Here's one man who could single-handedly save the future of air travel – as he's got an approach to the industry that brings back all its best moments! This delightful set of tracks is a tribute to the sound of 70s air tra vel – and features tunes that combine current Japanese ... read moreCD
Pure genius from Kaidi Thatham – an artist who continues to grow wonderfully as the years go on – to a point where we no longer know if we should call him a club producer or a jazz musician! This album's a demonstration of equal parts of that genius – almost as if Ramsey Lewis ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The earliest work ever recorded by UK Hammond hero James Taylor as a leader – sides cut at a time when he was a key link between the British Mod and Acid Jazz scenes! The first half of the set is from the classic Mission Impossible – the group's first hard-hitting Hammond-driven album, ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Jimi Tenor looks shrunken in size on the cover, but that certainly hasn't happened to his music – which just seems bigger and more expansive on this wonderful release! The set's still very much in the spiritual jazz mode that Tenor's been touching for the past decade or so – but it ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Jimi Tenor looks shrunken in size on the cover, but that certainly hasn't happened to his music – which just seems bigger and more expansive on this wonderful release! The set's still very much in the spiritual jazz mode that Tenor's been touching for the past decade or so – but it ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent full length album from the up-and-coming Leron Thomas – an artist who both sings and plays trumpet, then adds in lots of compelling sounds to the mix alongside those two elements! The album may well be Leron's best work to date – and really focuses in on the best qualities ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Leron Thomas —
Take It ... LP On Point (France), 2014. Near Mint- ...
Totally wonderful work from Leron Thomas – an artist we're only discovering with this full length album, but one who we totally love already! Leron's got this hip style that's a mix of funky soul and darker, more sci fi-styled touches – some crispness on the beats, weird processing on ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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Leron Thomas with Bilal —
Role Play EP ... LP Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2015. Sealed ...
Bilal makes a great guest appearance here – adding an extra presence and depth to "Role Play" – a tune that's got this very unique sort of cascading bassline, and which is already nice enough with soulful vocals from Leron Thomas – but which really steps over the line ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Drunk ... CD Brainfeeder, 2017. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from one of the most compelling mainstream talents in recent years – an artist who can get wide fame and acclaim, yet keep on pushing the boundaries into fresh new cosmic territory! This album may well be Thundercat's masterpiece – not just a summation of all the ideas ... read moreCD
Ron Trent's an artist who just keeps on getting deeper and deeper over the years – already one of the most solid, soulful talents to emerge from the Chicago house scene – and really going for a global span with the sensibility of these two cuts! Make no mistake, the groove here is ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
An incredible tribute to the short-lived, but extremely influential Prescription label from Chicago – started by Ron Trent and Chez Damier in the mid 90s, as part of the second wave of house sounds from that city – music that was even more underground and farther-reaching than the first ... (Soul, New Grooves)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
Malcolm Catto is at the production helm for this sweet debut set from Vanishing Twin – and you can definitely hear his touches in the music – which is often funky and trippy at the same time! The group themselves have kind of a fuzz-frequency vibe that lies somewhere between late 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Louie Vega/Elements Of Life —
Eclipse ... CD Fania, 2013. Used 2 CDs ...
Louie Vega on Fania Records – a long-overdue match that really makes for some amazing sounds on this set! The pairing isn't that much of a surprise – given that Louie's done plenty to keep Latin music alive in the past few decades in the clubs – from his own Nuyorican Soul ... read moreCD
An incredible album from Moreno Veloso – the son of the famous Caetano, but an artist who's already very much his own man on this classic collaboration with the team of Kassin and Domenico! Moreno plays it cool on most of the record – singing in a spare setting that mixes acoustic ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
An incredible album from Moreno Veloso – the son of the famous Caetano, but an artist who's already very much his own man on this classic collaboration with the team of Kassin and Domenico! Moreno plays it cool on most of the record – singing in a spare setting that mixes acoustic ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vibration Black Finger —
Blackism ... LP Enid (UK), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)...
