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Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Vogue/Radio Martiko (Belgium), Mid 60s. New Copy
An early killer by Congolese combo Ry-Co Jazz – a set that's got as much Latin in the mix as the jazz in their name – and which serves up both with a lean style that's even groovier than some of the later work by the group! The album captures the combo at the height of their early fame ... LP, Vinyl record album
Las Pale
Asterie/Strut (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
Electrified zouk from the Guadeloupe scene – just the kind of unusual musical hybrid that's always made the Antilles so great! The work here has some echoes of the more familiar modes of zouk, but also has a leaner, more soul-based mode too – almost like a New York take on the genre, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Asnakech
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1975. New Copy
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 ... CD
Luaka Bop, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A really mind-bending collection of African grooves – one that digs deep into the West African scene of the early 70s – and comes up with a massive batch of tunes that really opens up our understanding of the music! The sound here isn't just 70s Afro Funk – as the tunes include a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sound Miracle (Spain), Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s. New Copy
A great overview of early flamenco from the Spanish recording scene – tracks that begin before the Revolution, and move into the postwar years – but all with a spare sort of energy that shows just how timeless the style has always been! Most numbers just feature a singer, some clapping ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jongler
Favorite (France), 2018. New Copy
A great little album from French singer Pat Kalla – an artist whose "Super Mojo" here is really the genius of producer Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! The set is a collaboration between Pat and Patchworks – and uses the great vocals of Kalla to bring new focus to the ... CD
Figure & Ground, 2018. New Copy
A NYC combo with rhythms and traditions rooted in Colombia, and a unique psych-tinged , danceable sound! Raw rhythms anchor them a bit and provide deep roots while the powerfully soulful vocals by Carolina Oliveros and backing vocals by the rest of the group provide a soulful integrity, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Asnakech
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lembi
OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy
Spare sounds get taken to the next dimension – as the music of Adama Barry is presented in both its original creation, and in a set of remixes by Henrik Schwarz, Bugge Wesseltoft, Prins Thomas, Mental Overdrive, and others! The album's got an unusual approach – as two-thirds of the ... CD
Matona's Afdhal Group
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy
A beautifully dynamic set from Mohamed Issa Haji – aka Matona – a musician from Zanzibar with a specialty in Taarab, which is an unusual hybrid of African, Arabic, and Indian musical styles! The group here features Matona on oud, vocals, and percussion – illuminated by very ... CD
Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal album from one of the hippest groups going on the South African scene of the 70s – a combo who mixed equal parts electric jazz and R&B, in a mode that's strongly inspired by American groups of the time! The Pacific Express vibe has plenty of echoes of the Earth Wind & Fire ... LP, Vinyl record album
Glitterbeat (Germany), 1970s. New Copy Gatefold
Really lovely work from Stella Chiweshe – both a singer and a hell of an mbira player – both talents that get equal play on this collection of early singles from the 70s! In fact, the set feels a lot less like some African singles from the time, than a unified album that really offers ... LP, Vinyl record album
War For Ground
Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Afro club with a very international vibe – no surprise, given that Momo Joseph was raised in Cameroon, but spent most of the 70s living in Paris – where he quickly assimilated a range of soul and funk styles to the music of his roots! The result is work with a nice sort of polish, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1966. New Copy
A pair of rare albums from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – back to back on a single CD! First up is Afro Latin Soul Vol 1 – pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more ... CD
Oyiwane
Sahel Sounds, 1985. New Copy (reissue)
A very young group from Agadez – as you might guess from their image on the cover – a sextet of singers who started out as a school project, but recorded their beautiful music for an album that was originally only issued on cassette! There's some very cool early currents of Tuareg ... LP, Vinyl record album
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vision Songs
Numero, 1984. New Copy
Music of a very different style than some of Laraaji's other work – more tuneful and song-based – with shorter tracks that show a whole different side of his talents! Laraaji's gotten great acclaim for his homespun spiritual sounds – long tracks that first found a home in Brian ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1986/1987. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
80s sounds from the Somali scene – but served up with a lean, raw quality that feels a lot more like 70s funk overall! In a decade where some of the other scenes on the continent were using more beats, electronics, and keyboards – Dur Dur Band still keep things plenty live, and plenty ... LP, Vinyl record album
Viva Disco
Afrodisia/Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Long live disco, but not the sort that was big on the American scene of the 70s – as Tunde Mabadu serves up a nicely lean version of the music here – filled with Nigerian funk elements, and plenty of his own great work on tenor and alto sax! The tunes are jumpy, jaunty, and plenty darn ... LP, Vinyl record album
Psycho African Beat
Academy, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A lost chapter from the late 60s/early 70s Ghana scene – a great mix of African rhythms & melodies with the raw grit of garage rock, the heavy groove of funk and soul, the swirling and fuzzed out guitars and organ of psychedelia – the Psycho African Beat of The Psychedelic Aliens! ... CD
Black Hippies
Academy, 1977. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$9.99 15.98
Hardly the kind of hippies that were always hanging around when we were growing up – as these guys are super tight, super funky, and right on the money throughout – grooving hard in one of the most searing styles of Afro Funk we've ever heard! Older psych modes are turned towards the ... CD
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A long-overdue collection of work – one that really gets at the unusual appearance of Latin rhythms on the African scene of the postwar years! Latin sounds from Africa are nothing new, but they're one of those things that's always taken for granted, too – kind of assumed in most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Now Again, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Some of the heaviest work to come from the African scene of the 70s – the initial offering of the Ngozi Family – a group who clearly take strong inspiration from the Cream years of the UK scene, but who also come across with a grittier, punkier vibe overall – thanks to lean, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ampsa
Mississippi, 1978. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ali Toure Dit Farka (1976)
Sonafric (France), 1976. New Copy
The birth of a legend – one of those sublime 70s albums that made Ali Farka Toure a standout right from the start! The mix of vocals and acoustic guitar is incredible – with all of the inflections and subtle complications you might have found in early rural blues recordings from the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1970s. New Copy 7LP (reissue)
LP...$108.99 119.98
Seven amazing albums from the legendary Fela Kuti – all packaged here in a special limited box set – with choices made by modern soul legend Erykah Badu! The package includes some of our favorite Fela albums ever – and all of them are records that really show him honing his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tomorrow Comes The Harvest (10 inch LP)
Blue Note (France), 2018. New Copy
The great Tony Allen has always been a hell of a collaborator – especially in his later years – and here, he makes some really wonderful music with Jeff Mills – a criss-crossing of acoustic and electric percussion patterns that are every bit as hypnotic as Allen's early material, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Night Express
Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Don't think "disco", think "funky jazz" – because this sweet South African group from the 70s is filled with lots of groovy twists and turns – all in a mode that's quite different than any of the American or European jazz albums we know from the time! The lineup ... LP, Vinyl record album
Onye Kata Obia
Get/Bongo Joe (UK), 1989. New Copy (reissue)
General Franco is alive and well – at least General Franco Lee Ezute, as the sound of his work on this record is so vibrant, it will keep his legacy alive for decades! The rhythms move fast, the guitar dances along at a similar speed, and Franco works with his Harmony Kings International ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. New Copy
Incredible sounds from a scene that most folks don't know at all – the heady music of Venezuela in the 70s, recorded at a time when the nation was bursting with new strengths and bright ideas! The work here is different than Brazilian, Columbian, or Peruvian sounds of the time – but ... CD
Ngoma/Hot Casa (France), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Definitely the kind of record that could make all of Africa dance (as promised by the title) – because The Soul Kids are strongly influenced by the James Brown Band of the late 60s, and work here in a fantastic funky array of riffing guitars, sweet organ lines, heavy drums, and mighty tight ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Makossa
As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... LP, Vinyl record album
Get Down With Me
EMI/Dig This Way (Italy), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
The cover looks a bit cheesy – like some sort of Star Search graphic – but the album's a rock-solid gem from the second decade of Nigerian funk – recorded in Lagos with a great boogie vibe, and a groove that's as heavy on keyboards as it is on riffing guitar and percussion! Peter ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fighting For Survival
Interculture/Cultures Of Soul, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet electric funk from the Yoruba Singers – a group you might expect to have a spiritual bent, given their name – but who work here with lots of heavy rhythms, and some pretty fantastic keyboards! They're definitely "singers", though – as many tracks have the ensemble ... LP, Vinyl record album
