Thursday, 27 November
**Spry, sharp-cut updates of classic Thai folk with nuff funk in the trunk** "Born out of the legendary Paradise Bangkok sessions run by DJs Maft Sai and Chris Menist in Thailand, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band play vintage molam music from the North-East of Thailand, with a 21st century twist. The band have just completed a successful 2nd tour of Europe, which included a support slot for Damon Albarn in Berlin, as well as gigs in Germany, France, Switzer- land, Belgium and the Czech Republic. The album was recorded in Bangkok and mixed… Read more
Thursday, 20 November
*Limited edition LP comes in a tip-on jacket with a two-sided insert with liner notes and photos. Field recordings from Bengal Province, India and the lowlands of Bangladesh, recorded and researched by Moushumi Bhowmik and Sukanta Majumdar* The Travelling Archive is a journey through the folk music of Bengal. It is run by Calcutta-based Bengali singer, writer and researcher, Moushumi Bhowmik, and sound recordist and sound designer, Sukanta Majumdar. They have been making field recordings… Read more
"Fresh batch of funky, folky and psychedelic tropical bangers from the deep vaults of Discos Fuentes (and its other properties, Tropical and Machuca). As previously stated in the first volume of this series, the term 'Afrosound' is an invented concept appropriated from Discos Fuentes. If the term seems a bit vague or slippery, rest assured that with this second instalment you will come closer to understanding the Afrosound aesthetic. You'll also grow to appreciate the diversity and unpredictability of talent under the Fuentes umbrella. Afrosound is used to denote a thrilling … Read more
Honest Jon's return to Kenya with this spellbinding suite of Dodo songs sung by 70 year old Ogoya Nengo. A legend in her country, Ogoya is the most prominent exponent of the vanishing Dodo artform - a musical means of spreading messages and social commentary, much like Indo-European bardic traditions and the griots of Mali. Following his work on the Mkunguni, New Recordings from Coast Province, Kenya, Stefan Schneider again had the pleasure of recording Ogoya's spellbinding performances, and those of local percussionists and her … Read more
Thursday, 13 November
*Second Box Set - Deluxe/heavyweight 4LP + 7" boxet, including a 16 page 5” x 7” Booklet by Chris Abani, an A1 poster print and download code. The albums included are: 'Crashes In Love (2)' (1977), 'Body and Soul' (1980), 'Hypertension' (1982), 'Good Name' (1983), + Peaking Lights remix of 'Body & Soul'. Hand-numbered edition** Luaka Bop present four hard-to-find William Onyeabor albums released 1977-1985, now boxed up and remastered for his newly growing fanbase. After his revelatory Afro-futurist appearances on the 'World Psychedelic Classics' collection and Stru… Read more
*140g green vinyl - includes download code redeemable from the label* "Featuring guest performances by Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.), Sam Chalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Solo Artist/Alif), Khaled Yassine (Anouar Brahem/Alif) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, to name a few. Those who may have heard live iterations of Salute the Parrot at Louca’s jaw dropping shows across the Arab world and Europe over the last couple of years, will encounter a much more complex and hard hitting work of many influe… Read more
Thursday, 06 November
**Hauntingly soulful and certifiably classic Thai folk/pop from the '70s, remastered and issued for first time outside of Thailand by EM Records, Soi 48 and Paradise Bangkok. Includes extensive 4-panel colour liner notes written in thai, japanese and english** "2nd release from the relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM have teamed up to deliver a series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. For reasons unknowable, certain places in certain eras become hotb… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP with liner notes and original artwork. Includes download code** Soul Jazz present a sterling, 15-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in … Read more
**Gatefold 2LP with liner notes and original artwork. Includes download code** Soul Jazz present a sterling, 17-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in … Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* - "Strands of Afro-House, Kuduro, Benga, Semba, samples from old Angolan movies and Afrobeat tracks, African MCs and musicians from all over the world are all deftly mixed together by Pedro Coquenão. Inspired by the multicultural hotbed of his home city of Lisbon and trips to Nairobi and Luanda, 'Dois' was predominately produced in his own garage-studio over a two-year period. English, Portuguese, Quimbundo and Zulu languages all feature on 'Luxo' with Spoek Mathambo (South Africa) & his crew contributing the lyrics together with Angolan MC Sacerdote an… Read more
Thursday, 30 October
*Deluxe/Heavyweight 5LP + 7" boxet, including a 16 page 5” x 7” Booklet by Chris Abani, an 8 page 12” x 12” Booklet and a Vintage Wilfilms ad. The albums included are: 'Crashes In Love' (Original Version), 'Atomic Bomb', 'Tomorrow, Great Lover', 'Anything You Sow' plus a 45” of “Atomic Bomb”, edit by Zach Cowie & Sunny Levine / “Love Me Now” by Axel Boman, Petter Nordkvist & Johan Jonason. Numbered edition of 3000 copies* Luaka Bop present five hard-to-find William Onyeabor albums released 1977-1985, now boxed up and remastered for his newly growing fanbase. After … Read more
Thursday, 16 October
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Following the label’s acclaimed ‘Next Stop Soweto’ compilation series, Strut returns to the rich music heritage of South Africa for another landmark compilation celebrating the influential and heavily political music of drummer Julian Bahula since the mid-‘60s with the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula and Jazz Afrika bands. Bahula’s first group was the Malombo Jazzmen, led by guitarist Philip Tabane with flautist Abbey Cindi and they broke the mould, introducing indigenous malombo drums along… Read more
*Japanese Pressing* "With full respect to one of the greatest producers in Jamaican music history, Dub Store Records proudly launches a new re-issue series of Ronnie Nasralla's production. Miraculously recorded in 1965 when Ska was at its best, Llans Plays It All is one of the rarest and killer Jamaican LP to date. The album is constructed with a Caribbean coast vibe such as Ska, Jazz, Afro, R&B, Soul, Jump Up and Cha Cha Cha. However this killer Montegonian band is surprisingly tight, presenting second to none great performances. The LP starts with "Jive Samba" by C… Read more
Thursday, 09 October
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Eagerly anticipated reissue of an Ethio jazz-and-funk cornerstone from keyboard whizz Hailu Mergia on Awesome Tapes From Africa. Unlike the last time, when we heard him solo on 'Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument', here on the highly sought-after 'Tche Belew', he's backed by The Walias, one of Ethiopia's crack units, who're perhaps best known for collaborating with Mulatu Astatke and backing for star Éthiopiques singer, Ahmed Mahmoud. The legendary Astatke also appears on this one, but Hailu is arguably the star of the show… Read more
*Free Shipping in the UK* *Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* *7LP Boxset, all 180gram vinyl, comes with 12 page full colour booklet with an essay by Brian Eno and album descriptions by the veteran British music journalist Chris May and a poster designed by Marc Borgers* Third curated set of the long-awaited vinyl reissues from the Fela Kuti catalogue. These seve… Read more
**Vinyl edition of 500** Sound travels: Laurent Jeanneau returns us to the endangered minority cultures of South East Asia with the mesh of location recordings and electronics in 'Gongs', his follow-up to the haunting 'Voices' for Discrepant. Two extended sides develop his understandable fascination with the unique timbre of S.E. Asian Gong orchestras, revealing and contrasting their resonant acoustic tonalities and accompanying voices with a subtle patina of electronic processing and augmentation. The first piece uses an array of source material recorded in Laos and Cambodia to lure us into a dream… Read more
Monday, 06 October
**Includes killer Peruvian covers of Jimi Hendrix 'Hey Joe', The Meters' 'Cissy Strut', and Steppenwolf's 'Sookie Sookie'. Housed in gatefold jacket with download code** "Peru Bravo tells the whirlwind story of a culture in flux when, during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Lima boasted dozens of young bands full of ideas, spontaneous and unfazed by the instability in Peru. Featuring alternative heroes Traffic Sound and Laghonia alongside a selection of unheralded short-lived groups, Peru Bravo is a funk-fuelled ride through a radical decade. It would howev… Read more
Thursday, 02 October
Plush, modern takes on a classic Afro-beat sound, hailing West Africa via West London. Under Funsho Ogundipe's direction and arrangement, Asoju Oba find and work out the links between jazzy deep house, broken beat bustle, soul and Afro-beat proper in five skillfully measured parts.
**Hand-stitched and hand-stamped jackets. Individually numbered edition of 500** Another cherry-picked Thai bewt from Maft Sai and Chris Menist's Paradise Bangkok label. Uptown, Dao Bandon's stop/start Molam zinger, 'Lae Pattana Baan Meuang', heavy on the horns and dominated by Bandon's haunting croon. Downtown, a jaw-dropping Thai R&B play by Warin Shinaraj. Trust us, you ain't heard nothing like it! Tip!
**Hand-stitched and hand-stamped jackets. Individually numbered edition of 500** Scorching Molam disco tunes dig out and dusted don by Maft Sai and Chris Menist's Paradise Bangkok label. Side A is a proper molam disco boing by Onuma Singsiri, shot thru with mad synth stabs, dizzy drums and infectious vocal to twist the dance out. Flipside, Yupin Praethong's 'Mon Meuang Tai' adopts a recognisably Bollywood lean backed with some killer lap-steel-style strings and intricate, shuffling drums. Tip!
