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Obi Baa Wiase (reissue)
Cat: HTML 009SEC014. Rel: 10 Jun 22
Obi Baa Wiase (5:54)
Sika Be Ba (5:06)
Review: A 10" featuring the finest that highlife has to offer, Crentsil was a figurehead of Ghanian music during the 70s and 80s who was introduced to highlife music at the turn of the 90s - a combination of pop, jazz, disco, and funk. 'Obi Baa Wiase' and 'Sika Be Ba' are two tracks with a close-knit message of gratitude, hope and faith between them, with the former being the staple track of Crentsil's long career after being played at weddings, festivals, and live concerts by local bands. A pair of incredible tracks produced by Charles Amoah utilising limited equipment to create an authentic party atmosphere, jovial flutes and plucky strings are the accompaniment to A.B. Entsils's proclamation of joy - put this on at the party and the room are sure to start moving.
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 in stock $20.51
Turn It Up
Cat: AFS 038. Rel: 30 Jun 20
Turn It Up (7:48)
Turn It Up (instrumental Disco mix) (7:49)
Review: Afrosynth Records has become renowned for its deep dives into the colourful, synth-heavy world of original South African disco, boogie and bubblegum. They're at it again here, offering up a fresh pressing of "Turn It Up" by Adaye, a one-off studio project featuring members of legendary South African 'supergroup' Stimela. This edition replicates the track listing of the original 1983 release, beginning with the A-side vocal version - a driving slab of bubblegum boogie laden with James Brown style lead vocals, colourful synth sounds and delay-laden drum machine beats. The flipside "Instrumental Disco Mix" naturally strips out all but the backing vocals, instead showcasing the intricacy of the studio outfit's Prince-style guitar riffs, jaunty bass and kaleidoscopic synthesizer flourishes.
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 in stock $14.46
Dois Minutos De Um Novo Dia
Cat: BRZ45 048. Rel: 01 Jul 16
Antonio Adolfo & A Brazuca - "Dois Minutos De Um Novo Dia" (2:36)
Maria Castro Neves & Samba SA - "Candomble" (2:08)
 in stock $9.20
Yinne (7")
Cat: PH 45029. Rel: 06 Oct 22
Yinne (4:21)
Fo Yelle (4:50)
Review: Florence Adooni's relationship with Philophon goes back some time. She was the voice of Guy One's group and featured on his hit 'Estre' while she also provided vocals for Jimi Tenor's club classic 'Vocalize My Luv'. Under her own name, she has also dropped a series of top albums that have earned her the title of "the queen of Frafra-Gospel". This super sweet 45rpm typifies that sound with shakers and hand clapping, acoustic guitars and earthy drum sounds. 'Yinne' is upbeat and sunny and rich in melody and 'Fo Yelle' is much more heartfelt and introspective. Both are great.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $10.26
Mam Tola
Cat: PH 45032. Rel: 26 Oct 23
Florence Adooni & Erobique - "Mam Tola" (2:57)
Erobique - "Bach In Afrika" (4:22)
Review: Florence Adooni has been called Ghana's Frafra gospel queen in the past, and with good reason. First single 'Mam Pe'ela Su'ure' arrived in 2021 to widespread acclaim, and she followed up on Philophon with 'Yinne' late last year. Now Adooni is back on the label for a collaboration with German artist Erobique, who is normally found making quirky synth disco cuts. On a visit to Max Weissenfeldt's studio in Ghana, he crossed paths with Adooni and so the lilting, sweetly sentimental 'Mam Tola' was created. The B-side of this single finds Erobique flying solo for 'Bach In Afrika', riding a swift beat from Kung Fu Andoh and flexing on the Hammond organ for an uptempo fusion which might well catch you off guard and make you dance all the same.
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Tags: African
 in stock $10.26
Temedi Oh
 in stock $9.20
Cumbia De Et El Extraterrestre
Cat: VAMPI 45098. Rel: 17 Aug 23
Cumbia De ET El Extraterrestre - Rapsodia Del Chinito (2:45)
El Regreso De ET El Extraterrestre - Zaire Pop (3:08)
Review: Here's a real curio from the annals of Mexican music culture and the sprawling sound of Cumbia. In the 70s, Jose Maria Fuentes formed Afrosound as a hybrid super group and brought influences from funk, disco, tropical and salsa into the mix for a prolific run of hugely popular cambia party albums. That maybe doesn't exactly account for this rare curio from 1983 though, near the end of Afrosound's main tenure, when they reacted the global cinematic phenomenon of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial by creating a truly whacked out, synth laden freakout strapped to a smoking hot groove. It's surreal and psychedelic, but absolutely tuned up for maximum dancefloor impact.
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 in stock $13.67
Aynotche Terabu
Aynotche Terabu (limited 7")
Cat: AFR 45015. Rel: 14 Jun 16
Mahmoud Ahmed - "Aynotche Terabu" (with Equators Band) (4:02)
Girma Beyene - "Ene Negn Bay Manesh" (2:24)
Review: The Afro 45's / Mr Bongo lineage has produced some of the hottest, most sizzling funk reissues from around the globe, and this tasty two-header from Mahmoud Ahmed - who has appeared heavily on Portland's monumental Mississippi label - and Girma Beyene, two greats of the African soul / funk heritage. Ahmed's "Aynotche Terabu" is backed by the Equators Band, and the man's voice rides like crispy waves over the dusty percussion and charging trumpets of the outfit; Beyene appears with a less moody but equally brilliant jazz-leaning piece named "Ene Negn Bay Manesh", bringing through the spirot of greats such as Mulatu and the rest of the African luminaries.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk | Afro Jazz
 in stock $9.20
Maideso (Japanese Edition)
Cat: FBB 027. Rel: 11 Aug 23
Maideso (4:45)
Iduchihemo (4:30)
 in stock $22.08
African Groove
African Groove (limited 7")
Cat: LGF 715. Rel: 22 Jun 23
AkizzBeatzz - "I'm An African" (3:29)
Lego Edit - "Sahara Adventures" (Lego re-edit) (4:58)
Review: AkizzBeatzz and Lego Edit join forces to mutually reinforce what they both do best: making disco edits and reworks of classic funk, soul and Afrobeat, and occassionally offering up the odd original track. The 12" 'African Groove' is a downtempo and weighty meditation on what it means to hail from the continent, with Akizz' A-side 'I'm An African' playfully laying down a diasporic big beat excursion, replete with regional instrumentation and defiant political vocal samples. Lego Edit's 'Sahara Adventures', meanwhile, works a chugging beat around a central algaita line.
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Played by: Voodoocuts, LEGO EDIT
 in stock $14.72
Desert Wind
Desert Wind (1-sided red vinyl 7")
Cat: HC 80. Rel: 03 Nov 23
Desert Wind (4:07)
Review: Hot Casa France reissue a sultry drum workout from master Turkish darbouka player Yasar Akpence's 2004 album 'Passion Percussion'. 'Desert wind' layers unbelievably tight darbouka trills and phrases over a pulsing, almost dembow-esque core, making for a perfect Balearic DJ tool for any occasion. We can imagine this one bookending hypnotic techno wormholes in a small hours Donato Dozzy set, with its wide stereo drum intrusions and tight production longing to be aired off a suitably weighty soundsystem. Truly chameleonic and compelling music!
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Played by: Voodoocuts, LEGO EDIT
Tags: Turkish
 in stock $16.83
Afro Discoteca: Reworked & Reloved
Cat: FLIESDJ 06. Rel: 30 Jan 20
Afro Voodoo (feat Calibro 35 - Bovisa remix) (3:07)
Afro Darkness (PAd remix) (7:53)
Afro Discoteca (Jolly Mare Lifting) (5:44)
Afro Darkness (LUCA Quirky version) (6:03)
Review: Back in 2017, Four Flies Records unearthed and released a previously unheard "Afro-cosmic funk" EP from Italian soundtrack and library music legend Alessandro Alessandroni. Three years on, they've decided to give the 1978 recording the remix treatment. Bolissa and guests Calibra 35 kick things off with a densely percussive, out-of-this-world take on "Afro-Voodoo", before Pad re-imagines "Afro Darkness" as a chugging chunk of beatdown-disco laden with colossal chords, arpeggio bass and intergalactic electronics. Over on side B the "Jolly Mare Lifting" version of "Afro Discoteca" is a veritable leftfield disco stomper notable for its low-slung bass and spacey Moog lines, while Luca's "Quirky Version" of "Afro Darkness" is the kind of hallucinogenic, Marimba-tinged number that you can imagine Daniele Baldelli playing at the Cosmic Club circa 1981.
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 in stock $20.51
Los Feligreses
Cat: SBR 148. Rel: 16 Nov 21
Los Feligreses (3:45)
El Galleton (3:19)
Played by: Voodoocuts
Tags: Latin | Latin Funk
 in stock $11.04
Black Voices Remixes
Cat: COMET 083. Rel: 21 Jun 18
Get Together (Folamour In Harmony remix) (8:04)
The Same Blood (NIT Cosmic remix) (6:01)
 in stock $12.89
El Boogashake
Cat: VAMPI 45090. Rel: 09 Aug 22
El Boogashake (3:14)
Descargando (2:29)
! low stock $13.67
Kalk Gidelim
Cat: GBSI 148. Rel: 09 Aug 23
Kalk Gidelim (Chris Bruining remix) (3:17)
Su Siziyor (Jasper Verhulst & Chris Bruining remix) (4:10)
 in stock $13.93
Plata O Plomo
Plata O Plomo (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: OGR 856. Rel: 06 Nov 23
Plata O Plomo (5:08)
Reality For Nuthin' (3:58)
Review: Original Gravity's very own identity-invention Nestor Alvarez returns with yet another two new and hot Latin funk productions. 'Plata O Plomo' takes its namesake from an old Spanish adage, literally translating to English to mean "silver or lead", implying that the recipient of the phrase must either accept a bribe or lose their life. In keeping with this heavy-handed theme, the track is punchy and surface-tense as a bullet yet to exit the barrel. Meanwhile, 'Reality For Nuttin' gets at an equally nihilistic and existential theme, all while finding joy in the conundrum of life with huge rhythm guitars and pop-out pianos and brasses.
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Tags: Latin Funk
 in stock $11.84
Yo Soy Eustiquia
Yo Soy Eustiquia (limited 7" + insert)
Cat: 32A 001. Rel: 07 Dec 22
Yo Soy Así (4:20)
Borracha (3:29)
Tags: Latin | Colombian
 in stock $31.54
Samba (limited 7")
Cat: AFRO45 001. Rel: 14 Apr 22
Amazones De Guinee - "Samba" (4:53)
Moussa Doumbia - "Samba" (5:28)
Review: Mr Bongo kickstarts a new Afro 45s series with serious intention; all-girl troupe from Guinea Amazones De Guinee take the lead with a live recording from Paris, 1983. Taken from their Au Coeur De Paris album, it's the perfect example of a live recording with the balance of musicianship and crowd participation precision tuned. Flip for the previously rare 1980 recording by Ivory Coast's Moussa Doumbia whose smoky vocals and JB-level shrieks hit hard over a clam-tight Afrofunk rhythm. What a way to start a new series.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $9.45
Yorokobi Ni Saku Hana
Cat: URDC 59. Rel: 08 Aug 22
Yorokobi Ni Saku Hana (3:54)
Action (3:32)
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 in stock $16.65
Ein Fenster Zur Sparache
Ein Fenster Zur Sparache (limited 1-sided clear vinyl 12")
Cat: VINDIG 482CLEAR. Rel: 21 Sep 21
Ankunft (3:12)
Schwelle (3:36)
Kleine Seelen (2:50)
Seinbildung (feat Phase) (3:42)
Gestern Heute Und Morgen (feat Chrisfader) (3:29)
Tags: European
 in stock $22.08
Ersi EP
Ersi EP (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: STRD XIII. Rel: 07 Jul 23
As I Walk (7:58)
Between The Shadows (7:30)
I Can See (7:30)
My Full Light (8:54)
Played by: Alexis Le-Tan
 in stock $17.87
Sambabila (hand-numbered 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: SN 057. Rel: 01 Mar 22
Walter Il Brasiliano (3:55)
Samba Della Ghisolfa (2:56)
Con La Fiat Al Marcacana (2:56)
Saudade In Corvetto (3:18)
Tags: MPB | Brazilian | Samba
 in stock $10.51
Redondo Sambao
Cat: BRZ 45100. Rel: 02 Mar 23
As Meninas - "Redondo Sambao" (2:24)
Jorginho Telles - "Brasileiro" (3:02)
Review: You always know what you are going to get from Mr Bongo's Brazil 45 series and that is pure fire in musical form. This 100th release suggests the label has no intention of slowing down nor is it running low on top source material. This one from As Meninas on the A-side has beautiful female vocal-group arrangements with flutes that soar up top and plenty of ass-shaking samba shuffles down low. It's a tune that oozes soul and charm and was first released back in 1967. It's a super sweet but short song that is backed with 'Brasileiro' on the flip. It's taken from Jorginho Telles' self-titled 1971 album on Copacabana Records and mixes up raw guitar sounds with r&b vibes into something unusual and alluring.
