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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 m...view item »

Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 1: 1952-1961)

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 i...view item »

Nubiyan Twist
Tell It To Me Slowly

Nubiyan Twist making big moves out here and signing to Strut. The Leeds soul-jazz group celebrate the occasion with the release of new single ‘Tell It To Me Slowly’. The tune, which features a turn from sax player Nick Richards on vocals, is an invigorating mix of Afrobeat-indebted r...view item »

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 ...view item »

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

Strut have already reissued this 1975 soul-jazz classic from Oneness Of Juju a couple of times, but the latest pressing of African Rhythms comes with a few upgrades. The most notable tweak is the recently-discovered ‘Afrobeat’, taped at the original album sessions but lost to the winds until...view item »

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

Everyone needs a little Mulatu Astatke to lively up their life: get right to it with this reissue of his 1966 album Afro-Latin Soul Vol. 2, recorded with His Ethiopian Quintet. Astatke’s sound is still young and burgeoning here, but his mixture of Ethiopian-style jazz with Latin rhythms a...view item »

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Serge Gamesbourg presents Boston Goes Disco!

Underground disco gold….DJ, producer, baseplayer and all round disco-edit don Serge Gamesbourg has had his deep crate-digging/research hat on as of late. After releasing a couple of 12” on Street Edits he got to work discovering the huge wealth of undiscovered disco in his home city of Boston. This compilation bring...view item »

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)...view item »

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...view item »

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
Agboju Logun

Shina Williams dropped Agboju Logun onto the world in 1979, via the African Dances album. Its an extremely sweet piece of Nigerian disco action, swinging and grooving and funking with all the sunlight and muscular energy you could ask for. This vinyl single reissue contains both the original album mix and the s...view item »
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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 ...view item »

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 g...view item »

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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 ...view item »

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
An Angel Fell

The well travelled and long-enduring Pyramids, led by sax man Idris Ackamoor, ready a new record of fantasy-filtered allegory. An Angel Fell is a jazz record in protest of our environmental complacency. Recorded in a week, it's another intense marvel from a group who still managed to...view item »

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, debuti...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 »

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, spok...view item »

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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 cont...view item »

Sun Ra And His Arkestra
To Those Of Earth… And Other Worlds

To Those of Earth….and Other Worlds is a compilation of Sun Ra and his Arkestra chosen by DJ Giles Peterson. Sun Ra is a true original - a Jazz eccentric decked out in gold lame who apparently came from outer space. His commitment to music is not to be questioned...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 »

Walter Gibbons
Jungle Music

Walter Gibbon's is a name i don't think I've ever heard before which comes as a surprise considering his output and his contributions toward the evolution of modern dance music...I'm all embarrassed now. It's funny how much of this stuff can pass you by. In the press release he is described as 'one of the most important and unheralded DJ / remix...view item »
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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 e...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 »

Mulatu Astatke
New York – Addis – London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975

Storming in this week is a new compilation of genius Ethiopian composer and vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke's early work. Ethiopia's highly distinctive approach to jazz incorporates generous portions of soul, funk, pop and rock over a lolling bedrock of loose, relaxed African rhythms to make a sound that's highly listenable and homes straight in on you...view item »

Sun Ra
Discipline 27-II

This here was one of this year's "Record"... "Store"... "Day" releases? Doesn't ring a bell. It's a special one nonetheless, guaranteeing a new pressing of some of Sun Ra's most interesting work. Made in the same sessions as the revered Space Is the Place, this Saturn release offers further post-bop and avant-...view item »

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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 w...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 »

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

Boy, highlife really is the most gorgeous of genres isn’t it? Pat Thomas has been playing it for years and years, and this shows in the effortless grace and groove of his new album with Kwashibu Area Band, a group made up of old allies of Thomas, including Tony Allen! Happ...view item »
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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 h...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 »

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...view item »

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 circulat...view item »

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 se...view item »

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans

What we have here is something many assumed wouldn’t ever happen: new music from Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. After getting a reputation among the vinyl heads for their spacey, funky, jazzy 1970’s sound. After a 30 year gap they reformed, and a few years later we have We All Be Africans...view item »

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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...view item »

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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 »

Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Henrik Schwarz
Ene Nyame ’A’ Mensuro (Henrik Schwarz Mixes)

Straight out of 1978 this hidden cut of club-leaning Ghanaian afrobeat from Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas is sure to plaster grins all over a lot of faces. Ene Nyame A Mensuro gets the remix treatment by Henrik Schwarz, providing a sumptuous additional groove to the piece. Out on 12” ...view item »
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Trevor Jackson Presents - Metal Dance 2: Industrial New Wave EBM Classics & Rarities 79-88

Strut Records bring you the second instalment in the 'Metal Dance' series, a great compilation of classic and rare industrial dance and new wave EBM. Compiled by Trevor Jackson (Playgroup, Underdog, Output Recordings) this 2 CD/LP set features a heady mix of...view item »

