Album Reviews

Les Barbeaux - Soleil (Irfan/Self-published)

Every time yours truly thinks he knows every mestizo band out there, a next one turns up to prove us wrong. Les...


Bellowhead - Hedonism (Navigator Records)

Real folkies we'll never become, but occasionally we like to make an exception. Bellowhead is not just a folk band,...


The Mighty Fishers - High Four EP (Self-published)

'High Four' EP is the calling card of The Mighty Fishers, Hungary's first and, for now, only rocksteady band made up...


Various Artists - Musica Contra La Represion: En Defensa Del Movimiento De Derechos Animales (Kasba Music)

One of the most remarkable occurrences this year was the erection of the tent camps by the Occupy-movement or,...


I-Trinity-I - Reggaeality (Keyzit/Diasopora Rockers)

I Trinity I is, you guessed it, a trio, composed of Just One Fya and Kulcha I (together already active with K2R...


Fanfaraï - Raï Cuivré (Tour N Sol)

Fanfaraï is a bit of a maverick in the world of raï music; not only because of the instruments they use -...


Black Truth Rhythm Band - Ifetayo (Soundway Records)

Judging from its cover, you might assume 'Ifetayo' is yet another reissue of a vintage African album, but even though...


Sic Bo - Sic Bo (Self-published)

The fact there is still a big gap between the Belgian ska and reggae scene, is yet again proven by the fact that...


Gregory Isaacs - The African Museum + Tad's Collection Vol. I & II (Tad's Record)

After VP Records Tad's Record is now also devoting attention to the work of the Cool Ruler, although we have to add...


Gregory Isaacs - Reggae Anthology: The Ruler 1972 - 1990 (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Gregory Isaacs couldn't stay without his own anthology tribute, that much is sure. The recipe of 17 North Parade's...


Various Artists - The Original Sound Of Cumbia: The History Of Colombian Cumbia & Porro As Told By The Phonograph 1948 - 79 (Soundway Records)

For this new Soundway Records release, a collection of Colombian cumbia and porro from the period 1948 - 1979, you'd...


Shazalakazoo - Karton City Boom (Eastblok Music)

We always look forward to the releases of Berlin's Eastblok Music label and this time they're presenting us...


Phil Pratt - Dial M For Murder, In Dub Style (Pressure Sounds)

Apart from the fact 'Dial M For Murder, In Dub Style' is a classic dub production by Phil Pratt featuring a lot of...


Samueliko Y Los Guailers - 30 De Febrero (Kasba Music)

'30 De Febrero' is yet another release from the mestizo-stable of the Spanish Kasba Music label, even though...


Atri N'Assouf - Akal (Self-published)

The fact the Sahara desert is far from a no man's land devoid of life, is proven by the number of Tuareg-acts that...


The Strides - Reclamation (Record Kicks)

The Strides, a colorful bunch from Sydney, finally puts Australia on the reggae map. That being said 'Reclamation' is...


Tom Fire - The Revenge (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

The tracks on 'The Revenge' can roughly be divided into two categories: on the one hand there are the solo tracks for...


Derajah & The Donkey Jaw Bone - Paris Is Burning (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

The debut album of Derajah - the young boboshanti always accompanying the Inna De Yard All Stars - should originally...


Various Artists - Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura, The Search Continues (Brownswood Recordings)

Sometimes a title already says more than enough and that's definitely the case with 'Gilles Peterson presents Havana...


The Moon Invaders - The Thin Line (Grover Records)

With 'The Thin Line' The Moon Invaders celebrate their 10th anniversary and although the brothers Hardison actually...


Zion Train - State Of Mind (Universal Egg)

Yours truly is not an expert in the universe of Zion Train, but that didn't stop me from enjoying 'State Of Mind',...


Various Artists - Steely & Clevie presents Memories (VP Records)

Above all else 'Steely & Clevie presents Memories' is a tribute from Cleveland 'Clevie' Browne to his deceased...


Titi Robin - Les Rives/River Banks (Naïve)

Although in France he's got almost a whole career behind him, we had actually never heard of Thierry 'Titi' Robin,...


Mamani Keïta - Gagner L'Argent Français (No Format!/Naïve)

Mamani Keïta's life story reads like a novel: she grew up in Bamako without a father, lost her mother when she...


The Liberators - The Liberators (Record Kicks)

It seems to rain afrobeat projects these days; from all over the world we continue to get releases and curiously...


Various Artists - French Reggae Revolution (Soulbeats Records)

With this charmingly packaged compilation - the cover is a reggae version of the well-known image of Marianne, the...


Groundation - We Dub Again (Soulbeats Records)

The release of 'Building An Ark', the upcoming album by Groundation was postponed to March 2012 and so the fans will...


