A bold step forward for the new Brazilian generation – and the greatest recording we've heard so far from Bruno E! The set's incredible from the first moment – as equally steeped in warm jazz improvisation as in the beats and samples of Bruno's earlier work – taking off with a ... (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
Hot new live set by the ever-popular Greyboy All Stars. The set's a nice batch of straight ahead jazz funk grooves, with some covers – like Lou Donaldson's "Hot Dog", Curtis Mayfield's "Check Out Your Mind", and David Newman's "Duffin' Round" – plus nice ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Medeski, Martin & Wood —
Shack Man ... CD Ryko/Gramavision, 1996. Used ...
More great grooves by this incredible band with a real talent for mixing jazz funk organ with a much freer sensibility – hitting a range of influences that run the gamut from Jimmy Smith to Larry Young, and blending them into something all their own. Titles include "Spy Kiss", ... read moreCD
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
Late 90s Acid Jazz, after the movement had picked up enough steam that some less original acts were dipping their fingers into the perceived profit pie, but given some nice spins here by Guru, who did the "Groove" and "Funk" mixes, which have a nice (and almost identical) ... read moreCD
The first-ever full length album from Jazzanova – and an instant classic that's been well worth the wait! For years, the group have turned out some of the most exciting singles and remixes on the international groove scene – and during all that time, they've been secretly storing away ... read moreCD
DJ Krush —
Zen ... CD Sony (Hong Kong), 2001. Used ...
As usual, Krush mixes it up with a host of guest stars to fill out his sound. Titles include "Danger Of Love" featuring Zap mama, "Vision Of Art" with Company Flow, "Candle Chant" with Boss The MC, "Whut'z Da Solution" with Kukoo Da Baga Bonez, "With ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Nice groovy instrumental sound, with a pure jazz feel, and good sax work by brit reed player Michael Smith. Fairly stripped down grooves, with the cuts "Another Time", "Natural Feeling", "Rubbernecking", and "Rope Walks". CD
Debut album from the downtempo vocalist you might recognize from her collaboration with DJ Krush. This falls somewhere inbetween Portishead and Sneaker Pimps in the HGSOB genre. 11 tracks in all, including "Heaven Sent", "That Girl", "Country Livin' (The World I ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Peven Everett – another one of his home-made underground soul CDs, issued by Peven himself as a big "F#$% You" to the major labels that have screwed around with him in the past! The CD is a brilliant mix of soul, jazz, house, and touches of Afro-centric rhythms ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)
At this point, we hardly need to tell you what this is about. To many, a genre-defining period classic: haunting vocals, dark, spacey production, and beats so slow, you wonder if your turntable isn't busted. "Sour Times" was the one that put them over the top, and spawned too many ... read moreCD
Miles must have turned over in his grave with this one – although it went on to influence a decade of jazz remix projects! Miles spacey trumpet is remixed from tapes recorded before his death, and production is handled by Easy Mo Bee, with kind of a "hip hop meets jazz" sort of ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Beady Belle —
Closer ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2005. Used ...
Really lovely work from Beady Belle – a self-produced album that's filled with some of their most evocative tunes ever! If anything, Beady's actually gotten more soulful over the years – and steps forth here with a maturity and depth that we never would have expected from the first few ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
There's never been a better bit of pop throwaway dancefloor fodder ever! Sure, these guys were blaring out of every cheap radio at the time, and it was just about impossible to walk into a shopping mall without hearing "Groove Is In The Heart" for about 5 years after the album came out ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Another great combination of post bop jazz traditions and modern day grooves and moves. The core group is Pine with Cyrus Chestnut, Reginald Veal, Jeff Tain Watts and DJ Pogo, and thankfully like Pine's previous foray into this realm, the tracks veer more towards the core ensemble than heavily ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from the hands of Ashley Beadle – one of the UK's best young producers, and a skillful artist who's steeped in tradition, and can actually show it (which is more than we can say for most of his contemporaries!) The core of the music is a blinding sense of underground house, ... read moreCD
(Out of print, sleeve has some edgewear.)
Die Antwoord —
$O$ ... CD Cherry Tree/Interscope, 2010. Used ...
Bossacucanova & Roberto Menescal —
Brasilidade ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2001. Used ...
The bossa remix combo of Bossacucanova wisely get a dose of history and soul from guitarist Roberto Menescal, one of the original bossa nova geniuses of the 60s – and an artist who's really come back into the fold in recent years. The record features Menescal's guitar upfront in the mix ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
A beautiful blend of Brazilian styles and beats – done in a style that recalls some of the best recent work by the Trama generation! We'll admit that we first approached this one with a bit of reservation, given the album's placement on the Quannum label – but there's a surprising ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Electro grooves built from analogue instrumentation – another ambitious album from Warp subsidiary Lex Records – home to nearly-great hip hop albums by Danger Mouse & Jemini and Prince Po! With the exception of the really cool packaging, Boom Bip's album bears little in common with ... read moreCD
The hippest work we've heard in years from drummer Steve Reid – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his recent projects! This time around, Reid's heading back to the rougher, rootsier territory of his best sides of the 70s – a tightly pulsating approach to soul jazz that ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Diplo & Switch's full length debut as Major Lazer – a heady, thumping set that's steeped in dancehall and pulsating club sounds, often with clean, laser guided sound bits searing through – with appearances by Mr Lex & Santigold, Mr Vegas & Jovi Rockwell, Jah Dan, Future ... read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Epoch ... CD Ghostly International, 2017. Used ...
A lovely little album dedicated to the famous Italian singer Mina – a vocalist with an incredible range, and an artist who made some incredibly groovy work back in the 60s and 70s! The style here isn't just a rehash of Mina's hits – but a reworking of those ideas into some more ... read moreCD
Contemporary work from Uku Kuut – but grooves that have the same great feel as some of his rare material from the 80s! Most of us folks first discovered Uku's work on PPU's excellent compilation of his home studio recordings from years back – and it's great to see that he's still going ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD