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The Time For Peace Is Now

'The Time for Peace is Now' is a collection of gospel songs, but instead of being overtly religious, are more concerned with our wellbeing and friendships. These songs are more than forty years old, but have a powerful message that needs to be heard today. The album is released on David Byrne’s Luka Bop label and was compiled by Greg Belson, a man who knows more about gospel music than pretty much anyone else. 
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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 Existential Soul of Tim Maia is available on CD or double LP.

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

'Who is William Onyeabor' indeed? This vast collection from Luaka Bop should clear the question up. Rising from obscurity to fame, Onyeabor's deliriously danceable Afro-funk marries hot grooves with lo-fi electronics, awarding him the status of one of the continent's visionary producers. Need convincing? Listen to 'Good Name' and don't look back.

Preacherman
Preacherman Plays T.J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits

Tim Jones is one of those oddballs that you can neither imagine nor plan for. Back in the 1980s Jones performed in Las Vegas lounges under the name of Preacherman. He used to bring a wooden puppet on stage with him named T. J. Hustler, and the pair would engage in philosophical back-and-forths between the psychedelic funk numbers that Jones pounded out on a Hammond/Moog Frankensynth. Now Luaka Bop have snapped up some of the rare-as-hen’s-teeth tracks Jones cut at the time for this compilation. These are highly idiosyncratic numbers that wed home-spun dance grooves to the simultaneously focussed and free-form musings of a singular mind. In Preacherman Plays T. J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits, the label may have another Who Is William Onyeabor? situation on their hands.

Panduranga Henderson
Ocean Of Love

This astonishing record features a close collaborator of none other than Alice Coltrane, the pair having spent time at her California ashram in the 80s engaging in deep, spiritualist devotional song. Contrary to popular belief, special records do exist and do offer their presence in our mortal world. 

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

World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitandanda contains some of the material that Alice Coltrane released in later life, as an aspect of her spiritual experience. Gospel and Indian devotional traditions mix with Alice’s own inspiration. Originally only available via Alice’s ashram, this music is now available on vinyl and CD, thanks to Luaka Bop. Both editions come with informative booklets.

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.

William Onyeabor
Good Name

Plenty of people fell in love with the gorgeously bright music of Nigerian artist William Onyeabor after Luaka Bop released Who is…? two years ago. Now, they are reissuing his collected works! No need to resort to bootlegs any more. Good Name dates from 1983, and contains just two, side-long tracks of funky wonder.

William Onyeabor
Tomorrow

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! Tomorrow was released in 1979, yet still sounds shockingly contemporary. And (I can’t emphasise this enough) deeply funky.