Warm audio therapy from Nathan Adams – an artist who works here in a sublime blend of club and soul – with a style that maybe recalls the best of the Naked Music generation – or maybe the tightest work of Peven Everett too! There's a warm glow to most of the album – but not ... read moreCD
Lots of warm bass, snapping drums, and smooth keyboards – handled with a depth and difference that sets this one out a bit more from the usual downtempo crowd. There's some vocals from track to track that kind of drift and sift in the mix – almost scatting or vocalese, but not quite. ... read moreCD
Four fantastic tracks from the Afro Discoteca record by sound library genius Alesseandro Alessandroni – all reworked in contemporary versions, yet in a way that never loses the funky charm of the originals! There's a real respect for classic styles going on here – partly because the ... (Sound Library, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful tribute to Tony Allen's landmark Black Voices album – re-presented here with the full original record, plus a host of bonus cuts too! The core record is amazing – a set that really re-introduced Allen to the world, after falling into a bit of obscurity in the 80s years ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
A nice collaborative set from living psych/pop/soul/funk kaliedoscope Shawn Lee – who has never delivered a set that wasn't breezy, tuneful and resonating with geniune warmth – and LA singer and fellow multi-instrumentalist AM! AM sings and contributes guitars, synth and all kinds of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Amalgamation Of Soundz —
Part II ... CD Dorado (England), 1999. Used ...
A mighty soulful groove from Amp Fiddler – one that's maybe even more classic than his classic work – and that's really saying a lot! The Jayda G remix begins with just vocals and really spare Fender Rhodes – a stripped-down cut that kicks up the beat only when it's nice and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Incredible work from Roman Andren – a genre-defying set that's filled with warmth, soul, and imagination – all recorded live in the studio with a really organic feel! The music's a cross between a few different jazz, Afro, and Latin modes – played by a group that features Roman ... read moreCD
(Out of print digipack pressing – in great shape with obi!)
A fantastic little record from Shun Ishikawa – a drummer and keyboardist, and a musician who brings a sound to the set that's every bit as vibrant as the image on the cover! The groove is a bit hard to describe in easy words – as sometimes things are freewheeling and frenetic, other ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complica ... 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
Death Valley is emblazoned on the cover, and portrayed inside the CD gatefold too – but the music here is more cosmic than earthy – served up in these warm washes of electro elements that are totally great – dreamily tripping over the landscape in a laidback yet soulful sort of ... read moreCD
Alex Attias Presents Mustang —
Back Home ... CD Compost (Germany), 2004. Used ...
Sublime future jazz from Alex Attias – one of the key forces in the cosmic London scene of the 21st Century, stepping out here in a long-awaited full-length set that served up the full complement of his talents! As you'd expect from Alex, there's plenty of snapping beats and spacey keys on ... read moreCD
Frederico Aubele —
5 ... CD 13, 2013. Used ...
Warm, wonderful, and incredibly far-reaching in scope – possibly the most ambitious record cut by Azymuth in recent years – a perfect blend of jazzy fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and some of the London broken beat culture that the group have come into contact with through their label, Far ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
A really great little set from Bakura – a Domu side project that we're beginning to like more than even Domu's own work! Bakura have a beautiful groove that blends broken British beats with a warmer, Brazilian-tinged sound – an approach that's cosmic yet earthy at the same time, and ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Banana Hunters —
Peel It ... CD TCB (Switzerland), 2008. Used ...
A far reaching blend of styles and smoothed out sounds from the Italian scene and the Barrio Jazz Gang – Latin jazz influences and a lean and easy going groove a standout characteristic – but the bring in very eclectic touches from across the board! Keys, beats and guitar are the usual ... read moreCD
A beautiful album from Beady Belle – the group and wonderful vessel for the seductive, entrancing voice and songs of Beate S. Lech – possibly their best yet! Beady Belle have made deeply engaging blend of modern jazzy soul and beautiful mood music for most of the outs, taking a step ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
If you dig those John Beltran platters of proud, Latin and Brazilian jazz-learned electronic groove, you already know you're in for another treat when his records drop – and this one may be his best yet! On In Full Color he once again injects a lot warmth, and really nice organic feel to the ... read moreCD
Benny Sings —
Studio ... CD Jakarta (Germany), 2015. Used ...
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Berardi Jazz Connection —
Do It ... CD Antibemusic (Italy), 2007. Used ...
A compelling set of club jazz work from Italy – proof that the nation's scene has plenty to offer besides well known work on Schema Records! We really dug the previous album from Berardi Jazz Connection, and this set is equally great – a sweet-stepping batch of jazz tracks that runs ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bebo Best & Super Lounge Orchestra —
D'Jazzonga ... CD Chin Chin (Italy), 2008. Used ...
Bebo Best is at it again – creating new grooves with plenty of retro twists – a bit like some of the older Italian work we loved on the Irma La Douce label – and its cool blend of 50s and 60s elements! There's lots of jazzy flourishes over the tip, played by live instrumentation ... read moreCD
The record we've been waiting for Big Bang to make for years – a full-length set that lives up to all the great promise of recent singles and remixes, served up in a jazz-based style that's even deeper than before! There's a fair bit of acoustic piano nestled in here next to the electric ... read moreCD
A great little funky single from Franck Biyong – part of his continuing evolution and growth as one of the leading lights in the contemporary Afro Funk underground – an artist who's really moved past some of the slavish styles of years behind! Franck adds in both live drums and rhythm ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A nice little record from one of Irma's first big acid jazz groups! Black & Brown have a strong smooth jazz funk style, with some touches of the 70s work on labels like Kudu or CTI, plus bits of 90s production. There's a guitar player in the lead, and he's got a nice sound that's a bit Wes ... read moreCD
One of the best groups to come out on Irma during the mid 90's, and a tight Italian ensemble with a classic jazz funk groove. The band is co-led by guitarist Andrea Raffini and keyboard player Goffredo "Picchio" Bagnoli, and the sound is nice and jazzy, with a feel that's similar to ... read moreCD
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
An unusual set of work from the ever-changing Luke Vibert – a collaboration with MC BlueRum13 – whose lyrics provide a great mix with Luke's beats and instrumentation on the album! All those crisp, creative elements that we love from older Vibert records are still very much in the mix ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Spare instrumentals created in a world that's aware of downtempo – but also delivered with a lot more warmth and jazzy energy than the usual sort of set like this – thanks to very strong work on trumpet and keyboards throughout! The tunes are relatively spare, and have great beats at ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bobby Hughes Experience —
Fusa Riot ... CD Ultimate Dilemma (UK), 1999. Used ...
Funky retro funk – but in the best style we can think of! The Bobby Hughes Experience have a sophisticated funky jazz sound that reminds us of the classic early 70s Blue Note fusion sides – like work by Ronnie Foster, Gene Harris, Bobbi Humphrey, and Donald Byrd. The combo mixes ... read moreCD
The soulful, blissful moody grooves of Bonobo's excellent Black Sands gets a deserved victory lap on this solid remix set. Guests include Lapalux, FaltyDL, Banks, Mark Pritchard, Mike Slott, Machinedrum and others. A diverse tapestry of sounds, though very much in the spirit of the original album. ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A hell of a record from drummer Moses Boyd – a musician who's fast becoming way more than a drummer! Here, Boyd is in the same "jazz plus" territory of Makaya McCraven – still strongly respectful of his lineage in the music, but also trying very hard to push the whole thing ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Brand New Heavies are back on top – coming across with a batch of funky soul tracks that should cross over large! The sound here is much tighter and hook-heavy than on their recent Japanese release – more in the vein of the chart-crossing funk the group were cooking up at the end ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The Brand New Heavies, Live In London, and very much at the top of their game! Ever since the group reformed with singer N'Dea Davenport, they've really sounded great – returned strongly to their tight funky roots, without any of the mis-steps of the middle period – as you'll hear in ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
An incredible record – far greater than we even expected! The setup is simple: King Britt and his crew remix the tapes from 2001's experimental jazz jam session by a trio of fellow Philadelphians – drummer Ahmir Thompson (The Roots), jazz bassist Christian McBride, and keyboardist Uri ... read moreCD
Massively heavy funk from Brownout – and a set that may well be their greatest so far! We weren't sure what to expect when the group hit the Nat Geo label – but honestly, they seem like they're even rawer and rootsier than before – really serving up a brilliant blend of funk and ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
A sparkling new duo from Schema – with a really moody kind of sound! The group features vibes and programming by Pasquale Bardaro, plus sweet vocals from the lovely Barbara De Dominicis – in a mode that reminds us of classic early 80s work by Weekend, Antena, and other bossa-inspired ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Calibro 35 —
Momentum ... CD Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy ...
Calibro 35 have certainly gained momentum in our book – as the group's given us more than a few albums over the years, and just keep sounding better and better with each new one! This set has the group still strongly in their core territory of Italian soundtrack and sound library funk – ... read moreCD
Calibro 35 —
Momentum ... LP Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy Gatefold ...
Calibro 35 have certainly gained momentum in our book – as the group's given us more than a few albums over the years, and just keep sounding better and better with each new one! This set has the group still strongly in their core territory of Italian soundtrack and sound library funk – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of 90s club tracks from Italian house maestro Don Carlos – simple, straightforward groovers that have a sound that we daresay will be appreciated even more now than when they were first released! Carlos is working in a spare blend of beats, bass, and keys – very much ... read moreCD
Moody beats and surprisingly soulful vocals from Child Of Lov – with solid songs, too – which is ultimately what takes this self-titled record a substantial step deeper than some of his fellow atmospheric producer/beatmaker peers! Hazy, gritty hip hop-learned beats with spacey dynamics ... read moreCD
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
Cinematic Orchestra —
To Believe ... CD Domino, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
As longtime fans might know, the Cinematic Orchestra isn't a large ensemble, but a duo – yet the pair also have this fantastic way of creating a really spacious sound in their music – thanks in part to a very open door when it comes to creative guests! This time around, there's some ... read moreCD
Lovely French pop – with a stripped-down retro groove that's really delightful! Coralie's got a breathy vocal style that reminds us of a young Jane Birkin – and the backing on the set is in a small combo mode, with guitar, organ, bass, drums, and sax – grooving in a mode that's ... (French, New Grooves)read moreCD
Max has his eyes on the stars on the cover of this one, and the record's got an equally cosmic groove to match – kind of a slower, more spaced out take on the London style of the early 21st Century – served up with fresh new touches that give the album a more righteous sound than you ... read moreCD
Bouncing Latin beats and warm jazzy grooves – another winner in the Schema tradition, and the first record we've heard from these Italian up and comers! "Colpo" has a tight batucada feel – really fast and frenetic, with trumpet flourishes over the top. "Revolver" ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic sounds from Comet Is Coming – a record as heady as you might guess from its cover image! These guys have a really revolutionary way of combining jazz and electronics –using the latter at a way that never sacrifices the former – especially when you've got such great ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent album of straight jazz recorded a few years ago for this sub label of Irma. The album recalls some of the best Italian sessions from the late 60's and early 70's, with lots of nice lyrical playing, and a solid sense of soloing. Trombonist Sandro Comini plays with a warm tone and the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
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
Fender Rhodes, funky flute, and soulful trumpet – topped off by great vocals on most tracks, and wrapped up in a really classic production style! Bryan Corbett's a perfect labelmate to Woodland's Perry Hemus – and like Hemus, he's working here in a modern update of older Fender Rhodes-d ... read moreCD
Mood II Swing takes on This great groover from Crustation – serving up an especially nice mix on the vocal version – which has this nicely creepy vocal passage seeping out between more ubeat, uplifting house-oriented grooves! There's a great kick in the rhythm, and these really great ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Nicola Cruz —
Siku ... CD Xtra Mile (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Cyclist rides in with Bones In Motion – a joint release by Stones Throw and Leaving Records – an icy cool mix of early electro and housey influences with grittier, more experimental touches! The hypnotic approach and 80s era synth atmosphere bring Tour De France era Kraftwerk to mind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Da Lata —
Birds ... CD 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 moreCD
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
Easily some of the most global work we've ever heard from Da Lata – a set that goes far beyond the mix of London and Rio that first made the group so great – into a realm that encompasses a wide range of sounds from around the world! The music's still got that great organic groove ... read moreCD
A bold step forward for the team of Patrick Forge and Chris Franck – the first Da Lata album in years, and a real departure from the past! The group's still clearly inspired by older Brazilian tunes, but they've also opened their groove up to a much more global horizon – taking on ... read moreCD