Jaga Jazzist —
Stix ... CD Ninja Tune (Canada), 2002. Used ...
Genre defying instrumental excursions into NuJazz, post rock and other largely indescribable tone bending. Fans of the Chicago based Tortoise style musings will get open on this new school collective that melds live instrumentation with modern beat science and studio trickery, though such ... read moreCD
Another batch of ambient post rock, organic and electronic grooves from the Norwegian superpower Jaga Jazzist! This one has some heavier prog rock elements than we remember from their previous work – which make for some surprising, exiting passages within the mellower, more hypontic sounds! ... read moreCD
Anthony Joseph —
Time ... LP Naive/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Anthony Joseph has always sounded great – but this time around he's got some stellar help from Meshell Ndegeocello – who wrote, arranged, and produced the entire album! The result is the best material we've ever heard from Joseph – a completely righteous record that gives his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A bouncing little cut from Sean Khan – one that's skittish, but with a more put-together feel than older broken beat – partly because there's a wonderful keyboard line that kind of swells, dips, and soars to hold the whole thing together! "Things To Say" has a different feel, ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Vocals from Omar and a mix from 4Hero – two London elements we've loved for years – both of which make the single a stunner! The single spins out brilliantly – and also features this very spiritual tenor part in the middle – a kind of cosmic London vibe that almost takes us ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The first full album we've ever heard from Kon – and a really soulful set that follows strongly off his famous mixtapes and compilations with Amir! As on those gems, there's a very classic sound going on here – a strong love of the best moments of 70s soul, funk, and club – ... 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
Cosmic sounds from Lord Raja – with tripped out electronic atmosphere, though compelling and beat driven, without ever traveling into predictability – one of the finer releases on Ghostly International in a while! Covers a lot of territory, from mellow, spacey soundscapes to frenzied ... read moreCD
Cosmic sounds from Lord Raja – with tripped out electronic atmosphere, though compelling and beat driven, without ever traveling into predictability – one of the finer releases on Ghostly International in a while! Covers a lot of territory, from mellow, spacey soundscapes to frenzied ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great group with a strong influence from 70s Italian soundtracks – one that serves up some mighty spare instrumentation that just includes percussion and keyboards – the latter of which is heavy on organ and synthesizer! The music has a really sinister feel – like the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title definitely gets it right – as the team of Kenny Dope and Louie Vega are certainly masters of house – as you'll hear in this overstuffed 4CD set! The package brings together 40 tracks that really span the gamut of the duo's genius – from their important early house ... read moreCD
Soaring grooves from Sean McCabe – the artists' debut on the mostly-reissue Z Records, but a set that also puts him in the same sort of classic territory as his labelmates, the Sunburst Band! Sean's groove is filled with classic club touches, but is also a bit more contemporary – the ... read moreCD
Modern electronic funk from XL Middleton! XL handles all keyboards, vocoder and programming himself here – bridging bouncing 80s electro boogie, to 90s west coast G-Funk, to the bedroom beatcraft of today – with a lot of distinctive charm, making it much more than a mere wayback trip ... read moreCD
A nice couple sides of soulful club grooves from Japan's Missing Soul – who is vouched for by the legendary Ron Trent – and sure enough, it's timeless, top quality stuff that's not lacking soul, despite the name! "Across Your Mind" is pretty busy on the percussion tip, with ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Robert Mitchell's Panacea —
Voyager ... CD Dune (UK), 2001. Used ...
A hell of a debut from Portia Monique – a singer who gets very strong support here from Reel People – who are very much at the top of their game too! The record's a bit like a Reel People album, but a lot more soulful up top – as Portia's vocals have this rich, righteous feel ... read moreCD
The title, group name, and cover are all a bit obscure – and hardly tell the full story of the rich sound of this new dynamic act – a compelling combo who mix together Spanish guitar, strings, and contemporary beats – all in a style that's way more than the sum of its parts, and ... read moreCD
Dreamy soundscapes from cosmic spirit Carlos Nino and a host of diversely talented friends – including fellow Build An Ark alumni Dexter Story and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Dntel, Daedelus, adventurous new age-r Iasos, Beachwood Sparks strings player/sound designer Farmer Dave Scher, John ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice bit of smooth funky jazz – in the mode of some of the recent projects on the Expansion/Passion labels, grounded in a classic sensibility, but inflected with a more modern smooth jazz style of production. The sound is very late 70's/early 80's, and reminds us of the kind of jazz/R&B ... read moreCD
Nosaj Thing —
Fated ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2015. New Copy ...
Supremely moody, oddly soulful soundscapes from Nosaj Thing! NT works in realm of spacey beatcraft that other producer/beatmaker/composers travel, but everything we've heard from him to date has a distinctive style, and this is the best yet. There's a sultriness to it that's pretty great – ... read moreCD
Nostalgia 77 & The Monster —
Measures ... CD Tru Thoughts, 2014. New Copy ...
Some of the jazziest, most spiritual music we've heard from Nostalgia 77 in years – a great return to territory they started hitting towards the end of the last decade – and a record that's got a rich, organic sound right from the start! The album's a jazz set through and through ... read moreCD
The beautiful meeting of a host legendary players and vocalists – including Roy Ayers, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Jocelyn Brown, and Vince Montana – in a tight session of groundbreaking grooves produced by Masters at Work. An instant classic – and a fantastic mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Key cosmic sounds from Ian O'Brien – and just the kind of record that made him a real standout back in the 90s scene! So many other artists at the time claimed to find inspiration in the music of Herbie Hancock and other 70s keyboard giant – but O'Brien was one of the few who could ... read moreCD
Always-great work from Bruno Patchworks – tunes that could easily be from the best 70s club years, or maybe the more soulful side of 80s house – but which also have that undeniable Patchworks crackle in the rhythms! Vocals are very soulful, but often minimal compared to the overall ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Patchworks Galactic Project —
Space ... CD Favorite (France), 2013. Used ...
One of the coolest projects so far from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's put together as a tribute to all the spacey electronic 70s grooves from artists like Patrick Adams, Alain Goraguer, or Jean Pierre Massiera! Patchworks definitely gets the sound right for the set ... read moreCD
A totally great live set from Quasimode – and one that really returns the combo to the core brilliance of their first few records from Japan! The setting is completely unfurled and unbridled – the main quartet soaring away in a fast flurry of piano, bass, and percussion – always ... read moreCD
The only thing better than Quasimode on record is Quasimode live – as you'll hear on this sweet little set! The album captures the Japanese jazz combo in all their jazzy brilliance – working live and loud, with a razor-sharp sound throughout! The set's a great way to hear the group's ... read moreCD
A stunning full length set from Reel People – soulful club with vocals by a variety of wonderful singers that include Angela Johnson, Vanessa Freeman, Dyanna Fearon, Sharlene Hector, and Jag! The set really lives up to the promise of Reel People's work on singles over the years – ... read moreCD
One of the more compelling new acts we've heard from Ninja Tune in recent years – working here in a mode that seems to stretch back to the earliest days of the label, when the styles were simple and often had some great ties to their sonic roots! Romare uses bits of older songs and light ... read moreCD
One of the more compelling new acts we've heard from Ninja Tune in recent years – working here in a mode that seems to stretch back to the earliest days of the label, when the styles were simple and often had some great ties to their sonic roots! Romare uses bits of older songs and light ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Storming sounds from this ultra-cool combo – and a record that's maybe even more jazz-based than some of their other recent efforts! The date's a live one, and has the group stepping out with tremendous dexterity right from the start – those cascading lines that make for a rock-solid ... read moreCD
It's been more than a few years since we've heard from Ludovic "St Germain" Navarre – and in that time, he's really found a way to add a lot of fresh elements to his music! Unlike the jazz-sample mode that first got St Germain his big international start, this set's got a much more ... read moreCD
It's been more than a few years since we've heard from Ludovic "St Germain" Navarre – and in that time, he's really found a way to add a lot of fresh elements to his music! Unlike the jazz-sample mode that first got St Germain his big international start, this set's got a much more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've always loved vocalist Cecilia Stalin, no matter what the setting – but here, she might be in the best company ever – working with jazzy backings from Khari Cabral Simmons and other members of the Atlanta scene – on a record that's drenched in soul from the very first note! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dexter Story —
Wondem ... CD Soundway (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Dexter Story is a very cool singer with a sound that's almost impossible to describe in words – this hip fusion of global elements and cosmic spirit – one that's echoed by the slight Ethiopian style of the font on the cover, and the album's placement on the Soundway label – and ... read moreCD
Dexter Story is a very cool singer with a sound that's almost impossible to describe in words – this hip fusion of global elements and cosmic spirit – one that's echoed by the slight Ethiopian style of the font on the cover, and the album's placement on the Soundway label – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stuff ... CD Buteo Buteo (Belgium), 2015. New Copy ...
Sweet beats and lots of other odd sounds – from keyboards, guitars, and a range of abstract samples – all used in this style that's nicely stripped-down, and with a cosmic core element at all the best moments! The album's almost a blueprint for the kind of instrumentation you'd hear in ... read moreCD
Kazuhiro Sunaga —
Mirror ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
A debut solo set from Kazuhiro Sunaga – an artist you might know better as the bassist in Japan's mighty Quasimode – but one who really stretches into new styles here on his own! The music still has that core sense of groove we love from Quasimode, but the performance is in a range of ... read moreCD
A sweet full length set from Taggy Matcher – aka Patchworks – done in a similar dubby style to his excellent singles! There's a classic Jamaican groove throughout – particularly in the late 70s/early 80s reggae styles you might hear on Island/Mango Records – with bumping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Jimi Tenor & Abdissa Assefa —
Itetune ... CD Temmikongi (Finland), 2011. Used ...
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from Jimi Tenor – and that's saying a lot, given the rich body of music he's given us over the past decade or two! This set mixes the cosmic spiritualism of Jimi's Kabu Kabu sessions with an even earthier, almost ethnographic element – ... read moreCD
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Jimi Tenor in a while – and a set that's a really great sideways-step from some of his other recent music! There's still elements of the spiritual jazz currents that Jimi's been exploring for the past decade or so, but the group's also leaner, and ... read moreCD
No radio retaliation here, as Thievery Corporation are miles from the airwaves – working in their own unique blend of a globe's worth of grooves! The sound here is every bit as lush and full as before – a mix of classic funky elements, exotic instrumentation, and a few contemporary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Third Eye Foundation —
Ghost ... LP Domino (UK), 1997. Very Good ...
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
Some of the warmest grooves we've heard so far from Osunlade – a beautiful selection of tracks that work perfectly together – almost as if the artist himself had a hand in their creation! The tracks follow strongly in the vein of organic house that Osunlade's always brought us – ... read moreCD
The Brazilian side of Ubiquity Records – tracks that all offer up a modern interpretation of older modes from Brazil – including bossa nova, samba soul, and even some more contemporary styles! None of the cuts here are straight Brazilian – and instead, they offer up some creative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-cool project – music that's neither straight disco, nor really reggae – and instead a great dubby reworking of dancefloor modes from a few generations past! The range of material here comes a number of different settings – but is all worked ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-cool project – music that's neither straight disco, nor really reggae – and instead a great dubby reworking of dancefloor modes from a few generations past! The range of material here comes a number of different settings – but is all worked ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album