Attica Blues/Shinichi Osawa —
Oh La La La ... CD Toys Factory (Japan), 1998. Used ...
A wonderful bit of funkiness from Attica Blues and Shinichi Osawa from Mondo Grosso! The CD's a 7 track e.p. – with 6 mixes of the heavenly soul cut "Oh La La La", a remake of Tina Marie's classic, done with heavy hip hop beats, great warm instrumental samples, and excellent female ... 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
A really fresh groove from Dalindeo – still very much in the tight jazzy territory of their previous records, but with a strong addition of electric guitar added into the mix! The instrument's not used in any sort of cliched rockish way, but instead with this cool 60s electric vibe – ... read moreCD
DJ Kentaro —
Enter ... CD Ninja Tune (Canada), 2007. Used ...
DJ Kentaro straddles the line between the spaciest of modern hip hop with a wildly splintering broken beats on DJ Kentaro – with stellar line up of guests include Spank Rock, Fat Jon and the Pharcyde! Titles include "Enter The Newground", "Keep On" feat Pharcyde, "Fre ... read moreCD
Sweet homespun space soul by wunderkind Peven Everett – transcending the neo soul scene into a hugely catchy, warm realm all his own! As with the best of his other records, Peven's way of spiraling a fairly basic groove into something HUGE is nothing short of amazing. The tunes here have a ... (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!)
Cool compressed grooves from Raoul K – music that's offers up a really unique blend of African roots and contemporary club – but in ways that are a lot more abstract than others working in the genre! Raoul really abstracts the instruments in his music – so that the core elements ... read moreCD
A pretty sprawling set of sometimes minimalist, sometimes jarring electronic punch press operations from Jan St. Werner of Mouse On Mars and others. This definitely a more "out" project than the cool and bouncy Mouse – a bit more akin to some of the later work of Takemura, with ... read moreCD
Medeski, Martin & Wood —
Shack Man ... CD Ryko/Gramavision, 1996. Used ...
More great grooves by this incredible band with a real talent for mixing jazz funk organ with a much freer sensibility – hitting a range of influences that run the gamut from Jimmy Smith to Larry Young, and blending them into something all their own. Titles include "Spy Kiss", ... 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
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
The deepest album to date from Thievery Corporation – one that has them really expanding their palette, going beyond retro groovers into a set of future soundscapes, soulful vocal numbers, and beyond! Nearly every track on the set features a vocalist, and the album slides together nicely ... read moreCD
Spare tracks blending washes of sound and funky beats – in a mode that's similar to the classic G-Stoned ep by Kruder & Dorfmeister, which is no surprise, since Richard Dorfmeister's one half of Tosca! The tracks build nicely, in an effect that's one of our favorite in modern production ... 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
The follow up to the Rapid Transit compilation, a high concept meeting of urban artists (booklet art by Dalek, Delta, Kaws and others) and urban tone generators, rhymers and beat builders. Fourteen tracks to provide a soundtrack to your everyday urban experience, and like other Chocolate releases, ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD