An incredible full length set from Amp Fiddler – and the kind of record that's well worth all the hype it's been getting! Think of this one as Stevie Wonder for the 21st Century – keyboards and vocals taking off in a rocketship for the future, yet packed to the brim with all the best ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
This guy's pretty darn great! Balduin combines older jazzy samples and bits of electronica – into tracks that retain all the warmth and soul of classic jazz, but which infuses it with all of the fresh electric energy of work on labels like Compost or some of the groovier French imprints of ... 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
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
The fantastic first album from The Hi Fly Orchestra – a group we first dug on funky 45s, but who sound even better on this full length set! Unlike some of their contemporaries, who go for more of a deep funk groove, Hi Fly have a sound that's also equally jazzy – filled with hip riffs ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the most brilliant records we've heard from the Baltimore scene in a long time – a stunning batch of funky club tracks from Karizma – all served up with a bit more subtlety than we've come to expect from some of the other artists from the city! The grooves here are often quite ... read moreCD
Pretty nice work from one of the hipper groups to groove around Chicago in the past decade – the almost-famous Liquid Soul, a tight little combo that was playing out years before there was any funk or jamband scene to speak of! The format of the group is similar to some of the best West ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Marumari's third release features more nicely warbling electronic tunes which are perhaps a little more melodic than on previous efforts. Marumari strike a nice balance between the more abstract collages of Oval or recent Nobukazu Takemura and the playfulness of people like Mike Paradinas and ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Malcolm McLaren —
Paris ... CD Island, 1994. Used 2 CDs ...
Nino Moschella —
Fix ... CD Ubiquity, 2006. Used ...
A trippy, gritty, and sparely funky set of tunes from the Bay Area's Nino Moschella – a record akin to the spaced out, idiosyncratic 70s work of Stevie Wonder and bits of Sly Stone and Curtis Mayfield – done with a totally DIY approach that sounds great! Nino handles the singing and ... 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
One of the most compelling tracks from St Germain's Tourist album is given the remix treatment on this 3-track CD single. "Sure Thing" has got a great sound that features bluesy guitar licks and scatted jazzy vocals – and the radio version throws in a bit more of a kick to the ... read moreCD
Smoove & Turrell might have kind of a hokey look on the cover, but they get right down to business on this funky little record – hitting a tight groove that's heavy on influence from both soul and AOR styles from the 70s and early 80s! The music's mostly upbeat and filled with riffing ... read moreCD
Surprisingly soulful work from Spacek – on one hand an assortment of the skittish beats the group's been known for, but on the other, a well crafted album of songs that show them picking up the spirit of the current soulful underground! There's some extremely catchy numbers on the set – ... read moreCD
James Lavelle's Unkle takes another sharp turn with Never Never Land – a pretty atmospheric batch of longish, tripnotic and moody Brit electronic club soul. Much of the album has the same slow-building structure as the "Eye For An Eye" single – light strings and/or synths, ... read moreCD
10 tracks that sum up the hopes for modern funk and underground soul – circa 1993! The set was a big one back in its day, and it still provides a good picture of what the kids were digging during those difficult years for modern groove. Titles include "Chameleon" by Jazz Warriors, ... read moreCD
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