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
Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni & Her Waka Funky Modernizers —
Congratulations ... LP Alagbada (Nigeria), 1991. Very Good- ...
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(Cover has a split top seam held with a staple and a worn top right corner.)
Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni & Her Waka Moderniser —
Abode America ... LP Kollington (Nigeria), 1988. Good+ ...
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(Cover has light wear with a torn top right corner.)
King Sunny Ade's first major label LP, that helped him bring his juju music to the world. The blueprint of juju's laid down hear, with loads of intertwining guitar lines and tallking drums chattering away in a driving but never-too-busy fashion underneath. Includes "Sunny Ti De Arya", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade —
Message ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Very Good+ ...
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(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
King Sunny Ade —
My Dear ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1986. Very Good ...
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(Cover has a touch of pen. Label has an ink stamp.)
The second domestically released album from King Sunny Ade and His African Beats, with the wonderful Ju Ju sound ringing throughout every piece, from the up tempo numbers to the more mellow grooves. Interlocking, chirping guitar parts are layered over nicely percolating rhythms, 9 tracks in all: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two great tracks by this group from Sierra Leone! "Temedi Oh" has this fast-moving groove that's totally wonderful – followed by guitar that riffs along in quick time with the pulsating bass, and topped with a vocal call that's like icing on the cake! "Den Kick" is a bit ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A pretty great psychedelic rock effort from Chile's Aguaturbia – featuring influences from and covers of cuts from psych & blues greats from the US and UK – but done with a cool, unique South American vibe and a groove that is the group's own! The guitar work from Carlos Corales is ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited US Lion reissue on 180 gram vinyl, still in the shrink, including the insert.)
An interesting turning point for this funky Nigerian group of the 70s – as the set's still got the chunky rhythms of previous efforts, but also shows a touch of influence from reggae on some of the grooves – as well as some very cool use of keyboard touches that give the whole thing ... 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
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)
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
Fast funky grooves from The Apostles – one of the few 70s Afro combos who could maybe go head to head with the sharpest American funk acts of the time! "Banko Woman" is a wickedly quick barrage of basslines, snapping percussion, and very cool guitar – a tune that's got a bit ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Pascal Atangana is a hell of a singer – one who can move quickly, but with lots of deft changes – over the very dynamic rhythms provided by his excellent backing group! The set was originally issued as a part of a series to showcase the music of Cameroon in the 70s – but it's got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 300 – with poster and download!)
A funky little combo from 70s Nigeria – one who could easily give most American funk bands of the time a good run for their money! The approach here is nice and lean – lots of heavy basslines and tight drums, run through with riffing wah-wah guitar licks, and plenty of sweet touches on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lean take on the double-length self-titled set from this mighty funky combo – one that brings together a range of great funky 45s, plus a few other hefty nuggets! If you don't know the group, they're totally great – as Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band go back to the funkiest moments of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget what you think about Ginger Baker, this one's really more of a Fela album – as it was recorded in London during the time when Fela and Ginger Baker were hanging out together! The tracks are long, with a tight funky sound, and lots of cool keyboards by Fela (who also sings and plays ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has a promo sticker, cutout notch, some wear, and unglued bottom seam.)
Emma Baloka —
Freedom ... LP Ketu (France), 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
A funky little gem from Emma Baloka – a singer who worked in a few different groups in the 70s scenes between Nigeria and Cameroon, then cut this early 80s set on his own! Emma's got a groove that really shows his travels – often as skittish as it is funky, and not content to ever stay ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful conflation of grooves all taking place in a single space – some of the West African modes of the late 70s, coming into play with more contemporary soul elements – all spun out over a quartet of long tracks that are filled with unusual grooves! Instrumentation is electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool group from Mali – one who have some of the older currents that you'd associate with the scene, but served up with a nicely contemporary crackle! The vocals often have those bluesy inflections that have risen up strongly in west Africa – but the instrumentation also has a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set of rare tracks from the vaults of CBS Records in Kenya – tunes that really show a nicely complex approach to the groove! Black Fire kick things off with "Fire" – a tune that's got a reggae vibe, but a sound that's quite different than the style of Kingston! The cut's ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 500 copies – with download!)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Near Mint- ...
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Americo Brito & Djarama —
Nha D'Stine ... LP Mar & Sol (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the only albums ever recorded by Djarama – a group with roots in Cape Verde, but who rocked the Dutch scene of the mid 80s – where their highly rhythmic style must have been a huge hit! The approach here is a bit like some of the post-colonial acts recording in Paris around the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky soul from Buari – a native of Ghana, working here in a tight slick funk mid 70s American mode. There's less heavy Afro grooves than you'd hear on a Fela album from the time – but the album does a great job of mixing American style raw funk (by a group that includes Bernard Purdie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really tremendous record from the Lagos scene of the 70s – a set that's completely sharp from beginning to end, and which has the same sort of side-long jamming that you'd find on the best records by Fela Kuti at the time! King Bucknor's billed as "The Black Isaiah Of Africa" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slow-grooving boogie number from Junior Byron – one that's got a catchy sort of back/forth rhythm, which Junior uses to nice advantage with his swinging vocals on the tune! The version brings up the riffing guitar in the rhythms, in a way that's even cooler than the original mix – ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Recent 180 gram pressing, still in the stickered outer sleeve.)
