Thursday, 17 April
Invisible City Editions follow-up that much loved Stephen Encinas release with this reissue of a rare, fruity Afro-boogie disco classic from Zambia circa 1980-1984. "Known for their psychedelic fuzz masterpiece Lazy Bones, this is another side of Witch. This time around the band created another masterpiece, but this time with a whole new sound capturing the spirit of the early 80’s, and changing political atmosphere in Africa with a perfect blend of MJ/Jake Solo boogie, and Fleetwood Mac AOR moves. This is an album in the fullest sense capturing a band at their creative peak, with stellar musicianship… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Secret Stash Records present the first ever reissue of this rare Nigerian funk gem from one of the most influential musicians in the genre. Co-produced by Uchenna Ikonne (Brand New Wayo, Who Is William Onyebar?), this reissue has been lovingly remastered and meticulously restored. In the early 1970s, Harry Mosco formed the now legendry funk-rock band, The Funkees. In search of greater opportunity and a wider audience, the group moved to London in 1973. Four years and two albums later they disbanded. Meanwhile, back in Ni… Read more
Thursday, 10 April
* Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As wel… Read more
Thursday, 03 April
"Working with the producer Nave, the man behind the beats for such Brazilian rap greats as Emicida and Marcelo D2, Karol Conka presents her debut album 'Batufreak' on Mr Bongo. A classic mix of Brasilian hip hop and soul, Karoline dos Santos de Oliveira first performed in Curitiba, Brazil at just 17 years of age. The young Curitiban MC showed just what she could do and soon enough proved that she had what it took to become one of the most distinctive voices of the modern Brazilian hip hop scene…"
Thursday, 20 March
**Housed in full colour, tip on-style jacket with liner notes insert** "Bush Taxi Mali is an aural tour through the heart of Mali. These field recordings were made by Tucker Martine in 1998 while traveling throughout the West African country. This blend of bluesy Ngoni’s, clamoring street sounds, the stunning voice of Jalimusa Amanita Diabate (of the famous Diabate family), passing radios, Fulani flutes, runaway sound systems and chants from the Dogon country creates a unique portrait of Mali’s rich musical heritage. Eventually Martine found himself in the backseat of a bea… Read more
Who'da funk it, Bombay was banging out some of the maddest disco soundtracks you've never heard as far back as 1979?! This 12" supplement to Cultures of Soul's cherry-picked and ear-opening 'Bombay Disco' compilation carries two equally bonkers dancefloor bombs that they just couldn't squeeze onto the LP, with both given a full side to roll out for the Deejays. Up top, compiler Brother Cleve gives a choice edit of Asha Bosle's strutting disco dub 'Udi Baba' replete with Moog-y horror flick intro, splashing spring reverbs and mad Hindustani ragga chat. Down town legendary … Read more
**Prime cuts of revolutionary and infectious Afro-Latin dance music** "In the history of Afro-Colombian culture, Son Palenque is without a doubt an exceptional band, and its history has a place at the very heart of ancestral palenquera music as well as at the musical intersection between Africa and Colombia, which took place on Colombia’s Caribbean coast in the 70s and 80s and which continues today through champeta, a musical genre and dance that also bears a strong African influence. The members of Son Palenque band grew up in rural communities fixed in time, with deep… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
*Includes a free digital download of the entire album redeemable from the label* "Omo Lewa by Nigerian born band leader and multi-instrumentalist Peter King came into the world in 1976. From start to finish, King weaves afrobeat, highlife, and jazz with mesmerizing skill. Long out of print, this album contains some of the prolific artist's finest work. Highlights like “Afro-Funk” and “Ajo” have been singeing slipmats via recent African compilations and whetting the appetites of numerous music fans. As prices on the collector's market reiterate, this pent up demand has made Omo Lewa Peter King's m… Read more
Thursday, 12 December
"Musical collisions in the Atlantic! Sofrito kicks off the new Island Series with a celebration of the vital dancefloor sounds of Cape Verde – a mixture of local Funana and Coladeira rhythms, Batuque percussion and psychedelic disco synths. Hailing from the island of Sao Vicente and originally released in the early 80s, Dionisio Maio’s anthemic Corpim Sabe is stretched into a 12” mix by the Alma Negra collective – bringing the thumping bassline to the fore and tweaking the piano-led groove into a slice of cosmic Coladeira-disco perfection. On the flip the dynamic Hide & Smile duo (aka … Read more
Thursday, 05 December
*Classic Finders Keepers - finally reissued on vinyl.* Finders Keepers continues in it's mission to unearth some of the finest treasures the Western world has never seen with this incredible 1976 album from Turkish radical folk singer Selda Bagcan. Part of Finders Keepers' 'Anatolian Invasion' series, this particular record stirred up quite a fuss among the world's Turkish communities on it's release, achieving a certain notoriety for Selda herself as she proclaimed unashamedly her thoughts on freedom of speech and quality of life. So it's political, we've got that down, but since most of us don't speak … Read more
Thursday, 28 November
Great set of riddim trips by Rhythm Maker, Stefan Schwander, aka Harmonious Thelonious. Up top, he hypnotises mind and body with sinuous bassline and shifting drum patterns peppered with woops and crowd noise on the club-ready 'Harmony Labelle', and cuts loose with noisier, electric timbres on 'Kwaku', which is dedicated to the late Can percussionist, Reebop Kwaku Baah. Down below he tricks out Ben Zabo's original Afrobeat groove, 'Danna' with distorted dub FX and percolating drums layered up with chants and marimba cross-rhythms recalling Shackleton's remix of Konono No.1.
Thursday, 21 November
More genre-straddling Ethiopian music from the Ethiopiques series, this time focussing on shoeshine boy turned singing star Mahmoud Ahmed, whose unique blend of afro-beat rhythms and Arabic blues makes for an unexpected treat. Ahmed started out as what Ethiopiques curator Franic Falceto describes as a "street urchin", only to work his way up to become one of his homeland's biggest celebrities. Ahmed's minor-key soul is characterised by a cross-pollination of Eastern and Western styles (as is the case with this week's other two Ethiopiques releases) and takes on some of the Latin-American influences imported by his countryman Mulatu Astatke back in the late '60s.
Thursday, 14 November
Tohuwabohu is the joint project of Chronomad's Saam Schlamminger and Burnt Friedman, a cultural exchange of percussive patterns and uniquely accented instrumental tunings. Their dialogue is deft, effortlessly fluid, resulting in four pieces of constantly morphing drum details synched in swirling momentum produced with deep, spatialised dubbing to psychedelic effect.
Thursday, 26 September
**Includes 24" x 12" poster** Steaming Afro-boogie heat from Nigeria, 1978. Up top, he chops out the squiggly guitar lines, Moogy squelch and almost rapped/sung vox of 'Move!; down below, 'Hot Love' is a more stripped and sensuous disco zinger wrapping chiming keys and simmering drums to infectious, wormy bass. Class stuff.
Thursday, 19 September
**Luscious 5th world Balearic grooves and atmospheres** "The Secret of 12 O'clock is the second Em Records release by Spaniard Juan Alberto Arteche Guel's Finis Africae project. It collects six pieces from three 1980s albums, pieces not released on the Em Records compilation "A Last Discovery". This collection captures Finis Africae in a more spiritual mode, organic and flowing, with drone textures, and featuring flute, hand percussion, guitar, sax, and synths, combined with field recordings in a music which could be heard as a less-chilly and more organic … Read more
**Now available again on Heavenly Sweetness** Utterly enchanting Ethiopiques edition, starring the totally unique saxophone sound of Gétatchèw Mèkurya. The label says "Gétatchèw Mèkurya is probably the most revered veteran of Ethiopian saxophone. A real giant, both physically and musically. Not only is he at the very top level of Ethiopian saxophonists, but he is the "inventor" of an extremely distinctive musical "style"." The album features ten of Gétatchèw Mèkurya's arrangements, blowing a snaking, smoky and hypnotic stream of notes over very minimal backing of… Read more
**Now available again on Heavenly Sweetness** One of the Ethiopiques series' biggest stars, singer Alemayehu Eshete gets his own LP, featuring an array of different variants on the Ethiopian jazz sound of the '70s, ranging from James Brown-alike funk, functioning almost as a straight import of American R&B and soul, to far more unfamiliar Eastern harmonies and rhythms. In between you'll find one or two highly accomplished jazz mutations thrown in too, like side-A closing number 'Feqer Feqer New', but the defining factors here are the force of Eshete's spirited voca… Read more
Thursday, 12 September
*LP version pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and packaged in a full colour jacket with free download card and 8 page booklet featuring photos and liner notes* "‘Alafia’ is the third international release from Malian songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré. This follows last year’s critically-lauded ‘Koïma’ and 2011’s revelatory debut ‘Sahel Folk’. Backed by this band of young talented musicians, who have joined him on several tours, Sidi invited friends from the North to participate to this album - the singer Leïla Gobbi, the kolo player Berté Ibrahim, and the rising star guitarist (and Touré disc… Read more
Thursday, 22 August
*One of the most intriguing pieces of music to ever be recorded in 1960's Israel.*"Jaffa in the late sixties and early seventies had an exciting and exotic sound to offer, where folk musicians performed live at its taverns seven nights a week. It was far from the mainstream hit-parade of swinging Tel-Aviv but close enough geographically to attract listeners from across the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa metropolis. The scene got bigger and wilder as it embraced the Middle Eastern celebration style known as "Hafla", involving heavy drinking, local food and music of course. Standing at the center of old Jaffa and it's v… Read more
Thursday, 25 July
**Gatefold jacket** Enchanting collection of rural folk music from Greek 78s, miraculously remastered for vinyl. Whilst most expeditions to the earliest recorded music of Greece have documented Rembetika's shady world of hash dens and gangsters - think Mississippi's 'Mortika' LP or Dust-To-Digital's 'Greek Rhapsody' - this one takes to the hills and the sublime traditional songs of Northern Greece and Southern Albania, spanning dirges, ballads, plainsong and dances. Most of them have never been reissued since they were or… Read more
Thursday, 20 June
**A modern take on heavily percussive, frenetic Turkish Gypsy music starring virtuosic clarinet playing issued by A Hawk And A Hacksaw's label. Includes download code redeemable from the label. RIYL Dabke, Turbofolk etc.** "In Istanbul, close to the city center, lies a district not often visited by tourists. It's called Dolapdere, and it is populated by the Roma of the city, many of whom are originally from Thrace. They supply the music for the city's weddings, circumcisions, parades and parties. Dolapdere is the home of clarinet virtuoso Cüneyt Sepetçi and the… Read more
Monday, 03 June
It makes sense that Mark Ernestus's investigations into the grain and grammar of rhythm have led him to Senegal - where Mbalax, an ecstatic fusion of Western music styles and traditional Senegalese drum music (sabar), has been flourishing since the 1970s. Hard-grooving, hypnotic, fiendishly swung - and with an instrumental palette comprised largely of talking-drums and sequencer-like marimba synths - it's easy to understand why it appeals to both the technical and intuitive sides of the Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound don's brain, whose burgeoning interest in Africa has … Read more
Thursday, 30 May
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "Recorded over 4 years in London and Venezuela, Cuban rumba, Venezuelan tambor and tonada, Ghanaian highlife, Ethiopian blues and calypso have been soaked and infused with psychedelia and spiritual jazz. At the heart of Family Atlantica are three people from three different continents: London born Jack Yglesias, producer, multi instrumentalist and a veteran of The Heliocentrics, his wife Luzmira Zerpa, traditional Venezuelan musician, poet and singer with a magical voice acclaimed by Manu Chao and half Nigerian-half Ghana… Read more
Thursday, 16 May
*Triple LP with bonus 7" and 8 page full size booklet, plus download code with an extra 8 tracks redeemable from the label* "Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. It follows on from Soundway’s much acclaimed African ‘Special’ series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana. Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on sm… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl edition, features 14 tracks from the source compilation** As this compilation on Brighton's Soundway label adeptly illustrates, Nigeria in the 1970s was a melting pot of different cultural influences, both from African sources and the wider influence of music from other corners of the world - most notably jazz and blues. This double-disc sized compilation draws together 14 tracks that have never before been reissued, offering a unique slant on how we think about Africa's contribution to what has previou… Read more
**Limited edition 180g vinyl with download code redeemable from the label** Cool primer on the wonderful world of Brazilian psychedelic music classic and new. Features songs by Tom Zé, Lula Côrtes, Liverpool, Lucas Santtana, and more. "This Rough Guide is a psychedelic treat that is full to bursting with far-out Brazilian grooves. Discover cutting-edge explorations by artists like Tom Zé, Laranja Freak and Jupiter Maça, then dig deep into the archive and let loose to the retro vibrations of Quintal De Clorofila and José Mauro. Next, revel in one of the first ever reissues of the track ‘Renata’ from a rare 1970 EP by offbeat psych-garage band, Liverpool."
**Limited edition 180g vinyl with download code redeemable from the label** Party-ready collection of African disco old and new from Simbad edits of Sir Victor Uwaifo to The Lijadu Sisters and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. "As the 1970s dawned, the all-glittering, all-dancing sounds of disco were reverberating right around the globe. Creative scenesters put their own spin on the disco sound, mashing together the rhythmic pulse of funk, soul and Latin with African grooves."
Thursday, 02 May
*Regular 2LP edition - does not include the bonus DVD* "This album is a whistle-stop musical journey through the Caribbean, stopping off at Trinidad, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and more along the way. Artists include Irakere, Cachao, Slim Smith, Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo, Edmundo Ros, Lord Flea, Techniques, Carlos Malcolm, Count Ossie and more. ‘Afro-Caribbean Music Up From The Roots’ Soul Jazz Records have been recording Afro- Caribbean music for the last 15 years, travelling to and documenting roots style… Read more
Thursday, 25 April
**Twelve crucial cuts of swaggering '70s Nigerian dance music. Double gatefold edition includes download code redeemable from the label** As this compilation on Brighton's Soundway label adeptly illustrates, Nigeria in the 1970s was a melting pot of different cultural influences, both from African sources and the wider influence of music from other corners of the world - most notably jazz and blues. This double-disc sized compilation draws together 12 tracks that have never before been reissued, offering a unique slant on how … Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Sweet album of Colombian pop mixing ambient electronics, rap, cumbia, techno and folk melodies. To be fair, that combination could have resulted some rather dodgy results in other hands, but Soundway know their beans and present this as a refreshing adjunct to their cache of classic recordings from the black atlantic. Very enjoyable.