Fantastic funky keyboard work from Malik Alston – an artist we loved when he first rose up from the Detroit scene earlier in the century, and who seems to have only gotten better as the years move on! Malik's music has a sophistication here we didn't hear at the start – still largely ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Annie Anxiety Bandez —
Jackamo ... LP One Little Indian (UK), 1987. Very Good+ ...
British keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones has always worked in territory that's way past conventional jazz, as part of his key role on the contemporary London scene – one that's definitely furthered here in a collaboration with percussionist Mala, on a set of tracks that seem to echo some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that's as colorful and abstract as the image on the cover – one that has Hamish Balfour working on both keyboards and percussion, but breaking things down a lot from conventional jazz – changing up the rhythms, shifting up the sound, and maybe hitting a mode that's somewhere ... 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 the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a hype sticker, some edge wear, and bent corners.)
Mario Biondi —
Dare ... LP Sony (Germany), 2021. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ...
Mario Biondi looks a bit angelic on the cover, but his vocals are still nicely down to earth – that wonderfully raspy charm that made us love his music right from the start, and which makes Mario one of the key folks to carry forward the legacy of older jazz singers like Mark Murphy or Mose ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive work from Calibro 35 – a group we've been digging on obscure overseas releases – stepping out here on their first American record, and easily their funkiest album to date! The sound is wonderful – still filled with the older Italian soundtrack references that got the ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most ambitious-sounding records we've ever heard from Calibro 35 – but that's no surprise, given that they're taking on the music of maestro Morricone! If you know the group at all, you'll know that they do a tremendous job taking cinematic inspiration to really funky territory ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This isn't the first time that Calibro 35 have paid tribute to the music of soundtrack genius Ennio Morricone – but given how much great music Morricone gave us over the decades, this project is still very much the tip of the iceberg! If anything, the group have really deepened their sound a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazz group at the core, but one with lots of nicely warm touches around the edges – a mix of percussion and vibes from group leader Cory Champion, who also brings in plenty of Fender Rhodes, guitar, and other keyboards as well! At times, there's a nicely cosmic vibe to the music – ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Flavia Coelho —
DNA ... LP Pias (France), 2019. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
The first full length from Cold Cut, with their big hits "people Hold On" and "Doctorin' The House", plus their other cut and paste and house and hip hop crossover numbers, like "Fat (Party & Bullsh*t)", "theme From 'Reportage'", "Stop This Crazy ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a hype sticker.)
Sophia ... LP Faux Pas (Germany), 2019. Near Mint- ...
Comet Is Coming are one of those groups who are almost a genre unto themselves – certainly part of the rich criss-crossing of styles that has been taking place on the London scene of the past decade or so – but also a trio who've found a way to forge forward and hold the world at bay ... (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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful project from Gianluca Petrella – one that seems to take all the deeper currents he used in his work with Nicola Conte, and push them even farther here on his own! There's a righteous depth to the record we never would have expected from Petrella a few years before – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Daft Punk —
Homework ... LP Virgin, 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
The album that started the whole Daft Punk legend back in the day! At this point, the duo are maybe wearing their classic funk influences a bit more strongly – with plenty of 80s basslines and keyboards next to some more conventional clubby elements – but handled with a lot more depth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Back in the day, we never would have thought that the film Tron would have had such a great revival in the 21st Century – but then again, we also might never have guessed that a group like Daft Punk would make the movie sound so great! At some level, the 80s retro fusion of the film is the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's been quite some time since we've heard a proper album from DJ Vadim, though he's been busy with a variety of projects in the intervening years since The Art Of Listening. He's wrapped himself around a new sound, but just as inventive as the creaky, atmospheric trip hop and left field hip hop ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover's got sort of an imagined urban landscape on the front, and there's definitely an imaginary sense to the music – a blending of Brazilian elements with contemporary touches, but all at a level that still keeps things relatively intimate throughout! Fachada plays drums and a range of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful project from the London scene – a record that's equal parts contemporary jazz and soul – served up by singer Fatima Bramme Sey, and keyboardist Joe Armon Jones! We love Joe's other work in a variety of projects – and his jazz background seems perfect here for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, & The London Symphony Orchestra —
