Older samba tunes, remade and remixed – in a style that recalls the approach of some of the bossa remix work in recent years! The album uses lots of core bits from older recordings – interspersed with some nice electronic touches and effects – and given the organic joy of most ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Another nice collection of left-of-center jazz for the digital age from piano/synthesizer maestro Matthew Shipp & co. for his hungry Thirsty Ear label! This set features frequent collaborators William Parker on bass, Daniel Bernard Roumain on violin, Evan Ziporyn on clarinet and others. The ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
An incredible record – far greater than we even expected! The setup is simple: King Britt and his crew remix the tapes from 2001's experimental jazz jam session by a trio of fellow Philadelphians – drummer Ahmir Thompson (The Roots), jazz bassist Christian McBride, and keyboardist Uri ... read moreCD
A great new set from Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom – an excellent player, who, apart from a few albums on Artista in the early 80s, has never really gotten his dues! In the intervening years since those albums, Broom's increased his capabilities tremendously – taking off from his Grant ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
The first of Branford Marsalis' two LPs to venture into the "acid jazz" or "hip hop crossover" genre, however you choose to look at it. Fortunately, he gets a helping hand from Premier on a number of cuts. Includes "Breakfast At Denny's", "Some Cow Fonque", ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the best funk records to ever come out of England! Corduroy later devolved into a rock-ish kind of group – but on this debut album, they were a tight funky combo, with an organ and clavinet mod sound that still holds up damn well over the years. Their songwriting is great, and the ... read moreCD
Cubismo are an Italian band who play Latin – mostly in a fairly traditional way, but with touches of some of the newer grooves that have been infusing the Italian scene during the past decade. This live set stick fairly close to their roots – and features Latin jazz versions of "Gr ... read moreCD
Better than you might think – and a sparkling selection of recent exotica work that's very much in the best tradition of Martin Denny or Les Baxter, but which also goes far beyond that style, into a wealth of groovy modes that also hits some great 60s soundtrack moments! The first few tunes ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
FX Randomiz —
Goflex ... CD A-Musik (Germany), 1997. Used ...
A stunning new album from Ethiopian singer Gigi – working here with Bill Laswell to craft a batch of timeless grooves sung in her native Amharic. There's a universality to the music – not just because of Laswell's talent for crafting a globally oriented groove, but also because Gigi's ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Lovely work from Bebel Gilberto – her debut for Verve – which in a way, brings her home, given that Verve released so many great records in the 60s from Brazilian artists with boundary skirting appeal! Bebel's work has never lacked warmth, but she's bringing even more of it to this set ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Hunter's getting a lot more sophisticated in his style, and is moving past the heavy funky sound of early days – to a mix of soulful styles that opens him up a lot more. This sextet session features drummer Leon Parker, who always works well with Hunter – plus tenorist Peter Apfelbaum, ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Hard to believe it's the 30th Anniversary for Incognito – but Bluey's been at it for that long, and to celebrate, he's having one hell of a party with this record! The album's got way more going on than even a regular Incognito set – even though those are plenty darn great – as ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A funky fusion of post-millenium Brazilian club groove and contemporary hip hop from Marcelo D2! MD2 does a great job of demonstrating the all inclusive groove at the core of disparate musical elements. Almost every tune has a sound rooted in percussive samba, but the vibe stretches through ... read moreCD
Marcelo's not lying with the title to this one – as the record bristles with a lot more Brazilian influences than some of his previous work – a brilliant blend of the classic and the modern, served up with plenty of hip hop touches! But while certainly in the hip hop camp, Marcelo's ... read moreCD
Mia Doi Todd —
Gea ... CD City Zen, 2008. Used ...
