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Dengue Dengue Dengue
Son de los Diablos

So good they named them thrice… it's Dengue Dengue Dengue, from Peru! This duo work with the instruments and musical styles that have grown out of Afro-Peruvian culture, and on Son de los Diablos they do so with entirely live instrumentation for the first time! This four-track EP is likely to whip up storms in 20...view item »

A.R. Rahman
The Essential A.R. Rahman

A.R. Rahman is an absolute colossus of Indian music, responsible for stacks of movie scores (both for Bollywood films and in the West) and hundreds of millions of record sales. The Essential A.R. Rahman provides...view item »

Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope

A much required vinyl pressing for what the press release calls 'one of the great psychedelic rock albums of all time'. Kaleidoscope emerged out of the West Coast of America in the late '60s with a drenched reverby sound that must have had influence on the Doors and later era line ups of Love...view item »

Belmond Black
Never Too Late

Cameroonian singer / guitarist / harmonica player Belmond Black travelled to Nigeria to cut this idiosyncratic mix of reggae and afro-funk in 1979. It was originally released under the title Happy to See You. As explained in this reissue’s extensive l...view item »

Fabiano Do Nascimento
Tempo Dos Mestres

Fabiano Do Nascimento is a Brazilian guitarist who draws on the rich swirl of musical history in the country to create his own special blend. Tempo Dos Mestres was recorded live in the studio with a small band made up of a percussionist, a sax / flute player and two vocalists...view item »

Fela Kuti
Shakara

Nigerian afrobeat king Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. Shakara contains the Fela favouri...view item »

Fela Kuti
Everything Scatter

Everything Scatter is one of Fela's first observations on how dysfunctional a country Nigeria is, but it doesn't yet rise to the level of political criticism that marked later Fela. Everything Scatter was originally released in 1975. This was the beginning of what was arguably Fela's greatest period, and in the next three years he would release ...view item »

Various
Brasil

A snapshot of a time and place of relative obscurity before globalised communication brought geographically disparate musical worlds together. 20 years after it was recorded, 'Brasil' is back on a repress, an essential document featuring a host of incredible musicians eking out the sound of a most vibrant nation....view item »

Various
Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa

Hey, who fancies a chunky bagful of rare South-African bubblegum disco-soul from the 1980’s? That’s right, everyone does. Gumba Fire is a curatorial collaboration between Miles Cleret...view item »

Amara Toure (with Black and white)
Singles Collection 1973-1980

Singles Collection 1973-1980 is a bit of a misnomer for this collection, as this isn’t just a slice of Amara Toure’s work, but rather his entire recorded discography. The quality of material suggests that this is a tragedy, but at least we have these ten tracks of intense and sultry sound. Remastered re...view item »

Mustafa Ozkent
Funk Anatolian

Turkish funk master Mustafa Ozkent released a cult classic in 1973 - Genclik Ile Elele, and now, 44 years later is back with a new full length album. ...view item »

Various
Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 81-88

With Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s came the neon wonderlands of metropolises like Tokyo and Osaka. These futuristic cities, all bright lights and new money, needed a soundtrack, and in the genre of City Pop they got one. An amalgamation of electro-funk, r 'n' b, techno-pop and soul, City Pop’s quirky style has worn well and now ...view item »

Various
Africa Airways Three (The Afro-Psych Excursion 1972 - 1984)

Take a full dose of African psychedelic rock with this heady compilation. Africa Airways Three (The Afro-Psych Excursion 1972 - 1984) features a fine roster of rich grooves, cosmic highlife, fuzz conga and psych swing band music, from artists including Ifang Bondi, Manu Dibango, Sory Bamba...view item »

Various
Paradise Bangkok - The Album Vol. 2

If you missed any of the Paradise Bangkok 45 singles that have been released in the last two years (which, let’s be honest, you did, because those things were highly limited), you’ll be relieved to see that the second compilation volume is now available! Stacks of quality Thai tracks, including three that have not previously...view item »

