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
A monumental piece of funk – and a record that came into the world at a time when it seemed like just about everyone had forgotten how to play real funky music! This set's the US version of the first album by London scenesters The Brand New Heavies – and although it came out in the ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A key addition to any collection of The Brand New Heavies! The set features remixes of some of the group's best tracks, plus a few older and rarer cuts, and some other favorites. Titles include "Mind Trips (BNH rmx)", "Bang", "Brother Sister (Angel rmx)", "Keep ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
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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
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
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
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
A nice bit of smooth funky jazz – in the mode of some of the recent projects on the Expansion/Passion labels, grounded in a classic sensibility, but inflected with a more modern smooth jazz style of production. The sound is very late 70's/early 80's, and reminds us of the kind of jazz/R&B ... 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
Maybe one of the most sharp-edged albums in years from Thievery Corporation – if not ever – thanks to the presence of a fair bit of hip hop guest stars, in a large roster of talent that includes Mr Lif, Raquel Jones, Zee, Notch, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Elin Melgarejo, and ... read moreCD
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Pharrell Williams —
Girl ... CD Columbia, 2014. Used ...
Make it summer all year long – with this excellent 2CD blend of tunes that all have a bright shiny finish! The set's one of the best of the Hed Kandi series – and it's got a strident house groove throughout, featuring 21 modern groovers that are bound to push all the clouds out of the ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)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