A great set of dark breakbeat tracks – mostly downtempo, and filled with a range of influences that really deepens the sound. The colors in the mix keep shifting throughout – and Tobin's command of a wide palette of beats and grooves is impeccable. Titles include "Get Your Snack ... read moreCD
A killer set from the young Kenny Dope – one of his first big-name projects of the 90s, and a great showcase for his already-mature approach to a groove! There's echoes here of the indie east coast club scene of a few years before – some of the soul of New Jersey, and the playful ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Child's View (Nobukazu Takemura) —
Fun Fair ... CD Bubble Core, 1999. Used ...
Another wild one from Nobukazu Takemura, and an album that sounds quite a bit like his Child & Magic set of 1998! The style is minimal, electronic, and with lots of the Oval-ish bubblings and scrapings that have been occupying Takemura's work lately. Nicely issued in the US, and sure to ... read moreCD
Daft Punk have always worn their love of pop, disco, electro, soul and fusion pretty proudly on their robot sleeves – and bless 'em, they're paying more earnest tribute than ever before on Random Access Memories – featuring homages to and collaborations with Chic guitarist/pop soul ... 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
Choppy New Orleans styled funk in the tradition of the Meters, and recorded with a lot of fidelity to the original sound. Not as amazing as the original, natch, but still surprisingly funky with a good earthy sound to it. This CD also includes a whole bunch of CD rom type stuff, like bonus audio ... read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing. Barcode has some marker.)
A far reaching set from bass & synth guru Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity – deftly blending Afro & Brazilian beats and rhythms with some cosmic keys, hip hop beats, and vocals that are as diverse as all of the other elements! He generates real heat on these tracks, too, a tight mix of ... read moreCD
Recorded live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and a special set featuring the acoustic talents of trumpeter Tim Hagan and soprano saxist Bob Belden, mixed with electronics by Scott Kinsey, and turtablism by DJ Kingsize. Most of the material is fairly out – with off-kilter solos draped over ... read moreCD
Straddling the world between nu jazz and post rock, the Jaga Jazzist come up with another couple tracks that defy easy categorization, instrumental musings travelling between the spheres of contemporary electronics and cinematic, jazzy instrumental soundscapes. Fellow travelers Dat Politics and ... read moreCD
Where their simultaneously issued Stix has a feel that owes more to studio fiddling and technological trickery, this album mines a more live vein, with less programmed beats, and more emphasis on their playing as a band. Overall though, the vibe is the same, defying easy description in that post ... read moreCD
Jazzy and proggy modernism from Jaga Jazzist – a record that finds the group unafraid to to recall some of the adventurous instrumental rock and jazz aware prog of the 70s onward without feeling like a throwback, and very much of the modern era. It's a lot of fun, even with a dizzying ... read moreCD
Soul steeped emotions bursts of fuzzed out atmospherics from Jamie Lidell – increasing uncategorizable as he evolves and a solid mix of neo soul inspired vocals and anything goes tripped out production! The kaleidoscopic sounds are colorful throughout, and we're clearly not alone in our ... read moreCD
Singer Sarah Linhare's has Messages From The Future – delivered via this sweet little set of spacey future soul! Sarah's voice pulls you in pretty quickly, with genuine soul. The production is by Kenlo Craqnuques and a couple of guests, who all manage to blend soft, airy atmoshere with some ... read moreCD
Funky flute, in a sweet dancefloor mode – as the work of Han Litz is remixed here by a variety of European producers! Litz has a groove that's already great on its own – a style that hearkens back to 60s and 70s jazz flute players, especially the funkier currents of the latter – ... read moreCD
Snd ... CD Thrill Jockey, 1996. Used ...
Jan from Mouse On Mars & Markus from Oval. CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode.)
Robert Mitchell's Panacea —
Voyager ... CD Dune (UK), 2001. Used ...
Contemporary electronic grooves from the Norwegian scene, courtesy Ralph Myerz – mixed with synth-funky hip hop beatcraft – and finished with new vocal collaborators from Myerz's own Bergen, Norway scene as well as an eclectic batch of vox that stretch from classic Motown soul, to ... read moreCD
Spin ... CD Raster Noton (Germany), 1996. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)
Jazzoo ... CD Little Village/Harmonia Mundi (Austria), 2015. Used ...
Ahh, the golden age of drum & bass! We can't say we've been the biggest champions of jungle, but there was a time when it did really seem as if it was the future of music, and that's when Photek cut this great double 12 that really turned our heads. Dark & brooding, but still with a nice ... read moreCD
Ghislain Poirer once again delivers a batch of synthetic rhythms and computer groove with a thump learned from hip hop – and the results are far more enjoyable than many of the more pretentious laptop chin scratchers out there! Ghislain's beats occasionally ratchet up to floorshaking levels, ... 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
Talvin Singh —
OK ... CD Island, 1998. Used ...
Modern abstract release by Talvin Singh, with lots of the sorts of eastern-tinged grooves of his that you've been reading about in the press. Tracks include "Vikram The Vampire", "Traveller", "Mombasstic", "OK", "Decca", and "Eclipse". CD
Wonderful sample based house and downtempo tracks from Thomas Brinkmann, the perfect soulful antidote to his cool electronic minimalist techno. These cuts are also quite minimal, but with an entirely different feel, one that wouldn't be out of place in a set filled with some of the moodier ... read moreCD
Tenor's high concept record for Warp, where he recruits an orchestra to help flesh out the grooves and provide some depth to his typically spare compositions. Complex and soundtracky at moments, but more like a tightly arranged soul record on others. Nice. 10 nubers in all: "Out Of ... read moreCD
Not a bad record overall, despite a slightly painful attempt from Bruce Lundvall (in the liner notes) to claim that US 3 are Blue Note's link between the past and the future – a fact that everyone certainly knew by then, as the group scored more cash for Blue Note in a short time than most ... read moreCD
African soul, filtered through modern Philly – and spun out with some great help from guests that include Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Bahamadia, and Common! The set's the greatest work to date from Marie Daulne – a funky batch of tunes that's overflowing with catchy numbers, and which is ... read moreCD
Seductive grooves from Zap Mama – a set that's perhaps a bit more laidback than her previous set, but still pretty darn great overall! As before, Marie Daulne's got plenty of help from a wide array of guests – including Meshell Ndegocello, Michael Franti, Arno, Tony Allen, Dave Samuels ... read moreCD
A collection of groovers from London and New York. Tracks include "Revival" by Martine Girault, "Prince Of Peace (12 inch mix)" by Galliano, "Beware" by Vivienne McKone, "Don't Throw My Love Around" by Cooly's Hot Box, "Part Of The Masterplan 92-Live ... read moreCD