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The Triask Tusk EP: Afro Disco Club Favourites
The Triask Tusk EP: Afro Disco Club Favourites (180 gram vinyl 12" + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 063. Rel: 04 Feb 19
  1. Tecumsay Roberts - "It Makes Me Dance & Sing" (5:44)
  2. Commy Bassey - "We Want Togetherness" (4:37)
Review: Triassic Tusk's "Screamers, Bangers & Cosmic Synths" series of crate digging comps has seen the Scottish crew showcase some seriously hot, little-known music. Mukatsuku have joined forces with the imprint to give a 12" release to two potent Afro-disco smashers that recently featured on volume two of the ongoing compilation series ,now remastered and sounding better than ever. On side A you'll find Liberian artist Tecumsay Roberts' bouncy 1979 Afro-soul/Afro-boogie number "It Makes Me Dance & Sing", where spacey Moog solos rice above a funk-influenced dancefloor groove. On the flip, the fun continues via Commy Bassey's Clav-happy, Nigerian sounding Afro-boogie roller "We Want Togetherness", a positive plea for unity that's as relevant now as it was way back in 1980.Juno copies come in an exclusive branded card sleeve .As played/charted by Red Greg,Marcel Vogel, Craig Charles,Faze Action,Kalita,Cedric Woo and Dom Servini so far
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 in stock $8.59
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Choice Works 1982-1985
Choice Works 1982-1985 (heavyweight vinyl LP + insert) (1 per customer)
Cat: TIME 002. Rel: 12 Feb 19
  1. Night Together (4:50)
  2. Stranger In The Mirror (4:39)
  3. Donna (4:44)
  4. Maze (3:23)
  5. Bay/Sky Provincetown 1977 (4:27)
Review: Perhaps best known for scoring the Street Fighter II and Final Fantasy XII soundtracks, virtuoso fusioneer Yuji Toriyama goes way back, as proved by this edition of Time Capsule's Choice Works series that digs deep into his earliest instrumentals and TV work made between 82 - 85. Written, produced and played by himself, using some seriously futuristic kit for the time, Yuji's cosmic, heavily narrative compositions are given the spotlight they've needed for almost 40 years; highlights include the slap bass pops and star gazing synth strikes of "Donna", the aerobic boogie of "Night Together" and the tropical midnight glider "Maze". Choice indeed.
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 in stock $25.78
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Sabi (Get Down)
Sabi (Get Down) (heavyweight vinyl LP repress)
Cat: KALITALP 001. Rel: 08 Feb 19
  1. Sabi (Get Down)
  2. That's My Girl
Review: The Kalita crew step up with another finely chosen reissue gem from the history of African dance music, this time welcoming Ghanaian disco maestro Okyerema Asante to the fold with two utterly infectious party starters laced with ample feel good vibes. "Sabi (Get Down)" is a slinky groover with a killer bassline and sweet guitar licks for the heads down crew to bust out some serious moves. "That's My Girl" is a more sizzling affair with a brighter outlook, riding high on soaring brass and woodwind and packing a heartfelt message of love that everyone can vibe with.
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 in stock $19.88
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Africa Airways Five: Brace Brace Boogie 1976-1982
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Cat: ASVN 050. Rel: 14 Feb 19
  1. Black Bells Group - "Sweet Sidney" (edit) (4:12)
  2. Charly Kingson - "Nanga 'Boko" (4:17)
  3. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (4:59)
  4. Dikalo - "Fine Biscuits" (2:45)
  5. Mekongo President - "Angona Mana" (4:04)
  6. Fotso - "French Girl" (3:27)
  7. Tala AM - "Sugar Lump" (edit) (5:01)
  8. JK Mandengue - "Chibidaba, Chibidaba" (2:55)
  9. Jide Obe - "Too Young" (5:13)
  10. Mulamba - "Dashiki" (version instrumentale) (3:07)
Review: There's a slightly different feel to the latest instalment of the fantastic "Africa Airways" compilation series. While previous instalments have largely focused on heavy Afro-funk and Afro-soul, this fifth edition showcases material recorded during the disco and boogie era (1976-82). The ten included tracks are superb, with highlights including the fuzzy, Clavinet-driven thrills of "Sweet Sidney (Edit)" by Black Bells Group, the heavy grooves and dancing synth lines of Gyedu Blay Ambolley's "Highlife", the spacey Afro-boogie badness of Fotso's "French Girl" and the flash-fried disco-funk celebration that is Jide Obe's spacey, Moog-sporting "Too Young". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
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 in stock $18.54
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Tahira Tropical Edits
Tahira Tropical Edits (12" repress)
Cat: DP 024. Rel: 25 Jan 19
  1. Gil's Revolution (Tahira Afrobeat version) (4:43)
  2. Jackson's Capoeira (Tahira rework) (4:17)
  3. Son'z Toque (Tahira rework) (6:10)
 in stock $8.59
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It's A Mess
Cat: SF 04. Rel: 12 Feb 19
  1. It's A Mess (7:36)
  2. Afro Breakdance (6:30)
Review: After cutting his teeth in Atlantic-signed jazz-fusion band Kabasa in the early 1980s, vocalist and bassist Tata Sibeko briefly pursued a solo career. He only ever released two 12" singles as Tata, but one - the 1985 double A-side treat "It's A Mess/Afro Breakdance" - has gone on to become something of an in-demand item amongst collectors of South African dance music. Here Sharp Flat has given it the reissue treatment. A-side "It's A Mess" is a fine chunk of breezy, lo-fi electrofunk in which Sibeko sings cheerily - despite the downbeat lyrical content - over colourful synths, bubbling machine drums and a thickset synth bassline. Arguably even better is "Afro Breakdance", which sounds like a superior, slightly deeper South African take on teapot-dance innovators Break Machine.
