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
A tremendous album from Thundercat – an artist who just seems to get better and better with every new record, and who's maybe here defining a genre that's completely unto himself! The record is soulful, and has a lot of contemporary cosmic currents – but it's also more far-reaching and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful reedman Tenderlonious plays flute this time around – but as always, it's the overall sound that makes the record so great – not just the solo bits on flute, but all the keyboards, basslines, and beats – stretched out in this cool 21st Century take on funky fusion! The ... (Jazz, New Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jneiro Jarel has always been way more than just a hip hop producer – even his earliest records were a bit hard to peg, and this excellent set not only pushes that bar forward a heck of a lot, but it also firmly suits the album's placement on the Far Out label! Far Out's best known for its ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thievery Corporation go back to the vaults – and come up with a host of unusual material from the Temple Of I & I sessions! The music here is a great extension of the sound of that record – and includes unused tracks, remixes, and dubplates – all with the same collaborative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Linkwood & Other Lands —
Face The Facts ... LP Athens Of The North (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Sweet grooves from Linkwood – served up in the kind of keyboard-heavy style of his collaboration with Greg Foat, but even more upbeat and 80s-styled overall! The tunes here really recall the best sound of 80s electro soul – all instrumental, with a really classic vibe to the keyboard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant album from Kaidi Tatham – deeper by far than anything we've ever heard from him, and way more than you might expect if you only know his singles from the London scene! This set's got a very strong jazz component – monstrous keyboard work from Kaidi that stretches and soars ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover image is a bit different than the modernist images usually used for records by Italian maestro Gerardo Frisina, and the sound is a bit different too – maybe less Latin or Brazilian than some of his previous records, but still filled with lots of percussion at the core! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the rootsiest work we've heard in years from the mighty Gerardo Frisina – a set that still has his rhythm programs in the mix, but combined with loads of acoustic drums, percussion, piano and vibes – all given some sweet touches by occasional Fender Rhodes solos as well! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dining Rooms —
Tre ... LP Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy 2LP ...
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms (in case you couldn't guess by the title!) – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Detroit underground figure Alton Miller – one of those records from the early part of this century that really marked a moment of new sounds and styles in soul music! The album's way more than just the sort of house that Miller was first known for – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album