Various
Pantsula! - The Rise of Electronic Dance Music in South Africa, 1988-90

Pantsula! is the name of South Africa’s 80’s dance underground culture, which grew out from the bubblegum and US-style disco, taking those starting points into even more electronic territory. This Rush Hour compilation covers the crucial years 1988 to 1990, with artists like Jazino, Kakappa ...view item »

Various
Africa Airways Four (Disco Funk Touchdown - 1976 - 1983)

The latest in a series that has the first on its fourth repress, Africa Airways here takes us to a land of forgotten disco anthems from '76 to '83. Commendable spirit has gone into unearthing and compiling such a fantastic and diverse collection, further cementing the importance of the continent in recent music history. ...view item »

Songhoy Blues
Music in Exile

From between Timbuktu, which despite what you may have been taught as a child isn't as far away as you may think, and Gao come Songhoy Blues, a band who play some of the traditional styles of the Songhoy and blues. Fleeing unrest in their homeland, they play ‘in exile’. Oumar Toure, Aliou Toure and Garba Toure blend ...view item »

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 »

Ebo Taylor and The Pelicans
Ebo Taylor and The Pelikans

Ghanaian highlife hero Ebo Taylor gets the heavyweight reissue treatment from the ever-reliable Mr. Bongo for his rare and refined LP with The Pelikans. This is a gem of a record from one of the greats of West African grooves, all jubilant horns, loose funk and sweet soulful crooning from Taylor (on his first ou...view item »

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet
Ladilikan

Kronos Quartet are leaders in modern classical and their drive to collaborate and experiment is probably the main reason why. After their works with the likes of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Clint Mansell it’s more about finding more artists to collaborate with. Bring in...view item »

Gökçen Kaynatan
Gökçen Kaynatan

Gökçen Kaynatan is a lesser-known Turkish music mastermind, responsible for changing the way the Turkish industry worked with his studio innovations. As far as his own work goes, he only ever released four 7” singles, but boy what singles; funky experimental electronic r...view item »

Various
The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso

Why not delve into the music of the West African nation of Burkina Faso? Come on now, Mr Bongo have made it easy for you with this juicy compilation. The Original Sound of Burkina Faso contains artists from across a range of gen...view item »

Various
Nigeria 70 – The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos

The 2001 compilation Nigeria 70 made an important impact on Western appreciation of the fantastic music coming out of Nigeria: Fela Kuti, Peter King, King Sunny Ade and many more wonders. This reissue contains all the original tracks (remastered) on 3 LPs and 2 CDs, plus another CD cont...view item »

Saulius Petreikis & Domas Strupinskas
Lietava

Saulius Petreiki and Domas Strupinskas’s album Lietava presents an array of sixteen traditional folk instruments from their native Lithuania, all of which have fallen out of regular public use and some of which have scarcely even been recorded before. This album succeeds as a set of compositions a...view item »

Various
I Believe I'll Go Back Home 1906-1959

I Believe I’ll Go Back Home 1906-1959 is another fine compilation curated by the talents of Mississippi. Recordings are taken from the first half of the twentieth century and from all over the world, reflecting the folk musics of Indian, Native American, Greek, Hawaiian, Cuban, Jewish etc. traditions. Superb selections as usual. L...view item »

Witch
Lazy Bones

'Lazy Bones!!', the third record by Zambian garage rockers Witch, trawls through rollicking guitar riffs (with plenty of fuzz action), avid drum fills and sublime vocal harmonies, creating a sound that's joyous and communal whatever genre it ends up slinking into (be it their preference for funk or psych rock). It's being reissued by Now-Ag...view item »

Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste
Around Félicité

Around Felicite is a film by Alain Gomis, inspired by the heady sounds of Kinshasa’s finest, the Kasai Allstars. Of course, who could be better to soundtrack such a film than the Allstars themselves, working in this case with the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste...view item »

Maria Rita
Brasileira

Extremely rare in its original edition, Maria Rita’s album Brasileira is now freed from the nonsense of collector’s scarcity and is being made available for everyone else, thanks to this official reissue on Selva Discos, a new label from the Selvagem duo. Truly beautiful songcraft from ...view item »

