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John Coltrane & Don Cherry
The Avant-Garde (Mono)

A clear vinyl re-release of one of John Coltrane’s more disputed works, this album from him and Don Cherry has the pair playing Ornette Coleman tracks with some of the Ornette Coleman Quartet. One of the few Coltrane recordings sans piano which gives the saxophonist room to manoeuver. One for the ...view item »

Prince and the Revolution
Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

Seriously exciting stuff here for Prince fans: as well as a remastered version of the deeply classic album Purple Rain, the CD versions of this reissue also include a whole disc of contemporary tracks from the great one’s immense and closely guarded archives, which haven’t even been bootlegged before! Revel ...view item »

Jorja Smith
Lost & Found

Following a bunch of self-released singles, Walsall-born Jorja Smith drops her debut album, Lost & Found. The twenty year old is known for her collaborations with Stormzy, Drake and Kali Uchis, but the twelve tracks on her debut give her the c...view item »

Prince
Nothing Compares 2 U

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. Prevent the dog from barking with ... the original record of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ by Prince. The first of what will likely be many everyday masterpieces to emerge from the vaults of the late legend, th...view item »


Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975) is the debut release from World Psychedelic Funk Classics and presents itself as 'a global psychedelic funk curriculum', complete with a 'course description' and 'supplemental listening' in its copious notes (found either on the handsome gatefold sleeve of the vinyl or the 36-page booklet of the CD). The title may...view item »

Koboku Senju
Joining The Queue To Become One Of Those Ordinary Ghosts

I’ve not heard of these guys before but knowing the quality of releases on MIE (Bong, Pelt, Sarin Smoke, Gate, Richard Youngs...view item »

Elephant9 with Reine Fiske
Silver Mountain

There are officially too many elephant-associated music things. There’s Elephant Six, from whom I was anticipating this record, and there’s Elephant9, who it actually turns out to be. The difference cast isn’t really that significant -- like, both are very annoying -- but to expect weird psych folk that begun a whole indie rock...view item »

Kamasi Washington
Harmony of Difference

It’s rare perhaps, but on occasion, we’re a little late with the reviews, and we’re all caught up with everything now (I think), but here he finally is! The man, the myth, the colossus of cosmic jazz: Kamaaaaasssiiii (brass fanfare please) Wash-ing-ton! It’s been (roughly) two years and six months since the re-defining of...view item »

Hugh Masekela
The Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)

A compilation to satisfy anyone whose curiosity in Hugh Masekela was peaked by his passing in January of this year. This LP collates early work by the South African jazz legend, including some of his groundbreaking stuff with The Zulus and Letta Mbulu. The likes of Ojah col...view item »


Technicolour Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Others Exotic Delights

Numero, everyone's favourite musical archaeologists are back with Technicolour Paradise, a compilation that gives us a close look at the sheer weirdness of music meant to evoke paradise by and for people who likely couldn't make it there. If you ever wanted to know what a mid-20th century American thou...view item »

Theo Parrish
Gentrified Love Part 4

Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature may be turning twenty this year, but that doesn’t mean that the Detroit legend is resting on his laurels. Rather, the fourth instalment of his Gentrified Love...view item »

Ceaser Frazier
Hail Ceaser!

Hail Ceaser! by Ceaser Frazier (yes, the 'a' and the 'e' are meant to be that way round) is one of those early-70s soul jazz records that collectors go ape for. Having regularly fetched three-figure sums on the vinyl black market since its release in 1972, it now gets the reissue treatment from Tidal Waves Music...view item »

Ryo Fukui
Mellow Dream

Mellow Dream is an oft ignored Japanese jazz masterpiece, originally released in 1977, on which the prodigiously talented pianist, Ryo Fukui explores bop, modal and cool jazz with sublime proficiency. 180g half speed mastered vinyl LP and CD on We Release Jazz, an off-shoot of We Release Whatever ...view item »

Ryo Fukui
Scenery

Considered by many the jazz man's definitive moment, scenery sees pianist Ryo Fukui at a cross section of his genre's multitudes, considering what can be done between cool and modal. These tunes sound gorgeous and flowing, a testament to how Fukui's lovely, clean...view item »

Nina Simone
A Very Rare Evening

You really shouldn’t need me to tell you who Nina Simone is. The important thing here is that this album has been out of press since 1979 and contains rare versions that just aren’t anywhere else, performances of songs by Aretha Franklin, Barry Gibb, Randy Newman and...view item »

Diana Ross and the Supremes
Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found

Jack White’s Third Man label are dabbling with the mainstream. Working with record industry behemoths Universal they have packaged their 2008 double CD release of Diana Ross & The Supremes - Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found as a spectacular 4 LP box set. It has ...view item »

Farketmez
Deeelicious

Turkish jazz-rockers Farketmez mix jazz, blues, funk and a right psychedelic racket on their debut album Deeelicious. The album is the culmination of three years of musical evolution for the band. They feature Cameron Dean (formerly of Million Dead) on guitar along with Selcu...view item »

Alex Puddu
The Golden Age of Danish Pornography Vol. 3

Originally started by composing a soundtrack to a set of 70s vintage hardcore short films, Alex Puddu’s Golden age series is brought to an end with the third installment. Dusty funk grooves, with track titles such as Cowboys Do It Better I think you get the idea. Remember Ron Jeremy’s Po...view item »

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

It may seem ironic that the biggest-selling album in jazz history is such a subtle and understated beast - perhaps less so when you consider it as a sublime masterpiece of subtlety and understatement. Improvisation is an enigmatic and elusive thing, especially at the envelope-pushing level captured here, with Miles and sidemen forging ahead and ...view item »

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I Put A Spell On You

The story goes that during the recording of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins signature song, I Put A Spell On You, he was so ‘hepped up on goofballs’ that he blacked out and didn’t remember doing it. The recording has earned cult and legendary status for it’s sheer out-there-ness. Hawkins was also an actor wit...view item »

Dr.John
Gris Gris

Totally recommend this album by Dr John, its a real trip of funky voodoo psychedelic rock. Though recorded in California it is a real New Orleans sounding recording. Favourites are Mama Roux and I walk On Gilded Splinters, but every track is worthy. Its not the lengthiest album, but it packs in a lot of quality and ...view item »

Funkadelic
Finest

Probably the greatest compilation of George Clinton’s iconic funk ensemble Funkadelic, Finest covers 1970 to 1976 and mixes classics with obscurities. Tidal Waves Music have repressed this out of print rarity to very limited deluxe double vinyl LP, complete with the original psychedelic ar...view item »

Ornette Coleman
The Atlantic Years

Ornette Coleman completists need look no further than this luxury box set. Atlantic have remastered the ten records he made for the label between 1959 and 1962 - that means The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Free Jazz, This Is Our Music and more. They’ve packaged them alongside a book of...view item »

Skymark
Virtual Stars

A record of leftfield boogie music from Skymark here, out via his own Modern Sun Records. Virtual Stars combines neo-soul, jazz-funk, Theo Parrish-style deep house and electro. There’s also a little early MF Doom (beats, not rhymes) to the choice of lead instrumen...view item »

The Nels Cline 4
Currents, Constellations

Wilco guitarist Nels Cline strikes out on his own again with Currents, Constellations, ostensibly less ambitious than his previous outing, Lovers, which saw him front a 23 piece orchestra but no less engaging. Here, with the help of Scott Colley on bass, Tom Rainey on Drums and jazz guitarist Julian Lage...view item »

Prophet
Wanna Be Your Man

Just the thirty-four years on from Prophet’s debut LP Right On Time, he comes through with the follow-up for Stones Throw. There has been a quiet clamour for new music from the Bay Area artist - Right On Time is a highly collectable piece - and Wanna Be Your Man will be sure to p...view item »