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 in stock $13.43
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Baiana: Brasingles Vol 2
Cat: OMSD 004. Rel: 11 Jan 19
  1. Baiana (4:42)
  2. 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 $12.09
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Liberate Volumen 2
Liberate Volumen 2 (7" + insert) (1 per customer)
Cat: NYCT 7045. Rel: 07 Feb 19
  1. Ron Con Limon (4:00)
  2. La Veterana (4:32)
Review: Southern Californian five-piece Yanga first emerged three years ago with a now sought-after debut single that put a contemporary "Afro-Colombian" spin on the effervescent Cumbia style. Now operating on Names You Can Trust, their comeback has been spread across two must-have 7" singles. The highlight of this second "Volumen" is arguably A-side "Ron Con Limon", a viciously percussive, fuzz-soaked Cumbia outing where headline grabbing vocals and accordion lines rise above the band's infectious drums. In contrast, B-side "La Veterana" is deeper, darker and more bass-heavy, with the band's vocals and accordion melodies imparting a genuine sense of impending doom.
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 in stock $11.28
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Feqer Feqer New
Cat: PH 45018. Rel: 14 Feb 19
  1. Feqer Feqer New (feat Alemayehu Eshete) (3:45)
  2. Portrait Of Alemayehu (Daytime) (4:05)
Review: Last year, heavyweight Ghanaian-German band the Polyversal Souls returned to action with their first new material in three years - a killer Highlife single called "Basa Basa" featuring guest vocalist Lee Dodou. This speedy follow-up boasts a guest vocalist, too: near legendary Ethiopian soul and jazz singer Alemayehu Eshete. He makes his presence felt on "Feqer Feqer New", delivering a hazy and exotic vocal over the band's cheery, '60s style Gamelan backing track. The resultant cut is nothing less than spectacular. Over on side B, the band goes solo on the laidback and breezy "Portrait of Alemayehu (Daytime)", where chiming melodies and punchy horns rise above glistening guitars, rich bass and shuffling drums.
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 in stock $9.13
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Breakin In/Love The Way You Love Me
Breakin In/Love The Way You Love Me (180 gram vinyl 12" repress)
Cat: LC 002. Rel: 24 Dec 18
  1. Javaroo - "Breakin In"
  2. Marti Caine - "Love The Way You Love Me"
Review: Love Circle returns for a second release, digging deep into the misty past of golden era disco and finding rare gold for the reissue market to rejoice at. This time it's the work of Barry Blue and two projects he produced in the early 80s, lovingly re-edited for maximum dancefloor pleasure by Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold (aka gerry Rooney and Joel Martin). First up is surefire party starter "Breakin In" by Javaroo, and on the flip it's low down seduction workout "Love The Way You Love Me" by Marti Cane getting a fresh airing for all vintage-minded dancers and DJs.
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 in stock $9.12
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AOR Global Sounds Vol 4: 1977-1986
Cat: FVR 145LP. Rel: 22 Jan 19
  1. Arlana - "When You Call My Name" (3:24)
  2. Omega Sunrise - "Too Hip" (4:35)
  3. Jonathan Jr - "Hangin' On To You" (12" version) (5:33)
  4. Isabelle Mayereau - "Orange Bleue" (2:27)
  5. Oro - "Sasa" (3:42)
  6. Fernando Toussaint - "Recuerdos Del Abuelo" (3:04)
  7. Todd Mcclenathan - "High From Our Love" (5:08)
  8. Mario Acquaviva - "Notturno Italiano" (4:22)
  9. Special Occasion - "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" (12" version) (6:36)
  10. Parenthese - "Come Back" (4:03)
  11. Russ Long - "Never Was Love" (4:35)
  12. Pacific Dreams - "Mellow Out" (4:19)
  13. Miller Miller Miller & Sloan - "Key To My Heart" (2:39)
  14. Scott Cunningham - "Blues Take You Over" (3:31)
Review: On his fourth exploration of the world of global "Adult Oriented Rock", French crate-digger Charles Maurice focuses on the period between 1977 and '86. That means a greater emphasis on synthesizers, dusty drum machines and the kind of sparkling melodies that would once have drifted from daytime radio at an alarming rate. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the dewy-eyed synth-soul of Arlana's "When You Call My Name" and the breezy boogie of Omega Sunrise's "Too Hip", to the sparse Balearic bliss of Isabelle Mayereau's "Orange Bleue", the flute-laden easy listening hum of Fernando Toussaint, the sax-happy '80s sleaze of Special Occasion's brilliant "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" and the jaunty Latino jazz-funk of "Mellow Out" by Pacific Dreams.
