Acid Man ... LP House Nation Trax (Canada), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
Neo classic house from Acidone – a Toronto figure with deep love for classic house and the acid house you'd expect from his moniker and the album title – and really delivers a double platter of solid grooves here! Includes "Go Jack!", "Just House (No Acid In Da ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Previously unreleased jams circa the late 80s from Adonis feat Daryl Pandy! Classic level dancefloor grooves from the period, with crazy extroverted, unstoppable vocals in the mix with the propellant beats, bass and synth. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Timeless psychedelic dancefloor grooves from Berlin-based quintet Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers! Liquid Love has a pretty unique sound, blending danceable soul jazz and Afro Funk-inspired rhythms & winds with vintage organs & synths – making for a cool mix of moods! It's playful ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair or hazy, abstract records by Ahnnu – World Music and Perception – in 2LP package from the adventurous Leaving label! World Music is a previously cassette-only set with remixes by Matthewdavid, Andrew Pekler, Nerftoss, Fumitake Tamura (aka Bun), and EMV. Perception is a loosely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's lots of weird tones and textures taking place here – a mix of organic elements with an electronic vibe – all in a way that maybe puts the music somewhere in the territory of some of the 4th World Possible Musics projects from EG Records years ago! Electronics bubble along with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Allenko Afro Funk series keeps on grooving hard! "Allen Fresh" is a really great number with a heavy Tony Allen groove – lots of snapping drum work, a slow building sound, and a bit of spaciness that keeps the cut interesting, and which adds a bit of a psychedelic finish! ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The last single in the epic series of Allenko Brotherhood releases from Comet – featuring two wonderful sides that are very much in keeping with the series' best work! "Brotherhood" pits Tony Allen against the Cinematic Orchestra – who weave a wash of sound around Tony's ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Loads of great electro sounds here – bassy keyboards, splashy beats, and some cool moogy moments – all wrapped up in the kind of heavy funk we've always loved from Shawn Lee! This cool collaboration with AM furthers the pair's step into the best sounds of the 80s – modes that ... read moreCD
Richard D James has lost none of his touch over the years – still as stark and ear-grabbing as he was when we heard the first Aphex Twin release – at a level that really lives up to all the faith we've had in his music over the years! This EP is bubbling over with blips, beats, and ... read moreCD
Assemblage 23 —
META ... CD Metropolis, 2007. Used ...
A really fantastic album that's way better than any other tribute record we've ever heard – even though the whole thing's a tribute to the legendary William Onyeabor! Yet rather than slavishly copying Onyeabor's music, the group here take off in so many new directions – many of them ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition vinyl only pressing – in a fold-out poster cover!)
A wonderful collection of work that features from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – an artist you might know from his music on a variety of projects from spiritual jazz maestro Carlos Nino – and one who continues that collaborative spirit here with a surprising range of different artists! ... read moreCD
Recent recording by this classic 70s funk band that updates their style to more of a modern soul sound, with good acoustic backing, and a number of tracks with soulful vocals. The album's not an over-the-top funk excursion, like some of their other records, but it is a good reminder of what a good ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
III ... LP Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
IV ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2016. Used ...
Badbadnotgood have always been pretty damn great, actually – and never better than on album IV – a remarkable step forward for the group! As ever, they take inspiration from some of the best prog, jazz, funk (and proggy jazz funk...they blend) of the 70s and beyond, but weave it into ... read moreCD
Badbadnotgood have always been pretty damn great, actually – and never better than on album IV – a remarkable step forward for the group! As ever, they take inspiration from some of the best prog, jazz, funk (and proggy jazz funk...they blend) of the 70s and beyond, but weave it into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masterful jazz-funk-hip hop hybridizers Badbadnotgood nail it once again– on an incredibly cool 12" remix of their stellar IV album standout "Lavender" – with a remix & additional verse by hip hop eternal force Snoop Dogg! The killer original is here, with that thick, ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Mindblowing work from the early years of Schema Records – a set that really helped set a whole new tone for a generation – and which still sounds wonderful all these many hears later! Balanco work up a perfect blend of bossa rhythms and soulful jazz – all wrapped up with the kind ... read moreCD
More ... CD Schema/Fez (Italy), 1999. Used ...
