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


Love In Africa
Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very ... CD
Love In Africa
Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kukurantumi
Chop Time (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Excellent solo work from Amartey Hedzoleh – a key member of the important Afro Funk combos Psychedelic Aliens and Hedzoleh Sounds – heard here in a set of previously-unreleased tracks from the early 80s! The music is quite rootsy all the way through – with Hedzoleh on vocals and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hippo (Netherlands), 1970s. New Copy
Heavy funk from 70s Ghana – a sweet little set that's filled with rare and unusual grooves! The collection's got a strong focus on unreleased and very obscure material – and from what we can tell, none of these tracks have been reissued at all! The work here is not only funky, but it's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Analog Africa (Germany), 1978. New Copy Gatefold
The final album by one of the mightiest groups on the scene in Cameroon during the 70s – a combo who had broken up, but who are resurrected here – and turn in one of their greatest recordings of the decade! The grooves are tight, fast, and filled with riffing guitar, quick percusison, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Under Burning Skies
Strut, 2017. New Copy
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – ... CD
Under Burning Skies
Strut, 2017. New Copy Gatefold
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi/Little Axe, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A Peruvian singer with a very unique sound – recorded in a style that has her lovely voice lilting out over Andean harps and a bit of percussion – all in a mode that feels a lot more timeless than you might expect for a session from 1981! The strings ring out at times almost like ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky Makossa
Comb & Razor, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A great Makossa groove – one that takes off from the Manu Dibango approach of a few years before, but stays equally funky all the way through! The title track is overflowing with very unique electric piano next to the riffing rhythms – and other tunes seem to be heavy on the same ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue Note, 2017. New Copy
One of the coolest records in years from the legendary Tony Allen – and that's saying a lot, given that his legacy includes famous work as a drummer with Fela Kuti, and a much more recent run of very experimental recordings! This set has Tony soaring out on Blue Note – and working with ... CD
All Saints, 2017. New Copy
Meditative music from Laraaji – the compelling underground artist who's been giving us music from the late 70s onward, and has had a great revival in recent years! This set's a great example of his renewed genius – a spare, stretched-out performance – produced by Carlos Nino with ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Lyrichord/Sub Rosa (Belgium), 1971. New Copy 2LP
Ethiopian music from the 70s, but mostly work that's much more rootsy than the sounds you'd hear on the Ethiopiques series – despite the placement of "urban" in the title! Instead, these cuts represent a recorded version of that nation that circulated more widely amongst listeners ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), Mid 60s-Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
The first ever comprehensive anthology of Ethio Jazz from unrivaled master Mulatu Astatke – put together by our heroes at Strut Records – the same label that released Mulatu's stellar collaboration with the Heliocentrics just a year earlier! Strut picks material from his prime 60s & ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Amazing sounds from Reunion Island – a relatively tiny spot, but one that's always had a very compelling cultural legacy! The nation was completely deserted four hundred years ago, and has been populated by waves of colonization from Europe, Africa, and Asia – which has made for a very ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Emahoy (Ethiopiques Vol 21)
Mississippi, 1960s/1970s. New Copy
A beautiful set of solo piano work by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – probably the most delicately melodic material to date in the wonderful Ethiopiques series! Pianist-composer Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou has an extraordinary personal history. She is a daughter of the heralded Ethiopian intellectual the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
 
Updated September 26, 2017


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