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Amy Winehouse
Back To Black (Half-Speed Master)

Half-speed mastering is an incredibly clever and powerful tool in improving sound quality and clarity. When he record is cut everything is done at half the speed enabling the machine to cut at what will be perceived as much higher and lower frequencies when played at full speed. Therefore Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black...view item »

Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

Classic Motown; Classic Stevie Wonder; Classic album! Songs in the Key of Life was the boy Wonder’s eighteenth studio album for Berry Gordon’s monster empire. A...view item »

Various
Running The Voodoo Down Vol. 2 - Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

Overlaps of jazz and rock music have often been abominable, but the precise area explored by Running The Voodoo Down is the particularly rich seam of, well, ‘psychrockfunksouljazz’. That’s the sixties-seventies...view item »

The Comet Is Coming
Channel The Spirits

The Comet Is Coming aim to provide a soundtrack to the apocalypse with their debut album Channel The Spirits  They make a sound that is driven by sax, beats and live drums and evokes Sun Ra and Funkadelic with a backdrop of BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Three-piece...view item »

The Last Hurrah!!
Los Angeles

Rune Grammofon present the ultimate results of The Last Hurrah!!’s Vossajazz Festival commission: an album of jazz-and-beyond music from Norway. Main man HP Gundersen marshalls the talents of multi instrumentalist and singer Maesa Pullman and engineer and co-producer Jason Hiller...view item »

Admiral
Cash On The Line

The press release for Cash On The Line, the debut album by Admiral, skirts around the idea in rather waffle-based way that the music contained within is from another world or time. Electric pianos, drones, jazz, funk and tropicalia are mentioned. What we do know for sure is that it’s an LP on Wandering Eye, the label run b...view item »

Moontribe
Moontribe

Rippling rhythms and deft descents into deep zones of satisfaction from Moontribe via Tel-Aviv’s Middle Eastern curio reissue label Fortuna Records. And a beautiful sleeve to boot. Who, what, when and why is Moontribe? While no answers to those are forthcoming, a load of splendidly absorbing sounds certainly are....view item »

Fumio Itabashi
Watarase

Watabase is a solo piano record from Fumio Itabashi, a rightful legend of Japanese jazz. Released in 1982, Watabase features some very nimble and spiritual interpretations of compositions by the likes of Dollar Brand and Vernon Duke, with Itabashi’s music...view item »

Thelonious Monk
Mønk

Don’t confuse this one with Thelonious Monk’s 1964 studio LP of the same name. This version of Monk is a previously-unreleased live recording taped a year earlier, in Copenhagen, for Danish radio. Along with a stellar band made up of Frankie Dunlop, Charlie Rouse and ...view item »

Terry Callier
The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier

The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier was the debut album by the celebrated guitarist. The album was recorded in one afternoon in 1964, capturing a raw talent in his element. With just voice, guitar and a pair of bass players, Callier infuses jazz and soul with folk to create a unique sound. The alb...view item »

Alfa Mist
Antiphon

After causing a quiet stir when it dropped online back in March 2017, Alfa Mist’s new-jazz odyssey has been snapped up by Black Acre for a vinyl release. This is mightily soulful offering from yet anot...view item »

Jean Cohen-Solal
Flutes Libres

Jean Cohen-Solal is a flutist (flautist?) first and foremost, and you’ll hear plenty of that instrument on this record. But Flutes Libres isn’t only a virtuoso demonstration, it also features some ra...view item »

Motohiko Hamase
Reminiscence

Motohiko Hamase’s Reminiscence is another one of those rare vintage items that will quickly pluck up the attention of serious vinyl collector heads, but this reissue thankfully puts it in the hands of the regular listener and lover of new-agey,...view item »

Skull Snaps
Skull Snaps

Despite what the cover may lead you to believe, Skull Snaps were a soul/funk act. The band were an enigma, no one knew who they were and this self-titled LP was their only one. What you’d probably like to know is that it contains the track It’s A New Day, the drum intro of which has been sampled by DJ Shadow...view item »

