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Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House
Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House (gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 093. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Ernest Honny - "Kofi Psych" (interlude 1) (4:28)
  2. Joe Meah - "Dee Mmaa Pe" (6:14)
  3. CK Mann & His Carousel 7 - "Yeaba" (4:27)
  4. Santrofi-Ansa - "Shakabula" (4:13)
  5. Seaboy & Nyame Bekyere - "Tinitini" (4:17)
  6. Joe Meah - "Ahwene Pa Nkasa" (7:00)
  7. Ernest Honny - "Ernest Special" (interlude 2) (4:02)
  8. Seaboy - "Africa" (6:27)
  9. Nyame Bekyere - "Broken Heart/Aunty Yaa/Omo Yaba (Nzema)" (Medley) (10:43)
  10. Ernest Honny - "Say The Truth" (interlude 3) (6:09)
  11. Black Masters Band - "Wonnin A Bisa" (5:31)
  12. Sawaaba Soundz - "Egye Tu Gbe" (3:46)
  13. CK Mann Big Band - "Fa W'akoma Ma Me" (4:11)
  14. Ernest Honny - "Odo Mframa" (interlude 4) (6:12)
Review: We are truly honored to announce our 33rd compilation from our regular series, "Essiebons Special 1973 - 1983 // Ghana Music Power House", celebrating legendary producer Dick Essilfie-Bondzie's many achievements within Ghanaian music which coincides with Analog Africa's 15th Anniversary.
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Good For Dance
Good For Dance (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: CMR 003. Rel: 22 Nov 21
  1. Scruscru & Aman Po-Kaifu - "Acid Salam" (5:36)
  2. Skitcut - "Zaletaet Na Acid" (5:17)
  3. Funkyjaws - "Acid Circus" (6:22)
  4. Eddie C - "Dysk Dzokej On Acid" (3:54)
Review: Craft Music's taste in sizzling hot party music is absolutely confirmed as razor sharp with this third instalment of edits and re-rubs with a twist. Far from vanilla re-arrangements, these re-versions get fruity with the source material and on Good For Dance there's a particular emphasis on acid. First up Scruscru & Aman Po-Kaifu get right down and dirty with Nigerian classic 'Salem' by The Funkees, whipping up a veritable storm with 'Acid Salam'. Next up Skitcut gets into a serious stomp laden with wriggling 303 action on 'Zaletaet Na Acid', and Funkyjaws has some fun weaving slamming claps and nimble bleeps into the brassy source material for 'Acid Circus'. Eddie C rounds things off with a proper rubbery acid tweaker which slips in smooth on 'Dysk Dzokej On Acid'. Classy stuff, and whole heaps of fun for those who love acid, those who love disco, and those who love both.
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 in stock $11.02
Sexy Lady
Sexy Lady (12")
Cat: BK 040. Rel: 29 Nov 21
  1. Sexy Lady (5:14)
  2. Keep Dancing (4:13)
Review: Having recently delivered a string of must-have Brit-funk reissues, the crate diggers at Backatcha Records are now treating us to some seriously obscure tropical disco. Both tracks originally appeared on the flipside of a self-released, 1982 EP from St Kitts and Nevis percussionist and vocalist Gerard PJ Brown. Both cuts were recorded in Puerto Rico, but the sound is undeniably Caribbean in flavour. 'Sexy Lady' is a killer boogie-era disco number laden with spacey synth sounds, rubbery bass and punchy brass, with Brown's vocals sat atop. Over on the flip, 'Keep Dancing' is a superb dub disco number in which Brown's percussion skills come to the fore atop a synth-sporting reggae groove. In a word: essential!
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 in stock $13.21
Forca Bruta (reissue)
Forca Bruta (reissue) (limited 180 gram orange vinyl LP)
Cat: FS 4470. Rel: 07 Dec 21
  1. Oba, La Vem Ela (4:13)
  2. Ze Canjica (3:51)
  3. Domenica Domingava Num Domingo Linda Toda De Branco (3:48)
  4. Charles Jr (6:07)
  5. Pulo, Pulo (2:47)
  6. Apareceu Aparecida (3:19)
  7. O Telefone Tocou Novamente (3:50)
  8. Mulher Brasileira (4:24)
  9. Terezinha (3:11)
  10. Forca Bruta (5:09)
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Ritmo Matizon
Cat: DSC 005. Rel: 22 Nov 21
  1. Ritmo Martizon (3:28)
  2. Pa Gozar (5:56)
Review: If you're into little-known South American gems from the dim and distant past, Mexico City's Discodelic label has got you covered. This limited-edition "45" marks the second instalment of their ongoing "Nicaraguan Afro-Latin" series and offers-up two deep cuts from the catalogue of tropical Afro-rock kings Bwama. Both tracks were originally featured on the band's second self-titled album in 1972. Our pick of the pair is A-side 'Ritmo Martizon', a richly percussive fusion of Guajira rhythms, salsa style pianos, gravelly funk-rock guitars and life-affirming vocals. That said, flipside 'Pa Goza' - a funky, shoulder-swinging affair featuring duelling organ and guitar lines atop a locked-in Latin beat - is also superb. In a word: essential!
