A huge journey in music with the Night Trains – a London combo who started out funky, as part of that city's acid jazz scene in the late 80s – then moved through more contemporary soul styles, and then ended up sounding a bit mod in the end! This 18 track package follows the group ... 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
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
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
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
One of the greatest albums in years from reedman Courtney Pine – a set that firmly reminds us just what an important part of the British scene he was many years back! In the years after the experimental waves of British jazz rock and avant jazz, Pine was a surprisingly strong voice in the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)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
A record of mysterious sources and sounds from this ultra-cool London group – a combo who maybe started out somewhere in the territory of jazz, but have moved out into more spacious areas over the years! There's a majestic sense of scope here that almost takes us back to the early work of ... read moreCD
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
Clubby grooves and rootsy percussion – served up here by Gabriele Poso in a really wonderful combination! The music here is as rich and organic as the cover – almost in the 21st Century blend of contemporary and classic that we've loved in records from artists like Joe Clausell or ... read moreCD
Prefuse 73 doing his distinctive thing – mood-setting, hypnotic beats that roll from raw and deconstructionist to big and boisterous – with plenty off off-kilter melodic touches between! The range from stripped down and mellow to dense and rollicking is impressive as always, and his way ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the greatest albums we've heard from the hands of Louie Vega since his Nuyorican Soul project of a decade back – a mostly-Latin session built around the talents of percussionist Luisito Quintero, and featuring tracks in a mix of traditional and current dancefloor modes! There's hardly ... read moreCD
The latest album from Rad – an underground soul singer who's been working in the groove scene for the past 10 years, crafting some wonderfully stripped-down albums that fit perfectly with the best of the nu soul releases we've been stocking! The backing's got a classic sound on most tracks ... 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
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 insane moment of vision from the British scene of the 90s – one of the key points when all the scattered energy of the scene's clubs and singles was brought to bear on a full-length records – with results that are still tremendous all these many years later! The album definitely ... read moreCD
Killer jazz and soul work from Snowboy – some overlooked sides that are easily some of the best grooves of his scene at the time! Snowboy first got his start as a Latin percussionist – adding a lot of firey energy to the London jazz scene in the early Acid Jazz years – but by the ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Soil & Pimp Sessions have been making music far longer than anyone else might do with such a clunky name – and over the years, they've just gotten better and better, and found rich new ways to express themselves! This album may well be the group's best so far – and represents a ... read moreCD
Soil & Pimp Sessions —
Dapper ... CD Victor (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
This great Japanese combo are maybe even more dapper than usual here – still strongly tied up in their tradition of hard-hitting jazz, but also opening the door for work from some guest soul singers and MCs! Leader Shacho is usually the "agitator" in the group – calling out ... read moreCD
The Soul Clap duo have a huge amount of help on this full length set – a range of guests that runs from Nona Hendryx, through Ebony Houston, Nick Monaco, Hazmat Talkbox, Dayonne Rollins, Billy Bass Nelson, and others – all of whom help shape the sound nicely over the electro funk ... read moreCD
A pretty cool contemporary group – one who are lucky enough to record for the legendary Cinevox soundtrack label, and who have a sound that definitely matches the vibe of that company's long legacy of music! The style here is very cinematic at times – with some slinky, groovy moments ... read moreCD
(Includes bonus tracks from the Stelvio EP!)
S-Tone Inc —
Onda ... CD Schema (Italy), 2017. New Copy ...
A beautifully collaborative project from S-Tone – aka Stefano Tirone – done in a way that makes his already warm grooves sound even better than usual! The album's got a blend of modern production and older Brazilian music references – not the more mainstream bossa remix style, ... read moreCD
A great little set from Studio Apartment – a group who work in the same jazz, soul, and Brazilian-influenced territory as some of our favorite recent artists from Japan! There's a definite Jazztronik sensibility percolating in the mix here – alongside Sleepwalker and Izanami ... read moreCD
The fantastic first full length set from Vicktor Taiwo – an artist who may well redefine the sound of electro soul for the 21st Century! Vicktor's got a voice that would be wonderful in a standard setting – inflected with his Nigerian roots, and clear love of American soul music – ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Kaidi Tatham hasn't given us many albums under his own name over the years – but each one is a great cause for celebration – as his musical vision is so fresh and bold, we're even more in love with Tatham in a full length setting, compared to his many 12" singles! The scope of ... 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 fantastic shift in style from the great Jimi Tenor – a man who's given us everything from cosmic soul to deep funk to spiritual jazz over the years – and who now seems to be inventing his own new genre of music! There's definitely some Afro Funk elements in the sound, but the group's ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A mighty nice meeting of giants – Scandinavian funk and jazz wizard Jimi Tenor, and the legendary Afro Funk drummer Tony Allen – coming together here in a set of duos that are way more than the sum of their parts! Tony plays live drums, and Jimi adds in lots of keyboards and ... (Sound Library, 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 go back to the vaults – and come up with a host of unusual material from the Temple Of I & I sessions! The music here is a great extension of the sound of that record – and includes unused tracks, remixes, and dubplates – all with the same collaborative ... 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
Thundercat with OG Ron C & The Chopstars —
Drank ... CD Brainfeeder, 2018. New Copy ...
A chopped-up take on Thundercat's album Drunk – handled here by OG Ron & The Chopstars – who provide a surprisingly sensitive take on the music! The album's billed as "chopped not slopped" – and that claim definitely seems right – as the music here is mostly ... read moreCD
Deluxe edition of the first Tricky album – benchmark trip hop from one the true innovators – and one of pivotal albums of the past couple decades! Along with the work of Portishead, Tricky circa Maxinquaye sort of established the blueprint for the whole mid 90s guy-with-sludgy-beats-mee ... read moreCD
Slinky sax with a touch of funk – served up here by Fabio Tullio at a level that's way nicer than you'd expect from the title! At some level, the record's clearly trying to evoke earlier eras of Italian instrumentalists on the sax – such as the long run of 60s and 70s albums by Fausto ... read moreCD
Epoch ... CD Ghostly International, 2017. Used ...
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
The first non-Blue Note release by US3 – the funky British combo with a talent for reworking the past! This debut set for Universal has a fresher sound than some of their late Blue Note work – with less of the obvious influences of the past in their music, and more of a discreet soul ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Ricardo Villalobos —
Alcachofa ... CD Playhouse (Germany), 2003. Used ...
Previously unreleased live and studio material from Bugge Wesseltoft – more than a decade's worth of recordings, served up here on 3CDs! The package is a great testament to Bugge's sharp edge over the years – the sounds he first made at the forefront of the underground in the mid 90s, ... 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
(Out of print.)
Kamaal Williams —
Return ... CD Black Focus, 2018. New Copy ...
The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A stunner of a set from Haijime Yoshizawa – a record that has the musician hitting a completely jazz-based sound all the way through – really delivering on the spiritual promise of his crossover work during the past decade or so! Yoshizawa first came to our attention as more of a dance ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Zombie Zombie —
Livity ... CD Versatile (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Style, genre and time period transcending electro from French combo Zombie Zombie! The trio blends the spare electronic moodcraft of retro futurist soundtrack influences, the slowbuilding atmosphere of classic European art rock instrumentals, and dancefloor ready beats into a vibe that recalls a ... read moreCD
Alex Attias has always given us some really creative sounds in his own music – so we've got some mighty high expectations when he brings together a selection of tracks by other artists for BBE! Fortunately, the record not only lives up to those expectations, but does them one better – ... read moreCD
A dozen volumes in – and this wonderful series is still going strong – an incredibly solid, incredibly trustworthy collection of all that's great in the global underground! Gilles Peterson has been opening up our ears for decades, and he's never let us down – and, as before, ... read moreCD
The Credit To The Edit is also a credit to Greg Wilson, too – as the series has become a bit legendary over the years, thanks to the editing skills of the man himself! It's been a number of years since Greg's last volume, but if anything, appreciation for club edits has only grown during ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic trip through the archive with Volcov – even if most of the cuts here are a bit more recent than those that usually get archival status! And yet in a way, many of these cuts almost went to the archives directly – especially in this digital age for modern soul and club, where ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
A collection with a classic-looking cover, and some classic-styled instrumentals as well – even though most of this music is only about a decade old! The set brings together a sweet batch of guitar-driven numbers from the Irma Records catalog – an imprint that we can always trust to ... read moreCD
Nice nice set of breezy modern bossa tracks, culled from the current catalog of Irma's Italian artists, most of whom have been receiving kudos for years for their dedication to a classic Brazilian sound. The tracks on here nicely mix electric bossa with more modern production touches, but still ... read moreCD
The Heavenly Sweetness label celebrates its first ten years in business – with a special birthday present of all-exclusive unreleased tracks! This set doesn't look back at the previous decade of the label, but instead points the way forward – with a wonderful selection of newly-recorded ... read moreCD