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South Asian Edits (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: SPICE 1. Rel: 05 Aug 19
  1. Mast Qalandar (Raheel Khan edit) (6:36)
  2. Sansani (Adesi edit) (5:29)
  3. Nah Nah Nah (Adesi edit) (3:33)
  4. Kammata (Adesi edit) (4:36)
  5. Kuchi Kuchi (Adesi edit) (4:51)
Review: Exploring the sounds emanating from South Asia, Masaala is a new label with a fresh outlook. The first release features Manchester-based producers Raheel Khan and Adesi turning in some powerful edits that will appeal to anyone seeking invigorating sounds from further afield. Khan's twist on "Mast Qalandar" sounds like a striking version of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Mustt Mustt". Adesi offers up the lions share of the edits though, channeling South Asian sounds through grooves ranging from the fierce disco stomp of "Sansani" to the low slung funk groove of "Nah Nah Nah". "Kammata" has a more dense rhythmic complexity at its heart, and "Kuchi Kuchi" collides traditional sounds with contemporary broken beat to brilliant effect.
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No No No (limited 7" repress) (1 per customer)
Cat: BAS 1006. Rel: 11 Sep 19
  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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  1. Zawaj (4:07)
  2. A'laj (5:02)
  3. Zyaj (6:37)
  4. Haj (6:43)
  5. B'aj (6:49)
  6. Hela (3:29)
Review: The well regarded Whities label invites you deep into a darkened world of coldwave soundscapes on its next 12". There are Arabic overtones to Carl Gari's music here, both explicitly in the meditative vocals from Abdullah Miniawy, but also in the exotic synth drones that hang heavy in the air. It makes for a spiritual eight track affair that has a beautifully bleak and spiritual feeling: tracks are largely empty, absorbing affairs with only suggested rhythms moving you forward. Part organic and human, part mechanical and synthetic, Whities 023 is a bewitching and otherworldly listen of the highest order.
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Cat: PEPITE 06. Rel: 09 Sep 19
  1. Monsieur Business (3:04)
  2. Monsieur Business (Aroop Roy rework) (4:17)
Review: In 1976, French band Edition Speciale released their debut album, "Allee Des Tilleuls". While much of the album saw them explore progressive rock and jazz-rock territory, it did contain one suitably groovy and life-affirming trip into jazz-funk territory, surprise LP standout "Mr Business". Here that cut gets a single release for the very first time courtesy of the dusty-fingered diggers at Pepite. You'll find the little-known band's languid, Clavinet and synthesizer-heavy original version on side A, with Aroop Roy's tidy contemporary rework on the B. Aroop sticks a rocket up the track's bottom end, underpinning the original song with peak-time-ready drums while wisely emphasizing his own killer bassline and catchy vocals.
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Kenke Corner EP (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: HS 192VL. Rel: 19 Aug 19
  1. Kenke Corner (feat Samito - Poirier remix) (4:46)
  2. L'Origine Du Monde (4:38)
  3. Kenke Corner (feat Samito - Poirier remix - instrumental version) (4:48)
  4. Mucagiami (Voilaaa remix) (5:16)
  5. Se Nou Menm (feat Hippomene Leauva) (5:13)
  6. Mucagiami (Voilaaa remix - instrumental version) (5:15)
Review: To stay in tune with the heatwave France just went through, Guts brings you two remixes from Poirier + Voilaaa and two unreleased tracks in the Afro-tropical train of it's 'Philantropiques' album. Best served under a scortching sun, to live the full musical experience.
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 in stock $10.34
Hagefest (7")
Cat: LYSK 45002. Rel: 30 Jul 19
  1. Hagefest (5:41)
  2. Hagefest (version) (5:34)
Review: Norwegian music has long tended towards the eccentric, though we can't think of many quirkier releases than Leoparden's recent album "Stilen Er Stimmvel" - a decidedly off-kilter set that mixes lo-fi synth-boogie, reggae, African rhythms, P-funk, blue-eyed soul and lashings of Scandolearic vibes. This tidy 7" single offers up a taster of that set in the shape of album highlight "Hagefest", a decidedly spaced-out afro-reggae affair rich in reverb laden vocals, clipped guitars and off-kilter drums. Leoparden brilliantly strips things back on the flipside "Version", which layers dubbed-out snippets of vocal, guitar and synth over a beefed up version of the eccentric rhythm track.
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Cat: MSR 013. Rel: 29 Aug 19
  1. Harina De Maiz (2:57)
  2. Corned Beef Hash (3:03)
Review: Founded in 1967 by singer/producer Carlos Oliva and other Cuban immigrants to the United States, Los Sobrinos del Juez were briefly one of the leading protagonists of the turn-of-the-'70s "Miami Sound" - a humid and intoxicating fusion of blues, rock, funk and dancefloor-focused Latin sounds. Their 1974 debut single "Harina De Maiz" - here reissued for the first time since - is a perfect example of that short lived style, offering up a mixture of wah-wah-guitar and psychedelic organ-powered Latin funk grooves and righteous Cuban vocals. On this edition it comes backed by the previously unheard "Corned Beef Hash", a swinging Latin-jazz number rich in vibraphone solos, jaunty piano riffs and plenty of hip-wiggling percussion.
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Fio Maravilha (limited 7")
Cat: DYNAM 7047. Rel: 13 Sep 19
  1. Fio Maravilha (3:40)
  2. Bedeu (2:24)
Review: Dynamite Cuts lives up to its name with this limited 7" from acclaimed Brazilian jazz singer Tania Maria. Two driving and dancey tracks pressed nice and loud for the first time on 45, "Fio Maravilha" is a busy arrangement made up of wild piano, big raw drums and Maria's impassioned, lung-emptying singing that whizzes along at pace. "Bedeu" has a little more Latin flavour, bossa nova swagger and space in the mix for the soul to shine through. Drop either one and take shelter, cause both of these cuts are bombs.
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  1. Letta Mbulu - "Nomalizo" (Petko Turner edit) (8:06)
  2. Camila Costa - "Ponto Das Caboclas" (Bete re-edit) (5:36)
  3. Ebo Taylor - "Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara" (Chillum Trio Afrobass Flip) (7:13)
  4. Birdhouse - "Berimbao" (4:17)
Review: DJ Gandharva and Von Yodi's long serving Budabeats label is always a trusted source for razor sharp disco digs and more esoteric sounds from the four corners of the earth, and they continue their recent leap to vinyl with this stunning selection of jams from the southern hemisphere. Letta Mbulu's Soweto funk gets a little edit treatment from Petko Turner, while BeTe takes on Camila Costa's gorgeous Ponto Das Caboclas for a perfect sundown reflection led by tender acoustic strumming. Chillum Trio work up a sweat over Ebo Taylor's "Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara", creating a certifiable party burner in the process, and then Birdhouse completes the package with the irrepressibly funky "Berimbao".
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Tel Aviv Flavors (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: C 006. Rel: 12 Aug 19
  1. Niv Ast - "Rainey Heart" (6:02)
  2. Rina - "Peppermint Bouquet" (6:43)
  3. Naduve - "Hex Mex" (5:14)
  4. Middle Sky Boom - "Marble Arch" (7:08)
Review: Following killer releases from lesser-known talents like Aristidez, Colossio and Thomass Jackson, Mexico's premier modern disco label Calypso commence a new project that sees them celebrating some of their favourite cities around the world. The journey starts in Tel Aviv, where a range of underground producers present the kind of freaky disco-not-disco sounds that get dancefloors frisky the world over these days. Niv Ast keeps things simmering and sensuous on "Rainey Heart," while Rina gets locked into a dense chug of sweaty sonics and solid rhythms. Naduve has a slower, percussion-led groove rolling on "Hex Mex" that will inject spice into any adventurous warm-up, and Middle Sky Boom finishes the record off with the tense and teasing "Marble Arch".
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Vamos A La Playa (marbled vinyl 7")
Cat: MAS 028. Rel: 29 Aug 19
  1. Vamos A La Playa (3:41)
  2. Sabor De La Cumbia (2:39)
Review: Cumbia champs Philthy Dronez have been turning out their quirky and curious takes on the genre since 2005. For their next outing on San Fran's Disco Mas they link with Su Brigada De La Cumbia for a brace of bonkers beats. Opener "Vamos A La Playa" is characterised by a big and wonky accordion line that reminds us of global dance smash "Heater" by Samim from a few years ago. It's as silly as it is fun, while "Sabor De La Cumbia" is a much heavier and grittier affair. Shades of digital dub define the grooves while a rather haunting lead keeps you on edge as it trundles along.
