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All I Do (7")
Cat: AHS 019. Rel: 02 Jul 20
  1. All I Do (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit vocal) (4:05)
  2. All I Do (Ryuhei The Man 45 edit instrumental) (4:05)
Review: Japanese live outfit, A Hundred Birds has a thing for creating classic covers. Over the course of their career, they've recorded countless covers, including organic, string-laden interpretations of techno scene staples such as "Blackwater" (originally recorded by Octave 8) and "Knights of the Jaguar" (The Aztec Mystic). Last year they offered up another warm and wonderous cover, this time of Stevie Wonder classic "All I Do". Here it gets a new lease of life courtesy of scalpel fiend Ryu The Man, who has delivered tightened-up, floor-friendly vocal and instrumental edits of the warm, rich, soulful and undeniably summery cover version. Both are rather good, though it's the vocal version that will win over dancers.
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 in stock $17.82
Grown In Captivity (limited 7")
Cat: DTWS 004. Rel: 08 Jul 20
  1. Abeng - "Grown In Captivity" (feat Med Tone Allstar) (4:22)
  2. Manasseh - "Dub In Captivity" (4:21)
Intérprete: Afro Beat Foundation
 in stock $14.67
Turn It Up (12")
Cat: AFS 038. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Turn It Up (7:48)
  2. Turn It Up (instrumental Disco mix) (7:49)
Review: Afrosynth Records has become renowned for its deep dives into the colourful, synth-heavy world of original South African disco, boogie and bubblegum. They're at it again here, offering up a fresh pressing of "Turn It Up" by Adaye, a one-off studio project featuring members of legendary South African 'supergroup' Stimela. This edition replicates the track listing of the original 1983 release, beginning with the A-side vocal version - a driving slab of bubblegum boogie laden with James Brown style lead vocals, colourful synth sounds and delay-laden drum machine beats. The flipside "Instrumental Disco Mix" naturally strips out all but the backing vocals, instead showcasing the intricacy of the studio outfit's Prince-style guitar riffs, jaunty bass and kaleidoscopic synthesizer flourishes.
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 in stock $13.63
The King Of Sudanese Jazz (LP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: HABIBI 013. Rel: 16 Jul 20
  1. Argos Farfish (4:40)
  2. El Bambi (5:23)
  3. Malak Ya Saly (6:36)
  4. Kamar Dawa (5:21)
  5. Zulum Aldunya (4:51)
  6. Aziza (6:33)
  7. Ya Shagini (9:32)
Review: For their latest essential primer on Sudanese music, Habibi Funk has chosen to focus on singer Sharharbil Ahmed, an artist whose desire to update Haqiba, a popular secular style of vocal-driven music, made him a pivotal figure in the 1960s. In his home country, Sharharbil became known as the "king of Sudanese jazz", a distinctive style that melded local instrumentation and vocals with jazz horns and heavy, guitar-driven grooves that drew much inspiration from rock and roll, surf-rock and rhythm and blues. The compilation does a great job in showcasing this insatiable, effervescent sound, showcasing the very best of Sharharbil's golden period output, most of which has never before been released outside of Sudan.
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Intérprete: Afro Beat Foundation
 in stock $20.18
Cat: 574439 4. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Moanin' (4:59)
  2. Night In Tunisia (6:03)
  3. Politely (6:38)
  4. The Drum Thunder Suite (6:43)
Review: Those who've studied Tony Allen's distinctive drumming style often cite Art Blakey as an influence, so it's little surprise to find him paying tribute to the legendary jazz drummer on this superb album. Joined by his regular band, Allen covers a quartet of tracks written and recorded by Blakey and his band, the Jazz Messengers. The results are predictably impressive, with Allen's loose and polyrhythmic percussion providing a rock solid foundation for the horns, piano and double bass that sits atop. It's naturally closer to all-out jazz than to Afrobeat, but still bristles with the kind of punchy horns and life-affirming playing that characterizes Allen's work. "Thunder Suite", in which Allen drops a number of sweaty drum solos, is particularly potent.