Tiger Hatchery
Breathing In The Walls

Imagine cracking an egg only to be confronted by a tiger! Chicago’s Tiger Hatchery are a power jazz trio, which basically means they play jazz but with a bit bit of a noise-rock slant. Rooted in the tradition of free jazz by Mike Forbes’ saxophone, the meaty rock comes from the powerfu...view item »

Sam Wilkes
WILKES

Jazzy Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Sam Wilkes is ready with warm and beautifully produced debut full-length WILKES (I think you’re supposed to shout it) for Leaving Records. Wilkes himself performs most of the instruments throughout, but frequent collaborator Sam Gendel is at hand to lay down...view item »

Susie Ibarra
Perception

It's been a good year for percussionist and experimentalist Susie Ibarra: first her stellar collaboration with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and YoshimiO...view item »

Sarathy Korwar & UPAJ Collective
My East Is Your West

The reliable Sarathy Korwar presents live recordings from Church of Sound in London made with the versatile UPAJ Collective (among whose numerous members are bassist Dominico Angarano, sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun and vocalist Aditya Prakash). They interpret ...view item »

Lars Danielsson & Paolo Fresu
Summerwind

Lars Danielsson and Paolo Fresu play it very cool on new album Summerwind. Danielsson plucks and bows his way across cello and bass in accompaniment to Fresu’s succulent trumpet and flugelhorn. And what a calm and expressive pairing it all is, on a rich, crisp recording with plenty of space. Alongside many...view item »

Dexter Gordon Quartet
Espace Cardin 1977

Espace Cardin 1977 is a previously unreleased recording by the Dexter Gordon Quartet. Jazz fans have reason to be excited about this. The quality of the performance by the tenor saxophonist makes it worthy of his oeuvre. Also, it is the only recording of Gordon playing with pioneering bebop pianist, Al Haig. Inc...view item »

Womack & Womack
MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)

Ahh this is a really nice one man. Womack & Womack initially released the electro-soul number ‘MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)’ as a track on their 1988 LP Conscience. A couple of years later, an at-the-peak-of-his-powers Frankie Knuckles got hold of the stems and turned in a cracking...view item »

Pharoah Sanders
You've Got To Have Freedom / Got To Give It Up

Fans of Pharoah Sanders fertile 60’s free jazz period may be surprised to hear this one if they’ve not come across it before: a 1980 slice of fully-danceable good times from the Pharoah. ...view item »

Dusty Springfield
Dusty In Memphis

A few years ago (I say ‘a few’ I probably mean 20) I read an opinion, I think in the NME, that the 10-second intro to Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield is the greatest 10 seconds of music ever recorded. It’s hard to argue with as it is very good indeed. Dusty Springfield released Dusty...view item »

Sudan Archives
Sink

Violinist and R&B futurist Sudan Archives follows up her stunning Stones Throw EP with another of the same calibre. Sink sees her continue to improvise pop gems, her expansive palette of synths and Sudanese stringwork enrapturing classic genre tropes in a whole new world. About time she got her d...view item »

Fatima
And Yet It's All Love

If there were any justice in the world, Fatima would be selling out stadiums and schmoozing at the Grammy’s. The Swedish singer’s 2014 debut LP Yellow Memories was a glorious neo-soul record that held eloquence, confession and groove in perfect equilibrium. Four years on, And Yet It’s All Love...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 »

Takeo Moriyama
East Plants

One of them there Japanese jazz reissues here. Takeo Moriyama’s 1983 LP East Plants isn’t a particularly famous record, but it’s held in high esteem by those who know their J-jazz onions. Moriyama is the drummer here, and his careful yet commanding kit work powers his group through a collection of slig...view item »

Nubiyan Twist
Tell It To Me Slowly

Nubiyan Twist making big moves out here and signing to Strut. The Leeds soul-jazz group celebrate the occasion with the release of new single ‘Tell It To Me Slowly’. The tune, which features a turn from sax player Nick Richards on vocals, is an invigorating mix of Afrobeat-indebted r...view item »

Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

Coming at us via jazz colossus Blue Note is this interesting thing: a 4-track 10" from Tony Allen & Jeff Mills which they've called "Tomorrow Comes The Harvest". So that's Allen the legendary jazz drummer and Afrobeatist making sweet rhythmic music with Mills the Detroit Techno Titan. Two futurists ...view item »

