Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Wimeanacas Cambodian Band
Little Axe, 1987. New Copy
Sweet Cambodian pop from the 80s – recorded by two artists who'd emigrated to Portland, then issued this album only on cassette back in the day! The style is an unusual extrapolation of Cambodian pop from the decade before – with vocals by both Holic San Yoeun and Sovann Yoeun – ... LP, Vinyl record album
I Am Black Beauty
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
The title's a pretty bold proclamation from Nahid Akhtar – but the album definitely supports the claim, thanks to a fierce combination of funky modes and Pakistani groove! The tracks here were all recorded for the Lollywood film world in Lahore – Pakistan's answer to Indian cinema at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1989. New Copy (reissue)
One of the last great records from Fela – an album-long track with a very political message – delivered after the leader spent a number of years in a Nigerian jail cell, and returned to the musical world with a vengeance! Despite the late date of the track, it's still got all the raw ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A great little record – with two brilliant side-long tracks! "Everything Scatter" is a stone 70s classic from Fela – and a cut that's maybe the blueprint for so much Afro Funk to follow – beautifully layered, with so many different elements coming into play at once, yet ... LP, Vinyl record album
Friday Night
Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
A rare boogie set from the Nigerian scene – but one that also has the power to circle the globe with a universal sense of soul – as you might guess by the cosmopolitan look of Livy Ekemezie on the cover! The set's got a very strong tie to the grooves of the New York scene of the time ... CD
Sorry Bamba Du Mali
Songhoi/Africa Seven (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Killer Malian music from Sorry Bamba – served up here on one of his greatest albums of the 70s! The set just features four songs, but they're all nice and long – and build up in this wonderfully complex, completely mesmerizing blend of percussion, keyboards, and guitar – extended ... LP, Vinyl record album
Agboju Logun (12" mix, LP)
Strut (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (pic cover)
A sweet Afro Funk classic – served up here in two different versions! The 12" mix is nice and long – and builds slowly as a bassline and keyboards introduce a groove that's almost boogie, but a bit more rough around the edges – which opens the door for trumpets and other ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Soundway (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Damn great work from the early 80s Nigerian scene – music that's evolved strongly past the Afro Funk of the 70s, and often has the same electro soul sound as work from the US at the time! These cuts are unabashedly upbeat, and aimed at the dancefloor – full of the kind of basslines and ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2017. New Copy 2CD
Wonderful work from the Kasai All-Stars – a group we first discovered in the Congotronics series with Konono No 1 – and who still have the same wonderful blend of raw rhythms, fuzzy distortion, and very powerful vocals! Their music has this powerfully organic vibe – with acoustic ... CD
Kooyman, Early 2000s/2017. New Copy
The first few numbers we've heard from trombone player Toli and the Femm Nameless group – an all female Afrobeat-inspired combo who made some waves in the fertile Brooklyn live funk scene of early 00s alongside scene legends like Antibalas, the Dapkings and Menhan Street Band but disbanded ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Finders Keepers (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP
Bright Persian psychedelic pop, funk, soul and boundless grooves from the 60s & 70s – one of the greatest compilations yet from Finders Keepers! Many of the tunes are actually classics of the era's Iranian scene, if wildly fresh and new our ears, while others are quite obscure all around ... LP, Vinyl record album
Let's Have A Party
PMG (Austria), 1974. New Copy
Let's Have A Party, indeed – as it's hard not to celebrate when a record sounds this great! The album's a boiling batch of Afro Funk numbers from the legendary Geraldo Pino – a key influence on the sound of Fela, and an artist with a sound that's got a bit more James Brown in his ... CD
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... CD
EntreMundos
Far Out (Brazil), 2017. New Copy
A second great set from Nomade Orchestra – a Brazilian group who bring a trans-global approach to jazz-based instrumentation – with a resulting sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! These guys aren't in the usual Brazilian groove, and they're also not like some of the Afro ... LP, Vinyl record album
Born Bad (France), Late 60s. New Copy
A whole host of cool Latin tracks from the French West Indies scene of the late 60s – not music that flowed to Guadeloupe or Martinique from Cuba or Puerto Rico – but fresh new sounds that were directly inspired by the boogaloo generation on the New York scene! The tracks here aren't ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
You might know "Soul Makossa" – the worldwide hit by Manu Dibango that was covered by many folks, and sampled heavily in later years too – but this set takes a look at the deeper scene behind that famous groove, through a host of wickedly funky tracks from the late 70s scene ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 6 x 7 inch (reissue)
One of the coolest variations on the Ethiopiques series we've ever seen – a release that presents six different records exactly as they appeared as 7" singles – right down to representations of the original covers and labels! The grooves are great – definitely the funkier, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bongo Joe (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Traditional sounds from Martinique – but played in a very jazzy way by fluteman Max Cilla – whose instrument glides and soars over a range of lively percussion! The group features a bit of piano and bass, but the various drums really lead the sound – as does Cilla's flute, which ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wild River
President (UK), 1972. New Copy
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Swirling Afro soul from Matana – with lots of African rhythms and heavy percussion laced with some trippy elements from the psychedelic scenes in the US and UK! Matana arrived in London, via their native Kenya in the early 70s – and rather seamlessly blended elements of soul, and on ... CD
 
Updated August 18, 2017


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