A cool combination of Island rhythms and free-flying piano lines – all wrapped together by the enigmatic Henri Pierre Noel! The vibe of the record is different than anything else we've ever heard – almost more European in the way that Henri handles the keys of the piano – which ... read moreCD
Remixed tracks from Novalima's Coba Coba album – put together with an even wider range of global influences than the original record! The group get plenty of overseas help here, especially some key input from London mixers – and many of the grooves are pointed firmly at the dancefloor. ... read moreCD
The third proper album from Novalima – proudly repping the ESL label once again with strong set inspired by earthy Afro-Peruvian earthy tradition, though played with modern clarity and club ready urgency. Traditionally minded music fused with modernist sounds and sensibilities isn't always ... read moreCD
Nubiyan Twist really open up their sound here – in part by opening the door to a rich array of guest singers and instrumentalists – a lineup that includes Cherise, Pat Thomas, Soweto Kinch, Ria Moran, and Nick Richards – all artists who help bring a different personal flavor to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from a group who really know how to open up their sound – a larger ensemble who might have sounded like an Afro Funk combo at one time, but who've really done a lot to find their own special groove! The mix of sharp instrumentation, percussion, and horns could have just gotten a ... read moreCD
Wonderfully trippy sounds from Mike Nyoni – one of the funkier talents in the Zamrock scene of the 70s – even though he also works with lots of the slight psychedelic touches of other contemporaries too! Mike's style on guitar is a bit too loose to be funk, but it's also got this nice ... read moreCD
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey —
Aimasiko ... LP Obey (Nigeria), 1987. Very Good ...
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(Cover has some wear and aging, with writing in pen on front and back. Labels have writing in pen.)
A live recreation of Kpanlogo rhythms from West Africa – recorded live at Africa Centre in London! Mustapha Tettey Addy and four other drummers lay down simple percussion patterns, with vocals too – on two side-long tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Top cover seam is unglued, but cover is great overall.)
Latin funk and other diverse sounds from the increasingly great Ocote Soul Sounds lead by Martin Perna and Adrian Quesada – a group that's been one of the more far reaching, stylistically panoramic collectives for years – and Taurus may be the best yet! From gritty & funky live ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Dang! These guys just keep on getting better and better – easily our favorite act on the ESL label these days, serving up a record that really furthers the promise of their previous efforts! As with their last release, there's a heavy dose of Afro Funk in the mix here – a shifting of ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The fourth and final album from Ofege – and a set that shows the Nigerian group still very much at the top of their game – soaring out on fast funk rhythms that often echo American styles of the time, but with a lot more edge – and produced with all these cool trippy touches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on Tidal Waves, still sealed with obi.)
(Plays with some surface noise and crackles, nothing too bad. Cover has brown packing tape holding the seam, a stain with some flaking at the bottom right, heavy surface wear on back, and bent corners.)
Ojos De Brujo —
Bari ... CD K Industria Cultural (Spain), 2002. Used ...
Bouncing late 70s afro grooves, from Nigeria's Sonny Okosun's. Not as heavily syncopated as Fela, and with a more overt western rock influence, this set grooves a little harder than your typical NPR world music hour fare. 6 tracks in all, including "Bleech Peoiple", "Lagos High ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a Sounds Workshop sticker, and a cut corner. Vinyl is nice and clean.)
Babatunde Olatunji goes even more drum-crazy than before – working here with no less than nine percussionists, plus a host of singers as well! The tunes have a very rootsy groove throughout – instrumentation that only comes from the rhythm instruments, some of which are pointed towards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Colombian music, both classic and contemporary – as a group of older all-star players comes into contact with Will "Quantic" Holland! The set's easily one of the most smoking Latin-styled projects we've heard from Quantic so far – recorded in Colombia with work from Fruko, ... read moreCD
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Lacquered from the original master tapes in a tip-on sleeve. Includes 12 page booklet!)
An incredible collection of work by one of the greatest Afro Funk groups of the 70s! From their inception as the AACM-styled jazz group Juju in the early 70s, to their key days in the DC Black Fire scene of the mid 70s, to their early 80s fame as club groovers, Oneness of Juju were one of the most ... read moreCD
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the ... read moreCD
One of the greatest records ever from this legendary Nigerian musician – a set that's filled with sharply funky moments, soulful saxophone solos, and lots of those cool keyboards we always love from William Onyeabor! The style here is a bit like the first Crashes In Love record – tied ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early moment for the legendary William Onyeabor – music created for the film Crashes In Love – which tells the sad story of a princess who has to choose between love and money – a setting that helps make for some of Onyeabor's greatest music on record! The style here is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor —
Good Name ... LP Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor looks like a great lover on the cover of this set – and he follows up that image with some of the slinkiest, most seductive music of his career! There's almost a dub element to the record at times – as if Onyeabor was borrowing inspiration from Kingston, and bringing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor's looking pretty chilled out on the cover – especially given the Hypertension title of the record – a cool, confident dude decked out in a velvet jacket and sombrero – able to carry off that look as well as he can carry the grooves on the set! In anyone else's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wholly unique late 60s record by Orquesta Afro Brasileira – with these raw, heavy and unforgettable roosty rhythms and chorus vocals that give it something of a spiritual, folkloric vibe – yet the overall sound is still indicative of the genre-busting creativity of the many different ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No charity needed here – as reedman Eji Oyewole's got a wealth of talent on his own! Eji's a musician with roots in the 60s Nigerian scene, but left to follow a personal path through Europe and the US, where he picked up some wonderfully funky styles which are then brought home to create ... read moreCD
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
Penny Penny —
Yogo Yogo ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1996. New Copy ...