Promises ... LP Luaka Bop, 2021. New Copy Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Flying Lotus – an artist who just keeps on pushing past any conventional expectations, to a point where his music is almost a genre unto itself! The record's got this very tripped-out sort of vibe – very much in keeping with the image on the cover – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the lushest, most melodic material from Four Tet yet – straight up beautiful for the most part – and a pretty strong contender for his best to date! He's blending electronics and more natural sounds in ways that aren't out of character given his past work, but the title is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gerardo Frisina always seems to give us joyful sounds – but this time around, that might be the case more than ever – as the album's overflowing with all sorts of lively rhythms that are peppered with jazz-based instrumentation! Things are less hard-driving than some of Frisina's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most beautiful music we've ever heard from Guts – very different than the spare productions of earlier years, thanks to the presence of dozens of guest stars – singers and musicians who help to open up the music with the sounds of Havana and West Africa combined! Most of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billie Holiday's probably reimagined here more than she's remixed – as most of the tracks are heavy on contemporary beats and breaks first, and tend to focus on the vocals second! Billie's older recordings are dropped into the mix to provide a bit of older flavor – sometimes used quite ... (Vocalists, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear at the corners.)
A great entry in the world of Jackson 5 remix material – a hip set of Japanese work put together by Hiroshi Fujiwara & KUDO – with a nicely different vibe than previous efforts of this nature! The remixes have a slightly dubby quality, but are mostly focused around the familiar ... (Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hokey name, but a great little group – one who blend older jazz solos with interesting influences from Afro Funk and Latin – all in a style that rivals the best of the current club jazz combos! The Jazz Invaders features sax and piano from two members of older Dutch jazz group The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazztronik are sounding really wonderful here – maybe even with more jazz than in the early days, thanks to the increasing piano and keyboard skills of leader Ryota Nozaki! In fact, even the structure of the record is more jazz-based than before – really just a trio lineup, with bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might know Dave Lee under his other name of Joey Negro, which has long been associated with some of the best clubby cuts on both sides of the Atlantic – but whatever the case, whoever the name, the man himself has always given us nothing but top-shelf work – a tradition that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Voyage ... LP Star Creature, 2023. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Mighty nice work from Leones – an Italian duo, but one whose sound is a perfect fit for the Star Creature label – as they come across here with a really cosmic blend of drums and keyboards, often cut with plenty of jazz! The drums are live at most moments, which really opens up the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful beats from Like – aka Gabriel Stevensen, hence the title of the record – music that's maybe more laidback, and more personal than the usual set of hip hop instrumentals – and which often features superb electric piano as well! In fact, the piano is so great on some ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes heavy inner sleeve.)
Horatio Luna —
Boom Boom ... LP Jazz Diaries (Australia), 2020. Near Mint- ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vocalist Mimi Koku joints Monzanto Sound for this wonderful EP – bringing a soulful flow to the four tracks on the set, at a level that really blends nicely with the group's laidback combination of keyboards, bass, and drums! Keys are by Mali Baden-Powell, aka Mali-I – who you might ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lorenzo Morresi E Le Isole —
Pop Flop ... LP Space Echo (Italy), 2023. New Copy ...
A really cool little record – one that takes an older Italian sound library mode and reworks it with some of the contemporary flavor of the Schema label – but all with live instrumentation that's mighty nice all the way through! Lorenzo Morressi handles bass, guitar, and plenty of ... (Sound Library, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the greatest music we've heard so far from Nostalgia 77 – a group who started many years back as a jazz-referenced project – but one who here are definitely a fully-fledged combo with a very spiritual vibe! As before, producer Benedic Lamdin is at the helm of the lineup – ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of cosmic funk in the best Star Creature mode – lots of crispy beats mixed with the sorts of 80s elements you might guess from the fonts used on the cover – all served up in a nice way that's not nearly as slavishly retro as other projects of this nature! But then again, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Equal parts hip hop and soul – and a record that bristles with a nicely electric heart, but manages to always stay in the warmer side of the spectrum! The album's a nice return to old school modes after some too-futuristic releases on the Sonar Kollektiv label – and there's a pulsating ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear, lightly bent corners, and some small peeled spots from sticker removal.)
