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Juno Recommends International Best of 2020

Juno Recommends International

Juno Recommends International

Juno Recommends International Best of 2020
Cat: BRZ 45060. Rel: 02 Dec 19
  1. Quinteto Ternura - "Baby" (2:57)
  2. Trio Ternura - "Filhos De Zambi" (3:03)
 in stock $8.71
Cat: BAC 003. Rel: 18 May 20
  1. Wake Up (feat Kaleta) (5:35)
  2. Omo Iya (feat Kaleta) (5:21)
  3. Mambue (feat Justo Valdez & Evan Laflamme) (6:07)
  4. El Carriqui (4:22)
Review: When it comes to blending contemporary dancefloor sounds with aspects of vintage funk, soul and Afro-Latin music, there are few more adept producers than former Whiskey Barons man BOSQ. He's at it again here on his first 12" of 2020. Afro-funk star Kaleta provides vocals on both A-side tracks, the Afrobeat-influenced disco-funk cheeriness of "Wake Up" (an infectious chunk of sun-soaked goodness) and the Afro-Cuban percussive shuffle of horn-heavy delight "Omo Iya". Elsewhere, Justo Valdez and Evan Laflamme guest on the Afro-Latin breeziness of "Mambue" (all dancing woodwind, Fela sax and layered drums), while "El Carriqi" sees BOSQ add Tito Puente style percussion and tight Fela Kuti style sax blasts to a club-ready Afro-house groove.
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! low stock $12.77
Cat: PEPITE 06. Rel: 29 Jun 20
  1. Monsieur Business (3:04)
  2. Monsieur Business (Aroop Roy rework) (4:17)
Review: In 1976, French band Edition Speciale released their debut album, "Allee Des Tilleuls". While much of the album saw them explore progressive rock and jazz-rock territory, it did contain one suitably groovy and life-affirming trip into jazz-funk territory, surprise LP standout "Mr Business". Here that cut gets a single release for the very first time courtesy of the dusty-fingered diggers at Pepite. You'll find the little-known band's languid, Clavinet and synthesizer-heavy original version on side A, with Aroop Roy's tidy contemporary rework on the B. Aroop sticks a rocket up the track's bottom end, underpinning the original song with peak-time-ready drums while wisely emphasizing his own killer bassline and catchy vocals.
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out of stock $11.04
Cat: MSR 015. Rel: 02 Dec 19
  1. Madchester Woman (4:13)
  2. White Noise (4:05)
Review: Berlin's Matasuna label welcomes a debut appearance from Afrobeat-flavoured outfit Heroes Of Limbo. We're not certain on where this band originally hail from, but they've got the vibe down perfectly on this smoking hot 7". "Madchester Woman" skits and scatters with loose in-the-room drums, a sassy brass section and sweet high life guitar licks. "White Noise" brings Clair Fallows on board for a strong vocal turn that turns the temperature up. This is soul-stirring Afrobeat in the mould of the originators, executed with respectful accuracy and played with passion.
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 in stock $6.59
Cat: AALP 089. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. Dur Dur Band - "Daraadaa Muxibo" (5:21)
  2. Omar Shoolil - "Hab Isii" (5:36)
  3. Mukhtar Ramadan Idii - "Check Up My Head" (5:50)
  4. Bakaka Band - "Geesiyada Halgamayow" (5:44)
  5. Fadumo Qassim & Waaberi Band - "Waa Kaa Helaa" (6:21)
  6. Iftin Band - "Sirmaqabe" (6:29)
  7. Mukhtar Ramadan Idii - "Baayo" (5:36)
  8. Ahmed Shimaali & Ahmed Sharif "Killer" - "Hoobeya" (5:10)
  9. Dur Dur Band - "Shaleedayaa" (3:47)
  10. Dur Dur Band - "Ladaney" (5:06)
  11. Bakaka Band - "Gobonimada Jira" (8:33)
  12. Iftin Band - "Ii Ooy Aniga" (3:37)
Review: The result of three years of digging through tapes of "strange music" in the Radio Mogadishu archives and restless research to find the musicians involved, Analog Africa's latest compilation shines a light on Somalia's previously undocumented dance music scene. It features tracks recorded between 1972 and '91 by a variety of unknown artists, with the assembled music touching on disco, psych-funk, Moog-laden club-focused instrumentals and heavyweight, Bob Marley-inspired reggae rhythms. It's a hugely vibrant and entertaining set of off-kilter and unusual Somalian translations of American and Caribbean music styles, with the bumper accompanying booklet offering up a wealth of little-known information.
