Monday Michiru —
Routes ... CD Artist Share, 2006. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Thickly atmospheric, jazzy mood music from Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer – his second album for Thirsty Ear and some of his strongest work! It definitely feels like the next phase of the sounds he was crafting on the preceding Hamada album – airy, spacious bits of calm ... read moreCD
It's been quite a long time since we last heard from Mondo Grosso – the Japanese project from Shinichi Osawa whose work was part of the same great wave of 90s Tokyo soul we loved from artists like Mondo Grosso, Kyoto Jazz Massive, and Monday Michiru! Yet, despite the passage of time, and a ... read moreCD
Dreamy cosmic keys and atmospheric beats spearheaded by the brotherly duo of Dedric & Delaney Moore – working in a downtempo mode, but really kind of transcending it with some strong songwriting and soulful vocals! The synth, bass and and percussion set the scene nicely throughout, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Voyager ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
If you like Fender Rhodes, you'll find plenty to love here – as Moonchild is just the duo of singer Amber Navran and keyboardist Andris Mattson – whose warm lines here are a perfect accompaniment to the vocals! There's a warm, organic vibe here that's maybe a bit different than some of ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Moonfires better keep it rolling, given that they're being chased by a giant ape on the cover – but with the mighty Alex Puddu on guitar, they can't help but take off and soar! The album's got that great commitment to classic cinematic funk styles that we've always loved in Puddu's music ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy grooves from Mop Mop – a set that we like even more than their hip first album, and which is filled with great work from a variety of different musicians! The vibe here is a lot more acoustic than the last time around, although the sound moves past the straighter style of club jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trip through seven wonders of far-reaching beathead bliss from Detroit via Chicago producer Moppy – – with guest production and/or instrumentation from Kenny Keys, Radius Inc, Beyond Luck, DJ Kana and more! We knew from the first track we were in for something special, with the opener ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Global jazz funk and deep dancefloor grooves collide on this solid little EP by Jamal Moss with Allonymous & The Hamatic Building Society – fusing electronic club soul with live instrumentation – with players that include the great Tony Allen, Jimmy Tenor and more! Includes the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A hugely expanded version of this stone London classic from Mother Earth – presented as a 2CD set with a huge amount of extra material! The core album is the kind of record that should have crossed over big at a global level, had more folks been paying attention to the Brit funk scene at the ... read moreCD
Jazzy, funky, disco re-edits by Mr PC – taking elements of classic funky fusion and honing in the tighest percussion, hearty bass lines and all around balmy aural atmoshere for a timeless dancefloor vibe! "Stanley Dancer" on one side and "Jaco Disco" on the flip. 12-inch, Vinyl record
A nice bit of soulful house – plus a handful of solid alternate mixes – feels pretty blissful, actually! The original mix is sparely furnished in the best kind of way, with a compelling beat and soul steeped vocal. The Damp Velour + Intimacy mix moves a bit faster, but keeps the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Solen ... LP Jakarta, 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Modern indie soul from Nanna B. – a genuinely Danish songstress and she's the real deal! Her voice is soft and lovely, but it cuts deep – the songs resonate on the strength of her tone, and on the way her voice is layered in moments that call for subtle harmonies, or solo in more ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
New Cool Collective with Los Papines & Mapacha Afr —
Sugar Protocol ... CD Dox (Netherlands), 2010. Used ...
Nicolay & The Hot Nights —
Glaciers ... CD Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy ...
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from a ... read moreCD
Nicolay & The Hot Nights —
Glaciers ... LP Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A huge journey in music with the Night Trains – a London combo who started out funky, as part of that city's acid jazz scene in the late 80s – then moved through more contemporary soul styles, and then ended up sounding a bit mod in the end! This 18 track package follows the group ... read moreCD
Definitely a special space from Carlos Nino – a record that seems to even deepen the sound of some of his recent cosmic explorations – to take Nino into territory that's far beyond jazz or much of his other modes too! The set features a bit of guest work from Iasos – an artist ... read moreCD
Nostalgia 77 —
Fifteen ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
It's hard to believe it's been fifteen years since Benedic Lamdin has been giving us music via Nostalgia 77 – partly because he's given us so much, and matured so strongly, it almost feels as if more time has passed! If you're not yet hip to the Nostalgia 77 sound, this album's definitely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Compelling dancefloor beats, cosmic synth atmosphere, funky bass grooves and soul-steeped vocals – all things we love – and we're loving the neo-classic club grooves on the Star Creature label more and more! Ourra & Andre Espeut make 80s-inspired grooves fresh again, not skimping ... (Funky 45's, New Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
New one on Irma, with a bit of a b-movie feel to it, and some nice funky grooves underneath. Sam plays organ and Fender Rhodes, with a sound that brings to mind earlier albums by the JTQ, and other more classic funky keyboard lines. Pretty straight jazz funk throughout, with a sound that's more ... read moreCD
Very cool stuff from Irma! Sam Paglia's a modern hero of the Hammond B-3 – but he's got a swinging Italian style that's part bossa, part 60s jazz/pop, and part lounge party music. This album's a winner all the way through – and has some excellent modern cocktail grooves, and plenty of ... read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that the teeth inside the digipack case are broken.)
The debut single from Stones Throw upstart James Pants – an odd, but groovy synthesis of 80s club soul, jittery post disco synth sounds, and the hynotic background bounce of early party rap – but with enough of a modern sensibility to sound very much of the mid 00s! "Kash" is ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The sophomore album from James Pants – a step into stranger territory than the eclectic electro party jam aesthetic of the Welcome debut – a wilder ride over fuzzed out synth tones, primitive drum machine fun and spacey washes of digital soundscapes! James was purportedly reading ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Pants —
Welcome ... LP Stones Throw, 2008. Very Good 2LP ...
Electro party funk, lots of drums, and grooves galore from elastic man James Pants – one of the more wildly eclectic figures on Stones Throw, but his full length debut is anything but a hodge podge – it's a madly charming danceable gem all the way! Pants fully delivers on the promise ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare moogy tunes from Jerry Paper – a singer who sounds about as you might expect from the cover, but who also has a surprisingly catchy style as well! Jerry clearly loves sounds from the past – as there's bits of AOR and boogie soul at work on the album – but he also never ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreCD
Spare moogy tunes from Jerry Paper – a singer who sounds about as you might expect from the cover, but who also has a surprisingly catchy style as well! Jerry clearly loves sounds from the past – as there's bits of AOR and boogie soul at work on the album – but he also never ... (Rock, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy vocals from Gretchen Parlatto – a singer with roots in jazz, but a style that stretches out into plenty of fresh new territory! The set's remarkably spare at points – leaving Gretchen a lot to carry in the lead – yet she does so beautifully, working her breathy vocals ... (Vocalists, New Grooves)read moreCD
Spare sounds from the Detroit scene – the kind of grooves that Theo Parrish and his scene have been making for years, and really opening up the frontiers – even when the rest of the world may not have been looking! The sounds here are spare and spacey, but still mostly rhythmic – ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums in years from reedman Courtney Pine – a set that firmly reminds us just what an important part of the British scene he was many years back! In the years after the experimental waves of British jazz rock and avant jazz, Pine was a surprisingly strong voice in the ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Spiritual space explorations by the Portico Quartet – a group who are really a duo instead of a four-piece – and who use a lot more electronics than some of their contemporaries on the Gondwana label! In a way, the music almost has the same post-jazz vibe as some of the work on the Tru ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record of mysterious sources and sounds from this ultra-cool London group – a combo who maybe started out somewhere in the territory of jazz, but have moved out into more spacious areas over the years! There's a majestic sense of scope here that almost takes us back to the early work of ... read moreCD
Clubby grooves and rootsy percussion – served up here by Gabriele Poso in a really wonderful combination! The music here is as rich and organic as the cover – almost in the 21st Century blend of contemporary and classic that we've loved in records from artists like Joe Clausell or ... read moreCD
Clubby grooves and rootsy percussion – served up here by Gabriele Poso in a really wonderful combination! The music here is as rich and organic as the cover – almost in the 21st Century blend of contemporary and classic that we've loved in records from artists like Joe Clausell or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Prefuse 73 doing his distinctive thing – mood-setting, hypnotic beats that roll from raw and deconstructionist to big and boisterous – with plenty off off-kilter melodic touches between! The range from stripped down and mellow to dense and rollicking is impressive as always, and his way ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Alex Puddu's going right back to the beginning here – serving up some tight, sharp sounds that are very much in the 70s funk mode that first gave him inspiration! And this time around, he's got Lonnie Jordan from War on board – singing on three of the album's great tracks – which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The latest album from Rad – an underground soul singer who's been working in the groove scene for the past 10 years, crafting some wonderfully stripped-down albums that fit perfectly with the best of the nu soul releases we've been stocking! The backing's got a classic sound on most tracks ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from Reel People – and warmly collaborative, too – thanks to contributions from Mica Paris, Angie Stone, Navasha Daya, Omar, Tony Momrelle, and a host of others! Reel People have always given us fantastic grooves – classic club-styled cuts, but with a lean ... read moreCD
Navasha Daya is light years away from her roots with Fertile Ground – singing here on two massive cuts from Reel People – both of which elevate her to legendary soul diva status! Daya is incredible on the version of the Kashif tune "I'm In Love" – hitting a level that ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The hippest work we've heard in years from drummer Steve Reid – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his recent projects! This time around, Reid's heading back to the rougher, rootsier territory of his best sides of the 70s – a tightly pulsating approach to soul jazz that ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A contemporary set, but one that reaches back to the earlier years of the London funk scene – given that it not only features work from Gareth Tasker and Barrie Sharpe, but also includes contributions from members of Beggar & Co and 23 Skidoo! The sound's almost got a classic acid jazz ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
A contemporary set, but one that reaches back to the earlier years of the London funk scene – given that it not only features work from Gareth Tasker and Barrie Sharpe, but also includes contributions from members of Beggar & Co and 23 Skidoo! The sound's almost got a classic acid jazz ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Brazilian styled groove from S-Tone – one that has some cool cuica in the mix, and a chorus vocal too – before getting even more percussive and jazzy, thanks to a fantastic mix here from Gerardo Frisina! There's plenty of percussion – in the best Frisina mode – and ... (Funky 45's, New Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
(Out print. Comes in an LP-style gatefold sleeve. Includes obi.)
Javier Santiago —
Phoenix ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
Soaring keyboards from this up-and-coming player – an artist who's especially fantastic on Fender Rhodes, which get plenty of space on this excellent album! Javier Phoenix is a jazz musician at the core – yet he's also part of a younger generation we might dub the post-Robert Glasper ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Beautiful – and the best record we've heard from the Silent Poets in years! The album's an incredible mix of hip hop beats, electronic production, and baroque soul arrangements – with warm keyboards, heavy rhythms, and sweet strings all colliding in a swirling mix of music! The record's ... read moreCD
Excellent remixes from the Silent Poets groundbreaking To Come album! The record was put together as a joint Japanese/French effort, with work by the Poets and the Yellow Productions crew in a very heavy baroque style. This first volume of the remix set features the tracks "Someday" ... read moreCD
Excellent remixes from the Silent Poets groundbreaking To Come album! The record was put together as a joint Japanese/French effort, with work by the Poets and the Yellow Productions crew in a very heavy baroque style. This second volume features "Come Raising" remixed by Tom & ... read moreCD
An insane moment of vision from the British scene of the 90s – one of the key points when all the scattered energy of the scene's clubs and singles was brought to bear on a full-length records – with results that are still tremendous all these many years later! The album definitely ... read moreCD
Skymark is Marc Friedli – a European keyboardist with a real love of vintage instruments – Arp, Moog, Prophet, Roland, and more – all of which he brings to bear nicely in this very groovy set! As with his previous record, the vibe here is kind of late 70s/early 80s – some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Abstract ambient instrumentals from Dublin's The Smoke Clears. Includes "Fathoms", "Where You Go I Go", "The Goose And The Moon", "Heaven Sent", "Slipstream", "Oh My Days" feat Cian Finn, "In Time" and "September". (Hip Hop, New Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
Wickedly funky work from Soel – a new project from Ludovic Navarre, aka St Germain! The record picks up where St Germain left off – still working heavily in a Parisian blend of funky samples and classic jazz riffs, but overall taking things a lot deeper – going for a sound that's ... read moreCD
(Booklet has a gold promo stamp.)
Soil & Pimp Sessions —
Dapper ... CD Victor (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
This great Japanese combo are maybe even more dapper than usual here – still strongly tied up in their tradition of hard-hitting jazz, but also opening the door for work from some guest soul singers and MCs! Leader Shacho is usually the "agitator" in the group – calling out ... read moreCD
Soul Bossa Trio —
In Native ... LP Wildjumbo (Japan), 1997. Near Mint- ...
A great effort by this groovy Japanese acid jazz combo! Although they're best-known for their earlier works, which had more of a straight bossa feel, this one has a much more expanded sound, and runs a full range of jazz and Brazilian grooves. Highlights include the track "Hope", which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Soul Clap duo have a huge amount of help on this full length set – a range of guests that runs from Nona Hendryx, through Ebony Houston, Nick Monaco, Hazmat Talkbox, Dayonne Rollins, Billy Bass Nelson, and others – all of whom help shape the sound nicely over the electro funk ... read moreCD
The second Soul Session is every bit as great as the first – a wonderful blend of contemporary rhythms and crackling vocals – served up by producer Ralph Keifer, with help from guests who include Georgia Anne Muldrow, Anaj, Tokunbo, Omar, and Fatma Tazegul! Rhythms are relatively spare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime modern bossa – from one of the best bands of the genre! Soulstance are part of the elite cadre of Italian groups that make up Nicola Conte's Schema label – and they're one of the best discoveries to come out of the Italian groove scene in years. We really dug their first album ... read moreCD
It feels like forever since we last heard from Steve Spacek – and in that time, he's only gotten deeper and more amazing than ever before – to a point where a record like this might well be a genre unto itself! The songs are definitely soul, but Steve really takes the "space" ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second full album from Nobukazu Takemura's landmark group Spiritual Vibes – and even more beautifully lyrical than the first! There's a gentleness here that was missing on the group's first set – a sound that's still very much in love with the bossa and Brazilian jazz, yet which ... read moreCD
The remixed version of one of the best-ever Japanese releases! Seven tracks from the classic first album by Nobukazu Takemura's working group, Spiritual Vibes – all pulled from the group's self-titled LP, and remixed with a sweet feel that's very much in keeping with the originals – ... read moreCD
The album that started it all! And by all, we mean the onslaught of wonderful jazzy grooves from the brilliant mind of Nobukazu Takemura. This first LP's a legend around these parts, and we sell it all over the place – to Steppers on the south side of Chicago, and to acid jazz fans all over ... read moreCD
A pretty cool contemporary group – one who are lucky enough to record for the legendary Cinevox soundtrack label, and who have a sound that definitely matches the vibe of that company's long legacy of music! The style here is very cinematic at times – with some slinky, groovy moments ... read moreCD
A record that's as stark as its cover – a very cool collaboration from LA beatmaker GB (Gifted & Blessed) and British singer Yeofi Andoh – done in a style that may well be opening up whole new frontiers for underground cosmic soul! The record's got a nicely rough vibe – songs ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little set from Studio Apartment – a group who work in the same jazz, soul, and Brazilian-influenced territory as some of our favorite recent artists from Japan! There's a definite Jazztronik sensibility percolating in the mix here – alongside Sleepwalker and Izanami ... read moreCD