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Lungile Masitha
Vuyani

Reissue of the extremely righteous Vuyani by Lungile Masitha. Why righteous? In the 80s Sello 'Chicco' Twala's name was under license to a major label so in an effort to make the music he wanted he released these tracks under a pseudonym. Both tracks are mid-tempo and disco inflected, and sung in  Twala's own Tsongan tongue.
  • Vinyl 12" (LER1017)
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  • Left Ear Records

Space Farm
Egyptology 0.5

Here we have Space Farm circa the mid-1990’s, when they were really feeling the Egyptian vibes. The tracks on Egyptology 0.5 were actually never originally released, which is wild when you hear the quality of the material. Rad slow-speed jams with thick synths, chunky percussion, and Arabic tones. Released now by Left Ear Records.
  • Vinyl 12" (LER1018)
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Jean-Pierre Boistel / Tony Kennybrew
Percussions Pour La Danse

1980’s cross-continental team-up by a musician and a dance instructor, using the influence of a West African trip and the power of early computer technology to make this particular music. African instruments and rhythms, sampled and repeated (and also occasionally accompanied) by electronics. Percussions Pour La Danse is reissued here by Left Ear Records.

Various
Antipodean Anomalies

Antipodean Anomalies is a nine track compilation of tracks from some of the best Australian and New Zealand atmospheric sound artists from the 1970's and 1980's including Free Radicals, Toy Division and Rainbow Generator. This is available on your ever-reliable standard issue black vinyl LP and is released on Left Ear Records. 
  • Vinyl LP (LER 1015)
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  • Left Ear Records

Thesda
Spaced Out

The name Thesda will make certain record collectors’ ears prick up from a distance of over 3 miles, as their Spaced Out LP was only released in an edition of 100 copies back in 1979. It contains an unusual blend of disco, funk, soul and jazz, all with a spacey / druggy vibe. Now reissued at last by Left Ear Records.
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Omer Coleman Jr.
Lovin

'Lovin "Babe" Sure Is Fun (Instrumental)' is an amazing 'Acid Boogie' cut from Omer Coleman Jr. (aka Starship Commander Woooo Woooo) with crisp Roland 808 drums and infectious TB303 bassline, and could be considered proto-acid house. Originally issued as a now ultra-rare 7" on his own Remo label way back in 1985. The vocal edit is also included alongside the instrumental electro-funker of 'No Good'.
  • Vinyl 12" (LER1014)
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Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo
Mastership

Inexplicably, back in the 1980s, a steel mill worker from Missouri called Omer Coleman Junior begun driving around town in a souped-up space age car and introducing himself to people as Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo (proving, if proof was ever needed that two 'o's is never enough). In his spare time, he made electronic funk music over which he sung in an alien voice. The '80s were ace.

Kingsley Bucknor
Just U and Me

Kingsley Bucknor started out playing with Fela Kuti in his native Nigeria, before recording this self-released electrofunk album in London in 1985. It’s quite a bit different from African Woman, his recently reissued, Lagos-recorded 1979 LP, but there’s still a discernible Afrobeat flavour atop the Zapp-influenced, vocoder-drenched grooves. A particular highlight is Don't Give Up Ya Luv, which highlights his sloppy DIY eccentricities while being funky and smooth where it counts.
  • Vinyl LP (LER 1011)
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Shahara-Ja
I'm An Arabian Knight (Egyptian Lover Remixes)

Left Ear Records were responsible for one of 2017’s better reissues in the form of Shahara Ja’s 1989 jam ‘I’m An Arabian Knight’. A sleek, sultry electro-funk number that nodded to Sade and Prince, the track was chock-full of remix potential. Step forward Egyptian Lover - an artist whose sound seems to have had a heavy influence on SJ. He contributes two dancefloor flips here. Things come full circle sometimes.

Respuesta Alternativa
Grata Compania

Jesus Ma Catalana (what a name) cut these five tracks as Respuesta Alternativa back in the early 80s. Loading up his synths and drum machines, he got other musicians to solo over the top of them and create this odd record. Weirdo-lounge jazz meets synth-pop, that sort of thing. Weather Report if they were a one-man bedroom project. Reissued by Left Ear Records.
  • Vinyl 12" (LER 1012)
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Peter Westheimer
Cool Change

Australian native Peter Westheimer is a qualified doctor, an actor and a musician. We’re here to talk about his involvement in the latter. Cool Change compiles his experimental electronica made over a twelve year period in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Westheimer’s sound sees him striding between ambient and dance oriented tracks that take in both pop and classical influences..
  • Vinyl LP (LER1008)
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Workdub
Subterranean (1989-1995)

Workdub were a group from St. Louis who mostly kept to themselves, crafting slightly unusual electronics in their basement. Subterranean (1989 - 1995) collects highlight tracks from the specified period, with cuts taken from from the group’s various albums. Dubbed-out spaced electronics that share the best characteristics of their era while not succumbing to cliche. On Left Ear Records.
  • Vinyl LP (LER 1010)
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Minoru 'Hoodoo' Fushimi
In Praise Of Mitochondria

Japan electro original, Minoru ‘Hoodoo’ Fushimi self-released just 4 albums, 80s/90s. In Praise Of Mitochondria collects 10 tracks from these classics and 2 unreleased archive tracks. Minoru mixed his loves of funk, traditional instrumentation and folk song -- poppin’ and lockin’ George Clinton beats, Jimmy Castor riffs and the koto of his homeland. Prepare for idiosyncratic sounds and amazing grooves. Double-LP retrospective on Melbourne’s Left Ear Records.

Yoruba Singers
Black Pepper

A very fine tune from 1975, in a fresh version put together in 1984, now reissued for the first time in 2016. Yoruba Singers hail from Guyana, and they pulled out gold on this one: Black Pepper has an irresistibly infectious groovy heft to it, derived from both authentic percussion and electro drum machines. A lick of funky bass too! 12” reissue with a Mori Ra edit on the flip, from Left Ear Records.

Shahara-Ja
I'm An Arabian Knight

Shahara-Ja, about whom little is known, put I’m An Arabian Knight out in 1989, in Sydney. This smoothly soulful and rigorously funky tune is the only thing he ever recorded, and original copies are plenty rare. This new pressing features an instrumental version as well as not only an ‘Extended Funk Mix’, but also an ‘Extended Funky Arabian Mix’. 12” on Left Ear Records.
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  • Left Ear Records

Leong Lau
That Rongeng Sound

Leong Lau's records from the 1970s have been long lost in the vaults of collectors and head-nodders. This limited reissue relents from all the exclusivity and gives listeners a chance to hear his smooth as silk jazz funk chops. This cat can sure play. That Rongeng Sound Features original artwork and a biography on the funkateer himself.