Kanaku Y El Tigre
Quema Quema Quema

Premium Peruvian sound here, from Kanaku Y El Tigre, a collective working towards the creation of music that simultaneously showcases their origins and the influence of Western musics. Quema Quema Quema is their second album, and includes vocal guests such as Leonor Watling and Pamela Rodriguez...view item »
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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 o...view item »

Sun Ra
Planets of Life or Death : Amiens '72

Planets of Life or Death: Amiens ‘72 gives us an up-till-now totally unreleased and unheard live recording of Sun Ra and his glorious Arkestra. Two lengthy jammed-out pieces on each side, presenting the kind of space-fire and space-joy that only Sun Ra and associates can conjure. ...view item »
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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 b...view item »

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Next Stop Soweto Presents Spirit of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984

Rather than cast the net wide for this latest compilation, Strut focus on the work of South African drummer and singer Julian Bahula between the years of 1966 to '84, with the bulk of the material here coming from his Malombo Jazz Makers, who dominate the first CD, and Jabula, filling most of disc 2. The former band was formed in '60s So...view item »
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Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics
Jaiyede Afro

One of the legendary pioneers of Afrobeat, Orlando Julius was among the first Nigerian musicians to mix-up highlife with American R&B in the mid '60s. Here he teams up with encyclopaedic experimental funk adventurers, The Heliocentrics. Going straight to the roots of Julius' earlist experiences and drawing from the rawness of some of his ear...view item »
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Dance Mania 'Revival Traxx' EP

Here at Norman Records, Record Store Day lasts all year (editor's note: it doesn't). That’s why you can still order this limited edition sexy Revival Tracks EP from us! Featuring reissues of vintage house tracks as well as a previously unreleased track, this release is great for classic house fans looking to broaden their pallet....view item »
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Haiti Direct

What do you know Haiti for? The major earthquake a few years ago? For being the first independent country in the Caribbean Ocean? Voodoo? Well it’s about time you learned to know it for its catchy music. Haiti Direct is here to help you with that, with a selection of the island’s finest music produce from the 60s and...view item »
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MUTAZIONE - Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988

Walls’ Alessio Natalizia has put together this exceptional compilation of tracks from the Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988 and now I’m listening to it. The press release informs me that these tracks were recorded during the tail end of a very turbulent time in Italian politics and ba...view item »
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Music For Dancefloors – The KPM Music Library (Deluxe Version)

Another great compilation from the KPM Music Library series, here DJ Adrian Gibson and Strut’s Quinton Scott have gathered together a fantastic mix of funk, groove, and acid jazz from the archives. This is full of quirky easy listening cuts with a whole chunk of major funk, amongst the classics like Alan H...view item »
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Fac. Dance 02

A superb collection from the ever reliable Strut, digging into the Factory vaults in search of the punk funk disco grooves that were at the cutting edge of dancefloors on both sides of the Atlantic around 3 decades ago. Certified classics like ESG Moody rub along...view item »
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Sofrito -International Soundclash

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Horse Meat Disco III

Bloody love these purveyors of scandalous food product boogie. First heard them via a Fact magazine mix a few years back, they dig out obscure disco, throw in a little contemporary deep house and find a few handy re edits and throw em together to provide a proper basement disco party sound. You'll not find Chic here, b...view item »
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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

This is a bit of an odd one - friends and collaborators of the late, great Arthur Russell forming up to reinterpret his tunes, both classic and unreleased, for a world that still only just seems to be waking up to his total genius almost twenty years after his death. There can't have been many people in music down the years who could instill the...view item »
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Next Stop… Soweto Vol. 2 Soultown

Damn! These Next Stop...Soweto comps are well pleasing. Strut are on a mission with this three part series. The mission? To piece together a conclusive history of the roots of mbaqanga and jazz in Soweto aswell as the influence of western music on it's general forms. On Vol. 2 we begin to hear the influence of American soul and funk on the local...view item »
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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 »

The Souljazz Orchestra
Rising Sun

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Next Stop… Soweto: Township Sounds of The Golden Age of Mbaqanga

South African music is among the most infectious and joyous in the world, and this is strictly Mbaquangwa, a music that thrived in the early eighties and is among the most unique in the world--a steady shuffle beat with great horns, accordion and singing. Gravelly voiced males and funky soul sisters--and wonderful guitar. I strongly urge you to ...view item »
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Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen
Inspiration Information

Tony Allen is a legend, famous for pioneering the Afrobeat sound as the engine room of Fela Kuti's band for over a decade and hailed by Brian Eno as the greatest drummer who's ever lived. Jimi Tenor is a guy who released 'Total Devastation', a 12" Warp sent me for free with an order years ago which I couldn't even sell for 1p on eBay. A strang...view item »
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Various (Was Not Was, James, Chance, Suicide, Material etc.)
Ze 30: The Ze Records Story

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Grandmaster Flash
The Bridge

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