Emma-Jean Thackray
Ley Lines

Another week, another great record from the exciting new London jazz scene. This time it’s the turn of polymath Emma-Jean Thackray. Though primarily a trumpeter, she recorded every part on Ley Lines herself. While this method of production will inevitably invoke comparisons with Madlib’s ...view item »

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa
Genes and Spirits

An artist ahead of his time, the tragic passing of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa in 2001 meant that the South Africa pianist never got to see the exciting developments in jazz over the next few years. He would surely have approved of the vibrant combinations of jazz, electronic and club music styles springing up all over the world in 20...view item »

Moondog
Moondog

Reissue of avant-garde pioneer Moondog’s self-titled album from 1969, It hasn’t been available on vinyl since 2003. Moondog’s unique approach to composition was revered by Phillip Glass and Steve Reich and is heavily sampled across multiple genres Including ...view item »

Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Once, they were an orchestra; now, all is fire. Here, at the core of one of modern music’s most notorious free jazz communities, we have tenacious tenorist Mats Gustafsson, alongside bass athlete Johan Berthling (also of post-rock nappers Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin, be...view item »

Fire! Orchestra
Ritual

The Fire! Orchestra is what happens when you try to arrange an end-of-year office party but you’re an avant-garde/free-jazz hybrid label, so everything goes to shit. Having briefly composed themselves for the senior staff meeting with ‘She Sleeps, She Sleeps’ -- a collaboration/discussion of who to fire (lmao) bet...view item »

Ben LaMar Gay
Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun

Chicago trumpeter, vocalist and composer Ben LaMar Gay doing some serious quality control here: the tunes making up Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun were chosen from seven unreleased albums. It’s quite a mix and it’s all of a very high quality, neither of which surprising. There’s gorgeous, melted piano...view item »

Dave Holland featuring Evan Parker, Craig Taiborn and Ches Smith
Uncharted Territories

A veritable avant-jazz odyssey from legendary double-bassist Dave Holland and company here. Across the twenty-three tracks of Uncharted Territories, the quartet of Holland, Evan Parker (saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano/electronics) and Ches Smith (percussion) journey int...view item »

John Coltrane
Giant Steps (Mono)

One of the best, and especially great for those looking to delve deeper into the genre. You'll be bopping and tapping like a lunatic to this one. Phenomenal line-up as well, fyi....view item »

Tsvia Abarbanel
Eastern Soul

Israeli crate-diggers Fortuna Records have a bit of a thing for Yemeni singer Tsvia Abarbanel. The label’s first release was a 7” single featuring her tracks ‘Wings Of Love’ and &...view item »

Bill Orcutt
A History Of Every One

Following an explosive collaborative LP with Chris Corsano for his own Palilalia imprint, ex- Harry Pussy shredder Bill Orcutt returns to Editions Mego with twelve singular in...view item »

Sun Ra
The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973

Recorded in 1973, The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions are for anyone who's ever Wondered / Wandered what Sun Ra's vision might look like when processed with electronics. The second LP contains never before released material from these sessions. Pressed on green and red coloured vinyl by Modern Harmonic....view item »

Lee Moses
Time and Place

Long-time soul session musician Lee Moses (he played with Gladys Knight and Jimi Hendrix!) made his debut as a frontman and bandleader in 1971 on Time and Place. It wasn’t a hit, but it is a classic: Moses is light enough on his feet to get that lithe groove going...view item »


Shaolin Soul (Episode 2)

Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series is a collection of some of the countless classic tunes that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and related solo productions. Volume 2 features c...view item »


Shaolin Soul (Episode 3)

Wonderful treats right here for fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series compiles some of the gorgeous cuts that have been sampled (mostly by RZA) for Wu-Tang Clan albums and solo endeavors. Volume 3 features tracks from The Supreme...view item »

Ben Vince
Assimilation

Very obviously a saxophonist, Ben Vince readies a new record on the wonderful Where To Now? label. Uh. Hell yeah? Assimilation he treads further afield than the usual minimalist focus, collaborating with a bunch of artists who love him to give his sax wild different hues and contexts. Playing solo is one thing; playi...view item »

