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International Recommendations Best Of 2015

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International Recommendations Best Of 2015
7 Dec 2015
  1. Abel Lima E Les Sofas - "Corre Riba Corre Baxo"
  2. Abel Lima Des Iles Du Cap Vert - "Nos Maos"
Review: Supreme Cape-Verdean funk from the 70s, two of Abel Lima's most distinctive cuts are re-energised by Sofrito. "Corre Riba Corre Baxo" translates to what comes up must come down... But there's no come down here; pure positivity oozes from every highlife guitar strum and the overwhelming presence of the walking bassline. "Nos Maos" is a tad more subdued as the French and Portuguese lyrics pin down a tight, horn-led Caribbean groove. Act fast: as with all Super Singles, this one is super-limited!
out of stock $7.35
Cat: ATFA 014LP. Rel: 02 Mar 15
  1. Obaa Sima
  2. Moma Yendodo
  3. Adagya
  4. Medofo
  5. Daa Nyinaa
  6. Yemmpa Aba
  7. Bome Nnwom
Review: This latest reissue from Awesome Tapes From Africa is the whole reason for founder Brian Shimkovitz starting the blog and the label that grew out of it. Some 13 years ago, Shimkovitz stumbled across a cassette copy of Obaa Sima whilst travelling Ghana and his love for Ata Kak's music lead to the foundation of the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog and the commencement of a long running effort to track down the Ghanaian musician. Some four years after ATFA became a label, Shimkovitz finally tracked down the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, and was granted permission to reissue Obaa Sima, using the second hand tape purchased in Ghana as the source. The seven tracks on this LP are a winning tinny combination of highlife, rap, pop, and more with "Daa Nyinaa" sounding like a cover version of William De Vaughn's "Be Thankful For What You've Got".
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out of stock $19.03
Cat: SSS 010. Rel: 07 Sep 15
  1. Michel Bagoe - "Oule Colle" (3:31)
  2. Les Hamsters - "Hamsters Frappe" (4:30)
Review: Destination Martinique: Sofrito's Island Series gets lively to the sound of Michel Bagoe and the brilliantly named Les Hamsters. The former lays down a sublime carnival soundtrack with relentless drums and a highlife feel to the guitars while the latter develop the street party feel with rippling drums and tightly plucked guitars. Guaranteed to whisk your dance to another world, just like the rest of the Sofrito discography!
out of stock $7.35
Cat: HC 35DELUXE. Rel: 16 Feb 15
  1. Ravissante Baby (Negro Phasing)
  2. Look Up In The Sky (Negro Nature)
 in stock $22.04
Cat: ASVN 010. Rel: 26 Oct 15
  1. Pasteur Lappe - "Na Real Sekele Fo Ya" (6:20)
  2. M'Bamina - "Kilowi-Kilowi" (5:45)
  3. Ekambi Brilliant - "Aboki (Mon Copain)" (4:37)
  4. Bongi Makeba - "Don't Do It" (3:38)
  5. Jo Tongo - "Piani" (4:36)
  6. Oscar Harris & The Twinkle Stars - "Relax (Before Doin' Sex)" (3:49)
  7. Bozambo - "Get It On The Music" (3:49)
  8. Misse Ngoh - "Tata Ngoh" (3:33)
  9. Myriam Makeba - "Toyota Fantasy" (John Bryan edit) (3:52)
Review: Released at the start of 2015, the inaugural Africa Airways collection was so successful it was repressed twice. Naturally this sophomore compendium of long-lost pan-African deep funk gems is equally as satisfying and enlightening. Ranging from the illustrious strings and tight disco groove of Ivory Coast's M'Bamina to the swooning vocals and arresting charge of Bongi Makeba by way of her mother mama Africa Myriam Makeba who closes the show with the tight pounding groove and commercial command "Toyota Fantasy", it's yet another triumphant collection for Africa Seven. Watch out for the Dutch anomaly mid-way; Oscar Harris's awesomely titled (and James Brown referencing) "Relax... Before Doing Sex" is guaranteed to light some fires whenever and wherever it's aired.
