The cover looks a bit cheesy – like some sort of Star Search graphic – but the album's a rock-solid gem from the second decade of Nigerian funk – recorded in Lagos with a great boogie vibe, and a groove that's as heavy on keyboards as it is on riffing guitar and percussion! Peter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great diaspora sounds from Afrodyssey Orchestra – a group who bring so much more to their music than most of their contemporaries – in ways that both tap into their native cultural history in Greece, and really open up some of the deeper jazz currents of their songs! Instrumentation ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really fantastic music, with a sound that's as hip as the image on the cover – not jazz as we know it here in the US, but a wonderful hybrid of our own musical roots with elements of Sudanese music – all delivered with a very postmodern mish-mash of styles, and a sound that's unlike ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic collaboration between two pioneers of African music – and a set that nicely opens both into the jazziest side of their talents! Hugh Masekela blows flugelhorn, and Tony Allen handles drums and plenty of percussion – and although both artists sing a bit, the main ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really well-crafted set of funk from the legendary Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – maybe best known for his material in the mid 70s, but sounding equally wonderful here on an album from the start of the 80s! The sound is sharper and more sophisticated than before – recorded in London, with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic collaboration between Josi Ndlovu and Andre Abrahamse – both artists who had long roots in a variety of West African groups and projects before this set – and find a way to draw on that work while also finding new energy together in the studio! The tunes have a subtle, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great blend of Saharan and Ethiopian guitar styles – the former played by Alhousseini Anivolla, the latter by Girum Mezmur – working together here in a set of intertwining solos and nicely snakey grooves! There's a really seductive feel to the record, right from the start – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Antibalas take a page from the Wu-Tang book, and add a little kung fu action to their music – with results that maybe make this set one of their freshest in years! All the core energy of the group is very firmly in place – that razor-sharp instrumentation that's made these guys one of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the moodiest albums we've ever heard from the Zamrock scene of the 70s – a record of slow-building tunes with a very personal vibe – all vocals and most instrumentation handled by Ricky Banda himself – in a style that's more intimate than other Zambian albums of the time! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bazali Bam look somewhat playful on the cover, but the record's got this darker intensity that points the way towards later experiments on the West African scene – with a blend of soul, funk, and psych elements that almost seem to be a precursor to Zamrock sounds! Yet the style here is a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album on the South African scene of the 70s – a set that mixes together currents of jazz and funk, but at the start of a sound that would break forth even more in the decade to come! Yet The Beaters were there at the start – a young trio that includes drummer Sipho Mabuse, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Memoires ... LP Beau Monde (France), 2009. New Copy (reissue)...
A really cool take on traditions of Guadeloupean musical traditions – served up in a style that echoes some of the blends of jazz and island elements from earlier generations! The group here is a trio – with the great Edmondy Krater on ka, djembe, and percussion – all instruments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
80s Afro grooves, recorded in Belgium – given a nice twist by the Crammed Discs label, which was one of the first to really open up African styles with more European elements! Bony Bikaye handles vocals, and Hector Zazou plays plenty of keyboards and adds in beat – so there's an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – which also includes some bonus tracks!)