A fresh blend of spacey hip hop soul and lively electronic production from Potatohead People – essentially the duo of Nick Wisdom & Astrological – who wrote, produced and play with a great guest roster of live instrumental and vocal accompaniment! Anchored by head nodding beats and ... (Hip Hop, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of remixes – material from the already-clubby album Body & Soul, taken to even further dancefloor territory by maestro Stefano Tirone! The core album already had a really upbeat vibe – with nicely varied vocals from Toco, Afra Kane, and Laura Fedele – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Air ... LP Forever Living Originals (UK), 2022. New Copy 2LP ...
Maybe the most powerful album we've ever heard from Sault – and a record that's unlike anything else they've given us before! The set has Sault rising into the righteous heavens – almost like the way that certain artists were elevated by the power of the Cadet/Concept late 60s years in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary record, but one with a really vintage Brazilian vibe – thanks to superb vocals and guitar from Joao Selva, and just the right sort of additional instrumentation and production from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! If you know other Patchworks productions, you'll know that ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soft Boi —
So Nice ... LP Climate Of Fear (Germany), 2020. Good 2LP ...
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(NOTE – Vinyl has a press flaw that skips on "And Shout", the rest is VG+.)
Soil & Pimp Sessions —
Lost In Tokyo ... LP Victor/Lawson (Japan), 2022. New Copy 2LP ...
Soil & Pimp Sessions sound better here than ever – still working with a style that nobody else can touch – but in a way that's also a nice change from some of their previous records too! If anything, these guys have really perfected their ability to step out and soar – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the richest work we've heard from John Beltran in years – a well-crafted little record that's bubbling over with influences from jazz and Brazilian music – and which make Beltran sound a lot more like a group leader than just a producer in the studio! The album's criss-crossed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strictly Jaz Unit (Glenn Underground & Boo Williams) —
Tempest ... LP Strictly Jaz Unit, 2019. New Copy 2LP ...
That's Jaz with one "z", not two – and the difference here is key, because the music is all soulful house, of the sort we've come to love from Glenn Underground – who works here with Boo Williams to make a set that's one of his greatest to date! Keyboards are the lead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kaidi Tatham never rushes the process – and in fact, sometimes he makes us wait so long between full length albums, we really jump into a new record with a great sense of excitement! And here, all that excitement is definitely warranted – as Tatham not only lives up to that sense of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that sparkles with joy and life from the very first note – but that's also what we've really come to expect from Kaidi Tatham in all the many years he's given us music! Tatham is one of a few key talents from the London scene at the start of the century to continue to stay vital and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl pressing, still sealed with hype sticker.)
TM Juke —
Forward ... LP Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity, 2006. Very Good+ 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
Forward, indeed – this this a big step up and some of the best work yet from TM Juke – his debut for Ubiquity! On Forward, the crafty producer/arranger/DJ, pushes the laptop bits and broken beats a little further out to the fringes – and focuses on the richer soul approach we ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Gecko Turner – an artist who's always had a vibe that's all his own, and a quality level that just seems to improve with each new record! Gecko's brand of soul is loose and free – sometimes a bit of funk or boogie, sometimes a breezier approach that echoes older ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ursula 1000 —
Kinda Kinky ... LP Eighteenth Street Lounge, 2002. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Ursula 1000 are unabashed lovers of all things mod and groovy – and the group are one of the most retro-fitted sets on the 18th Street Lounge label! The feel of this set should be obvious from the track titles alone – as tunes like "Boogaloop", "Beatbox Cha Cha", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful double-length set from Louie Vega – once a maestro on the 12" single, now a master of the full length album – at a level that's head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries on the scene! As you might expect from the title, there's a really large vision ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Versace —
Okra ... LP La Sape (Australia), 2022. New Copy ...
