An early 80s album from Turkish legend Edip Akbayaram – served up in a style that's more keyboard-oriented than some of the guitar-based Arabesk rock of the 70s – but in a mode that's still pretty darn trippy overall! The keyboards have an approach that's maybe a bit more understated, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen —
Black Voices ... LP Kindred Spirits/Comet (France), 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen —
Source ... LP Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Contemporary electronic sounds from Uganda – served up here by an artist who takes older songs of celebration, and reworks them through digital modes at a blistering pace! The grooves here sometimes move at a speed that might have you checking the settings on your turntable – but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning new work from Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – whose Simigwa album was one of the Afro Funk treasures of the 70s – still sounding great here in the company of some excellent younger musicians! The set's an update of Ambolley's earlier style – a bit in the way that Tony Allen's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Recent recordings of Olima Anditi – a legendary musician from postwar Kenya, assumed dead for years – but beautifully alive and well, as proclaimed by the title! The setting here is much more rootsy than some of Olima's more famous recordings – very much in the spirit of the work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies. Comes with a nice booklet of notes!)
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
Excellent work from Ayetoro – a group who are always out to show that they're not just another Afro Funk revival band! Instead, these guys work with a groove that's much richer – calling forth older highlife and jazzy styles too – wrapped up with a slight contemporary sensibility ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Selda Bagcan —
Selda (1979) ... LP Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – a rare set from a Soweto group, and one that's got a heavy dose of spiritual jazz in the mix! The album almost feels more like the kind of set you'd hear by a Paris group, extrapolating African sounds in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These guys aren't mean at all – as their groove is so warm and rhythmically compelling, they feel pretty darn friendly right from the very first note! The music's a compelling hybrid of Latin, African, and other rhythmic modes – served up with a freshness that's a nice change from some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't think "disco", think "funky jazz" – because this sweet South African group from the 70s is filled with lots of groovy twists and turns – all in a mode that's quite different than any of the American or European jazz albums we know from the time! The lineup ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't let the "brass" in the title throw you off – as these guys are more of an Afro Funk ensemble than any sort of New Orleans-styled group – a combo that's actually only got a single trumpet and trombone in the mix, alongside loads of riffing guitar and heavy percussion! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty album of Afro-styled grooves from Itadi K Bonney – an artist you might know from his late 70s album, issued under just his first name – and one who works with a sound that's even hipper here overall! The set was produced right before Bonney left Togo for various political ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kingsley Bucknor is a Nigerian singer, but one who also spent a fair bit of time on the London scene in the early 80s – where he clearly picked up a love of electro soul in his music! The sounds here are a great combination of 80s soul keyboards and basslines with vocals that maybe echo some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite an obscure group from the Zambian scene of the 70s – and one who've got a vibe that's maybe a bit more soulful than some of their better-known Zamrock contemporaries! The octet have a great way of trading voices back and forth with their grooves – in a mode that's almost South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from the Saharan scene – served up here by an Algerian combo with some wonderful guitar in the lead! The instrumentation is similar to some of their contemporaries, but also maybe crafted with a bit more tightness too – especially on numbers where the group's vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Turkish electro folk from late 70s Germany! Derdiyoklar Ikilisi is the duo of singer, saz and guitar player Ali Ekber Aydogan and drummer & singer Ihsan Guvercin – delivering hypnotic and melodic music here that are steeped in traditional Turkish music, though played with a late 70s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
El Turronero —
New Hondo ... LP Belter/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1980. New Copy ...
A funky treasure from the Spanish scene at the end of the 70s – a groundbreaking combination of flamenco roots and upbeat funk and soul! The album's got a groove that grabs you right from the start – almost like some of the tighter sound library funk of the European scenet at the time, ... (Latin, 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
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seven amazing albums from the legendary Fela Kuti – all packaged here in a special limited box set – with choices made by modern soul legend Erykah Badu! The package includes some of our favorite Fela albums ever – and all of them are records that really show him honing his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner from Fela – a record that really leaps right into the groove right from the very first note – then never lets up at all! Igo Chiko provides some fantastic tenor sax solos on the tunes – and both Tunde Williams and Eddie Faychum serve up some killer trumpet – while ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the lesser-known 70s session from Fela – but a great one too, and a record that captures the Africa 70 group at all their early raw best! Tracks are both very long – stretching for a side of the record apiece – and the title track "Alagbon Close" features some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition color vinyl pressing – with download!)
A real classic from the great Fela Kuti – a seminal mid 70s record that not only shows his impeccable sense of rhythm, but also his sense of rage as well! The title track – "Expensive Sh_t" – is Fela's answer to the time that he got busted for dope, and was forced to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the sexiest tunes that Fela ever cut – as you might guess from the image on the cover! The track begins with a cool spoken bit, about what man and woman get up to behind close doors – then moves into this pulsating keyboard part which is almost eerily spare, until the rest of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl pressing – with download!)
The cover image here really demonstrates the charisma of Fela at his height – dozens of topless women, kneeling around the maestro and spelling out the number 70 – but to us, the music is what really shows the man's power – a bold, progressive statement of the new energy bubbling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You may not be able to say his name that easily, but you'll definitely be singing the praises of Gokcen Kaynatan after you hear this groovy little record – a totally amazing bit of moogy electronics recorded on the Turkish scene in the 60s and 70s! There's plenty of guitar in the mix, too ... (Sound Library, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guy One —
#1 LP ... LP Philophon (Germany), 2018. New Copy ...
Wicked work from Guy One – both a singer and an instrumentalist – playing the small-stringed kologo here, but with riffing intensity that's backed by a very funky combo! The sound is pretty darn unique – in a mode that's not even like Afro funk from years back – and instead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The dubbier side of Elektro Hafiz comes to the forefront here – as selections from his first album are mixed into much more abstract territory! There's certainly some of the fuzzy guitar and Anatolian rock elements of before – but the bottom of the music is much more on the top – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent solo work from Amartey Hedzoleh – a key member of the important Afro Funk combos Psychedelic Aliens and Hedzoleh Sounds – heard here in a set of previously-unreleased tracks from the early 80s! The music is quite rootsy all the way through – with Hedzoleh on vocals and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredibly unique work from Panduranga Henderson – an artist who first worked as John Henderson in the group of Ray Charles, then hooked up with Alice Coltrane and had a spiritual awakening that really shaped his sound! The music here isn't at all like Charles or Coltrane – although it' ... 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
Ikebe Shakedown —
Way Home ... LP Colemine, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky soul from the South African scene at the end of the 70s – by a group who also uses a fair bit of fuzzy guitar too! There's maybe just a bit of a Zamrock current going through the music, but the grooves are more upfront too – so that the clubbier aspects of the music often take ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cem Karaca —
Hasret ... LP Turkofon/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
There's something about Turkish music that always seems a bit out of time – modes that never feel like the year they're recorded – at least in comparison to records from Western Europe and the US! Here, Cem Karaca comes across maybe like some 60s European singer, but with musical ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from the Kasai All-Stars – a group we first discovered in the Congotronics series with Konono No 1 – and who still have the same wonderful blend of raw rhythms, fuzzy distortion, and very powerful vocals! Their music has this powerfully organic vibe – with acoustic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kondi Band —
Salone ... LP Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
Very cool sounds from a wonderful pairing of sources – the ancient African thumb piano and contemporary funky production – at a level that's almost a 21st Century update of the American 70s kalimba experiments by Phil Cohran and Earth Wind & Fire! There's moments here that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Spanish group, but one who draw inspiration from all over the globe – as they criss-cross Southern Hemisphere sounds from both sides of the Atlantic on "Canto Negro" – a tune that's got a nice sing/songy groove! "Cerbatana" is even deeper – a rich tune with ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 300 copies.)
Kodjovi Kush & Afrospot All Stars —
Love In Africa ... LP 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 —
Black Times ... LP Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
We loved The Kutimangoes last time around, but we love them even more on this sweet second set – a record that, as the title implies, was recorded in Burkina Faso, with a killer sound that really opens up their groove! The music is Afro Funk at the core, but has lots of jazz inflections ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pasteur Lappe —
Na Man Pass Man ... LP Disques D'Esperance/Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)...
An Afro Funk record, but one with a bit of an unusual groove, too – as the set was recorded in France, and features some unusual moogy touches next to the percussion, horns, and guitars! Pasteur Lappe's definitely going for more of a global funk vibe overall here – and, a bit like Ice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight Afro club grooves from Pasteur Lappe – but tracks that also have some nice roughness around the edges! The style here is often somewhat stripped-down – with rhythms that feature straight-ahead basslines and drums, which are then criss-crossed by Lappe's vocals, and peppered with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that features Laraaji working through a set of beautiful instrumental soundscapes – music that takes familiar acoustic and electric elements, and really abstracts them in ways that go far beyond their original use – but all without any sense of overused production techniques! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Meditative music from Laraaji – the compelling underground artist who's been giving us music from the late 70s onward, and has had a great revival in recent years! This set's a great example of his renewed genius – a spare, stretched-out performance – produced by Carlos Nino with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited clear vinyl exclusive to indie retail – includes download!)
