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  1. Bob Holroyd - "African Drug" (Joaquin Drugged Out Sketch mix)
  2. Afrikan Basement - "Hlanganani" (demo Sketch Idea)
  3. Diogal - "Sore" (Joaquin edit & Overdub version)
  4. Mampo - "Emarofo Tech" (Joaquin demo Sketch mix)
  5. Amadou Et Miriam - "Bara" (Joaquin Cosmic Arts version)
  6. Rail Band - "Mouodilo" (Joaquin edit & Overdub)
  7. Cosmic Ritual - "Abraxas" (Joaquin demo Sketch mix)
  8. Put Your Spirit Up (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit & Overdub)
  9. Other Souls & Things - "Mundo De Agua" (The Psychdelic Transfusion remix)
  10. Afrikan Basement - "Sangre"
  11. ITU High (interlude)
  12. The Brooklyn Heat & Soul Band - "Come & Fly With Me" (Joaquin Improvisational remix mix)
Review: The undisputed master of spiritual house music Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell presents Cosmicdelic Afrika: a collection of demos that the New York City based visionary is currently working on in the studio. The idea for the compilation was inspired by the concept of his event Share: the upcoming Share Afrika will see Claussell digging through his archives and bringing out compositions exploring Afrika, African Diaspora, dub and more. Beginning with the deeply magical and meditative vibe of "African Drug" (Joaquin's Drugged Out Sketch mix) by Bob Holroyd, the soulful and uplifting deepness of "Emarofo Tech" (Joaquin's Demo Sketch Mix) by Mampo or Cosmic Ritual's "Abraxas" (Joaquin demo Sketch mix) which is classic Claussell - reminiscent of work on his seminal Language album from the turn of the millennium.
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Alben
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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It's Time (CD)
Cat: SLW 105CD. Rel: 25 Aug 16
  1. It's Time
  2. Live & Let's Live
  3. Shakedown
  4. Lost
  5. Siempre Presente (DJ Farmo Fiesta remix)
  6. DWB Breakdown (Dj Quiet Cool Down remix)
  7. Ain't It Time (DJ Phader Decale remix)
  8. Lost In Dub (Los Kalakos dub remix)
  9. Room Enough For Us (feat Ray Lugo - Terrificos mix)
Review: The Alma Afrobeat Ensemble is a ten-piece outfit from Barcelona created, in part, to pay tribute to the pioneering work of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, amongst others. It's Time is their third full-length, and comprises both new material, and fresh remixes of previous work. In the former category, you'll find the thrilling, horn-heavy brilliance of "It's Time", and the slower, organ rich thrills of "Lost". As fine as these tracks are, it's the dancefloor-ready reworks that arguably hit home hardest. Highlights include DJ Quiet's low-slung, broken beat influenced interpretation of "DWB Breakdown", Los Kalakos killer dub rework of "Lost", and the subtle Afro-house infusions of Terrificos' remix of "Room Enough For Us
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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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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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  1. Kamajo
  2. African Reggae Disco
  3. Living In The Box
  4. City Lights
  5. Awa Dupe
  6. Nos Magia
  7. Blaka Doti
  8. This Is Love
  9. Ijo Ya
  10. African Love
Review: Dutch dude Arp Frique won plenty of praise for his 2017 debut 12" on Rush Hour Store Jams, which featured contributions from Senegalese and Cape Verde musicians. On this surprise debut album, he continues the same approach, delivering a scintillating set of tracks that gleefully join the dots between Afro-disco, jazz-funk, boogie, Caribbean reggae-disco, bossa-soul and the kind of up-tempo, synth-laden madness that defies easy categorization. Throughout, the presence of live drums, vocals and instrumentation gives the album a loose and fluid feel, as if what we're listening to is not a fresh album, but rather a long lost African rarity from the turn of the '80s. As debut albums go, it's a bit of a corker.
