bobby Hughes Experience have a sophisticated funky jazz sound that reminds us of the classic early 70s Blue Note fusion sides – like work by Ronnie Foster, Gene Harris, Bobbi Humphrey, and Donald Byrd. The combo mixes ... read moreCD
A pretty wonderful set by Montreal-raised, Berlin-based singer and songwriter Dan Bodan for the DFA label – softly-sung, emotive tunes done with modern electronics and other more timeless instrumentation – and it's the some of the best material yet by Bodan! We really dig the range of ... read moreCD
A killer set from the young Kenny Dope – one of his first big-name projects of the 90s, and a great showcase for his already-mature approach to a groove! There's echoes here of the indie east coast club scene of a few years before – some of the soul of New Jersey, and the playful ... read moreCD
Child's View (Nobukazu Takemura) —
Fun Fair ... CD Bubble Core, 1999. Used ...
Another wild one from Nobukazu Takemura, and an album that sounds quite a bit like his Child & Magic set of 1998! The style is minimal, electronic, and with lots of the Oval-ish bubblings and scrapings that have been occupying Takemura's work lately. Nicely issued in the US, and sure to ... read moreCD
Jimi Tenor is a man of many talents – able to work in modes from spacey to jazzy to funky, and everything in between – as is singer Nicole Willis, who most folks know from her deep funk recordings, but who reemerges here as a house vocalist in the team of Cola & Jimmu! The look of ... 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
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
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
Kirk Degiorgio Presents Sambatek —
Sambatek ... CD Far Out (UK), 2013. Used ...
Brazilian percussion mixed with 21st Century sounds – all served up sublimely in the hands of Kirk Degiorgio – one of the few artists we could ever expect to get a project like this just right! The album follows nicely off Kirk's previous collaboration with Azymuth – but has an ... read moreCD
A genre defying meeting of NYC's out hop illbient impresario Paul Miller and members of that city's finest new jazz improvisors. Not too far off from the recent QPSM project, this finds a cast of characters, including Spooky, who'd previously been more known for dispensing with conventional ... read moreCD
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.)
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 moreCD
Choppy New Orleans styled funk in the tradition of the Meters, and recorded with a lot of fidelity to the original sound. Not as amazing as the original, natch, but still surprisingly funky with a good earthy sound to it. This CD also includes a whole bunch of CD rom type stuff, like bonus audio ... read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing. Barcode has some marker.)
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
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 really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways ... read moreCD
A stunning debut that's well worth all the buzz it's been getting! Perry Hemus – in case you can't guess from the title – is a whiz on the Fender Rhodes, and he's working here in a perfectly-conceived album that's filled with wonderful tunes. Some of the tracks are spare and ... 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
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
Straddling the world between nu jazz and post rock, the Jaga Jazzist come up with another couple tracks that defy easy categorization, instrumental musings travelling between the spheres of contemporary electronics and cinematic, jazzy instrumental soundscapes. Fellow travelers Dat Politics and ... read moreCD
Where their simultaneously issued Stix has a feel that owes more to studio fiddling and technological trickery, this album mines a more live vein, with less programmed beats, and more emphasis on their playing as a band. Overall though, the vibe is the same, defying easy description in that post ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jaga Jazzist —
Magazine ... CD Smalltown Supersound, 1998/2004. Used ...
The long lost 1998 debut from the rubbery electronic jazz dance collective Jaga Jazzist – released for the first time outside of the group's native Norway! The 4 long-ish tracks that make up the original release are far-and-away the earliest material we've heard from the group, and it's ... read moreCD
Jaga Jazzist —
Starfire ... CD Ninja Tune (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Some of the spaciest, most open-ended work we've heard so far from Jaga Jazzist – a record that has the group hitting new cosmic heights on these long tracks that step out with a fair bit of musical intensity! Keyboards are at the core – often with a very vintage feel, and mixed with ... read moreCD
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
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Kangding Ray —
Stabil ... CD Raster Noton (Germany), 2006. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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
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
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.)
Snd ... CD Thrill Jockey, 1996. Used ...
Jan from Mouse On Mars & Markus from Oval. CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode.)
Robert Mitchell's Panacea —
Voyager ... CD Dune (UK), 2001. Used ...
A great full length from Moodymann, loaded down with excellent contemporary club tracks, all infused with his jazzy soulful sound, that takes them above mere tracks for mixing. 8 nice lengthy tracks, with a great sense of dynamics, with many of them building nicely to crescendos before folding ... read moreCD
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 sample based house and downtempo tracks from Thomas Brinkmann, the perfect soulful antidote to his cool electronic minimalist techno. These cuts are also quite minimal, but with an entirely different feel, one that wouldn't be out of place in a set filled with some of the moodier ... 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