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 in stock $7.16
Nina Maika (reissue)
Nina Maika (reissue) (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: NDL 008. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Viajante (5:29)
  2. Guiambe (3:29)
  3. Toque De Fada (4:44)
  4. Nina Maika (3:50)
  5. Alfacinha (4:42)
  6. Pequena Cancao Para Uma Mulher Nua (3:31)
  7. Perseguindo O Por Do Sol (4:19)
  8. Agora E Na Hora Da Morte (4:08)
  9. Par De Asas (3:00)
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Melodies Record Club #002: Ben UFO Selects
  1. Laurie Spiegel - "Drums" (7:12)
  2. Olof Dreijer - "Echoes From Mamori" (13:02)
Review: The high class Melodies International reissue label co-run by Floating Points and Elliot Bernard is back with the seance in its Melodies Record Club series. This time it is blistering club DJ Ben UFO who gets his pick after Four Tet had his go earlier in the year. The two tunes he pick have long been staples in his set either though on the surface of it neither are typical club tunes. They have never before been available on vinyl for that reason but we're glad they are now. 'Drums' is off Laurie Spiegel's 1980 experimental album The Expanding Universe and is all oscillating synths and computer generated percussion while Olof Dreijer from the Swedish band the Knife offers 'Echoes From Mamori' on the flip, a more tropical and whimsical cut of new age licked house made from arpeggios and frog samples.
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 in stock $14.60
Giant & Guitar
Giant & Guitar (LP + insert)
Cat: WWSLP 53. Rel: 26 Nov 21
  1. Rakset El Fadaa (7:51)
  2. Guitar El Chark (4:51)
  3. Takassim Sanat Alfeyn (6:52)
  4. Laylet Hob (8:13)
  5. Lama Bada Yatasana (2:28)
  6. Teletya Mahla Nourha (4:52)
  7. Ah Ya Zen (4:20)
 in stock $26.44
No No No
No No No (limited 7" repress)
Cat: BAS 1006. Rel: 26 Oct 21
  1. No No No (3:52)
  2. Evil Ways (instrumental) (2:58)
Review: Originally pressed (on a limited run) in 2013, LA Latin funk troupe Boogaloo Assassins have reissued these two spellbinding cover versions again due to public demand. Still on a highly limited run, both cuts need to be in your collection: Dawn Penn's "No No No" gets a strict samba switch with lavish percussion and consistent vocal harmonies throughout while Sonny Henry's "Evil Ways" (best known from its Santana cover) gets the dreamy instrumental treatment where the horns and glocks do the narrating over a tight bed of wood blocks, shakers and liquid Rhodes. Killer stuff and Juno is one of the few stores outside of USA which is carrying the 45. Don't Sleep !
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Sin Control
Cat: NA 70427. Rel: 08 Nov 21
  1. Sin Control (3:05)
  2. Sin Control (feat Molly Lewis - instrumental) (5:10)
Review: Having previously been famed for re-imagining classic soul and funk cuts - albeit with a pleasingly retro-futurist twist - Trish Toledo returns to Now-Again Records with something fresh: a co-composition of her own. In its' original full vocal form, 'Sin Control' is a jangling, atmospheric Spanish-language soul number that combines a loose, languid groove with strummed acoustic guitars, retro-sounding electric guitar licks and Tijuana brass style horns. Over on the flip, guest Molly Lewis comes to the fore on an instrumental take laden with mazy Moog style synth solos and melodic whistling - think Stereolab doing semi-acoustic soul, and you're close.
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 in stock $4.96
Heavenly Ethiopiques: The Best Of The Ethiopiques Series
Cat: HS 107VL. Rel: 24 Nov 21
  1. Alemayehu Eshete - "Tashamanaletch" (4:08)
  2. Seyoum Gebreyes - "Hametegnaw" (3:26)
  3. Ayalew Mesfin - "Teredjew Neber" (3:54)
  4. Teshome Meteku - "Yezemed Yebaed" (3:53)
  5. Seyfou Yohannes - "Mela Mela" (3:24)
  6. Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou - - "Presentiment" (3:37)
  7. Wallias Band - "Muziqawi Silt" (3:46)
  8. Tsfa-Maryam Kidane - "Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh" (2:43)
  9. Mulatu Astatqe - "Yegele Tezeta" (3:15)
  10. Getatchew Mekurya - "Shellela Besaxophone" (2:46)
  11. Girma Beyene - "Ene Negn Bay Manesh" (4:02)
  12. Mahmoud Ahmed - "Bemen Sebeb Letlash" (4:35)
  13. Muluqen Mellesse - "Hedetch Alu" (5:16)
  14. Tlahoun Gessesse - "Lantchi Biye" (3:07)
  15. Menelik Wesnatchew - "Tchereqa" (3:16)
  16. Tekle Tesfa-Ezghi - "Selam Temagwet" (3:53)
  17. Abbebe Tessemma - "Ashasha Beyew" (3:35)
  18. Tewelde Redda - "Ab Teqay Qerebi" (3:32)
  19. Ali Birra Kan - "Ati Fettun Isani Infedhani" (4:45)
  20. Tsehaytu Beraki - "Medjemerya Feqrey" (4:09)
Review: The first Best of on vinyl from the ethiopiques series. Francis Falcetto, the founder of the series (already 28 Cds available) and THE specialist of Ethiopian music pick up a selection of the best tracks of the series. He opened his large collection of pictures, vinyls and memorabilia to make the artwork of this double LP gatefold. The perfect introduction to the world of Ethiopian music but the specialists will also discover some rare and unknown tracks and artists.