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  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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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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  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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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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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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  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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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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  1. Sakara (Benin)
  2. Court Orchestra Of Naba Tigre (Burkina Faso)
  3. Wame Igini Kamu (Papua New Guinea)
  4. Duet Of Sanzas (Bissa)
  5. Samy Faly (Madagascar)
  6. Pili Pe (Papua New Guinea)
  7. Medzang Me Biang (Gabon)
  8. Malinke Balafons (Guinea)
  9. Laments (Papua New Guinea)
  10. Cengume (Benin)
  11. Bopal Solo (Burkina Faso)
  12. Balante Balafon (Guinea Bissau)
  13. Mbale (Centrafrican Republic)
  14. Sohan Lal - "Sodina" (India)
  15. Kheo Oudon - "Khene Lao" (Laos)
  16. Madurai Ramaswami Gautam - "Dhrupad" (India)
Review: For the uninitiated, Charles Duvelle was one of the pioneers of field recording. Between the mid 1950s and the late 1970s, he traveled around Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia, making recordings of traditional percussion workouts, folk songs and obscure indigenous instruments. This superb set gathers together the best of his work - including a swathe of previously unreleased recordings. The two discs come tucked inside a luscious, hardcover art book which not only showcases Duvelle's photographs of the lost tribes and traditional music-makers he encountered en route, but also an in depth interview in which he discusses his vast contribution to the art of field recording.

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- The Photographs of Charles Duvelle: Disques Ocora and Collection Prophet focuses on composer and musicologist Charles Duvelle's pioneering field recordings, as well as his now-iconic photographs and graphic design.
- The material focuses on the five regions surveyed during his time with Ocora: West Africa, Central Africa, Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands, and SouthEast Asia. ?
- This 296-page fine-art photography book comprises an exhaustive collection of Charles Duvelle's field photography from 1959 to 1978 (188 black-and-white and 58 colour photographs).
- Two CDs of archival recordings (some of which have never been published) selected, annotated, and compiled exclusively for this volume by Charles Duvelle.
- Contains an exhaustive interview with Charles Duvelle by Hisham Mayet.
- The book is printed on 170 gsm Lumisilk matte art paper.
- Hardcover book; 10"x10"; 296 pages; 4.5 lbs.

Disques Ocora, a French label dedicated to capturing and publishing the sounds of folkloric culture from around the world, is held in the highest possible regard in the realms of professional and amateur ethnomusicology. Instigated in 1958 by Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of musique concrete, Disques Ocora's sterling reputation is largely built on composer and musicologist Charles Duvelle's pioneering field recordings, as well as his now-iconic photographs and graphic design.

Charles Duvelle's work is indisputably one of the most important contributions to the human understanding of the rich biodiversity of our planet's music and language. In 1977, his field recordings from Benin were selected by Carl Sagan for inclusion on the Voyager Golden Records, which were carried into outer space by the Voyager spacecraft to stand as an example of humanity's highest musical expressions for the universe's unknown listeners.

Sublime Frequencies' most ambitious project to date, this 296-page fine-art photography book comprises an exhaustive collection of Charles Duvelle's field photography from 1959 to 1978 (188 black-and-white and 58 colour photographs), demonstrating that this master musicologist had an equally unerring eye for photography; Includes a photo index listing the details of each photograph. It also contains an exhaustive interview with Charles Duvelle by Hisham Mayet, detailing the history of the label and offering Duvelle's unique insights into the discipline of field recording (French and English facing text).

The package includes two full-length CDs of archival recordings (some of which have never been published) selected, compiled, and fully annotated by Duvelle himself. Most of the tracks on CD one (Africa) are complete versions of truncated tracks from OOP Ocora LPs. CD two, which includes performances by Sohan Lal, Kheo Oudon, and Madurai Ramaswami Gautam, is focused on material from Asia (music from India and Laos), with two long tracks that have never been released (a third track is a complete unedited version).

The material focuses on the five regions surveyed during his time with Ocora: West Africa, Central Africa, Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands, and SouthEast Asia. It includes "Disques Ocora / Charles Duvelle Discography, 1959-1974", a complete overview illustrated with 94 full-colour album thumbnails, "The Prophet Collection, 1999-2004" a discography of Duvelle's post-Ocora label illustrated with 41 full-colour album thumbnails, "Eastern Music in Black Africa", a 17-page report prepared by Charles Duvelle at the request of UNESCO (February 1970), and a review of the Ocora catalogues (1964-1973). In a tribute to Disques Ocora's exquisite design sensibility, the book is printed on 170 gsm Lumisilk matte art paper and bound in grey buckram with gold foil stamping on the cover and spine. The front cover includes a tipped-on glossy photograph by Charles Duvelle. Hardcover book; 10"x10"; 296 pages; 4.5 lbs. Produced and edited by Hisham Mayet.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  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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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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Salone (CD)
Cat: STRUT 143CD. Rel: 02 Jun 17
  1. Yeanoh (Powe Handa Blingabe)
  2. Belle Wahalla
  3. Thank You Mama
  4. Titi Dem Too Service
  5. Don Don Mi Money
  6. Thogolingo Dembi Na
  7. You Wan Married?
  8. Geibai Gpanga Ne Gna
  9. Kondi Instrumental
  10. Without Money, No Family (Chief Boima remix)
  11. Thogolobea (LV remix)
  12. Y'Alimamy (Chief Boima remix)
Review: Last year Strut released the superb debut EP from Kondi Band, a collaboration between blind, Sierra Leone-based thumb piano player Sorie Kondi and American DJ/producer Chief Boima. 12 months on, the duo is ready to release their debut album. It's a wonderfully evocative set that pits Sorie's traditionalist vocals and thumb piano work - informed by years spent busking on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone - with Boima's globally informed electronic rhythms and sounds. While the latter's beats and basslines that provide the platform, it's Sorie who emerges as the star, both as vocalist and chief melody-maker. The results are evocative, atmospheric and rarely less than hugely impressive.
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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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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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Cat: FVR 145CD. Rel: 22 Jan 19
  1. Arlana - "When You Call My Name"
  2. Omega Sunrise - "Too Hip"
  3. Jonathan Jr - "Hangin' On To You" (12" version)
  4. Isabelle Mayereau - "Orange Bleue"
  5. Oro - "Sasa"
  6. Fernando Toussaint - "Recuerdos Del Abuelo"
  7. Todd Mcclenathan - "High From Our Love"
  8. Mario Acquaviva - "Notturno Italiano"
  9. Special Occasion - "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" (12" version)
  10. Parenthese - "Come Back"
  11. Russ Long - "Never Was Love"
  12. Pacific Dreams - "Mellow Out"
  13. Miller Miller Miller & Sloan - "Key To My Heart"
  14. Scott Cunningham - "Blues Take You Over"
Review: On his fourth exploration of the world of global "Adult Oriented Rock", French crate-digger Charles Maurice focuses on the period between 1977 and '86. That means a greater emphasis on synthesizers, dusty drum machines and the kind of sparkling melodies that would once have drifted from daytime radio at an alarming rate. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the dewy-eyed synth-soul of Arlana's "When You Call My Name" and the breezy boogie of Omega Sunrise's "Too Hip", to the sparse Balearic bliss of Isabelle Mayereau's "Orange Bleue", the flute-laden easy listening hum of Fernando Toussaint, the sax-happy '80s sleaze of Special Occasion's brilliant "Flyin' To Santa Barbara" and the jaunty Latino jazz-funk of "Mellow Out" by Pacific Dreams.
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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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Philos (CD)
Cat: GBCD 077. Rel: 18 Jun 19
  1. Arrival
  2. Thunder Shower
  3. Easy (Poem & Read By Dima El Sayed)
  4. Pause
  5. Philos
  6. Walker: In Seoul
  7. When I Think Of Her
  8. On Water
Review: For the latest exotic outing on their Tak:til offshoot, Germany's World Music inspired Glitterbeat crew has turned to South Korean fusionist Park Jiha, an artist whose occasional releases combine traditional instruments with contemporary electronics and production techniques. There's plenty to enjoy from start to finish, from the exotic, mind-altering string motifs and intoxicating aural textures of opener "Arrival", to the fuzzy sunset bliss of "Thunder Shower", delicate piano motifs and reverb-heavy plucked strings of "Philos" and the slow melodic bob and swirling field recordings of "Walker: In Seoul". Best of all, though, is the childlike wonder of bittersweet standout cut "When I Think Of Her", in which Jiha's improvised vocals play a starring role.
