Clubby single from the first LP, pumped up a bit by Danny Tenaglia, who was the hot remixer at that time for commercial house tracks. The Fingertips dub actually has a nice open feel, while the Earthbeats have a bit of Latin vibe, and as you know, the LP version is JK's best attempt at living in ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Javelin's move to Luaka Bop hasn't tempered their adventurousness one bit – if anything it's enhanced on No Mas – sample pastiche pop at it's sweetest, as far as we're concerned! There's a playful catchiness here that cuts pretty deep here, on an album full of mostly shorter tunes, ... read moreCD
Jazzanova are maybe best remembered for their early Compost Records releases from the German scene – tracks that really helped reintroduce jazz and Brazilian modes to the contemporary dancefloors back in the 90s! In the years since those now-classic releases, Jazzanova have moved more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
BB1 ... CD Pony Canyon (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
The first music we've heard in quite awhile from Jazztronik – and a set that has them sounding even more funk-oriented than before! We've always loved the creations of leader Ryota Nozaki – even his mellower moments – but this time around, he really steps into new territory by ... read moreCD
Warm Cali folk and acoustic pop songcraft blended quite harmoniously with subtle electonics from Jed & Lucia – the duo's debut for Ubiquity! We wouldn't blame you of experience a bit of a chill at the thought of "folktronica" – but Jed & Lucia get it right – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Timeless club grooves from Jehan on Chicago's young, and to date perfectly reliable Star Creature label! "Change The Way" kicks of the EP with lightly thumping, though compelling beats, spacey soul keys, chimes and guitar, and nice use of vocal samples. "Minute Papillon" is a ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A classic bit of funk from the Italian scene of the 90s – and a record that first gave the world a taste of all the great sounds to come! At the time of this release, Italy was mostly known for its club and house tracks – yet some of the hipper musicians on the scene had also been ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great 2CD package – featuring Greetje's rare original album on one disc, plus some very groovy remixes on the other! The core set is a sweet bit of jazziness from the Netherlands – an obscure mid 70s set by singer Greetje Kauffeld, with some very hip arrangements by Rob Pronk and ... (Vocalists, New Grooves)read moreCD
(NOTE – There is a tiny 1 second digital pop on the track "Morenal" that is a mastering mistake.)
The deepest record we've heard so far from London's Sean Khan – and that's saying a lot, as we really loved his previous albums! Sean got his start on the broken beat scene a number of years back, and has slowly been evolving into more of a jazz-based artist – which he hits ... read moreCD
A lofty batch of modern pop soul from Ruth Koleva – a Bulgarian singer with the soaring voice and the kind of universally appealing approach that ought to make her a worldwide star! The production is breezily modern, with crisp beats and spacey keys, built for the kind of beaming, yet ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Kondi Band —
Salone ... LP Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
Very cool sounds from a wonderful pairing of sources – the ancient African thumb piano and contemporary funky production – at a level that's almost a 21st Century update of the American 70s kalimba experiments by Phil Cohran and Earth Wind & Fire! There's moments here that ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Contemporary work from Uku Kuut – but grooves that have the same great feel as some of his rare material from the 80s! Most of us folks first discovered Uku's work on PPU's excellent compilation of his home studio recordings from years back – and it's great to see that he's still going ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Kyoto Jazz Sextet —
Unity ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
The Kyoto Jazz sound just keeps on getting better and better – from the time 20 years back, when it was a visionary club movement spearheaded by Shuya Okino – to the point now where it's focused into a core jazz combo that brings beautiful new life to Okino's music! The group are a ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
"Closer" is a fantastic groove – wickedly jazzy, and filled with lots of Fender Rhodes and strings – soaring to the skies on a slightly broken rhythm that almost recalls the best London work of a decade before! Yet there's also a stronger soul vibe here too – thanks to ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A fantastic debut from the James L'Estraunge Orchestra – a studio combo, but one who come together with this amazing mix of groove and sophisticated arrangements! The project is the brainchild of Ricky Reid – who you might know in his work with The Soul Renegades – and there's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
La Dame Blanche —
2 ... LP Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A strong album from Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, aka La Dame Blanche – a Cuban-born, Paris-based singer, MC, flautist and percussionist – in set that mixes modern hip hop, cumbia, and dancehall-inspired urban production! The modern sound is pretty great, and her voice is really wonderful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lean, crisp and bouncing EP of future funky synth grooves – rooted in 80s boogie soul influences, and a surefire dancefloor today! Mr Crime/Late Night Science go above and beyond the call of duty, giving a much richer sound than some of the minimalist 80s style groovers out there, bring in ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
There's a suitcase on the cover, and that's a good tipoff to the sound of this one – a globe's worth of funky grooves – all courtesy of maestro Shawn Lee! The album really takes off from Lee's previous projects – and the tunes here borrow heavily from a world of different music ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Fantastic material from a group we haven't heard from in years! You might know Les Hommes best from their early work on Schema Records – some killer albums from the start of this century, which firmly established these guys as one of the grooviest groups around! And while it's been years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tita Lima —
11:11 ... CD Kajmere/Belu Music, 2006. Used ...