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Cat: KALITA 12010. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Under Cover Lover (4:58)
  2. Under Cover Lover (instrumental) (4:59)
Review: Kalita Records has thus far proved adept at sniffing out obscure, overlooked classics and reissuing them. Their latest "flip" is as rare, little known and hard-to-find as they come: a one-shot 1985 Caribbean boogie cut from Bahamian musicians Stirling March (now a minister and gospel singer) and bassist Rocky Rolle. "Under Cover Lover" is bright, breezy and sun-kissed, with jaunty synthesizer lead lines and hammered-out piano parts dancing above a tasty groove that fully showcases Rolle's boogie bass skills. Stirling March's lead vocal is superb too, with the Bahamian slickly delivering the loved-up lyrics with aplomb. The flipside "Instrumental" version is typical of New York style boogie dubs of the period, with more attention on the drums, bassline and ricocheting vocal snippets.
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Cat: OMSD 008. Rel: 10 Sep 19
  1. Tudo Faz Sentido (3:38)
  2. Tudo Faz Sentido (Suba extended remix) (7:27)
Review: The fourth volume in Selva Discos superb "Brasingles" series of overlooked Brazilian obscurities is another must-check treat. "Tudo Faz Santido" was originally tucked away on former Gang 90 member Taciana Barros' sole solo album, 1995's "Janela Dos Sonhos". It's a wonderfully chunky slab of rolling, mid-90s breakbeat-pop rich in beefy bass, new wave style guitars and twinkling electronic flourishes. The track's inherent heaviness is even more evident on the flip, where there's what appears to be a never-before-released extended mix by original producer Mitar Subotic (better known in electronic music circles as Suba and Rex Illusivii). The sadly departed Serbian's DJ-friendly take wisely prioritizes the groove, adding even more acid-style sounds for enhanced dancefloor pleasure.
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Played by: Manu•Archeo
 in stock $11.13
Albums
Cat: BWOOD 203LP. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Nangareo (1:10)
  2. Oya (2:12)
  3. Oshun (4:07)
  4. Yemaya (3:08)
  5. Interludio (0:42)
  6. Porque Tu No Estas (4:02)
  7. Para El Amor: Cantar! (4:54)
  8. As Feridas (3:53)
  9. Menuet Para Un Corazon (4:40)
  10. Not For Me (3:13)
  11. Plegaria A La Lupe (5:01)
  12. Homenaje (3:38)
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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Jorge Ben (reissue) (limited 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: 700126. Rel: 28 Aug 19
  1. Criola (3:32)
  2. Domingas (3:32)
  3. Cade Teresa? (3:24)
  4. Barbarella (3:16)
  5. Pais Tropical (4:11)
  6. Take It Easy My Brother Charles (2:38)
  7. Descobri Que Eu Sou Um Anjo (4:05)
  8. Bebete Vaobora (2:35)
  9. Quem Foi Que Roubou A Sopeira De Porcelana Chinesa Que A Vovo Ganhou Da Da Baronesa? (3:10)
  10. Que Pena (3:03)
  11. Charles, Anjo 45 (4:53)
Review: Hard strumming samba groove specialist Jorge Ben was always one to bring exciting new influences to his music. On his sixth studio album he did so again, exploring everything from football fandom to romances with various young ladies via real self-awareness, all with his flair-filled and inventive lyrical style. Musically the album touches on soul and psychedelia with a genuine sense of liveliness and it marked a real commercial success for the artist, who - by the time of its release in 1969 - was already a venerated great in his native Brazil. To sum up, this is an essential work from a samba great.
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Played by: RUSTAM OSPANOFF.
