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XUnusual grooves from around the globe -- Afro Funk, Bollywood soundtracks, Turkish rock, gamelan, ethnographic/field recordings, sitar sounds, and more!

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Rahim AlhajLetters From Iraq ... CD
Smithsonian Folkways, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Beautiful work inspired by the tragic landscape of contemporary Iraq – music that's full of dark corners and melancholy passages performed by Rahim Alhaj on oud, with backing by a string quartet and a bit of percussion! The string quartet shapes the currents of most of the tunes, while the ... read more CD

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Alma Afrobeat EnsembleIt's Time ... CD
Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 17.99
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, ... read more CD
Also available It's Time (with download) ... LP 14.99

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Wally BadarouBack To Scales To-Night ... CD
Barclay/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A great early solo album from Wally Badarou – done before his bigger global records on Island, but at a point when he'd already had great work in the studio, helping out some of the key sessions on the Nassau scene at the end of the 70s! Wally's as much a singer as he is a keyboardist here ... (Soul, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Selda BagcanSelda (1979) ... CD
Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front ... (Rock, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Selda BagcanVurulduk Ey Halkim Unutma Bizi ... CD
Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976. New Copy ... $11.99
Psychedelic folk-rock from the Turkish scene of the 70s – a real criss-crossing of styles, carried off with strong emotive effect by protest singer Selda! There's a powerful sound here that's completely without referent, but immediately gripping – a blend of familiar and strange ... (Rock, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Amadou BalakeSenor Eclectico – Burkinabe Dance Music Of The 70s ... CD
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a ... read more CD

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BarbatuquesAyu ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Very cool sounds from this unique Brazilian group – an ensemble whose music mostly comes from their voices and percussive sounds made on their bodies! The approach is surprisingly great – and maybe not nearly as squishy as you'd expect – as there's a clean, clear sound to the ... (Brazil, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Joe Beck & SabicasSabicas-Rock Encounter ... CD
Polydor/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $18.99
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and ... (Jazz, Global Grooves) read more CD
Also available Sabicas-Rock Encounter ... LP 21.99

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Girma Beyene & Akale WubeEthiopiques Volume 30 – Mistakes On Purpose ... CD
Buda (France), 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
A fantastic contemporary performance from Girma Beyene – a key artist in the golden age of Ethiopian, working here with the excellent Akale Wube quintet! Girma's one of a number of singers who went into exile during the changing political climate of the 70s – but in recent years, he's ... read more CD

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Black Children Sledge Funk BandBlack Children Sledge Funk Band Vol 3 – Aviation Grand Father ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
Their name may be a mouthful, but the Black Children Sledge Funk Band have a groove that's nice and lean – a wicked blend of basslines, percussion, and lots of riffing guitar – plus these very cool keyboards that wander over the grooves and give the whole thing a sweetly spacey vibe! ... read more CD

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Black Market BrassCheat & Start A Fight ... CD
Secret Stash, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
Don't let the "brass" in the title throw you off – as these guys are more of an Afro Funk ensemble than any sort of New Orleans-styled group – a combo that's actually only got a single trumpet and trombone in the mix, alongside loads of riffing guitar and heavy percussion! ... read more CD
Also available Cheat & Start A Fight (with download) ... LP 16.99

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Jagger BotchwayOdze Odze (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 80s. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
Sweet African funk from Jagger Botchway – a musician with roots in The Barons, Hedzoleh Soundz, and Kelenkye Band – stepping out here on his own in a heady brew of percussion, guitar lines, and horns! Some of the cuts are vocal, some are instrumental – and the mix of melody and ... read more CD
Also available Odze Odze (with bonus tracks) ... LP 13.99

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RD BurmanHare Rama Hare Krishna ... CD
Far Eastern Sunshine (Germany), 1971. New Copy ... $7.99
The mighty RD Burman is at the height of his powers here – crafting a Bollywood soundtrack that has an even moodier, groovier feel than usual – with some currents that even link the music towards some European film score styles of the time! Tracks are shortish, and definitely have the ... read more CD

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Chief CheckerSounded Original (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Yoruba/Production Dessinee (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A really unique hybrid of Jamaican and African grooves – a rare set cut by this Nigerian artist in London, working with help from the Cool Notes! The overall style is definitely reggae, but there's compelling juju qualities in the rhythms – and Chief Checker's lyrical approach and ... read more CD

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CS CrewFunky Pack ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang ... read more CD

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CymandeSimple Act Of Faith ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
The first album in many years from Cymande – that ultra-cool British group who gave us a run of great funk records in the 70s! The style here is surprisingly faithful to the original Cymande sound – especially the basslines, which have this head-nodding, slow-grooving style that's ... (Soul, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Manu DibangoAfrican Woodoo ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from the legendary Manu Dibango – sound library recordings done right around the same time as his "Soul Makossa" hit, and with an equally funky groove! The music often has Manu's sax in the lead, alongside larger orchestrations that have a ... read more CD

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Dieuf Dieul De ThiesAw Sa Yone Vol 2 ... CD
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1981. New Copy ... $11.99
Incredible sounds from an obscure Senegalese group – one who burned brightly at the start of the 80s, but never issued any records at the time! Fortunately, this collection (and its previous partner) corrects that fact – and mixes together rare studio sides and one very fierce ... read more CD

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Drummers Of The Societe Absolument GuininVodou Drums In Haiti 2 – The Living Gods of Haiti – 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit Possession ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
An album with an ancient-looking image on the cover, but one that actually represents the continuing tradition of ritual percussion in the Haitian scene – a fantastic musical legacy that began with voodoo practices in the 18th century, but which has continued to transform as the years moved ... read more CD
Also available Vodou Drums In Haiti 2 – The Living Gods of Haiti – 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit Possession ... LP 26.99

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Livy EkemezieFriday Night ... CD
Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A rare boogie set from the Nigerian scene – but one that also has the power to circle the globe with a universal sense of soul – as you might guess by the cosmopolitan look of Livy Ekemezie on the cover! The set's got a very strong tie to the grooves of the New York scene of the time ... read more CD
Also available Friday Night ... LP 22.99
 
 



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