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Senyawa
Calling The New Gods

Vincent Moon is not, in fact, the mutant spawn of The Mighty Boosh’s two protagonists. He’s a filmmaker, and in 2012 he chronicled a journey made by the Indonesian duo Senyawa’s around the Javan city Yogyakarta. This became the short film Calling The New Gods, and its soundtra...view item »


African Scream Contest 2

When the first of Analog Africa’s African Scream Contest compilations dropped in 2008, it shone a light on the sound of Benin, a nation whose music doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Fast-forward a decade and the second instalment in the series is about to do that all over again. Compiled by cra...view item »


Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Part One

The latest in Jazzman’s jazz-diaspora compilations takes the listener to Japan. Not a country known in the West for its interpretation of ‘America’s Classical Music’, Japan was in fact the biggest per-capita consumer of jazz LPs throughout the 1980s. The eight offerings here demonstrate how the mantle of ...view item »

Tunde Mabadu
Viva Disco

Some ultra-rare boogie Lagos here. Originally issued in 1980 and long lost to the annals of time, Tunde Mabadu’s Viva Disco is Nigerian disco par excellence. The tunes here boast ten-tonne grooves, and the slightly distorted recording only adds to their energy and verve. Anyone with an ear for the li...view item »

Arthur Verocai
Arthur Verocai

Well for once, the press release -- "one of the greatest albums ever made" -- sounds less like the usual over-enthusiastic blurb (hyperbole) and more in keeping with widely-held muso opinion. Arthur Verocai's self-titled solo record was a masterpiece produced, directed and created by the self-taught musician. Original copies of ...view item »

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
African Dances

Despite the slew of compilations and reissues of music from 70s and 80s Lagos in the recent years, relatively little attention has been given to Shina Williams. The Nigerian band leader was one of the finest exponents of the funky Lagos style that fused Afrobeat, reggae, disco, highlife and more. There are few instances where hi...view item »

Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa was essentially a jazz and blues singer - but with a difference: Imagine Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday with a bit of Nico, experimental big band and psychedelic sitar wig-outs. This eponymous compilation gathers together the best of h...view item »

Andrea Benini
Drumphilia Vol. 1

Drumphilia Vol. 1, the first in a proposed series, is true to the promise of its title, in that this material is all about rhythmic and percussive sound sources. Although the definition of ‘drum’ has been stretched by Andrea Benini...view item »

Super Elcados
Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Vol. 2

Anyone keeping track of the resurgent interest in ‘70s Afrofunk over the past decade will have seen the name Super Elcados crop up every now and then. Now the group’s LP Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Volume 2 gets a reissue via Mr. Bongo. Despite this being the sec...view item »

George Katsaros
George Katsaros: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 1

Hear what happened when rebetika-playing Greek emigres came to American and mingled their sound with the blues in the 20’s and 30’s. George Katsaros: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 1 is a cassette filled with amazing vintage recordings of Katsaros, captured in New York back in the day. Beautiful finger-picked ...view item »


Don't Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya

Mississippi Records are at it again - with a little help from Raw Music International and Olvido Records - and have lovingly collected another set of rare-as-hen’s-teeth tracks. Th...view item »


Sounds of Sisso

‘Sounds of Sisso’ is a fourteen-track compilation surveying the Tanzania Singeli scene via the Sisso Records studio. A window into an underground sound emanating out of East Africa and a record which for many will be as revelatory as the Gqom Oh! or Rephlex’s Grime compilations. This music is absolutely crackers; an int...view item »

Mulatu Astatke
New York – Addis – London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975

Storming in this week is a new compilation of genius Ethiopian composer and vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke's early work. Ethiopia's highly distinctive approach to jazz incorporates generous portions of soul, funk, pop and rock over a lolling bedrock of loose, relaxed African rhythms to make a sound that's highly listenable and homes straight in on you...view item »

