Wonderful modern grooves from Italy! This tight little combo takes all the best elements of the Italian groups of the early 90s – bossa grooves, electric keyboard, jazzy finishes – and filters them through modern production techniques that give the record a sound that's more compatible ... read moreCD
Remixed version of Takemura's crucial first LP! If you know the Child's View LP, you know that it's filled with beautiful jazzy grooves that feature a mixture of Brazilian, soundtrack, soul, and hip hop scoring. This remix LP pushes the groove even more, by offering junglist and abstract takes on ... 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
Late in Tricky's career, this LP was yet another soundly rejected by the same critics that had exalted him years before. Like his other records, you either dig this or you don't, and like the other records it's a generally dark and claustrophobic affair. As you might expect, there's an all star ... 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
Sven Van Hees —
Gemini ... CD Life Enhancing Audio (Belgium), 1999. Used ...
One of Luke Vibert's earliest albums, under the Wagon Christ name, and still one of our favorites. You can hear the template of what would become his trademark sound: idiosyncratic, but remarkably funky beat, interlaced with whimsical melodic samples and a nice dose of hip hop. 17 tracks in all, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Webster Wraight Ensemble —
No Lucky Days ... CD Miso/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2013. Used ...
A really stunning collaboration between Charles Webster and Peter Wraight – the former mostly known for his house music, the latter an arranger for the Herbert big band sessions – coming together here in a lush new sound that's totally their own! There's an expansive feel to the record ... read moreCD
The first full length set we've heard from Werkha – a talent who's been showing up on some of the Tru Thoughts remixes and compilations of late – definitely strong enough to serve up this full batch of tracks! The credits list the music as "written amongst the quiet pennine places ... read moreCD
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Hajime Yoshizawa —
Japan ... CD Village Again (Japan), 2008. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest efforts so far from Hajime Yoshizawa – a set that has some heavy jazz influences, and almost hearkens back to his roots – yet one that's also awash in some of his best 21st Century soul styles as well! The album has a snapping acoustic energy that's right up there ... 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
The 5th volume in this great series is bigger than ever! Back when volume 1 first came out, the idea of modern bossa dancefloor tunes was a strange concept – now, thanks to the work of the Schema crew, in releases like this one, the groove is here to stay – and strongly! The set ... read moreCD
Beautiful bossa groovers galore – and one of the greatest entries so far in a series that never lets us down! Years back when Break N Bossa first started, the concept of older Brazilian modes and contemporary dancefloor rhythms was something of a new idea – but over the years, with the ... read moreCD
Cool cuts compiled for the Carducci 76 club in Italy – put together from Cinedelic label offerings, and a few Schema Records bits as well! There's a great vibe running through the material – contemporary recordings, but with echoes of 60s jazz and Latin, all wrapped up in a handsome ... read moreCD
An excellent compilation of jazzy grooves from the great Ricky Tick label – featuring tracks from Five Corners Quintet, Timo Lassey, Jukka Eskola, Auteur Jazz, Stance Brothers, Povo and others –some of the best material from Ricky Tick albums to date, plus hard to find vinyl only ... 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
A sweet little collection of modern Brazilian tinged grooves – one of the best we've heard so far! This one's a mix of styles – from the Italian bossa approach of the Schema label, to the reworked mode of the mid 90s Japanese scene, to the recent modern classic experiments of the Far ... read moreCD