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International Recommendations Best Of 2016

Juno Recommends International

Juno Recommends International

International Recommendations Best Of 2016
13 Dec 2016
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1
Cat: SNZL 002. Rel: 21 Mar 16
International
  1. Malako Disco (DS rework) (7:59)
  2. Ngwendeire Guita (DS rework) (4:58)
out of stock $10.64
2
Cat: ASVN 028. Rel: 11 Apr 16
International
  1. More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (3:58)
  2. Na Real Sekele Fo'Ya (6:21)
  3. Sanaga Calypso (3:30)
  4. Hiembi Nin (Hymne A La Vie) (3:45)
  5. Back To Funky (3:26)
  6. Mbale (Face To Face With The Truth) (3:48)
  7. Na Man Pass Man (Na Iron De Cut Iron) (2:55)
  8. Hommage A Eraste Nkom (5:31)
  9. Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:47)
  10. ABC (3:08)
Review: In terms of being an afrobeat legend, Pasteur Lappe is Cameroon's Fela Kuti, an unsung hero who was ahead of the game back in the 1970s and 1980s, and one whose been famous for burning the pockets of many diggers nowadays. Luckily, Africa Seven have compiled some of his best work onto a ten-track LP, ranging from the funky oddities of "More Sekele Movement" or "Na Real Seke Fo'ya", to the future-zouk sound of "Sanaga Calypso", and plenty of jazzy, popped-out, disgruntled soulfulness to satisfy anyone from Gilles Peterson to Cherrystones. Heavy and warmly recommended.
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out of stock $21.89
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VARIOUS
Cat: AALP 080. Rel: 13 Jun 16
International
  1. Antonio Sanches - "Pinta Manta" (4:18)
  2. Dionisio Maio - "Dia Ja Manche" (4:32)
  3. Jose Casimiro - "Morti Sta Bidjacu" (5:20)
  4. Bana - "Pontin Pontin" (4:13)
  5. Fany Havest - "That Day" (4:59)
  6. Pedrinho - "Odio Sem Valor" (6:04)
  7. Quirino Do Canto - "Mino Di Mama" (5:48)
  8. Tchiss Lopes - "Mundo D'Margura" (3:04)
  9. Joao Cirilo - "Po D'Terra" (5:37)
  10. Abel Lima - "Corre Riba, Corre Baxo" (3:07)
  11. Os Apolos - "Ilyne" (3:49)
  12. Americo Brito - "Sintado Na Pracinha" (2:51)
  13. Elisio Vieira - "Capchona" (3:13)
  14. Antonio Dos Santos - "Djal Bai Si Camin" (7:19)
  15. Abel Lima - "Stebo Cu Anabela" (4:28)
Review: Analog Africa belongs alongside the likes of Awesome Tapes From Africa and Light In The Attic in the annals of great modern day afro rock/beat reissue labels. The imprint has consistently delivered some monumental releases, all of them giving the listener a detailed insight into a particular scene or cultural corner of time. We're pretty sure that many people out there had no idea that there was a 'cosmic' sound in Cabo Verde in the 1977-1985 period, but there you go, you've learned something new. This is all dancefloor fire, and along with a gorgeous fanzine booklet, you have fifteen ridiculously forward-thinking and rare-as-hell electronic funk bombs from Africa. Fill your mind with the underrated genius of people like Antonio Sanches, Jose Casimiro, Bana, and the rest of this amazing crew or like-minded futurists. Release of the week!
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 in stock $22.89
4
Cat: HS 153VL. Rel: 01 Aug 16
International
  1. Groovy Tijan - "Mwoin Ka Songe" (4:57)
  2. Pierre-Edouard Decimus - "Devenn" (3:49)
  3. Ramon Pyrme/Jean Claude Cornely - "Vacance Union" (4:49)
  4. Zanma - "Poutchi" (4:47)
  5. Swanha Desvarieux - "Nou Ke Sa Enmew" (4:06)
  6. The Group NSI - "Mande Moin On Lajan, Pa Mande Za Fe An Moin" (3:43)
  7. OREA - "Biguine Inferno" (4:49)
  8. Milton - "Mizik Nou" (4:49)
  9. Selekta - "Fle Pou'W" (3:59)
  10. Meliza - "Anrage" (4:35)
  11. Acayouman - "Si Ou Ladje Moin" (4:00)
  12. Eddy LA Viny - "Indiano" (3:38)
Review: Here's yet another rare '80s compilation with even more deep cuts than the last. Where do they find them all? Heavenly Sweetness clearly know but they ain't telling! They are showing though, and here on Digital Zandoli they reveal 12 newly discovered disco, boogie and zouk tracks recorded about 30 years ago in the West Indies. We're clearly spoilt for choice on this record, but highlights include the synthetic sea breeze grooves of Puzzle Pulsion's "Mwoin Ka Songe", the mellow Afro grooves of Zanman's "Poutchi" and the abstract body music via a sandy beach vibes of OR EA's "Biguine Inferno".
