Abri & The Dreamfleet —
We Fly ... CD Desmo, 2017. Used ...
Abri is Hamdan Al Abri – the former singer of the excellent Dubai soul group Abri – getting back into his own groove here, at the forefront of a tight little trio! The instrumentation is heavy on warm keyboards and understated beats – often moving with a mellow rhythm that really ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Incredible work from Blaze – one of their most soulful records in years! In a way, the album's a return to the group's roots in the New Jersey garage scene of the late 80s – a smooth blend of styles that has the feel of an instant classic club record – pumping forth majestically ... read moreCD
Calibro 35 move strongly into the world of actual soundtrack music – after a number of albums that had them taking on classic sounds of Italian cinema – and the result is a set that might well be one of the strongest the group has ever cut! The core small combo approach is still the ... read moreCD
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi —
Rome ... CD Capitol, 2011. Used ...
Sonic adventurer and avant pop mood-setter Danger Mouse teams up with Italian composer and soundtrack guru Daniele Luppi for the atmospheric Rome – a rewarding effort that demonstrates once again how pretty much no one is taking as many brilliant creative risks on a major label than Brian ... read moreCD
"In A Silent Way /Shhh Peaceful/It's About That Time" (15:20), "Black Satin/What If/Agharta Prelude Dub" (16:06), "Rated X/Billy Preston" (14:34), and "He Loved Him Madly" (13:38). (Jazz, New Grooves)CD
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
A really unique record from Peven Everett – very different than most of his other work, but equally great! The "My Brazil" reference in the title hints at the style of the work – a bossa-inspired session that has Peven singing gently and soulfully, with mostly just acoustic ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)
One of the most exciting albums we've heard in a long time – and one of the few modern records to capture the excitement of the late 60s big band crossover scene! The Matthew Herbert group's clearly inspired here by older experiments on MPS and other European labels – and they work in ... read moreCD
Javelin's move to Luaka Bop hasn't tempered their adventurousness one bit – if anything it's enhanced on No Mas – sample pastiche pop at it's sweetest, as far as we're concerned! There's a playful catchiness here that cuts pretty deep here, on an album full of mostly shorter tunes, ... read moreCD
Contemporary work from Uku Kuut – but grooves that have the same great feel as some of his rare material from the 80s! Most of us folks first discovered Uku's work on PPU's excellent compilation of his home studio recordings from years back – and it's great to see that he's still going ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
There's a suitcase on the cover, and that's a good tipoff to the sound of this one – a globe's worth of funky grooves – all courtesy of maestro Shawn Lee! The album really takes off from Lee's previous projects – and the tunes here borrow heavily from a world of different music ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Tita Lima —
11:11 ... CD Kajmere/Belu Music, 2006. Used ...
Brazilian beats and a bit of bossa – all topped by vocals from the lovely Tita Lima! The set's got a sound that's quite different from other recent Brazilian-flavored work – in that Tita's often singing with a slightly spacey production style – one that takes the already airy ... read moreCD
The first full album by Miguel Migs – the soulful DJ who's the number one force behind the Naked Music sound! The album's right up there with Miguel's previous collections, remixes, and production work – a smooth, sensuous approach to the groove – steeped in soulful traditions, ... read moreCD
Remixed tracks from Novalima's Coba Coba album – put together with an even wider range of global influences than the original record! The group get plenty of overseas help here, especially some key input from London mixers – and many of the grooves are pointed firmly at the dancefloor. ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Diverse dancefloor rock, soul & psychedelia from from Daniel Collas & Sean Marquand and their NYC collective Phenomenal Hand Clap Band – a mix synth and keyboard groovers, percussion rich cosmic grooves! The only previous material we've heard from the Phenomenal Hand Clap Band was a ... read moreCD
Nicer than the usual set of beats from Guidance – a strong bunch of tunes with some nice jazzy touches, especially on keyboards! A few of the tracks are a bit too abstract, but there's some very nice numbers on here that keep a really soulful groove – keys soloing upfront, percussion ... read moreCD
A pivotal album in the career of British organist James Taylor – and a great one! The record has James breaking past the standard soul jazz format of some of his earlier albums – into a more complicated jazz funk sound that's infused with the spacious 70s grooves of Johnny Hammond, and ... read moreCD
UFO's second album – and a great batch of tracks that mix together classic jazz samples, modern beats, odd little snippets from other sources, and wrap the whole thing up with the wit of the Japanese scene! The record's got the same pastiche style as other Japanese combos from the time ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Pharrell Williams —
Girl ... CD Columbia, 2014. Used ...
A sweet take on the Turntables On The Hudson series – presented by Nickodemus with a nice sense of Latin in the mix! The music here all resonates with that new wave of 21st Century club that started to draw in elements from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and other points sunny and south – and the ... read moreCD