Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids —
Angel Fell ... CD Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Idris Ackamoor is a living jazz legend – but not the kind that's stale and stuffy, and instead a continuously vibrant player who's given us mindblowing music since his initial recordings with his Pyramids group in the 70s! This version of the Pyramids is different than that one, ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Tony Allen —
Source ... CD Blue Note, 2017. New Copy ...
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
A great little Bollywood soundtrack by one of key composers of the genre – and one that's still got all the right sort of elements you might expect! There's some really great upbeat tracks – nice groovers that even get a bit funky at times – and which have a few cool instrumental ... 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
Fantastic funk from The Apostles – a group who were easily one of the most hard-hitting on the African scene of the 70s – and one who definitely absorbed key currents from a range of American artists – from James Brown through Booker T & The MGs! The groove here is totally ... read moreCD
The Apostles are nice and groovy here – working in this offbeat way that combines upbeat cuts with some unusual mellower numbers – but all at a level that really keeps things interesting throughout! These guys can clearly move with the groove and hit some sharp funky instrumentation at ... read moreCD
Arp Frique certainly does live in a colorful world – not just in the image on the cover, but in the grooves of the record as well – which bring together lots of funky 80s keyboards with a wider global sense of groove! There's often some acoustic percussion alongside the electric keys ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A definite disco sensation from Babla – a singer who refits older Indian film songs with new club grooves for the 80s – definitely very much in the mode that's promised by the title! The set features older songs by Shankhar Jakishan, Kalyanji Anadji, and Hemant Kumar – plus a few ... read moreCD
An interesting little album – a set that's part indie, and part a surprisingly great tribute to the music of the Indonesian gamelan – extrapolated through the compositions of Colin McPhee, who was one of the first to transcribe the sound of the percussive ensemble for the piano! The ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A great collection – the rare two albums by Beginning Of The End, plus bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Funky Nassau – s monster bit of funk that's unlike anything else we can think of! Beginning Of The End hailed from The Bahamas, but don't hold that against them – ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Hardly the kind of hippies that were always hanging around when we were growing up – as these guys are super tight, super funky, and right on the money throughout – grooving hard in one of the most searing styles of Afro Funk we've ever heard! Older psych modes are turned towards the ... read moreCD
One of the hippest groups of the Nigerian scene of the 70s – presented here in two classic albums, back to back on a single CD! Chapter One is a landmark set of African grooves – very unusual in both conception and execution – with a feel that's unlike anything we can think of! ... read moreCD
RD Burman —
Mukti ... CD Subah Zindagi (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ...
A classic soundtrack from Indian film composer Rahul Dev Burman – and one that reminds us just how important the voice was to the format over the years! Unlike some Bollywood soundtracks, which have long upbeat songs that are driving the dance numbers in the film – this score has a ... read moreCD
Fantastic forro from the Brazilian scene of the 60s – a really hard-hitting collection of work from Camarao – and some of the sharpest use of the accordion you'll ever hear! This isn't the accordion of the polka world, Lawrence Welk, Paris musette, or even Tex-Mex music – as the ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is definitely at the core – but the set also features wonderful contributions from Vincent Bowens on tenor and soprano sax, Jerome LeDuff ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari —
Grounation ... CD Dub Store (Japan), 1972. New Copy 2 CDs ...
An amazing record, and one of the most spiritual, righteous sets to ever come from Jamaica in the 70s – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that scene at the time! The vibe here is really rootsy, and almost more spiritual jazz than reggae – with lots of spare percussion from Count ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The first album in many years from Cymande – that ultra-cool British group who gave us a run of great funk records in the 70s! The style here is surprisingly faithful to the original Cymande sound – especially the basslines, which have this head-nodding, slow-grooving style that's ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Very cool jazz from the Paris scene of the early 50s – an assortment of singles released on the Ritmo label, owned by reedman Eugene Delouche – who works here in a very cool blend of Martinique rhythms and modern jazz! The grooves here are a key part of the growing biguine style of the ... read moreCD
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from the legendary Manu Dibango – sound library recordings done right around the same time as his "Soul Makossa" hit, and with an equally funky groove! The music often has Manu's sax in the lead, alongside larger orchestrations that have a ... read moreCD
Livy Ekemezie —
Friday Night ... CD Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old ... read moreCD
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat —
Juntos ... CD Sonic Octopus/Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2017. New Copy ...
A mix of timeless and modern Afro Latin grooves from Chicago's excellent Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat! Stylistically, the sky is the limit with this Esso!, with arrangements that roll from a broad palette of Latin jazz & soul instrumentation to more of a modern dancefloor vibe, and from instrumental ... read moreCD
A groundbreaking set of work from the team of Jef Gilson and Hal Singer – a uniquely cross-cultural session recorded in the Paris scene of the 70s, and easily some of the best work ever from both musicians! Singer's probably best remembered on these shores for his older R&B tenor work of ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A wonderfully funky set from this hip Nigerian group of the 70s – a set that's a lot more soulful than their trippy first album – and done with a range of great grooves overall! The instrumentation here is focused on the core talents of the combo – with lots of riffing guitar ... read moreCD
Henri Guedon —
Retrospective ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ...
Latin grooves in many styles – a massive collection of work by percussionist Henri Guedon – a musician with roots in the French West Indies, but who played heavily on both the Paris and New York scenes! Guedon's music here has a vibe that really shows that cross-cultural blend – ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Gunesh ... CD Everland (Austria), 1980. New Copy ...
Gunesh might look a bit unusual on the cover – like some crazy mountain folk who've somehow gotten ahold of band instruments – but on the album, they've got this tight funky sound that's mighty nice – yet which is also still as unusual as their look! The instrumentation is jazz ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A great live set from one of the most unusual periods in the career of alto saxophonist John Handy – a time when he was working with a group of Indian musicians, in a great fusion of jazz and world styles! The Rainbow Band was really one of Handy's most creative endeavors – and this ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern ... read moreCD
A disco album with a difference – given that the set was recorded in London by young Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan, and produced and arranged by Biddu – the man who gave the world the famous Biddu Orchestra records in the 70s! There's definitely grooves here that reflect Biddu's other ... read moreCD
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 ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The debut album from Theadora Ifudu – a singer who hit greater fame on a bigger label a few years later – but who sounds pretty darn great here at the start! The music is an offbeat blend of American soul and Nigerian funk – recorded both in Lagos and London, but with a sound ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from this increasingly hip combo – a group who were already pretty darn funky at their start, but who've just kept on moving into really amazing territory over the years! The sound here is maybe the equivalent of the depth and shifts that El Michels brought to the deep funk ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Joyce, Sivuca, Tutty Moreno, Celia Vaz, & Others —
Brasil ... CD Soul Jazz (UK), 1994. New Copy Gatefold ...
A really groundbreaking album of Brazilian sounds – a set recorded in the mid 90s by a London label – but one with a vibe that stretches back to the most important classics of the Brazilian scene in the 60s and 70s! In a way, the whole record's a bit out of time – nothing at all ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Fierce funky sounds from 70s Cameroon – the entire recorded legacy of Hamad Kalkaba, who only issued three funky 45s back in the day! Yet even at six songs, the music here is completely tremendous – tunes that rumble along on this earthy sort of energy – drums that are heavier at ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
Kodjovi Kush & Afrospot All Stars —
Love In Africa ... CD Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
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 ... read moreCD
The title of the first track here really gets the spirit of the album right – "Africa Will Be Great Again" – which stands at the start as one of the most declarative moments on record from Femi Kuti, and really sets the tone for the rest of the record! There's definitely some ... read moreCD
Some of the most righteous and furiously funky Afro Soul since Fela Kuti's prime – and it's beyond appropriate for such a committed, perfect personification of a classic sound via a modern player come from Fela's own son Seun! As strident as Seun's approach is, much like his father at his ... read moreCD
A double-length set of work from Laraaji – all contemporary tracks, done with producer Carlos Nino – but with a vibe that really takes us back to his mindblowing explorations in the early years! Bring On The Sun represents the first half of the album – and features Laraaji ... read moreCD
Music of a very different style than some of Laraaji's other work – more tuneful and song-based – with shorter tracks that show a whole different side of his talents! Laraaji's gotten great acclaim for his homespun spiritual sounds – long tracks that first found a home in Brian ... read moreCD
Mwinda ... CD Buda (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Beautifully bubbling sounds from Lulendo – a singer who also plays a fair bit of quissange – an African thumb piano, in the same manner as the kalimba! The instrument rings out with these percussive notes right alongside his lively, lyrical vocals – set to instrumentation that is ... 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
Hugh Masekela at a really fantastic point in his career – recorded live for a radio broadcast, and working with a freewheeling style that's quite different than both his early and later work! The vibe here is right up there with some of the few longer-form jazz recordings made by Hugh in the ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection – way more than just a greatest hits set of work by South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela – and instead a special package put together by Hugh himself, shortly before his death – featuring an album-by-album selection of the best cuts from his Chisa Records ... read moreCD
A sweet bit of electric work from 70s Brazil – the only album we've ever seen from Helio Matheus, and one of those rare gems that's every bit as great as its legend might imply! Helio works here in this spacious territory that has a compressed groove on the bottom, and a wide sound on the ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Hailu Mergia —
Lala Belu ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2018. New Copy ...
The first record in many years from Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia – and a set that we actually like even better than his earlier work! This album's more jazz than some of the previous efforts – performed in a trio with bass and drums by players who often make things tightly ... read moreCD
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band —
Wede Harer Guzo ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy Gatefold ...
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 moreCD
One of the most unique funk groups we've ever heard – one who bring together Japanese roots, and inflect them with a much more global sense of groove! The approach is maybe Lagos by way of Kyoto – with maybe a stop in Addis Ababa during the trip – but the end result is also a lot ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The music of Joe Moks has a nice sing-song feel here – a vibe that's almost more reggae than you'd expect from her Nigerian roots – but with an offbeat style that's also not like anything that might have come from Kingston! Instead, the groove here feels a bit like when American or ... read moreCD
Funky gipsy grooves from 70s Spain – served up by a pair of sweet female singers, and plenty of fuzz guitar as well! The duo have a sound that's almost more sinister than you'd expect – singing together with this buzzing edge, and set to rhythms that are often pretty funky – in ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A pair of rare albums from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – back to back on a single CD! First up is Afro Latin Soul Vol 1 – pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more ... read moreCD
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's ... read moreCD
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who ... read moreCD
A cool criss-crossing of modes – all produced by Bugge Wesseltoft in the usual genre-busting mode of the Jazzland label! The set features South African singer Bafana Issac Nhlapo working with a group of Norwegian musicians – who bring this bouncy, jazz-based style to his vocals – ... read moreCD
A fantastic set from the contemporary scene in Lagos – a set that's very heavy on percussion, but has a slightly electrical vibe too – almost the same sort of clash of contemporary and classic that we loved in the Congotronics series from a few years back! The approach here is ... read moreCD
Wonderfully trippy sounds from Mike Nyoni – one of the funkier talents in the Zamrock scene of the 70s – even though he also works with lots of the slight psychedelic touches of other contemporaries too! Mike's style on guitar is a bit too loose to be funk, but it's also got this nice ... read moreCD
An early 80s set from the Lagos scene – and one that's about as far from the Afro Funk sound of the 70s as that city is from New York! Instead of full-on ensemble styles, Danny Offia has this nice lean groove – basslines that bump with a wickedly catchy sound, laced with keyboard solos ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A wonderfully hard-to-categorize album from the start of the 80s – a Mexican record that mixes folkloric roots with electronic instrumentation – but all in a way that sounds much more ancient than you'd expect for the time! The fusion of modes here is wonderful – almost at a ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to ... read moreCD
Let's Have A Party, indeed – as it's hard not to celebrate when a record sounds this great! The album's a boiling batch of Afro Funk numbers from the legendary Geraldo Pino – a key influence on the sound of Fela, and an artist with a sound that's got a bit more James Brown in his ... read moreCD
Professor Rhythm —
Professor 3 ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1991. New Copy ...
A set of brightly bubbling grooves from Professor Rhythm – and a record that really seems to fit the changing mood on the South African scene of the time! Most of the tracks are instrumental – with just a bit of chorus vocals here and there – and they've got an upbeat, optimistic ... read moreCD
Almir Ricardi —
Festa Funk ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1984. New Copy ...
A set that's definitely the funk festival promised in the title – but one that's also served up in an 80s-styled mode! Almir Ricardi sings in a soulful style, amidst lots of basslines and keyboards set up by Lincoln Olivetti and Robson Jorge – both Brazilian musicians with plenty of ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Unreleased work from Terry Riley – recorded in the WDR studios of German Radio, and a tremendous addition to his catalog! The first half of the music here features Riley on piano and electronics, in duet with Krishna Bhatt on sitar and tabla – in a mode that further unlocks the ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A lost legacy in music from Pierre Sandwidi – a singer from Burkina Faso who had a fair bit to say about the social situation in his West African nation – often working in a mode that was a bit more cut off from mainstream music on the continent, which resulted in a very unique sort of ... read moreCD
A fantastic little record that's everything promised in the title – this fantastic fusion of Greek musical traditions with a spiritual sense of jazz – completely unlike anything else we've ever heard! Sure, there'd been previous attempts to merge such modes – like the Greek ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Great work from Jake Sollo – an artist who's every bit as tight on the guitar as he is on his vocals – so much so, that there's tracks on the set where Jake seems to let his instrument do all the talking! The album's got a super-sharp sound – recorded in Lagos with lots of ... read moreCD
Groundbreaking early work from Suns Of Arqua – recorded on the London scene at the end of the 70s, with this amazing blend of instrumental elements from around the globe – but all at a level that's far from the cliches such albums would have in later years! Instead, there's this fresh ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
There may be lots of tambourine at this party, but there's plenty more as well – including some monstrous basslines that instantly make the record a treasure for fans of any funk styles from the 70s! In fact, despite the Nigerian origin of the set, it's probably just as reasonable for you to ... read moreCD
Ebo Taylor —
Yen Ara ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Ebo Taylor takes off wonderfully here – clearly inspired by the new attention he's gotten in recent years, which includes a whole set of fresh recordings like this – which strongly continue the vibe of his classics from the 70s! The groove is tight and wonderfully focused – not ... read moreCD
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles ... read moreCD
A special collaboration between these two legends of Ghanian music – one that has singer Pat Thomas working with the grooves of Ebo Taylor – in an effort to reclaim the sound of calypso as an African sound! The album's got an unusual mix of Caribbean modes and Ghanian soul – ... 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
A totally cool trio from the 70s Spanish scene – one who have Andalusian roots, but work here in a sweet mix of funk and soul! The group trade vocals back and forth in a very cool way – two guys and one gal, really sounding like even more than that as they sing – and the ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A heady brew of guitar-driven numbers from Sir Victor Uwaito – a key force in the Nigerian music scene for many years, and an instrumentalist with a really mindblowing sound! Some of these tracks have Victor playing a weird double-necked guitar, others a straighter version of the electric ... read moreCD
Fierce Spanish funk from the 70s – served up here by the wild female singer Dolores Vargas! The style here is maybe a bit different than what you might be used to if you only know American soul – but there's plenty of heavy basslines, tight horns, and funky drums – all to serve ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists —
African Dances ... CD Phonodisk/Mr Bongo (UK), 1979. New Copy ...
A monster of an Afro Funk album – one with a hard-jamming quality that reminds us of some of the best Fela classics of the 70s! All of side one features the massive "Cunny Jam Wayo" – a cut that has layers of percussion that build up beautifully, with lots of space for strong ... read moreCD
Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more ... read moreCD
Woima Collective —
Tezeta ... CD Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2010. New Copy ...
An amazing set of Ethiopian-styled grooves – recorded recently, but with a sound that's right up there with some of our favorite Mulatu albums of the 70s! The group here really know their stuff – and they work in a beautiful blend of bottom-heavy percussion and unique horn phrasings ... read moreCD
Xtasy have a name and a look that feels a lot like some of the mainstream American soul acts of the time – and the sound of this album definitely fits that image too! The grooves are a sweet blend of bumping basslines and keyboards – borrowing strongly from electro soul instrumentation ... read moreCD
A fantastic debut from Gili Yalo – an important artist on the current Tel Aviv scene, but one with roots in Ethiopia, too – a mix of cultural modes that he works to great effect on this album! The sounds here definitely echo some of the hippest Ethio sounds of the 70s – but the ... read moreCD
A long-overdue second chapter of the African Scream Contest compilation – the first of which introduced a huge new audience to the funky sounds of Benin in the 70s! This set is every bit as fantastic as the first – filled with tunes that have these darkly brooding, heavy funk ... read moreCD
Afro Tropical Soundz – and well chosen sampler of stellar tracks from Soundway compilations – some of the best global grooves releases of the past decade – with Afrobeat and funk from Ghana, Columbian grooves, Afro & Latin sounds from the French Carribbean, Psychedelic Afro ... read moreCD
A killer collection of contemporary Afro Funk work – but all served up from quite a surprising source! The music here is all from Brazil, but also continues that nation's long tradition of sharing roots and culture with the continent across the Atlantic – a legacy that's sometimes been ... read moreCD
Peruvian grooves from the heights of the Andes – but music that also resonates strongly with the hipper Latin styles of the South American scene at the time! These aren't the moody pan flute numbers that were popularized abroad in the 60s – the kinds of records that played big with the ... read moreCD
The second volume of Buda's excellent Angola series! This collection focuses on the semba, the indigenous dance form that influenced Brazilian samba, as well as the deeply soulful lamentos akin to Cape Verdean morna, popularized in the west by the great Bonga, who appears here. The jaunty semba ... read moreCD
The third volume in Buda's superb Angola series chronicles one of the country's most potent musical eras! The tracks here were produced during a period of deep political uncertainty, as three different factions vied for power. A failed 1974 coup left many of the performers included on this great ... read moreCD
The fifth volume of Buda's great Angola series examines the most contemporary musical streams of this strife-torn West African nation. Ebullient grooves serve to transcend the violence and instability while beautiful, mournful laments rhapsodize what's been lost. The music on this volume ... read moreCD
The French Antilles have been a huge source of influence on the global scene of the past few decades – especially during the big years of the zouk explosion, which opened up the island grooves to a huge global audience! But there's a much richer history of Antilles music that doesn't always ... read moreCD
A really wonderful survey of Brazilian instrumental modes at mid-century – a set that moves between choro, samba, and early bossa styles – and also opens up into some other genres as well! The focus here is on key instrumentalists – players with a strong ability to improvise and ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Caribbean styles hit the American scene – then get transformed into something completely different in this huge collection of recordings that span styles that include jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, and blues! In some cases, the Caribbean element comes through in the song structure – which ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
An unexpected legacy of funky sounds from the 70s – one that most of us never got to experience, given that most of these records were trapped behind the Iron Curtain for decades! Yet somehow, that curtain seemed to allow for plenty of influence from the west – as most of these obscure ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic look at the groundbreaking sounds of the Disques Debs label – one of the most important companies producing music in the French Caribbean – and an imprint whose impact was strongly felt on the other side of the Atlantic as well! The core of these grooves is that compelling ... read moreCD
Sweet grooves from the Duomo Sounds label – a short-lived Nigerian imprint who cut some mighty funky sounds at the start of the 80s! The title here uses the word "disco", but these cuts have none of the strings and polish of the sounds you'd hear at Studio 54 – as most ... read moreCD
Ethiopian music from the 70s, but mostly work that's much more rootsy than the sounds you'd hear on the Ethiopiques series – despite the placement of "urban" in the title! Instead, these cuts represent a recorded version of that nation that circulated more widely amongst listeners ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest of the Ethopiques series! Like the best volumes in this series, this 8th one features some killer tunes with a hard soul approach – recorded in Ethiopia, but clearly influenced by the American funk of the late 60s and early 70s! The arrangements are mad mad mad – ... read moreCD