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
Herb Alpert remakes himself again – taking all the best tunes from his classic years on A&M records, then fitting them to contemporary grooves – all at a level that's a bit like some of the Verve Remixed projects from years back, but even better! These aren't remixes, but new ... (Now Sound, 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
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 Belgian 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
(2018 reissue of the original 5 track mini LP/EP.)
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
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
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
An early classic from John Beltran – filled with the kinds of careful touches and deeper energy that instantly set him apart from the pack! At a time when few folks were going for higher ideas, Beltran was right out there bringing a new sense of spirit to club music – almost echoing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've loved the music of Benny Sings for years – and can't understand why the man's not a much bigger success at a worldwide level – because his songs have the gentle soul and careful construction of the sorts of music that used to grace the airwaves decades back! Yet maybe the ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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A mighty soulful combo from the Paris scene – and one who aren't afraid to pick up a bit of global influence too! The core sound of the group comes from wonderful Fender Rhodes, guitar, and some occasional saxes – over rhythms that are funky in a variety of ways – but more soul-in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club ... 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
Genre defiant post modern dancehall from Duppy Gun Productions – the project spearheaded by Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras – collaborating with different adventurous Jamaican players after their initial, much acclaimed earlier collab with The Congos! "Press Bookfa Press" pairs ... (Reggae, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Maybe the strongest album so far from Bosq – and certainly one of the most wide-ranging too – given that the group have a strong global bent to their groove, and they've also made space for a host of guest stars who include Nicole Willis, Bruno Morais, Monolog, and Kaleta! The music is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An underground classic from the London scene – a record that was hugely important to us in the early days of Dusty Groove, and which is still completely tremendous all these many years later! At the time, the album was the sort of ambitious undertaking that nobody else would have done – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"It's time for the percolator"! Raw new school Chicago house, from the first wave of Chicago's house renaissance in the early 90s! (Soul, New Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
Calibro 35 —
Decade ... LP Record Kicks (Italy), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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
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
A record that's way more than just the 12" single you might guess from the format – as it's a wonderfully deep collaboration between Nicola Conte and trombonist Gianluca Petrella – done at a level that's maybe more like a spiritual jazz record overall! "African Spirits" ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Just a 12" single, but one that's got the power of most full LPs – thanks to some tremendous work here by Nicola Conte and Gialuca Petrella! "Sun Song" is a slow-building cut with a clubby rhythm at the core – but one that's open to all these cool moogy keyboards that ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Nicola Conte is completely at the top of his game here – showing us yet another level of his mighty jazz-based talents – some deeper spiritual currents than ever before, mixed with a good dose of global influences too! The record has Conte working with a hip Spiritual Galaxy ensemble, ... 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.)
Nicola Cruz —
Siku ... LP Xtra Mile (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP ...
Nicola Cruz has a very unusual style here – one that mixes percussion, wooden flutes, and some occasional contemporary production touches – almost in a way that bridges ancient musical modes and 21st Century spirits – but at a level that's always far less gimmicky than that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mark De Clive-Lowe —
Heritage ... LP Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ...
We've loved the music of Mark De Clive-Lowe for many years – and he's really rewarded us with a continuing evolution of his sound and style – to a point where a record like this is nothing that we might have expected over a decade ago! The set's a live jazz performance, but still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly well-captured set by the legendary DJ Shadow, Live In Manchester in October of 2017 – and come to think of it, the live album format is pretty underutilized in hip hop – who better than Shadow to pull it off so well! It's impeccably recorded and sounds great, so get enough ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)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
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
The legendary Arthur Verocai joins the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra for this mighty groove – a cut that's less like his earlier work from Brazil, and much more in the soaring Salsoul spirit we've come to expect from the collective! John Morales provides a mighty mix of "Step Into My ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Classic late 80s Chicago house pairing the warm jazzy vibe of Larry Heard's production with Robert Owens soulful vocals. An essential that really ought to need no introduction from us! (Soul, New Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
Flying Lotus is not only very much alive on You're Dead! – he's as lively as ever – delivering his best, most diverse record to date! The Flying Lotus sound is in peak form here – glitchy beats and spacey keyboards, deftly layered samples, and carrying boundless influences from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic solo project from Marc Mac of 4Hero – a set that has all the fantastic energy of that famous group, distilled down to a host of classic keyboards and rhythms! Marc handles a range of Arp, Moog, and Fender Rhodes keys throughout – often with rhythms that are spare, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Phil France —
Circle ... LP Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Sweet keyboards from Phil France – a player who's more than content enough to let his instrument take the lead, often in these flowing soundscapes that are even more evocative than on his previous album for Gondwana – but a musician who also manages to echo some deeper currents, but ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio of deeper than deep soulful club grooves from DJ Spinna's Free Radicalz project, Alex Agore and Latin Soul Brothas! Spinna's "Open Up (Dub)" soars with cosmic key atmosphere, nicely layered bits of vocal and a nice bass rhythm. Alex Agore's "Spirit Traveling" pairs nicely ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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
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
Includes "Rocket", "Believer", "Alive", "Dreaming", "Head First", "Hunt", "Shiny And Warm", "I Wanna Life" and "Voice Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve and poster.)