Mike Westbrook
Metropolis

1971 jazz concept album from Mike Westbrook, recorded with Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Osborne...view item »

Koichi Matsukaze Trio + Toshiyuki Daitoku
Earth Mother

In what seems to be a theme of Japanese Jazz Reissues, we’re proud to offer Earth Mother. If you’re not a collector of Far-Eastern jazz vinyl, you have no idea what we mean. Maybe you know the Koichi Matsukaze Trio & Toshiyuki Daitoku from the infamous J-Jazz 1969-1984 comp...view item »

Preacherman
Preacherman Plays T.J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits

Tim Jones is one of those oddballs that you can neither imagine nor plan for. Back in the 1980s Jones performed in Las Vegas lounges under the name of Preacherman. He used to bring a wooden puppet on stage with him named T. J. Hustler, and the pair would engage in philosophical back-and-forths b...view item »

Thing
Thing

Before Swedish-Norwegian free-jazz rockers The Thing, there was Bostonian jazz-fusers Thing. About two decades before. But the name is about where the similarities end, for the latter and present Thing, consisting of seven musicians, specialised in rather funkier Davis- or Weather Report...view item »

D'Angelo
Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar is the debut album by R&B singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist D’Angelo. It was originally released in 1995 and was critically warmly received and commercially successful being certified platinum in the USA. D’Angelo went on a self-imposed hiatus after this, waiting fiv...view item »

Amy Winehouse
Back To Black

Back To Black was the second and final album by Amy Winehouse. It was regarded as a classic pretty much upon on its release. Here she found her ideal musical partner in Mark Ronson whose soulful production was the perfect backdrop to her incredible voice. Contains Rehab, Love Is A Losing Game a...view item »

Various
Voices of Mississippi: Artists & Musicians Documented by William Ferris

Huge compilation of recordings made by folklorist William Ferris in and around Mississippi. Comes with 3 CDs containing gospel, blues, interviews, and stories, as well as some of Ferris' documentaries on DVD and a book edited by him. An incredibly detailed study of Southern American culture that is a must for anyone interes...view item »

Bill Wells
Remixes For Seksound

The Seksound label gets parts of its catalogue reworked by the legend Bill Wells, who applies his particular approach to ‘remixing’. With material put together over the last fourteen years, this compilation release includes originals by ...view item »

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells
Everything's Getting Older

A fascinating collaboration here between ex-Arab Strap mumbler Aidan Moffat and Glaswegian experimental jazz composer and pianist Bill Wells. This really works. It's beautifully recorded and as would be expected the vocals and piano are to the fore, but it never slips into a rut. The album's centrepiece seems to be the shimmering, achingly beaut...view item »

Butcher Brown
Camden Session

A "direct to disc" album from American jazz and funk quintet Butcher Brown. Recorded and cut live with no overdubs at Gearbox Records in London, Camden Session captures the freedom and versatility with which the band play. There's is a modern jazz, the type you might expect from something on&nbs...view item »

Portico Quartet
Untitled (AITAOA #2)

London's Portico Quartet, here with 'Untitled, Art in the Age of Automation #2', weave together jazz, electronica, ambient and minimalism in an addictive sound that journeys through textures, acoustic arrangements and grooving, widescreen minimalism. A hard-hitting record that's well worth the listen....view item »

Corduroy
Out Of Here

Corduroy’s third album, Out Of Here, saw the band moving away from their ‘70s movie soundtrack style to a more song-orientated jazz-funk sound - a bit like a less annoying Jamiroquai. Elements of what is now known as Yacht Rock were beginning to poke through too - list...view item »

Corduroy
High Havoc

High Havoc was the second album by cheesy-on-purpose London funksters, Corduroy. It was originally released in 1993. Here, they added brass to their sound thus expanding on their initial ‘cool movie soundtrack’ blueprint. Influences such as Curtis Mayfield show in their music. Reissue gold vinyl LP o...view item »

