Warm audio therapy from Nathan Adams – an artist who works here in a sublime blend of club and soul – with a style that maybe recalls the best of the Naked Music generation – or maybe the tightest work of Peven Everett too! There's a warm glow to most of the album – but not ... read moreCD
Another great Trax single from Adonis, not quite as Acid sounding as "No Way Out", but a catchy groove nonetheless. You've got to love those 909 handclaps! (House Music, New Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
A collection of tracks from Japan's Akakage – a really groovy little group with a stripped-down, retro-styled sound – one that's almost an extension of the Readymade groove of the 90s, but which has a more straightforward approach! The tunes are playful without being annoyingly so ... read moreCD
Four fantastic tracks from the Afro Discoteca record by sound library genius Alesseandro Alessandroni – all reworked in contemporary versions, yet in a way that never loses the funky charm of the originals! There's a real respect for classic styles going on here – partly because the ... (Sound Library, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty soulful groove from Amp Fiddler – one that's maybe even more classic than his classic work – and that's really saying a lot! The Jayda G remix begins with just vocals and really spare Fender Rhodes – a stripped-down cut that kicks up the beat only when it's nice and ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Incredible work from Roman Andren – a genre-defying set that's filled with warmth, soul, and imagination – all recorded live in the studio with a really organic feel! The music's a cross between a few different jazz, Afro, and Latin modes – played by a group that features Roman ... read moreCD
(Out of print digipack pressing – in great shape with obi!)
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complica ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kirk DeGiorgio breaks free of the electronic/techno ghetto and moves into the larger beathead scene with this album cut for Mo Wax at the height of their expansion in the late 90s. Contemporary modal fusion, or jazzy electronic grooves, or whatever genre bending name you choose to apply to As One's ... read moreCD
Warm, wonderful, and incredibly far-reaching in scope – possibly the most ambitious record cut by Azymuth in recent years – a perfect blend of jazzy fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and some of the London broken beat culture that the group have come into contact with through their label, Far ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Badbadnotgood have always been pretty damn great, actually – and never better than on album IV – a remarkable step forward for the group! As ever, they take inspiration from some of the best prog, jazz, funk (and proggy jazz funk...they blend) of the 70s and beyond, but weave it into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweden's Beatfantatic returns with an offering – one that's filled with elements of the best funky soul, Afro groove, thumping Latin and hip hop turntable wizardry one could spin into a glorious set! One listen and you'll understand why some of the globe's most tasteful DJs are singing ... read moreCD
Ubiquity is back on track with this great set from Beatless – a batch of spacey soul, downtempo, and ambient grooves from Alex Attias, recorded in collaboration with a host of underground stars, like Jessica Lauren, Nathan Haines, Quasimoto (aka Madlib), and others! The record's a lot more ... read moreCD
A beautiful album from Beady Belle – the group and wonderful vessel for the seductive, entrancing voice and songs of Beate S. Lech – possibly their best yet! Beady Belle have made deeply engaging blend of modern jazzy soul and beautiful mood music for most of the outs, taking a step ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
A beautiful album of laidback jazz tracks – dedicated to the memory of French pianist Michel Graillier, and recorded very much in the spirit of his work! The group is led by Lionel Belmondo on saxes and Stephane Belmondo on trumpet – and the work has the feel of a contemplative jazz ... read moreCD
A smoking set of funky horns from Japan – played by a group who are clearly drawing influences from The JBs, The Memphis Horns, and a host of smaller combos from the swinging 60s! The sound here is very much in keeping with the "big horns" title – but not in any sort of hokey ... read moreCD
A double-length live set from Mario Biondi – a hip Italian jazz singer we first discovered through his work on Schema Records, and one who sounds equally great here in a live big band setting! Biondi's got a really raspy style on his vocals – one that's instantly captivating, and which ... read moreCD
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old ... read moreCD
A diverse set of tripped out, funky, jazzy and spare beatcraft from French DJ collective and DMC champs Birdy Nam Nam – sometimes separate but equal in the aforementioned characteristics, sometimes all mixed up within the length of a track – a blend of beats, scratches, synths and live ... read moreCD
A great little funky single from Franck Biyong – part of his continuing evolution and growth as one of the leading lights in the contemporary Afro Funk underground – an artist who's really moved past some of the slavish styles of years behind! Franck adds in both live drums and rhythm ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the best groups to come out on Irma during the mid 90's, and a tight Italian ensemble with a classic jazz funk groove. The band is co-led by guitarist Andrea Raffini and keyboard player Goffredo "Picchio" Bagnoli, and the sound is nice and jazzy, with a feel that's similar to ... read moreCD
One of the best albums on Nuphonic gets another go-round – in this package of remixed tracks from the now-classic Morning Sun album! Tracks include "Find An Oasis (feat Jhelisa)" remixed by Fug, "The Land Is Yours (feat Jhelisa) (Kost Effective mix)", "My Sunshine ... read moreCD
The title's a great one for this album by Blundetto – given that the groove is beautifully deep, and the music moves at a pace that would make it hard to do anything but dance slow! Yet the set's not a sleepy one – as it's got all the richness and complexity of previous Blundetto ... read moreCD
Bobby Hughes Experience —
Fusa Riot ... CD Ultimate Dilemma (UK), 1999. Used ...
