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Lord Echo
Curiosities

Lord Echo is the alter ego of brilliantly named New Zealand producer Mike Fabs, a multi-instrumentalist known for blending 60's inspired songwriting with modern day dancefloor production. Curiosities was his second album from 2013 and combines myriad influences such as dub, funk and afro beat in a soulful, eclectic collection that aimed Fabs music purely towards the clubs in contrast to his earlier more laid back work. First time on 2LP vinyl for all you audiophiles out there. 
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Body Beat: Soca-Dub And Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

Expertly curated by Soundway Records founder Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat is a 17-track, triple-vinyl whistle-stop story of the evolution of soca, from its emergence at the end of the Seventies to its wider recognition as a genre unto itself in the early Nineties. Features Peter Britto’s 1998 banger ‘I Want Your Love’ as its trailing single. 
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Esa Presents Amandla: Music To The People

Producer and DJ Esa turns curator for this new Soundway Records compilation. On Amandla: Music For The People the artist selects music from around the world that builds up a composite picture of his wide-ranging influences. This policy makes for a varied LP - Kwaito house tracks from Esa’s native South Africa sit side-by-side with French Antillean zouk tunes. Esa gets his hands in the mix too, coming through with an extended edit of the Ze Spirits Band’s ‘Tucheza’.
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Chico Mann
Magical Thinking


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Panama! 3 (Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Tipica On the Isthmus 1960-75)

Panama! 3 (Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia tipica On The Isthmus 1960-75) carries on with the super work done by earlier compilations in the series, circulating some of this beautifully rich music beyond its region. The heady blend of cultures on the isthmus is borne out in the variety of sounds and styles mingling in the music. On Soundway.
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The Mauskovic Dance Band
The Mauskovic Dance Band

The Mauskovic Dance Band hail from Amsterdam, and have a rich sound that has grown organically out of the international whirl-pot that is that city. Lots of vibes from Colombian and Peruvian music, as well as disco from space, a bit of psych, some afrobeat, and much more, all filtered down through a vivid no wave approach. Lots to enjoy here, but most crucially, you can really get down to it. Eponymous debut album, on Soundway.

Dexter Story
Bahir

Dexter Story has been a busy music business man for some time now. Now he takes a personal turn with Bahir, an album that draws on experiences in Africa by bringing together LA and African musicians. There are so many different kinds of grooves here, gorgeously mixed-up with jazz aspects and psychedelia. A great step forward for Dexter Story.

Felbm
Tape 1 / Tape 2

It’s two EPs for the price of one LP from The Netherlands’ Felbm (one Eelco Topper), who recorded this pair of sessions of multi-instrumental warmth straight to Tascam tape. Drum machines, actual drums, piano, guitar and bass are the main ingredients in these smooth, jazzy instrumentals. Things get a bit less jazzy and a bit more cinematic on the second EP

Grupo Controle Digital
A Festa E Nossa

Remaster of the only album from sleek Brazilian electronic funk duo Grupo Controle Digital. Sadly, one of the members Gel Valiery, died young, leading to the end of the band. His bandmate, Billy Jaguar, became a priest, but was tracked down by DJ Millos Kaiser in order to secure permission to use their tracks. 

Julien Dyne
Teal

After a brief flirtation with Soundway a in 2017 when he remixed The Sweetest Meditation by Lord Echo, Julien Dyne is back on the label  to conduct some of his own bizness. Teal mixes Future soul and afro-house and is dripping in synths. His work with Theo Parrish, Steve Spacek and Andreya Triana has had Moodyman and Giles Peterson saying nice things about Dyne. If you’re a fan of Lord Echo, Electric Wire Hustle, Fat Freddie’s Drop and Eric Lau among others, then this is for you. Double LP cut at 45rpm on Soundway.

Meridian Brothers
Dónde Estás María

Colombia's Meridian Brothers are back again with yet another strikingly original album. Blending Tropicalia from Brazil, Latin rock from Colombia and Argentina and dreamy Mexican psych-folk, there are plenty of rich strings and choral arrangements promised on this experimental new record. Bowed and plucked cello is introduced for some extra timbre and flavour. ¿Dónde Estás María? is a proclamation of love and a singular journey. 

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Onda de Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)

Good old Soundway Records. They never fail. It’s another crate-digging extravaganza from the global pop imprint, and this time they turn their attention to the music of the Brazilian 80s and 90s. Roping in vinyl junkie Millos Kaiser - 50% of the duo Selvagem - Kaiser has put together a compilation of sixteen would-be hits from long-gone artists that combine samba, funk, disco and more to ebullient effect. Might relaunch a career or two.

