Album Reviews

Newen Afrobeat - Newen Plays Fela EP + Newen Afrobeat (Self-published)

Among the afrobeat producing countries you may now also count Chile. Fifteen-piece Newen Afrobeat was founded in 2009...


Devi Reed - Essence Of Life EP (Khanti Records/Pias)

To most of you Devi Reed will still be unknown, but if we add the singer is also the front man of French band The...


Quartiere Coffee - Conscience (Pirames International)

After the release of the acclaimed 'Italian Reggae Familia' in 2013, Tuscan reggae band Quartiere Coffee experienced...


Arthur Verocai - Encore (Far Out Recordings)

With a reissue on vinyl, Far Out Recordings celebrates the tenth anniversary of Arthur Verocai's masterpiece...


David Lion - Mandala (Sugar Cane Records)

For this new long player David Andrew Ferri aka Lion D travelled to California where he initially toured with Jah...


Letoyo meets The Roots Radics - Simple Ticket (Khanti Records/Pias)

Letoyo began his musical career in Réunion, where he already released a first album and EP ('Ecoute' and...


New Cool Collective Big Band feat. Thierno Koite - New Cool Collective Big Band feat. Thierno Koite (DOX Records)

If you after listening to 'Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng', the new album by Orchestra Baobab, you aren't satisfied yet, we...


Longfingah - Urban Mystic (GuerillJah Productions)

Very occasionally the musical knowledge of yours truly still falls short, as it turns out 'Urban Mystic' is already...


The Battle Of Santiago - La Migra (Made With Pencil Crayons)

'La Migra' (Spanish slang for the dreaded/feared US immigration police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE)...


Dr. Dubenstein - Conspiracy Theory (Echo Beach)

Dr. Dubenstein, sort of an alien version of Mary Shelly's Dr. Frankenstein, is the alter ego of Derrick Parker, a...


Super Ska - Pow-Wow (Self-published/Coucou Label)

'Super Ska' is the title of a 1983 album by Jamaican veteran Owen Gray. No idea if it was also the inspiration for...


Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)

Bit of a borderline case this 'Halo' by Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina, because more than tropical "world...


Oumou Sangare - Mogoya (No Format)

It had already been eight years since Oumou Sangare, the nightingale of Wassoulou, pleased her fans another with a...


Ondatropica - Baile Bucanero (Soundway Records)

For the sequel to their acclaimed self-titled 2012 debut, Will Holland and his host of Colombian musicians this time...


Jah Sun - Between The Lines (Sugar Cane Records)

To get straight to the point, we weren't exactly blown away by 'Between The Lines', the fifth album by Humboldt,...


No Finger Nails - Quipu Remix EP (Dub-O-Phonic)

This new release on the Dub-O-Phonic net label may only count four tracks, but there's quite a concept behind the...


Salome Fur - Beyond The Cathouse (Blue Esquire Records)

For Salome Fur, a Munich based band, a number of (former) members of groups like Steamy Dumplings, Jamaram and Benuts...


Lord Echo - Harmonies (Soundway Records)

Lord Echo, the name may sound like that of a forgotten calypsonian, but in fact it's the alter-ego of New Zealand...


Mamj Ras Soul - Lettre Du Continent (FONS Records)

The number of projects Senegalese reggae artist Ras Mamj Soul is involved with can't be counted on the fingers of one...


Williams Brutus - Williams Brutus EP (Garvey Drive/Musicast Distribution)

Simultaneously with the release of his 2015 'Général Indigo' album, Pierpoljak also presented his own...