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
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
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!)
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
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
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
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
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.)
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 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
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
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!)
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
A great small combo set from percussionist Gerardo Frisina – a set that feels as if it's got some programming in the rhythms, a bit like some of his earlier singles – but which also features a fair bit of live jazz instrumentation too! The album's got a sound that really fits the color ... 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.)
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 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 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!)
A great second album from one of the freshest groups around – a combo who are never content to just hang onto older Afro Funk modes – and instead create this really unique hybrid of electro elements in their grooves! The music mixes both live horns and some sweet keyboards and rhythm ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited blue vinyl pressing exclusive to indie retailers – only 200 copies pressed!)
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
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
Spiritual soulfulness from Low Leaf – a debut release on her own CreatorDIY label – really wonderful stuff with a really soaring vibe overall! Low Leaf herself plays harp, keys, synth, guitar, cello, sings and lays down the beats – with guests including similarly adventurous ... 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 ...
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
Producer, multi-instrumentalist and all around funky soul patriot Mr President, aka Patchworks delivers a solid full length for the Favorite label! Rave up instrumentals and vocal numbers featuring guests Mr Day, Mounam, Hawa and JRMNM and it wins on both levels – with nods to classic and ... (Deep Funk, 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
The title's a reference to old sound library sets from the past – and in that territory, there's few folks we'd rather have by our sides than Orgasmo Sonore! The group have already shown us that they can do an incredible job with cinematic styles of the 60s and 70s – and here, they ... (Soundtracks, New Grooves)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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Some of the most famous melodies in classical music – all served up here from core recordings in the Decca Records catalog, then reworked by a host of contemporary producers and studio talents! Make no mistake – these aren't dance tunes, and the mixers aren't out to dismantle the ... (Classical, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album