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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Shaman!

69 year old jazz auteur Idris Ackamoor returns with his influential band The Pyramids on Shaman!, a stunning return to his strongest form since their 1970s heyday. While the current line-up features a number of the group’s founding members, it feels like a fresh, new formulation, the tracks taking on a poignant urgency in the context of the coronavirus crisis. 
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Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993

The first ever compilation to bring together classics and deep cuts from the critically lauded Black Fire label over its 18-year history from 1975 to 1993, Soul Love Now tells the story of one of the most characterful black independent labels in American history, and features ten dazzling tracks from the likes of Oneness of Juju, Wayne Davis and Experience Unlimited. 
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Disco Not Disco (Leftfield Disco Classics From The New York Underground)

Disco Not Disco is a compilation of leftfield New York underground disco tracks from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, originally released in 2000. It was compiled by Joey Negro and Sean P.  It became highly influential and original copies are much sought after. Tracks by Yoko Ono, Ian Dury, Dinosaur (Arthur Russell) and Liquid Liquid made this album a gateway into a whole new world for many people.
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Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms 1970-1982

African Rhythms 1970-1982 is a triple-LP / double-CD compilation tracing the career of Plunky J. Branch’s Oneness of Juju across their many iterations. An expansion of an existing compilation dating from 2001, with liner notes by Chris Menist, the music within has been has been highly sought-after by rare groove collectors and DJs for years. 
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Greg Foat
Symphonie Pacifique

Symphonie Pacifique by Greg Foat sees the jazz pianist building a cinematic soundscape aided by harp, tubular bells, choirs, bass palyed by Phil Achille, congas played by Eric Young, and breakbeats courtesy of Moses Boyd and library music legend Duncan Lamont. It was recorded in London, Edinburgh and Gothenburg. An international affair. On Strut.
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Patrice Rushen
Posh

Patrice Rushen was perhaps better known as an arranger and pianist who worked behind the scenes with other artists at the time of her 1980 album Posh but she had released a series of low key records under her own name throughout the 1970s. She was working with a small group of musicians who she trusted and it is through loose jamming that the ideas for Posh would come about. She went on to be better known for her subsequent hit Forget-Me-Nots. A classic if ever there was one and a record that Posh paved the way for. 
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Onipa
We No Be Machine

Supergoup Onipa arrive on a funky wave of Afro-grooves and ferocious energy with a bunch of electronic equipment. They feature K.O.G. known for Kweku of Ghana of KOG and the Zongo Brigade and Tom Excell & Finn Booth of Nubiyan Twist along with Dwayne Klivington of Wonky Logic. We No Be Machine is an album that will make you wanna dance. 
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Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol. 2

Cadence Revolution is the second instalment in a planned series of compilations that are excavating the archives of French Caribbean label Disques Debs International. Featuring the likes of Super Vikings and Guy Conquette, Volume 2 focusses on the development of the unique ‘Cadence’ sound during the 1970s, which resolved myriad influences into a Pan-Caribbean blend of styles and musical traditions that resonated for years afterwards. 
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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 containing an audio documentary, which goes nicely with the sleeve notes and rare photos in the booklet. On Strut.
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Tribe
Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014

Hometown is the first ever compilation to focus on the latter-day recordings of acclaimed Detroit jazz collective Tribe. Released on single CD or double LP, the 10-track set takes rare and unreleased recordings from founder Wendell Harrison’s own studio and the SereNgeti Gallery & Cultural Center from 1990 through to 2014. 
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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
Obiaa!

Meaning ‘Everybody!’ in Ghanaian, Obiaa! is the sophomore album from Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band. Arriving four years after their energising debut, the double-LP promises an insight into the country’s musical soul, led by the brilliant 72 year old singer Pat Thomas, known as the ‘Golden Voice of Africa’. 

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
Agboju Logun

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Nubiyan Twist
Jungle Run

London’s Strut Records bring you the latest from expert Afro-dub jazz collective Nubiyan Twist. Perhaps they too tuned in to CITV in the early 2000s, for it’s named Jungle Run. Recorded and produced with a muscular and sumptuous sound, the album also wafts between hip hop, soul, Latin and atmospheric electronics. Vocal duties are shared by Nubiya Brandon, Nick Richards, K.O.G., Pilo Adami and Mulatu Astatke.