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 in stock $10.48
To Know Without Knowing (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AR 135VL. Rel: 03 Jul 20
  1. Mulatu (6:19)
  2. Kulun Mankwaleshi (7:46)
  3. To Know Without Knowing (7:34)
  4. Mascaram Setaba (5:52)
  5. Living On Stolen Land (10:24)
  6. Ambassi Lemdi (5:56)
Review: Mulatu Astatke is a legendary musician who is famous for his signature playing on the vibraphone. Here he blends his Ethio-jazz sounds with the Melbourne-based group Black Jesus Experience to serve up a mix of re-interpreted African folk songs and odes to his homeland. 'To Know Without Knowing' has a decidedly hip hop edge thanks to the vocal flow and 'Mascaram Setaba' is an Ethio classic. Another highlight is 'Living On Stolen Land' which is dedicated to the First Nations people of Australia and acknowledges the pain and injustice of them not being recognised as the traditional owners of Australia.
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  1. Mulatu
  2. Ambassa Lemdi
  3. Kulun Mankwaleshi
  4. Living On Stolen Land
  5. To Know Without Knowing
  6. Lijay
  7. Blue Light
  8. Mascaram Setaba
  9. A Chance To Give
 in stock $12.57
Cat: DEATH 036. Rel: 09 Jul 20
  1. Granadina Arabe Del Siglo IX (2:45)
  2. Fandangos (2:54)
  3. Seguiriya (3:20)
  4. Serrana (3:04)
 in stock $10.48
Yanti Bersaudara (limited heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: LMR 006. Rel: 08 Jul 20
  1. Hariring Kuring (3:39)
  2. Sabilulungan (2:20)
  3. Tekad Pahlawan (2:22)
  4. Badminton (2:58)
  5. Leungiteun (2:09)
  6. Rarakitan (1:38)
  7. Bandung (2:55)
  8. Sapunjere Pegat Simpaj (2:45)
  9. Lembur Kuring (3:04)
  10. Bulan Dagoan (3:13)
  11. Gumbira (2:42)
  12. Yanti (2:11)
Review: Although little-known in the UK, Yanti Bersaudara were one of the most successful Indonesian groups of the 1960s and early 1970s. The group, a trio of sisters, is arguably best known in the UK and Europe for their self-titled 1971 album, which has now been given the reissue treatment to satisfy growing demand from record collectors. It's a warm and gently psychedelic affair, offering songs (naturally sung in Indonesian) that variously touch on 1960s beat pop, the "wall of sound" productions of Phil Spector and dewy-eyed, soft-focus soul, often with South East Asian musical motifs mixed with British and American tropes. As a result, it's a surprisingly intoxicating affair.
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 in stock $25.16
Afrikan Basement: Makkusa Part 3 (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: SOIL 00007. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Makkusa (main Seven Inch edit) (6:01)
  2. Makkusa (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm dub) (5:48)
Review: Bolla's Afrikan Basement debuted with a warm welcome in 2008 as a limited 7" and is one of the many essential projects Joe Clasusell has been involved with over the years. Now it gets revisited on this tasty 7". The a-side is a special edit of "Makkusa", a steamy, spiritual, deeply layered and emotional house track that is lead by a standout sax line. Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm dub is just that on the flip-side, a punchy rework with groaning vocals and a tribal feel, marching drums and plenty of the steam and sweat that makes his music so unique and powerful.
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Intérprete: RUSTAM OSPANOFF.
 in stock $18.61
Edits (reissue) (7" reeditado)
Cat: MSR 016. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Think (Retro Roland Riso Perfecto rework) (4:27)
  2. Get Out Of My Way (Retro Roland Riso Eterno Regroove) (3:47)
Review: Earlier in the year, Matasuna Records reissued two rare and exceedingly hard to find tracks by Peruvian band Bossa 70. They'll soon be offering up more original cuts from the band's sought-after debut album, but before then they're treating us to two dancefloor-focused re-edits of Bossa 70 classics by American DJ/producer Retro Roland Riso. On the A-side he delivers a DJ-friendly "Perfecto Edit" of Think, a horn-heavy slab of Peruvian funk rich in rubbery beats and hazy bass. Just as cheery and life affirming is his interpretation of "Get Out Of My Way". This is an altogether heavier, faster and more stomping revision, though it's the vibrancy of the psychedelic era Latin funk backing track that really sets the pulse racing.
