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Broadcast - "Ominous Cloud" - (3:46) 108 BPM
   
The Wonder Who? - "Watch The Flowers Grow" - (3:20) 134 BPM
   
Joe Pass - "A Time For Us" - (3:15) 86 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke - "Yekermo Sew - A Man Of Experience And Wisdom" - (4:15) 116 BPM
   
Milton Nascimento - "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser" - (2:56) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Marie Laforet - "Et Si Je T'Aime" - (2:06) 100 BPM
   
Bonnie Dobson - "Bird Of Space" - (2:52) 102 BPM
   
Dorothy Ashby - "Soul Vibrations" - (3:22) 94 BPM
   
McDonald & Giles - "Tomorrow's People" - (6:59) 96 BPM
   
Gold Panda - "Quitters Raga" - (1:57) 152 BPM
   
Broadcast - "Chord Simple" - (4:38) 98 BPM
   
Pop Group - "Savage Sea" - (3:00) 159 BPM
   
Stan Tracey - "Starless And Bible Black" - (3:51) 103 BPM
   
The Lovin Spoonful - "Darlin Be Home Soon" - (3:35) 98 BPM
   
Belle & Sebastian - "Crash" - (3:11) 127 BPM
   
Roland Vincent - "LSD Partie" - (3:00) 101 BPM
   
Toro - "Still Sound" - (4:29) 111 BPM
   
Cecile - "Rude Bwoy Thug Life" - (3:37) 120 BPM
   
Remember Remember - "Scottish Widows" - (5:25) 115 BPM
   
Trees - "Streets Of Derry" - (7:31) 140 BPM
   
Blood, Sweat & Tears - "Spinning Wheel" - (4:06) 97 BPM
   
Pete Shelley - "Homosapien" (dub) - (9:00) 132 BPM
   
Steve Parks - "Still Thinking Of You" - (3:09) 136 BPM
   
David Behrman - "On The Other Ocean (1977)" - (6:50) 143 BPM
   
Paul Morley - "Lost For Words" (part 3) - (3:50) 147 BPM
   
Various - "Late Night Tales - Belle & Sebastian Volume 2" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:19:06) 97 BPM
Review: Six years after the release of their first inspirational Late Night Tales mix, fey Scottish post-indie miserablists Belle & Sebastian unveil a second volume. Given the unusual and exciting nature of their first collection, hopes are naturally high for Volume 2. Thankfully, it's every bit as odd, enjoyable and enlightening as the first edition. Psychedelic folk-pop, Indian soul, Balkan beats, Spanish crooners, Chanson ballads, film soundtrack compositions, Gold Panda, The Lovin' Spoonful, dancehall, The Pop Group and Pete Shelley all feature, alongside a range of thrillingly strange records that defy easy categorization. As a collection of music, it's breathtakingly brilliant, while the accompanying DJ mix is wonderful.
ALND 27
26 Mar 12
Indie
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Yekereme Fikir - (5:05) 82 BPM
   
Eshet Eshet - (6:58) 81 BPM
   
Kutakawa - (4:27) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
OCDPIR 3064
01 Dec 17
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Yekereme Fikir - (5:05) 82 BPM
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03 Nov 17
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Ethio Stars - "Aderech Arada, Bekifir/Menged Lay Wodike" - (4:30) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ethio Stars - "Kermosew" - (3:28) 109 BPM
   
Ethio Stars - "Yetentu Tez Alew" - (3:58) 108 BPM
   
Ethio Stars - "Tiz Balegn Gize" - (5:16) 61 BPM
   
Tukul Band - "Bugalu" - (3:04) 123 BPM
   
Tukul Band - "Akale Woube" - (2:40) 88 BPM
   
Tukul Band - "Konso Music" - (4:30) 90 BPM
   
Tukul Band - "Wallel Beli" - (3:37) 73 BPM
   
Tukul Band - "Sound Of Washint & Masinko" - (3:33) 102 BPM
Played by: Flash Atkins
Review: Addis 1988 is a snapshot of when Mulatu Astatke was not yet the global Ethio Jazz superstar he is today, but a change sure came for him: and for the whole world in fact. In Ethiopia, the Derg had started to tumble and fall; Europe saw the wall between East and West gain more and more holes until it came down; Southern Africa witnessed Apartheid taking its final lap before Nelson Mandela was finally set free. With Ofra Haza's Yemenite Songs and Mory Kante's 'Yeke Yeke' high on the international charts, music of the wider world finally entered the house of Western pop, giving high hopes and deep inspirations for many musicians who were previously excluded. First released in 1992, available on CD only but out of print for many years, Addis 1988 has now been remastered.
PIR 3060OCD
24 Mar 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Mulatu (Stereo Master) - (5:03) 157 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mascaram Setaba (Stereo Master) - (2:47) 140 BPM
   
Dewel (Stereo Master) - (4:12) 78 BPM
   
Kulunmanqueleshi (Stereo Master) - (2:11) 77 BPM
   
Kasalefkut Hulu (Stereo Master) - (2:26) 76 BPM
   
Munaye (Stereo Master) - (3:32) 119 BPM
   
Chifara (Stereo Master) - (7:08) 157 BPM
   
Mulatu (Mono Master) - (5:31) 78 BPM
   
Mascaram Setaba (Mono Master) - (3:06) 141 BPM
   
Dewel (Mono Master) - (4:16) 138 BPM
   
Kulunmanqueleshi (Mono Master) - (2:12) 50 BPM
   
Kasalefkut Hulu (Mono Master) - (2:29) 83 BPM
   
Munaye (Mono Master) - (5:24) 116 BPM
   
Chifara (Mono Master) - (7:31) 77 BPM
STRUT 129D
19 May 17
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Radcliffe - (7:54) 95 BPM
   
Green Africa - (5:13) 88 BPM
   
The Way To Nice - (5:09) 120 BPM
   
Assosa - (2:39) 83 BPM
   
I Faram Gami I Faram - (5:33) 87 BPM
   
Mulatu's Mood - (5:56) 123 BPM
   
Ethio Blues - (7:02) 55 BPM
   
Boogaloo - (5:19) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Motherland - (4:26) 110 BPM
Played by: Mellophonia, Mahatma X
Review: Generally accepted as the father of Ethio jazz, Mulatu Astatke releases his first studio album in over twenty years through Strut. Mulatu Steps Ahead signals somewhat of a new approach for the veteran who also engages with western jazz in favour of his more familiar, native style that has made him such a pioneering artist during the 60s and 70s. Having been making jazz music for the last 50 years, Mulatu Astatke has worked with some of the greats of the jazz world. On this album, he recorded with members of the Either/Orchestra in Boston, with members of The Heliocentrics and some of the UK's leading jazz and African players whilst also adding contributions by traditional Ethiopian musicians in Addis. The album follows on from the success of both the acclaimed Inspiration Information collaboration and recent Strut compilation, New York "Addis " London.

Mulatu Steps does not focus on his past roots however, indeed much of it was recorded in the States. The result is a more traditional sounding jazz record than we are used to from him. But that is not to say there is less intrigue and personality woven into it though. In fact, each track on the album tells its very own story. Opener "Radcliffe" reflects on his time as a lecturer at Harvard University.

"Assosa" adapts traditional music from the Assosa tribes of North-Western Ethiopia, "Mulatu's Mood" re-works a Mulatu jazz fusion composition from the early 1990s into a new swinging Afro high life arrangement and "Derashe" deals with the traditional diminishing scales of the Derashe people of Southern Ethiopia. Although different from his previous work, Mulatu Astatke continues to keep jazz fresh, contemporary and up to date whether it's African or American. Let's just hope it's not another twenty years until his next studio album.
STRUT 056CD
25 Mar 10
Jazz
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Azmari - (5:00) 94 BPM
   
Gamo - (5:15) 101 BPM
   
Hager Fiker - (6:08) 92 BPM
   
Gambella - (6:12) 129 BPM
   
Assosa Derache - (10:03) 93 BPM
   
Gumuz - (6:30) 111 BPM
   
Motherland Abay - (8:34) 135 BPM
   
Surma (feat Fatoumata Diawara) - (4:42) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Surma (feat Fatoumata Diawara - extended version Bonus Track) - (5:04) 127 BPM
570015
27 Aug 13
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AR 135S 2
12 May 20
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Kulun Mankwaleshi - (7:47) 86 BPM
AR 135S1
17 Feb 20
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Mulatu - (6:20) 85 BPM
   
Ambassa Lemdi - (5:51) 56 BPM
   
Kulun Mankwaleshi - (7:47) 86 BPM
   
Living On Stolen Land - (10:25) 95 BPM
   
To Know Without Knowing - (7:35) 124 BPM
   
Lijay - (5:24) 94 BPM
   
Blue Light - (3:35) 129 BPM
   
Mascaram Setaba - (5:53) 136 BPM
   
A Chance To Give - (5:45) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: One of Africa's most influential and enduring musical figures, and big time player in the Ethio-Jazz scene, Mulatu Astatke presents the To Know Without Knowing LP, an inspired work and second collaboration with twelve piece global-funk-machine, Black Jesus Experience. Laced with cool jazz and lounge vibes to wax poetics in both "A Chance To Give" and "Living On Stolen Land" find more laid back, alluring and sultry numbers in "To Know Without Knowing", with hotter rhythms coming through "Ambassa Lemdi" and the cocktail vibes of "Blue Light". Afro-beat free fusion and soul.
AR 135D
03 Jul 20
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Mascaram Setaba - (5:53) 136 BPM
AR 135S3
09 Jun 20
Jazz
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Masenqo - (6:23) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cha Cha - (4:35) 148 BPM
   
Addis Black Widow - (3:38) 145 BPM
   
Mulatu - (3:14) 98 BPM
   
Blue Nile - (3:12) 78 BPM
   
Esketa Dance - (4:09) 129 BPM
   
Chik Chikka - (5:04) 78 BPM
   
Live From Tigre Lounge - (2:54) 133 BPM
   
Chinese New Year - (3:46) 116 BPM
   
Phantom Of The Panther - (2:21) 76 BPM
   
Dewel - (5:49) 79 BPM
   
Fire In The Zoo - (3:36) 99 BPM
   
An Epic Story - (5:01) 87 BPM
   
Anglo Ethio Suit - (9:40) 101 BPM
STRUT 040CD
07 Apr 09
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Various
   
Ebo Taylor - "Ayesama" (taken from Appia Kwa Bridge) - (7:04) 112 BPM
   
Jabula - "Jabula Happiness" (taken from Spirit Of Malombo) - (3:02) 140 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke - "Green Africa" (taken from Mulatu Steps Ahead) - (5:13) 87 BPM
   
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - "Koumi Dede" (taken from Cotonou Club) - (3:58) 120 BPM
   
Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics - "Aseni" (taken from Jaiyede Afro) - (5:18) 123 BPM
   
Jingo - "Fever" (taken from Afro Rock Vol 1) - (6:43) 57 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - "Phantom Of The Panther" (taken from Inspiration Information) - (2:21) 152 BPM
   
Fanga & Maalem Abdallah Guinea - "Kelen" (taken from Fangnawa Experience) - (9:39) 118 BPM
   
The Souljazz Orchestra - "One Life To Live" (taken from Inner Fire) - (4:03) 68 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cornell Campbell meets Soothsayers - "We Want To Be Free" (taken from Nothing Can Stop Us) - (4:08) 76 BPM
   
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - "Against The Wall" (taken from Inspiration Information) - (4:39) 110 BPM
   
Julian Bahula's Jazz Afrika - "Woza Cindi" (taken from Spirit Of Malombo) - (7:55) 85 BPM
   
Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics - "Jaiyede Afro" (taken from Jaiyede Afro) - (6:06) 102 BPM
   
The Souljazz Orchestra - "As The Crow Flies" (taken from Inner Fire) - (5:12) 78 BPM
   
Fanga & Maalem Abdallah Guinea - "Kononi" (taken from Fangnawa Experience) - (9:28) 91 BPM
   
Orlando Julius & His Modern Aces - "Efoye So" (taken from Super Afro Soul) - (3:17) 117 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor - "Abonsam" (taken from Appia Kwa Bridge) - (5:30) 104 BPM
   
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - "Holonon" (taken from Cotonou Club) - (3:21) 132 BPM
   
Mercury Dance Band - "Envy No Good" (taken from Afro Rock Vol 1) - (4:52) 98 BPM
   
Malombo Jazz Makers - "Hleziphi" (taken from Spirit Of Malombo) - (4:21) 140 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - "Esketa Dance" (taken from Inspiration Information) - (4:09) 129 BPM
   
Mulatu Astatke - "I Faram Gami I Faram" (taken from Mulatu Steps Ahead) - (5:33) 87 BPM
   
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - "Cella's Walk" (taken from Inspiration Information) - (5:17) 101 BPM
   
Ebo Taylor - "Nga Nga" (taken from Love & Death) - (5:24) 106 BPM
STRUT 131CD
18 Dec 14
International
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