A great little record that's jazz at the core, but a lot hipper too – a great statement from London keyboardist Neue Grafik, issued on the label of that city's hip Total Refreshment Centre club! Grafik plays plenty of great solos on piano, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – but there' ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue return of Daniel Grau – the Venezuelan artist who gave us some mighty soulful music in the 70s – still sounding great after quite a long passage of time! The music here is very much in Daniel's classic tradition – a warm approach to club music, with some nicely ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive look at the music of Greyboy – one that features classic cuts, previously unreleased tracks, and rare mixes as well! Back in the early 90s, when most of the few funky records coming out of the west coast were pretty darn weak, Greyboy really caught our ears with his raw, stripped-do ... (Deep Funk, 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
(Includes the insert.)
Bridges ... LP Sole Music (UK), 2001. Near Mint- 2LP ...
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
One of the brilliant tunes on Nathan Haines masterful Squire For Hire album gets a nice remix workout, courtesy of Ashley Beedle! The original mix "Doot Dude" is one of the more club ready tunes from the album; a crisp little platter of grooves with Brit Hop vocals courtesy Lyric L. ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
"Long" is one of the best tracks by Nathan Haines – one of the best new artists on the London scene – and it's remixed by 4 Hero, whose "best" status need not be repeated by us! The single is one of the best 12's you'll ever find by Nathan – the kind of ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Tripped out tracks with a funky cinematic feel – a great new project with mysterious origins – supposedly the work of the "mysterious Clutchy Hopkins", but really just the efforts of a batch of underground beatmakers! There's a spare, spacious approach here that almost ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
(There is no indication, but we are assuming that the DVD is NTSC format, Region 1.)
Shafiq Husayn —
Loop ... CD Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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
Two killer cuts from this horn-heavy ensemble – served up here on a limited 12" single! "Indigo" is a perfect illustration of everything that makes these guys so different from the rest – a full horn arrangement that lives up to the legacy of their pop, Phil Cohran ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Incognito never lets us down – and records like this keep us listening strongly year after year! The set's got all the core brilliance of Incognito at their best – a really classic approach to jazzy soul, served up with top shelf instrumentation by the group – and sent home ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Another amazing set from Bluey and Incognito – one of the few groups who seem to get better and better as the years go by! The title of this album is a line from Roy Ayers' classic "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" – and the group begin the record with an excellent cover version ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Inspiration (Yoshihiro Okino, Ryota Nozaki, et al) —
Exclusive ... CD Sony (Japan), 2006. Used ...
A brilliant follow-up to the first Inspiration set – and like that one, a unique collection of Japanese-only grooves – picked, mixed, and produced by a team that includes contributions from Yukihiro Fukutomi, DJ Mitsu, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Jazztronik, and Kenji Sakajiri of Especial ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
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
"Alright" gets the classic Todd Terry bump, while D Zire and Drumhead dub the track out nicely at a more moderate tempo, with just the right touch of space dust and a fat, fat bottom. (Neo Soul, New Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Were the Jazz Invaders ever this soulful before? We don't seem to remember that – as they come on totally strong and wonderful here – with a groove that might even rival the best previous work by big-name combos like Incognito or Brand New Heavies! Like both those groups, the Jazz ... read moreCD
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from Jazzanova – a set that really returns the group to their roots, and features live funk instrumentation, and ultra-soulful vocals from singer Paul Randolph! The sound is unlike anything Jazzanova's done in the past – even tighter, and ... read moreCD
The jazzy genius of Jazztronik gets remixed by the likes of Sunata T Experience, Su Paka Pooh, At Jazz, and Dave Warrin of Naked Music! The CD features 10 tracks that stand as solidly together as any full LP by this excellent Japanese group. Ttiles include "Song Of Bebe (Sunaga T Experience ... read moreCD
"Bamba" has a great skittish grooves – contemporary Afro Funk, but a lot more stripped-down – so that the percussion and bass are really taking the lead, and providing a perfect foil for the atmospheric vocals of the tune! This quality really continues on "Walo", ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Beautiful beats and spacey soul from Jitwam – a record that's definitely in its own sort of territory – as it layers together a range of wonderful elements, without any care as to what genre it might be creating! There's definitely a mode here that resonates with the hippest of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little soul tune from Ronny Jordan – lifted from the Light To Dark album, and featuring heavy beats and a warm lead vocal. The best bit's the instrumental one, though – where Ronny's guitar comes to the forefront! 12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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
2042 ... LP Kola (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
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 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
The brilliant full length debut of Kings Go Forth – a set we'd been eagerly anticipating after hearing their first few fantastic singles! The group hail from Milwaukee, an unlikely spot for a combo this hip – and they've got a sound that's smoking 70s soul all the way through – ... (Deep Funk, 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 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
Instrumentals from French hip hop collective Klub Des Loosers – flavored nicely with mad sampled film dialogue, revolving bits of sound library styled funk, spacey touches of electro and other tripped out touches! The tracks were largely produced in 2006 and 2007, and eventually finished and ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)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
Skittish beats and warm jazzy grooves from London's Landslide – featuring Victor Davies as guest vocalist on the track "Tumbling", and a guest appearance by London Elektricity on "Incurable Voices". There's less bossa on here than you might think from the title, but the ... 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
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
Textural mood funk from the team of Shawn Lee and Clutchy Hopkins – the second collaborative batch from this dynamic and well matched duo! We loved Clutch Of The Tiger, but they take a profound step forward on Fascinating Fingers – if they were feeling each others styles out on that ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Excellent modern bossa grooves! The group is British, but the record's issued on Schema – and it reminds us a lot of the modern bossa work that's been showing up on the label. The band is incredibly tight, with a straightforward trio format of organ and drums, mixed with occasional vibes, ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A killer set that really lives up to the Samba Soul promised in the title – recorded recently by Marcio Local, but done with a solid 70s groove that takes us back to the Jorge Ben generation! The production here is perfect – never too polished, and always with a bit of grit in the ... (Brazil, 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