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 in stock $27.29
  1. Lokonon Andre & Les Volcans - "Mi Kple Dogbekpo"
  2. Picoby Band D'Abomey - "Mi Ma Kpe Dji"
  3. Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly Rythmo - "It's A Vanity"
  4. El Rego & Ses Commandos - "Se Na Min"
  5. Napo De Mi Amor & Ses Black Devil's - "Leki Santchi"
  6. Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou - "Gbeti Madjro"
  7. Roger Damawuzan - "Wait For Me"
  8. Ouinsou Corneille & Black Santiagos - "Vinon So Minsou"
  9. Orchestre Super Jheevs Des Paillotes - "Ye Nan Lon An"
  10. Tidjani Kone & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - "Djanfa Magni"
  11. Disafric Band - "Houiou Djin Nan Zon Aklumon"
  12. Le Super Borgou De Parakou - "Congolaise Benin Ye"
  13. Vincent Ahehehinnou - "Ou C'est Lui Ou C'est Moi"
  14. Les Volcans De La Capital - "Oya Ka Jojo"
Review: African Scream Contest is the third release by the Analog Africa label. The project initially took off in August 2005 when label owner and vinyl collector Samy Ben Redjeb arrived in Cotonou, Benin, 'without any special expectations, just hoping to lay my hands on few good records - what I found in the process cannot really be described in words'. This first trip was followed by eight more to the region. Thirty months and few thousand records later Analog Africa proudly presents this 14-track compilation.
 in stock $24.38
Cat: AALP 078. Rel: 06 Jul 20
  1. N'Niyo (5:56)
  2. Temedy (4:16)
  3. Lamento Cubano (5:42)
  4. Cuando Llegare (4:18)
  5. Fatou (4:37)
  6. N'ga Digne M'be (5:02)
  7. Salamouti (9:05)
  8. Afalago (7:30)
  9. Tela (8:06)
  10. Africa (7:22)
Review: Cuba-meets-Cameroon-via-Guinea-and-Senegal, the roots of this African-adopted Cuban sound are as rich, unique and exciting as Amara Toure's tale itself. After years of club performing in Dakar, Amara and his Black & White Ensemble in the late '60s and proceeded to release 10 songs during the '70s. Here, for the first time ever, all of these recordings are united on this immaculately presented collection. From the cobble-kicking percussive Cuban heels and emphatic harmonies of "Fatou" to the deep yearning crooning blues of "N'ga Digne M'be" and the spacey, out-of-this-world guitars and jazzy trumpet lead of "N'Niyo", there's something very special and unique about this collection. With a heart that beats in Africa but a soul that shines with Cuban fire, as Analogue Africa state themselves... It's only taken 10 songs for Amara to become a legend. Very few artists can claim this feat.
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 in stock $22.94
Cat: KALITA 005LP. Rel: 21 Sep 20
  1. Funky Boogie Woogie (4:32)
  2. I Don't Want To Share Your Love (5:09)
  3. Electric Murder (3:46)
  4. Inspiration (3:42)
  5. Shake (6:24)
  6. April Girl (5:16)
Review: In 1983 a group of Nigerian musicians in London headed into a studio in Hoxton Square and recorded their sole LP: a boogie and disco-infused set called 'Electric Murder'. The album was released the same year on a tiny Nigerian label, meaning that copies of this obscure classic have been sought after ever since. As this beautifully packaged and produced reissue proves, 'Electric Murder' has lost none of its lustre. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the slap-bass heavy celebration of opener "Funky Boogie Woogie" and the deep disco brilliance of "Electric Murder", to the low-slung, delay-laden disco-funk gem "Shake" and sugary, synth-laden slow jam "April's Girl", a track that boasts some suitably super electric piano solos.
