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


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Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s ... CD
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Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A huge range of funky soul cuts from a very surprising source – the nation of Surinam, which didn't earn its independence until the mid 70s – which then seemed to pave the way for a big wave of wonderful music like this! The cuts often have a groove that's more northern hemisphere club ... CD
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Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3LP
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP
A huge range of funky soul cuts from a very surprising source – the nation of Surinam, which didn't earn its independence until the mid 70s – which then seemed to pave the way for a big wave of wonderful music like this! The cuts often have a groove that's more northern hemisphere club ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Now I'm A Man
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy
A bold title statement from The Funkees – and one that's backed up with plenty of adult funky music as well – that hip blend of dubby soul that really made these guys a standout on the Nigerian scene of the 70s! The style's almost a bit like Cymande – with a head-nodding bassline ... CD
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Aw Sa Yone Vol 2
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1981. New Copy
Incredible sounds from an obscure Senegalese group – one who burned brightly at the start of the 80s, but never issued any records at the time! Fortunately, this collection (and its previous partner) corrects that fact – and mixes together rare studio sides and one very fierce ... CD
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Ubuntu (Netherlands), 1940s/1950s. New Copy
A very cool collection of work from the South African scene – and almost all of it from the start of the 60s, despite the way the title is listed! Apart from one 1940 track, most of the music here comes from 1960 – a pivotal year when South African music was really growing up – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Fiesta/Creole Stream (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – ... CD
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Cultures Of Soul, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
There's no breakdown to the boogie here – as the album's overflowing with stunning sounds that are right up there with better-known club music from the early 80s – every bit as full of basslines, beats, and keyboards as the best tracks from the American scene of the period, but maybe ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hot Casa (France), 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A contemporary combo from Togo, but one who've got a hard-riffing sound that takes us back to the James Brown band of the late 60s – which is then mixed with a lot of sweet touches of their own, to create one of the freshest strands of Afro Funk we've heard in years! These guys are hardly ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hot Casa (France), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A definite bass experience from Lagos musician Keni Okulo – a player who serves up grooves that are not only different from more common Nigerian music of the period, but which also rival some of the most creative American funk of the time! The tracks are all long and open, and have lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy 2LP
A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Night Illusion
SKJ/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy
A sweet bit of funky club from Tee Mac – a set that was recorded in Lagos at the end of the 70s, but which has plenty of American disco touches overall! Tee plays some sweet flute solos in the mix, and the record also features some great lead vocals from Majorie Barnes – who tops off ... CD
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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
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Malik
Makossa/As The Record Turns, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic bit of Afro funky soul – one of a few albums recorded by the legendary Lafayette Afro Rock Band! The set has an incredible blend of American funk, African rhythms, and European production – recorded in the heady cross-cultural scene of early 70s Paris – with a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
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PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Blo have gone through a few different phases before this fantastic fourth album – but none of them as funky as the work on this set – which may well set a whole new standard for the Nigerian music legends! The groove here is super-tight, with lots of excellent bass and drums snapping ... LP, Vinyl record album
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PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy
A really unique project from the end of the 70s – a set that takes some of the Afro Funk energy that was bubbling in West Africa during the decade, then mixes it with some funky jazz touches arranged by the great William S Fischer! The mix of cultures comes out perfectly – with no ... CD
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Trikont (Germany), 2014. New Copy 2 LPs
The influence of Ethiopian grooves has been strongly felt in the worlds of funk and jazz over the past decade or two – thanks to tremendous global exposure of the sound of the 70s through various reissues and the Ethiopiques compilation series – which has inspired a whole new generation ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Village Boogie
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated September 29, 2016


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