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Feelings/Jam Busters
BBE
Cat: BBE 583ACD. Rel: 17 Sep 19
  1. Music
  2. Feelings
  3. Anokwar (Truth)
  4. Yayo Papa (Good Friend)
  5. Let's Go Funky Town
  6. Minsumobo
  7. Sophisticated Jammer
  8. Karambani
  9. Power To My People
  10. Rhythm Of Africa
Review: Recorded in 1983 and '84 respectively, "Feelings" and "Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters" were the last albums recorded by Sidiku Buari, a New York based musician who turned to music after a promising career as an athlete in his native Ghana. He initially rose to prominence making highlife and afro-disco, but by the early '80s Sidiku was in full-on Afro-boogie and electrofunk mode, offering up tracks rich in colourful synthesizer lines, punchy electronic drums and righteous vocals in his native tongue. There's much to set the pulse racing across both slabs of wax, from the squelchy, club-ready brilliance of "Music" and "Anokwar (Truth)", to the slap bass propelled flex of "Minsumobo", dub disco grooves of "Karambani" and flute-laden breeziness of "Rhythm Of Africa".
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Alefa Madagascar: Salegy Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984
VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 207CD. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Jean Kely Et Basth - "Andosy Mora"
  2. Soymanga - "Moramora Zoky"
  3. Roger Georges - "Mama"
  4. Ny Anjarasoa - "Mahonena"
  5. Charles Maurin Poty - "Amboliako Fary"
  6. Mahaleo - "Izahay Mpamita"
  7. Papa James - "Ngoma Hoe"
  8. Los Pepitos Et Leur Ensemble - "BB Gasy"
  9. Jeanot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre - "Jazz Sega"
  10. Feon'Ala - "Farahy"
  11. Terak' Anosy Group - "Soaliza"
  12. Saka Dit The King - "Ody Ody (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)"
  13. Michael - "Razana Tsy Ho Meloko"
  14. Falafa - "Rapela"
  15. Los Matadores - "Andeha Hanarato"
  16. Nino Rafah - "Oa Niny E"
  17. Kaiamba Orchestra - "Tokatoka"
  18. Atrefy Andriana - "Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko"
Review: It would be fair to say that few of us are familiar with the music of Madagascar, a notably beautiful island in the Indian Ocean whose indigenous culture has rarely registered in Western Europe. Yet as this fine compilation from Strut proves, the nation once boasted a vibrant recording industry whose distinctive sounds blended strong East African influences with more traditional local sounds and the ever-present inspiration of American soul, funk, disco and boogie. "Alefa Madagascar" tells this story through sound by focusing on some of the fuzzy, electrified blends of salegy, soukous and soul popular in the country between 1974 and '84. It does a bang up job, offering up 18 essential cuts that all but the most dusty-fingered crate diggers will never have heard before.
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Palaver
Palaver (CD)
BBE
Cat: BBE 511ACD. Rel: 10 Sep 19
  1. Palaver
  2. Make You No Mind
  3. Abebrese
  4. Help Africa
  5. Nyame Dadaw
Review: The dusty-fingered diggers behind the BBE label have a reputation for unearthing obscure or unreleased gems, though we doubt that they've previously discovered anything quite as significant as this. Ebo Taylor, the undisputed king of Ghanaian "funky-highlife", recorded "Palaver" with his touring band way back in 1980, but for reasons the man himself can't even remember, Nigerian imprint Tabansi Records never got round to releasing it. That remains an odd decision, because "Palaver" shows Taylor at his very best, with the sax and trumpet-laden brilliance of "Make You No Mind" and the righteous, Afrobeat-influenced highlife brilliance of "Help Africa" being every bit as potent as the Ghanaian's most revered work.
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Las Pale
Las Pale (CD)
Cat: STRUT 195CD. Rel: 30 Nov 18
  1. Las Pale
  2. Kwen Pe Ke Pe
  3. La Guadeloupe
  4. Mwen Ke Rive
  5. Gade
  6. Pou Lanmou
Review: Thanks to an upsurge in interest in zouk, the synthesizer-heavy tropical style that emerged from the French Antilles in the early 1980s, reissues of superb but hard to find gems from the style's original heyday are becoming increasingly popular. This one from Strut Records is a peach. Originally released in 1988, "Las Pale" is the sole album from Feeling Kreyol, a female trio from Guadeloupe assembled and produced by local studio buffs Darius Denon and Frankie Brumier. It remains a brilliantly effervescent and colourful set, with the trio adding strong and attractive to distinctively tropical drum machine rhythms, shimmering synths, kaleidoscopic melodies and jangling guitars. In other words, it's a giddy blast of electronic tropical brilliance. Don't sleep.
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Tabansi Sampler
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Tabansi Sampler (unmixed CD)
BBE
Cat: BBE 592CCD. Rel: 28 Aug 19
  1. Ebo Taylor - "Make You No Mind"
  2. Zeal Onyia - "Zeal Anata"
  3. Nkono Teles - "Love Vibration"
  4. Ojo Balingo - "Oba Mimo Olorun Ayo"
  5. The Mandators - "Looking Out For You"
  6. Lumingu Puati (Zorro) - "Tshina Dekula"
  7. Dytomite Starlite Band Of Ghana - "Amanfoo"
  8. Eric Kol - "You're My Solution"
  9. Zack And Geebah - "For The Love Of Money"
  10. Tony Sarfo & His Funki Afrosibi - "Super Star"
  11. Ben Jagga - "Hold On Pretty Woman"
  12. Ondigui & Bota Tabansi International - "Wonderful For Ashawo"
  13. Victor Chukwu - "Wonderful For Ashawo"
Review: Over the next couple of years, BBE is going to reissue more than 60 titles from the epic back catalogue of leading Nigerian independent label Tabansi Records. To wet appetites, the label has decided to offer up this deliberately eclectic sampler. It focuses on music recorded and released in the 1970s and 80s, giddily dancing between highlife, Afrobeat, funk, soul, disco, rumba and soukous. There's tons to get excited about, including Ebo Taylor's previously unreleased Afrobeat/highlife fusion jam "Make You No Mind", the synthesizer-driven deep boogie flex of Nkono Teles' "Love Vibration", the highlife/juju flex of Victor Chukwu's "Wonderful For Ashawo" and the horn-tooting cheeriness of Zack And Geebah's "For The Love Of Money".
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Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia
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Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia (unmixed CD + 44 page booklet in slip case)
Cat: AACD 088. Rel: 21 Jun 19
  1. Rosvaldo Ja Chegou? (Introducao)
  2. Pinduca - "Vamos Farrear"
  3. Os Muiraquitans - "A Misturada"
  4. Os Quentes De Terra Alta - "Praia Do Algodoal"
  5. Pinduca - "Pai Xango"
  6. Janjao - "Meu Barquinho"
  7. Messias Holanda - "O Galo Canta, O Macaco Assovia"
  8. Vieira E Seu Conjunto - "Lambada Da Baleia"
  9. Verequete E O Conjunto Uirapuru - "Mambo Assanhado"
  10. O Conjunto De Orlando Pereira - "Carimbo Para Yemanja"
  11. Pinduca - "Coco Da Bahia"
  12. Messias Holanda - "Carimbo Da Pimienta"
  13. Verequete E O Conjunto Uirapuru - "Da Garrafa Uma Pinga"
  14. O Conjunto De Orlando Pereira - "Maruda"
  15. Magalhaes E Sua Guitarra - "Xango"
  16. Vieira E Seu Conjunto - "Melo Do Bode"
  17. Grupo Da Pesada - "Voa Andorinha"
  18. Grupo Da Pesada - "Lundun Da Yaya"
  19. Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo - "Despedida"
Review: Analog Africa's latest must-have release focuses on the little-known musical culture of the Para state on Northern Brazil, and specifically the port city of Belem. Since the 1960s the city's musicians have been serving up unique and exciting new styles that draw as much on West African, Cuban and Caribbean music as they do the rhythms and instrumentation of the Amazonian tribes based nearby. It's these kinds of unique and exuberant fusions - think heavy bass, bouncy ska-style rhythms, punchy Afro-Cuban horns, densely layered drums, celebratory vocals and tropical guitars - that make "Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia" such an essential listen. Context is provided via the included 44-page booklet, whose extensive liner notes track the development of Para's unique musical culture.
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 in stock $16.13
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Ethiopiques 4: Ethio Jazz 1969-1974
  1. Yekermo Sew
  2. Metche Dershe
  3. Kasalefkut Hulu
  4. Tezeta
  5. Yegelle Tezeta
  6. Munaye
  7. Gubelye
  8. Asmarina
  9. Yekatit
  10. Netsanet
  11. Tezetaye Antchi Lidj
  12. Sabye
  13. Ene Alantchi Alnorem
  14. Dewel
Review: Last year, Strut reissued the earliest albums in Mulatu Astatke's catalogue - 1966's "Afro-Latin Soul Part 1 & 2". This quality collection from Buda Musique picks up the story three years later, when the man who would become known as the "Godfather of Ethiopian Jazz" was beginning to establish himself as a true pioneer. The compilation draws on work recorded between 1969 and '74 in Boston, New York and London, most of which explores Astatke's unique and distinctive fusion of turn-of-the-'70s US jazz, dancefloor-friendly jazz-funk, Afro-Cuban rhythms and traditional Ethiopian music. While some of the recordings are fiendishly fuzzy and lo-fi, there's no arguing with the quality of Astatke's composition, playing and production. In fact, it's a near perfect introduction to his now familiar "Ethio-jazz" style.
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Deep Brasil
Cat: CIRCCD 102. Rel: 25 Jan 19
  1. Amazonia
  2. Terra De Indio
  3. Fazenda
  4. Ceu Do Brasil
  5. Africa Brasil
  6. Minas Nascimento
  7. Pe De Flor
  8. A Volta
  9. Goiano
  10. Terra De Indio (part 2)
  11. Cerradao
  12. Sweet Lullaby (Brazilian version)
  13. Virtual Forest
  14. Pimenta Do Tempero
Review: Last year, long-serving "global pop" innovators Deep Forest (now a solo project by co-founder Eric Mouquet) returned to action with a collaborative album co-penned by fellow "Worldbeat" veteran Daniele Gaudi. Here Moquet presents the first solo Deep Forest set since 2015, a breezy and sun-kissed set inspired by the music of Brazil. What you get is a dreamy and effortlessly melodious blend of indigenous rhythms, electronic instrumentation, dreamy chords, heartfelt vocals (in this case largely in Portuguese), ambient atmospherics and slow-motion synth-pop sensibilities. There are few surprises, but then you wouldn't expect them: after all, Mouquet is a master at producing this kind of accessible pop. If you're a fan of Deep Forest, you'll love it.
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 in stock $8.31
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Under The Influence Vol 6: A Collection Of Rare Soul & Disco
FAZE ACTION/VARIOUS
Cat: ZEDDCD 43. Rel: 01 Jun 18
  1. Carol Dionne - "I'm In Love With You"
  2. Leston Paul - "All Nite Tonight" (mix)
  3. Bebe Manga - "Lokognolo"
  4. Saraba - "Barlia (Kulandjagnho)"
  5. Courtial - "Love Nevermore" (feat Errol Knowles)
  6. Stylus - "We All Need One Another"
  7. Midway - "Set It Out" (Faze Action edit)
  8. Delight - "Is It Too Late" (feat Phenix Horns Esquire)
  9. Disco Circus - "Dig It"
  10. Michele Claire - "In The Bush"
  11. Galaxy - "Let Love Begin"
  12. Mikki - "Dance Lover" (feat Starz - Faze Action edit)
  13. Pilgrim Fathers Orchestra - "Touch Me Don't Stop"
  14. Songhoi Band - "Africa Africa" (Faze Action edit)
  15. Oscar Perry - "Body Movements"
  16. Don Lurio - "Ruba Ruba"
  17. Space - "Mixed Up" (Faze Action edit)
  18. Tony Antoniou - "Send In The Night" (instrumental mix)
  19. Spats - "Hot Summer Madness"
  20. Banzai - "Runaway"
Review: For the latest volume in their crate-digging disco series, Under The Influence, Z Records has turned to long-serving British brothers Simon and Robin Lee AKA Faze Action. In keeping with the series' dusty-fingered ethos, there's plenty of brilliant rarities to set the pulse racing - see the smooth '80s boogie of Leston Paul's "All Nite Tonight", the sublime Afro-disco brilliance of Bebe Manga, the up-tempo hustle of Oscar Perry's "Body Movements" and the South American disco swirl of Don Lurio's "Ruba Ruba" - as well as a smattering of obscure versions of classic dancefloor hits (check Michele Claire's version of "In The Bush"). You'll also find a smattering of killer Faze Action edits, too, with their version of Midway's "Set It Out" and Mikki's freestyle-era boogie ham "Dance Lover" standing out.
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Pantsula! The Rise Of Electronic Dance Music In South Africa 1988-1990
  1. The Equals - "New Lover"
  2. Jazino - "Ushelakanjani"
  3. Jivaro - "What Next" (dub mix)
  4. SYB - "Jika Magogo"
  5. Scotch Band - "Watsotasama"
  6. Kakappa - "Sisonke"
  7. Spirro - "Ma Hero" (dub mix)
  8. The Hard Workers - "Ayoba-yo"
  9. Ayobayo Band - "Sorry Bra"
  10. Rush - "Sobohla Manyosi"
  11. Chaka - "Via Tembisa"
  12. La Viva - "Go Siami"
Review: Through the work of Awesome Tapes From Africa and others, we now know more than ever about South Africa's electronic music scene in the 1980s. Here, Rush Hour attempts to fill in the gaps in our education via a fine exploration of South African dance music produced at the tail end of the decade. It's an interesting and hugely enjoyable set full of tracks that fuse elements of local styles such as bubblegum (that's SA synth-pop, effectively) with sounds and grooves more often found in contemporaneous house music from New York, Chicago and Italy. It's a blueprint that resulted in music that was variously deep, dreamy, bubbly, warm, synth-heavy and loved-up, but never less than clearly African in origin. Pantsula, then, is a superb history lesson packed full of positive, sun-ripe gems.
