Abri & The Dreamfleet —
We Fly ... LP Desmo, 2017. New Copy ...
Abri is Hamdan Al Abri – the former singer of the excellent Dubai soul group Abri – getting back into his own groove here, at the forefront of a tight little trio! The instrumentation is heavy on warm keyboards and understated beats – often moving with a mellow rhythm that really ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
An album that bills itself as a cross between Afro Funk and Japanese traditional music – but a set that also comes up with some nice contemporary soul currents as well! The instrumentation is definitely funky – with lots of driving percussion, often of Japanese origin, but used in the ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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!)
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 mighty soulful combo from the Paris scene – and one who aren't afraid to pick up a bit of global influence too! The core sound of the group comes from wonderful Fender Rhodes, guitar, and some occasional saxes – over rhythms that are funky in a variety of ways – but more soul-in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
All hail Moog Maximus – that mighty instrument that first got going back in the 60s, handled here by Nasser Bouzida, aka Bongolian – in a mad mix of funky instrumentals! The moog's not the only thing going on here, as Bongolian brings in lots of other groovy elements too – a bit ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really beautiful stuff from this very cool group – music that seems to resonate in a special space between 70s AOR and underground pop of the following decade – touched by some jazz aspects in the instrumentation, and delivered with a vibe that's as as poetic as the title! The core ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Incredible work from Nicola Conte – Schema records maestro making his Blue Note debut with this set – and giving the label one of their best new albums of the 21st Century! The record's quite different than Nicola's programmed dancefloor work for Schema – and is much more of an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very unique package, too – like getting 2 classic Blue Note albums together at once!)
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.)
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Dego and Kaidi Tatham – a duo we've been loving since their post-4Hero work as Silhouette Brown – a team who've only gotten better and better as the years go on! There's a soaring vision here that's way more than club – even though there's some clubbier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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!)
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
Forro In The Dark sound better here than ever before – working with producer Kassin, on a set of tracks recorded both in Brooklyn and in Rio – with a vibe that's maybe more faithful to their Brazilian inspiration than any of their previous records! The core trio handle a fantastic ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The classic sound of Funkadelic, reworked by a key selection of contemporary talents from the Detroit scene – but never in a way that wrecks the originals at all! Unlike other remix projects, which might break up the music to a point that you can hardly recognize the original grooves – ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet instrumentals from the Jardin album by Gabriel Garzon-Montano – a set that, obviously, features no vocals from the singer – but which does include all the soulfully slinky grooves that made the main record so great! Beats are laidback, but crispy – and the instrumentation ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heady sounds from Gaslamp Killer – tunes that are as fuzzy as they are funky – which might be something that we'd say about the man himself! As with other productions, there's definitely a focus on the low end and lo-fi here – but never as a lack of anything, or as a mistake ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2nd edition – includes download.)
Gato Preto —
Tempo ... LP Unique (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
A mix of beats and bass, electro and African percussion and rhythms from duo Gato Treto – producer and beatmaker Lee Bass and vocalist Gato Misteriosa – delivering a seamless set of Afro-futurist dancefloor club grooves and tough, yet seductive vocals! Gato Preto claim Mozimbique, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that the LP sleeve has a slight split seam.)
The title of the record may sound a bit scientific, but the music within has a very human appeal – sweet funky rhythms forged by the team of DJ Rocca and Stefano Ghittoni – the latter of whom you might know from previous productions with The Dining Rooms! The sound here is maybe an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The all good instrumentals to Sour Soul – their cinematic hip hop collaboration between Ghostface Killah and the excellent Toronto jazz funk ensemble Badbadnotgood – and as much as we dug Ghostface's funk band backed efforts of the previous couple years, Sour Soul might be best of 'em! ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the best work so far from one of the hippest beatmaking collectives on the European scene – on a record that definitely has some of the righteous power you'd guess from the title! As before, the approach is rooted in hip hop, but also has a lot more going on too – lots of musical ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record from Gaby Hernandez – a singer we've loved for previous collaborations with Build An Ark and Life Force Trio – but who really knocks it out of the park with this double-length set! The presentation is a bit unusual – in that the entire album is presented with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a sound to match its evocative title – maybe the most heady work to date from Hidden Orchestra – and that's saying a lot, given the depth of their other releases! These guys definitely take the "orchestra" in their name seriously – and while the lineup is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is indie store exclusive – includes download!)
