A Danish duo, but one with plenty of soul – percolated nicely together in a range of complicated influences, and coming off somewhere between the spacier sound of current Detroit and the more beat-heavy grooves of the Raw Fusion posse! The record has a really rich sort of feel – ... read moreCD
A groovy little set – one that mixes up Afro Funk influences with bits of Italian sound library grooving – but all with a contemporary twist that's mighty nice! Guglielmo Pagnozzi handles alto sax, farfisa, and even some percussion – and his horn really dominates the sound on ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Palm Skin Productions —
Kunstruk ... CD Pussyfoot (UK), 2000. Used ...
Later stuff from Simon Richmond and crew, kind of all over the place, but with a nice variety of sounds, from spacey and ambient, to downtempo, to some harder beats. 12 tracks in all, including "Condition Red", "Fair Seven", "How The West Was Won", "Osaka", ... read moreCD
The first full album from Part Time Heroes – a group who've done some remixes and singles over the past few years, but who really step forward strongly with this set! There's a depth here we never would have guessed from their clever cuts before – a fuller, richer sound that draws from ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Peace Orchestra —
Reset ... CD G Stone (Germany), 2002. Used ...
A few years after the breakup of the Kruder & Dorfmeister team, Peter Kruder dropped his Peace Orchestra set on the world – raising the bar forever for excursions into downtempo beats and jazz. This set reworks Kruder's original album, and features work from a number of Europe's best ... read moreCD
(Out of print, digipack case has some edgewear.)
Brownout ... LP Schematic Music & Research, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
3 tracks from one of the most important acid house acts of the Chicago scene! Phuture were the brainchild of DJ Pierre – and they had a complicated mix of beats and electronics that predated the Detroit Techno sound for a few years, and was touched with all the darkness of the best Chicago ... (Soul, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Red label pressing. A-side label has a small sticker and initials in marker.)
Ghislain Poirer once again delivers a batch of synthetic rhythms and computer groove with a thump learned from hip hop – and the results are far more enjoyable than many of the more pretentious laptop chin scratchers out there! Ghislain's beats occasionally ratchet up to floorshaking levels, ... read moreCD
A bigger and more uniquely soulful sound for Triple P – aka cosmic DJ production duo Platinum Pied Pipers, rechristened as PPP with the addition of vocalists Coultrain and Karma to the group on the wonderful Abundance! The vocals, and a tighter focus on great songs than on an overall vibe, ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Sweet electro soul from the Precious Lo's – a duo who have a great stripped-down sound, but who manage to really make things sparkle with their vocals in tandem! The instrumentation is nice and lean – beats, basslines, and keyboards – certainly raised in the 80s, but with a more ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Wonderful keyboard work from Neil Cowley of Fragile State and Zero 7 – working here in a totally different groove, and one with lots of 70s touches! The album's a mostly instrumental affair with keyboards that soar out beautifully in a CTI-inspired vibe – one that sometimes has the ... read moreCD
A fantastic album of grooves from the mighty Alex Puddu – and a record that's worth it alone for its guest work from Gene Robinson Jr on a few tracks – a singer whose voice was part of the classic sound of Breakwater! Puddu's groove has really shifted into the jazzy funk of Robinson's ... read moreCD
A fantastic album of grooves from the mighty Alex Puddu – and a record that's worth it alone for its guest work from Gene Robinson Jr on a few tracks – a singer whose voice was part of the classic sound of Breakwater! Puddu's groove has really shifted into the jazzy funk of Robinson's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive bit of blue-eyed soul – recorded on the London scene of the late 90s, but put together with a vibe that takes us back to early 70s LA! The sticker on the front of the original record promises links to Steely Dan and Jamiroquai – and the sound of the record definitely lives up ... read moreCD
Slyly funky grooves from Quant – downtempo with a difference – the difference being that things are pretty darn soulful overall, with enough jazzy imagination to keep things sounding fresh throughout! About half the tracks feature lead vocals by a variety of singers – done in a ... read moreCD
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quantic Soul Orchestra —
Pushin On ... CD Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity, 2005. Used ...
If drums were enough to make us love a record, we'd love this one to death – but it's also got a heck of a lot more to offer! Quantic Soul Orchestra return with a smashing second set – one that's even tighter and funkier than the first one – with a sound that really bridges both ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Quantic Soul Orchestra —
Stampede ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2003. Used ...
