Thursday, 23 July
Syrian dabke star, Omar Souleyman leads the dance to Monkeytown flanked by Modeselektor, Gilles Peterson, Four Tet and Legowelt on his 2nd studio album. Recorded in Istanbul whilst reunited with his favourite poet, Ahmad Alsamer, 'Bahdeni Nami' returns to his rawer (read: effective), pre-Domino polished sound, with each contributor faithfully complementing his style, rather than trying to westernise it. We catch Gilles Peterson joining an Arabic duet on 'Tawwalt El Gheba' - actually, we jest; we're not sure what Peterson did, but it sounds bloody great - while Modeselektor fuse beefier, … Read more
**Gatefold 2LP** "Stunningly beautiful, poignant music from Bilād al-Shām — ‘the countries of Damascus’, known nowadays as Syria, Lebanon and Palestine — including performances from the very first recording sessions in the region. The legendary, moody Beirut singer Būlus Ṣulbān is here — some historians have him singing before Egypt’s Pasha Ibrāhīm Bāshā during his military campaign in Syria, in 1841 — and Ḥasība Moshēh, Jewish ‘nightingale of the Damascene gardens’. Thurayyā Qaddūra from Jerusalem; Yūsuf Tāj, a folk singer from Mount-Lebanon; Farjallāh B… Read more
*Originally released in 1986, Brother Resistance's 'Rapso Takeover' blends calypso, reggae, disco, funk and poetry to create the artist’s signature Rapso sound* "A progressive form of poetry from Trinidad and Tobago, Rapso emerged as a means by which to articulate the daily suffering symptomatic of the social unrest afflicting the nation throughout the 1970s and 80s. Brother Resistance played a significant role in the Rapso movement, deploying his music to spread messages of hope and liberation. The authorities took Brother Resistance’s rising status seriously, destroying w… Read more
Thursday, 16 July
**Edition of 500** Paradise Bangkok coin their new Eastern Connection sub-label with Hanna Mekonnen's sinuous Ethiopian groove, 'Ali New Biye' backed by a cracking Nick Manasseh version in dub. The new sub-label takes its lead from Chris Menist and Maft Sai's two mix CDs of the same title which explored the links between the East African Coast, the Arab Peninsula, South East Asia and all the musical cultures traversing the Indian ocean. Hanna's debut heralds a full length album on the heat-hazed horizon. Produced by Addis Abeba based label Sheba Sound, 'Ali New Biye' is a slick update of… Read more
"SK Kakraba Lobi is a master xylophonist from Ghana and the nephew of Master Xylophonist Kakraba Lobi. He is a master of the Gyil, which means that he is both an instrument maker and a virtuoso performer. The Gyil is the Ghanaian xylophone and the primary instrument of the Lobi, Sisala and Dagara people of Northern Ghana. It is constructed of 14 wooden slats suspended over calabash gourds that have been fitted with resonators. SK was an instructor of the Gyil at the International Centre For African Music And Dance at the University Of Ghana but has recently moved to Los Angeles. SK has performed at… Read more
Thursday, 09 July
**El scorchio A-side and hash-heavy flip!** "Conjunto Papa Upa made it clear with their 2013 debut single on Music With Soul - they would be the torchbearers of the modern day musical explorations of Venezuelan polyrhythmic grooves. Their newest single, in true Music With Soul tradition, is another double sider; may you chose which song you want to make your A side. El Jalabolismo opens with a direct dose of 60’s Sudamérica style surf-garage. An electrified combination of rock and roll, Guaguancó, Samba and Parranda through the looking glass of the scorching hot Caribbean coast. The… Read more
Thursday, 25 June
Epic Box set containing ten 45s with rare and hard-to-find tropical tracks from the 60s and 70s golden period of the seminal Colombian label Discos Fuentes. 20 tracks, several reissued for the first time, covering a wide array of genres: salsa, cumbia, boogaloo, porro, tamborera. Includes liner notes by compiler Pablo Yglesias aka DJ Bongohead and illustrations by CS Fossett.
