Warm audio therapy from Nathan Adams – an artist who works here in a sublime blend of club and soul – with a style that maybe recalls the best of the Naked Music generation – or maybe the tightest work of Peven Everett too! There's a warm glow to most of the album – but not ... read moreCD
A collection of tracks from Japan's Akakage – a really groovy little group with a stripped-down, retro-styled sound – one that's almost an extension of the Readymade groove of the 90s, but which has a more straightforward approach! The tunes are playful without being annoyingly so ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Roman Andren – a genre-defying set that's filled with warmth, soul, and imagination – all recorded live in the studio with a really organic feel! The music's a cross between a few different jazz, Afro, and Latin modes – played by a group that features Roman ... read moreCD
(Out of print digipack pressing – in great shape with obi!)
Kirk DeGiorgio breaks free of the electronic/techno ghetto and moves into the larger beathead scene with this album cut for Mo Wax at the height of their expansion in the late 90s. Contemporary modal fusion, or jazzy electronic grooves, or whatever genre bending name you choose to apply to As One's ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Frederico Aubele —
5 ... CD 13, 2013. Used ...
Sweden's Beatfantatic returns with an offering – one that's filled with elements of the best funky soul, Afro groove, thumping Latin and hip hop turntable wizardry one could spin into a glorious set! One listen and you'll understand why some of the globe's most tasteful DJs are singing ... read moreCD
Ubiquity is back on track with this great set from Beatless – a batch of spacey soul, downtempo, and ambient grooves from Alex Attias, recorded in collaboration with a host of underground stars, like Jessica Lauren, Nathan Haines, Quasimoto (aka Madlib), and others! The record's a lot more ... 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
A beautiful album of laidback jazz tracks – dedicated to the memory of French pianist Michel Graillier, and recorded very much in the spirit of his work! The group is led by Lionel Belmondo on saxes and Stephane Belmondo on trumpet – and the work has the feel of a contemplative jazz ... read moreCD
A smoking set of funky horns from Japan – played by a group who are clearly drawing influences from The JBs, The Memphis Horns, and a host of smaller combos from the swinging 60s! The sound here is very much in keeping with the "big horns" title – but not in any sort of hokey ... read moreCD
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old ... read moreCD
A diverse set of tripped out, funky, jazzy and spare beatcraft from French DJ collective and DMC champs Birdy Nam Nam – sometimes separate but equal in the aforementioned characteristics, sometimes all mixed up within the length of a track – a blend of beats, scratches, synths and live ... read moreCD
One of the best groups to come out on Irma during the mid 90's, and a tight Italian ensemble with a classic jazz funk groove. The band is co-led by guitarist Andrea Raffini and keyboard player Goffredo "Picchio" Bagnoli, and the sound is nice and jazzy, with a feel that's similar to ... read moreCD
One of the best albums on Nuphonic gets another go-round – in this package of remixed tracks from the now-classic Morning Sun album! Tracks include "Find An Oasis (feat Jhelisa)" remixed by Fug, "The Land Is Yours (feat Jhelisa) (Kost Effective mix)", "My Sunshine ... read moreCD
Bobby Hughes Experience —
Fusa Riot ... CD Ultimate Dilemma (UK), 1999. Used ...
Funky retro funk – but in the best style we can think of! The Bobby Hughes Experience have a sophisticated funky jazz sound that reminds us of the classic early 70s Blue Note fusion sides – like work by Ronnie Foster, Gene Harris, Bobbi Humphrey, and Donald Byrd. The combo mixes ... read moreCD
The lovely vocals of Mari Boine are paired with the far-thinking production work of Bugge Wesseltoft, who also plays keyboards on the set. Bugge's presence makes for an album that's quite different than some of Mari's earlier work – a bit starker, and with less of the easy world production ... read moreCD
Bobby Brazil —
Amazonica ... CD Brigade Nouveau (Germany), 2004. Used ...
A wonderful little record – every bit as lovely as you'd expect from its title and cover! The set's the brainchild of Bobby Brazil – but also features sweet vocals from Viviane De Farias, who gives the record a depth that takes us back to older female Brazilian work of the early 70s. ... read moreCD
A sweet set of contemporary bossa gems – all older numbers made famous by Joao Gilberto in his early days – spun out with a very fresh finish here by the Brazilian Love Affair combo! The group work in a mostly live jazz mode, with just a bit of programming on the rhythms – and ... read moreCD
Massively heavy funk from Brownout – and a set that may well be their greatest so far! We weren't sure what to expect when the group hit the Nat Geo label – but honestly, they seem like they're even rawer and rootsier than before – really serving up a brilliant blend of funk and ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the most righteous albums of the 21st century so far – and an instant classic we'll be loving for years! Build An Ark are a seriously heavy soul jazz ensemble, with roots and traditions that stretch back to the most righteous days of the 70s underground – the brainchild of ... read moreCD
A pretty sweet mix of beats, funky samples, and Latin elements – all mixed together with almost a Tru Thoughts or Melting Pot Music sort of approach! The groove here is extremely upbeat and joyous – and most tracks step around in hard funky midtempo rhythms – assembled in the ... read moreCD
A warmly organic album from Calm – mellow and laidback grooves with lots of acoustic touches, including some very nice work on guitar and percussion! The feel's almost as if Osunlade made a chillout album – but also has a greater depth, a soulful finish, and a far-seeing, almost ... read moreCD
A great collection of 90s club tracks from Italian house maestro Don Carlos – simple, straightforward groovers that have a sound that we daresay will be appreciated even more now than when they were first released! Carlos is working in a spare blend of beats, bass, and keys – very much ... read moreCD
The glorious return of Don Carlos – Italy's house music stalwart, reporting here with some of his finest music in years! There's traces of ambient grooving on the album – but most of the tracks are in a no-nonsense, straight-ahead house type groove, still handled well by Carlos after ... read moreCD
Moody beats and surprisingly soulful vocals from Child Of Lov – with solid songs, too – which is ultimately what takes this self-titled record a substantial step deeper than some of his fellow atmospheric producer/beatmaker peers! Hazy, gritty hip hop-learned beats with spacey dynamics ... read moreCD
A current Italian vocalist – but one who's taking a lot of cues from older singers of the 50s and 60s – particularly those of the ice-blonde sexpot variety! Anna's working here in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation – often given a retro-styled mode that reminds us ... read moreCD
Easily some of the most global work we've ever heard from Da Lata – a set that goes far beyond the mix of London and Rio that first made the group so great – into a realm that encompasses a wide range of sounds from around the world! The music's still got that great organic groove ... 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
A whole new sound for Mark De Clive-Lowe – and a great one too – a completely different approach than any of his other previous records, and one that mixes his core cosmic grooves with a heavy dose of jazz! The set has Mark working with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – who provide ... read moreCD
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and ... read moreCD
Funky soul, but with a touch of jazz – almost a mod soul undercurrent that really sets these guys apart from the rest! The blend is great – nice and tight, yet never too slick – almost the sort of direction Georgie Fame should have gone in the early 70s, had he stayed on the ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
The title sort of says it all – so let us just tell you that this is a Japanese-only set of rare cuts by this great modern soul singer, featuring many tasty goodies you'll be hard-pressed to find otherwise! Includes 3 live tracks from a London appearance – "Life", "Feel ... read moreCD
A monumental debut from Giles Deyampert – sure to be a key player in the sound of 21st Century Soul, and an artist with a sound that's as great as 4 Hero, Koop, Ursula Rucker, or any other artists of that elite rank! Like those we dare mention in the same breath, Deyampert has a great talent ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print, includes copy of Sonar Kollektiv Kurier.)
An incredible meeting of minds and generations – as 70s Italian jazz legend Marco Di Marco joins forces with current underground London darling Nathan Haines! Haines' work of recent years is steeped in a soul jazz groove inspired by the European scene of the 70s – of which Marco's ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Dimitri From Paris —
Sacrebleu ... CD Yellow/East West (France), 1995. Used ...
Classic first by the enigmatic Dimitri – one of the first modern artists to take the bachelor pad sound of the 50s, and transform it into funky grooves for the 90s. The whole thing's got a wonderfully loungey sound – with nice bits of Frenchiness and downtempo beats, plus other jazzy ... read moreCD
A full length, CD-only package that brings together material scattered over 4 different 12" singles from The Dining Rooms – remixes that sprung up in the wake of their excellent Experiments In Ambient Soul album, handled by a range of talents who really expand the grooves! Many of the ... read moreCD
A pretty sweet set of funky grooves and programmed beats – played by a group that contains both old and new players, armed with a variety of skills! The older end of funk is represented by guitarist Calvin Keys, of Black Jazz Records fame, and drummer Ron E Beck, who's recorded with Tower Of ... read moreCD
DJ Afro —
Free ... CD Gozadera/Nacional, 2011. Used ...
