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
Actress X London Contemporary Orchestra —
Lageos ... LP Ninja Tune, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A pretty moody little collaboration between electronic wizard Actress (Darren Cunningham), and the London Contemporary Orchestra – both working here in a way that's quite unlike other records of this nature we've heard in the past! At first, we were maybe guessing that the set would have a ... 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
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
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
The mid 90s classic from Aphex Twin – and one of the best, most furiously creative electronic albums of the era! I Care Because You Do is Richard D. James at his peak – sometimes frenetic, sometimes easygoing, always hypnotic beats – and some of the most entrancing ambient ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Apples have always had a slightly offbeat approach to funk – one that partly echoes their role as one of the heaviest acts on the Israeli scene – but which also showcases their ease of blending electric elements with live instrumentation! The core of the group is heavy on horns ... (Deep Funk, 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 ...
The first full length from Blundetto – a Parisian radio programmer and artist showing impeccable taste here – with a slyly dubby and reggae & soul influenced groove and featuring collaborations with The Budos Band horns, Chico Mann, Tommy Guerrero, Lateef The Truthspeaker, Shawn Lee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a great one for this album by Blundetto – given that the groove is beautifully deep, and the music moves at a pace that would make it hard to do anything but dance slow! Yet the set's not a sleepy one – as it's got all the richness and complexity of previous Blundetto ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
The first full length from Cold Cut, with their big hits "people Hold On" and "Doctorin' The House", plus their other cut and paste and house and hip hop crossover numbers, like "Fat (Party & Bullsh*t)", "theme From 'Reportage'", "Stop This Crazy ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Tommy Boy, including the printed inner sleeve.)
Infectious live band soul from Con Brio! It's a 7-piece band based in San Francisco, but their sound and boundless energy draws all over the stylistic map, and spans eras, too. There's a bit of a timeless pop soul vibe with charismatic vocals and big, memorable hooks – backed by cool ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful wonderful wonderful – and one of the best albums we've ever heard of modern bossa and soundtrack grooves! For years, Nicola Conte has been a seminal force in the new Italian scene – working as a DJ, promoter, producer, and sometimes recording artist under the odd 12" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from Nicola Conte – Schema records maestro making his Blue Note debut with this set – and giving the label one of their best new albums of the 21st Century! The record's quite different than Nicola's programmed dancefloor work for Schema – and is much more of an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very unique package, too – like getting 2 classic Blue Note albums together at once!)
Alex Cortex —
Laconic ... LP Source (Germany), 2000. Very Good 2LP ...
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!)
Daft Punk have always worn their love of pop, disco, electro, soul and fusion pretty proudly on their robot sleeves – and bless 'em, they're paying more earnest tribute than ever before on Random Access Memories – featuring homages to and collaborations with Chic guitarist/pop soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl. Includes code for digital download.)
Masterful remixes by the mighty Mark De Clive-Lowe – with all the depth we've always loved in both his production work and his own recordings – putting his distinctive spin on tracks by Nils Wulker & Jill Scott, Nina Lares, King, Dexter Story, Amana Melome and Cherie Mathieson! Mark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Florida ... LP Big Dada/Ninja Tune, 2004. Very Good+ 2LP ...
The Brit hop flag wavers at Big Dada take a trip across the pond for this full length effort from Diplo – renowned for his Hollertronix parties, and making a pretty strong statement here for work as an album-oriented artist (as opposed to his already proven skills on the mixtape scene). ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
DJ Spooky offers up his take on the dancehall sound –w orking with help from Walshy Fire and Sanjay – on titles that include "Phantom In The Dancehall", "Music Of The Time", "Showtime", "Jah Dub", "No Return", "Dash It In The ... (Reggae, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from the legendary Joao Donato – not the bossa jazz of his roots, but instead a fresh new groove created with his son Donatinho! The music is heavy on keyboards, and definitely has the 80s vibe promised by the cover – with the younger ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius from the mind of Kool Keith aka Big Willie Smith aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon – with some of the greatest production ever by Dan The Automator and scratch work by DJ Q-Bert – a serious creative peak for all parties, and up there in the all time greatest hip hop full lengths of ... (Hip Hop, 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
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
The Latin Kick – with a jazzy groove! Gerardo Frisina's long been one of our favorite talents on the international groove underground, and like his labelmate and sometime musical partner Nicola Conte, he's got a way of crafting tracks that are awash in classic jazz touches. Frisina himself ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heady sounds from Gaslamp Killer – tunes that are as fuzzy as they are funky – which might be something that we'd say about the man himself! As with other productions, there's definitely a focus on the low end and lo-fi here – but never as a lack of anything, or as a mistake ... 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!)
A really jagged little record from Hieroglyphic Being – a set that feels even more stripped-down than his previous album, to a point where we can really focus on his inventive beats and cosmic keyboards! The album's dedicated to a range of influences that include Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Pool ... LP Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
It feels like quite some time since we've last heard from Jazzanova – a group who were continually exploding our musical horizons back at the end of the last century, and who really seem to have evolved their sound in more recent years! This double-length set has a tremendous sense of scope ... 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
Cross ... LP Ed Banger/Because (France), 2007. Used 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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
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
Heavy sounds from this deep funk supergroup – a killer sextet that features Alan Evans of Soulive on drums, Eddie Roberts of New Mastersounds on guitar, as well as members of Pimps Of Joytime and Orgone! The group sports two female singers – Kim Dawson and Adryon De Leon – both ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited red colored vinyl – with download!)
Meanest Man Contest —
Merit ... LP Plug Research, 2003. Very Good+ ...
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
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
A trip through seven wonders of far-reaching beathead bliss from Detroit via Chicago producer Moppy – – with guest production and/or instrumentation from Kenny Keys, Radius Inc, Beyond Luck, DJ Kana and more! We knew from the first track we were in for something special, with the opener ... 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
The Pendletons really love the sound of 80s funk – and they do a mighty great job of recreating its charm here – thanks to some well-crafted basslines and lots of sweet keyboards! The vocals are great, too – often paired up, in that 80s way of having the voices come from a ... 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album