Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


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Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 2000s. New Copy
A beautiful mix of ancient and contemporary modes – tracks that feature Awalom Gebremariam playing the Ethiopian krar, which is a lute-like stringed instrument – and the especially cool wata, which features just a single string, inflected with a bow! These elements are set to spare ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Northern Spy, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Great archival live work from Ravi Shankar – recorded at a private concert at his home Highland Ave. Hollywood home in 1971! It's a 2LP set of 4 side-long ragas – and given the private nature and familiar surroundings of the venue, it's beautifully captured and still sounds wonderful! ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Crammed (Belgium), 2016. New Copy Gatefold
Two powers of the contemporary global scene – coming together in a really amazing way! Percussionist Batida joins the amazing Konono No 1 – adding in some extra rhythms, both live and programmed, to their stunning mix of electrified percussion, likembe, and other instruments – ... CD
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Crammed (Belgium), 2016. New Copy 2 LPs
Two powers of the contemporary global scene – coming together in a really amazing way! Percussionist Batida joins the amazing Konono No 1 – adding in some extra rhythms, both live and programmed, to their stunning mix of electrified percussion, likembe, and other instruments – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sublime Frequencies, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A massive assemblage of raw, percussive Cambodian music recorded between the 60s and the 90s! The blend of styles is pretty impressive – raw found-folk elements prevail throughout, but a pretty staggering array sounds throughout the years find their way into the mix – from traces of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hot Casa (Netherlands), Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The first-ever set to bring together the work of Nigerian flute player Tee Mac – a hell of a musician, and an Afro Funk contemporary of Fela Kuti, but with a huge legacy of his own! The set features both sides of Tee's talents – with one side of Afro Soul, and one of Afro Funk – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Comet (France), 2015. New Copy
Our favorite release so far in this great series that reworks the rhythms of Afro Funk legend Tony Allen – a record that takes original drums from Tony, breaks them down, reassembles them, and adds in a sweet range of keyboards – including lots of Fender Rhodes, Roland Jupiter, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
The "nuggets" in the title is very well placed here – as all the cuts here have every bit as much freak and fuzz as the American garage and pre-punk work chronicled famously on the lengendary Nuggets series! Yet these tracks are all even more obscure, and all come from African ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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Now Again, 1970s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
Melodic psychedelia from 70s Iran – an incredible full scale anthology of recordings by guitarist and vocalist Kourosh Yaghmaei from the pre-revolution years – and an absolute treasure! Kouroush often recorded with his brothers – Kourosh singing lead and playing guitars or bass ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Luaka Bop/Stones Throw, 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
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Luaka Bop, 1995. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A great collection of tracks – and one of the first chance for most of us to hear the funkier side of sounds from Peru! The work isn't as full-on funky as Brazilian grooves from the time, but does share a very strong influence from American styles – and really goes way past any cliches ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Tche Belew
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1977. New Copy
An amazing organ player from the Ethiopian scene – one whose work here easily rivals that of Mulatu and some of the best artists on the Ethiopiques series! Hailu Mergi has plenty of jazz in his approach – not just on his own keyboard lines, but also in the way he lets the group members ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Dust To Digital, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Way more than just the rock and roll promised in the title – as the music here is surprisingly heartfelt, surprisingly moving, and surprisingly effective – even if we don't know the language! There's definitely a rock style on most tunes, but the music is hardly the kind of knockoff ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Dust To Digital, 1959. New Copy 4 CDs
A gorgeous collection of music – brought together in an equally gorgeous package! We'll rave about the latter in a minute – but first onto the music, which is the most important part! The sounds were all recorded by Paul Bowles in Morocco at the end of the 50s – at a time when ... CD
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Caroline/RPM (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across ... CD
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World Pacific/El (UK), 1958/1962. New Copy
Spare and sublime koto work from Kimio Eto – a CD that brings together work from some of the first albums to bring the sound of the Japanese instrument to the shores of the US – recordings that present the music in a very faithful level overall! There's no other arrangements or ... CD
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Emperor Of Melody
El (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
There's a definite sense of melody on these vintage recordings from Ali Akbar Khan – tunes that ring out with lots of spare sitar, and virtually no other instrumentation at all! The titles here are all quite long – mellow, introspective ragas that have a very meditative feel – ... CD
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Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy
The Nigerian scene might be best-remembered as a hotbed of Afro Funk in the 70s – but during the same key stretch, the nation also gave rise to a heady rock underground, too – one that often mix psychedelic inspirations with some of the soul and funk that were coming from the bigger ... CD
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Sozum Meclisten Disari
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1981. New Copy
One of the funkiest, most electric records we've heard from Turkish pop genius Baris Manco – a set recorded at the start of the 80s, but one that's got much more of a 70s vibe overall! There's some especially great keyboards and basslines here – elements that are more in the forefront ... CD
 
Updated May 04, 2016


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