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


Mississippi, 1930s. New Copy
A beautiful use of Hawaiian guitar in early Greek 78rpm recordings – an amazing musical journey that's even more fascinating than the use of the instrument in American country music! The instrument here is the acoustic version of steel guitar, and is often played alongside other more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fasokan
Sahel Sounds, 2017. New Copy
Luka Productions is Luka Guindo – who created the wonderful sounds on this set on the Bamako scene, then made space for a number of other voices to step in and out of the mix! At some level, the music is almost a contemporary studio reworking of older field recording modes from Mali – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime Frequencies, 2017. New Copy
The title definitely gets the setting right – as the music here is from the Himalayas, where the high altitude seems to really produce something special in the culture! Many of these tracks have a spare, almost meditative feel – as a good deal of the music comes from spare pairings of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dahkla Sahara Session
Born Bad (France), 2017. New Copy
A bit of a change for Group Doueh – but a set that's every bit as wonderful as some of their previous work! The album has the group working with the French trio Cheveu – who add some more conventional guitars next to the snakey Saharan sounds you might expect – but never in a way ... CD
SWN/Soul Jazz (UK), 1978. New Copy
A beautifully trippy set of tracks from Edward Larry Gordon – an artist who's probably better known for his later Laraaji album recorded with Brian Eno, but one who sounds even better here on this debut set! The sound is very spiritual and meditative – long, drawn-out, side-long tracks ... CD
Planet Ilunga (Netherlands), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Classic sounds from Franco & OK Jazz – one of the coolest groups going in the Congo in the 50s – and an ensemble whose approach paved the way for many other acts to come! The music here is all from the final years of Belgian rule, but already represents a flowering of newly ... LP, Vinyl record album
SWN/Soul Jazz (UK), 1978. New Copy
A beautifully trippy set of tracks from Edward Larry Gordon – an artist who's probably better known for his later Laraaji album recorded with Brian Eno, but one who sounds even better here on this debut set! The sound is very spiritual and meditative – long, drawn-out, side-long tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
A fantastic collection of funk from the 70s scene in Ivory Coast – music that's every bit as heavy on jazz-based solos as it is on the grooves – with some especially strong sax lines that really give the tunes a lot of soul! The music here is nice and raw, and often very stripped-down ... LP, Vinyl record album
Now Again, Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jungle Juice
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
We're not sure what's in this jungle juice, but it's clearly having a great effect on Joe Kemfa – allowing him to move and groove in a really great way – as he leads his group through a sweet later take on the sound of Lagos funk! The album's got a great blend of rhythms and some ... LP, Vinyl record album
Our Truth
Nyami Nyami, 2017. New Copy
A fantastic little record, and one that's a nice change from some of the overdone Afro Funk modes out there – as these guys come together more as a spiritual collective, with a righteous power that maybe even recalls some of the great 70s experiments of drummer Roy Brooks – especially ... LP, Vinyl record album
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
African boogie, and plenty of funk as well – all served up by DJ Qbico, a name we're really coming to trust for top-shelf grooves! The set's as obscure as some of his other records – put together as a live DJ set, in which Qbico focuses on cuts from that moment when the African scene ... LP, Vinyl record album
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
A smoking set of rare funky numbers – served up here in a non-stop set by DJ Qubico! The package is very limited, and a bit spare on notes – but the sounds within are really wonderful – like stumbling upon a night of rare records, spun at some small European club – where ... LP, Vinyl record album
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s. New Copy
Tripped-out sounds, selected by DJ Qbico – and offered up here in a manner that's similar to his other Afro-styled sets! Like those records, there's little here in the way of notes – but the track selection is great, and has a strong focus on those 70s African numbers that blend ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime Frequencies, 2016. New Copy
Contemporary Sufi music from Pakistan – recorded in the field, but with a really beautiful sound – crystal-clear presentation of the hypnotic vocals, reed instruments, and percussion that really drive the performances! The song styles vary – so that some are heavily vocal, if not ... LP, Vinyl record album
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy
Their name may be a mouthful, but the Black Children Sledge Funk Band have a groove that's nice and lean – a wicked blend of basslines, percussion, and lots of riffing guitar – plus these very cool keyboards that wander over the grooves and give the whole thing a sweetly spacey vibe! ... CD
Far Eastern Sunshine (Germany), 1971. New Copy
The mighty RD Burman is at the height of his powers here – crafting a Bollywood soundtrack that has an even moodier, groovier feel than usual – with some currents that even link the music towards some European film score styles of the time! Tracks are shortish, and definitely have the ... CD
President/RPM (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Some of the heaviest funk recorded on the UK scene in the early 70s – courtesy of a Kenyan group who were making their home in London at the time – and cooking up music that was a fantastic blend of soulful modes from both their homeland, and the world of American funk and soul! These ... CD
Mainstream, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Groovy Eastern sounds from John Berberian – a musician we know from more rockish projects, but who steps out here on a relatively traditional set of tunes! As you'd guess from the title, Berberian's instrument is the oud – that weird stringed instrument we probably know best from Ahmed ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated February 20, 2017


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