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 in stock $9.99
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Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds 1977-1984 Volume 2
VARIOUS
Cat: FVR 109CD. Rel: 04 Dec 15
  1. Marcia Maria - "Amigo Branco"
  2. Miss Lene - "Sinal De Desejo"
  3. Brenda - "Natureza Viva"
  4. Cristina Camargo - "Minas Do Rei Salomao"
  5. Lady Zu - "Valeu A Pena"
  6. Almir Ricardi - "To Parado Na Tua"
  7. Rosana - "Alegria No Ar."
  8. Kaito - "Cara Feia"
  9. Adriana - "Contigo"
Review: Favorite Recordings' superb Disco Boogie Sounds series continues. Following Waxist's recent exploration of French productions from the period, they've decided to drop a second collection of high-grade Brazilian material. Renowned crate-digger Charles Maurice has done a terrific job of gathering together dusty, obscure cuts that perfectly encapsulate Brazilian musicians' sun-kissed, soulful approach to disco and boogie. Highlights are naturally plentiful, and include the starry, jazz-funk tinged warmth of Christina Camargo's "Minas Do Rei Salomao", the Chic style brilliance of Almir Ricardi's "To Parado Na Tua", and the cosmic, horn-heavy leftfield disco thrills of Kaito's "Cara Feia".
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 in stock $14.31
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Positivo
Positivo (CD)
Cat: AOTNCD 020. Rel: 20 Sep 18
  1. Vulcano V El Gato (Medley)
  2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
  3. Papa Fue
  4. Te Lo Digo Yo
  5. Vampiras
  6. Hermanos Latinos
  7. Bailalo Y Maevelo
  8. The Sun From Above
  9. Enciendelo
  10. Somas Latinos
Review: Edinburgh is perhaps not the place you'd look for authentic 1950s and '60s style New York salsa, but that's exactly where Grupo Magnetico earned their stripes. The collective regularly performed in a small cellar bar before cutting their first record, which was released last year by Athens of the North. This debut album, which boasts contributions from singers and musicians from across South and North America and was mixed in New York by legendary Latin producer Aaron Levinson, expands on that single, offering a wonderfully authentic tribute to the glory days of Eddie Pamieri, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, classic NYC salsa and the infamous Fania label.
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 in stock $7.80
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Pata Pata
Pata Pata (CD)
Cat: STRUT 180CD. Rel: 30 Aug 19
  1. Pata Pata (mono)
  2. Ha Po Zamani (mono)
  3. What Is Love (mono)
  4. Maria Fulo (mono)
  5. Yetentu Tizaleny (mono)
  6. Click Song Number One (mono)
  7. Ring Bell, Ring Bell (mono)
  8. Jol'inkomo (mono)
  9. West Wind (mono)
  10. Saduva (mono)
  11. A Piece Of Ground (mono)
  12. Pata Pata
  13. Ha Po Zamani
  14. What Is Love
  15. Maria Fulo
  16. Yetentu Tizaleny
  17. Click Song Number One
  18. Ring Bell, Ring Bell
  19. Jol'inkomo
  20. West Wind
  21. Saduva
  22. A Piece Of Ground
Review: Recorded in New York in 1966, Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata" - her first for the legendary Reprise Records imprint - has long been considered one of the most important and influential South African albums of all time. Strut certainly thinks so and has offered up a "definitive version" that contains both mono and stereo mixes of the album, alongside new sleeve notes that tell the singer's remarkable story in vivid detail. Musically the set is rooted in jazz, but also incorporates sounds, rhythms and instrumentation not only reflective of Makeba's home country, but also nods to American soul, Latin rhythms and calypso (the latter showcasing the influence of her mentor, Harry Belafonte).
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Party Beats
BBE
Cat: BBE 551ACD. Rel: 26 Jun 19
  1. Time For Fun
  2. Love Vibration
  3. Be My Lady
  4. Highlife Makossa
  5. You'll Be Alright (With My Love)
  6. Party Beats
Review: During the 1980s, Nkono Teles was one of West Africa's most sought-after producers - a studio don called upon when an artist or label sought a modernist, synthesizer and drum-machine heavy sound that had the potential to cross borders. Teles was also a talented multi-instrumentalist, as his brief solo career proved. The highlight of his own artistic endeavours was "Party Beats", a sought-after set that's here reissued by BBE for the very first time. Featuring delay-laden drum machine rhythms, sweet and chiming synthesizers, jaunty fretless bass, glistening guitars, lead vocals by the man himself and a nine-piece Nigerian choir on backing vocals, it's a brilliant set that giddily joins the dot between synth-pop, electro, South African style "bubblegum", highlife and U.S style '80s soul slow jams.
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Afro Latin Soul Vols 1 & 2
Cat: STRUT 156CD. Rel: 20 Jul 18
  1. I Faram Gami I Faram
  2. Mascaram Setaba
  3. Shagu
  4. One For Buzayhew
  5. Alone In The Crowd
  6. Almaz
  7. Mulatu's Hideaway
  8. Askum
  9. A Kiss Before Dawn
  10. Playboy Cha Cha
  11. The Panther (Boogaloo)
  12. Konjit (Pretty)
  13. Soul Power
  14. Lover's Mambo
  15. Love Mood For Two
  16. Jijiger
  17. Girl From Addis Ababa
  18. Karayu
  19. Raina
Review: These days, Mulatu Astatke is widely considered to be the "Godfather of Ethiopian jazz". Yet when he recorded the two-part "Afro-Latin Soul" album in 1966, he'd just left music college in Boston. As this fine reissue proves, Astatke was years ahead of the game. While rooted in American jazz from the period, all 19 tracks (both albums have been compiled on to a single disc for this edition) draw heavily on Cuban jazz, in particular, as well as Ethiopian musical traditions. In truth, the latter aspect doesn't come through quite as strongly as you'd perhaps expect, though some of the album's highlights - the brilliant "Soul Power" in particular - draw more heavily on the percussive polyrhythms of Africa. Regardless, this is a superb set of forward-thinking global jazz that delivers high quality entertainment from start to finish.
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Toquinho
Toquinho (CD)
Cat: MRBCD 186. Rel: 07 Jan 19
  1. Na Agua Negra Da Lagoa
  2. La Barca
  3. Tocando Pra Silvinha
  4. Chuva Na Praia De Juqui
  5. Que Maravilha
  6. Zana
  7. Bachianinha
  8. De Ontem Pra Hoje
  9. Dobrando A Esquina
  10. Carolina Carol Bela
  11. Evocacao A Jacob
Review: By the time he released the career-defining "Toquinho" in 1970, guitarist Antonio Pecci Filho was already a rising star in his native Brazil. Propelled forwards by cheery hit single "Que Maravilha" - a samba-soaked collaboration with fellow South American star Jorge Ben - the eponymous LP made "Toquinho" a massive star in his home country. As this reissue proves, the album has aged brilliantly. It features a fine mix of laidback instrumentals, shuffling samba songs (see the ace "Zana"), folksy excursions and cuts that later provided samples for some of dance music's best-loved tracks (most notably "Carolina Carol Bela", which was sampled by DJ Marky on his breakthrough hit "LK"). The kind of album that everyone should have in their record collection.
