A bright new groove on the Schema Records label – but one that features work from some of the company's real heavyweights in recent years – as the album was conceived and produced by Lucio Cantone (aka Invisible Session), and features tunes written by the funky Alex Puddu – all in ... read moreCD
Surprisingly great recording by this legendary Brazilian fusion group. Surprising because it's so good, and waaay better than anything they've done in the past 10 or 15 years. The sound is nice and stripped down, and resembles their good early work much more than it does their more recent stuff. ... (Brazil, New Grooves)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
One of the most soulful albums we've heard from Schema in many years – a brilliant batch of jazzy tracks from singer Andrea Balducci – served up with backing by a great lineup of players from both the Ricky Tick and Schema worlds! The core approach is jazz, but many of the songs are ... read moreCD
Burning Hammond, cooking guitars, and romping rhythms – a second set of beat-heavy tunes from Germany's Beatplanet! As before, the sound here is heavily in a 60s mode – quite mod, and almost pre-mod at times – with a European take on older American R&B, squeezed into shorter ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful sets we've ever heard from the Raw Fusion label – work that's heavy on influences from 60s and 70s soul, but which also has a slightly cosmic undercurrent too! The rhythms here have that crisp, contemporary groove that always makes Raw Fusion great – but the ... read moreCD
(Out of print, Japanese pressing with 3 exclusive bonus tracks.)
New work from the legendary founder of Azymuth! Jose Roberto Bertrami's keyboards have graced dozens of Brazilian jazz sessions over the past 30 years – not only with his famous combo Azymuth, but also on albums by other Brazilian singers and instrumentalists of the 70s and 80s. This new ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Betty Ford Boys (Suff Daddy, Dexter, Brenk Sinatra) —
Retox ... CD Melting Pot (Germany), 2014. Used ...
Fantastic future soul from Bigyuki – an artist who's got a really far-reaching vision for his music – even though his sound is very stripped down overall! The music here is almost a science fiction take on contemporary soul – with these really wonderful, almost sinister keyboards ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Bossa Nostra have always been one of our favorite modern groups from Italy, and this new album continues their winning tradition of blending bossa rhythms and classic jazz funk. However, they've also added a nice new lead vocalist – the richly voiced Bruna Lopez, who sings in a deep soulful ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode, center hub has been replaced with a foam dot.)
Modern club ready soul from BSTC – a diverse blend of of group soul, electronic flourishes, instrumentals and vocal tunes – tracks that reach back to disco, house and even a bit of bossa – and a sweet little departure for the mostly Chi hip hop oriented All Natural Inc! BSTC does ... read moreCD
The second hip hop crossover LP from Branford Marsalis and crew. With "Here We Go Again", "Music Evolution", "James Brown (part I & II)", "Another Day", "Try These On", "My Way (Doin' It)", "Jungle Grove", "Black ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
A brilliant extension of the Love set from Build An Ark – focusing on some of the more improvisational spirit that's integral to their cosmic groove! Love Part 2 is mix of intimate moments and soaring atmospherics from Carlos Nino, Miguel-Atwood Ferguson and the rest of the stellar ensemble, ... read moreCD
New work from the famous funky drummer of The Headhunters! The session features work by Charlie Hunter, Bennie Maupin, and Jed Levy – and it's got a similar feel to some of the west coast jazz funk jamband LPs, especially work by some of the Greyboy All Stars crew. Clark's drumming is as ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A more spiritual soul-based setting than usual for the talents of Nicola Conte – a long-awaited full length set, served up after a host of 12" single collaborations with Gianluca Petrella! Petrella's presence is felt in the way the tunes unfold – often with strong contributions ... read moreCD
Miles must have turned over in his grave with this one – although it went on to influence a decade of jazz remix projects! Miles spacey trumpet is remixed from tapes recorded before his death, and production is handled by Easy Mo Bee, with kind of a "hip hop meets jazz" sort of ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
"In A Silent Way /Shhh Peaceful/It's About That Time" (15:20), "Black Satin/What If/Agharta Prelude Dub" (16:06), "Rated X/Billy Preston" (14:34), and "He Loved Him Madly" (13:38). (Jazz, New Grooves)CD
(Out of print with a very slight tear on the booklet cover.)
