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It's Hot (reissue)
Cat: AFS 034. Rel: 20 Nov 17
  1. Burnin' Beat (It's Hot) (11:00)
  2. Searchin' (10:21)
Review: It would be fair to say that the Afro Synth label has dug deep for this latest reissue. Little is known about Burnin Beat, an obscure South African disco outfit who released their sole 12", It's Hot, on RPM way back in 1979. They're a great example of an outfit that, for whatever reason, fell through the cracks. The title track, a lolloping, 11-minute disco workout rich in fluid synth lines, rubbery slap bass, sparring instrument solos and the powerful vocals of Olive Masigna, is something of a long-lost gem. Original flipside "Searchin" is almost as good, with Masigna adding a touching vocal to a backing track that pushes the band's favourite Moog synthesizer to the fore.
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 in stock $14.30
Bahamas Tropical Funk vs Ivory Coast Afro Funk
Bahamas Tropical Funk vs Ivory Coast Afro Funk (7" in exclusive hand-stamped inner sleeve + branded outer card sleeve + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 053. Rel: 06 Nov 17
  1. Biosis Now - "Independent Bahamas" (Nik's Mukatsuku edit) (3:30)
  2. Afro Train - "Tumba Safari" (Nik's Mukatsuku re-edit) (3:28)
Review: This tasty 7" from the reliable Mukatsuku label sees 2 killer funk treats for the dancefloor. On the A-side there's a handy re-edit of Bahamian combo Biosis Now's ludicrously rare "Independent Bahamas", a righteous call for self-governance backed with a wonderfully fuzzy and full-throttle tropical funk groove. A copy recently for $700 on ebay for the very first time of the original 45. On the flipside we find "Tumba Safari" taken from the recent Oriki compilation, a suitably heavy chunk of Ivory Coast afro-funk from long forgotten outfit Afro Train. Weston's version naturally emphasizes the drum breaks, heavy horns and razor-sharp guitars, in the process tightening it up for contemporary club play.As played by Hunee,Red Greg and Nicola Conte
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 in stock $6.60
Mama Africa
Cat: AMBIANCE 001. Rel: 20 Nov 17
  1. Mama Africa (7:18)
  2. In The World (previously unreleased) (3:42)
  3. Pointe Noire (5:38)
  4. Sangi (unreleased demo mix) (5:32)
Review: When Congolese musician Albert Siassia moved to Paris in the early 1980s, it wasn't long before he joined forces with a local reggae band that he re-christened Tokobina ("Let's Dance" in the Lingala language, fact fans). Together, they released a handful of inspired but now notoriously hard-to-find records, from which two of the tracks here are taken. There's "Mama Africa", an unashamedly positive dancefloor workout full of glistening, South African style guitars, dub disco grooves, bustling, rumba-influenced percussion and Siassia's headline-grabbing vocals, and "Pointe Noire", a superb chunk of new wave/Afro-disco fusion that's arguably even better than the EP's title track. The other two tracks have never before seen the light of day on any format, having been rescued from long forgotten demo cassettes. Of these, it's the Congolese reggae sweetness of "Sangi (Demo Mix)" that hits home hardest.A killer first release from a new label brought to you by one of the Sofrito Crew Hugo Mendes
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 in stock $10.74
Afro Funk Gems Volume Eight: 1970's Ivory Coast
Afro Funk Gems Volume Eight: 1970's Ivory Coast (7" in exclusive hand-stamped kraft paper inner sleeve + branded outer sleeve + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 054. Rel: 09 Oct 17
  1. Chicken (3:45)
  2. Dankasa (3:25)
Review: Two killer tracks licensed from Oriki Music,mastered by Frank From Sofrito at The Carvery and taken from the recent Akwaba Abidjan compilation. These two monsters from De Frank Jr are straight up deep and funky afrobeat from 1970's Ivory Coast. More essential dancefloor delights from Mukatsuku - strictly vinyl only & singles only...As played by Hunee
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 in stock $6.60
Moon Faze Sun Gaze III
  1. Nicola Cruz - "Pagano" (5:41)
  2. Moscoman - "Se Acabo" (5:36)
  3. Zongamin - "New Tribe" (4:24)
  4. Manfredas - "Glasswalk" (6:32)
  5. Umoja - "Umboweti" (4:27)
  6. Crowdpleaser & Mah'Mood - "Yasmin" (feat Habib) (6:21)
 in stock $9.90
Percussions (reissue)
Percussions (reissue) (LP with obi strip)
Cat: SRLP 027. Rel: 30 Oct 17
  1. Souviens-Toi Madinga (5:00)
  2. I Take You My Feeling (6:35)
  3. Mona Evasion (4:04)
  4. The Warras Beat (3:54)
  5. Itoumba (3:52)
  6. Congo Expressions (6:54)
 in stock $25.88
In The Music The Village Never Ends
Cat: BEWITH 006LP. Rel: 02 Oct 17
  1. Sweet Juju (4:45)
  2. Nomalizo (5:09)
  3. Nkedama (4:44)
  4. Hamba Nam We (4:37)
  5. Vumani Makhosi (4:58)
  6. Down By The River (5:08)
  7. The Village (4:25)
Review: South Africa's Letta Mbulu has put out a vast amount of quality material in her lifetime, and although the singer was based far away from Europe, her music was picked up by the London massive during the mid '80s at clubs like Dingwalls and featured heavily in the rare groove digs. The opener "Sweet Julu" is now a London two-step classic, while other tracks like "Nomalizo" or "The Village" are more on the disco side, all of them filtered with a distinctly tropical edge! A top reissue!
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 in stock $25.05
Screaming Ghosts
Screaming Ghosts (140 gram vinyl double 12")
Cat: ERC 036/MT 009. Rel: 02 Oct 17
  1. Sudaniyya (Minimal mix)
  2. Screaming (To Be With You)
  3. Simple Helen
  4. Shake The Mind
  5. I Looked For You
  6. Some Day Soon (Burn mix)
  7. She Steals Cars
  8. Rattling Ghosts
  9. Take Me To The Beach
  10. Dalbouka
  11. Cold
  12. They Made Them Up
Review: Emotional Rescue and Malka Tuti recognise their shared passion for globe-trotting sounds and team up to present this album from C Cat Trance, a project from John Rees Lewis who was formerly of post punkers Medium Medium. It's no surprise to learn that this was a project of the 1980s, as all the hallmarks are there. With the same outernational attitude that made the work of Eno, Hassell, Czukay, Wobble and scores more so alluring, this collection shines a light on a true gem of the era and provides a fresh pressing of some stone cold leftfield party groovers like "Shake The Mind".
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 in stock $17.06
Brasileira Remixes
Cat: OMSD 002. Rel: 30 Oct 17
  1. Cantico Brasileiro No 3 (Kamaiura) (Selvagem & Carrot Green mix) (8:22)
  2. Lamento Africano/Rictus (Joakim remix) (7:55)
Review: Earlier this year, Brazilian duo Selvagem joined forces with Optimo's JD Twitch to reissue Maria Rita's Brasileira, an obscure, 1998 full-length that had long been a "holy grail" for lovers of contemporary Brazilian music and Balearic enthusiasts alike. Here, two tracks from that set are given the remix treatment. Selvagem and Carrot Green join forces on the A-side to deliver a lolloping, soft touch house mix of "Cantico Brasileiro No. 3 (Kamajura)". Wrapping Rita's drifting vocal, Amazonian flutes and bustling analogue synth-bass around a solid kick-drum and layered hand percussion, it's something of an epic. Arguably even better is Joakim's flipside rub of "Lamento Africanus/Rictus", which sees bleeping new age melodies and foreboding synth lines rise above a bed of dreamy vocal samples and hypnotic drum machine hits.
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 in stock $11.00
Terra Incognita
Terra Incognita (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 034. Rel: 31 Jul 17
  1. Denis Mpunga & Paul K - "Criola" (3:23)
  2. Mal - "A Letter From Yellowland" (2:00)
  3. Zazou & Biyake - "Komba" (2:41)
  4. Bene Gesserit - "Broken Toy" (2:15)
  5. La Caida De La Casa Usher - "Caballos" (3:14)
  6. Kastrieste Philosophen - "Heroina" (5:20)
  7. Danny Alias - "Big Brother-The Answer" (4:20)
  8. Image Pour Image - "Where Is The Love In This World" (3:20)
  9. Attrition - "Beast Of Burden" (3:05)
  10. Zazou, Nodland, Lema - "Stranger In The New Light" (4:02)
  11. Kastrieste Philosophen - "Playin The Fool" (3:05)
  12. Instead Of - "Bad Angels" (4:43)
Review: Emotional Rescue continue to mine hidden corners of esoteric music to bring your rarified delights in a freshly mastered form. This time the label has turned to cult Spanish label Auxilio De Ciento, who have been quietly picked up by more tuned in heads for their excellent new wave, synth pop and industrial wares. La Caida De La Casa Usher present the most abrasive material on here, but largely it's a relaxed affair. You can lose yourself in the bubbling synthesizer goodness of Bene Gesserit and Danny Alias, or trip out to the pattering drums of Zazou, Nodland, Lema.
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 in stock $16.51
Use It Before You Lose It
  1. Bobby Valentin - "Use It Before You Lose It" (3:03)
  2. Mongo Santamaria - "Sunshine Of Your Love" (3:23)
Review: Latin reissue specialists Raroraro (AKA Rare Latin) return to action with another double dose of devilishly hard to find goodness. On the A-side you'll find Bobby Valentin's "Use It Before You Lose It", a seminal boogaloo cut first featured on the artist's 1968 album Let's Turn On. Full of his impassioned vocals, fuzzy horns and authentic, Tito Puente-influenced rhythms, the song has lost none of its power or panache in the 48 years that have passed since it was recorded. Arguably even better is Mongo Santamaria's flipside cover of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" - a brilliant interpretation from 1970 that sounds like an Afro-Cuban jazz take on Spanky Wilson's infamous soul re-make.
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 in stock $8.80
Marcos Valle (reissue)
Marcos Valle (reissue) (LP + booklet)
Cat: P 017. Rel: 04 Sep 17
  1. Estrelar (5:10)
  2. Fogo Do Sol (3:44)
  3. Samba De Verao (3:41)
  4. Para Os Filhos De Abraao (4:13)
  5. Naturalmente (3:58)
  6. Tapa No Real (4:08)
  7. Tapetes, Guardanapos, Cetins (3:30)
  8. Dia D (3:55)
  9. Mais Que Amor (4:30)
  10. Viola Enluarada (4:23)
Review: The follow-up to his funky return to form in 1981 (Vontade De Rever Voce) Marcos's 12th album is the sound of a man with nothing to prove but raw, bare-chested boogie. Smooth, soulful and well-balanced between focus and hazy, he lets us slide and glide from sunset to sunset; the dusky disco of "Tapa No Real", the subversive funk build and slipper-slapping lounge jazz charms of "Samba De Verao", the honeyed harmonies of "Tapetes, Guardanapos, Cetins", the list goes on. An authentic slice of seductive Brazilian cool in 1983.
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 in stock $18.44
Sekele I Like It
Sekele I Like It (12" 再プレス)
Cat: BETINOS 002. Rel: 09 Oct 17
  1. Sekele I Like It (10:57)
  2. Feet On The Ground (2:58)
  3. Sekele I Like It (Baptman & Betino Philly Vibe mix) (6:21)
  4. Feet On The Ground (Vas Moody rework) (4:41)
Review: A couple of years back, Rafael Top Secret - a selector known for digging deep for inspiration - delivered a tidy re-edit of "Sekele I Like It", a previously little-known Afro-boogie cut by French artist Robert "Bobby" Helms. Copies of the 1980 album it came from, Lay Down, Girl, now go for serious money, prompting this licensed reissue. Helms' brilliant, horn-totin' original is accompanied by another cut from that album, "Feet On The Ground" - a straight-up disco affair - and two new flipside remixes. Baptman and Betino's "Philly Vibe" mix of "Sekele I Like" is a largely instrumental interpretation that includes some killer electric piano solos, with Vas Moody's "Feet On The Ground" remix taking that track in a tightly-wound dub disco direction.
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 in stock $10.74
Tradition In Transition
Tradition In Transition (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code 再プレス)
Cat: TRULP 190. Rel: 20 Nov 17
  1. The Dreaming Mind (part 1) (4:36)
  2. Mas Pan (5:28)
  3. Linda Morena (8:27)
  4. Undelivered Letter (5:24)
  5. Un Canto A Mi Tierra (4:59)
  6. Mambo Los Quantic (4:44)
  7. Albela (2:31)
  8. New Morning (6:46)
  9. I Just Fell In Love Again (3:42)
  10. Cancao Do Deserto (5:52)
  11. Arianita (6:12)
  12. The Dreaming Mind (1:39)
 in stock $16.24
Doing It In Lagos: Boogie Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria
Doing It In Lagos: Boogie Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria (gatefold 3xLP + 7" + 8 page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: SNDWLP 087. Rel: 17 Jul 17
  1. Hotline - "Fellas Doing It In Lagos" (5:38)
  2. Peter Abdul - "Don't You Know" (3:47)
  3. Steve Monite - "Only You" (6:19)
  4. Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life" (6:15)
  5. Kio Amachree - "Ivory" (5:11)
  6. Livy Ekemezie - "Holiday Action" (5:13)
  7. Willy Roy - "Don't Give Up" (6:40)
  8. Danny Offia & The Friks - "Funk With Me" (5:20)
  9. Rick Asikpo & Afro Fusion - "Too Hot" (5:18)
  10. Toby Foyeh - "Ore Mi" (5:44)
  11. Gboyega Adelaja - "Colourful Environment" (5:19)
  12. Mike Umoh - "Shake Your Body" (6:01)
  13. Burnis Moleme - "Where Is The Answer" (7:00)
  14. Sony Enang - "Don't Stop That Music" (5:10)
  15. Nkono Teles - "Be My Lady" (mix) (4:28)
  16. Veno - "Groove I Like" (3:34)
  17. Godfrey Odili - "Let's Do More Music" (7:40)
  18. Terry Mackson - "Distant Lover" (5:33)
  19. Ofege - "Burning Jungle" (bonus 7") (3:21)
  20. Lexy Mella - "On The Air" (Rap mix - Frankie Francis edit - bonus 7") (3:47)
Review: Soundway offer us a new compilation featuring 20 rare tracks from the currently much talked about world of Nigerian pop music; a zeitgeist of their early 1980s club culture. The country's economy was booming at the time and so was its recording industry. Strongly influenced by '70s disco and funk, this new generation were, as the liner notes explain "Eager to sound as American as possible with no hint of the fervour for afro-beat, afro-rock and afrocentric thinking that the 1970s had thrown up". The original albums that many of these singles came from go for exorbitant prices online, so here's a chance to snap up some of the periods finest music, remastered across three 12"s.
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 in stock $22.01
E Novamente Mas Que Nada
  1. Ronaldo Reseda - "E Novamente Mas Que Nada" (5:19)
  2. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti - "Ginga" (2:57)
Review: The 65th volume in Mr Bongo's admirable Brazil 45s series shines a light on Rio De Janeiro's turn-of-the-'80s boogie scene. On the A-side you'll find "E Novamente Mas Que Nada" by Ronaldo Resado, a five-minute chunk of samba-laced boogie sunshine that was originally featured on the artist's eponymous 1979 debut album. While wonderful, it's slightly overshadowed by flipside cut "Ginga", one of the highlights from Robson Jorge and Lincoln Olivetti's sought-after 1982 full-length (which, incidentally, was recently reissued by Mr Bongo and is well worth checking). Joining the dots between synth-heavy electrofunk, horn-toting disco-funk and languid jazz-funk, the instrumental track is arguably one of the best Brazilian boogie records ever made. Don't sleep.
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 in stock $8.26
Bosq Meets Poly Rythmo Uptown
  1. Ne Te Faches Pas (Bosq Special Disco mix) (6:43)
  2. Hwe Towe Hun (Bosq 12" version) (8:02)
  3. Djanfa Magni (Bosq Afro Disco mix) (9:42)
  4. Malin Kpon O (Bosq extended mix) (5:19)
 in stock $9.90
Bakishinba: Memories Of Africa (reissue)
  1. Sandstorm (4:24)
  2. Sunrise (3:53)
  3. Flamingo (6:22)
  4. African Deer (6:14)
  5. Bakishinba (10:52)
  6. Mirage (5:59)
  7. Blue Soul (5:08)
 in stock $50.64
Let's Do The Boogaloo
Cat: BGP2 307LP. Rel: 06 Nov 17
  1. Prince & Princess - "Ready Steady Go" (1:53)
  2. The Capitols - "We Got A Thing That's In The Groove" (2:29)
  3. Hector Rivera - "Playing It Cool" (3:10)
  4. Tom & Jerroo - "(Papa Chew) Do The Boo-ga-loo" (part 1) (2:35)
  5. Roy Lee Johnson & His Band - "Boogaloo #3" (2:06)
  6. Jimmy Castor - "Block Party" (2:41)
  7. Pete Terrace - "I'm Gonna Make It" (3:41)
  8. Richie & The PS 54 School Yard - "What I Feel" (2:09)
  9. Lee Harris - "Skate Boogaloo & Karate Too" (3:00)
  10. The Bar-Kays - "Bar-Kays Boogaloo" (2:19)
  11. The Village Callers - "Hector" (2:43)
  12. Mongo Santamaria - "Mongo's Boogaloo" (2:33)
  13. Chubby Checker - "Hey You! Little Boo-Ga-Loo" (2:17)
  14. Lou Courtney - "Me & You (Doin' The Boogaloo)" (2:48)
  15. The Fantastic Johnny C - "Boogaloo Down Broadway" (2:34)
  16. Shirley Butler - "Boogaloo Zoo" (3:05)
  17. Barry Jones - "Let's Do The Funky Boogaloo" (part 1) (2:20)
  18. The Bob & Earl Band - "Boogaloo" (part 1) (3:01)
  19. Charlie Palmieri & His Orchestra - "Bugulu" (Victor Valazquez vocal) (2:35)
  20. Willie Rosario & His Orchestra - "Watusi Boogaloo (Boogaloo)" (2:58)
  21. Harold & Connie - "Bugaloo Party" (2:32)
  22. Timmy Thomas - "Have Some Boogaloo" (2:16)
  23. The Exotics - "Boogaloo Investigator" (2:04)
  24. Jimmy Brown & The Jimmy Brown Band - "Funky Funky Boogalo" (2:37)
 in stock $16.24
Estrelar (limited 7")
Cat: BRZ 45030. Rel: 17 Aug 15
  1. Marcos Valle - "Estrelar" (5:11)
  2. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti - "Aleluia" (3:52)
Review: Two silky sides of Brazilian disco soul on Mr Bongo's perennial Brazil 45s series. First up, long-haired lothario samba fusionista Marcos teams up with Leon Ware for a pristine polished piece of early 80s disco funk. Golden harmonies, staccato vocals and a super juicy bassline; it's not hard to see why it was his best selling single. Flip for the equally smooth "Alleluia" from Brazilian boogie gospelist; this one is all about the percussion heavy breakdown. Proper sunshine block party business.
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 in stock $8.26
African Funk Experimentals: 1968-1982 & 2017
  1. Jangolo (4:52)
  2. Funky Feeling (3:38)
  3. Piani (4:36)
  4. Those Flowers (4:20)
  5. American Lady (4:56)
  6. Dig It Babe (part 1) (3:52)
  7. Dig It Babe (part 2) (2:30)
  8. Ewande (4:10)
  9. The Lion Roar (5:14)
  10. It's The D Day (4:58)
Review: Africa Seven is on fire recently, and this new compilation of rare and untapped material from Cameroon's Joseph Ekambi Tongo Mpondo has to be the pick of the lot! The talented multi-instrumentalist was famously studying medicine in Paris throughout he 60s, but it's clear that down the music path was the only sensible option for this man. African Funk Experimentals brings together some of his most obscure material from the years 1968-1982...and some new gear from 2017! Aside from the absolutely killer artwork featuring on the sleeve, this is a ten-track masterpiece, reaching all corners of the afrobeat heritage, while still retaining something very personal and symbolic of Cameroon's often underrated influence on African funk and boogie. Top marks all round.
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 in stock $17.34
Be Alright
Be Alright (12")
Cat: WONDER 105. Rel: 30 Oct 17
  1. Sowia (feat Samito) (3:32)
  2. Ginobili (3:40)
  3. Camera (3:51)
  4. Antilles Trax (4:05)
 in stock $11.56
Da'asa: The Haunting Sounds Of Yemenite Israeli Funk 1973-1984
Cat: FTNLP 003. Rel: 16 Oct 17
  1. The Amranim - "Shedemati" (3:37)
  2. Tsvia Abarbanel - "Im Nin'Alu" (2:56)
  3. David Dor - "Sapri Tama" (2:37)
  4. Yehezkel Matari - "Halachti Layam" (4:41)
  5. Reuma Abas - "Wa'ana Fda Leumi" (3:44)
  6. Duo Tsafri - "Eshmera Shabat" (4:22)
  7. Aharon Amram - "Ladema Eini" (5:26)
  8. Lehakat Tzliley Ha'oud - "Neimat Pop Oud" (2:44)
 in stock $28.08
Bian Kou
Bian Kou (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: KALITA 12001. Rel: 16 Oct 17
  1. Bian Kou
  2. E Clolo
  3. Mioukouna
Review: London-based reissue label Kalita is here to take you deep into the hidden corners of African grooves, kicking things off in style with this infectious selection of cuts from Ernest Koffi, otherwise known as NST Cophie's, recorded in Paris and released on a private press LP in 1980. "Bian Kou" is a loose and limber disco funk number with impeccable slap bass, while "E Clolo" brings a more rounded, distinctly 80s flavoured production. Taking over the whole B-side, "Miokouna" takes on a more distinctly Afrobeat-minded demeanour and beams the Ivory Coast sunshine into your ears with irresistible force.
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 in stock $11.00
Trik O Tri
Cat: MAS 017. Rel: 09 Oct 17
  1. Trik-O-Tri (4:08)
  2. La Arana De Chocolate (3:58)
Review: The latest eccentric chunk of 21st century cumbia from the Disco Mas camp has a not-so-subtle Halloween theme. A-aside "Trik-O-Tri" is, as the name suggests, a tongue-in-cheek cumbia tribute to the process of door-to-door sweet scrounging, whose hybrid electronic/acoustic groove is laden with spooky synth flourishes and all manner of silly vocals. It's one of those tracks that is simply impossible to dislike. On the flipside, the previously unheard combo unveils "La Arana De Chocolate", a head-nodding cumbia cut rich in ghostly melodies whose fuzzy vocals tell a tale of a spider made of confectionary. As a bonus, the track ends in a locked groove to allow for longer mixes and impromptu bouts of Colombian MCing.
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 in stock $9.08
Afro Discoteca (Soundtrack)
Afro Discoteca (Soundtrack) (limited 12" 再プレス) (1 per customer)
Cat: FLIESDJ 01. Rel: 09 Oct 17
  1. Afro Voodoo (3:50)
  2. Afro Darkness (3:18)
  3. Afro Discoteca (3:10)
  4. Afro Sentiment (3:09)
Review: The most famous whistler in cinema (so arguably the most famous whistler in the world), Alessandro Alessandroni has contributed to cinema, TV and music with as much influence as his old friend and collaborator Ennio Morricone. He was also making some incredibly innovative electronic compositions on the side, it would seem... These four variations were found in an old archive in his African home and have never, before now, been heard before. From the densely-layered spaghetti-flavoured "Afro Voodoo" to the soft sultry swoons of "Afro Sentiment" by way of the sheer dancefloor pump of "Afro Discoteca", this is a truly remarkable find for Four Flies. Made all the more poignant due to his recent passing, too. You know what to do.
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 in stock $23.95
Iganga Embaire EP
  1. Iganga Warms (2:10)
  2. Sunfall Embaire (4:25)
  3. Jinja Pearls (5:29)
  4. Spirits (4:43)
  5. Spirits (The Diabolical Liberties Ra remix) (4:44)
  6. Spirits (The Diabolical Liberties Instramental remix) (4:41)
Review: When the first Mugwisa International Xylophone Group EP dropped earlier in the year, there was naturally much interest. Whereas that contained tracks produced by European electronic producers based on rare recordings of the distinctive Ugandan group, this follow-up presents the recordings in their entirety. Based around the 32-note homemade "Embaire Xylophone" (designed and used in a handful of villages) with the additional of local percussion, stringed instruments and chanted vocals, the four original tracks showcased here are genuinely unique and should make an impression on even the most jaded of listeners. The Diabolical Liberties handle remix duties, turning in vocal and instrumental versions of "Spirit" that thrillingly fuse elements of the 12-strong group's original recordings with sharp rave stabs, and sweaty drum machine hits.
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 in stock $15.41
The Way (reissue)
The Way (reissue) (limited LP)
Cat: SS 007. Rel: 23 Oct 17
  1. The Way It Should Be (4:30)
  2. Eso Guede (2:34)
  3. Easy (4:01)
  4. Nathalie (5:23)
  5. Piano A Marius Cultier (4:34)
  6. Qui Coule Manman-Ou (3:18)
  7. Nestor: Ti Patte (3:02)
  8. Ochung (4:36)
  9. Zouk (5:13)
  10. Ce Roule Man Ka Roule (4:56)
 in stock $42.93
Vampiras (7")
Cat: ADN 001. Rel: 02 Oct 17
  1. Vampiras (4:26)
  2. Hermanos Latinos (3:51)
Review: Here's something of a surprise from the normally funk and soul-centric Athens of the North label: a "heavy salsa" 7" featuring two killer cuts from contemporary outfit Grupo Magnetico. It's a taster for their forthcoming debut album; if these two straight-to-tape cuts are anything to go by, that set will be well worth picking up. Both tracks sound like they could have been recorded by Colombian musicians in New York during the heyday of Boogaloo, with A-side "Vampiras" - a typically undulating salsa groove which is enlivened by group male vocals and heavy horns - just edging out the gentler but punchier "Hermanos Latinos" in the "standout" stakes.
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 in stock $10.74
The Cali Experiment EP
Cat: TRUEP 296. Rel: 25 Aug 14
  1. Tributo (DJ edit)
  2. Tributo (extended version)
  3. Tributo (The Reflex Tribute mix)
  4. Tumbao
  5. Tributo (bonus beats)
  6. Tumbao (bonus beats)
Review: One part experiment, three parts dedication to details, a million parts celebration of Columbian salsa: Don Pascal's piano heavy "Tributo" and "Tumbao" bridge the gap between timeless Latin folk and modern dancefloor soul with instrumentation recorded direct from the source (via Quantic of course) and skippy, swinging broken beat grooves. With only 300 copies pressed, a whole range of creative DJ tools and a remix from the highly on-point producer and editor The Reflex, Tru Thoughts have gone to town on this in every direction.
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 in stock $16.51
Deixa O Morro Cantar
Cat: BRZ 45066. Rel: 21 Aug 17
  1. Deixa O Morro Cantar (2:33)
  2. Mas Que Nada (2:33)
Review: Supreme musica popular Brasileira and bossa-nova vibes here on two tracks from Mr Bongo's leading Brazilian 45's lady, Claudia. "Deixa o Morro Cantar" features on Claudia's very first 7", released in 1965 by RGE Brazil. Her version of "Mas Que Nada" is said to be more of a jazzy/folk-funk take on the Ben classic. A relatively recent discovery made during the label's last trip to Brazil, Maria das Gracas Rallo was born in 1946 in Rio de Janeiro. She has become the most awarded singer outside of her home country and was most popular internationally in 1982 with the song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from the musical Evita. Moreover, she has recorded over twenty albums and has amassed huge record sales throughout her successful career.
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 in stock $8.53
Ain't No Sunshine
Cat: BRZ45 068. Rel: 18 Sep 17
  1. Ain't No Sunshine (4:47)
  2. Ponteio (3:13)
Review: Amongst fans of Brazilian music, Sivuca is arguably best known for his 1973 cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" - later a favourite on the rare groove scene - which re-casts the Bill Withers classic as a sumptuous chunk of shuffling samba sunshine. Here, the track gets reissued as part of Mr Bongo's brilliant Brazil 45s series, alongside his lesser-known - but no less impressive - cover of Edu Lobo's "Ponteio".
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 in stock $8.26
Carolina Carol Bela
Carolina Carol Bela (limited 7")
Cat: BRZ 45 010. Rel: 08 Sep 14
  1. Jorge Ben & Torquinho - "Carolina Carol Bela"
  2. Joao Donato - "Ara"
Review: As famous as "Carolina Carol Bela" is, and as famous as both Jorge Ben and Toquinho are, madly this is the first time this track has ever appeared on a 45! Famously contemporised by D&B artist DJ Marky, its dreamy ebb and flows remain a timeless lesson in the most beautiful Brazilian music. As you'd expect from a super-limited Mr Bongo 7", it's coupled by an equally stunning slice of Latin folk. "Ara" is the creation of one of bossa nova's most decorated ambassadors. Driven by rhythmic staccato vocals, strident jazz-tinged pianos and layers of tangible instrumentation, it's been warming hearts since 1973. Gorgeous.
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 in stock $8.26
La Confusion
La Confusion (LP + CD)
Cat: 506052 5431418. Rel: 02 Oct 17
  1. Bofou Safou (3:11)
  2. C'est Chaud (3:43)
  3. Filaou Bessame (3:33)
  4. Ta Promesse (4:06)
  5. La Confusion (3:41)
  6. Femmes Du Monde (3:22)
  7. Fari Mandila (3:39)
  8. Diarra (5:00)
  9. Mokou Mokou (4:30)
  10. Yiki Yassa (3:22)
  11. Massah Allah (6:06)
  12. Mokou Mokou Blues (1:14)
  13. Bofou Safou
  14. C'est Chaud
  15. Filaou Bessame
  16. Ta Promesse
  17. La Confusion
  18. Femmes Du Monde
  19. Fari Mandila
  20. Diarra
  21. Mokou Mokou
  22. Yiki Yassa
  23. Massah Allah
  24. Mokou Mokou Blues
 in stock $17.07
Almendra (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: BSTXLP 003 . Rel: 19 Dec 16
  1. Dudas (5:04)
  2. Samba Del Cuarto Plateado (3:56)
  3. Amanecen (4:23)
  4. Sientelo (3:18)
  5. Tu Y Yo (4:30)
  6. Dulce Pensamiento (4:58)
  7. Tutti Frutti (4:35)
  8. Carapa (2:15)
Review: Claudio Casalini's Best Record label does a fine job of reissuing funk, disco and other curios from the mists of time, and so it goes with this wonderful slice of loose and live soul jazz. Grupo Almendra hailed from Venezuela, and they released their sole album Almendra in 1978 in a whirlwind of Latin American musicality and it had been consigned to relative obscurity. Whichever digger was lucky enough to discover this gem must have been very pleased indeed, for the quality of the music and the production is nothing short of remarkable, while the remastering has respectfully revived the sweet, soulful sound of Grupo Almendra.
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 in stock $14.30
Cat: CLMN 119. Rel: 13 May 13
  1. Firewalker (3:52)
  2. Chalupa (4:45)
Review: Few bands live up to their name in the way Jungle Fire do; fusing Cumbia, Afrobeat and trad funk, each JF jam blazes the floor with real power. "Firewalker" is the buzz-cut here, swaggering with Afro-disco confidence; it's all about the epic horn Q&A and cutlass-sharp guitar lick. "Chalupa" takes a deeper route into the dancefloor by way of a classic soul riff that sways to-and-fro before breaking down into a more staccato rhythm. Watch out for the pay-off... Those jazz horns are a delight to behold!
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 in stock $7.98
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Two
Cat: MRBCD 151. Rel: 13 Nov 17
  1. Luiz Henrique - "Mas Que Nada"
  2. Elbernita 'Twinkie' Clark - "Awake O Zion"
  3. Guy Cuevas - "Ebony Game"
  4. Kiru Stars (Julius Kang'ethe) - "Family Planning"
  5. Kelenkye Band - "Jungle Music"
  6. Effi Duke & The Love Family - "The Time Is Come"
  7. Anubis - "Ecology"
  8. Dee Edwards - "Put Your Love On The Line"
  9. Teaspoon & The Waves - "Oh Yeh Soweto"
  10. Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life"
  11. Leny Andrade - "Nao Adianta"
  12. Rosa Maria - "Samba Maneiro"
  13. Tom & Dito - "Obrigado Corcovado"
  14. Inezita Barroso - "Maracatu Elegante"
  15. Joao Diaz - "Capoeira"
  16. Elias Rahbani & His Orchestra - "Liza... Liza"
  17. The Beaters - "Harari"
  18. The Equatics - "Merry Go Round"
Played by: JimmyTheTwin
 in stock $10.74
Mambo Loco 1962-1978
Mambo Loco 1962-1978 (gatefold LP)
Cat: AALP 067. Rel: 14 Jan 13
  1. Carruseles
  2. Los Vecinos
  3. Cecilia
  4. Mi Cumbia
  5. Que Paso
  6. Vestido Nuevo
  7. Mambo Loco
  8. Mi Sombreron
  9. Cumbia Bogotana
  10. El Pechiche
  11. Santo Amor
 in stock $18.17
Analog Africa Limited Dance Edition No 6: Stay Up Zimbabwe
Analog Africa Limited Dance Edition No 6: Stay Up Zimbabwe (limited coloured vinyl LP + WAV/MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 06. Rel: 14 Aug 17
  1. Stay Up Zimbabwe (7:28)
  2. Ah Wo (Brand New Revolution) (10:01)
Review: For the latest volume in their Ltd Dance Edition series of 12" singles, Analog Africa has decided to mine the back catalogue of Trinidadian Afro-Caribbean fusionist Brother Valentino. On the A-side you'll find sought-after 1978 single "Stay Up Zimbabwe", a passionate plea for change recorded amidst the bloody civil war between Ian Smith's white minority government and the black majority. Musically, it sits somewhere between Afrobeat, soca and disco, with heavy horn lines rising above a killer groove. On the flipside you'll find the equally as impressive "Ah Wo (Brand New Revolution)", a killer 1980 calypso-disco workout laden with jazzy guitar solos, William Onyeabor style Moog lines, extended drum breaks and typically punchy horns.
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Bambouk Tributes
Cat: FINGERS 029. Rel: 11 Sep 17
  1. Lumumba's Revenge (7:09)
  2. Tartit's Tribe (edit) (6:35)
  3. Fadimata's Diabba (Tribute mix - edit) (6:52)
Review: Afrocentrist Philou makes his debut on Basic Fingers with a trio of deep-seeded treats comprising one original and two game-changing edits. This homage to the Senegal/Mali mountain region softly ignites with the cosmic yearns and mild acid grounding of "Lumumba's Revenge". It sets the scene for two takes on regional traditions; "Tartit's Tribe" adds a driving afrobeat and hypnotic swing to an ancient Tombouctou desert song while "Fadimata's Dibabba" is a dense and inebriating weave of Senegalese instruments and chants.
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 in stock $9.64
Na Man Pass Man
Cat: ASVN 015. Rel: 08 May 17
  1. Na Real Sekele Fo' Ya (6:20)
  2. Follow Me Into My Dreams (In Jamaica) (3:55)
  3. Mbale (Face To Face With The Truth) (3:48)
  4. Misosi (Don't Shoot On Me) (2:52)
  5. Babette D'O (Rastawoman) (5:53)
  6. Back To Funky (3:32)
  7. ABC (3:10)
  8. Na Man Pass Man (Na Iron De Cut Iron) (2:55)
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Bafana Bafana
Cat: ATFA 027LP. Rel: 23 Oct 17
  1. Bafana Bafana (4:36)
  2. Isidakwa (4:25)
  3. Via Botswana (4:14)
  4. Leave Me Alone (4:08)
  5. Kancane Kancane (4:41)
  6. Release Me (4:06)
  7. Zama Zama (4:19)
  8. Don't Say You Love Me (4:24)
Review: As a member of several chart-topping groups and an in-demand producer in his own right, Thami Mdluli was something of a superstar on South Africa's "bubblegum" scene during the 1980s. Yet as the decade progressed, it was for his club-focused instrumentals - released under the Professor Rhythm alias - that he became most celebrated. By the time this album was first released in 1995, he'd helped to develop the now celebrated "Kwaito" style of house-influenced South African dancefloor fusion. Bafana Bafana does contain some distinctive kwaito moments, but for the most part it just sounds like a gloriously South African take on mid 1990s U.S, Italian and British house music. Crucially, it's also superb, like some long lost '90s house album made in Jo'burg, rather than New Jersey.