Thursday, 25 September
"Tradisyon Ka's Gwo Ka album is newly recorded in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like the cult music of Haiti's Vodou and Cuba's Santeria or the roots music of Belize's Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have travelled to record), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region's African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery. Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a 'department' of its original colonial master, F… Read more
Thursday, 04 September
"Outernational electronic music producer and multimedia artist Filastine continues to trample borders and take risks with Aphasia. Delicately crafted acoustic details cascade into walls of sound. Lush vocals float above speaker-rattling bass pressure. Aphasia opens with layers of vocal harmonics pitched and slurred into percussive crescendos in Requiem 432. The Requiem video is a funeral party for the age of materialism, filmed in Cairo’s squatted necropolis, the City of the Dead. Sixty Cycle Drum opens with pulsing lofi organs infused with the hiss of tear gas, quickly transforming into the album… Read more
Thursday, 28 August
*Newly reissued and remastered* As the story goes, Ginger Baker, burned out byt he excess of touring with his band, left for Ghana in 1970 to spend time with his friend. While there, his ear caught the sound of Nigerian radio and he would travel into what was then a war zone to meet up with Fela Kuti, who he'd previously met in London when Fela was playing trumpet for Remi Kebaka some years prior. Ginger ended up establishing a studio in Lagos and upon return to London invited Fela for a session at Abbey Road studio to an audience of 150. The resulting recording w… Read more
"'Sorrow Tears And Blood' bookended the Nigerian army's deadly raid of the Kalakuta Republic, Fela Kuti's self-appointed state domicile, and Kuti's hostile feelings toward upper-class Nigeria are prominent on both sessions... 'Sorrow Tears And Blood', the first recording released after the Kalakuta's capture, is fiercer; the band's sound almost seeming to drip blood. Slower and more persistent, the ominous grooves here no longer bother with metaphor, crying out bluntly, "some people lost some bread, someone has just died... them leave sorrow, tears and blood." Alongside Woody Guthrie's "Struggle", this is as stirring as musical social protest gets."
The eighties weren't known as Fela's finest period. He was under much pressure from the Nigerian government and extensive touring of the US and Europe lead to a dearth of good material. 'Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense' from 1986 is considered the exception, featuring three extended tracks of more melancholy and deeply soulful Afro-Beat expressions.
Thursday, 07 August
*Ships Friday* Big Dog Nozinja debuts on Warp with the Shangaan burn of 'Tsekeleke'. Fresh from soundtracking the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, 'Tsekeleke' marks Nozinja's most prominent solo release after years as the anchor of Shangaan Electro - the notorious, breakneck Afro-disco style and dance originating in Limpopo, now based in Soweto, South Africa, which was brought to wider attention via Honest Jon's seminal compilation. It's rare for indigenous African dance styles to break thru to UK and European markets, but Nozinja's music is a true Afro-accelerationst anomaly that's… Read more
Thursday, 31 July
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** "Once again a ground breaking album, the first Afro Peruvian music heard outside of Brazil and the album to introduce Susana Baca to the world. “This is secret music - a collection of beautiful songs and infectious grooves that’s been hidden for years in the coastal towns and barrios of Peru. It’s not the guys with flutes and drums in woolly hats - it’s music of the black Peruvian communities. Black Peruvians? Yes, Peru was involved in the slave trade too - and this wonderful, funky music is part of that legacy” - David Byrne"
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** "The amazing Tom Ze, or as he wrote to us when we were working on this album, “Should I change my name? It could be Ze Tom Ze? Or Tom Tom Ze?” This was his first newly recorded album after being ‘rediscovered’ and it’s as surprising and special as one would expect from this iconoclast. “Inspired by hard-lit and science fiction, Ze’s tick-tocking sambas and comforting cancaos range from the painfully touching to the instructably conceptual.”
**Gatefold sleeve, comes with digital download code redeemable from the label** “Beleza Tropical was our first release. In some ways it started the trend to compile music from other places. It was a huge success, selling over 350,000 copies, and is still referred to today by many people turned on to Brazilian culture by this landmark release. Many of the aritsts on this compilation are cultural heroes in Brazil (and deserve to be here, too). Their concerts are attended by young and old alike... almost everyone knows their names. Their music is extremely sophi… Read more
Thursday, 24 July
**Super slick, synth-heavy and seductive soul-funk from Nigeria 1978. 180g vinyl reissue housed in tip on-style jacket with download code. Edition of 1000** "Originally recorded for the EMI Nigeria label and produced by legendary producer Odion Iruoje 'Keyboard' was a one-off studio project formed by Brodricks Majuwa and Isaac Digha from circa 1978. These two session men were often used at the EMI studio and played in multiple recordings that Iruoje produced throughout the era. This extremely scarce and obscure record features amongst others Ignace de Souza of the Black Santiagos from the city o… Read more