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
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
Jon Bap really breaks down the concept of a typical song here – as some tunes are more short bursts of sound, others are more lyrically oriented – and together, they all make for one hell of a compelling album! Things can be pretty abstract one minute, then funky and soulful the next ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beady Belle —
Dedication ... LP Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Beady Belle never lets us down – and even though the lady's been making music for well over a decade, she still turns out some of the most consistently thoughtful soul we can think of! Forget the fact that the singer's on a Norwegian label, as the lyrics here are all in English, backed by ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early classic from John Beltran – filled with the kinds of careful touches and deeper energy that instantly set him apart from the pack! At a time when few folks were going for higher ideas, Beltran was right out there bringing a new sense of spirit to club music – almost echoing ... 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first full length album from Bonobo – aka Simon Green – a set that's gone on to have a surprising amount of endurance over the years, and which really helped mark the pace for a new generation in the beats and soundscape universe! The record kind of takes off from the territory of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the strongest album so far from Bosq – and certainly one of the most wide-ranging too – given that the group have a strong global bent to their groove, and they've also made space for a host of guest stars who include Nicole Willis, Bruno Morais, Monolog, and Kaleta! The music is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mansur Brown —
Shiroi ... LP Black Focus (UK), 2018. Near Mint- ...
A fantastic debut from guitarist Mansur Brown – a player you might recognize from earlier work with Kamaal Williams – now stepping out on his own, but with production from Williams on his own label too! Brown's got this incredibly open approach to the guitar – a flurry of styles ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty amazing work from Chiminyo – aka jazz drummer Tim Doyle, who also finds a way to trigger samples when he plays – creating this one-man sound on the record that really comes as quite a surprise! All three tracks on the EP were performed live by Chiminyo – and while he's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never a stereotype, Cibo Matto was a pretty trailblazing act from the start – and their underrated late 90s swan song (for quite a while) Stereo Type A is a major reminder of that – blending genres and breaking barriers as strongly as ever! It's a brilliant mix of styles, from ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Cinematic Orchestra —
Ma Fleur ... LP Domino, 2007. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Moody, ethereal work from Cinematic Orchestra – possibly their most "cinematic" album to date – and a rich soundscape of deeply textured, slow-building tunes! Some of the darkness of previous records is nicely subdued here – and most of the sounds rise slowly from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very fluid, freewheeling sounds from this Finnish quintet – material recorded relatively early in the career of some of the musicians, and already showing a tremendous ear for the sorts of fresh styles they'd create in years to come! The group is co-led by Jimi Tenor and Edward Vesala – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 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!)
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 beautiful blend of beats, electronics, and well-chosen acoustic sources – including a bit of bassoon, and some acoustic guitar in unexpected places! These sorts of mixes are maybe a bit more familiar now – but back at the start, this album was a bit of a groundbreaker – maybe a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of largely instrumental Italo electro funk and spacey 80s synth soul inspired grooves from Giovanni Damico! Giovanni delivers what's really becoming a something of a signature Star Creature sound – a deep love for the 80s era synth and drum programming, but strongly resonant of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mark De Clive-Lowe —
Heritage ... LP Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ...
We've loved the music of Mark De Clive-Lowe for many years – and he's really rewarded us with a continuing evolution of his sound and style – to a point where a record like this is nothing that we might have expected over a decade ago! The set's a live jazz performance, but still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mark De Clive-Lowe —
Heritage II ... LP Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ...
A beautiful second volume in the Heritage series from keyboard genius Mark De Clive Lowe – and one that we like even more than the first! The music here has the strong spiritual currents of the previous set, but also brings in more of the cosmic, electronic modes that we knew in Mark's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, they've definitely got the "disco" in the title right – but there's a lot more going on here too – including some nice post-punk touches that are augmented by guest work from Mark Stewart and Liquid Liquid! The album's tuneful, catchy, and nicely distilled – heavy ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Later black label pressing on Mo Wax/A&M, including the printed inner sleeves.)
The sound of Chicago acid house, all filtered through the energy of the west coast rave scene – which was home to DJ Spun and Dhyan Moller when they recorded these tracks! The music was originally done straight to cassette – which creates this nicely compressed sound that takes us back ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet keyboard tunes from Felbm – issued here with a rather cold title and cover, but delivered with a warm vibe and lots of jazzy touches! The music isn't entirely jazz, but certainly has all the appeal of old school keyboard jazz – maybe more in the sound library mode, as the tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
We first loved Flevans for his albums on the Tru Thoughts label in the first decade of this century – and after a long hiatus, the man is back in action – and somehow sounding funkier than ever! Most of the work here is handled by Flevans/Nigel Evans – but there's a fullness to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Flying Lotus —
Flamagra ... LP Warp, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Fantastic sounds from Flying Lotus – an artist who just keeps on pushing past any conventional expectations, to a point where his music is almost a genre unto itself! The record's got this very tripped-out sort of vibe – very much in keeping with the image on the cover – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from Foreign Exchange – the formerly bi-continental project of North Carolina MC and soul singer Phonte of Little Brother, and transplanted Dutch producer Nicolay – who take an even deeper turn into spacey soul on Leave It All Behind! Given that Phonte is singing ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Four Tet —
Rounds ... LP Domino, 2003. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
Kieran Hebden's third album as Four Tet – an unpredictable, completely hypnotic batch of abstract beatcraft that sounded like it was built to last when it first appeared in the early 00s – and sure enough, it's sounds as fresh as ever a decade+ later! What makes Four Tet at his best so ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet and download card.)
Phil France —
Circle ... LP 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's nothing humdrum about Gogo Penguin at all – as the combo are out to take the sound of the piano trio into their own great directions – really bursting forth here with a sense of energy and imagination that even blow away their previous records! The group is simultaneously ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest records we've heard on the Sahel Sound label to date – not the usual guitar material you might know from the imprint, but instead a batch of very cosmic keyboards – all instrumental, and spinning out into space with a vibe that's almost a collision between the best ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shafiq Husayn —
Loop ... LP Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a reference to the process of recording the album – which was almost a therapeutic effort by Iamabeenie at the end of the day – a way to respond to the troubles and terrors of our time, with music that has a righteous mission to uplift and heal! The set was recorded on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bryony Jarman-Pinto —
Cage & Aviary ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Joseph takes a trip back to his roots – recording this album in his home turf of Trinidad, for a set that may well be his best record to date! The music sparkles with all the sunny touches you might guess from the title – but also has all those deeper, righteous currents that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Adrian Sherwood meets the Sugarhill (and On-U) house drummer for this album of dubby heavy beats. Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald fill out the group on this set of heavy 80s beats with more than a touch of Sherwoods signature spacey effects and heavy synth work from Leblanc too. An obscure and ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
No the heavy hip hop influenced ragga that was Konders' breakthrough sound, but some fierce underground house, with a touch of jazz courtesy Peter Daou on keyboards in the early 90s NYC/NJ style. 6 tracks in all, including "Version", "The Poem", "Nervous Acid", "L ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In a plain black sleeve.)
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
Les Hommes —
Sinner ... LP Sudden Hunger (UK), 2017. Near Mint- ...
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 most outwardly cosmic entry in the Baker's Dozen series to date – courtesy of producer, multi-instrumentalist and all around soulful spirit Low Leaf! We were introduced to Low Leaf through her soul jazz inspired, though ultimately (and refreshingly) hard to define craft built around harp ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Densely atmospheric and hypnotically beat-driven grooves from Mad Zach on Alpha Pup! There's a bit more of intense electronic vibe here than the some of the more abstract jazzy soul soundscapes of a lot what we've heard on the label to date, which is gratifying honestly – and is compelling as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition double colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks!)
Beautifully dynamic work from drummer Myele Manzanza – an artist we've never heard work in this scope before, and we hope will soon do so again! The album's got Myele at the helm of a great large ensemble – a group who have a strong spiritual sense at the core, but often move in more ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! The approach ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut album from the Mauskovic Dance Band – a compelling combo who bring together rhythms from around the globe, then fuse them together in a dark and moody sort of way – often with the kind of early 80s elements you might expect to hear from ESG or Quando Quango! The production is ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Deep sounds from Menagerie – a group led by funky genius Lance Ferguson, who's given us wonderful work in a variety of styles over the years – but who here has turned his talents to the world of spiritual jazz, which he takes on brilliantly with this excellent ensemble! Menagerie have ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modern funk heavy XL Middleton doing his masterful thing here – taking 80s electro era funk deep into the post millennium with a timeless feel! He's mixing styles here really well without losing sight of the signatures sound – funky bass grooves, spacey keys and drum programming – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy cosmic keys and atmospheric beats spearheaded by the brotherly duo of Dedric & Delaney Moore – working in a downtempo mode, but really kind of transcending it with some strong songwriting and soulful vocals! The synth, bass and and percussion set the scene nicely throughout, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
Nicolay & The Hot Nights —
Glaciers ... LP Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the farthest reaching set of cosmic hip hop instrumentals from Ras G yet! Stargate Music takes flight from a rawly experimental beginning – static-y beats, chimes, a bit of keys and a manipulated vocal sample – but you know it's set to blast off into the blissfully funky cosmos ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ras G's deft hand at blending cosmic dancefloor beatcraft, instrumental hip hop and African percussion grooves is as incredible as ever on this tight EP – bringing in some timeless Chicago & Detroit house inspired vibes, too! Ras matches the other players in the LA underground for jazz, ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've loved these guys since the start, but this time around they really seem to be knocking it out of the park – fusing their fantastic blend of funky jazz and contemporary soul with a fresher vibe than they've ever had before! These guys draw on plenty of classic elements, but never sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of our favorite house projects of the late 80s – Todd Terry's Royal House, a name that was associated with some great singles at the time! Terry's got a simple but effective way of laying out the beats – really splashing the drums, but getting past the harder, ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hypnotic beats and atmosphere from Sev Seveer – a Chicago beatmaker and producer appropriately billed as as a live PA/hardware/beat cat – and if Smithereens is any indication, he's a seriously strong album-oriented beat cat, too! Inspired by visual art as much as aural atmosphere, ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of just 300 copies – and down to the final copies! Includes 3 bonus tracks.)
Ilhan Ersahin has always been a great collaborator – that's something that's marked his work on the New York scene, and on the Nublu Records label – but this time around, his collaboration is especially strong – as he works here in a quartet that features older jazz legends Eddie ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Abstract 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
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
Dexter Story —
Bahir ... LP Soundway (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
The world of Dexter Story just keeps getting bigger and bigger – not just because he's a richly collaborative player, but also because he's got this musical style that really opens up to so many different elements – but without ever sounding like he's trying to crash them together in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strictly Jaz Unit (Glenn Underground & Boo Williams) —
Tempest ... LP Strictly Jaz Unit, 2019. New Copy 2LP ...
That's Jaz with one "z", not two – and the difference here is key, because the music is all soulful house, of the sort we've come to love from Glenn Underground – who works here with Boo Williams to make a set that's one of his greatest to date! Keyboards are the lead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant sounds from Kaidi Tatham – an artist we never seem to hear enough from – but who also can pack more into the space of this short EP than others would for an entire album! The music soars in this great blend of 4Hero rhythms and jazzy improvisations – sublime keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring sounds from Kaidi Tatham – music that's upbeat and moving, yet wonderfully precise in its simplicity too! Kaidi works in this cosmic fusion style that owes plenty to the London style a decade or so back – but it also moves forward with a lot more live instrumentation in the mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Turning Jewels Into Water describe their music as "half organic, half machine" – which is a pretty good description of the layered sounds going on here – which come from electronic drums, turntables, live loops, and other programs! Yet despite the presence of so many electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, including the printed inner sleeve.)
One of the principal albums in trip hop's ascension into the mainstream, and the bright, extroverted flipside to Portishead's darker vision of the late 90s scene. Mo Wax honcho James Lavelle's longstanding Unkle project got a massive makeover when DJ Shadow became the prime sonic architect for the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album