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Panama! 2 (Latin Sounds, Cumbia, Tropical & Calypso Funk On the Isthmus 1967-77)

This 2009 compilation does one thing, and it does it very well. It introduces listeners to some of Panama’s fantastic music, much of it virtually unknown elsewhere. With much of the material sourced from 45’s in radio station basements, Panama! 2 is the best way to hear these rich groovy blends of calypso, cumbia and Latin musics. Reissued by Soundway.
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Heads Records - South African Disco-Dub Edits

Ever travelling into the musical terrain of the Southern Hemisphere, Soundway have this time raided the vaults of South African label Heads. The label's star shone briefly but brightly between 1982 and 1984 and released some 20 or so 12" singles and LPs before closing its doors. The label mixed disco with bubblegum pop, aimed at the nation's black population. This 4-track 12" EP of disco dub is the smaller sibling to the recent Gumba Fire compilation. Includes songs from William & The Young Five, Manyane, Adaye and Starlight.

Fantasma
Free Love

Available as double 12” LP from Soundway. South Africa seems to be full of forward thinking music producers at the moment and Fantasma is the latest from Spoek Mathambo. Working with DJ Spoko Free Love is a melding of hip hop, shangaan electro, and Zulu Maskandi music. Definitely check out for a hip hop paced version of Tshetsha Boys or M.I.A.  
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The Mauskovic Dance Band
Down In The Basement

Nicola Mauskovic takes time out from his gigs drumming for W.I.T.C.H., Altin Gun and Jacco Gardner for a project of his own. Enlisting a band and the services of Cumbia producer Juan Hundred, Down In The Basement throws together thick bass grooves, Hi-Life guitar and gang vocals to ebullient effect. The title could be derived from Talking Heads’s ‘Girlfriend is Better’, which would be an apt comparison, while fellow Soundway acts Meridian Brothers and Ondatropica also come to mind.

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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 and DJ Okapi, and between them they’ve picked out some real dancefloor stormers. CD and triple LP editions available, from Soundway.

Lord Echo
The Sweetest Meditation Remixes

Lord Echo, AKA Mike Fabulous/Mike August of The Black Seeds and Shogun Orchestra, presents these mixes of a track taken from his latest album Harmonies. Featuring vocals from Mara TK of Electric Wire Hustle and a remix by Julien Dyne it’s four tracks of the smoothest disco/funk/soul meets dub Echo is synonymous with.

Vanishing Twin
Choose Your Own Adventure

Vanishing Twin is a project led by Cathy Lucas (of The Oscillation), named for the phantom twin sister she absorbed in the womb(!). That should tip you off to the odd edge that Choose Your Own Adventure has: appealing pop music, but made strange and obscure. Also features personnel from Tomaga, Broadcast and Floating Points. Debut album, out on Soundway.

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's fusion talents. 

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.

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.

The Heliocentrics
A World Of Masks

The Heliocentric, renowned for their collaborations with Mulatu Astake and Dj Shadow (among others), here add a new singer to their rich international brew, in the form of Barbora Patkova from Slovakia. A World Of Masks is another adventure in sound, mostly improvised, from a group who contain multitudes. Out on Soundway.

The Heliocentrics
The Sunshine Makers (Original Soundtrack)

Soundtrack to The Sunshine Makers, a documentary from the makers of Searching For Sugarman about two notorious LSD producers in the 60s and the beginnings of the war on drugs. The Heliocentrics are regular releasers through the once sub-label of Stones Throw, Now-Again. Their mix of psychedelic rock, jazz, funk and hip-hop is perfectly placed for a soundtrack such as this.

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.

Ennanga Vision
Ennanga Vision

Ennanga Vision's self-titled offering is a cultured release, with a broad glut of influences. As the touring keyboard player for world-beaters Gorillaz, Jesse Hackett is no stranger to the big stage, and this is an album that's fit for one; it melds an array of electronic sounds with organic African instrumentation.
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Lord Echo
Harmonies

Harmonies is the ten-track release from Lord Echo. What has long been waited for is finally here. Described as ‘distinctive mutations of reggae and rock steady with disco, African soul, techno and spiritual jazz’ this record is a great addition to any rock/reggae collection and will appeal to many different audiences. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Ondatropica
Baile Bucanero

Ondatrópica’s second record features more than thirty musicians playing in a style that mixes the multiple influences of Bogota and Old Providence, the two locations in which it was recorded. Baile Bucanero shows off a funky Calypso / Gaita big-band in full-flow, and melodic joy-grooves dominate in every track. Released by Soundway.

Odion Iruoje
Down To Earth

Odion Iruoje mostly stayed behind the desk, producing stacks of amazing music by Fela Kuti, Mono-Mono, Geraldo Pino and many more. But he couldn’t resist showing off his own mighty musical prowess at least once: Down To Earth is his only solo album, and it's a colourful mix of disco and  Nigerian funk. This Soundway reissue is the first time that Down To Earth has been in print for decades: what a treat.

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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 culture, with New York influenced boogie tunes infused with a distinct Nigerian feel. 2CD or 3LP with a bonus 7”
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iZem
Hafa

iZem is the work of a travelling French producer who dropped into Morocco to absorb some of the local sounds and work them into his own thing. Hafa is his debut LP, and it applies a firmly digital dancefloor structure to the “soulful exoticism” and “organic grooves” of North Africa and Latin America alike. Released by Soundway.

Me and My Friends
Hide Your Way

This is Me and My Friends second album and it seems they aim to marry English folk songwriting with afrobeat/world music rhythms. They use an unusually array of instruments including cello and clarinet to flesh out a delightfully intricate style. By gum these people can play their instruments but it's not about showing off. This is about fusing disparate genres to make feel good, sophisticated music.  

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Kenya Special: Volume Two - Selected East African recordings from the 1970s & '80s

Soundway continue to journey where others rarely will, to bring us the second in their acclaimed East African compilations. 20 rare recordings from: Bahari Boys, Rift Valley Brothers, Lulus Band, Afro 70, Sammy Katana, Orchestre Mangelepa, Awengele and more, with Hafusa Abasi on the vinyl version only. With detailed liner notes, original artwork and photography. On 3x 180g gatefold LP or CD.
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P.R.O.
Blacky Joe

People Rock Outfit were a Nigerian garage-rock band, and Blacky Joe was their only album. Sparse and funky afro-rock, with enough groove that they were able to act as Jimmy Cliff during a Nigerian tour. Apparently, original pressings of this 1976 album are so rare as to virtually not exist, so this Soundways reissue is really doing the world a service. 1000 vinyl copies.

Family Atlantica
Cosmic Unity

Family Atlantica return with a properly funky afro-jazz record, fittingly titled Cosmic Unity. Guests to the ensemble for this record include Orlando Julius and space overlord Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) himself! Strings and horns and rhythms and love, helmed by Jack Yglesias of The Heliocentrics. On Soundway.

Fumaca Preta
Fumaca Preta

This is an experiment started by Figueira, a Portuguese-Venezuelan producer and percussionist who invited some mates to the studio he shoehorned on the back of his house. They had a right old laugh making some digi-dub jams, pulsing acidy electronics and psych guitar workouts.   

Flamingods
Majesty

Third full-length album from Flamingods, the international psychedelic explorers. Their sound here is as thrillingly varied as it has ever been, but without losing focus. Majesty is conceptually split, with the first half consciously light and positive and the second half much darker. Which side will you prefer…? Out on Soundway.

Fumaca Preta
Impuros Fanaticos

Second full-length album from Fumaça Preta, the experimentally-inclined Spanish-language group. Recorded in locations as diverse as a Spanish desert and the border of Venezuela and Brazil, Impuros Fanaticos is as heavy as it is groovy as it is frenzied: a busy blur of sound that recalls Zun Zun Egui to these ears. Released by the Soundway label.

Meridian Brothers
Los Suicadas

The Meridian Brothers is a project helmed by Eblis Javier Alvarez Vargas, who is well into unusual organ music. Following this interest, he has initiated a trilogy of albums (Los Suicidas is the first) which use a strange synthesiser ensemble to approximate an organ reaching beyond its means. An odd and remarkable LP on Soundway.

Dexter Story
Wondem

Dexter Story deploys influences from all across a range of East African nations, to enormously good-time effect. Wondem features guests like Nia Andrews, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Yared Tashele, but it is Dexter’s broad vision and detailed arrangements that bring this record home. On Soundway.

Fantasma
Eye Of The Sun

New 12" out from Fantasma on Soundway. Eye Of The Sun is a journey through Sound African roots music, mixed with modern cross-continental sounds. Reggaeton beats, soaring vocals and hip hop production give this vinyl a very unique sound. Driving, soulful and melodic, Eye Of The Sun is a real eclectic treat.

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Soundway Records Present - Ten Cities

Soundway brought together as many electronic artists as they could count on about ten hands and asked them to collaborate in a variety of different recording studios. A noble and intensive undertaking, no doubt, but the result is a rainbow of sounds, from dubstep in one city to jazz in another and techno in the one over from that -- I mean, I don't need to tell you where the techno comes from, right? 'Soundway Records Present - Ten Cities' celebrates the vibrant specialism of the world's greatest sonic cities.

Batida
Dois

Pedro Coquenao, aka Batida, returns with a follow-up to his acclaimed self-titled Soundway debut. The Lisbon-based producer is inspired by his own multicultural environs as well as trips to Nairobi and Luanda, mixing a deep understanding of African rhythms with slick western house and electronica. The lyrics are in four different languages and there's an international supporting cast of guests including Spoek Mathambo and Maximo Park guitarist Duncan Lloyd.

Muyei Power
Sierra Leone In 1970s USA

Unavailable for 35 years and released only as singles at the time, Soundway has gathered together some belters from Muyei Power who were one of the in demand bands of the 1970s in Sierra Leone. Muyei Power never released an album and disbanded in 1979 leaving only these few tracks of highly percussive, afro-beat and funk tunes. CD and vinyl both come with liner notes on the band. Vinyl is 180g and comes with a download code.