The strong second album from Penny Penny – a set that has the South African singer emerging as even more of a superstar than before – as you might guess from his look on the cover! The style is this unique blend of older South African vocal modes with more contemporary club elements ... read moreCD
Penny Penny —
Yogo Yogo ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1996. New Copy (reissue)...
The strong second album from Penny Penny – a set that has the South African singer emerging as even more of a superstar than before – as you might guess from his look on the cover! The style is this unique blend of older South African vocal modes with more contemporary club elements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early work from Astor Piazzolla – recorded in the decades before he first started hitting fame on the international scene – and with a sound that shows that his skills on the bandoneon were every bit as great in his youth as they were in his later years! The music here is a bit ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Some really fantastic collaborations from the legendary Astor Piazzolla – done at a time when the Argentine musician was being seen as way more than just a bandoneon player – and instead the fully creative genius whose experiments really helped shape the music of the 70 at a global ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Astor Piazzolla —
El Tango ... CD Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
An important 60s project from the bandoneon legend Astor Piazzolla – a collaboration with writer Jorge Luis Borges, and done with all these new sorts of modern modes that point the way towards the growth that Astor would show in the 70s! Borges contributes words to some of the project, which ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
An amazing example of the genius of the legendary Astor Piazzolla – as the set has him taking older tune from Argentine music, and completely revising their presentation with all sorts of modern elements that he was using in his own music at the time! The tunes are from the 20s/30s stretch ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Astor Piazzolla takes on tango themes from the romantic era – but he explodes the music in the process, and fills it in with all these weird and wonderful modern elements that you never would have heard on the original Argentine singles! Piazzolla's own bandoneon is fantastic – a ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A great mix of modes from Hubert Porter – tunes that are definitely the calypsos promised in the title, but which also have some unique elements that mark them as Jamaican, too – touches of mento, nice jazzy elements in the music, and that bubbling up of the new island modes that would ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy rhythms from the Brazilian scene of the 50s – a set of grooves originally used to accompany a touring dance production, but a set of tracks that's gone on to have quite a life of its own! The music here isn't the cool bossa or spare samba you might expect – and instead has this ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)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
PVP (Patience, Violet, Pinky) —
Malende ... LP La Casa Tropical (Netherlands), 1992. New Copy 2LP ...
PVP are a trio of South African singers who really update their groove with this sweet set of tracks from the early 90s – music that still comes across with some of the charm of 80s soul music from South Africa, but which also shows a stronger house music influence in the rhythms – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed up here as a 2LP set – better sound than the original!)
Tightly grooving, organ-laced rock, but not the Question Mark of "96 Tears" fame – this Question Mark is a Kenyan group, who recorded this set in 1974 – with English vocals and a bit more of a western-styled sound, but with unpredictable tempo changes other trippy elements! ... read moreCD
Unreleased work from Terry Riley – recorded in the WDR studios of German Radio, and a tremendous addition to his catalog! The first half of the music here features Riley on piano and electronics, in duet with Krishna Bhatt on sitar and tabla – in a mode that further unlocks the ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The funky Rob way is a massive one at that – a new path into Afro Funk modes for the 70s, with a groove that's made this set a collectors classic for decades! The group is tighter than most, yet more skittish too – percussion rattling alongside basslines that have these echoey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A French group, fronted by an MC from Chicago – working here in a style that's every bit as striking as the cover! The core sounds blend together older Afro Funk elements with jazz – in a groove that's nice and lean, and which provides a really unique setting for the rhymes of Days ... read moreCD
Roforofo Jazz —
Fire Eater ... LP Office Home (France), 2021. New Copy ...
A French group, fronted by an MC from Chicago – working here in a style that's every bit as striking as the cover! The core sounds blend together older Afro Funk elements with jazz – in a groove that's nice and lean, and which provides a really unique setting for the rhymes of Days ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of fuzz and plenty of spirit – a wonderful debut from this African group of the 70s – a combo who work here with equal parts of influence from Jimi Hendrix and some of the other Zamrock groups of the time! Lyrics are in English, and have this blue-toned quality that's really ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Niger – some really hypnotic lines on electric organ – played in a way that's unlike any other use of the instrument we've ever heard! There's a flowing, water-like quality to the music that's almost in the territory of Terry Riley's work on organ – yet the ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Ali Boulo Santo & Manding Ko —
Komo Felle ... CD Frikyiwa (France), 2004. Used ...
An unusual album from the West African scene of the 70s – a set that brings together that area's styles with touches of reggae and maybe a slight current of soul – all of which makes for a very distinct approach to rhythm, which is also echoed in the vocals and instrumentation! There's ... read moreCD
An unusual album from the West African scene of the 70s – a set that brings together that area's styles with touches of reggae and maybe a slight current of soul – all of which makes for a very distinct approach to rhythm, which is also echoed in the vocals and instrumentation! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful little record, and one that seems to take all the African-inspired elements in the music of Randy Weston – and push them even farther than Randy did on his own recordings of the 60s and 70s! The group's headed up by Cheikh Tidiane Seck, not to be confused with Weston's ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Really unusual music recorded in contemporary Niger – performed by a group that features two different musicians each playing calabash – a large gourd that is used in this very percussive way, but with deep sounds that almost rumble as if the earth itself were being pounded in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album