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Akofa Akoussah (reissue)
Cat: MRB 174CD. Rel: 28 Jan 19
  1. Tango
  2. Ramer Sans Rame
  3. La Lem
  4. Mitso Aseye
  5. Dandou Kodjo
  6. Kimumbu
  7. G Blem Di
  8. I Tcho Tchass
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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Mr Bongo Record Club Vol 3
VARIOUS
Cat: MRBCD 165. Rel: 03 Jun 19
  1. JB De Carvalho E Seu Terreiro - "Fui A Umbanda"
  2. Trio Ternura - "A Gira"
  3. Alcione - "Figa De Guine"
  4. Impacto 5 - "Longe Daqui Aqui Mesmo"
  5. Abae-te - "Pisa No Taboado"
  6. Tobias - "Coisa Sentimental"
  7. Os Flippers - "Estrelar"
  8. SpaceArk - "Don't Stop" (unreleased long version)
  9. Pure Release - "I'll Know It's Love For Sure"
  10. Luther Davis Group - "You Can Be A Star"
  11. Marumo - "Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?"
  12. Splash - "Peacock"
  13. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife"
  14. Harari - "Senyamo"
  15. Kaleidoscope - "Let Me Try"
  16. Elias Rahbani - "I Want To Be"
  17. Tokyo Academy Philharmonic Chorus Group - "Taharazaka"
  18. Cesar Roldao Vieira - "Ze Do Trem"
  19. Elias Rahbani - "Dance Of Maria"
  20. Galt MacDermot - "Coffee Cold"
Review: The crate-diggers behind the Mr Bongo label can usually be relied upon to showcase some seriously good tunes old and new. That's certainly the case on this third volume in their occasional "Record Club" series of compilations. Spanning sunshine soul, obscure samba, spacey jazz-funk experimentation, wide-eyed underground disco, fiery funk, weirdo rock, cheery South African bubblegum, synth-laden early '80s highlife, Ramsay Lewis style workouts and the psychedelic Middle Eastern disco-funk of Elias Rahbani, the compilation's 20 tracks are not only near faultless, but genuinely surprising and eye-opening. To quote a cliche, this collection genuinely is all killer and no filler.
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Trio Mocoto
Cat: MRBCD 189. Rel: 11 Feb 19
  1. Nao Adianta
  2. O Meu Violao
  3. A Rosa
  4. Xuxu Melao
  5. Doca
  6. Toda Tarde
  7. Sossega Malandro
  8. Dile
  9. Onde Anda Voce
  10. Que Nega E Essa
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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Mr Bongo Record Club Volume One
VARIOUS
Cat: MRBCD 141. Rel: 12 Dec 16
  1. Hareton + Meta - "KM110" (edit)
  2. Amazones De Guinee - "Samba"
  3. Evinha - "Esperar Pra Ver"
  4. Neno Exporta Som - "Deixa A Tristeza"
  5. Alipio Martins - "Piranha"
  6. Lemos E Debetio - "Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua"
  7. Barbosa - "Seara De Oxala"
  8. Fruko Y Sus Tesos - "Salsa Na Ma"
  9. Lantei Lamptey - "Fish & Funjee (Komi Ke Kenam)"
  10. Buari - "Karam Bani"
  11. The Rwenzori's - "Handsome Boy (E Wara)" (part 1 & 2)
  12. Dave Pike Set - "Mathar"
  13. Connie Laverne - "Can't Live Without You"
  14. Mavis John - "Use My Body"
  15. Big Youth - "Mammy Hot Daddy Cool"
  16. Tappa Zukie - "Freak"
  17. Alex Rodriguez - "El Mercado"
  18. Claudia - "Jesus Christo"
  19. Cortex - "Chanson D'un Jour D'Hiver"
  20. King James - "He's Forever (Amen)" (version)
Review: Since the autumn of 2014, the Mr Bongo Record Club radio show has been essential listening for those interested in killer music from around the World (and, in particular, Africa and South America). This is the first compilation of the same name, was put together by the same crew of crate digging hosts, and showcases a wealth of what they describe as "favourites, recent discoveries and sought-after obscurities". It's packed with sizzling samba, soaring classic soul, dub-wise reggae, sweltering afro-soul, funk-fuelled Afrobeat, and even a spot of Sitar-laden rhythm & blues mysticism (Dave Pike Set's "Mathar"). Basically, it's a collection of killer tracks, most of which you'll fall head over heels in love with. What's not to like?
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Doing It In Lagos: Boogie Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria
VARIOUS
Cat: SNDWCD 087. Rel: 09 Dec 16
  1. Hotline - "Fellas Doing It In Lagos"
  2. Peter Abdul - "Don't You Know"
  3. Steve Monite - "Only You"
  4. Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life"
  5. Kio Amachree - "Ivory"
  6. Livy Ekemezie - "Holiday Action"
  7. Willy Roy - "Don't Give Up"
  8. Danny Offia & The Friks - "Funk With Me"
  9. Rick Asikpo & Afro Fusion - "Too Hot"
  10. Terry Mackson - "Distant Lover"
  11. Ofege - "Burning Jungle"
  12. Odion Iruoje - "Indentify With Your Root"
  13. Mike Umoh - "Shake Your Body"
  14. Burnis Moleme - "Where Is The Answer"
  15. Sony Enang - "Don't Stop That Music"
  16. Veno - "Groove I Like"
  17. Godfrey Odili - "Let's Do More Music"
  18. Toby Foyeh - "Ore Mi"
  19. Gboyega Adelaja - "Colourful Environment"
  20. Lexy Mella - "On The Air" (Rap mix)
  21. Nkono Teles - "Be My Lady" (mix)
Review: With so many archival labels putting out compilations of 1970s Nigerian funk and disco, Soundway has decided to change tack. Doing It In Lagos is a primer on the country's lesser-celebrated 1980s boogie scene. According to the superb liner notes, most of the music on show here - and, yes, it's universally brilliant - was created by a younger generation of musicians who wanted to move away from Afrobeat, and further towards an authentically American style electrofunk sound. As a result, many of the tracks featured on Doing It In Lagos - not least Hotline's brilliant opener, Livy Ekemezie's disco-funk slammer "Holiday Action" and Sonny Enang's superb "Don't Stop That Music" - are every bit as special as the American-produced records they were trying to emulate.
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Ambolley (reissue)
Cat: MRBCD 205. Rel: 18 Jun 19
  1. It's High Life
  2. Walking Down The Street
  3. 'Cause I Love You
  4. Cut Your Coat
  5. Adwoa
  6. Simigwa
  7. Franfranta
Review: Initially released in South Africa in 1982, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley's sophomore set is now regarded as a boogie-era Highlife classic. Here issued on CD for the very first time via Mr Bongo, the album features the Ghanaian star brilliantly joining the dots between driving disco-funk, jazz-funk, intoxicating slow jams, calypso, dub reggae and his beloved highlife. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, with standouts including heavy percussion jam "Simigwa", the boogie-dub skank of "Adwoa", the down-low grooves of "Walking Down The Street" and the killer disco highlife anthem "It's High Life". Simply essential.