Corduroy
Dad Man Cat

It could be argued that Corduroy were the finest exponents of tongue-in-cheek cinematic funk in the ‘90s. It could also be argued that that they were the only ones doing such a thing. Dad Man Cat was their debut album, originally released in 1992 on Acid Jazz. The album is mainly instrumental and could soundtrack a world w...view item »

Stuff Combe
Stuff Combe 5 + Percussion

We Release Jazz are the (surprise, surprise) jazz-centric offshoot of We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want. Sometimes it’s nice to know what you’re getting - what we’re getting here, of course, is a nice bit of jazz. This on...view item »

Andrew Cyrille, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell
Lebroba

The trio of Wadada Leo Smith, Andrew Cyrille and Bill Frisell have laid out this sublime set for the ECM label, and if you like music that grounds ...view item »

Rex Orange County
Apricot Princess

As you’d guess from the moniker, Rex Orange County is a bloke from Surrey - namely, multi-instrumentalist and Tyler, the Creator collaborator Alex O’Connor, not yet one-and-twenty but already singing about “flying back to LA” and needing “insurance on my emotions / ...view item »

Nubya Garcia
When We Are

One of the most exciting artists emerging from the current crop of hip young London jazzers is saxophonist Nubya Garcia. Having dropped a few impressive records and contributed heavily to Brownswood&rsqu...view item »

Ben Pirani
How Do I Talk To My Brother?

Ben Pirani steps up to the soul plate with a spring in his step for this, his debut album. And who can blame him for having confidence when he has members of the Dap-Kings backing him in the studio? How Do I Talk To My Brother? is positively brimming with positivity, not to mention the grooves and the s...view item »

Dick Dickson
In The Pocket

Dick Dickinson is a Cameroon-born singer. He recorded In The Pocket in Togo in 1986. He used African groove as a starting point, with a view to creating a mid-eighties American funk sound, which was de rigueur at the time. This reissue 12” is the second release for the new Beaumonde label who felt this track deserved to be...view item »

Sasac
Future Disc

2016 was a different time. Sexy Swede Sasac’s funky Future Disc EP made its first appearance online, but only now do the kind folk at Fasaan Recordings recognise its commercial brilliance. A little too well-produced for your everyday vaporwave fair, a little too catchy to stick to a Bandcamp download-only rel...view item »

Mansur Brown
Shiroi

The Black Focus story grows ever more intertwined with Mansur Brown’s Shiroi. Brown contributed heavily to Yussef Kamaal’s acclaimed 2016 LP Black Focus. Earlier this year Kamaal Williams - one half of YK - set up a label of the same name as a home ...view item »

Supersilent
14

Still out here, still making remarkable music, still refusing to put their time into graphic design or making up titles: its Supersilent! The mighty electroacoustic trio of Helge Sten (Dea...view item »

Felbm
Tape 1 / Tape 2

It’s two EPs for the price of one LP from The Netherlands’ Felbm (one Eelco Topper), who recorded this pair of sessions of multi-instrumental warmth straight to Tascam tape. Drum machines, actual drums, piano, guitar and bass are the main ingredients in these smooth, jazzy instrumentals. Things get a bit less jazzy a...view item »

Eugene McDaniels
Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse

Eugene McDaniels’ 1971 classic, Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse is a melting pot of funk, soul and folk played by a swinging jazz band. It’s contents have been oft-plundered by the hip-hop sampling community. The album is dark, and tackles issues such as race, like many artists at th...view item »

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Live At KEXP!

Multiformat repress of former Record Store Day 2018 exclusive (boo!) Live at KEXP!, which seems to have worked wonders for the popularity of the trio. Delvon Lamarr and his B-3 Hammond organ are joined by pretty magnificent guitarist Jimmy James and drummer Dave McGraw. All three are on...view item »

Various
Latin Underground Revolution: Swinging Boogaloo, Guaguanco, Salsa & Latin Funk from New York City 1967-1978

Rocafort Records come through with a 7” triple-threat. Each side of vinyl in the Latin Underground Revolution boxset contains a killer tune cut by artists/groups of Latin American origin living in the Five Boroughs in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Illuminating liner notes from Latin music nerd DJ Timber...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 »

