Sweet keyboard tunes from Felbm – issued here with a rather cold title and cover, but delivered with a warm vibe and lots of jazzy touches! The music isn't entirely jazz, but certainly has all the appeal of old school keyboard jazz – maybe more in the sound library mode, as the tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from Foreign Exchange – the formerly bi-continental project of North Carolina MC and soul singer Phonte of Little Brother, and transplanted Dutch producer Nicolay – who take an even deeper turn into spacey soul on Leave It All Behind! Given that Phonte is singing ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)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
In a world of supposed crossover Brazilian projects that have mostly lost their roots, the music of Bebel Gilberto is surprisingly refreshing! This daughter of Joao Gilberto (not Astrud) sings in a manner that's in keeping with the classic bossa divas of years past – but she works here in ... (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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit ... 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
Tommy's first album for Mo Wax – and a masterpiece of offbeat funk! Guerrero plays all the instruments here – funky drums, bass, guitar, and lots of keyboards – and the style is very much in keeping with the best Mo Wax funk from artists like Money Mark or Malcolm Catto – ... read moreCD
(Out of print, mark through barcode & sticker on digipack cover.)
A groundbreaking meeting of musical icons – with veteran jazz greats, a couple of then-young guns, and one of the MCs who helped bring jazz into hip hop in the first place! Jazzmatazz bridges both stylistic and generational boundaries in incredible ways, not only an earnest effort by Guru to ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Guru's second foray into the jazz/rap crossover world, with a huge amount of guest stars, and a little bit less of Guru. In parts, it actually seems to work better than the first one. Why? Because there's not as much of a forced effort to bring jazz and rap together in an obvious way, which ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
The 4th volume in legendary MC Guru's Jazzmatazz – a pure labor-of-love at this stage of the game – and a nicely grooving blend of laidback jazzy hip hop, nusoul and fusiony bits on the beat tip– with guests that include Omar, Common, Bob James, Damien Marley, Raheem Devaughn, ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
More soul than before, with guest work by Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Les Nubians, The Roots, Donell Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Isaac Hayes. Tracks include "Keep Your Worries" featuring Angie Stone, "Plenty" featuring Erykah Badu, "Who's There?" featuring Les ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Guts bills this set as "an Afro-Tropical experiment" – but to us, the album's just a further expansion of his wonderful talents as a producer – which have really come a long way in just a few years! Guts maybe got his start in hip hop, but he's able to embrace a globe's worth ... read moreCD
Guts bills this set as "an Afro-Tropical experiment" – but to us, the album's just a further expansion of his wonderful talents as a producer – which have really come a long way in just a few years! Guts maybe got his start in hip hop, but he's able to embrace a globe's worth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Herbie reinvents himself for the 21st Century – and ends up turning out one of his most compelling albums in years! As with his Future Shock years, Herbie's working here with Bill Laswell – but if that scares you a bit (it did us!), don't worry, because Laswell's much more in the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Killer early work from Casey Benjamin and Nicole Guiland, aka Heavy – featuring unreleased material, rare vinyl only gems, and otherwise hard to come by grooves – it may be the First Sessions, but it sounds like the future of tripped out soul to us! The stuff here pre-dates the ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Hieroglyphic Being —
Red Notes ... CD Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
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
Soulful house pioneers Terry Hunter and Barbara Tucker join forces for a timeless club jam! "Holding On" slays on the production front, a dancefloor beat rolling underneath a killer bass line punctuated by piano and electric keys, then the vibe soars high on Barbara's vocals. Includes a ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Shafiq Husayn —
Loop ... LP Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
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
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a reference to the process of recording the album – which was almost a therapeutic effort by Iamabeenie at the end of the day – a way to respond to the troubles and terrors of our time, with music that has a righteous mission to uplift and heal! The set was recorded on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Balance ... CD Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2006. Used ...
A tremendous full length debut from ISoul8 – a record that's billed by Phil Asher in the notes as representing everything that was once soulful in house music – but which we think offers even more than that! The album's certainly got a housey feel overall – but the styles here ... 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
(Out of print, booklet has some clear tape over a 1" tear at the fold.)