Funky retro funk – but in the best style we can think of! The Bobby Hughes Experience have a sophisticated funky jazz sound that reminds us of the classic early 70s Blue Note fusion sides – like work by Ronnie Foster, Gene Harris, Bobbi Humphrey, and Donald Byrd. The combo mixes ... read moreCD
The lovely vocals of Mari Boine are paired with the far-thinking production work of Bugge Wesseltoft, who also plays keyboards on the set. Bugge's presence makes for an album that's quite different than some of Mari's earlier work – a bit starker, and with less of the easy world production ... read moreCD
The soulful, blissful moody grooves of Bonobo's excellent Black Sands gets a deserved victory lap on this solid remix set. Guests include Lapalux, FaltyDL, Banks, Mark Pritchard, Mike Slott, Machinedrum and others. A diverse tapestry of sounds, though very much in the spirit of the original album. ... read moreCD
One of the strongest Afro Funk jams we've ever heard from Bosq – but that's no surprise, given that Kaleta is along for the ride! "Take Over" builds beautifully from the start – spare percussion adding in layers over time – all rising in this great crescendo of horns ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Some of the most upbeat work we've ever heard from Bosq – a nicely-grooving cut that serves up unabashed club, and with a nice sort of 70s vibe to boot! The track's got heavy percussion at the bottom and great female vocals on the top – and almost feels like some lost track pulled out ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Brand New Heavies —
TBNH ... LP Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Excellent work from The Brand New Heavies – one of those groups that made us first want to get into the record store business many years ago! The passage of time hasn't dimmed their genius at all – and right as at the start, the music here is flowing with classic funk and soul ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brand New Heavies —
TBNH ... CD Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Excellent work from The Brand New Heavies – one of those groups that made us first want to get into the record store business many years ago! The passage of time hasn't dimmed their genius at all – and right as at the start, the music here is flowing with classic funk and soul ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Bobby Brazil —
Amazonica ... CD Brigade Nouveau (Germany), 2004. Used ...
A wonderful little record – every bit as lovely as you'd expect from its title and cover! The set's the brainchild of Bobby Brazil – but also features sweet vocals from Viviane De Farias, who gives the record a depth that takes us back to older female Brazilian work of the early 70s. ... read moreCD
A sweet set of contemporary bossa gems – all older numbers made famous by Joao Gilberto in his early days – spun out with a very fresh finish here by the Brazilian Love Affair combo! The group work in a mostly live jazz mode, with just a bit of programming on the rhythms – and ... read moreCD
Massively heavy funk from Brownout – and a set that may well be their greatest so far! We weren't sure what to expect when the group hit the Nat Geo label – but honestly, they seem like they're even rawer and rootsier than before – really serving up a brilliant blend of funk and ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreCD
A sparkling new duo from Schema – with a really moody kind of sound! The group features vibes and programming by Pasquale Bardaro, plus sweet vocals from the lovely Barbara De Dominicis – in a mode that reminds us of classic early 80s work by Weekend, Antena, and other bossa-inspired ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Calibro 35 —
Momentum ... CD Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy ...
Calibro 35 have certainly gained momentum in our book – as the group's given us more than a few albums over the years, and just keep sounding better and better with each new one! This set has the group still strongly in their core territory of Italian soundtrack and sound library funk – ... read moreCD
A warmly organic album from Calm – mellow and laidback grooves with lots of acoustic touches, including some very nice work on guitar and percussion! The feel's almost as if Osunlade made a chillout album – but also has a greater depth, a soulful finish, and a far-seeing, almost ... read moreCD
A great collection of 90s club tracks from Italian house maestro Don Carlos – simple, straightforward groovers that have a sound that we daresay will be appreciated even more now than when they were first released! Carlos is working in a spare blend of beats, bass, and keys – very much ... read moreCD
The glorious return of Don Carlos – Italy's house music stalwart, reporting here with some of his finest music in years! There's traces of ambient grooving on the album – but most of the tracks are in a no-nonsense, straight-ahead house type groove, still handled well by Carlos after ... read moreCD
Apka ... CD Six Degrees, 2020. New Copy ...
Ceu seems to be an even stronger singer here than before – still able to drift in and out of an easygoing rhythm when she wants, but also more suited to take on tunes with a more soulful vibe – which includes a number of standout tunes that really make the record shine! There's still ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Apka ... LP Six Degrees, 2020. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Ceu seems to be an even stronger singer here than before – still able to drift in and out of an easygoing rhythm when she wants, but also more suited to take on tunes with a more soulful vibe – which includes a number of standout tunes that really make the record shine! There's still ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moody beats and surprisingly soulful vocals from Child Of Lov – with solid songs, too – which is ultimately what takes this self-titled record a substantial step deeper than some of his fellow atmospheric producer/beatmaker peers! Hazy, gritty hip hop-learned beats with spacey dynamics ... read moreCD
Pretty amazing work from Chiminyo – aka jazz drummer Tim Doyle, who also finds a way to trigger samples when he plays – creating this one-man sound on the record that really comes as quite a surprise! All three tracks on the EP were performed live by Chiminyo – and while he's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cinematic Orchestra —
To Believe ... CD Domino, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
As longtime fans might know, the Cinematic Orchestra isn't a large ensemble, but a duo – yet the pair also have this fantastic way of creating a really spacious sound in their music – thanks in part to a very open door when it comes to creative guests! This time around, there's some ... read moreCD
A current Italian vocalist – but one who's taking a lot of cues from older singers of the 50s and 60s – particularly those of the ice-blonde sexpot variety! Anna's working here in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation – often given a retro-styled mode that reminds us ... read moreCD
Bouncing Latin beats and warm jazzy grooves – another winner in the Schema tradition, and the first record we've heard from these Italian up and comers! "Colpo" has a tight batucada feel – really fast and frenetic, with trumpet flourishes over the top. "Revolver" ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Wonderful wonderful wonderful – and one of the best albums we've ever heard of modern bossa and soundtrack grooves! For years, Nicola Conte has been a seminal force in the new Italian scene – working as a DJ, promoter, producer, and sometimes recording artist under the odd 12" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great follow-up to the African Spirits single from the team of Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella – and like that one, a set that draws heavily on influences from classic Afro Funk! "Free Your Mind" is an instrumental that has these great rising horn passages – soaring ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue collection of all the mixes, side-projects, and rare "Nicola Conte version" tracks that have cropped up in the past decade or so – work that's every bit as great as the material Conte includes on his own albums and singles! Nicola Conte's not a remixer – he's a ... read moreCD
A great cut from Ivan Conti – served up here in a nice range of mixes! The original is more than fantastic enough – with lots of raw percussion at the core, built up even more by a pulsing electric rhythm – all sewn together in the best electric/acoustic mode that's made the club ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Two great contemporary tracks – pulled from the Kaleidoscope project from Soul Jazz – a well-done overview of the hippest sides of the global scene! Theon Cross rockets out with "Candace Of Meroe" – a tune that bristles with quick-moving drum parts and these really deep- ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Mood II Swing takes on This great groover from Crustation – serving up an especially nice mix on the vocal version – which has this nicely creepy vocal passage seeping out between more ubeat, uplifting house-oriented grooves! There's a great kick in the rhythm, and these really great ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Nicola Cruz —
Siku ... CD Xtra Mile (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Nicola Cruz has a very unusual style here – one that mixes percussion, wooden flutes, and some occasional contemporary production touches – almost in a way that bridges ancient musical modes and 21st Century spirits – but at a level that's always far less gimmicky than that ... read moreCD
Something of a split single from Don Cuco – a set that features him remixing a track by Ibeyi on side one – really expanding on the warm vocals of the sister duo, with beats that are gentle and glowing, but which move nicely in a strong sort of Afro House mode! The flipside features ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Cyclist rides in with Bones In Motion – a joint release by Stones Throw and Leaving Records – an icy cool mix of early electro and housey influences with grittier, more experimental touches! The hypnotic approach and 80s era synth atmosphere bring Tour De France era Kraftwerk to mind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily some of the most global work we've ever heard from Da Lata – a set that goes far beyond the mix of London and Rio that first made the group so great – into a realm that encompasses a wide range of sounds from around the world! The music's still got that great organic groove ... read moreCD
A really fresh groove from Dalindeo – still very much in the tight jazzy territory of their previous records, but with a strong addition of electric guitar added into the mix! The instrument's not used in any sort of cliched rockish way, but instead with this cool 60s electric vibe – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Prepare to meet your new favorite soul singer! Victor Davies is an incredible talent – with a warm soulful voice that has slight folksy touches, in a manner that reminds us a lot of classic work by singers like Terry Callier or Jon Lucien. This debut album is incredible – an instant ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD