A really cool set from a really groovy trio – a group from Hong Kong, but who sing in English, and have a great mix of jazz and soft rock styles! Danny sings, plays guitar and beer cans – and Rudy and Romeo harmonize while playing bass, keyboards, flute, and rice tins – on tunes ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: record has an edge warp, but played fine for us. Cover has autographs on back, and some light wear.)
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not "Soul Makossa", but also not a bad album of afro funk featuring Manu Dibango's usual squealing soprano sax, plus Fender Rhodes and vibes. Recorded in Jamaica, with a bit of a Carribean feel, and the tracks "Frozen Soul", "Doctor Bird", and "Full Up". LP, Vinyl record album
The cover's got the look of a vintage set from the West African scene of the early 80s – and Lady Donli steps out here with an equally classic mode at times – but the set's also very contemporary at others, and really grabs our attention right away! The Lady's got a great style – ... read moreCD
There's nothing quite like the voice of Nahawa Doumbi – a sound that's lean and powerful at once, haunting and heartfelt, and served up here on a set of tunes that were originally only issued on cassette in her homeland of Mali! The music features really deft guitar work from N'Gou Bagayoko ... read moreCD
Mamadou Doumbia with Mandinka —
Yafa ... CD JVC, 1997. Used ...
Malian funk indeed – and just the sort of African sounds we really go crazy for! The grooves here are totally wonderful – a skittish brew of percussion, guitar, and keyboards – sometimes in straighter Afro Funk modes, sometimes with the other-worldly styles we might associate ... read moreCD
That's "Dytomite", not "dynamite" – and don't ask us what it means, either! But we can tell you that the set's a great bit of highlife, recorded with a lean, breezy feel – a bit more heft than just the duo pictured on the cover – with criss-crossing guitars, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really great work from this up and coming Brazilian beatmaker – and a record that really lives up to the promise of its title! The style here is heavy on African influences – often mixing together live percussion and acoustic instrumentation with tighter rhythm programs and ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
El Rego —
El Rego ... CD Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his ... read moreCD
"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
(Red vinyl pressing.)
El Wali —
Tiris ... LP Sahel Sounds, 1994. New Copy ...
A fantastic album from a West Saharan group dedicated to political independence of the Sahrawi people, but who also work with a great blend of older acoustic styles and a few contemporary electric elements! The music has maybe a touch of Tuareg guitar in the mix, but there's also some powerful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's a pretty darn striking image on the cover – and the sounds within are pretty darn striking too – a fantastic mix of Cuban roots and contemporary hip hop production! French producer Al Quetz works here with El Tipo Este of Cuban hip hop group Obsesion – and the style is far ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Passionate, legendary and feverishly played music from Senegal's great Etoile De Dakar – an ultra important group previously anthologized by Sterns, but the the label outdoes itself once again – a great selection of material the group recorded between 1979 and 1981! It's the roots of ... read moreCD
"Hypnotic desert blues" from Etran Finatawa – a mix of heavy percussion and spiralling guitar lines – at once instantly timeless, yet with a freshness that's undeniable! There's a relatively rootsy feel to the recordings – never too polished or aiming at a commercial ... read moreCD
Evritiki Zygia —
Ormenion ... CD Teranga Beat (Senegal), 2020. New Copy ...
The ancient styles of Thrace, filtered through a psychedelic sensibility – with a result that's completely unlike anything we've ever heard! Imagine fuzzy guitars and trippy keyboards mixing with exotic reeds and rootsy percussion – all to rework the sorts of styles you might have ... read moreCD
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
(Limited to 500 copies!)
Exile One —
Fism ... LP Barclay (France), 1976. Near Mint- ...
Lots of groovers from this combo who were big on the Parisian scene of the 70s – titles tha tinclude "Viel Ou La", "Music Of The Brothers", "Cadence Lypso", "Eldorado Main Road", "Misery", and "Sexile". LP, 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
Not the famous Faces of Rod Stewart/Ronnie Wood fame, but a really great group from mid 70s Nigeria – one with a spirit as youthful as their image on the cover, and a sound that's a nicely trippy blend of funk, psych, and other West African elements of the time! The group have some really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those records that grabs you right away, even if you can't understand the language – a classic 80s set by Lebanese singer Fairuz, set to superb arrangements that resonate with some of the best European work of the time! Fairuz herself has a voice that's amazing – full of life ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with ... read moreCD
Ahmed Fakroun —
Mots D'Amour ... LP Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title certainly gets it right – as there's a strongly unified sense of spirit here from Family Atlantica – even more so than on their debut album! As before, there's a range of global elements moving through the mix – currents of South American and African styles, given a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic funk from Fanga – one of the hippest Afro-styled combos around! These guys have a bit more grit in their grooves than most – still very much in the best 70s-inspired Afro Funk styles you'd expect, but with a nice edge in some of the rhythmic undercurrents – almost as if ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from the 80s years of Fela Kuti – and a set that has the Afro Funk genius working with strong studio help from Wally Badarou! The vibe's still as fierce and frenetic as Fela's classic material – each track takes up a full side of the record, with lots of hard rhythms, ... read moreCD
Another great one by Fela! Recorded in Lagos and mixed in Paris, with a hard raw afro funk groove. Two long tracks, as usual, played with a lot of fire by the Egypt 80 band with nice hard sax solos and choppy funky guitars. A real turn back to hard and heavy afro funk, after the Celluloid ... read moreCD
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
Late Fela – but great Fela! Underground System was released in 1992, but it sounds like Fela's best work from the late 70s – grooving away at a triple-time beat on two incredible tracks, "Underground System" and "Pansa Pansa". "Pansa Pansa" is especially ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most compelling Fela albums of the 70s – and one that's got a very different feel than some of his others. The album features one long track – "Coffin For Head Of State" – and although the track still has the usual Fela staples of horn riffs, chopping vamps, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Fela & Africa 70 —
No Agreement ... LP Knitting Factory, 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A killer from the classic years, and one of Fela's best albums! "No Agreement" is a super great groover – with a catchy hook that goes on and on, and some very tasty playing by Tony Allen and the group. The track is long, with heavy solos, and vocals that will knock you out! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 early 70s Fela classics on one CD! Open & Close hails from 1971 – and it features 3 long songs, all with an incredibly tight groove. Fela, Tony Allen, and the Africa 70 group forge the sound that would dominate their style for the next 2 decades – mixing bass, percussion, ... read moreCD
Fela & Africa 70 —
Shakara ... LP EMI (Nigeria), 1974. Good ...
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
(Editions Makossa pressing. NOTE: MISSING COVER – COMES IN A MAKOSSA SLEEVE. Vinyl plays with a skip about 30 seconds in, but then plays fine.)
A real killer of an Afro Funk set – a CD that brings together 2 sparkling moments from Fela's early career! The Shakara album is a longtime classic, and features 2 extended jams – "Lady" and "Shakara" – that are both tight straight-ahead funky groovers with a ... read moreCD
Shuffering & Shmiling is one of the tougher Fela albums to find, and it's reissued here with the original cover art, and with the super-extended title cut laid out non-stop end to end. The cut's a very nice groover, and a scathing attack on religion to boot! "No Agreement" is a very ... read moreCD
Fela & Africa 70 —
VIP ... LP Knitting Factory, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
A searing live set from Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – a long album-length jam, recorded in Berlin – with the group really going to town in instrumental frenzy topped with very righteous lyrics! VIP doesn't have the usual meaning here – as it stands for "vagabonds in power" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fela & Africa 70 —
Yellow Fever ... LP Knitting Factory, 1976/1999. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A really killer 70s album from Fela Kuti – one that serves up a hell of a message, and some great slinky grooves too! "Yellow Fever" is a brutal attack on miscegenation, backed by a funky groove that makes the whole thing fall into place with an amazing riffing sound – bold, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
80s reissue of one of the few US major label issues of work by Fela – the 1977 Mercury Zombie album, a record that's titled after the import Zombie LP, but which has a different set of tracks. The record does include the 12 and a half minute reading of "Zombie" that was on the ... 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
The first album recorded by singer Nkotti Francois and his Black Styls group – a combo who'd been backing Nkotti for years in clubs in Cameroon, and who work here with a very sharp sound right from the start! The instrumentation is often a bit unique – organ and guitar sometimes used ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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)...
Just Sold Out!
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
One of the more urban-oriented albums we've heard from Frederic Galliano – a set that's heavy on hip hop, dancehall, and bass-heavy elements – and one that almost offers up an African equivalent of Brazilian baile funk! The album gives strong focus to the work of the Kuduro Sound ... read moreCD
A beautiful little project, and one that's better even than you'd guess from the outset – as the work is put together by percussionist Adam Randolph, and may well be one of the best things he's ever given us! Randolph composed the songs on the set, but they're performed with a very ... read moreCD
Great Afro-styled grooves from GoGo Jungle – a group who owe a lot more to Fela than you might guess from their Troublefunk-sounding name! The tunes here are an instrumental blend of percussion, keyboards, guitar, trombone, sax, and flute – served up with a style that's a bit leaner ... read moreCD
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
Quick-stepping grooves from Grupo Pilon – one of the key groups who migrated from Cabo Verde to Lisbon in the early 90s – creating almost their own wave of a musical diaspora in the process! The sounds here are a more electrified version of island styles – often with some sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a new wave-looking cover – but with a sound that's a lot more acoustic overall – a really unusual blend of jazz and Balkan styles, recorded on the Vienna scene of the 80s! The group bill their music as "jazz meets the orient" – which is definitely the case ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic groover from Kiki Gyan – a singer from Ghana who worked in Osibisa during the early 70s – but one who's also got a really universal club vibe here on this overlooked gem from the end of the 70s! The record's got a bubbling, upbeat vibe that really lives up to its title ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of cross-cultural grooves from Daniel Haaksman – the man who first raised our ears with his excellent Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats compilations – then kept on giving us great music during all the years in between! This set has Haaksman providing his own ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Funky funky solo work from Joni Haastrup – an artist who's also known for his work in Monomono, and who sounds equally great on his own! Joni's got this tight approach that wraps together Nigerian grooves of the 70s scene, and some bolder soul star energy that would be right at home in the ... read moreCD
A beautifully expanded take on the music of Idjah Hadidjah – the legendary Indonesian singer who first came to the ears of most of us on a famous late 80s album for the Nonesuch label! This set follows the mode of that one – in that Hadidjah uses her great range and very expressive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really mindblowing set of music from late 70s Lebanon – an ambitious blend of jazzy instrumentation, poetic vocals, and larger instrumental impulses – all with this soaring sort of energy that reminds us of some of the more complex Brazilian records of the 70s, or of some of our ... read moreCD
A really mindblowing set of music from late 70s Lebanon – an ambitious blend of jazzy instrumentation, poetic vocals, and larger instrumental impulses – all with this soaring sort of energy that reminds us of some of the more complex Brazilian records of the 70s, or of some of our ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever CD issue of a range of material from this ultra-hip group – all tracks that originally appeared on vinyl-only releases, now making their CD debut in an overstuffed collection that features 24 tracks in all! The vibe here is great – that Karl Hector & The Malcouns mix ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
Heerlens Percussie Ensemble —
Biologic Music ... LP Hot Mule (France), 1986. New Copy (reissue)...
A really unusual little album – one that partly embraces a globe's worth of acoustic percussion, partly expresses itself in the minimal percussion legacy after Steve Reich's Drumming, and partly embraces some of the electric/acoustic sounds of the New York downtown scene of the early 80s ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus set of notes, and a download code!)
Great grooves from Sofi Hellborg – a European musician, but one with a deep commitment to Afro Funk grooves! The style here is nicely divergent from Sofi's previous set with Tony Allen – still strongly Afro funky at the roots, but with a bit more emphasis on jazzy passages too – ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Hermanos Calatrava —
Ayer/Hoy ... LP Vergara (Spain), 1969. Very Good Gatefold ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
(In a gatefold cover with pop-up inside. Cover has clear tape on the bottom seam, some wear, and pen on front.)
Hard Steppin funk and Afro steeped grooves from Ikebe Shakedown – solid stuff from the fertile Brooklyn funk scene – blending hard hitting 70s funk & soul with both stateside and African influences and more measured and slow cooking numbers! The group is young and doesn't take the ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
It's hard to imagine these kings being left behind, as the sound of Ikebe Shakedown just keeps getting bolder and more majestic with each new release – a very special strand of deep funk, with a blend of horns that you might find in a more Afro-styled band, mixed with tighter rhythms at the ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
It's hard to imagine these kings being left behind, as the sound of Ikebe Shakedown just keeps getting bolder and more majestic with each new release – a very special strand of deep funk, with a blend of horns that you might find in a more Afro-styled band, mixed with tighter rhythms at the ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing set that documents the early years of the Zamrock scene – the funk and psych informed Afro Rock pioneered by vocalist and African guitar legend Rikki Ililonga and his group Musi-O-Tunya in Zambia from 1973 to 1976 – and compiled beautifully in this great set from Now ... read moreCD
A Venezuelan group, one who are living in Paris – and work here with a criss-crossing of styles that really reflect that global journey! The music definitely has echoes of older Venezuelan styles, but maybe served up in a more impressionistic version – with a dream-like quality at ... read moreCD
A wonderful package – one that brings together five excellent albums from pianist Alan Jean-Marie – an important player on the French scene, but one who never full gets his due on this side of the Atlantic! The set begins with Jean-Marie's first album of Biguine Reflections – a ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A classic album of 70s soul from Brazil – put together with a warm sunny finish that seems to unify the best modes of Rio and LA at the time! Singer Robson Jorge works here with frequent partner Lincoln Olivetti – and both artists handle plenty of keyboards throughout – lots of ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cornerstone of the classic chica groove in Peru – and one of the albums that put Juaneco and his very groovy combo on the musical map of 70s South America! The tracks are mostly instrumental, and have a fantastically tight blend of percussion, keyboard lines, and electric guitar – ... (Latin, Global Grooves)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!)
Five full albums from the legendary Black Fire label – a DC-based imprint that was home to a heck of a lot of knowledge and power back in the 70s! First up is Live At The East – a never-issued performance by the legendary spiritual jazz group Juju – the genre-crossing combo who'd ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Five full records, each with individual cover art and booklets – all in a slipcover!)