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Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House
Cat: AACD 093. Rel: 03 Dec 21
  1. Ernest Honny - "Kofi Psych" (interlude 1)
  2. Joe Meah - "Dee Mmaa Pe"
  3. CK Mann & His Carousel 7 - "Yeaba"
  4. Santrofi-Ansa - "Shakabula"
  5. Seaboy & Nyame Bekyere - "Tinitini"
  6. Joe Meah - "Ahwene Pa Nkasa"
  7. Ernest Honny - "Ernest Special" (interlude 2)
  8. Seaboy - "Africa"
  9. Nyame Bekyere - "Medley: Broken Heart/Aunty Yaa/Omo Yaba (Nzema)"
  10. Ernest Honny - "Say The Truth" (interlude 3)
  11. Black Masters Band - "Wonnim A Bisa"
  12. Sawaaba Sound - "Egye Tu Gbe"
  13. CK Mann Big Band - "Fa W'akoma Ma Me"
  14. Ernest Honny - "Odo Mframa" (interlude 4)
 in stock $16.26
Instrumental Modal Pop Of 1970s Egypt
Cat: SF 119LP. Rel: 26 Nov 21
  1. Ghada (2:15)
  2. Zabour (1:55)
  3. The Wanderer (2:57)
  4. Mawal (1:40)
  5. Ennai (5:33)
  6. Mawood (4:04)
  7. Bambah (4:55)
  8. Musical Introduction (3:01)
  9. Gazairia (5:40)
  10. Chaka Chiko (4:47)
  11. Zai Elhawa (4:24)
  12. Sahara (1:21)
  13. Hanim (2:26)
  14. Noussa (1:13)
  15. Zamane (3:07)
  16. Iskandarani (1:52)
  17. Amira (1:54)
  18. Salamat (5:23)
  19. Love Story (4:01)
Review: "A 2xLP of restored Egyptian 'pop' music by Arabic composer Baligh Hamdi, this album might be one of the most comprehensive collections of the artist's work yet, thanks to the divine work of label Sublime Frequencies. Backed by his Diamond Orchestra, Hamdi straddles a plethora of Indo-Arabic moods and sonic settings, from sleepy accordion nights to slinking sax and theremin party-starters. Documenting his vision to achieve a modernised, hybridised Arabic sound, we're sure you'll agree he successfully pulled it off, on receipt of this tip-on gatefold LP and added CD - with liner notes by SF label owner Hisham Mayet.

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Ja Bo Corre D'mim (reissue)
Cat: ARLP 001. Rel: 10 Nov 21
  1. Ka Bo Bem Dzoriental (3:48)
  2. Hoje Um Ta Longe (4:46)
  3. Roots Of Our Rasta (5:10)
  4. Ja Bo Corre D'Mim (3:32)
  5. Tchufti Ma Babilon (3:30)
  6. Bo Soriso E Tudo (3:29)
  7. Mundo D'Margura (2:54)
Review: After his first LP Stranger Ja Catem Traboi, Tchiss decided to further experiment with reggae and funana, inspired by the local rhythms of the island of Santiago. Gathering some of the best Cape Verdean musicians of the time, in 1984, together with Ze Antonio on guitar, Bebethe on bass and Alirio on drums, he recorded his second LP Ja Bo Corre D'Mim. An album that sings of a young man far from home, his unrequited love and saudade, the struggles of street life in a foreign land and a world of inequality. Recorded in just 3 days at the Pomodoro Studio in Sutri, the album fully expresses the deep and layered sound of Tchiss' music, where upbeat tempo, powerful vocals and electrifying guitar solos tangle together in a dynamic mix of traditional melodies and cosmic reggae.
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Histoire De Melody Nelson
Cat: 537184 1. Rel: 08 Oct 21
  1. Melody (Histoire De Melody Nelson) (7:38)
  2. Ballade De Melody Nelson (1:59)
  3. Valse De Melody (1:33)
  4. Ah! Melody (1:47)
  5. L'Hotel Particulier (4:05)
  6. En Melody (3:10)
  7. Cargo Culte (7:56)
  8. Melody (Full take - Les Sessions Melody Nelson) (9:16)
  9. Ballade De Melody Nelson (alternative Voice version) (2:03)
  10. Valse De Melody (alternative Voice version) (1:38)
  11. Ah! Melody (alternative Voice version) (1:48)
  12. Melody Lit Babar (vocal version) (1:04)
  13. Melody Lit Babar (Instumental) (1:09)
  14. L'Hotel Particulier (Full take) (5:09)
  15. En Melody (Full Electric Violin Solo) (3:23)
  16. Cargo Culte (instrumental) (8:02)
 in stock $23.13
Azimuth (reissue)
Azimuth (reissue) (gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP repress)
Cat: FARO 117LPX. Rel: 26 Nov 21
  1. Linha Do Horizonte (4:27)
  2. Melo Dos Dois Bicudos (3:07)
  3. Brazil (3:57)
  4. Seems Like This (4:31)
  5. Caca A Raposa (5:10)
  6. Estrada Dos Deuses (3:40)
  7. Wait For My Turn (2:59)
  8. Montreal City (3:19)
  9. Morning (3:49)
  10. Periscopio (7:29)
Review: Rewind to 1975, Brazilian supergroup Azymuth hit their richest creative vein with this self-titled full-length. Just as the band remain so themselves, this is still hugely relevant and ridiculously on-point considering it's 40 years on the clock. Proof can be found on every track from the sedative harmonic charms of the opener "Linha Do Horizonte", the raw slap bass funk, velvet keys and soaring synths on "Seems Like This" and the frenetic, almost techy mentality of "Wait For My Turn". An essential addition to any collection, this would have blown minds to pieces back in 1975.
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 in stock $23.13
Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol 5
Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol 5 (180 gram vinyl LP repress)
Cat: HS 098VL. Rel: 25 Nov 21
  1. Ambassel (5:44)
  2. Almaz Yeharerwa (3:49)
  3. Yene Hassab Guadegna (5:34)
  4. Shemonmwaneyewa (3:25)
  5. Yegenet Musika (4:32)
  6. Gofere/Antchi Hoye (7:08)
  7. Akale Wube (4:08)
  8. Aynotche Terabu (4:36)
  9. Musika Hiwote (3:09)
  10. Tezita (4:42)
Review: Getatchew Mekurya is probably the most revered veteran of the Ethiopian saxophone. A true giant, both physically and musically. Not only is he at the highest level of Ethiopian saxophonists, but he is the "inventor" of a very distinctive musical style.