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 in stock $9.43
Pleamar EP (blue vinyl 12")
Cat: WONDER 156. Rel: 16 Jul 20
  1. Oruga (4:21)
  2. El Mago Georges (3:54)
  3. Murga Del Viento (3:22)
  4. Una Pulgada De Silencio (feat Gus Goncalves) (4:41)
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Gal Costa (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: 332101. Rel: 07 Jul 20
  1. Nao Identificado (3:17)
  2. Sebastiana (feat Gilberto Gil) (2:25)
  3. Lost In The Paradise (2:52)
  4. Namorinho De Portao (feat Gilberto Gil) (2:32)
  5. Saudosismo (3:11)
  6. Se Voce Pensa (3:17)
  7. Vou Recomecar (3:27)
  8. Divino Maravilhoso (4:25)
  9. Que Pena (Ele Ja Nao Gosta Mais De Mim) (Caetano Veloso) (3:43)
  10. Baby (Caetano Veloso) (3:32)
  11. A Coisa Mais Linda Que Existe (4:03)
  12. Deus E O Amor (3:04)
 in stock $48.23
Oye Como Va (reissue) (Juno Exclusive) (white vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: BH 112 WHITEJUNOEXCLUSIVE. Rel: 06 Jul 20
  1. Oye Como Va (4:20)
  2. Dance Dance (3:49)
Review: This is a Juno Exclusive from French producer Djar One that lifts off and cruises all the way to Puerto Rico. "Oye Como Va" is the breakbeat fuelled a-side with huge funk drive, oodles of instrumental flair and lively percussive sounds that bring that vital world flavour. "Dance Dance" on the reverse is a quicker jam with Latin flair to spare. It trills with summery time joy and drives on kicking drums. The fun loving vocals are the irresistible finishing touch. Both of these cuts will blow up and club, wherever you are in the world.
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Jesus Boogie (reissue) (7" reeditado) (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 010. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Jesus Boogie (2:29)
  2. Cachaca (4:32)
Review: Matasuna's latest must-have release comes courtesy of Dubben, an artist whose tasty, dub-fired mid-2000s reworks of Afro-Cuban and Latin tracks remain some of G.A.M.M.'s most potent moments. This is the producer's first release of any sort for nearly five years and continues in a similar vein. Check first A-side "Jesus Boogie", a samba-soaked, dub-funk fuelled revision of what sounds like a mid-1970s Brazilian MPB workout. Sweatier flavours are provided on B-side cut "Cachaca", where he dubs out and tools up a punchy affair that boasts a killer horn part reminiscent of The Champs classic "Tequila".
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 in stock $8.13
Funky Disco Music (12" reeditado)
Cat: FBNM 014. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Funky Disco Music (4:15)
  2. Ndolo Embe Mulema (6:06)
  3. Bowa'a Mba Ngebe (3:32)
  4. Funky Disco Music (Riccio rerub) (7:46)
Review: Afro disco fresh from 79: Eko Roosevelt Louis's third album Funky Disco Music will go down as one of Cameroon's finest disco LPs. Produced and pressed by French label Dragon Phenix, it's still reasonably easy to track down, too. For a taster, grab three of its tropical charms on this Fly By Night repress: "Funky Disco Music" is an infectious vocal-led cut that's written solely to make people get down, "Ndolo Embe Mulema" struts with much more Afro rock fusion while the harmonies of "Bowa'a Mba Ngebe" are sweeter than the finest honey you've ever tasted. For contemporary kicks Riccio has expertly touched the title track for a modern dancefloor/DJ friendly punch. Perfect.
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 in stock $10.23
Sound Measures (12" in debossed sleeve)
Cat: SQM 004. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Measure I (3:26)
  2. Measure II (2:21)
  3. Measure III (4:16)
  4. Measure IV (4:09)
  5. Measure V (3:18)
  6. Sound Measures (Zenker Brothers rework) (7:42)
 in stock $14.42
On M'a Dit (12")
Cat: VER 131. Rel: 08 Jul 20
  1. On M'a Dit (Full Length vocal mix) (5:52)
  2. On M'a Dit (Restez Con reprise) (2:31)
  3. On M'a Dit (Bufiman Prog Frog mix) (4:56)
  4. On M'a Dit (Bufiman Disco instrumental) (5:06)
Review: Versatile Records boss Gilb'r claims he still doesn't know who Floco Floco is, despite snapping up the shadowy artist's first release as soon as he heard it. It sounds a bit like a tall tale to us, but it doesn't matter; "On M'a Dit" is brilliant. In its' "Full Length Vocal Mix" form, it's a driving fusion of dub disco, acid house and lo-fi synth-boogie rich in vintage- synthesizers and trippy effects. Gilb'r provides a short and sweet, pitched-down reprise that's warm and woozy in tone, before Jan Schulte dons the Bufiman guise to deliver two contrasting takes: a dazzling, all-action, club ready "Disco Instrumental", and a beat-free "Prog Frog Mix" that sits somewhere between the Orb, Tangerine Dream and Terry Riley's synthesizer works.
