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Living Is Hard West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929
'So it is that Honest Jon's has (again) unearthed an episode of black music history in Britain: these are tough cuts in no way easy listening, but absolutely essential' (**** The Observer).




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Steel An' Skin Afro Punk Reggae Dub
From our heartlands the late 70s Grove a stupendous mixture of stomping disco, dub and steel band, in its lineage crossing Ginger Johnson (from London Is The Place For Me) with The Twentieth Century Steel Band.



Wareika Hill Sounds Proverbs Of Proverbs
An unexpectedly upful, shuffling, percussive rug-cutter, with the Light Of Saba veteran bringing a little go-go to the grounation, and a deft, lovely dub mixed by Moritz von Oswald.



Son Palenque Samba
Three new recordings from Colombia a delirious brew of highlife and chalupa, Afrobeat and champeta.



Diplo / Newham Generals / Elewedu Of Agege Fuji Ouija / Tetsuya's Theme / Dance / Thank You
A Lagos fuji session sets Diplo tearing up walls and stomping across the ceiling; a fragment of afro-folk percussion triggers the Generals' brilliant futurism; and two sumptuous cuts of the original deal.



Tony Allen / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Salah Ragab Sankofa / One Tree / Ole
The shimmering, refined funk of Sankofa takes T's Losun for its departure point; the Cairo side is a burning basement session in the Ra big-band tradition, heavy on the percussion and choca with fine solos.



Migrating Bird The Songs Of Lal Waterson
Alasdair Roberts, Nancy Elizabeth, Michael Hurley, James Yorkston, Victoria Williams, Richard Youngs: six ravishing, luminous new interpretations. Short-run vinyl sampler, fine pressing, silk-screened sleeves.



The Light Of Saba The Magical Light Of Saba
'... compelling and eccentric mix of lopsided funk, freaky jazz and African disco, which gets through more rhythms than some people hear in a lifetime', Time Out ; '***** pure bliss', Kevin 'The Bug' Martin, Muzik.



Elmore Judd Insect Funk
Tufnell Park grine and P-Funk meet art-school disco and rock avant-gardism, UK hip hop, African roots and rembetica, horror soundtracks and jazz: with pirates, rats, Snakefinger, dead men and Tron.



Tony Allen / Carl Craig Kilode Remixes / Original
Carl Craig back on Honest Jon's, in devastating form: nervy and urgent, epic and apocalyptic, kicking and funky as anything. The juiciest bits from Lagos (that drumming!) in fine and nasty Detroit style.



Elmore Judd Insect Funk EP
Deejay weapons in a heavy-duty silk-screened sleeve.



Tony Allen / Waajeed Kilode Reworks
Waajeed from Slum Village and the Platinum Pied Pipers does over T's tough Afrobeat protest song from scratch: jazzy and soulful, percussive and a little bit bruk, with stirring singing by Zaki Ibrahim.



Simone White I Am The Man
Soulful American folk: a gorgeous, heart-stopping mixture of the longing you get in saudade singers like Cesaria Evora and Joao Gilberto and political protest. Will Oldham's in there; so is Dionne Warwick.



Wareika Hill Sounds Wareika Hill Sounds
From this veteran of the Count Ossie group and The Light Of Saba 'These are my recordings from the last couple of years, blazing grounation roots reggae.'