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Africa Boogaloo The Latinization Of West Africa
Rocking the party and ramming the dancefloor is the first priority of this review of Latin styles in classic West African dance music, as it emerged with 1950s anti-colonialism, and ran on gloriously into the 70s.



Moritz Von Oswald Trio Vertical Ascent
Moritz from Basic Channel and Rhythm And Sound, alongside Vladislav Delay (Chain Reaction) and Max Loderbauer (Sahko): a dream crossing of classic Berlin techno, On-The-Corner Miles, Larry Heard and Can.



The World Is Shaking Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55
Fired-up, originary African pop, conjuring the Congolese rumba from imported Latin 78s with thumb pianos, kazoos, banjos, bottles, violins, and irresistible little songs about pimps, dope, clubbing, sex, death.



Simone White Yakiimo
Back with a pared-down, western sound. Bitter-sweet and nostalgic, but cut with longing, fantasy and hopefulness, in a daze (sometimes child-like) over lost love, lost innocence, lost years. '****' (Mojo).



Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Tear-up bad-boy brass-band scorchers. Just like dad crossed Sun Ra with Kool And The Gang, this crashes funkdafied New Orleans street jazz into hip hop. With Flea, Damon, Tony Allen, Malcolm from The Heliocentrics.



Open Strings Early Virtuoso Recordings From The Middle East, And New Responses
Forgotten masterpieces, out-of-this-world improvisations from the 1920s; and dazzling commissions by Sir Richard Bishop, Six Organs Of Admittance and co. 'Dextrous, frenzied, fearless... awesome' (Plan B).


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Trembling Bells Carbeth
'Jesus fucking shit! These jamz claw so hard at the tatties below methinks the Lord misnamed them, having intended to say trembling BALLS' (Will Oldham). 'My kind of band... Highly recommended' (Joe Boyd).



Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Alyo
Alyo is the hardest, funkiest track from the album (with Malcolm from The Heliocentrics on drums); Flipside wobbles and woozes, tippy-toes and pirouettes, with Mingus in its b-boy bones.



Marvellous Boy Calypso From West Africa
Marvellous Boy is the West African counterpart of the 1950s Soho scene of our series London Is The Place For Me. Calypso, highlife and jazz, brimming over with lust for life, topicality, and extravagant creativity....





Candi Staton Who's Hurting Now?
'Early contender for 2009's album of the year. Yes, already' (Mojo). 'The sheer soul in her voice is revolutionary' (NME).**** The Independent, The Times. '**** a masterclass in gritty southern soul' (Daily Mail).



Elmore Judd Unborn Again EP
Six brand new exclusives, brimming with wit and musicality, and vintage Judd: dazed and dubwise NY art-funk meets wrong skank in amongst the belly-dancing, sozzled mongrels of Malian folk, rembetica and Gypsy jazz.



Sprigs Of Time 78s From The EMI Archive
'A wicked sense of pacing, of beauty and absurdity, and an instinctive ear for musical action' (The New York Times). 'There's no theme or continuity... unless you count sheer awesomeness' (Fader).




Give Me Love Songs Of The Brokenhearted, Baghdad, 1925-1929
'Beautiful, haunting... spiritual reflection is sung with carnal force, songs of romance are rendered like hymns. For a few moments, on these ancient records, Baghdad sounds like paradise' (Rolling Stone).