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 in stock $21.48
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Mangase
Mangase (limited 12")
Cat: SNDW 12020. Rel: 25 Jul 14
  1. Shaluza Max - "Mangase"
  2. Tabu Ley Rochereau - "Hafi Deo"
Review: A special summer-tuned dedication to two of Africa's most creative contributors who both passed away at the birth of the New Year. First up, South Africa's Shaluza Max's 2002 classic gets the revisitation it deserves; big accordions, honeyed Zulu vocals and a chugging groove that could plough into any dancefloor under the sun, it struts with a timeless sense of universal groove science. Flip for a rewind to the mid 80s as Soundway pays tribute to the hugely prolific Tabu Lay Rochereau. Complete with smooth, soothing synths, show-stopping harmonies and slinky bassline that won't quit, it's as heart-rending now as it was 30 years ago.
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 in stock $10.48
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Oye Edits 010
Oye Edits 010 (coloured vinyl 12")
Cat: OYEEDIT 010. Rel: 04 Feb 19
  1. La Didadi (5:53)
  2. Six Million Languages (5:40)
 in stock $12.63
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Akofa Akoussah (reissue)
Cat: MRB 174. Rel: 28 Jan 19
  1. Tango (3:02)
  2. Ramer Sans Rame (4:02)
  3. La Lem (3:23)
  4. Mitso Aseye (3:07)
  5. Dandou Kodjo (3:13)
  6. Kimumbu (3:43)
  7. G Blem Di (2:52)
  8. I Tcho Tchass (3:55)
Review: For their latest deep dive into forgotten and sought-after African music, Mr Bongo has secured the rights to reissue Togolese singer Akofa Akoussah's eponymous 1976 debut album. Akoussah was already something of a scene veteran when she recorded the set for Paris-based Sonafric, having made her vinyl debut in Togo 11 years earlier. The set remains something of a classic, with Akoussah variously delivering sweet vocals over local rhythms and guitars, bass, horns and Moog synth parts that showcase her Western funk and soul influences. There are some suitably heavy dancefloor workouts throughout (not least superb opener "Tango") as well as more laidback and stripped-back cuts. Curiously, the echo-laden production makes it sound like it was recorded in the mid '60s rather than the 1970s, but that's no criticism; it just adds an extra edge of intoxicating fuzziness.
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 in stock $18.80
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We Out Here
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We Out Here (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: BWOOD 0175LP. Rel: 09 Feb 18
  1. Maisha - "Inside The Acorn" (5:51)
  2. Ezra Collective - "Pure Shade" (6:31)
  3. Moses Boyd - "The Balance" (5:33)
  4. Theon Cross - "Brockley" (3:36)
  5. Nubya Garcia - "Once" (5:25)
  6. Shabaka Hutchings - "Black Skin, Black Masks" (6:59)
  7. Triforce - "Walls" (5:07)
  8. Joe Armon-Jones - "Go See" (7:38)
  9. Kokoroko - "Abusey Junction" (7:03)
Review: We Out Here, Brownswood Recordings' latest compilation, was born out of a desire by label boss Gilles Peterson to capture the essence of London's contemporary jazz scene. To ensure a sense of there "here and now", Peterson invited some of the city's brightest young bands and musicians into the studio in August 2017, recording the results over three action-packed days. The resulting never-heard-before tracks are, for the most part, joyous and thrilling, and range from trad jazz, jazz-funk and Latin jazz to acoustic-electronic fusions and groovy, guitar-laden downtempo explorations. It feels like a glimpse of a scene on the rise, and we wouldn't be surprised if many of those involved become modern British jazz greats in the years to come.