Don't think "experimental", think funky club tracks – as Jo Bisso did a great job of crossing over to the American mainstream in the 70s, thanks in part to a famous album on TK Records! That work is referenced here, alongside some much more obscure tracks – all with an ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gyedu Blay Ambolley & Zantoda Mark III —
Control ... LP Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
A rare one from Ghanaian legend Gyedu Blay Ambolley – fully in control of a far-reaching funky trip with his Zantoda Mark III group! Control carries on with the most treasured aspects of Ambolley's mid 70s work – the raw percussion, punchy horns and charismatic vocals – but it's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Tiabate —
Mali Music ... LP Honest Jons (UK), 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
That Damon Albarn's a busy guy! When he's not busy being a rock star or mock rock star, he's off on holiday in some exotic locale – but making another record at the same time, like this one, recorded in Mali. We have to admit, though we were predisposed towards the bare field recordings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little set from Bombino – recorded in Amsterdam, but heavy on the kind of fuzzy, freaky guitar work that have made the Tuareg group such an international hit in recent years! These guys wail mightily throughout – mixing pulsing rhythms with nicely freaky guitar lines – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest records ever issued by Sidiku Buari – the Ghanian musician who also recorded just as Buari – stepping out here in a very unusual performance recorded live at a club in New York at the end of the 70s! Side one begins with this great crowd frenzy and very cool energy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Francisco Mora Catlett —
Mora ... LP AACE/Far Out (UK), 1987. New Copy (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set recorded in Detroit, but one that's got a globe's worth of elements in the mix – originally recorded in the mid 80s, but not released until a brief CD issue in the early part of the 21st Century! Despite that history, the album's a really timeless record that encompasses a world's ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)
Victor Cavini —
Japan ... LP Selected Sound/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
A very unusual sound library album from the German scene – a set that's maybe a lot more ethnographic than the usual stock TV and commercial grooves you'd expect – done by Victor Cavini with a fairly sensitive blend of traditional Japanese instrumentation and a few key modern elements ... (Sound Library, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic set of exotica from the legendary percussionist Chaino – a set that was originally billed as a record to set free the passions of reluctant lovers in the postwar years – but which has a much deeper vibe than that! The percussion is great throughout – lots of congas ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare 70s work from Don Cherry, and one of the most perfect realizations of his organic music concept – a quartet session recorded for Italian broadcast, with long songs that have a very spun-out, meditative vibe! Cherry's on pocket trumpet, but is way more than a horn player – as his ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing rare chapter in the career of the legendary Manu Dibango – and a darn funky one as well! This early 70s album was recorded in Paris, right before Manu's huge global "Soul Makossa" hit – and although it was done as an obscure sound library release, it really shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dibson & Essody —
Justice ... LP Wilfilms/Dig This Way (Italy), 1984. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweet boogie groovers from the early 80s Nigerian scene – heavy on warm vocals from Victor Essody and riffing guitar from Claude Dibson – but also warmed up with plenty of basslines and keyboards too! The sound is pretty spare and tight – electro soul, maybe filtered through a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from bassist Johnny Dyani – and that's saying a lot, given his tremendous records of the 70s! The album's different than the album that Johnny recorded with fellow Blue Notes members on the Steeplechase label – and instead, the group here is ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most rootsy albums ever issued by the Tabansi label – a set that's quite different than their more familiar electric modes, and which features very raw, tribal sounds by a percussion group that is tied to the Niri Kingdom in Nigeria! As you'd guess from their name, the ensemble is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The original take of "Army Arrangement" – one of the greatest 80s grooves from Fela Kuti – stretched out here over the course of the entire album! The notes list side one as being the "instrumental" and side two as the "vocal" – but in truth, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An impassioned attack on police and army violence in 70s Nigeria – and easily one of Fela Kuti's best-remembered albums of the time! The lead track – "Sorrow Tears & Blood" – is really tremendous – a wicked groove that begins with a very long electric piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the kind of calypso that was issued by the big American labels in the 50s – and instead, sounds that have a sound, style, and overall approach that's maybe a lot more similar to American blues from the rural scene! The tracks here are all pulled from the personal archive of Walter Gavitt ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the first-ever collection of the work of this important group from Djibouti – a huge state-financed ensemble whose performances were captured on tape for radio, but never issued as regular commercial albums at the time! 4 Mars take their name from a key moment of independence in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from Tanzanian guitarist Frank Humplick – who plays here alongside vocal harmonies from his two sisters – in a mode that's almost like a East African cross between The Carter Family and Andy & The Bey Sisters! The vibe is different, of course – as the raw ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies. Comes with a great booklet of notes!)
Fantastic guitar work from K Frimpong – and plenty of other fantastic sounds too – all rolled up in his unique blend of Afro funk and high-life – served up here on four nice long tracks! There's vocals on the record, but the guitar and rhythms are what really drive the train ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – mastered at The Carvery, and served up in a nice heavy cover!)
