Actress X London Contemporary Orchestra —
Lageos ... CD Ninja Tune, 2018. New Copy ...
A pretty moody little collaboration between electronic wizard Actress (Darren Cunningham), and the London Contemporary Orchestra – both working here in a way that's quite unlike other records of this nature we've heard in the past! At first, we were maybe guessing that the set would have a ... read moreCD
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
An incredible full length set from Amp Fiddler – and the kind of record that's well worth all the hype it's been getting! Think of this one as Stevie Wonder for the 21st Century – keyboards and vocals taking off in a rocketship for the future, yet packed to the brim with all the best ... (Neo Soul, 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
Attica Blues/Shinichi Osawa —
Oh La La La ... CD Toys Factory (Japan), 1998. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful bit of funkiness from Attica Blues and Shinichi Osawa from Mondo Grosso! The CD's a 7 track e.p. – with 6 mixes of the heavenly soul cut "Oh La La La", a remake of Tina Marie's classic, done with heavy hip hop beats, great warm instrumental samples, and excellent female ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Roy Ayers —
Naste ... CD Groovetown/RCA, 1995. Used ...
Man, these guys just keep on cooking and cooking and cooking – at a level that's easily made them one of the best contemporary funk combos going – and which makes this album a delight all the way through! There's a lean, mean, nitty gritty groove going on here – one that comes ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
The first album as a leader by trumpeter Jafar Barron – an underground player who's worked with The Roots, Erykah Badu, King Britt, and others – breaking out here on his own at the head of his own freebop group. The record's very much in the mode of some of the work of newer soul jazz ... read moreCD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)
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
Pretty darn wonderful! We've always dug the 60s work of Shirley Bassey – and we can remember how her brassy vocals first thrilled us when we were kids sitting up to watch Goldfinger on the late show – but now the great one's majestic voice has been wonderfully remixed in a tasty batch ... (Vocalists, New Grooves)read moreCD
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 moreCD
A beautiful album from Beady Belle – the group and wonderful vessel for the seductive, entrancing voice and songs of Beate S. Lech – possibly their best yet! Beady Belle have made deeply engaging blend of modern jazzy soul and beautiful mood music for most of the outs, taking a step ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Benny Sings —
City Pop ... CD Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Fantastic future soul from Bigyuki – an artist who's got a really far-reaching vision for his music – even though his sound is very stripped down overall! The music here is almost a science fiction take on contemporary soul – with these really wonderful, almost sinister keyboards ... (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
While house has traditionally been a music of the 12" format, this long player from New Jersey's Blaze shows that the best of the genre can drop a solid modern soul set as good as any out there. 8 smooth club tracks, some with a nice jazzy tinge, others with a strong soulful vibe whether in ... read moreCD
The Warp debut from the Boards of Canada, and only the second full length LP from the duo, though they had issued numerous CDs up to this point in their career. Warm electronics that transcends the IDM tag, and elevates them above the crowded peerage of bedroom laptop wizards. 17 tracks in all, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Boards of Canada —
Twoism ... CD Warp (UK), 1995/2002. Used ...
(Out of print, small promotional sticker on digipack cover.)
Although only a few years old, this one's by now a seminal work in the new tradition of modern bossa grooves – the start of the Zirigbum label, and it's tradition of taking new and old bossa talents, and fusing a sound that's become quite popular over the years! The group's led by Marcio ... (Brazil, New Grooves)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
A key addition to any collection of The Brand New Heavies! The set features remixes of some of the group's best tracks, plus a few older and rarer cuts, and some other favorites. Titles include "Mind Trips (BNH rmx)", "Bang", "Brother Sister (Angel rmx)", "Keep ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Promotional sticker on booklet cover & stamp on CD, mark through barcode.)
The first of Branford Marsalis' two LPs to venture into the "acid jazz" or "hip hop crossover" genre, however you choose to look at it. Fortunately, he gets a helping hand from Premier on a number of cuts. Includes "Breakfast At Denny's", "Some Cow Fonque", ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
A perfect title for a perfect record – especially given all the love we've felt from Build An Ark over the years! The album's a masterpiece through and through – easily the greatest statement ever from this already-amazing band – a contemporary ensemble, but one that we'd ... 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
Prepare to meet your new favorite soul singer! Victor Davies is an incredible talent – with a warm soulful voice that has slight folksy touches, in a manner that reminds us a lot of classic work by singers like Terry Callier or Jon Lucien. This debut album is incredible – an instant ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Salome De Bahia —
Brasil ... CD Tommy Boy/Yellow, 2005. Used ...
Paris club meets classic Brazil – all served up by the lovely voice of Salome De Bahia! Salome's got a style that's bit more soulful than any of the neo-bossa divas floating around the dancefloor these days – a vocal approach that's rich in tradition, and perfect for the set's ... read moreCD
(Punch through barcode.)
Mark De Clive-Lowe —
Heritage ... CD 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 moreCD
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 moreCD
A bomb – and one of the greatest records we've heard from Detroit in 30 years! This massively beautiful record is the brainchild of Carl Craig, and it's unlike anything else he's ever done – a richly cosmic blend of music that includes funk, soul jazz, house, electronica, and more ... read moreCD
An incredibly well-captured set by the legendary DJ Shadow, Live In Manchester in October of 2017 – and come to think of it, the live album format is pretty underutilized in hip hop – who better than Shadow to pull it off so well! It's impeccably recorded and sounds great, so get enough ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
For everyone who wasn't there the first time around, Shadow was kind enough to compile his early MoWax material, released originally as 12" singles. Unfortunately none of the really early, really hard to get stuff is here, but cuts like "Influx" and "Hindsight" are still ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Their crazy first album, though they'd contributed a track here and there to compilations, including some early MoWax stuff. Lots of weird dubby tracks and insane instrumentals, with clattering percussion and the odd moogy burp. Though their second LP ended up being a bit of a let down, this one's ... read moreCD
A brilliant mix of soul, jazz, and house – all coming together through the cosmic talents of the young Peven Everett, a Chicago producer/singer/instrumentalist whose played on dozens of professional sessions, and who's given it all up to work on his own in an independent setting. Everett's ... read moreCD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them – 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
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
Phil France —
Swimmer ... CD Twentysix-Two (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
The title's a great one here – as Gerardo Frisina has been one of the few contemporary artists trying to find a fresh voice for Latin Jazz – which he does beautifully by blending classic albums and a more current sense of club! The 2CD package brings together unreleased material with ... read moreCD
Cor Fuhler/Gert Jan Prins —
Flirts ... CD Erstwhile, 2001. Used ...
Bebel Gilberto —
Momento ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2007. Used ...
Bebel Gilberto's certainly one to keep her public waiting in the space between each new record – but she always makes the wait worthwhile by coming up with something new! The sound here is again something different than her previous two albums – somewhat electric, but also fairly ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Pure genius from Nathan Haines – the saxophonist who really helped bring some depth to the London broken beat scene at the start of the century – still a tremendously visionary musician after all these years! Haines has really opened up his sound in the past decade or so – ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A groovy groovy little set that's as sexy as the Monica Vitti it remembers! The album was recorded recently, but has a fab 60s sound comprised of electric harpsichord, organ, scatting vocals, and a breezy, bossa-styled groove – all done without any kitsch or fakery, and coming across with a ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
It'd been a few years since we heard the head nodding hip hop funk sound of The Herbaliser, but their back in full force! The cover a lot of stylistic terrain here, from the neo-classic boombap with scratches and cinematic samples of the opener, to the noirish hip hop soul of the standout "Seiz ... read moreCD
Hieroglyphic Being —
Red Notes ... CD Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
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
Detroit techno, from the second generation – that 90s moment when the hippest cats on the scene were working deeply underground, while a few select Motor City talents had entered the mainstream! Here, Robert Hood pushes things forward even farther into space than the first wave of electronic ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A sweet little set that definitely offers up another page of Incognito – as the Japanese-only collection mixes a few older tracks with more recent numbers we haven't seen on other albums! Bluey and the group are as fantastic as ever – and in a way, these later mature tracks almost have ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Is it only 11 albums so far? Given the number of years Incognito's been grooving our world, we'd have thought it was at least 50 records to date! Yet given the richly collaborative spirit of leader Bluey – and his work with many other groups and projects – added to the always-great ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
More than a decade of work from Incognito, and Bluey's still going strong! The group here are picking up some of the 21st Century Soul touches of late 90s Talking Loud – but that's a great thing by us, as they forge together the warmth of their earlier tunes with the crisp freshness of the ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A sweet Incognito side project – a mostly-instrumental outing that places heavy focus on the guitars of Bluey and Tony Remy, and also features some great keyboards from Ski Oakenfull and Amp Fiddler too! Given the lack of vocals, the tunes often have styles and structures that are a bit ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
What a great idea! The classic Motown work of The Jackson 5 is remixed and remade by a host of super-hip producers! The cuts really retain a lot of their Motown soul flavor, and the remixers do an excellent job of pulling out some of the best elements – like guitar riffs, piano lines, and ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Pool ... CD Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2018. New Copy ...
It feels like quite some time since we've last heard from Jazzanova – a group who were continually exploding our musical horizons back at the end of the last century, and who really seem to have evolved their sound in more recent years! This double-length set has a tremendous sense of scope ... read moreCD
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 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
A mixture of world vocals and modern electro jazz – with sounds as diverse and compelling as the Paris scene in which the album was recorded! Mamani Keita's vocals are beautiful – and have an honest earthy quality that provides a striking contrast with the album's use of keyboards, ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
The deepest record we've heard so far from London's Sean Khan – and that's saying a lot, as we really loved his previous albums! Sean got his start on the broken beat scene a number of years back, and has slowly been evolving into more of a jazz-based artist – which he hits ... read moreCD
A huge commercial house LP, one that pushed the Chicago house sound way over the top and into the mainstream. By this point Frankie Knuckles had achieved cult stardom and all it took was this highly produced effort to turn him into a household name, fusing jazzy grooves, modern soul sensibilities ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of our favorite albums of the past decade – remixed! Waltz For Koop was an amazing debut for Koop – a set of tunes that drew heavily from real jazz of the 60s and 70s, and which fit perfectly in a tradition of modal jazz grooves that stretched back to the glory days of the European ... 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
Jessica Lauren —
Almeria ... CD Freestyle (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
When Jessica Lauren first grabbed our ears 20 years ago, she was a keyboardist on the London contemporary scene – but with a much deeper jazz vision than most – an artist whose appearances on record always made any sort of song come across with a spiritual sound that was unique for the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Arto Lindsay —
Salt ... CD Righteous Babe, 2004. Used ...
Incredibly lovely work from Arto Lindsay – the kind of record that earns our respect for him all over again! In the years since his avant roots in DNA, Arto's developed a keen ear for Brazilian music – and he's working here in a style that has lots of traces of recent work by members ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Madlib invades Blue Note! He gets free reign of the catalog for this mix of sampler genius and live band interpretations, too, as/with Ahmad Miller, Yesterdays New Quintet, Malcolm Catto, Medaphoar, and others from the Stones Throw camp. This one's truly a conceptual triumph, if there ever was ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
A gleaming batch of remixes based largely on tracks from Sabrina Malheiro's great Equilibria album on Far Out – featuring some of the best remix work in years from Nicola Conte, Kenny Dope, Incognito, Roc Hunter and others! Sabrina's classicist approach to modern bossa vocals made her debut ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Warmly-crafted work from this enigmatic ensemble – sounds that lie somewhere between the sonic textures of mid 70s ECM Records, and some of the more spiritual efforts of the time! The music is jazz, but often has a more abstract melodic progression – with core acoustic elements on ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Moody and tripped out soul sounds from Massive Attack – to say Heligoland is their strongest record in years would be a misnomer, as it's their only album in a number of years, but it's a strong and effective one! From spare melodies that slowly build in mood and volume, to sputtering ... read moreCD
A return to slightly funky work for MMW – lots of organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and other groovy keyboards from John Medeski driving the set, backed by some excellent rhythm work by Billy Martin and Chris Wood. This is probably their most compelling album in years – at least to our ... read moreCD
(Marker over barcode and promo stamp on disc.)
Mental Abstrato —
Uzoma ... CD Think (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
Really great work from a Brazilian combo that somehow manages to work in a mode that's completely rootsy, but also completely contemporary too! The music here mixes together heavy percussion, bits of jazz, and just the right touches on keyboards, beats, and samples – so that the organic and ... (Brazil, New Grooves)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
Really great remixes from Monday Michiru's Nexus album – tracks that make some really great magic with the originals! Monday's selected a great array of talents for this project, and the music really takes off from the sound of Nexus – often into territory that's even more cosmic and ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The breakthrough LP that brought Monday Michiru out of Japan, and exposed her work to a new worldwide audience! The record (like so many of her others) features performances by a great array of cool guests, including Cleveland Watkiss, DJ Krush, and Simon Richmond of Palm Skin Productions. The ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... CD Artist Share, 2006. Used ...
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 moreCD
Monsieur Dubois —
Ruff ... CD Challenge (Netherlands), 2006. Used ...
Voyager ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
A huge comeback album from electronic pop pioneer/avant disco trailblazer Giorgio Morodor! The post-millennium resurgence in critical and commercial dues being paid to Giorgio has been a pretty heartening thing to see over the years, and it's all the more pleasing that's culminated in a major album ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD