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Thursday, 24 July

KEYBOARD - Hungry Man, Soundway Records
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KEYBOARD

Hungry Man

Soundway Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: SNDWLP065

**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
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KEYBOARD - Hungry Man, Soundway Records
VARIOUS - Istanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Classics, Nublu Records

VARIOUS

Istanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Classics

Nublu Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £22.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: NUB029LP

Baris K compiles fourteen original Turkish Psych, Disco and Folk classics now in on vinyl. As showcased on Bouzouki Joe's brilliant 'Turkish Freakout' compilations and various Finders Keepers records, Turkey had a real thirst for westernized music from the mid-late '60s onwards, infusing and hybridizing with their native melodies and tastes to create a unique form of east-meets-west pop music, to the extent that even superstars such as Johnny Hallyday were recording entire albums in Turkish specifically for the burgeoning and (at the time) prosperous market. Baris K is a… Read more
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VARIOUS - Istanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Classics, Nublu Records
SERGIO MENDES & BRAZIL '66 - Stillness: The Original Classic 1970 Brazil Album, Soul Jazz Records
"This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and … Read more
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SERGIO MENDES & BRAZIL '66 - Stillness: The Original Classic 1970 Brazil Album, Soul Jazz Records

Thursday, 17 July

WILLIAM ONYEABOR - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Deluxe Edition), LUAKA BOP
**Deluxe triple LP in a gatefold sleeve back in stock** Gobsmacking anthology of prescient and super hard-to-find Nigerian disco by the fascinating and enigmatic William Onyeabor. It's the first ever fully licensed collection of Onyeabor's deeply infectious sounds, drawn from a string of eight LPs privately issued on his Wilfilms imprint between 1977-1985, all brimming with a genuinely joyful energy, sophisticated cool and synthetic sensuality. Nodding at once to West African disco and Afrobeat, the futurist funk of Parliament/Fun… Read more
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WILLIAM ONYEABOR - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Deluxe Edition), LUAKA BOP

Thursday, 10 July

VARIOUS - Tropicalia. The Definitive 1968 Classic Brazilian Album, Soul Jazz Records
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VARIOUS

Tropicalia. The Definitive 1968 Classic Brazilian Album

Soul Jazz Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: USLP58

"This album is the definitive statement of the Tropicalia movement in Brazil. The album’s collaborators - Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Nara Leao, Gal Costa and Os Mutantes - mixed psychedelic rock with boleros, sambas, bossa nova and jazz into a carnival-esque parade which first announced the new global sound of Brazilian music. What is stunning is that this anarchic and groundbreaking release was recorded at the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship, during an era where censorship, repression and the threat of violence was a constant i… Read more
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VARIOUS - Tropicalia. The Definitive 1968 Classic Brazilian Album, Soul Jazz Records
ANGKANANG KUNCHAI - Isan Lam Plearn, EM Records
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ANGKANANG KUNCHAI

Isan Lam Plearn

EM Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: EM1126LP

**Newly remastered, groundbreaking collection of hybrid Thai folk/pop. The artist's first release outside the Thai record market** "The relaunch of EM Records’ Thai music series. Paradise Bangkok, Soi 48 and EM Records have teamed up to deliver a new series showcasing the extraordinary performances of some of Thailand’s greatest musical legends. The first release is the seminal album Isan Lam Plearn released in 1975 by Angkanang Kunchai. This album represents a crucial moment in Thai musical history when the performance styles of Molam (*1) and Luk Thung (*2) were fused together fo… Read more
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ANGKANANG KUNCHAI - Isan Lam Plearn, EM Records
MESTRE CUPIJó E SEU RITMO - Siriá, ANALOG AFRICA

MESTRE CUPIJó E SEU RITMO

Siriá

ANALOG AFRICA

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: AALP076

*180g vinyl. Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Collection of material from 1975 - 1982 by Brazilian artist Mestre Cupijó, entitled 'Siriá'. Siriá is a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped African slaves, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Mestre Cupijó has created the modernised version of this local music, which has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades."
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H H Y & THE MACUMBAS - Throat Permission Cut, SILO

H H Y & THE MACUMBAS

Throat Permission Cut

SILO

Format_dot_vinylLP // £13.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: SILO001LP

"SILO is a new label curated by composer, producer and sound alchemists Raz Mesinai and Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, with the goal of releasing some of the most important underground sonic experiments and productions from Porto. Portugal. After meeting a decade ago, Mesinai and Saldanha both found a like minded interest in the sonic properties of underground spaces, which led to the film 'Tunnel Vision' (directed by Mesinai w/ an original score by Saldanha). Hailed as a "21st century cult classic" by composer and film enthusiast John Zorn, who later released the film on his own … Read more
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H H Y & THE MACUMBAS - Throat Permission Cut, SILO

Thursday, 03 July

VARIOUS - Tropical Disco Hustle, CULTURES OF SOUL
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VARIOUS

Tropical Disco Hustle

CULTURES OF SOUL

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £19.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: COS010LP

*Killer comp of disco-in­uenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas circa late 70's* "It seems like no part of the world has evaded disco’s ubiquitous in­fluence, including the Caribbean. The Caribbean in the late '70s and early '80s was a hotbed of musical activity and this compilation focuses on the best disco-in­uenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. All of the tracks here were o‑cially licensed and reissued for the first time ever. Highlights of the 13 tracks included on this compilation are: the under-the-radar cosmic disco tune "Go… Read more
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VARIOUS - Tropical Disco Hustle, CULTURES OF SOUL

Thursday, 26 June

VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES - 1970's Algerian Folk and Pop, Sublime Frequencies
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VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES

1970's Algerian Folk and Pop

Sublime Frequencies

Format_dot_vinylLP // £20.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SF088LP

*The first-ever compilation outside Algeria to focus on its pop, folk and rock scene of the 1970s. Heavy and psychedelic rock, dark and moody folk-pop and stoic cinematic tracks compiled by Hicham Chadly for Sublime Frequencies. Limited edition LP in a full-color heavy gatefold jacket* Sublime Frequencies present a selection of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most le… Read more
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VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES - 1970's Algerian Folk and Pop, Sublime Frequencies
VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES - Choubi Choubi : Folk & Pop Sounds From Iraq (Vol 1) (Vinyl Edition), Sublime Frequencies
*The first Iraqi popular music compilation released to a Western audience available on vinyl for the first time. This deluxe-edition vinyl reissue features re-mastered, and in some cases, completely restored audio, revised and updated liner-notes with new artist and track information, plus four additional tracks not featured in the first CD issue* Originally released in 2005, while the U.S.-led war against Iraq was tearing the country to pieces, Choubi Choubi Vol. 1 brought a collection of incredible Iraqi music and styles that … Read more
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VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES - Choubi Choubi : Folk & Pop Sounds From Iraq (Vol 1) (Vinyl Edition), Sublime Frequencies
VARIOUS - Congo Traditional: 1952 & 1957, SWP Records
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VARIOUS

Congo Traditional: 1952 & 1957

SWP Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SWP046

**Remastered collection of amazing, classic African recordings made by Hugh Tracy in 1952 & 1957** "Music from another world! This collection of magnificent recordings merely touches on the richness and diversity of the traditional musics of the Congo, as found by Hugh Tracey in the 1950s. In the ensemble tracks we can hear his hand-held microphone technique, as he moves around with his one mike to highlight one instrument after the other – a kind of instant mixing. But how many of these musical traditions have been lost since they were captured on tape? Urbanisation and satelite… Read more
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VARIOUS - Congo Traditional: 1952 & 1957, SWP Records
VARIOUS - Congo Guitars 1952 & 1957, SWP Records
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VARIOUS

Congo Guitars 1952 & 1957

SWP Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £11.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SWP045

"This is the famous Katanga guitar sound, as recorded by Hugh Tracey, based on the traditional likembe lamellaphone music of the various Luba peoples and their neighbours, who went to work in the mines and, as a result of this urbanisation, embraced 'modernism' by buying guitars. Plus three rumba tracks from Stanleyville (Kisangani), where there was a laid-back atmosphere with white and black dancing together in a flourishing nightlife, exceptional for the Belgian Congo. The recorded musicians there said they had copied the style of playing introduced from the San Salvador district in northern Angola through Leopoldville (Kinshasa)."
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VARIOUS - Congo Guitars 1952 & 1957, SWP Records
ABEL LIMA E LES SOFAS - Corre Riba Corre Baxo, SOFRITO
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ABEL LIMA E LES SOFAS

Corre Riba Corre Baxo

SOFRITO

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £6.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: SSS007