Cüneyt Sepetçi
Bulgar Gaydas

Cüneyt Sepetçi is a master clarinetist from Istanbul. This album displays his modernised spin on tradition-steeped wedding band music, driven by Volkan Sever’s microtonal synth and two drummers playing against a drum machine, creating dense polyrhythms. It has a similar irresistible party inten...view item »

Various
Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas

Hey friend, you wanna have some fun? World Psychedelic have got your back with this amazingly-titled comp! Featuring such household names as Celio Balona, 14 Bis, Ton & Sergio and Loyce E Os Gnomes this survey of the Brazilian psych scene from 1967 to 1976 is probably the most purely enjoyable record I've heard this week, endearing itself ...view item »

Various
Jukebox Mambo - Volume III

Mambo baby! DJ Liam Large is behind the controls for the third installment of the Jukebox Mambo compilation series, presenting the fine-filtered results of hundreds of hours of crate-digging. Real obscure recordings here, all of them full of fire, love and life. CD and double LP editions, both liner notes and photos....view item »

Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh
Lekhfa

Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh -- all names known to fans of alternative Arabic music; here's their shimmering new record. All three have stunned critics and wider audiences with their solo works and collaborative projects. On Lekhfa, they flaunt their hallucinatory sound; a domain wherein sub...view item »

Omar Souleyman
To Syria, With Love

Omar Souleyman's newest record goes straight to the dancefloor with rapturous delight. His collaborations with producer Hasan Alo are some of his most immense and captively hypnotic in years; named in passionate tribute to his home country, it's a sign of the immense music he was making before being th...view item »

Professor Rhythm
Bafana Bafana

Awesome Tapes From Africa’s unceasing quest to widely circulate gems of African music continues with Professor Rhythm’s 1990’s house album Bafana Bafana. ...view item »

Orchestre Les Mangelepa
Last Band Standing

Orchestre Les Mangelepa is the big band group formed by Congolese musicians residing in Kenya circa the early 70’s. They have deservedly built up a legendary following around Africa, and recently spread their wings to European shores. Last Band Standing is an album of new recordings of their classic material, offe...view item »

Diron Animal
Alone

Soundway Record keep the quality high as Diron Animal drops his infectious, rhythmic album into the world. Taking cues from modern dance genres but hugely spiked with Angolan and Portugese influences, the album treads into funk, disco and rap, always imbued with the colourful and vibrant flavour that keeps Diron Animal unique....view item »

Antonio Adolfo
Viralata

Viralata is the big classic for explorers of Brazilian progressive jazz-funk, standing tall above the rest with its fabulous grooves. Antonio Adolfo and his band really nailed it here, earning the album a surpri...view item »

Kink Gong
Tibetan Buddhism Trip

So field recorder Laurent Jeanneau decided it was a good idea to release his recordings of ethnic minorities and their music under the name Kink Gong. He was wrong of course but either way we have a begu...view item »

Témé Tan
Témé Tan

Teme Tan, aka multi-instrumentalist Tanguy Haesevoets, presents this self-titled debut offering, which reflects upon the producer's wanderlust. Brought up to and from the corners of of the DRC, Belgium and Kinshasha, the pioneer's well-cultured attitude is reflected in his works; this is unique and complex material....view item »

Various
Digital Zandoli 2

Heavenly Sweetness have dug into the history of Zouk music from the French West Indies in order to save you the trouble, serving up twelve fabulous new examples of Digital Zandoli. The style is funky and sleek, with playful sunn...view item »

Mutamassik
Symbols Follow

Mutamassik has always tried to defy description, and has certainly become rather deft at it. Perhaps the label’s descriptor ‘arabified swamp music’ suits Symbols Follow, which hopefully will be as far out as Mutamassik’s previous works. Expect thumping, hypnotizing beats coated in strange sound c...view item »

Nahid Akhtar
I Am Black Beauty

Lollywood film music is occasionally overshadowed by its biggest neighbour, Bollywood. However, straight out of Lollywood’s ‘I Am Black Beauty’ is the films’ soundtrack that has been remastered and released on ‘Finders Keepers’; who have a habit of plucking quality soundtracks out of Asian films and making the...view item »

Antibalas
Where The Gods Are In Peace

Large Brooklyn based collective Antibalas release their sixth full length studio album. Taking their blueprint from Fela Kuti and having members of Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 perform with them several times, they are keeping afrobeat very much alive and striving to update it with mo...view item »

The Movers
Kansas City

A classic slice of disco, The Movers originally had this one out in 1979, having long established themselves as a band of innovative hybrid -- the South African group had previously worked funk and marabi jazz into their sound, experimenting with approaches to dance. Kansas City is proof of the band'...view item »

Sirom
I Can Be A Clay Snapper

Slovenian band Sirom bring us their second album of wildly sculpted folk-infused sounds, on I Can Be A Clay Snapper. Their hand-fashioned collection of instruments emit fantastical noises outside of constraints like geographical land borders. A huge, mesmeric blast of fun. Mixed by Chris Eckman, for Glitterbeat, on LP a...view item »

Msafiri Zawose
Uhamiaji

Uhamiaji is the latest release from Msafiri Zawose. The record can be traced all the way to back to Zawose's roots in Tanzania, and this shows in the thirteen tracks that fill this full length. This powerful and well produced collection of songs is available on Vinyl LP and CD, and on the label Soundway....view item »

The Souljazz Orchestra
Under Burning Skies

Strut have a knack for finding funky groovers for a good time. Here they are with the Canadian movers; The Souljazz Orchestra. Under Burning Skies is a vintage ‘80s funk, boogie, disco record with Afro grooves. The album is a perfect meld of old and new sounds and bound to have everyone da...view item »

Various
Heavenly Ethiopiques – The Best of the Ethiopiques Series

Culled from 28 CD releases to date, this is a compilation of highlights from the well-regarded Ethiopiques series. An incredible range of artists known and unknown populate this release, including Getachew Mekuria and Seyoum Gebreyes. The perfect introduction to the series. Lushly packaged doubl...view item »

Tony Allen
The Source

Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representin...view item »

Various
Don

Silva Screen reissue the long out of print soundtrack to the 1978 bollywood thriller Don, directed by Chandra Barot. In order to sell it to western big beat fans, they've pointed out that it contains the song 'Yeh Mera Dil Yaar Ka Diwana' by Asha Bhosle, who inspired 90s megahit 'Brimful of Asha' and was sampled in Black Eyed Peas' Don't Phunk W...view item »

Various
Abatwa (The Pygmy): Why Did We Stop Growing Tall?

This compilation presents a variety of treasures from Rwanda, performed by members of the Abatwa peoples. Why Did We Stop Growing Tall features not only single-string violins and traditional harps and vocals, but also lo-fi battery-powered looping machines, which gives these recordings a delicious variety. CD and LP edi...view item »

Jay-U Experience
Enough Is Enough

Jay-U's highly infectious sound traversed a rocksteady funk packaged with reggae, jazz and tinges of psychedelia, a strange but trancing fusion bound together by lots of really great sax solos. Enough Is Enough saw initial release in Nigeria back in '77 but surely deserves a dancefloor audience all of its own....view item »

Amancio D'Silva
Integration

Helping to form the zenith of 1960's jazz, is Integration - a slice of solid musical gold. Any aficionado would tell you an original pressing would cost you well of £1000, but the material itself is priceless; Amancio D'Silva amounts to a true high point in the history of Brit...view item »

Various
Wanted Afrobeat

Wagram present a series of collaborative compilations with photographer Chris Steele-Perkins covering a huge range of music called Wanted presented with incredible imagery. This time round Afrobeat, featuring cuts from Pat Thomas, Girma Bèyènè, Mulatu Astatk...view item »

