Looking for something instrumental to put on late night, quiet with deep bass and soul. Not easy or "smooth" jazz, but more hip hop influenced. I like theivery corporation, but would like to hear more afro/jazz influence. Does that make any sense? Something like People Under the Stairs or Digable Planets or Erykah Badu or Jill Scott, but without the words. Recommendations welcome. Thanks
I would try Nightmares on Wax for a start, maybe their album Carboot Soul. They, if I'm not mistaken, produced the original instrumental for Pharcyde's "Passin Me By" and their instrumental for that is great--mellow, full of bass and no lyrics. Maybe more of a dub influence than jazz, but should fit the bill. Great sonics!
This may not be exactly what you're looking for, but maybe try some of the down-tempo stuff from Ratatat. Maybe denser sound than you're looking for, but they're definitely trying to innovate. Did some decent Talib Kweli remixes, and their track "Seventeen Years" is a banger.
Definitely Nightmares on Wax as suggested. Try also Kid Loco. For some afro/cuban jazz try Herbie Mann from the 70s.
Best idea is to get a free lastfm.com account and plug in those names. You'll be able to hear snippets and sometimes whole songs and they have an amazing 'similar artist' search engine. You'll go for hours finding one after another of exactly the type of musicians you're interested in.
If you like NMOW and Thievery, a few other recommendations that might fit the bill: 1. DJ Krush--Jaku 2. Zero 7--Simple Things 3. Jose Gonzalez--Veneer 4. Adrian Sherwood--anything 5. Up, Bustle and Out--anything 6. Massive Attack & Mad Professor--No Protection
No problem, I've got plenty other things I can email offline.
I agree with Eslaudio's recs, and would include DJ Krush with Toshinori Kondo (sp?) who is a great Japanese Trumpet player. I'd also throw in DJ Vadim off of Ninja Tune label and since Zero 7 came up (great stuff) and Jose Gonzalez, I would recommend the Zero 7 remix of Jose Gonzalez, especially of "Crosses". The Erland Oye album some like, although I'm not sure how much i do at the moment, but I'm moody. I would also recommend the Kruder & Dorfmeister album K & D Sessions. Something that has lyrics, but is fantastic for this kind of mood is the Dan the Automator album with Mike Patton (faith no more) and Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields) called "Lovage: Music to make love to your old lady by" (Nathaniel Merriweather presents). It's funny, sexy, and sonically very nice. My wife loves Thievery Corporation (not me!). There's a dutch/french group called Stereo Total that's also fun. I'm getting kind of off topic here since there are lyrics in most of these groups, but who cares. I would also add, and this is killer, "Blue Break Beats" by grant green, and Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard.
Hey thanks to you all! I haven't had a chance to respond until now--looks like I posted the right question to the right bunch of people! I already blew my music money for this month, but have made a list of records I'll be buying come payday: Nightmares on Wax and Ratatat will be on the list, as will some daptone selections. Also Kid Loco. And thanks Albert for the AMG website--I spent an enjoyable educational hour there the other night. Down tempo is what I'm looking for, but not so much ambient/electronica. Anyway, thanks again--I'll let you know what I end up getting.
OK, I got Cinematic Orchestra "Live at Royal Abert Hall" and "Every Day". This isn't quite what I had in mind, but it's beautiful, and lovely late night listening. I got a remixed CD of theirs as well, which is very good. Nightmares on Wax "Smoker's Delight" is just the ticket! I'll get "Carboot Soul" in a few days. Thanks for the reference to last.fm; what a brilliant way to hear new music! I got a CD compilation called "Red Martini" which has some good tracks, but all in all is mediocre. I still need to listen to Portishead--promise I will, Devilboy! Also been enjoying some DJ Krush. Thanks all for the recommendations.