William Onyeabor
Atomic Bomb

A lot of people fell in love with the music of Nigerian artist William Onyeabor after Luaka Bop released Who is…? two years ago. Now, they are reissuing his entire catalogue, taking his gorgeous music out of the realms of bootlegs and placing it onto your record player. Atomic Bomb was his biggest Nigeri...view item »

Kufuki
Dodome EP

First release on Les Editions Japonais, a label that aims to celebrate Japanese music past and present. On their Dodome EP, Kufuki combine the traditional Japanese folk music style 'Minyo' (mainly work songs incorporating call and response) with their own experimental cl...view item »

Arp Frique
The Colorful World of Arp Frique

Following a well-received debut EP on Rush Hour at the back-end of 2017, Dutch musician Niels Nieuborg’s Arp Frique project drops its debut L...view item »

King Ayisoba
Wicked Leaders

Here's the second album of contemporary Ghanaian music by King Ayisoba, following his well received 'Modern Ghanaians' LP. Ayisoba plays a traditional two-string guitar called the Kologo. It's quite a varied album, ranging from busy polyrhythmic anthems to thoughtful and quiet numbers like 'Yele Mengire Nbo Se'ena (Election Song)' and 'Song for ...view item »

Maria Rita Stumpf
Brasileira Remixes

Maria Rita's Cântico Brasileiro No.3 started life as a suspenseful oddity swathed in winds sounds and vocals delivered like an intense sermon. Following the trend of dancefloor reworks, this and  Lamento Africano/Rictus from the same album are up to date as sassy, deep club destroyers....view item »

Zazou / Bikaye / Cy 1
Noir et Blanc

Receiving an update from the original tapes, this benchmark album is renewed and refreshed for the contemporary ear. It represents a truly inspired collaboration involving French composition, experimental electronics, Congolese vocals and musicianship and a host of other elements. Essential Afro-electronic grooves....view item »

Witch
Introduction

The debut album from 1970s Zamrockers WITCH or We Intend To Cause Havoc!, arguably the masters of the Zambian rock movement that has been gathering new attention since Now-Again records have been steadily reissuing some of the genre’s classics. Introduction is just that, a good introduction to the Zamrock ...view item »

Witch
Kuomboka

Zamrock's most supreme band, Witch (which means We Intend To Cause Havoc) continue to get the reissue treatment from Now-Again with the more overtly experimental 'Kuomboka'. And by experimental, we mean, you know the opposite: slow jams, modest rock, and all the American pop influence in the world. As always, though, there's still a good amount ...view item »

Alanis Obomsawin
Bush Lady

Constellation’s latest record is an essential find and arguably a massive political artefact. Alanis Obomsawin was a filmmaker and artist who devoted much of her life to telling the stories of Canada’s First Nation families. Before taking on directorial duties, however, she was a songwriter, and after a series of tireless excursions ...view item »

Manu Dibango
Electric Africa

Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1985. Electric Africa is four tracks of primo electro meets afrobeat. Solid groove meets synthesizers, electronic drums, saxophone and Dibango’s thick vocals. Features tracks with Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell and Bernie Wo...view item »

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

Everyone needs a little Mulatu Astatke to lively up their life: get right to it with this reissue of his 1966 album Afro-Latin Soul Vol. 2, recorded with His Ethiopian Quintet. Astatke’s sound is still young and burgeoning here, but his mixture of Ethiopian-style jazz with Latin rhythms a...view item »

Mulatu Astatke
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

The resurgent interest in Ethio-jazz trailblazer Mulatu Astatke leads to another reissue. This one is culled from Astatke’s time spent living in New York in the 1960s, one of the most fruitful and groundbreaking periods of his career. On Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2 Astatke and his Ethiopian Quintet...view item »

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul

Mulatu Astatke has long and lovingly been called 'Godfather Of Ethio Jazz' and who are we, your humble servants at Norman to disagree? Strut push on with their careful programme of essential jazz reissues to bring us the first official pressings of Astatke's early classics: Afro-Latin Soul (Vols 1 & 2)...view item »


Panama! 2 (Latin Sounds, Cumbia, Tropical & Calypso Funk On the Isthmus 1967-77)

This 2009 compilation does one thing, and it does it very well. It introduces listeners to some of Panama’s fantastic music, much of it virtually unknown elsewhere. With much of the material sourced from 45’s in radio station basements, Panama! 2...view item »


Heads Records - South African Disco-Dub Edits

Ever travelling into the musical terrain of the Southern Hemisphere, Soundway have this time raided the vaults of South African label Heads. The label's star shone briefly but brightly between 1982 and 1984 and released some 20 or so 12" singles and LPs before closing its doors. The label mixed disco with bubblegum pop,...view item »

Haruomi Hosono
Paraiso

Haruomi Hosono, reissued here to the joy of all! Paraiso is the last album of Hosono’s so-called Tropical Trilogy, three albums that deliver on their sunny, juicy, groovy tropical promise. This is the first time that this beautiful material has ever been reissued to vinyl outside of Japan...view item »

Haruomi Hosono
omni Sight Seeing

Haruomi Hosono, reissued here to the joy of all! Omni Sight Seeing was recorded in 1989, during a period where Hosono’s Yellow Magic Orchestra was taking a break. Never one to rest on his laurels, Haruomi spent this time making this beautiful international pop rec...view item »

Haruomi Hosono
Philharmony

Haruomi Hosono, founder of the legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra gets his abstract juices flowing with this exciting avant-garde reissue. Originally released in 1982, Philharmony is a jaunty journey through pop, synth workouts and blissful experimental wonder. Reissued in fine style by Light In The Attic....view item »


Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African Music

Straight outta the International Library of African Music comes this selection of performances recorded in Central and East Africa between 1950 and 1958 by Hugh Tracey. Rumba is the stylistic spine running through the material on this double CD set, though the joy is of course in the variations. Fantastic music ...view item »

AMMAR 808
Maghreb United

AMMAR 808 is a fantastic proposition: North African music pulled through the vortex of a Tunisian producer with his eye on the bass bins. Maghreb United has a range of excellent singers from Morocco, Algeria and...view item »

Nigeria Fuji Machine
Synchro Sound System & Power

Nigeria Fuji Machine is a grouping of high-powered drummers and singers in Lagos, performing the popular Yoruba Nigerian music named Fuji. Fuji is a thrilling, super-percussive sound, that is highly popular in Nigeria but somewhat overlooked in the West in favour of highlife and the like. Correct this now, with Synchro Sound...view item »

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
Agboju Logun

Shina Williams dropped Agboju Logun onto the world in 1979, via the African Dances album. Its an extremely sweet piece of Nigerian disco action, swinging and grooving and funking with all the sunlight and muscular energy you could ask for. This vinyl single reissue contains both the original album mix and the s...view item »

Sputnik
Edits From The Sputnik Quadrant

Edits From The Sputnik Quadrant by Sputnik is the second release in the Edits From series which is all a bit of mystery. Sputnik look to the rhythms of  West Africa for their inspiration on this two-track 12”. The first title in the series came from the enigmatic Junior...view item »

Tony Allen / Ricardo Villalobos
Dekmantel 10 Years 10.1

Wrapping up a ten-EP series in celebration of as many years active, the Dutch imprint Dekmantel commissions from minimal techno heavyweight Ricardo Villalobos a whopping half-hour remix of Tony Allen’s 1999 tune ‘Asiko (In A Silent Mix)’. Villalobos weaves new effects and synthetic materials in...view item »

Francis Bebey
Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984

Another chapter in the fascinating musical story of Cameroonian renaissance man Francis Bebey that picks up where Born Bad’s previous ‘African Electronic Music 1975-1982’ compend...view item »

Tony Allen / Motor City Drum Ensemble
Dekmantel 10 Years 10.2

Dekmantel’s tenth-birthday vinyl series rounds out with possibly the strongest release of the lot. Tony Allen’s 1999 Afro-futurist masterpiece ‘Asiko (In A Silent Mix)’ stands with the best of anything that the Afrobeat legend has done in his long career. Conjuring the sort of lights-low ...view item »


Tropical Drums of Deutschland

Jan Schulte has been chasing down obscure music from one of his favourite obscure genres: faux-’tropical’ percussion music from 1980’s Germany. The resulting compilation Tropical Drums of Deutschland is full of obscure treats that really do capture some strange and special atmospheres: some jazzy, some...view item »

Shadow
Sweet Sweet Dreams

A 1984 LP created in Trinidad and Tobago, Sweet Sweet Dreams is the synth-riddled reggae/soca project of Winston Bailey, also known as Shadow. The clever blend of genres on this record make it a mesmerising 80s time capsule, with hazy synth noodlings and hypnotic reggae beats providing a backdrop to Bailey ...view item »

Luis Perez
Ipan In Xiktli Metzli

Interesting one, this. Luis Perez was one of the first people to undertake detailed research on the pre-colonial musical traditions of his native Mexico. In the early 80s, after almost a decade of travelling the country and recording the folk musics of the Ma...view item »

Basa Basa
Homowo

Favourites of Fela Kuti - he produced their first LP and played on their second - Ghanaian twins Basa Basa see their third album reissued by Amsterdam’s Vintage Voudou. Originally dropped in 1979, the record saw the pair team up with South African multi-instrumentalist Themba &lsqu...view item »

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Raga Yaman (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 15 March 1986)

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar is the nineteenth generation of a family who have played the dhrupad style of devotional music. For those unfamiliar with dhrupad, it is considered to show raga in its purest form. Recorded at the end of his last US tour performing one of his signature ragas. One of two albums ...view item »

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Ragas Abhogi & Vardhani (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 9 March 1986)

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar is the nineteenth generation of a family who have played the dhrupad style of devotional music. For those unfamiliar with dhrupad, it is considered to show raga in its purest form. This recording was made at a house show, offering a more intimate example of dhrupad. One of two albums ...view item »


Mothers' Garden (The Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1975 - 1984)

Africa Seven - the label behind the Africa Airways series - drop another nice collection of old grooves. These tracks are all by artists who identify as female, a gender which has been woefully under-represented in the African 70s/80s reissue explosion of the past decade or so. Hopefully compilations Mothers...view item »


Absence

Absence is a compilation of music that you would do very well to hear: experimental music from Iran. Artists on this stellar roster happen to include relatively big names like Sote and Siavash Amini, but also artists scarcely heard outside of Iran, all boldly exploring their sounds. CDr on Flaming Pines...view item »

Hailu Mergia
Yegojam Marnesh / Yegle Nesh

Organist and keyboard player supreme Hailu Mergia could legitimately lay claim to the title Prince Funk of Ethiopia, should such a notion become reality. Swiftly following on from Lala Belu -- his first new LP in 15 years -- arrives this new 45rpm 7" on Awesome Tapes From Africa. The two tracks -- Y...view item »

Professor Rhythm
Professor 3

Reissue of classic Professor Rhythm album first released in 1991. This album was released around the time hip-hop and house were starting to have an influence in South Africa, while still retaining much of the mbaqanga and bubblegum sounds that had been popular before. Released by the uh.. Awesome Tapes from Af...view item »

Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp
Sauvage Formes

This 8-track album is a beautiful, adventurous journey into experimental orchestration, minimalistic guitars riffs and luxurious, epic strings underpinning epic, swelling chants and hymnal refrains. And with Vincent Bertholet at the helm, this melancholic approach to orchestration is as adventurous as it is powerful. ...view item »

Christy Essien
One Understanding

Lovely re-release of a 1979 record by the late Nigerian singer Christy Essien here. The woman they once called ‘The First Lady of Song’ in her native land has been largely overlooked in the Nigerian reissue explosion of the past decade, so it’s about time that something of hers was given a going-over for a new ...view item »

Abu Obaida Hassan
Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan

Abu Obaida Hassan’s music was discovered by the Ostinato Records label earlier this decade, and they’ve now followed through on their initial fascination to the point that they are now releasing this set of songs hand-picked by the man himself. Hassan...view item »