Khun Narin
Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band

It all began when someone posted a clip of this band on youtube with the caption  “MINDBLOWING PSYCHEDELIA FROM THAILAND”. What could be seen was a group of musicians who lived in a remote village hundreds of miles away from Bangkok playing some heavy, heavy psych. This led to American producer Josh Marcy contacting the band wit...view item »

Various
Soul Sok Séga – Séga Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979

Strut Records had a healthy trawl through a collection of records from Mauritius, bringing the sound of Séga music to a wider audience. Apart from initial, often hard to find releases, none of these tracks have ever been reissued outside of Mauritius itself, so Soul Sok Séga is a serious treat, both as a document and as a ...view item »

Hotline
You Are Mine

Soundway proudly re-issue the only album from Nigerian boogie masters Hotline. Originally 1986 You Are Mine is a no-holds-barred funk/disco takedown, slapped bass and synth basslines that sound like zippers and the cheekiest leadlines you’ve ever not heard. Comes with new liner notes and photos....view item »

Fool's Gold
Leave No Trace

This is one of those albums that is great at a party, or great for just lounging around. It always puts me in a great mood. I play it for my friends and while it's playing in the background they always ask who it is. The sound is very Afro pop/middle eastern but enveloped in the roots of rock 'n roll. "The Dive" and "Tel Aviv" are my favourite t...view item »

Benjamin Ball
I Just Keep Dancing

Taken from Benjamin Ball’s 1984 debut album Paulina and the second single taken from Cultures of Soul’s Boogie Breakdown compilation of South African synth disco alongside The Cannibals and Harari. Contains original disco boogie mix, backed with an edit by Boston de...view item »

Ibibio Sound Machine
Ibibio Sound Machine

Fronted by British/Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine combine, so says their press release, "elements of West African highlife, disco, & psychedelic electro soul". On this occasion my quote marks aren't sarcastic, that's a pretty good description of what they do. It sounds like quite a Londonised take on Highlife, if that m...view item »

Songhoy Blues
Résistance

Another album of wonderful afro-funk-pop from Songhoy Blues! Résistance features guest appearances from Elf Kid, a children’s choir, and, most remarkably, punk’s sacred aunt Iggy Pop, and the whole thing flows like liquid gold. Chanting vocals, meaty rhythms, and that...view item »

Jupiter & Okwess
Kin Sonic

Throughout Kin Sonic,  Jupiter and Okwess put a modern twist on the usually traditional style of Congo music. This album is a produce of all Jupiter & Okwess' encounters and influences throughout their lifetime. Okwess (meaning 'food' in Kibunda) is the fruit of his journeys thro...view item »

The Apples
Mind Twister

Apples were one of the remarkable student bands doing their thing in Lagos, Nigeria in the late 1970’s. The fresh afro-funk of Mind Funk sounds like it has to be the result of many years experience, but no, these guys were just kids. Premium grooving material, obscure and unavailable for too long up until this wel...view item »

Various
John Armstrong presents Afrobeat Brasil

Afrobeat Brasil, a compilation curated by John Armstrong, shows off the fresh contemporary Afrobeat scene currently flaring up in Brazil. The genres fundamentals are getting cut with numerous Brazilian styles with riotous effect, and the best part? All these tracks have been recorded since 2011, meaning this is a very f...view item »

Various
Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Réunion 1975-1986

Maloya is the traditional music of Reunion Island, originally practiced by 17th Century slaves but kept alive all through the twentieth century. Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Reunion 1975 - 1986, a compilation put together by La Basse Tropicale, documents the evolution that occurred when Maloya mixed w...view item »

Kensuke Ide with His Mothership featuring Pongsapon Upani vs Hair Stylistics
Otemoyan Isan

Kensuke Ide And His Mothership make gloriously soft and sweet “Luk Thung” (Thai country music), joined here by Khaen player Pongsapong Upani, Otemoyan Isan is a pop song crossover track in support of the film Bangkok Nites. Backed with an instrumental and remix from Hair Sty...view item »

