Tony Allen —
Source ... CD Blue Note, 2017. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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 ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
A second pairing of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the Amabutho Male Chorus – one that's indicated not just in the title of the record, but in a changing of the group's name! The sound here is even more Afro-styled than the previous effort – coming across right from the start with a ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Melodic, unique and beautiful material from Aurelio Martinez – centered around traditional Garifuna rhythms, and recorded in Aurelio's native Honduras as well as Belize and Senegal – excellently produced by Ivan Duran. Aurelio sings lead and plays acoustic guitar, turtle shells and ... read moreCD
(Small piece of clear tape over a slight tear inside digipack case.)
Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater & Vinsent Planjer —
It's Still Autumn ... CD Kepera (Netherlands), 2019. Used ...
A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier ... read moreCD
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang ... read moreCD
Mamadou Diabate —
Behmanka ... CD World Village (Germany), 2005. Used ...
80s sounds from the Somali scene – but served up with a lean, raw quality that feels a lot more like 70s funk overall! In a decade where some of the other scenes on the continent were using more beats, electronics, and keyboards – Dur Dur Band still keep things plenty live, and plenty ... read moreCD
Itamar Erez —
Mi Alegria ... CD Canada Council For The Arts (Canada), 2019. Used ...
Wonderful explorations of the sound of the didjeridu – done at a level that's quite different than any other use of the instrument we've ever heard – no surprise, given that the music here is all created by AACM legend Douglas Ewart! The performances bridge Ewart's two worlds of ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Fela and Africa 70 are honed to razor-sharp perfection on these 2 albums from 1976! There's some incredible work on tenor sax on some of the cuts – especially "Ikoyi Blindness" and "Kalakuta Show", both of which begin with incredibly well-wrought solos that show Fela as ... read moreCD
Two albums on one CD – and they both have killer long tracks that are released here in their entirey, without the cutting up that you'd get if they were split out over both sides of an album. "V.I.P." stands for "Vagabonds In Power", and the track was recorded live by ... read moreCD
The first-ever CD issue of a range of material from this ultra-hip group – all tracks that originally appeared on vinyl-only releases, now making their CD debut in an overstuffed collection that features 24 tracks in all! The vibe here is great – that Karl Hector & The Malcouns mix ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
An uber-rare album from Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders – recorded at Ginger Baker's studio in Lagos and originally (apparently quite scarcely) released by Philips in 1973 – wonderful stuff and on par with the excellent material the group recorded in the handful of previous years! ... read moreCD
(CD version comes with a great hardcover book-like package that includes liner notes by Orlando Julius.)
A beautiful set of contemporary yoruba recordings – performed by the Konkere Beats group in Nigeria, and with a different vibe than some of the more familiar yoruba material from the Caribbean! The sacred sounds are full of percussion and vocal chants – and have a vibe that's maybe ... read moreCD
A brilliantly funky and raw live recording by the Congo's great Konono No 1 – taped in Vera, Holland on their first European tour in February of 2003, and released on Terp, the label owned by Terrie Ex of the Ex! The brittle, in-the-red likembe patterns fly by in high-velocity cycles, amped- ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Luka Productions —
Falaw ... CD Sahel Sounds, 2019. Used ...
Luka Productions is a showcase for the fantastic voice of Luka Guindo – a singer with this raspy charm that grabs you right away and really conveys the power of the tunes – so much so, you hardly need the English translations of the lyrics in the notes! The music is a blend of acoustic ... read moreCD
Raw crackling hip hop funk beatcraft at its deepest from mighty Madlib – working in his Beat Konducta style for this third entry in the epic Madlib's Medicine Show Series! Beat Konducta In Africa is a hazy hip hop instrumental set from 'Lib (lest you thought it might be a funky compilation ... (Hip Hop, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic legacy in music from Mohamed Mazouni – an Algerian singer who worked towards political ends during the heady changes of the 60s – and who soon left his native country work over a decade's worth of recording in Paris! The Paris/Arab continuum was stronger than ever after the ... read moreCD
Searing sounds from 70s Zambia – from one of the hippest, funkiest, most sharp-edged groups on the scene! This sweet little set may well be the best album ever from Musi O Tunya – a perfect fusion of funky roots with lots of Afro Soul touches, and a wicked approach to the guitar that ... read moreCD
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes ... read moreCD
One of the best recordings we've heard in years from saxophonist Plunky Branch – and one of the few to really capture the glory of his 70s classics with Oneness Of Juju! Given the billing of this set, it's clear that the older soul jazz spirit of Oneness is very strong in the conception of ... read moreCD
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s ... read moreCD
A more joyous, upbeat side of Mali blues singer and guitarist Sidi Toure – and maybe his best yet for Thrill Jockey! Backed by a tight group featuring Boubou Diallo on backing vocals, Djadke Traore on guitar, Ousmane Dagnon on n'goni, Baba Traore on bass and Mamadou Kone on drums, Sidi soars ... read moreCD
Stunning new work from Kourosh Yaghmaei – the Iranian rock legend whose trippy sounds of the 70s have become the rage of global collectors – a style of music that Kourosh continues strongly with this new record! The album took over a decade to record – due to all the censorship ... read moreCD
An amazing violinist from Greece, but one who recorded in New York during the 20s – on a host of rare 78rpm material presented in this lavish set! Alexis Zoumbas has a wonderfully melancholy feel to his instrument – a style that mixes virtuostic passages with these deeper, bluer ... read moreCD
A great overview of African grooves in the years before Afro Funk truly exploded – early highlife sounds from Nigeria and Ghana, most of it a fair bit rougher than work in the genre from later decades! The sound here is equally heavy on percussion and guitar – the latter of which still ... read moreCD
Music from Lakatos Robert, Beata Palya, Kerekes Band, Kalman Balogh & The Gipsy Cimbalom Band, Bela Lakatos & The Gypsy Youth Project, Csurrento, Hungarian Hurdy-Gurdy Orchestra, Parno Graszt, Buda Folk Band & more. CD
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The Heavenly Sweetness label celebrates its first ten years in business – with a special birthday present of all-exclusive unreleased tracks! This set doesn't look back at the previous decade of the label, but instead points the way forward – with a wonderful selection of newly-recorded ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Funky music from the West Indies – stripped down organ groovers, brass punctuated jams with rumbling drums and tasty guitar licks, funky steel band covers and and more from Syd Jones & The Troubadours, Dutch Rhythm, Steel & Show Band, The East Side Symphony, St Vincent's Supersould ... read moreCD
Plenty funky down in the West Indies – more than enough to keep this third volume as strong as the previous two! There's loads of wonderful bits here – from steel band funk to tropical-styled rhythms to heavy grooves that are hardly what you'd expect to be coming from the islands back ... read moreCD
A more soul-centric set from the folks behind the West Indies Funk series – and the best overall batch yet from the island music connoisseurs at San Juan's Trans Air label – here's hoping West Indies Soul blossoms into a series of its own! There's actually still quite a bit of funk in ... read moreCD