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out of stock $24.20
Cat: UC 004. Rel: 23 Feb 15
  1. Tudo Bem
  2. Luanda
Review: Sao Paulo's SELVAGEM drop a masterful double sider for Universal Cave 004. "Tudo Bem" is sunny, soulful AOR bliss. A tribute to a favorite Brazilian musician and an update for contemporary rotation. "Luanda" is hypnotic, psychedelic tropicalia. Truly digging deep, SELVAGEM give Universal Cave a taste of the Forward Deep & Free sounds of Balnearico from Brazil. Balnearico is the fusion of balearic and "balneario," the Portuguese word that is synonymous with beach.
out of stock $7.61
Cat: SSS 012. Rel: 03 Aug 15
  1. Bazare D Pablo - "Nassima" (12" edit) (8:11)
  2. Atalaku 8 - "Africa" (5:46)
  3. Atalaku 8 - "Africa" (Siwo dub) (5:34)
Review: No 12 in the Sofrito Super Singles 12" series offers up a double shot of vital Soukous / Coupe Decale hybrids out of Abidjan & Paris that will light up any self-respecting dancefloor like a stack of dynamite. First up is the mysterious Bazare D. Pablo, whose 1975 production "Nassima" dices together elements of Soukous and Highlife with brisk percussion and a solid bassline underpinning some delightful vocals. Complementing this, Sofrito throw in "Africa" from Atalaku 8, a Paris-based Ivoirian/Congolese group operating out of the legendary Kos studio whose Coupe Decale sounds would fit right into a House set for the more adventurous DJs out there. The Siwo Dub is superb too!
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out of stock $8.69
Cat: LBOP 5030. Rel: 16 Dec 13
  1. Let's Fall In Love (9:56)
  2. Good Name (7:13)
Review: Now a high chief and Kenyan diplomat, Onyeabor was once one of Africa's most forward-thinking popular music contributors. Released in 1983, toward the end of his eight album discography, the two extended cuts on Good Name reflect the emergence of electronic music and how it influenced African pop culture. With conscious lyrics about value and soul, both tracks capture one of the most exciting times in recent musical history. Truly unique.
 in stock $20.94
Cat: FSR 7084. Rel: 13 Apr 15
  1. I Jool Omo (4:08)
  2. Talking Drum (4:06)
Review: Freestyle lay down a marker for African Party, their upcoming Ginger Johnson retrospective with this crucial 7" sampler. If you are not familiar with Ginger that's probably because he's an unsung hero of promoting African music in Europe; arriving in London from Nigeria in the late 40s, Johnson established himself as the pre-eminent Afro-Latin percussionist in Europe by the '60s. Dip into his discography and you'll uncover credits on tracks for Rolling Stones and Quincy Jones, whilst Ginger also acted as mentor to a young Fela Kuti. Freestyle seem to have timed this Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers 7" perfectly to arrive just as the sun hits London and listening to the vibrant percussive bump of "I Jool Omo" has us craving the forthcoming album.
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out of stock $5.72
Cat: WCDRSD 0002. Rel: 04 May 15
  1. Chan Chan (4:17)
  2. Macusa (4:04)
out of stock $5.17
Cat: AFRO 45003. Rel: 13 Aug 18
  1. Yegelle Tezeta (3:17)
  2. Yekatit (3:56)
out of stock $9.52
Cat: BRZ45 022. Rel: 27 Apr 15
  1. Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti - "Agora E Moda" (4:17)
  2. Pete Dunaway - "Supermarket" (4:52)
Review: Time for some Brazilian psychedelic boogie straight from 78. Erstwhile lead singer in Os Mutantes, with a personality thrice as big as the soaking wet bassline on "Agora E Moda", Rita Lee is no stranger to her motherland - even now. Flip for a huge soul injection courtesy of Pete Dunaway. Sounding English in every direction (from his name to his lyrics to the stunning, string-coated arrangement) he's actually Sao Paulo born and is a renowned multi-instrumentalist. Check this and you can tell in an instant. Stunning.
out of stock $9.78
  1. Samba Carnival (2:31)
  2. Rocking Special (1:29)
  3. Afro-Cubano (2:41)
  4. Medium Rock (3:16)
  5. Moderato Swing (2:30)
  6. Krupa Swing (3:01)
  7. Cinquequarti 2/3 (2:48)
  8. Onda Nueva 3/4 (6/8 (2:21)
  9. Drum Fantasy (3:26)
  10. Dodiciottavi (3:05)
  11. Samba Lento (2:54)
  12. Afro-Jazz (2:54)
  13. Fast Afro Samba (2:17)
  14. 7/4 Rock (2:31)
Review: Archeo Recordings is a reissue record label that regenerates old, lost, obscure (and forgotten) rare gems of Italian music of the 70s and 80s, and not only.
All outputs are licensed by the artists and the vintage labels; audio tracks are remastered in their original form; the sleeves and center labels are graphically recreated for today but all based on the original images.
Archeo would like to make the music available to a wider audience of collectors, DJs, music lovers of a forgotten time.
All releases are hand-numbered limited edition vinyl. The first copies of each release are pressed in coloured vinyls.
This release is individually 1000 hand-numbered limited edition. The first 300 copies are pressed on RED vinyls (AR004). The heaviest and most sought-after DRUMS BREAKS LIBRARY LP, a true "cult" among DJ and producers.

Get ready for more upcoming releases!

Release your creative spirit and originality!
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out of stock $32.62
Cat: BRZ 45017. Rel: 13 Aug 18
  1. Marcos Valle - "Mentira" (3:43)
  2. Toni Tornado - "Me Libertei" (3:39)
Review: Two premium Latin funk documents on one limited 45, Mr Bongo deliver once again: Marcos Valle needs no introduction to Brazilian music enthusiasts. "Mentira" is a self-cover as Valle takes his 69 classic "Mentira Carioca" and develops the dynamic with a vocal style that's highly reminiscent of Donovan. Flip for Toni Tornado's Black Rio anthem "Me Libertei". Fusing sleazy rock n roll with jazzy Latin soul, madly this is the first time it's ever graced a 45!
out of stock $8.16
Cat: BRZ 45020. Rel: 16 Mar 15
  1. Wilson Simonal - "Nem Vem Que Nao Tem" (2:33)
  2. Trio Mocoto - "Nao Adianta" (4:04)
Review: Wilson Simonal - Nem Vem Que Nao Tem
An instant and super catchy samba-MPB hit made famous by its inclusion in Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund's 'City Of God'. This is a firm Simonal favourite at Mr Bongo HQ.

Simonal was a hugely successful singer in the 1960's and early 70's; one of the most popular artists in Brazil infact. 'Nem Vem Que Nao Tem' was previously released on 7" by Odeon in France and Spain, and appears on his 'Alegria, Alegria !!!' LP on Odeon Brazil, released in 1967

Trio Mocoto - Nao Adianta
Trio Mocoto were one of Jorge Ben Jr's main backing bands and highly influential to his sound. They recorded with him on the seminal 'Forca Bruta', 'Negro E Lindo' and 'Tabua de Esmeralda' LP's.

'Nao Adianta' first appeared on Trio Mocoto's self-titled 1977 Arlequim LP. It was subsequently released on 7" in Spain, Portugal and Italy (and we are assuming in France too).
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out of stock $9.24
Cat: LATIN45 010. Rel: 30 Mar 15
  1. The Afrosound - "Fiebre En La Jungla" (3:13)
  2. Wganda Kenya - "Tipit Heyd" (3:39)
Review: Two previously rare Julio Ernesto 'Fruko' Estrada productions on one super-juicy 45! First up are The Afrosound with a cover of The Chakachas' instantly recognisable "Fiebre En La Jungla". Throwing an array of steamy, sensuous vocal textures, it will cause some serious heat on any floor whose dancers knows the original. We remain in Columbia on the B as one of Wganda Kenya's rarest Disco Fuentes 45s gets a revisit. Heavily percussive cumbia laced with rich organ-primed funk, things get really hypnotic when the groove strips back to the insistent rhythm devices.