Aretha Franklin
The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970

These double-editions from Atlantic/Rhino showcase some iconic tracks from an iconic performer. All bar one of these 34 singles (25 on the vinyl edition) are drawn from the first six LPs Aretha Franklin cut for Atlantic between 1967 and 1970 (the exception being her version of Elton John...view item »

Black Artist Group
In Paris, Aries 1973

1973 session by Black Artists Group, recorded in Paris. Though this would be filed under Free Jazz in most record stores, In Paris, Aries 1973 spends a lot of time explorin...view item »

Infinite Sound
Contemporary African-Amerikan Music

Aguirre present a special 1975 suite of explorative free jazz by Roland P. Young’s Infinite Sound outfit. Contemporary African-Amerikan Music...view item »

Jean-Pierre Boistel / Tony Kennybrew
Percussions Pour La Danse

1980’s cross-continental team-up by a musician and a dance instructor, using the influence of a West African trip and the power of early computer technology to make this particular music. African instruments and rhythms, sampled and repeated (and also occasionally accompanied) by electronics. ...view item »

Elephant9 with Reine Fiske
Silver Mountain

Elephant9 work once more with Reine Fiske to create a fine LP of proggy jazz-rock. Silver Mountain really stretches out, taking four sides of vinyl to get through just five tracks: you can imagine how wild things might get in those timeframes. Includes a cosmic version of ‘You Are The Sunshine Of ...view item »

Various
Shaolin Soul (Episode 4)

It is a testament to the ingenuity and talent of RZA’s Wu-Tang Clan productions that the world can eagerly take four whole volumes (so far!) of material he has sampled. Shaolin Soul (Episode 4) features funky business from the likes of The Dynamics, Freda Payne an...view item »

Chris Bowden
Time Capsule

Originally released in 1996, Time Capsule by Chris Bowden is truly an album that has easily withstood the test of time. Some 22 years later, its influence and legacy are still being heard in the music of a new generation of UK jazzers: Shabaka Hutchings, Yussef Kamaal and Nubya Garcia being but a few. The record was a r...view item »

79.5
Predictions

Big Crown (The Fields & The Expressions, The Shacks) release the debut LP by intriguing NYC group 79.5. While it’s in essence a party record, a lot of influences are torpedoed into Predictions. The minimally groovy rhythm section often resembles ESG...view item »

Thelonious Monk
It's Monk’s Time

Thelonious Monk’s 1964 LP It’s Monk’s Time gets the reissue treatment courtesy of 8th Records. At this time in his career Monk was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. Many scorned his avant style on the keys, but when he turned in a relatively more sedate outing in the form...view item »

Sha La Das
Love In The Wind

Something of a Daptone Records love-in here. The Sha La Das are three Staten Island brothers (surname Schalda, hence the moniker of the group) who grew up singing backing harmonies for their dad Bill, hi...view item »

Arve Henriksen
The Height Of The Reeds

In a work specially commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017, Arve Henriksen relates to the love-affair-on-the-waves between Scandinavia and the hitherto unheralded Yorkshire port-town on The Height Of The Reeds. Composed alongside Elvind Aarset and Jan Bang, the music accompanied a sound walk last ye...view item »

Prince
Piano & A Microphone 1983

Prince presented himself to the world with consummate showmanship and an enigmatic persona that made his fans want to know even more about him. Piano & A Microphone gives fans a insight into his inspiration and songwriting process. Taken from a home-recorded cassette in dating from 1983, this album features Prince playing ea...view item »

Szun Waves
New Hymn To Freedom

Szun Waves are a small collective of musicians who improvise, but whilst improvisation can sometimes be viewed as self-indulgent and not particularly audience friendly, on New Hymn To Freedom, the trio make the listening experience an immersive one. The band features Luke Abbott, who is known for mixing leftfield club music with...view item »

Tirzah
Devotion

Tirzah has been reaching a particular audience with her contemporary, streetwise voice since her debut EP for the Greco-Roman label in 2013. Now her soulful style reaches a wider audience on her debut LP for big boys Domino records. Co-created and written with Mica Levi who also produced, 'D...view item »