Hip hop boom bap beatcraft mixed smoothly with a jazz-centered vibe from the mind of J Rawls – a mostly mellow, lightly tripped-out instrumentals effort unlike anything else he's ever laid down! J Rawls puts his reliably unique spin on the jazzhop formula – assembling a live combo ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
It's been a few years since we've heard from Jabberloop, but these guys haven't lost any of their charms at all – and, in fact, maybe seem even more dedicated to their sound than ever before! Jabberloop first rose up during that moment when the Tokyo scene had some great club jazz combos ... read moreCD
Bryony Jarman-Pinto —
Cage & Aviary ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
Very cool work from Bryony Jarman-Pinto – a singer who's way more than just a singer – partly because she often uses the studio to harmonize alongside herself, which brings a very hip vibe to her sound! Bryony's maybe tied most strongly to jazz, but there's a heck of a lot going on ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest French albums we've heard in years – a laidback blend of hip hop and jazz that really lives up to the cover's homage to the legendary Black Jazz label! The Jazz Liberatorz have a great way with a groove – a style that's openly flowing and instrumentally jazzy – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
BB1 ... CD Pony Canyon (Japan), 2018. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The first music we've heard in quite awhile from Jazztronik – and a set that has them sounding even more funk-oriented than before! We've always loved the creations of leader Ryota Nozaki – even his mellower moments – but this time around, he really steps into new territory by ... 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
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
14 tracks including "Trouble On My Mind", "Dedication to Bambaataa" and "Summer In The City". CD
(Out of print.)
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
Adrian Sherwood meets the Sugarhill (and On-U) house drummer for this album of dubby heavy beats. Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald fill out the group on this set of heavy 80s beats with more than a touch of Sherwoods signature spacey effects and heavy synth work from Leblanc too. An obscure and ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great first full length chapter of an ultra-hip ensemble – a contemporary group, but one with a great ear for the spiritual sounds of the 70s! The group's a bit like Build An Ark – no surprise, as they've shared a similar label, Kindred Spirits – and like that collective, ... read moreCD
A fuzzy mix of styles from Kit Sebastian – a set that reminds us of that late 90s moment when many artists were inspired by Brazilian Tropicalia, and took that inspiration as a way to blend together sounds from many different modes! The record's got touches of funk, psych, and a range of ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
A fuzzy mix of styles from Kit Sebastian – a set that reminds us of that late 90s moment when many artists were inspired by Brazilian Tropicalia, and took that inspiration as a way to blend together sounds from many different modes! The record's got touches of funk, psych, and a range of ... (Rock, New Grooves)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
No the heavy hip hop influenced ragga that was Konders' breakthrough sound, but some fierce underground house, with a touch of jazz courtesy Peter Daou on keyboards in the early 90s NYC/NJ style. 6 tracks in all, including "Version", "The Poem", "Nervous Acid", "L ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mix ... CD EMI, 1991. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
All the classics, but remixed with a very techno feel. We were about to say unfortunately, but even with the "updated" sound, their sublime genius shows through, and some of the mixes are largely untouched. Includes "The Robots", "Computerlove", "Pocket ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
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
A long-awaited full length set from Lanu – aka Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos – and a record that's one of the best blends of soul, funk, and cosmic vibes we've heard in many many years! Lanu's been bubbling under for quite awhile – first issuing singles from his native New ... read moreCD
8 tracks of mostly drums and drum machine – with no titles – from Vincent Lawrence aka Virgo. Pretty much put together as tool for house and club DJs in it's day, this set is equally appealing on its own, as an excellent snapshot from the heyday of Chicago house. (Soul, New Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
Les Hommes —
Sinner ... LP Sudden Hunger (UK), 2017. Near Mint- ...
Fantastic material from a group we haven't heard from in years! You might know Les Hommes best from their early work on Schema Records – some killer albums from the start of this century, which firmly established these guys as one of the grooviest groups around! And while it's been years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of blue eyed soul – the debut album of Georg Levin, part of Jazzanova's Sonar Kollektiv, and one of the best new artists we've heard in years! Musically, Georg blends older styles of 70s soul with the warm jazzy beats and keys of the Compost German scene – taking things ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
The most outwardly cosmic entry in the Baker's Dozen series to date – courtesy of producer, multi-instrumentalist and all around soulful spirit Low Leaf! We were introduced to Low Leaf through her soul jazz inspired, though ultimately (and refreshingly) hard to define craft built around harp ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)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
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!)
Beautifully dynamic work from drummer Myele Manzanza – an artist we've never heard work in this scope before, and we hope will soon do so again! The album's got Myele at the helm of a great large ensemble – a group who have a strong spiritual sense at the core, but often move in more ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The latest from the groundbreaking Bristol crew! The sound on this outing isn't as dark as the last two albums, but there's still the unmistakable Massive vibe, with a full, deep bass, dubby elements, hip-hop & jungle inflected beats and atmospheric touches that spawned scores of copycats. ... read moreCD
Strong second album from Massive Attack! Protection sets the stage with stunning one-two punch of the title track and "Karmacoma" – 13+ minutes of flawless, hypnotic trip hop with a strong sense of moody soul, thanks in the always impeccable (to this point, anyway) production and ... read moreCD
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! The approach ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut album from the Mauskovic Dance Band – a compelling combo who bring together rhythms from around the globe, then fuse them together in a dark and moody sort of way – often with the kind of early 80s elements you might expect to hear from ESG or Quando Quango! The production is ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album