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 in stock $17.91
Las Guitarras Tropicales (reissue)
Cat: VAMPILP 244MAGLPN2324. Rel: 02 Dec 21
  1. Las Guitarras Tropicales (2:15)
  2. El Avispon (2:32)
  3. El Diablo (2:42)
  4. El Pajarito (2:25)
  5. Silbando (3:21)
  6. Paga Pedro Miguel (2:16)
  7. El Salta Monte (2:34)
  8. Me Voy A Morir (2:15)
  9. Arequipenita (3:01)
  10. La Paila (2:59)
  11. Sanguito (2:31)
  12. Los Goles De Pele (2:07)
 in stock $23.13
CUBA: Music & Revolution Culture Clash In Havana Experiments In Latin Music 1975-85 Vol 2
  1. Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo - "Y Que Bien" (4:23)
  2. Orquesta Los Van Van - "Por Que Lo Haces" (4:09)
  3. Los Latinos - "Quemando" (2:46)
  4. Farah Maria - "Amame Y No Pienses Mas" (4:15)
  5. FA 5 - "Muevete Con Las Fuerzas Del Corazon" (5:54)
  6. Tambores De Enrique Bonne - "Como Arrullos De Palma" (2:49)
  7. Ricardo Eddy Martinez - "Expresso Ritmico" (4:01)
  8. Los Papines - "Solo De Tumba Y Bongo" (5:30)
  9. Grupo Sintesis - "Aqui Estamos" (2:32)
  10. Los Van Van - "Llegada" (2:03)
  11. Grupo Raices Nuevas - "Baila Mi Guaguanco" (5:02)
  12. Luis Carbonell - "La Rumba" (3:54)
  13. Orquesta Riverside - "En Casa Del Trompo No Bailes" (3:02)
  14. Juan Formel & Los Van Van - "Llegue, Llegue" (5:52)
  15. Grupo Los Yoyi - "Tu No Me Puedes Conquistar" (3:05)
  16. Los Papines - "Para Que Niegas?" (4:23)
  17. Grupo De Experimentacion Sonora Del ICAIC - "Cuba Va!" (3:04)
  18. Raul Gomez - "Luces En La Pista" (8:50)
  19. Los Brito - "El 4-5-6" (2:48)
  20. Leo Brouwer - "Tema De El Rancheador De La Naturaleza" (1:36)
  21. Ricardo Eddy Martinez - "La 132" (4:18)
  22. Los Reyes 73 - "Finalizo Un Amor" (3:37)
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Ain't No Sunshine
Cat: BRZ45 068. Rel: 11 Sep 17
  1. Ain't No Sunshine (4:47)
  2. Ponteio (3:13)
Review: Amongst fans of Brazilian music, Sivuca is arguably best known for his 1973 cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" - later a favourite on the rare groove scene - which re-casts the Bill Withers classic as a sumptuous chunk of shuffling samba sunshine. Here, the track gets reissued as part of Mr Bongo's brilliant Brazil 45s series, alongside his lesser-known - but no less impressive - cover of Edu Lobo's "Ponteio".
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Estrelar (limited 7")
Cat: BRZ 45030. Rel: 14 Aug 15
  1. Marcos Valle - "Estrelar" (5:11)
  2. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti - "Aleluia" (3:52)
Review: Two silky sides of Brazilian disco soul on Mr Bongo's perennial Brazil 45s series. First up, long-haired lothario samba fusionista Marcos teams up with Leon Ware for a pristine polished piece of early 80s disco funk. Golden harmonies, staccato vocals and a super juicy bassline; it's not hard to see why it was his best selling single. Flip for the equally smooth "Alleluia" from Brazilian boogie gospelist; this one is all about the percussion heavy breakdown. Proper sunshine block party business.
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NEPA: Never Expect Power Always
  1. NEPA (Never Expect Power Always) (7:37)
  2. NEPA (dance dub) (7:40)
  3. When One Road Close (Another One Go Open) (6:47)
  4. Road Close (dance dub) (6:43)
  5. Olokun (3:45)
Review: Heroic Nigerian drummer Tony Allen put out this landmark album in 1984, but the sounds bare all the hallmarks of his best 70s material. The grooves are super chunky and many say the title track here is one of Allen's best ever tunes. It has a punchy hook and political sentiment that really resonates while the rest of the tunes are not too shabby either. There wired up with electronics next to the trumpets, drums and percussion and have a super cool Celluloid Electric Africa vibe as a result. A regal and dub version is included of that title track meaning this reissue won't hang around for long.
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Me Da A Onnda
  1. Daben Ni (8:16)
  2. Me Yee Owu Den (9:20)
  3. Nye Mea (14:16)
  4. Me Da A Onnda (6:18)
Review: K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas was a cult and rotating cast of musicians from Ghana. They were early champions of the famous highlife sound and in 1980 they put out Me Da A ?nnda, a four track suite that will cost you a hefty amount on second hand markets. But this reissue will change all that. The original tracks and art are included and it is the charming percussive clatter and seductive guitar lines of 'Daben Ni' that get things underway with plenty of trademark horns. 'Me Yee Owu Den' is another sweet jam, with tangy rhythms and those lead horns lifting your spirits before the extended 'Nye Mea' works you into a spaced out mind state.
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Wamono A to Z Vol III: Japanese Light Mellow Funk Disco & Boogie 1978-1988
  1. Tetsuo Sakurai - "Kimono" (5:10)
  2. Jadoes - "Friday Night" (extended dance mix) (5:44)
  3. Yumi Sato - "Ame" (3:37)
  4. Kiyohiko Ozaki - "Ojosan Ote Yawaraka Ni" (4:33)
  5. Hitomi Tohyama - "Rainy Driver" (4:29)
  6. Sentimental City Romance - "Hello Suisei" (5:30)
  7. Mizuki Koyama - "Kare Niwa Kanawanai" (4:29)
  8. Hitomi Tohyama - "Sweet Soul Music (Kiss Of Life)" (3:50)
Review: For the latest edition of their essential Wamano A to Z compilation series - the third to date - DJ Yoshiwza Dynamite JP and Chintam have decided to focus on "Japanese light mellow funk, disco and boogie" tracks recorded between 1978 and '88. Like its' predecessors, the eight-track set is heavy on obscurities and little-known cuts, as well as bona fide killer cuts. There's much to savour throughout, from the intergalactic, slap-bass propelled boogie brilliance of Jadoes' 'Friday Night (Extended Mix)' and the laidback funk bliss of Yumi Sato's 'Ame', to the smooth jazz-funk lusciousness of Hitomi Tohyama's 'Rainy Driver' and the Latin-infused, Teena Marie style electrofunk brilliance of Mizuki Koyami's 'Kare Niwa Kanawanai'.
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Fela's London Scene (50th Anniversary Edition)
Fela's London Scene (50th Anniversary Edition) (limited splattered vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: KFR 20043SPL. Rel: 05 Nov 21
  1. J'Ehin-J'Ehin (7:31)
  2. Egbe Mio (13:16)
  3. Who're You (9:35)
  4. Buy Africa (5:50)
  5. Fight To Finish (7:31)
 in stock $22.04
De Las Colonias Del Rio De La Plata (reissue)
De Las Colonias Del Rio De La Plata (reissue) (LP + booklet with obi-strip)
Cat: ALT 013. Rel: 14 Oct 21
  1. O'Placar (6:19)
  2. Para Nosotros Solamente (4:47)
  3. Balewada (3:57)
  4. Los Berugos Wor (4:50)
  5. La Hora De La Sed Maldita (4:15)
  6. El Viaje De Dumpty (5:09)
  7. Eterna Presencia (4:37)
  8. Mira Tu (4:55)
Review: It would be fair to say that De Las Colonias Del Rio De La Plata is something of a little-known gem. Recorded in two days in Buenos Aries back in the autumn of 1976, the album remains the sole recorded output of Argentine keyboardist and producer Jorge Lopez Ruiz's jazz-fusion outfit, Viejas Raices. The album itself has long been sought-after by Latin jazz collectors, hence this handy - if frustratingly limited - vinyl reissue. Musically, it's a blast from start to finish, with Lopez Ruiz's electric piano and ARP synthesizer sounds riding extra-percussive Latin jazz grooves and some seriously groovy upright bass. Alternately floor-friendly and pleasingly laidback, the album's funky beauty and impressive musicianship is only heightened by the lack of fiery horns.
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Midnight Cruisin' (reissue)
Midnight Cruisin' (reissue) (blue vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: WQJL 141. Rel: 01 Oct 21
  1. The Woman Who Came To Be Embraced (4:28)
  2. Profile Taxi Driver (4:16)
  3. So, I Live You (3:56)
  4. City Dolphin (3:51)
  5. A Faint Illusion (3:54)
  6. Midnight Cruisin' (4:41)
  7. At Least Clear Up (5:30)
  8. Scenery With A Shower Room (5:12)
  9. Midnight Tennis Court (4:20)
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Friture Havasi
Cat: ZEPS 052. Rel: 02 Dec 21
  1. Friture Havasi (3:30)
  2. Le Cocek D'Anderlecht (3:36)
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Avessos (7" in gatefold sleeve + insert)
Cat: DYNAM 7098. Rel: 29 Oct 21
  1. Avessos (10:15)
  2. Divagacao 6/8 (7:31)
Review: While best known for their funk and soul reissues, Dynamite Cuts do frequently dig deeper and look further afield for musical inspiration. They're at it again here, offering up a lavishly packaged "45" featuring two killer cuts from Brazilian saxophonist and flautist Hector Costita's jazz-funk/jazz-fusion album 1981 (which, you guessed it, was first released in 1981). A-side 'Avessos' is warming, gentle and groovy, with Costita's jaunty sax motifs rising above a samba-jazz beat, restless triangle percussion and some seriously toasty electric piano lines. 'Divagacao' is a more up-tempo nd rhythmically interesting affair that reminded us of Azymuth while also boasting some genuinely dazzling sax solos.
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Almas Conectadas
Almas Conectadas (gatefold LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: TRULP 405. Rel: 22 Oct 21
  1. Doncella (instrumental) (0:48)
  2. El Chiclan (5:28)
  3. Balada Borracha (4:06)
  4. Almas Conectadas (5:12)
  5. Orozul (instrumental) (1:02)
  6. Adorar La Sangre (4:17)
  7. Adios Chacon (6:02)
  8. Pronto Alivio (instrumental) (1:20)
  9. Macumba De Marea (5:14)
  10. El Avion (5:25)
  11. Vuele (2:53)
Review: Following the success of their first collaborative album, 2017's Curao, Will 'Quantic' Holland and Colombian "folkloric" singer-songwriter India Gongora have once more joined forces for a second joint full-length. Designed as a musical exploration of "the nostalgia of impossible love", the set's uniquely eclectic, widescreen sound joins the dots between the traditional styles of Colombia's pacific coast, cumbia, rock, string-drenched South American ballads and the kind of hard-to-pigeonhole, musically intricate productions that were once the preserve of Rotary Connection's Charles Stepney. It's a terrific album all told, with Holland conjuring up genuine musical magic and Gongora delivering some of the most stunning sounding vocals of her career.
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Black Soul Brothers
 in stock $9.91
The Sojourner (reissue)
The Sojourner (reissue) (LP with obi-strip)
Cat: PLP 6950. Rel: 16 Dec 20
  1. Music Is Nothing But A Prayer (7:54)
  2. Ecstasy (3:01)
  3. The Sojourner (5:07)
  4. Circles (2:20)
  5. Trace Of Trane (3:22)
  6. Vibration Love Call (4:58)
  7. Malika (6:55)
  8. Optimystical (3:29)
  9. Peace (Salaam) (8:07)
Review: Japanese label P-Vine sure know how to pick out the essential spiritual jazz reissues. This is another gold standard that came originally on Strata East in 1974. Vocals feature throughout and often soar to the highest of heights and make it a charismatic album. Sample hounds and hip hop lovers might well recognise the track 'Optimystical' which has been pillaged by Detroit great Andres before now. elsewhere there is real freeform magic on 'Music Is Nothing But A Prayer', cosmic exploration on 'Trace Of Trane' and heartwarming beauty on the closer 'Peace (Salaam)'.
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Marcos Resende & Index
Cat: FARO 220LP. Rel: 07 Jun 21
  1. My Heart (5:42)
  2. Nina Nenem (5:12)
  3. Praca Da Alegria (8:25)
  4. Nergal (9:16)
  5. Martina (10:09)
  6. Behind The Moon (4:01)
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Jibiti (7")
Cat: FUR 7391. Rel: 06 Jul 20
  1. Jibiti (Bosq remix) (4:34)
  2. Jibiti (Bosq remix instrumental) (4:33)
Review: Kaleta's first full-length collaboration with the Super Yamba Band, 2019's "Medaho", was something of a slept-on treat: a fiendishly psychedelic Afrobeat affair that was every bit as heavy, colourful and vibrant as you'd expect. Here, one of the album's standout tunes gets the remix treatment courtesy of long-serving, party-starting musical fusionist Bosq. The Ubiquity and Soul Clap stalwart delivers vocal and instrumental passes of "Jibiti", both of which make great use of Kaleta's vocals and Super Yamba Band's fuzzy, Fela Kuti-style horn lines. Bosq's groove is closer in feel to Afro-disco than the original album version, though the bassline, organ stabs and vocals are pure Afrobeat gold.
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Haly Gully
Cat: KALITA 12018. Rel: 22 Oct 21
  1. Haly Gully (version) (4:19)
  2. Haly Gully (Toby Tobias version) (9:18)
  3. The Morning Show (3:53)
  4. The Morning Show (instrumental) (3:56)
  5. Haly Gully (unreleased version) (4:29)
Review: The hard-digging record fiends at Kalita are back with more brilliance. This one is the first-ever retrospective of work by Jamaican-born artist Desmond Chambers. The first tine is a proudly politically aware tune previously only avialbel on his 1987 album Tiger Born, while the single 'The Morning Show' has before now only been available as the B side of little known single 'I Have Seen Love In Your Eyes.' The two other tracks are mega cult, hugely loved acid-infused dub snakers with boogie-infused rhythms. Original copies will cost you a huge amount so make sure you snap this one up asap.
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Um Brilho Novo
  1. Um Brilho Novo (2:59)
  2. Rua Nova Barao (2:48)
Review: Argentinian producer Kevin Fingier has decided to launch a new series of seven-inch singles on his Acid Jazz Records offshoot, Fingier Records. Known as World Got Soul, the series begins via FIngier's first collaborations with Brazilian jazz singer Josi Dias. She's in fine form on A-side 'Um Brilho Novo', a superb slab of jazz-tinged Brazilian soul rich in energetic funk breaks, mazy vibraphone and flute solos, heavy bass and razor-sharp guitar licks. Even more energetic and dancefloor-ready is flipside 'Rua Nova Barao', a fine fusion of South American dancefloor jazz, funk breaks and sweaty samba rhythms. Like the A-side, it sounds like a guaranteed floor-filler.
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La Locura De Machuca: Barranquilla Colombia 1975-1980
Cat: AACD 090. Rel: 16 Oct 20
  1. Samba Negra - "Eberebijara"
  2. King Somalie - "Monkey´s Dance"
  3. El Grupo Folclorico - "Tamba"
  4. Los Viajeros Siderales - "El Campanero"
  5. Rio Latino - "Ayu"
  6. Aníbal Velasquez - "La Mazamorra Del Diablo"
  7. La Francachela - "Mosquita Muerta"
  8. El Grupo Folclorico - "Juipiti"
  9. King Somalie - "Le Monqui"
  10. El Grupo Folclorico - "El Tornillito"
  11. Samba Negra - "Long Life Africa"
  12. La Banda Africana - "Te Clavo La Mano"
  13. Myrian Makenwa - "El Platano"
  14. El Grupo Folclorico - "Tucutru"
  15. Grupo Bola Roja - "Caracol"
  16. El Grupo D'Abelard - "A Otro Perro Con Ese Hueso"
  17. Conjunto Barbacoa - "Wabali"
Review: We are very happy to announce our 30th compilation from the Analog Africa regular serie, 'La Locura de Machuca 1975 - 1980', telling the story of Colombia's most atypical and peculiar record company: Discos Machuca. The seventeen tracks sound like little else recorded before or since. They exist outside of time or place, as vividly unhinged in 2020 as they were on the day they were first released. You have to hear it to believe it.