Ceylieb People —
Tanyet ... LP Vault, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
An incredible album of Eastern instrumentation and funky rock breaks – served up as one of the headiest studio sessions to come from the LA scene of the late 60s! The Ceylieb People work in the same territory as Devil's Anvil or The Orient Express – a blend of fuzzy psychedelia with ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great criss-crossing of sounds and styles – one that brings together African roots, contemporary funk, and a great array of dancefloor modes served up by the various producers on the project! The record reminds us a lot of some of our favorite French work in this mode from the start of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A new take on the older chica groove – a slightly romping rhythm that's almost a South American take on Tex Mex modes! The sound here has a nicely old-style feel – despite contemporary origins of the recording – and instrumentation is heavy on keyboards, including Electravox, ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic tracks from the short-but-strong music career of Julie Coker – a huge figure in Nigerian culture, both for her work onscreen and off! Coker recorded a handful of records at the end of the 70s – right at the height of her career – and the tracks here are from two of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet album of soulful jazz from trumpeter Johnny Coles – a wondeful talent who made a rare few albums as a leader! The record is quite different than Coles' earlier work for Epic and Blue Note – in that it's got the slightly electrified Mainstream sound of the 70s firmly in place ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cut corner, and shrinkwrap is open a bit in that corner.)
A NYC combo with rhythms and traditions rooted in Colombia, and a unique psych-tinged , danceable sound! Raw rhythms anchor them a bit and provide deep roots while the powerfully soulful vocals by Carolina Oliveros and backing vocals by the rest of the group provide a soulful integrity, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to just 500 copies! Pressed on tri color splattered vinyl.)
Mixed Moods ... LP Coronets (Trinidad & Tobago), Early 80s. Very Good+ ...
One of the hippest sets ever issued during the roots reggae wave of the 70s – and one of the most spiritual, too! The album's got a very special acoustic vibe at the core – earthy drumming that goes back to a pan-African tradition, these beautiful acoustic basslines that link the music ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent issue with download. Shrinkwrap has a hole in front.)
The bass in our speakers nearly jumped out of the box when we first started to play "What's Love" – a cut with this great bottom end that really gets things going, before riffing guitar builds a bridge to these cool exotic horns over the top! The vocal's got a really offbeat vibe, ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Hypnotic, spiritually resonant music from Rastafarian singer & hand drummer Ras Michael's Dadawah – with these organic, echoey, atmospheric drums, bass and trippy bits of keyboards – providing a strong, spacious backdrop for the freedom-seeking lyricism! It's very unique stuff, ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest grooves from the legendary Desco Records years – a brilliant album of modern Afro Funk done by The Daktaris – in a groove that's just as hard-hitting as any of Fela's work from the 70s! The album was one of the first to bring back an older African style to current ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered pressing – with download!)
Nitai Dasgupta —
Songs Of India ... LP Mushroom/Manufactured, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Beautiful vocal work from Nitai Dasgupta – a singer in the Indian classical tradition, but working here in two different modes that are equally great! One side of the record has shorter songs that balance Dasgupta's vocals with light percussion and a bit of flute – and the other has a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This wonderful Stevie Wonder track gets a new spin by French House super playboy Bob Sinclair, with some rich vocals courtesy Salome de Bahia, and the "Favelas" groove on the b-side kicks along nicely with just the right degree of South American flair! (New Grooves, Global Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
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
An interesting little single – one that definitely lives up to the Tropical Diaspora label's name – given all the many elements moving together in the grooves! "Guatemaya" was recorded in Belize, but has this slow-stepping groove that's almost mellow cumbia – but ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Mindblowing sounds at a level we've never heard before – a really unique combination of electronics and Persian music, done in a way that's quite different from any other recording of its nature! The electronics are used in a way that's relatively spare, but which definitely sets a sonic ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"El Doctor" is a lively little number with a nice hint of revolution – performed here by a combo from Italy, but with a very South American vibe! The percussion is upbeat, the horns punch along with the groove, and the rolling lyrics are nice and compelling – and the flipside ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Funky Turkish rock from the enigmatic Ersen – an artist we'd rank right up there with Erkin Koray and Selda for choppy grooves and offbeat music! Like both of those artists, Ersen works in that vein of Turkish rock known as Arabesk or Andalou pop – a very cool blend of Western ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Christy Essien is a singer with a very unusual voice, especially for the Nigerian scene – kind of this flowing, rich approach that seems to work equally well with ballads and groovers! There's plenty of the latter here – tunes that get great backing from Blo, who you probably know from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat —
Juntos ... LP Sonic Octopus/Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2018. 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 instrumentals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic first album from Exile One – a group who recorded more mainstream work in Paris later in their career – but who really sound fierce and funky here right at the start! The sound is lean, stripped-down, and a lot more aimed towards American soul than you'd guess from their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
General Franco is alive and well – at least General Franco Lee Ezute, as the sound of his work on this record is so vibrant, it will keep his legacy alive for decades! The rhythms move fast, the guitar dances along at a similar speed, and Franco works with his Harmony Kings International ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album