A deep dig into the rich world of music from Mali – not the sounds of the mainstream that have gotten big global exposure in recent decades, but instead the more interesting, unusual artists who are still very close to the roots of their scene! Instrumentation here often leads with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vaudou Game —
Noussin ... LP Hot Casa (France), 2021. New Copy ...
A sweet little album from Vaudou Game – a set that's got a leaner feel than some of their previous records, but in a way that also makes the whole thing funkier too! The group's a quartet this time around, and working with lots of guitar riffs and bass from lead singer Peter Solo – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Helena Meirelles looks like a bit of a cowboy on the cover, and she sounds a bit like one too – but with a spin that's very much part of the Brazilian heritage from which she sprang! Meirelles plays the Brazilian violao here – kind of a rougher, louder sort of acoustic guitar – ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a bit of a pun – that's "home studio", not homme studio – a reference to the fact that most of this work was recorded by 60s French pop star Henri Salvador in his own private studio – music that makes for some of the most interesting sounds in his career, at ... (French, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Other-worldly voices singing in unison – heard here in contemporary recordings, but with a quality that's very much out of time! The recordings are from three different nations, but unified in style – mostly no instrumentation at all, just female voices raising together in these ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really powerful music from Jose Carlos Schwarz – both a singer and a key fighter in the movement for independence in Guinea-Bissau in the 70s – so much so that he spent a few years in prison, after recording most of the work on this set! The style of the music is a bit hard to describe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible performance from the great Don Cherry – one that's maybe the most perfect summation we've ever heard of his ability to embrace a globe's worth of influences and make them his own! The set was recorded live at a French jazz festival in 1972, and it has a very compelling group ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Voilaaa (Patchworks) —
Voicii ... CD Favorite (France), 2021. New Copy ...
We've loved the music of Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart in all its many forms for years – but over time, this Voilaaa project might well be our favorite – as it really gives Patchworks a way to blend past and present, while also reaching out over the space of the globe! As before, ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
We've loved the music of Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart in all its many forms for years – but over time, this Voilaaa project might well be our favorite – as it really gives Patchworks a way to blend past and present, while also reaching out over the space of the globe! As before, ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic guitar work from K Frimpong – and plenty of other fantastic sounds too – all rolled up in his unique blend of Afro funk and high-life – served up here on four nice long tracks! There's vocals on the record, but the guitar and rhythms are what really drive the train ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – mastered at The Carvery, and served up in a nice heavy cover!)
A great range of amazing reed sounds from the glory days of the global 78rpm scene – not just the saxes and woodwinds you'dknow from the west, but a whole host of even more exotic instruments from points east! The package is a companion to the excellent string-based set from the Excavated ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compelling collection of underground Latin tracks recorded on the San Francisco scene – issued here by the Nucleus Records label, who were best known for their Bay Area Brazilian releases! The set features selections from a festival of Latin American styles in SF – and includes ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kippie Moketsi & Hal Singer —
Blue Stompin ... LP Gallo/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
A record that features a great guest appearance from American tenorist Hal Singer – a player who always seemed to do some of his most interesting work overseas – but a set that's an even greater testament to alto saxophonist Kippie Moketsi and some of his key collaborators on the South ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary Cuban group, but one who fit easily in the long cultural legacy of Havana – as the combo have a way of taking timeless modes and making them come alive again in all new ways – often really stripping things down to their roots, with an intimate, earthy presentation that ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
One of the best soul collaborations ever! Fela and Roy Ayers team up for this whopping album that brings together the best sides of these monster soul talents of the 70s! In keeping with Fela's work, the tracks are long and Afro-tinged, with a complicated groove that grows over the length of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor's looking pretty chilled out on the cover – especially given the Hypertension title of the record – a cool, confident dude decked out in a velvet jacket and sombrero – able to carry off that look as well as he can carry the grooves on the set! In anyone else's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade —
Get Up ... LP Atom Park, 1992. Very Good ...
