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Various
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 »


Various
Sprigs of Time - 78s From the EMI Archive

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

Basic Channel dub techno supremo Moritz von Oswald has collaborated with Ordo Sakhna, a Kyrgyzstani roots music collective. You might not consider that a logical combination, but you would be wrong! Moritz has subtly garnished the crystal-clear recordings of the amazing Kyrgyzst...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 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

With one of Niger’s most popular bands going global in 2013 after Fat Cat released their excellent Kaani, Tal National look to grow their globalising fan base with their third LP Tantabara. It’s another whirlwind mix of Desert Blues, West African funk and polyrhythmic rock that is s...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 »


Various
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
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 »


Various
Sofrito - Tropical Discotheque



Various
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 »


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 »


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
Fear Not For Man



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 »


Fela Kuti
Beasts Of No Nation



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
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 »
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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 »


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 »


Various
Afro-Rock Volume One



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 »


Lord Echo
The Sweetest Meditation Remixes

Lord Echo, AKA Mike Fabulous/Mike August of The Black Seeds and Shogun Orchestra...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 »
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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 »
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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 »


Various
Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984

Please dig this extremely high quality compilation of what happened when disco and funk started to have an influence on Cameroon’s Makossa style. Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 is funky, varied and an all-round wonderful listen. Double CD and double LP editions, both accompanied with a useful booklet, r...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
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 »
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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 »


Ebo Taylor
Love & Death



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 »


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 »


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 »
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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 »


Bitori
Legend of Funana (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands)

Bitori had spent most of a lifetime developing and performing his sound before he entered a studio for the first time in 1997 to lay down The Legend of Funana. Based in the traditional Cape Verde form but souped up a little for this recording, Bitori’s accordion-led music is super-rhythmic and lot...view item »


Various
Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth-Disco 80-84

A whole disco revolution missed out on by the world because of a UN cultural boycott? Bloody UN, taking our disco. No longer! Here come Cultures of Soul with a collection of some of the key players on Africa during the 80s, two tracks of each from Harari, The Cannibals, Neville Nash, Ben...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 »


Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & Rajasthan Express
Junun

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, Tunun, impressionistically documents the recording sessions that led to this album. Jonny Greenwood, with his Radiohead pedigree, will attract the most attention, but it is qawwali group Rajasthan Express and composer Sh...view item »


Various
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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