Pat Thomas
Coming Home

Stunning collection of Ghanaian Big Band music covering Pat Thomas’ huge body of work from 1961 to 1984. Coming Home includes some highlights from his collaborations with The Black Berets and Ebo Taylor, who he formed The Sweet Beans with, and they would then refo...view item »

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Steps Ahead

I'm reasonably new to this chap's work but the 'New York: London: Addis' comp that came out a while back blew my face off. I never thought I'd like Ethiopian jazz but Mulatu is the god of it by all accounts so therefore he seems like the best starting point. This is his first new album proper since the early 80's so you'd hope it was a goodie. Mula...view item »

William Onyeabor
Body & Soul

Many fell in love with the gorgeously bright music of Nigerian artist William Onyeabor after Luaka Bop released Who is…? in 2013. Now, they are reissuing his full catalogue! Body & Soul is soulful and typically funky: it is somewhat astounding that such contemporary-sounding music was made in 1980....view item »

Om Alec Khaoli
Say You Love Me

From 1985, here is an EP from bass-playing South African songwriter Om Alec Khaoli, created under his own conditions in defiance of the racist apartheid regime. Say You Love Me is a four track set of joyful funky widescreen pop music that you are just going to love. 12” and CD reissues on Awesome Tapes From Africa...view item »

Various
Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2: How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972-1977

Zamrock, in case you have been depriving yourself of its joy, is the sound that Zambia came up with in the 1970’s in response to the twin wonders of James Brown-esque funk and psychedelic rock from the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2 walks you through the story of the genre and g...view item »

Grotto
At Last

Grotto are an awesome Nigerian Afro-funk-rock band from the 70’s, who remarkable recorded their debut album At Last when they were only about 16. Grotto are loads better than any other student band you ever heard: I always thought you needed more years of life experience to play grooves this funky...view item »

Ahmed Malek & Flako
The Electronic Tapes

The music of Ahmed Malek, an Algerian synth explorer active in the 1980’s, was never released during his lifetime, but Habibi Funk have been given access to his archives, and they’ve enlisted Flako to select and produce a cohesive album of highlights. The Electronic Tapes shows off the under...view item »

Addictive TV
Orchestra of Samples

Graham Daniels and Mark Vidler (Go Home Productions) are VJs and mash-up artists extraordinaires, probably most well known for their Blondie vs The Doors melding into Rapture Riders. Taking this idea to a huge scale they have been travelling for the las...view item »

Various
Zaire 74

Excellent documentation of the excellent festival in Zaire in 1974. The most famous part of the event was the Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fight,followed by sets by American artists like James Brown, but this compilation focuses on the lesser-considered performances by African artists. Za...view item »

Ifriqiyya Electrique
Ruwahine

Ifriqiyya Electrique is a post-industrial spin on traditional Sufi trance music, wherein the chanting vocals, nagharats, krakebs and hammering percussion of the Sufi musicians are bolstered by electric instruments and dense industrial production. It's a curious blend, but rhythm is at the core of it all, so Ruwahine is ...view item »

Arthur Verocai
Encore

Arthur Verocai’s debut album is an obscure hidden classic of funky Brazilian samba-soul music, released to not-enough interest in 1972 but rediscovered in 2004 by Harmonic 313. Consequently, Verocai returned in 2007 with Encore, an album of new compositions recorded with an ensemb...view item »

Kondi Band
Salone

Kondi Band is Sorie Kondi, playing the kondi thumb piano, with producer DJ Chief Boima. This Sierra Leone / US collaboration resulted in fabulous music, with Boima’s electronic production bringing out the latent techno-pulse within Kondi’s propulsive...view item »

Visions Congo
Mulago Sound Studio

Visions Congo is Goncalo F Cardoso, the operator of the Discrepant label and a serial pseudonym-user. This one is named for its origins in field recordings of a long trip to central Africa in 2015. Mulago Sound Studio densely layers rich recordings into an even richer stew, often then undermining itself with some surpri...view item »

S.E. Rogie
The Sounds Of... Vol. 1

Sooliman Ernest Rogers or S.E. Rogie was a tailor turned guitarist and singer from Sierra Leone. Being an active musician from 1960 up until his death in 1994, there was a fair amount of material. This compilation was originally recorded in the late 80s and the guys at Mississippi and Domino thought it was time ...view item »

John Wizards
John Wizards

I don’t know anything about John Wizards. In fact I don’t think I’d heard his name before today, isn’t that terrible? I’m getting slack in my old age. Anyway, he’s got an album out on Planet Mu so I’d better start figuring out who he is. I just put the CD on and it started...view item »

Al Massrieen
Modern Music

Al Massrieen are a beautiful hybrid of disco, funk, and jazz-pop, active in Egypt in the 70’s but only released within the country and on cassette. The Habibi Funk here continue with their admirable signal-boosting mission by giving Al Massrieen’s Modern Music an international vinyl release!...view item »

Various
Rough Guide to Bollywood: The Psychedelic Years

There are plenty of legends of Bollywood soundtracking here, going that extra psych mile. Featuring musicians such as R. D. Burman, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi -- all influenced by Western Rock 'n Roll and the entwined 'flower power' culture of the 1960s. Thus mushroomed the Indian Psychedelic Underground. Includes a full-album download c...view item »

Various
Senegal 70: Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70's

This compilation gathers together the cream of the music scene in 1970’s Senegal, where traditional sounds mixed with funk, soul and Cuban music to make a gorgeously slinky blend. Hefty booklets accompany both the CD and the double LP versions, full of useful biographies and beautiful photos. On Analog Africa....view item »

Ibibio Sound Machine / Machinedrum / Throwing Shade
Amai Ndiwulule / Lewasi / Dream Scene

The bulging archives of the International Library of African Music have recently been opened to a number of contemporary producers. On this 12”, Machinedrum, Throwing Shade and Ibibio Sound Machine all make a track using Hugh Tracy’s recordings (made over a 50 year p...view item »

Umoja
707

Umoja was the bubblegum pop project of South African musical all-rounder Alec Khaoli. Their crucial album 707 was released in 1988 (at the heart of apartheid) with the intention of bringing people together across race boundaries. In doing so, 707 also defined the bubblegum music style. Now reis...view item »

Tamikrest
Kidal

Fourth album from Tamikrest, the Tuareg nomadic group with the tight desert rock sound. Kidal is named for the Malian town that is at the core of Tuareg identity, and it carries the heat and the hope of the culture in its deep grooves, its vocal chants, and its sweetly meandering guitars. CD and LP release on the Glitte...view item »

SJOB Movement
Friendship Train

SJOB Movement made their second and final album Friendship Train in 1977, with leader (and prominent Nigerian session musician) Prince Bola Agbana at the helm. Friendship Train is a funky piece of w...view item »

Various
Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria

Continuing the recent love of all things Nigeria, Soundway Records present Doing it in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria. As far removed from the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti that everybody associates with the country, this compilation shows another side to Nigeria’s rich musical cu...view item »

Tim Maia
Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia

Tim Maia has a lot of cultural caché in his native Brazil, but his profile in the English-speaking world could do with a little boost: enter Luaka Bop. The David Byrne-affiliated label have compiled 15 highlights from Maia’s extremely soulful career. Nobody Can Live Forever: The...view item »

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band are a steel drum band operating out of Hamburg, Germany. They got the attention of DJs and home listeners alike when they covered 50 Cent’s essential track ‘P.I.M.P.’ (included here), and have an array of other crucial covers to show off on 55, their debut...view item »

Various
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll is an important forthcoming film about the musical history of Cambodia before the Vietnam War overspilled and destroyed the country’s artistic freedom. Many of the artists on this accompanying music were consequently killed, making the vitality and joy of ...view item »

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Bollywood Bloodbath

Finders Keepers compilations are always a rewarding and indulgent listen, and this collection of tracks from Bollywood horror film scores is no exception. The spooky edge is totally up my street, too. As you'd imagine, these are pretty accessible cuts without a lot of melody and charm. Wh...view item »

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