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
Really really wonderful work from Moonchild – even better than we remember from the first time around! The group have this perfect balance of vocals and jazzy instrumentation – played by a trio who handle all the instruments themselves, then produce the whole set – in support of ... (Neo Soul, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mansur Brown —
Shiroi ... CD Black Focus (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic debut from guitarist Mansur Brown – a player you might recognize from earlier work with Kamaal Williams – now stepping out on his own, but with production from Williams on his own label too! Brown's got this incredibly open approach to the guitar – a flurry of styles ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
Kamaal Williams —
Return ... CD Black Focus, 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreCD
A rich document of the growth in the Italian jazz scene in recent years – a great leap forward not just for individual musicians, but also for the Schema label as well! Schema first began in the 90s with a relatively programmed approach to jazz – a style that loved the classics, but ... read moreCD
The best yet from Flying Lotus – who we keep allowing ourselves to believe has hit an insurmountable peak with each new record – but he just keeps getting better! Where the preceding Cosmogramma upped the stranger, spacier and more abstract textures, Until The Quiet Comes is a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums we've heard from the hands of Louie Vega since his Nuyorican Soul project of a decade back – a mostly-Latin session built around the talents of percussionist Luisito Quintero, and featuring tracks in a mix of traditional and current dancefloor modes! There's hardly ... read moreCD
An excellent modern take on the Afro Funk genre of the 70s – one that's filled with work by current groups who really get the classic sound right! As in the older work of Fela, there's plenty of percussion, keyboards, and horns in the mix here – often played straight and live, as on ... (Global Grooves, New Grooves)read moreCD
Bonobo returns with a sweet set of evocative, blissful mood grooves after too many years away – a blend of soaring bits of strings, keys & atmospherics that tug a bit at your emotions – floating over some laidback, rhythmic beatcraft! There playing around with a number of dynamics ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 10th Anniversary red vinyl pressing!)
A fantastic debut from guitarist Mansur Brown – a player you might recognize from earlier work with Kamaal Williams – now stepping out on his own, but with production from Williams on his own label too! Brown's got this incredibly open approach to the guitar – a flurry of styles ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from Moreno Veloso – the son of the famous Caetano, but an artist who's already very much his own man on this classic collaboration with the team of Kassin and Domenico! Moreno plays it cool on most of the record – singing in a spare setting that mixes acoustic ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Flying Lotus is not only very much alive on You're Dead! – he's as lively as ever – delivering his best, most diverse record to date! The Flying Lotus sound is in peak form here – glitchy beats and spacey keyboards, deftly layered samples, and carrying boundless influences from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Money Mark's second full length album, another heady trip into the psyche of one of the west coast's more unique visionaries on the keys! You've heard his heavy work for Beasties laying down Groove Holmes-esque grooves on their best albums, but this albums a melange of out there funk, trippy ... read moreCD
A massive record – and an instant legend the day it was released! Masters At Work host the beautiful meeting of a host legendary artists – Roy Ayers, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Jocelyn Brown, Vince Montana, and others – all united in a magical session that brings ... read moreCD
A great take on recent work from France – one that focuses on tracks that have a quirky and retro approach to the groove, quite different in most places from the more famous house and techno coming out of Paris! The work here is very much in the spirit of the 60s mod Euro sound of the ... read moreCD
Marcos Valle revisits a host of his older tunes – and re-presents the work in a quirky electronic mode! The album's less a remix album than it is a "remake" one – as Marcos is collaborating here with Marcio Menescal of Bossacucanova, in a groove that's quite similar to the ... (Brazil, New Grooves)read moreCD
Maybe one of the most sharp-edged albums in years from Thievery Corporation – if not ever – thanks to the presence of a fair bit of hip hop guest stars, in a large roster of talent that includes Mr Lif, Raquel Jones, Zee, Notch, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Elin Melgarejo, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monumental piece of funk – and a record that came into the world at a time when it seemed like just about everyone had forgotten how to play real funky music! This set's the US version of the first album by London scenesters The Brand New Heavies – and although it came out in the ... (Neo Soul, 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
The second full length offering from Nitin Sawhney, with a much smoother sound starting out with a more stripped down approach, before giving in to some heavier beat oriented material. Overall, there's more vocals featured here, ranging from Jayante Bose's Asian style to Nina Miranda's softer ... read moreCD
Masters At Work —
Album ... LP Cutting, 1993. Very Good 2LP ...
Early work from Kenny & Louie – featuring 2 albums divided up into "raw" and "club" sides, but it's all classic underground house to us. Titles include "The Buddah Chant", "I Can't Get No Sleep", "The Buff Dance", "Blood Vibes", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few small index stickers in the bottom right corner.)
A very cool project from the contemporary London scene – a set that's equal parts soul and jazz, new production and hip hop – all served up as a community project that grew out of the legendary venue Total Refreshment Centre! That spot has given us some really groundbreaking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from a time when the London scene really took off – when it left behind some of its slavish love of American sounds in previous decades, and exploded with blinding dancefloor energy of its own! The music here represents a true UK hybrid – crafted after years of American ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Initial copies come with a very cool graphic novel!)
Gina ... CD Optimus Discos (Portugal), 2010. Used ...
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Australian version with different remixes, the Jackson 5's I Want You Back remized by Suffa, Gladys Knight & The Pips' I Heard It Through The Grapevine (The Randy Watson Experience Sympathy), the Temptations Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (DJ Jazzy Jeff And Pete Kuzma Solefumix), Undisputed Truth ... (Funky Compilations, New Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Apka ... LP 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thievery Corporation —
Symphonik ... LP Eighteenth Street Lounge, 2020. New Copy ...
The title here certainly gets it right – as the album marks a huge new step for Thievery Corporation – the first full record in which the group works with orchestral accompaniment – a move that's maybe long overdue, given how much these guys were initially influenced by older ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album