"Originally from the island of Boa Vista, Abel Lima was part of a large wave of Cape Verdean migration to Europe in the late 60s - fleeing the political turmoil that accompanied the end of Portuguese colonial rule. Settling in Paris, he recorded several albums with 'Les Sofas' a multinational group featuring musicians from France, Senegal, Cameroon, Angola and Guadeloupe. Arranged by Camerounian star Eko Roosevelt Louis, Corre Riba Corre Baxo (what goes up must come down) is taken from the 1977 album 'Cantam nos Bida' and combines a rock-solid bassline with a hypnotic gui… Read more
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ABEL LIMA E LES SOFAS - Corre Riba Corre Baxo, SOFRITO

Thursday, 12 June

THE BLACK HIPPIES - The Black Hippies, Academy LPs
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THE BLACK HIPPIES

The Black Hippies

Academy LPs

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: ALP-009

*Reissue of this unbelievably rare Afro Rock LP via Academy LPs - includes 12"x24" bonus poster* "Pazy (real name Joseph Etinagbedia) started playing music in the Fire Flies in the city of Warri in Nigeria in 1973. The area was in the midst of an oil boom, and like most bands on that scene, the Fire Flies played American and European pop hits mixed with Jazz and Highlife for the largely expat audiences in local clubs. Along with an influx of foreigners, the oil boom also gave rise to an emerging Nigerian youth market, and soon Pazy formed the Black Hippies to play the uniquely Af… Read more
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THE BLACK HIPPIES - The Black Hippies, Academy LPs
MERIDIAN BROTHERS - Lamento Calavera, NYC TRUST

MERIDIAN BROTHERS

Lamento Calavera

NYC TRUST

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £9.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: NYCT7018

"Bogota's Meridian Brothers return to Names You Can Trust with a brand-new double-sided single. Having made their mark on the local scene in Colombia for over a decade, the last few years have brought Eblis Álvarez and his strange brew of tropical rhythms, wonderfully outrageous electronic sounds and unique, playful vocal style into the consciousness of a world wide audience. Building on the success of their previous album 'Deseperanza' as well as the upcoming 'Salvadora Robot' (both out via Soundway Records), Álvarez has concocted two new gems exclusively for this NYCT release. … Read more
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MERIDIAN BROTHERS - Lamento Calavera, NYC TRUST

Sunday, 01 June

VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES - Princess Nicotine -  Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 1, Sublime Frequencies
Not only are the roots of this music unique, but so are the results after incorporating outside instrumentation from modern colonial and (unavoidable) international influence. What the Burmese have done with a piano is so precise in its adaptation to existing form and melody that one would think they invented it. Burmese music has a very distinct sound and whatever instrument is assimilated into its core only seems to magnify its original intent without depending upon outside ideas as they relate to each component of it. This collecti… Read more
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VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES - Princess Nicotine -  Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 1, Sublime Frequencies

Thursday, 29 May

VARIOUS - Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69, Soul Jazz Records
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Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69

Soul Jazz Records

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £17.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SJRLP274

**Deluxe gatefold edition - includes insert, extensive sleeve notes, exclusive photography, original art work, bios & digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Soul Jazz explore Calypso in its many forms - from its birthplace, the island of Trinidad, as well as other Caribbean islands (Jamaica and The Bahamas) and its subsequent onwards journey (Britain, Panama and the United States), recorded during the years 1955-69. Calypso’s aristocracy and royalty - Lord Kitchener, Lord Cobra, Lord Growler, King Fighter, Lord Byron, The Mighty Viper, Lord Ivan… Read more
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VARIOUS - Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69, Soul Jazz Records

Thursday, 15 May

OMAR SOULEYMAN - Wenu Wenu (Album Repress), Domino Recording Co
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OMAR SOULEYMAN

Wenu Wenu (Album Repress)

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: RBN029LPS

*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* 'Wenu Wenu' is Syrian superstar Omar Souleyman's first Western studio album proper, and was recorded and produced by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) in Brooklyn, New York for Domino's Ribbon sublabel. It stars the main man belting it out with trademark massive reverbs over incendiary, streaking keyboard motifs and clipped drums by his long-time compadre and keys man, Rizan Sa'id, just as he has done for the last 20 years or so, only now the production is pleasingly brighter, punchier in parts. But perhaps most importantly, it's not to… Read more
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OMAR SOULEYMAN - Wenu Wenu (Album Repress), Domino Recording Co
MONA FINNIH - I Love Myself / People of the World, Voodoo Funk
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MONA FINNIH

I Love Myself / People of the World

Voodoo Funk

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: VF6

**Includes 12" x 24" fold out poster** "Boogie-down cosmic funk from late-seventies Nigeria — like full-throttle Roy Ayers, at his most brilliant. Jimi Lee Adams packs his inner Hendrix off to Funky Town; the horns are the horniest; Mona runs it all down with an irresistible West African tilt. Afro-jazz scorchers, both sides. Breaking through with The Sunflowers in Nigeria's late-sixties soul explosion, Mona moved to the US after the group's equipment was destroyed in a car accident. There she was active in the new jazz scene, before returning home towards the end of th… Read more
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MONA FINNIH - I Love Myself / People of the World, Voodoo Funk

Thursday, 24 April

MUYEI POWER - Sierra Leone in 1970s USA, Soundway Records

MUYEI POWER

Sierra Leone in 1970s USA

Soundway Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: SNDWLP062

**180g vinyl housed in colour jacket with extensive liner notes** "Muyei Power or Orchestre Muyei (muyei means ‘our country’) was one of the top dance bands of the1970s in Sierra Leone. Soundway Records' first collection of music from this West African country (‘Muyei Power: Sierra Leone in 1970s USA’) is an album of rock-infused, 'afro' music from a group that traveled the world throughout the mid 1970s. Fusing elements of electric Congolese and Nigerian music with fast, syncopated, uptempo modernised arrangements of traditional music, Muyei Power produced a series of unique si… Read more
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MUYEI POWER - Sierra Leone in 1970s USA, Soundway Records
GUY ONE - Suro Yuama, Philophon

GUY ONE

Suro Yuama

Philophon

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £6.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: PH45001

Heavy Afro-soul vibes fresh outta Berlin. Ghanaian Music Award winner and Frafra superstar Guy One sings accompanied by Frafra choir on the brassy, Ethiopiques-esque jazz swing of Max Weissenfeldt on 'Suro Yuama', and plays the the 2-stringed Kologo guitar and sings on rawer, urgent flipside, 'A Me Bayela Do Me'.
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Thursday, 17 April

HARRY MOSCO - For You Specially, Secret Stash Records
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HARRY MOSCO

For You Specially

Secret Stash Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SSR-LP-32

**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
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HARRY MOSCO - For You Specially, Secret Stash Records

Thursday, 10 April

SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS - Gipsy Rhumba: The Original Rhythm of Gipsy Rhumba in Spain 1965-1974, Soul Jazz Records
* 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
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SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS - Gipsy Rhumba: The Original Rhythm of Gipsy Rhumba in Spain 1965-1974, Soul Jazz Records

Thursday, 03 April

KAROL CONKA - Batuk Freak (Vinyl edition), Mr Bongo

KAROL CONKA

Batuk Freak (Vinyl edition)

Mr Bongo

Format_dot_vinylLP // £12.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: MRBLP117

"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…"
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Thursday, 20 March

ASHA BHOSLE - Udi Baba / Koi Lutera (Bombay Disco), CULTURE OF SOUL
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ASHA BHOSLE

Udi Baba / Koi Lutera (Bombay Disco)

CULTURE OF SOUL

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £12.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: COS60112

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
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ASHA BHOSLE - Udi Baba / Koi Lutera (Bombay Disco), CULTURE OF SOUL
SON PALENQUE - Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers, VAMPISOUL
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SON PALENQUE

Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers

VAMPISOUL

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £22.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: VAMPI158

**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
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SON PALENQUE - Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers, VAMPISOUL

Thursday, 23 January

PETER KING - Omo Lewa, SECRET STASH
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PETER KING

Omo Lewa

SECRET STASH

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: SSR-LP-31

*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
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PETER KING - Omo Lewa, SECRET STASH

Thursday, 05 December

SELDA - Selda, Finders Keepers Records
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SELDA

Selda

Finders Keepers Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: FKR011LP

*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
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SELDA - Selda, Finders Keepers Records

Thursday, 21 November

MAHMOUD AHMED - Ere Mela Mela, HEAVENLY SWEETNESS

MAHMOUD AHMED

Ere Mela Mela

HEAVENLY SWEETNESS

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.49

WORLD

Cat. Number: HS093VL

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.
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MAHMOUD AHMED - Ere Mela Mela, HEAVENLY SWEETNESS