Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Soundway (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Rare Nigerian funk and soul from The Jay-U Experience! Rather than following Fela's or any other template for 70s Afro Funk or soul, the group does a pretty incredible job of mixing up styles into a unique hybrid, rooted in the above, touching on reggae and jazz, too, and all the while holding ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hot Casa (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Fierce Afro Funk from King Bucknor – who serves up two side-long jams here, both very much in the best Fela vibe of the 70s! "Woman Nature" starts out the record – building nicely from rattling percussion that's peppered with Bucknor's rough calls at the start, then filled in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
I Am Black Beauty
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
The title's a pretty bold proclamation from Nahid Akhtar – but the album definitely supports the claim, thanks to a fierce combination of funky modes and Pakistani groove! The tracks here were all recorded for the Lollywood film world in Lahore – Pakistan's answer to Indian cinema at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soundway (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3LP
Damn great work from the early 80s Nigerian scene – music that's evolved strongly past the Afro Funk of the 70s, and often has the same electro soul sound as work from the US at the time! These cuts are unabashedly upbeat, and aimed at the dancefloor – full of the kind of basslines and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime Frequencies, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD & Book
An amazing tribute to one of the greatest series of ethnographic material ever recorded – the legendary Disques Ocora records – still unsurpassed in terms of their care and quality! The material set a new standard for field recordings – handled by musicologist Charles Duvelle, ... CD
Sorry Bamba Du Mali
Songhoi/Africa Seven (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Killer Malian music from Sorry Bamba – served up here on one of his greatest albums of the 70s! The set just features four songs, but they're all nice and long – and build up in this wonderfully complex, completely mesmerizing blend of percussion, keyboards, and guitar – extended ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s. New Copy
A very hip collection of Algerian work from the 70s – work that predates some of the more familiar rai from the 80s, served up with a much rougher style overall! The instrumentation here is all tied strongly to the rhythms – horn parts and guitar lines that romp just as much as the ... CD
Born Bad (France), Late 60s. New Copy
A whole host of cool Latin tracks from the French West Indies scene of the late 60s – not music that flowed to Guadeloupe or Martinique from Cuba or Puerto Rico – but fresh new sounds that were directly inspired by the boogaloo generation on the New York scene! The tracks here aren't ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1989. New Copy (reissue)
One of the last great records from Fela – an album-long track with a very political message – delivered after the leader spent a number of years in a Nigerian jail cell, and returned to the musical world with a vengeance! Despite the late date of the track, it's still got all the raw ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A great little record – with two brilliant side-long tracks! "Everything Scatter" is a stone 70s classic from Fela – and a cut that's maybe the blueprint for so much Afro Funk to follow – beautifully layered, with so many different elements coming into play at once, yet ... LP, Vinyl record album
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Amazing sounds from 70s Ghana – a killer collection that really lives up to all the greatness of other collections on the Analogue Africa label! There's a sharpness here right from the start – an approach to funk that's really universal, and shows why collections from a generation like ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Kooyman, Early 2000s/2017. New Copy
The first few numbers we've heard from trombone player Toli and the Femm Nameless group – an all female Afrobeat-inspired combo who made some waves in the fertile Brooklyn live funk scene of early 00s alongside scene legends like Antibalas, the Dapkings and Menhan Street Band but disbanded ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Finders Keepers (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP
Bright Persian psychedelic pop, funk, soul and boundless grooves from the 60s & 70s – one of the greatest compilations yet from Finders Keepers! Many of the tunes are actually classics of the era's Iranian scene, if wildly fresh and new our ears, while others are quite obscure all around ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bongo Joe (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Traditional sounds from Martinique – but played in a very jazzy way by fluteman Max Cilla – whose instrument glides and soars over a range of lively percussion! The group features a bit of piano and bass, but the various drums really lead the sound – as does Cilla's flute, which ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 6 x 7 inch (reissue)
One of the coolest variations on the Ethiopiques series we've ever seen – a release that presents six different records exactly as they appeared as 7" singles – right down to representations of the original covers and labels! The grooves are great – definitely the funkier, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ketan (with bonus CD)
Agogo (Germany), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Stunning new work from Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – whose Simigwa album was one of the Afro Funk treasures of the 70s – still sounding great here in the company of some excellent younger musicians! The set's an update of Ambolley's earlier style – a bit in the way that Tony Allen's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Salone
Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated August 23, 2017


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