The Funkees Now I'm a Man

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    • The Funkees – Korfisa
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    • The Funkees – Mimbo
    • The Funkees – Patience
    • The Funkees – Salam
    • The Funkees – Time
    • The Funkees – 303
    • 1. Now I'm a Man
    • 2. Korfisa
    • 3. Dance With Me
    • 4. Mimbo
    • 5. Patience
    • 6. Salam
    • 7. Time
    • 8. 303

    Has there ever been a band as aptly named as The Funkees? Formed after the Biafran War to raise spirits in the east, they quickly conquered the dance floors of Lagos and in 1973 headed to London, playing at Ronnie Scott’s and tearing up the local scene. Now I’m A Man captures the band at the height of their London-era pomp. Africans were making soca, West Indians were playing afro-funk and discolypso blasted from boom boxes across West London. The Funkees soaked it all up and delivered back, funkier, tighter and louder.

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      Factory Floor25 25DFA

      Factory Floor shift away a little from the TG / Cabaret Voltaire inspired machine music of some of their previous works. '25 25' focuses on the colder rhythms of European techno and the familiar buzz of acid house music.

      • – Meet Me At The End
      • – Relay
      • – Slow Listen
      • – 25 25
      • – Dial Me In
      • – Wave
      • – Ya
      • – Upper Left
      • 2xLP + Download Code£19.99
        Out of stock
      Afro​-​Haitian Experimental OrchestraAfro​-​Haitian Experimental OrchestraGlitterbeat

      Analog synthesisers and raw psychedelic guitars join the mix yielding an unheard and unholy mixture of  Haitian voodoo rhythms, Afrobeat drumming and electronic textures. The album is inspired as much by Krautrock and Sun Ra as Lagos or Port-au-Prince. Flying on inspiration and adrenaline, this is roots music for the global future - Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra is lead by the great Tony Allen! 

      • – Salilento
      • – Chay La Lou
      • – Yanvalou
      • – Bade Zile
      • – Poze
      • – Pa Bat Kòw
      • – Wongolo
      • – Mon Ami Tezin
      Ahmed FakrounMots D'AmourPMG

      Reissue of this curious synth / new wave gem from Libyan artist, Ahmed Fakroun. Originally released in 1983, 'Mots D'Amour' has become a sought after prize amongst the diggers with original copies commanding high prices.

      • – Jama Al' F'Na
      • – Kalimat Hob
      • – Gelty
      • – Fil Moden Al Kabira
      • – Love Words
      • – Soleil Soleil
      • – Ya Farhi' Bik
      • – Oyunic
      • LP£22.99
        Out of stock
      Chimurenga RenaissanceGirlz With GunzGlitterbeat

      Chimurenga Renaissance merge hip hop and African instrumentation on this LP release. Feat. Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces. 

      • – I See You For Who You Are
      • – Our Purpose Is Forever
      • – Everything Comes Off Tonight
      • – I Like You The Way You Are
      • – Nunya Buziniez
      • – Queenz With Cannnonz
      • – She Is The Fairest Of Them All
      • – Prepare To Shoot
      • – Peace Always Has A Price
      • – When It's True Love, Shoot Farther
      • – Girlz With Gunz
      • LP£11.99
        Out of stock
      Ozdemir ErdoganUyanis / Zenci YuruyusuArsiv Plak

      Reissue of two psychedelic funk / rock gems written by Turkish musician, songwriter and composer, Ozdemir Erdogan. Usual deal, as with all of the Arsiv Plak releases, they are very limited, so get in quick! 

      • – Uyanis
      • 7"£13.99
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      Semi Colon Ndia Egbuo Ndia Comb & Razor Sound

      The Comb & Razor Sound label show off a very lavishly packaged double-disc Nigerian afro-rock masterpiece!  

      Recorded in 1978, Semi Colon was an experimental response to Fela Kuti's then-dominant afro-beat sound, substituting Fela's horn's and jazz leanings with wiry electronic guitars and a passion for vintage rock 'n' roll.  Reissued by the same label that bought us "Lagos Disco Inferno" and "Brand New Wayo" - extensive liner notes! The vinyl includes bonus 7" disc-featuring the never-before released 1975 demo recording "Our Fada" - Limited to first 1,000 copies

      • – Ebenebe
      • – Isi Agboncha
      • – Giam Blow
      • LP£18.99
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      • 2×CD£15.99
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      BloPhase IVPMG

      Phase IV is BLO at the height of their not inconsiderable powers. Buzzing after a hugely successful tour of Denmark and Norway, the Afro Funk trio returned to London in 1975 and headed straight into the Orange Studios to get the magic down on tape. BLO had been fixtures on the Nigerian scene since they started out as Clusters International in 1970. Considered a B-Boy Breakdance classic it is rightly regarded as the holy grail of Afro Boogie. 'Phase IV' is an extraordinary blend of highlife, rock, blues and soul that sounds just as good through headphones as it does on the dancefloor.

      • – Trace Of Suicide
      • – Scandi Boogie
      • – Music Makes You Happy
      • – Number One
      • – Move Up
      • LP + Download Code£22.99
        Out of stock
      • CD£13.99
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      Wailing SoulsBack BackLive & Learn Records

      Killer one off mid '80s Wailing Souls in the 'live digital' style from the their run with the Live & Learn label who they made several great albums for. Along with the Mighty Diamonds, the Wailing Souls are reggae's greatest harmony group. This is the first version of the tune that later became "Shark Attack" when the Souls signed with the Chaos label in the early '90s.

      • – Back Back
      • – Version
      • 7"£6.99
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      Aleke KanonuAlekePMG

      Back In Stock!!!!!!

      After spending much of the ‘70s humping his congos around New York as a session musician, Nigerian Aleke Kanonu pulled in some favours to record an album of his own. The result was Aleke, a criminally obscure Afrobeat/Funk/Jazz masterpiece featuring Buddy Williams on drums, George Davis on guitar and a cameo from Wynton Marsalis on flugelhorn. There are only four tracks on the album but they are all killers. N’Gwode sounds like Fela Kuti and Manu Dibangu hanging out with Bobby Womack. ‘Keep New York Clean’ struts like Shaft after a successful bust. And ‘Mothers Day’ keeps things sweet and soulful, before Wynton Marsalis brings back the groove with his flugelhorn on ‘Home Sweet Home’.

      Until now you would've needed to take out a new mortgage to get your hands on this...pure gold!!

      • – N'Gwode
      • – Keep New York Clean
      • – Mothers Day
      • – Home Sweet Home
      • LP£22.99
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      • CD£13.99
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      Soul ExplosivesTryin' To Get Down / Ain’t No SunshineBig Crown Records

      Big Crown Records are on a roll at the moment! Here is their reissue of the highly sought-after, very rare, and only release by Texas funk band, The Soul Explosives.

      The A Side “Tryin To Get Down” is a lo-fi funk gem with all the makings of an underground classic.  The B Side, a absolutely smashing cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, is nothing short of a must have. The Soul Explosives nearly instrumental cover might just be the toughest version on a 45. 


      • – Tryin' To Get Down
      • – Ain’t No Sunshine
      • 7"£9.99
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      AkwassaLa'ilaPMG

      2016 reissue of Nigerian funk band Akwassa's 1975 debut album 'La'ila'. They were one of the finest afro-beat bands to come out of Nigeria at the time. La'ila is packed full of synthesisers and has that very raw and unpolished sound which is what makes this album one of the very best of the afro-beat genre.

      • – Funky Girl
      • – Be Yourself (And Don't Let Nobody Be You)
      • – Feel Alone
      • – Orule
      • – La'Ila (Poor Man's Cry)
      • – Tell Me
      • – I Don't Want No-Body (To Tell Me What To Do)
      • LP + Download Code£22.99
        Out of stock
      • CD£12.99
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      Michael RoseFreedomJustice

      Killer heavyweight 70s roots rocker from pre Black Uhuru singer Michael Rose teaming up with producer Niney. Close your eyes and you could be listening to Dennis Brown.

      • – Freedom
      • – Version
      • 7"£4.99
        Out of stock