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out of stock $22.35
Cat: AADE 011. Rel: 23 Mar 20
  1. Muevete Mi Amor (2:32)
  2. Vuelo A Saturno (2:41)
  3. Las Oladas (3:08)
  4. Lamento (2:58)
  5. La Minga (2:27)
  6. Mi Querido Ucayali (2:40)
  7. Licenciado (3:04)
  8. Cumbia En Tu Soledad (2:43)
  9. Cumbia Sin Nombre (3:04)
  10. Rojo Lamento (2:57)
  11. Angel Terrenal (2:40)
  12. Marlenita (2:46)
  13. La Tuctuructia (3:20)
  14. La Danza De Don Lucho (2:35)
Review: The 11th Limited Dance Edition Ranil y su Conjunto Tropical. Fourteen mindblowing Cumbia masterpieces - many of which have never seen wide release outside the Amazonian region. Ranil comes as a Limited Edition LP in Gatefold Cover pressed on 180g high quality virgin vinyl and includes a beautiful LP-size poster. Don't miss this powerfull LP!
out of stock $23.22
Cat: MRBLP 218. Rel: 23 Mar 20
  1. We Did It (6:59)
  2. Disco Stomp (9:58)
  3. Barney's Moaning (8:34)
  4. GG Is Talking (7:49)
Review: Tireless diggers and world class reissue merchants Mr Bongo have done it again with this one. They discovered The Star Beams when one of their tracks was on a Disco Calypso compilation, then went on a mission to track down the original anymore material from the band, who turned out to be based in South Africa instead of the Carribean. The resulting record is a real gem - disco, funk and jazz all get chewed up and spat out across four fantastically timeless cuts of dance floor dynamite. "Disco Stomp" in particular you might already know as Theo Parrish has been dropping in his sets for time.
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 in stock $18.58
Cat: RRVOL 3. Rel: 03 Feb 20
  1. E Preciso Ler E Reler (4:00)
  2. I Am Rational (5:19)
  3. Lendo O Livro (3:39)
  4. O Supermundo Racional (5:16)
  5. Nacao Cosmica (6:28)
  6. Que Legal (4:18)
  7. Voce E A Estrela Do Meu Show (5:36)
  8. Ve Se Decide (3:34)
 in stock $29.03
Cat: STRUT 189LP. Rel: 17 Feb 20
  1. Super Combo - "Moin Domi Derho" (7:29)
  2. Les Vikings - "Ambiance (Guhe Huiamo)" (2:24)
  3. Typical Combo - "Piensalo Bien" (3:40)
  4. Guadafrica Combo - "Moin Ce Roi Roi" (5:34)
  5. Edouard Benoit - "Mauve Chauffe" (4:50)
  6. Koumbit - "Lage Yo" (3:39)
  7. Les Rapaces - "Music Passe Partout" (5:11)
  8. Midnight Groovers - "Stranger" (Disques Debs version) (4:54)
  9. Rico Et Pi Yo - "Pas Coler La" (5:35)
  10. Smoke - "Lina Femm' Foll" (3:44)
  11. HWT Band - "Good Trip" (6:07)
  12. Galaxy - "Disco Funk" (4:56)
  13. Ti Celeste - "Moin Envie Danser On Belle Biguine" (3:30)
  14. Bienveillance Abymienne - "Ti Jenes An Nou" (4:35)
  15. Guy Conquette Et Son Groupe - "Ping Pong" (4:12)
  16. Tabou N 2 - "Experience" (3:36)
Review: In the summer of 2018, Strut offered up a compilation that mined the extensive back catalogue of Disques Debs International, a Guadeloupe-based label that showcased the finest music to come out of the French-speaking Caribbean between 1950 and 2000. While that set focused on material released between 1960 and '72, this belated sequel showcases cuts featured on Henri Debs' legendary imprint between 1973 and '81. The musical palette is therefore even brighter, breezier and more sun-kissed, offering up cuts that touch on mambo, rumba, Zouk, tropical disco, reggae and the kind of cross-cultural fusions that belie easy categorization. As you'd expect from Strut, the selections are spot on and the re-mastered sound superb. In other words, it's another must-have release from Quinton Scott's imprint.
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 in stock $22.94
Cat: AR 135VL. Rel: 06 Jul 20
  1. Mulatu (6:19)
  2. Kulun Mankwaleshi (7:46)
  3. To Know Without Knowing (7:34)
  4. Mascaram Setaba (5:52)
  5. Living On Stolen Land (10:24)
  6. Ambassi Lemdi (5:56)
Review: Mulatu Astatke is a legendary musician who is famous for his signature playing on the vibraphone. Here he blends his Ethio-jazz sounds with the Melbourne-based group Black Jesus Experience to serve up a mix of re-interpreted African folk songs and odes to his homeland. 'To Know Without Knowing' has a decidedly hip hop edge thanks to the vocal flow and 'Mascaram Setaba' is an Ethio classic. Another highlight is 'Living On Stolen Land' which is dedicated to the First Nations people of Australia and acknowledges the pain and injustice of them not being recognised as the traditional owners of Australia.
