There's a nicely cinematic image on the cover of this second album from Portishead – and the sound is very cinematic too – a real genre-setting standard for the kinds of new territory the group and some of their key contemporaries began to explore in the 90s! The overall style is a bit ... 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
Sleep Walker —
Works ... CD Village Again (Japan), 2007. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
More than just "works" from Sleep Walker – a collection of singles, remixes, and new tracks – all representing some of the best work from this ultra-hip club jazz combo! As with their full albums, the style here is jazz-based at the outset – played in a classic mode ... read moreCD
(Promotional copy packaged in a slim case released without artwork.)
Music from Marcelinho Da Lua, Limusine Negra, Bid, Alexandra Scotti, Rica Amabis, Funk U, Bossacucanova, Valeria Sattamini, Cibelle, Domenico + 2, Chico Pinheiro, Affonsinho, Katia B, and Thalma De Freitas. (Brazil, New Grooves)CD
(Out of print.)
Cibelle ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2003. Used ...
Incredible work from United Future Organization – light years ahead of anything else they've ever done! The album shows a tremendous growth in instrumental styles – with more of a preoccupation with the overall shapes and sound of their music, grown here to expansive limits, ... read moreCD
The Savoy jazz catalog gets the remix tradition – following nicely in the mode of similar projects on Verve or Blue Note! The work here is all pulled from classic bop sessions of the late 40s and 1950s – key tracks that defined the sound of Savoy back in the day, but cut down here to ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
DJ Tudo really lives up to his name here – by bringing in a huge amount of different influences – all sorts of Brazilian sounds and styles, but with results that are surprisingly cohesive overall! The album was recorded in various spots over the course of a few years – and it's ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Tremendous grooves from the earliest (and best) years of the acid jazz scene – all recorded at a time when London was exploding with sounds from the 60s and 70s, and turning out some of the hippest music on the planet! Although the term "acid jazz" was soon mishandled and mis-manage ... 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 20th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking album Tourist from St Germain – that creative combination of jazz and dancefloor rhythms that made for one of the biggest hits on Blue Note at the start of the century! This set's not an expanded version of that set, though – as the ... read moreCD
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... (Brazil, 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
A very organic set of grooves – from the banana-produced packaging, to Spiritual Life-styled tunes on the set! The album does a great job of blending together on-location sound bits – recorded in Haiti and elsewhere – with a mixture of upbeat and mellow tunes that bubble over ... read moreCD
Classic first generation Chicago acid house tracks, on Trax, from Marshall Jefferson. Get ready to Jack! (House Music, New Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original green label pressing.)
Darkhouse Family —
Offering ... LP First Word (UK), 2017. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant mix of influences from hip hop, funky soul, and 70s electric jazz – served up with a strongly futuristic vision all the way through! The vibe here is almost like when Madlib invaded Blue Note – as there's some live acoustic drums, warm electric keys, and lots of cool sonic ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from Foreign Exchange – the formerly bi-continental project of North Carolina MC and soul singer Phonte of Little Brother, and transplanted Dutch producer Nicolay – who take an even deeper turn into spacey soul on Leave It All Behind! Given that Phonte is singing ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shafiq Husayn —
Loop ... LP Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
It's been many years since Sa-Ra have expanded our minds with their revolutionary blend of hop hop and soul – but fortunately, Shafiq Husayn has carried on the group's legacy – and has reached an even higher plane with music like this! Husayn brings all the fantastic production skills ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Everything you've ever come to expect from Tosca – heavy beats, tuneful flourishes, and a downtempo groove that never breaks its cool – despite the presence of a rich array of other remix talents here. The posturing gets a bit stiff for us at times – and makes us long for the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Mario Biondi —
Dare ... LP Sony (Italy), 2021. New Copy 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
Mario Biondi —
Dare ... CD Sony (Italy), 2021. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
The second album by Japanese singer Akiko – and light years ahead of her first! This set brings Akiko's jazzy vocals into contact with work by a number of different arrangers and producers – including Keiji Matsumoto, Yoshito Tanaka, and Swing Out Sister! The range of tracks is really ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreCD
Hardly a set of Easy Listening – more a crackling batch of dancefloor tracks from one of Japan's hippest labels! Flower Records is one of those companies that just keeps on getting better and better over the years – coming up with new artists, new records, and new sounds that show that ... read moreCD
A warm and wonderful sampling of grooves from one of the hippest Japanese labels growing – the ever-soulful Flower Records, home to some of our best-selling artists on that high-priced Japanese wax! The approach here is to take mellower cuts by some artists that you might know more for their ... read moreCD