Herb Alpert remakes himself again – taking all the best tunes from his classic years on A&M records, then fitting them to contemporary grooves – all at a level that's a bit like some of the Verve Remixed projects from years back, but even better! These aren't remixes, but new ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
Arp Frique certainly does live in a colorful world – not just in the image on the cover, but in the grooves of the record as well – which bring together lots of funky 80s keyboards with a wider global sense of groove! There's often some acoustic percussion alongside the electric keys ... read moreCD
Death Valley is emblazoned on the cover, and portrayed inside the CD gatefold too – but the music here is more cosmic than earthy – served up in these warm washes of electro elements that are totally great – dreamily tripping over the landscape in a laidback yet soulful sort of ... read moreCD
The Bamboos really take the "special arrangement" here seriously – as the record has the group moving way past their funk combo roots, to work in a set of large orchestral arrangements that really transform their sound! If anything, the record's a lot more soulful than recent ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Adama Barry —
Lembi ... CD OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy ...
Spare sounds get taken to the next dimension – as the music of Adama Barry is presented in both its original creation, and in a set of remixes by Henrik Schwarz, Bugge Wesseltoft, Prins Thomas, Mental Overdrive, and others! The album's got an unusual approach – as two-thirds of the ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
We've loved the music of Benny Sings for years – and can't understand why the man's not a much bigger success at a worldwide level – because his songs have the gentle soul and careful construction of the sorts of music that used to grace the airwaves decades back! Yet maybe the ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic new setting for the magnificent voice of Mario Biondi – a set that has the Italian crooner working alongside co-producer Kassin – who helps give Mario this very groovy take on Brazilian music! The style is mostly upbeat and soulful – a bit like the grooves on early ... read moreCD
An unusual set of work from the ever-changing Luke Vibert – a collaboration with MC BlueRum13 – whose lyrics provide a great mix with Luke's beats and instrumentation on the album! All those crisp, creative elements that we love from older Vibert records are still very much in the mix ... read moreCD
The title's a great one for this album by Blundetto – given that the groove is beautifully deep, and the music moves at a pace that would make it hard to do anything but dance slow! Yet the set's not a sleepy one – as it's got all the richness and complexity of previous Blundetto ... read moreCD
An underground classic from the London scene – a record that was hugely important to us in the early days of Dusty Groove, and which is still completely tremendous all these many years later! At the time, the album was the sort of ambitious undertaking that nobody else would have done – ... read moreCD
Cinematic Orchestra —
To Believe ... CD Domino, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
As longtime fans might know, the Cinematic Orchestra isn't a large ensemble, but a duo – yet the pair also have this fantastic way of creating a really spacious sound in their music – thanks in part to a very open door when it comes to creative guests! This time around, there's some ... read moreCD
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Nicola Conte is completely at the top of his game here – showing us yet another level of his mighty jazz-based talents – some deeper spiritual currents than ever before, mixed with a good dose of global influences too! The record has Conte working with a hip Spiritual Galaxy ensemble, ... read moreCD
The long-overdue return of Corduroy – a fab funky combo that we first fell in love with at the start of the 90s – when their mix of deep grooves and shifting styles was one of the most compelling to come from London's acid jazz scene of the time! For this return, the group are very ... read moreCD
Lance Ferguson has given us plenty of great work over the years – from his work in The Bamboos, to all his many other projects – yet as much as we've liked all of those, this one might actually be one of his best – a fantastic reworking of rare groove tracks from the 70s, all with ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Phil France —
Circle ... CD Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Sweet keyboards from Phil France – a player who's more than content enough to let his instrument take the lead, often in these flowing soundscapes that are even more evocative than on his previous album for Gondwana – but a musician who also manages to echo some deeper currents, but ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Guts bills this set as "an Afro-Tropical experiment" – but to us, the album's just a further expansion of his wonderful talents as a producer – which have really come a long way in just a few years! Guts maybe got his start in hip hop, but he's able to embrace a globe's worth ... read moreCD
Hieroglyphic Being —
Red Notes ... CD Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
A really jagged little record from Hieroglyphic Being – a set that feels even more stripped-down than his previous album, to a point where we can really focus on his inventive beats and cosmic keyboards! The album's dedicated to a range of influences that include Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, ... read moreCD
Shafiq Husayn —
Loop ... CD Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
It's been many years since Sa-Ra have expanded our minds with their revolutionary blend of hop hop and soul – but fortunately, Shafiq Husayn has carried on the group's legacy – and has reached an even higher plane with music like this! Husayn brings all the fantastic production skills ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
It's been a few years since we've heard from Jabberloop, but these guys haven't lost any of their charms at all – and, in fact, maybe seem even more dedicated to their sound than ever before! Jabberloop first rose up during that moment when the Tokyo scene had some great club jazz combos ... read moreCD
Very cool work from Bryony Jarman-Pinto – a singer who's way more than just a singer – partly because she often uses the studio to harmonize alongside herself, which brings a very hip vibe to her sound! Bryony's maybe tied most strongly to jazz, but there's a heck of a lot going on ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo —
Jongler ... CD Favorite (France), 2018. New Copy ...