A landmark album – one that has the beat-heavy Quantic transform into the Quantic Soul Orchestra, for a stunning deep funk performance! The record sounds like nothing Quantic have done in the past – and shares a sound with work from the Soul Fire/Daptone underground, with a tight blend ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Quartetto Moderno —
Ecco! ... CD Schema (Italy), 1999. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the most beautiful jazz recordings we've heard in a long time! Italy's Quartetto Moderno is a vibes-led combo with a classic modal feel – similar to Bobby Hutcherson's pre-new thing years on Blue Note, or some of the early Roy Ayers & Jack Wilson recordings from LA. The sound is ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
An amazing second full length set from Quasimode – easily one of the most soulful combos working in the current club jazz underground! Quasimode cover some of the same territory as their Japanese contemporaries Sleepwalker – an older style of soul jazz – played live, mostly with ... read moreCD
A solid jazzy groover from Quintetto Lo Greco – a straight ahead acoustic combo on the mighty Schema label – and one who really have their roots in a classic 60s Italian sound! The combo's led by drummer Gianni Lo Greco and bassist Enzo Lo Greco – and it features sublime ... read moreCD
That's a retro-styled logo on the cover, and it really gets at the spirit of the sound that Qwestlife is laying down – a mode that hearkens back to 70s club, but which also understands the warmer side of house music too – served up in a blend that reminds us of the early years of ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Straddling the line between programmed beats and live musicians, RAS is the brainchild of newcomer Robert Galic, released under the wing of Jazzanova on the Sonar Kollektiv. Crisp, tight production combines with a light Afro beat leaning and spare, uncomplicated grooves, a breath of fresh air in ... read moreCD
A great assortment of beats recorded at the Spacebase in the middle part of the decade – served up in a sweet double length set that definitely continues the legacy of the Ghetto Sci-Fi label! There's a great Cali vibe going on here – older funky elements folded, reversed, reworked ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
From the dancefloor, to the jazz combo, and back again – the Re:Jazz project takes a surprising twist with this remix follow-up to their brilliant first album! On that outing, Re:Jazz re-made recent dancefloor tunes in new jazz-based versions – going for the warmest, most soulful ... read moreCD
Excellent remix version of Reel People's fantastic Retroflection – one that you can almost look to as an equally great alternative version of it – with remixes by Atjazz, John Morales, Terry Hunter, Tall Black Guy, DJ Spinna and others! The warmly collaborative spirit of the original ... read moreCD
Nothing too sleazy here – as the music has a laidback vibe that never comes on too strong – and which instead has this gently soulful flow of keyboards, electronics, guitars, and some occasional acoustic bits on violin, piano, and even a bit of glass! The work is maybe a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Restless Soul magic from the mighty Phil Asher – getting plenty of help here on both cuts from Mark De Clive-Lowe! "Draw Your Bow" features soulful vocals from Shea Soul – slinking around the keyboards and beats nicely, with a depth that gives the track a classic soul feel ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A stunning debut from Rima – one of the most exciting acts in years on the always-exciting Compost Records! The group have a sound that's nicely jazzy – clearly steeped in influences from 70s fusion, but also done with the free-thinking sound of the current European underground. ... read moreCD
A lively bit of Brazilian-influenced grooves – as you might guess from the title – and an even stronger set than Riovolt's debut! The feel here is often light and breezy – not pure Brazil, but not far off – and served up in a gentle blend of beats and acoustic rhythms, ... read moreCD
(Package also includes bonus blank CD – so you can make your own copy of the album!)
A really beautiful record by young Chilean pianist Enrique Rodriguez – a set that's got little more going on than piano and keyboards, but which really makes the most of those elements! Rodriguez plays in a style that's not entirely jazz – maybe more moody instrumentals with a slight ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – in a black sleeve with the image on a sticker in the corner.)
There's a photo of 70s vintage Johnny Guitar Watson nestled somewhere in the collage on the cover – and that's a really great soul music reference for the slinky, well-inflected sound of Rojai! The singer hails from San Francisco, and has a great way of stepping up to the needs of a tune ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features guest work by Aloe Blacc, Monday Michiru, Navasha Daya, Sawa and Quasimode. CD
(Out of print.)
Echoes ... CD Hinterland (Germany), 2005. Used ...
A great second chapter in the career of Switzerland's Sandboy – a collection that features a few key new songs, plus great remixes of work from the Wanderlust album and a few other Sandboy remixes of other work! The remixes alone are worth the price of admission – because they expand ... read moreCD
A heck of a great little record – the kind that never seems to come around often enough! Sandboy step forth with some really wonderful keyboard work on the set – mostly using Fender Rhodes to set up the groove, but following through with strong vocals, jazzy riffing, and an overall ... read moreCD
Boddhi Satva —
18 ... CD BBE (UK), 2020. New Copy 2CD ...