The Internet
Hive Mind

You know all the kids who get onto the ‘Jazz & Pop’ course at music college and end up in naff neo-soul ensembles? The Internet is the band they all think they're in. Hive Mind, the fourth LP from Syd The Kyd et al, is as cool as a cloud of smoke being blown by someone in silhouette. The...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 »

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 chance to show us the real Jorja ...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 »

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 »

Various
J-Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984

BBE have done it again! This time the fruits of their labours -- digging in the crates with (long-term jazz record collectors) Tony Higgins and Mike Peden -- has seen the unearthing of these gems from the post-war period in modern Japanese jazz history. The tracks take in spiritual jazz, post-modal impressionism and fusion for the dancefloors. H...view item »

Everything Is Recorded
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Richard Russell may have made his name as the boss of XL Records, but he has some production pedigree too - among others, he’s helmed LPs for Bobby Womack and Ibeyi. The cosmopolitan, soulful production style he displayed on those records translates nicely to Everythin...view item »

Various
We Out Here

We Out Here presents a snapshot of the current state of young London jazz, and let me tell you, the scene(s) are sounding in fine health! Nine tracks, all recorded especially for this release, map the variety of sounds and cross-pollinations currently going on, such ...view item »

D'Angelo
Voodoo

Voodoo by D’Angelo is regarded by many as the first great album of the new millennium. It was released shortly after 1999 had rolled into 2000. It features a crack-team of R&B musicians who were able to look into each others eyes as they played live. Voodoo is inspired equally by his children, his chi...view item »

Moses Sumney
Aromanticism

If I had Moses Sumney’s voice I’d lose all my friends. That’s because I wouldn’t stop singing. If you had a voice this beautiful, this rich, this dynamic, why would you? Sumney’s debut LP, out on Jagjaguwar, is a record of lush contemporary soul akin to Bobby Womack...view item »

Khruangbin
The Universe Smiles Upon You

Despite operating out of Texas, Khruangbin are deeply influenced by Thai music, specifically the Thai funk of the 1960’s. If you aren’t familiar with the genre’s sound, prepare to be impressed with the grooving joy it fills you with! The Universe Smiles Upon You, the band’s debut, is on Late Nigh...view item »

Childhood
Universal High

After a successful debut, bands either go two ways when creating a sophomore: stick with the initial blueprints, or twist and reinvent. Nottingham outfit Childhood have done the latter with their new rebirth, Universal High. This new sound is a soul-soaked concoction of classic pop songw...view item »

Thundercat
Drunk

If you move in certain areas of music (the LA Brainfeeder / cosmic jazz axis and surrounds), you will appreciate Thundercat as a god-like figure. The man plays electric bass like nobody’s business, but he is also a mighty songwriter, and Drunk is his own record. It features an amazing cast of collaborators (...view item »

Sampha
Process

He's had his finger in an impressive selection of pies for the last 5 or 6 years, and that's why it may come as a surprise that South London-born producer/singer/songwriter Sampha is only just releasing his first full length LP. After an outstanding recent feature on Solange's "A Seat At The Table", Proc...view item »

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

The last album from a band who evolved from synth-pop into intricate, unbelievably delicate avant-jazz compostion. This reissue comes 26 years after the original release but the music hasn't aged a bit. 'Ascension Day' churns and whirrs whilst 'New Grass' tugs the heart strings just as strongly as before. Absolutely essential....view item »

Kadhja Bonet
The Visitor

Kadhja Bonet makes her recording debut with this EP for Headcount. Dwelling in Los Angeles, it's hard not to hear a little of the Flying Lotus / Brainfeeder influence in Bonet’s psychedelically-tinged jazzy sound. She w...view item »

Jungle
Jungle

So for whatever reason they were pretending this lot were some kind of multicultural street collective when in reality they were just two lads from London. That's fine  - everyone is two lads from London so you can't blame them for trying something different. The fact that they are hidden from view shouldn't put you off their fair...view item »

BADBADNOTGOOD
III

The third album from the three jazz/hip-hop lads (jazz-hop?), BadBadNotGood, or BBNG, create moody, dark hip-hop instrumental beats through some excellent drumming, piano and bass playing. It’s exciting, live music which, like the best instrumental hip-hop from the likes of J Dilla and ...view item »

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