Sun Ra
Astro Black

A Sun Ra album that manages to have more of the mystique about it than usual. It was allegedly recorded at El Saturn Studio in Chicago, a studio that has no record of ever having existed. Well, Astro Black definitely exists and in typical 'Ra' fashion will take you all the way to space. Pressed on purple vin...view item »

Onyx Collective
Fruit Stand / Snake Charmer

New York ensemble Onyx Collective revisit two recent tunes for the wax treatment via Big Dada. The A-side ‘Fruit Stand’ is an improv trot in classic NY busk-jazz style. On the flip ‘Snake Charmer’, you’d have to be a grumpy serpent indeed not to be at least intrigued by the peculiar combination of f...view item »

Painkiller
Execution Ground

Painkiller’s heavyweight line-up, in case you had forgotten, was Mick Harris (of Napalm Death), Bill Laswell (of Last Exit) and John Zorn (of absolutely everything, particularly Naked City). Yeah, big stuff. Execution ...view item »

Marcos Valle
Marcos Valle

The first official reissue of this Brazilian classic from a true modern day maestro, Marcos Valle’s self-titled release from 1983 is a boogie funk gem. Including the diamond track Estrelar which has been a key tune for DJ sets from Gilles Peterson, Madlib, The Gasl...view item »

Conjoint
Earprints

Demdike Stare’s DDS label (Mica Levi, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe) take another left-turn for this reissue. Conjoint were a downtempo/future-jazz ensemble knocking about in the late 90s and early 2000s. Among others, the group featured Ornette Coleman...view item »

Kamasi Washington
Heaven and Earth

Oh my God he is walking on water whilst carrying a saxophone. To some Kamasi Washington is the sort of person who could walk on water with his blend of psychedelic cosmic jazz and horn workouts. His first album 'The Epic' was a hell of a thing and 'Heaven & Earth' which is split into two bits ('Heaven'/'Earth') is bound to be ju...view item »

Prince
Sign 'O' The Times

Look people, this is literally Sign ‘O’ The Times by Prince. Arguably this is the purple one at the very peak of his hit-making powers. This Warner Bros reissue doesn’t appear to be remastered, and doesn’t come with a brace of demos / live tracks / whatever. It just makes an über-classic alb...view item »

Space Ghost
Endless Light

With releases on Astro Nautico, Sweat Lodge Guru and three self released albums, Oakland California based producer Space Ghost comes to Tartelet with his latest lo-fi synth/beat workouts. Equally comfortable in soulful, vangelis synth beatless journeys as he is with deep and groovy minimalistic beats, you want lush, you got it....view item »

Arve Henriksen
Places Of Worship

Rune Grammofon’s versatile trumpet dude Arve Henriksen is getting all spiritual on your ass this week with the release of ‘Places of Worship’, a graceful convolution of spiritual music and his mysterious smoky Scandi-jazz, backed tastefully by cleverly us...view item »

Menahan Street Band
The Crossing

This is the second CD I've bought by Menahan Street Band and it's another very impressive set of instrumentals. Produced by Daptone guru Thomas Brenneck, who is also a member of the band (almost a one-man-band himself, playing guitar, bass, ukulele, electric piano, etc.), the songs on here have a predictably retro vibe, evoking memories of soulf...view item »

Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by ...view item »


Dance For Your Life – Rare Finnish Funk & Disco 1976-1986

Lordi. HIM. Apocalyptica. When one thinks of Finnish music, the words ‘funk’ and ‘disco’ are not ones that immediately spring to mind. The people at Svart Records - despite being a label that largely releases prog and metal - are out to change those perce...view item »

Robocobra Quartet
Plays Hard To Get

The group once described by Drowned In Sound as ‘Fugazi meets Mingus’ make an interesting racket on thei...view item »

Tubby Hayes Quartet
The Syndicate: Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol. 1