A hypnotic blend of electric guitars and female voices – and a record with a sound that's every bit as trippy as the cover! These guys might represent a new step forward for the Tuareg scene – as the music here still has the same guitar and rhythmic core of previous work, but also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The final album by one of the mightiest groups on the scene in Cameroon during the 70s – a combo who had broken up, but who are resurrected here – and turn in one of their greatest recordings of the decade! The grooves are tight, fast, and filled with riffing guitar, quick percusison, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1500 copies – with poster and download code!)
Fantastic work from Boncana Maiga – an artist from Mali, but one who spent a fair bit of time working on the scenes in Havana and New York – where he picked up some very distinct musical influences! All the tracks here are funky, but have a depth that goes way beyond familiar west ... 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
Turkish rocker Baris Manco hits the 80s, but still turns out work that's every bit as compelling as his famous sides from the decade before – although maybe with a bit more keyboards overall! The sound is a nice shift from exotic guitar fuzz to equally enigmatic keyboard lines – a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modern Egyptian music, circa 1983 – served up here in a collection of recordings that initially only appeared on cassette! The leader of the group is Al Massrieen, but the music is a very collaborative affair – keyboards, upbeat rhythms, and vocals from many group members – in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hany Mehanna looks like a mighty cool cat standing in front of his Farfisa on the cover of this mid 70s set – and he sounds pretty darn cool on the grooves, too – in an unusual mix of Egyptian instrumentation and more electric modes! The music features lots of older percussion and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hailu Mergia —
Lala Belu ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing organ player from the Ethiopian scene – one whose work here easily rivals that of Mulatu and some of the best artists on the Ethiopiques series! Hailu Mergi has plenty of jazz in his approach – not just on his own keyboard lines, but also in the way he lets the group members ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully trippy work from Mdou Moctar – an artist who's one of our favorite guitarists on the Touareg scene – and maybe one of the most experimental too! The songs here all have a long, stretched-out vibe – almost like some of the 60s guitar ragas of Peter Walker, or the sonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from one of the hippest groups on the South African scene of the 70s – and one of the few who could compete well with American soul groups of the same time! The cover makes the album look like some overlooked New York club treasure from the period – and the feel of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Muakbi's definitely got some happiness in his guitar here – a bright, lively style that dances along with the spare rhythms of the tunes – in a groove that's beautifully offset by the vocals of George and his partner! The music is relatively spare, but ushered in a new stylistic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest keyboardists you'll ever hope to hear – an artist who can take a cheesy-looking instrument, and turn it into something that sounds ancient and exotic! This album may well be the most perfect distillation of the talents of Abdou El Omari – as most tracks just feature ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)
William Onyeabor —
Tomorrow ... LP Luaka Bop, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
The sound of tomorrow, circa 1979 – as Afro groove pioneer William Onyeabor works his magic on a host of extended tracks – finding a way for earlier funk modes to move into leaner styles for the 80s! The music here has plenty of keyboards and basslines, but is maybe less totally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary East African band – finally given their due on the international scene! The set's got all the sharp edges and rich charms of older work by Orchestre Les Mangelepa – but there's also a focused clarity, and maybe even a maturity of presentation that's really nice too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou —
Echos Hypnotiques ... LP Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
The second volume of rare Afrofunk from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou from Analog Africa – a killer set of material recorded at EMI Studios in Lagos, Nigeria for the Albarika Store label – impeccable sounding and feverishly played by the group! This one's fairly jaw dropping, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title gets it perfectly right on this sweet little set – as the grooves are raw and stripped down – often just to the core elements of Afro Funk! The music may be the most hard-hitting we've ever heard from this legendary combo – and it's served up beautifully in this well-sel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue return of Mustafa Ozkent – the legendary Turkish guitarist who made some very mad music in the 70s! The style here is a contemporary take on Mustafa's classic records from back in the day – all instrumental, with a heavy focus on his sharp-edged guitar lines – ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warm 70s soul from Pacific Express – a South African group, but one who maybe have more of a west coast American vibe than you might expect! The music here is really well put-together – maybe on the more soulful side of the AOR spectrum, but without any of the too-polished modes you'd ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Power ... LP Copperbelt/Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A really raw set from 70s Africa – one that's more rock than Afro Funk, but which has a pretty hypnotic groove overall! The group's heavy on guitars, which are often played in a fuzzy, jamming sort of way – but with different tones and phrasing than American or Anglo psyche groups ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unique musical talents we've heard in years – finally given his due in this wonderful collection of work from the late 70s and early 80s! Alain Peters works in a style that's beyond description – a global mix of elements from both the Caribbean and Africa, but often ... 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
Wicked house music grooves from Professor Rhythm – a South African producer from the 80s, but one who rivals some of the New York underground of the time! The work here has a compelling blend of straight-ahead house and Afro-styled inflections – maybe a bit like some of the tracks that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quantic & Nidia Gongora —