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Played by: Voodoocuts
 in stock $9.45
Yegelle Tezeta
 in stock $9.20
Assiyo Bellema
Cat: AFR 45013. Rel: 18 Mar 16
Mulatu Astatke - "Assiyo Bellema" (feat Frank Holder & Niaaza Alsherif) (2:53)
Teshome Meteku - "Hasabe" (3:55)
Review: Another weighty slab of Ethiopian music history from Mr Bongo... First up is the hugely influential fusionist Mulatu Astatke with the Latin-meets-Afro jam "Assiyo Bellema". Loaded with frenetic guitars and mesmerising drum work from Frank Holder, this was actually recorded during Mulatu's time in London. Flip for an equally influential force in Ethiopian music: Soul Ekos Band affiliate Teshome Meteku with a more traditional local sound, Teshome's yearning insistent vocals wrap around the horns and tight drums like fog around a mountain. Captivating.
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Manha (limited 7")
Cat: BRZ45 021. Rel: 20 Apr 15
Azimuth - "Manha" (3:45)
Osmar Milito E Quarteto Forma - "America Latina" (2:46)
Review: A tale of two sides, Azimuth's classic "Manha" should be recognisable to many; taken from their self-titled LP in 1975, its golden harmonies and lavish, lolloping Bob James style jazz are as timeless as they were 40 years ago. Flip for "America Latina". Conjured by prolific collaborator Osmar Milito (whose discography features the likes of Sammy Davis Jr, Spanky Wilson and Liza Minelli), its striking, sing-along charms are no accident... It was actually created for 70s Brazilian soap opera Selva De Pedra.
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 in stock $9.20
Tessassategn Eko
Tessassategn Eko (limited 7")
Cat: AFR 45016. Rel: 14 Jun 16
Bahta Gebre Hiwot - "Tessassategn Eko" (4:04)
Alemayehu Eshete - "Ayalqem Tedqem" (3:22)
Review: Afro 45's / Mr Bongo show no signs of stopping their tireless run of form and, 7" after 7", they just keep on producing the goods. There's yet more '70s goodness with this new little scorcher: the A-side is 1973's "Tessassategn Eko" by Bahta Gebre Hiwot, a pensive Ethiopian pop hit for all sorts of music fans to enjoy, but "Ayalqem Tedqem" by Alemayehu Eshete on the B-side is where it's at... just listen to that bass and you'll instantly recognize this wonderful little cover.
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Melo Do Fricote
Cat: CLUB 02. Rel: 13 Feb 20
Band' Azul - "Melo Do Fricote" (3:59)
Octavio Burnier - "Que Nem Sol" (4:21)
 in stock $11.84
I Believe In Miracles
I Believe In Miracles (limited translucent yellow vinyl 7")
Cat: LMNKVLD 67. Rel: 09 Dec 20
I Believe In Miracles (3:30)
No Nos Pararan (6:48)
Review: In 2011, Banda Achilifunk & OJO served up Gitano Real, one of the year's most essential albums. It was caned far and wide by funk lovers, in particular Craig Charles on his 6 Music show. Now, two cover versions taken from the essential album have been pressed to limited edition translucent yellow vinyl. First up, 'I Believe in Miracles' is an overwhelming take on the Jackson Sisters classic with plenty of happy Latin vibes and rumba funk rhythms. Flip it over for a more abstract version of McFadden and Whitehead's seminal 'Ain't No Stoping Us Now' which is a soulful disco number packed with sunshine.
