Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Inye (180 gram vinyl)
Hot Casa (France), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
A mighty album of Afro-styled grooves from Itadi K Bonney – an artist you might know from his late 70s album, issued under just his first name – and one who works with a sound that's even hipper here overall! The set was produced right before Bonney left Togo for various political ... LP, Vinyl record album
La Giravada
Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2017. New Copy Gatefold
An Argentine group, but one who work here in a whole flurry of global styles – an inventive mish-mash of elements that even seems to have a slight Balkan flavor at times too! The core sound is a blend of romping rhythms and very right horns – held together by melodic currents on guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hot Casa (France), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)
Two great mixes here by Osunlade – both perfectly fit to the Vaudou Game groove! The core version of "On Se Pousse" has a strong Afro Funk drive – riffing guitars and keyboards, fast percussion, and sing-song vocals that really send the whole thing home – but the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Africa Seven (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s/2017. New Copy
A great range of grooves from Jo Tongo – an artist from Cameroon who definitely lives up to the "experimentals" nature of this excellent series! Jo's groove is nicely fluid – sometimes with a clubby funk mode that draws a lot from the underground American 12" scene of ... CD
Them Mushrooms EP
Afro 7 (Finland), 1984. New Copy
A mini-album of work from this cool Kenyan combo – a 12" set that brings together tracks from two rare funky 45s – all with a unique 80s spin on an Afro Funk groove! The music here is a mix of live percussion and beats, keyboards and guitars, often set to these playful grooves ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Love In Africa
Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very ... CD
Mississippi/Little Axe, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A Peruvian singer with a very unique sound – recorded in a style that has her lovely voice lilting out over Andean harps and a bit of percussion – all in a mode that feels a lot more timeless than you might expect for a session from 1981! The strings ring out at times almost like ... LP, Vinyl record album
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Modern Egyptian Music
Habibi Funk (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy
Modern Egyptian music, circa 1983 – served up here in a collection of recordings that initially only appeared on cassette! The leader of the group is Al Massrieen, but the music is a very collaborative affair – keyboards, upbeat rhythms, and vocals from many group members – in a ... CD
All Saints, 2017. New Copy 2LP
A record that features Laraaji working through a set of beautiful instrumental soundscapes – music that takes familiar acoustic and electric elements, and really abstracts them in ways that go far beyond their original use – but all without any sense of overused production techniques! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Under Burning Skies
Strut, 2017. New Copy Gatefold
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Under Burning Skies
Strut, 2017. New Copy
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – ... CD
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Rare early work from Mulatu – material recorded in America, in the years before Mulatu returned to his Ethiopian homeland, and really set the scene on fire! The style here is a mix of Latin jazz with some more exotic elements – played by a combo that features Mulatu on vibes, alongside ... LP, Vinyl record album
Worthy, 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
Prestige, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love In Africa
Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very ... LP, Vinyl record album
Africa Seven (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s/2017. New Copy
A great range of grooves from Jo Tongo – an artist from Cameroon who definitely lives up to the "experimentals" nature of this excellent series! Jo's groove is nicely fluid – sometimes with a clubby funk mode that draws a lot from the underground American 12" scene of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afro 7 (Finland), 2017. New Copy
The Scorpios are a Sudanese group, now living in exile in London – and working here in this amazing remake of sounds from their homeland! The music has some echoes of the contemporary takes on Ethiopian music – definitely that blend of funk and exoticism – but there's also an ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kukurantumi
Chop Time (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Excellent solo work from Amartey Hedzoleh – a key member of the important Afro Funk combos Psychedelic Aliens and Hedzoleh Sounds – heard here in a set of previously-unreleased tracks from the early 80s! The music is quite rootsy all the way through – with Hedzoleh on vocals and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hippo (Netherlands), 1970s. New Copy
Heavy funk from 70s Ghana – a sweet little set that's filled with rare and unusual grooves! The collection's got a strong focus on unreleased and very obscure material – and from what we can tell, none of these tracks have been reissued at all! The work here is not only funky, but it's ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 17, 2017


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