Almost an underground groove supergroup – given that the set features work from Earl Zinger (Rob Gallagher of Galliano) at the helm, production from 2 Banks Of 4, vocals from Valerie Etienne, and funky rhythms from Shawn Lee! The combination of talents come together here in a very new way ... read moreCD
Akimbo may not be a household name, but the group's members have played with Brand New Heavies, Soul II Soul, and Jamiroquai – and they've got a sound that more than lives up to that heritage! In a way, the groove here really takes us back to the best styles of the early days of Acid Jazz ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
Loads of great electro sounds here – bassy keyboards, splashy beats, and some cool moogy moments – all wrapped up in the kind of heavy funk we've always loved from Shawn Lee! This cool collaboration with AM furthers the pair's step into the best sounds of the 80s – modes that ... read moreCD
Assemblage 23 —
META ... CD Metropolis, 2007. Used ...
Of all the lost club classic groups we've stocked over the years, Atmosfear has probably been the most in-demand, and has garnered a huge amount of interest for their early mix of electronics and club grooves, in a brilliantly spacey way that prefigures lots of today's techno and happy hardcore ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
LP5 ... CD Warp/Nothing (UK), 1998. Used ...
(Out of print.)
III ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2014. Used ...
The best work so far from this ultra-hip trio – an amazing combination of keyboards, bass, and drums – served up in styles that are rooted in funk and jazz, but go to so many other places as well! The drums crackle with a quality schooled in 70s breaks and beats, stripped down to their ... read moreCD
IV ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2016. Used ...
Badbadnotgood have always been pretty damn great, actually – and never better than on album IV – a remarkable step forward for the group! As ever, they take inspiration from some of the best prog, jazz, funk (and proggy jazz funk...they blend) of the 70s and beyond, but weave it into ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful sets we've ever heard from the Raw Fusion label – work that's heavy on influences from 60s and 70s soul, but which also has a slightly cosmic undercurrent too! The rhythms here have that crisp, contemporary groove that always makes Raw Fusion great – but the ... read moreCD
Funky jamband grooves from Yugoslavia! The Menson Benson Sextet is a group headed up by tenorist Dusan Petrovic – also in the related group Coxless Pair – and the oddly-named four piece lineup features searing solos by Petrovic, plus work on bass, drums, and turntables, which adds some ... read moreCD
The first album in a number of years from Black Grass – and they seem to have used the time to pick up a whole host of new musical influences! The core soulful style of their debut is still strongly in place, but this set also features a fair bit of dubbier, dirtier sounds as well – a ... read moreCD
Another really strong effort from Blockhead – one that follows his equally good Music By Cavelight! It's feels like a tribute to NYC, in an atmospheric way, full of crackly melodies, terse moments, and compelling soundtracky hip hop beat craft. Tracks include "Expiration Date", ... read moreCD
One of the most righteous albums of the 21st century so far – and an instant classic we'll be loving for years! Build An Ark are a seriously heavy soul jazz ensemble, with roots and traditions that stretch back to the most righteous days of the 70s underground – the brainchild of ... read moreCD
Massive work from Calibro 35 – a group we've been digging on obscure overseas releases – stepping out here on their first American record, and easily their funkiest album to date! The sound is wonderful – still filled with the older Italian soundtrack references that got the ... read moreCD
Groovy club jazz – with modern twists, but a very classic groove! The album was recorded live in Belgrade by this underground quartet – and it features live work on vibes, tenor, guitar, and turntables, over rhythm tracks with a stretched-out jazzy groove that's kind of in the Compost ... read moreCD
Beautiful modern grooves from one of the best new Brazilian-oriented groups around! Da Lata features the talents of Smoke City's Chris Franck and the stellar London DJ Patrick Forge, one of the original partners of Gilles Peterson in the Talkin' Loud enterprise, and a key force in developing the ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
De Phazz —
Godsdog ... CD Mole Listening Pearls (Germany), 1999. Used ...
The US debut of De Phazz – issued 4 years after its release in Europe! The album has the group working at formative early stages – a simple blend of retro influences that include cocktail jazz, bossa rhythms, soundtrack kitsch, and other nice elements – all put together with a ... read moreCD
The best album to date from The Dining Rooms! We're not sure what the group mean by "ambient soul" – because it's not really that ambient (although it is pretty darn soulful) – but we do really love the way that the record sounds, and we applaud the group for working here in ... read moreCD
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot more than simple tricks and gimmicks. ... read moreCD
Classic early album by DJ Krush, a massive bit of hip hop with loads of jazzy samples, and a groundbreaking record that stands as one of the best in the entire Mo' Wax catalog. Tracks include "The Loop", "Kemuri", "Dig This Vibe", "To The Infinity", "Yea ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Includes obi. Out of print.)
DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo —
Ki-Oku ... CD Instinct, 1998. Used ...
