One of the best records we've ever heard on Ninja Tune – a swirling blend of downtempo jazz and beats, never too complicated, but painting with sound using a broad brush that encompasses many colors. The use of acoustic instrumentation next to spacey production is what keeps the album real ... read moreCD
A gripping set of breakbeat tracks – with strong shifts of mood from track to track, encompassing an array of groove styles that runs from breesy bossa, to modal big band, to pumped up breakbeats. Titles include "Sordid", "Bridge", "Reanimator", "People ... read moreCD
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 sweet set of contemporary bossa gems – all older numbers made famous by Joao Gilberto in his early days – spun out with a very fresh finish here by the Brazilian Love Affair combo! The group work in a mostly live jazz mode, with just a bit of programming on the rhythms – and ... read moreCD
A stunner of a set from one of the few groups of their generation who seem to grow and grow more with each new record! Break Reform first caught our ears a few years ago, in the big rush of excellent work coming from London at the start of the 21st Century – but with this great little record ... read moreCD
Some of the noisiest music we've heard so far from Cherrystones – a sweet set that's heavy on fuzz and electronics, but which still holds onto the strong sense of beat from before! There's a pretty dark vibe to most of the record – a bite that goes way beyond downtempo, and which ... read moreCD
A real shift for Corduroy, who are opening their sound a lot here from earlier releases – showing that the group was way more than just one of London's many retro funk combos at the beginning of the 90s. The set includes the sublime track "Something In My Eye", a breezy bossa ... read moreCD
Emil De Waal —
Ombud ... CD Artiscope (Denmark), 2008. Used ...
Mercan Dede —
Su ... CD Escondida, 2004. Used ...
The first full length in a few years from world class turntablist DJ Kentaro – and a pretty diverse set of floor-shaking instrumentals – plus a number vocal cuts with a strong roster of guests. Kentaro is a sharp producer/artist on top of the turntablist skills, crafting well-paced ... read moreCD
As you might imagine, we're huge fans of any artist with Dusty in their name – but these guys have a really special sound we've been digging since their start! The record may well be the best we've heard so far from this cool German project – one rooted in the core contributions of ... 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
An interesting record for beat scene dilettante and producer extraordinaire Howie B. At one level, this continues in the blunted trip hop tradition of his early releases on the Pussyfoot imprint and remixes for Mo Wax, but on another it is heavily indebted to Eno's 70s LPs. Lots of nice ... read moreCD
Man, these guys keep blowing our minds again and again with each new album – stretching out even farther than before, yet still hanging on to all the best elements of their sound! This time around, Nostalgia 77 still have the bolder jazz style forged on their previous experimental recordings ... read moreCD
A brilliant set from Santigold – blending a world of sounds and styles into one of the more exciting and unique major label pop album's '12 – build to last! African, Caribbean and urban American sounds blend very well here – in both the the electronic and organic instrumentation ... read moreCD
Wickedly funky work from Soel – a new project from Ludovic Navarre, aka St Germain! The record picks up where St Germain left off – still working heavily in a Parisian blend of funky samples and classic jazz riffs, but overall taking things a lot deeper – going for a sound that's ... read moreCD
Justin Velor —
2013 ... CD Brutal (UK), 2013. Used ...
Brooding sounds from Justin Velor, aka Dom Thomas – and a set that's definitely worthy of placement on the Brutal Music label! The set's a mix of different post-punk energies with a UK twist – sometimes abstract noise, sometimes more groove-conscious rhythms – but often with ... read moreCD
Phil Von & The Gnawa Musicians Of Fes —
L'Autre Nuit ... CD Lytch (France), 2001. Used ...
A pretty nice batch of tracks from the early 90s European scene – back in the days when everyone was referring to groove oriented music as "acid jazz", especially if the record included a classic sample or real instrument! The artists here are all pretty strong – with a sound ... read moreCD
Jazz-meets-hip hop-meets-new grooves compilation put together by the folks at the Red Hot organization in the mid 90s. Titles include "Time Is Moving On" by Donald Byrd, Guru, and Ronny Jordan; "Stolen Moments" by United Future Organization; "This Is Madness" by The ... read moreCD