The Souljazz Orchestra
Chaos Theories

Canadian musical collective The Souljazz Orchestra present their ninth studio album Chaos Theories. Steeped in their regular blend of soul, jazz and funk, the band’s latest effort takes time to address the political upheaval in the western world, masterminded by their leader Pierre Chrètien. 
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Alefa Madagascar - Salegy, Soukous & Soul 1974 - 1984

Throughout the recent glut of reissues and compilations that have focussed on African music from the 70’s and 80’s the country of Madagascar has been strangely absent. Strut Records finally set that right with Alefa Madagascar, a deluxe set that focuses on the salegy, soukous and soul sounds of the island nation. With radio bringing music from neighbouring nations like South Africa and Kenya, and the Discomad label championing the best local talent, the result was a musical style that has the propulsive grooves of other sub-Saharan pop styles while also adding in curious rhythmic and textural flourishes.
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Miriam Makeba
Pata Pata

The definitive version of a scandalously overlooked gem of the late Sixties. Meaning “touch touch” in the Xhosa language, Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata was spearheaded by the Billboard success of its title track as a single in late 1967, and came about through the patronage of legendary singer and activist Harry Belafonte. 
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Patrice Rushen
Remind Me - The Classic Elektra Recordings 1976-1984

Superb compilation from Strut here that focuses on disco pioneer Patrice Rushden. Remind Me - The Classic Elektra Recordings 1976-1984 fronts the singles, 12” edits and fan favourites that Rushden cut for Elektra back in the day. Remastered from the original tapes, much of this is bespoke, classy disco straight from the source. Some cracking ballads are scattered across the album too. Remind Me is also a great one to play ‘spot the sample’ with. Contains 'Forget Me Nots'.
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Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 2: 1962-1991)

The second volume of Strut’s compilation of Sun Ra’s many many singles gets a vinyl release. The Definitive 45s Collection includes a huge variety of Ra’s styles: he seemed to view singles (often pressed in very small runs) as opportunities to try things as strange as quasi-disco, spoken word, R&B and more. Three LPs of rare material, accompanied by detailed track-by-track liner notes. On Strut.

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Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987

Yes. Great news. Strut have been good to us in their two decades as a label, and one of the undisputed highlights of their catalogue is the Nigeria 70 series. As such, it makes perfect sense that Strut should grace us with a new instalment as part of their 20th birthday celebrations. No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987 is another peerless collection of Lagos boogie tunes. Features Sir Victor Uwaifo, International Brothers Band and Etubom Rex Williams among others.
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Sir Shina Peters
Sewele

Juju master Sir Shina Peters dropping a bomb of high-energy joy straight from 1986 Lagos. Sewele is being reissued on vinyl for the first time, and features Shina in a transitional period into what would become the hallmark style with His Famous Allstars. Join him on his journey from old school Juju to inventing the classic Afro Juju.

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JD Twitch presents Kreaturen der Nacht

JD Twitch of Optimo has been hard at work in the vinyl mines of early eighties Germany, and he’s come up trumps with this collection of rare favourites! Kreaturen der Nacht is a showcase of DIY post-punk music from bands like Leben Und Arbeiten and Welktklang, in some cases in the form of tracks never previously reissued. Presented in remastered form with lots of artist info, interviews and photos. On Strut.
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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans

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Nubiyan Twist
Tell It To Me Slowly

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Feeling Kréyol
Las Palé

A rare zouk gem gets reissued by Strut here. Originally cut in 1988, Guadeloupian vocal trio Feeling Kréyol achieved modest domestic success with the title track from Las Palé. However, the album didn’t get them anywhere and now stands as their only release. A recent revival in interest in the record - Motor City Drum Ensemble and Invisible City are among those to have championed Las Palé - has eventually led to the album being given this new lease of life.
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Sun Ra And His Arkestra
To Those Of Earth… And Other Worlds

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Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

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

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Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul

Mulatu Astatke has long and lovingly been called 'Godfather Of Ethio Jazz' and who are we, your humble servants at Norman to disagree? Strut push on with their careful programme of essential jazz reissues to bring us the first official pressings of Astatke's early classics: Afro-Latin Soul (Vols 1 & 2), recordings made with his Ethiopian Quintet and dating from 1966. His initial experiments hurled Ethiopian culture head-on into African-Latin and normative jazz / R&B modes. Here the package is delivered in fully remastered form with expanded liner notes written by Astatke himself. On LP or CD.
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Mulatu Astatke
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

The resurgent interest in Ethio-jazz trailblazer Mulatu Astatke leads to another reissue. This one is culled from Astatke’s time spent living in New York in the 1960s, one of the most fruitful and groundbreaking periods of his career. On Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2 Astatke and his Ethiopian Quintet fuse their native jazz sound with Latin styles and r ‘n’ b in a manner that set Astatke on his way to some of his most vital and pioneering work. Re-pressed by Strut.
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The Beginning Of The End
Funky Nassau

Though the career of 70s band Beginning Of The End ended up being relatively short (they disbanded after their second album), things seemed rosy on the release of their 1971 debut LP Funky Nassau. The eponymous track was a huge hit, selling over a million copies and topping the Billboard R ‘n’ B chart. That song’s ebullient mix of American funk sounds, hi-life guitar and the polyrhythmic grooves of their native Bahamas are carried on through the full-length. Not a million miles away from The Funkees. The CD edition contains both this record and their self-titled follow-up.
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Beginning Of The End
Beginning Of The End

Strut reissue the second album from Bahamian group Beginning Of The End here. Though they only made two LPs before splitting, the band nailed down a blend of strutting Philly soul, meaty funk and a disco sound lent extra groove by the polyrhythmic percussion style native to the band’s Caribbean home. The group’s vocalist has a nice throaty yelp reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.
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Disques Debs International Volume 1

Disques Debs is a Guadeloupean label that has run from the 1950’s to the present day: this new Strut compilation, volume one in a proposed series, focuses its attentions on the period 1960 to 1972 and is brimming over with beautiful Carribean big bands, bolero and biguine; and that's just for starters. High grade archival compilation on CD and LP, presented alongside excellent liner notes and photography.
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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
An Angel Fell

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The Beginning of the End
Fishman

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Sun Ra
Of Abstract Dreams

It’s unlikely that the cosmos boasts many ensembles more hard-working or prolific than Sun Ra’s Arkestra, so it shouldn’t be surprising that quality recordings keep turning up decades after the fact. This release captures a mind-seventies session for Philadelphia’s WXPN FM. Sonny sticking to piano, debuting live favourite I’ll Wait For You, and throwing in the goofy Unmask the Batman among longer and more intense workouts. LP or CD, remastered from the original tapes.

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 you can not sit still to.

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu of Ethiopia

Mulatu Astatke’s 1972, New York-recorded album Mulatu of Ethiopia is a true classic of Afro-jazz, and an early key step for Mulatu. Various editions are available (CD, LP and triple LP), featuring the original album remastered plus rare photos, an exclusive interview, and on some formats, outtakes and a mono master. Premium reissue on Strut.
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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, offering under-informed types like you and me the chance to revel in sound of this lovely band.

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Afro-Rock Volume One

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Walter Gibbons
Jungle Music

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The Souljazz Orchestra
Under Burning Skies

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Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics
Jaiyede Afro

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Sun Ra
Discipline 27-II

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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 with jazz, psychedelic music and more. CD and double LP editions on Strut.
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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 reform as Marijata. The collection tracks his moves around the world bringing the Ghanaian “Highlife” sound with him.
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Sun Ra
Marshall Allen Presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In Orbit Of Ra

Saturn's best jazz musician and Earth's smartest out-of-space citizen, Sun Ra released an endless slew of records with his various Arkestra incarnations, changing the face of his genre over and over by going down experimental and cosmic avenues and using maddening concepts. 'In The Orbit Of Ra' is a birthday gift to the musician who would have turned a hundred if he'd lived to see it. It's more than just a best of collection, also unearthing unreleased tracks -- both live and studio -- that will be new to even the most avid Sun Ra fan. 'In The Orbit of Ra' is affectionately curated by Marshall Allen, a close companion of the jazz icon and frequently his saxophonist.
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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 thumb piano compositions. Salone is a brilliant listen, whatever angle you hear it from. Out on Strut.

Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace
Sugar Daddy

Joe King Kologbo is a Nigerian highlife veteran, contributing his guitar to loads of ensembles over the years. Sugar Daddy is an album he recorded as bandleader of The High Grace in 1980, and it mixes those lovely sunny highlife vibes with bits of disco groove. Great to see this reissued and in circulation again, thanks to Strut.

Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 1: 1952-1991)

Definitive collection gets bandied about quite a lot, but this one is undeniably so. Covering the singles from Sun Ra released between 1952 and 1991. All remastered and packaged with rare photos, the original artworks, and session notes track by track. A pretty good way of learning the mysterious and mental ins and outs of the inimitable Sun Ra.

Sunburst
Ave Africa: The Complete Recordings 1973​-​1976

Sunburst are a premium Tanzanian band, and this release squeezes every last recording they ever made onto 2 discs (of vinyl or of CD, take your pick). They tapped into the Zamrock scene, playing forever-funky music with a sharp political slant. Ave Africa includes their only album along with their singles and a radio session never previously released. Check it. On Strut.
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Sun Ra
In Some Far Place: Roma ‘77

Sun Ra continues his posthumous musical output this time with In Some Far Place, that place being Rome and the time being 1977. This is the first ever issue of these recordings and comes mastered from the original tapes. Interestingly, rather than going full Arkestra on this LP, here we hear some of Ra’s expertise at the piano with intimate playing of some classic Arkestra tracks and blues numbers. Accompanied only by drums and vocals, this offers an interesting look at the ability and diversity of Sun Ra.  
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Aloha Got Soul

Welcome to the sound of Hawaii, circa the 1970’s and 1980’s. Aloha Got Soul shows curious listeners how the popular commercial sounds of the day (disco, funk, rock, R&B) melded with the Hawaiian perspective and folk tradition. Lots of previously obscure artists get a decent showing here on this Roger Bong-curated compilation on Strut.

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Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness

A lesson in all things electronic, dancing and grooving on Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness. It's a glimpse into the ghetto house scene in Illinois in the '90's, with hot tips from many of the big DJ's and producers who were kickin' it. Gritty, minimal and booty shaking as hell, this one will freak the dance floor out in the best way possible. Out on double vinyl LP and CD from Strut.
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Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Henrik Schwarz
Ene Nyame ’A’ Mensuro (Henrik Schwarz Mixes)

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

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Kanaku Y El Tigre
Quema Quema Quema

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Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4 - Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga 1975-1985

Straight from late seventies/early eighties apartheid South Africa, Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4 is all about that warm waves of funk in Africa: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga. Those precise genres perhaps hard to distinguish to the layman, but always a guaranteed listening pleasure. This 2xLP treats you to some of the most heartfelt warmth ever pressed into vinyl. Get it before summer hits!
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Haiti Direct

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Black Rio

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Fac. Dance 02

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Fela Kuti
Fela Kuti Live In Detroit 1986

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Ebo Taylor
Appia Kwa Bridge

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Mighty Sparrow
Sparrowmania

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Mulatu Astatke/ Heliocentrics
Inspiration Information

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Horse Meat Disco III

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Dennis Coffey
Ubiquitous

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Dennis Coffey
All Your Goodies Are Gone

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Dennis Coffey
Dennis Coffey

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Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou
Cotonou Club

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Arthur's Landing
Arthur’s Landing

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Leo Zero
Disconnect

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Ebo Taylor
Love & Death

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Danny Krivit
Edits by Mr. K Vol. 2 EP1

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Danny Krivit
Edits by Mr. K Vol. 2 EP2

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Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics
(OST)

Lloyd Miller teaming up with The Heliocentrics, eh? Wonder what that’s going to sound like. Oh wait … yep, exactly like that. (OST) finds the hip young jazzers breathing new life into Miller’s East-gazing style. The group’s Sun Ra-indebted modalism proves a good foil for the Middle Eastern/Arabian explorations of Miller. Out via Strut.