Acid Man ... LP House Nation Trax (Canada), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
Neo classic house from Acidone – a Toronto figure with deep love for classic house and the acid house you'd expect from his moniker and the album title – and really delivers a double platter of solid grooves here! Includes "Go Jack!", "Just House (No Acid In Da ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The classic debut of Air – one of the fresher avant pop albums of the late 90s to say the least, and one of the best since then, too! Perhaps the greatest achievement here is how they deftly layer such broad influences of the preceding few decades – from soaring string film schools, to ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(10th Anniversary glow in the dark vinyl pressing – limited to indie stores!)
An album that bills itself as a cross between Afro Funk and Japanese traditional music – but a set that also comes up with some nice contemporary soul currents as well! The instrumentation is definitely funky – with lots of driving percussion, often of Japanese origin, but used in the ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arp Frique certainly does live in a colorful world – not just in the image on the cover, but in the grooves of the record as well – which bring together lots of funky 80s keyboards with a wider global sense of groove! There's often some acoustic percussion alongside the electric keys ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
III ... LP Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
The best work so far from this ultra-hip trio – an amazing combination of keyboards, bass, and drums – served up in styles that are rooted in funk and jazz, but go to so many other places as well! The drums crackle with a quality schooled in 70s breaks and beats, stripped down to their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Badbadnotgood have always been pretty damn great, actually – and never better than on album IV – a remarkable step forward for the group! As ever, they take inspiration from some of the best prog, jazz, funk (and proggy jazz funk...they blend) of the 70s and beyond, but weave it into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's been many years since Daz I Kue first rocked our world with his grooves in Bugz In The Attic – and since that time, he's only gotten stronger and more soulful as a solo act – to the point where a new project like this almost blows away some of his previous work! As you might guess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beady Belle's not really on her own here – just working away from her regular group, with an all-star batch of musicians that includes Bugge Wesseltoft on piano and Fender Rhodes, and the mighty Joshua Redman on tenor sax! The album's got even more of a jazz core than some of the other Beady ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent mod work from this new UK combo! The album's got a hip late 60s Go-Go feel – with screaming Hammond organ solos, bouncing bongo, and lots of fuzzed out guitars. There's more than a bit of funk in the mix, too – and you might well think of these guys as a swinging London ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Big Hustle —
Worldwide ... LP Big Hustle (France), 2017. Sealed Gatefold ...
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Soup ... LP Skam (UK), 1998. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Really beautiful stuff from this very cool group – music that seems to resonate in a special space between 70s AOR and underground pop of the following decade – touched by some jazz aspects in the instrumentation, and delivered with a vibe that's as as poetic as the title! The core ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Calibro 35 —
Decade ... LP Record Kicks (Italy), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
Calibro 35 have grown a heck of a lot in the last ten years – from a group who already had a strong ear for vintage soundtrack and sound library funk – to one who've definitely brought a lot of their own ideas to the music too! The sound here is razor sharp and right on the money ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A post-millennium gem from Dabyre that holds up incredibly well – and an nice littel selection of dub influenced beats and abstract hip hop instruementals! The vibe here is creative, but doesn't venture too far out of headnodding territory even in the most spacey –with some smooth ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2018 remaster by Daddy Kev sounds as great as ever – and includes download with bonus Payback EP!)
A beautiful blend of beats, electronics, and well-chosen acoustic sources – including a bit of bassoon, and some acoustic guitar in unexpected places! These sorts of mixes are maybe a bit more familiar now – but back at the start, this album was a bit of a groundbreaker – maybe a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green colored vinyl – and on vinyl for the first time. Limited to just 500 copies!)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, they've definitely got the "disco" in the title right – but there's a lot more going on here too – including some nice post-punk touches that are augmented by guest work from Mark Stewart and Liquid Liquid! The album's tuneful, catchy, and nicely distilled – heavy ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stellar compilation of 80s material from German electronic experimentalist new wavers EMAK – Elektronische Musik Aus Koln – a Cologne combo that built upon the influences of Krautrock and experimental innovators such as Cluster, Tangerine Dream and other giants – with touches of ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra —
Black Sun ... LP Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP ...
Fantastic sounds from the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – a group with family ties to Azymuth and Incognito, and who work here in the best blend of Brazilian and soulful elements that might imply! The ensemble is a crowning achievement for the Far Out label – a summation of all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forro In The Dark sound better here than ever before – working with producer Kassin, on a set of tracks recorded both in Brooklyn and in Rio – with a vibe that's maybe more faithful to their Brazilian inspiration than any of their previous records! The core trio handle a fantastic ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the lushest, most melodic material from Four Tet yet – straight up beautiful for the most part – and a pretty strong contender for his best to date! He's blending electronics and more natural sounds in ways that aren't out of character given his past work, but the title is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great small combo set from percussionist Gerardo Frisina – a set that feels as if it's got some programming in the rhythms, a bit like some of his earlier singles – but which also features a fair bit of live jazz instrumentation too! The album's got a sound that really fits the color ... 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
The classic sound of Funkadelic, reworked by a key selection of contemporary talents from the Detroit scene – but never in a way that wrecks the originals at all! Unlike other remix projects, which might break up the music to a point that you can hardly recognize the original grooves – ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funki Porcini's fine 1995 debut, originally issued on Shadow – with a bonus disc full of bonus tracks and remixes! Hed Phone Sex is a bit less club-oriented than the follow up Love, Pussycats and Car Wrecks. The overall feel is of a warm, smooth and trippy electronic groove that would come ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title of the record may sound a bit scientific, but the music within has a very human appeal – sweet funky rhythms forged by the team of DJ Rocca and Stefano Ghittoni – the latter of whom you might know from previous productions with The Dining Rooms! The sound here is maybe an ... 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
It'd been a few years since we heard the head nodding hip hop funk sound of The Herbaliser, but their back in full force! The cover a lot of stylistic terrain here, from the neo-classic boombap with scratches and cinematic samples of the opener, to the noirish hip hop soul of the standout "Seiz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty remarkable set of spacey soul songcraft from Hiatus Kaiyote – a Melbourne group that blends moody, laidback live soul instrumentation with bubbling futuristic elements in a surprisingly seamless way – elevated even higher by strong songwriting and the soulful vocals of Nai Palm! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a sound to match its evocative title – maybe the most heady work to date from Hidden Orchestra – and that's saying a lot, given the depth of their other releases! These guys definitely take the "orchestra" in their name seriously – and while the lineup is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is indie store exclusive – includes download!)
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzanova are maybe best remembered for their early Compost Records releases from the German scene – tracks that really helped reintroduce jazz and Brazilian modes to the contemporary dancefloors back in the 90s! In the years since those now-classic releases, Jazzanova have moved more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic bit of funk from the Italian scene of the 90s – and a record that first gave the world a taste of all the great sounds to come! At the time of this release, Italy was mostly known for its club and house tracks – yet some of the hipper musicians on the scene had also been ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No junk here – as this hip instrumental group take on the sounds of three Italian soundtrack masters – Ennio Morricone, Piero Umilani, and Armando Trovajoli – all while offering up some very unusual interpretations of their work! The songs are familiar, but the instrumentation is ... (Sound Library, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The deepest record we've heard so far from London's Sean Khan – and that's saying a lot, as we really loved his previous albums! Sean got his start on the broken beat scene a number of years back, and has slowly been evolving into more of a jazz-based artist – which he hits ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kondi Band —
Salone ... LP Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
Very cool sounds from a wonderful pairing of sources – the ancient African thumb piano and contemporary funky production – at a level that's almost a 21st Century update of the American 70s kalimba experiments by Phil Cohran and Earth Wind & Fire! There's moments here that ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warmly soulful work from Lack Of Afro – a name we first knew for more dancefloor-oriented projects, but one that's really evolved into much richer territory in recent years! The album's overflowing with vocal tracks – soulful groovers that lean heavily on styles from the 60s and 70s, ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
When Jessica Lauren first grabbed our ears 20 years ago, she was a keyboardist on the London contemporary scene – but with a much deeper jazz vision than most – an artist whose appearances on record always made any sort of song come across with a spiritual sound that was unique for the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic material from a group we haven't heard from in years! You might know Les Hommes best from their early work on Schema Records – some killer albums from the start of this century, which firmly established these guys as one of the grooviest groups around! And while it's been years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Love Corporation —
Tones ... LP Creation (UK), 1990. Very Good ...
Warmly-crafted work from this enigmatic ensemble – sounds that lie somewhere between the sonic textures of mid 70s ECM Records, and some of the more spiritual efforts of the time! The music is jazz, but often has a more abstract melodic progression – with core acoustic elements on ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Meanest Man Contest —
Merit ... LP Plug Research, 2003. Very Good+ ...
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Monday Michiru —
Premiumix ... LP Polydor (Japan), 1999. Used 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Nice work from our favorite Japanese soul star – a tight batch of remixes, filled with guest appearances by the likes of Incognito, Basement Jaxx, Shinichi Osawa, Soul Society, Rob Playford, and others – all packaged in an extremely captivating cover with great graphics! Titles include ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a bit of Hollywood here, but also a fair bit of bossa nova, older jazz, and other modes that remind us a bit of our favorite older records on labels like Schema and Irma – maybe no surprise, given that the whole thing was recorded in Milan! Federica Grappasonni is at the helm – ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If you like Fender Rhodes, you'll find plenty to love here – as Moonchild is just the duo of singer Amber Navran and keyboardist Andris Mattson – whose warm lines here are a perfect accompaniment to the vocals! There's a warm, organic vibe here that's maybe a bit different than some of ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing on "Sunset Red" colored vinyl – and with download!)
The Moonfires better keep it rolling, given that they're being chased by a giant ape on the cover – but with the mighty Alex Puddu on guitar, they can't help but take off and soar! The album's got that great commitment to classic cinematic funk styles that we've always loved in Puddu's music ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Carlos Nino is definitely going home here – hitting some of the most righteous modes we've heard in years – and also returning to his roots in spiritual jazz! The album's still got some of the meditative qualities of some of Nino's other music, but it's also got more bite too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nostalgia 77 —
Fifteen ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
It's hard to believe it's been fifteen years since Benedic Lamdin has been giving us music via Nostalgia 77 – partly because he's given us so much, and matured so strongly, it almost feels as if more time has passed! If you're not yet hip to the Nostalgia 77 sound, this album's definitely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alex Puddu's going right back to the beginning here – serving up some tight, sharp sounds that are very much in the 70s funk mode that first gave him inspiration! And this time around, he's got Lonnie Jordan from War on board – singing on three of the album's great tracks – which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A much-needed full length set from RSL – a trio who've grabbed plenty of attention with their initial singles, but who sound even better on an extended session! The group's got some instrumentation that's very much after our hearts – Fender Rhodes, organ, and theremin – all used ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might know him from his production and remix work for the clubs – but here, Henrik Schwarz shows off a completely different side of his talents – his ear for beautifully personal, sensitive acoustic piano performance! As with Bugge Wesseltoft, another artist who started with beats, ... (Classical, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tasty new one! Seksu Roba mix together modern electronics, older funky breaks, and melodic riffs that remind us of a thousand soundtracks from days gone by. The album's got a simple elegance that's just great – with no real vocals apart from the occasional stray sample, and a very unified ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Skymark is Marc Friedli – a European keyboardist with a real love of vintage instruments – Arp, Moog, Prophet, Roland, and more – all of which he brings to bear nicely in this very groovy set! As with his previous record, the vibe here is kind of late 70s/early 80s – some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second Soul Session is every bit as great as the first – a wonderful blend of contemporary rhythms and crackling vocals – served up by producer Ralph Keifer, with help from guests who include Georgia Anne Muldrow, Anaj, Tokunbo, Omar, and Fatma Tazegul! Rhythms are relatively spare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the best album ever from Soulstance – the jazzy dancefloor combo who are easily one of the brightest stars in the Schema Records galaxy! Although other Soulstance records have been totally great – very much in the best mix of classic and modern styles that Schema groups ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record that's not quite jazz, not quite funk, but something really special in between – a short EP that only features four tracks, but one that manages to pack a heck of a punch overall! Malcolm Catto produced the first side of the record, and he really gets the sound of the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet electro funk from Danny Spence – a set of instrumentals that draw from an 80s mode, but deliver the sounds in a very contemporary style – especially the way they splash together the rhythms and basslines at the bottom end of the sonic spectrum! The tunes are simple and unadorned, ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's as stark as its cover – a very cool collaboration from LA beatmaker GB (Gifted & Blessed) and British singer Yeofi Andoh – done in a style that may well be opening up whole new frontiers for underground cosmic soul! The record's got a nicely rough vibe – songs ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great grooves from S-Tone – the best album so far from Stefano Tirone, thanks to a range of great singers and musicians on the set! There's a warmly acoustic vibe here – one that's rooted in bossa, but which also has some of the club jazz elements you'd expect from Schema Records ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
S-Tone Inc —
Onda ... LP 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 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early work from the James Taylor Quartet – music that's a lot more mod soul than some of the funk or clubbier styles of later work – but still served up with an equally sharp ear for a retro-styled sound! The groove here is more 60s mod than 70s funk, and James plays piano more ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from one of the most compelling mainstream talents in recent years – an artist who can get wide fame and acclaim, yet keep on pushing the boundaries into fresh new cosmic territory! This album may well be Thundercat's masterpiece – not just a summation of all the ideas ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition purple vinyl pressing – with download!)
Includes "Lune", "Rouge", "Thief" feat Saints, "I Wish I Could" feat Selah Sue, "We Love" feat MNDR, "Bibimbap", "No Way" feat Isiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Albre Perkins, "Don't Call Me" feat Yuna, "Early To ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Turning Jewels Into Water describe their music as "half organic, half machine" – which is a pretty good description of the layered sounds going on here – which come from electronic drums, turntables, live loops, and other programs! Yet despite the presence of so many electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from Moreno Veloso – the son of the famous Caetano, but an artist who's already very much his own man on this classic collaboration with the team of Kassin and Domenico! Moreno plays it cool on most of the record – singing in a spare setting that mixes acoustic ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work by one of the most groundbreaking artists of the jazz-influenced production generation! Lots of folks talk about how much jazz there is in their work, but when you hear their drum n bass singles, you're kind of hard pressed to figure out what they mean. Not Bugge, though –as his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Mispressed version with 2 LPs, including just 4 tracks.)
Wonk & The Love Experiment —
Binary ... LP Sweet Soul (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
A slightly different vibe than usual for Wonk – maybe more soul than jazz overall, but with that criss-crossing style we love so much in their music – just expanded strongly by the presence of Love Experiment! The beats are chunky, funky, and cut with lots of spacey elements – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacey, yet pretty rousing, almost anthemic hip hop soul instrumentals from Zach Witness – a batch originally put together as a birthday gift to friend and collaborator Andre 3000 (hence the title), and really indicative of the kind of soaring electro funky vibe of that side of Outkast ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Irma label first started to brighten our life about 20 years ago – when the Italian imprint moves from club and house to the realm of funk and soul – standing strong as one of the first and best labels of the 90s to bring back the sounds of the 70s! True, the movement had first ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The third volume in this wonderful series – and like the other volumes, a record that really lives up to its name! The groove here mixes together 70s roots in disco and reggae – and comes up with a cool contemporary blend that's mighty nice – held together through top-shelf ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album