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
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 heady set of grooves from Kon – part of the Kon & Amir team you'll know from the famous series of compilations and mix tapes (both On and Off Track!) – stepping out here as a fantastically strong lead artist of his own, with help from a few key guests as well! The set's both a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A contemporary record, but one that's got a very vintage vibe – served up by a young Italian combo whose style hearkens back to the grooviest styles of the 60s! Most of the tunes are romping, jerking, and jumping – that mod 60s blend of soul, rock, and jazz elements that flourished ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
La Dame Blanche —
2 ... LP Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
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
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
The record that put the Bristol sound of the era on the map – and pretty much delivered the opening salvo for the coming trip hop movement! Heady instrumental hip hop clashes with dub and new school soul on this seminal set, one that really existed outside of most early 90s trends, even if it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heavier, darker prime era set from Massive Attack – and rightly remembered as a classic! The grooves are still really strong, but the trip hop pioneers are delving more deeply into a bass heavy dub trip with a deep, rumbling bottom running throughout the tracks and some distorted guitar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Meridian Brothers have been making music for quite a few years now – and with each new release, they seem to open up another fresh corner of southern hemisphere sounds, and continue to find a way to weave them together into something quite fresh and unique! Few other folks could navigate ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... LP 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Voyager ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
If you like Fender Rhodes, you'll find plenty to love here – as Moonchild is just the duo of singer Amber Navran and keyboardist Andris Mattson – whose warm lines here are a perfect accompaniment to the vocals! There's a warm, organic vibe here that's maybe a bit different than some of ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard not to love a band named after the oft-sampled jazz funk masterpiece by Bob James, but Japanese trio Nautilus brings the goods on their own terms! A core trio of bassist Shigeki Umezawa, keyboardist Daisuke Takeuchi and drummer Toshiyuki Sasaki, they put a really great timeless spin on ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic mix of beats and atmospheric instrumentation – at a level that's maybe a lot more like some of the best of the post-classical underground than it is the earlier generation of downtempo! Nosaj Thing has always had a richer, more complex approach to his music than some of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the boldest statements we've heard from the Detroit underground in years – and a great reminder that the city's legendary club sound is still alive and well – if you know where to look! Terrence Parker serves up a set that makes the Planet E label very proud – and which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from Detroit future house genius Theo Parrish! Parallel Dimensions couldn't be a more appropriate title for the set – as Parrish takes the languorous, hypnotic elements learned from years in the Detroit house scene and blends those loops and beats with a rich tapestry of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure, simple genius from Max Richter – the kind of understated brilliance that always makes his music so compelling! The album's got this beautiful balance between melody and noise, acoustic and electronic – sounds that mostly come from Richter's hands, but which are augmented here and ... (Classical, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might know him from his production and remix work for the clubs – but here, Henrik Schwarz shows off a completely different side of his talents – his ear for beautifully personal, sensitive acoustic piano performance! As with Bugge Wesseltoft, another artist who started with beats, ... (Classical, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album of Brazilian funk, and one that's got a great contemporary twist, too – given that the whole thing is a collaboration between singer Joao Selva and Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! Patchworks handles most of the instrumentation here – apart from some percussion ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Absract ambient instrumentals from Dublin's The Smoke Clears. Includes "Fathoms", "Where You Go I Go", "The Goose And The Moon", "Heaven Sent", "Slipstream", "Oh My Days" feat Cian Finn, "In Time" and "September". (Hip Hop, New Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
The second Soul Session is every bit as great as the first – a wonderful blend of contemporary rhythms and crackling vocals – served up by producer Ralph Keifer, with help from guests who include Georgia Anne Muldrow, Anaj, Tokunbo, Omar, and Fatma Tazegul! Rhythms are relatively spare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet electro funk from Danny Spence – a set of instrumentals that draw from an 80s mode, but deliver the sounds in a very contemporary style – especially the way they splash together the rhythms and basslines at the bottom end of the sonic spectrum! The tunes are simple and unadorned, ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's as stark as its cover – a very cool collaboration from LA beatmaker GB (Gifted & Blessed) and British singer Yeofi Andoh – done in a style that may well be opening up whole new frontiers for underground cosmic soul! The record's got a nicely rough vibe – songs ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
S-Tone Inc —
Onda ... LP Schema (Italy), 2017. New Copy ...
A beautifully collaborative project from S-Tone – aka Stefano Tirone – done in a way that makes his already warm grooves sound even better than usual! The album's got a blend of modern production and older Brazilian music references – not the more mainstream bossa remix style, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Twit One —
Hay Luv ... LP Melting Pot (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Largely instrumental jazzy and soulful hip hop from Cologne's Twit One! There's a lot of lively instrumentation at play on TO's work, floating over the headnodding beatcraft that keeps it comfortably in a timeless hip hop mode. We really love the way piano and keys are layered in, but there's lots ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Vibration Black Finger —
Guadi EP ... LP Enid (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
The third release from this groundbreaking musical collective – and maybe their most compelling so far! As before, there's a fantastic melange taking place – elements of spiritual jazz, soulful funk, and lots more – but this time around, the sound is even more offbeat – ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Spacey, yet pretty rousing, almost anthemic hip hop soul instrumentals from Zach Witness – a batch originally put together as a birthday gift to friend and collaborator Andre 3000 (hence the title), and really indicative of the kind of soaring electro funky vibe of that side of Outkast ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A dozen volumes in – and this wonderful series is still going strong – an incredibly solid, incredibly trustworthy collection of all that's great in the global underground! Gilles Peterson has been opening up our ears for decades, and he's never let us down – and, as before, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of 21st Century disco tunes – all material that seems to draw strongly from the styles of the glory days of the dancefloor, but still pepper the music with a few contemporary touches too! The work is great – usually no-nonsense and stripped-down, without any of the too-comme ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Call it neo-classical, post-classical, or whatever you want – there's been a heck of a lot of new sounds and styles happening in the world of "serious" music – recordings that include both newly experimental work from artists who'd previously played in a more conventional mode ... (Classical, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Diverse, soulful, hard grooving drum and bass and straight up killer club tracks – compiled by 4Hero & DJ Marky – very well chosen to show the deep and diverse influences that lead the club sounds from the 90s onward! 4Hero play more of the 90s waves of the sounds, while DJ Marky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mad Mats is not only digging beyond the crates here, he's also digging beyond any conventional expectations you might have – as the set's got a unique vibe that may well make it one of the most compelling BBE compilations in years! The music is from the late 60s through the present – ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album