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(Cover has light wear, some aging, and an unglued bottom seam.)
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Destiny ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1988. Very Good ...
We have to be honest, we know a little bit about African music, but not a lot. So when we came across a small stack of African records, we scooped them up and put them online, but rather than insult those of you out there who know and love this stuff, we're just listing them at a nice price ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bombay grooves, but not just the disco promised in the title – as these cuts come mostly from the 80s years of Bollywood, and show Indian funk moving into a great new realm of styles! There's definitely a disco vibe at the core – and as in other scenes, the style stayed current a lot ... read moreCD
A killer from the classic years, and one of Fela's best albums! "No Agreement" is a super great groover – with a catchy hook that goes on and on, and some very tasty playing by Tony Allen and the group. The track is long, with heavy solos, and vocals that will knock you out! ... read moreCD
Killer work from the Syllart catalog of the 70s – tunes that are neither rumba, nor rock – but a strange hybrid of a number of different elements! Almost all the tracks here have a pronounced electric part – not really fuzzy, or rockish – but often played in a highly ... read moreCD
Fuzzy, post psyche organ rock from South Africa – There's A Light There's A Way from 1971! The group has fairly versatile groove, from hard charging, bluesy psyche funk on the grittier gems, to more of an an open, less raucous mix of melodies, harmonies and righteous lyricism. In some ways ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Pazy & The Black Hippies —
Wa Ho Ha ... CD Secret Stash, 1978. Used ...
A weird little record from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – much more laidback than you might expect, and a set with a definite Jamaican influence too! At times, some of these tracks are almost more reggae than Afro Funk – although at other points, there's definitely the fierce energy ... read moreCD
Rootsy Latin grooves from Tumba Francesca La Caridad De Oriente – a century old Cuban group dedicated to the preservation of older styles of music and performance! The set has a really earthy feel – recorded recently in Cuba by Soul Jazz Records, but with a timeless quality that takes ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
TP Orchestra Poly Rythmo De Cotonou —
Le Sato ... LP Albarika Store/Acid Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Stunning early work from the Orchestra Poly Rhythmo – a set that's titled after a set of rhythms used in voodoo rituals in Benin – echoed here strongly by the heavy use of percussion on the record, which includes a giant drum reserved for use only in ritual performance! The sound is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin grooves from the Congo – a fantastic collection of work from the city of Kinshasa – almost all of it influenced heavily by Cuban styles of the 20th Century! The influence here is possibly a bit more subtle than in other scenes, but still is felt strongly in the rhythms, if not ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Very Good- ...
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has an index label with a name stamp and some sticker remnants on front, some marks in pencil and a small peeled spot on back, and splitting in the bottom seam. Label on Side 1 has a sticker with name stamp.)
A very different album than some of the more recent efforts from the legendary drummer Tony Allen – and a set that shows that, as the title proclaims, there is no end to the creative talents of the mighty musician – even after he departed our planet! This set has Allen working with a ... read moreCD
One of the most unusual albums to ever come from the legendary Black Ark studios of Lee Scratch Perry – a set by a duo of Congolese singers, Seke Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo – who are also not to be confused with The Congos, another group that Perry was producing at the time! The album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Hugh's most compelling records from the time – cut live at the Whiskey A Go Go, with a jazzy edge that really shows him growing a lot as a musician. The set features small combo backing by a group that features Al Abreu on sax, Hotep Cecil Barnard on piano, Henry Franklin on bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a click on "Son Of Ice Bag" and "Senor Coraza".)
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Synchro Series ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), Early 80s. Very Good- ...
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(Cover has some wear and aging, half split and flaky bottom seam, and some writing in pen on front and back. Labels have some pen.)
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Ajoo ... LP Makossa, 1983. Very Good- ...
A nice set from King Sunny Ade, licensed to the Makossa label, but in the style of his African recordings, featuring a number of shorter compositions strung together into side-longsuites. Hypnotic guitar lines and gentle diatonic melodies float over propulsive percolating percussion, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ringwear and a name written in pen on front.)
