A surprisingly great take on the Tijuana Brass sound of the 60s – one that offers up new remixes of classics, but which is nicely respectful of the original Herb Albert groove! Unlike other remix projects of this type, which sometimes clutter up the tracks with too many extra bits – or ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Michelle Amador —
Higher ... CD Bight White Light, 2009. Used ...
An uplifting blend of laidback, percolating spacey soul & jazz atmosphere with direct, resonant vocals from Michelle Amador! The sound is a mix of live instrumentation and programmed elements, and it's a natural synthesis – and Michelle has the voice that works just as well in mellow ... 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
(Out of print.)
Bobby Hughes Experience —
Fusa Riot ... CD Ultimate Dilemma (UK), 1999. Used ...
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
You know, we always hated the term electronica, but somehow it's an oddly fitting description for this sort of thing – forward looking, hip hop influenced instrumental beat collages. Some tracks on here verge on the atmospheric or more downtempo style, while others dip into an abstract ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Brand New Heavies —
Shelter ... CD Delicious Vinyl, 1997. Used ...
An overlooked mid 90s set from The Brand New Heavies – not as hitbound as some of their earlier work, but still plenty darn great – recorded with a strong emphasis on the vocals, and a no-nonsense soul sound that's always refreshing! There's one or two instrumentals on the album, but ... (Neo Soul, 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
Incredible work from Nicola Conte – Schema records maestro making his Blue Note debut with this set – and giving the label one of their best new albums of the 21st Century! The record's quite different than Nicola's programmed dancefloor work for Schema – and is much more of an ... read moreCD
Your favorite DJ savior returns, after an extended absence, with another mindnumbing full length exercise in future hip hop. 10 instrumental excursions into the world of Josh Davis (with a few extra interludes, of course), and as you might expect, the drum programming is top rate, intricate and ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Bebel's second album for Six Degrees – and quite possibly an even better album than the first! Not one to rest on the laurels of her success of recent years, Bebel seems to diverge a bit from the sound of her initial hit – going for a deeper approach to songwriting, and a musical style ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... (Brazil, New Grooves)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
Another wonderful chapter in the always-exciting career of Matthew Herbert – a blend of strings, soul, and grooves that really further the promise of his previous work! Herbert's one of the few who can make a record like this come out just right – and here he uses a style with plenty ... 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.)
Excellent work from one of the most important production teams of recent times! Jazzanova have sharply defined the modern European taste for Brazilian and Latin-inflected grooves on the dancefloor – beginning in the mid 90s with work for the (then) new Compost Records imprint, and working up ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jazztronik/Gene Tamura/Toshiyuki Yasuda —
Aloha Exotica ... CD Tokuma (Japan), 2016. Used ...
Jazztronik step out here in a whole new direction – offering up their version of the classic exotica sound of the late 50s – along with help from a few of their contemporaries too! Some of the songs are numbers you'll recognize from the postwar years, and the versions here are nicely ... read moreCD
Deborah Jordan —
Light ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2009. Used ...
A fantastic full length set from Deborah Jordan – a singer we know mostly for her wonderful work with Silhouette Brown on an album that was one of our favorites from the London scene a few years back! This set has all the cosmic crackles of Jordan's previous work with Dego & Kaidi Tatham ... (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
The latest from the groundbreaking Bristol crew! The sound on this outing isn't as dark as the last two albums, but there's still the unmistakable Massive vibe, with a full, deep bass, dubby elements, hip-hop & jungle inflected beats and atmospheric touches that spawned scores of copycats. ... read moreCD
(Limited edition clear case with printed track list and a special pop-up disc holder inside.)
The extra heavy and quite dark third LP from Wild Bunch alums and Bristol massive mainstays Massive Attack. The grooves are still really strong, but the trip hop pioneers are delving more deeply into a bass heavy dub trip with a deep, rumbling bottom running throughout the tracks and somedistorted ... 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
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... CD Artist Share, 2006. Used ...
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
Wonderful work from this tasty combo on the Stereo Deluxe label – and a perfect blend of older funk, Brazilian grooves, and all the best elements of modern production. The band's got a very soulful sound – with some great keyboard work, nicely conceived grooves, and a classic sound ... 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
A huge comeback album from electronic pop pioneer/avant disco trailblazer Giorgio Morodor! The post-millennium resurgence in critical and commercial dues being paid to Giorgio has been a pretty heartening thing to see over the years, and it's all the more pleasing that's culminated in a major album ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The second release by Scott Herren as Prefuse 73 comes on a little more cut up with more spastic jigginess than his debut, although it still retains the massive bass grooves underneath it all to keep your head constantly swaying. Tiny processed digital noisy samples easily intermingle with classic ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Sea & Cake —
Glass ... CD Thrill Jockey, 2003. Used ...
The Sea and Cake have one of the most distinctive sounds in the rock spectrum these days, indie or otherwise – and this great little EP with new cuts and remixes featuring Stereolab, Broadcast, and Carl Craig shake things up very, very nicely! If for some reason you don't know these guys, ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
Wickedly funky work from Soel – a new project from Ludovic Navarre, aka St Germain! The record picks up where St Germain left off – still working heavily in a Parisian blend of funky samples and classic jazz riffs, but overall taking things a lot deeper – going for a sound that's ... 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
The album that started it all! And by all, we mean the onslaught of wonderful jazzy grooves from the brilliant mind of Nobukazu Takemura. This first LP's a legend around these parts, and we sell it all over the place – to Steppers on the south side of Chicago, and to acid jazz fans all over ... read moreCD
Thunderbird Service —
Soul Unity ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2006. Used ...
A very spiritual jazz session – recorded by a hip group that includes Byard Lancaster on sax and Khan Jamal on vibes! The group's kind of a mixed vocal/instrumental one – an ensemble that features equal emphasis on vocal harmonies and instrumental musings – all with a sound that's ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Incredible work from Dwight Trible – a soul jazz vocalist with timeless approach – one that recalls the glory days of the 70s indie scene, and some of our favorite recordings by Leon Thomas, Andy Bey, and Joe Lee Wilson! Dwight's probably better known for his work on the Build An Ark ... (Vocalists, New Grooves)read moreCD
For the past few years, the UK-based Far Out label has been redefining the sound of Brazilian music. The label's run by DJ Joe Davis – the man who brought the world the Blue Brazil and Brazilica series, and the person who turned the London scene onto Brazilian grooves in a major way. Far ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Who better to select for the DJ Kicks series than the groundbreaking Truby Trio! This Compost label DJ/producer team has come up with some of the best new jazzy dance tracks of the past 5 years – so it's a real treat to hear the kind of work they'd choose for their own set. The package ... read moreCD
After the success of the US3 hit "Cantaloop", Blue Note embraced the "let's sample our classics, and turn them into new dance hits" philosophy, and put together this full album that features modern DJs and producers remixing older works by the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Bobby ... read moreCD
Instrumentals to the tracks featured onteh Quannum Spectrum compilation, featuring Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, Poets Of Rhythm and others. 12 tracks in all, including "Concentration", "Storm Warning", "Divine Intervention", "Golden Rule", "The ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
A 3 disc set of jams that shows the Soul Jazz label's about more than just dope, deep reissues! All the numbers included here have been released by Soul Jazz as 12"s, with many non album cuts, aimed straight at today's dancefloors, not to mention car stereos and personal players, pure ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
Second volume in this terrific series by modern tone masters Kirk Degiorgio and Ian O'Brien. Like their own forward thinking grooves, the tracks on here are infused with a futuristic vibe, even if they date back to the 70s, with soulful splashes of electronics and rich modern tonalities. As with ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD