El Super Mini Combo —
Nacional ... CD Super Mini Combo (France), 2009. Used ...
A French combo, but one with a very global groove – a mix of funky styles and Cuban rhythms, served up with a few contemporary touches as well! The sound here is really unique – sweetly jazzy one minute, and sharper-edged the next – moving the groove from keyboard-driven funk to ... read moreCD
An eclectic set of club friendly grooves from Empresarios – their full length debut for Fort Knox Recordings – and one that works quite well on number of levels! There's a bit of contempory Latin club funk, tracks with elements of dub, reggaeton and other contemporary flourishes – ... read moreCD
One of the heaviest house albums we've heard from Peven Everett in years – a set that's filled with upbeat, joyous grooves – all done with the same deep soul you'd expect from other recent records! The whole thing's a great step back towards some of the classic grooves from Everett's ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett sends a letter out to his huge European fan base – but the sound here is every bit as great as his other Chicago-crafted grooves! The rhythms are a bit upbeat this time around – not really house, but a warmly flowing sort of style – that trance-like mode that Peven ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett —
Easy Livin' ... CD Unified/Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy ...
Another bold step forward for Peven Everett – easily one of the real front runners in the 21st Century soul scene! The album's got a tighter, more unified feel than even some of Peven's previous work – a confident, almost majestic approach that has Everett's wonderful vocals coming ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett, acoustic – a whole new sound for this amazing 21st Century soul singer! We've always loved Peven's music, but usually it's drenched in keyboards and drum patterns – so an acoustic setting like this is a wonderful change – and more proof that Peven's got more than ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
We haven't heard from Peven Everett in quite some time – and the respite's been a great one, because it seems that Peven's really regrouped, found new strengths, and has come out with his best record in years! The whole thing's one of the best produced, packaged, and put-together sets we've ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Soulful medicine served up by the mighty Peven Everett – one of the most spiritual talents in the underground today, and an artist who can definitely live up to the title of this set! The grooves are warm and flowing – often on the more upbeat side of the Peven spectrum, which means a ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A special set of tracks from underground soul wonderboy Peven Everett – some clubby cuts that were brought together here for the legendary Miami dance music conference – including one great tune about the city that the mayor might want to make it's new theme! All the usual Peven ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The most personal album to date from modern soul wizard Peven Everett – as you might guess from the title! The set begins with a striking spoken bit from Peven, then rolls into a tapestry of urban themes and clubbier sounds – the best of which feature those warmly flowing vocals that ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett —
Notions ... CD Studio Confession, 2007. New Copy ...
Incredible mellow soul from the mighty Peven Everett – a record that shows that he's every bit as great with a gentle tune as he is with a clubby one! The music here has a beautifully glowing sort of quality – piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar, and softer beats – all wrapped up ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Sublime soul from Peven Everett – a beautifully-crafted album that moves well beyond some of his homemade productions of recent years! This set's got all the silky soul that first made us love Peven's music – that open, flowing groove that's almost organic, and which makes you feel ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett in all his glory – stepping forth in one of his best-produced albums in years! As with most of Peven's records, all music and vocals are from the man himself – a one-man show, but with a lot more going on than most full groups! Peven is really at the top of his game here ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett —
Realness ... CD Studio Confession, 2007. New Copy ...
One of the most soulful albums we've ever heard from Peven Everett – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the depth of his work so far! The album's one of Peven's most song-based, vocally-strong efforts – an instant classic batch of tunes that show a tremendous evolution in his ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett —
Round 2 ... CD Studio Confession, 2008. New Copy ...
A gem of a record from the classic years of Peven Everett – songs that seem to flow effortlessly from his fingers on the keyboard and his warmly-crafted vocals – smooth, but always grooving – and a perfect match for the richness of the tunes! The music was created by Peven ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of the most sweetly soulful sets we've ever heard from Peven Everett – a laidback session that's a nice change from some of his more upbeat grooves – and one that places him solidly in the territory of mid 70s Isley Brothers or Marvin Gaye! Tunes are simple, but have a real sense ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Excellent work from Peven Everett – another one of his home-made underground soul CDs, issued by Peven himself as a big "F#$% You" to the major labels that have screwed around with him in the past! The CD is a brilliant mix of soul, jazz, house, and touches of Afro-centric rhythms ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A warm batch of instrumental beats and atmospherics from Express Rising – and a much-anticipated second project from funk archivist Dante Carfagna! Dante's a name you probably know best from his work writing liner notes or Wax Poetics – and helping out in countless important ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra —
Black Sun ... CD Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – ... read moreCD
A dreamy dreamy little record – and one of our favorite discoveries in recent months! These guys are a cool little combo that uses vibes, piano, sax, and percussion to spin out grooves in a breezy 60s mode – not really mod, but more influenced by European jazz, a bit of bossa, and just ... read moreCD
A fantastic bit of keyboard grooving – the third and best album by the Xaver Fischer Trio! The format is very simple – just classic-sounding electric keys, played in tandem with bass and drums, plus some occasional extra touches. The approach is great – kind of like a Ramsey ... read moreCD
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, & The London Symphony Orchestra —
Promises ... CD Luaka Bop, 2021. New Copy ...
A fantastic record, and one of those cases where the presence of the mighty Pharoah Sanders can really transform the sound of a session! We'll admit that we weren't sure what to expect – but at the core, the record is really a set of duets between Pharoah on tenor and Sam Shepherd on ... read moreCD
Sample funk genius from Flow Dynamics – a killer mix of DJ spun grooves and live instrumentation – a killer funky party all the way! The Australian producer Flow Dynamics brings the eclectic grab bag of boom bap beatcraft, funk, soul and jazz into an really nice full length set – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Flying Lotus —
Flamagra ... LP Warp, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Fantastic sounds from Flying Lotus – an artist who just keeps on pushing past any conventional expectations, to a point where his music is almost a genre unto itself! The record's got this very tripped-out sort of vibe – very much in keeping with the image on the cover – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We really loved the Flamagra album from Flying Lotus, but this set of instrumentals maybe shows off even more of the deeper currents in his music! The record's not the usual instrumental variant – in that these tracks don't really come across as cuts with the vocals removed – and ... read moreCD
We really loved the Flamagra album from Flying Lotus, but this set of instrumentals maybe shows off even more of the deeper currents in his music! The record's not the usual instrumental variant – in that these tracks don't really come across as cuts with the vocals removed – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Really cool vinyl pressing – with a bonus slipmat that contains zoetrope animation!)
Rootsy grooves from Forro In The Dark – a group of Brazilian ex-pats living in New York, all with a great ear for freshening up the classic genre referenced in their name! Although the music is strongly in a forro mode, it's also got a more contemporary vibe than most recordings you'll hear ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
The cover image is a bit different than the modernist images usually used for records by Italian maestro Gerardo Frisina, and the sound is a bit different too – maybe less Latin or Brazilian than some of his previous records, but still filled with lots of percussion at the core! There's ... 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
A sweet little set from contemporary Brazil – music that's got some slight quirky touches, but a distinctly Brazilian groove overall! Pato Fu mix up older modes with ease – echoes of bossa nova, French 60s pop, and even a bit of Anglo rock – but all filtered together with the ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
One of those great cases where a remix album is almost completely different than the original – thanks to the host of creative talents brought in to handle the set! Yukihiro Fukutomi's original Equality album was certainly one of our standout favorites of 2004 – and the album's got so ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
11 tracks – either by or remixed by The Funky Lowlives, that fab downtempo production team, with a beat-heavy approach that's always in style! There's bits of spacey jazz and flashy beats on the set – but the core of the work is solidly rooted in older groove traditions, holding strong ... read moreCD
It's been a long time since we last heard from Italian keyboardist Francesco Gazzara – but it's definitely worth the wait, as this 2CD set pulls together some great bossa-styled recordings of the past two decades – with one disc of live material recorded around the world, the other ... read moreCD
Bebel Gilberto —
Momento ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2007. Used ...
Bebel Gilberto's certainly one to keep her public waiting in the space between each new record – but she always makes the wait worthwhile by coming up with something new! The sound here is again something different than her previous two albums – somewhat electric, but also fairly ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
A beautiful suite of tracks done to sum up the spirit of Sao Paulo – played instrumentally by Gira Mundo in a warm bossa-inspired mode, but also topped with vocals by singers who include Ann Sally, Akiko, and Rika Yamada! The style of the set is similar to other recent Brazilian work from ... read moreCD
A really great record from the Melbourne scene – a record that's got kind of a "jazz plus" vibe – in that it mixes live jazz instrumentation with some work on edits and a few electric touches – all in a style that's very much like some of our favorite London work in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gogo Penguin —
GGP/RMX ... LP Blue Note (France), 2021. New Copy 2LP ...