Repress and first ever CD release of this 1986 Tubby Hayes Quartet performance. Disappointingly Tubby is not a tuba or a tuba player, but a sax player. This is very, very fast jazz, with the star of the show being Hayes's remarkable drummer who manages to maintain a precision and delicacy for its entire length....view item »

Jack White
Lazaretto / Power Of My Love

'Lazaretto' is the first single from Jack White's second album, cunningly also called 'Lazaretto', being released on his very own Third Man Records. Why Jack White is writing songs about maritime quarantine stations, only he knows. The track is backed on the flip by exclusive tune 'Power Of My Love'.  ...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
100 Days 100 Nights

100 Days, 100 Nights is a complete throwback to late 60s and early 70s R&B with no reservations. You can definitely hear the Winehouse/Ronson connection (Ronson produced Amy's "Back to Black"). The baritone sax is the signature instrument here and I love it. Sharon Jones sings with such conviction, which luckily is not lost through overprodu...view item »

Beverly Glenn-Copeland
...Keyboard Fantasies...

Seance Centre are on reissue duties here for the wonderful Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s second record under this name. She made a couple of records in the early 70s, one under this name and one without the ‘Glenn-’, the latter being a refreshing folk song masterpiece, complete with jazzy touches. This one comes some 15 years later ...view item »

Sun Ra & His Myth-Science Solar Arkestra
Lost Ark Series Vol 1 & 2

Art Yard have put both volumes of their Lost Arkestra volumes into one package. Two 10” including several live recordings from rare and hard to find performances including Along Came Ra from 1983, two unreleased tracks from Sun Ra’s Disco 3000 tapes from their 1978 concert in Milan, as well...view item »

Señora
Señora

Impossibly smooth vintage german funk reissue from Growing Bin Records. Señora by Señora is the kind of album that has absolutely zero friction. Everything's been sanded down and refined as much as it can be. If you're a fan of jazzy funk (or is...view item »

Sun Ra and Solar Arkestra
On Jupiter

This is a mini album, and it immediately followed Languidity. Made for Sun Ra's Philadelphia jazz imprint, Saturn (incidentally, the planet that was Sun Ra's home, true believers), this album was Sun Ra's brilliant stab at funk. If Languidity was Sun Ra's dance album, this is most certainly his funk album. The definite highlight is "UFO", which ...view item »

Ken Boothe
Freedom Street

Reissue of an LP by the man they used to call ‘Mr. Rocksteady’. After a string of hits for Studio One in the 60s, Ken Boothe took his style to Leslie Kong...view item »

James ‘Creole’ Thomas
Omas Se*tet

The Deenmamode family are a talented bunch. Brothers Mo Kolours, Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Jeen Bassa have all made a name for themselves over th...view item »

Al Dobson Jr.
Rye Lane Versions

Yes, Rhythm Section. We get it. You’re from Peckham. No need to labour the point. This one actually came out in 2014, but such is the British clubsphere’s appetite for sprightly jazz-house from SE that Bradley Zero...view item »

Charley Patton
Founder Of The Delta Blues

It’s hard to think of a more seminal and influential artist than Charley Patton. As well as being a first-hand influence on fellow giants Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, his guitar and vocal 78s are some of the most revered recordings in blues. Th...view item »

Blurt
Poppycock

At the time of writing (5th April 2018), Poppycock - the third studio LP from 80s art-punks Blurt - is ranked as the 831st-best album for 1986 by ...view item »

The Colours That Rise
2020

Made up of multi-instrumentalists Simeon Jones and Nathanael Williams, The Colours That Rise debut EP travels through jazz, funk, downbeat electronica, cityscapes, space and beyond. From smooth grooves to space funk freakouts, to Bonobo meets Boards of Canada et...view item »

Majik
Back Into Your Heart

Hi Records did a roaring trade in the 1970s, but much of the label’s catalogue has fallen into obscurity since. One of the lost gems was Majik’s 1979 single ‘Back Into Your Heart’/’Dance Dance Dance’. Now set to wax once again by Melodies International - the s...view item »