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Lupita (reissue) (7" reeditado)
Cat: MSR 018. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Lupita (3:36)
  2. Lupita (Bosq rework) (4:24)
Review: Those who love classic Afro-Latin music should already know "Lupita", one of the standout tunes from the sole 1971 album by Belgian composer Nico Gomez (real name Joseph van het Groenewoud) and his Afro-Percussion Inc backing band. That album was reissued a few years back by Mr Bongo; here 'Lupita' is given a rare airing on 7" single by Matasuna. This time round, the deliciously percussive mambo workout - all punchy horns, wild organs and vocal breakdowns - comes backed by a fresh remix courtesy of Bosq. This version is arguably even better, with Bosq wisely choosing to focus on the drums, horns, bass and organs for added dancefloor pleasure.
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 in stock $9.97
Jaipongan Music Of West Java & Reworks (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: HMRLP 009. Rel: 08 Jul 20
  1. Idjah Hadidjah & Jugala Jaipongan - "Hiji Catetan" (6:56)
  2. Idjah Hadidjah & Jugala Jaipongan - "Sanga" (6:38)
  3. Idjah Hadidjah & Jugala Jaipongan - "Senggot" (7:37)
  4. Idjah Hadidjah & Jugala Jaipongan - "Sinyur" (6:42)
  5. Idjah Hadidjah & Jugala Jaipongan - "Tablo Kasmaran Naek Gendu" (8:05)
  6. Idjah Hadidjah & Jugala Jaipongan - "Tawis Soca" (7:41)
  7. Bana Haffar - "Slow Hiji Catetan" (5:22)
  8. Bergsonist - "Gameloan" (2:45)
  9. Lightbath - "Insinyur Cahaya" (3:48)
  10. Sarah Belle Reid - "Scintilla" (8:10)
  11. Signals Under Tests - "Dualism" (5:30)
  12. Fahmi Mursyid - "Salawasna" (7:49)
  13. Kai Riedl & Suny Lyons - "The Millionth Motion" (3:25)
  14. Ultrabillions - "Imaginary Rebab No 4" (3:28)
 in stock $27.26
Jibiti (7")
Cat: FUR 7391. Rel: 06 Jul 20
  1. Jibiti (Bosq remix) (4:34)
  2. Jibiti (Bosq remix instrumental) (4:33)
Review: Kaleta's first full-length collaboration with the Super Yamba Band, 2019's "Medaho", was something of a slept-on treat: a fiendishly psychedelic Afrobeat affair that was every bit as heavy, colourful and vibrant as you'd expect. Here, one of the album's standout tunes gets the remix treatment courtesy of long-serving, party-starting musical fusionist Bosq. The Ubiquity and Soul Clap stalwart delivers vocal and instrumental passes of "Jibiti", both of which make great use of Kaleta's vocals and Super Yamba Band's fuzzy, Fela Kuti-style horn lines. Bosq's groove is closer in feel to Afro-disco than the original album version, though the bassline, organ stabs and vocals are pure Afrobeat gold.