Curao ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roger Raspail —
Dalva ... LP Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Great work from Guadeloupean percussionist Roger Raspail – a set that offers up an unusual blend of jazz and island modes, but in a way that's very rich and organic – without any sort of self-conscious attitude about its presentation! Raspail's worked for years on the Paris scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool work from this enigmatic Ethiopian guitarist – a musician whose sound is an important part of the same golden years covered by the Ethiopiques series! Tewolde Redda plays both conventional electric guitar, and an electrified version of the more traditional krar (kirar), which is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The groove of Adam Rudolph just keeps getting deeper over the years – to a point where here, he almost sounds like he's somewhere between the scenes of 70s electric Miles Davis, and some of the later cross-cultural experiments of Bill Laswell! There's a great layering of electric and ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic funk from the Spanish scene of the 70s – a set that starts out in the best electric fusion mode, but also embraces some older Spanish currents too – with a groove that's almost a 70s funk take on some of the flamenco jazz experiments of the late 60s! Yet we'll also say that ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice modern clubby disco take on Minako Yoshida's "Town" by Saucy Lady – plus the sweet keys & synth flavored "Honey B" on the flip! "Town" has all the disco funky charm pf the original version, just down with a bouncier modern sheen – and the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A cool combination of elements – the vocals and percussion of Congolese singer Albert Siassia, and lively rhythms from a trio of French musicians! The music has a great crackle and a new sense of expression – in the mode of some of the best post-colonial recordings on the Paris scene, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Electronic music from a very far-flung source – served up here in a set of vintage recordings by one of the leading experimentalists in Indonesia at the end of the 70s – an artist with a sound that's nicely different than preceding decades of American and European electronic pioneers! ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous bit of South African jazz – recorded in the years after bigger names like Hugh Masekela and The Blue Notes had left for greener pastures, but when there were still plenty of great artists back at home! The Soul Jazzmen have this laidback, souful sound that's very much in keeping ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A vintage set from the great Ebo Talyor – an artist who's been recording new music in recent years, but who sounds even better here on one of his classics! Ebo's got a fair bit of jazz mixed in with his sound – a layering of flute, trombone, tenor, guitar, and keyboard parts with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The near-complete recorded legacy of Amara Toure – a singer who made an incredible splash on the Cameroonian scene of the 70s, but who only managed to make a handful of singles and one full length LP! The material is all tremendous, though – as Toure sings with this rich, deep sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Packaged in a nice silkscreen printed gatefold cover with a silkscreen poster & download.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Catchy soul from the South African scene of the 80s – music that's much more different than some of the more world music-oriented exports that were hitting our shores at the time! You might actually be able to play the music of Umoja right next to some of your more familiar American soul of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wild and groundbreaking record recorded by the great French tenor player Barney Wilen! Although he got his start as a bebopper in the 50's, Wilen sort of dropped out of sight by the end of the 60's – and only emerged from time to time to cut strangely experimental sides. This record is ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a DVD of Caroline De Bendern's film "A L'Intention De Mademoiselle Issoufou A Bilma"!)
Sweet Cambodian pop from the 80s – recorded by two artists who'd emigrated to Portland, then issued this album only on cassette back in the day! The style is an unusual extrapolation of Cambodian pop from the decade before – with vocals by both Holic San Yoeun and Sovann Yoeun – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kuomboka ... LP Teal/Invisible City Editions (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)...
A surprisingly great later set from Witch – one that still has some of their funky styles of a few years before, but which also seems to bring in some stronger African elements as well – in the kind of sweet fusion that was showing up in some of the hipper South African acts of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second set of 70s recordings by Afghan compiled by Guerssen – the first set was strong and eye-opening – but the songs here are straight up beautiful! There's a world of pop psych influences in play here – fused with Afghan folk tradition. Of course, that's the case with may ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool collection of recordings by Afghan singer Ahmad Zahir from the 1970s – who like many other stars around the world at the time, was working in a post-psychedelia world of creatively groovy styles – released for the first time ever outside of Afghanistan thanks the always deeply-sea ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally great little record that refers to itself as "calypsojazz innovations" – but which is even better than that label might make you think! The groove here is hardly calypso – as it's funkier, chunkier, and a much more heavy take on inspirations from the islands than we' ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird and wonderful work from Zeit – an Italian group, but one who seem to embrace a whole world's worth of influences with their music! The work is heavy on percussion – including congas, tablas, darburka, and other instrument – mixed with string sounds on berimbau, guitar, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've had some great trips on Africa Airways in recent years – and this sweet fourth set proves once again that the fun lies in the journey, not the destination! As before, the cuts here share a lot more with American funk than you might think – especially the tight late 70s style with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album