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✨✧ VariousSynthesize The Soul – Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973 to 1988 ... CD
Ostinato (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Fantastic sounds from the unique musical crossroads of Cape Verde – an island culture that's closest to Africa in geographical terms, but which also has a strong influence from European colonization, and some shared musical modes from the Caribbean scene! Later Cape Verdean global stars have perhaps come across with a more iconic approach – but the work here is from the earliest years of independence, and shows a culture ready to reach out, bring in new ideas, and send them back out to the rest of the planet with a new sense of pride! Some cuts here remind us of the best Caribbean club from the start of the 80s, other cuts have some of that electro soul spirit that was bubbling in the post-colonial scene in Paris – and still others have maybe more of a rootsier approach, with lots of guitars in the rhythm, of a mode you might hear in West African music. The collection's a great one – filled with detailed notes, and brimming over with music that will get you far beyond any Cape Verde cliches you might be expecting. Titles include "Babylon 79" by Americo Brito, "Lameirao" by Kola, "Nanda" by Pedrinho, "Nos Criola" by Nhu De Ped Bia, "Mie Fogo" by Dionisio Maio, "Melhor Futuro" by Tam Tam 2000, "Nova Coladeira" by Cabo Verde Show, "Chuma Lopes" by Elisio Gomes & Joachim Varela, "Farmacia" by Abel Lima, and "Bo Ta Cool" by Jovino Dos Santos. CD
Also available Synthesize The Soul – Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973 to 1988 ... LP 22.99

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VariousSynthesize The Soul – Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973 to 1988 ... LP
Ostinato (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 23.99
Fantastic sounds from the unique musical crossroads of Cape Verde – an island culture that's closest to Africa in geographical terms, but which also has a strong influence from European colonization, and some shared musical modes from the Caribbean scene! Later Cape Verdean global stars have perhaps come across with a more iconic approach – but the work here is from the earliest years of independence, and shows a culture ready to reach out, bring in new ideas, and send them back out to the rest of the planet with a new sense of pride! Some cuts here remind us of the best Caribbean club from the start of the 80s, other cuts have some of that electro soul spirit that was bubbling in the post-colonial scene in Paris – and still others have maybe more of a rootsier approach, with lots of guitars in the rhythm, of a mode you might hear in West African music. The collection's a great one – filled with detailed notes, and brimming over with music that will get you far beyond any Cape Verde cliches you might be expecting. Titles include "Babylon 79" by Americo Brito, "Lameirao" by Kola, "Nanda" by Pedrinho, "Nos Criola" by Nhu De Ped Bia, "Mie Fogo" by Dionisio Maio, "Melhor Futuro" by Tam Tam 2000, "Nova Coladeira" by Cabo Verde Show, "Chuma Lopes" by Elisio Gomes & Joachim Varela, "Farmacia" by Abel Lima, and "Bo Ta Cool" by Jovino Dos Santos. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Synthesize The Soul – Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973 to 1988 ... CD 13.99
 
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Family AtlanticaCosmic Unity ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
The title certainly gets it right – as there's a strongly unified sense of spirit here from Family Atlantica – even more so than on their debut album! As before, there's a range of global elements moving through the mix – currents of South American and African styles, given a slightly more contemporary European presentation – but somehow these guys have really found a way to put everything together with an even tighter, more cohesive sound – one that expands through jazzy solo work on tenor, alto, trumpet, and trombone – and which really draws a lot from the wide range of percussion and other instrumentation used by co-leader Jack Yglesias. The lovely Luzmira Zerpa handles most of the vocals – and some percussion too – and the album also features guest appearances from 70s legends Orlando Julius on tenor and Marshal Allen on alto sax. Titles include "Baiao Infinito", "Near The Ocean", "Efik", "Cosmic Unity", "Canto De Pilon", "El Rio", "Cacao", "Okoroba", and "Neti Neti". CD
Also available Cosmic Unity (with bonus download) ... LP 16.99

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Family AtlanticaCosmic Unity (with bonus download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
The title certainly gets it right – as there's a strongly unified sense of spirit here from Family Atlantica – even more so than on their debut album! As before, there's a range of global elements moving through the mix – currents of South American and African styles, given a slightly more contemporary European presentation – but somehow these guys have really found a way to put everything together with an even tighter, more cohesive sound – one that expands through jazzy solo work on tenor, alto, trumpet, and trombone – and which really draws a lot from the wide range of percussion and other instrumentation used by co-leader Jack Yglesias. The lovely Luzmira Zerpa handles most of the vocals – and some percussion too – and the album also features guest appearances from 70s legends Orlando Julius on tenor and Marshal Allen on alto sax. Titles include "Baiao Infinito", "Near The Ocean", "Efik", "Cosmic Unity", "Canto De Pilon", "El Rio", "Cacao", "Okoroba", and "Neti Neti". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Cosmic Unity ... CD 6.99

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Ganimian (Chuck Ganimian)Come With Me To The Casbah – Ganimian & His Oriental Music ... LP
Atco/Cacophonic (UK), 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Very cool stuff! Chick Ganimian plays oud, in a very jazzy setting – all in a mode that's a bit like some of Ahmed Abdul-Malik's work of the time – although a bit shorter and tighter overall! The record's got a way deeper sound than some of the other exotic-sploitation albums of the period – recorded by Atlantic Records, who clearly knew what they were doing – and who seem to go much more for a jazz-meets-world vibe on the record than any sort of cheap bellydance album! Gaimian's oud comes across beautifully – and the album also features jazz legend Peter Ind on bass, plus work from Sudan Baronian on tenor and baritone sax, and Al Schakman on guitar. Titles include "Play Girl Play", "Oriental Jam", "Nine Eight", "Halvah", "Hayastan Moods", "Hedy Lou", and "Daddy Lolo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion IncRitual (with download) ... LP
Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
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 – but there's also lots of heavy funk at the bottom – with basslines that drive most numbers along boldly, really raw percussion played with a nice sense of spontaneity, and these super-tight keyboards and guitars that you might find in American funk! The mix of modes is very much in the best spirit of contemporary groups like Chakachas or Lafayette Afro Rock Band – and titles include "Caballo Negro", "Lupita", "Baila Chibiquiban", "Pa! Pa! Pa! Pa!", "One Note Samba", "Cuba Libre", and "El Condor Pasa". (Latin, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download.)

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ShadowSweet Sweet Dreams ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1984. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the most unusual Caribbean funk albums of the 80s – a set put together by Winston Bailey, aka Shadow – a singer and musician who'd been making grooves on the scene in Trinidad and Tobago for over a decade before this release – but never with a sound that's anything like this! The album's not conventional club, nor is it calypso, soca, or any other familiar 80s modes – and instead, the tunes have this offbeat, almost jagged approach to the rhythms – which is underscored by the cool keyboard work, and Bailey's blue-tinged vocals! The album's as unique in its own way as the music of William Onyeabor on the other side of the Atlantic – and even though the basslines bring in some definite influence from New York club of the period, the overall execution is very different. Titles include "Moon Walking", "Let's Make It Up", "Let's Get Together", "Way Way Out", "D'Hardest", and "Without Love". CD
Also available Sweet Sweet Dreams (with bonus download) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ ShadowSweet Sweet Dreams (with bonus download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), 1984. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99
One of the most unusual Caribbean funk albums of the 80s – a set put together by Winston Bailey, aka Shadow – a singer and musician who'd been making grooves on the scene in Trinidad and Tobago for over a decade before this release – but never with a sound that's anything like this! The album's not conventional club, nor is it calypso, soca, or any other familiar 80s modes – and instead, the tunes have this offbeat, almost jagged approach to the rhythms – which is underscored by the cool keyboard work, and Bailey's blue-tinged vocals! The album's as unique in its own way as the music of William Onyeabor on the other side of the Atlantic – and even though the basslines bring in some definite influence from New York club of the period, the overall execution is very different. Titles include "Moon Walking", "Let's Make It Up", "Let's Get Together", "Way Way Out", "D'Hardest", and "Without Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Sweet Sweet Dreams ... CD 16.99

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StormersLovers Song ... CD
Tabansi/PMG (Austria), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
The Stormers are a group who rose from the ashes of the legendary Lagos funk combo Aktion – and they step out here with a really storming sound that definitely earns them their name! The groove is funk of the tightest form possible – especially for the start of the 80s – and the four piece combo seem to take all the best elements from the bigger American funk ensembles, then fuse them down to a wickedly sharp core – with basslines, guitar, and keyboards all working with an amazing edge – and none of the too-commercial elements that might have been showing up on the US scene at the time! Vocals are in English – which should have made this record a crossover international funk hit – and the whole thing can kick the ass of just about any early 80s funk album on the planet. Titles include "Sexy Woman", "Atlantic Breeze", "Be A Lover", "Super D Jay", and "Love Or Money". CD

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XtasyE Je Ka Jo (Let's Dance) ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
Xtasy have a name and a look that feels a lot like some of the mainstream American soul acts of the time – and the sound of this album definitely fits that image too! The grooves are a sweet blend of bumping basslines and keyboards – borrowing strongly from electro soul instrumentation of the time, with that leaner funky approach that so many American groups picked up by the mid 80s. There's maybe a few elements that hint at the group's home on the other side of the Atlantic – but even some of the percussive spots hearken towards the criss-crossing of cultures that were bubbling up on the New York scene. Titles include "Be With You", "Let Your Body Go", "Eje Kajo", "Feel So Good", "Light Of You", and "Throw Down". CD
 
 
 



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