A killer set from the young Kenny Dope – one of his first big-name projects of the 90s, and a great showcase for his already-mature approach to a groove! There's echoes here of the indie east coast club scene of a few years before – some of the soul of New Jersey, and the playful ... read moreCD
Child's View (Nobukazu Takemura) —
Fun Fair ... CD Bubble Core, 1999. Used ...
Another wild one from Nobukazu Takemura, and an album that sounds quite a bit like his Child & Magic set of 1998! The style is minimal, electronic, and with lots of the Oval-ish bubblings and scrapings that have been occupying Takemura's work lately. Nicely issued in the US, and sure to ... read moreCD
The best work so far from Rosalia De Souza – a session that features production and guitar from bossa legend Roberto Menescal, and a sound that's deeper and even more classic than any of Rosalia's other work! Most of the instrumentation here is in an older acoustic mode – piano, ... read moreCD
Beautiful bossa from Rosalia De Souza – and a set that's got a sweet little difference from some of her earlier Schema albums! This time around, the sound is warmly acoustic throughout – very jazz-based, and wrapped around Rosalia's vocals wonderfully – sometimes with a groove ... read moreCD
Get ready to fall in love with a new bossa singer! The lovely Rosalia De Souza is a sweet-voiced vocalist with a sound that's very much in keeping with classic 60s work from Brazil – and she's got the added benefit of working here with new arrangements from the great Nicola Conte, the ... read moreCD
Kirk Degiorgio Presents Sambatek —
Sambatek ... CD Far Out (UK), 2013. Used ...
Brazilian percussion mixed with 21st Century sounds – all served up sublimely in the hands of Kirk Degiorgio – one of the few artists we could ever expect to get a project like this just right! The album follows nicely off Kirk's previous collaboration with Azymuth – but has an ... read moreCD
Some of Blue Note's hippest tracks of recent years get the remix treatment – in a strong set of modern hip-hop meets jazz grooves that are put together by DJ Smash! There's a total of 14 tracks in all – some exclusive to the set, a few others pulled from hard to find 12" singles ... read moreCD
A genre defying meeting of NYC's out hop illbient impresario Paul Miller and members of that city's finest new jazz improvisors. Not too far off from the recent QPSM project, this finds a cast of characters, including Spooky, who'd previously been more known for dispensing with conventional ... read moreCD
A bit dated these days, but still a good batch of jazz funk tunes by one of the obscure American indie bands who transformed the acid jazz scene in the early 90s. The cuts have that mix of jazz riffs and samples, plus real instrumental soloing – in the style that's still pretty popular today ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful albums to emerge out of the mid 90s drum n bass era of the London scene – a complicated set of grooves that recalls the glory days of the Chess/Cadet scene in Chicago, with touches of 70s keyboard funky jazz, Brazilian fusion, and all the expansiveness that the ... read moreCD
Glass Animals —
Zaba ... CD Harvest, 2014. Used ...
(Mark through barcode.)
Disco ... CD Fourth Dimension (UK), 2001. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Gast ... CD Mutek_Rec (Canada), 2001. Used ...
More classic-sounding jazz funk grooves from this perennial favorite among today's groovers. The move to Shanachie gave them a sound that's a little bit more free from some of the major label production, and the style's pretty similar to earlier recordings. Titles include "World Bank", ... read moreCD
Straddling the world between nu jazz and post rock, the Jaga Jazzist come up with another couple tracks that defy easy categorization, instrumental musings travelling between the spheres of contemporary electronics and cinematic, jazzy instrumental soundscapes. Fellow travelers Dat Politics and ... 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
A noisy blend of electronics and space jazz – much more farther-reaching than the first album by Audun Kleive for Jazzland! The approach here is very abstract – filtering together drums, keyboards, and the occasional muted vocal from Kleive, into a looping, rhythmic progression of ... read moreCD
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
A far-reaching and progressive set of dancefloor grooves from Japanese producers Yasushi Ide and Yoko Ota! The album's got the feel of some of the best work we've heard in recent years from the New York scene – the kind of cross-cultural house-driven projects that always seem to stand out ... 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
Contemporary electronic grooves from the Norwegian scene, courtesy Ralph Myerz – mixed with synth-funky hip hop beatcraft – and finished with new vocal collaborators from Myerz's own Bergen, Norway scene as well as an eclectic batch of vox that stretch from classic Motown soul, to ... read moreCD
Killer jazzy grooves from the bourgeoning French jazz house scene! St Germain take a Blue Note 70s sound as their base – with lots of sweet Hammond riffs, mellow Fender Rhodes licks, funky flute lines, and spacey percussion – then they add in some tight soulful house rhythms, with a ... read moreCD
Tenor's high concept record for Warp, where he recruits an orchestra to help flesh out the grooves and provide some depth to his typically spare compositions. Complex and soundtracky at moments, but more like a tightly arranged soul record on others. Nice. 10 nubers in all: "Out Of ... read moreCD
Late in Tricky's career, this LP was yet another soundly rejected by the same critics that had exalted him years before. Like his other records, you either dig this or you don't, and like the other records it's a generally dark and claustrophobic affair. As you might expect, there's an all star ... read moreCD
Not a bad record overall, despite a slightly painful attempt from Bruce Lundvall (in the liner notes) to claim that US 3 are Blue Note's link between the past and the future – a fact that everyone certainly knew by then, as the group scored more cash for Blue Note in a short time than most ... read moreCD
The biggest selling album ever cut by Blue Note – and a festive romp through samples of the label's famous jazz catalog! US3 mix it up on tunes that include "Cantaloop", "I Got It Goin On", "Different Rhythms", "Eleven Long Years", "Lazy Day" ... read moreCD
Sven Van Hees —
Gemini ... CD Life Enhancing Audio (Belgium), 1999. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Webster Wraight Ensemble —
No Lucky Days ... CD Miso/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2013. Used ...
A really stunning collaboration between Charles Webster and Peter Wraight – the former mostly known for his house music, the latter an arranger for the Herbert big band sessions – coming together here in a lush new sound that's totally their own! There's an expansive feel to the record ... read moreCD
The first full length set we've heard from Werkha – a talent who's been showing up on some of the Tru Thoughts remixes and compilations of late – definitely strong enough to serve up this full batch of tracks! The credits list the music as "written amongst the quiet pennine places ... read moreCD
African soul, filtered through modern Philly – and spun out with some great help from guests that include Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Bahamadia, and Common! The set's the greatest work to date from Marie Daulne – a funky batch of tunes that's overflowing with catchy numbers, and which is ... read moreCD
Jazz-meets-hip hop-meets-new grooves compilation put together by the folks at the Red Hot organization in the mid 90s. Titles include "Time Is Moving On" by Donald Byrd, Guru, and Ronny Jordan; "Stolen Moments" by United Future Organization; "This Is Madness" by The ... read moreCD