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 in stock $20.32
Cat: 900082. Rel: 22 Feb 21
  1. You Don't Know Me (3:46)
  2. Nine Out Of Ten (4:25)
  3. Triste Bahia (10:19)
  4. It's A Long Way (5:58)
  5. Mora Na Filosofia (6:23)
  6. Neolithic Man (4:52)
  7. Nostalgia (That's What Rock'n Roll Is All About) (1:18)
! low stock $21.20
Cat: GCLP 157. Rel: 30 Dec 19
  1. Boum Boum (4:48)
  2. La Bandolera (feat Empresarios) (3:14)
  3. Escuchame Como Soy (3:04)
  4. Feliz Sintetizador (3:49)
  5. Sonido SID Africano (4:29)
  6. Momento Mistico (3:43)
  7. Republica De Chonta (4:34)
  8. Mento Moderna (2:19)
 in stock $20.04
Cat: AALP 090. Rel: 19 Oct 20
  1. Samba Negra - "Eberebijara" (3:28)
  2. King Somalie - "Monkey´s Dance" (3:31)
  3. El Grupo Folclorico - "Tamba" (3:18)
  4. Los Viajeros Siderales - "El Campanero" (2:58)
  5. Rio Latino - "Ayu" (3:05)
  6. Anibal Velasquez - "La Mazamorra Del Diablo" (3:12)
  7. La Francachela - "Mosquita Muerta" (3:07)
  8. El Grupo Folclorico - "Juipiti" (2:25)
  9. King Somalie - "Le Mongui" (3:22)
  10. El Grupo Folclorico - "El Tornillito" (2:30)
  11. Samba Negra - "Long Life Africa" (4:38)
  12. La Banda Africana - "Te Clavo La Mano" (3:01)
  13. Myrian Makenwa - "El Platano" (3:31)
  14. El Grupo Folclorico - "Tucutru" (3:06)
  15. Grupo Bola Roja - "Caracol" (3:27)
  16. El Grupo D'Abelard - "A Otro Perro Con Ese Hueso" (3:25)
  17. Conjunto Barbacoa - "Wabali" (3:16)
Review: German label Analog Africa has long been documenting the more niche musical sounds, scenes and styles of the world. La Locura De Machuca: Barranquilla - Colombia 1975-1980 is in fact their 30th such compilation and tells the story of the South American country's unique Discos Machuca label. It came about after one man's bizarre odyssey into Colombia's coastal music, and across 17 tracks and two slabs of wax it offers up brilliantly raw, rhythmic and percussive music that sounds like little else. It's authentic and aged yet utterly futuristic and brims with character and vitality that transport you to a different world.
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 in stock $27.86
  1. Aboagyewaa (11:31)
  2. Ohene A Oda Apakan Mu (6:08)
  3. Abrado (7:23)
  4. Acheampomaa (6:49)
Review: K Frimpong Backed By Vis A Vis is a famously hard to find record from the cult Ghanian singer and composer. It is now reissued for the first time in more than 42 years since it was first put out and still pounds utterly fresh and relevant. Its fusion of soul and jazz, hi-life and afro drums is boosted by the Vis a Vis band. The result is four immersive tracks that among to strike spiritual and emotive notes as well as being hugely danceable. This real masterpiece has been remastered by Frank Merritt at The Carvery and is a true afro treasure.
 in stock $28.46
Cat: AADE 012. Rel: 13 Jul 20
  1. Fundo De Mare Palinha (3:25)
  2. Italiana (2:36)
  3. Mare Lili (2:42)
  4. Nha Antonia Engracia (2:49)
  5. Ribera Prata (4:19)
  6. Abole (3:27)
Review: In 1976, seven Cabo Verdean musicians going by the name Voz Di Sanicolau gathered in a small recording studio in Rotterdam where they laid down an album of fearsome coladeira songs inspired by the music of their home island of Sao Nicolau.