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 in stock $22.35
5
Cat: SNDW 12023. Rel: 27 Jun 16
International
  1. Anokwar (Truth) (Hide & Smile edit) (6:42)
  2. Music (5:55)
Review: Sidiku is an impressive gentleman. A Ghanaian athlete turned musician with over 16 albums to his name he shook his country's music industry up as the chairman of the Ghanaian Copyright Society and now president of the Musicians Union of Ghana and the vice president of International Federation Of Musicians. He can also lay down a mean hook; "Anokwar (Truth)" is a firing slice of late 70s synth-infused afrofunk while "Music" comes a little later in the 80s with its rapid synth boogie groove and big Fanti chants. Righteous.
out of stock $10.64
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Cat: BRZ45 056. Rel: 17 Oct 16
International
  1. Maria Fumaca (2:27)
  2. Mr Funky Samba (3:41)
Review: For the latest release on their on-point Brasil 45s sub-label, Mr Bongo takes a trip back to 1977, and the early days of legendary fusion outfit Banda Black Rio. Both the cuts here are taken from the band's brilliant debut album, Maria Fumaca, and see them fusing Brasilian samba and jazz sounds with the righteous, dancefloor-friendly grooves of funk and disco. "Maria Fumaca" itself is a deliciously sunny and sweaty affair, with punchy horns, eyes-closed guitar solos and jazz-funk electic piano lines rising above a carnival-ready samba-funk groove. The U.S funk influence comes to the fore more on flipside "Mr Funky Samba", which sounds like Azymuth jamming with members of the T.K Disco, Philadelphia International and Salsoul house bands. Yep, it's that good.
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out of stock $9.80
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Cat: SNDWLP 094. Rel: 19 Sep 16
International
  1. Keira (intro) (0:45)
  2. Mamadou (2:42)
  3. Bani (4:50)
  4. Ansumana (5:25)
  5. Foday Kunda (4:41)
  6. Suso Kunda (0:58)
  7. Alagi (4:10)
  8. Tomora (6:22)
  9. Kankurang (3:10)
  10. Son Kunda (5:45)
out of stock $15.26
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Cat: MSR 002. Rel: 05 Dec 16
International
  1. Barabara (4:30)
  2. People's Republic (3:55)
Review: David Hanke has only just started releasing music under the Dem Juju Poets moniker, and already he's managed to instil a very clear direction in terms of sound aesthetic and creative direction. This new two-tracker for the emergent Matasuna label is full of joie de vivre, with the opening tune "Barabara" managing to blend the best elements of funk, high-life, afrobeat, and generally coming up with a tune that's just so damn easy to dance to. "People's Republic", the flipside track, is a horn-led groover, another slice of worldly funk back by a bumpy, positive tribalistic tone that we instantly associate to the dance floor. Excellent stuff - let's keep it coming!
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out of stock $8.18
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  1. Lokonon Andre & Les Volcans - "Mi Kple Dogbekpo"
  2. Picoby Band D'Abomey - "Mi Ma Kpe Dji"
  3. Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly Rythmo - "It's A Vanity"
  4. El Rego & Ses Commandos - "Se Na Min"
  5. Napo De Mi Amor & Ses Black Devil's - "Leki Santchi"
  6. Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou - "Gbeti Madjro"
  7. Roger Damawuzan - "Wait For Me"
  8. Ouinsou Corneille & Black Santiagos - "Vinon So Minsou"
  9. Orchestre Super Jheevs Des Paillotes - "Ye Nan Lon An"
  10. Tidjani Kone & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - "Djanfa Magni"
  11. Disafric Band - "Houiou Djin Nan Zon Aklumon"
  12. Le Super Borgou De Parakou - "Congolaise Benin Ye"
  13. Vincent Ahehehinnou - "Ou C'est Lui Ou C'est Moi"
  14. Les Volcans De La Capital - "Oya Ka Jojo"
out of stock $22.89
10
Cat: BGPS 050. Rel: 04 Apr 16
International
  1. Yeh-Yeh! (2:01)
  2. Get The Money (2:12)
Review: Cuban bandleader, composer and rumba magician Ramon Santamaria had a huge influence throughout his 40 year career, notably writing Coltrane's famous "Afro Blue". Here are two of many stand-out cuts from his 1963 album Watermelon Man! While most the album's focus was on his Herbie Hancock cover, it's tracks like these that really gave the album its spirit and unique character; "Yeh Yeh!" is a samba shaking horn-led cut laced with crackling percussion and party cries while "Get The Money" leans back with rhythm and blues sass and a rhythm that's as powerful as Ramon's legacy. Moneymaker shaking guaranteed.
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 in stock $7.37
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Cat: CRZR 1003LP. Rel: 05 Sep 16
International
  1. Position Pass Power (15:37)
  2. Women Are Great (10:21)
  3. I Need Your Love (5:52)
Review: Shango is the name for the Yoruba 'Thunder God' in Nigeria and Ojo Okeji, the leader of the Shango Dance Band was all about injecting military power and warlike energy in his own strain of Nigerian highlife and afrobeat. However, apart from all of Okeji's cult-like stories involving him and his part in the Nigerian army during a time of civil unrest in the late 60's and through to the 70's, and his often troublesome relationship with the great Fela Kuti, the truly special aspect of the Shango Dance Band album is that it was never properly released following its production in 1974. Comb & Razor have done the right thing here and, without them, this magical LP would still be locked away in the never-ending vaults of Nigerian music. This is very personal, incredibly singular African jazz-dance with a raucous psychedelic edge that lifts it high and mighty above the competition. A truly special album - DO NOT MISS IT.
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out of stock $20.99
12
Cat: ASVN 035. Rel: 23 Sep 16
International
  1. Mayel (6:00)
  2. Kanaga 78 (4:59)
  3. Bayadjourou (6:24)
  4. Tjamantie Kolo (7:26)
  5. N'Nebakaidi (5:11)
  6. Nani Nani (6:17)
Review: 1979's Sory Bamba Du Mali was a masterpiece when it first came out, and that hasn't changed a single bit over thirty-five years later. Africa Seven are the ones to resurface this little gem of an album from the comparatively tiny corner of Africa's Mali, and it's very much in line with the rest of the wonderful music from that part of the hemisphere. "Mayel" starts off with a deep brass symphony guided by a mysterious wave of echoing guitar riffs and tribal chanting, but the following "Kanaga 78" is a moment of pure magic, a 4/4 groove with a nutty guitar and wild organ gliding with total freedom - recommended just for that. As you can imagine, the rest of this special album keeps on evolving with each new track, and from ritualistic, percussion-heavy dances to exotic rhythms, this is a must have. Don't even think of getting the original for less the L500.
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 in stock $17.72
13
Cat: ASVN 013. Rel: 23 May 16
International
  1. Djambo (3:10)
  2. Tchiula (4:54)
  3. Mamy (4:30)
  4. Tchiayala (4:30)
  5. Mosi Zole (3:52)
  6. Mambu (3:47)
  7. Atide O Sika (3:46)
  8. Zizi Ku Mbele (2:11)
  9. Mbongui (2:40)
Review: Disco-edged Afro funk by way of Milan, M'Bamina - comprising members from Congo, Benin and Cameroon - enjoyed a 12 year run from the early '70s to the mid-'80s, working with and supporting some of the biggest names possible from James Brown to Manu Dibango. Experimental is their second album (1978) and shows them really finding their groove and some incredibly tight musicianship. Prime examples of their unique funk melting pot include the sudden switches between epic Afro horn blasts and lolloping disco bassline of "Mosi Zole", the glistening universal folk-soul of "Mambu" and the frenetic guitars on the sweaty party blazer "Mamy". All of which still hits hard almost 40 years since it was first recorded.
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out of stock $32.16
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Cat: STRUT 143EP. Rel: 30 May 16
International
  1. Belle Wahallah (5:30)
  2. Belle Wahallah (Hagan remix) (6:23)
  3. Yeanoh (Powe Handa Bingabe) (5:29)
  4. Belle Wahallah (Boddhi Satva remix) (5:27)
Review: There's a beautiful story behind this project... US artist Chief Boima found videos of blind Sierra Leon musician Sorie on YouTube. A successful remix and an even more fortuitous Kickstarter campaign later and Sorie finds himself on a US tour and in the studio making a body of work with Boima that Strut are about to release. It starts right here with the low end pulsations and trembling marimba and heartfelt vocals of "Belle Wahallah" and the softer, slower, steadier early morning cries of "Yeanoh". Complete with remixes from Boddhi Satva and Hagan, this is a stunning package.
