Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Analog Africa (Germany), 1978. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic solo work from Vincent Ahehehinnou – a singer who first rose to fame as a part of the funky sound of the Orchestre Poly Rhythmo De Cotonou – stepping out here in an even headier set on his own! The music has a more personal vibe overall – not just on the album's two ... LP, Vinyl record album
President/RPM (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Swirling Afro soul from Matata – 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
One of the best collections of music from Mali that we've ever heard – and a set that nicely gets past some of the overdone cliches of that scene, to really focus on the kind of overlooked 70s gems that showcase sides of the music that are funky, jazzy, and plenty soulful throughout! There's ... CD
Sahel Sounds, 2017. New Copy
The first-time vinyl appearance of a number of contemporary hip hop tracks from Mali – all music that's existed only in the form of MP3 files before this release – which does a great job of pulling together disparate strands to document this scene! From what we can tell, none of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Sweat (Italy), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Weird and wonderful work from Zeit – an Italian group, but one who seem to embrace a whole world's worth of influences with their music! The work is heavy on percussion – including congas, tablas, darburka, and other instrument – mixed with string sounds on berimbau, guitar, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The second album from this cool Colombian project that includes Will "Quantic" Holland – a group that's very much in the same criss-crossing of cultures as his Flowering Inferno ensemble! The first Ondatropica album had a vibe that was maybe more traditionally Colombian at times ... LP, Vinyl record album
Shango Dance Band
Comb & Razor, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Insanely wonderful work from Shango Dance Band – a group headed by onetime Fela Kuti bandmate Ojo Okeji – whose bass work here is worth the price of admission alone! Okeji was a key part of Fela's Koola Lobitos, until leaving the group in 1968 – and taking some of the best ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fanon (France), 1970s. New Copy
The French Antilles have been a huge source of influence on the global scene of the past few decades – especially during the big years of the zouk explosion, which opened up the island grooves to a huge global audience! But there's a much richer history of Antilles music that doesn't always ... CD
GAM/Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Very cool keyboards from this enigmatic Moroccan artist – and a set that also features a bit of vocals from female singer Naima Samih too! The main focus is still on the keys – mostly organ, but in a weird range of sounds and styles, like on the other albums by Abdou El Omari – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi, 1930s. New Copy
A beautiful use of Hawaiian guitar in early Greek 78rpm recordings – an amazing musical journey that's even more fascinating than the use of the instrument in American country music! The instrument here is the acoustic version of steel guitar, and is often played alongside other more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Emahoy (Ethiopiques Vol 21)
Mississippi, New Copy
A beautiful set of solo piano work by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – probably the most delicately melodic material to date in the wonderful Ethiopiques series! Pianist-composer Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou has an extraordinary personal history. She is a daughter of the heralded Ethiopian intellectual the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dalva
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Great work from Guadeloupean percussionist Roger Raspail – a set that offers up an unusual blend of jazz and island modes, but in a way that's very rich and organic – without any sort of self-conscious attitude about its presentation! Raspail's worked for years on the Paris scene ... LP, Vinyl record album
Good Name
Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... LP, Vinyl record album
Asherah, 1928. New Copy
Two guitars and percussion – working together here in an unusual representation of West African music – in early recordings that came to lay the basis for the highlife sound to come! The set brings together rare early 78rpm singles from this trio from the Ghanian city of Kumasi – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dahkla Sahara Session
Born Bad (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP
A bit of a change for Group Doueh – but a set that's every bit as wonderful as some of their previous work! The album has the group working with the French trio Cheveu – who add some more conventional guitars next to the snakey Saharan sounds you might expect – but never in a way ... LP, Vinyl record album
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Loads of highly percussive tracks – served up on this excellent collection of rare records from the African scene of the 70s – all with the usual perfect selection of choices we've come to appreciate from the DJ Qbico series! As with the others, there's not much here in the way of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kesarbia Kerkar
Mississippi, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
Amazing performances from Kesarbia Kerkar – a key Indian singer of the postwar years, heard here in a variety of beautiful vintage recordings! Kerkar's got a voice that influenced many in generations to come – but the original sound here is much more mindblowing than so many others ... LP, Vinyl record album
Luyando
Out Here (Germany), 2017. New Copy
A young group from Zimbabwe with a really warmly-flowing sound – one that draws a lot from the rhythmic impulses of the instrumentation, and from the great way that the group has of harmonizing together! Mathias Muzaza is the lead singer, and his sense of presence really has a way of ... CD
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
EP Sound (Italy), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy
Maybe the coolest album we've heard in this DJ Qbico series – as it really digs deep to pull together a number of completely obscure African jazz records – music we'd never hear otherwise, in modes that run from more familiar hardbop to styles that echo some of the hipper strands of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated April 24, 2017


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