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Tags: Disco Funk | Latin | Latin Funk | Spanish
 in stock $11.56
Baiana: Brasingles Vol 2
Cat: OMSD 004. Rel: 27 Jan 23
Baiana (4:44)
Baiana (Wolf Mueller Drum Drop) (5:03)
Review: Barbatuques, a well known Brazilian group of body percussionists, originally recorded "Baiana" back in 2005 - which became a staple of their concerts. It is now issued on vinyl for the first time, marking the second volume of Brasingles: a new series on Selva Discos dedicated to releasing 'loud' 12" singles. On the first side, the original is a modern folk song from Bahia composed by Maria do Carmo Barbosa, and featuring a wild mouth harp sound with a stomping Barbatuques' arrangement that imprinted its trademark sound. German producer Jan Schulte (aka Wolf Mueller/Bufiman) heard the song and decided remix it to use in his DJ sets - adding more drums to brilliant effect.
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 in stock $15.25
Wild Safari
Wild Safari (12" with obi-strip)
Cat: GET 1200912. Rel: 30 Jun 17
Wild Safari (5:07)
Woman (5:10)
 in stock $16.04
Joe Bataan In East LA
Cat: SBR 152. Rel: 12 Jun 23
So Fine (feat Big Sandy) (3:06)
Mestizo (4:59)
Mom & Dad (feat Claudia Lennear) (4:23)
Time After Time (4:48)
Review: ,Joe Bataan has been busy in East L.A. with Orquesta Rene for this new Latin jazz double 7" courtesy of Steady Beat. It features four all new pieces drenched in soul and percussion, starting with 'So Fine' (feat Big Sandy), a mid tempo groove with vocal longing and languid horns. 'Mestizo' is a more steamy and intimate piece with sung-spoken lyrics and glowing, golden chords. 'Mom & Dad' (feat Claudia Lennear) has s steamy shuffle to its rhythms and classic Latin percussive sounds next to a call and response vocal and 'Time After Time' closes with a sentimental feel.
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Tags: Latin Jazz
 in stock $27.34
45s Collection
45s Collection (double 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7068/7069. Rel: 05 Feb 20
Platano Split (4:49)
Culzean (3:16)
Castle Battle (2:51)
Hang Out (2:23)
 in stock $24.46
Afrorever (12")
Cat: BR 03. Rel: 22 Sep 17
Afrorever (feat Cheick Tidiane Seck) (5:02)
Faure Is The Magic Number (6:26)
Afrorever (Sun's Up mix) (7:13)
1, 2, 1, 2 (feat Raashan Ahmad) (2:28)
 in stock $13.93
Salsa System
Salsa System (limited 10" with obi-strip)
Cat: ECR 46. Rel: 13 Dec 22
Madrugador (7:11)
Bionic Boogaloo (4:12)
Tu No Sabes (6:53)
Orgullo (5:54)
 in stock $27.34
Kontonbili EP
Cat: WAH 10004. Rel: 03 Aug 23
Hado Deeli (4:10)
Gargar (3:59)
I Know (2:51)
Nimmbalia (3:29)
Bawa (Traditional) (3:58)
Yeri Villa (3:31)
Review: Ghanaian/UK outfit Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon won plenty of fans with the first two albums Kalba and Small Small now return with this seven track opus. It explores the traditional West African roots of their sound but also adds some freshness in the form of Birituro's xylophone as well as Sonny Johns' folky touches and the powerful vocals of Ghanaian songstress Wiyaala. You might well have already heard some of this on 6Music and will likely hear much more because it is hugely appealing and accessible music with devastating soul.