Incredible! Although the first album by Balanco had a definite Italian bossa sound (which was very popular in their acid jazz scene a few years ago), this great second album by the group breaks into whole new territory – like French and Italian soundtrack grooves, particularly in the vein of ... read moreCD
It's been many years since Daz I Kue first rocked our world with his grooves in Bugz In The Attic – and since that time, he's only gotten stronger and more soulful as a solo act – to the point where a new project like this almost blows away some of his previous work! As you might guess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beady Belle's not really on her own here – just working away from her regular group, with an all-star batch of musicians that includes Bugge Wesseltoft on piano and Fender Rhodes, and the mighty Joshua Redman on tenor sax! The album's got even more of a jazz core than some of the other Beady ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key step in the path from The Housemartins to Fatboy Slim – Norman Cook's first big dancefloor excursion, and a super-big hit that sounds surprisingly nice these days! (Soul, New Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
Very cool sounds from the duo of Bei Bei and Shawn Lee – and a set we love even more than their previous collaboration! The sound here is very spare, but in the best sort of way – as it allows for plenty of focus on the exotic harp sounds provided by Bei Bei, which are then set to ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Benny Sings —
Studio ... CD Jakarta (Germany), 2015. Used ...
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Sweet little US single, featuring one of the best George Benson tunes since the 70s! The cut's a Latinized version of Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto", pumped up nicely by Masters At Work, and featuring some strong keyboards from Joe Sample! (Soul, New Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
Funky jamband grooves from Yugoslavia! The Menson Benson Sextet is a group headed up by tenorist Dusan Petrovic – also in the related group Coxless Pair – and the oddly-named four piece lineup features searing solos by Petrovic, plus work on bass, drums, and turntables, which adds some ... read moreCD
A beautiful groove from Mario Biondi – made even better here by a sweet clubby remix from LTJ Xperience! The core cut has a warmly jazzy vibe, and begins with a trumpet solo from Fabrizio Bosso that's stretched out over a disco groove – almost with a vibe that's like some of the club ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from Blaze – one of their most soulful records in years! In a way, the album's a return to the group's roots in the New Jersey garage scene of the late 80s – a smooth blend of styles that has the feel of an instant classic club record – pumping forth majestically ... read moreCD
Another really strong effort from Blockhead – one that follows his equally good Music By Cavelight! It's feels like a tribute to NYC, in an atmospheric way, full of crackly melodies, terse moments, and compelling soundtracky hip hop beat craft. Tracks include "Expiration Date", ... read moreCD
Break Reform —
Fractures ... LP Abstract Blue (UK), 2003. Near Mint- 2LP ...
One of the best new downtempo acts we've heard in years – a British outfit with a really solid sense of soul and jazz, one that pushes way past simple studio tricks and production flourishes! Most of the tracks on this set have great female vocals – sweetly drifting amidst the slow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laidback and jazzy wonderfulness – a full album's worth of rare tracks and remixes from the mighty Break Reform! The album pushes the group's already-great groove with a perfect smattering of extra touches – taking their cool breezy keyboards and spacey beats, and working them into a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thomas Brinkmann —
Klick ... CD Maxernst (Germany), 2000. Used ...