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 in stock $20.65
Azel (LP)
Cat: PTKF 21351. Rel: 02 May 16
  1. Akhar Zaman (This Moment) (3:51)
  2. Iwaranagh (We Must) (4:59)
  3. Inar (If You Know The Degree Of My Love For You) (3:47)
  4. Tamiditine Tarhanam (My Love, I Tell You) (4:02)
  5. Timtar (Memories) (4:52)
  6. Iyat Ninhay/Jaguar (A Great Desert I Saw) (6:07)
  7. Igmayagh Dum ( My Lover) (5:46)
  8. Ashuhada (Martyrs Of The First Rebellion) (3:24)
  9. Timidiwa (Friendship) (4:20)
  10. Naqqim Dagh Timshar (We Are Left In This Abandoned Place) (5:39)
 in stock $13.49
African Electronic Music 1975-1982
  1. New Track
  2. La Condition Masculine
  3. Wuma Te
  4. Divorce Pygmee
  5. Fleur Tropicale
  6. Tiers Monde
  7. Agatha
  8. Pygmy Love Song
  9. Catching Up
  10. Sahel
  11. The Coffee Cola Song
  12. Super Jingle
  13. Savanah Georgia
  14. Il N'Y A Pas De Crocodiles A Cocody
 in stock $23.95
Fin Del Mundo
Fin Del Mundo (coloured vinyl 7" in hand-stamped sleeve)
Cat: MAS 018. Rel: 06 Nov 17
  1. Fin Del Mundo (3:02)
  2. Quemame (3:57)
Review: Given recent events around the globe, it feels a little like the end of the world may be fast approaching. Disco Mas's latest signing, Sister Mas, seems to agree. By apocalyptic pop standards, "Fin Del Mundo" is surprisingly jolly - even if the track's bouncy Cumbia rhythms, fuzz-laden guitars and low-slung post-punk elements do tend towards the maudlin and macabre. Speaking of post-punk, flipside "Quemame" sounds like an eyeliner-clad new wave pop moment from that period. Think jaunty, Chakk style saxophones, bustling ESG bass, glistening surf guitars and half-chanted, half-sung female vocals. It's undoubtedly a recipe for success.
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 in stock $9.08
Time Factor
Cat: VF 1. Rel: 05 Aug 13
  1. Time Factor
  2. You Are The One
Review: A bona fide Afro funk legend, Tony Grey cut his teeth in Nigeria as a James Brown impersonator before establishing pacts with his backing band The Black 7 who later morphed into the Ozimba Messengers. Their album The Message was released in 1981 and gave us both of these outrageously funky jams. "Time Factor" is undiluted disco complete with cool pops and whistles that Dave Lee has been championing for 30 years. "You Are The One" shows more of its Nigerian heartbeat amidst the tight horns and Tony's emphatic vocal delivery. Complete with a poster, this is a really special reissue.
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 in stock $9.90
Maajo (remixes)
Cat: QN 1701. Rel: 09 Oct 17
  1. Maajo (Call Super remix) (7:49)
  2. Maajo (Luke Vibert remix) (6:09)
  3. Musa Paradisa (Dengue Dengue Dengue remix) (4:38)
 in stock $9.64
Kajra (10" + MP3 download code)
Cat: AHED 10020. Rel: 23 Oct 17
  1. Kajra Mohabbat Wala (feat Hamsika Iyer - 10" mix) (4:52)
  2. Kajra Mohabbat Wala (feat Hamsika Iyer - Cosmic dub) (4:33)
  3. Kajra Mohabbat Wala (feat Hamsika Iyer - Maximum dub) (6:21)
  4. Kajra Mohabbat Wala (feat Hamsika Iyer - acappella) (2:38)
 in stock $9.36
Manduka (reissue)
Cat: SS 008. Rel: 13 Nov 17
  1. Brasil 1500 (10:34)
  2. Entra Y Sale (5:48)
  3. Naranjita (5:06)
  4. De La Tierra (4:23)
  5. Patria Amada Idolatrada Salve Salve (4:56)
  6. Oiticumana (2:06)
  7. De Un Extranjero (4:51)
  8. Que Dira El Santo Padre (4:42)
Review: During his lifetime, Brazilian singer-songwriter Manduka was something of a globetrotter, spending periods of time living in Argentina and Europe as well as his native Brazil. In 1972, when this brilliant debut album was first issued, he was based in Chile. Not that the set boasted much of a Chilean music influence: instead, it saw Manduka lay down a set of samba-influenced folk songs whose minimalist acoustic elements (lead vocals, guitar, backing vocals) came doused in dream pop style reverb and delay. Naturally, original copies are extremely hard to find (not to mention prohibitively expensive on the second-hand market), making this reissue more than welcome. It remains a brilliant album and arguably Manduka's strongest work.
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 in stock $46.24
On Te L'Avait Dit
On Te L'Avait Dit (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FVR 107LP. Rel: 10 Apr 17
  1. Spies Are Watching Me (feat Sir Jean) (7:13)
  2. On Te L'avait Dit (feat Pat Kalla) (6:25)
  3. Le Disco Des Capitales (feat Pat Kalla) (6:43)
  4. Bark (6:24)
  5. Vampires (feat Hawa & Fouley Badiaga) (5:02)
  6. Enlevez-Moi Ca (feat Pat Kalla) (5:16)
  7. Jungle Fire (6:19)
  8. Pas Bon (feat Fouley Badiaga) (6:09)
  9. Tomowa (feat Renaud Bilombo) (5:31)
  10. Niarela (3:58)
 in stock $20.37
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