Demon Days ... LP Parlophone, 2005. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
The second Gorillaz album, and if there was ever an inclination the first would be a one-and-done side project or its huge success would be a tough act to follow, this one pretty much slays both theories – it's ultimately one of the better leftfield pop albums of the 00s! The guest roster on ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacey club soul from DJ Friction's Ground Control project – and another win for Chicago's Star Creature label! "Step Out" has a great dancefloor-ready vibe from the opening bit of beats and synth groove, but once the vocals kick it goes to another level, thanks the soulful vocals ... (Funky 45's, New Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
One of the more spiritual soul rooted GU tracks in a while! "Love Sought After" with Swaylo has both spirited spoken word and beautifully sung vocals, with a nice uptempo vibe on the original – and a solid dub version and beats-centric filpside. 12-inch, Vinyl record
The cover image is a cutup of global scenes and cities – and that's a great way to represent the music of Ben Hauke – as the London producer works very much in the best cultural criss-crossing mode that we've come to love from the Far Out label! The style here is more in the mode of ... 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
We DO wanna groove, when spurred onto the dancefloor neo classic boogie funk on the level of Hidden Groove that is! "Do You Want To Groove" has lean spacey electro-inspired beat, chunky bits of synth that have one fit in the 80s and the other in the future. "Funkin All The Time" ... (Funky 45's, New Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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
A really fresh group with a very unique sound – a combo that's partly rooted in older Afro Funk modes, but who also deliver their groove with kind of a leaner, New York street soul vibe as well! The album's cover image really gets the groove right – as the vintage is more 70s through ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really collaborative project from Ilhan Ersahin – of Nublu and Wax Poetic fame – an artist you may already know as being a highly collaborative individual! Yet while Ilhan's made some great contributions to the New York scene over the past few decades, this set has him returning to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Joseph takes a trip back to his roots – recording this album in his home turf of Trinidad, for a set that may well be his best record to date! The music sparkles with all the sunny touches you might guess from the title – but also has all those deeper, righteous currents that ... 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
We're not if we noticed where Kid Koala changed things up over the years, but here he's definitely sounding different than at the start – almost using his fantastic production skills to re-emerge as a master of moody soundscape and dark-tinged tunes! The album almost feels like something ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A charged little sampler pitting 12 inch remixes of cuts by modern Afrobeat veterans Kokolo against funky Latin groovers Los Terrificos – remixed by Bosq, Max Essa, D Briggs and Studebaker Hawk – and everybody wins! The "vs." billing is sort of in jest, as both combos are led ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
A fantastic take on the Pharoah Sanders classic – done here by a Japanese group who really get things right! The track may well be one of the few groovers that Pharoah ever penned – and in the right hands, it really takes off without losing any of its righteous power! The modal number ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The title cut to Kyoto Jazz Massive's Mission album – given a whole new live here by Jax Medicine! The original tune builds in this really lovely modal style – grooves leaping over themselves, with a great piano solo in the middle – and warm horns from the group! The remix moves ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A great track by Kyoto Jazz Sextet – given a sweet spin by Ron Trent! The original version of "Rising" is a cut that does exactly that – a tune that soars upwards with modal rhythms, strong piano, and some really great horn touches – really showcasing the jazz talents ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Timo Lassy —
Moves ... LP MustHaveJazz/Membran (Finland), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
We loved Timo Lassy at the start, but he honestly seems to get better and better as the years move on – with a shift that's a bit like that of the sound of Nicola Conte as his records progressed – much more towards the sorts of sophisticated jazz grooves that first inspired his ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare, simple grooves from Liquid Pegasus – but surprisingly sweet as well – with a warm Cali finish that glows with the sunny vibe of the cover! Most tracks are just beats and keyboards, but used in very catchy ways – kind of a neo soul instrumental style, and one that's not ... 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
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
Crafty Japanese pop – very much in the best Readymade tradition! The feel here is somewhere between the best work of Pizzicatto Five and Fantastic Plastic Machine, and some of the more soulful dance tracks by other Japanese artists – vocals in a mix of English and Japanese, with lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bold slice of work from the Daptone musical universe – a hip project that features work from members of The Dap Kings, El Michels Affair, Budos Band, and Antibalas – all put together with a range of sounds that really show the full spectrum of their styles! The groove's quite unique ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album