Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Poulo Warali
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2017. New Copy
Beautiful work by Awa Poulo – a Malian singer with years of work under her belt, sounding very classic on this great contemporary recording! The music is nicely spare and folksy – Awa's amazing vocals carving these hypnotic lines amidst n'goni, guitar, flute, and percussion – all ... CD
Waande Kadde
Sahel Sounds, 2014. New Copy
Beautiful sounds on the hoddu – a four-stringed guitar-like instrument from the Fouta Toro region of the sahel – played here by Amadou Binta Konte with a much more laidback sound than some of the fiercer urban guitarists of the region! The music has this nicely languid pace – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Top WZN
Sahel Sounds, 2009. New Copy
An amazing bit of Afro-futurism – as traditional instruments are presented in an electrified setting – percussion and keyboards joyously dancing together, but with a really raw groove! The keyboards are often stark and distorted – as pulsating as the percussion – and given ... LP, Vinyl record album
Poulo Warali
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2017. New Copy (reissue)
Beautiful work by Awa Poulo – a Malian singer with years of work under her belt, sounding very classic on this great contemporary recording! The music is nicely spare and folksy – Awa's amazing vocals carving these hypnotic lines amidst n'goni, guitar, flute, and percussion – all ... 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
Analog Africa (Germany), 1984. New Copy
One of the most unusual Caribbean funk albums of the 80s – a set put together by Winston Bailey, aka Shadow – a singer and musician who'd been making grooves on the scene in Trinidad and Tobago for over a decade before this release – but never with a sound that's anything like ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1984. New Copy Gatefold
One of the most unusual Caribbean funk albums of the 80s – a set put together by Winston Bailey, aka Shadow – a singer and musician who'd been making grooves on the scene in Trinidad and Tobago for over a decade before this release – but never with a sound that's anything like ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Here's some music you're not likely to have in your collection – a wealth of ultra-cool tracks from the Macondo label in Uruguay – who recorded all of these gems in the late 70s! The mix of styles runs from cumbia to bomba, merengue, mozambique, guaracha, and other South American modes ... LP, Vinyl record album
University Of Vice (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
An album that feels like early 60s Americana, gone awry – as surf, garage, Latin, and other modes are all given a different spin here on guitar-driven grooves from a variety of African scenes at the time! Music on the set comes from the Congo, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and other ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ammalele
Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. New Copy
One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yiilo Jaam
Mississippi/Little Axe, 2011. New Copy
Timeless sounds from Lewlewal – a contemporary group from Senegal, and part of a vanishing culture in the city of Podor! The tracks were recorded recently, but have a feel that goes back decades – mostly acoustic instrumentation on percussion and guitar, played with an intimate ... LP, Vinyl record album
Comb & Razor, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Not the usual sort of Nigerian sounds you'd hear on a collection focused on Lagos – and instead, music that was recorded far from the central city of the nation – often with a much rootsier vibe overall! These tunes still have plenty of funk and jazz in the mix, but they often come ... CD
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
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the deepest digs we've ever seen into the rich array of grooves from Colombia – a double-length page that covers a much wider range of sounds than you might expect! Colombia's unusual amongst Latin American nations, in that it's got kind of a "crossroads" sort of role – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mambo Loco
Analog Africa (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy Gatefold
Amazing grooves from accordionist Anibal Velasquez – a player who really helped transform the sound of Colombian music in the 60s and 70s! This time around, the Analog Africa label makes a shift from its namesake continent, in order to dip into the rich archives of Colombian sounds – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 3 LPs
One of the most ambitious projects we've ever seen from Numero – and that's saying a lot, given some of their other releases! This package is equal parts cultural document and musical treasure trove – a heavy book full of photos from a time when Upper Volta was stepping past its ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wede Harer Guzo
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)
Maybe the coolest music we've ever heard from Ethiopian keyboard legend Hailu Mergia – a late 70s session that has his organ lines sounding even groovier than ever, on some sweet tracks that also bring in a fair bit of funk to the grooves! The style is much more in an Ethiopiques vein than ... LP, Vinyl record album
Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
The cover image here really demonstrates the charisma of Fela at his height – dozens of topless women, kneeling around the maestro and spelling out the number 70 – but to us, the music is what really shows the man's power – a bold, progressive statement of the new energy bubbling ... 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
 
Updated January 18, 2017


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