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 in stock $18.80
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Kalimba (Calypso Edit)
Kalimba (Calypso Edit) (limited hand-stamped 1-sided heavyweight vinyl 12") (1 per customer)
Cat: FBNMXX I. Rel: 24 Jan 19
  1. Kalimba (Calypso edit) (4:59)
Review: This limited edition, single-sided salvo sees Fly By Night boss Lorenzo Bandeira edit up a mid-'80s chunk of smooth jazz Balearica by American saxophonist Bob Berg. Bandeira wisely jettisons all of the cheesier elements of Berg's original version. Instead, he focuses on the track's rubbery tropical rhythms, calypso-inspired synthesized kalimba melodies, Berg's deliciously dreamy chord sequences and the undeniably glassy-eyed sense of sunrise-inspired release. He's also added some well-placed dub delays here and there, too, transforming the track into the kind of loved-up tropical chugger that probably sounds awesome while watching the sun go down. Bravo Sir!
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 in stock $10.21
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I Know You Feel It
I Know You Feel It (double 12")
Cat: SC# 03. Rel: 08 Feb 19
  1. Anomakoliwa (9:00)
  2. She's A Queen (6:00)
  3. What's On Your Mind? (6:36)
  4. I Know (You Feel It) (7:36)
  5. Dali Wam (6:03)
  6. Picnic (Moger) (8:01)
 in stock $26.33
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Trio Mocoto
Cat: MRBLP 189. Rel: 11 Feb 19
  1. Nao Adianta (4:02)
  2. O Meu Violao (3:29)
  3. A Rosa (3:52)
  4. Xuxu Melao (3:16)
  5. Doca (4:00)
  6. Toda Tarde (3:30)
  7. Sossega Malandro (3:11)
  8. Dile (6:45)
  9. Onde Anda Voce (2:51)
  10. Que Nega E Essa (5:17)
Review: First released back in 1977, Trio Mocoto's second eponymous album has long been a favorite with collectors of "MPB" - the most Brazilian of popular music styles. Thanks to the dusty-fingered diggers at Mr Bongo, the album is now available again on wax for the first time since 1980 (and, of course, for a fraction of the cost of an original copy). Like many of the greatest MPB albums of the period, the album's ten tracks brilliantly blend elements of samba, string-laden easy listening, soul, jazz-funk and fusion, with the band's strong group vocals and luscious instrumentation guaranteeing a warm, sun-kissed vibe throughout.
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 in stock $18.80
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Cosmicdelic Africa: The Journey Begins
Cat: CAEPPRO 001. Rel: 30 Nov 18
  1. Diogal - "Sore" (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit & Overdub) (12:47)
  2. Rail Band - "Mouodilo" (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit & Overdub) (5:17)
  3. Amadou Et Mariam - "Bara" (Joaquin Cosmic Arts version) (6:53)
  4. Kindred Spirit & Corina Flamma Sherman - "Put Your Spirit Up" (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit & Overdub) (3:51)
  5. Biambou (Joaquin edit & Overdubs) (2:50)
Played by: NICOLA CONTE
 in stock $17.73
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Karam Bani
Karam Bani (12")
RCA
Cat: PR 65016P. Rel: 30 Jan 19
  1. Karam Bani (4:25)
  2. Ye Koaba (4:27)
Review: Ghanaian disco-funk stalwart Sidiku Buari initially broke through in his native country in 1975. Although it was his eponymous debut album that cemented his star status, it was the single that preceded the set, "Karam Bani", that established his reputation. Here it gets a deserved reissue, complete with original B-side "Ye Koaba". The title track is something of a beast: a driving, funk-fuelled work out rich in jammed-out electric piano lines, sweaty drums and soaring, life-affirming vocals. "Ye Koaba", meanwhile, is a little breezier and jolly in tone, but no less essential.
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 in stock $10.48
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Viajecito
Viajecito (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 009. Rel: 17 Jan 19
  1. Viajecito (5:13)
  2. Too Late (3:05)
Review: For a brief period between 1968 and 1975, Peruvian band Black Sugar recorded some seriously heavy fusions of soul, rock and jazz. It's because of this that both of their self-titled albums now exchange hands for eye-watering sums online, as does their 1971 debut single "Viajecito". Helpfully, Matasuna Records has done a deal to reissue the latter. The track itself remains a rare treat; a gloriously sunny, horn-heavy fusion of Latin jazz rhythms, spacey sounds, jaunty group vocals and twinkling pianos. B-side "Too Late", a sumptuous, boogaloo-sounding soul number in which the group sings in English over a Blackbyrds-esque backing track, is similarly impressive.
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 in stock $9.94
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Asembi Ara Amba
  1. Y-Bayani & The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "Asembi Ara Amba" (4:30)
  2. The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love - "We Are The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love" (4:06)
 in stock $9.13
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Nakombe Nga
  1. Les Choc Stars Du Zaire - "Nakombe Nga" (4:26)
  2. Teknokrat's - "What Did She Say" (4:20)
Review: In recent times Rush Hour has excelled at reissuing obscure African music of the late 1980s, often pairing the original with a previously unheard cover version or remake. They're at it again here, offering up Les Choc Stars Du Zaire and Ben Nyamabo's 1989 cut "Nakombe Nga" with an obscure Belgian new beat cover by one album wonders Teknokrat's [sic]. Les Choc Stars Du Zaire's version is wonderfully positive, joining the dots between electronic soukous, ear-catching synth-pop and sunset-friendly Balearic vibes. The Teknokrat's version is, if anything, even more loved-up, with classic late '80s house instrumentation (Frankie Knuckles style synth-strings, jaunty pianos), ghostly electronic lead lines, delay-laden vocal passages and a superb synth bassline
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 in stock $9.66
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Colombian Latin Funk & Cumbia Gems: Volume Two
Colombian Latin Funk & Cumbia Gems: Volume Two (7" in exclusive hand-stamped kraft paper inner sleeve + branded outer sleeve + sticker)
Cat: MUKAT 055. Rel: 10 Sep 18
  1. Fruko Y Sus Tesos - "A La Memoria Del Muerto" (4:25)
  2. Combo De Los Galleros - "Soledad" (2:46)
Review: For this 7" single, label boss Nik Weston took a deep dive into the vast back catalogue of Discos Fuentes, Columbia's oldest record label (it was founded in 1934, fact fans). On the A-side you'll find "A La Memoria Del Muerto" by long serving salsa outfit Fruko Y Suis Tesos, a typically jaunty, dusty and celebratory workout that was originally released on a now hard-to-find 7" single sometime in the early 1970s. Over on the B-side, Weston takes us on a trip to the early days of Cumbia via El Combo Los Galleros's brilliant 1963 album cut "Soledad", which still sounds heavy, punchy and intoxicating 44 years after it was recorded, and has been a staple in the bags of top selectors such as Hunee, Red Greg, Kai Alce, Dom Servini & Craig Charles from BBC 6!
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 in stock $6.44
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Doing It In Lagos: Boogie Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria
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Doing It In Lagos: Boogie Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria (gatefold 3xLP + 7" + 8 page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: SNDWLP 087. Rel: 14 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 $20.15
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Katakata
  1. Katakata (15:51)
  2. Soyoyo (17:12)
Review: Following Hot Casa's reissue of his second album The Black Isaiah Of Africa in 2017, here comes the long awaited repress of Kingsley Aigbologa Bucknor's incredible debut album. Rarer than hen's teeth, known to pass hands for triple figures and so vibrantly freeform and longform; both extensive 15+ minute tracks take up a side each as Kings and his 16 player / 10 backing singer Afrodisk Beat 79 troupe lay down two crisp Afrofunk trips. Singular.
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 in stock $23.91
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Mercy Mercy Baby
Mercy Mercy Baby (7" repress)
Cat: AJX 445S. Rel: 01 Feb 19
  1. Mercy Mercy Baby (2:45)
  2. Mercy Mercy Baby (instrumental) (3:02)
Review: Puerto Rican music legend Ray Barretto has a seriously impressive biography, including spells with the Tito Puente Orchestra and the acclaimed Fania All Stars. This tasty seven-inch single serves up one of Barretto's best boogaloo-era cuts, 1968 single and Acid album track "Mercy, Mercy Baby". It remains a fine song, wrapping a jaunty salsa rhythm in various boogaloo aural hallmarks, including impassioned vocals, funk-influenced horns and an incessant piano riff. Interestingly, this edition doesn't feature the original single B-side, but rather a previously unissued instrumental version. Shorn of the vocals and pop production, it feels breezier and heavier, with additional trumpet solos that will wind their way into your subconscious.
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 in stock $11.55
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Rueda De Bullerengue Vol 2
Rueda De Bullerengue Vol 2 (7" + booklet) (1 per customer)
Cat: NYCT 7048. Rel: 24 Jan 19
  1. Papa Lopez (2:41)
  2. Vamos Pa Venecia (2:37)
  3. La Hamaca (2:31)
  4. La Suerte (3:20)
Review: For the uninitiated, Tonada Baile Cantado is a collaborative project helmed by members of the Brooklyn-based Bulla en el Barrio, a fluid collective of young musicians dedicated to making new music in the Colombian "Bullerengue" style. This is volume two in an ongoing series of releases and is every bit as vibrant as its predecessor. First up is "Papa Lopez", where chanted, Afro-influenced female vocals rise above a dense and percussive groove. This is quickly followed by the up-beat thrust of the similarly inclined "Vamos Pa Venecia" and B-side opener "La Hamaca", where brilliant vocal harmonies dance over another insatiable hand percussion groove. Closing cut "La Suerte", meanwhile, may well be the best of the bunch; it's certainly the heaviest.