A great mix of jazz instrumentation and contemporary rhythms from David Versace – an Australian musician who comes across here with the warmth of some of our favorite European projects from years back – such as classic records on labels like Schema or Compost! There's definitely lots ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from pianist Matthias Vogt – an artist we first came to know through his Re:Jazz projects many years back, but who's evolved here into a much more personal, sensitive artist! In a way, the shift is a bit like that of Bugge Wesseltoft – another artist schooled in jazz, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe one of the most important records in years from Waajeed – a set that really lets his deeper side flow out in full-length territory – all those wonderful elements he's brought to the Detroit underground over the years, given a righteous message, and delivered with a heft that's way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might know Leland Whitty from his work in Badbadnotgood – but as a solo artist here, he's a very different creature – able to weave these spare and subtle soundscapes that feature Whitty himself providing most of the instrumentation, while opening the door to guests on a few of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two different slices of sound from keyboardist Sohan Wilson – both of them equally great! Side one of the record features a live jazzy combo working with Sohan – creating these cool jazz funk numbers that are steeped in 70s tradition, but which have a very contemporary cosmic vibe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweetly soaring trumpeter, with a mighty nice groove – one that seems to make equal use of flowing lines on keyboards as well as it does his own lead sound – served up here in a mode that uses electric elements to make Sefi Zisling's acoustic trumpet really shine! The rhythms are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The continuing evolution of the Comet Records label in France – a full flowering of all the ideas the company was first working with at the end of the 90 – when they began to find a new home for older Afro Funk styles and artists, but also had ways of updating their modes to a 21st ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Blue Note is probably one of the most iconic record labels on the planet, the company's also done a great job of reinventing itself as the years go on – always showing that they've still got an ear for the same sort of new talent that made Blue Note so important back in the day! ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of cuts from a contemporary label – but a set that honestly feels a lot more vintage than you'd expect – really great tracks that are both instrumental and vocal, and done by a selection of musicians who really sound great together! The ATA label studios clearly have a ... (Deep Funk, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modern tunes – but with a very classic groovy feel! Of all the Italian efforts to take an older lounge sound and update it for the modern dancefloor, the work of Nicola Conte and the Schema label has been some of the best. This 13 track set offers proof of Conte's genius – and offers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The sound of tomorrow, today – served up here with the genius of Brownswood Records – a company who've been one of the most forward-thinking in modern music for quite a few years! Brownswood is run by longtime DJ Gilles Peterson – whose ears are always amazing for picking out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tracks from Landslide, Bassnectar, Ming & FC, Soulstice, Noel, Boswick Gates, Colossus, Drop Culture, Gershoni & Tello, Abstract & Maddslinky, Mophono & Irvy. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Granito ... LP Jazzego (Portugal), 2022. New Copy ...
A mighty nice selection of tracks from the contemporary underground in Porto – work that's much warmer, acoustic, and jazz-based than you might guess from the image on the cover – and which, together, is so wonderful that we're thinking of booking a trip to Portugal, just to visit this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to believe that the German Infracom label has been around for 30 years – maybe because the label was so future-thinking at the start, they helped set the tone for so much music to come! And if you're not hip to Infracom, the collection's a chance to dig the label in all its glory ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed Latinaires 12" series on Ubiquity, this cool compilation compiles the series' efforts to mix classic Latin grooves with modern electronica production – into a dancefloor blend that's been quite popular with DGA customers these days! The full-lengt ... (Latin, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of grooves from around the globe – all the sorts of tracks that Guts plays in his legendary DJ sets overseas – music that's got a much more far-reaching vibe than some of the tracks he issues under his own name! Overall, the set's very much in the best spirit of the ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album