K Frimpong & Super Complex Sounds —
Ahyewa Special ... LP Ofori Brothers/Hot Casa (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
The sublime first album from K Frimpong – a really unique blend of hi-life and Afro Funk, but served up with all these unusual touches that make the album stand out from even most of the rest of the revolutionary sounds that were coming from Ghana at the time! There's this sense of flow that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that's definitely a giant on the move – a heavy, hard rocker from the Indonesian scene – full of freak and fuzz, in this fantastic blend of psych elements and progressive jamming! The group are fantastic – speaking plenty with the guitar of Benny Soebardja, who also sings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heshoo Beshoo Group —
Armitage Road ... LP Little Giant/We Are Busy Bodies, 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
A rare South African jazz treasure – a set that's much more obscure than some of the bigger names of the scene, and which has a sound that's very different too! There's maybe a stronger American influence taking place here, especially in the rhythms, but also in the phrasing – and the ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great chapter in the long and funky history of the musicians that also played in Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Cane & Abel – and a cool little set that may be one of the best records to ever come from the collective! The players work here as Ice – and come across like some ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ipa Boogie —
Ipa Boogie ... LP Albarika Store/Acid Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic funk from late 70s Benin – a set that maybe owes as much to the sound of New York as it does to the West African groove of the time! The album's got a monstrous bassy vibe all the way through – with cuts that often just riff and groove like some of the best clubby funk acts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that's every bit as cool as you might expect – a set that's very much in the same Indo-jazz experiments as saxophonist Joe Harriott, but with a slightly different approach overall! Although sitar is part of the instrumentation, there's also a fair bit of conventional jazz phrasing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition! Includes a great 12" square, 12 page booklet of notes and photos!)
A sweet Soweto group from the start of the 80s – one who have a nice current of funk in their mix, but who also serve up some well-crafted solos on both guitar and flute! The vocals are often warmly in that more familiar South African style of the period – but the record's nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The image on the cover will let you know that you're in for something very different right away – as Brij Bhushan Kabra not only plays the guitar in a way that's different than others, he also strings the instrument in very different ways too! The set's a bit different than some of Kabra's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool record, and exactly what's promised in the title – this beautiful mixing of guitar and tabla – the latter handled by Zakir Hussain, the former by the great Brij Bhushan Kabra! Tracks are nice and long, and are a variant of the 60s raga recordings that were captured often by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic benga work from the Kenyan scene – material pulled from the all-too-brief career of Kakai Kionzo, who managed to unite some of the scenes and styles in his nation, before leaving this planet at a very young age! The work here has a very rhythmic vibe throughout – basslines ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful little record – one that features cascading tones from the strings of the kora, mixed with occasional vocal moments too! The album was recorded in Dakar and Brikama in the mid 70s – and is maybe the start of a great run of later sessions that found a way of taking this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very nicely-done reissue – with all the heft of an orginal Folkways pressing!)
A masterpiece of Turkish psychedelia – and quite possibly the greatest album ever from Turkish psychedelic maestro Erkin Koray – a mad blend of sounds that definitely lives up to its "elektronik" title! Most numbers feature a weird blend of electric guitar and baglama – ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)
Erkin Koray —
Halimem ... LP Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s/1987. New Copy ...
Two slices of work from one of the hippest, grooviest Turkish artists of all time – the madly tripped-out Erkin Koray, a singer with a sound that's even wilder than his look on the cover! The collection brings together rare tracks from cassette-only releases and singles – and is a ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – on orange vinyl with download!)
Beautifully folksy work from pre-war Greece – a series of 78s from Constantinos Bezos, not only a musician, but also a journalist and actor too – and reportedly one with a very political wit! That wit comes through in the title of the collection – but might not in the lyrics to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky sounds from Croatia – presented here with a sweet 70s groove, and some very offbeat vocals throughout! Zdenka Kovacicek has a completely different way of phrasing than most other European singers we've heard – all these weird twists, turns, and sharp little angles that are a ... 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
Two generations of the Fela Kuti legend work here back to back – in a double length set that features one full album from Fela's son, and another by his grandson! Femi is up first on a set titled Stop The Hate – full-on Afro Funk with plenty of message in the music – the older ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin combo from London, but one with a wider range of styles in their music – as you might guess from the lineup pictured on the cover! Lokkhi Terra are great at familiar Latin jazz modes – really using their instrumentation to craft strong standout solos on trumpet, flute, Fender ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vocalist Dele Sosimi joins this ultra-hip London group – a combo who are equally skilled in African and Cuban elements, hence the title of the record – and one who can also serve things up with lots of jazz-based energy as well! All tracks are nice and long – and in addition to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last album ever recorded by Trinidad calypso legend Lord Invader – and a set that really sums up all the genius he brought to his too-short career! At a time when the music was really entering the mainstream in commercial ways, Invader keeps things very spare, stark, and basic here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – with all the heft of a classic Folkways pressing!)
