The great second album from Ghana's K. Frimpong – backed by the group Vis-a-Vis (though billed in the title as his Cubano Fiestas) – a stunning blend of Ghanian Highlife music and rawer Afro Funk & soul! A few K. Frimpong numbers appeared on some of our favorite African ... read moreCD
A wonderfully fuzzy little set – created by a group who are clearly influenced by the best sounds of Tropicalia and other hip South American rock at the end of the 60s – influences that they use strongly to forge into their own wonderful sound on this set! The album's the group's ... read moreCD
A bold title statement from The Funkees – and one that's backed up with plenty of adult funky music as well – that hip blend of dubby soul that really made these guys a standout on the Nigerian scene of the 70s! The style's almost a bit like Cymande – with a head-nodding bassline ... read moreCD
Beautifully evocative work on the Balinese gamelan – music that's maybe not as sharp as other recordings from that particular island – with a warmly flowing vibe that comes from the melodic cascading of tuned percussion, vibes, and gongs! There's still a focused, rhythmic feel to the ... read moreCD
Awalom Gebremariam —
Desdes ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 2000s. New Copy ...
A beautiful mix of ancient and contemporary modes – tracks that feature Awalom Gebremariam playing the Ethiopian krar, which is a lute-like stringed instrument – and the especially cool wata, which features just a single string, inflected with a bow! These elements are set to spare ... read moreCD
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc —
Ritual ... CD Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Daniel Grau —
Disco Fantasy ... CD Oom Dooby Dochas/Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 1979. New Copy ...
Sweet clubby sounds from a very obscure source – the mighty Daniel Grau, an artist who was working on the Venezuelan scene at the end of the 70s – and hardly ever got the exposure of American or European disco artists at the time! The album's way more than a fantasy – as Grau is ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A cool set by an artist who's clearly influenced by all the older trippy styles issued by the Pharaway Sounds label – especially that imprint's strong focus on fuzzy psych from the Mid-East! In fact, the overall sound of this set's so cool, you could easily pass it off as some lost Turkish ... read moreCD
A strange pairing of records – one that we can't even figure out – but forgiveable enough because it brings the Indo Jazz Fusions onto the US market at a nice low price! The album's a fabulous jazz/world crossover album made by the British alto genius Joe Harriott, in tandem with John ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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Incredible sounds from trumpeter Jon Hassell – a really genre-defining record, and the start of a great run of music for years to come! The album's part of Brian Eno's "fourth world" series – explorations in mixing his own inventive modes with other global styles – but ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Great work from this cool Nigerian funk combo of the 70s – a group who bore strong ties to the equally-great Akwassa, and who work here with an equally righteous groove! Lyrics are mostly in English, and have some political currents that give the music a social sort of edge – but the ... read moreCD
Great electronics from the Indian scene of the 80s – music that's a lot warmer and more evocative than you might guess from the "robotic" in the title – thanks to plenty of roots in the Kollywood soundtrack scene! The instrumentation is often spare, but still echoes the ... read moreCD
Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalos —
African Rock ... CD Dan/Clinck (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Don't think "African rock", think spiritual jazz – as the set's a brilliant blend of the funky styles of Akira Ishikawa and his Count Buffalos combo with some deeper percussive elements that bring a whole new global sound to his music! Ishikawa was already a tremendous talent ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLucia —
Flamenco Jazz ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1967. New Copy ...
Really wonderful stuff – and a record that may well be even better than the previous flamenco jazz albums cut by Paco DeLucia and Petro Iturralde in Spain! This set is part of a key late 60s moment when the MPS label was experimenting with a blend of jazz and sounds from around the globe ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across ... read moreCD
Incredible sounds from Java – where the use of the gamelan is often somewhat more brooding, and slower-paced than in Bali – and the sounds flow out in these gentle waves that are completely hypnotic! The album is wonderfully recorded by Robert E Brown – one of his key gamelan ... read moreCD
A really unique little record – a set of jazz reinterpretations of the style of biguine – that highly rhythmic mode from the French West Indies, which itself received a strong influx of jazz in the post-war years! Alain Jean-Marie has roots in Guadeloupe, but plays with the open flow ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A mighty nice set from Berkely Ike Jones – guitarist and one of the founders of the legendary Blo – working here in a groove that's a bit more Afro disco overall, but which still has all the great touches of his previous work! The music's plenty funky, but more in a clubby way than ... read moreCD
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... read moreCD
A really unique project from the end of the 70s – a set that takes some of the Afro Funk energy that was bubbling in West Africa during the decade, then mixes it with some funky jazz touches arranged by the great William S Fischer! The mix of cultures comes out perfectly – with no ... read moreCD
There's a definite sense of melody on these vintage recordings from Ali Akbar Khan – tunes that ring out with lots of spare sitar, and virtually no other instrumentation at all! The titles here are all quite long – mellow, introspective ragas that have a very meditative feel – ... read moreCD
Four long ragas from Ustad Vilayat Khan – all played with a hypnotic quality that's really wonderful, and an edge that seems to set him apart from the sound of his contemporaries Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan! Vilayat's sound on the sitar is mighty sharp throughout – very piercing, ... read moreCD
Two powers of the contemporary global scene – coming together in a really amazing way! Percussionist Batida joins the amazing Konono No 1 – adding in some extra rhythms, both live and programmed, to their stunning mix of electrified percussion, likembe, and other instruments – ... read moreCD
Funky sounds from Croatia – presented here with a sweet 70s groove, and some very offbeat vocals throughout! Zdenka Kovacicek has a completely different way of phrasing than most other European singers we've heard – all these weird twists, turns, and sharp little angles that are a ... read moreCD
An unusual blend of jazz, fusion, and gwo ka rhythms from Guadelopue – served up here in a classic album from trumpeter Edmony Krater! Krater blows some beautiful solos on the record – a bit like Don Cherry in some of his more globally-oriented projects – but the overall approach ... read moreCD
A startling look at the early days of Afro Funk – some of the first recordings ever from Fela Kuti – working here with his Koola Lobitos group from the 60s! The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's ever given credit for during the ... read moreCD
Rosario La Tremendita —
A Tiempo ... CD World Village (France), 2010. Used ...
A great update of older cumbia modes – served up here in a style that's extremely fresh, and very fitting for the fierce vocal approach of La Yegros! Yegros spends her time between Buenos Aires and Paris, and that global range definitely shows in the music – as she mixes a host of ... read moreCD
Not the kind of Vikings you'd find in medieval Scandinavia – and instead a landmark combo from Guadeloupe – one who were key in developing the sound of zouk in the late 70s, and who can also work with a fair bit of spiritual jazz touches in their music! This excellent collection shines ... read moreCD
Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes —
Night Illusion ... CD SKJ/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
A sweet bit of funky club from Tee Mac – a set that was recorded in Lagos at the end of the 70s, but which has plenty of American disco touches overall! Tee plays some sweet flute solos in the mix, and the record also features some great lead vocals from Majorie Barnes – who tops off ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from Algerian film composer Ahmed Malek – an artist who has an awful lot of jazz in his music as well! The music here isn't just the usual sort of soundtrack style you might expect – and instead, Malek mixes jazzy instrumentation with more regional currents that create ... read moreCD