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Back To Rhythm
Cat: MRBCD 191. Rel: 11 Apr 19
  1. I've Got To Use My Imagination
  2. Bongo Rock
  3. Do It 'Til You're Satisfied
  4. Hey Jude
  5. El Condor Pasa
  6. Pick Up The Pieces
  7. Love Is The Answer
  8. I Shot The Sheriff
  9. Let's Start
  10. Boogie On Raggae Woman
Review: Originally released in 1975, "Back To Rhythm" is one of the crowning glories of Akira Ishikawa's glittering career. The Japanese drummer turned his hand to countless wonderful records over his career, but this one was surely one of the best. Mr Bongo seem to think so, and they're giving it a proper reissue treatment. There are funk breaks galore embedded in this joyously upbeat, irresistibly groovy sound, where the horns parp with clarity and the guitar licks cartwheel through airy mixes. Managing to be both fulsome and loud without coming over too heavy, Ishikawa's sprightly take on instrumental funk has never sounded better than on this release.
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Celia
Celia (CD)
Cat: MRBCD 188. Rel: 16 Apr 19
  1. Blues
  2. No Clarao Da Lua
  3. Cheia Durango Kid
  4. David
  5. To Be
  6. Abrace Paul McCartney
  7. Pelo Teletipo
  8. Adeus Batucada
  9. Lennon - McCartney
  10. Zozoio - Como E Que E
  11. Fotograma
Review: In 1970, 23 year-old Brazilian vocalist Celia Cruz headed into the studio with legendary producer and arranger Arthur Verocai to record the first of four eponymous albums that would go on to become "MPB" classics. Here, Mr Bongo offers up a timely reissue of that highly regarded debut, a set that giddily flits between soaring, orchestrated samba-pop ("Cheia Durango Kid", "David"), sun-kissed ballads ("To Be"), tributes to the songwriting prowess of the Beatles (see "Abrace Paul McCartney", whose strings tip a wink to "Eleanor Rigby", and the brassy, up-tempo beat pop of "Lennon - McCartney") and carnival-ready workouts ("Fotograma").
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Rob (reissue)
Cat: MRBCD 166. Rel: 20 Feb 19
  1. Funky Rob Way
  2. Forgive Us All
  3. Boogie On
  4. Just One More Time
  5. Your Kiss Stole Me Away
  6. More
Review: Eight years on from its previous reissue (that time courtesy of Analog Africa's "Limited Dance Edition" series), Mr Bongo is offering up a fresh, licensed re-press of Rob's eponymous 1977 Afro-funk masterpiece. If you missed out in 2011, the set is definitely worth picking up because it's rock solid heat from start to finish. Check, for example, the heavily percussive Afro-beat/Afro-funk fusion of "Funky Rob Way", the flanged funk guitars and heavy brass action of "Boogie On", the jazz guitars and loved-up vocals of "Your Kiss Stole Me Away" and the William Onyeabor-does-James-Brown heaviness of closing cut "More".
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Sao Paulo Brasil (reissue)
Cat: MRBCD 183. Rel: 30 Nov 18
  1. Metropole
  2. Estacao Do Norte
  3. Fabrica
  4. Poluicao
  5. Imigrantes
  6. Metro
  7. Litoral
  8. Futebol De Bar
Review: Over the years, Cesar Mariano and Cia's 1977 set "Sao Paolo Brasil" has achieved cult status, with dusty-fingered diggers regularly proclaiming it one of the finest jazz-funk/fusion albums of the period (a fact confirmed by the high prices that original vinyl copies often change hands for online). Remarkably, this timely Mr Bongo reissue marks the first time the set has been released outside of its native South America. Rich in glistening jazz guitars, fizzing, Azymuth-style organ riffs, spacey synths, warm bass and skittish drums, the album's eight tracks bristle with breeziness, subtle samba motifs, sumptuous dancefloor grooves, sunny downtempo workouts and effervescent arrangements. In a word: essential.
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Simigwa (remastered)
Cat: MRBCD 175. Rel: 31 Oct 18
  1. Kwaakwaa
  2. Akoko Ba
  3. This Hustling World
  4. Toffie
  5. Adwoa
  6. Fa No Dem Ara
Review: 1975's "Simigwa" album not only launched the career of Afro-funk fusionist and eventual Highlife great Gyedu Blay Ambolley, but also inspired a Ghanaian dance craze. The album was co-produced by another Highlife great, Ebo Taylor, and has long been exceptionally hard to find on vinyl. For this official vinyl reissue on Mr Bongo, Ambolley's landmark set has been fully re-mastered for the very first time. It sounds spectacular, with great clarity on the ear-catching brass solos, serious weight to the bass and superb stereo separation. Highlights include - but certainly aren't limited to - the Afro-blues brilliance of "Toffie", the jaunty dancefloor fuzziness of "This Hustling World" and the heavyweight swing of ear-catching opener "Kwaakwaa".
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In Time
In Time (CD)
Cat: TRUCD 340. Rel: 27 Apr 17
  1. The Vibes
  2. Lyrics You Like
  3. Bacchanal
  4. Before
  5. Trouble
  6. Bun Some Weed
  7. Woah!
  8. Down The Path
  9. Hard Drugs
  10. Together
  11. CND/Spy Thriller
  12. In Time
  13. Jugglin'
  14. Follow Fashion
Review: Dub revisionist Wrongtom has an impressive track record when it comes to dub-wise collaborations. For the latest in his ongoing Meets... series, he's joined forces with veteran UK mic man the Ragga Twins, offering up a swathe of new cuts featuring their distinctive, all-action Jamaican mic chatter. Predictably, it's a weighty and hugely entertaining set that doffs a cap to the duo's 1980s dancehall roots whilst retaining the reverb and echo-laden dub sound that the producer is renowned for. Amongst the 14 tracks you'll find a swathe of club-ready treats, from the Spaghetti Western horns and rolling riddims of "Woah!" and digi-dub wobble of "Hard Drugs" (an anti-narcotics warning), to the upbeat strut of closer "Follow Fashion".
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We Out Here
VARIOUS
We Out Here (unmixed CD)
Cat: BWOOD 0175CD. Rel: 09 Feb 18
  1. Maisha - "Inside The Acorn"
  2. Ezra Collective - "Pure Shade"
  3. Moses Boyd - "The Balance"
  4. Theon Cross - "Brockley"
  5. Nubya Garcia - "Once"
  6. Shabaka Hutchings - "Black Skin Black Masks"
  7. Triforce - "Walls"
  8. Joe Armon-Jones - "Go See"
  9. Kokoroko - "Abusey Junction"
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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Sonocardiogram
Cat: BWOOD 203CD. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Nangareo
  2. Oya
  3. Oshun
  4. Yemaya
  5. Interludo
  6. Porque Tu No Estas
  7. Para El Amor: Cantar!
  8. As Feridas
  9. Menuet Para Un Corazon
  10. Not For Me
  11. Plegaria A La Lupe
  12. Homenaje
Review: According to Brownswood Recordings, Dayme Arocena took a conscious decision to opt for a more "stripped back" sound on her latest album, which marks her fourth full-length excursion for Gilles Peterson's admirable imprint. That's certainly the impression given by the opening track, "Nangareo", which sees the Cuban singer layer her own spoken and sung vocals over the sounds of lapping waves and moody, elongated synthesizer chords. It offers a striking introduction to an Afro-Cuban jazz set that smartly incorporates elements of both samba and the distinctive drum rhythms associated with her home country (as well as some superb chanted vocals). As a result, "Sonocardiogram" has an ear-pleasing vibrancy that encourages repeat listens.
