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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 ... $11.99 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

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✨✧ Jon HassellDream Theory In Malaya – Fourth World Vol 2 (with bonus track) ... CD
EG/Glitterbeat (Germany), 1981. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the lasting moments of genius from trumpeter Jon Hassell – his second entry in Brian Eno's 4th World series, and a set that's even more mindblowing than the first! As with that one, the approach here mixes together electric and acoustic sounds, with an imagined landscape of possibilities – music that sometimes feels as if it's come from ethnographic sources, but other times feels as if it's floated down from the future! Hassell blows trumpet on all tracks, often with a fair bit of electronic processing – alongside lots of percussion from other players, all mixed up by Daniel Lanois in the studio. The sound is almost a more abstract extension of the mixture of jazz and global elements that Don Cherry first explored about a decade before – and titles include "These Times", "Gift Of Fire", "Chor Moire", "Courage", and "Dream Theory". Features the bonus track "Ordinary Mind". (Rock, Global Grooves) CD
Also available Dream Theory In Malaya – Fourth World Vol 2 (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP 23.99

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Kodjovi Kush & Afrospot All StarsLove In Africa ... CD
Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very deft basslines – which seems to inspire some jazzier inflection in the vocals of Kodjovi Kush – a singer with a righteous style that reaches across different musical cultures, and has a power that really grabs us right away. There's lots of varied sounds bubbling through the mix, but never in any kind of overdone mash-up mode – just echoes of highlife, and maybe some Caribbean currents along with the groove. Beautiful stuff – a great antidote to some of the stiffer Afro-styled acts out there – with tracks that include "Togolo", "Agbadjazz", "Mariatou", "Mawuto", "Nutifafa", "Vonvononon", and "Yiri Yiri Boum". CD
Also available Love In Africa ... LP 16.99
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✨✧ VariousNigeria Freedom Sounds – Calypso, Highlife, Apala, Mambo, & Juju – Popular Music & The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960 to 1963 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not the usual Nigerian funk collection you might expect – as the music here is from the years before Fela Kuti and other artists exploded onto international 70s fame – and instead, come from a time where the Nigerian scene was busy drinking up influences from a range of other cultures too! As a result, there's a fair bit of Latin and Caribbean elements at play – a bit of that Cuban influence that touched West African music so strongly in the 60s, and other post-colonial elements too – all mixed with regional styles that provide a very particular flavor – on tracks that are heavy on rhythms, jazzy inflections, and lots of great work on electric guitar and horns! The package is the first we've really seen to give this period its due – and the set is presented with the usual stunning Soul Jazz Approach – very detailed notes, and a superb track list that includes "Ariwo" by Chris Ajilo & His Cubanos, "Lumumba Calypso" by EC Arinze, "Save For A Rainy Day" by Sammy Akpabot & His All Stars, "You Cheat Me" by Godwin Omobuwa & His Soundmakers, "Omo Alara" by IK Dairo & His Blue Spots, "Owo Ni Fari" by Heavy Haruna Ishola & His Group, "Cool Cats Invitation" by Victor Ola-Lya & His Cool Cats, and "Baby I Tire" by Charles Iwegbue & His Archibogs. CD
Also available Nigeria Freedom Sounds – Calypso, Highlife, Apala, Mambo, & Juju – Popular Music & The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960 to 1963 (with dow ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ VariousTokyo Record Sanpo (Tokyo Record Walk) – Koi No Yamanotesen (Love On The Yamanotesen) ... CD
Sony (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection of vintage pop from Japan – material from a time when Tokyo was finally coming back into its own after the postwar years – and starting to become a source of incredibly groovy music! The tunes here are kind of like the playful pop that you'd hear coming from a jukebox in a Japanese detective film – like one of those Nikkatsu classics from the 60s – with modes that are partly Western pop of the time, partly inflected by more exotic instrumentation – and sung throughout in Japanese. We'll be honest when we say that we can't tell you a thing about the contents of the CD – because the track notes are completely in Japanese – but we can say that the set features 20 tracks in all, all featured with images of the rare singles on the CD tray, which serves as a nice counterpart to the image on the front. CD

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✨✧ VariousTokyo Record Sanpo (Tokyo Record Walk) – Weekend No Koen-dori (Koen-dori On The Weekend) ... CD
GT/Sony (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cool Japanese groovers from the 70s and early 80s – served up here in a range of great styles that run from string-laden pop to some of the more electronic modes that would come into play in later years! Apart from one track by the Yellow Magic Orchestra, all the other artists here are listed in Japanese characters – so we can't tell you anything about the contents at all, except to say that musically the set is pretty darn great – catchy little tunes that often have currents of more mainstream funk in the mix – so that the lack of language hardly matters at all! Most of the work here is from the 70s – a time when Japanese pop was really opening itself up to the grooviest elements of the US and UK scenes – but the set also features a few early 80s numbers, as well as one great leadoff cut that's remixed by DJ Fumiya. 20 tracks in all – and a beautiful looking package! CD

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Tony AllenSource ... CD
Blue Note, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of the coolest records in years from the legendary Tony Allen – and that's saying a lot, given that his legacy includes famous work as a drummer with Fela Kuti, and a much more recent run of very experimental recordings! This set has Tony soaring out on Blue Note – and working with more of the jazz currents you'd expect from the label – while still, in the Allen legacy, really going for something fresh and unique – as spontaneously creative as it is outright funky! There's definitely some Afro Funk rhythms on the album, but there's also a fuller brace of horns, dedicated to painting sound in rich colors and tones – alongside riffing guitar, organ and keyboard lines, and Tony's own mighty drums – which keep things moving in a straight ahead way, while also filling in the rhythms with wonderfully complicated bits too. The album's as rich and beautiful as you might hope – with titles that include "Cool Cats", "On Fire", "Wolf Eats Wolf", "Life Is Beautiful", "Ewajo", "Moody Boy", "Bad Roads", and "Woro Dance". CD

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AntibalasWhere The Gods Are At Peace ... CD
Daptone, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys – but this time around, there's an urgency that really grabs us – maybe because of the political climate in which the set was recorded, or maybe just because these guys always keep growing and maturing, where so many other similar combos are just content to stick in the same territory. The lead vocals by Duke Amayo are incredible – with a righteous power that demands to be heard – and the horns are more creative and colorful than ever, with some fantastic solos on the album's very long tracks. And of course, the grooves are great – that blend of riffing guitars and percussion that Antibalas have updated from 70s Afro Funk – on titles that include the three-part "Tombstown" suite, plus "Hook & Crook" and "Gold Rush". CD
Also available Where The Gods Are At Peace ... LP 14.99

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