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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 »

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 »

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 »

Charly Kingson
Born In Africa

The people at Africa Seven unearth another lost gem with Charly Kingson’s 1978 LP Born in Africa. Kingson - cousin of Manu Dibango, no less - recorded this album after relocating from Cameroon to Germany. It’s a record of popping synth-funk and hi-life disco, with tracks lik...view item »

Kingsley Bucknor
Just U and Me

Kingsley Bucknor started out playing with Fela Kuti in his native Nigeria, before recording this self-released electrofunk album in London in 1985. It’s quite a bit different from African Woman, his recently reissued, Lagos-recorded 1979 LP, but there’s still a discernible Af...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 »


Panama! 3 (Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Tipica On the Isthmus 1960-75)

Panama! 3 (Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia tipica On The Isthmus 1960-75) carries on with the super work done by earlier compilations in the series, circulating some of this beautifully rich music beyond its region. The heady blend of cultures on the isth...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 »

Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club

The phenomenal success of Buena Vista Social Club could not have been predicted. A collection of Cuban musicians including Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez were put together by three people to play traditional Cuban music. The most famous of those three people w...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 »

Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck
Xale

Wow this is wicked, I'm trying out the dub version first. He's working with some Senegalese musicians here is Mr. E and the furious polyrhythms are undercut with some real rugged organic woody sounding bass grooves, the dubbed-out snippets of vocal mantra beautifully riding the relentless hypnotic percussive groove. The original seems...view item »

Tsvia Abarbanel
Eastern Soul

Israeli crate-diggers Fortuna Records have a bit of a thing for Yemeni singer Tsvia Abarbanel. The label’s first release was a 7” single featuring her tracks ‘Wings Of Love’ and &...view item »

O’Seis
Suicida / Apocalipse

No, this isn’t the latest incarnation of (Thee) Oh Sees. In fact, it’s a previous incarnation of Os Mutantes. Three of those who would go on to form OM - Rita Lee and the Baptista brothers - were members of O’Seis. 1966 single Suicida/Apoca...view item »

Pandit Pran Nath
The Raga Cycle, Palace Theatre, Paris 1972 Vol. 2

Pandit Pran Nath is a legend of the Indian classical vocal raga, who crossed over into the Western cultural consciousness in 1972, when he performed in Paris. This double LP release on Sri Moonshine Music takes recordings from that special occasion and puts them onto wax, ready for spiritual or just musical home consumption....view item »

Violeta Parra
La Cueca Presentada por Violeta Parra

Death Is Not The End’s latest archival find is La Cueca Presentada por Violeta Parra, a rare 50’s compilation of the Chilean folk genre of Cueca. Violeta Parra presents songs gathered from the rural areas of the country and presented with her wonderful musical touch. She also gives spoken introductions to pi...view item »

Marcos Valle
Marcos Valle

The first official reissue of this Brazilian classic from a true modern day maestro, Marcos Valle’s self-titled release from 1983 is a boogie funk gem. Including the diamond track Estrelar which has been a key tune for DJ sets from Gilles Peterson, Madlib, The Gasl...view item »

Tala A.M.
African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978

African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978 is an extremely enticing name for a record isn’t it? And Tala A.M. doesn’t disappoint, throwing out slice after slice of compelling afro-funk, always driven by amazing rhythms and led by tight guitar. Compilation of tracks cherry-picked from various of Tala...view item »

Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers
African Party

Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers made a glorious, joyful sound with their extra-percussive version of highlife, and nowhere more so than on African Party, now seeing reissue release on Freestyle Records. This stuff, recorded in 1967, really drives forwards: you will enjoy this with your mind and your feet, I as...view item »

Jose Prates / Miecio Askanasy
Tam... Tam... Tam...

Prior to this vinyl LP reissue, Jose Prates and Miecio Askanasy’s 1958 Brazilian jazz record had the inauspicious reputation of being both of landmark importance and staggeringly rare at the same time. Luckily, Trunk records have decided to get it back in print. Fittingly for a record Gilles Peterson said ...view item »

Pasteur Lappe
We, The People

Pasteur Lappe is a prime exponent of the Sekele sound in Cameroon through the seventies and eighties. He really and truly has it going on, as even a cursory listen to his 1979 debut album will prove: this music positively sizzles with funk, swing, and muscular groove fun. A wonderful record, put into proper circulation by the Af...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

These Eyes
Soca Hustle / Let Me Love

The press release ain’t giving much away about this one. It’s These Eyes with Soca Hustles/Let Me Love on Invisible City Editions. There’s a very fun groove with these. There’s naive and playful instrumentation and its West African influences remind me of Onyeabor...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 »

Ozo
Anambra

Anambra is a vintage classic from Ozo, a group who played soulful dub music with a healthy infusion of spiritualism and African percussion. This tune incorporates a Buddhist Sanskrit mantra, making ...view item »

