One of the coolest records we've ever heard from this legendary Argentine pianist – a set that has Jorge Lopez Ruiz playing lots of Fender Rhodes, and mixing it in with both rootsy Latin percussion and a number of other keyboards too! The set's almost a South American version of some of ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some discoloration from age, a small split in the bottom seam, and some light smudges in back.)
Yoshiko Sai —
Mikkou ... LP Teichiku/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A record with a really trippy cover – and a sound within that mixes elements of that image with a surprisingly sweet and soulful sound! Vocals are in Japanese throughout, and while there's some current of groove to the record, Yoshiko Sai works in a mode that's very different than the ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – with obi and insert!)
Yoshiko Sai may not be a household name on our side of the Pacific, but back in the 70s she cut some incredible albums in Japan that have gone on to become classics – really unique material that's very different than some of the crossover work of the city pop generation! There's a sense of ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful later work from Japanese singer Yoshiko Sai – but tracks that are every bit as sublime as her classics! Sai has this vocal range that's incredible – an ability to slide up and down the scale that's somewhere in the territory of Minnie Riperton or Kate Bush – even though ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare bit of funk from the South African scene of the 70s – a set with a style that's a bit different than American work of the time – maybe a bit more laidback, and with this easygoing vibe that's really great! Saitana don't have to hit you over the head with their groove, but it's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully weird work from Saitana – one of those 70s South African groups who found a way of mixing equal parts soul, funk, and psychedelic influences – then deliver the music with this languid groove that's all their own! The group has ties to other SA combos of the time – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Saltpond City Band —
Boko A Ko ... LP Meet Me There (UK), 2022. New Copy ...
A long-running group from the scene in Ghana – one that was initially started by the great Ebo Taylor, and who continue onward here under the leadership of his son Henry! The album's got a nicely lean take on older Afro Funk modes – some of the small combo, soul-drenched modes that we ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oumou Sangare —
Timbuktu ... CD World Circuit, 2022. New Copy ...
The fantastic vocals of Oumou Sangare are a great mix of the album's use of guitar and n'goni on most tracks – both instruments whose stringed voices have a way of bringing out the raspy charms in Sangare in this really wonderful way – with tone, feeling, and texture that goes far past ... read moreCD
Really powerful music from Jose Carlos Schwarz – both a singer and a key fighter in the movement for independence in Guinea-Bissau in the 70s – so much so that he spent a few years in prison, after recording most of the work on this set! The style of the music is a bit hard to describe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
The Selenites are just a quintet, but they manage to come across with the richness of a larger funky ensemble – effortlessly mixing together elements of Ethio Jazz, deep funk, and some occasional wild production touches – all with a groove that's pretty much all their own! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
South African soul from Caiphus Semenya – and a set that's got a nicely righteous, upbeat vibe throughout! Caiphus works here in that best sort of South African style in the decade when the nation's struggles were getting a lot more global attention – showing a spirit that refuses to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent EU reissue on Be With. Shrinkwrap has a hole at the top right from sticker removal.)
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Insanely wonderful work from Shango Dance Band – a group headed by onetime Fela Kuti bandmate Ojo Okeji – whose bass work here is worth the price of admission alone! Okeji was a key part of Fela's Koola Lobitos, until leaving the group in 1968 – and taking some of the best ... read moreCD
A different sound than usual for Ananda Shankar – but still pretty darn great! The record's dedicated to his father, dance expert Uday Shankar – and it's got a sound that's sparer and more soundtrack-like than some of Ananda's more famous funk work of earlier years. The overall ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The music of Ravi Shankar was a big influence on the work of George Harrison during the 60s – and here, the ex-Beatle returns the favor by giving Ravi a really beautiful setting for his work on sitar – a well-produced album, handled in the studio by George with an even more lofty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully blue-tinged work from tejano legend Martin Solis – an artist who never recorded much during his life, but performed constantly for the Mexican community in and around Detroit! Solis both sings and handles the large bajo sexteto – a deep-toned instrument that really invokes ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's not a typo in the title – although the music of Majid Soula is pretty darn amazing – served up here in a collection of work from the 80s, all of which serves to find a new sort of contemporary expression for the Amazigh culture of North Africa! Majid uses a fair bit of keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Idrissa Soumaoro —
Ampsa ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums ... read moreCD
A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A huge amount of work from a reedman we'd never heard before – Martinique-born Alexandre Stellio – a hell of a clarinet player, and one who effortlessly weaves together island rhythms and early strands of jazz! All of the recordings here were done in Paris during the mid 30s, and ... read moreCD
Ebo Taylor at his finest – stepping out here in a wicked set of work from the 70s – filled with upbeat rhythms, sweet instrumental touches, and a heck of a lot of soul! There's a bubbling undercurrent in the rhythms that's almost Caribbean at times, yet the overall groove is a lot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of spare percussion tracks – served up by Jorge Trasante, who'd later rise to fame in the Gypsy Kings – but who here is working as a young percussionist with a great love of South American rhythms! As the title implies, the set is an exploration of the roots of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly lovely little record, with a sound that's very much all its own – served by a female trio who were part of the unusual scene in Uruguay at the time – all in a mix of harmonized vocals, acoustic guitar, and a very personal, up-close sort of presentation! The harmonies ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Argentine scene was always one of the hippest down in South America in the 60s and 70s – always a place where artists were pushing the musical envelope even more than in other nearby nations – which is definitely the case in this really unique album that seems to defy any easy genre ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare solo work from Melvin Ukachi – a key member of the 70s Nigerian funk group Ofege, stepping out here with a style that's a bit more lean and 80s-styled overall! There's plenty of beats and keyboards in the mix – a really catchy groove that's in the best American boogie style of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most hard-grooving set we've heard from singer Mary Afi Usuah – a set that has all these deep, bassy currents on the bottom – which hold a nice groove underneath Mary's heavenly voice! Usuah has a range that's much greater than some of her contemporaries – no surprise, ... read moreCD
Rafael Vargas & His Orchestra —
Tango ... LP Palace, 1957. Near Mint- ...
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(Teal label stereo pressing.)
Vaudou Game —
Noussin ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2021. New Copy ...
A sweet little album from Vaudou Game – a set that's got a leaner feel than some of their previous records, but in a way that also makes the whole thing funkier too! The group's a quartet this time around, and working with lots of guitar riffs and bass from lead singer Peter Solo – ... read moreCD
Really fantastic grooves from this legendary Congolese combo – a group who've got a different spin than some of their 70s contemporaries, given the way the use lots of organ lines next to the percussion on the songs! The instrument often gets this melodic flow going with the rhythms – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Di Wo Ho Ni ... LP We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
Beautiful bubbling grooves from Vis-A-Vis – a group who've got a very special way with a highlife rhythm, as you'll hear on this classic album from the late 70s! The percussion, bass, and rhythm guitar all percolate together beautifully – with a magical sort of flow that makes the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a really wonderful groove – bubbling bass next to riffing guitar lines – a bit funky at times, but as a warm hybrid with more familiar highlife modes! The album's a key testament to the strengths of this 70s group from Ghana – filled with lively vocal interplay ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s ... read moreCD
(Very cool package – a complete 72 page, hardcover book – with loads of notes on the band, and a huge amount of vintage images too!)
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – for all the music on the album, and a digital file for a complete 72 page book – with loads of notes on the band, and a huge amount of vintage images too!)
Wganda Kenya —
Wganda Kenya ... LP Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Massive rhythms from this legendary 70s group – one created in the Discos Fuentes studios in Colombia – as a way to combine some of the bigger African and Caribbean rhythms of the time! The sound is very percussive, and very raw – lots of acoustic elements in the rhythms, mixed ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue features two non-LP bonus tracks!)
Etubom Rex Williams —
Ubok Aka Inua ... LP Philips/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A fantastic 70s album from Nigerian artist Etubom Rex Williams – one that has this really unusual sound that's almost some sort of science fiction take on highlife! The rhythms and guitar interplay are familiar, but the production is oddly spacey, especially on some of the keyboards – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Asnakech Worku —
Asnakech ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
Not just a fantastic album from Ethiopia's legendary Asnakech Worku, but also a great setting for Hailu Mergia too – as he plays organ on the record, and produced the whole thing too! Worku sings and plays the krar – an Ethiopian harp, but one with a very raw sound – almost more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spiritual sounds and a heck of a lot more – served up by Ndiko Xaba, an expatriate South African musician who was working in Oakland at the time of this record – fusing together the roots of his homeland with some wonderfully free and open American jazz styles! At times, there's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Xtasy have a name and a look that feels a lot like some of the mainstream American soul acts of the time – and the sound of this album definitely fits that image too! The grooves are a sweet blend of bumping basslines and keyboards – borrowing strongly from electro soul instrumentation ... read moreCD
A definite flute adventure from Japanese reedman Toshiaki Yokota – one that's got some wonderfully trippy elements, in the best spirit of some of the most groundbreaking MPS sessions at the end of the 60s! Yokota plays a variety of flutes, and he's backed by electric guitar, bass, and plenty ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Youssou N'Dour —
Set ... CD Virgin, 1990. Used ...