A fantastic record from DJ Cam! The album's a soulful return to his roots – dropping the heavy hip hop style of recent albums, and making a move to warmer, more soulful territory. The mix of beats and keyboards is great – with plenty of super-dope laidback moments that feel like they'r ... read moreCD
A brilliant return to form for DJ Cam – and a record of moody mellow jazzy grooves that reminds us why we first fell in love with his music years ago! The set's a nicely-stripped down set that recalls the early days of the "jazz meets hip hop" sound – but it also has the ... read moreCD
A smoking little set from one of the most soulful talents on the Japanese club scene – the mighty DJ Kawasaki, who seems to be breathing new life into international house music with tremendous efforts like this! The feel here is totally great – soaring, joyful, and totally filled with ... read moreCD
An incredible record by DJ Patife – far more subtle and soulful than any of his previous efforts, and way much more than just his initial Brazilian take on drum n bass! The sound here easily matches the spirit of the best soulful work on Trama – and the album's done with the depth and ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Does any hip hop DJ/producer/artist or otherwise instrumental sound stylist of any stripe face steeper critical expectations with each successive album than DJ Shadow, and if so, do any of them divert those expectations so profoundly as Shadow does? On The Less You Know, The Better, Josh Davis ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Sealed with a small cutout hole through case and barcode.)
A fascinating full length departure from DJ Shadow – an album that's more or less made up of genre suites – rolling from sound library groove, to hood-shaking hyphy hip hop, to topical post-Katrina commentary, to beat-driven live instrument avant funk! The album's flow is more or less ... (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
Another one of those ultra-hip groups on Norway's Jazzland label – led by guitarist Jon Eberson, and featuring Bugge Wesseltoft on keyboards and bass, Pal Thowsen on drums, Tom Erik Antonsen on bass, and Strangefruit on vinyl! A few tracks also feature vocals by Beate – and the overall ... 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 killer project from the Italian scene – a contemporary group, but one who really recreate some of the most playful sounds of European club from way back! The core group is a duo, but they get help from a nice variety of players on the session – including some added strings, horns, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Space ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2009. Used ...
A wickedly jazzy little group from the UK – one that features lots of great keyboards from Jessica Lauren, a London artist we've loved since her first cosmic fusion sides in the 90s! Lauren sings a bit on the record, but mostly concentrates on handling a wide range of keys – Fender ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
New work from Sidsel Endresen – one of the compelling Norewegian artists currently part of the Jazzland underground future of electronic jazz! Sidsel's one of the few singers to emerge from the scene – and he's got a spare breathy voice that's halfway between Bjork and Jay Jay ... read moreCD
A really unique record from Peven Everett – very different than most of his other work, but equally great! The "My Brazil" reference in the title hints at the style of the work – a bossa-inspired session that has Peven singing gently and soulfully, with mostly just acoustic ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Fantastic funk from Fanga – one of the hippest Afro-styled combos around! These guys have a bit more grit in their grooves than most – still very much in the best 70s-inspired Afro Funk styles you'd expect, but with a nice edge in some of the rhythmic undercurrents – almost as if ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Fantastic Plastic Machine —
Why Not? ... CD Cutting Edge (Japan), 2003. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A 4 track single – includes "Why Not?", "Philosophy", "Never Ever", and "Why Not? (the finest dub)". CD
Brilliant work by 4 Hero – an instant classic! The record shows the 4 Hero sound expanding massively since their 1998 album Two Pages – blending strings, drums, keyboards, beats, sounds, riffs, space, life, basslines, breath, soul, and feeling into a cosmic groove that makes them the ... read moreCD
Not a 4 Hero album, exactly, but a great set of "extensions" of their musical genius – one that has a host of other like-minded artists serving up their own version of 4 Hero tunes! The whole thing's completely sublime – every bit as cosmic, righteous, and joyous as some of 4 ... read moreCD
Gerardo Frisina —
Ad Lib ... CD Schema (Italy), 2001. Used ...
A sublime winner from Schema! Gerardo Frisina is the force behind some of Schema's greatest reissue projects – like the jazz classics on the Rearward label, or compilations like Metti Una Bossa A Cena – but here, he emerges as a strong new artist on his own, serving up a brilliant ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Yukihiro Fukutomi & Others —
Revisions ... CD Avex (Japan), 2002. Used ...
One of the most uplifting sets of club tracks we've heard in years – 10 cuts by Japanese house maestro Yukihiro Fukutomi, remixed by a trans-global array of DJs and producers! The whole thing's linked by the soulful, skillful sort of grooves that we've come to expect from Fukutomi – ... read moreCD
Melodic and atmospheric sounds from Gang Colours – fragile and tuneful material that's somewhat of a surprise from the Brownswood label! I guess we shouldn't really think of what Gang Colours does here as that much of a departure for the label, given their unpredictable oeuvre is never all ... read moreCD
Mighty keyboards from Francesco Gazzara – easily one of our favorite Irma Records artists from years back – still sounding pretty darn great here in a nicely mature setting! The album's got a bit of the bossa promised in the title, but also has a wider-ranging groove too – echoes ... read moreCD