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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!


Juntos
Sonic Octopus/Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2018. New Copy
A mix of timeless and modern Afro Latin grooves from Chicago's excellent Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat! Stylistically, the sky is the limit with this Esso!, with arrangements that roll from a broad palette of Latin jazz & soul instrumentation to more of a modern dancefloor vibe, and from instrumentals ... LP, Vinyl record album
Message (colored vinyl pressing)
Analog Africa (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy
A huge leap forward for Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – a set that takes all the tightness of his 70s funk work, but also serves things up with a richer soul vibe overall – great production, sharp arrangements, and excellent use of horns and keyboards too! The whole thing's like a condensation ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ekuka (gold vinyl pressing)
Nyege Nyege Tapes (Uganda), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2LP
Mighty raw work on thumb piano from Ekuka Morris Sirikiti – mostly pulled from radio broadcasts in northern Uganda, and served up here with a very timeless vibe! Most tracks feature vocals and percussion alongside Ekuka's lead instrument – which itself has some of the chromatic warmth ... LP, Vinyl record album
Muslims & Christians
Habibi Funk (Germany), Early 90s. New Copy 2LP
Really wonderful work from the early 90s scene in Khartoum – sounds that have a much more 70s-styled sound than you might expect! That sound is in keeping with Kamal Keila, who was never a mainstream artist at all – and instead made material like this away from the limelight, which ... LP, Vinyl record album
Viva Disco
Afrodisia/Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. New Copy
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 ... CD
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
Cantos
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nick The Chopper
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976. New Copy
Baris Manco was one of the leading lights of the Turkish music scene in the 70s, but that didn't stop him from setting his sights on points farther west – as you'll hear on this funky gem from the mid 70s, complete with English language lyrics for the sorts of tunes that could have burst out ... LP, Vinyl record album
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy
LP...$9.99 18.98
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – ... CD
Gulden Karabocek Vol 2
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy
Really lovely work from Gulden Karabocek – a Turkish singer in the 70s who made some really fantastic music – a cool mix of styles you might know from Arabesk rock, combined with groovier production modes that sometimes make the songs sound nice and funky! Karabocek draws a lot from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nick The Chopper
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976. New Copy
Baris Manco was one of the leading lights of the Turkish music scene in the 70s, but that didn't stop him from setting his sights on points farther west – as you'll hear on this funky gem from the mid 70s, complete with English language lyrics for the sorts of tunes that could have burst out ... CD
Gulden Karabocek Vol 1
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy
Really lovely work from Gulden Karabocek – a Turkish singer in the 70s who made some really fantastic music – a cool mix of styles you might know from Arabesk rock, combined with groovier production modes that sometimes make the songs sound nice and funky! Karabocek draws a lot from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sonafric (France), 1976. New Copy
Great work from the classic period of Ali Farka Toure – and a set that may well show its sound on the cover, where Ali is pictured with this beautiful woody guitar! The instrument rings out in this beautifully robust way – phrased in styles that seem to borrow a bit from American blues ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afrodisia (Nigeria), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A funky little combo from 70s Nigeria – one who could easily give most American funk bands of the time a good run for their money! The approach here is nice and lean – lots of heavy basslines and tight drums, run through with riffing wah-wah guitar licks, and plenty of sweet touches on ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of Ethiopian funk – rare singles from the late 60s and early 70s – all brought together as an amazing illustration of a time when the scene was really on fire! The music here has this incredible resonance between ancient and modern – local and global – ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of Ethiopian funk – rare singles from the late 60s and early 70s – all brought together as an amazing illustration of a time when the scene was really on fire! The music here has this incredible resonance between ancient and modern – local and global – ... CD
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
Cantos
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes ... CD
GAM/Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet summer nights from Abdou El Omari – a fantastic album of keyboard tracks recorded in Casablanca – and done with an enigmatic sound that's completely amazing! The music is both electric and timeless – 70s-styled, but ancient – and in some ways, the mix of exotic and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ahadu (180 gram pressing)
Buda (France), 1988. New Copy
A later gem from the Ethiopian music scene – but one that has the same great qualities as albums issued during the golden years of the 70s! This rare set was originally issued only on cassette, so maybe has had less global circulation than earlier sounds from Ethiopia – and it features ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ali Toure Farka (1977)
Sonafric (France), 1977. New Copy
Few folks have made an acoustic guitar and a voice sound as compelling together as Ali Farka Toure – and that's saying a lot, given the huge legacy of folk and blues that preceded his 70s recordings! Toure's clearly aware of that long line of recordings, but finds a way to make music that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
George Muakbi's definitely got some happiness in his guitar here – a bright, lively style that dances along with the spare rhythms of the tunes – in a groove that's beautifully offset by the vocals of George and his partner! The music is relatively spare, but ushered in a new stylistic ... 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
African Dances
Phonodisk/Mr Bongo (UK), 1979. New Copy
A monster of an Afro Funk album – one with a hard-jamming quality that reminds us of some of the best Fela classics of the 70s! All of side one features the massive "Cunny Jam Wayo" – a cut that has layers of percussion that build up beautifully, with lots of space for strong ... LP, Vinyl record album
EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
There may be lots of tambourine at this party, but there's plenty more as well – including some monstrous basslines that instantly make the record a treasure for fans of any funk styles from the 70s! In fact, despite the Nigerian origin of the set, it's probably just as reasonable for you to ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1984. New Copy
Not the kind of belly dance album that was big in the 60s – none of the cheesy modes of those "how to strip for your husband" sets from American labels – and instead, a very cool mix of modes that showcases the tight electric guitar talents of Cengiz Coskuner! The music is ... LP, Vinyl record album
EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
There may be lots of tambourine at this party, but there's plenty more as well – including some monstrous basslines that instantly make the record a treasure for fans of any funk styles from the 70s! In fact, despite the Nigerian origin of the set, it's probably just as reasonable for you to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hodi Hu Yenyan
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... CD
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
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from the glory days of the Burkina Faso scene – a time when the country's place at the crossroads of West Africa was helping to create some really amazing music! There's no set style here that defines the groove – as some tracks seem to flow from Nigerian funk, while ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lion, 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Rare pop psych from the late 60s & early 70s French scene – groovy singles from Le Coeur, Les Hamsters, Les Chimeriennes, Dan Le Bouffon, Christopher Laird, Yar & Yana and others – really cool stuff, most of which we've never heard before! Lion's Groove Club series goes on to ... CD
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
Knitting Factory, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A real classic from the great Fela Kuti – a seminal mid 70s record that not only shows his impeccable sense of rhythm, but also his sense of rage as well! The title track – "Expensive Sh_t" – is Fela's answer to the time that he got busted for dope, and was forced to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A really seminal album from Fela Kuti – searing live set that pairs him with drummer Ginger Baker – formerly of Cream, and a huge supporter of Fela's music on the UK scene! Baker had already picked up a lot of Fela's influence in his music – and rather than the record being one ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda (France), 2018. New Copy
Zanmari Bare hails from the isle of Reunion, and he's got this beautifully melancholy style of singing – a mode that seems to belie his younger age, with this evocative quality as if he's seen things rise and fall for centuries on this planet! The instrumentation that backs his singing is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Emakhosini (180 gram pressing)
Buda (France), 2018. New Copy
An even more fantastic album than the previous effort from this very cool combo – a set that has long tracks that really let the group build up their sound – all with a vibe that lives up to the cover proclamation of "music for the people by the people with the people"! That ... LP, Vinyl record album
Piranha (UK), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic collection of sounds from one of the more under-documented musical scenes on the African continent – and a really well-done package that showcases the unique guitar style used by musicians in Botswana! Much of this music features an unusual left-hand approach to the instrument ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys ... CD
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
Third Man, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy Gatefold
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal/Wrasse, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic collection – way more than just a greatest hits set of work by South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela – and instead a special package put together by Hugh himself, shortly before his death – featuring an album-by-album selection of the best cuts from his Chisa Records ... CD
Third Man, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy Gatefold
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern ... LP, Vinyl record album
Shadoks (Germany), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A fuzzed-out classic from Chris Zebby Tembo and the Ngozi Family – easily one of the freakiest groups working in the Zambian scene of the late 70s – and one that's finally getting some global respect all these many years later! The sound here has the group's trademark blend of swirling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Etral De L'Air No 1
Sahel Sounds, 2018. New Copy
A trio of guitars, augmented by bass, all swarming around each other in a way that might well make this group the Spacemen 3 of the Tuareg scene! There's not the obvious psychedelic influence here that group had back at the end of the 80s – but the mix of guitar fuzz is equally trippy – ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic look at the groundbreaking sounds of the Disques Debs label – one of the most important companies producing music in the French Caribbean – and an imprint whose impact was strongly felt on the other side of the Atlantic as well! The core of these grooves is that compelling ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Some of the greatest work we've ever heard from Joe Mensah – a rare 70s album that really gives him the space and time to open up his groove – which he does with effortless ease on the title track! "Cry Laughter" is a long gem that starts out with just raw percussion, then ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afrodisia (Nigeria), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
An Afro Funk set with a very special vibe – a bit different than some of the other work of the time, and a standout performance from singer/instrumentalist Vicky Edimo! Vicky's a he, in case you didn't know (we didn't) – and his touch on percussion and keyboards is nicely moody in all ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afrodesia (Nigeria), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A groovy little album with an unusual sort of vibe – created with a strong message of love and understanding – delivered by Nigerian singer Christy Essien, alongside rhythms from the Show Train group of Geraldo Pino! Most tracks have a clubby sort of groove – that move into late ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ocora (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 6CD
A fantastic overview of sounds from Ocora Records – an imprint that may well be the greatest ethnographic label in the world, with a tremendous legacy of well-recorded music from around the globe! Ocora is an offshoot of Radio France, and always did a top-shelf job, right from the start ... CD
 
Updated August 16, 2018


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