Afriqua's got a continental reference in his name, but a sound that's very forward-thinking overall – music that's supposedly inspired by classics from Roy Ayers, Quincy Jones, and Weldon Irvine – but which sounds completely different than those inspirations! Instead, Afriqua's sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic set of keyboard sounds – a record that features improvised duets between Arp Frique and Erik Ritfeld – who each switch up their machines on every different track! At the core of the record is an Elka Drummer One rhythm box and a Roland Space Echo – but then ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jon Bap really breaks down the concept of a typical song here – as some tunes are more short bursts of sound, others are more lyrically oriented – and together, they all make for one hell of a compelling album! Things can be pretty abstract one minute, then funky and soulful the next ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beady Belle —
Dedication ... LP Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Beady Belle never lets us down – and even though the lady's been making music for well over a decade, she still turns out some of the most consistently thoughtful soul we can think of! Forget the fact that the singer's on a Norwegian label, as the lyrics here are all in English, backed by ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crackling little full length set from Fred Peterkin – aka Black Jazz Consortium – a set that continues his forward-thinking approach to a groove, but which also brings in a recent love of the music of Brazil as well! The Brazilian elements here are very spare – this is still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty amazing work from Chiminyo – aka jazz drummer Tim Doyle, who also finds a way to trigger samples when he plays – creating this one-man sound on the record that really comes as quite a surprise! All three tracks on the EP were performed live by Chiminyo – and while he's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very fluid, freewheeling sounds from this Finnish quintet – material recorded relatively early in the career of some of the musicians, and already showing a tremendous ear for the sorts of fresh styles they'd create in years to come! The group is co-led by Jimi Tenor and Edward Vesala – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great follow-up to the African Spirits single from the team of Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella – and like that one, a set that draws heavily on influences from classic Afro Funk! "Free Your Mind" is an instrumental that has these great rising horn passages – soaring ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This "ensemble" is really just one guy – Charif Megarbane, who recorded the whole album in Kenya – working together a fantastic array of sounds on drums, percussion, guitar, Fender Rhodes, Farfisa, flute, vibes, oud, and a number of other instruments too – all with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 300! Comes with a bonus poster, too.)
Da Lata —
Birds ... LP Da La Music (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
The first album in more than a few years from Da Lata – a set that has the core group winnowed down to Chris Franck, but which seems to open up the sound even more than before! Everything we've ever loved about Da Lata is in place here – that special sound that filters together bits of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the famous debut album from Deee-Lite, but a killer set of grooves that has the trio very much at the height of their powers! So many folks remember these guys as a bigger pop act, they tend to forget how much they brought back to dance music – a real embrace of warmer elements from the ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Too Much ... LP 2000 Black (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A fantastic full length set from Dego – one of the few members of the 4Hero scene who've kept the music flowing and growing into new territory in recent years – especially with the same longform vibe that we always loved from that legendary group! Although short doses of cosmic sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The sound of Chicago acid house, all filtered through the energy of the west coast rave scene – which was home to DJ Spun and Dhyan Moller when they recorded these tracks! The music was originally done straight to cassette – which creates this nicely compressed sound that takes us back ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title certainly gets it right – as there's a strongly unified sense of spirit here from Family Atlantica – even more so than on their debut album! As before, there's a range of global elements moving through the mix – currents of South American and African styles, given a ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early classic solo jam from Fat Jon – one of our favorite underground hip hop beat wizards in the immediate post millennium – and a more than ample effort that still sounds great today! Combining his Dyslexic and Stasis EPs, it features a trademark batch Fat Jon's chilled out hip hop ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Flying Lotus – an artist who just keeps on pushing past any conventional expectations, to a point where his music is almost a genre unto itself! The record's got this very tripped-out sort of vibe – very much in keeping with the image on the cover – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great moment from Flying Lotus – a live set recorded for Gilles Peterson in 2010, at a point that's kind of the start of a whole new generation in jazzy modes! The lineup here features tenor from Ravi Coltrane, light string touches from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and some especially ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The start of a great legacy for Foreign Exchange – a duo made up of equal parts MC Phonte of Little Brother and Dutch production wiz Nicolay! The record was a pretty fitting departure for Phonte – whose crew re-ignited the southern hip hop underground for cats without the pimp crunk ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gerardo Frisina —
Hi Note ... LP Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy 2LP ...
Hi Note, indeed! Gerardo Frisina's latest is awe-inspiring – a completely seamless blend of Italian and Latin jazz, bossa rhythms and percussion, and some of the most tasteful and naturally blended electronic elements you could ever expect to hear on an album so steeped in a genuine affinity ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the rootsiest work we've heard in years from the mighty Gerardo Frisina – a set that still has his rhythm programs in the mix, but combined with loads of acoustic drums, percussion, piano and vibes – all given some sweet touches by occasional Fender Rhodes solos as well! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's nothing humdrum about Gogo Penguin at all – as the combo are out to take the sound of the piano trio into their own great directions – really bursting forth here with a sense of energy and imagination that even blow away their previous records! The group is simultaneously ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record that's jazz at the core, but a lot hipper too – a great statement from London keyboardist Neue Grafik, issued on the label of that city's hip Total Refreshment Centre club! Grafik plays plenty of great solos on piano, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – but there' ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue return of Daniel Grau – the Venezuelan artist who gave us some mighty soulful music in the 70s – still sounding great after quite a long passage of time! The music here is very much in Daniel's classic tradition – a warm approach to club music, with some nicely ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guts bills this set as "an Afro-Tropical experiment" – but to us, the album's just a further expansion of his wonderful talents as a producer – which have really come a long way in just a few years! Guts maybe got his start in hip hop, but he's able to embrace a globe's worth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest records we've heard on the Sahel Sound label to date – not the usual guitar material you might know from the imprint, but instead a batch of very cosmic keyboards – all instrumental, and spinning out into space with a vibe that's almost a collision between the best ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shafiq Husayn —
Loop ... LP Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
It's been many years since Sa-Ra have expanded our minds with their revolutionary blend of hop hop and soul – but fortunately, Shafiq Husayn has carried on the group's legacy – and has reached an even higher plane with music like this! Husayn brings all the fantastic production skills ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bryony Jarman-Pinto —
Cage & Aviary ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
Very cool work from Bryony Jarman-Pinto – a singer who's way more than just a singer – partly because she often uses the studio to harmonize alongside herself, which brings a very hip vibe to her sound! Bryony's maybe tied most strongly to jazz, but there's a heck of a lot going on ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2042 ... LP Kola (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Really striking work from Kele – an artist who works in a space that's very much his own, but which follows in a strong British legacy of mashing up modes for political action – a trajectory that might start with Pop Group, and flow strongly through the Tricky and Portishead generation! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fuzzy mix of styles from Kit Sebastian – a set that reminds us of that late 90s moment when many artists were inspired by Brazilian Tropicalia, and took that inspiration as a way to blend together sounds from many different modes! The record's got touches of funk, psych, and a range of ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The most outwardly cosmic entry in the Baker's Dozen series to date – courtesy of producer, multi-instrumentalist and all around soulful spirit Low Leaf! We were introduced to Low Leaf through her soul jazz inspired, though ultimately (and refreshingly) hard to define craft built around harp ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Densely atmospheric and hypnotically beat-driven grooves from Mad Zach on Alpha Pup! There's a bit more of intense electronic vibe here than the some of the more abstract jazzy soul soundscapes of a lot what we've heard on the label to date, which is gratifying honestly – and is compelling as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition double colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks!)
Beautifully dynamic work from drummer Myele Manzanza – an artist we've never heard work in this scope before, and we hope will soon do so again! The album's got Myele at the helm of a great large ensemble – a group who have a strong spiritual sense at the core, but often move in more ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michele Manzo —
All Rise ... LP Darker Than Wax (Singapore), 2019. New Copy ...
Michele Manzo does a great job of making dark-tinged beats here – never in a way that's too overdone, but at a level that has this moody current and blue tinge – one that comes especially strongly from the keyboards that weave in and out alongside the rhythms! The keys kind of swell ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever full length set we've seen from Daniel Maunick – an artist who you might know from his remix work as Venom, or for his ties to the Incognito universe – given that Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick is his father! Yet the sound here is definitely Daniel's own – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut album from the Mauskovic Dance Band – a compelling combo who bring together rhythms from around the globe, then fuse them together in a dark and moody sort of way – often with the kind of early 80s elements you might expect to hear from ESG or Quando Quango! The production is ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Deep sounds from Menagerie – a group led by funky genius Lance Ferguson, who's given us wonderful work in a variety of styles over the years – but who here has turned his talents to the world of spiritual jazz, which he takes on brilliantly with this excellent ensemble! Menagerie have ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really great work from a Brazilian combo that somehow manages to work in a mode that's completely rootsy, but also completely contemporary too! The music here mixes together heavy percussion, bits of jazz, and just the right touches on keyboards, beats, and samples – so that the organic and ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from The Meridian Brothers – not a family act at all, but really just a one man operation – yet with a sound that's more than large enough to bring in a whole host of South and Central American influences! Eblis Alvarez uses elements of cumbia, merengue, and other Latin ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... LP 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Mocambos are back, and mightier than ever – thanks to help from a lineup of all-stars who include Lee Fields, Jswiss, Ice T, Gizelle Smith, and even German sci-fi legend Peter Thomas! The core sound of the group is as before – tight funk by a large ensemble of all-star players who'v ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy grooves from Mop Mop – a set that we like even more than their hip first album, and which is filled with great work from a variety of different musicians! The vibe here is a lot more acoustic than the last time around, although the sound moves past the straighter style of club jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please Note – Cover has a small split from shipping.)
A really cool criss-crossing of modes from percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi – a musician who handles a range of older Persian instruments on the set, but also produced the album with a fair bit of echo and effects – so that the acoustic instruments crackle with deeper, more ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nu Era (Marc Mac) —
Evolve ... LP Omniverse (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Evolve is a great title for this full length set – as Marc Mac is one of the few talents from the 4Hero generation who's really evolved over the years, and who's continued to give us some really incredible music – a jazz-based take on the realm of beats and keyboards, with a cosmic-drive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last time around, Nu Guinea came on strong with a collaboration with drummer Tony Allen – but this time, they've got a very different groove – a lean, keyboard-heavy approach to funk that feels like it's lifted from some obscure sound library session of the 70s! There's still some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacey, slinky soul from Skinny Pelembe – an artist whose groove is right in keeping with the groundbreaking, genre-busting style of the Brownswood label! Skinny's definitely his own man here – weaving together gentle beats, slightly trippy instrumentation, and an overall sense of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful record by young Chilean pianist Enrique Rodriguez – a set that's got little more going on than piano and keyboards, but which really makes the most of those elements! Rodriguez plays in a style that's not entirely jazz – maybe more moody instrumentals with a slight ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – in a black sleeve with the image on a sticker in the corner.)
There's a photo of 70s vintage Johnny Guitar Watson nestled somewhere in the collage on the cover – and that's a really great soul music reference for the slinky, well-inflected sound of Rojai! The singer hails from San Francisco, and has a great way of stepping up to the needs of a tune ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've loved these guys since the start, but this time around they really seem to be knocking it out of the park – fusing their fantastic blend of funky jazz and contemporary soul with a fresher vibe than they've ever had before! These guys draw on plenty of classic elements, but never sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hypnotic beats and atmosphere from Sev Seveer – a Chicago beatmaker and producer appropriately billed as as a live PA/hardware/beat cat – and if Smithereens is any indication, he's a seriously strong album-oriented beat cat, too! Inspired by visual art as much as aural atmosphere, ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of just 300 copies – and down to the final copies! Includes 3 bonus tracks.)
Ilhan Ersahin has always been a great collaborator – that's something that's marked his work on the New York scene, and on the Nublu Records label – but this time around, his collaboration is especially strong – as he works here in a quartet that features older jazz legends Eddie ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really lovely little record from Small Circle Of Friends – the very small circle that features the duo of Japanese musicians Riki Azuma and Satsuki Mutoh! The record's got this spare, lyrical vibe – beats, keyboards, and other elements – but never overdone, and almost used in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary entry in the legendary KPM sound library – a record that features Ben Smith and Paul Murphy delivering tunes that echo that label's vintage sound of the 70s, but which also maybe have a deeper song structure overall! These aren't short sound cues or unformed, unfinished ideas ... (Sound Library, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dexter Story —
Bahir ... LP Soundway (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
The world of Dexter Story just keeps getting bigger and bigger – not just because he's a richly collaborative player, but also because he's got this musical style that really opens up to so many different elements – but without ever sounding like he's trying to crash them together in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strictly Jaz Unit (Glenn Underground & Boo Williams) —
Tempest ... LP Strictly Jaz Unit, 2019. New Copy 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
That's Jaz with one "z", not two – and the difference here is key, because the music is all soulful house, of the sort we've come to love from Glenn Underground – who works here with Boo Williams to make a set that's one of his greatest to date! Keyboards are the lead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
T-Groove has given us some great music in the past, but he really blows us away here – as he works with Two Jazz Project on a much warmer version of some of his classic clubby modes – this wonderfully deep sound that has plenty of room for guests who include Enois Scroggins, Brae Leni, ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blinding sounds from Kaidi Tatham – an artist who's really continued the best spirit of the 4Hero sound with records like this! The set's only got four tracks, but you'll hardly miss anything at all – as Tatham packs so much into such a small space – changing up the rhythms in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring sounds from Kaidi Tatham – music that's upbeat and moving, yet wonderfully precise in its simplicity too! Kaidi works in this cosmic fusion style that owes plenty to the London style a decade or so back – but it also moves forward with a lot more live instrumentation in the mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet funky project from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's filled with lots of 70s funk elements, but which keeps up the groove we've come to love in all of his previous Patchworks projects! There's a great blend here between live funk instrumentation and dancefloor ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We don't hear nearly enough from Waajeed as we'd like to – but he really returns to glory here on a stunning mix of underground tracks from the Detroit scene – all contemporaries of Waajeed, and part of that rich electronic legacy that he's given us from his early days on the city's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heavy helping of Detroit Love – and one that will also make you love Detroit too – or, at least, completely respect the city for having such a continually rewarding underground over the last few decades – long after the possibility of chart hits or bigger fame have passed! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keyboardist Kamaal Williams has given us some great records under his own name – and here, he turns in a stunning set for the DJ Kicks series – a record that's overflowing with a mix of cosmic jazz, soul, and club from some of Kamaal's key contemporaries – mixed with a few great ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The mighty DJ Spinna has a way of making already-great music sound even greater – by using just the right sort of soulful touch to augment subtle elements in the original tunes that might have otherwise gone overlooked – to unlock a richer, more righteous energy that really serves the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fresh take on the sound library genius of Bruton – one of the coolest UK commercial studios of the 70s, remixed here by a host of contemporary talents! There's plenty of vintage Bruton tracks that are heavy on soundtrack-styled funk and jazz – and they prove to be a perfect blueprint ... (Sound Library, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A shapely collection of glittering diamonds from the Tru Thoughts label – an entry in their excellent series of rare cuts, special remixes, and other gems – all issued here on vinyl for the first time! Titles include "Loveline (Jesse Fischer rmx)" by Space Captain, "Too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mint colored vinyl pressing – includes download and poster! Download features 31 tracks in all!)
A classic compilation from the Chicago scene – one that stood as one of the key full-length releases of house music that was bubbling under in the Windy City – important at the time, as most other albums of house music were from overseas labels issuing Chicago recordings! As you'd ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed up as a 2LP set – better than the original!)