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 in stock $12.57
Keleketla! (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AHED 024. Rel: 03 Jul 20
  1. Future Toyi Toyi (4:49)
  2. International Love Affair (7:23)
  3. Shepherd Song (8:07)
  4. Freedom Groove (7:08)
  5. Crystallise (5:18)
  6. Broken Light (6:38)
  7. 5&1 (4:36)
  8. Papua Merdeka (6:42)
  9. Swift Gathering (6:13)
 in stock $21.24
Cat: AHEDCD 024. Rel: 03 Jul 20
  1. Future Toyi Toyi
  2. International Love Affair
  3. Shepherd Song
  4. Freedom Groove
  5. Crystallise
  6. Broken Light
  7. 5 & 1
  8. Papua Merdeka
  9. Swift Gathering
 in stock $10.48
Adventure (cassette)
Cat: STS 0788. Rel: 03 Jul 20
  1. Overture (2:22)
  2. Adventure (4:39)
  3. Mou Aenaikamo Shirenai (4:13)
  4. Nami Ni Narital (4:03)
  5. Night Cruising (5:00)
  6. Ame No Realize (4:09)
  7. Akai Inazuma (4:00)
  8. Good Friend (4:05)
  9. Mystical Composer (4:58)
  10. Tomorrow (4:16)
 in stock $15.72
Hoyt Oppe (7")
Cat: LYSK 45005. Rel: 08 Jul 20
  1. Hoyt Oppe (4:42)
  2. Lopebass (5:14)
Review: Summer is here and there are few finer musical companions than this steamy 7" from Scandinavian soundsmiths the Lyskestrekk crew. Leoparden steps up for this one with an inimitable sense of coy funk, bubbly pop, bendy synth colour and deep and lazy groove. "Hoyt Oppe" simmers with a late night r&b charm that is all romantic and intimate with squidgy bass. On the flip, "Lope Bass" goes for a retro tinged 70s vibe with subtle acoustic riffs and a sexy strut all getting you in the mood. Once the astral led synth breaks out of the mix, the journey really takes off and boogie infects your bones.
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Intérprete: DJ Kobayashi
 in stock $10.23
Cat: MWS 012. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Cacri'e Playa (3:13)
  2. Senor Cartujo (4:17)
 in stock $10.48
Cat: NYCT 7062. Rel: 16 Jul 20
  1. Lamento Selvatico (4:13)
  2. Mi Caprichito (4:38)
 in stock $13.63
Urban Zulu (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: MM 117. Rel: 07 Jul 20
  1. Yehlisan'Umoya Ma-Afrika (Afrikan Nation Calm!) (5:08)
  2. Yapheli'Mali Yami (My Money Is Gone) (6:24)
  3. We Baba Omncane (If You Don't Obey Your Parents) (5:39)
  4. Yise Wabant'a Bami (Father Of My Children) (4:14)
  5. Uganga Nge Ngane (You're Playing Around With This Child) (5:47)
  6. Ngadlalwa Yindoda (He's Toying With Me) (4:44)
  7. Zithin'Izizwe (What Are People Saying About Us?) (6:50)
  8. Oxamu (The Crocodile) (2:06)
 in stock $20.96
Earthseed (CD)
Cat: FPE 027CD. Rel: 01 Jul 20
  1. Evernascence/Evanescence
  2. Whispering Flame
  3. Biotic Seeds
  4. Yes & Know
  5. Ownness
  6. Moving Mirror
  7. Whole Black Collision
  8. Phallus & Chalice
  9. Fluids Of Time
  10. Elemental Crux
  11. Purify Me With The Power To Self Transform
Review: Like many of her previous Black Earth Ensemble projects, Nicole Mitchell's latest album was directly inspired by the work of African American science fiction author Octavia E Butler, and in particular the latter's "Earthseed" concept: an egalitarian philosophy and spiritual practice that promotes independent thinking, community action and acceptance of change in a dystopian world. Mitchell's musical interpretation, which was written with vocalist and musician Lisa E Harris and recorded at the Art Ensemble of Chicago's Fullerton Hall back in 2017, is impressively experimental in tone, mixing elements of free-jazz and spiritual jazz with nods towards opera, spaced-out electronica, neo-classical and the storytelling structure of musical theatre. A brave, important and undeniably impressive work.
