Les Hommes are three guys from London (and a few singers) known for putting together jazzed up tracks heavy in organ and with surprising funk. They're on the Schema label, and have two releases that I'm aware of - this one, which was also released in the USA thanks to Thievery Corporation's "ESL" label. And they had an EP titled "The Mood is Modal", which is as loungish as they come.
I really like this album. Granted, it's over 5 years old, but that's the beauty of using live instruments IMO - the music ages much more gracefully. As the goal for the album was for it to be organized like a soundtrack, there are themes here for classic American, Italian, and international films (Black Orpheus, Audrey Hepburn, etc.) The album starts out well before Intraspettro chimes in with a neat bossa and Rosalia De Souza's un-paralleled dancing vocals. A bit darker is 'Weegee', with a consistent guitar rift. But one of the more popular tracks, 'Pousada Do Amor' follows with Les Hommes trademark organ sound and keys with neat precussion. Supposedly, this one's about running with the Bulls in Pamplona during a thunder storm. I think my favorite song off of this all too short album thoush is "Vista Do Mar". Quiet, easy and gentle with great little samples in it and a strong xylophone that compliments the organ. I think that song was even featured in a movie in real life. But not to be forgotten is "Hommage", featuring Rosalia on vocals again.
I do like this album and still listen to it - as I am now. It's very laid back and good to hear in the background or if you have friends over & feel like talking about old movies & spy flicks (as I like to do!). But mind you, this album won't be for everyone as I'm not sure everyone wil fall for the organ sound. So I recommend hearing a few of their songs on miscellaneous compilations first, like "Jazz Lounge" or "Nueva Bossa Nova". They haven't made another album that I'm aware of, which is a shame because they had a good approach and this one was on the short side (I think approaching 41 minutes). But if you like this, you may also like music by Jaffa and maybe Mo Horizons.