Incredibly hip work from drummer Lascelle Gordon – a set that really lives up to the compelling name of the group, with a sound that instantly brings together a righteous 70s generation with the current cosmic underground scene! The music is a mix of spiritual and electric jazz modes, but ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three great tracks from one of our favorite Patchworks projects! "African Music" has a song that lives up to its title, but also has the warmly clubby vibe that we love from Voilaaa – which almost makes the whole thing feel like a late 70s post-colonial track recorded in Paris ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic sounds from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – served up here in his Voilaaa project, which might well be our favorite of all his many musical enterprises! The groove brings together funky club with some slight touches of 70s Afro Funk – maybe not as much as you'd guess ... read moreCD
Voilaaa (Patchworks) —
Des Promesses ... LP Favorite (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Fantastic sounds from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – served up here in his Voilaaa project, which might well be our favorite of all his many musical enterprises! The groove brings together funky club with some slight touches of 70s Afro Funk – maybe not as much as you'd guess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the strongest full albums we've heard from Compost in a long time – the label debut of Wei Chi, a really cosmic batch of tunes that snaps and crackles with life! Most tracks have vocals by Merit Ostermann – sweetly sitting amidst some harder beats and keyboard bits – all ... 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
Early work by one of the most groundbreaking artists of the jazz-influenced production generation! Lots of folks talk about how much jazz there is in their work, but when you hear their drum n bass singles, you're kind of hard pressed to figure out what they mean. Not Bugge, though –as his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boo Williams Vs Glenn Underground —
Vs ... LP Maad, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Chicago house legends go head-to-head on the timeless set of mid 90s grooves! 8 great cuts on 4 sides – including "Motion Sickness", "Mayday Funk", "Cronic Groove", "Michael Myers", "Po-Ta Grized", "Bee W Bee", "Stopen ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to imagine Hannah Williams having any heartbreak with a voice this great – the kind of all-out soul style that grabs you right away with its power, and never lets you go! The set's the second from Hannah and her group, and it's got even more bite than the first – produced ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A new groove for Nicole Willis – a singe that has her hitting a sound that's more 80s groove than some of her deep soul and classic-styled work of the past! Jimi Tenor is still on board, as is Jonathan Maron – whose heavy basslines may well be the real star of the set – carving ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A solid mix of dancefloor-ready sounds and somewhate heavier synth atmosphere from Windbreaker –a solo project by Nick Read of Chicago electronic experimentalists Lazer Crystal! Windbreaker's got a pretty unique vibe that part neon-tinted dancefloor, part moodier, hypnotic allure – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sphere ... CD Epistroph (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
That's Thelonious Monk on the cover, getting an egg yolk removed from his head – and while that image may seem a bit sacrilegious, it's also a great way to portray the sound of this unusual Japanese group! Wonk have a sound that's begun in jazz, but quickly taken to much farther-out ... read moreCD
Adrian Younge Presents The Electronique Void —
Black Noise ... CD Linear Labs, 2016. Used ...
Adrian Younge is a man of many modes – soundtrack funk, to hip hop, to a great project with The Delfonics – and here, he opens up yet another side of his genius – to give us a set of tracks that feel as if they could have been lifted from some great early 80s electronic film score! ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
A very cool cut from sound library genius Piero Umiliani – served up here in both the original version, and a Gerardo Frisina rework! The original tune has this cool percolating electric vibe that really fits the title – percussion and electronics bubbling together beautifully! On the ... (Sound Library, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A sweetly soaring trumpeter, with a mighty nice groove – one that seems to make equal use of flowing lines on keyboards as well as it does his own lead sound – served up here in a mode that uses electric elements to make Sefi Zisling's acoustic trumpet really shine! The rhythms are ... read moreCD
The first installment in a series that we hope to hear from often in years to come – as it offers up new remixes of older African funk tracks from the 70s – but all in a way that crackles with the best contemporary energy of the London scene! Most of the material was issued in the ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If this is the sound of the future, then strap us into that time machine and start the countdown! A second volume of popping dub, skittering rhythms, crisp beats and sic-fi atmospherics from the top notch selectors at Soul Jazz, delivering yesterday's, today's and tomorrow's sounds right now in ... read moreCD
A sweet vinyl sampler EP from the excellent Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds collection – one that offers up three great tracks from the collection in new extended versions! The music echoes some of the best underground American club of the time – and all the instrumentation is nice and ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
From the early glory days of NY Acid Jazz, this is the 12th installment in DJ Smash's compilations for New Breed records, which more or less set the pace for Stateside jazzy-beat-driven club cuts. A few tracks on this volume veer closer to hip hop, with an early effort from both Peanut Butter Wolf ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modern tunes – but with a very classic groovy feel! Of all the Italian efforts to take an older lounge sound and update it for the modern dancefloor, the work of Nicola Conte and the Schema label has been some of the best. This 13 track set offers proof of Conte's genius – and offers ... read moreCD
