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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(Out of print. Mark through barcode.)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Definitely a special space from Carlos Nino – a record that seems to even deepen the sound of some of his recent cosmic explorations – to take Nino into territory that's far beyond jazz or much of his other modes too! The set features a bit of guest work from Iasos – an artist ... read moreCD
Nice bit of modern soul stuff from Ray Haden's group Opaz. Sort of like Noel McKoy or Omar in that it's got a sort of modern R&B feel to it, and with that nice twist that the newer London soul artists have in their songwriting. A very big album here in Chicago with the steppers, and a good ... read moreCD
Very cool stuff from Irma! Sam Paglia's a modern hero of the Hammond B-3 – but he's got a swinging Italian style that's part bossa, part 60s jazz/pop, and part lounge party music. This album's a winner all the way through – and has some excellent modern cocktail grooves, and plenty of ... read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that the teeth inside the digipack case are broken.)
Dreamy vocals from Gretchen Parlatto – a singer with roots in jazz, but a style that stretches out into plenty of fresh new territory! The set's remarkably spare at points – leaving Gretchen a lot to carry in the lead – yet she does so beautifully, working her breathy vocals ... (Vocalists, New Grooves)read moreCD
This album marks the start of a beautiful schism in hip hop production that die hard purists may or may not be so happy with. But, in no time at all, Scott Herren's debut on Warp paved a new original style of sample manipulation and composition that has awed critics and has been mimicked ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from Max Richter – this wonderful blend of light strings, piano, and electronics – plus a few striking spoken bits by actress Tilda Swinton! There's a fragile quality to the piano that's offset by the subdued majesty of the violin, ... (Classical, New Grooves)read moreCD
Excellent remixes from the Silent Poets groundbreaking To Come album! The record was put together as a joint Japanese/French effort, with work by the Poets and the Yellow Productions crew in a very heavy baroque style. This second volume features "Come Raising" remixed by Tom & ... read moreCD
Act On ... CD Schema (Italy), 2000. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Sublime modern bossa – from one of the best bands of the genre! Soulstance are part of the elite cadre of Italian groups that make up Nicola Conte's Schema label – and they're one of the best discoveries to come out of the Italian groove scene in years. We really dug their first album ... read moreCD
The backside shaking full length debut of Spank Rock – one of the most heavily buzzed acts in quite a while on the Big Dada label – one that actually lives up to the hype! The secret of living up to the hoopla seems to be in Spank Rock's clearly not giving a s**t what's hot and trendy, ... read moreCD
The remixed version of one of the best-ever Japanese releases! Seven tracks from the classic first album by Nobukazu Takemura's working group, Spiritual Vibes – all pulled from the group's self-titled LP, and remixed with a sweet feel that's very much in keeping with the originals – ... read moreCD
It's been more than a few years since we've heard from Ludovic "St Germain" Navarre – and in that time, he's really found a way to add a lot of fresh elements to his music! Unlike the jazz-sample mode that first got St Germain his big international start, this set's got a much more ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums of the 90s – an instant-classic soul set from the James Taylor Quartet, working here at the height of their powers! James and his group hit a classic vibe that sounds somewhere in between Johnny Hammond's Gears LP and some of the other great records on Fantasy. ... (Neo Soul, 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
Thievery Corporation are back after a long hiatus – and they've returned to the fold with a host of surprising guest stars! The set's got a really wide range of grooves – as one might expect when the group's working with artists that include David Byrne, Perry Farrell, and The Flaming ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling sets we've heard from Compost in years – a nicely laidback record that has a lot more subtle touches than some of the label's recent work, and which also brings a uniquely French feel to the mostly-German Compost sound! Alif Tree handles most of the music here ... read moreCD
Tricky's 3rd LP of slightly disturbing, leftfield beats with dark, noisy sound he's famous for, with "Lyrics Of Fury", "Piano", "My Evil Is Strong", "Makes Me Wanna Die", "Sex Drive", and "Bad Things". CD
The Bon Voyage album was UFO's best record in years – and this set features some of the best tracks on the album, all nicely remixed with different bits! The package is pretty darn groovy, and the set features 9 tracks in all – including "Tres Amigos (organic audio rmx)", ... read moreCD
Nice! The record's a cool mix of off-kilter jazz tracks, done in a style that mixes classic samples of instrumentation with tasty modern percussion progressions – in a manner that much more resembles the group's early work than it does their more recent stuff. Highlights include a great ... read moreCD
UFO's second album – and a great batch of tracks that mix together classic jazz samples, modern beats, odd little snippets from other sources, and wrap the whole thing up with the wit of the Japanese scene! The record's got the same pastiche style as other Japanese combos from the time ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
United Future Organization —
Spicy Remix ... CD Mercury/Brownswood (Japan), 1997. Used ...
Incredible work from United Future Organization – light years ahead of anything else they've ever done! The album shows a tremendous growth in instrumental styles – with more of a preoccupation with the overall shapes and sound of their music, grown here to expansive limits, ... read moreCD