Siri Ba Kele
Sublime Frequencies, 2018. New Copy
Rootsy grooves and heavy rhythms from Baba Commandant – an album recorded in Burkina Faso, and done with a nice blend of guitar, bass, and drums – plus plenty of work on balafon and n'goni! The steel tones of the n'goni ring out nicely next to the warmer percussive melody of the ... CD
Afro 7 (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A Kenyan funk combo from the 70s – and one who've got a groove that definitely lives up to the striking image on the cover! The set brings together obscure singles and album tracks from Black Savage – a group who sing in English throughout, and also draw plenty of influence from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda (France), 1994. New Copy
Spiritual sounds from Pakistan – a set of two long tracks that feature Mehr Ali's vocals in the lead, amidst other singers trading lines – and some especially wonderful instrumentation on harmonium and tabla! The tablas bring a sharp crackle to the rhythms, while the harmonium lines ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime Frequencies, 2018. New Copy
Field recordings from Madagascar – one of the most isolated nations on the planet, and one with a very unique musical culture as well! The sounds here are unlike anything else we can think of – usually spare, with a mixture of percussion, slight melody, and singing – but often ... LP, Vinyl record album
Valimbilo
Bongo Joe (UK), 2018. New Copy
Damily cook every bit as much here as on his debut for Bongo Joe – really moving fast, with these rhythms that have basslines, guitar parts, and vocals all cascading together! The group hail from Madagascar, but the set was recorded in Paris – with a nicely crisp sound to capture all ... LP, Vinyl record album
Zoona Malawi
Mississippi, New Copy
Gasper Nali plays the babatoni – an instrument that's only got one string – but he plays with such intensity, you hardly notice the spareness of the instrument! Instead, Gasper comes on full with a very rhythmic approach – often drumming the side of the instrument while he's ... LP, Vinyl record album
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Late 70s work from Geraldo Pino – the artist who was credited as being one of the first musicians to bring the styles of James Brown to play in West Africa – still grooving hard here at the other end of the decade! The album's got a clubby vibe in parts – the "boogie" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The debut compilation from Hugo Mendez and the Sofrito collective on Strut – tropical dancefloor grooves from Africa, the Caribbean and South American – featuring Banda Los Hijos De La Nina Luz, Frente Cumbiero, Fair Nick Stars, Victor Uwaifo, "Dany Play", Quantic Y Su ... LP, Vinyl record album
Born Bad (France), 1960s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of work from the French West Indies scene of the 60s – a package that features the unique blend of regional rhythms and jazz-based instrumentation that was bubbling strongly at the time! The styles here fall into a pair of different modes – biguine and gwo-ka ... CD
Sujud
Sublime Frequencies, 2018. New Copy
A dark duo from the Indonesian scene – working here in a mode that's unlike anything you might expect! The pair mix deep, muddy vocalizations with noisy guitar and other fuzzy sounds – but also include some more organic melodic or percussive instrumentation from time to time – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A stunner from Fela – a record that really leaps right into the groove right from the very first note – then never lets up at all! Igo Chiko provides some fantastic tenor sax solos on the tunes – and both Tunde Williams and Eddie Faychum serve up some killer trumpet – while ... LP, Vinyl record album
My Ancestors
Mississippi, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Afro-psychedelia from Chrissy Zebby Tembo – a set recorded in the Zambian scene of the early 70s, and served up in a blend of fuzzy guitar, funky drums, and some really unusual vocals! At times, Chrissy's voice almost sounds like it's being processed – filtered down nicely amidst the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 60s. New Copy
Don't think "love songs" in the usual sleepy style – as these tunes are all wonderfully upbeat and totally grooving – filled with Latin-styled touches that really make a great mix with the Egyptian instrumentation in the lead! Back at the end of the 50s, the farther reaches ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Jazz Jazz
Habibi Funk (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy
A fantastic set from the Sudanese scene of the 70s – served up by a group who've definitely got all the jazz promised in the title, but who also have a special vibe that's all their own! The rhythms are nicely jagged – sometimes rolling and romping, almost with a South African jazz ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy
Blo have gone through a few different phases before this fantastic fourth album – but none of them as funky as the work on this set – which may well set a whole new standard for the Nigerian music legends! The groove here is super-tight, with lots of excellent bass and drums snapping ... CD
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 LPs Gatefold
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 14, 2018


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