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out of stock $8.43
  1. Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band - "Highlife No 5" (2:38)
  2. Kwamalah Quaye Sextetto Africana - "Son Of Africa" (2:32)
  3. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - "Abeni" (2:55)
  4. Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-Lifers - "Drink A Tea" (3:17)
  5. Steve Rhodes & His London Hi-Lifers - "Oju Rere" (2:53)
  6. Bobby Benson & His Combo - "Niger Mambo" (2:38)
  7. Chris Ajilo & His Cubanos - "Afro Mood" (2:53)
  8. Soundz Africana - "Africana" (3:08)
  9. The Black Star Band - "Obaa Amponsa Panogo" (3:52)
  10. Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - "Ghana Special" (2:06)
  11. The Quavers - "Money Money" (3:03)
  12. Afro Rhythm Kings - "Donaldo's Samba" (2:38)
  13. Afro Rhythm Kings - "Marabi Dance" (2:39)
  14. The Quavers - "Kitch" (2:35)
  15. Bobby Benson & His Orchestra - "Okokoko" (2:51)
  16. John Santos Martins Accompanied By Zeal Onyia & His Band - "Fancy Baby" (2:58)
  17. EC Arinze & The Empire Rhythm Orchestra - "Biko Rapum Paulina" (3:17)
  18. John Santos Martins Accompanied By Zeal Onyia & His Band - "Maggie" (2:57)
  19. Lord Ganda & Rupert Nurse's Calypso Band - "Ghana, Forward Forever" (3:00)
  20. Adams' African Sky Rockets - "A Night In Port Harcourt" (2:38)
  21. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - "Tortoise Mambo" (2:27)
  22. Rans Boi's African Highlife Band - "Highlife Comes To Europe" (3:02)
  23. Eddie Lamptey & The Peoples Highlife Band - "Maria" (feat Eddie Red Tettey) (2:58)
  24. West African Rhythm Brothers - "Egbe Mi" (2:59)
  25. West African Rhythm Brothers - "Iwa D'Arekere" (3:02)
  26. West African Swing Stars - "Omo Africa" (3:18)
  27. Ginger Folorunso Johnson & His Afro-Cuban Band - "Brown Skin Gal" (2:56)
  28. Awotwi Paynin & His Ghana Rockers - "Brown Skin Gal" (2:42)
  29. Buddy Pipp's Highlifers - "Georgina" (2:03)
  30. T Odueso's Akesan Highlifers - "Eyo Mano Mi" (3:17)
  31. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - "Ojikolobo" (2:38)
  32. Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos - "Wa Sise" (2:36)
  33. Fela Ransome-Kuti & His Koola Lobitos - "Nigerian Independence" (3:39)
  34. The Black Star Band - "Abrokyiri Awo Yi" (2:05)
  35. The Black Star Band - "Ekuona Rhythm" (3:00)
  36. Victor Ola-Iya & His 'Cool Cats' - "Anyin Ga Na" (3:04)
  37. Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers - "Fela's Special" (3:44)
  38. Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Highlife Rakers - "Aigana" (3:28)
Review: Here lie the deepest foundations of highlife ever curated. Researched with passion and attention to detail by Dr Markus Coester, this not only traces the popular Nigerian and Ghanaian genre to its earliest roots (Fela Kuti's earliest recordings are on here - never released in over 50 years!) but also its global footprint as the sound and its creators floated between London and Lagos for recording sessions and creative free-for-alls. Complete with detailed notes, photos and classic adverts of the era, this is the ultimate highlife time capsule that keeps on giving. Superb as always from Soundway.
