A searingly hot Afro Funk combo – and from Montreal, of all places! Afrodizz have a great name and a wicked sound that more than lives up to their moniker – burning with a tight and funky groove that's clearly inspired by Fela's work in the 70s, yet which also has some leaner, more ... read moreCD
A series of longer tracks from 70s Nigerian artist Alhaji Amuda – served up in two extended song medleys that both feature lots of low-end percussion and chanted vocals! Given the lack of real liner notes, it's hard to say what's going on here – but overall, the music is a fair bit ... read moreCD
A mad mix of styles pulled from Balkan, Mediterranean, Jewish, and American cultures – served up in a mode that more than delivers on the enigmatic promise of its title! There's a feel here that almost takes us back to the playful creativity of the New York scene of the early 80s – the ... read moreCD
Balkan Beat Box —
Give ... CD Nat Geo, 2012. Used ...
The most focused and stylistically linear set yet from Balkan Beat Box –who really focus and their box of beats without sacrificing the globally inspired eclecticism – with loads of propulsive beatcraft and synthy funk in the mix! This is a move that makes a whole lot of sense for BBB ... read moreCD
Dengue Fever not only Escape From Dragon House on this second album – they also escape any knee-jerk attempts to write them off as a novelty group – here delivering a groovy update of the 60s & 70s Cambodian rock vibe! Dengue Fever may be an LA combo, but they do the fun Cambodian ... read moreCD
Cheick Hamala Diabate —
Prudence ... CD Electric Cowbell, 2013. Used ...
Afro grooves galore – all taken to rich new territory in the hands of a few contemporary mixers! The set's based around a core track – "Prudence", sung and played by Cheick Hamala Diabate – with great work on ngoni in the lead – a hip stringed instrument that ... read moreCD
Kasse Mady Diabate —
Kirike ... CD Six Degrees, 2014. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A sublime second album on Thrill Jockey from Extra Golden – a more cohesive blend Kenyan benga and reverent American groove rock! The globally stretched partnership of the group continues on in honor of the deceased co-founding guitarist/singer/composer Otieno Jagwasi for this one. Opiyo ... read moreCD
Yellela ... CD World Music Network (UK), 2001. Used ...
Excellent work from Fela – recorded in the early 80s, but every bit as great as his classic 70s work! In fact, the cuts may be even more interesting – because the groove's a bit more complicated, and the overall sound is far moodier, with a greater range of emotion than the early days. ... read moreCD
Fela's funky son is back – sounding more soulful than ever! The album's a great one – an incredibly solid effort that's light years beyond Femi's first two LPs – spanning a globe of grooves with one foot in his father's Afro Funk tradition, and another in the future of soul, hip ... read moreCD
A key album in the 90s revival of Afro Funk – a seminal set from Fela's first famous son! The album's got a really nice edge throughout – and offers a mixture of older Afro Funk modes with some slight contemporary elements – bits of electronics and occasional programmed rhythms, ... read moreCD
The long-awaited full length set from Seun Kuti – the Fela family member who's got even more of his father's groove going on than Femi Kuti! Seun's working here with the Egypt 80 band, who are in razor-sharp formation throughout – hitting rhythms and instrumental passages that show ... read moreCD
The music of Astor Piazzolla, played by a contemporary combo who really get the right sort of spirit for the recording! The set's relatively spare overall – a mixture of live tracks played by a combo with accordion, violin, bass, and piano – working in a mode that's almost even warmer ... read moreCD
Great instrumental grooves from the Occidental Brothers Dance Band – a combo who take strong inspiration from older African styles, yet fuse the music into their own unique blend! The group's from Chicago, but clearly have an international ear – and they work some really special magic ... read moreCD
A classic session of pounding percussion – quite possibly the most successful entry into this earthy genre that hit the recording scene at the end of the 50s! Babatuned Olatunji is joined here by a great assemblage of players – including Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion ... read moreCD
Mickey Heart of the Grateful Dead teams up with Mike Hinton and Airto Moriera for this percussion heavy session, ostensibly recorded for use in Apocalypse Now. 11 tracks in all: "Compound", "Trenches", "Street Gang", "The Beast", "Steps", "Tar ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Rishile Gumboot Dancers Of Soweto & Zenzi Mbuli —
Gumboots ... CD RCA, 2000. Used ...