Lightmen Plus One
Fancy Pants

This is the second LP from Texas native Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen band, and it's a doozy. A symbiotic blend of politically fuelled, revolutionary social commentary and maverick underground jazz, this vinyl reissue is presented in both stereo and mono mixes, with a bonus download card featuring footage of li...view item »

Stimulator Jones
Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures

I once encountered Stimulator Jones in an adult shop - it was on one of the shelves! No, this particular stimulator is actually none other than Sam Lunsford of Roanoke, Virginia. His debut Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures takes white boy soul/r’n’b to the next level of sincere flattery, eschewing contem...view item »

Chet Baker
Sings

The classic 1954 LP from the one and only Chet Baker, Chet Baker Sings showcases the jazz icon’s nuanced vocal talent. Part of the Blues Characters series, this compilation edition on vinyl double LP features 20 tracks recorded between 1953-58. Includes digital download code. On Le Chant du Mond...view item »

Kadhja Bonet
Childqueen

Kadjha Bonet follows up her beautiful 'The Visitor' record of 2015 with another album full of sumptuous chocolatey soul, titled Childqueen. Last we heard of Ms Bonet, the L.A. singer was wrapping her mellifluous vocal tones around some highly melodic and harmonious old-schooly tunes channeling the Memphis sound perfectl...view item »

ZU & Mats Gustafsson
How To Raise An Ox

When it was released in 2006, How To Raise An Ox, the collaborative LP between Italian post-jazz crew Zu and Swedish saxophone master Mats Gustafsson...view item »


Shaolin Soul (Episode 1)

Delicious treats right here for serious fans of The Wu-Tang Clan and vintage funky soul alike. The Shaolin Soul series is a collection of some of the many many classic tunes that have been sampled for Wu-Tang Clan albums and related solo productions, generally dating from RZA’s pr...view item »

Taylor McFerrin
Early Riser

Oh how we guffawed, “I bet...huh...I bet its Bobby McFerrin’s son”. Well of course it is Bobby’s lad and McFerrin senior even makes a guest appearance towards the end of this lovely album. Rather than saying “don’t worry be happy”, McFerrin Junior soothes your soul and eases your concerns with th...view item »

J. M. Tim & Foty
African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)

J. M. Tim & Foty were a creative duo based from Cameroon working on funk and disco. This LP on Africa Seven presents just two years of that hard work. And if you need a seal of approval just know that god like genius Missy Elliot has sampled one of these tracks. So what are yo...view item »

Laurence Pike
Distant Early Warning

Laurence Pike is the drumming part of PVT (Pivot), Szun Waves and Triosk, ...view item »

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Jukebox Single #6

THE BLUES IS NO. 1! THE BLUES IS NO. 1!!!! Jon Spencer, Russell Simins and Judah Bower get back to business and hit us with a new single on In The Red. The A-side ‘Gazooks’ is a fresh number that brings a boogie shuffl...view item »

Sons Of Kemet
Your Queen Is A Reptile

Sons Of Kemet return with their third LP of iconoclastic jazz takes. Your Queen Is A Reptile has Shabaka Hutchings and company using sax, tuba and dual-drums to conjure music that sees traditional jazz modes cusping on several sounds of the Caribbean diaspora. Soca, calypso, merengue and more all rumble...view item »

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
An Angel Fell

The well travelled and long-enduring Pyramids, led by sax man Idris Ackamoor, ready a new record of fantasy-filtered allegory. An Angel Fell is a jazz record in protest of our environmental complacency. Recorded in a week, it's another intense marvel from a group who still managed to...view item »

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard
Perfectly Unhappy

Another release from Norway's wonderful Rune Grammofon label. Perfectly Unhappy features eight compositions written by pianist Espen Eriksen specifically for this collaboration between his trio and saxophonist Andy Sheppard. Me...view item »

Leon's Creation
This Is The Beginning

Acid Jazz reissue this rare 1970 LP from San Franciscan seven-piece Leon’s Creation. The group emerged in the wake of Golden Gate city giants like Sly And The Family Stone and Santana - Leon’s Creation frontman Leon Patillo would later collaborate wi...view item »

