A surprisingly great take on the Tijuana Brass sound of the 60s – one that offers up new remixes of classics, but which is nicely respectful of the original Herb Albert groove! Unlike other remix projects of this type, which sometimes clutter up the tracks with too many extra bits – or ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
The Apples present a pair of Kings – a nice little project the finds the nine piece collective in collaboration with masters of their styles – funk pioneer Fred Wesley on a quartet of tracks and Israeli percussion titan Schlomo Bar on 4 others! The Apples are such a stylistically ... read moreCD
Bossacucanova & Roberto Menescal —
Brasilidade ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2001. Used ...
The bossa remix combo of Bossacucanova wisely get a dose of history and soul from guitarist Roberto Menescal, one of the original bossa nova geniuses of the 60s – and an artist who's really come back into the fold in recent years. The record features Menescal's guitar upfront in the mix ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Harold Budd —
Room ... CD Atlantic, 2000. Used ...
Not as sublime as the first album, but still with some pretty great moments – thanks to the genius of Towa Tei! Includes the titles "Pussycat Meow", one of our personal favorites – plus "Runaway", "Fuddy Duddy Judge", "The Dreams Are Fine", " ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Bebel's second album for Six Degrees – and quite possibly an even better album than the first! Not one to rest on the laurels of her success of recent years, Bebel seems to diverge a bit from the sound of her initial hit – going for a deeper approach to songwriting, and a musical style ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Another wonderful chapter in the always-exciting career of Matthew Herbert – a blend of strings, soul, and grooves that really further the promise of his previous work! Herbert's one of the few who can make a record like this come out just right – and here he uses a style with plenty ... read moreCD
Hunter's getting a lot more sophisticated in his style, and is moving past the heavy funky sound of early days – to a mix of soulful styles that opens him up a lot more. This sextet session features drummer Leon Parker, who always works well with Hunter – plus tenorist Peter Apfelbaum, ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
The extra heavy and quite dark third LP from Wild Bunch alums and Bristol massive mainstays Massive Attack. The grooves are still really strong, but the trip hop pioneers are delving more deeply into a bass heavy dub trip with a deep, rumbling bottom running throughout the tracks and somedistorted ... read moreCD
Contemporary work from Jay W McGee – a Detroit singer with many years of recordings under his belt – including early 80s modern soul, and some important later house work as well! This album showcases Jay in both of those styles, and has this great indie soul vibe throughout – ... (Soul, New Grooves)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
Fantastic sounds from Monday Michiru – quite possibly her greatest album in years, and one that really draws together all the best elements of her style! The vocals are wonderful – soaring, fluid, and filled with soul – almost more confident than ever – and set to these ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A strange little remix project put together by Adam Dorn – son of Joel Dorn, the legendary producer who cut many a famous jazz and soul side for Atlantic in the 70s! Adam's got the free run of the Hyena catalog (another label run by Dorn Sr), and takes classic work by David Newman, Roland ... read moreCD
A stunning full length CD from Nuspirit Helsinki – far more soulful than any of their earlier singles, with a unified feel that we never expected, and a solid sound that will keep us coming back to this one for years! The record's infused with strands of recent work from London and the ... read moreCD
Nice bit of funky stuff on Irma, and some tracks that have a bit of a dub twist at times. The best tracks have a nice electronic funk feel, with a straight ahead funk sound. Other tracks get a little too dubby for our taste, but they might sit well with you if you like other dubby acid jazz ... read moreCD
Sea & Cake —
Glass ... CD Thrill Jockey, 2003. Used ...
The Sea and Cake have one of the most distinctive sounds in the rock spectrum these days, indie or otherwise – and this great little EP with new cuts and remixes featuring Stereolab, Broadcast, and Carl Craig shake things up very, very nicely! If for some reason you don't know these guys, ... (Rock, New Grooves)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
Beyond The Wizards Sleeve's remixes from artists such as Bably Drawn Boy, Late Of The Pier, Findlay Brown, the Real Ones, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, Dust Galaxy, the Chemical Brothers, Simian Mobile Disco, Tracy Thorn & Midlake. CD
A package that brings together most of the recent run of "black label" 12" singles on Compost – the label's new imprint designed to showcase a slightly different side of their groove! Most of the black label work is a bit darker and harder than the older Compost style of work ... read moreCD
More modern funky jazz stuff from San Francisco and the rest of the west, compiled by Ubiquity, with the same high quality level of all their releases. Includes cuts by Slide Five, Rhythm Section, Mock Quintet, Ping Pong, Galactic, and New Legends. CD
New and old Blue Note collide in this jam-packed 2CD set of tracks! Forget the "chillout" in the title, because a good portion of the set is real jazz from the old days, and the rest is newer material, based around the older ideals of the Blue Note idiom. Together, the music makes for a ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
An excellent collection of house tracks – old and new – selected and blended by Dimitri From Paris! The overall theme is an imaginary party at the Playboy Mansion – but from our personal experience, we can tell you that this set kicks a lot harder than the dancefloor at Hef's pad ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
Magic pop from the Japanese scene – a sweet collection of mid 90s numbers with a wonderfully playful approach! The set contains some of our favorite tunes from this rich era of Japanese grooves – loads of great numbers that draw heavily on 60s mod, soundtrack, and bossa themes – ... read moreCD
Like the Cocktail Shaker compilation of last year, this is an Irma compilation of new artists doing material that has a groovy loungey feel. All of the stuff is new, and although some of the tracks come from albums by Irma artists, a lot of the others are exclusive to this compilation. Titles ... read moreCD