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out of stock $24.14
  1. As Meninas - "Rondo Sambao" (2:21)
  2. Tema Tres - "Tema Tres" (2:26)
  3. Flora - "Maria Fulo" (2:28)
  4. Cesar Roldao Vieira - "Sem Deus Come A Familia" (1:59)
  5. Maria Lucia - "Maria Moita" (1:34)
  6. Jose Robert Bertrami - "Kebar" (3:18)
  7. Claudia - "Deixa O Morro Cantar" (2:27)
  8. Bobby McKay - "Bossa Nova" (1:48)
  9. Anamaria Bom - "Queimada" (2:43)
  10. Zil Rozendo - "Balanco Do Mar" (2:16)
Review: All aboard the reissue train: originally released in 2009, the second volume of Nicola Conte's consummately curated collection of super-rare and sought after Brazilian samba, bossa and jazz is now available on limited 10". From the breath-taking salvo of As Meninas' fast-paced Tropicana samba "Rondo Sambao" to the big brassy suckerpunch of Claudia's "Deixa O Morro Cantar", these cuts (all from around 63-70) saw criminally limited runs when originally released and have been delivered, arranged and celebrated by one of Blue Note's most respected players.
out of stock $19.31
Cat: BRZ 45 026. Rel: 08 Jun 15
  1. Georgette - "Kyrie" (3:25)
  2. Claudia - "Com Mais De 30" (2:45)
Review: Picking up where release 25 left us, Mr Bongo's Brazil 45s series continues to focus on the females for this beautiful double-up. Georgette's "Kirie" is an overwhelming ballad that grows so naturally and subtly from her naked tones and guitar to a much broader picture with rich, warm backing harmonies and soft strings in the background. Claudia's "Com Mais De 30", meanwhile, was way ahead of its time (1971). With its fuzzy guitars, walloping groove and bold dynamic switches, it's no surprise that Fourtet and Floating Points have championed this pretty hard over the years.
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out of stock $8.16
Cat: WCV 050. Rel: 26 Oct 15
  1. Chan Chan (4:16)
  2. De Camino A La Vereda (5:01)
  3. El Cuarto De Tula (7:24)
  4. Pueblo Nuevo (6:04)
  5. Dos Gardenias (3:02)
  6. Y Tu Que Has Hecho? (3:12)
  7. Veinte Anos (3:30)
  8. El Carretero (3:28)
  9. Candela (5:27)
  10. Amor De Loca Juventud (3:20)
  11. Orgullecide (3:17)
  12. Murmullo (3:49)
  13. Buena Vista Social Club (4:49)
  14. La Bayamesa (2:54)
 in stock $20.13
  1. Sonia Santos - "Poema Ritmico Do Malandro (Balanco Do Crioulo)" (2:53)
  2. Joao Donato - "Cala Boca Menino" (2:21)
Review: Killer samba from the Mr Bongo crew here on the 23rd edition of their ever impressive Brazil 45s series. Any samba scholar worth their salt will be familiar with Sonia Santos's wondrously psychedelic "Poema Ritmico Do Malandro (Balanco Do Crioulo)", which was originally released back in 1971 on the Copablanca label and has popped up every now and again on compilations. Drop this in the dance and watch it go crazy! On the flip Mr Bongo dig up the horn heavy funk jammer "Cala Boca Menino" from Joao Donato, a hugely talented pianist, singer and composer whose vast discography is worth further investigation!
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out of stock $8.16
Cat: LATIN45 09. Rel: 30 Mar 15
  1. El Preso (4:52)
  2. Bang Bang (El Tiroteo) (2:53)
Review: Founded by Julio Ernesto Estrada and heavily inspired by the Fania All-Stars, legendary Latin funk troupe Fruko Y Sus Tesos delivered over 10 albums during their 30 year tenure. Most prolific in the mid 70s, these cuts are taken from the band's prime; "El Preso" is a firing mambo that dynamically strips back to just a raw piano backbone before building up with its overwhelmingly tight horns. Things get a little strange on the B as the band over Swing Sextet's "Bang Bang" with warped, wonderful and ultimately psychedelic results. Stunning.
