The second album by Japanese singer Akiko – and light years ahead of her first! This set brings Akiko's jazzy vocals into contact with work by a number of different arrangers and producers – including Keiji Matsumoto, Yoshito Tanaka, and Swing Out Sister! The range of tracks is really ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Benny Sings —
Studio ... CD Jakarta (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past ... 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 —
Space ... CD Record Kicks (Italy), 2015. New Copy ...
Wonderful work from Calibro 35 – a funky combo who just seem to get better and better with each new record! These guy started out in territory that was strongly influenced by older Italian soundtrack material – which they could copy with effortless ease – but this time around, ... read moreCD
Razor-sharp horns from this up-and-coming Japanese club jazz combo – a group who are supposedly equally tight on the stage as well! Calmera start out in the hard-driving version of jazz that you'll know from earlier Japanese combos like Soil & Pimp Sessions and Quasimode – but they ... read moreCD
25 years of French disco collide as one – as house genius Bob Sinclar remixes the legendary late 70s work of Cerrone! Cerrone's work from the late 70s and early 80s was some of the best club music coming out of Europe at the time – and he virtually pioneered the extended slow-building ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A surprisingly great live album from Brazilian singer Ceu – surprising, because we sometimes tend to think of the vocalist as more of a studio artist, given her Six Degrees presentation – but that's an opinion we'll definitely have to revise after hearing the singer in a live setting! ... (Brazil, New Grooves)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
Nicola Conte Presents Stefania Dipierro —
Natural ... CD Far Out (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Nicola Conte's working here with a great new singer – the lovely Stefania Dipierro, who brings in just the right sort of Brazilian vibe to fit the record's placement on the Far Out label! The style here is maybe a bit more Brazilian than some of Nicola's music on the Schema imprint – ... read moreCD
The time has definitely come for the Cosmic Groove Orchestra – a hip spiritual jazz combo, and one who makes amazing sounds on some really wonderful strings! The group clearly borrow inspiration from Alice Coltrane – as a jazz harp is their lead instrument, mixed beautifully with ... read moreCD
Ghana-born singer Sena joins the ever adventurous DJ Vadim on Grow Slow – who lays down eclectic backdrops of beats for Sena's righteously soulful, expressive voice! Production wise, it's a fairly crisp, thumping, timeless hip hop soul effort from Vadim – who recently to a left turn ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Torun Eriksen —
Visits ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ...
A beautiful record from singer Torun Eriksen – one based around a selection of older songs that are some of her favorites, but which are done with the slight mix of electricity we love in her other work! The core of the album features Torun's lovely vocals with lots of great keyboard work ... read moreCD
One of the most strongly jazz-based records we've heard from singer Torun Eriksen – an album done in collaboration with Froydis Grorud, who plays saxes, flute, and organ on the record! The arrangements still have that spare, almost icy style of Torun's other records – but the ... read moreCD
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from Swedish producer Rasmus Faber – an artist most folks might know for his work on the dancefloor, but who here takes on a whole host of songs from classic Japanese animated features! The package features unique Faber remakes of songs from ... read moreCD
The title certainly gets it right – as there's a strongly unified sense of spirit here from Family Atlantica – even more so than on their debut album! As before, there's a range of global elements moving through the mix – currents of South American and African styles, given a ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreCD
Sean Khan —
Muriel ... CD Far Out (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
An insanely wonderful set from Sean Khan – maybe the greatest music he's done since his early classics with the SK Radicals! This album really takes us back to a time when music from London was completely fresh and exciting, and cosmically soulful, too – and Sean's got help from some ... 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 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 really wonderful record from this up-and-coming singer – a set that features Spanish language lyrics throughout, but has this universal appeal right from the very first note! Natalia's got a way of crossing generations and styles with her music – a bit like some of the best creative ... (Latin, New Grooves)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 moreCD
Contemporary work from Jay W McGee – a Detroit singer with many years of recordings under his belt – including early 80s modern soul, and some important later house work as well! This album showcases Jay in both of those styles, and has this great indie soul vibe throughout – ... (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
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
Really really wonderful work from Moonchild – even better than we remember from the first time around! The group have this perfect balance of vocals and jazzy instrumentation – played by a trio who handle all the instruments themselves, then produce the whole set – in support of ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)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
Not Pizzicato Five, but Pizzicato One – a much more intimate follow-up project from this famous Japanese group – reduced just to founding member Yasuharu Konishi, who makes some really beautiful music on the set! The record's got the sort of private, quiet vibe you'd expect from the ... read moreCD
Primitive Art Orchestra —
Helix ... CD Playwright (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
Great sounds from a group who work here with just piano, bass, and drums – yet manage to create music in a range of styles you might not normally expect! The core approach of the group is definitely jazz, but they also weave their three instruments together in this forward-moving mode that ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A really lovely little record from Primitive Art Orchestra – one of a number of contemporary Japanese jazz groups who are really rewriting the rules! The members here come from a club jazz background in other groups – including work from Takao Ito on drums in Tri4th, a favorite of ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
