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 moreCD
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
Groovy stuff from Dusty that's diverse and true to the title – a mix of dubby rhythms, Latin and Afro rhytthms, and a laidback jazzy horns – a few stellar cuts from the Keep It Raw LP, and a dub fueled remix! The main version of "An Exotic Breed" kicks off the 12-inch, as ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Lance Ferguson has given us plenty of great work over the years – from his work in The Bamboos, to all his many other projects – yet as much as we've liked all of those, this one might actually be one of his best – a fantastic reworking of rare groove tracks from the 70s, all with ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Lance Ferguson has given us plenty of great work over the years – from his work in The Bamboos, to all his many other projects – yet as much as we've liked all of those, this one might actually be one of his best – a fantastic reworking of rare groove tracks from the 70s, all with ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
We first loved Flevans for his albums on the Tru Thoughts label in the first decade of this century – and after a long hiatus, the man is back in action – and somehow sounding funkier than ever! Most of the work here is handled by Flevans/Nigel Evans – but there's a fullness to ... read moreCD
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
It's been way too long since the last 4 Hero album – but it's definitely been worth the wait, as they're even more focused and fabulous than before! There's a real "instant classic" feel to this record – the kind of feeling that folks must have got when first buying Rotary ... 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
Phil France —
Circle ... CD 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 moreCD
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
Phil France —
Swimmer ... CD Twentysix-Two (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
The title's a great one here – as Gerardo Frisina has been one of the few contemporary artists trying to find a fresh voice for Latin Jazz – which he does beautifully by blending classic albums and a more current sense of club! The 2CD package brings together unreleased material with ... read moreCD
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
Cor Fuhler/Gert Jan Prins —
Flirts ... CD Erstwhile, 2001. Used ...
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
A sweet modern bossa tune gets the soulful remix treatment – in a mode that really transforms the number! "Close Your Eyes" is one of the catchiest numbers from Bebel's Tanto Tempo album – and here, the remixes push the track into the realm of the soulful dancefloor – ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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 moreCD
Demon Days ... LP Parlophone (UK), 2005. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
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
Maybe the best work so far from one of the hippest beatmaking collectives on the European scene – on a record that definitely has some of the righteous power you'd guess from the title! As before, the approach is rooted in hip hop, but also has a lot more going on too – lots of musical ... read moreCD
Pure genius from Nathan Haines – the saxophonist who really helped bring some depth to the London broken beat scene at the start of the century – still a tremendously visionary musician after all these years! Haines has really opened up his sound in the past decade or so – ... read moreCD
One of the coolest records we've heard on the Sahel Sound label to date – not the usual guitar material you might know from the imprint, but instead a batch of very cosmic keyboards – all instrumental, and spinning out into space with a vibe that's almost a collision between the best ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A groovy groovy little set that's as sexy as the Monica Vitti it remembers! The album was recorded recently, but has a fab 60s sound comprised of electric harpsichord, organ, scatting vocals, and a breezy, bossa-styled groove – all done without any kitsch or fakery, and coming across with a ... (Now Sound, New Grooves)read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
Hieroglyphic Being —
Red Notes ... CD Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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
Detroit techno, from the second generation – that 90s moment when the hippest cats on the scene were working deeply underground, while a few select Motor City talents had entered the mainstream! Here, Robert Hood pushes things forward even farther into space than the first wave of electronic ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A sweet little set that definitely offers up another page of Incognito – as the Japanese-only collection mixes a few older tracks with more recent numbers we haven't seen on other albums! Bluey and the group are as fantastic as ever – and in a way, these later mature tracks almost have ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
More than a decade of work from Incognito, and Bluey's still going strong! The group here are picking up some of the 21st Century Soul touches of late 90s Talking Loud – but that's a great thing by us, as they forge together the warmth of their earlier tunes with the crisp freshness of the ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A groovy set of spacey hip hop and jazzy instrumentals from J Rawls & Co – a very much welcome sequel to the Liquid Crystal Project! This time out the sound even more focused on the live band elements that fleshed out the first album, with ever soaring keys and sax in the mix – and ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
What a great idea! The classic Motown work of The Jackson 5 is remixed and remade by a host of super-hip producers! The cuts really retain a lot of their Motown soul flavor, and the remixers do an excellent job of pulling out some of the best elements – like guitar riffs, piano lines, and ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
While 3 of the tracks on here are by Falcon, the cut we're checking for is the downtown anthem "Move Y'All", a certified acid jazz classic from Smash's early days. The Falcon tracks include "Daddy" with rhymes by ADI, also served up in an instrumental, and "Oh My God". 12-inch, Vinyl record
New versions of work by one of the grooviest groups in the world – the mighty mighty Jazzanova, one of the most influential combos in modern music of the past few years! Jazzanova are a tireless ensemble – not only working endlessly to discover and promote new music on their own label, ... read moreCD
Pool ... CD Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2018. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Excellent work from one of the most important production teams of recent times! Jazzanova have sharply defined the modern European taste for Brazilian and Latin-inflected grooves on the dancefloor – beginning in the mid 90s with work for the (then) new Compost Records imprint, and working up ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
14 tracks including "Trouble On My Mind", "Dedication to Bambaataa" and "Summer In The City". CD
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Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo —
Jongler ... CD Favorite (France), 2018. New Copy ...
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
A mixture of world vocals and modern electro jazz – with sounds as diverse and compelling as the Paris scene in which the album was recorded! Mamani Keita's vocals are beautiful – and have an honest earthy quality that provides a striking contrast with the album's use of keyboards, ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 huge commercial house LP, one that pushed the Chicago house sound way over the top and into the mainstream. By this point Frankie Knuckles had achieved cult stardom and all it took was this highly produced effort to turn him into a household name, fusing jazzy grooves, modern soul sensibilities ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A heady set of grooves from Kon – part of the Kon & Amir team you'll know from the famous series of compilations and mix tapes (both On and Off Track!) – stepping out here as a fantastically strong lead artist of his own, with help from a few key guests as well! The set's both a ... 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
A great little idea for a project – one that has groovy sounds from the Agogo label reinterpreted by jazz arranger Lutz Krajenski – but always in a way that hangs on to all the soul of the originals! Lutz plays some really wonderful keyboards – deeply soulful throughout, in a ... read moreCD
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
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
Believe it or not this early Jesse Saunders house single has some Three Stooges vocal samples peppered throughout the mix over the spare drum machine and sampler groove. (Soul, New Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
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Arto Lindsay —
Salt ... CD Righteous Babe, 2004. Used ...
Incredibly lovely work from Arto Lindsay – the kind of record that earns our respect for him all over again! In the years since his avant roots in DNA, Arto's developed a keen ear for Brazilian music – and he's working here in a style that has lots of traces of recent work by members ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
Three sweet grooves from Little Dragon – all graced with the unusual vocals of Yukimi Nagano! "Lover Chanting" bounces along on bassy keys – clubby and catchy, but never too commercial – and "In My House" follows at a similar pace, but with a moodier vibe and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Madlib invades Blue Note! He gets free reign of the catalog for this mix of sampler genius and live band interpretations, too, as/with Ahmad Miller, Yesterdays New Quintet, Malcolm Catto, Medaphoar, and others from the Stones Throw camp. This one's truly a conceptual triumph, if there ever was ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition double colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks!)
A gleaming batch of remixes based largely on tracks from Sabrina Malheiro's great Equilibria album on Far Out – featuring some of the best remix work in years from Nicola Conte, Kenny Dope, Incognito, Roc Hunter and others! Sabrina's classicist approach to modern bossa vocals made her debut ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
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 moreCD