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare 70s work from Don Cherry, and one of the most perfect realizations of his organic music concept – a quartet session recorded for Italian broadcast, with long songs that have a very spun-out, meditative vibe! Cherry's on pocket trumpet, but is way more than a horn player – as his ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Really fantastic work from a group who come from a small village in Niger, but who work here with a sound that may well revolutionize the sound of sub-Saharan music! Les Filles De Illighadad fall somewhere into the contemporary spectrum of Tuareg guitar work, but their sound is also very much ... read moreCD
Hailu Mergia & The Walias —
Tezeta ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1975. New Copy ...
Maybe the greatest record we've ever heard from Ethio keyboard legend Hailu Mergia – a sweet set of jazz recorded in the mid 70s, with a vibe that still sounds fantastic after all these years! The groove here is the sort that so many other contemporary groups have been picking up on recent ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of music from Cuba – not the jazzy descarga styles that led to salsa, nor the more romantic singers that are maybe some of the nation's best-known artists – but instead a wealth of work that mixes raw percussion and vocals to support the spiritual practice of ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The third album from the mighty Oneness Of Juju – and a set that has the group tightening up their groove after the spiritual jazz approach of previous records! The style here mixes a bit more boogie with their very sharp instrumentation – still with lots of righteous energy throughout ... read moreCD
A sweet set of grooves from around the globe – all the sorts of tracks that Guts plays in his legendary DJ sets overseas – music that's got a much more far-reaching vibe than some of the tracks he issues under his own name! Overall, the set's very much in the best spirit of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really ear-opening set of music from the Portuguese scene of the postwar years – instrumental tracks that follow some of the stylistic developments of fado, but which often branch into wonderful sounds that are all their own! In a way, the set is a counterpart to the growth of flamenco ... read moreCD
The debut album from Kassav – a group who rocked the Parisian club scene at the end of the 70s with a fantastic blend of Guadeloupe styles and more contemporary rhythms – really opening the door for countless other acts to follow in their wake! The tracks are mostly long, and heavy on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Caribbean styles hit the American scene – then get transformed into something completely different in this huge collection of recordings that span styles that include jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, and blues! In some cases, the Caribbean element comes through in the song structure – which ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Amazing music from the golden years of Ethiopian Music – a set of tracks that will take you beyond the music of Mulatu, into a wealth of other talents from the scene at the same time! The sound here is incredible – a mix of heavy funk, spacey jazz, and other exotic touches all coming ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal album of sounds from the groundbreaking Ethiopian scene at the start of the 70s – a full length collection of previous 45s from the excellent Ahma Records label – home to revolutionary sounds that continue to influence new generations of listeners! The music here represents ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mad music that's unlike anything else we can think of – a killer collection of funky grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – offered up here on a vinyl-only compilation! The set's a great one if you've heard the music of Mulatu, but want to dig a lot deeper – as the cats ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The definitely got the title right on this one – because the set is filled with some of the most heavenly tracks from the legendary Ethiopiques series – that legendary run of compilations that was the first introduction for most of us to the amazing music of Ethiopia! This package ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard in your life – an assortment of mid 70s tunes from Mahmoud Ahmed, the second grooviest Ethiopian artist, next to Mulatu! Ahmed's sound is a lot more out there than Mulatu's – less funky and jazz-based, and more in the mode of snakey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color steamboat label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, a spot of green marker on front, some light stains on back, and a mostly split bottom seam.)
A classic album from the best years of Orchestra Baobab – a time when the group were maybe the greatest thing coming out of Dakar, and really helping to move a whole generation of West African sounds forward into new directions! The instrumentation is still relatively old school – no ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly great after all these years – maybe more so, given that the buzz on these guys finally died down – and has kept this one out of heavy rotation in coffee shops and cafes! LP, Vinyl record album