Groovy South African soul from Linda Bab Majika – a singer who's part of that new generation of positivity that was flowing out of the scene, reaching out here with a sound that's pretty universal in appeal! The music is more conventional 80s soul than you might expect – and richer and ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Malawian Madalitso Band —
Wasalala ... LP Bongo Joe (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Malawian Madalitso are more of a duo than a band – Yobi Maligwa on babatoni and lead vocals, and Yosefe Kalenkeni on guitar and percussion – both working together with a beautiful sense of tightness and melody! The mix of stringed instruments is great – pulsating with an inherent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – served up by a percussionist who spent the mid 70s touring the Caribbean and South Pacific, and who seems to have absorbed a globe's worth of rhythms in the process! The album's probably closest to a jazz fusion album – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky, freaky, and freewheeling – a killer 70s set from Baris Manco – and quite possibly the greatest realization of his unique blend of sounds! Some tunes are short, while others are much longer – and Manco seems really set free to experiment here – still using the cool ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible Turkish psych album from Baris Manco – totally riveting work that blends some traditional Turkish influences with the panoramic psychedelia of the late 60s & early 70s – all of which makes for lots of fuzzed out rock-funk, and a fantastic melodic sensibility! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might know Ze Manel as a member of Super Mama Djombo – but here, he comes across on a set of tracks that are even more personal, yet still highly rhythmic overall! There's a criss-crossing of elements in the tunes that's really great – lots of back/forth rhythms, sewn together by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on heavyweight vinyl and in a tip-on cover!)
Utakata No Hibi ... LP Better Days/Everland (Austria), 1983. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderfully groovy set from the early 80s Japanese scene – a record that's maybe got a lot more cultural strands criss-crossing than some of its contemporaries! The cover looks a bit psychedelic, and the sound is maybe a bit too – but with the sorts of early 80s keyboards and ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking work from Busi Mhlongo – a real shift in South American soul at the end of the 90s, almost as if the set was marking the new sense of pride and nation that was taking place at the tip of the continent! Mhlongo's vocals are amazing – expressive in familiar soul ways, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most evocative albums ever recorded by the enigmatic Lloyd Miller – a set created at Brigham Young University, in Utah – but filled with a mix of different styles from the other half of the planet! Miller plays a variety of stringed instruments and percussion – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 200 copies – and packaged in a very heavy, hand-assembled cover!)
Lloyd Miller/Press Keys Quartet —
Oriental Jazz ... LP East West/Now Again, 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
Possibly the greatest album ever from the enigmatic Lloyd Miller – his legendary Oriental Jazz album from the late 60s, and a really wonderful blend of musical modes! Some of the tracks here really stretch out in the Eastern promise of the title – mixing jazz rhythms with santur, oud, ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moses Taiwa Molelekwa —
Genes & Spirits ... LP MELT 2000/Matsuli (UK), Late 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
An overlooked bit of spiritual jazz from the 90s – issued at a time when the South African scene was really hitting a new level of creative energy, even though much of it wasn't always recognized by audiences over here in the US! The set's got this powerful fusion of ideas – older ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual albums to ever come from the legendary Black Ark studios of Lee Scratch Perry – a set by a duo of Congolese singers, Seke Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo – who are also not to be confused with The Congos, another group that Perry was producing at the time! The album ... 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 sweet set of digital dub from the Nigerian scene – a record that blends drum machine beats with richer, bassier currents – all in a vibe that's like some of the best underground work coming out of Kingston a few years before! Singer/leader Essco Wilson, aka Sharon Dread, features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice mix of older highlife modes with some of the more electric touches of the 80s – still produced with a nice lean vibe overall, and plenty of live energy that leaps between the riffing guitar, percussion, and horns – all augmented by these nicely quirky lines on keyboards! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Lacquered from the original master tapes in a tip-on sleeve. Includes 12 page booklet!)
William Onyeabor —
Body & Soul ... LP Luaka Bop, 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest records ever from this legendary Nigerian musician – a set that's filled with sharply funky moments, soulful saxophone solos, and lots of those cool keyboards we always love from William Onyeabor! The style here is a bit like the first Crashes In Love record – tied ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early moment for the legendary William Onyeabor – music created for the film Crashes In Love – which tells the sad story of a princess who has to choose between love and money – a setting that helps make for some of Onyeabor's greatest music on record! The style here is ... 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
William Onyeabor looks like a great lover on the cover of this set – and he follows up that image with some of the slinkiest, most seductive music of his career! There's almost a dub element to the record at times – as if Onyeabor was borrowing inspiration from Kingston, and bringing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor's looking pretty chilled out on the cover – especially given the Hypertension title of the record – a cool, confident dude decked out in a velvet jacket and sombrero – able to carry off that look as well as he can carry the grooves on the set! In anyone else's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great return to form for Orchestra Baobab – a group who really shone on the Senegalese scene in the 70s, but disbanded right as they were hitting global fame – eventually reuniting around the time of this album, thanks to demand from listeners around the world! The style is nicely ... 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
Penny Penny —
Yogo Yogo ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1996. New Copy (reissue)...
The strong second album from Penny Penny – a set that has the South African singer emerging as even more of a superstar than before – as you might guess from his look on the cover! The style is this unique blend of older South African vocal modes with more contemporary club elements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great mix of modes from Hubert Porter – tunes that are definitely the calypsos promised in the title, but which also have some unique elements that mark them as Jamaican, too – touches of mento, nice jazzy elements in the music, and that bubbling up of the new island modes that would ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy rhythms from the Brazilian scene of the 50s – a set of grooves originally used to accompany a touring dance production, but a set of tracks that's gone on to have quite a life of its own! The music here isn't the cool bossa or spare samba you might expect – and instead has this ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The People Rock Outfit really knock it out of the park with this dark-edged classic from the 70s – one of the heaviest albums we've heard from the Nigerian scene at the time, and a record that's almost got more of a South African spirit overall! These guys effortlessly mix together funk and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
PVP (Patience, Violet, Pinky) —
Malende ... LP La Casa Tropical (Netherlands), 1992. New Copy 2LP ...
PVP are a trio of South African singers who really update their groove with this sweet set of tracks from the early 90s – music that still comes across with some of the charm of 80s soul music from South Africa, but which also shows a stronger house music influence in the rhythms – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed up here as a 2LP set – better sound than the original!)
The funky Rob way is a massive one at that – a new path into Afro Funk modes for the 70s, with a groove that's made this set a collectors classic for decades! The group is tighter than most, yet more skittish too – percussion rattling alongside basslines that have these echoey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roforofo Jazz —
Fire Eater ... LP Office Home (France), 2021. New Copy ...
A French group, fronted by an MC from Chicago – working here in a style that's every bit as striking as the cover! The core sounds blend together older Afro Funk elements with jazz – in a groove that's nice and lean, and which provides a really unique setting for the rhymes of Days ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual album from the West African scene of the 70s – a set that brings together that area's styles with touches of reggae and maybe a slight current of soul – all of which makes for a very distinct approach to rhythm, which is also echoed in the vocals and instrumentation! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really unusual music recorded in contemporary Niger – performed by a group that features two different musicians each playing calabash – a large gourd that is used in this very percussive way, but with deep sounds that almost rumble as if the earth itself were being pounded in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little record from Caiphus Semenya – a South African singer, but one who works here with backings from some top-shelf studio talents in LA – a mix of jazz and fusion players who really bring a great sense of groove to the material! Tracks include two originals co-written with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
South African soul from Caiphus Semenya – and a set that's got a nicely righteous, upbeat vibe throughout! Caiphus works here in that best sort of South African style in the decade when the nation's struggles were getting a lot more global attention – showing a spirit that refuses to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Omar El Shariyi (Ammar El Sherei) —
Oriental Music ... LP Soutelphan/We Want Sounds (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
That's a pretty groovy looking keyboard on the cover – and the record's got a pretty groovy sound as well – very different than other organ records or Mid-East instrumental titles of the time, thanks in part to some very dexterous work on the multi-level keys from Omar El Shariyi! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever western collection to pay tribute to the lost legacy of Sinn Sisamouth – easily one of the coolest singers in Cambodia, before the Khmer Rouge shut down his career along with the rest of mainstream society! Sinn's got this amazing voice – surprisingly deep for a little ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title proclaims "highlife is back" – but it's also pretty darn funky here, thanks to a strong dose of influence from American soul music! In fact, the highlife quality is a bit more subdued than usual – still some great guitar lines, criss-crossing in nice ways – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Stormers are a group who rose from the ashes of the legendary Lagos funk combo Aktion – and they step out here with a really storming sound that definitely earns them their name! The groove is funk of the tightest form possible – especially for the start of the 80s – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wicked bit of 80s electro soul – one that's heavy on Yamaha keyboards and beats, but which was also recorded in Gabon – which gives the whole record a very different sound than New York material of the time! The rhythms are definitely in the funky soul side of the spectrum, but have ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album