Brazilian beats and a bit of bossa – all topped by vocals from the lovely Tita Lima! The set's got a sound that's quite different from other recent Brazilian-flavored work – in that Tita's often singing with a slightly spacey production style – one that takes the already airy ... read moreCD
Diplo & Switch's full length debut as Major Lazer – a heady, thumping set that's steeped in dancehall and pulsating club sounds, often with clean, laser guided sound bits searing through – with appearances by Mr Lex & Santigold, Mr Vegas & Jovi Rockwell, Jah Dan, Future ... read moreCD
The title track of Sabrina Malheiros' great album – served up here in a trio of stellar remixes! Henry Wu really stretches out "Clareia" – letting it build at the beginning as he loops the vocals, then throws some heavy beats into the bottom with a very kicking vibe! The ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Warmly-crafted work from this enigmatic ensemble – sounds that lie somewhere between the sonic textures of mid 70s ECM Records, and some of the more spiritual efforts of the time! The music is jazz, but often has a more abstract melodic progression – with core acoustic elements on ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Heavy sounds from this deep funk supergroup – a killer sextet that features Alan Evans of Soulive on drums, Eddie Roberts of New Mastersounds on guitar, as well as members of Pimps Of Joytime and Orgone! The group sports two female singers – Kim Dawson and Adryon De Leon – both ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bold slice of work from the Daptone musical universe – a hip project that features work from members of The Dap Kings, El Michels Affair, Budos Band, and Antibalas – all put together with a range of sounds that really show the full spectrum of their styles! The groove's quite unique ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Really great remixes from Monday Michiru's Nexus album – tracks that make some really great magic with the originals! Monday's selected a great array of talents for this project, and the music really takes off from the sound of Nexus – often into territory that's even more cosmic and ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A wonderful portrait of Monday Michiru – one of our favorite singers of the past 20 years – equally well-versed in jazz, soul, and Brazilian modes – all of which come together on this collection of very well-chosen and overlooked tracks! The special 2CD package brings together ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... CD Artist Share, 2006. New Copy ...
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The first full album by Miguel Migs – the soulful DJ who's the number one force behind the Naked Music sound! The album's right up there with Miguel's previous collections, remixes, and production work – a smooth, sensuous approach to the groove – steeped in soulful traditions, ... read moreCD
A nice mix of non-stop dancefloor and genuine bit of soul! "Do You Want Me" kicks off with keys and vocals before the beats come in, and works well is kind of tripped out soul tune before the clubbier vibes take full sail. Dual purpose grooves! "The DJ Knows What I Like" tells ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
It's been quite a while since we've heard from Shinichi Osawa as Mondo Grosso, but the project is still very much in fine formation – providing us with that mix of clubby grooves and mellower moments that made the early Japanese albums so compelling! As before, there's a few different ... read moreCD
It's been quite a long time since we last heard from Mondo Grosso – the Japanese project from Shinichi Osawa whose work was part of the same great wave of 90s Tokyo soul we loved from artists like Mondo Grosso, Kyoto Jazz Massive, and Monday Michiru! Yet, despite the passage of time, and a ... read moreCD
The Moonfires better keep it rolling, given that they're being chased by a giant ape on the cover – but with the mighty Alex Puddu on guitar, they can't help but take off and soar! The album's got that great commitment to classic cinematic funk styles that we've always loved in Puddu's music ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Global jazz funk and deep dancefloor grooves collide on this solid little EP by Jamal Moss with Allonymous & The Hamatic Building Society – fusing electronic club soul with live instrumentation – with players that include the great Tony Allen, Jimmy Tenor and more! Includes the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A hugely expanded version of this stone London classic from Mother Earth – presented as a 2CD set with a huge amount of extra material! The core album is the kind of record that should have crossed over big at a global level, had more folks been paying attention to the Brit funk scene at the ... read moreCD
A nice bit of soulful house – plus a handful of solid alternate mixes – feels pretty blissful, actually! The original mix is sparely furnished in the best kind of way, with a compelling beat and soul steeped vocal. The Damp Velour + Intimacy mix moves a bit faster, but keeps the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record