out of stock $8.43
Cat: SRM 2647. Rel: 02 Nov 15
  1. Mofo Congoietric (Single version) (6:04)
  2. Thembia (Forest Ritual version) (3:19)
out of stock $12.51
Cat: TRANS 192X. Rel: 23 Feb 15
  1. Soubour
  2. Irganda
  3. Al Hassidi Terei
  4. Jolie
  5. Desert Melodie
  6. Mali
  7. Sekou Oumarou
  8. Nick
  9. Al Tchere Bele
  10. Wayei
  11. Petit Metier
  12. Soubour
  13. Irganda
  14. Al Hassidi Terei
  15. Jolie
  16. Desert Melodie
  17. Mali
  18. Sekou Oumarou
  19. Nick
  20. Al Tchere Bele
  21. Wayei
  22. Petit Metier
 in stock $15.77
Cat: BRZ 45 027. Rel: 24 Aug 15
  1. Anilza Leoni - "Balumba" (2:50)
  2. Sambalanco Trio - "Sam Blues" (2:11)
out of stock $8.16
Cat: AFRO45 001. Rel: 13 Jul 15
  1. Amazones De Guinee - "Samba" (4:52)
  2. Moussa Doumbia - "Samba" (5:27)
Review: Mr Bongo kickstarts a new Afro 45s series with serious intention; all-girl troupe from Guinea Amazones De Guinee take the lead with a live recording from Paris, 1983. Taken from their Au Coeur De Paris album, it's the perfect example of a live recording with the balance of musicianship and crowd participation precision tuned. Flip for the previously rare 1980 recording by Ivory Coast's Moussa Doumbia whose smoky vocals and JB-level shrieks hit hard over a clam-tight Afrofunk rhythm. What a way to start a new series.
out of stock $8.16
Cat: LAT 45 06. Rel: 23 Feb 15
  1. Tito Puente - "Tito's Odyssey"
  2. Sahib Shihab - "Om Mani Padme Hum"
Review: First up: Tito Puente (AKA The Musical Pope) with an epic live version of "2001 Space Odyssey". Recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1974 it's never been pressed to 45 during its highly sought-after 41 years. Flip for the hard jazz sounds of Sahib Shihab and "Om Mani Padme Hum" is riddled with thundering percussion and lightening crack pianos. It has flutes so frenetic they'd make Ian Anderson blush and takes its name from an ancient Sanskrit word. Biblical business.
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Cat: AFRO 45 004. Rel: 03 Aug 15
  1. Alemayehu Eshete - "Tchero Adari Negn" (4:27)
  2. Mahmoud Ahmed - "Bemin Sebeb Litlash" (4:26)
Review: The UK's Mr Bongo has been reissuing old music and putting out new tunes since the late 1980's, and the label is still going strong in 2015. This latest 7" features two of Ethiopia's greatest musicians, Alemayehu Eshete and Mahmoud Ahmed, in a head to head, split EP. On the A-side, Mr Bongo has resurfaced Eshete's "Tchero Adari Negn", a supremely funky piece with the man's own voice gliding effortlessly over hard drums and fuzy guitar riffs; "Bemim Sebeb Litlash" goes deeper and more psychedelic on the flip, and Ahmed's voice is a pleasure as always. Check their other material on Mississippi for a broader introspective.
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out of stock $9.78
Cat: LAT 45 05. Rel: 16 Feb 15
  1. Noro Morales & His Quintet - "Saona"
  2. Cachao Y Su Orquestra - "Siboney"
out of stock $8.16
Cat: AFRICA 4506. Rel: 31 Aug 15
  1. Kelen Ati Leen (3:38)
  2. Souleymane (4:27)
Review: Insanely funky business from Senegal's famous Orchestra Baobab (who are still touring and toiling 40 years later), "Kelen Ati Leen" is a really sweaty, heavy slab of funk that stares west for inspiration and a mild psychedelic Hendrixian sheen. "Souleymane", released three years after the A-side in 1978, takes more of a Latin influence as the horns get steamy over a rigid highlife spine to create a detailed and very physical groove.
out of stock $8.16
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