A pretty strong set of some of the more essential DJ Shadow – and one that smartly digs past the more obvious selections to include some great single edits, deeper mid- and later-era Shadow gems, one of the stronger Shadow-era UNKLE cuts and other leftfield choices! That said, there's some ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
An nicely expanded take on this soulful set from Futuristica frontman Simon S – an artist who really knows the best way to continue the crispy, cosmic vibe of the London scene from years past – while also forging his own way forward into new territory in 21st Century soul! Simon's ... read moreCD
Genius from the mind of Kool Keith aka Big Willie Smith aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon. Since his days with Ultramagnetics, no one has mastered the abstract lyrical style like Kool Keith, self-proclaimed inventor of all rhyme styles. 20 tracks, with dope atmospheric features by the Automator and ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreCD
Petter Eldh & Koma Saxo feat Sofia Jernberg —
Koma West ... CD WeJazz (Finland), 2022. New Copy ...
An even more amazing record than the previous outing from Petter Eldh and his Koma Saxo ensemble – a set that adds in a bit of vocals from Sofia Jernberg, and really has the group pushing their sound to a whole new level! The music is jazz at the start, but is quickly concerned with all ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett sends a letter out to his huge European fan base – but the sound here is every bit as great as his other Chicago-crafted grooves! The rhythms are a bit upbeat this time around – not really house, but a warmly flowing sort of style – that trance-like mode that Peven ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Soulful medicine served up by the mighty Peven Everett – one of the most spiritual talents in the underground today, and an artist who can definitely live up to the title of this set! The grooves are warm and flowing – often on the more upbeat side of the Peven spectrum, which means a ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Sublime soul from Peven Everett – a beautifully-crafted album that moves well beyond some of his homemade productions of recent years! This set's got all the silky soul that first made us love Peven's music – that open, flowing groove that's almost organic, and which makes you feel ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett in all his glory – stepping forth in one of his best-produced albums in years! As with most of Peven's records, all music and vocals are from the man himself – a one-man show, but with a lot more going on than most full groups! Peven is really at the top of his game here ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Peven Everett —
Round 2 ... CD Studio Confession, 2008. Used ...
A gem of a record from the classic years of Peven Everett – songs that seem to flow effortlessly from his fingers on the keyboard and his warmly-crafted vocals – smooth, but always grooving – and a perfect match for the richness of the tunes! The music was created by Peven ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Sergio Fanni Quintet —
Hard Suite ... CD Right Tempo (Italy), 1975. New Copy ...
An excellent bit of soulful post-Coltrane jazz! The group is a sextet led by Italian trumpeter Sergio Fanni – and it features piano and electric piano by Sante Palumbo, plus tenor, drums, electric bass, and percussion. In a way, the album reminds us a lot of early 70s work by American ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A surprisingly wonderful little project – one that brings together shorter snippets of Fela's classic tunes, into an extended sound collage that's got a really captivating feel! We initially expected this one to be gimmicky and a bit silly, but it's really not – and instead stands as a ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
A nice set of fairly stripped-down, modern Brit soul with folksy touches from Fink – a well crafted batch of warm, largely acoustic and intimate tunes that's a world away from what you're probably expecting from Ninja Tune! Fink handles much of the instrumentation himself, including the ... read moreCD
Xaver Fischer Trio —
Dumidum ... CD Unique (Germany), 2013. New Copy ...
It's been many years since we've last heard from keyboardist Xaver Fischer – but it's been well worth the wait! Fischer's got a sweet way with a keyboard like that few others can match – and this set smokes like the best of the 70s – maybe even more so at times, given that the ... read moreCD
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, & The London Symphony Orchestra —
Promises ... CD Luaka Bop, 2021. New Copy ...
A fantastic record, and one of those cases where the presence of the mighty Pharoah Sanders can really transform the sound of a session! We'll admit that we weren't sure what to expect – but at the core, the record is really a set of duets between Pharoah on tenor and Sam Shepherd on ... read moreCD
Fly ... CD Jupiter (Finland), 2004. Used ...
An excellent little record from the same Finnish scene that's given us Quintessence and the Teddy Rok Seven! Like both of those groups, Fly works in a style that's clearly inspired by older jazz and soul – and which has a warm sense of spirit and surprisingly deep approach – working ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Flying Lotus —
Yasuke ... CD Warp, 2021. New Copy ...