A set of sweetly spun psych folk tunes from Mia Doi Todd – really intimate stuff that's hypnotic and moving all the way! Mia's working here in a earthy story song mode, playing guitars and a gentle wave of harmonium all the way through the record – laid down wondfully by producer ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
Crispy grooves from Novalima – a set of work rooted in older Afro-Peruvian traditions, but spun out here with a wealth of global influences! The set's got a sound that's almost rootsier than the group's previous effort for Mr Bongo – one that's often somewhat spare, and based around ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
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Spacey, downtempo, and seductive grooves from Brazilian producer Apollo Nove – graced here with some extra vocal help from Seu Jorge, Cibelle, Ceu, and Tita Lima! The sound's relatively airy throughout – kind of a Brazilian exploration of modes that have been filtering out from the ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
A wonderful reworking of a wonderful record – as Root Soul take on all the tracks from Shuya Okino's Destiny record – and delivery them with an old school funky club sound! The instrumentation is great – live and very spontaneous, with an energy that takes us back to vintage ... read moreCD
Greg's first big set for Blue Note – a new groove spectacular, with a blend of funky jazz and hip hop sensibilities. Titles include "Raise", "3D Lifestyles", "Hardcopy", "Street Jazz", "Intelligent Madness", "Flow To The ... read moreCD
Quasimode soar nicely on this great little set for Blue Note Japan – a record that draws on their many years in the club jazz scene, and finds a way to give their music even more focus than before! All the piano-driven grooves we've always loved are firmly in place – hard-rolling modal ... read moreCD
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We'll be the first to admit we were slightly suspicious of Dennis Rollins – what with his brightly-hued trombone and the "badbone" name of his group – but the set's got a lot more to offer than just those gimmicky features, and sits nicely somewhere between the 80s funk of ... read moreCD
Samsa'ra featuring Bugge Wesseltoft —
Samsa'ra ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2003. Used ...
A beautifully contemplative album from Samsa'ra – a trio that features nujazz keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft, working in a more traditional jazz format! The feel here is somewhere between late Bill Evans and some of the more abstract 70s sessions on ECM – lots of space, sound, and colors ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
List ... CD Raster Noton (Germany), 2007. Used ...
Suba & Others —
Tributo ... CD Six Degrees/Ziriguiboom, 2002. Used ...
A wonderful tribute to Suba – the underground electronician who's had such a strong effect on the sound of Brazilian grooves over the past decade or so. Suba's lifetime journey – from Yugoslavia, to Paris, to Brazil – left him with a wealth of cultural influences, and at the time ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
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Kazuhiro Sunaga —
Mirror ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. Used ...
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
Brilliant work from two of the most dynamic artists of the past few decades – coming together here in a really boundary-pushing set of music! Tony Allen got his start with Fela, but has moved on to do some mindblowing work on his own in recent years – music that really moves far beyond ... read moreCD
Heavenly sounds from the great Jimi Tenor – a Finnish talent who once specialized in cold, calculated sounds – but one who's really opened into some spiritual, soulful territory in the past decade or so! This album wonderfully continues Jimi's great shift – and features his own ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A really great little project – and one that's different both from the original Vivaldi composition, and from the spirit of the other releases in Deutsche Grammophon's "recomposed" series! Max Richter takes The Four Seasons completely apart, then composes some of his own music as ... (Classical, New Grooves)read moreCD
A wonderful collection of modern Brazilian grooves lifted from the legendary Far Out label! The set is much more than a regular compilation – as it's now the only place you can get some of the out-of-print singles on the label, plus a few rare mixes that aren't available elsewhere! The ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
A rich document of the growth in the Italian jazz scene in recent years – a great leap forward not just for individual musicians, but also for the Schema label as well! Schema first began in the 90s with a relatively programmed approach to jazz – a style that loved the classics, but ... read moreCD
A number of different takes on the sound of India – updated to reflect the cross-cultural scene in recent London, which is the source for most of this music! The set features 12 numbers that pick up strands of older Indian music and push it towards the future – a few older tracks that ... read moreCD
The Brazilian vibe continues to spread worldwide, as a host of French and European producers go to town on a great set of tracks tinged with the sound of Brazil! This one's a lot more open-ended than some of the other sets on the market with a similar approach, in that the tracks don't necessarily ... read moreCD
A selection of contemporary grooves from Brazil – heavy-grooving numbers with a sound that's a lot more urban than classic bossa and samba, yet which also do a strong job of mixing in some traditional elements that still strongly have a South American flavor! A number of the artists on the ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD