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Orlando Julius with The HeliocentricsJaiyede Afro ... CD
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans a bit more towards a 70s African vibe than some of their other releases, yet still retains all their wonderful style of psychedelic funk! Some of the rhythms have an Ethiopian sense of slinkiness, while others hit more of a full-on Nigerian groove – and the whole thing's never forced, never gimmicky, and instead just the right sort of setting for Julius to re-emerge as a true giant of his generation. Titles include "Buje Buje", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Aseni", "Sangodele", "Jaiyede Afro", "Omo Oba Blues", "In The Middle", and "Be Counted". CD

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Malombo/JabulaSpirit Of Malombo – Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, & Jazz Afrika 1966 to 1984 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.99
A seminal set of work that follows a rich musical journey from South Africa to the London scene – a collection that traces the development of one of the most important jazz groups of their generation, an ensemble that had a tremendous impact at home, then became an even greater force in the UK! Malombo existed under a few different names – Malombo Jazz Makers, Malombo Jazz Men, and just plain Malombo – and almost always worked in a style that put lots of earthy percussion first, then added on jazzy solo passages on guitar and flute, plus other occasional instrumentation as well. The group sometimes vocalized a bit – and their overall approach is a tremendous precursor to the burst of spiritual jazz in America during the 70s – but here served up much closer to the roots, with a sound that's wonderful – and really points the way towards styles that would emerge in the AACM and Strata East scenes. The collection then follows the group's move to London, and their growth into the Jabula group – a more contemporary Afro-styled combo who did a wonderful job of reworking South African styles with a 70s London vibe! As usual with Strut, the research, notes, and presentation are wonderful – and titles include "Bahula Dithabeng", "Abie's Mood", "Matshenyogo", "Bird Meets Elephant", "Jikeleza", and "Abbey's Body" by Malombo – plus "Jabula Happiness", "Let Us Be Free", "Tender Into Our Hearts", "Journey To Africa", and "Mathome" by Jabula. 25 tracks in all! CD

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Ebo TaylorLove & Death ... CD
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves and timeless Afro Funk! Guitarist and vocalist Taylor has roots in the highlife style from the late 50s through the 60s, but from the 70s onward he's been deftly blending styles – from traditional Ghanaian sounds, to Afro funk, jazz and soul. This excellent album for Strut Records carries on that adventurous spirit wonderfully. It's also the first ever Ebo Taylor album to receive an international release, reason enough to celebrate, all the more so given the creative high point the album is! Titles include "Nga Nga", "African Woman", "Love And Death", "Mizin", "Aborekyair Aba", "Obra" and the instrumentals "Victory" and "Kwame". CD

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VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 16.99
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. CD

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VariousNext Stop Soweto Vol 4 – Zulu Rock, Afro Disco & Mbaqanga 1975 to 1985 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Stunning sounds from South Africa – pulled together from a time when the nation's music was really coming into its own – despite the actions of a still-restrictive regime! There's a great mix of styles going on here – some rockish elements, of the Zamrock scene – some more upbeat grooves that seem borrowed from American club and fusion – and some really fresh, unique rhythms that show a really creative re-conception of music during the generation – reaching out strongly to find powerful new means of expression! The package is one of the most compelling in this series – hardly the also-rans, and maybe even stronger than some of the earlier volumes – and titles include "Get Down" by Isaac & The Sakie Special Band, "The Things We Do In Soweto" by Almon Memela, "Lekopokopo Single Moquashoa" by TY Boysk, "Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo" by Kabasa, "Khombo Ranga" by Elias Maluleke & The Mavambe Girls, "Ain't Sittin Down Doin Nothin" by The Drive, and "Manano" by Xoliso. CD

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VariousNigeria 70 Vol 3 – Sweet Times – Afro Funk, Highlife, & Juju From 70s Lagos ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Sweet Times, indeed – Strut Records returns for another truly great volume in their Nigeria 70 series – this one covering the highlife, juju and Afro Funk music of Lagos in the 1970s – stellar material that has never been issued outside of Nigeria before now! There's a pretty diverse cross section of the sounds coming from the region at the time – from upbeat funky Afro Soul to psych-infused guitar and percussion jams, jazzier instrumentation and impassioned vocals – most crucially, fusions of jazz, funk, soul, juju and highlife. Wonderful, wonderful material that stands proudly with the other great entries in the series. Includes "Life" by Moneyman And The Super 5 International, ""Ire" by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, "Unity In Africa" by Eji Oyewole, "Idegbani" by Zeal Onyia & His Music, "Viva Disco (Instrumental)" by Tunde Mabadu, "E Ma S'Eka" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "Ajoyio" by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers and more. CD

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✨✧ VariousPeru Bravo – Soul & Funk From Peru's Radical Decade ... CD
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The coolest collection of Peruvian grooves we've ever seen – one that gets past some of the straighter psych and Latin moments to focus on the funkier grooves of the Lima scene! Most work here is late 60s/early 70s vintage – and although many of the groups are rooted in rock, they're definitely reaching out for new modes here – bringing jazz, funky bass lines, soulful vocals, and more – almost like some of the unique Latin and funk hybrids happening in the LA and Bay Area scenes of the time! Yet lots of these cuts also have a really unique feel too – instrumentation that's tuned differently, produced with a special flair, and often mixed at a level that sounds very different than anything you'd hear in the US – all of which makes for stunning sound throughout. Titles include "Outasite" by Thee Image, "Cissy Strut" by Los Holys, "Hey Joe" by Jeriko, "Cacique" by Cacique, "La Camita" by Traffic Sound, "Bahia" by Laghonia, "Pancio Caliente" by Los Nuevos Shains, and "Aouh Aouh" by The Mads. CD

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✨✧ VariousNext Stop Soweto Vol 4 – Zulu Rock, Afro Disco & Mbaqanga 1975 to 1985 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from South Africa – pulled together from a time when the nation's music was really coming into its own – despite the actions of a still-restrictive regime! There's a great mix of styles going on here – some rockish elements, of the Zamrock scene – some more upbeat grooves that seem borrowed from American club and fusion – and some really fresh, unique rhythms that show a really creative re-conception of music during the generation – reaching out strongly to find powerful new means of expression! The package is one of the most compelling in this series – hardly the also-rans, and maybe even stronger than some of the earlier volumes – and titles include "Get Down" by Isaac & The Sakie Special Band, "The Things We Do In Soweto" by Almon Memela, "Lekopokopo Single Moquashoa" by TY Boysk, "Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo" by Kabasa, "Khombo Ranga" by Elias Maluleke & The Mavambe Girls, "Ain't Sittin Down Doin Nothin" by The Drive, and "Manano" by Xoliso. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes CD format of the album.)
Also available Next Stop Soweto Vol 4 – Zulu Rock, Afro Disco & Mbaqanga 1975 to 1985 ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousNext Stop Soweto Vol 3 – Giants, Ministers, & Makers – Jazz In South Africa 1963 to 1984 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A great overview of the far reaching strains of jazzy and funky music made in South Africa from the early 60s to the late 70s – the conclusion of the incredible Next Stop Soweto series on Strut – capping off the series with the best of the three! In a period of both physical and cultural segregation, truly exceptional music was made – much of it in a jazzy mode – relatively early soul jazz sounds and jazzy funk that's uniquely South African. African drums, percussion fused with region free jazziness and boundless spirit. Amazing stuff! The CD version includes 19 tracks on 2CDs: "Itumeleng" by Matsumi, "Joy" by Spirits Rejoice, "Emakhaya" by The Heshoo Beshoo Group, "Little Old Man (Maxhegwana)" by Early Mabuza Quartet, "Orlando" by Dennis Mpale, "Sibathathu" by Malombo Jazz Makers, "Spring" by Chris Schilder Quartet feat Mankunku, "Stay Cool" by Tete Mbambisa", "Ou Kaas" by Themba, "Pinese's Dance" by The Soul Giants, "Inhlupeko" by The Soul Jazzmen and more. CD

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✨✧ VariousCalypsoul 70 – Caribbean Soul 1969 to 1979 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2 LPs & CD ... Out Of Stock
A cool collection of funky grooves from the Caribbean – tracks that take a strong influence from American soul and funk, then blend it heavily with hip rhythms from the islands! A few of the names here are familiar, but most are relatively obscure – and put together, the tunes on the set illustrate a hugely under-tapped scene that's filled with wonderful tunes – tracks awash in jazzy rhythms, skittish percussion, and a range of styles that move past much more familiar Jamaican sounds from down south. Drums here are often quite heavy, and matched by other percussion as well – not to mention jagged guitar lines and bass bits that really send the whole thing home! As with other Strut compilations, the overall package and liner notes are as great as the music on the disc – and the set features a total of 20 tracks that include "Of My Hands" by The Goretti Group, "Calypsoul" by Clarence Curvan & His Mod Sounds, "You Tink It Sorf" by Lancelot Layne, "Magic Fever" by Magic Circle Express, "Independent Bahamas" by Biosis Now, "Move Up Blackman" by Tyrone Taylor, "Guanavaco" by Marius Cultier, "Raycan" by The Hondells, "You Don't Love Me" by Gemini Brass, "Woman" by Sambo, "We See Jah" by Wadadli Experience, "Freedom In Africa" by Duke, "Red Light Lady" by Ophelia, and "It's A Feeling" by St Maartens The Rolling Tones. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD too!)

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✨✧ VariousPeru Bravo – Soul & Funk From Peru's Radical Decade (with bonus download) ... LP
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The coolest collection of Peruvian grooves we've ever seen – one that gets past some of the straighter psych and Latin moments to focus on the funkier grooves of the Lima scene! Most work here is late 60s/early 70s vintage – and although many of the groups are rooted in rock, they're definitely reaching out for new modes here – bringing jazz, funky bass lines, soulful vocals, and more – almost like some of the unique Latin and funk hybrids happening in the LA and Bay Area scenes of the time! Yet lots of these cuts also have a really unique feel too – instrumentation that's tuned differently, produced with a special flair, and often mixed at a level that sounds very different than anything you'd hear in the US – all of which makes for stunning sound throughout. Titles include "Outasite" by Thee Image, "Cissy Strut" by Los Holys, "Hey Joe" by Jeriko, "Cacique" by Cacique, "La Camita" by Traffic Sound, "Bahia" by Laghonia, "Pancio Caliente" by Los Nuevos Shains, and "Aouh Aouh" by The Mads. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Peru Bravo – Soul & Funk From Peru's Radical Decade ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Haiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 ... CD 15.99
 
 
 



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