Flying Lotus always gives us some pretty fantastic sounds – and this time around, he opens up an even new channel of his genius – serving up a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that were originally designed for use in the anime series Yasuke! There's certainly a touch of the eastern ... read moreCD
The debut of a group with a strong new sound – and the musical union of raspy-voiced soul singer Jonte Short, and ex-Fine Young Cannibals frontman David Steele. Steele's working in territory here that's quite far from his earlier pop – coming up with a blend of beats, guitars, and keys ... read moreCD
One of the best records in years from the mighty Far Out label – and a set that really takes the imprint back to its roots! The name of the record echoes the first Friends From Rio session that launched Far Out almost two decades ago – and like that classic, this one's a collaborative ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
The classic sound of Funkadelic, reworked by a key selection of contemporary talents from the Detroit scene – but never in a way that wrecks the originals at all! Unlike other remix projects, which might break up the music to a point that you can hardly recognize the original grooves – ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Bebel's second album for Six Degrees – and quite possibly an even better album than the first! Not one to rest on the laurels of her success of recent years, Bebel seems to diverge a bit from the sound of her initial hit – going for a deeper approach to songwriting, and a musical style ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print, small index sticker on digipack spine.)
Bebel Gilberto —
Momento ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2007. Used ...
Bebel Gilberto's certainly one to keep her public waiting in the space between each new record – but she always makes the wait worthwhile by coming up with something new! The sound here is again something different than her previous two albums – somewhat electric, but also fairly ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
The new leading lady of bossa gets remixed for the dancefloor in this groovy little CD single from Six Degrees! "Sem Contencao" was one of the best tracks on Bebel's Tanto Tempo album – and the remixes give the tune a sweet little house flavor, taking it up a few notches, but still ... (Brazil, 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
The Gotan Project have waited 5 years to follow up their international smash debut – but hearing the set, it's clearly been worth the wait – as the group have expanded into wide new realms of sound! It would have been easy for Gotan to quickly churn out another batch of nuevo tango ... read moreCD
Hex ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2013. Used ...
One of the coolest new Japanese combos we've heard in awhile – a group who have some of the live jamming of the club jazz generation, but who also touch on some of the noisier elements of an earlier generation of Japanese avant players as well! The blend is great – never too free or ... read moreCD
Susi Hyldgaard —
Blush ... CD Enja (Germany), 2004. Used ...
Lovely work from singer Susi Hyldaard – sung in English, and done in a moody, evocative style that rivals the best work from the recent Scandinavian scene on labels like Jazzland or Jupiter! Susi's got a voice that's got plenty of space – one that floats through the air in a mode that ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Still sealed with a punch through the barcode.)
There's plenty of Afro Funk influence in this album from Invisible Session – a long-running act who've given us a number of excellent records on the Schema label – but there's also plenty of the group's own spirit too, thanks in part to trombone and keyboards from the mighty Gianluca ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
An incredible tribute to the legendary Strata Records in Detroit – performed by Jazzanova with a host of other guests – and at a level that's maybe the greatest thing the group has ever given us on record! The vibe here is a lot more Strata and spiritual than the style you'd expect ... read moreCD
Jazzinho ... CD Ecco Chamber (Austria), 2003. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Jazzy, scatting, and wonderful! Jazzinho firmly carry the torch of 70s Brazilian jazz – picking up the sound that the music had just as it started to spill into European and American scenes, with bossa nova at the core, but lots of nice electric touches on the top! The group features some ... read moreCD
(Out of print with an index sticker on the spine.)
Jembaa Groove —
Susuma ... CD Agogo (Germany), 2022. New Copy ...