The sound of Gogo Penguin is always nice and lean – still full of bold sounds and colors, but with plenty of space to be opened up nicely in a remix project like this! The tracks within are a nicely varied lot – handled in many different ways – sometimes with almost a whole new ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The album's got an understated cover, but the set more than lives up to the sort of crackling sounds we've been loving from Gogo Penguin in recent years – that UK trio with a way of really remaking the interplay between piano, bass, and drums! If anything, the bass and drums seem a lot more ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Clubby tracks with a really warm heart – recent house work by Toshiyuki Goto filled with acoustic drums, sweet keyboards, and other soulful touches! The set's kind of halfway between other recent Japanese house tracks, and some of the more classic-inspired tracks coming from Paris and London ... read moreCD
Hot new live set by the ever-popular Greyboy All Stars. The set's a nice batch of straight ahead jazz funk grooves, with some covers – like Lou Donaldson's "Hot Dog", Curtis Mayfield's "Check Out Your Mind", and David Newman's "Duffin' Round" – plus nice ... read moreCD
Heavy piano and raspy vocals from Raphael Gulazzi – an artist with a boldly jazz feel, and a classic sense of spirit we'd put right up there between the best recent work from Mario Biondi and Jamie Cullum! Like Mario, Raphael is Italian, but mostly sings in English – accenting the ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of cross-cultural grooves from Daniel Haaksman – the man who first raised our ears with his excellent Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats compilations – then kept on giving us great music during all the years in between! This set has Haaksman providing his own ... read moreCD
A sublime bit of modern soul jazz – produced by Phil Asher with a quality that blows away most other Nu Jazz efforts on the market! The album's the brainchild of sax player Nathan Haines and Asher, but it's got a soul collective feel that pushes it past any simple remix-type project, one ... read moreCD
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Bongolian in years – a great collaboration with vocalist Fay Hallam, who really helps his grooves find a great sense of focus! Unlike other efforts of this nature – the usual "soul diva with funk group" outing – Fay and ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
A solo album from Warren Hampshire, recorded right around the same time as his collaborations with Greg Foat, but done with a very different vibe! The set's got a nicely pastoral approach – slow building sounds that are somewhere between spiritual and meditative modes, with work from ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another wonderful chapter in the always-exciting career of Matthew Herbert – a blend of strings, soul, and grooves that really further the promise of his previous work! Herbert's one of the few who can make a record like this come out just right – and here he uses a style with plenty ... read moreCD
A stunning second set from Hiatus Kaiyote – a group we already loved the first time around, but who really blow us away with this amazing little record! The style is this incredible mix of cosmic keyboards and soulful vocals – but not in a way that's like any of the other oft-tread ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight blue marble vinyl pressing!)
The long-awaited debut of Clara Hill – one of the best soul singers to emerge from the European scene in recent years! This album's as pure a document of 21st Century Soul as we've heard yet this millenium – a brilliant blend of voice, beats, and keys – all filtered through a ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacier grooves from Honeymunch – building nicely on the Fender Rhodes, Hohner Clavinet and synth atmosphere of the previous set with a somewhat more cosmically inclined vibe and vocals by Hannes Stickel! The things we loved about the group in a more instrumentals centered approach is still ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Jazzy, playful, and funky – a really great new set of grooves from the Bobby Hughes Combination! Like previous sets, this one's steeped in tradition – with a wide range of influences that Bobby wears proudly on his sleeve. But unlike previous records, this one takes those influences ... read moreCD
It's been many years since Sa-Ra have expanded our minds with their revolutionary blend of hop hop and soul – but fortunately, Shafiq Husayn has carried on the group's legacy – and has reached an even higher plane with music like this! Husayn brings all the fantastic production skills ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful, not surreal – a sublime set of sounds from Incognito – one of the few groups who could ever stay this great for so long! The record's overflowing with everything we love about Incognito – that warm blend of soul, jazz, and funk – trained in the best 70s elements at ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A really wide-ranging set of Brazilian grooves – put together as a collaboration between the group Instituto (itself already a collaboration of sorts), and a host of guest artists who include Otto, Sabotage, Kid Koala, Rappin Hood, Nacao Zumbi, and many others! There's a relatively abstract ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Easily some of the best work we've heard to come out of the hands of DJ Dolores – a series of remixes from the film Narradores De Jave, done in collaboration with the Instituto collective! As with other work by both artists, there's an extremely creative approach going on here – one ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
There's plenty of Afro Funk influence in this album from Invisible Session – a long-running act who've given us a number of excellent records on the Schema label – but there's also plenty of the group's own spirit too, thanks in part to trombone and keyboards from the mighty Gianluca ... read moreCD
There's plenty of Afro Funk influence in this album from Invisible Session – a long-running act who've given us a number of excellent records on the Schema label – but there's also plenty of the group's own spirit too, thanks in part to trombone and keyboards from the mighty Gianluca ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second full length set from Jafrosax – one of the few Japanese combos to successfully blend jazzy riffs with more electric dance rhythms! The sound here really isn't club jazz, but more a soulful house with sax solo sort of mode – one that has plenty of tenor blowing over the top of ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Jaga Jazzist —
Pyramid ... CD Brainfeeder, 2020. New Copy ...