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 in stock $18.35
EarthSeed (gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: FPE 027LP. Rel: 01 Jul 20
  1. Evernascence/Evanescence (2:33)
  2. Whispering Flame (6:21)
  3. Biotic Seeds (4:01)
  4. Yes & Know (6:46)
  5. Ownness (6:29)
  6. Moving Mirror (6:51)
  7. Whole Black Collision (5:56)
  8. Phallus & Chalice (6:53)
  9. Fluids Of Time (5:16)
  10. Elemental Crux (5:47)
  11. Purify Me With The Power To Self Transform (5:12)
 in stock $34.59
The Dakar Experiment (LP limited to 300 copies)
Cat: R2LP 030. Rel: 16 Jul 20
  1. Intro (2:09)
  2. Time (4:53)
  3. Be Yourself (6:32)
  4. Africa (4:45)
  5. You Interlude (1:21)
  6. Time (Trev remix) (4:26)
  7. Be Yourself (EVM128 remix) (4:52)
  8. Africa (Xtra Brux remix) (5:10)
  9. Time Reprise (4:43)
  10. Bonus Beats (1:49)
 in stock $17.30
  1. Luchito Rodriguez - "Hey Guajira Baby" (3:10)
  2. Luchito Rodriguez - "Vacilon" (2:17)
  3. Nestor Alvarez - "Lupita" (3:07)
  4. Nestor Alvarez - "Bang The Bongo" (2:52)
Review: The Original Gravity label's latest must-check missive is unusual, featuring as it does four tracks squeezed on to one limited edition seven-inch single. As the title suggests, it's Latin-themed, with two artists (overseen by Welwyn Garden City-based producer Neil Henderson) delivering two sweaty South American funk workouts apiece. Luchito Rodriguez handles side A, delivering the Tito Puente style mambo brilliance of "Hey Guajira Baby" and the insatiable, fienishly fuzzy Latin funk/boogaloo business that is "Vacilon". Over on the flip, Nestor Alvarez first offers up a beefed-up, bass-heavy taken on a familiar mambo favourite ("Lupita"), before sprinting towards heavy Latin funk territory on the insatiable "Bang The Bongo".
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 in stock $14.95
Glsah Sanaanea With Shiran (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BTR 037. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Ma Al Sabab (7:40)
  2. Maskin Ya Nas (5:39)
  3. Ya Mousafer (8:11)
  4. Ya Ahl San'ah (5:46)
  5. Khatar Ghousn Al Qana (5:51)
  6. Qal Al Mouana (6:22)
  7. Ya Banat Al Yemen (3:34)
Intérprete: DJ Kobayashi
 in stock $16.26
Cat: HONEY 007. Rel: 08 Jul 20
  1. Tudo De Voce (2:20)
  2. Amanhecendo (2:07)
  3. Telefone (2:16)
  4. Saudade (2:06)
  5. Samba Cromatico (2:19)
  6. Menina Flor (2:20)
  7. Lagrima Flor (2:36)
  8. Balanco Zona Azul (2:33)
  9. Menino Triste (2:28)
  10. Meu Comportamento (2:14)
  11. Samba E Verbo (2:26)
  12. Manha No Posto Seis (2:23)
 in stock $13.63
Cat: PH 45024. Rel: 16 Jul 20
  1. Sugar & Spice (3:31)
  2. Lover's Bridge (instrumental) (3:40)
 in stock $9.70
Amara Toure 1973-1980 (limited gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code reeditado)
Cat: AALP 078. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. N'Niyo (5:56)
  2. Temedy (4:16)
  3. Lamento Cubano (5:42)
  4. Cuando Llegare (4:18)
  5. Fatou (4:37)
  6. N'ga Digne M'be (5:02)
  7. Salamouti (9:05)
  8. Afalago (7:30)
  9. Tela (8:06)
  10. Africa (7:22)
Review: Cuba-meets-Cameroon-via-Guinea-and-Senegal, the roots of this African-adopted Cuban sound are as rich, unique and exciting as Amara Toure's tale itself. After years of club performing in Dakar, Amara and his Black & White Ensemble in the late '60s and proceeded to release 10 songs during the '70s. Here, for the first time ever, all of these recordings are united on this immaculately presented collection. From the cobble-kicking percussive Cuban heels and emphatic harmonies of "Fatou" to the deep yearning crooning blues of "N'ga Digne M'be" and the spacey, out-of-this-world guitars and jazzy trumpet lead of "N'Niyo", there's something very special and unique about this collection. With a heart that beats in Africa but a soul that shines with Cuban fire, as Analogue Africa state themselves... It's only taken 10 songs for Amara to become a legend. Very few artists can claim this feat.
