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 ...
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
More ... CD Schema/Fez (Italy), 1999. Used ...
Incredible! Although the first album by Balanco had a definite Italian bossa sound (which was very popular in their acid jazz scene a few years ago), this great second album by the group breaks into whole new territory – like French and Italian soundtrack grooves, particularly in the vein of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell —
Process ... CD MOD Technologies, 2014. Used ...
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
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
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
(Out of print.)
Boards of Canada —
Twoism ... CD Warp (UK), 1995/2002. Used ...
These guys have come a long way since their early series of jazz break tracks issued nearly a decade ago – to a style in which they blend together strands of soundtrack themes, older jazz, downtempo beats, and a heck of a lot more that's bubbling under the mix! This set features snippets of ... 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
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
An instant classic from Five Corners Quintet – acoustic jazz played with a dancefloor groove, and the perfect summation of a brilliant run of initial singles! The FCQ return jazz to its grooviest roots – played live, without processing or electronics, and able to hit a snapping groove ... read moreCD
A fresh EP from feverishly creative moodscape & beatcrafter Flying Lotus! FL has been on such a furious win stream in the late 00s, it's tough to keep up with him, but that's a good thing – pretty much everything he puts out is of such consistently forward progressing quality. If you're ... 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
The feather light, atmospheric beats and aural scenery we've come to expect from Kieran Hebden splinter out hard and heavy in the frentic opener "A Joy" on Everything Ecstatic – fair warning that Kieran's Four Tet isn't going to fall into realm of expectation without a fight! ... read moreCD
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit ... read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
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
(Out of print.)
Jon Hopkins —
Insides ... CD Double Six/Domino (UK), 2009. Used ...
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
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
(Penmark through barcode.)
Robert Miles —
23am ... CD Arista, 1997. Used ...
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
Robert Normandeau —
Sonars ... CD Rephlex (UK), 2006. Used ...
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
The cuts that fell on the cutting floor are surprisingly fresh and candidly experimental, even for Prefuse. Listen in and you'll find Scott messing with fuzzed out guitars, has signature off step swagger beats delightfully diced, and production minimalism filtered through further effects. There's ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)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
Beautifully constructed beatcraft from Prefuse 73 – blending beats with keys, odd string flourishes and atmospheric elements as impeccably as ever! Prefuse is still getting more and more tuneful in the melody department, but the album has it's share of barbed and jittery moments, with ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
The long-awaited first full length set by Rebirth – and a record that more than lives up to all the brilliant promise the group has displayed on their first few singles! Rebirth are an amazing combo – a fully-formed funky soul ensemble with a vision that's incredibly deep – and a ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Red Red Groovy —
25 ... CD Continuum, 1993. Used ...
The debut full length from bass player, field recorder and soaringly spirited composer Nick Rosen – a pretty darn beautiful cosmic jazz influenced gem in the Build An Ark school of modern, genre defying starry soundscapes! The set is arranged by Rosen and Build An Ark's Miguiel Atwood-Ferguso ... (Jazz, New Grooves)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
Cosmic synth grooves from the duo of Michael Kirkman and Alan James, aka Subway – home recorded electronic soundscapes working in hypnotic from of the 70s Krautrock innovators, and the more effervescent sounds of avant garde dance music of 80s Detroit and the European scene in almost equal ... read moreCD
(Booklet is slightly rippled.)
Sun Circle —
Reborn ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2009. Used ...
A warm blend of soul and laidback jazzy beatcraft from Sun Circle – the duo of producer/DJ/soundscape generator Simon S of Break Reform and lovely & soulful UK singer Deborah Jordan – taking the broken beat and jazzy future soul groove to a higher level! It's the glowing natural ... read moreCD
An incredible album from Moreno Veloso – the son of the famous Caetano, but an artist who's already very much his own man on this classic collaboration with the team of Kassin and Domenico! Moreno plays it cool on most of the record – singing in a spare setting that mixes acoustic ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Who better to select for the DJ Kicks series than the groundbreaking Truby Trio! This Compost label DJ/producer team has come up with some of the best new jazzy dance tracks of the past 5 years – so it's a real treat to hear the kind of work they'd choose for their own set. The package ... read moreCD
Modern tunes – but with a very classic groovy feel! Of all the Italian efforts to take an older lounge sound and update it for the modern dancefloor, the work of Nicola Conte and the Schema label has been some of the best. This 13 track set offers proof of Conte's genius – and offers ... read moreCD
A sweet and well done club groove tribute to the great Arthur Russell – not only one of the most important figures in progressive dance music of the past few decades, but one of the best art pop composers, period, if you care what we think – featuring tracks by Yam Who?, Pocketknife, ... read moreCD
A great mix of Cuban music and diversely danceable, percussive sounds from around the globe – on this excellent entry in the Brownswood label's and producer/tastemaker Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura series! It's amazing stuff, and about as seamless a blend of styles as can be, while still ... (Latin, New Grooves)read moreCD
Here's the nighttime club sides, the sparkling lounge grooves you could hear on Sex In The City, and not only a fine batch of chillout electronic groove. It's a testament to the authenticity of the hip NYC surroundings of the now defunct show, and a great Irma sampler to boot! Strap on you Manolo' ... read moreCD
A really great compilation put out by the folks at Red Hot – an organization dedicated to "Fighting Aids Through Popular Culture". Previous sets by the group have focussed on jazz, bossa, and other music – and this time around, the focus is Africa, currently suffering from a ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD