Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Baile Bucanero
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy
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 ... CD
Friendship Train
Cultures Of Soul, 1977. New Copy
Fantastic funk from SJOB Movement – a 70s group who only cut a handful of records – all of them every bit as righteous and heavy as this one! The group have a perfect fusion of funk, psych, and other cool elements – all served up in a blend that's more straightforwardly soulful ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Uzelli (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold
A great look at a lost lineage of Turkish music – the mostly-cassette Uzelli label, initially started in Germany for Turkish workers on the continent – but an imprint who grew to have importance back in Istanbul as the years moved on! This set brings together some of the more ... 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
Fiesta/Africa Seven (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest 70s albums from the mighty Manu Dibango – a rare soundtrack that's done with an even greater variety of sounds than his more conventional albums! The sound's sometimes spare and rootsy, but still with this undercurrent of funk – as Dibango mixes together basslines ... LP, Vinyl record album
Addis 1988 (180 gram pressing – with bonus download)
Piranha (Germany), 1988. New Copy
A fantastic document of the Ethiopian scene of the late 80s – a time that's often not as strongly exposed on a reissue market that usually slants towards the decade before! The first half of the album represents a strong step forward for the Ethiopiques generation – as the group of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Electronic Tapes
Habibi Funk (Germany), New Copy
Quite an unusual package – one that brings together unheard electronic experiments from Ahmed Malek – the Algerian composer who's better-known for more famous soundtrack material in the 60s and 70s! The music here is all from rare tapes that were Malek's own experiments, and are ... 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fanon (France), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dalva
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2017. New Copy
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 ... CD
Epic/Production Dessinee (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy
The coolest grooves we've ever heard from percussionist Henri Guedon – a really wonderful blend of Latin, Caribbean, and jazz-based influences – all filtered into a very special sound! There's plenty of percussion at the core, but there's also some sweet keyboards too – used ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 2017. New Copy
An album with an ancient-looking image on the cover, but one that actually represents the continuing tradition of ritual percussion in the Haitian scene – a fantastic musical legacy that began with voodoo practices in the 18th century, but which has continued to transform as the years moved ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP
An album with an ancient-looking image on the cover, but one that actually represents the continuing tradition of ritual percussion in the Haitian scene – a fantastic musical legacy that began with voodoo practices in the 18th century, but which has continued to transform as the years moved ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cultures Of Soul, 1977. New Copy
Fantastic funk from SJOB Movement – a 70s group who only cut a handful of records – all of them every bit as righteous and heavy as this one! The group have a perfect fusion of funk, psych, and other cool elements – all served up in a blend that's more straightforwardly soulful ... CD
Dini Safarrar
Rite/Jazzman (UK), 1973. New Copy
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles ... CD
EG/Glitterbeat (Germany), 1980. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Other-worldly genius from the legendary Laraaji – a really special record that was done in collaboration with Brian Eno – as part of Eno's classic Ambient series at the end of the 70s – and as a way of showcasing some of the "fourth world" sounds that he was working in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soundway (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy
An insane treasure trove of little-heard sounds from the East African scene – music recorded in Kenya in the 70s and 80s, and served up in a variety of different styles and sounds throughout! The work here really expands our understanding of sounds in these immediate years before the world ... CD
Invisible City Editions (Canada), 1990. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
There's a great piano that rings out strongly in "She's My Lady" – in a brightly chromatic way that really almost takes over the vocal, while the whole tune percolates in a sweet early 90s Afropop way! That vibe is followed even more strongly on "Mashisha" – which ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
It's easy to wake up with grooves this great – a searing back of 70s Afro Rock gems that are also surprisingly funky, too! The tunes here do a wonderful job of mixing psych currents and headier rhythms – a great blend of the burning Afro Funk trends that were happening in Nigeria at ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated March 25, 2017


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