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 in stock $11.28
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African Bump
African Bump (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MSR 008. Rel: 06 Dec 18
  1. African Bump (3:13)
  2. K-Jee (2:38)
Review: For their latest release, Matasuna Records has put away their re-editing scalpel and instead decided to serve up two obscure old gems by Peru-based Argentine artist Enrique Lynch. Both tracks were recorded in the early 1970s and have become sought-after items amongst the Afro-Tropical collecting community. Having been re-mastered from the original master tapes, A-side "African Bump" - a jazzy, sun-soaked affair notable for its fantastic use of wah-wah guitar, Blaxploitation grooves and high-register horn solos - sounds better than ever before. The same could be said for Lynch's brilliant cover of The Nite-Liters' funk classic "K-Jee", which adds a little South American sunshine to the familiar grooves and celebrated horn lines.
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 in stock $9.94
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Vocalize My Luv
Cat: PH 45017. Rel: 24 Jan 19
  1. Vocalize My Luv (3:35)
  2. Ki'igba (3:46)
Review: Over the course of his lengthy career, Jimi Tenor has proved to be something of a musical chameleon, variously portraying himself as a lo-fi lounge music lothario, flute-sporting jazzman, Moog-loving electronic adventurer, dub-wise explorer and, most recently, Afrobeat eccentric. On "Vocalize My Luv", he fuses a number of his musical obsessions, by serving up a jaunty and righteous chunk of Ghanaian highlife futurism rich in dancehall-influenced drum machine beats, jammed-out Korg riffs and amiable female vocals. It's ace, and comes with a similarly sterling B-side, "Ki'igba". This shuffling affair sees Tenor reach for his trusty flute and get all jazzy over a dusty and laidback Afrobeat groove.
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 in stock $9.13
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On
On (LP)
Cat: BJR 025. Rel: 10 Apr 18
  1. Tatli Dile Guler Yuze (2:45)
  2. Kirsehir'in Gulleri (3:24)
  3. Goca Dunya (4:00)
  4. Halkali Seker (3:41)
  5. Caney (4:41)
  6. Sad Olup Gulmedim (4:02)
  7. Cemalim (4:03)
  8. Cicekler Ekiliyor (3:26)
  9. Kaymakamin Kizlari (2:50)
  10. Seker Oglan (6:19)
 in stock $16.11
32
Nouvelle Ambiance: Musical Experiments In Paris
VARIOUS
Cat: AMBIANCE 02LP. Rel: 25 Sep 18
  1. Antoinette Konan - "M'acko" (3:55)
  2. Nicky Mpoto - "Kamba" (3:59)
  3. Jean Paul Mondo - "Zangalon" (3:36)
  4. Ali Baba - "Tcha! Tcha! Merengue" (5:02)
  5. Esa - "A Muto" (7:07)
  6. Empire Bakuba & Papa Tex - "Livre D'or" (8:57)
  7. Siassia & Tokobina - "Mama Africa" (7:15)
  8. John Jongos - "Djande" (5:08)
  9. Baby Bhy-Gao Dombia - "Dawsi" (instrumental) (4:36)
  10. Bovick & Co - "Bazombo" (4:19)
  11. Tutu - "Ayoyo" (6:58)
  12. Jacques Lubelo - "Ngando" (4:05)
Review: New Parisian label Nouvelle Ambience pick up speed with their first V/A album. Tapping us back 30 years to one of the city's many exciting melting pot musical chapters, the self titled album unearths some of the most exciting records made by Francophone acts who made their way from the likes of Senegal and Cameroon to the French capital and fused with European bands. Ranging from dancefloor afrofunk to poppier highlife tracks and Congolese soukous the album captures a unique energy and movement that's so positive and upbeat it's palpable. Highlights include the stadium sized "Tcha! Tcha! Merengue" by Ali Baba, Nicky Mpoto's hypnotic percussion and loopy guitars on "Kamba" and the wily funk of John Jongos' "Djande". Dig deep.
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 in stock $26.59
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Sosena Gebre Eyesus
Sosena Gebre Eyesus (LP + insert)
Cat: LA 018. Rel: 08 Feb 19
  1. Instrument Of Ten Strings (5:34)
  2. When I Called On You, Virgin Marry (7:23)
  3. When We Saw Him (7:12)
  4. Never Be Ashamed Of You, Virgin Marry (6:43)
  5. They Shouted "Crucify Him" (6:03)
  6. He Died For All (7:54)
 in stock $20.68
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Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds: Extended 12 Inch Versions
  1. Painel De Controle - "Relax" (extended Waxist version) (5:54)
  2. Rabo De Saia - "Ripa Na Xulipa" (Charles Maurice extended version) (5:28)
  3. Famks - "Labirinto" (Nick The Record extended version) (6:17)
Review: France's Favorite label dabbles in all things funky and disco-flavoured, and this time they've decided to go with a Brazilian edge on their latest 12". Painel De Controle begins with a Waxist mix of "Relax", a chilled-out boogie monster with sultry vocals, while "Ripa Na Xulipa" by Rabo De Saia is more uplifting and heavy on the disco strings. Finally, Nick The Record rewires "Labirinto" by Famks into a subtly electro-fied boogie nugget. Nice!