A great criss-crossing of cultural roots, in the best mode of other projects on the Agogo label – such as some of their Latin and Brazilian-tinged recordings! This time around, though, the inspiration is from West Africa – core styles that are taken up by a group from Berlin, and woven ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Singer Billie Jewell gets some great grooves here – backings and production from Peven Everett, who put the whole thing together and co-wrote the tunes with Billie! Jewell is something of a muse for legendary underground soul figure Everett – a female singer that lets him unleash a ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Anthony Joseph has been one of the most righteous talents to emerge in recent years – and each new record just seems to go deeper and deeper – with a sense of righteous energy that you can probably guess here from the title! We dare say that this set may be Joseph's best recording ever ... read moreCD
A wonderful take on the sound of Brazil – one that shares some elements with other recent Brazilian electronica projects, but which also has a fresh sound that's all its own! Kaleidoscopio is basically a duo – with Portuguese vocals from the lovely Janaina Lima, plus broken beats, ... read moreCD
A wonderful setting for the talents of UK saxophonist Sean Khan – a set that features some great tracks from the John Coltrane songbook, plus original material too – all served up in that cosmic version of future jazz that we've loved from some of Sean's previous albums! Yet there's ... read moreCD
The first set we've seen from Kid Loco in awhile – and a nice mix of new music and older sounds from Italian film scores! The album's very nicely placed on the Temposphere arm of Easy Tempo – as it features Loco remixes both of newer music from the former label, and some old ... read moreCD
The second album from this unusual ensemble – a group who maybe take the "dark" in their name a bit more strongly than the "jazz" – and who work here without any real connection to the culture of Kilimanjaro at all! Yet despite that distinction, there's definitely ... read moreCD
The "new dawn" here is very well put – as the duo of Shuya Okino & Yoshihiro Okino are very much back in action as Kyoto Jazz Massive – working with all the soulful styles of their long legacy in music, but also drawing on some of the best jazzy currents of their other ... read moreCD
A solo album from Barbara Lahr – vocalist for De Phazz, stepping out on her own in a set of tunes that's vaguely similar to work from that group. The style here is a bit more modern and spacious – but still has the laidback electro lounge approach that we've come to expect from De ... read moreCD
Dreamy, soul-steeped avant pop sounds from Sweden's Little Dragon! The group has been delivering with atmospheric production, high quality songs, and timeless, genuine soul for long enough that we could consider them veterans by this point – and we're glad they continue to do their thing ... read moreCD
Marcelinho Da Lua —
Social ... CD Deck Disk (Brazil), 2007. Used ...
Killer new breed Gypsy music from Romania! Mahala Rai Band were rormed by some cohorts of the great Taraf de Haidouks, and combine wild village fiddling with manic brass music – Taraf de Haidouks meets Boban Markovic! The group plays original tunes in a traditional vein, but kit drummer ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
An ambitious title for this one – but it more than lives up to the name! Mamond is a huge collective of Brazilian players working with British producer Roc Hunter in Rio-based studios. Roc brings the tight dancefloor sound of the London scene to the rich vocal and instrumental talents of ... read moreCD
Ben Marc has been bubbling under on the London scene for years, but this is his first full length set as a solo act – and an album that really delivers on all the work Marc has done in the worlds of jazz, soul, and soundtrack projects! The music is a nice mix of modes – some crackling ... read moreCD
A sweetly-voiced jazz set from trumpeter Teemu Mattsson – part of the same hip Finnish scene as Jukka Eskola, Timo Lassey, and their Five Corners contemporaries! The style here is a bit more straight jazz than any of those other artists' work – but in a great way that shows that the ... read moreCD
Daniel Maunick's been giving us music in many forms for years – working as Venom on remixes, handling work with Incognito, and a range of other projects – but stepping out in the spotlight on his own is a relatively new thing to Maunick – and a great showcase for all sorts of ... read moreCD
A beautiful set of spiritual jazz from this hip Australian group – a combo who are headed up by guitarist Lance Ferguson, who you'll know from a host of great funk and soul projects over the years – but who shows a much deeper side of his talents with Menagerie! The group has a strong ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
An all-star effort from Sergio Mendes – one that follows nicely on the comeback energy of his previous Timeless set! Like that one, this album has Mendes dipping heavily into contemporary soul modes – picking up a bit of R&B, bits of hip hop, and bits of a few other styles – ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Moonchild are one of those groups who just keep on rewarding us as we follow their career – but one who are also always so great, you can just drop your ears right in the middle of any of their excellent albums! This time around, the trio add in help from some famous collaborators – ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation —
Egor ... CD Denovali, 2012. New Copy ...
A live recording from the Mount Fuji Doomjazz group – the alter ego for the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, and working here in very similar territory – but with longer tracks that space the sound out even more! Despite the live performance of the group, the sound still has all the ... read moreCD
A Scottish sextet, but one with a much fuller sound overall – this great blend of funk, jazz, and a bit of soul – the last of which comes up on the album's few vocal numbers! There's really strong ensemble feel that almost takes us back to the glory days of the Japanese club jazz ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A soulful collective from London – led by the enigmatic Demus, but featuring a host of guest work on organ, keyboards, guitars, and vocals. The approach is a bit in the broken beat mode – but there's also a more expansive approach, stretching out with some spiritual grooves, especially ... read moreCD