A double-length collection of work from Boddhi Satva – a retrospective of sorts, as the package features tracks from the past 20 years of his career – but maybe more of a special celebration of his talents, as the album brings together special projects, collaborations, and under-exposed ... read moreCD
A definite Afro Odyssey from Robb Scott – a set served up in an array of criss-crossing rhythms and contemporary soul! The style here is slightly cosmic – a bit like recent work coming out of London – but there's also a warmer, earthier spirit at play here too – one that ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A beautiful new chapter in the career of Raphael Sebbag – work that's quite different than the grooves he first did in United Future Organization, and a lot more organic as well! There's a fair bit of Latin style running through the set – but not in a hokey way, and more in a ... read moreCD
(Great package too – oversized and fold-out – as complicated as the music! Package has some light wear.)
An incredible record from one of the freshest talents we've heard in years – singer/pianist Elizabeth Shepherd, an artist with a nearly timeless talent! In a world of Starbucks-era fake torch vocalists, Shepherd reminds us what jazz singing is really about – creative invention on the ... read moreCD
An incredible record – one that's steeped in the best London sounds of the past few years, and which stands as a summation of the groove-based genius that's emerged from that city's scene! Silhouette Brown is the team of Dego and Kaidi Tatham – working in a sparkling jazzy groove that ... read moreCD
Situation really do a great job of transforming other folks' tunes here – so much so that the results are really a lot more their own than any sort of familiar remix modes – which is the CD is more of a full album by the band, then just a collection of cuts! Contemporary rhythms and ... read moreCD
Skeletons (Nostalgia 77) —
Smile ... CD Impossible Ark (UK), 2010. Used ...
An Ethio funk influenced effort from Nostalgia 77 composer, arranger and guitarist Benedic Lamdin – demonstrating a real love for African jazz and funk, raw drums, sound library style pulpiness, and wavering spacey atmospherics! The horn parts are often the elements with the strongest Mulatu ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
Smuggler Brothers —
Musicone ... CD Schema (Italy), 2019. New Copy ...
Heavy funk from Smuggler Brothers – an Italian group who start out in the vintage cop/crime modes of 70s soundtracks, but then bring in a whole host of different elements to play in the mix! The core grooves are heavy on bass, drums, and lots of nice keyboards – but there lots more ... read moreCD
Another excellent album from the Soul Bossa Trio! The groove's a lot more tightly produced on this one, and a number of the cuts have a much more updated Brazilian feel than on their first 2 recordings. There's also a great vocalist with a nice strident jazzy sound, who adds a whole new element ... read moreCD
Steve Spacek isn't making as many musical waves as he was back at the start of the century – but the man certainly hasn't lost his touch at all – and is still one of the most forward-thinking talents of his generation! As with his classics, the record bristles with new energy and ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've always loved vocalist Cecilia Stalin, no matter what the setting – but here, she might be in the best company ever – working with jazzy backings from Khari Cabral Simmons and other members of the Atlanta scene – on a record that's drenched in soul from the very first note! ... 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
Cool cuts from Stockholm Jazz Set – a combo who serve up jazzy versions of older pop tunes – but all in a way that's wonderfully gimmick-free! The instrumentation is mostly acoustic – piano, keyboards, and guitar from group leader Anders Johansson – plus saxes, trumpet, and ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Dexter Story —
Bahir ... LP Soundway (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
The world of Dexter Story just keeps getting bigger and bigger – not just because he's a richly collaborative player, but also because he's got this musical style that really opens up to so many different elements – but without ever sounding like he's trying to crash them together in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two mid 90s grooves from this underground British duo – one who were maybe more inspired by the early sounds of Detroit techno than Chicago house – but who also work here with a wonderful way of fusing the best of both! "Daylight" has a warm glow and lean groove – ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Comes with a bonus zine – like other Melodies International releases!)
T-Groove has given us some great music in the past, but he really blows us away here – as he works with Two Jazz Project on a much warmer version of some of his classic clubby modes – this wonderfully deep sound that has plenty of room for guests who include Enois Scroggins, Brae Leni, ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant album from Kaidi Tatham – deeper by far than anything we've ever heard from him, and way more than you might expect if you only know his singles from the London scene! This set's got a very strong jazz component – monstrous keyboard work from Kaidi that stretches and soars ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album in the career of British organist James Taylor – and a great one! The record has James breaking past the standard soul jazz format of some of his earlier albums – into a more complicated jazz funk sound that's infused with the spacious 70s grooves of Johnny Hammond, and ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 1995 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)
The debut of Telebossa – led by Brazilian native Chico Mello – and working in a style informed by the breezy melodies sonic adventurous of classic samba and bossa – as blended with boundless avant charm, from haunting chamber music to experimental pop! Mello's voice is center ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of early work from Jimi Tenor – an artist who's maybe known best these days for his spiritual jazz and funk recordings, but one who sounded very different at the time of this material! Jimi issued much of this music on the Warp label back in the 90s – and although there's ... read moreCD