Jaga Jazzist have always had a somewhat spiritual sounding name, but this album might be the first to really deliver on that promise – a set of long tracks that unfold openly in a mix of electronic elements and more jazz-based touches – tunes that really take the right amount of time ... read moreCD
A really beautiful collaboration between Jameszoo and the Metropole Orkest – that large Dutch ensemble who seem always able to shift into the right sort of mode with their key collaborators! That's definitely the case here, as Jules Buckley masterfully leads the group – so that they ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of smooth soulful jazz – with a nice little funky tip to it! The record's got a sweet mellow vibe, with a mixture of fusion and modern soul sounds – and an overall feel that's similar to some of Roy Ayers' late 70's work, with a bit of a Bobby Lyle sound, and touches of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jazzanova & Others —
Mixing ... CD Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2004. Used ...
Jazzanova return to an earlier passion of theirs – the live DJ mix – and they serve up a whole blend of their favorite tunes, including some great bits exclusive to this set! The set's laid out in a real Gilles P sort of mode – very song-structured, with specific moods and paces ... read moreCD
A double-disc package from Jazztronik – one CD of music, plus one live concert DVD! The music on disc one is all pretty great – some of the clubbiest work we've heard in years from Jazztronik, thanks to the help of some remixers who really help open up the groove of the tunes! There's ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. DVD is NTSC coded, Region 2 – so won't play in standard US players.)
The striking debut of Oscar Jerome – a UK singer/songwriter who works with a fair bit of jazzy elements here – thanks in part to some Rhodes and keyboards from Joe-Armon Jones! The set's the kind of genre-stepping record that we'd expect from some of Jones' London contemporaries – ... read moreCD
The striking debut of Oscar Jerome – a UK singer/songwriter who works with a fair bit of jazzy elements here – thanks in part to some Rhodes and keyboards from Joe-Armon Jones! The set's the kind of genre-stepping record that we'd expect from some of Jones' London contemporaries – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billie Jewell with Peven Everett —
Amouse Bouche ... CD Studio Confession, 2000. New Copy ...
Singer Billie Jewell gets some great grooves here – backings and production from Peven Everett, who put the whole thing together and co-wrote the tunes with Billie! Jewell is something of a muse for legendary underground soul figure Everett – a female singer that lets him unleash a ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Jneiro Jarel has always been way more than just a hip hop producer – even his earliest records were a bit hard to peg, and this excellent set not only pushes that bar forward a heck of a lot, but it also firmly suits the album's placement on the Far Out label! Far Out's best known for its ... (New Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
A classic funky soundtrack – remixed! In a surprisingly great move, Concord Records follows their re-release of the soundtrack to the original Bill Cosby Show of the late 60s with remixes of the Quincy Jones tunes by a variety of current producers! The work really steps off from the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
It's been quite some time since we last heard from Deborah Jordan – and the singer has come a long way since her days in Silhouette Brown – really maturing a lot as a songwriter, and finding this way to really move forward in her music, while still hanging onto some of the future soul ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
It's been quite some time since we last heard from Deborah Jordan – and the singer has come a long way since her days in Silhouette Brown – really maturing a lot as a songwriter, and finding this way to really move forward in her music, while still hanging onto some of the future soul ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band —
Bird Head Son ... CD Heavenly Sweetness/Naive (France), 2009. Used ...
Anthony Joseph really blows the roof off with this one – sounding better than ever before, thanks to some massively righteous grooves from the Spasm Band! The music's a compelling mix of spiritual jazz, funky rhythms, and hip recitations from Joseph – who's mostly speaking on the set, ... read moreCD
Retro-styled funk from the mad Chris Joss – a producer and DJ who's been bubbling under on the French scene for years, but will no doubt burst big globally with this tasty set! Chris' music is a perfect match for the ESL label – as he's got a keen ear for a classic-styled groove, and ... read moreCD
A bicontinental beathead summit with Chicago's own Radius Etc pairing up with Paris producer Jostereo! Jostereo's side is an impressive blend that kicks off with a bit of classical piano that quickly settles in beats and bass that subtles pulls it into heady instrumental hip hop, and gets richer ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Kafka ... CD Mighty Highness (Australia), 2008. Used ...
Tripped-out jazzy funk from Kafka – a hip Aussie combo with a really unique groove – one that draws from Afro Funk, 70s fusion, and 90s hip hop – the rolls the whole thing into a mad little blend that's all its own! Most of the instrumentation is live, but the production is ... read moreCD
Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo —
Jongler ... CD Favorite (France), 2018. Used ...
A great little album from French singer Pat Kalla – an artist whose "Super Mojo" here is really the genius of producer Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! The set is a collaboration between Pat and Patchworks – and uses the great vocals of Kalla to bring new focus to the ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Really striking work from Kele – an artist who works in a space that's very much his own, but which follows in a strong British legacy of mashing up modes for political action – a trajectory that might start with Pop Group, and flow strongly through the Tricky and Portishead generation! ... read moreCD