Volcano / The Beat Gangsters
Vanonyana Lava / Chappies (Reluctant Mix)

Split 12" reissue of two sought after 90s South African cuts. The A-side is the much sought after Vanonyana Lava by Volcano. This track saw Volcano mixing the Kwaito genre with house for an addictive result. The B-side is The Beat Gangsters's Chappies, named for a brand of gum. Chew on that!...view item »

Ebo Taylor
Yen Ara

At 82, you could forgive Ebo Taylor for taking it easy. After six decades in the game, he has nothing left to prove - a contemporary of Fela Kuti, an artist who has worked with the likes of ...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 »

Burnier & Cartier
Burnier & Cartier

Brazil, 1974. Burnier & Cartier release this self-titled suite of super-fly boogie-jazz and disco-soul. Many have loved this music since then, but relatively few have owned it, due to low print runs and high prices. Thankfully Brighton’s Mr Bongo have stepped in with the reissue duties, allowing everybody to groove to ...view item »

Aksak Maboul
Onze Dances pour Combattre la Migraine

Aksak Maboul is keeping busy at the moment (with a great collaboration with Veronique Vincent), so what better time to be reminded of earlier work? Onze Dances pour Combattre la Migraine is a glorious thing from 1977, and even if it doesn’t cure your headache, you will almost certainly dance. Reis...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 »

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 »

J. M. Tim & Foty
African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)

J. M. Tim & Foty were a creative duo based from Cameroon working on funk and disco. This LP on Africa Seven presents just two years of that hard work. And if you need a seal of approval just know that god like genius Missy Elliot has sampled one of these tracks. So what are yo...view item »

Ali Farka Toure
The Source - Special Edition

The big man himself, Ali Farka Toure, performing his gorgeous desert blues with his Malian band. The Source is an excellent representation of this legendary sound, recorded clearly and richly, and the presentation of this edition from World Circuit is beautiful: two LPs, accompanied by a a 28 page booklet with rare colo...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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »


Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1+2

For sure, Japan’s legacy of jazz music is under-heard and under-appreciated outside of the country, despite huge domestic enthusiasm. This double disc Jazzman compilation might put paid to that, being a sixteen track selection of lesser-known (in the West) performers of the more spiritual end of jazz music. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japa...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 »

William Onyeabor
World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

Here’s the long-awaited collection on Luaka Bop from the mysterious William Onyeabor, a Nigerian who studied film in Russia, returned to set up a film and music studio in the ‘70s, produced a series of hits and has since retired from music to become a successful businessman and run his own flour mill...view item »

Park Jiha
Communion

Having gained recognition as a member of the Korean neo-traditionalist duo [su:m], Park Jiha broadens her already rich musical vocabulary on her debut solo album. Composing for instruments like the hammered dulcimer and piri (a double-reeded bamboo flute), Park and her ensemble create a quietly intoxicating blend of sou...view item »


Buried Country

Musical archaeologists extraordinaire Mississippi Records team up with Australia’s Flipping Yeah for this release, and an important one it is too. The eleven tracks here draw from the Australian Aboriginal country tradition, a music silenced as often as the people who have made it. The ‘country&rsquo...view item »

Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family
My Ancestors

Baloji
137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese artist Baloji works as a sort of stylistic lightning rod on his latest LP. Bringing together pop stylings from all over Africa - he even goes so far as to jack the instrumental of Dur Dur’s mighty ‘Dooyo’ for lead single ‘Soleil De Volt’ - Baloji turns 137 Avenue Kanai...view item »

Sidi Touré
Toubalbero

On his fourth LP Toubaldero, Malian guitarist Sidi Toure switches up his sound a little and moves from acoustic guitar to electro-acoustic. The resulting LP is an album in the best West African tradition - hot-fingered guitar playing, the dusty harmonies of the desert blues sound, and a way with polyrhythms unique to th...view item »

Félix Blume
Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince

Felix Blume is the sound-artist credited with Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince, but what he has really done is provided a window through which the people of Haiti can shine. Funerals, funeral processions and church services are condensed into a rich and powerful sound picture of these...view item »

DJ Katapila
Aroo

Ghana’s DJ Katapila returns to Awesome Tapes From Africa for this EP of funky pan-African party music. In Katapila’s own words, these four tracks follow a simple equation for dancefloor success - “Francophone rhythms plus techno equals hot and danceable”. Amen. The likes of the title trac...view item »

Tim Maia
Disco Club

The public’s seemingly unquenchable desire for Brazilian sounds has led to the unearthing of another long-lost treasure. Tim Maia is something of a legend in his home country, producing endless wedges of Brazilian soul between 1970 and his death in 1998. His eighth LP pits his powerful baritone yip against muscular funk an...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 »


Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992

Archivist wonderkids Music From Memory spread the love with their first compilation, sourcing tracks from a golden era of Brazilian electronics. Lapping from the late seventies to early nineties, this release spans upheavals both political and musical, as reflected in the different approaches and innovations made to electronic music -- cons...view item »

Africa Express
Africa Express Presents...Terry Riley's In C Mali

Terry Riley's In C Mali by Africa Express is the first ever recording of Riley’s minimalist work by an African ensemble. In C Mali was originally written by Terry Riley in 1964. Upon hearing this new version the composer said that he was “overwhelmed and delighted”. T...view item »

Salm
Salm Volume One - Gaelic Psalms from the Hebrides of Scotland

Jennifer Lucy Allan’s archival label Arc Light Editions presents this amazing record of an amazing form: the communal Gaelic psalm singing practiced in the remote Scottish Hebrides. Salm Volume One is made...view item »

The Mauskovic Dance Band
Down In The Basement

Nicola Mauskovic takes time out from his gigs drumming for W.I.T.C.H., Altin Gun and Jacco Gardner for a project of his own. Enlisting a band and the services of Cumbia producer Juan Hundred, Down In The Basement throws together thick bass grooves, Hi-L...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 »

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 »


Brownswood 10 Versions

Tenth birthday release from the Brownswood label, who have decided to celebrate the occasion with ten key cover versions from their quality roster. Represented here are the likes of Mala, Giles Peterson and his Havana Cultura Band and Owiny Sigoma Band, reinterpreting music by ...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 »

Tarawangsawelas
Wanci

Tarawangsawelas hail from Sundanese West Java, where they perform a personally updated form of the region’s traditional music. On Wanci they are accompanied by the maestro that taught them, ...view item »

Arp Frique
Nos Magia

Arp Frique is a colorful blend of Surinam, Caribbean, and Cape-Verdean influences, all laced together in a deliciously dirty mix of disco and afrobeat. For this 12”, Rotterdam-based frontman Niels Nieuborg has worked together with afrobeat and highlife legend Orlando Julius, currently playing with ...view item »

Fela Kuti
Expensive Shit

Nigerian police, seeking to frame Fela Kuti, tried to plant a joint of marijuana on him during a gathering at his home. Wise to their plan, he quickly swallowed the joint. However, the police threw him in jail to wait for the evidence to make its way through his system. With some wily plotting Fela escaped charges and subsequently produced this ...view item »

Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu

This is Hailu Mergia’s first LP since the upswing in interest in his music over the past half-decade. The revival is down in large part to the re-release job Awesome Tapes From Africa have done on some of his old records, and as such it’s fitting that Lala Belu should surface on the label. B...view item »


Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa

Wow, this is super energetic stuff clocking in at around 180bpm. It's total party music that's repetitive and really gets a groove going. I wasn't sure what to make of this at first, it's so happy sounding and sort of spiritually uplifting, especially with the African vocals. The sound palette throughout remains pretty similar and sticks to the ...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 »

Moritz von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna
Moritz von Oswald & Ordo Sakhna

Moritz von Oswald (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound, Maurizio) follows in the footsteps of former musical partner Mark Ernestus and his Nda...view item »


Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed

The West African island nation of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) really took a shine to synthesisers when they started becoming available in the 70’s, and Space Echo: The Mysterious Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed documents an array of super-groovy meldings of the synths with the local music. Double L...view item »

Ata Kak
Obaa Sima

Oh ATFA. What an utter legend Brian Shimkovitz is. Ata Kak's album was a chance roadside market stall discovery and due to his passion for this hidden music from the African musical depths it became the first ever post he made on his burgeoning blog almost a decade ago and has subsequently become the fourteenth release on what has become an unde...view item »

Camarão
The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie

Camarão is considered one of the finest accordion players ever to come out of Northeastern Brazil, and his marvellous The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie is a great, playful suite of gro...view item »

Aksak Maboul
Un peu l'Ame des bandits

Listen back to the early roots of the Crammed Discs label, with this essential album by Aksak Maboul, the Belgian avant-rock group lead by label-runner Marc Hollander and also featuring such luminaries as Fred Frith and Chris Cutler of Henry Cow! Un peu &lsq...view item »

Bonga
Angola 72

This ten track release from Bonga is entitled Angola 72. A combination of 'must have' African music and available, for the first time, alongside it's sister record (Angola 74), on reissued vinyl LP on Lusafrica. Both records come paired with their original artwork as they were in 1972 and 1974. A must have for avid collectors. ...view item »

