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Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


Dust To Digital, 1950s. New Copy 2CD & Book
A wonderfully beautiful package – filled with gems from the central African scene of the 50s – all packaged together with a huge book of notes that's as wonderful as the music itself! The set culls together vintage singles from the Congo, Tanganyika, Zanzibar, and Kenya – not as ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A long-overdue second chapter of the African Scream Contest compilation – the first of which introduced a huge new audience to the funky sounds of Benin in the 70s! This set is every bit as fantastic as the first – filled with tunes that have these darkly brooding, heavy funk ... LP, Vinyl record album
Born Bad (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP
Not what you might expect when shopping for African music – unique electronic sounds from Cameroon musician Francis Bebey – as heavy on keyboards as other 70s work is on guitar! There's still plenty of acoustic elements in the mix though, too – lots of earthy percussion at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A wonderful follow up to one of our favorite compilations in recent years! London Is The Place For Me compiles the stylistically varied music coming from the emergent West Indian and African communities of 50s and 60s London – far more than just the topical, and often quite whimsical calypso ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afrodesia (Nigeria), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A groovy little album with an unusual sort of vibe – created with a strong message of love and understanding – delivered by Nigerian singer Christy Essien, alongside rhythms from the Show Train group of Geraldo Pino! Most tracks have a clubby sort of groove – that move into late ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A much-needed look at the huge legacy of female singers in Turkish music during the 70s – one that stands as a great complement to so much of the recent reissues of male artists from the same time! Much of this music shares qualities with reissues on labels like Pharaway Sounds or Finders ... CD
Third Man, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy Gatefold
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern ... LP, Vinyl record album
Matsuli (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – a rare set from a Soweto group, and one that's got a heavy dose of spiritual jazz in the mix! The album almost feels more like the kind of set you'd hear by a Paris group, extrapolating African sounds in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Piranha (UK), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic collection of sounds from one of the more under-documented musical scenes on the African continent – and a really well-done package that showcases the unique guitar style used by musicians in Botswana! Much of this music features an unusual left-hand approach to the instrument ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest albums to come from the Ghana scene in the 70s – served up by a group who's equally well-skilled at many ends of the musical spectrum! At one level, Marijata come on like a heavy funk act – lots of fuzz on the guitar, fierce drums at the bottom, and tight jazzy horns ... LP, Vinyl record album
Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Tight Afro club grooves from Pasteur Lappe – but tracks that also have some nice roughness around the edges! The style here is often somewhat stripped-down – with rhythms that feature straight-ahead basslines and drums, which are then criss-crossed by Lappe's vocals, and peppered with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tomorrow
Luaka Bop, 1979. New Copy (reissue)
The sound of tomorrow, circa 1979 – as Afro groove pioneer William Onyeabor works his magic on a host of extended tracks – finding a way for earlier funk modes to move into leaner styles for the 80s! The music here has plenty of keyboards and basslines, but is maybe less totally ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A stunner from Fela – a record that really leaps right into the groove right from the very first note – then never lets up at all! Igo Chiko provides some fantastic tenor sax solos on the tunes – and both Tunde Williams and Eddie Faychum serve up some killer trumpet – while ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A real classic from the great Fela Kuti – a seminal mid 70s record that not only shows his impeccable sense of rhythm, but also his sense of rage as well! The title track – "Expensive Sh_t" – is Fela's answer to the time that he got busted for dope, and was forced to ... 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
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys ... CD
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Funky female soul from the African scene of the 70s – much of it with a good deal of club music influence in the mix! The work here is from a time when music on the continent was absorbing a lot of modes from soul, funk, and club styles in the US and Europe – mixing older Afro Funk ... LP, Vinyl record album
Analog Africa (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
A long-overdue second chapter of the African Scream Contest compilation – the first of which introduced a huge new audience to the funky sounds of Benin in the 70s! This set is every bit as fantastic as the first – filled with tunes that have these darkly brooding, heavy funk ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
My Own Thing
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Wonderfully trippy sounds from Mike Nyoni – one of the funkier talents in the Zamrock scene of the 70s – even though he also works with lots of the slight psychedelic touches of other contemporaries too! Mike's style on guitar is a bit too loose to be funk, but it's also got this nice ... CD
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
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1991. New Copy
A set of brightly bubbling grooves from Professor Rhythm – and a record that really seems to fit the changing mood on the South African scene of the time! Most of the tracks are instrumental – with just a bit of chorus vocals here and there – and they've got an upbeat, optimistic ... 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
Ostinato (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A stunning discovery in music – incredible sounds from the under-documented Somali scene – collected together from an archive of tapes that was rescued from a radio station right before the nation's years of political turmoil! The music here was mostly issued on cassette in the 70s and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Eastern Soul EP
Fortuna (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A weird and wonderful little record – created in 1970 by a Yemenite singer who'd spent the late 60s on the LA scene – then worked in Tel Aviv with a hip Israeli combo for the album! The music is this very unique blend of spiritual jazz and Tsvia's amazing voice – which often ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ostinato (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from Haiti – served up in all the styles promised by the title, and pulled from a mixture of private collections and radio recordings that also document the Haitian diaspora during the nation's years of dictatorship! Yet given the restriction of the government, the cultural ... LP, Vinyl record album
Na Man Pass Man
Disques D'Esperance/Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
An Afro Funk record, but one with a bit of an unusual groove, too – as the set was recorded in France, and features some unusual moogy touches next to the percussion, horns, and guitars! Pasteur Lappe's definitely going for more of a global funk vibe overall here – and, a bit like Ice ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hodi Hu Yenyan
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... CD
Le Mystere Jazz De Tombouctou
Mali Kunkan/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
Amazing music from Mali – quite different than most other albums we've heard from that scene in the 70s – with wonderful reed work that really lives up to the "jazz" in the group's name! The sound is bold and righteous, but with an other-worldly vibe too – a really ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from the glory days of the Burkina Faso scene – a time when the country's place at the crossroads of West Africa was helping to create some really amazing music! There's no set style here that defines the groove – as some tracks seem to flow from Nigerian funk, while ... 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
Electric Africa
Celluloid/Tidal Waves, 1985. New Copy (reissue)
A really sweet combination of talents – as the legendary Afro Funk saxophonist Manu Dibango steps into the 80s – working with some of the electro jazz talents who were transforming the music at the time, in a mode that certainly warrants the title of the album! Bill Laswell produced, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold
Wonderfully trippy sounds from Mike Nyoni – one of the funkier talents in the Zamrock scene of the 70s – even though he also works with lots of the slight psychedelic touches of other contemporaries too! Mike's style on guitar is a bit too loose to be funk, but it's also got this nice ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vision Songs
Numero, 1984. New Copy
Music of a very different style than some of Laraaji's other work – more tuneful and song-based – with shorter tracks that show a whole different side of his talents! Laraaji's gotten great acclaim for his homespun spiritual sounds – long tracks that first found a home in Brian ... LP, Vinyl record album
Professor 3
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1991. New Copy
A set of brightly bubbling grooves from Professor Rhythm – and a record that really seems to fit the changing mood on the South African scene of the time! Most of the tracks are instrumental – with just a bit of chorus vocals here and there – and they've got an upbeat, optimistic ... CD
Born Bad (France), Late 70s. New Copy
A lost legacy in music from Pierre Sandwidi – a singer from Burkina Faso who had a fair bit to say about the social situation in his West African nation – often working in a mode that was a bit more cut off from mainstream music on the continent, which resulted in a very unique sort of ... CD
Ouelele Souskai
Fiesta/Ascensionale (Italy), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe the funkiest album ever from Marius Cultier – and definitely one of the records that perfectly shows off his wonderful post-colonial blend of sounds! There's bits of funk from both sides of the Atlantic going on here – roots in both Africa and the Caribbean, but fused through ... LP, Vinyl record album
Prestige, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Third Man, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern ... CD
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 LPs Gatefold
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too ... 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
Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 80s. New Copy
Wicked house music grooves from Professor Rhythm – a South African producer from the 80s, but one who rivals some of the New York underground of the time! The work here has a compelling blend of straight-ahead house and Afro-styled inflections – maybe a bit like some of the tracks that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tche Belew (with download)
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1977. New Copy
An amazing organ player from the Ethiopian scene – one whose work here easily rivals that of Mulatu and some of the best artists on the Ethiopiques series! Hailu Mergi has plenty of jazz in his approach – not just on his own keyboard lines, but also in the way he lets the group members ... LP, Vinyl record album
African Rhythms
Black Fire, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy
A beautiful set of contemporary yoruba recordings – performed by the Konkere Beats group in Nigeria, and with a different vibe than some of the more familiar yoruba material from the Caribbean! The sacred sounds are full of percussion and vocal chants – and have a vibe that's maybe ... CD
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys ... LP, Vinyl record album
Space Jungle Luv
Black Fire, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms – but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, and a set ... LP, Vinyl record album
Amsterdam To Nueiba
Fortuna, 1977. New Copy
A record that's as trippy as the image on the cover – sounds recorded in Tel Aviv in 1977, but which feel like they could have come from some California hippie cult in the late 60s! The music is very percussive at the core – snapping rhythms which are then spaced out by the production ... LP, Vinyl record album
Salone
Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP
Very cool sounds from a wonderful pairing of sources – the ancient African thumb piano and contemporary funky production – at a level that's almost a 21st Century update of the American 70s kalimba experiments by Phil Cohran and Earth Wind & Fire! There's moments here that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Disco Deewane
Subah Zindagi (UK), 1981. New Copy
A disco album with a difference – given that the set was recorded in London by young Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan, and produced and arranged by Biddu – the man who gave the world the famous Biddu Orchestra records in the 70s! There's definitely grooves here that reflect Biddu's other ... CD
 
Updated June 23, 2018


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