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


Agboju Logun (12" mix, LP)
Strut (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (pic cover)
A sweet Afro Funk classic – served up here in two different versions! The 12" mix is nice and long – and builds slowly as a bassline and keyboards introduce a groove that's almost boogie, but a bit more rough around the edges – which opens the door for trumpets and other ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds for fans of funk and rock alike – music from the freaky, fuzzy 70s scene in Zambia – a place where styles effortlessly criss-crossed to really produce something new and unique! The work here is often heavy on fuzz guitars, but also has some wickedly soulful basslines ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
You might know "Soul Makossa" – the worldwide hit by Manu Dibango that was covered by many folks, and sampled heavily in later years too – but this set takes a look at the deeper scene behind that famous groove, through a host of wickedly funky tracks from the late 70s scene ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tenere
Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2015. New Copy
Beautiful sounds from the Saharan scene – served up here by an Algerian combo with some wonderful guitar in the lead! The instrumentation is similar to some of their contemporaries, but also maybe crafted with a bit more tightness too – especially on numbers where the group's vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album
One Kind Of Love
Musique Plastique, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
Obscure work from Pedro – aka Peter Mekwunye – a Nigerian singer who'd only just moved to the US when he recorded this album in Portland in 1993 – a set that was originally only issued on cassette! The sound is very spare – mostly just these oddly moody keyboards and drum ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wrasse, 1974. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
Amazing music from an amazing moment – the legendary Zaire 74 concerts that took place before the Rumble In The Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Frazier! The moment was one of great pride and power – and although the concert performances have become the stuff of legend over ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mogollar
Diskotur/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976. New Copy
Extremely compelling work from the Turkish scene of the mid 70s – music that fuses rock and folk roots, and which makes heavy use of the Turkish baglama – an instrument with strong sitar-like qualities! Most of the tunes here are instrumentals that lay the baglama solos out over ... CD
Ruwahine
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2017. New Copy
Very dark sounds from this cross-cultural combo – a group who certainly draw from Tunisian roots at times, but who almost come across sounding more like one of the darker acts from the post-punk generation! The "electrique" in the name is well-put – as even the acoustic ... CD
Ruwahine (180 gram pressing)
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2017. New Copy Gatefold
Very dark sounds from this cross-cultural combo – a group who certainly draw from Tunisian roots at times, but who almost come across sounding more like one of the darker acts from the post-punk generation! The "electrique" in the name is well-put – as even the acoustic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Saigon Supersound, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Incredible sounds from Saigon – music that's often quite funky and surprisingly soulful – and which no doubt shows a strong influence on the scene from all the American GIs who were playing their music overseas! Other collections of this nature maybe localize the music a bit more than ... CD
Salone
Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy
Very cool sounds from a wonderful pairing of sources – the ancient African thumb piano and contemporary funky production – at a level that's almost a 21st Century update of the American 70s kalimba experiments by Phil Cohran and Earth Wind & Fire! There's moments here that ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the best collections of music from Mali that we've ever heard – and a set that nicely gets past some of the overdone cliches of that scene, to really focus on the kind of overlooked 70s gems that showcase sides of the music that are funky, jazzy, and plenty soulful throughout! There's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sahara All Star Band Of Jos
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
One of the funkiest combos we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given how much great music was going on at the time! These guys really know how to lean into a long song, and open it up with incredible instrumental sharpness – a way of coming together ... LP, Vinyl record album
Let's Have A Party
PMG (Austria), 1974. New Copy
Let's Have A Party, indeed – as it's hard not to celebrate when a record sounds this great! The album's a boiling batch of Afro Funk numbers from the legendary Geraldo Pino – a key influence on the sound of Fela, and an artist with a sound that's got a bit more James Brown in his ... CD
Good Name
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Analog Africa (Germany), 1978. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic solo work from Vincent Ahehehinnou – a singer who first rose to fame as a part of the funky sound of the Orchestre Poly Rhythmo De Cotonou – stepping out here in an even headier set on his own! The music has a more personal vibe overall – not just on the album's two ... LP, Vinyl record album
EMI/Ovular (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from the Karachi scene of the 60s and 70s – music pulled from rare 7" singles, and performed by a host of groups who clearly drew on western influences of the time! The music features lots of electric elements – especially keyboards and guitar – but often ... LP, Vinyl record album
Echos Hypnotiques
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The second volume of rare Afrofunk from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou from Analog Africa – a killer set of material recorded at EMI Studios in Lagos, Nigeria for the Albarika Store label – impeccable sounding and feverishly played by the group! This one's fairly jaw dropping, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Great Ghana grooves from Ebo Taylor – a tremendous collection of his funkiest 70s work – and a much-needed reintroduction of his talents to the world at large! Much of the music here has strong links with more familiar Afro Funk – but the overall approach is often a bit unique, ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 27, 2017


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