Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 80s. New Copy
Electro soul from a key moment in the South African scene – that point in the late 80s when it really seemed like there was some light at the end of the tunnel, and the nation's music seemed to hit a new vibe to match! The grooves here are unabashedly catchy, and seem to revel in the kind of ... CD
Kabasa
Sharp Flat (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy
Funky soul from the South African scene at the end of the 70s – by a group who also uses a fair bit of fuzzy guitar too! There's maybe just a bit of a Zamrock current going through the music, but the grooves are more upfront too – so that the clubbier aspects of the music often take ... LP, Vinyl record album
Burnin Beat (It's Hot)/Searchin
Afrosynth (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two long grooves from the South African scene – both of them nice and funky! "Burnin Beat" is an extended number that spins out over the course of 11 minutes – a groove that never moves past midtempo clip, but does a great job of layering together basslines, guitar riffs, and ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Siassia & Tokobina EP
Nouvelle Ambiance (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
A cool combination of elements – the vocals and percussion of Congolese singer Albert Siassia, and lively rhythms from a trio of French musicians! The music has a great crackle and a new sense of expression – in the mode of some of the best post-colonial recordings on the Paris scene, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ominira
Funsho (UK), 2017. New Copy
Excellent work from Ayetoro – a group who are always out to show that they're not just another Afro Funk revival band! Instead, these guys work with a groove that's much richer – calling forth older highlife and jazzy styles too – wrapped up with a slight contemporary sensibility ... LP, Vinyl record album
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP
Get ready to have your mind completely blown – because this compilation is one of those completely rare ear-opening experiences that will let you know that there's a hell of a lot of music in the world that you've never heard before – even if, like us, you've heard plenty of funky music ... LP, Vinyl record album
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy
Get ready to have your mind completely blown – because this compilation is one of those completely rare ear-opening experiences that will let you know that there's a hell of a lot of music in the world that you've never heard before – even if, like us, you've heard plenty of funky music ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold
Fierce funky sounds from 70s Cameroon – the entire recorded legacy of Hamad Kalkaba, who only issued three funky 45s back in the day! Yet even at six songs, the music here is completely tremendous – tunes that rumble along on this earthy sort of energy – drums that are heavier at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Raw Music International/Mississippi, 2017. New Copy
A well-recorded collection of omutibo work from Kenya – rural music that mostly just features a singer and acoustic guitar – in a style that's reminiscent of American country blues, but which has a very different vibe overall! The big years of omutibo were the 60s – a time of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Where Else Would I Be
Raw Music International/Mississippi, 2017. New Copy
Recent recordings of Olima Anditi – a legendary musician from postwar Kenya, assumed dead for years – but beautifully alive and well, as proclaimed by the title! The setting here is much more rootsy than some of Olima's more famous recordings – very much in the spirit of the work ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1970s. New Copy 7LP (reissue)
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Seven amazing albums from the legendary Fela Kuti – all packaged here in a special limited box set – with choices made by modern soul legend Erykah Badu! The package includes some of our favorite Fela albums ever – and all of them are records that really show him honing his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ngikhumbule Khaya
Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy
A cool criss-crossing of modes – all produced by Bugge Wesseltoft in the usual genre-busting mode of the Jazzland label! The set features South African singer Bafana Issac Nhlapo working with a group of Norwegian musicians – who bring this bouncy, jazz-based style to his vocals – ... CD
Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
Sweet grooves from the Duomo Sounds label – a short-lived Nigerian imprint who cut some mighty funky sounds at the start of the 80s! The title here uses the word "disco", but these cuts have none of the strings and polish of the sounds you'd hear at Studio 54 – as most ... CD
Move/Hot Love
Voodoo Funk (UK), 1979. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
"Move" is an Afro Funk killer – but unlike anything else you might have heard! The cut's got these riffing guitars that are familiar for the scene, but captured with the sharpness of some South Bronx street jam – with Eno doing these English lyrics that are spoken more than ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Sweet grooves from the Duomo Sounds label – a short-lived Nigerian imprint who cut some mighty funky sounds at the start of the 80s! The title here uses the word "disco", but these cuts have none of the strings and polish of the sounds you'd hear at Studio 54 – as most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sousoume Tamachek
Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2017. New Copy
Beautifully trippy work from Mdou Moctar – an artist who's one of our favorite guitarists on the Touareg scene – and maybe one of the most experimental too! The songs here all have a long, stretched-out vibe – almost like some of the 60s guitar ragas of Peter Walker, or the sonic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gili Yalo
Dead Sea (Israel), 2017. New Copy
A fantastic debut from Gili Yalo – an important artist on the current Tel Aviv scene, but one with roots in Ethiopia, too – a mix of cultural modes that he works to great effect on this album! The sounds here definitely echo some of the hippest Ethio sounds of the 70s – but the ... CD
Mulatu Steps Ahead
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy 2LP
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more ... LP, Vinyl record album
EMI/Odion Livingstone (UK), 1979. New Copy
A wonderfully funky set from this hip Nigerian group of the 70s – a set that's a lot more soulful than their trippy first album – and done with a range of great grooves overall! The instrumentation here is focused on the core talents of the combo – with lots of riffing guitar ... CD
Night Express
Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Don't think "disco", think "funky jazz" – because this sweet South African group from the 70s is filled with lots of groovy twists and turns – all in a mode that's quite different than any of the American or European jazz albums we know from the time! The lineup ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 18, 2017


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