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
Keyboard James Taylor works here in a very unique setting – but one that's totally great, as well – and which really seems to give his music a very fresh vibe! The title's no lie – as Taylor's working in a mass-like format, complete with a large vocal choir – but the result ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)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
An atmospheric solo effort from Dede – the lead singer for the Tiny Hearts project with Waajeed & Tim K, the latter of whom is on board as producer. Dede delivers a hazy little gem here with kind of a latenight, weary electro pop-soul mood on most tunes, with some moody interludes for ... read moreCD
Umii (Reva DeVito & B Bravo) —
This Time ... CD Fresh Selects, 2018. New Copy ...
Singer Reva DeVito is right on top of the grooves here – adding her upbeat, positive vocal style to the lightly crackling energy of the tunes! Rhythms are straightforward, instrumentation is nice and light, but there's always a forward-moving quality to the cuts – underground club with ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Form ... CD WeJazz (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic set from drummer Teppo Makynen – an artist whose work you might know from the Five Corners Quintet or The Stance Brothers – but who moves here in a style that opens up whole new territory for the Scandinavian scene! The core sound comes from a trio – with Makynen on ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Spare sounds from the Detroit scene – the kind of grooves that Theo Parrish and his scene have been making for years, and really opening up the frontiers – even when the rest of the world may not have been looking! The sounds here are spare and spacey, but still mostly rhythmic – ... read moreCD
Spiritual space explorations by the Portico Quartet – a group who are really a duo instead of a four-piece – and who use a lot more electronics than some of their contemporaries on the Gondwana label! In a way, the music almost has the same post-jazz vibe as some of the work on the Tru ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 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
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... CD 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 moreCD
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 moreCD