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), 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
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
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
Tenere
Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2015. New Copy
Beautiful sounds from the Saharan scene – served up here by an Algerian combo with some wonderful guitar in the lead! The instrumentation is similar to some of their contemporaries, but also maybe crafted with a bit more tightness too – especially on numbers where the group's vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album
One Kind Of Love
Musique Plastique, 1993. New Copy (reissue)
Obscure work from Pedro – aka Peter Mekwunye – a Nigerian singer who'd only just moved to the US when he recorded this album in Portland in 1993 – a set that was originally only issued on cassette! The sound is very spare – mostly just these oddly moody keyboards and drum ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ennanga Vision
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds for fans of funk and rock alike – music from the freaky, fuzzy 70s scene in Zambia – a place where styles effortlessly criss-crossed to really produce something new and unique! The work here is often heavy on fuzz guitars, but also has some wickedly soulful basslines ... CD
Mogollar
Diskotur/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976. New Copy
Extremely compelling work from the Turkish scene of the mid 70s – music that fuses rock and folk roots, and which makes heavy use of the Turkish baglama – an instrument with strong sitar-like qualities! Most of the tunes here are instrumentals that lay the baglama solos out over ... CD
Wrasse, 1974. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
Amazing music from an amazing moment – the legendary Zaire 74 concerts that took place before the Rumble In The Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Frazier! The moment was one of great pride and power – and although the concert performances have become the stuff of legend over ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ruwahine
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2017. New Copy
Very dark sounds from this cross-cultural combo – a group who certainly draw from Tunisian roots at times, but who almost come across sounding more like one of the darker acts from the post-punk generation! The "electrique" in the name is well-put – as even the acoustic ... CD
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
Googoosh
Finders Keepers (UK), Early/Mid 70s. New Copy
Beautiful Persian pop from Faegheh Atashin, aka Googoosh (alternately, Gougoush)– and like some of the best, adventurous pop music from around the world at the the time, it's steeped in myriad styles – from emotionally string-laden to funky and danceable! Googoosh is a genuine ... 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
Criola (180 gram vinyl)
Music From Memory (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Very unusual work from the Belgian/Congolese duo of Denis Mpunga and Paul K – pulled from a series of early 80s experiments that mixed modern electronic modes with older rootsy traditions! Mpunga was born in the Congo, but relocated to Belgium in the 70s – and here, working with Paul K ... LP, Vinyl record album
Zulu EP
Crown Ruler (Australia), 1983. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Electro soul from the Johannesburg – a trio of tracks that's a fair bit different than most of the South African material you might know from the time! "Hay Hay" is a real beat street sort of track – Linn drum beats and Roland keyboards, percolating in a very catchy groove ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Saigon Supersound, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Incredible sounds from Saigon – music that's often quite funky and surprisingly soulful – and which no doubt shows a strong influence on the scene from all the American GIs who were playing their music overseas! Other collections of this nature maybe localize the music a bit more than ... CD
Ruwahine (180 gram pressing)
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2017. New Copy Gatefold
Very dark sounds from this cross-cultural combo – a group who certainly draw from Tunisian roots at times, but who almost come across sounding more like one of the darker acts from the post-punk generation! The "electrique" in the name is well-put – as even the acoustic ... 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
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
Wede Harer Guzo
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy Gatefold (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 ... CD
 
Updated June 28, 2017


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