The album took only a few days to record, which may explain the unexpected urgency that fires each track. Treble-soaked electric guitar lines snake back and forth through percussion-and-cavaquinho driven rhythms rooted in the sound of the islands established by the previous generation of Cabo Verdean emigres; subtle keyboards wash through the background, and the vocals, traded between Joana Do Rosario and To-Ze, alternately push the music forward and soar above it. The resulting album is both deeply felt and fiercely executed, and in its grooves one hears the sound of some of the finest Cabo Verdean musicians of their era locked in complete unity of purpose.

It should have been the beginning of something extraordinary; but the pressures of making ends meet forced the musicians back to their day jobs, and Voz Di Sanicolau vanished as quickly as they had appeared, leaving their lone album, Fundo de Mare Palinha, as sole proof of their existence. Forty-four years later the album sounds as fresh as it did the day it was recorded. It is unknown if dutch sound engineer Frans Rolland, who oversaw the recordings, knew he was helping to make history: during these sessions, Joana Do Rosario, whose majestic vocals were crucial to the sound of Voz Di Sanicolau, became the first Cabo Verdean woman ever to appear on a long playing record.
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 in stock $21.49
Cat: ASVN 060. Rel: 25 May 20
  1. Eko - "Ndolo Embe Mulema" (4:54)
  2. JM Tim & Foty - "More & More (Ye Male)" (3:57)
  3. Ngalle Jojo - "Ngigna Loko" (3:03)
  4. Jude Bondeze - "Ndomo" (4:58)
  5. Vicky Edimo - "You" (5:03)
  6. JK Mandengue - "Kosa Mbe" (2:58)
  7. Akwassa - "Be Yourself (& Don't Let Nobody)" (5:17)
  8. Mike Kounou - "My Native Land" (3:48)
  9. Airto Fogo - "Black Soul" (2:57)
  10. Francois Misse Ngoh - "Njonjo Mukambe" (4:49)
Review: For their latest flight on "Africa Airways", the Africa Seven collective has decided to treat us to some in-flight "Mile High Funk", all of which was recorded between 1974 and 1981. In practise, that means a mixture of disco-funk, boogie, Blaxploitation-style heaviness, Afro-disco and slap-bass-propelled goodness from across the African continent. Highlights are plentiful, with our picks including the Hammond-sporting heaviness of Akwassa's "Be Yourself (& Don't Let Nobody)", the synth-sporting highlife style revelry that is Eko's "Ndolo Embe Mulema" and the horn-heavy voodoo funk-soul cheeriness of Jude Bondeze's "Ndomo".
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out of stock $26.13
Cat: HS 200VL. Rel: 09 Dec 19
  1. Guadeloupe Ile De Mes Amour (3:35)
  2. Joue Zizipan (4:28)
  3. Decere Nou De Maye (4:08)
  4. Kominike (5:18)
  5. L'heureux Noir (5:05)
  6. Jean Line La Clere (6:26)
  7. Donatien (6:32)
  8. Lundi Bon Matin (3:41)
  9. De Ti Mo Pawol Cweol (5:55)
  10. De Chate Cole (4:46)
  11. Roger A Di Wha Wha (3:59)
  12. Embawgo (4:18)
  13. Jan Pol Rabal Koto (4:04)
  14. A Koz Don Biye 100 F (4:58)
  15. Zombie Dance (3:22)
  16. Wolemin Oupwi (4:34)
Review: Erick Cosaque has been part of the musical landscape of the French West Indies, and Guadeloupe in particular, for almost half a century. Between the early 1970s and the mid 1990s he was one of the driving forces of the distinctive "gwo kwa" style, but also turned his hand to zouk, funk, soul, spoken word and jazz. This fine compilation gathers together some of his most potent tracks and includes both solo efforts and those made with artists such as Voltage 8 and X7 Nouvelle Dimension. It's a hugely vibrant, colourful and life-affirming collection, with highlights including the joyous group vocals and tropical rhythms of "Joue Zizipan", the sax-laden sun-down strut of "Jean Line La Clere", and the upbeat funk/gwo kwa fusion of LP highlight "De Chate Cole".
