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Oluko Imo
Praise Jah

Despite Manu Dibango’s ‘Soul Makossa’ being a crucial record in the early days of disco and Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ bringing the track's refrain to wider attention, not many of the Makossa genre’s wealth of gems have crossed the gap from Cameroon to the West. Oluko Imo’s 1979 Makossa cut here joins the slipstream of excellent contemporaneous sub-Saharan club cuts that have been reissued by Soundway, Soul Jazz Recs et al. Backed with a dub.
  • Vinyl 12" (ICE 012)
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Witch
Movin' On

The great Zamrock band, WITCH stands for We Intend To Cause Havoc and in ‘70s and ‘80s Zambia they certainly did. Since being brought back to public attention by the likes of label owner Egon, the havoc has been continuing across dancefloors the world over. Movin’ On is a fantastic example of the electric rock and heavy percussion of WITCH.  
  • Vinyl LP (ICE 005R)
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Jeff Majors
For Us All (Yoka Boka)

Original copies of Jeff Majors’ 1986 LP For Us All (Yoka Boka) go for mad money these days. If your coin is of the saner variety, then maybe try this Invisible City Editions re-press out for size. Majors was a student of Alice Coltrane, and there’s a shared strain of devotionalism with Coltrane’s spiritual output that runs through these nine tracks. However, Majors’ use of harp, synths and drum machines gives the thing a bit of a Vangelis feel. Features covers of the so-famous-we-don't-need-to-tell-you-who-they're-by ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Summertime’.
  • Vinyl LP (ICE 015)
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These Eyes
Soca Hustle / Let Me Love

The press release ain’t giving much away about this one. It’s These Eyes with Soca Hustles/Let Me Love on Invisible City Editions. There’s a very fun groove with these. There’s naive and playful instrumentation and its West African influences remind me of Onyeabor and Bebey but with more of a Juju tint. Very fun and this repress comes with new album artwork.   
  • Vinyl 7" (ICE 008)
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Witch
Kuomboka

Zamrock's most supreme band, Witch (which means We Intend To Cause Havoc) continue to get the reissue treatment from Now-Again with the more overtly experimental 'Kuomboka'. And by experimental, we mean, you know the opposite: slow jams, modest rock, and all the American pop influence in the world. As always, though, there's still a good amount of Zambian tradition and propulsive rhythms. 
  • Vinyl LP (ICE 006R)
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Tommy Mandel
Mello Magic

Best known as some 80s fingers for hire - he played keys for Bryan Adams, The Clash and plenty of others - Tommy Mandel has also self-released plenty of his own work down the years. Invisible City hoover up some of the stuff he put to tape in the 80s for a compilation of ‘corporate ambient’ (Mandel’s own term). The wry hypnagogic bent of Mello Magic makes it the perfect album for you if you’re one of those people who’s really got into Yellow Magic Orchestra and Haruomi Hosono over the past couple of years.
  • Vinyl LP (ICE 014)
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Stephen Encinas
Disco Illusion

The reason that Stephen Encinas’ Disco Illusion sounds like such a perfect example of vintage 80’s New York disco is that it is precisely that. But sadly it was never properly distributed back in the day, depriving decades-worth of dancefloors of this groovy wild music, complete with steel pans and cool tape delays. Out on Invisible City Editions.
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Sandy B
Amajovi Jovi

Kwaito is a South African style of bassy dance music that fits somewhere between house, garage and hip-hop, slowed house beats with a groove and unique vocal style. Sandy B’s Amajovi Jovi was widely regarded as a masterpiece, utilising hip-hop breaks and 90s dance music hooks. Remastered from the self released cassette (1995).

Michael Boothman
Touch

You may have heard Touch at some point in the past, but its rarity means you’ve probably been deprived of the opportunity. And anyway, you haven’t heard either of these tracks quite like this, as these are exclusive extended mixes of Michael Boothman’s exotic tropical good-time disco productions. So much fun! Repress on Invisible City Editions.,
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V.O
Mashisa

An original piece of South African kwaito groove by V.O, broadcasting from the early 90’s. Mashisa has never previously been reissued since its 1990 South African release (not officially anyway), making this a very welcome piece of vinyl for those not willing to stump up collector prices. 12” on Invisible City Editions.

Lata Ramasar
The Greatest Name That Lives

Lata Ramasar’s The Greatest Name That Lives is one of those vanishingly rare records that entrances most of those who hear it, a remarkable slice of home-recorded early electronic pop from Trinidad & Tobago. Now you can avoid paying £500 for an original copy (seriously), and pick up the reissue from Invisible City Editions, with the bonus of an Alessandro Adriani remix.