A great little album from French singer Pat Kalla – an artist whose "Super Mojo" here is really the genius of producer Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! The set is a collaboration between Pat and Patchworks – and uses the great vocals of Kalla to bring new focus to the ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
The great first full length chapter of an ultra-hip ensemble – a contemporary group, but one with a great ear for the spiritual sounds of the 70s! The group's a bit like Build An Ark – no surprise, as they've shared a similar label, Kindred Spirits – and like that collective, ... read moreCD
A fuzzy mix of styles from Kit Sebastian – a set that reminds us of that late 90s moment when many artists were inspired by Brazilian Tropicalia, and took that inspiration as a way to blend together sounds from many different modes! The record's got touches of funk, psych, and a range of ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
A great little idea for a project – one that has groovy sounds from the Agogo label reinterpreted by jazz arranger Lutz Krajenski – but always in a way that hangs on to all the soul of the originals! Lutz plays some really wonderful keyboards – deeply soulful throughout, in a ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
A great look at the heavy grooves of The New Mastersounds – one of the hardest working combos in the deep funk underground – with a resume of great music that stretches back for over a decade! The set brings together album cuts, rare singles, and a few surprising numbers as well – ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
There's almost no introduction needed to the New Mastersounds – given how much greatness the group has given us over the years – a perennial favorite here at Dusty Groove, both with customers and our own soundsystems as well! But even if you know these funky stalwarts, there's still ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
The most familiar aspect of Nobody's work is how fondly we feel about it! In spite of the title, he's as unpredictable as ever here, delivering his dreamiest and most soaring effort in years. Lightly funky, golden age of hip hop-inspired beats are big part of the backdrop on All Too Familiar, with ... read moreCD
A collection of work that The Orb mostly recorded in the first decade of the 21st Century – a time when they were nicely breaking free of some of the cliches that had crept into their work the decade before, and were using their core sound in a whole host of unusual ways! The package ... read moreCD
Spacey, slinky soul from Skinny Pelembe – an artist whose groove is right in keeping with the groundbreaking, genre-busting style of the Brownswood label! Skinny's definitely his own man here – weaving together gentle beats, slightly trippy instrumentation, and an overall sense of ... read moreCD
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Excellent remix version of Reel People's fantastic Retroflection – one that you can almost look to as an equally great alternative version of it – with remixes by Atjazz, John Morales, Terry Hunter, Tall Black Guy, DJ Spinna and others! The warmly collaborative spirit of the original ... read moreCD
A contemporary set, but one that reaches back to the earlier years of the London funk scene – given that it not only features work from Gareth Tasker and Barrie Sharpe, but also includes contributions from members of Beggar & Co and 23 Skidoo! The sound's almost got a classic acid jazz ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Sweet vocals and lots of jazzy touches – a record that seems to effortlessly blend the contemporary and the vintage, in a way that reminds us of some of our favorite jazzy pop groups from the UK scene of the 80s! The approach here is a bit more modern, and certainly not as slavish – ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
Javier Santiago —
Phoenix ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
Soaring keyboards from this up-and-coming player – an artist who's especially fantastic on Fender Rhodes, which get plenty of space on this excellent album! Javier Phoenix is a jazz musician at the core – yet he's also part of a younger generation we might dub the post-Robert Glasper ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A fresh take on an old style – the meeting of jazz and hip hop, in a mode that's done better here than most of the older projects from back in the day! The group have a lot more live instrumentation than some of the 90s recordings of this nature – maybe more of a jazz group first, with ... read moreCD
Smuggler Brothers —
Musicone ... CD Schema (Italy), 2019. New Copy ...
Heavy funk from Smuggler Brothers – an Italian group who start out in the vintage cop/crime modes of 70s soundtracks, but then bring in a whole host of different elements to play in the mix! The core grooves are heavy on bass, drums, and lots of nice keyboards – but there lots more ... read moreCD
Kaidi Tatham hasn't given us many albums under his own name over the years – but each one is a great cause for celebration – as his musical vision is so fresh and bold, we're even more in love with Tatham in a full length setting, compared to his many 12" singles! The scope of ... read moreCD
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Thiefs are a jazz combo at the core – outfitted with saxes, acoustic bass, and drums – but all three members also use a fair bit of electronics, and do so in a way that opens the door to a range of different voices that help shape the sound of the record! The mode is a bit like some of ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Kamaal Williams —
Return ... CD Black Focus, 2018. New Copy ...
The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A lucky number 13 for the Brownswood Bubblers series – a great reminder that the compilation is still one of the best places we know for getting turned onto new music from the global underground! And by that, we don't mean the lame dance music "underground" of more than a decade ... read moreCD
A completely different side of Colombian music than you'd know from Discos Fuentes and some of the other mainstream outlets from that scene – as the tracks here are all from the contemporary underground, and represent a really rich flowering of creative grooves and soulful modes! In truth, ... read moreCD
A heavy helping of Detroit Love – and one that will also make you love Detroit too – or, at least, completely respect the city for having such a continually rewarding underground over the last few decades – long after the possibility of chart hits or bigger fame have passed! ... read moreCD
A fantastic trip through the archive with Volcov – even if most of the cuts here are a bit more recent than those that usually get archival status! And yet in a way, many of these cuts almost went to the archives directly – especially in this digital age for modern soul and club, where ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
A beautiful celebration of the first ten years of Heavenly Sweetness – a fantastic French record label that's not only given us spiritual jazz from giants of the 70s, but also opened our ears to both new sounds from contemporary artists, and a wide array of rhythms from around the globe! All ... read moreCD
Killer contemporary club from the Lumberjacks In Hell label – a European imprint, but one that owes plenty to the raw sound of the early years of American house! There's a very underground vibe going on here, and most cuts are stark, spare, and straight to the point – the best kind of ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
A classic compilation from the Chicago scene – one that stood as one of the key full-length releases of house music that was bubbling under in the Windy City – important at the time, as most other albums of house music were from overseas labels issuing Chicago recordings! As you'd ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD