Rare African tracks in a variety of styles – from heavy funk, to fuzzy psych, to other inventive grooves that create some whole new modes of their own! The tracks here move way past the usual familiar sound that "rare groove" might imply – quite far from American funk and ... read moreCD
A wicked little set that really gets at the way that Latin record collecting has moved way past the usual sounds from New York, Puerto Rico, and Cuba – to embrace a whole host of styles from around the globe! In a world of collections that feature oft-reissued numbers from the Fania catalog, ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Swirling Afro soul from Matana – with lots of African rhythms and heavy percussion laced with some trippy elements from the psychedelic scenes in the US and UK! Matana arrived in London, via their native Kenya in the early 70s – and rather seamlessly blended elements of soul, and on ... read moreCD
Four long ragas from Ustad Vilayat Khan – all played with a hypnotic quality that's really wonderful, and an edge that seems to set him apart from the sound of his contemporaries Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan! Vilayat's sound on the sitar is mighty sharp throughout – very piercing, ... read moreCD
There's a definite sense of melody on these vintage recordings from Ali Akbar Khan – tunes that ring out with lots of spare sitar, and virtually no other instrumentation at all! The titles here are all quite long – mellow, introspective ragas that have a very meditative feel – ... read moreCD
Hard funky soul with an Afrobeat backbone from Matata – who arrived on the London scene (via Kenya) in the mid 70s! Matata leaned mightily on the JBs for their groove, and laid out a heavy, rock solid variation on JBs funk with an African percussion base of congas and bongos at the core! ... read moreCD
A wonderfully fuzzy little set – created by a group who are clearly influenced by the best sounds of Tropicalia and other hip South American rock at the end of the 60s – influences that they use strongly to forge into their own wonderful sound on this set! The album's the group's ... read moreCD
Dexter Story —
Wondem ... CD Soundway (UK), 2015. New Copy 2LP ...
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
A seminal bit of funky Afrojazz from the DC scene of the 70s! The album features work by percussionist Okyerema Asante, and also includes sax work by Plunky Nakabinde – best known as the leader of the group Oneness Of Juju. Plunky's influence can really be felt strongly on the set – ... read moreCD
A record that really shows the continuing evolution of the sound of Manu Dibango – the artist's relentless drive to move forward and keep coming up with new ways to groove! The style here is quite different than the short, stark vibe of Manu's earlier work – as the tracks are all long, ... 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
A wonderful collection of rare gems from Peru – a varied, diverse region with the far-reaching, sweltering sounds to show for it – selected by master compiler Pablo Yglesias from a treasure trove of hard-to-find records! It's diverse stuff for sure, but common threads of feverish ... 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
Awalom Gebremariam —
Desdes ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 2000s. New Copy ...
A beautiful mix of ancient and contemporary modes – tracks that feature Awalom Gebremariam playing the Ethiopian krar, which is a lute-like stringed instrument – and the especially cool wata, which features just a single string, inflected with a bow! These elements are set to spare ... read moreCD
Out Of Addis ... CD Eastern Connection/Paradise Bangkok (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Contemporary sounds from Ethiopia – a scene that's just as rich today as it was during its much-heralded years of the 70s – when some of the most incredible musicians in the world were making a range of genre-transforming styles! The music here is instantly timeless – still ... read moreCD