Mast
Thelonious Sphere Monk

Had Thelonious Monk not passed away some years ago, October 2017 would have marked his 100th birthday. To celebrate, serial beat-botherers World Galaxy and Alpha Pup Records front an LP of sixteen Monk interpretations helmed by LA musician MAST. As one might expect, there’...view item »

Arp Frique
The Colorful World of Arp Frique

Following a well-received debut EP on Rush Hour at the back-end of 2017, Dutch musician Niels Nieuborg’s Arp Frique project drops its debut L...view item »

String Theory
Modularity

Brand new duo from Glasgow String Theory slam dunk the funk on their debut EP for Rhythm Section International. You might very well suspect that with a canny title such as Modularity, the music entails some sort of modular synthesis, the musical creation kit de jour. You would be right, of course. But there’s a lo...view item »

Henry Wu
Good Morning Peckham

Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section (FYI Chris, Mallard) drop another EP of jazzy house that you could take home to meet your mum. Their millionth release to contain a reference to Peckham comes courtesy of long-time friend of the label Henry Wu. He proves himse...view item »

Isaac Hayes
Hot Buttered Soul

On only his second album, Issac Hayes had managed to acquire complete artistic control, resulting in one of the most groundbreaking soul albums of any era. Containing only four long tracks, the album is dominated by Hayes’ legendary elongations of Walk On By and By the Time I Get to Phoenix. New remaster, housed in a tip-o...view item »

Everything Is Recorded
Close But Not Quite

Everything Is Recorded is the production project of Richard Russell, the head honcho of XL Recordings. Russell used his impressive contacts book to get a whole host of modern vocal talent (plus Warren Ellis!) into his studio to craft excellent and soulful music. The project&rsqu...view item »

Kamaal Williams
The Return

Yussef Kamaal may have disbanded, but Henry Wu continues to fly the flag as Kamaal Williams. For the first LP released under his given name we see Williams behind the keys in a jazz fusion trio that brings together the visionary aesthetic of the YK output with the sounds of new London jazz and t...view item »


Fools Paradise Favorites

There's a man in New Jersey called Rex who has radio show where he favours forgotten skronking rock 'n' roll bops from the 50s and 60s. Through the magic of radio he's managed to give them a new lease of life and now Jazzman have compiled some of the bst. The LP comes with an extra "chicken-themed twin spin bonus 45 si...view item »

Batteaux
Batteaux

This is a much needed re-issue of this sampled folk funk classic from 1973 which has been described as proto Yacht Rock. Melodic sun dappled songs with hints of country rock that stand pretty well against the likes of Crosby Stills and Nash whilst being underground and cool enough to be sampled by MF Doom. ...view item »


Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1+2

For sure, Japan’s legacy of jazz music is under-heard and under-appreciated outside of the country, despite huge domestic enthusiasm. This double disc Jazzman compilation might put paid to that, being a sixteen track selection of lesser-known (in the West) performers of the more spiritual end of jazz music. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japa...view item »

Charlie Parr
Cheap Wine

Ah fuck it - you can't argue with this. It's another album by Charlie Parr but this time a compilation of all his best bits in case you have struggled to keep up with his wandering career which has veered from label to label - sometimes with the same tracks coming out on different releases just to confuse you. Annoyingly there are no lin...view item »

Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller present
Jazz On The Corner

Acid Jazz co-founder Eddie Piller and famous man Martin Freeman did a radio show together a couple of years ago. That’s the genesis for this compilation, a double LP that kicks of the Acid Jazz 30th birthday celebrations. Features music from old heads like Art Blakey and new ones like ...view item »

Baloji
137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese artist Baloji works as a sort of stylistic lightning rod on his latest LP. Bringing together pop stylings from all over Africa - he even goes so far as to jack the instrumental of Dur Dur’s mighty ‘Dooyo’ for lead single ‘Soleil De Volt’ - Baloji turns 137 Avenue Kanai...view item »

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