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
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
A very apt title for this one – given the smooth, urban nightlife feel of most of Migs' work – summed up perfectly in the Naked Music style! All the mixes here stay true to Miguel's sensuous aproach – bubbling with beats and soulful vocals – a slight bit of smooth house, ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A timeless trio of dancefloor stunners from house legend Alton Miller! "Inner 5" is light and compelling at the seam time, the beats busy not pounding too hear, the jazzy keyboards floating throughout, the jazz funk synth coming in a little bit thicker on "Inner 7". "Inner ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
A pretty remarkable creative leap for Mr Echoes – one half of legendary Chicago hip hop production duo The Opus! On Needful Things he shifts gears a bit towards beats heavy electronica, but it's as distinctive and timeless as pretty much anything we'd expect from him. As far back as Rubberoom' ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent jazzy number – with all of Larry Heard's sweet keyboards firmly in place, but a tempo that has the cut moving at a much slower pace than some of his earlier house tracks. The cut works perfectly as a mellow stepper – and the flipside has a "dub" mix that we like ... (Soul, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A really amazing debut from Sequoyah Murray – a young soul singer we have a feeling we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Sequoyah's got a style that's very much his own – one born out of frequent collaboration and improvisation – with elements that are maybe as jazz-base ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The first volume in the series of rare underground tracks from Anthony Nicholson's archive! "Live Television (Scene 1)" is has tricked out atmosphere and echoey bits of vocal floating over warm, organic beats. "Nightlight-Daylight" is leaner and less earthy, but no less ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Sunny electronic beats a awash in pop, soul and funk and hip hop influences from Nobody – weaving lush string pop elements with fuzzed out electronics and processed vocals on One For All Without Representation. Nobody has way for working with elements of dreamy west coast pop into the hazy, ... 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
There's lots of 80s-styled groove acts around these days – but Diamond Ortiz may well be one of the best – serving up a record here that's very worth the title of "Goodies" it bears on the label! The set's only got four tracks, but has a wicked groove that takes us back to ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
If you don't know by now, the Star Creature/Tugboat Editions camp are delivering some spaciest club grooves around – and this gem by Ourra and vocalist Alena is another gem! "Don't You Know" has a lean, though plenty propellent beat and snapping bass line under cosmic keys and sweet ... (Funky 45's, New Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A very cool collaboration between UK modern club funk producer Ourra and Detroit underground producer James Merriweather Jr! This 3 track EP features material that Ourra working with and adding some new touches to some strangely timeless private press material Merriweather purportedly recorded in ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a great Star Creature label sleeve, too! Limited to 300 copies.)
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 pair of modern boogie funk heavies pair up for killer couple of club jams on Star Creature! "Whatcha Wain For?" kicks off with a tight beats, bass and bright bubbling 80s synth, and works perfectly well in that style before the vocals come in and really take it a higher level – a ... (Funky 45's, New Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Some of the most cosmic beatcraft we've heard to date from the always adventurous Ras G! A prominent figure in the trippier side of LA beathead scene, Ras G's work certainly feels at home in the Brainfeeder and Leaving Records camps – mixing spacey and murky elements to hypnotic effect ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)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
Standout tracks from Saucy Lady's Supernova LP – backed by J-Zone on both "Alien Nation" and "Orbit"! The former has raw funky drums giving a nice heavy backdrop to her take in neo-classic spacey disco. "Orbit" has a more measured tempo, again has a heavy ... (Funky 45's, New Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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.)
Sweetly spacey soul from Silhouette Brown – one of the catchiest tunes off the all-great debut album, remixed here by Bruno E! Bruno really changes up the rhythms of the tune, but still preserves the cosmic quality – letting bass and beats roll around one another nicely, as keyboards ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Nina Simone hits a house groove – thanks to some tight remixing by Felix Da Housecat! "Sinnerman" first appeared on Nina's classic Pastel Blues album – but here, it's pumped up in a few different mixes that were all part of the Verve Remixed 2 project. The vocals are ... (Soul, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
We've always loved vocalist Cecilia Stalin, no matter what the setting – but here, she might be in the best company ever – working with jazzy backings from Khari Cabral Simmons and other members of the Atlanta scene – on a record that's drenched in soul from the very first note! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo ink stamp, some wear, and light stains.)
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 ...
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
Stro Elliot —
Moods EP ... LP Street Corner, 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Percussionist and producer Stro Elliot – aka Stro The 89th Key of the Procussions, and now aka one of the legendary Roots crew – layering beats, strings, and funky soul moodcraft on a great little EP for Street Corner! The moods are pretty diverse, from string-laden soul homage, to ... (Hip Hop, 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
The first-ever vinyl appearance of the digital EP releases Abyssinia and Abyssinia Rise – both records with a very unusual vibe that's a bit hard to describe! The music is at once ancient and contemporary – filled with tonal references to older East African culture, but filled with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tearist ... LP Post Present Medium, 2010. Near Mint- ...
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 great little record that continues the Chicago/London meeting that was begun in the Makaya McCraven album Where We Come From – a limited single with two collaborative grooves on each side! Emma-Jean Thackray serves up "Too Shy" on side one – a skittish blend of jazz ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The kind of pure rhythm record that often made some of the early Chicago house releases almost seem like experimental electronics! The set features two long tracks – each extended bits of beats, basslines, keyboards, and some spooky samples – with a "mix up" that moves from ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Four tracks on this killer cut from Ron Trent – a groove so tight, it might better be called "thumpin" instead of "dancin"! The basslines pound plenty hard on the Ed Nine remix – and the keys just start to swell in the middle – whereas on the Jordan Fields mix ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record