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Future Jazz / Soul

The Herbaliser Same As It Never Was

Hopscotching across downtempo and hip-hop to jazz and soul, The Herbaliser has stayed fresh. But Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba have gone back to the ‘60s in this rousing paean, with mixed results but always with masterful grooves.… Read more »

Various Carolina Funk: First In Funk

From the folks that brought you Midwest, Texas, and Florida Funk, Carolina Funk offers up even more lost gems.… Read more »

Clara Hill Clara Hill's Folkwaves: Sideways

The latest effort by Berlin-based Clara Hill attempts to show a different side of her laid back, soulful repertoire: acoustic, folk-based orchestral sounds.… Read more »

Waldeck Ballroom Stories

Viennese producer Klaus Waldeck’s new album is an homage to the ballroom era–to the 1920s and jazz halls and smoky-voiced singers backed by wah-wah-wah horns and noodly clarinets.… Read more »


The Embassadors Healing the Music

An international music team-up that produces everything from smoky jazz to hybrid reggae, The Embassadors created an earthbound spacewalk with Healing the Music.… Read more »

Various Moods: You, the Night, and the Music

With the obscene amount of crappy chill-out compilations destined for cutout bins, one wonders what the Backdrop label, a new imprint of Germany’s ObliqSound, can do to affect the tide.… Read more »


Various Best Seven Selections 2

Daniel Best’s Berlin-based Best Seven label makes coffeehouse reggae for laid-back listeners whose hearts thump at a steady 80 beats per minute.… Read more »

Nostalgia 77 One Offs, Remixes & B-Sides

Benedic Lamdin makes a lot of noise for one man. Such is the mystery and depth of his ever-morphing Nostalgia 77 project, transforming from jazz orchestra to electro remixer depending on his mood.… Read more »

Various Members of the Trick

German production and A&R duo Trickski, comprised of Berliners Yannick Labbé and Daniel Becker, arrived in 2005 as inaugural artists for Compost Records’ Black singles series.… Read more »


Portishead Third

Since their founding in 1991, Bristol-based trio Portishead has never wavered from their original intention: to play music how and when they wanted.… Read more »

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