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 in stock $10.21
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Sewele
Sewele (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: STRUT 202LP. Rel: 25 Jan 19
  1. Sewele (13:29)
  2. Yabis (6:59)
  3. Agbe'Ere De (13:51)
  4. Late Aboderin (5:53)
 in stock $20.68
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Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa
VARIOUS
Cat: SNDWLP 124. Rel: 07 Mar 18
  1. The Survivals - "My Brother" (4:46)
  2. Stimela - "Mind Games" (5:33)
  3. Hot Soul Singers - "Hlala Nami" (4:12)
  4. Zoom - "Wayawaya" (5:26)
  5. Ashiko - "Gumba Fire (Madlakadlaka)" (5:39)
  6. Monwa & Sun - "Heartbeat" (4:48)
  7. Ntombi Ndaba - "Do You Trust Amajita?" (3:49)
  8. The Black Five - "Selallane" (3:30)
  9. Starlight - "Picnicing" (3:56)
  10. Zasha - "Hayi Ngodlame" (4:41)
  11. Joshiba - "Gloria" (5:00)
  12. Sabela - "Africa" (4:56)
  13. Condry Ziqubu - "She's Impossible" (5:55)
  14. General Peter Maringa - "Listen To Me" (7:49)
  15. Zasha - "Arrow Dub" (4:50)
  16. Ozila - "Wola Wola" (9:05)
Review: Soundway's latest essential collection successfully shines a light on synth-heavy South African music of the 1980s, chronicling local musicians and producers' attempts to create their own hybrid forms of boogie, synth-soul and bubblegum pop. Naturally, compilers Miles Cleret and DJ Okapi have done a brilliant job bringing together killer cuts that showcase the best of South Africa's '80s synth sounds, while at the same time ensuring a high ratio of rare and hard-to-treats. While some of the tracks genuinely sound like they could have been made in New York, London or L.A, there are plenty of others that include multiple instrumental nods to a diverse range of contemporaneous South African sounds. Crucially, the music is superb throughout.
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 in stock $21.22
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Nao Nasci P'ra Jogador
Cat: BRZ 45071. Rel: 09 Aug 18
  1. Silvio Cesar - "Nao Nasci P'ra Jogador" (2:22)
  2. Bebeto - "Princesa Negra De Angola" (3:41)
 in stock $8.33
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What You Want To Bet?
Cat: MRB 7145. Rel: 20 Nov 18
  1. What You Want To Be? (O Que Voce Que Apostar?) (2:09)
  2. These Are The Songs (Esta E A Cancao) (2:59)
Review: Tim Maia's 1968 debut single, "What You Want To Be", has long been a favourite of dusty-fingered Latin music enthusiasts. Original copies, though, have long been out of the price range of most DJs and collectors. Happily, Mr Bongo has struck a deal to reissue it. The title track is something of a scorching dancefloor-treat - a boogaloo-era slab of Latin funk in which Maia and chums sing in English atop a bustling rhythm track and some seriously heavy horns. B-side "These Are The Songs" is a much more relaxed and laidback, samba-soaked affair, closer in tone to early 1960s U.S soul songs of the sort regularly covered by the Beatles early in the career.
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 in stock $9.40
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Ciumeira
Ciumeira (7")
Cat: BRZ45 075. Rel: 05 Feb 19
  1. Ciumeira (3:24)
  2. Rasga Teu Verso (2:42)
Review: For the 75th release in their long-running Brazil 45s series, the Mr Bongo crew has chosen to reissue some prime "MPB samba jazz" from 1965. The two tracks showcased here were originally issued on a rare 33rpm 7" single, one which collectors are now willing to pay silly money to obtain. Up first is "Ciumeira", a wonderfully jaunty and celebratory fusion of swinging sixties charm, Mod style organ stabs, smooth vocals and cheery samba-pop grooves. B-side "Rasga Teu Verso" has a more grandiose, easy listening kind of feel, albeit with the addition of punchy MPB horns and summery vocals so infectious that you'll be singing them in the shower in no time at all.
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 in stock $8.06
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Carcara
Carcara (7")
Cat: DYNAM 7009. Rel: 25 May 18
  1. Carcara (2:04)
  2. Pow Pow Pow (Mas Que Nada) (2:31)
Review: During the days of Dingwalls' legendary jazz-dance and rare groove nights in the 1980s, it wasn't uncommon to hear Nancy Ames "Caracara" surging from the speakers. An infectious Latin Jazz/Easy Listening floor-filler first released on the American singer's 1966 album Latin Pulse, it has long been something of a favourite amongst both DJs and dancers. Here, it gets the reissue treatment on 7" from the cool cats at Dynamite Cuts, backed with 1967 gem "Pow, Pow, Pow", a killer, bi-lingual cover of Sergio Mendes' favourite "Mas Que Nada". This, too, is simply superb.