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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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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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Dalva (CD)
Cat: HS 160CD. Rel: 20 Mar 17
  1. Rara (feat Anthony Joseph)
  2. Manze Rene (feat Patrice Caratini)
  3. Nuit Douce (feat Jacob Desvarieux & Patrice Caratini)
  4. Bossa De La Plage (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal)
  5. Ballade A Ilet Perou (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal)
  6. Papa Yaya (feat Dao)
  7. Kalypso Ka (feat Anthony Joseph)
  8. Oui Ce Vous (feat Patrice Caratini)
  9. Anty Kaz La (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal)
  10. Dalva (interlude)
  11. Missier Woje La
  12. Baye La Vwa (feat Dao)
  13. Kalypso Ka (feat Anthony Joseph - version Carnavale - bonus track)
Review: French percussionist Roger Raspail has been active on the Parisian scene for decades, releasing his debut album - the CD-only Fanny's Dream - way back in 1997. This belated second set is a deliciously vibrant and internationally minded affair, with the 13 tracks variously touching on Afro-cuban grooves, jazz-funk, zouk, calypso, tango, samba and hard-to-pigeonhole musical fusions. A range of guest vocalists swing by to lend a hand, while Rapsail's brilliant drum work - which encompasses all manner of different percussion instruments - providing the glue that holds everything together. While there are a few deeper moments, for the most part Dalva is a joyous celebration of global rhythms.
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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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Cat: HABIBI 009CD. Rel: 08 Nov 18
  1. Seira Music
  2. Shaikan Music
  3. Saat Alfarah
  4. Farrah Galbi Aljadeed
  5. Kaif Halo
  6. Forssa Saeeda
  7. Nile Waves
  8. Azzah Music
  9. Bride Of Afrika (feat Osman Zeeto)
  10. Hilwa Ya Amoora
Review: Habibi Funk co-founder Jannis Stuertz first came across "the Holy Grail of Sudanese funk", Saif Abu Bakr and The Scorpions "Jazz, Jazz, Jazz", while browsing eBay listings a few years back. His interest piqued, he took a trip to Sudan to track down the musicians who had made a ridiculously rare LP that was changing hands for thousands of pounds online. Some four years later, his wish to reissue the set has finally come through. It was originally recorded in Kuwait in 1980 and brilliantly joins the dots between American funk, soul and rhythm and blues, traditional Sudanese vocals and rhythmic arrangements, and even a dash of Congolese soukkous. It's the first full album Habibi Funk has reissued, and with good reason: it's near perfect from start to finish.
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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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Cat: CRZR 1003CD. Rel: 15 Aug 16
  1. Position Pass Power
  2. Women Are Great
  3. I Need Your Love
  4. Son Of Thunder
  5. Alupandu-Gbe
Review: During military service with the Nigerian military in 1978, former Fela Kuti collaborators Ojo Okeji and Abayomi "Easy" Adio decided to form a new band. Featuring other musicians recruited from within the ranks of the 6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army, the Shango Dance Band recorded an eponymous debut album that was only ever available to other military personnel. Here, it gets a first worldwide reissue. Similar in ethos to the Afrobeat sound the duo had helped Fela develop - but with extra layers of guitar, percussion, and gravel-throated U.S soul style vocals - Shango Dance Band is as potent and funky as anything released in Nigeria during the period. Thanks to the excellent Comb & Razor Sound, it's no longer a hidden classic.
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Cat: SNOWBOY 1CD. Rel: 21 Mar 16
  1. New York Afternoon (feat Marc Evans)
  2. Tres Tambores
  3. Better (feat Jen Kearney)
  4. Echalo Ya
  5. Cala Escarpado
  6. Ole Mambo
  7. La Epoca Del Palladium
  8. Oxen Free (feat Jen Kearney)
  9. The Triple Bluff
Review: Despite the rather glum look Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove is sporting on the cover of New York Afternoon, this new Snowboy & The Latin Section album is a reason to celebrate as its been some 30 years since the Afro-Cuban act first put out a record!! Since the Flaco Jiminez-featuring Mambo Teresa 12" dropped back in 1986, Snowboy & The Latin Section have become torchbearers for the authentic Latin jazz style and they sound as vibrant as ever on this sixteenth album. A glorious Afro-Cuban jazz extravaganza which captures the block party feel of '70s Latin jazz and early salsa, New York Afternoon features vocals from both rising jazz vocal star Jen Kearney and Baltimore house music legend Marc Evans as well as Polar Bear saxophonist Pete Wareham.