Thursday, 18 June
"Originally released in 1974, Miller’s third album is one of the best Brazilian records of its time. A seamless mesh of Brazilian pop, psychedelia, and Bossa Nova, Linguas De Fogo could be mistaken as Tropicalia (if Miller hadn’t distances himself from the genre). Of Linguas De Fogo, Flabbergasted Vibes writes “The record is dreamy, hazy, psychedlicized, progressive MPB that evokes early Lô Borges, or Beto Guedes, or the first Nelson Angelo/Joyce album. ...The arrangements are all great, balancing his relaxed, almost sedated vocal lines against taught double-tracked flute harmo… Read more
*Much needed reissue of this stone cold Brazilian classic* "Brazil in the early 1970s had one of the vibrant music scenes in the world. Tropicalia was going strong, a challenge to both the music establishment and the state. Música Popular Brasileira (or MPB) was firmly established. Up in the northeastern corner of Brazil, centered in Recife, was another exciting strain of Brazilian culture called Udigrudi. Lula Cortes, Ze Ramalho and Satwa were a few artists from the movement; but none is more celebrated than Alceu Valença. Valença grew up with the expectation of being a lawyer… Read more
**Including 40 page booklet with photos and text by David Toop.** "Recordings from 1978 by David Toop of Yanomami ritual songs, shamanistic ceremonies and rainforest sounds. The voices of spirits and animal familiars, ventriloquial illusions of sound in dark spaces, secret spirit languages, the clap of thunder that links shamanic trance with the sleep language of Finnegans Wake... Out of these passages of the everyday, intensity flares like flames caught by a gust of wind. Skin burns or oozes blood, the wind blows up havoc as the sp… Read more
Thursday, 11 June
**Gatefold 2LP includes CD copy. Tipped to the drum fiends!** "“I’m an afrobeat drummer but Pat Thomas is highlife. That is what he does so well.” -Tony Allen. Strut present the brand new studio album by one of Ghana’s all-time great vocalists, “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, in conjunction with the Kwashibu Area Band led by multi-instumentalist Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens, Patrice) and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Ebo Taylor, Poets of Rhythm). A regular collaborator with Ebo Taylor, Thomas was mainstay of the ‘70s and ‘80s Ghanaian highlife, a… Read more
"Founder member of seminal Afro Disco group M’Bamina, JM Bolangassa comes through with 3 tracks of raw and unadulterated percussion, pairing virtuoso playing with complex drum machine arrangements and sparse synths that sit on the fault line between traditional Congolese rhythms and modern electronic music. Percussionist Jean-Marie Bolangassa arrived in Paris in 1967 as part of the Ballet Nationale du Congo and has been a lynchpin of the European scene for over 40 years – heading up the cult Afro Disco band M’Bamina and playing with a legion of stars including Tabu Ley Rochereau, … Read more
"‘Quema Quema Quema’ (‘Burn Burn Burn’ in Spanish) is the product of two years honing the Kanaku sound at the band’s Lima studio. The result is a record feverish in its intensity which screams with joy and cries for help in the same breath. Back in 2010, Kanaku y El Tigre's debut album ‘Caracoles’ (2010) brought Kanaku’s creative duo Nico Saba and Bruno Bellatin considerable success in Peru with a set of quirky songs inspired by American folk. Five years on, ‘Quema Quema Quema’ has a whole different atmosphere - euphoric, unapologetically feel-good hooks littered with electronic … Read more
Thursday, 04 June
**Edition of 500** Islam Chipsy and EEK bottle febrile street energy on vinyl with their first-ever studio recordings for Nashazphone. Pursuing last year's 'Live at the Cairo High Cinema Institute', this LP captures band-leader Islam Chipsy pinging rainbow-coloured synth scales across the scudding, rapid-fire percussion of Islam Ta'ta' and Khaled Mando in four parts recorded at Cairo's 100Copies studio. If you've been lucky enough to catch Chipsy and the lads live, then you'll know exactly what to expect from their sub-tropical dance cyclone; if not, this record is a perfect place to start. We can recog… Read more
Thursday, 28 May
**Gatefold Double LP.** Jaw-dropping debut solo album from Nozinja, the brains behind South Africa's maddest export - Shangaan Electro. Arriving five years since he set floors alight from Limpopo to Salford with an acclaimed compilation for Honest Jon's, he presents the most diverse Shangaan expo to date with 'Nozinja Lodge' cycling between free-wheeling 180bpm signatures to highly idiosyncratic takes on militant Hi-NRG disco via string-heavy epics and pinging digi-dub pop mutations, all sprinkled with his patented, super-bright and melodic arrangements. For energy and soul he's practically … Read more
The one we've all been waiting for! Anthony "Shake" Shakir and Oni Ayhun dissemble and rebuild highlights of the incredible Shangaan Electro comp with inimitable results. Face up, Anthony Shakir reworks BBC's 'Ngunyuta Dance' as an electrified and tribalist House rhythm, amping the kicks and shaking the percussion with a more Latin shuffle, Detroit-via-Shangaan styles. Flip it and you'll find Oni Ayhun shaping fragments of various compilation tracks into a skipping breakbeat House monster, twysted like some rude Shed riddim with a delirious case of sunstroke. Simply, they're sh*t hot dance trax and highly recommended!
Thursday, 21 May
**Record B of a two record set. 2LP gatefold includes download code** A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering synth intro. Highly recommended summer listening!!
**Record A of a two record set. 2LP gatefold includes download code** A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmieri's 'Un Dia Bonita'; a wayward fusion of folk and delicious dissonance in Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino's 'Anabacoa'. Highly recommended summer listening!!
Thursday, 02 April
Bonkers, Moog-heavy belly dance disco from Lebanon 1979! Both sides are belter, giving up the screaming Moog and mid-tempo wiggle of 'Jamileh' up top, and snake-hipped double-timed drops of 'The Joy of Lina (Farha)' on the flip.
Thursday, 26 March
*180g gatefold 3LP (with a bonus 7 inch and download code) / 38 track compilation from Soundway, Includes previously unreleased first ever known recordings of Afrobeat legend - Fela Kuti* "In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway present a very special release - including a bonus 45 that features the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960, both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty … Read more
Thursday, 05 March
*LP reissue manufactured in Japan, presented in a high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork* Tom Zé is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, innovator and composer who was hugely influential in the Tropicália movement of 1960s Brazil. Zé is often thought of as Brazil's answer to Zappa or Captain Beefheart; a true innovator and a true artist. Mr Bongo re-issued Zé's debut record 'Grande Liquidicao' originally released in 1968. This, his second solo album, is self-titled, and was released by RGE Discos in 1970. After the peak of the Tropicália period, Zé went into relative obscurity. It was o… Read more
*LP reissue manufactured in Japan, presented in a high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork.* "Rare and highly sought after in its original format, Os Brazoes self-titled album was originally released on RGE Discos in 1969. It is a psychedelic masterpiece that fuses samba, R'n'B and Rock 'n' Roll influences using fuzz guitars, synths, percussion, lush vocals and effects. Os Brazoes formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960's. They backed Gal Costa during her Tropicalia period, yet apparently never recorded in the studio with her. Miguel de Deus, the bands front man, recorded the h… Read more
Thursday, 26 February
"A life is A Billion Heartbeats', continues Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek Rebetika music from early 20th century. Their first release of this project (simply entitled 'Rebetika') was for the most part taken from a live recording at the CCA, Glasgow in 2006. For that, Yannis had created processed versions of Andy's favourite Rebetika tunes which served as a matrix or palette onto which both musicians then improvised using electric guitar, live sampling and electronics. In this new set of so… Read more
Monday, 23 February
'Estrelando Embaixador' is a mind-melting Brazilian album cum collage/mixtape originally released in 1972 and currently frying heads thanks to this very necessary reissue. Original copies are mythically scarce, and even a 2013 reissue was woefully undersupplied, especially so when considering the precedence and brilliance of the music. Both sides play through as though mixed by a DJ at the GRM, seamlessly segueing eight songs with psychedelic effects and rolling percussions to make one of the brightest, sun-drenched listens that we've had the mercy of picking up in mid-winter. It… Read more
Thursday, 12 February
**Heavyweight double gatefold jacket with 25-page, full colour booklet of photos and liner notes pasted to inner panel** The Folk Music of the Sahel is revealed to the world at large in these wonderful field recordings made by sublime freq, Hisham Mayet between 2004 - 2014. A year on from the more fractious 'Radio Niger' instalment, this LP presents the new Folk Music of the Sahel in a "subjective but spectacular overview of Hausa, Zarma, Fulani, Songhai and Tuareg music"… "On this lavish double album, Mayet methodically reveals the dazzling range and power of Nigerien mu… Read more
Thursday, 05 February
**Edition of 300 mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M** Discrepant and Yannick Dauby invite a closer listen to the soundscapes of Taiwan thru the highly-detailed electro-acoustic impressions of 'ts'it láu tsuí'. During an extended stay in Peng-Hu, an archipelago located in the Taiwan Strait, for months in early 2013, Dauby made a temporary experimental music studio where he parsed and reorganised a mass of field recordings made in and around the area. The final composition binds and glances the sounds of underwater fauna, the local harbour, music played during funerals and shortwave broadcasts to create an aural sketchbook of his stay.
Thursday, 11 December
*Music, happenings, and modern psychedelic atmospherics from the streets of South East Asia, new on Sublime Frequencies. Recorded by Jesse Paul Miller on location in Southeast Asia, this limited LP edition comes in a full-color tip-on jacket with a two-sided insert* "This limited edition LP includes street and folk music, situational ambience, radio excerpts, and psychedelic atmospheres from Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. If one wanders the streets of Southeast Asia, they w… Read more
Thursday, 20 November
*Limited edition LP in a full-color gatefold jacket with photos and liner notes* "The first live recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. These tracks were recorded live in Australia in 1981 - only days before Omar's tragic death. Stunning instrumental Arabic classics featuring electric guitar, organ, bass, drums & percussion. This is the first live concert recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. It features tracks recorded during his 1981 tour of Australia, including live version… Read more
*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 of songs an… 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