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Global Grooves

XUnusual grooves from around the globe -- Afro Funk, Bollywood soundtracks, Turkish rock, gamelan, ethnographic/field recordings, sitar sounds, and more!



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Atomic ForestDisco Roar ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 25.98
A really wild album from this Indian psych group of the 70s – a set that's a bit different than their better-known first and second albums, but which is pretty darn groovy overall! The set's definitely somewhere in the "disco" of the title – but not in a slick, commercial way – as the group are working mostly as a funky instrumental combo, with some weird keyboard touches and offbeat production that might be aimed at the dancefloor, but which would have sent folks running for the doors in an American club. Singers appear in a few spots, but the real appeal is the tight, fast, and super-funky instrumentation – honestly even funkier than on their previous albums, which really transforms any tune they try to touch. Titles include "Another Star", "2001", "Life is Anew", "Devil Woman", "I Wish", "Spectrum", and "Smackwater Jack". (Rock, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum EnsembleAfrican Beat ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
A completely righteous mix of jazz and African percussion – put together by drummer Art Blakey at a time when he was riding high with the Jazz Messengers, but also was willing to work on great experiments like this! The album's years ahead of its time – and arguably opens the door for countless spiritual jazz projects like this in the 70s, more proof that Blakey was a groundbreaking artist who was always opening doors for others! Blakey's own work on drums is joined by percussion from Montego Joe, Chief Bey, Garvin Masseux, James Ola, Folami, Robert Crowder, and Solomon Ilori – the last of whom would record his own record for Blue Note – and the rest of the group features Yusef Lateef on flute and tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and the great Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass – a great choice for the record, given that he was mixing together similar modes on his own records of the time. Titles include "Tobi Ilu", "Love, The Mystery Of", and "Obirin African". (Jazz, Global Grooves) CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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✨✧ VariousNouvelle Ambiance – Sounds From The Pan-African Paris Underground ... LP
Nouvelle Ambiance (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Paris holds a very special place in the world of global music – once the center of a colonial empire that spread south across the continent of Africa – and later, home to a rich legacy of excellent recordings from the post-colonial years! More than most former powers, France seemed to really open its doors to cultural influences from previous years – and this set showcases just one of those many influences – the huge rise of new African sounds in the city's dancefloors and recording studios! The package is great – with a huge booklet of notes and photos that really focus in on this sonic legacy – and the double-length collection features wonderful tracks that include "Bazombo" by Bovick & Co, "Ngando" by Jacques Loubelo, "Mama Africa" by Siassia & Tokobina, "M'Acko" by Antoinette Konan, "A Muto" by Esa, "Livre D'Or" by Empire Bakuba & Papy Tex, "Djande" by John Jongos, "Dawasi (inst)" by Baba Bhy-Gao Dombia, "Zangalon" by Jean Paul Mondo, and "Tcha Tcha Merengue" by Ali Baba. LP, Vinyl record album

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