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Disco Jazz (LP repress)
Cat: NUM 0000805. Rel: 13 Aug 19
  1. Moja Bhari Moja (8:16)
  2. East West Shuffle (4:57)
  3. Aaj Shanibar (7:58)
  4. Ayee Morshume Be-Reham Duniya (15:38)
Review: Described in the accompanying press release as "the halfway point between Bollywood and Balearic", Rupa Biswas' 1982 debut "Disco Jazz" has long been a favourite of dusty-fingered diggers with a healthy bank balance and a penchant for the quirky. All four tracks are cheery, charming and superior to many "Bollywood disco" records produced in the same period. The sunny disco-boogie of "Moja Bhari Moja" is followed on side A by the delightfully eccentric, bass-powered AOR-disco/funk-rock fusion of "East West Shuffle" and the effortlessly Balearic cheeriness of "Aaj Shanibar". Best of all, though, is the exotic and intoxicating flipside cut "Ayee Morshume Be-Reham Duniya" which expertly joins the dots between cosmic rock and Balearic disco grooves for 16 spellbinding minutes.
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Dila (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: FORDIS 05. Rel: 08 Aug 19
  1. Inez (2:32)
  2. Adeus Bomfim (3:02)
  3. Madalena (2:34)
  4. Fim De Papo (3:41)
  5. Saberas (3:12)
  6. O Morro Nao Tem Vez (2:31)
  7. Como E Que E Bicho? (2:06)
  8. As Paredes Tem Ouvidos (3:06)
  9. Festa Para Um Rei Negro (Samba Enredo Do Salgueiro/71) (3:42)
  10. Selecao De Mangueira (4:57)
  11. Perdoei (2:46)
  12. Refem Da Solidao (2:19)
Review: Little is known about DIla, a Brazilian singer who tragically died in a car crash weeks after the release of her self-titled debut album in 1971. All that remains is the album - here reissued for the first time by Far Out Recordings - and a handful of references in the Brazilian media to her tremendous talents. "DIla" is a sensationally good album; a wonderfully summery, sun-kissed and soulful collection of samba songs that veers from bluesy jazziness (see the laidback and smoky "O Morro Nao Tem Vez"), to sweaty, carnival-ready dancefloor workouts (the brilliant "Saberas"), via the attractive, horn-heavy jauntiness of "As Paredes Tem Ouvidos").
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Cat: OMSD 006. Rel: 13 Aug 19
  1. Memoria Das Aguas (5:05)
  2. Amanhecer Tabajara (A Alceu Valenca) (3:57)
  3. Ladeira Dos Inocentes (5:05)
  4. Revoada (5:23)
  5. Mercado (Gravado No Mercado Tanger) (3:20)
  6. Curimao (Sons Onomatopaicos E Folk Da Guine) (6:48)
  7. Solito (Solo De Balaue) (4:29)
  8. Danado Cantador (Balaue, Orquestra E Declamacao) (A Fagner) (4:46)
Review: For the first in a series of must-have reissues of obscure Brazilian treats, Optimo Music and Selva Discos have joined forces to offer up a new pressing of Fernando Falcao's superb 1981 debut, "Memoria Das Aguas". The eight-track set has long been considered something of a slept-on and hard-to-find classic, with Falcao conjuring up an octet of tracks that brilliantly join the dots between neo-classical movements, dreamy, percussion-led soundscapes (see the sublime "Amanhecer Tabajara (A Alceu Valenca)"), spiraling big band Afro-Brazilian jazz ("Ladeira Dos Inocentes"), intoxicating classical-jazz fusion ("Revoada") and experimental, beat-free sound collages ("Mercado"). In a word: exceptional.
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Cat: OMSD 007. Rel: 20 Aug 19
  1. As 7 Filhas Da Rainha Sumaia (5:52)
  2. Barracas Barrocas (3:05)
  3. Amarzonico (3:43)
  4. Girandas (3:29)
  5. Elas (A Girges Ristum) (6:07)
  6. 7 Cavaleiro (2:09)
  7. Cancao Do Exilio (1:20)
  8. Purundirindas (1:52)
  9. Tumbalaue (3:08)
  10. Disse Alguem (1:38)
Review: Selva Discos' Fernando Falcao reissue series continues via a fabulous new pressing of the Brazilian percussionist's experimental 1987 album "Barracas Barrocas". Like the artist's 1981 debut, it's a brilliantly eclectic and esoteric affair, offering up a heady - and uniquely South American - blend of off-kilter jazz, pastoral neo-classical compositions, academic ambient, jaunty tropical fusion, narrated soundscapes and heavy drum workouts. Given that it moves in a multitude of directions, the set actually holds together remarkably well, with Falcao's use of bespoke orchestration acting as a constant thread linking disparate sounds and styles. It's both utterly brilliantly and thoroughly mesmerizing, while the accompanying insert includes essays in Portuguese and English telling the story of the album and Falcao's little-known career.
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Cat: JAZZR 002. Rel: 05 Sep 19
  1. Mananita Pampera (1:26)
  2. El Beto (7:56)
  3. Have You Met Miss? (9:17)
  4. El Beto II (0:41)
  5. Tunita (8:36)
  6. Carmen Pequena (4:09)
  7. Al Bebbe Guia (9:02)
Review: Jazz Room Records is the work of legendary London jazz-dance DJ Paul Murphy, so it's perhaps unsurprising that the label's first outing is an essential reissue of one of his personal favourites: Hugo Heredia's spiritually-minded 1976 Latin-Jazz fusion masterpiece, "Mananita Pampera". Although it begins with a dense and psychedelic collage of Heredia's breathy flute playing, the album's genius lies in its' combination of heavy Latin percussion, skittish jazz drums and the bright and breezy instrumentation atop (piano, double bass and Heredia on sax). Of course, there are a few slower, laidback cuts to be found dotted across the album, but for the most part it's a sweaty, excitable dancefloor excursion that's been a staple of Murphy's sets since the 1980s.
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Cat: FOX 11. Rel: 02 Aug 19
  1. Nao Muda Nao (2:28)
  2. Bloco Do Eu Sozinho (2:39)
  3. Improvisado (2:21)
  4. Ansiedade (3:11)
  5. Superego (2:34)
  6. Cantiga De Procura (2:36)
  7. Choro Chorado (2:05)
  8. Ave Maria (2:33)
  9. Anoiteceu (2:31)
  10. Litoral (2:06)
  11. Me Disseram (3:10)
Review: The Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Joyce Silveira Moreno was born and raised in the middle of Copacabana, a short beach stroll from the epicentre of the bossa nova universe.Her father was a Dane that had settled in Brazil, but she was raised by her mother and step-father in a typical Portuguese-Brazilian household. Since her older brother was friendly with leading lights of the bossa nova movement such as Roberto Menescal and Eumir Deodato,she was steeped in the form at an early age and witnessed its key evolution first-hand. At theage of 16 in 1964, she was taken to the studio by Menescal to contribute to the coveted debut album by the mythical group Sambacana, assembled to record the work of composer Pacifico Mascarenhas when the meagre budget would not allow the vocalists he preferred. Knowingthat a full-time career in music was certainly not guaranteed, she began studying journalism in 1967, shortly before her controversial song "Me Disseram" reached the finals of Rio's second International Song Competition. The following year, her self-titled debut album was released by Philips, produced by Armando Pittigliani, with orchestration by Dorival Caymmi and arrangements by Gaya; along with her own compositions, the album also featured songs by her rising-star friends, including Caetano Veloso and Marcos Valle.
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Pata Pata (2xLP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: STRUT 180LP. Rel: 30 Aug 19
  1. Pata Pata (mono) (3:01)
  2. Ha Po Zamani (mono) (2:56)
  3. What Is Love (mono) (2:45)
  4. Maria Fulo (mono) (2:37)
  5. Yetentu Tizaleny (mono) (2:50)
  6. Click Song Number One (mono) (2:20)
  7. Ring Bell, Ring Bell (mono) (2:52)
  8. Jol'Inkomo (mono) (3:00)
  9. West Wind (mono) (2:47)
  10. Saduva (mono) (3:44)
  11. A Piece Of Ground (mono) (3:38)
  12. Pata Pata (3:01)
  13. Ha Po Zamani (2:57)
  14. What Is Love (2:43)
  15. Maria Fulo (2:39)
  16. Yetentu Tizaleny (2:51)
  17. Click Song Number One (2:20)
  18. Ring Bell, Ring Bell (2:52)
  19. Jol'Inkomo (3:01)
  20. West Wind (2:48)
  21. Saduva (3:44)
  22. A Piece Of Ground (3:38)
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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Cat: WWSLP 27. Rel: 31 Jul 19
  1. Abu Ali (13:12)
  2. Prelude (Theme From Mais El Rim) (12:49)
Review: Ziad Rahbani is a Lebanese cultural icon. Born into a famous musical family, the renowned pianist and producer is also a playwright, as well as being one of the most important exponents of the Lebanese left-wing counterculture of the '70s. "Abu Ali" was recorded in Athens with a full orchestra and released as a limited run EP in his home country. Legend has it was only pressed at 500 units and hence its rarity The result is a fabulous New York-meets-Beyrouth disco. Wewantsounds presents the first-ever official vinyl reissue of Rahbani's mythical 1978 release on his label Zida Records.
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Cat: BM 1807. Rel: 25 Jul 19
  1. We Gonna Have Some Fun (5:47)
  2. Ogoue (5:52)
  3. Butter Fly (2:41)
  4. Back To LBV (5:51)
  5. Will Be The Only One (5:43)
  6. Beleive Me (4:24)
Review: In 1983, Frederic Gassita returned to his native Gabon after six years spent studying music in France. He wasted no time in forming a band called Surprise and recording an album. The set sank without trace at the time but has here been resurrected by the dusty-fingered crate diggers behind BeauMonde Records. It's definitely worth a listen. It's a little smoother - and certainly better produced, sound-wise - than many boogie-era West African recordings, with the quartet offering up tracks that effortlessly join the dots between smooth '80s soul, bubby jazz-funk, boogie, synth-pop, zouk and life-affirming tropical disco. It's a fine set, with "Ogoue", "Butter Fly" and "Will You Be The One" standing out.
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Palaver (gatefold LP)
BBE
Cat: BBE 511ALP. Rel: 10 Sep 19
  1. Palaver (6:15)
  2. Make You No Mind (3:54)
  3. Abebrese (5:31)
  4. Help Africa (6:16)
  5. Nyame Dadaw (6:59)
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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Amadjar (limited gatefold 2xLP + 28 page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: COOP 011LP. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Tenere Maloulat (feat Warren Ellis) (3:42)
  2. Zawal (feat Warren Ellis, Noura Mint Seymali, Jeiche Ould Chighaly) (3:30)
  3. Amalouna (feat Noura Mint Seymali, Stephen O'Malley) (4:38)
  4. Taqkal Tarha (feat Micah Nelson) (4:08)
  5. Anina (3:04)
  6. Madjam Mahilkamen (4:13)
  7. Kel Tinawen (feat Cass McCombs) (4:01)
  8. Iklam Dglour (feat Warren Ellis & Rodophe Burger) (4:06)
  9. Takount (feat Noura Mint Seymali) (3:45)
  10. Itous Ohar (feat Cass McCombs) (4:21)
  11. Mhadjar Yassouf Idjan (feat Warren Ellis) (4:23)
  12. Wartilla (feat Warren Ellis, Stephen O'Malley) (4:08)
  13. Lalla (6:19)
Review: Malian musicians have a rich history when it comes to turning the world on to organic, mystifying, exotic sounds. A country that - even for Africa - stands out as a hotbed of aural talent, artists hailing from the desert nation never fail to immerse and intoxicate us. Here tracks grow and groove like a hypnotist at work, embracing Western influences, not least psychedelic rock, to produce what might have happened if Jim Morrison went walkabout in the Sahara looking for inspiration. As an album, "Amadjar" is everything that description might make you hope for. Opening on the delicate, spatial guitar plucks of "Tenere Maloulat", you can see the oasis shimmering in the distance through heat vapour. Evocative stuff, from there it only pulls us in deeper into an amalgamation of sounds overflowing with an adventurous atmosphere.
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 207LP. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Jean Kely Et Basth - "Andosy Mora" (4:28)
  2. Soymanga - "Moramora Zoky" (4:43)
  3. Roger Georges - "Mama" (4:45)
  4. Ny Anjarasoa - "Mahonena" (3:23)
  5. Charles Maurin Poty - "Amboliako Fary" (2:05)
  6. Mahaleo - "Izahay Mpamita" (3:12)
  7. Papa James - "Ngoma Hoe" (3:57)
  8. Los Pepitos Et Leur Ensemble - "BB Gasy" (3:09)
  9. Jeanot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre - "Jazz Sega" (3:59)
  10. Feon'Ala - "Farahy" (3:36)
  11. Terak' Anosy Group - "Soaliza" (5:57)
  12. Saka Dit The King - "Ody Ody (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)" (4:11)
  13. Michael - "Razana Tsy Ho Meloko" (3:37)
  14. Falafa - "Rapela" (3:44)
  15. Los Matadores - "Andeha Hanarato" (2:59)
  16. Nino Rafah - "Oa Niny E" (3:46)
  17. Kaiamba Orchestra - "Tokatoka" (3:18)
  18. Atrefy Andriana - "Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko" (3:56)
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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VARIOUS
Cat: SNDWLP 131. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Penny Penny - "Shilungu" (5:18)
  2. Alaska - "Accuse" (instrumental) (6:16)
  3. Ze Spirits Band - "Tucheza" (Esa extended mix) (5:00)
  4. Nonku Phiri - "Sifo" (feat Dion Monti) (4:27)
  5. Os Panteras - "Melo Do Anjo" (Outra edit) (4:54)
  6. Pascal Latour - "Lague Yo" (Boulo edit) (5:58)
  7. Masalo - "Yera" (feat Doussou Koulibaly) (6:24)
  8. Esa - "Pantsula Traxx" (4:38)
  9. Narchbeats - "Cheeks" (3:41)
  10. DJ Spoko - "#Justsnares" (4:02)
Review: Inspired by his own experiences growing up in apartheid-era South Africa and his travels through music, Esa Williams has put together a compilation of contemporary electronic music from around the world. "Amandla: Music To The People" is well worth your attention and contains some genuine gems. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the percussive, chant-along sweatiness of Penny Penny's "Shilungu" and the loved-up, pitched-down dreaminess of Alaska's "Accuse (Instrumental)", to the sweet, life-affirming cheeriness of Os Panteras' "Melo Do Anjo (Outro Edit)" and the thrusting, Italo-disco style dancefloor masculinity of Masalo's "Yera". Esa's own late '80s style pitched-down South African house jam "Pantsula Traxx" is also superb.
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  1. Theodora Ifudu - "This Time Around" (4:56)
  2. Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life" (6:18)
  3. Nana Love - "Talking About Music" (3:46)
  4. Joy Nwosu & Her Group - "Azania" (4:13)
  5. Miriam Makeba - "Malaika" (5:18)
  6. Nayanka Bell - "Just A Boogie" (3:42)
  7. Christy Essien - "Nobody Can Stop You" (5:03)
  8. Bebe Manga - "Lokognolo" (4:12)
  9. Diane Solo - "N'Ziketio" (5:47)
  10. Sissi Massila - "Salif" (4:23)
Review: Africa Seven's second tribute to the "funky sounds of female Africa" is packed to the rafters with gems. While some of the material may be familiar to those digging Afro-funk, disco and boogie - see Oby Onyioha's breezy boogie sing-along "Enjoy Your Life", the similarly awesome early '80s dancefloor pressure of Nayanka Bell's "Just A Boogie" and the gnarled disco-rock pressure of Christy Essien's "Nobody Can Stop You" - the vast majority of tracks are not only little-known, but also simply essential. Our picks include the disco-reggae bounce of Bebe Manga's "Lokognolo", Theodora Ifudu's Teena Marie style disco-boogie workout "This Time Around" and the spiraling heavy funk pressure of Diane Solo's "N'Ziketio".
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Araca Azul (reissue) (limited gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: 700154. Rel: 28 Aug 19
  1. Viola, Meu Bem (3:48)
  2. De Conversa/Cravo E Canela (3:48)
  3. Tu Me Acostumbraste (3:48)
  4. Gilberto Misterioso (3:48)
  5. De Palavra Em Palabra (3:48)
  6. De Cara/Eu Quero Essa Mulher (3:48)
  7. Sugar Cane Fields Forever (10:15)
  8. Julia/Moreno (3:19)
  9. Epico (4:06)
  10. Araca Azul (1:20)
Review: Elemental Music's Caetano Veloso reissue series continues with a fresh edition of his 1973 album "Araca Azul". The set remains one of Veloso's most interesting and entertaining, primarily because it marked a departure from his previously warm and softly spun sound towards more experimental territory. While there are plenty of gently samba-soaked songs dotted around the album, the ten-track set also includes semi-improvised jazz, music concrete inspired vocal sound collages, suspenseful soundtrack jazz, stripped-back folk songs, and creepy, otherworldly soundscapes that sound like free improvisations. It's a curious musical mix, but arguably all the more entertaining for it.
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