This is the 5th album by the nine-piece instrumental collective from Amsterdam, Jungle by Night.

As an Afrobeat-influenced band, you know you’re onto something when Tony Allen starts singing your praises and you receive plaudits from the Fela Kuti sticksman over the years. After almost a decade of heating up dancefloors across the globe, Jungle by Night have reached manhood.

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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.

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Lucky Brown delivers another album for Tramp Records. Since he joined the Tramp family in 2007, Lucky has developed his own trademark production and sound whose depth and honesty form a basis from which his work will ever remain timeless.

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To date, each volume in Africa Seven’s thrilling Africa Airways compilation series has been little less than essential. It goes without saying that this fourth installment is also exceptionally good.

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Late 80s South African dance floor winners only. Selected by DJ Okapi and Antal, the compilation holds tracks by Jivaro, The Hard Workers, Ayobayo Band, S.Y.B. & many more.

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Fortuna Records deliver a stellar compilation of real-life magic created by immigrants from Yemen, in Tel Aviv, from the mid seventies to the early eighties.

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Now Analog Africa returns to put the record straight. Pop-Makossa shines a light on a glorious but largely overlooked period in the story of Cameroonian makossa, when local musicians began to replace funk and highlife influences with the rubbery bass of classic disco and the sparkling synth flourishes and drum machines of electrofunk.

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Even by the notoriously stargazing standards of early ’80s jazz funk, Potter & Tillman’s sought-after 1982 album Space Rapture is particularly intergalactic.

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Previously unreleased full edition for this explosive jazz-funk score by Italian Maestro Riz Ortolani, created in 1973 for the crime-movie Si può essere più bastardi dell’ispettore Cliff’ (also known as Mafia Junction’).

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There are many ways for a band or an artist to compile an album: some make it in a week and some let the process go on longer.

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