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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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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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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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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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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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Two Niles To Sing A Melody: The Violins & Synths Of Sudan (unmixed 2xCD in hard-back book sleeve)
Cat: OSTCD 004. Rel: 13 Sep 18
  1. Emad Youssef - "Al Bareedo Ana (The One I Love)"
  2. Abdel El Aziz Al Mubarak - "Ma Kunta Aarif Yarait (I Wish I Had Known)"
  3. Kamal Tarbas - "Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb (Forget Those That Divide Us)"
  4. Madjzoub Ounsa - "Arraid Arraid Ya Ahal (Love, Love Family)"
  5. Khojali Osman - "Malo Law Safeetna Inta (What If You Resolve What's Between Us?)"
  6. Zaidan Ibrahim - "Ma Hammak Azabna (You Don't Care About My Suffering)" (live)
  7. Saied Khalifa - "Igd Allooli (The Pearl Necklace)"
  8. Taj Makki - "Ma Aarfeen Nagool Shino! (We Don't Know What To Say!)"
  9. Hanan Bulu Bulu - "Alamy Wa Shagiya (My Pain And Suffering)" (live)
  10. Abdelmoniem Ekhaldi - "Droob A Shoag (Paths To Love)"
  11. Samira Dunia - "Galbi La Tahwa Tani (My Heart, Don't Fall In Love Again)"
  12. Mohammed Wardi - "Al Sourah (The Photo)"
  13. Abdullah Abdelkader - "Al Zaman Zamanak (It's Your Time)"
  14. Mustafa Modawi & Ibrahim El Hassan - "Al Wilaid Al Daif (The Youth Who Came As A Guest)"
  15. Ibrahim El Kashif - "Elhabeeb Wain? (Where Is My Sweetheart?)"
  16. Mohammed Wardi - "Al Mursal (The Messenger)"
Review: Before a hard line religious government seized control of Sudan via a 1989 coup, the country had one of the richest musical scenes in the world. This fine two-disc compilation from Ostinato brilliantly chronicles the various strands of this scene, focusing especially on music made in the capitol city, Khartoum. Fired by tum tum and Nubian rhythms, the set shuffles through the Arabian-inspired violin and accordion-heavy orchestral music of the 1970s, synthesizer and drum machine-driven cuts of the 1980s, and more polished later recordings produced by local artists who had fled persecution in the 1990s. There's naturally much to enjoy throughout, including a clutch of rare live recordings and some of the most beguilding, heart-felt songs ever to come out of East Africa.
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Cat: SS 0022. Rel: 08 Oct 18
  1. Carol Kim - "Sai Gon"
  2. Son Ca - "Khi Tinh Yeu Den"
  3. Van Son - "Co Tay Den"
  4. Elvis Phuong - "Loan Mat Nhung"
  5. Thanh Tuyen - "Con Gai Cua Me"
  6. Thanh Thuy - "Trang Mo Ben Suoi"
  7. Phuong Dung - "Khuc Hat An Tinh"
  8. Thanh Lan - "Sang Rung"
  9. Son Ca - "Thon Trang Mo Hoi Trang Tron"
  10. Tuy Phuong - "Xin Le Cuoi Em"
  11. Champagne - "Funky Do"
  12. Hung Cuong & Mai Le Huyen - "Tai Anh Hay Tai Em"
  13. Connie Kim - "Tup Leu Ly Tuong"
  14. Truong Hai - "Duong Len Non"
  15. Mai Le Huyen - "Nho Minh Anh Thoi"
  16. Le Thu - "Mung Nang Xuan Ve"
  17. Phuong Dung - "Nhung Doi Hoa Sim"
  18. Kich Dong Nhac AVT - "Lo Tho To Lieu"
Review: Frankfurt label Infracom presents the second edition of Saigon Supersound. The bustling Vietnamese capital at the time was often depicted as the 'Pearl of Southeast Asia' and it is here that the label presents more interesting tunes from a musical era that has long been obscured. Label boss Jan Hagenkoetter is delighted to dig deeper and share with you the beautiful music of this short but significant period in the country's history between 1954-1965. Its diversity explores Vietnamese bolero music, rock and roll influenced by American troops who brought their music to the city, plus traditional folk crossover, latin influences and satirical musical theatre.
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Cat: OSTCD 003. Rel: 25 Aug 17
  1. Nimco Jamaac - "Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains)"
  2. Aamina Camaari - "Rag Waa Nacab Iyo Nasteexo (Men Are Cruel & Kind)"
  3. Ali Nuur - "Unknown"
  4. Hibo Nuura - "Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If The Artist Let's You Down)"
  5. Gacaltooyo Band - "Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know)" (feat Faduumina Hilowle)
  6. Iftiin Band - "Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries)" (feat Mahmud Abdalla "Jerry" Hussen & Maryan Naasir)
  7. Xasan Diiriye - "Qaraami (Love)"
  8. Dur Dur Band - "Gorof (Elixir)" (feat Sahra Dawo)
  9. Sharaf Band - "Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life Is Full Of Tribulations)" (feat Xaawo Hiiraan)
  10. 4 Mars - "Na Daadihi (Guide Us)"
  11. Danan Hargeysa - "Uur Hooyo (Mother's Womb)" (feat Mohamed "Huro" Abdihashi)
  12. Sharero Band - "Qays Iyo Layla (Romeo & Juliet)" (feat Faadumo Qaasim)
  13. Waaberi - "Oktoobar Waatee? Waa Taayadii (What's October? It's Ours)"
  14. Dur Dur Band - "Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due To My Circumstance)" (feat Muqtar Idi Ramadan)
  15. Iftiin Band - "Anaa Qaylodhaanta" (feat Mahmud Abdalla "Jerry" Hussen)
Review: In 1988, on the eve of the civil war that began to tear apart Somalia in the early 1990s, an intrepid band of broadcasters and journalists secretly salvaged some 10,000 cassettes of homegrown music from the archives of Radio Hargeissa in Somaliland. Almost 30 years on, those tapes have finally been mined for Sweet As Broken Dates, a brilliant compilation that finally showcases some of the multitude of gems that were recorded and released in the country between the late '60s and early '90s. It's a brilliant collection, all told, full of exotic music that combines Western styles - soul, funk, disco, pop, reggae, boogie, psychedelic rock and even early hip-hop- with musical influences from the wider region (most notably Arabic and tropical music from islands in the Indian Ocean). In other words, it should be an essential purchase.
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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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Cat: SJRCD 344. Rel: 09 Sep 16
  1. Joni Haastrup - "Free My People" (2:00)
  2. Christy Essien - "You Can't Change A Man" (2:00)
  3. Akin Richards & The Executives - "Afrikana Disco" (2:00)
  4. Tee Mac - "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" (2:00)
  5. Joni Haastrup - "Greetings" (2:00)
  6. Don Bruce & The Angels - "Ocheche" (2:00)
  7. Benis Cletin - "Get Up & Dance" (2:00)
  8. Colomach - "Enoviyin" (2:00)
  9. Joni Haastrup - "Do The Funkro"
  10. Tee Mac - "Living Everyday" (feat Marjorie Barnes)
  11. Arakatula - "Mr Been To"
  12. Angela Starr - "Disco Dancing"
  13. Joni Haastrup - "Wake Up Your Mind"
  14. Jimmy Sherry & The Music Agents - "Nwaeze"
  15. Benis Cletin - "Soul Fever"
  16. Arakatula - "Wake Up Africa"
Review: Somewhat surprisingly, Nigeria Soul Fever is apparently Soul Jazz Records' first attempt to document the vibrant West African disco, Afro-funk and boogie scene of the 1970s. As usual, they've done a bang-up job. Noted crate-digging journalist Bill Brewster provides detailed sleeve notes, while the two-disc selection is largely made up of blistering cuts from artists who will be unfamiliar to all but the most studied Afro-disco diggers. The selections from Don Bruce & The Angels, Akin Richards & The Executives and Angela Starr, in particular, are little less than essential, as the continued high prices of their original 12" single releases neatly proves. If you're after a West African disco primer, look no further.
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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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