The second issue of this track, when MoWax picked it up and helped really put Air over as one of the leading lights of the new French beat movement. The original is a spacey, atmospheric trip hop classic, while notches the beat up a bit, but maintains the chill vibe, as does Cam, who drops a ... read moreCD
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
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 real shift for Corduroy, who are opening their sound a lot here from earlier releases – showing that the group was way more than just one of London's many retro funk combos at the beginning of the 90s. The set includes the sublime track "Something In My Eye", a breezy bossa ... 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 ...
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
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
A nice one from Parisian electro soul combo Electric Conversation – with a hazy mood, compelling beats and warm, soul-steeped vocals! EC has a more atmospheric, moody vibe over all than a lot of what's happening contemporaneously that call fall into the broken beat category – and ... read moreCD
Debut album from the downtempo vocalist you might recognize from her collaboration with DJ Krush. This falls somewhere inbetween Portishead and Sneaker Pimps in the HGSOB genre. 11 tracks in all, including "Heaven Sent", "That Girl", "Country Livin' (The World I ... read moreCD
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FFWD ... CD Inter-Modo (UK), 1994. Used ...
Robert Fripp, Thomas Fehlmann, Kris Weston and Doctor Alex Paterson. CD
Kieran Hebden's third album as Four Tet – an unpredictable, completely hypnotic batch of abstract beatcraft that sounded like it was built to last when it first appeared in the early 00s – and sure enough, it's sounds as fresh as ever a decade+ later! What makes Four Tet at his best so ... 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
The classic first album by the Greyboy All Stars, and a tight bit of funky West Coast tracks with a solid jazz funk groove, and no extra bull! Tracks include "Let The Music Take Your Mind", "Tenor Man", "Fire Eater", "Soul Dream", and "Fried Grease" ... CD
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit ... 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
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
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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
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
Jazzoo ... CD Little Village/Harmonia Mundi (Austria), 2015. Used ...
Operazone (Bill Laswell & Alan Douglas) —
Redesign ... CD Douglas, 2004. Used ...
An unusual collaboration between Bill Laswell and producer Alan Douglas – one that seeks to update older classical modes with a strong dose of the contemporary energy Laswell brings to his projects! The music is a mix of strings, older themes, modern beats, and some slight touches of the ... read moreCD
A guilty pleasure – but a great one! Bob Sinclar's one of the best new pop stars to emerge from the ever-growing French house scene – and this latest CD is a real winner with a glossy finish that takes us back to the days of classic club! Bob's got firm roots in the Chicago sound of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Sweet Back —
Amok ... CD Shoshin Sounds (France), 2001. Used ...
A heavy jam band slammer from this new French combo! Sweetback have a sound that's right out of the New Orleans/New York underground – a power-trio groove that's fronted by drums, double bass, and sax, spare and choppy, with some really wonderful production on the rhythms that gives the ... read moreCD
Bossa via Paris – and a wonderfully dreamy set from the team of Tom & Joy! Joy is actually Joyce Hoze Liwer, a beautiful vocalist whose approach to the lyrics not only recalls some of the bossa greats of earlier years, but who also manages to stretch them out with a more sophisticated ... read moreCD
The classic album by one of the groups that has gone on to revolutionize the world of contemporary jazzy grooves. The UFO crew bring in a host of guest players – like Monday Michiru, Jon Hendricks, Galliano, and others – to weave together a host of styles – from Brazilian, to ... read moreCD
Justin Velor —
2013 ... CD Brutal (UK), 2013. Used ...
Brooding sounds from Justin Velor, aka Dom Thomas – and a set that's definitely worthy of placement on the Brutal Music label! The set's a mix of different post-punk energies with a UK twist – sometimes abstract noise, sometimes more groove-conscious rhythms – but often with ... read moreCD
A great collection of modern soulful tunes – pulled together by the 2000 Black label, an imprint which takes its name from the famous Roy Ayers tune of the same name! Choosing Roy as a reference point would be a difficult thing to live up to for most other labels – but the 2000 Black ... read moreCD
The soulful side of London – and a really great compilation that's even better than the first volume in the series! The 2000 Black posse present a warm and wonderful batch of tunes – numbers that have their roots in the current broken beat underground, yet which also have a bit more ... read moreCD