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out of stock $8.71
15
Cat: CRS 503. Rel: 05 Sep 16
International
  1. Soca (It's Soul Calypso) (4:12)
  2. Wajang Woman (3:15)
 in stock $9.54
16
  1. Vetson Androy - "Mavandeza" (3:55)
  2. Joajoby - "Tarantasy Maitso" (3:30)
Review: You can rely on the Sofrito label to unearth the most daring of dance music from the most obscure corners of the earth. This latest instalment lands on Madagascar's shores, a stunning landscape with relatively little known about its music from the typical Westerner; as usual, though, we are pleasantly surprised by what we discover on this totally killer two-tracker. The sound is called Salegy, a style originating from the island's North-Western quarters, and that evokes fast 6/8 rhythms accompanied by steely percussion folds and tribalistic chanting: "Mavandeza" is a deep and mystical song performed by the Vetson Androy outfit, who were famous proponents of the sound at the height of its popularity in 1978. The B-side is from tenders later, and Joajoby's "Tarantasy Maitso" is another glorious slice of vocal-led percussion in the island's loose and spiritual style. Unmissable.
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out of stock $7.09
17
Cat: STIX 047. Rel: 26 Sep 16
International
  1. Cumbia Locura (4:03)
  2. Cumbia Locura (dub) (4:03)
out of stock $7.63
18
Cat: BWOOD 0151LP. Rel: 27 Jun 16
International
  1. African Sunshine (9:50)
  2. Gods Of Yoruba (8:56)
  3. El 456 (3:48)
  4. Asking Eyes (2:43)
  5. Stuck (5:47)
out of stock $13.63
19
Cat: QNLP 001. Rel: 31 Oct 16
International
  1. Kaba (2:37)
  2. Tum'Pi (6:14)
  3. Makkara (4:55)
  4. Musa Paradisa (4:47)
  5. Okudu (5:45)
  6. Fode (5:07)
  7. Kofi Obu (7:06)
  8. Darkness Is Good (8:27)
  9. AOO (6:58)
  10. Maajo (9:08)
out of stock $20.99
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Cat: AA 07. Rel: 18 Jul 16
International
  1. Come With Me (A JD Twitch mix) (6:03)
  2. Beat The Drum (Auntie Flo mix) (7:47)
  3. Tsoma (Midland mix) (6:49)
  4. Tuteme Meets Tafi Atome At 58 Ft Mococo (General Ludd mix) (7:11)
Review: Last year's Youth Stand Up! album, created through collaboration between leading lights of Glasgow's leftfield club scene and youth music projects in Ghana and Belize, was one of the most interesting and vibrant cultural fusions of our time. This 12" contains fresh reworks of tracks from that set. First, Optimo man JD Twitch delivers a bewitching, sub-heavy take on "Come With Me", before Auntie Flo turns "Beat The Drum" into a sweaty, stretched-out chunk of analogue/tropical fusion. Flip for a fantastically percussive, off-beat acid-meets-Afro-techno rendition of "Tsoma" by Midland, as well as General Ludd's sparse, Afro-acid re-make of "Tuteme Meets Tafo Antome At 58 Ft".
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out of stock $8.71
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Cat: SJRLP 344. Rel: 12 Sep 16
International
  1. Joni Haastrup - "Free My People" (4:52)
  2. Christy Essien - "You Can't Change A Man" (3:59)
  3. Akin Richards & The Executives - "Afrikana Disco" (6:25)
  4. Tee Mac - "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" (5:40)
  5. Joni Haastrup - "Greetings" (6:14)
  6. Don Bruce & The Angels - "Ocheche (Happy Song)" (5:51)
  7. Benis Cletin - "Get Up & Dance" (5:37)
  8. Colomach - "Enoviyin" (5:02)
  9. Joni Haastrup - "Do The Funkro" (4:04)
  10. Tee Mac - "Living Everyday" (feat Marjorie Barnes) (5:19)
  11. Arakatula - "Mr Been To" (4:01)
  12. Angela Starr - "Disco Dancing" (5:30)
  13. Joni Haastrup - "Wake Up Your Mind" (5:58)
  14. Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents - "Nwaeze" (7:00)
  15. Benis Cletin - "Soul Fever" (5:02)
  16. Arakatula - "Wake Up Africa" (3:19)
Review: Another work of Soul Jazz curatorial gold: Nigeria Soul Fever is a detailed gatefold trip into one of Nigeria's richest chapters in music. Heavy trade restrictions allowed them to develop their own style without too much US or European influence and the result is an array of national talent who largely remained legends within their own borders. The range is mesmerizing; the sinewy synth and playground vocal Q&A of Benis Cletin's "Get Up & Dance", the ballroom disco soul of Tee Mac's "Living Everyday", the soulful afrofunk folk of Jimmy Sherry's "Nwaeze", the gut-punching power of Arakatula's album finale "Wake Up Africa". This is a treasure trove of unreleased gems that capture a truly unique time.
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 in stock $28.63
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Cat: SNDW 7022. Rel: 20 Mar 17
International
  1. Wejene Aola (feat Kamasi Washington) (3:41)
  2. Eastern Prayer (feat Nia Andrews) (3:03)
out of stock $9.54
23
Cat: PH 45009. Rel: 14 Nov 16
International
  1. Mam Yinne Wa (3:58)
  2. Yu Ya Yumma (3:24)
Review: Frafra gospel artist Alogte Oho was rumoured to be a leading artist within the 'explosive' music scene of Bolgatanga, in Northern Ghana. His debut release "Zota Yinne" in 2014 has already become a collectors item. On this release, Oho is joined by the all female choir group Sounds of Joy, comprised of Lizzy Amaliyenga, Patricia Adongo and Florence Adooni. On the A side, we have the uplifting and soulful vibes of "Mam Yinne Wa" featuring some wonderful wind and string instrument passages. On the flip is the reggae influenced swagger of "Yu Ya Yumma".
out of stock $7.90
24
Cat: FTN 004. Rel: 18 Jan 16
International
  1. Boumpam (6:45)
  2. Dam Dam (6:28)
 in stock $12.81
25
Cat: MAS 013. Rel: 17 Oct 16
International
  1. La Murga (3:38)
  2. Sin Parar (1:45)
out of stock $10.90
26
Cat: PMG 031LP. Rel: 22 Aug 16
International
  1. Awedny (3:38)
  2. Njoom Al Leyel (6:31)
  3. Nisyan (4:17)
  4. La Ya-Hob (3:27)
  5. Yumma (3:37)
  6. Shams (4:37)
  7. Ya Blady (3:59)
  8. Sinini (4:10)
  9. Summar Al Layali (4:26)
  10. Falah (3:28)
  11. Al Hob (4:27)
  12. Ya Hussad (4:48)
Review: Austrian reissue merchants PMG come through with their second archival gem of the week, honing in on the mid to late '70s work of Libyan musician Ahmed Fakroun. This self-titled album is a must for vinyl-fancying Fakroun completists as it features all the tracks from his 1974 debut, Awedny, which has never before featured in this format. Complementing those ten tracks, PMG have also licensed two gems from the era - the 7" single "Auidny" he released in 1974 and "Nisyan" which came out some three years later. Fakroun's clear mastery of applying the flourishes of Western disco and pop to the traditional rai folk music of the Arabic region is apparent here on some of his earliest recordings. Delightful stuff.
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 in stock $26.44
27
Cat: COS 1137. Rel: 15 Feb 16
International
  1. Celia - "A Hora E Essa" (3:04)
  2. Franco - "Ei, Voce, Psiu!" (2:34)
Review: Two more rare grooves purloined from Cultures Of Soul's Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul and delivered on a sweet 45: Celia's "A Hora E Essa" is a steamy Latin funk workout from 72; all horns, cuicas and soft, honeyed vocals. Franco's "Ei, Voce, Psiu!" takes a more US funk idea with Franco's spoken vocals giving off a strong air of bandleader as the band lock down a tight groove beneath. Watch out for samba flip towards the end. Blink and you'll miss it.
out of stock $9.54
28
Cat: FROE 01. Rel: 26 Sep 16
International
  1. Liisa Pehmes Sules (3:40)
  2. Liisa Pehmes Sules (instrumental) (3:45)
out of stock $9.26
29
Cat: BRZ 45045. Rel: 16 May 16
International
  1. Tava Mais Nao Tava (2:53)
  2. Bobeira (3:07)
out of stock $8.18
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