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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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✨✧ Livy EkemezieFriday Night ... LP
Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
A rare boogie set from the Nigerian scene – but one that also has the power to circle the globe with a universal sense of soul – as you might guess by the cosmopolitan look of Livy Ekemezie on the cover! The set's got a very strong tie to the grooves of the New York scene of the time – less straight disco or club than some of the more offbeat, bass-heavy rhythms that were coming from the streets into the downtown scene – handled here on basslines that are beautifully skittish, and change things up with a rough-edged funky energy that almost reminds us of the sound of P&P Records! The album's also got lots of great keyboards, which kind of bubble and sparkle next to the bass – but in ways that are often a bit different than more standard early 80s keyboard club. Livy sings most of the lead vocals, and titles include "Night Party", "Friday Night", "Classic Lover", "Holiday Actions", "Get It Down", and "Delectation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing.)

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GalaxyGalaxy ... LP
Taretone/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 34.99
A funky soul record with a really great pedigree – tracks recorded by a Nigerian group, but done up in London with a vibe that's very much like some of the best east coast soul of the time! There's a style here that's not unlike some of the best club work of the P&P Records generation – a three-female vocal approach that's borrowed from the mainstream, but which is set to quirkier grooves that bubble and percolate in a really great way – boogie rhythms at many points, but peppered with cool keyboard parts that sometimes get a bit spacey – and which make the record a real underground groover in the best way possible! Titles include "Next To You", "Let Love Begin", "Heart To Heart", "Galaxy", and "Groove Machine". (Soul, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album

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Honey MachineHoney Machine ... LP
Grandstar/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 34.99
A clubby classic from the Nigerian duo of Sega Gafatchi and Chris Ify Hanem – and a record that maybe feels a lot more like some of the coolest work from the US and Anglo scenes at the time – complete with all sorts of spacey keyboards that really give the album a distinctive sound! Most tracks are in a boogie-styled groove, and the keyboards are as much in place as the vocals – bubbling and peppering the tracks in a mighty nice way – not really the electro soul modes that was starting to show up a few years later, but more like the spaced out sound of the underground that you'd hear on labels like P&P and AVI. Titles include "Come Back To Me", "We Can Make It", "Dooby Dooby", "Free Like The Wind", "Shake Your Body", and "Pleasure". (Soul, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album

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Goddy OkuOne More Chance ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1984. New Copy ... $3.99 16.99
A very cool record from Goddy Oku – who's pictured on the back cover working the knobs on a big studio console – definitely making sure that he gets his hand in the way the album's put together! There's an offbeat funky vibe to most of these tracks – almost a mode that recalls the P&P Records sound of late 70s New York – as weird synth bits come into play alongside the basslines and vocals – peppering up the grooves, which themselves get a bit spaced out in the production! Things are never too trippy, but work nicely with the vocal trio of two gals and one guy – and the approach sounds especially great on the heavier funk tracks on the set. Titles include "The Enemy", "My Music", "Don't Ask Me", "Everything", and "One More Chance". CD

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RevelationLove Affairs ... LP
Tambourine Party (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 39.99
A very soulful little group from the Nigerian scene – one who've got a sound that's as much American electro soul of the early 80s as it is some of the other West African music of the time! The group features really nice interplay between the vocals and the keyboards – the latter of which often have a stark quality that keeps things from ever sounding too slick or smooth – maybe more in the territory of east coast indie soul in the post-P&P Records years. Lyrics are in English throughout – and titles include "Dance To The Disco", "Love Affairs", "Feel The Music", "Your Love", "Promise", and "A Work Well Done". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kiki Gyan24 Hours In A Disco – 1978 to 1982 ... LP
Soundway (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the funkiest, clubbiest work we've ever heard from the African scene of the 70s – great grooves that would be right at home on the New York dancefloors of the time! The style here is definitely drawn from disco, yet is a lot more funk-based too – more in the farther reaches of the disco underground of the late 70s – with some of the offbeat touches you might hear from some of the P&P family of labels. Basslines are often stronger than the beats – and although strings and other elements are sometimes used to sweeten the grooves – the approach is never too commercial, and never softens up the funky rhythms at the bottom. Kiki plays keyboards, sings a bit, and does a great job on production – working under his own name, and with some other key projects as well. Titles include "Disco Dancer", "24 Hours In A Disco", "Sexy Dancer", and "Keep On Dancing" by Kiki Gyan – plus "Loving You" and "Disco Train" by KG Band, and "Pretty Pretty Girls" by The Twins. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert, and in great shape!)

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✨✧ BuariDisco Soccer ... CD
Makossa/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer blend of African roots and American rhythms – and a set that definitely lives up to the disco promised in the title! Buari's working here with a host of New York musicians – jazzy players who include Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpet, Barry Rogers on trombone, and Michael Brecker on tenor – all blowing tightly over the album's quick rhythms and well-crafted string arrangements! The sound is hardly familiar disco – and the music is much more in the styles of the underground at the time – almost equivalent to P&P Records productions in the way that Buari works some clever magic with the grooves. The whole thing's got a lot more edge than his better-known set on RCA – and titles include "Koko Si", "I'm Ready", "Feed My Body", "Hard Times", "Adesa A", "Minyo", "Born With Music", and "African Hustle". CD

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