A beautiful record from Miguel Atwood Ferguson – an artist we first came to love for his work with the Carlos Nino spiritual jazz scene on the west coast – really stretching out on his own as a leader! Miguel plays viola, violin, and cello on the record – plus some piano as well ... read moreCD
III ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ...
The best work so far from this ultra-hip trio – an amazing combination of keyboards, bass, and drums – served up in styles that are rooted in funk and jazz, but go to so many other places as well! The drums crackle with a quality schooled in 70s breaks and beats, stripped down to their ... read moreCD
World Of ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2015. New Copy ...
The world of Blundetto is a mighty groovy one – filled with dubby rhythms, funky touches, and some of the sharpest underground production around! This album's a real standout in a world of kicked-back rhythms – never too sleepy, never too sloppy – and always thoughtfully done ... read moreCD
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, ... read moreCD
A really fresh groove from Dalindeo – still very much in the tight jazzy territory of their previous records, but with a strong addition of electric guitar added into the mix! The instrument's not used in any sort of cliched rockish way, but instead with this cool 60s electric vibe – ... read moreCD
DJ Cam pays tribute to the great moment of Miami Vice in the 80s – but with a sound that's definitely 21st Century all the way through! The music here is mostly composed by Cam – supposedly in Miami – and the whole thing does feel like some revised soundtrack for the famous show, ... read moreCD
DJ Cam Quartet —
Diggin ... CD Inflamable/Culture Factory (Japan), 2009. New Copy ...
DJ Cam's definitely diggin here – going back to the classic sounds that first inspired his music, and finding a great way to play with original musical elements from a range of talents who include Wes Montgomery, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Ronnie Foster, and ... read moreCD
It's been a few years since we last heard from DJ Kawasaki – but that hasn't dimmed his talents at all, and instead he seems to have gotten even deeper and more soulful over the years! Unlike so many other talents with "DJ" in their name, Kawasaki's a very well-rounded artist with ... read moreCD
Four Tet for the rising and setting sun – two evolving, hypnotic pieces that each roll to around or just past the 20 minute mark – and it's among the best we've heard from Kieran Hebden in years! "Morning Side" starts off with just stuttering, surprisingly clubby sounding ... read moreCD
We love these guys to death, even though we might be the only store in America to do so – and continue to strongly embrace the unique sound that Fox Capture Plan have to offer! At some level, these guys are a jazz trio – with piano, bass, and drums – but their approach is quite ... read moreCD
A stunning second set from Hiatus Kaiyote – a group we already loved the first time around, but who really blow us away with this amazing little record! The style is this incredible mix of cosmic keyboards and soulful vocals – but not in a way that's like any of the other oft-tread ... read moreCD
A pretty remarkable set of spacey soul songcraft from Hiatus Kaiyote – a Melbourne group that blends moody, laidback live soul instrumentation with bubbling futuristic elements in a surprisingly seamless way – elevated even higher by strong songwriting and the soulful vocals of Nai Palm! ... read moreCD
Jaga Jazzist —
Starfire ... CD Ninja Tune (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Some of the spaciest, most open-ended work we've heard so far from Jaga Jazzist – a record that has the group hitting new cosmic heights on these long tracks that step out with a fair bit of musical intensity! Keyboards are at the core – often with a very vintage feel, and mixed with ... read moreCD
Spacey club soul from The Layabouts – who lay down a nicely cosmic sound that's still rooted in soul – and with a great roster of guest vocalists including Terri Walker, Omar, Portia Monique, Tony Momrelle, Imaani and more! The record's called Future Retro, but it feels pretty ... read moreCD
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
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
Always-wonderful sounds from Nostalgia 77 – a group who keep on evolving and developing their sublime style over the years! This time around, they're a bit more song-based than before – instrumentation that still has some of the warmer, spiritual jazz touches of previous releases ... 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
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
Stunning work from Quasimode – and a great reminder that, even in the 21st Century, a combo can still cook strongly with just acoustic instruments! These guys come across like some lost soul jazz group from the 60s – the kind of outfit that worked endlessly in clubs, and found a way to ... 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
Great jazzy grooves from this hip Italian combo – a late 90s precursor to the current club jazz scene! The group's got a classic Blue Note sound – mixing up soul jazz and modal grooves with some very tight playing and a strong commitment to a classic sound. The horn players are all ... read moreCD
Sunaga T Experience —
STE ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
Tatsuo Sunaga has come a hell of a long way over the years – from a point when he was a hip remixer who'd always work some classic jazz into a mix – to the status of a true jazz musician, very worthy of placement on the Blue Note label! This album's a stunner if you only know Sunaga's ... 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
A double CD set of timeless, soulful house from Chicago legend Glenn Underground – who is as deft as ever at laying down diverse sounds that blend cosmic keys and earthy production, jazzy rhythms and soulful beats, and occasional dreamy vocals. It's a mix of recent grooves and remixed ... 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
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
The mighty DJ Spinna has a way of making already-great music sound even greater – by using just the right sort of soulful touch to augment subtle elements in the original tunes that might have otherwise gone overlooked – to unlock a richer, more righteous energy that really serves the ... read moreCD
An expanded collection that takes off from a run of very limited 12" singles issued under the same name – a series that was limited to 300 copies of each disc, and which featured special etchings on the other side of the vinyl! The etchings are gone here, but the music lives on in a ... read moreCD
A long-awaited follow up to one of our favorite compilations ever released by Tru Thoughts, and certainly one of the most straight-up fun – in which all stars from the label's roster of underground funk, soul and global groove eclecticists put their own spin on a great batch cover tunes! ... read moreCD