Calibro 35 have always had a soundtrack style to their music – but here, they seem to hit an even trippier, spacier version of the mode – playing an all-live, all-instrumental set that's bubbling over with loads of wonderful elements! Some tracks are still as funky as before, but ... read moreCD
Calibro 35 have always had a soundtrack style to their music – but here, they seem to hit an even trippier, spacier version of the mode – playing an all-live, all-instrumental set that's bubbling over with loads of wonderful elements! Some tracks are still as funky as before, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Razor-sharp horns from this up-and-coming Japanese club jazz combo – a group who are supposedly equally tight on the stage as well! Calmera start out in the hard-driving version of jazz that you'll know from earlier Japanese combos like Soil & Pimp Sessions and Quasimode – but they ... read moreCD
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Nicola Conte Presents Stefania Dipierro —
Natural ... CD Far Out (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Nicola Conte's working here with a great new singer – the lovely Stefania Dipierro, who brings in just the right sort of Brazilian vibe to fit the record's placement on the Far Out label! The style here is maybe a bit more Brazilian than some of Nicola's music on the Schema imprint – ... read moreCD
Maybe a more jagged cut than you'd expect from Ivan Conti – but that's also because IG Culture changes things up nicely on his mix – complicating the rhythms, which are already quite complex! That approach follows on the flipside – where the mixes also take Conti a long way from ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
This "ensemble" is really just one guy – Charif Megarbane, who recorded the whole album in Kenya – working together a fantastic array of sounds on drums, percussion, guitar, Fender Rhodes, Farfisa, flute, vibes, oud, and a number of other instruments too – all with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 300! Comes with a bonus poster, too.)
A jazzy instrumental with a very classic vibe – served up with some especially nice keyboard work from Florian Pellissier – who you might know from records issued under his own name! "Inside Outside" owes a fair bit to 70s funky jazz for inspiration – but it's also got ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Daft Punk have always worn their love of pop, disco, electro, soul and fusion pretty proudly on their robot sleeves – and bless 'em, they're paying more earnest tribute than ever before on Random Access Memories – featuring homages to and collaborations with Chic guitarist/pop soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl. Includes code for digital download.)
A double dose of rare vintage late 70s funky dancefloor monsters by Marc Davis – going deep into the world of rare groove! "Free Blow" takes up the full A-Side and "Straight Forward (Non Stop) rolls non-stop on the other side – one a re-worked Italo disco jam the other a ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Red colored vinyl – numbered limited edition of just 200 copies!)
A deep trip through the legendary Blue Note catalog – one that's headed up by keyboardist Mark De Clive-Lowe, who adds in plenty of his own music to the album too! Unlike other projects of this nature, which maybe push the original songs a bit more strongly, Mark really works his own magic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jaw-dropper of a record from Mark De Clive-Lowe – much more of a jazz album than anything he's ever done before – and a set that's recorded live, too – which is also more of a change! The style here is wonderful – with Mark handling piano, keyboards, and some live effects ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful bossa from Rosalia De Souza – and a set that's got a sweet little difference from some of her earlier Schema albums! This time around, the sound is warmly acoustic throughout – very jazz-based, and wrapped around Rosalia's vocals wonderfully – sometimes with a groove ... read moreCD
There's never been a better bit of throwback dancefloor fodder ever! Sure, these guys were blaring out of every cheap radio at the time, and it was just about impossible to walk into a shopping mall without hearing "Groove Is In The Heart" for about 5 years after the album came out ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Maybe the hippest album we've ever heard from The Dining Rooms – something we probably could have guessed from their evocation of Sun Ra in the title! And while that title seems a bit obtuse – maybe even a joke – the music here is right on the money, and some of the most serious, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We love the music of DJ Cam – as he's one of the few French talents from the 90s who didn't try to just copy the modes of American hip hop – and instead, took it into a fresh funk field of his own! As you'll hear on these tracks, Cam is definitely inspired by hip hop – but over ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy beats and funky grooves from DJ Cam – recorded back in his more formative years, when his sound was rougher, and more "in the crates"! The album's got a great mix of open-ended samples and jazzy instrumentation – sounding almost like early Greyboy work, but without as ... read moreCD
These guys have come a long way since their early series of jazz break tracks issued nearly a decade ago – to a style in which they blend together strands of soundtrack themes, older jazz, downtempo beats, and a heck of a lot more that's bubbling under the mix! This set features snippets of ... read moreCD
A great mix album where Krush revisits his classic tracks from the Mo Wax years in a non stop set that also features short vocal cameos from MCs, producers and graff writers like Stash, Futura 2000, Finsta Bundy, DJ Cam and Shawn J Period, and some nice turntable antics from Krush himself. ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo —
Ki-Oku ... CD Instinct, 1998. Used ...
While most collaborations between hip hop producers and jazz players have been mediocre at best, neither really being able to get invloved enough in each other's music, this collaboration between Kondo and Krush is almost entirely successful. Kondo's played in just about every style from all out ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
It seems like when this came out, critics, promoters, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 00s pressing, including the printed inner sleeves.)
Does any hip hop DJ/producer/artist or otherwise instrumental sound stylist of any stripe face steeper critical expectations with each successive album than DJ Shadow, and if so, do any of them divert those expectations so profoundly as Shadow does? On The Less You Know, The Better, Josh Davis ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
A great EP from the always inspired, never predictable DJ Shadow! He gets assists from top notch MCs both legendary and contemporary in Nas and Danny Brown – plus modern legend film score composer Steven Price on a track – showing a pretty incredible stylistic reach on this tight, but ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – and for an EXTREMELY limited time, a free lapel pin!)
DJ Shadow at his most stylistically sprawling –doing his thing as distinctively as ever, unpredictable from one track to the next, but very much himself whether it's a sample and scratches cut reminiscent of the Entroducing era or beats-enriched avant jazz or keyboards-heavy tracks! Lots of ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
DJ Spooky, Twilight Circus and Alter Echo mix it for the Riddim Clash set – billed, more or less, as a dub album but works more directly as a dense mixture of hip hop and post rock! Reggae elements creep in, particularly on the album's namesake track with some loosely driving congas, flute ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Pumped up modern underground house from Boris Dlugosh and Mousse T. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)
Joao Donato & Donatinho —
Sintetizamor ... LP Polysom (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from the legendary Joao Donato – not the bossa jazz of his roots, but instead a fresh new groove created with his son Donatinho! The music is heavy on keyboards, and definitely has the 80s vibe promised by the cover – with the younger ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius from the mind of Kool Keith aka Big Willie Smith aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon – with some of the greatest production ever by Dan The Automator and scratch work by DJ Q-Bert – a serious creative peak for all parties, and up there in the all time greatest hip hop full lengths of ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful limited edition box set pressing from Get On Down – with the classic LP and remixes on a 3LP hexagon shaped box – plus 40 page booklet with notes by Brian Coleman!)
Soulful grooves by Atlanta scene dream team Edgewood Agents and all star guests – with songs steeped in jazzy soul and some breezy Brazil influences – on one of the finer compilations of contemporary tunes we've heard in a couple years! The Edgewood Agents themselves are the trio of ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Torun Eriksen just seems to get better and better as the years go on – a singer/songwriter who should be really hitting international fame with records like this – and not just stuck in the farther reaches of the Scandinavian scene! Ericksen's got a warmly flowing sense of soul to her ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique record from Peven Everett – very different than most of his other work, but equally great! The "My Brazil" reference in the title hints at the style of the work – a bossa-inspired session that has Peven singing gently and soulfully, with mostly just acoustic ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)
Excellent work from Peven Everett – another one of his home-made underground soul CDs, issued by Peven himself as a big "F#$% You" to the major labels that have screwed around with him in the past! The CD is a brilliant mix of soul, jazz, house, and touches of Afro-centric rhythms ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)
Very groovy little album by this current Japanese group that has a cool retro sound that's peppered with influences from French pop, bossa nova, and other sources – filtered through a modern production angle that gives the music a bit of an electronica twist. Before you say "Wait, not ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic cut from the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – given an even more fantastic disco vibe here by Al Kent! The tune begins with lots of great percussion – almost congas like Candido on Salsoul – as strings rise up, the rhythms get deeper, and the whole thing takes off to ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the best modern club records we've heard in years! Faze Action have a similar sound to (and a few players from) the Soul Ascendents project on Nuphonic – one that mixes roots of older melodies and rhythms into a killer blend of modern house and groove that's both totally compelling ... read moreCD
Amp Fiddler's got his hands on some motor city booty – and the result is one of his greatest records in years – a funky little album that mixes up his 21st Century Detroit groove with some older soundtrack styles and blacksploitation modes! The titles of the tunes give a good idea of ... read moreCD