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Tags: African
 in stock $12.09
Kenya 1980s: CBS EP
Kenya 1980s: CBS EP (limited 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: AFR7 1206. Rel: 28 Feb 19
Black Savage - "Fire" (5:13)
S & D Majek - "Got The Feelin'" (3:11)
Ovid - "Karibuni" (4:31)
Ovid - "Operator" (4:35)
 in stock $19.20
In My Dreams (reissue)
Cat: CGI 7039. Rel: 01 Feb 22
In My Dreams (3:20)
I'm Too Old (To Go Through Your Changes) (3:30)
 in stock $13.15
Money Is The Root Of Evil
Money Is The Root Of Evil (short version) (5:11)
Duodu Wuo Ye Ya (short version) (5:05)
Review: Dan Boadi left his native Ghana to take his highlife sound to American audiences after he had his 1967 breakout debut 'Abrabo'. That was a regional hit and soon after came this tune which was recorded at Paul Serrano's studio in Chicago. It showcased the real breadth and depth of his sound as it called upon reggae, acrobat, halide and funk to demand your ear with a chugging drum groove. Add in the colourful orchestration that makes the tune soar and a you have a record that is a true musical melting pot that stood Boadi pat in his new home of the Windy City.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $10.51
Money Is The Root Of Evil
Money Is The Root Of Evil (translucent orange vinyl 7")
Cat: ES 75LPC1. Rel: 17 Nov 22
Money Is The Root Of Evil (short version) (5:11)
Duodu Wuo Ye Ya (short version) (5:05)
Review: Dan Boadi left his native Ghana to take his highlife sound to American audiences after he had his 1967 breakout debut 'Abrabo'. That was a regional hit and soon after came this tune which was recorded at Paul Serrano's studio in Chicago. It showcased the real breadth and depth of his sound as it called upon reggae, acrobat, halide and funk to demand your ear with a chugging drum groove. Add in the colourful orchestration that makes the tune soar and a you have a record that is a true musical melting pot that stood Boadi pat in his new home of the Windy City.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $13.18
Mizik Bel
Mizik Bel (12")
Cat: FVR 156. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Mizik Bel (5:13)
Mizik Bel (Africaine 808 remix) (8:17)
Review: A while back, Africaine 808's DJ Nomad contacted Favorite Recordings' chief Pascal Rioux about a killer track he'd been given some years back - an obscure, previously CD-R only fusion of modern Gwo-ka and Zouk by Esnard Boisdur entitled "Mizik Bel". Rioux was excited by what he heard and agreed that the track should come out on vinyl, accompanied by a fresh rework by Nomad and Dirk Leyers as Africaine 808. Boisdur's original version (side A) is rhythmically dense but also cheery and life affirming, with celebratory chorus vocals and 80s zouk style synth lines subtly rising above a busy, all-action groove. Arguably even better is the sub-heavy Africaine 808 mix, which brilliantly re-imagines the track as a tasty chunk of tropical house/disco-zouk fusion.
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This Is Bolga!
Cat: PH 45021. Rel: 16 May 19
This Is Bolga! (part 1) (3:35)
This Is Bolga! (part 2) (3:53)
Review: German-Ghanaian group the Polyversal Souls have previously collaborated with a number of bands and solo artists from West Africa, so this hook-up with Northern Ghanaian outfit the Bolga All Stars - a collective made up of leading local kologo and frafra-gospel singers and musicians - should not come as much of a surprise. Separated into two parts for the seven-inch release, the track blends the Polyversal Souls' lolloping, late '60s style Afro-funk grooves - complete with fuzzy, period style production - and sharp horn section with glistening guitars, snaking solos and fine vocals from the Bolga All Stars. It's one of the Polyversal Souls' finest releases yet, and that's saying something.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk | Afro Jazz
 in stock $9.45
Community: 15 Years Of Jazz & Milk
Bongani GiveThanks - "Indoda" (African Repraise) (4:11)
Moe Fabrik - "Sassy Boi" (4:39)
Sam Irl - "Changes" (6:14)
Steve Spacek - "Do U Want My Lov" (3:30)
Feater - "Cosmic Dust" (6:19)
Abase - "Fallen Statues" (5:56)
Review: Munich's Jazz & Milk label has now been releasing music for 15 years. As a result, founder Dusty is in a celebratory mood and has decided to offer-up this compilation style EP of previously unreleased treats from label artists old and new. Fusing organic and electronic instrumentation while fusing a myriad of interconnected styles, the EP's six tracks offer an excellent snapshot of the label's distinctive sound. Our picks include the sun-kissed Afro-South American fusion of Bongani Give Thanks' 'Indoda (African Reprise)', the bruk-up soul of Moe Fabrik's brilliant 'Sassy Boy', the intergalactic future soul shuffle of Steve Spacek's superb 'Do You Want My Love' and the sub-heavy Latin house percussion-fest that is Abase's excellent closing cut, 'Fallen Statues'.
