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
One of the most righteous albums of the 21st century so far – and an instant classic we'll be loving for years! Build An Ark are a seriously heavy soul jazz ensemble, with roots and traditions that stretch back to the most righteous days of the 70s underground – the brainchild of ... 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
Cummi Flu —
Z ... CD Albumlabel (Germany), 2015. Used ...
The deepest work so far from Djinji Brown – a set that moves past some of the more hip hop-styled production of the past, and delves much more deeply into the organic style of the Yoruba label! The rhythms are often in an uptempo mode, but have enough acoustic elements to push them away from ... read moreCD
A sparkling set of groovers from modern club supergroup DKD – featuring Dego of 4 Hero, plus Kaidi Tatham and Daz-I-Kue of Bugz In The Attic! All of the elements you'd hope for from such a fellowship are in full effect – stuttering, splintering beat tracks, flanged out keyboards and ... read moreCD
A nice one from Parisian electro soul combo Electric Conversation – with a hazy mood, compelling beats and warm, soul-steeped vocals! EC has a more atmospheric, moody vibe over all than a lot of what's happening contemporaneously that call fall into the broken beat category – and ... read moreCD
A great modern club track – filled with lots of jazzy riffing, and a warm mellow sound that recalls the best of the old days without sounding too dated. Very much on a par with the best stuff coming out on Compost – and offered up here in two excellent remixes, both of which employ the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
FFWD ... CD Inter-Modo (UK), 1994. Used ...
Robert Fripp, Thomas Fehlmann, Kris Weston and Doctor Alex Paterson. CD
The classic first album by the Greyboy All Stars, and a tight bit of funky West Coast tracks with a solid jazz funk groove, and no extra bull! Tracks include "Let The Music Take Your Mind", "Tenor Man", "Fire Eater", "Soul Dream", and "Fried Grease" ... CD
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
A sweet little record that's every bit as compelling as its title! This "landscape of smaller's music" is a set of instrumental tracks from Japanese artist Tomoki Kanda – almost pastoral in nature, but with electronic touches and enough of an abstract vibes quality to land them in ... read moreCD
Jazz and soul inspired club grooves from Lay Far – with compelling beats, rhythms and all these great jazzy touches that lifty it to a loftier level! The album intro starts out a nice bit of piano leading the way, before the housey club groove kicks into full gear – kind of letting you ... read moreCD
(Barcode has some marker. Booklet has a promo sticker.)
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
Part Time Heroes —
Meanwhile ... CD Wah Wah 45s (UK), 2008. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The first full album from Part Time Heroes – a group who've done some remixes and singles over the past few years, but who really step forward strongly with this set! There's a depth here we never would have guessed from their clever cuts before – a fuller, richer sound that draws from ... 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
Some of the greatest sounds we've heard from Elizabeth Shepherd in years – a record that really returns the singer to her funky roots and soulful styles! There's a stripped-down vibe to the record we really love – mostly just Fender Rhodes from Shepherd, alongside her vocals – ... read moreCD
An incredible record – one that's steeped in the best London sounds of the past few years, and which stands as a summation of the groove-based genius that's emerged from that city's scene! Silhouette Brown is the team of Dego and Kaidi Tatham – working in a sparkling jazzy groove that ... read moreCD
A tight London group led by Sean Khan – producer, writer, and sax and keyboard player on all tracks on the set. Khan's sax-based approach to the work gives it a jazzy finish that has some of the searching Coltrane-esque qualities that you'll find in the best British work of the post drum n ... read moreCD
Sweet Back —
Amok ... CD Shoshin Sounds (France), 2001. Used ...
A heavy jam band slammer from this new French combo! Sweetback have a sound that's right out of the New Orleans/New York underground – a power-trio groove that's fronted by drums, double bass, and sax, spare and choppy, with some really wonderful production on the rhythms that gives the ... read moreCD
Bossa via Paris – and a wonderfully dreamy set from the team of Tom & Joy! Joy is actually Joyce Hoze Liwer, a beautiful vocalist whose approach to the lyrics not only recalls some of the bossa greats of earlier years, but who also manages to stretch them out with a more sophisticated ... read moreCD
The classic album by one of the groups that has gone on to revolutionize the world of contemporary jazzy grooves. The UFO crew bring in a host of guest players – like Monday Michiru, Jon Hendricks, Galliano, and others – to weave together a host of styles – from Brazilian, to ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
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
Titles include "The Real Thing" by Peshay, "Intermission" by The Prunes, "World Lesson" by Money Mark, "Swiss Air" by Twig Bud, "Science Fu Beats" by Danny Breaks, "Sketch" by Attica Blues, "Bug In The Bassbin (Street Mix)" by ... read moreCD
A great illustration of the recent growth of the Jazzland label from Norway – home to some of the most freest-thinking jazz and instrumental music of the past decade or so, and definitely a place of great experimentation in the last few years! The sound of Jazzland is never overdone – ... read moreCD
Funky classics – remade! This set may well be the best in Ubiquity's excellent Rewind series – a compilation collection that focuses on new versions of older funky tunes – some of which are pulled from obscure recent singles and import recordings, others of which appear on this ... read moreCD
This great series just keeps on getting better and better – and we've got no problem saying that we really love this latest installment of Rewind! As with previous volumes, the focus here is on older tunes, redone by current artists of the global groove underground – served up in a ... read moreCD
Rewind the tape and full steam ahead – as Ubiquity's latest collection of funky soul covers really pushes the boundaries of this already-hip series! As with other volumes, the format here has current groups covering sounds of the 60s and 70s – mostly funk and soul, but also with some ... 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
The DJs' choice here is a pretty good one – a funky batch of modern beats and bits picked by the team of Soulinus and Pun! The tunes are a mix of deep funk numbers and others that have definite funky inspirations from the past – current cuts that build up their grooves from older ... read moreCD