A double-length collection of singles from the UK's mighty Freestyle label – kind of an offshoot of the Jazz Cafe scene in London, and easily one of the hippest imprints of the past few years! Freestyle's issued plenty of great full length albums, but they've put out way more singles – ... read moreCD
A cosmic compilation from our friends at Soul Jazz – featuring avant club funk, post dubstep and tripped out future house from Mala, Fourtet, VIVEK, Subversion and many more! Future Bass includes all new or unreleased exclusive tracks from these forward looking UK innovators, unpredictable ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
Future Soul galore – a great little compilation from the Freestyle label – all put together from a range of US and UK Neo Soul recordings, but with a definite ear for the more cosmic side of the spectrum! The artists here aren't trying merely to ape contemporary or classic soul – ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A sweet and well done club groove tribute to the great Arthur Russell – not only one of the most important figures in progressive dance music of the past few decades, but one of the best art pop composers, period, if you care what we think – featuring tracks by Yam Who?, Pocketknife, ... read moreCD
Good mellows, indeed – a wonderful set of tracks collected together by Toru Hashimoto – the same guy who gave us the legendary Free Soul and Cafe Apres Midi series from Japan – now stepping out in a whole new mode! This body of work explores the idea of "good mellows" ... read moreCD
A great mix of Cuban music and diversely danceable, percussive sounds from around the globe – on this excellent entry in the Brownswood label's and producer/tastemaker Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura series! It's amazing stuff, and about as seamless a blend of styles as can be, while still ... (Latin, New Grooves)read moreCD
The third volume in this wonderful series from Irma Records – and, like the rest, a great reminder of the way the label revived a classic jazz funk mode back in the 90s – at a time when few folks were willing to give it a try, and almost never got it this right! Saxophone is the lead ... read moreCD
DJ Muro's given us some fantastic collections and mixes over the years – mostly made of vintage work from the 70s, which he really seems to know better than most! Yet this time around, the music is contemporary – all from the Japanese scene, and all produced by Muro himself – but ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
The drums do plenty of talking here – in a wonderful set that looks at the return of deeper rhythms and percussion to the global house music underground! Just at a point when some pretenders were trying to claim too-strong influences from Cuba, Africa, and other deeper cultures – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy! This series never stops being great – and this 7th volume is a stunning set of mellow jazzy grooves, with kind of a slight 60s easy bent to them! The list of tracks is very nice, with many light lilting groovers – including a number with a good Brazilian feel to them. ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
Music from Mike Vandenberg, Purple, Tarrentella, Sasha & Darren Emerson, Virtuoso, Jark Prongo, Audiomontage, East West Connection, the Art of Noise, Hidden, Gintare, Marc O'Tool, Pariah, Tenth Planet & more. CD
A tribute both to the genius of Ennio Morricone – and to the five years of music created by the Cineploit label – served up in a style that's a wonderful combination of both worlds! The sound is more in the small combo mode that Cineploit gives us on its records – not the full ... (Soundtracks, New Grooves)read moreCD
An excellent overview of the ways in which the Japanese scene has really changed in recent years – moving past the straighter soul, house, and club jazz of a decade ago – into a range of creative styles that are completely their own! There's definitely a current of jazz that runs ... read moreCD
The Shapes series from Tru Thoughts takes off into space – in a wonderful blend of the label's groundbreaking funk, soul, and contemporary beat-heavy styles! As with other Shapes collections, there's a lot of material here that's getting physical release for the first time – some ... read moreCD
Cuts from the modern edge of the Soul Jazz Records blade – exclusive singles released by Soul Jazz in a fairly short stretch – and compiled here in this massive 2CD set for a great price! Soul Jazz might be best known for their unbeatable vintage reggae, dub and funk compilations, but ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
You know, here in Chicago, when we think of a Stepper's Delight, a whole other category of music comes to mind, but then you might say the same thing if you were in Kingston, too! In east and south London of course, the dark throb of dubstep is what delights steppers from the early dusk hours on ... read moreCD
Darkly thumping, deeply floorshaking beats, heavy bass grooves and all around sinister dubstep dancefloor from Soul Jazz – Volume 2 in the Steppa's Delight series featuring cuts from Gemmy, Shed, King Midas Sound, Kutz, James Blake and many more! Steppa's Delight 2 is a mix of killer ... read moreCD
A very unusual set of work – original vocal tracks pulled from classic soul and jazz songs – all set to new bossa nova rhythms done especially for the project! Sony Records gave Studio Rio free access to its vaults – and the team was able to pull off original vocals, then rework ... read moreCD
Magic pop from the Japanese scene – a sweet collection of mid 90s numbers with a wonderfully playful approach! The set contains some of our favorite tunes from this rich era of Japanese grooves – loads of great numbers that draw heavily on 60s mod, soundtrack, and bossa themes – ... read moreCD
Tremendous grooves from the earliest (and best) years of the acid jazz scene – all recorded at a time when London was exploding with sounds from the 60s and 70s, and turning out some of the hippest music on the planet! Although the term "acid jazz" was soon mishandled and mis-manage ... read moreCD