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Wake Up
Wake Up (12")
Cat: BAC 003. Rel: 14 May 20
Wake Up (feat Kaleta) (5:35)
Omo Iya (feat Kaleta) (5:21)
Mambue (feat Justo Valdez & Evan Laflamme) (6:07)
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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Take Over (reissue)
Take Over (reissue) (white vinyl 12")
Cat: UR 346WHITE. Rel: 26 Aug 20
Take Over (7:22)
Take Over (Less Patient edit) (5:15)
Bounce & Pull Up (feat Evan Laflamme) (7:46)
Review: Having landed his debut album Bosq Y Orchestra De Madera on Ubiquity Records back in 2013, Bosq will be returning with his second long player on the Californian label later this year. Take Over is the second 12" laid down as a precursor of what Bosq has up his sleeve and the Boston-based Whisky Baron is certainly on good form. Known for his towering vocal contributions to Fela's Egypt 80, Benin-born / Nigerian-raised singer Kaleta once again lines a Bosq production in lead cut "Take Over", and it might just be their heaviest collaboration yet! The Less Patient edit adds a bit of dancefloor weight to the track. Flip for the dense, delay heavy afrobeat burner "Bounce And Pull Up" which features some devilish horns from Evan Laflamme.
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Tags: African | Afro House
 in stock $12.61
Mouna Power
Cat: BAC 006. Rel: 25 May 21
Mouna Power (4:28)
Mouna Power (dance dub) (5:52)
Review: Ever-reliable funk fusionist Bosq has scored another hit here, this time with the help of Favourite Recordings regular Pat Kalla, a talented French poet and singer. 'Mouna Power' is another great example of Bosq's ability to successfully meld together elements of Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban music and tropical grooves, adding layers of colourful instrumentation (bass, keys, horns, guitars and so on). The excellent original version comes backed with a longer, slightly tougher but no less warming and kaleidoscopic 'Dancefloor Dub'. It contains most of the vocals, more percussion and a greater role for the killer bassline and is probably our pick of the mixes
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 in stock $13.15
Ipade (12")
Cat: BAC 009. Rel: 31 Jan 23
Ipade (4:53)
Ipade (instrumental) (4:55)
Ariya Tide (4:41)
Ariya Tide (instrumental) (4:44)
Review: American born/Colombia-based producer Ben Woods aka Bosq, and Benin-born vocalist/guitarist Leon Ligan-Majek aka Kaleta follow up on the success of their recent collaboration with Purple Disco Machine, and build on their nearly 10 years of working together with their new Afro disco number 'Ipade'. It features Kaleta's trademark chants and exclamations in a mix of Yoruba and English, over sleek rhythms, a ripping horns section and one funky bassline. Over on the flip, get down deeper into the groove with the lo-slung swagger of 'Ariya Tide'.
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 in stock $15.25
Super Herois
Cat: BRZ 45088. Rel: 19 Aug 22
Brazilian Boys - "Super Herois" (3:09)
Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao - "Ta Tudo Ai" (2:28)
Review: We'll never tire of the incredible Brazil45 series on Mr Bongo, which has provided an authoritative window into the rich history of 60s and 70s grooves from South America. Here's a missing joint from the series which took some time to come to fruition - a split release featuring Brazilian Boys on the A side and Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao on the B. 'Super Herois' is an obscure slice of off-kilter, psych tinged funk from 1975 that has the kind of individual sound which could find favour with a lot of different DJs. 'Tudo Ai' has a more recognisable samba shuffle, but much like the A side there's a subtle twist in the sound which leans towards blues rock and jazz, locking down on the rhythm and creating a low-key party starter in its own unique way.
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 in stock $11.56
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