A great trio of players from the Zonke family of Zimbabwe – working here in a rootsy mode that makes highly percussive instrumentation with their own harmonized vocals! Instrumentation is spare – all three members play ngoma drums, with round bottom-heavy tones – plus hosha and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Images of the Caribbean in many styles – from the striking color image on the front, to vintage black and white shots throughout the book – all at a level that really illuminates the criss-crossing cultures of the island scene! The book's got a wonderfully sharp sensibility – as ... (Books, Global Grooves)read moreBook
Maybe not the complete roots of African funk, but a set that does a great job of bringing together a range of different cuts that show the new sounds and styles that were really hitting the scene as the 70s moved in – work from a wide variety of sources, but which all seems to share a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest African collections we've seen in years – a beautiful assortment of untapped grooves from the 70s, put together with a massive booklet that sets a whole new standard in packaging! The grooves here are different from other Afro Funk collections of the time – ... read moreCD
The continuing evolution of the Comet Records label in France – a full flowering of all the ideas the company was first working with at the end of the 90 – when they began to find a new home for older Afro Funk styles and artists, but also had ways of updating their modes to a 21st ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Afro Tropical Soundz – and well chosen sampler of stellar tracks from Soundway compilations – some of the best global grooves releases of the past decade – with Afrobeat and funk from Ghana, Columbian grooves, Afro & Latin sounds from the French Carribbean, Psychedelic Afro ... read moreCD
Sweet soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – a surprisingly strong source of well-crafted, warmly-produced grooves – all with a special sort of sparkle that reminds us a lot of the best Bay Area or LA sounds of the time! There's a sunny vibe to the music that really belies its roots ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet sounds from way beyond the American scene – a range of tracks from global sources, but which are tied to some of the best soulful styles of the Cali scene of the 70s! Don't think the AOR in the title means that these cuts are all commercial hits – as they're well-produced, but ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The sounds of samba – served up in a massive 3CD set, with a whopping 38 tracks in all! CD 1 features Classic Samba – tunes both vintage and recent, but always done with a sound that hangs heavy in the standard samba mode – lots of raw percussion, soulful vocals, and light ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Very cool sounds from the 60s scene in Italy – music that's clearly inspired by the best British female pop of the period, and also a bit by Detroit soul – with maybe just a touch of French "yeh yeh" modes thrown in for good measure! Yet because the sounds come from a scene ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A really cool mix of cuts – a package that brings together American funk cuts with global touches, European tracks from the post-colonial years, and a few more surprising nuggets from other sources too – all to show the way that African rhythms entered the clubs during the 70s! Many of ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky collection of soundtrack grooves from Hindi films – all from the late 70s to mid 80s – and with a lot more going on stylistically than just disco! It's got some of heaviest percussive sounds we've heard from period Eastern soundtracks – and lots of great vocals – ... read moreCD
Bombay grooves, but not just the disco promised in the title – as these cuts come mostly from the 80s years of Bollywood, and show Indian funk moving into a great new realm of styles! There's definitely a disco vibe at the core – and as in other scenes, the style stayed current a lot ... read moreCD
Highly percussive sounds from the kingdom of Buganda – an area that predates the formation of modern day Uganda, and which has an equally ancient sound to its music! The work here is served up on a variety of instruments – percussion, drums, flutes, and stringed instruments – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual slice of music from the southern African scene of the postwar years – sounds from a strange wave of cowboy-inspired music in Zimbabwe and South Africa – but with results that are completely unique! Many of these guys actually wore cowboy hats and played acoustic guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a big booklet of notes on the music, too!)
The "nuggets" in the title is very well placed here – as all the cuts here have every bit as much freak and fuzz as the American garage and pre-punk work chronicled famously on the lengendary Nuggets series! Yet these tracks are all even more obscure, and all come from African ... read moreCD
A great little package that brings together killer cuts from big wave of calypso in the 50s – all served up in a beautiful retro-styled cover and a limited edition 10" LP! The music here is the sort of harder-biting, rougher-rocking calypso that played bit in the West Indian underground ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Caribbean styles hit the American scene – then get transformed into something completely different in this huge collection of recordings that span styles that include jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, and blues! In some cases, the Caribbean element comes through in the song structure – which ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A beautiful look at the chica sound that arose in Peru during the 70s – a unique hybrid of local percussion modes and surf-styled electric guitar – almost as if the latter instrument slid down the pacific coast from Cali to Peru, and found itself tied up with a whole host of different ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible third coast salsa from the late 70s – amazing stuff from the orquestras of Carlos Ruiz and his Ebirac label – made by singers and players in Chicago's Puerto Rican community of the period that stands up just as well today! Chicago salsa, unlike more nationally popular styles ... read moreCD
An unexpected legacy of funky sounds from the 70s – one that most of us never got to experience, given that most of these records were trapped behind the Iron Curtain for decades! Yet somehow, that curtain seemed to allow for plenty of influence from the west – as most of these obscure ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreCD