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Hip hop meets cosmic soul for starters from this Japanese outfit — with guests including Jneiro Jarel, Amp Fiddler, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Bembe Segue.

Michael White, Mia Doi Todd, Phil Ranelin, Dwight Trible, and co, and influences from Neil Young and Joni Mitchell to Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, coralled by Carlos Nino through their third album.

Old Co-Op friends and faces.

Classy, swinging Emily is from Canada — the music here is upful, groovy and full, with a nod to choice Brazilian, cinema and library jazz styles.

Sa-Ra, RZA, Prefuse 73 and company piss in the font. (Just kidding.)

Madlib and Azymuth’s Ivan Conti!

With a dead classy 2000 Black mix by Dego and Kaidi.

Hud Mo and Ciorsdan Brown.

N 77’s fifth album, recorded in a farmhouse in Wales in February 2006. The grooves are reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders and Horace Tapscott.

A warmly recommended new jazz release — an often beautiful, gently experimental collaboration between Benedic Lamdin and these two mighty modernists. (Julie was formerly a Driscoll, Brian Auger fans.)

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