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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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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 on! The rhythms here are wonderfully complex – at a level that's maybe even more sophisticated than some of the Afro-Cuban sounds from Havana, partly because percussion is the only instrumentation on the performances – so the various drums have to carry a lot in the way of other sonic song elements too! The recording quality is wonderful – vibrant, but never too commercial or polished – and as always with Soul Jazz, the presentation is open and honest, with never any attempt to pander or simplify. Titles include "Patorelle", "Ti Mole", "Doki", "Tichampet", "Indien", "Kalipso", "Banda", "Raboday", and "Bolero". 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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✨✧ VariousSurinam Funk Force – More Boogie & Disco Funk From The Surinamese Dance Floors ... CD
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A huge range of funky soul cuts from a very surprising source – the nation of Surinam, which didn't earn its independence until the mid 70s – which then seemed to pave the way for a big wave of wonderful music like this! The cuts often have a groove that's more northern hemisphere club than you'd expect from the nation's South American locale – and given that the nation was previously under the control of the Dutch, there's a lot of back/forth action here with European sounds, styles, and studios – which results in some great grooves that have a really unique hybrid in their approach! Rhythms are strong, but never too slick – never totally polished, as in a Euro disco mode – and instead maybe feel like some of the best underground New York material of the period – especially the sort that was drawing influence from communities of new immigrants. Some tracks have straightforward vocals, others have more of a group chant vibe – and most cuts have at least one key jazzy element, which really sharpens up the sound. Titles include "Happines" by Errol De La Fuente, "Born To Boogie" by Steve Watson, "Craziest" by Sonny Khoeblal, "The Funky G" by Sumy, "Love Dance" by Eddie Tailor, "Kaseko Attack" by Ronald Snijders, "Jamasa Roro" by Astaria, "Tirsa Song" by Sound Track Orchestra & Silvy, "Jhoom Le" by Cyntia, "Freedom Is The Thing" by Langa Langa, and "Jammin With The Jam Band" by Jam Band 80. CD

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✨✧ VariousUrgent Jumping – East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics 1972 to 1982 ... CD
Sterns, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A decade's worth of music from the East African scene – all sounds put together in a mode that's a great reflection of the huge cultural shift at the time! Languages, instrumentation, and rhythms change up from track to track – and rather than being a key to one musical moment, the set instead illustrates the huge boundary crossings and population shifts during these years of economic boom – a time when musicians and singers were bringing new styles to the east from points south and west on the African continent, then forging new musical modes, shaped by the setting in which they found themselves. The set was put together by London DJ John Armstrong – and comes from the archives of Kenya's AI Records – where many of the titles have lain for decades since their initial release! Titles include "Vicky (parts 1 & 2)" by Orchestre Special Liwanza, "Rafiki Sina (part 1)" by Orchestre Dar International, "Cha Umheja" by Afro 70, "Yenga (parts 1 & 2)' by Orchestre Super Jambo, "Mpenzi Zalina" by Juwata Jazz Band, "Enzi Za Utumwani" by Sunburst Band, "Anyanga" by Victoria Jazz Band, "Denise" by Maquis Du Zaire, ""Dunia Ni Duara (parts 1 & 2)" by Orchestra Moja One, "Rose Atieno" by Kauma Boys Band, and "Nasalaki Nini" by Super Mambo Jazz Band 69. CD

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ApplesMind Twister ... CD
Odion Livingstone (UK), New Copy ... On July 14, 2017
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✨✧ VariousRough Guide To Peru Rare Groove ... CD
Rough Guide, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet sounds from the Peruvian scene of the 60s and 70s – music that starts in more familiar Latin modes, then quickly expands to a range of other hip South American sounds! The mix of modes here is maybe similar to the Colombian music of the period – sometimes romping with fast-moving rhythms, sometimes a bit more complicated, in ways that really unlock the jazzier sides of the instrumentation – and which echo some of our favorite New York work of the time. There's a few organ-heavy tracks that are especially great – and the package is put together by Pablo Yglesias, who's done some other great sets of this nature. Titles include "Lamparita" by Los Compadres Del Ande, "Lluvia Con Nieve/El Molestoso" by Carlos Pickling Y Su Organo Espacial, "Lobos Al Escape" by Andres De Colbert Y Su Orquesta, "La Palmadita" by Los Blacanguay, "Son Con Boogaloo" by Pedro Miguel Y Sus Maracaibos, "Tambores De La Selva" by Juaneco Y Su Combo, and "Nuestro Pobreza" by Chacal Y Sus Estrellas. (Latin, Global Grooves) CD

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✨✧ VariousSedayeh Del – Funk, Psychedelia, & Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the last Western years of Iran – really incredible music that shows what a cultural crossroads the nation had become! While some might criticize the culture as embracing the west too strongly at the time, music like this is a great illustration of the way that the cognoscenti were really onto something unusual – able to weave together the local and the global in really cool ways – crafting funk and grooves that are unlike any thing happening in neighboring scenes at the time! The mix of regional and western modes is not unlike Turkish music from a few years before – but the styles here are also much more soul-based, with a range that flows between funk and club, and includes some instrumentation you'd never hear on an American record at all – a perfect complement for the echoey style of vocal recording used on many numbers. The package may well be the most compelling so far from this mighty cool label – and titles include "Kermani" by Zia, "Koolehbaar" by Shahrokh, "Mahigir" by Maziar, "Omadi" by Shoreh, "Tasvire Yek Fal" by Soli, "Be Man Tekyeh Kon" by Shamaizadeh, and "Avazekhian Na Avaz" by Farrokhzad. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing music you've probably never heard before – all from the tiny island of Mauritius in the 70s, and served up in a stunning mix of funk, blues, and soul! The grooves here are very offbeat – with rhythms that belie the island's location in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, mixed with more contemporary touches on electric guitar, bass, and keyboards – set to lyrics that are often sung in French, usually with these haunting changes and oddly melancholy modes – all of which makes for music that's every bit as emotively powerful as it is downright groovy! Strut Records have always turned us on to new and unusual sounds – but this time around, they've really done something special – and the collection is one of our favorite releases ever from the long-running label. Titles include "Afro Mauricien" by Georges Jean Louis, "Mo Mari Fini Alle" by Catherine Velienne, "Elida" by Michel Legris, "Mone Lasser Dire Toi" by Harold Berty, "Bhai Aboo" by Claudio, "Mo Parrain" by Christophe, "Manuel Bitor" by John Kenneth Nelson, "Eliza" by Georgie Joi, and "Soul Sock Sega" by Ti L'Afrique. CD

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✨✧ VariousZanzibara 2 – L'Age D'Or Du Taarab De Mombasa ... CD
Buda (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Prepare to be blown away! The second volume of the excellent new Zanzibara series focuses on taraab music recorded on the tiny island-city of Momabasa – off the Kenyan coast – for the Mzuri label between 1965-1975. Unlike the more traditional, languorous taraab made in nearby Zanzibar, Mombasa taraab reveals a stronger African rhythmic attack and a diminished Arabic feel. But the real charm is the strong Bollywood influence! Indian cinema was a popular attraction beginning in the 30s, and some of the songs here are loose interpretations of certain film scenes. Each group prominently features either accordion or harmonium, but the most ingenious sound is provided by the tashkota, a Japanese string instrument the musicians amplified for a dazzling, twangy tone – in addition to the usual violins, hand percussion, oud, and fantastic, soulful vocals. The booklet includes great liner notes and wonderful photographs, too. Sixteen tracks in all by Matano Juma & Morning Star Orchestra, Yasseen Mohamed, Zuhura & Party, Ali Mkali & Mvita Orchestra, Zein Musical Party, Maulidi Musical Party, and Bin Brek. 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, blending western soul, funk and jazz with African rhythms and percussion – providing a danceable foundation for some pretty righteous lyrics – sung largely in English by Lagos-born vocalist Joe Psalmist. The remixes are fresh cuts, too, as opposed to re-workings of same album's other tracks – and they really bring in some diverse dancefloor style, too. Titles include "It's Time", "Live And Let's Live", "Shakedown", "Lost", "Siempre Prente (DJ Farmer Fiesta Remix)" and "Room Enough" featuring Ray Lugo (Terrifcos Remix) – plus "DWB Breakdown (DJ Quiet Cool Down Remix)", "Ain't It Time (DJ Phader Decale Remix)" and "Lost In Dub (Los Kalakos Dub Remix)". CD

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AntibalasAntibalas ... CD
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". CD
 
 
 



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