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Future Jazz / Soul

DRM/First Floor Brothers Shaheed/EP

Citrona's second and third slabs keep them on the good-look chart. Remixer Greg Long gives Aaron Schultz (a.k.a. DRM)'s dubby downtempo "Shaheed" a keyboard rinse on one mix, and extends well on another.… Read more »

Matthew Shipp Equilibrium

Pianist Matthew Shipp began his exploration of avant-garde jazz fused with electronic funk on last year's Nu Bop, and on Equilibrium, he finds a perfect balancing point between his jagged jazz and blasting hip-hop beats.… Read more »

Bottleskup Flenkemkenmike Looks Like Velvet, Smells Like Pee

For a lightning jolt, chomp into an electric blanket. It has a fuzzy layer, but when you get down to the core it's a shocker. The blanket of the moment was hand-woven by Bottleskup Flenkenkenmike a.k.a. Aiden Girt, a master of disguise. Mr.… Read more »

Irfan Just a Little Lovin'

Heard it first on Gilles Peterson's always excellent Worldwide show, and then managed to get a white label from the Jazzanova boys. Wonderfully jazzy with an uptempo twist and a great title. Read more »

Blaktroniks This is Your Drug on Brains

Oakland's Edd Dee Pee and Coppa Tone usher in their next chapter with this bit of shimmering, broken thump.… Read more »

Osunlade Offering

This gem of an album doesn't really break new ground-there's nothing particularly flashy, attention-grabbing or innovative here.… Read more »

Lay & Bushwaka! Deep South (Lazyboy Mix)

Lovely mid-tempo mix with a seductive touch-smooth and lowdown. Read more »

Various Artists Destination: Out

Future jazz has always seemed to me a sleek soundtrack for a utopia in which no one sweats, spills, or has visible pores.… Read more »

aFRO-mYSTIK Morphology

The latest project from aFRO-mYSTIK draws liberally from a variety of '70s fusion sources, from the Bitches Brew-influenced cover art to the lurking presence of Herbie Hancock.… Read more »

Various Artists Soft & Suave: Relax Session

With so many chill compilations, picking a soundtrack for relaxation is almost more frustration than worth.… Read more »

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