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 in stock $20.96
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Jazz Bossa Nova: The Essential Works 1958-1962 (limited hand-numbered 2xLP + insert)
Cat: MOJ 109. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Joao Gilberto - "O Nosso Amor" (2:23)
  2. Maysa - "O Barquinho" (2:19)
  3. Johnny Al - "Feiticaria" (2:43)
  4. Elizeth Cardoso - "Chega De Saudade" (3:30)
  5. Elizeth Cardoso & Luis Bonfa - "Manha De Carnival" (3:13)
  6. Maysa - "Meditacao" (2:58)
  7. Agostinho Dos Santos - "A Felicidade" (2:43)
  8. Zoot Sims & His Orchestra - "Recado Bossa Nova" (2:34)
  9. Herbie Mann With Sergio Mendes & Bossa Rio - "Groovy Samba" (5:08)
  10. Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd - "Desafinado" (5:51)
  11. Klaus Doldinger - "Copacabana" (2:07)
  12. Sergio Mendes Sextet - "One Note Samba" (3:30)
  13. Cannonball Adderley & The Bossa Rio Sextet - "Clouds" (4:50)
  14. Bud Shank & Laurindo Almeida - "Carioca Hills" (3:09)
  15. Luiz Bonfa - "Bossa Nova Cha Cha" (3:24)
  16. Walter Wanderley Group - "Meditacao" (2:57)
  17. Cannonball Adderley & The Bossa Rio Sextet - "Corcovado" (6:43)
  18. Bob Brookmeyer - "A Felicidade" (3:16)
  19. Quincy Jones & His Orchestra - "Se E Tarde Me Pardoa" (4:24)
  20. Lalo Schifrin - "Insensatez" (2:21)
  21. Cal Tjade - "Meditacao" (3:34)
  22. Ramsey Lewis Trio - "Canacao Para Geralda" (6:14)
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Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984 (gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code reeditado)
Cat: AALP 083. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Dream Stars - "Pop Makossa Invasion" (4:46)
  2. Mystic Djim & The Spirits - "Yaounde Girls" (5:57)
  3. Bill Loko - "Nen Lambo" (6:23)
  4. Bernard Ntone - "Mussoloki" (4:21)
  5. Pasteur Lappe - "Sanaga Calypso"
  6. Eko - "M'ongele M'am"
  7. Olinga Gaston - "Ngon Engap"
  8. Emmanuel Kahe & Jeanette Kemogne - "Ye Medjuie"
  9. Nkodo Si-Tony - "Mininga Meyong Mese"
  10. Pasteur Lappe - "Sekele Movement"
  11. Pat' Ndoye - "More Love"
  12. Clement Djimogne - "Africa"
Review: Just when you think that the well of obscure music from around the world has run dry, Analog Africa returns to put the record straight. Pop-Makossa shines a light on a glorious but largely overlooked period in the story of Cameroonian makossa, when local musicians began to replace funk and highlife influences with the rubbery bass of classic disco and the sparkling synth flourishes and drum machines of electrofunk. The resultant compilation, which apparently took eight years to produce, is packed full of brilliant cuts, from the heavily-electronic jauntiness of Pasteur Lappe's "Sanaga Calypso" and horn-totin' Highlife-disco of Emmaniel Kahe and Jeanette Kemogne's "Ye Medjuie", to the dense, organ-laden wig out that is Clement Djimogne's "Africa".
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 in stock $23.33
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Cat: SWP 063LP. Rel: 29 Jun 20
  1. Crispin Mutanuka - "Cheeba Mabelo Abanakwe" (5:53)
  2. Crispin Mutanuka - "Muzeemo" (7:24)
  3. Mufrika Edward - "Titwe" (4:13)
  4. Lipa Band - "Toninge Silami" (3:38)
  5. Libala Band - "Musipili" (5:03)
  6. Libala Band - "Masholi" (4:19)
  7. Mufrika Edward - "Galimoto" (4:20)
 in stock $22.55
O Som Psicodelico De LCV (reissue) (limited hand-numbered 180 gram vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: MAR 026. Rel: 08 Jul 20
  1. Amazonas (2:23)
  2. Tanganica (3:33)
  3. Ye Mele (2:25)
  4. Zize Baio (1:56)
  5. Un Jour Christine (3:00)
  6. Song For My Father (3:07)
  7. Chatanooga Choo Choo/Don't Be That Way/Tributo A Martin Luther King (3:08)
  8. Pourquoi/Arrasta A Sandalia/Morena, Boca De Ouro/Rosa Morena (7:42)
  9. Birthday Morning/Can't Take My Eyes Off You (2:59)
  10. O Dialogo (2:22)
Review: Pianist Luis Carlos Vinhas first rose to prominence during the height of Brazil's bossa-nova movement in the early 1960s. By the middle of the decade, he was releasing albums under his own name, and in 1968 delivered what would become his most colourful and exciting set: the effervescent Latin jazz psycehedelia of "O Som Psicodelico de Luiz Carlos Vinhas". As richly detailed and vivid as its accompanying cover art, the set still stands up all these years on - as this essential Mad About Records reissue proves. Backed by a big band, a guitarist with tons of effects pedals and recordings of Amazonian wildlife, the pianist delivered a set of tropical jazz/psychedelic samba fusion that sounds every bit as hallucinatory now as it did way back in 1968. In a word: essential.
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Fundo De Mare Palinha (limited gatefold 10" LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 012. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Fundo De Mare Palinha (3:25)
  2. Italiana (2:36)
  3. Mare Lili (2:42)
  4. Nha Antonia Engracia (2:49)
  5. Ribera Prata (4:19)
  6. Abole (3:27)
Review: In 1976, seven Cabo Verdean musicians going by the name Voz Di Sanicolau gathered in a small recording studio in Rotterdam where they laid down an album of fearsome coladeira songs inspired by the music of their home island of Sao Nicolau.

The album took only a few days to record, which may explain the unexpected urgency that fires each track. Treble-soaked electric guitar lines snake back and forth through percussion-and-cavaquinho driven rhythms rooted in the sound of the islands established by the previous generation of Cabo Verdean emigres; subtle keyboards wash through the background, and the vocals, traded between Joana Do Rosario and To-Ze, alternately push the music forward and soar above it. The resulting album is both deeply felt and fiercely executed, and in its grooves one hears the sound of some of the finest Cabo Verdean musicians of their era locked in complete unity of purpose.

It should have been the beginning of something extraordinary; but the pressures of making ends meet forced the musicians back to their day jobs, and Voz Di Sanicolau vanished as quickly as they had appeared, leaving their lone album, Fundo de Mare Palinha, as sole proof of their existence. Forty-four years later the album sounds as fresh as it did the day it was recorded. It is unknown if dutch sound engineer Frans Rolland, who oversaw the recordings, knew he was helping to make history: during these sessions, Joana Do Rosario, whose majestic vocals were crucial to the sound of Voz Di Sanicolau, became the first Cabo Verdean woman ever to appear on a long playing record.
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Cat: MSR 012. Rel: 10 Jul 20
  1. Let Me Do My Thing (3:24)
  2. Let Me Do My Thing (Voodoocuts edit) (4:20)
Review: According to the South American music specialists at Matasuna Records, Ralph Weeks' 1971 single "Let Me Do My Thing" - recorded alongside backing Los Dinamicos Exciters - is arguably the most sought-after Panamanian soul record around. As this reissue proves, Weeks' original version is rubbery, heavy and rousing, with the singer's rasping lead vocal soaring above a weighty backing track that sounds like a breezier take on the New York boogaloo sound. On the flip, Voodoocuts tools it up for modern dancefloors, underpinning his club-ready edit with punchy new drums that give the cut more of a breakbeat style swing.
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 in stock $9.97
Eastern Flowers (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MRB 7177. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Magnolia (3:03)
  2. Lotus (3:26)
Review: A-grade diggers, label, shop and reissuers Mr Bongo are back with another of their essential offerings, this time in the form of a 7" taken from Swedish artist Sven Wunder's debut album Do?u cicekleri on new label Piano Piano. The resulting record is a seamless fusion of bright colours and bleeding pigments, real instruments and synthetic sound that is as worldly as they come. "Magnolia" here is the intoxicating a-side with its freewheeling drums and big lead lines, while "Lotus" takes us into a more oriental sound, with gypsy funk and dark-soul stylings making it delightfully hard to pin down.
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Wabi Sabi (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MRB 7176. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Hanami (3:10)
  2. Shinrinyoku (2:36)
Intérprete: DJ Kobayashi
 in stock $16.77
Cat: MM 116. Rel: 07 Jul 20
  1. Jump Up - Turn Around (2:37)
  2. Reggae Meadowlands (2:34)
  3. Red Turnip (2:28)
  4. Good Books (2:43)
  5. Elizabethan Reggae (2:26)
  6. Plastic Iron (2:20)
  7. The Exit Song (2:43)
  8. Rebel Rouser (3:45)
  9. First There Is A Mountain (2:52)
  10. Molelo (3:03)
  11. Barcarolle (2:27)
  12. Reggae Shhh (2:55)
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