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 in stock $10.21
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Ofel I
Ofel I (7")
Cat: AR 118VL. Rel: 24 Jan 19
  1. Ofel I (4:11)
  2. Breathe (3:59)
Review: "Ofel I" marks the belated return to action of 13-piece Afrobeat ensemble Hoodna Orchestra, whose previous release - the hot-to-trot "Alem", made in cahoots with Ethiopian guest musicians - dropped way back in September 2017. The headline attraction is undoubtedly A-side "Ofel I", a low-slung chunk of horn-heavy '60s psych goodness that sounds like it could have been plucked from the soundtrack to a particularly trippy and experimental British spy movie. There's a similar feel to the admittedly more exotic B-side "Breathe", a killer cut that appears to have been inspired - in part, at least - by dusty Turkish psych-funk.

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 in stock $7.79
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Kojo In Kobenhavn
 in stock $10.73
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I Ran
I Ran (12")
Cat: DH 014. Rel: 21 Mar 18
  1. I Ran (8:25)
  2. I Ran (Simple Symmetry remix) (6:47)
Review: Given that this is Moscoman's first solo single on the Disco Halal imprint he inaugurated in 2015, it's perhaps unsurprising that he's saved something rather special for the occasion. "I Ran" is a throbbing, high-octane peak-time treat, where haunting Arabic vocals seemingly float over a thrusting, arpeggio-driven groove and bubbly, off-kilter machine drums. It's druggy and intoxicating, of course, but also fiendishly heavy and pleasingly unorthodox. On the flipside, old pals Simple Symmetry re-imagine "I Ran" as a sticky and trippy chunk of organic Arabic dub disco, complete with toasty bass and razor-sharp electric guitars. It's not quite as thrilling as Moscoman's original version, but it's a close run thing.
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 in stock $11.28
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Only You (reissue)
Cat: PMG 060LP. Rel: 23 Mar 17
  1. Only You (6:18)
  2. I Had A Dream (5:46)
  3. Things Fall Apart (Disco Jam) (5:43)
  4. Welcome My Love (6:05)
  5. Only You (Disco Jam) (6:29)
  6. Things Fall Apart (vocal) (5:29)
Played by: Roland Realtime
 in stock $23.10
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Chick A Boom (Record Store Day 2016)
Cat: VAMPI 45003. Rel: 28 Apr 16
  1. Chick-A-Boom (3:49)
  2. Cycles Of You (4:31)
Played by: Javi Bayo
 in stock $7.79
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Soul Reggae Prisonnier
Cat: BJR45 007. Rel: 05 Feb 19
  1. Ramone - "Soul Reggae Prisonnier" (4:01)
  2. Ti L'Afrique - "Bal Souki Souki" (4:08)
 in stock $10.48
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AOR Global Sounds Vol 4: 1977-1986
Cat: FVR 145CD. Rel: 22 Jan 19
  1. Arlana - "When You Call My Name"
  2. Omega Sunrise - "Too Hip"
  3. Jonathan Jr - "Hangin' On To You" (12" version)
  4. Isabelle Mayereau - "Orange Bleue"
  5. Oro - "Sasa"
  6. Fernando Toussaint - "Recuerdos Del Abuelo"
  7. Todd Mcclenathan - "High From Our Love"
  8. Mario Acquaviva - "Notturno Italiano"
  9. Special Occasion - "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" (12" version)
  10. Parenthese - "Come Back"
  11. Russ Long - "Never Was Love"
  12. Pacific Dreams - "Mellow Out"
  13. Miller Miller Miller & Sloan - "Key To My Heart"
  14. Scott Cunningham - "Blues Take You Over"
Review: On his fourth exploration of the world of global "Adult Oriented Rock", French crate-digger Charles Maurice focuses on the period between 1977 and '86. That means a greater emphasis on synthesizers, dusty drum machines and the kind of sparkling melodies that would once have drifted from daytime radio at an alarming rate. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the dewy-eyed synth-soul of Arlana's "When You Call My Name" and the breezy boogie of Omega Sunrise's "Too Hip", to the sparse Balearic bliss of Isabelle Mayereau's "Orange Bleue", the flute-laden easy listening hum of Fernando Toussaint, the sax-happy '80s sleaze of Special Occasion's brilliant "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" and the jaunty Latino jazz-funk of "Mellow Out" by Pacific Dreams.
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 in stock $14.24
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Wejene Aola
Cat: SNDW 7022. Rel: 16 Mar 17
  1. Wejene Aola (feat Kamasi Washington) (3:41)
  2. Eastern Prayer (feat Nia Andrews) (3:03)
 in stock $8.33
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