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Amara Toure 1973-1980
Amara Toure 1973-1980 (limited gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 078. Rel: 30 Jun 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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Cameroon Garage Funk
Cameroon Garage Funk (gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 092. Rel: 03 Sep 21
  1. Jean-Pierre Djeukam - "Africa Iyo" (3:52)
  2. Joseph Kamga - "Sie Tcheu" (3:26)
  3. Los Camaroes - "Ma Wde Wa" (3:36)
  4. Los Camaroes - "Esele Mulema Moam" (4:20)
  5. Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds - "Yondja" (4:17)
  6. Damas Swing Orchestra - "Odylife" (2:20)
  7. Charles Lembe Et Son Orchestra - "Quiero Wapatcha" (2:55)
  8. Louis Wasson Et L'Orchestre Kandem IrenEe - "Song Of Love" (3:25)
  9. Tsanga Dieudonne - "Les Souffrances" (6:06)
  10. Pierre Didy Tchakounte Et Les Tulipes Noires - "Monde Moderne" (3:51)
  11. Willie Songue Et Les Showmen - "Moni Ngan" (5:09)
  12. Mballa Bony - "Mezik Me Mema" (5:01)
  13. Johnny Black Et Les Jokers - "Mayi Bo Ya?" (3:53)
  14. Pierre Didy Tchakounte - "Ma Fou Fou" (4:05)
  15. Lucas Tala - "Woman Be Fire" (4:23)
  16. Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds - "Ngamba" (4:38)
Review: We are extremely proud to announce our 32nd compilation from the Analog Africa regular serie, "Cameroon Garage Funk", highlighting Yaounde's 1970's underground music scene. The quest to assemble the puzzle-pieces of what seemed to be a long lost underground scene took us to Camroon, Benin and further on to Togo and it was in the cities of Cotonou, Lome? and Sotouboua that we managed to lay our hands on most of the songs presented in this compilation. Since there were no local labels, no producers, and almost nothing in way of infrastructure in Cameroon at that time, the artists had to be everything: musician, producer, executive producer, arranger, financier, promoter and sometimes even distributor. The sixteen tracks on Cameroon Garage Funk pulse with raw inspiration and sweat DYI mood uniting the featured diverse musicians around their willingness to do everything themselves in order to take a chance in the music scene.
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Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits (reissue)
Cat: HS 092VL. Rel: 30 Apr 21
  1. Mulatu Astatqe - "Munaye" (5:03)
  2. Mulatu Astatqe - "Meche Dereshe" (3:56)
  3. Tesfa Maryam Kidane - "Yetesfa Tezeta" (2:40)
  4. Mulatu Astatqe - "Kasalefkut Hulu" (2:42)
  5. Mulatu Astatqe - "Tezeta" (6:10)
  6. Bahta Gebre Hiwot - "Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh" (2:43)
  7. Mulatu Astatqe - "Yegele Tezeta" (3:16)
  8. Mulatu Astatqe - "Bemgnot Alnorm" (2:36)
  9. Mulatu Astatqe - "Yekermo Saw" (4:15)
  10. Tesfa Maryam Kidane - "Heiwote" (5:15)
Review: The fact that Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits has been reissued on numerous occasions over the last two decades is testament to the enduring quality of this most obscure of compilations. It first appeared on Amha Eshete's Amha Records label way back in 1972, and was the imprint's tenth and final album. An all-star affair featuring many of Eshete's most trusted musicians and producers, its ten tracks gleefully join the dots between dusty rhythm and blues, jazz, funk, soul, Brazilian rhythms and African grooves. It's genuinely "all killer" and "no filler", which may go some way to explain Heavenly Sweetness's decision to put it out again.
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Chicha Summit
Cat: VAMPI 240. Rel: 25 Oct 21
  1. Desesperado (4:20)
  2. Te Acordaras (3:49)
  3. Ojos Azules (4:03)
  4. Fatalidad (3:21)
  5. Lagrimas De Amor (3:37)
  6. Pacifico (3:55)
  7. Fuentes (3:11)
  8. Galgos (3:18)
  9. Anda De Los Andes (3:04)
  10. Rancho Del Tambo (2:43)
  11. Squeezebox (3:48)
  12. Satelites Chafos (4:05)
Review: Vampi Soul's latest release is not a reissue, but rather a brand-new album of Peruvian chicha music - a kind of psychedelic, fuzz-fuelled sound that shares some sonic similarities to Cumbia, but also slightly more salsa-soaked rhythmic shuffle - played, performed and produced by self-styled "future cumbia" combo Money Chicha. It's a fantastic album of tropical psychedelia, with the Austin-based outfit - supplemented by a handful of legendary South American musicians - serving up brand-new compositions that sound like they were recorded in the golden era of chicha decades ago (think Santana style electric guitar solos, infectious Latin percussion, funk bass, flanged rhythm guitars and effervescent vocals). In our collective opinion, Chicha Summit is a genuine must-check release.
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Running Away
Cat: GALLETASBAILABLES 08. Rel: 13 Oct 21
  1. Caribombo, Chichi Banana & Zongo Abongo - "Running Away" (4:09)
  2. Caribombo - "Acido Tamarindo" (4:24)
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Ecstasy (LP)
Cat: JAZZR 011. Rel: 28 Oct 21
  1. La Barberia (4:23)
  2. Cool Breeze (3:40)
  3. Maltido Vicio (3:53)
  4. El Loco (4:52)
  5. Suite Guaracho (part 1) (3:18)
  6. Suite Guaracho (part 2) (5:56)
  7. Orgullo Y Vanidad (7:00)
Review: Paul Murphy's commitment to reissuing obscure, hard-to-find and sought-after Latin jazz albums is impressive. The latest high-quality album to get the treatment (courtesy of his excellent Jazz Room label) is Tata Vasquez & His Orchestra's 1979 set Ecstasy, a glorious New York fusion of salsa, Latin jazz, boogaloo and funk most famous for the two-part 'Suite Gauracho' - a piano-sporting, flute-laden affair that has variously become a favourite of both Balearic and nu-jazz DJs. Both versions are wonderful, but there's plenty of other highlights across the album, including a string of ultra-percussive affairs that have long been favourites of the jazz-dancers who flock to hear Murphy DJ.