While most collaborations between hip hop producers and jazz players have been mediocre at best, neither really being able to get invloved enough in each other's music, this collaboration between Kondo and Krush is almost entirely successful. Kondo's played in just about every style from all out ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Does any hip hop DJ/producer/artist or otherwise instrumental sound stylist of any stripe face steeper critical expectations with each successive album than DJ Shadow, and if so, do any of them divert those expectations so profoundly as Shadow does? On The Less You Know, The Better, Josh Davis ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
An expansive exploration into the future of funky jazz – put together by DJ Smash, and even better than the first volume in the series! The set brings together recent tracks from a variety of Blue Note releases from around the globe – including a few from the ultra-tasty Blue Note ... read moreCD
One of the best modern club records we've heard in years! Faze Action have a similar sound to (and a few players from) the Soul Ascendents project on Nuphonic – one that mixes roots of older melodies and rhythms into a killer blend of modern house and groove that's both totally compelling ... read moreCD
Flying Lotus is not only very much alive on You're Dead! – he's as lively as ever – delivering his best, most diverse record to date! The Flying Lotus sound is in peak form here – glitchy beats and spacey keyboards, deftly layered samples, and carrying boundless influences from ... read moreCD
Not the Philly soul group from the mid 70s, but rather the pairing of DJ Kent and KZA, peddling modern, soulful electronic grooves, with break inspired beats and tapestries of electronic tones bubbling over top. While the better part of this disc is nearer to uptempo funk, the tracks we get open ... read moreCD
A nice blend of classic funk inspiration and turntable DJ-ism from Funky Destination – the brainchild of Croatian funk head Vladimir Sivc, aka Mr. Louie! This is destination worth finding – a fresh mix of funky beats and rhythms and a richly layered sound – with funky soul guitar ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
The hazy psychedelic beatcraft and atmosphere of Gonjasufi gets remixes by a stellar roster of admirers and fellow boundary busting artists – including Bibio, Broadcast & The Focus Group, Bear In Heaven and others! The best tracks are the one that tweak Gonjasufi's unique vibes the most ... read moreCD
Surprisingly fantastic bit of funky sitar tracks! The project's a recent one, but it's got a classic 70s global crossover funk sound that's very much in the vein of the weird Indian-funk work of Ananda Shankar or The Dave Pike set. The record's got a raw Meters-esque groove at the base – ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Hex ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2013. Used ...
One of the coolest new Japanese combos we've heard in awhile – a group who have some of the live jamming of the club jazz generation, but who also touch on some of the noisier elements of an earlier generation of Japanese avant players as well! The blend is great – never too free or ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Promotional stamp on CD.)
Jon Hopkins —
Insides ... CD Double Six/Domino (UK), 2009. Used ...
Beautifully earthy grooves from Hu Vibrational – an album made up completely of sounds from handmade instruments, all recorded with the organic style and heady spirit of a classic album from Impulse Records many years back! The group is the brainchild of percussionist Adam Rudolph, but ... read moreCD
A beautiful second album from Idea 6 – the cool Italian combo who first blew our minds with their excellent Metropoli set! The style here is similar to that great album – a recasting of older Italian jazz modes from the 60s – the mix of hardbop and modalism that flourished during ... (Jazz, New Grooves)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
A surprisingly great set from Chris Joss – much harder and funkier than most of his other work, with a strong deep funk component in the mix! The drums are hard, and instrumentation includes bits of Hammond, sitar, and lots of riffing guitar – all stripped down nicely in ways that ... read moreCD
Excellent funky stuff from Kid Loco & Yellow Productions team. As the notes say: "Produced and mixed with incomparable taste and perception by the still handsome but real stoned Kid Loco," and as proof, the record's sot some timeless heavy beats, some vocals, some funky rumbling bass ... read moreCD
A heavier, darker prime era set from Massive Attack – and rightly remembered as a classic! 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 some distorted guitar and ... 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
Easygoing, breezy avant pop from Mild High Club – nicely balancing oddball vocals atmosphere with charming and accessible grooves –and pairing 70s AOR and the softest of soft rock influences with post-millennium, indie pastiche vibe. A hazy mood and atmoshperic holds true throughout, ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
A creative leap for Mndsgn – moving further into an 80s-inspired west coast boogie funk and soul vibe on Body Wash that he really just hinted at on Yawn Zen! In a way, he's working in a nice realm somewhere between the electro funk heat of peers like Dam Funk and the hazy, psych-fusion-soul ... (Hip Hop, 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
As any reader of these pages will know, we're nuts about Ennio Morricone – the greatest Italian soundtrack composer ever, and quite possibly one of the greatest composers to have ever walked the face of this planet! Here, a similarly Morricone-mad bunch of folks pay tribute to the maestro, ... (Soundtracks, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
Globe-trotting funky music from The Natural Yogurt Band – the group's second proper album – an even farther reaching and more perfectly executed blend of pulpy Sound Library styled jazz funk and all around playful grooves! The NYB is essentially a duo – Miles Newbold plays keys, ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Evocative electronics from No 9 – done with a lot of sweet undertones that remind us of some of our favorite later moments by Nobukazu Takemura! The album's relatively abstract overall, but still quite tuneful – as songs bubble forth through the ether, voices coming to surface for ... read moreCD
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
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
A moody, uncompromising album of experimental, yet accessible and downright hypnotic textures from Prefuse 73 – with less fractured, stuttering beatcraft and more spacious, droning atmosphere! It's pretty tripped out stuff for a record as Prefuse 73, which makes it all the more rewarding. A ... (Hip Hop, 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
Torch ... CD Song X Jazz (Japan), 2016. Used ...
A great little set – way better than you might think! Trombonist Phil Ranelin was one of the driving forces behind the 70s Tribe Records scene in Detroit – and here, his classic recordings from that time are remixed by a host of underground producers! Now we know what you're thinking: ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Red Red Groovy —
25 ... CD Continuum, 1993. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Robert Rich & Steve Roach —
Strata ... CD Hearts Of Space, 1990. Used ...
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