Bonga
Angola 74

This ten track release from Bonga is entitled Angola 74. A combination of 'must have' African music and available, for the first time, alongside it's sister record (Angola 72), on reissued vinyl LP on Lusafrica. Both records come paired with their original artwork as they were in 1972 and 1974. A must have for avid collectors. ...view item »

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Black Times

Seun Kuti is slowly maturing under the wings of the Egypt 80 orchestra he inherited from old man Fela. Carrying his dad’s political feathers, he’s made Black Times a conscious and global effort, filled with long songs, soulful solos, engaged lyrics, and afrobeat rhythms that...view item »

Fela Kuti
He Miss Road

‘He Miss Road’ was created during one of Fela Kuti's most productive periods as an artist. This lush vinyl reissue (on long time Kuti curators Knitting Factory records) presents the fruit of lavish 70s funk combining with Fela's trademark Afrobeat sound. Using Ginger Baker as producer adds a nice footnote along with ...view item »

Tal National
Tantabara

Their LP gorgeously housed in the year’s loveliest artwork, Niamey’s great rock band Tal National return for another bout of frenetic, pulsating tunes. If you heard them do it on ‘Zoy Zoy’, all I have to say is, you know, why not again? This stuff is fast and fantastic, but we all knew that, the guitars tumbling around dr...view item »

Senyaka
Bayanyonyoba

Hypnotic house music provides a framework for psych guitars, bouncing percussion and fizzing synth pads on these two deep cuts. The late, well loved Senyaka Kekana sits at the helm, rich vocals swimming around in the mix, delivering the kind of masterful soul only a true icon can. Beautiful grooves....view item »


Guitars of the Golden Triangle: Folk and Pop Music from Myanmar (Burma) Vol 2

The master of Sublime Frequencies Alan Bishop assembled this compilation of rare vintage Folk and Pop Music from Myanmar in 2005, placing deeply obscure and thoroughly gorgeous golden electric pop music from 70’s and 80’s Myanmar into the hands of modern international listeners. Except the CD has since falle...view item »

Fela Kuti
Confusion

This classic Afrobeat LP houses merely a single eponymous piece, not much under half an hour long, that commences with an enigmatic kaleidoscopic face-off between Kuti on organ and Tony Allen on percussion. As the tune becomes increasingly fevered and groovesome,  our man FeKu chan...view item »

Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close

A great package here that features a rather rare album. Alagbon Close is a lesser-known 70s session from Fela -- but a great one too, and a record that captures the Africa 70 group at all their early raw best! The album's 2 tracks are both very long -- stretching for a side of the record apiece -- and the title track "Alagbon Close" features som...view item »

Imarhan
Temet

Imarhan are one of the premier bands within the desert blues world of Tuareg music, and Temet, their second album, finds them muscling up on their funkier, fuzzier, even disco sides. Both the CD and the vinyl edition of Temet come with a free City Slang label sampler CD (but only while stocks last…)...view item »

Otto Sidharta
Indonesian Electronic Music 1979-1992

It's with no diminished excitement that the world's pioneering musicians and sound sculptors are time and time again unearthed and presented on celebrated archival labels. Here Indonesia's contribution to electronic music is explored through the eclectic and endlessly inventive sounds of Otto Sidharta....view item »

Otto Sidharta
Four Indonesian Electronic Pieces 1979-1984

Extremely rare sounds from Otto Sidharta, an electronic composer from Indonesia. This release, which puts to vinyl four pieces from the double disc CD edition, were recorded between 1979 and 1992, and make for astonishing listening. Pure electronics are merge...view item »

Maalem Mahmoud Gania
Colours Of The Night

This remaster is from the sadly now deceased Maalem Mahmoud Gania, a pillar of the Gnawa music of Morocco and is his first solo vinyl release. Gnawa, originally from sub-saharan Africa, survives today as a subculture of Morocco, and its main plucked instrument (the guimbri) was mastered by Gania. Here, Hive Mind curate the last Gnawa recordings ...view item »

Kostas Dousas
Kostas Dousas: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 2

The second of two cassette volumes capturing 1920s and 30s examples of the Greek rebetiko music. This style can be considered as analogous to the country blues that was being recorded across the Atlantic at the time, boasting some of the same elements - solo performance, virtuoso fingerpicking and...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 »


Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU – Soul-fuelled Stompers from 1960s – 1970s Ethiopia

Yet another Ethio-Jazz compilation here, this time courtesy of Lebanese crate-digger Ernesto Chahoud and Barely Breaking Even records. It would be easier to lament the slew of reissues of music from Ethiopia’s 60s/70s golden age if the music wasn’t so damn good. Mulatu Astatke featur...view item »

Nadah El Shazly
Ahwar

Nadah El Shazly is an exciting new producer from Egypt’s underground scene, and Ahwar is her excellent debut album, recorded between Canda and Egypt. Collaborators including Sam Shalabi...view item »

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 »

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