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Vol 1: The Mag Years
Cat: ROC 039. Rel: 14 Jan 21
  1. Cool (2:43)
  2. El Pito (3:37)
  3. Yo Traigo Boogaloo (2:45)
  4. Tutu Tata (2:50)
  5. Descarga (3:29)
  6. Sin Tu Querer (2:46)
Review: Having previously compiled two boxsets of dusty, sought-after "Nuyorican" boogaloo and salsa jams, Rocafort Records has decided to continue on a similar tip via a triple seven-inch set focusing on the early works of Peruvian artist Alfredito Linares. The set mines his first two albums, El Pito Y Otros Exitos (1968) and Yo Traigo Boogaloo (1969), delivering horn-heavy, percussion-rich, piano-sporting boogaloo and salsa treats. Our picks include superb opener 'Cool', the expansive vibraphone solos and "party atmos" style spoken word vocals of 'Tutu Tata' and the downlow brilliance of closing cut 'Sin Tu Querer'. Throw in extensive liner notes by DJ Timber and you have an indispensable package.
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Mam Yinne Wa
Cat: PH 33005. Rel: 07 Nov 19
  1. Mam Yinne Wa (3:57)
  2. Allema Timba (4:42)
  3. Sandana Fom (4:36)
  4. Zota Yinne (4:20)
  5. Fom Se Mam (3:51)
  6. Yu Ya Yumma (3:22)
  7. Ma'algo (3:52)
  8. La Ta'aba (4:45)
  9. Sala An Songa (3:22)
Review: It's taken a while, but Philophon chief (and in-house producer) Max Weissenfeldt has finally managed to finish the album he started working on with Ghanaian Frafra-gospel singers Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy. It's a set that has been promised for the best part of five years, so it's fantastic to see it finally materialize. Musically, it explores similar sonic territory to Oho's previous singles on Philophon (all of which featured music from Weissenfeldt), effortlessly joining the dots between traditional Ghanaian styles, local interpretations of funk and soul, dub-wise reggae rhythms and occasional nods towards contemporary electronic beats. The results are superb, making this a must have for those who love a bit of West African musical positivity.
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Mam Pe'ela Su'ure
Cat: PH 45025. Rel: 21 Jun 21
  1. Mam Pe'ela Su'ure (3:48)
  2. Naba Aferda (3:39)
Review: Seriously good modern high-life action here, as Philophon regular Florence Adooni joins forces with some exceptional musicians to lay down two high-quality musical treats. Our pick of the pair is superb A-side 'Mam Pe'ela Su're', a "typical Frafra-Gospel hymn" that Adooni and her accomplices have turned into a deliciously soulful and groovy slab of highlife (think glistening, Ebo Taylor style guitars, shuffling drums and righteous horns). Turn to the flip for 'Naba Aferda', a homage to the chief of her home village that offers a slightly heavier and more raw-sounding take on the highlife sound that's so jaunty and carnival-friendly that it could pass as an obscure Brazilian recording from the late 1970s.
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Wake Up
Wake Up (12")
Cat: BAC 003. Rel: 14 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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Gece (180 gram vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: GBLP 072. Rel: 24 Apr 19
  1. Yolcu (2:38)
  2. Vay Dunya (4:18)
  3. Leyla (3:17)
  4. Anlatmam Derdimi (4:13)
  5. Sofor Bey (3:13)
  6. Derdimi Dokersem (3:53)
  7. Kolbasti (3:27)
  8. Ervah-I Ezelde (4:45)
  9. Gesi Baglari (1:51)
  10. Supurgesi Yoncadan (5:29)
Review: Last year, Amsterdam-based Turkish band Altin Gun delivered one of the most potent - and arguably overlooked - debut albums of the year, "On". 12 months on they return with album number two, "Gece", an inspired fusion of heavyweight Turkish psychedelia, funk, freak-folk and intergalactic rock. While the songs and recordings are brand new, the band's choice of instrumentation - vintage Moog synths, gnarled funk-rock guitars, skittish drums and fuzzy bass guitar - and 1960s style production gives the whole thing a deliciously retro feel. It's a recipe that guarantees thrills and spills, with "Yolcu", "Sofor Bey", "Derdimi Dokersem" and spacey "Gesi Baglari" among the many highlights.
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Barefoot Beats 12
Barefoot Beats 12 (limited 10")
Cat: BB 12. Rel: 02 Aug 21
  1. Elado - "Tudo Magia" (4:25)
  2. Bernardo Pinheiro - "Pitangamanguearaca" (7:05)
Review: The latest limited-edition ten-inch from Brazil's Barefoot beats label offers up two more carnival-ready edits from two rising stars of the nu-disco and edit scenes. Israeli producer Elado handles side A, following up inspired outings on Razor 'N' Tape and Red Motorbike with a subtly beefed-up take on a samba-soaked 1970s MPB gem. Full of heady Brazilian percussion, simmering orchestration, sing-along vocals and jaunty guitars, 'Tudo Magia' is just begging to be played loud in the sunshine. Over on the flip, series regular Bernando Pinheiro takes over, significantly tooling up an excitable Latin disco number via heavier bass and some tough additional percussion. Like the A-side, it sounds like the kind of thing that would get people going as the sun goes down at a music festival.
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