A brilliant mix of jazz and world music! Abdul-Malik was the legendary bass player from the fifties who mixed straight jazz playing with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms – and although he most famously recorded albums with Monk as a regular bassist, his albums on his own are amazing ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant mix of jazz and world music! Abdul-Malik was the legendary bass player from the fifties who mixed straight jazz playing with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms – and although he most famously recorded albums with Monk as a regular bassist, his albums on his own are amazing ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from the obscure African Music Machine – a southern funk combo led by bassist Louis Villery – a legendary batch of funky singles, finally brought together as a full album! The band has a very unique sound that involves a lot of rolling bubbling basslines, spacey organ ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set recorded in Haiti, but one that features lots of heavy drums from the legendary Tony Allen – whose work here does a great job of bridging the sounds of two different cultures! The group here seems to be spearheaded by guitarist Mark Mulholland and keyboardist Olaf Hund – who also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic solo work from Vincent Ahehehinnou – a singer who first rose to fame as a part of the funky sound of the Orchestre Poly Rhythmo De Cotonou – stepping out here in an even headier set on his own! The music has a more personal vibe overall – not just on the album's two ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download & poster!)
Tony Allen & Afrika 70 —
Progress ... LP Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
An Afro Funk classic – killer solo work from Tony Allen – originally known as the drummer for Fela during his key years – stepping out here on his own with the Afrika 70 band! The album's a monster all the way through – every bit as great as any of Fela's 70s classics, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes a download code for a digital version of the album plus additional remixes.)
Amanar De Kidal —
Tumastin ... LP Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2016. New Copy ...
Great work from one of the darkest groups working on the current Tuareg scene – an ensemble who can vary their tone nicely, and produce a range of emotions and compelling sounds that really make this set stand out from the pack! Sure, there's plenty of offbeat guitar work with lots of snakey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gbubemi Amas has a vocal approach that's right on the money sometimes, and which hits this very unusual trill at others – almost the sort of wobbly inflection you'd hear from an instrument, which makes for a very unique sound! The album's almost a soft rock or AOR take on Afro funk at times ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jeich Ould Badu & Ahmedou Ahmed Lewla —
Top WZN ... LP Sahel Sounds, 2009. New Copy ...
An amazing bit of Afro-futurism – as traditional instruments are presented in an electrified setting – percussion and keyboards joyously dancing together, but with a really raw groove! The keyboards are often stark and distorted – as pulsating as the percussion – and given ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky breaks and fuzzy guitars – one of the most amazing albums to come out of the Turkish scene of the 70s – and one with a sound that really defies categorization! Although the sweet image of a girl and guitar on the cover might make you think the record's a folk set, the overall ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic grooves from Sory Bamba – aka Sorry Bamba – sharp-edged, angular tracks that move at a similar pace to other late 70s Afro Funk – but with lots more weird and rough-edged touches! The recording quality isn't nearly as polished as some other efforts from the date – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) —
Our Truth ... LP Nyami Nyami, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic little record, and one that's a nice change from some of the overdone Afro Funk modes out there – as these guys come together more as a spiritual collective, with a righteous power that maybe even recalls some of the great 70s experiments of drummer Roy Brooks – especially ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful use of Hawaiian guitar in early Greek 78rpm recordings – an amazing musical journey that's even more fascinating than the use of the instrument in American country music! The instrument here is the acoustic version of steel guitar, and is often played alongside other more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1200 copies – with booklet and bonus CD!)
These guys aren't mean at all – as their groove is so warm and rhythmically compelling, they feel pretty darn friendly right from the very first note! The music's a compelling hybrid of Latin, African, and other rhythmic modes – served up with a freshness that's a nice change from some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download.)
Ali Birra —
Ammalele ... LP Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. New Copy ...
One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't think "disco", think "funky jazz" – because this sweet South African group from the 70s is filled with lots of groovy twists and turns – all in a mode that's quite different than any of the American or European jazz albums we know from the time! The lineup ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't let the "brass" in the title throw you off – as these guys are more of an Afro Funk ensemble than any sort of New Orleans-styled group – a combo that's actually only got a single trumpet and trombone in the mix, alongside loads of riffing guitar and heavy percussion! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet African funk from Jagger Botchway – a musician with roots in The Barons, Hedzoleh Soundz, and Kelenkye Band – stepping out here on his own in a heady brew of percussion, guitar lines, and horns! Some of the cuts are vocal, some are instrumental – and the mix of melody and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest volumes so far in this excellent series – filled with upbeat groovers that are far more catchy than they are experimental! Most of the work has a vibe that feels like underground American club mixing with some of the hipper styles coming out of west Africa as the 70s moved ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from Segun Bucknor – one of the most soulful singers on the Nigerian scene of the 70s, and an artist who can mix funky grooves with some of the deeper currents and moodier themes that you'll hear in Zamrock recordings of the time! The album begins with some excellent upbeat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Erol Buyukburc —
Hop Dedik ... LP Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976. New Copy ...
Erol Buyukburc is dressed like a geeky spaceman on the back cover – which is maybe why he used a bikini-clad woman on the front – and he definitely sounds like he's out of the world on some of the cooler tracks on this rare debut album from the 70s! The music comes from the same scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite an obscure group from the Zambian scene of the 70s – and one who've got a vibe that's maybe a bit more soulful than some of their better-known Zamrock contemporaries! The octet have a great way of trading voices back and forth with their grooves – in a mode that's almost South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy drums and forward-moving grooves – music that's definitely got all the percussion promised in the title, and focused with an energy that might almost work in a contemporary club setting too! Make no mistake, there's nothing electric or programmed here – just heavy percussion, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nicely priced reissue of this classic first album by the legendary British dub funk outfit Cymande – done with that gatefold cover and everything! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful Thai singer with a voice that maybe doesn't need any other instrumentation – given its incredibly haunting quality – but one who sounds even groovier once the music kicks in to play! The work here is mostly from the late 70s, but often has a feel that's really timeless ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest 70s albums from the mighty Manu Dibango – a rare soundtrack that's done with an even greater variety of sounds than his more conventional albums! The sound's sometimes spare and rootsy, but still with this undercurrent of funk – as Dibango mixes together basslines ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from this important Guinean combo – music recorded in Lisbon at the start of the 80s, and issued here on vinyl for the first time ever! The work has all the sharp, rootsy edges we love in their other releases – but there's also a clarity of recording that really lets some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Livy Ekemezie —
Friday Night ... LP Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)...
A rare boogie set from the Nigerian scene – but one that also has the power to circle the globe with a universal sense of soul – as you might guess by the cosmopolitan look of Livy Ekemezie on the cover! The set's got a very strong tie to the grooves of the New York scene of the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Elcados serve up a new sort of Nigerian groove for the end of the 70s – one that's got an electric vibe that definitely matches the look of their sweet suits on the cover! There's a fair bit of keyboards amidst the guitars that riff along with the rhythms – and the style has a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual criss-crossing of styles – core sounds played by an Italian group who are committed to the older styles of gnawa music, in a blend of rootsy percussion, guembri, and bits of Fender Rhodes and Arp – electric elements that somehow find a way of fitting in perfectly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing work from the legendary Fela – definitely at the top of his game here, and brimming over with energy supplied by the Africa 70 ensemble! The tracks are long and freewheeling – but never without a sense of direction – as every ounce of the music is devoted to serving ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic funky combo from the mid 70s African scene – one who worked previously with Geraldo Pino, and who definitely show some traces of his own great work too – but who also have a madly great groove that's all their own! Freedom Family are definitely on the funkier side of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download! Vinyl version includes a nice booklet and photos and notes by singer Albert Jones.)
These Friimen really know how to groove – but in a way that's quite unusual, as the set often has all their instruments percolating together in this quickly-syncopated mode that cooks things up at a nicely fast clip, while they throw vocals into the mix once things get moving along! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gato Preto —
Tempo ... LP Unique (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
A mix of beats and bass, electro and African percussion and rhythms from duo Gato Treto – producer and beatmaker Lee Bass and vocalist Gato Misteriosa – delivering a seamless set of Afro-futurist dancefloor club grooves and tough, yet seductive vocals! Gato Preto claim Mozimbique, ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that the LP sleeve has a slight split seam.)
Tilahun Gessesse (Tlahoun Gessesse) —
Sima ... LP Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Incredible work from Ethiopian singer Tlahoun Gessesse – a vocal force in that nation's music who has been every bit as important as the instrumental sounds of Mulatu over the years! Like Mulatu, Tlahoun has a style that's completely unusual – lots of ebbs, flows, dips, and rises in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit of a change for Group Doueh – but a set that's every bit as wonderful as some of their previous work! The album has the group working with the French trio Cheveu – who add some more conventional guitars next to the snakey Saharan sounds you might expect – but never in a way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album with a sound that's a bit more electric than some of the others from the Turkish scene – a style that's definitely hinted at by the "break dance" in the title! The music isn't exactly the sort of stuff that will have you pulling your linoleum pad to the sidewalk – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's as cool as you'd expect from the title and the cover – recorded by a hip group on the Milan scene in the early 70s – working here on long improvisations that are influenced both by jazz and blues! Given the instrumentation, the group's mostly a jazz combo overall – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful fusion of traditional roots and contemporary funk – handled perfectly by this legendary Gambian band! The groove is unique – with earthy percussion and haunting vocals mixed with more 70s-styled funk instrumentation – but often in a way that's as interested in sonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky funky solo work from Joni Haastrup – an artist who's also known for his work in Monomono, and who sounds equally great on his own! Joni's got this tight approach that wraps together Nigerian grooves of the 70s scene, and some bolder soul star energy that would be right at home in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool set by an artist who's clearly influenced by all the older trippy styles issued by the Pharaway Sounds label – especially that imprint's strong focus on fuzzy psych from the Mid-East! In fact, the overall sound of this set's so cool, you could easily pass it off as some lost Turkish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The dubbier side of Elektro Hafiz comes to the forefront here – as selections from his first album are mixed into much more abstract territory! There's certainly some of the fuzzy guitar and Anatolian rock elements of before – but the bottom of the music is much more on the top – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing, career-spanning compilation of pioneering psych and earlier material, mixed with more traditional elements of Korean music by Shin Joong Hyun – including his own numbers, great songs with his combos over the years and tunes he wrote for others to sing – from the late 50s to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great second album from one of the freshest groups around – a combo who are never content to just hang onto older Afro Funk modes – and instead create this really unique hybrid of electro elements in their grooves! The music mixes both live horns and some sweet keyboards and rhythm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited blue vinyl pressing exclusive to indie retailers – only 200 copies pressed!)
Sweet funky sounds from east Nigeria, circa 1980 – a great little set that's got a laidback groove, and a style that's clearly learned plenty from the hipper corners of the American funk universe! The approach is a bit like funky club at times, a bit more like some of the larger funk acts of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard Steppin funky sounds from Ikebe Shakedown – solid stuff from the fertile Brooklyn scene – blending hard hitting 70s funk & soul with both stateside and African influences! The group is young and doesn't take the task of honoring the pioneers of these sounds lightly – ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The much anticipated full length debut of Brooklyn Afro Funk and psych soul-influenced combo Ikebe Shakedown – following up their tight, promising EP on the Colemine label with an excellent self-titled set on Ubiquity! One of our favorite things about Ikebe Shakedown's style is the way they ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pastiche of of styles from the late 70s and early 80s Kollywood cinema scene – amazing stuff produced and arranged by Ilaiyaraaja – music that trades as much in heavy funk as it does electronic pop! Over the span of a few decades, maestro Ilaiyaraaja recorded hundreds of scores, many ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Odion Iruoje is billed as the "Sound President" on the cover – a title he definitely deserves, given the amazing sound of this set – which mixes early 80s Nigerian electro sounds with a bit of influence from hip hop too! Iruoje's completely comfortable in both mides – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies, includes download. Super-heavy vinyl and cover too!)
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album by the group that later went on to become Oneness Of Juju! The album was recorded with a group that featured Plunky Nakabinde and Lon Moshe on reeds and percussion – plus Babatunde on congas and drums – and the overall sound is very much in kind of an Art Ensemble Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early example of cross-cultural exchange in recorded music – as Domingo Justus had roots in Nigeria, but recorded these songs in London – moving to that city after living for years in Brazil! And yet, the recordings are taken as early sides to represent a Nigerian folk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure what's in this jungle juice, but it's clearly having a great effect on Joe Kemfa – allowing him to move and groove in a really great way – as he leads his group through a sweet later take on the sound of Lagos funk! The album's got a great blend of rhythms and some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wicked blend of sharp rhythms and soulful tenor sax – pulled together here from recordings that were originally done for Dutch radio in the 50s, and feature a very cool group! Kid Dynamite's got a snakey sound on his saxophone that's very different than both players in a more familiar ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 35! Music on one side, and the featured image on the other!)
New work from this legendary Ghanian singer – an artist who also plays the guitar-like kologo, but in the company of a fierce amount of percussion! The album's got an approach that really comes on strong – mixing older modes with a slightly contemporary crackle – a bit like the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe King Kologbo looks like quite a sugar daddy on the cover here – and he definitely delivers the goods with this classic set from the start of the 80s! Side one features the extended title track – a groove that's got some currents of more global club in the mix, but which also has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two guitars and percussion – working together here in an unusual representation of West African music – in early recordings that came to lay the basis for the highlife sound to come! The set brings together rare early 78rpm singles from this trio from the Ghanian city of Kumasi – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Malik ... LP Makossa/As The Record Turns, 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A fantastic bit of Afro funky soul – one of a few albums recorded by the legendary Lafayette Afro Rock Band! The set has an incredible blend of American funk, African rhythms, and European production – recorded in the heady cross-cultural scene of early 70s Paris – with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Bollywood soundtrack from the 80s generation – one that's got a style that definitely matches its decade! Tracks are long, upbeat, and joyous – in the best 70s Bollywood mode – but also feature more keyboards and drum machine rhythms, which creates this moodier quality in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pasteur Lappe —
Na Man Pass Man ... LP Disques D'Esperance/Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)...
An Afro Funk record, but one with a bit of an unusual groove, too – as the set was recorded in France, and features some unusual moogy touches next to the percussion, horns, and guitars! Pasteur Lappe's definitely going for more of a global funk vibe overall here – and, a bit like Ice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully trippy set of tracks from Edward Larry Gordon – an artist who's probably better known for his later Laraaji album recorded with Brian Eno, but one who sounds even better here on this debut set! The sound is very spiritual and meditative – long, drawn-out, side-long tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Other-worldly genius from the legendary Laraaji – a really special record that was done in collaboration with Brian Eno – as part of Eno's classic Ambient series at the end of the 70s – and as a way of showcasing some of the "fourth world" sounds that he was working in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gatefold pressing – with bonus CD of the album!)
The first-ever collection we've seen to focus on the mighty talents of Lancelot Layne – an important talent on the Trinidad scene of the 70s – and an artist who really helped forge a unique hybrid of soul at the time! The music here isn't the usual Caribbean club groove – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great package – heavy vinyl, a booklet, and a bonus 7" single!)
Le Kene Star De Sikasso —
Hodi Hu Yenyan ... LP Mali Kunkan/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aigbe Lebarty —
Unity ... LP PMG (Austria), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Aigbe Lebarty plays some mighty cool phased guitar on this sweet set from the 70s – a batch of long funky grooves that have his guitar lines moving back and forth over the rhythms, with a really great range of offbeat spacey sounds! The group also features some keyboards, bass, and lots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimi Lee is a hell of a studio talent here – as he handles all the arrangements and production, and also sets up load of sweet guitar lines that riff alongside the vocals of Mona Finnih & The Sensationals! That riffing guitar really gets things moving here – sometimes in a heavier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio of Moroccan brothers, coming together here with a very groovy sound – rock at the core, with some very trippy elements and harmonies on some of the best cuts – but also tinged with some slight traditional instrumentation as well – used to flavor the tunes and really make ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Luka Productions —
Fasokan ... LP Sahel Sounds, 2017. New Copy ...
Luka Productions is Luka Guindo – who created the wonderful sounds on this set on the Bamako scene, then made space for a number of other voices to step in and out of the mix! At some level, the music is almost a contemporary studio reworking of older field recording modes from Mali – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Do yourself a favor, and buy this album – you won't be disappointed! The record is a gem all the way through – a really unique mixture of LA soul jazz and African rhythms, with a sound that's almost like Hugh Masekela sitting in with the Jazz Crusaders! Of course, there's a lot of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The drum talks on the record, but so do the basslines – which get lots of work to set the scene for the wonderful percussion work of Leroy Mabrak Mattis! The record's one of the most unusual to come out of the Kingston scene in the 70s – a bit in the rootsy territory of work by the ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes —
Night Illusion ... LP SKJ/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
A sweet bit of funky club from Tee Mac – a set that was recorded in Lagos at the end of the 70s, but which has plenty of American disco touches overall! Tee plays some sweet flute solos in the mix, and the record also features some great lead vocals from Majorie Barnes – who tops off ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure recordings from the Cook Islands – originally issued on a cassette at the start of the 80s, but remastered here, and presented for the first time on LP! The music is a bit hard to peg – maybe a bit of what you might expect in terms of "island" music, in terms of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant modern jazz from German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recording here in 1964, but sounding years ahead of his time, with an amazing a blend of jazz and Asian styles! The album's one of Mangelsdorff's best ever – a set of rhythmic tunes that seem clearly informed by the ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful tri-fold cover pressing – just like the original!)
A set that's a lot more funky than you'd guess from its "experimental" title – a record that's right on the money, in a sweet blend of late 70s Afro Funk styles! The group have a tightness that's maybe more West Africa via Paris than some of the sounds from back on the continent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a coupon that can be used for a limited time to download MP3 audio files.)
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band —
Wede Harer Guzo ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)...
Maybe the coolest music we've ever heard from Ethiopian keyboard legend Hailu Mergia – a late 70s session that has his organ lines sounding even groovier than ever, on some sweet tracks that also bring in a fair bit of funk to the grooves! The style is much more in an Ethiopiques vein than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP pressing – with bonus insert of notes!)
The Mighty Flames never sound too metallic here – at least not in any way that's cold or harsh, or heavy metal too! Instead, these guys have a warm groove that's on the tighter side of African funk – that point when the sound was getting a stronger influence from American soul and club ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Luyando ... LP Out Here (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
A young group from Zimbabwe with a really warmly-flowing sound – one that draws a lot from the rhythmic impulses of the instrumentation, and from the great way that the group has of harmonizing together! Mathias Muzaza is the lead singer, and his sense of presence really has a way of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sublime blend of spiritual jazz and African rhythms – and one of the few 70s recordings made by Mombasa, a European group put together by LA trombonist Lou Blackburn! The record's got a much more righteous sound than any of Blackburn's work of the 60s – a boldness and sense of pride ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning collaboration between Muruga Booker and Big Black– both percussionists who lead the session, but who also work here with lots of additional instrumentation that includes ocarina, violin, hammered dulcimer, and even some clarinet from avant jazz legend Perry Robinson! The tracks ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Our favorite release so far in this great series that reworks the rhythms of Afro Funk legend Tony Allen – a record that takes original drums from Tony, breaks them down, reassembles them, and adds in a sweet range of keyboards – including lots of Fender Rhodes, Roland Jupiter, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Emma Ogosi is one of the stronger songwriters we've heard from the Nigerian scene of the early 80s – and a vocalist who's not afraid to put his feelings on the line, a bit in the manner of Labi Siffre's from a few years before! There's a heartbreaking vibe to some of these tunes, even when ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool keyboards from this enigmatic Moroccan artist – and a set that also features a bit of vocals from female singer Naima Samih too! The main focus is still on the keys – mostly organ, but in a weird range of sounds and styles, like on the other albums by Abdou El Omari – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from this cool Colombian project that includes Will "Quantic" Holland – a group that's very much in the same criss-crossing of cultures as his Flowering Inferno ensemble! The first Ondatropica album had a vibe that was maybe more traditionally Colombian at times ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms – but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, and a set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor —
Good Name ... LP Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oby Onyioha has a very 80s look on the cover – and the album's got a strong 80s sound, too – almost in the hipper spectrum of underground soul on the New York scene during the post-disco generation! The best cuts are the groovers – like the snapping title cut and a few others, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'd never come across Orient Express before, one of the rare rock-oriented acts on the Mainsteam jazz label in the late 60s and 70s – but after a spin of this super rare hybrid of heavy psychedelic rock, HUGE percussion and electric Eastern string effects we're hooked! The group mixes heavy ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wholly unique late 60s record by Orquesta Afro Brasileira – with these raw, heavy and unforgettable roosty rhythms and chorus vocals that give it something of a spiritual, folkloric vibe – yet the overall sound is still indicative of the genre-busting creativity of the many different ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Power ... LP Copperbelt/Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album