The world of Alex Puddu just keeps on getting bigger and bigger – and so do the wonderfully funky sounds on his records! Puddu's always been a real up-and-comer in the global funk underground – an artist who gets just the right 70s vibe in his instrumentation, arrangements, and ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Beautiful work from Max Richter – a sublime album that mixes his own electronics and keyboards with contributions from a small group of string players – all in that post-classical approach that's made Richter such an important force in recent years! Robert Wyatt also provides readings ... (Classical, New Grooves)read moreCD
Soil & Pimp Sessions have been making music far longer than anyone else might do with such a clunky name – and over the years, they've just gotten better and better, and found rich new ways to express themselves! This album may well be the group's best so far – and represents a ... read moreCD
Storming sounds from this ultra-cool combo – and a record that's maybe even more jazz-based than some of their other recent efforts! The date's a live one, and has the group stepping out with tremendous dexterity right from the start – those cascading lines that make for a rock-solid ... read moreCD
Totally great work from Sospetto – the group's third album, and their best so far! The approach here follows in Sospetto's previous mode of remaking older soundtrack styles – but the album's even more elaborate and involved, given that the group create four different mini film scores ... (Soundtracks, New Grooves)read moreCD
Dexter Story —
Wondem ... CD Soundway (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Dexter Story is a very cool singer with a sound that's almost impossible to describe in words – this hip fusion of global elements and cosmic spirit – one that's echoed by the slight Ethiopian style of the font on the cover, and the album's placement on the Soundway label – and ... read moreCD
Stuff ... CD Buteo Buteo (Belgium), 2015. New Copy ...
Sweet beats and lots of other odd sounds – from keyboards, guitars, and a range of abstract samples – all used in this style that's nicely stripped-down, and with a cosmic core element at all the best moments! The album's almost a blueprint for the kind of instrumentation you'd hear in ... read moreCD
Kazuhiro Sunaga —
Mirror ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
A debut solo set from Kazuhiro Sunaga – an artist you might know better as the bassist in Japan's mighty Quasimode – but one who really stretches into new styles here on his own! The music still has that core sense of groove we love from Quasimode, but the performance is in a range of ... read moreCD
A strong set of contemporary soulful jazz grooves – and a partnership between Revive Music and the venerable Blue Note label! Supreme Sonacy kicks off with a intro by Radar Ellis that sets the stage nicely for one of the freshest compilations of relatively unknown, poised to break out ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Keyboard James Taylor works here in a very unique setting – but one that's totally great, as well – and which really seems to give his music a very fresh vibe! The title's no lie – as Taylor's working in a mass-like format, complete with a large vocal choir – but the result ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Jimi Tenor in a while – and a set that's a really great sideways-step from some of his other recent music! There's still elements of the spiritual jazz currents that Jimi's been exploring for the past decade or so, but the group's also leaner, and ... read moreCD
A nice one from the appropriately named United Vibrations – a London group that draws from a diverse well of global influences and brings it all to a great, unified groove overall! Stylistically, they work with strains Afrobeat in the rhythm and percussion, spiritual jazz in the moodier, ... read moreCD
Beautiful grooves from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that mixes his classic-styled club sound with some sweet Afro-funk touches – all to create this wonderful hybrid of sounds that makes for one of his best records in years! The style here is more in the Afro-disco mode ... read moreCD
A wonderful overview of contemporary sounds from the Brazilian underground – artists all marked by the "10s" in the title, as they've just begun to blossom in the current decade! The set's one of the freshest we've heard in years – and really gives us a great opportunity to ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
The mighty DJ Spinna has a way of making already-great music sound even greater – by using just the right sort of soulful touch to augment subtle elements in the original tunes that might have otherwise gone overlooked – to unlock a richer, more righteous energy that really serves the ... read moreCD
Feelin jazzy, and feelin pretty darn soulful too – as the set's a collection of excellent contemporary soul tracks from the global underground – including a fair bit of work by artists who've never issued a full CD! The set's very much ahead of the curve – and really does a ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The archive here appears to be Volcov's own record collection – but that's A-OK with us, because he's got some wonderfully groovy, wonderfully soulful, wonderfully under-discovered records he wants to share with us! The set's got a wicked blend of obscure tracks from decades back, and some ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
A stunning little set – one we fell in love with from the very first note! The collection is wonderful – some of the freshest underground soul we've heard in years – almost a re-lighting of the UK fire that burned so strongly a few years ago – but with a very vibrant new ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A sweet little selection of grooves from the folks at Pulp Flavor Records! The label's best known to our customers for their great reissues of French groove obscurities from the 60s and 70s – but this selection features work by a number of newer artists involved with the label, interspersed ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
Very groovy! This series never stops being great – and this 7th volume is a stunning set of mellow jazzy grooves, with kind of a slight 60s easy bent to them! The list of tracks is very nice, with many light lilting groovers – including a number with a good Brazilian feel to them. ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
This great series just keeps on getting better and better – and we've got no problem saying that we really love this latest installment of Rewind! As with previous volumes, the focus here is on older tunes, redone by current artists of the global groove underground – served up in a ... read moreCD