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Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
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Cat: AACD 083. Rel: 04 Jul 17
  1. Dream Stars - "Pop Makossa Invasion"
  2. Mystic Djim & The Spirits - "Yaounde Girls"
  3. Bill Loko - "Nen Lambo"
  4. Pasteur Lappe - "Sanaga Calypso"
  5. Eko - "M'onguele M'am"
  6. Olinga Gaston - "Ngon Engap"
  7. Emmanuel Kahe & Jeanette Kemogne - "Ye Medjuie"
  8. Nkodo Si Tony - "Mininga Meyong Mese"
  9. Pasteur Lappe - "Sekele Movement"
  10. Bernard Ntone - "Mussoloki"
  11. Pat´ Ndoye - "More Love"
  12. Clement Djimogne - "Africa"
Review: Just when you think that the well of obscure music from around the world has run dry, Analog Africa returns to put the record straight. Pop-Makossa shines a light on a glorious but largely overlooked period in the story of Cameroonian makossa, when local musicians began to replace funk and highlife influences with the rubbery bass of classic disco and the sparkling synth flourishes and drum machines of electrofunk. The resultant compilation, which apparently took eight years to produce, is packed full of brilliant cuts, from the heavily-electronic jauntiness of Pasteur Lappe's "Sanaga Calypso" and horn-totin' Highlife-disco of Emmaniel Kahe and Jeanette Kemogne's "Ye Medjuie", to the dense, organ-laden wig out that is Clement Djimogne's "Africa".
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A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife 1976-1981
  1. Ere Yon
  2. Re Hese
  3. It's All For You
  4. Sogio
  5. Gossiper Scandal Monger
  6. Iyo-Re
  7. Elelemi
Review: She may be best known as a TV and radio presenter, but Nigerian star Julie Coker also enjoyed a short but successful music career. She released two albums of note - highlife-focused 1976 debut "Ere Yon (Sweet Songs)" and 1981's more disco-centric "Tomorrow" - both of which now fetch eye-watering sums online. This fine retrospective showcases cuts from both of those sets, with the many highlights including the spacey, delay-laden highlife cheeriness of "Re Hese", the Clavinet-sporting disco-funk-goes-pop bounce of "It's All For You", the low-slung but rising, gospel influenced brilliance of "Gossiper Scandal Monger" and the heavily percussive, off-kilter goodness of album closer "Iyo-Re". You might also notice the intro of 'Ere Yon', which was recently sampled to great effect in Anderson .Paak's "Saviers Road"!
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Siria: Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo
  1. Mingau De Acai
  2. Mambo Do Martelo
  3. Caboclinha Do Igapo
  4. Tubarao Branco
  5. Morena Do Rio Mutuaca
  6. Papa Chibe
  7. Farol Do Marajo
  8. Cade O Anel?
  9. Ventinho Do Norte
  10. Siria Quente
  11. Eu Quero O Meu Anel
  12. Perereca
  13. Pra Danca Meu Siria
  14. Passarinho Siriri
Review: The work of Northern Brazilian musician-turned-bandleader Mestre Cupijo has long fascinated record collectors. Much of the allure can be attributed to Cupijo's trademark sound, which fused African-influenced Brazilian dance music and traditional Amazonian rhythms with sounds from Colombia (notably cumbia), Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The results, as showcased on six albums during the 1970s, were exciting and enthralling; a cross-pollination of sounds heavy on jaunty horns, shuffling rhythms and celebratory vocals. Here, Analog Africa presents the first in-depth retrospective of Mestre's work, hand-picking the finest tracks from his six obscure 1970s albums and offering them up in remastered form. For anyone interested in either African or Brazilian music, it should be an essential purchase.
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Sweet Sweet Dreams
Cat: AACD 082. Rel: 03 Apr 17
  1. Let's Make It Up
  2. Let's Get It Together
  3. Dreaming
  4. Moon Walking
  5. Without Love
  6. Way, Way Out
  7. D'Hardest (bonus track)
Review: Famously, Shadow's Sweet Sweet Dreams album was panned by critics when it first appeared way back in 1984. In the years since, it has attained cult status, with collectors of Trinidadian music particularly enjoying its curious blend of bustling boogie electronics, Soca rhythms, traditional instrumentation and sassy disco-pop style. As this tasty reissue proves, the album has lost none of its lustre over the last 30 years. Put simply, it still sounds ahead of its time, with intergalactic dancefloor workouts such as "Let's Make It Up" (with its "we're gonna have a party" refrain) and "Way Way Out" resonating particularly loudly.
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Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974-1975
  1. Astadjam Dada Sare
  2. Toufle
  3. Fouh Sei Allah
  4. Lamido
  5. Gandjal Kessoum
  6. Tchakoulate
Review: These days, Hamad Kalkaba is a retired Army colonel and track and field athletics administrator in his native Cameroon. Yet back in the mid 1970s, he was a musician with dreams of potential super-stardom, trying to update traditional Cameroonian "Gandjal" music for the funk generation. To that end, he recorded a small number of singles and EPs alongside his backing band, the Golden Sounds. It's those thoroughly obscure and overlooked releases that make up Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds, a retrospective of his pioneering work. Sitting somewhere between Afro-beat, Afro-funk and Afro-jazz, with a distinctively Cameroonian rhythmic swing, the music showcased on the album is undeniably special.
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The Imaginary Soundtrack To A Brazilian Western Movie 1964-1974
  1. Retrato De Um Forro
  2. A Casa De Anita
  3. Rio Antigo
  4. Sereia Do Mar
  5. Xeem
  6. Quem Vem La
  7. Forrozinho Moderno
  8. Voce Passa, Eu Acho Graca
  9. Xaxando Com Garibaldi
  10. Nao Interessa Nao
  11. Os Camaroes
  12. Se Quiser Valer
  13. Camarao No Oriente
  14. De Serra Em Serra
  15. A Cigana Lhe Enganou
  16. Fim De Festa
Review: During the 1960s and '70s, there were few greater exponents of "Forro" - a North-Eastern Brazilian style with some similarities to traditional styles of Colombian dance music - than Camarao. The talented accordionist, composer and band-leader recorded a string of fine albums between 1964 and '74, and it's tracks from these that make up The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie, Analog Africa's fine retrospective of the Camarao's work. Musically, it's a blast - a real melting pot of jaunty, grab-a-partner styles and sounds, rich in memorable horn lines, dazzling solos and fast-past accordion motifs - while the accompanying 28-page booklet tells the accordionist's story in impressive detail.
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Philantropiques
Cat: HS 190CD. Rel: 01 Jan 90
  1. Voyaging Bird (feat Jowee Omicil)
  2. Mucagiami (feat Vum Vum)
  3. Ja Nao Ha Mais Paz (feat Catia Werneck)
  4. Groove Ma Poule (feat Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson)
  5. Daddy Sweet (feat Pat Kalla)
  6. Li Dous Konsa
  7. Kenk Corner
  8. Sa Ce Kado
  9. Shake It & Rise Up
  10. Nosso Carimbo E Do Mundo (feat Pinduca & Nazar Peirera)
  11. Matadou
  12. Se Nou Menm
  13. Boug Bagay La
  14. Penda (feat Emma Lamadji & Kandy Guira)
Review: Under the Guts guise, instrumental hip-hop beat-maker turned tropical soul enthusiast Fabrice Franck Henri has become one of Heavenly Sweetness' most reliable artists. "Philantropiques" is Henri's first album for three years and could well be his most expansive and adventurous to date. The set's 15 tracks are as colourful and musically rich as you'd expect, with the storied producer and a range of vocal collaborators conjuring up tracks that draw influence from a myriad of Central American, Caribbean, South American and African styles. The results are uniformly excellent, with highlights including the tropical shuffle of "Mucagiami (feat Vum Vum)", the sun-kissed French Caribbean funk of "Daddy Sweet (feat Pat Kalla)", the Afro-Tropical rush of "Kenk Corner" and the synth-powered brilliance of "Shake It & Rise Up".
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Beach Diggin Volume 5
MAMBO/GUTS/VARIOUS
Beach Diggin Volume 5 (unmixed CD)
Cat: HS 168CD. Rel: 16 Aug 17
  1. Yasuko Agawa - "LA Nights"
  2. Andre Marie Tala - "Sweet Dole"
  3. Andre Marie Tala - "Lite Low"
  4. Rebles - "Sweetest Taboo" (Soca version)
  5. Ricardo Marrero & The Group - "And We'll Make Love"
  6. Koko Ateba - "Si T'es Mal Dans Ta Peau"
  7. Sookie - "Tonight" (feat Jeannine Otis)
  8. Raphael Toine - "Femmes Pays Douces"
  9. Eboni Band - "Desire"
  10. Robert J Riggins - "I Need You Now"
  11. Salero - "Teardrops & Wine"
  12. Momo Joseph - "Teardrops & Wine"
  13. Claude Genteuil - "Dreams Of Love"
  14. Gatot Soedarto - "Sayangilah Daku Kasih"
  15. Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language - "Pasto"
Review: Since the Beach Diggin' compilation series launched a few years back, a number of its obscure, Balearic-minded selections have been given full length reissues of their own. We can probably expect a number of the tracks from this brilliant fifth volume to get the same treatment. As usual, the wide-ranging track list is thick with highlights, from the synth-heavy, French language reggae of Raphael Toine's 1986 bubbler "Femmes Pays Douces" (taken from the artist's frustratingly hard to find Ce Ta Ou album) and vibraphone-laden jazz-funk smoothness of Yasuko Agwa's sought-after "L.A Night", to the barely-known brilliance of Andre Maria Tole's Cameroonian gem "Sweet Dole". In other words, it's another essential selection.
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We Are Ten! The Birthday Presents
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Cat: HS 173CD. Rel: 21 Nov 17
  1. Cotonete - "O Circo"
  2. Blundetto & Ken Boothe - "Have A Little Faith"
  3. Roger Raspail & Vincent Segal - "An Ba Galba"
  4. Guts - "Move In Silence" (feat Patrice, Fefe, Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson)
  5. Edmony Krater & I Live - "Tijan Ka" (2017 version)
  6. The Mule - "You Party Too Much"
  7. The Rongetz Foundation - "Hip Hop Muse" (Lefto remix)
  8. Anthony Joseph & Hanyo - "Be The River"
  9. Florian Pellissier Quintet - "Fuck With The Police" (feat Roger Raspail & Nawer)
  10. Edmony Krater - "Tijan Ka" (Hugo LX remix)
Review: Over the course of the last decade, Parisian label Heavenly Sweetness has done a terrific job in releasing both inspiring new music from around the globe and reissuing overlooked gems. For this celebratory compilation, they've decided to focus on the former strand, gathering together an exclusive collection of previously unheard tracks, collaborations and remixes from the label's extended family. There's naturally much to enjoy throughout, from the head-nodding bi-lingual hip-hop of Guts's "In Slence" and breezy sunshine Afrobeat of Edmony Krater and I-Live's "Tijan Ka (2017 Version)", to the languid jazz of the Florian Pellissier Quintet's "Fuck With The Poilce" and Blundetto's "Have a Little Faith", a terrific reggae-soul collaboration with singer Ken Boothe.
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Mots D'amour
Cat: PMG 005CD. Rel: 11 May 16
  1. Jama Al' F'na
  2. Kalimat Hob
  3. Gelty
  4. Fil Moden Al Kabira
  5. Love Words
  6. Soleil Soleil
  7. Ya Farhi' Bik
  8. Oyunic
Review: Ever since its' initial 1983 release, Ahmed Fakroun's debut album, Mots D'Amour has been considered something of a global fusion classic by Balearic-minded record collectors. Initially released by legendary label Celluloid - home to some genuinely genre-bending electro, post-punk and experimental World Music - the well regarded full-length saw the Libyan singer/songwriter/musician blend traditional Arabic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with the distinctive shimmer of synthesizers, and typically Western pop production. 33 years on, the album has lost none of its' potency, with the breezy, English language track "Love Words", Talking Heads-ish "Soleil Soleil" and cheery "Kalimat Hob" standing out.
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African Woman
Cat: PMG 014CD. Rel: 28 Jul 16
  1. African Woman
  2. Kam Fat Owo (Mbata)
  3. What's The Woman To Do
  4. Tell Me Now
  5. Sweet Elijah
  6. Spread More Love
  7. Our Generation (Ode To Our Nation)
  8. Tenkim Kpoho
Review: Since its' release in 1978 on Nigeria's Clover Sound, Mary Afi Usuah's African Woman has been widely regarded as one of the strongest Afro-soul albums of the period. Interestingly, the sound showcased on the set - which here gets a first ever release on CD - draws on South African and American influences as much as Nigerian ones. This is particularly evident on the urgent Afro-funk of "What's The Woman To Do", the brilliant title track, and the low-slung, Meters-ish swing of "Tenkim Kpoho". One of the most impressive aspects of the album is its' mixture of floor-slayers and slower groovers, with the reggae-influenced "Our Generation (Ode To Our Nation)" also impressing.
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Jungle Magic
Cat: PMG 019CD. Rel: 28 Jul 16
  1. Jungle Magic
  2. Mr Teacher
  3. Rain Sun & Love
  4. Love Forever
  5. Fireman
  6. Beautiful Continent
Review: Many African disco enthusiasts will already be familiar with the title track of Benis Cletin's 1979 debut album, Jungle Magic, thanks to the fine re-edit Sofrito released back in 2011. Few, though, will have heard the whole album, which here gets a well-deserved reissue on CD. Cletin's take on Afro-disco-calypso-funk fusion is undeniably sweet, with cuts such as "Mr Teacher" and "Love Forever" balancing the needs of dancefloors with a cheery looseness that's never less than intoxicating. Highlights include the urgent, synth-laden Afro-funk grunt of "Fireman", and the touching, down-tempo tribute to Africa, "Beautiful Continent".
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Mots D'Amour
Cat: PMG 031CD. Rel: 16 Aug 16
  1. Jama Al F'na
  2. Kalimat Hob
  3. Gelty
  4. Fil Moden Al Kabira
  5. Love Words
  6. Soleil Soleil
  7. Ya Farhi' Bik
  8. Oyunic
Review: Ever since its initial 1983 release, Ahmed Fakroun's debut album, Mots D'Amour has been considered something of a global fusion classic by Balearic-minded record collectors. Initially released by legendary label Celluloid - home to some genuinely genre-bending electro, post-punk and experimental World Music - the well regarded full-length saw the Libyan singer/songwriter/musician blend traditional Arabic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with the distinctive shimmer of synthesizers, and typically Western pop production. 33 years on, the album has lost none of its' potency, with the breezy, English language track "Love Words", Talking Heads-ish "Soleil Soleil" and cheery "Kalimat Hob" standing out.
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Boogie Forever
Cat: PMG 018CD. Rel: 28 Jul 16
  1. Ganja (Ganja)
  2. 5th Bethoven Africana
  3. Boogie Fever
  4. Dance For Love
  5. African Hustle
  6. Shake Shake Shake
Review: Sierra Leone's Geraldo Pino was one of the biggest names in West African music in the late '60s and early '70s, developing a James Brown-influenced Afro-funk sound that is said to have heavily influenced Fela Kuti. By 1978, his best years were arguably behind him, but he was still able to stay on top of developments in American music. Boogie Fever, his final full-length, did a great job in fusing his usual organ-heavy sound with popular dancefloor styles of the time, including New York disco and Jamaican reggae. As a result, Pino was responsible for one of the best Afro-disco albums of all time, which here gets a first CD release. For those who love African music - and particularly Afro-beat - it should be an essential purchase.
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Only You
Only You (CD)
Cat: PMG 060CD. Rel: 20 Apr 17
  1. Only You
  2. I Had A Dream
  3. Things Fall Apart (Disco Jam)
  4. Welcome My Love
  5. Only You (Disco Jam)
  6. Things Fall Apart (vocal)
Review: The latest reissue from the PMG camp comes from Steve Monite, an obscure Nigerian artist whose most famous track, the brilliant "Only You", was one of the highlights of Soundway's brilliant Doing It In Lagos compilation. Monite's sole album, recorded and released in 1984, remains something of an unheralded classic, with the Nigerian artist joining the dots between boogie, Beach Boys style dream pop, electrop and, on the previously mentioned title track, reggae-boogie. Arguably the album's most potent moments, a pair of instrumental wig-outs, pay tribute to the celebratory, hedonistic thrills of vintage New York disco.
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Point Of No Return: Afro Funk Music
Cat: PMG 080CDFR. Rel: 29 Jan 18
  1. Point Of No Return
  2. Abraka
  3. Ole
  4. Dancing In The Nude
  5. Life
  6. I Can't Be Satisfied
Review: Point Of No Return, the 1974 debut album by Nigerian combo the Funkees, has long been a sought-after set amongst those who dig for Afro-Funk and Afro-Rock fusion. Here, the inspired set gets a CD reissue for the very first time. It's a fine set, all told, with much of the material sounding not unlike similarly minded British combo Cymande, who burst onto the scene two years before the Funkees made their recording debut. Dotted throughout the album you'll find fuzzier, harder-edged cuts inspired by psychedelic rock, and the electric piano-laden, William Onyeabor-ish bounce of the inspired title track. If you're in the mood for heavy percussion, wild organ lines and even heavier guitars, this should be an essential purchase.
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Doko Mien
Doko Mien (CD)
Cat: MRG 665CD. Rel: 22 Mar 19
  1. I Need You To Be Sweet Like Sugar (Nnge Nte Suka)
  2. Wanna Come Down
  3. Tell Me (Doko Mien)
  4. I Know That You're Thinking About Me
  5. I Will Run
  6. Just Go Forward (Ka I So)
  7. She Work Very Hard
  8. Nyak Mien
  9. Kuka
  10. Guess We Found A Way
  11. Basquiat
Review: Famed for their thrilling, dancefloor-friendly fusions of West African funk and disco, American electrofunk and post-punk pop, Ibibio Sound Machine is one of the most exciting and essential bands of recent times. It's for this reason that "Doko Mien", the Eno Williams fronted band's first album for two years, is so hotly anticipated. Happily, we can confirm that it's another stunning set, with Williams and company charging through a set of sizzling songs that wrap kaleidoscopic synths, rubbery bass, fiery horns and off-kilter funk-rock guitars around grooves that variously doff a cap to '80s electro, Italo-disco, jazz-funk, Tony Allen and thrusting, mind-altering mutant disco. In other words, it's another must-have collection of cuts from the London-based band.
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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
  1. Body & Soul
  2. Atomic Bomb
  3. Good Name
  4. Something You Will Never Forget
  5. Why Go To War
  6. Love Is Blind
  7. Heaven & Hell
  8. Let's Fall In Love
  9. Fantastic Man
Review: Following 2012's fourth volume that celebrated the existential work of Tim Maia, here we find Luaka Bop exploring the legacy of William Onyeabor. A high chief and Kenyan diplomat who allegedly refuses to discuss his music, he self-released eight albums in the 70s and 80s and these are some of the many highlights. Stretching from the New York-influenced post-punk synth funk of "Good Name" to the most authentic Afro fusion of "Why Go To War", Onyeabor's range not only reflects his clear creative skill, but also the ever-developing international language of music during the fruitful period he was active. Who is William Onyeabor? Press play and find out yourselves...
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Fongola
Fongola (CD)
Cat: TRANS 417CD. Rel: 05 Jul 19
  1. Likolo
  2. Azo Toke
  3. Buka Dansa
  4. Identite
  5. Malembe
  6. LOVE
  7. Tongos'a
  8. Zala Mayele
  9. Singa
  10. Kitoko
  11. Tokoliana
Review: It would be fair to say that Kokoko! are not just dragging the music of the Democratic Republic of Congo into the 21st century, but also pushing it forwards towards the future. That much is proved by this essential debut album, a set full to bursting with thrilling fusions of Kuduro style electronics beats, lo-fi analogue electronics, traditional Congolese instrumentation, hand-played percussion polyrhythms and basslines so weighty they could crush an average-sized person. It's an arresting audio blueprint that guarantees thrills from start to finish. Highlights include the hot-stepping dancefloor sleaze of "Azo Toke", the foreboding, polyrhythmic 21st century punk-funk of "Malembe" and the intergalactic brilliance of "L.O.V.E.".
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Bafana Bafana
Cat: ATFA 027CD. Rel: 20 Oct 17
  1. Bafana Bafana
  2. Isidakwa
  3. Via Botswana
  4. Leave Me Alone
  5. Kancane Kancane
  6. Release Me
  7. Zama Zama
  8. Don't Say You Love Me
Review: As a member of several chart-topping groups and an in-demand producer in his own right, Thami Mdluli was something of a superstar on South Africa's "bubblegum" scene during the 1980s. Yet as the decade progressed, it was for his club-focused instrumentals - released under the Professor Rhythm alias - that he became most celebrated. By the time this album was first released in 1995, he'd helped to develop the now celebrated "Kwaito" style of house-influenced South African dancefloor fusion. Bafana Bafana does contain some distinctive kwaito moments, but for the most part it just sounds like a gloriously South African take on mid 1990s U.S, Italian and British house music. Crucially, it's also superb, like some long lost '90s house album made in Jo'burg, rather than New Jersey.
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