A folk funk masterpiece from Korea – sung with breathy brilliance by female singer Kim Jung Mi, and featuring some great fuzzy backgrounds from guitarist Shin Jung Hyun! Although not in English, the record has a very similar feel to some of the hippest British female work of the same period ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Sweet tango version of Italian film classics – work by Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, and others – all performed as instrumentals by this hip little combo! Instrumentation is very much in a traditional tango mode – accordion, violin, bass, and a bit of piano or keyboards – and ... read moreCD
Not the same Moksha that you might know from the Swedish jazz scene of a decade ago – but instead a very cool Norwegian trio who blend together a range of different colors from guitar, voice, and some very cool global elements – including tablas, djembe, dhol, and darbuka! The approach ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The first album as a solo act from Harry Mosco – better known for his previous music with The Funkees – one of the best Afro Funk combos of the early 70s! The style here is a nice expansion of that previous group's work – very heavily rooted in the right sort of basslines to kick ... read moreCD
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more ... read moreCD
A totally cool little record – and one that more than lives up to the Eastern promise of its cover! The album's a real stunner from Australian reedman Charlie Munro – a beautiful mix of jazz and exotic elements, at a level that puts it up there with a rare few records that work this ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
David Murray & Gwo-Ka Masters Feat Pharoah Sanders —
Gwotet ... CD Justin Time, 2004. Used ...
A rich tapestry of Afro-Caribbean rhythms – and one of the most compelling albums we've heard in years from David Murray! The set features an expanded group of percussionists, vocalists, and other instrumentalists – fronted by lead solo stars David Murray and Pharoah Sanders – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women's Group —
On Mande ... CD Tal, 2016. New Copy ...
An album that features vocal performances from Ogoya Nengo and her group – but one that also expands the groove a bit with some great added percussion at times – which really expands the energy of the record past the all-acapella passages! The vocals here are a lot more earthy and ... read moreCD
A Brazilian group, but one who play with a wonderfully spiritual sound – with currents of jazz that take us back to the early 70s years of Strata East and Impulse Records, but given perhaps a bit more of a contemporary twist! The large lineup definitely lives up to the orchestra in their ... read moreCD
Wonderfully groovy work from Rim Kwaku Obeng – an artist with African roots, but working here in the San Francisco scene of the early 80s – where he's clearly picked up a very international vibe in his music! Rim definitely plays some traditional percussion on the tracks, but there's ... read moreCD
Massive work from this funky Nigerian cat – a set that offers up a key mix of James Brown funk and home-grown elements – all in a blend that's totally unique! The 1970 album mixes together equal parts African highlife and American soul – making for a style that's heavy one minute ... read moreCD
This UK Afro Funk group is slicking things up a bit for this 1973 album – but not in a bad way, because it actually kicks up the groove considerably. In fact, it almost sounds like they've been listening to a bit of War – because the the best tracks on the album have lots of that funky ... read moreCD
No charity needed here – as reedman Eji Oyewole's got a wealth of talent on his own! Eji's a musician with roots in the 60s Nigerian scene, but left to follow a personal path through Europe and the US, where he picked up some wonderfully funky styles which are then brought home to create ... read moreCD
Pazy & The Black Hippies —
Wa Ho Ha ... CD Secret Stash, 1978. New Copy ...
A weird little record from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – much more laidback than you might expect, and a set with a definite Jamaican influence too! At times, some of these tracks are almost more reggae than Afro Funk – although at other points, there's definitely the fierce energy ... read moreCD
A really raw set from 70s Africa – one that's more rock than Afro Funk, but which has a pretty hypnotic groove overall! The group's heavy on guitars, which are often played in a fuzzy, jamming sort of way – but with different tones and phrasing than American or Anglo psyche groups ... read moreCD
A lost chapter from the late 60s/early 70s Ghana scene – a great mix of African rhythms & melodies with the raw grit of garage rock, the heavy groove of funk and soul, the swirling and fuzzed out guitars and organ of psychedelia – the Psycho African Beat of The Psychedelic Aliens! ... read moreCD
(Beautiful hardbound book style packaging – with a thick set of and photos and notes by band leader Carl Ricky Telfer!)
Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno —
1000 Watts ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
A dubbier set than even before from Quantic and his Flowering Inferno project – a record that's still quite heavy on the range of Caribbean elements he blended with funk on the previous two albums, but one that also seems to draw a bit more strongly from the sound of Kingston overall! The ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The second album from Ghanaian funk singer, composer and arranger Rob – issued for the first time ever outside of Ghana, thanks to the deep diggers at Soundway! Rob sings in English throughout – and there's a slinky, slow-cooking, kinda strange groove on most of the numbers – a ... read moreCD
A very early US release of work by Ravi Shankar – originally part of Columbia's "Adventures In Sound" series, a mixed mood music/world music imprint that offered up some excellent work in its day! The set begins with a compelling "Introduction To Indian Music" – ... read moreCD
Two classic albums of Indian music – back to back on a single CD! The Music Of India features beautiful sounds from Sharan Rani – one of the few female sarod players on the Indian scene – stepping out here in a vintage session for the World Pacific label! The tracks are all ... read moreCD
One of the coolest Archie Shepp recordings we've heard in years – a set that has his quartet working alongside the Dar Gnawa group from Tanger – who bring in all these wonderful exotic qualities to the music! Shepp's own tenor is wonderful, and takes on some very spiritual qualities in ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Heavy heady funk from the 70s Nigerian scene – a wicked little record that's unlike anything else we've heard before! SJOB is a combo made from ex-members of the group of Sonny Okosuns – all top-shelf players who've clearly got their chops down in the groove department, but are also ... read moreCD
Very old school Afro Funk from Dele Sosimi – and we mean that in the best way possible! Dele's working here in a style that's right in the best 70s mode from Fela Kuti – very hypnotic at a rhythmic level, but filled with progressive lyrics from the man himself – all at a level ... read moreCD
Dexter Story —
Wondem ... CD Soundway (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Dexter Story is a very cool singer with a sound that's almost impossible to describe in words – this hip fusion of global elements and cosmic spirit – one that's echoed by the slight Ethiopian style of the font on the cover, and the album's placement on the Soundway label – and ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
One of the strangest, most offbeat bits of 80s funk you'll ever here – and a record that's pretty darn groovy as well! Sumy hails from Surinam, and recorded this unique criss-crossing of styles in the early 80s – with a vibe that's very much in keeping with his look on the cover, and a ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A killer bit of funk from mid 70s Tanzania – performed here by a group who never got the same international exposure as some of their contemporaries, but who really made some magic on their local scene! Sunburst work in this wicked blend of sharp guitar lines, heavy bass, and plenty of drums ... read moreCD
There's nothing too experimental about these sweet little African grooves from the 70s – as all the music is plenty darn funky, and very much right on the money! The music's definitely different than the familiar sounds of Lagos, and the basslines are often very complex – as are the ... read moreCD
Really righteous sounds from the great Ebo Taylor – on a record that almost seems to show a bit of Jamaican or Caribbean influence on the rhythms, especially in the way the long tracks go tripping along lightly as the vocals and instrumentation unfold! The overall sound still has all the ... read moreCD
Ebo Taylor —
Twer Nyame ... CD Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ...
An early gem from Ghana legend Ebo Taylor – a smoking little set with a really hypnotic feel overall! The tracks here are all nice and long – and build energy with kind of a minimal layering of sound – an approach that's different than some of the longer Nigerian jams you might ... read moreCD
Classic Tanzanian dance music in a stripped-down setting! Tondo formed in 1998 to explore the classic sound of muziki wa dansi – the Afro-Cuban flavored big band dance music sound that ruled Dar Es Salaam during the 50s and 60s – with a lulling, predominantly acoustic approach. ... read moreCD
The third album from Malian singer Rokia Traore – a compelling collection of folksy tunes with a focus on her incredible vocals, supported by instrumentation that includes light percussion and guitar. The booklet provides translation of the set's stunning lyrics, and titles include "Mani ... read moreCD
(Includes original slipcase. CD case has a cutout notch.)