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Cat: OSTLP 009. Rel: 08 Jun 20
  1. Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains) (6:41)
  2. Raga Kaan Ka'Eegtow (You Are The One I Love) (6:02)
  3. Kuusha Caarey (The Pearl Necklace) (4:06)
  4. Raani (Queen) (6:57)
  5. Alto's Interlude (2:09)
  6. Uurkan Kaadonaya (I Want You) (6:49)
  7. Halkaasad Dhigi Magtiisa (That's Where You'll Leave His Reward) (4:21)
  8. Iiso Daymo (Look At Me) (4:03)
  9. Suuban (Joy) (4:59)
  10. Wiil Wille (The Jumping Man) (2:11)
Review: This record claims to be the first ever international release to come from Djibouti, a secret hotbed of musical goodness in East Africa. The country is a small and often overlooked land but once you dig deep you'll find a culture brimming with vitality despite the fact almost every band in the land is a national enterprise. In 2016, that changed when Ostinato Records met with senior officials of Radiodiffusion-Television Djibouti to discuss a lifting of the rules and three years later they were granted access to the archives and have put together this record, helmed by sax maestro Mohamed Abdi Alto and stuffed with essential afro styled funk and soul.
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out of stock $22.35
Cat: MRBLP 217. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. The Modern Tropical Quintet - "Midnight In Moscow" (4:28)
  2. James Reese & The Progressions - "Throwing Stones" (Kenny Dope mix) (5:21)
  3. Cindy & The Playmates - "Don't Stop This Train" (3:14)
  4. Carnival - "Eyes Growing Wider" (4:20)
  5. Azwon - "Paradise Island" (5:25)
  6. Carlos Puebla, Santiago Martinez & Pedro Sosa - "Sun Sun Damba E" (3:50)
  7. Pepe Sanchez Y Su Rock-Band - "Sentimiento" (5:00)
  8. DJ Format & The Simonsound - "The Peruvian" (3:42)
  9. Hamlet Minassian - "Al Elnim" (6:10)
  10. Idrissa Soumaoro & L'Eclipse De L' IJA - "Nissodia" (Mike D remix) (4:04)
  11. Teaspoon Ndelu - "Sputla" (7:01)
  12. The Mombasa Vikings - "Mama Matotoya" (3:35)
  13. Lincoln - "Amanha O Tempo Muda" (3:04)
  14. Don Ricardo - "Sonho Lindo" (2:33)
  15. Ze Roberto - "Lotus 72 D" (fast) (3:03)
  16. Wax Machine - "Extralude" (Wyndham Earl More-Than-An interlude remix) (4:27)
  17. Matty - "Selfportrait" (7:15)
Review: Since launching in 2016, Mr Bongo's Record Club compilation series has provided three essential volumes of personal favourites - many obscure and hard-to-find - selected by the label's in-house team of crate-digging DJs. Volume four is naturally every bit as essential as its' predecessors, offering an enticing mixture of Brazilian, African, soul, funk and disco with not a suspect selection in sight. This time round, they've chosen to include contemporary music as well as dusty old gems, with highlights including Kenny Dope's delicious rework of the soul-jazz positivity of 'Throwing Stones' by James Reese and the Progressions, the fast version of Ze Roberto's 1973 MPB classic 'Lotus 72D' and the samba-folk wonder that is Matthew Tavares' 2019 gem 'Self Portrait'.
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 in stock $22.65
Cat: BJR 040LP. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Africa Negra - "Mino Bo Be Quacueda" (7:39)
  2. Africa Negra - "Zimbabwe" (3:20)
  3. Sangazuza - "Sun Male" (5:29)
  4. Os Untues - "Chi Bo Sa Migu Di Vede" (2:25)
  5. Sum Alvarinho - "M'konveta Dedo" (4:18)
  6. Conjunto Equador - "Mado" (5:30)
  7. Tiny Das Neves - "Cladenco Pade Cluco" (6:52)
  8. Conjunto Mindelo - "Taji Ocedo" (2:54)
  9. Africa Negra - "Aninha" (5:42)
  10. Pedro Lima - "Nga Ba Compensadora" (8:03)
  11. Sangazuza - "Corticao" (4:02)
  12. Os Untues - "Piquina Piquina" (1:51)
  13. Conjunto Equador - "Meu Dy Ploco" (4:27)
  14. Sum Alvarinho - "Tola Muandgi" (5:20)
  15. Pedro Lima E Conjunto Os Leonenses - "Esatela Licu" (5:16)
  16. Agrupamento Da Ilha - "Bo Gosa Di So Txi" (4:40)
 in stock $36.88
Cat: SYLLREC 0220. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Mouhamadou Bamba (6:35)
  2. Ndiawolou (6:32)
  3. Boulmamine (5:57)
  4. Gnawou (6:30)
  5. Doomou Baaye (6:39)
  6. Yen Saay (8:08)
out of stock $27.29
Cat: HS 201VL. Rel: 24 Feb 20
  1. Manye (4:35)
  2. Krye Mwen (5:02)
  3. Bwe Dlo (feat Seun Kuti) (3:56)
  4. Pa Le (feat Ibrahim Maalouf) (2:46)
  5. Mama (3:41)
  6. Music (3:25)
  7. Fo Bouger (3:46)
  8. Abo (4:29)
  9. Lady (feat Celia W) (4:14)
  10. Mesy Bondye (4:47)
  11. Soleil Kreyol (feat Vincent Segal) (4:03)
  12. Mama (feat Deni Shain & Mister Franky remix - bonus track) (5:02)
Review: With a title that translates as "soul creole", it's perhaps unsurprising to find that David Walters' new album is a warm, woozy and tropical-tinged delight. It was produced by Favorite Recordings in house producer Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart, and you can hear his hand in the warm, authentic and vintage blend of African, South American, Caribbean rhythms and instrumentation. Walters says he was inspired by the melting pot that was New York at the turn of the 80s, too, and that's evident throughout. Add it all up and you have an eclectric, retro-futurist treat held together by the dual appeal of Hovart's production and Walters' fantastic multi-lingual vocals.
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Cat: 405053 855750. Rel: 23 Mar 20
  1. Robbers Thugs & Muggers (O'Galajani)
  2. Agbada Bougou
  3. Coconut Jam
  4. Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same)
  5. Slow Bones
  6. Jabulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony)
  7. Obama Shuffle Strut Blues
  8. We've Landed
Review: Two titans of African music come together for a collaboration that will sadly never be repeated after the passing of the late Hugh Masekela. Allen's instantly recognisable drumming and Masekela's iconic trumpet are a match made in heaven - after all their paths first crossed back in the 70s thanks to Fela Kuti's galvanizing energy. Forget the throwback stuff trying to capture the spirit of the originators, this IS the originators sounding cool and deadly in every way. Funk lovers, Afrobeat heads, curious ears and dancing souls take heed - this right here is an unmissable transmission from two grandmasters in their field.
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 in stock $11.33
Cat: TLP 003. Rel: 09 Nov 20
  1. Pista Libre (feat Luisito Quintero & Roberto Quintero) (7:49)
  2. Fly With The Wind (feat Luisito Quintero & Roberto Quintero) (5:45)
  3. Ka-Ta-Da (feat Karl Vanden Bossche & Davide Giovannini) (4:21)
  4. Pista Libre 2 (feat Luisito Quintero & Roberto Quintero) (7:31)
  5. Congo Bongo Y Timbal (feat Calixto Oviedo) (4:37)
  6. Lilly (feat Calixto Oviedo) (4:29)
Review: Takashi Nakazato spent many years studying in Cuba, learning the country's folklore and Bata under greats like Adonis Panter Calderon and Angel BoraNo. Now, Ten Lovers have culled five tracks from his previously digital and Japan-only album Clandestina with a new version of Pista Libre. Further guests such as Roberto Quintero, Davide Giovannini and Calixto Oviedo feature across the six tracks of lush jazz. Percussion often runs wild - as you would expect of someone who studied in Latin America - and busy sax lines are calmed by more soothing piano on 'Fly With The Wind', but generally this is a riotous and energetic album to make you dance.
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out of stock $17.41
  1. Coracao Do Mar (6:03)
  2. Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo (3:38)
  3. Maria Da Vila Matilde (4:35)
  4. Luz Vermelha (2:13)
  5. Pra Fuder (1:44)
  6. Firmeza (3:33)
  7. Benedita (5:04)
  8. Danca (1:46)
  9. O Canal (1:46)
  10. Solto (3:09)
  11. Comigo (5:54)
 in stock $21.20
Cat: ND 005. Rel: 23 Mar 20
  1. Vem Me Salvar (3:05)
  2. Meu Brasil (4:34)
  3. A Forca (6:29)
  4. Sarava (5:35)
  5. Onda Carioca (3:19)
  6. Pra Voce Amigo (4:34)
  7. Caminhao (4:52)
 in stock $19.73
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