Amanaz
Africa

Amanaz were one of the premium exponents of Zambia's Zamrock music, and Africa is one of the premium examples of their sound. The fuzz guitars and the shuffling, driving drums back up a gnarled-up vocal style, as the group actively rage against colonialism’s legacy. Double LP reissue on Now-Again....view item »

Samba Touré
Wande

The third LP from Malian guitarist and songwriter Samba Toure finds him streamlining his sound. Wande largely eschews the high-energy call-and-response desert blues of his previous work for a taut, funky synthesis of Sahel sounds and Western rock tropes. The likes of ‘Yerfara’ feature strutting grooves that ...view item »

Fantasma
Free Love

Available as double 12” LP from Soundway. South Africa seems to be full of forward thinking music producers at the moment and Fantasma is the latest from Spoek Mathambo. Working with DJ Spoko Free Love is a melding of hip hop, shangaan electro, and Zulu Maskandi music. Definitely ...view item »

Videotapemusic
Souvenir

Well this is just lovely. Japanese producer Videotapemusic has been doing his thing for about a decade now, releasing five albums in his home country, but Souvenir is his first LP to reach these shores. The basic idea is that he finds bargain-bin VHS tapes and repurposes their sounds, fleshing them out with full band an...view item »

Kitsos Harisiadis
Lament In A Deep Style 1929 - 1931

Jack White has been tunnelling in the archives again… this time he’s come out with some amazing deep rarities from Greek folk musician and clarinetist Kitsos Harisiadis, all recorded in the period 1929 to 1931. ...view item »

Denis Mpunga & Paul K
Criola

Music From Memory present an EP made up of a collection of tracks made by Denis Mpunga and Paul K that were initially spread out over several very rare compilations released in the 1980s. All put together with a few unreleased tracks from the master reels these tracks push together traditional African music with...view item »


Disques Debs International Volume 1

Disques Debs is a Guadeloupean label that has run from the 1950’s to the present day: this new Strut compilation, volume one in a proposed series, focuses its attentions on the period 1960 to 1972 and is brimming over with beautiful Carribean big bands, bolero ...view item »

Bombino
Deran

With admirers including Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant, the Niger guitarist Bombino clearly has some serious chops. His pioneering ‘Tuareggae’ sound remains in good nick on his latest LP, and his wide travels and range of influences lead to plenty of unusual songwriting choices on ...view item »

Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Wede Harer Guzo

I present to you our favourite record to play in the office literally 100% of the time, but I’d also like to stress I’m not mad about it. ‘Wede Harer Guzo’ is a gorgeously chilled pop contemplation that both recycles and rejuvenates its best moments, and it proves Hailu Mergia the master of making light pop music. Hailu M...view item »


DJ Amir presents Buena Música Y Cultura

DJ Amir is your go to guy for great crate digging compilations, finding rarities for Pete Rock and BBE he’s got somewhat of a reputation. The focus here being Salsa & Guaguancó he digs past people synonymous with the genre like Joey Pastrana and Louie Colon and ...view item »


Turkish Ladies

An awesome and very special record courtesy of Sony Music Turkey and Ladies on Records, celebrating Turkish women singers from the 70s and 80s. You'll hear a gloriously diverse range of music here, with sweet melodies, eccentric synths and bewitching arabesque strings underpinning classical Türk Sanat, Argentinian tango, Spanish flamenco, E...view item »

Malphino
Visit Malphino

Ooh this is a fun one. Visit Malphino is an sonic advert for the imaginary tropical island of Malphino. The group, while based in London, hail from places as far-flung as J...view item »

Gboyega Adelaja
Colourful Environment

In his pomp, keyboard whizz Gboyega Adelaja played with Fela Kuti, Shina Williams and Hugh Masekela. In fact, he’d just got off tour with the latter when he cut his 1979 LP Colourful Environment. Backed by a great band that included BLO...view item »


Onda de Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)

Good old Soundway Records. They never fail. It’s another crate-digging extravaganza from the global pop imprint, and this time they turn their attention to the music of the Brazilian 80s and 90s. Roping in vinyl junkie Millos Kaiser - 50% of the duo Selvagem - Kaiser has put together a com...view item »

Antonio Sanches
Buli Povo!

Demon Fuzz
Afreaka!

A crucial fact stated about Demon Fuzz is that they all immigrated to Britain from old Commonwealth nations. This shows in their blend of funky/psych-rock/jazz fusion record, and only record, Afreka!...view item »

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Ba Power

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba team up once again for a wonderful collection of blazing jams, louder and more willing to lean into distortion than ever before. Kouyate leads with his ngoni, and the band follow him with loose-but-tight afro-rock grooves. Jon Hassell and Chris Brokaw are the Western guests making appearances, but the African guests...view item »

Hugh Masekela
The Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)

A compilation to satisfy anyone whose curiosity in Hugh Masekela was peaked by his passing in January of this year. This LP collates early work by the South African jazz legend, including some of his groundbreaking stuff with The Zulus and Letta Mbulu. The likes of Ojah col...view item »

Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family
My Ancestors

Waak Waak Djungi
Waak Waak Ga Min Min

Waak Waak Djungi are a group from the Northern Territories of Australia, made up of three indigenous Yolngu people. They combine traditional vocal techniques and field recordings with 90’s era electronic production, and have been recently rediscovered. Waak Waak Ga Min Min contains a previously unheard recording, ...view item »

Susheela Raman
Ghost Gamelan

British-Tamil Susheela Raman’s seventh album Ghost Gamelan finds her and regular collaborator Sam Mills among Javanese gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto and his ensemble of players. Raman is known for her adventurous projects and this one is a really bewitching collection of leftf...view item »

Ragnar Johnson
Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang

Next on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ label is a reissue of this fine set of recordings from New Guinea, captured in the field by Ragnar Johnson. If Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang sounds oddly familiar, that might just be because parts of it were sampled ...view item »

Okawa & The Rulers
Oshirononakade

DJ and saxophonist Takeshi Okawa (or Okawa 78 to his friends) has gathered together a varied group of Japanese musicians, including members of Death Jazzers Soil & Pimp Sessions, to form The Rulers. On Ohirononakade they ex...view item »

Pierre Sandwidi
Le Troubadour De La Savane 1976-1980

Pierre Sandwidi, nicknamed "the troubadour from the bush", was known for his beautifully crafted lyrics and political commentary, both present and correct on this collection of his best work from the late '70s and early '80s. An exciting record documenting the rich and diverse Burkino Faso music scene. ...view item »

MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant maste...view item »

Kyriakos Sfetsas
Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 1

Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 1 is an album that delivers on the promise of its title, being an early example of Kyriakos Sfetsas’s progressive jazz fusion etc. music, formed from professional radio musicians who had the chops to play both traditional and classical music. These particular recordings are of a very hi...view item »

Konkere Beats
Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria

The latest epic from Soul Jazz, Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria was newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria by Konkere Beats. The record sees an assemblage of master drummers and singers performing polyrhythms; a heap of percussion -- Dundun Bata drums -- and deeply spiritual, sacred songs ...view item »

Alain Peters
Rest' La Maloya

Alain Peters is a Creole musician from Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, and Rest’ La Maloya is a set of music recorded many years ago in the 70’s and 80’s. Peters’ sound uses an array of percussion, guitar, ngoni, and various other sound-making devices to sketch out his...view item »


I’m Not Here To Hunt Rabbits

This compilation captures that rarest of things in the 21st century - a truly unique and idiosyncratic contemporary regional genre, namely the country blues guitar of Botswana. The common thread is a playing style where the left hand approaches the fretboard from above the neck rather than from below. YouTube videos of several p...view item »


Warsaw’s Jewish Mermaid - Syrena Records 1909-1933

Renair records continue their necessary series exploring the history of Jewish recorded music, with Warsaw's Jewish Mermaid - Syrena Records 1909-1933. Pre-WWII Warsaw, together with Berlin, was the cultural-intellectual epicentre of Europe. Its famed artistic vibrance owed a significant debt to its panoramic ethnic and cultural diversi...view item »

Fela Kuti
Box Set #4 Compiled by Erykah Badu

Fela Kuti released so many albums during his spectacular lifetime that it can be hard to know precisely where to go as a listener. But worry not, Knitting Factory and Erykah Badu have got you covered! Box Set #4 contains seven discs of carefully compiled classics (chosen by Badu...view item »


Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

Archivists and archive-trawlers alike do wonderful work all the time, but the history of this release is really something else. In 1988, the tapes containing fifty years of wonderful Somali music were smuggled out of Somalia and literally buried underground to protect them from the forthcoming civil war. They were...view item »


Habibi Funk 007: An Eclectic Selection

As the subtitle makes clear, this is a subjective and geographically and stylistically diverse and wide-ranging choice of tracks, taking in many different genres and influences. Selections come from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the 70s and 80s, all combining the impact of Western music ...view item »

Marijata
This Is Marijata

This is Marijata - or, at least, the afro-funk outfit's gorgeous debut album. Raw, organic and consistently laid back, this re-issued format does a sound job of reminding us of quite how sweet the formula of this forgotten trio was. Initially released from Gapophone label, this is the cream of the Ghanian crop....view item »


Spiritual Jazz 5: The World

Once upon a time jazz was the most popular form of music on earth. It would have been a nightmare time for people like me before rock and roll came along. This album presents some rare jazz recordings from across the globe. All kinds of under-exposed jazz from Argentina and South Africa is exposed varing from commercially released recordings to ...view item »

Meridian Brothers
El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer

The 2006 debut album of Meridian Brothers. Sounds of Bogotan musical traditions (e.g. cumbia, currulao) are slightly tweaked, abstracted and adjusted, becoming what key member Eblis Alvarez calls ‘Abstract Folk Music’. Initially a CD-only release, El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer is now re...view item »


Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975) is the debut release from World Psychedelic Funk Classics and presents itself as 'a global psychedelic funk curriculum', complete with a 'course description' and 'supplemental listening' in its copious notes (found either on the handsome gatefold sleeve of the vinyl or the 36-page booklet of the CD). The title may...view item »

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics
(OST)

Hamad Kalkaba
Hamad Kalkaba and The Golden Sounds 1974-1975

Hamad Kalkaba, who later went on to sit as president of the Confederation of African Athletics, recorded some fabulous and lively music in his mid-70’s youth, and here is a good-sized portion of it. Sparkling golden good-time sounds that takes Cameroonian rhythms and slathers them with heady electricity. CD and LP editions...view item »

Vanishing Twin
Choose Your Own Adventure

Vanishing Twin is a project led by Cathy Lucas (of The Oscillation), named for the phantom twin sister she absorbed in the womb(!). That should tip you off to the odd edge that Choose Your Own Adventure has: appealing pop music, but made strange and obscure. Also features personnel from...view item »

Alice Coltrane
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitandanda contains some of the material that Alice Coltrane released in later life, as an aspect of her spiritual experience. Gospel and Indian devotional traditions mix with Alice’s own inspiration. Originally only avai...view item »

Ibibio Sound Machine
Uyai

The Ibibio Sound Machine is back, and what a welcome return! The grooves, the sun, the fun: all present and correct, and more vibrant than ever. However, while the new record sounds brighter, happier and more dance-orientated than their self-titled debut of three years ago, there are weighty subjects alighted upon here. Launching into &l...view item »


Vodou Drums in Haiti 2: The Living Gods of Haiti – 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit Possession

Soul Jazz follow up on the 1996 album Vodou Drums In Haiti 1, with a new instalment, recorded in Port-Au-Prince with the same ensemble, the Drummers of the Société Absolument Guinin. The intensely interweaved patterns make for a very special listen, whether or not you are familiar with the underlying ritua...view item »

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