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Contemporary cuts in a variety of styles -- broken beat, downtempo, house, electronica, club jazz, electro, nu jazz, and more!


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Miriam AidaCome On Home ... CD
Connective (Germany), 2008. Used ... $9.99
Miriam Aida really knocks our socks off with this set – a classic-styled album of jazz vocals that's quite different than some of her previous Brazilian-tinged work! Aida really captures a cool sort of 50s/60s groove here – a hip-walking approach to female jazz vocals that packs a lot more punch than overdone torch vocal styles, and which really reminds us of some of our favorites from back in the day – like Annie Ross or Marian Montgomery! Most numbers are taken in a soul jazz style – played live by a combo that includes sax and flute from Fredrik Kronkvist, plus organ, piano, bass, and drums – and the tunes are mostly old too, and set up in some hip rhythms that really keep things groovy. Titles include a great vocal take on Dusko Goykovich's "A Handful Of Soul", plus "Now That You're Gone", "Come On Home", "Make Sure You're Sure", "Rainbow's End", "Ruby & The Pearl", and "Jive Samba". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Attica BluesTest Don't Test ... CD
Sony (France), 2000. Used ... $7.99
An extremely well put-together album by this NuSoul combo! The record builds off the group's earlier work on Mo Wax, but takes things to the next level with a more fully developed sense of soul. The beats are as heavy as always, but there's also some wonderful instrumentation in the mix – great keyboards, interesting instrumental effects, and a production style that's reaching for more than the group could have ever hoped for a few years back. Above it all, the vocals are strong and proud, keeping things real on just about every track. Titles include "Deeper", "What Do You Want", "Talk To Me", "The Quest", "Re-Cycled", "Security", "The Man", and "Mangled". (Neo Soul, New Grooves) CD
(Out of print.)

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Lars BartkuhnNew Continent ... CD
Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2008. Used ... $8.99
An amazing little record from Lars Bartkuhn – a mixture of spacey jazz, cosmic grooves, and more – all done by Lars himself, but with a rich, righteous feel throughout! The record reminds us of some of our favorite cosmic work from the London scene a decade or so ago – that great post-jungle period when musicians started to settle into warmer, more jazz-based grooves that drew strongly from a legacy of 70s fusion, but came off with a really fresh contemporary vibe. Bartkuhn's music's a bit different than that, but still follows nicely in the spirit of Nathan Haines and some of his contemporaries – often with keyboards in the lead, soloing sweetly over electric rhythms – occasionally with these scatting vocals that warm the record up wonderfully, creating a unique groove that we totally love! The best Sonar Kollektiv record we've heard in awhile – and a set that could easily fool you into thinking it was recorded sometime in the mid 70s. Titles include "In Harmony With The Elements", "Goodbye Dancing Hello God", "Foundation Suite", "The New Continent", "Marianna", and "Born Again". CD

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Peven EverettSummer Solstace ... CD
Studio Confessions, 2003. Used ... $9.99
Genius work from Peven Everett – one of the greatest talents of the soul underground! The album's perfect all the way through – a sublime blend of house beats, jazz riffing, and Peven's incredible soul vocals – a tremendous style that calls to mind Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, D'Angelo, and a host of other classic vocalists that Peven easily matches on the set! The tunes have a more percussive feel than some of his other work – lots of tribal beats and long rhythmic progressions – traces of house music, to be sure, but also a primal approach that really gets at the heart of the tunes! Titles include "Do You Think About Me", "Colored Culture", "Family Now", "Asteroid Theater", "Ghana Red", and "The Spirit Of The Drum". And like almost all the Peven CDs we carry, this one's hand-made, and hand-packaged by the artist himself – a CDR delivered to you, almost as a personal present! (Neo Soul, New Grooves) CD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)

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