Joni Haastrup - Wake Up Your Mind + Monomono - Give The Beggar A Chance & Dawn Of Awareness (Soundway Records)

Attentive readers will have spotted the name of talented Nigerian keyboardist Joni Haastrup on these pages before,...


Salimata Diabate - Kolokagni (African World Music)

Salimata Diabate's music contains elements of Senegalese, Guinean and even Malian tradition and that's not a...


Sugar Minott - Reggae Anthology: Hard Time Pressure (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Just over a year after his premature death, VP Records honors the great Sugar Minott with this double CD/DVD...


I Wayne - Life Teachings (VP Records)

At the time of his debut album, 'Lava Ground', now more than five years ago, we still described I Wayne as: "the most...


Glen Washington - Most Wanted (VP Records)

VP Records seems to have taken charge of Greensleeves' Most Wanted series and opted to put the work of Glen...


DRC Music - Kinshasa One Two (Warp Records)

DRC Music's 'Kinshasa One Two' one moment sounds like an African fever dream and the following resembles an LSD-trip...


Various Artists - Reggae’s Gone Country (VP Records)

The fact one can create a reggae version of just about any song is nothing new and without the musical influences...


Sanchez - Love You More (VP Records)

Sanchez migrated to the United States a few years ago and that move seems to have affected his music. For 'Love You...


Various Artists - Black Feeling 1 & 2 + Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers - Mi Watusi + Shaolin Afronauts - Flight Of The Ancients (Freestyle Records)

It's always nice to be able to present a new label and this time that's the English Freestyle Records, founded in...


Banda Black Rio - SuperNovaSambaFunk + Various Artists - Nicola Conte presents Viagem 1, 2 & 3 (Far Out Recordings)

'SuperNovaSambaFunk' is the new album by a band that in Brazil needs no introduction: funk formation Banda Black...


Fool's Gold - Leave No Trace (I Am Sound Records/Wagram)

Yours truly was still very enthusiastic about the debut of Californian Fool's Gold, but their alternately Hebrew and...


JuJu - In Trance (Real World Records)

On their debut album 'Soul Science' (Wayward Records, 2008) Juldeh Camara and Justin Adams still appeared under their...


Sebastian Sturm - Get Up & Get Going (Rootdown Records/Soulbeats Records)

For his third studio album Sebastian Sturm ended his collaboration with the Jin Jin Band and that can be heard; 'Get...


Tinariwen - Tassili (V2)

Tinariwen has become the victim of its own success; as one of the few bands in the so-called world music genre this...


Warrior King - Tell Me How Me Sound (Tad's Record)

After the disappointing 'Love Is In The Air' (of which the title track reappears on 'Tell Me How Me Sound') Warrior...


SuperHeavy - SuperHeavy (Universal)

Yours truly would be very surprised if you hadn't heard about SuperHeavy, the super project uniting Dave Stewart,...


Brushy One String - The King Of One String (RiseUp Entertainment)

Luciano Blotta, director of the acclaimed 2009 documentary 'RiseUp' now focuses his energy on disclosing what he...


Asante Amen - Over The Years: The Underground Project (High Priest Records)

Very occasionally a seasoned music critic like yours truly still stumbles on a small miracle and 'Over The Years',...


Various Artists - Golden Beirut: New Sounds From Lebanon (Out Here Records)

With 'Golden Beirut: New Sounds From Lebanon' Out Here Records set out to map the little-known Lebanese underground...


Buritaca - Barawanié + La Limoncello - Equinox (Kasba Music)

Buritaca (previously Buritaca 200) is a collective of mainly Colombian migrants who got to know each other in...


Taj Weekes - A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen (Jatta Records)

If we didn't know any better we would have sworn 'A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen' was a new Sebastian Sturm album, but in...


Pierpoljak - Best Of (Universal/Barclay)

There was a time when Pierpoljak seemed destined to become France's answer to Gentleman, but where, for example,...


Hayvanlar Alemi - Guarana Superpower (Sublime Frequencies)

The cover design of Turkish Hayvanlar Alemi's 'Guarana Superpower' is reminiscent of albums by bands from the end of...


Rachid Taha - Voilà Voilà: Le Best Of (Universal/Barclay)

In 2012 Rachid Taha celebrates his thirty years in the music business, the ideal occasion for a career overview in...


Taddy P - Gimmie Di Bass (Bass Inna Yu Face Records)

Apart from as a songwriter and producer Taddy P (born in Montego Bay) is best known as a regular bass player for...


Ed Robinson - Written In Stone (Push Broom Gang Productions Inc.)

For lovers rock enthusiasts like yours truly Ed Robinson will be no unknown, but it might surprise some to learn this...


Grace Jones - Hurricane + Dub (Wall Of Sound)

Pure reggae eighties icon Grace Jones has never produced, but her music always contained echoes from her homeland...


Omar Souleyman - Jazeera Nights (Sublime Frequencies)

Admittedly, Omar Souleyman looks a bit like a new creation of Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, but this Syrian pop...


Little Roy - Battle For Seattle (Ark Recordings)

With 'Battle For Seattle' Little Roy takes a stab at the success formula of Easy Star All-Stars, creating a reggae...


King Hopeton - The King Of Kings (Doublelion Records)

Yours truly was definitely not blown away by King Hopeton's 'The King Of Kings'. From a vocal point of view the...


Various Artists - We Remember Gregory Isaacs (VP Records)

A little over a month after Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal's tribute album, VP Records now also pays tribute to the...


Jah6 - Jah6 EP + Damaru - Tuintje In Mijn Hart (Top-Notch Music/Universal)

Isn't it strange no one noticed the huge similarities between the Dutch "levenslied" and lovers rock before? Jah6...


Various Artists - King Jammy's: Selector's Choice Volume 1 & 2 (VP Records)

'Selector's Choice Volume 1 & 2' is actually a reissue of the eponymous series of compilation albums from 2007,...


Azam Ali - De La Nuit Au Lever Du Jour (Self-published)

Azam Ali, a Canadian of Iranian origin dedicated 'De La Nuit Au Lever Du Jour' to her son Iman who was born in 2008....


Lucas Santtana - Sem Nostalgia (Mais Um Discos)

One of the many names on 'Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!', the excellent compilation on the Brazilian Mais Um Discos...


Lubo & Kaba Horo - Contrabanda (Cross Current Music)

The fact Balkan music is also getting a foothold on the other side of the ocean is proven by Montreal based Lubo...


Remi Kabaka - Black Goddess: Original Soundtrack (Soundway Records)

This time the Soundway Records label did not opt for a compilation album, but decided to rerelease the soundtrack to...


Hollie Cook - Hollie Cook (Mr Bongo)

Hollie Cook is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. If you know that Pistols front man Johnny Rotten (John...


Fatoumata Diawara - Fatou (World Circuit)

By an almost incredible coincidence and despite her young age Fatoumata Diawara already had the chance to dabble in...


Alpha Blondy - Vision (Wagram/AlphAlliance)

Three years after the excellent 'Jah Victory' Alpha Blondy returns with 'Vision'. During the recording of this album,...


Western Jazz Band - Songs Of Happiness, Poison & Ululation: Dar es Salaam Dancing Club 1973 - 1975 (Sterns Music)

For those who can enjoy a bit of obscure musical history, the Sterns label is offering up yet another beautiful...


Massiel Yanira - Una Voz (Self-published)

'Una Voz' is the album debut of Massiel Yanira, a classically trained singer with Latin American roots from...


Zion Train - Dub Revolutionaries: The Very Best Of (Nascente/Universal Egg)

If there is one band that perfectly illustrates the ductility of the colors red, yellow and green, it's Zion Train....


Kalio Gayo - Parti Y Prije (Self-published)

Although yours truly had never heard of Kalio Gayo (another Shakin' Weld discovery), the discography of this band...


Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal - Universal Tribute To Gregory Isaacs (Fire Ball Records)

Gregory Isaacs has no less than two tribute albums in the making with Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal being the first...


Tom Fire - Brainwash EP (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

Nicolas Maslowski and Romain Germa, the backbone of the defunct Makasound label, didn't let things get to them and...


Andreia Dacal - Paradoxos EP (Fresh Poulp Records)

With the opening ceremony of Europalia Brazil rapidly approaching, it's no more than natural that we pay some...


Alborosie - 2 Times Revolution (Greensleeves)

According to Alborosie we need a double revolution: "We need a good revolution, so the World shall listen. We need...


Tabizla - The Coming (Self-published)

Yours truly had honestly never heard of Tabizla; which is a bit odd as it turns out this twelve-piece band from...


Ziggi Recado - Ziggi Recado (Greensleeves)

Ziggi is no more, long live Ziggi Recado! And to make sure we all remember that, Recado has chosen to name his new...


Yacine & The Oriental Groove - Parabòlic (Kasba Music)

Belahcene Yacine is the regular oud-player for Cheb Balowski and Nour. With Yacine & The Oriental Groove he...


Ibrahima Sarr & Danaya Percussion - Ceremonial Drumming In Modern Bamako (Kanaga System Krush)

After the albums by Lobi Traore, Dutch company Xango Music Distribution is now also distributing some older...


Various Artists - Swing Diskoteka (Eastblok Music)

Is the whole Balkans craze already on its return or is it just time for something new? In any case, with 'Swing...


Besh O Drom - Kertünk Alatt/Down The Garden (Narrator Records)

The observant reader will already have seen Besh O Drom mentioned on these pages before, but it took until now for an...


Various Artists - BLNRB, Welcome To The Madhouse (Out Here Records)

Boudewijn Büch, a Dutch author and notorious mythomaniac who passed away prematurely, often claimed Goethe, one...


Roland Tchakounte - Blues Menessen (World Connection)

The exception confirms the rule and Cameroonian guitarist and songwriter Roland Tchakounte is perhaps one of those...


Frankie Paul - Most Wanted (Greensleeves)

Slump in CD sales or not, the Greensleeves label continues to deliver new editions in their Most Wanted compilation...


Joggo - Modern Rockers Vol. 1 (Dredda Records)

After Maikal X and Ziggi, Joggo's 'Modern Rockers Vol. 1' is the next dose of fresh reggae wind from The Netherlands....


Various Artists - Mista Savona presents Warn The Nation (Soulbeats Records)

For their latest release the Soulbeats Records label travelled to faraway Australia with a stopover in Jamaica....


Earlyworm - Natty Droid (Renegade Recordings)

The work of Earlyworm (who prefers his name spelled Earlyw~rm), the latest dub revelation from Toronto, is described...


Zulu 9.30 - Tiempo Al Tiempo + La Kinky Beat - Massive Underground (Kasba Music)

Just a few weeks after the release of the new La Pegatina album, the Kasba Music label is already serving up new...


Augustus Pablo - Message Music (Pressure Sounds)

The Pressure Sounds label had another browse through the catalog of melodica king Augustus Pablo and for 'Message...


Ras Zacharri - New Horizon (Shem Ha Boreh Records)

Even though 'New Horizon', the second long player by Ras Zacharri (still somewhat unknown in Europe) is certainly not...


La Chiva Gantiva - Pelao (Crammed Discs)

No idea what their band name exactly means, but the story of La Chiva Gantiva - a group of Colombian expatriates who...


Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Katla (Essay Recordings)

Yours truly is certainly no expert where klezmer is concerned - don't ask me to explain the difference between sirba...


Earl Sixteen - The Fittest (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

Not Easy At All Productions and JahSolidRock appear to have become the purveyors of the Heartbeat Europe label,...


Zongora - Doverie (Muziekpublique)

What do you get when you bring together a Brussels violinist (Nicolas Hauzeur) and guitarist (Benjamin Clement) with...


Ocote Soul Sounds - Taurus (ESL Music)

Ocote Soul Sounds (the word "ocote" is derived from the Nahuatl word "ocotl" and in Central America is frequently...


Luciano - Rub-A-Dub Market (Irievibrations Records/Grooveattack)

How in God's name (something you may take literally in this case) can Luciano keep turning out one solid album after...


Lobi Traore - Barra Coura: Acoustic Bamana Blues & Bwati Kono: Raw Electric Vibes From Bamako (Kanaga System Krush)

The American Kanaga System Krush label operates under the motto: "Putting money into the pockets of the artists &...



Tamikrest - Toumastin (Glitterhouse Records)

On 'Toumastin', the successor to their 2010 debut album 'Adagh', Tamikrest sounds somewhat more aggressive; lyrically...


Africa Unite - Rootz (Universal)

Sometimes the title of an album already tells the whole story and that is definitely the case for 'Rootz' by Italian...


Blick Bassy - Hongo Calling (World Connection)

On his second album Blick Bassy continues to excel at the ideal Sunday morning music, but 'Hongo Calling' might...


Little Roy - Heat (Pharos Records)

Little Roy may be responsible for some of the biggest hits in reggae history ('Tribal War', 'Prophesy'), all too...


Various Artists - The Karindula Sessions: Tradi-Modern Sounds From Southeast Congo (Crammed Discs)

Staff Benda Bilili has barely conquered the world or "music anthropologist" Vincent Kenis is already introducing us...


Prince Blanco - Unify On The Hi-Fi EP (Renegade Recordings)

'Unify On The Hi-Fi', the debut EP by Prince Blanco, carries the seal of approval of Canadian dub-guru Dubmatix who...


Gentleman - Diversity Live (Bushhouse Music/Island/Universal)

Where else but at the Summerjam festival could Gentleman record his new live album? His home game in Cologne does...


Oojami - Time Is Now (Self-published)

We're often presented with projects that mix Western music with ethnic elements, but in the case of Oojami (born...


La Pegatina - Xapomelön (Kasba Music)

For their new album, 'Xapomelön' (a "Catalanisation" of the French "chapeau melon" or "bowler hat"), La Pegatina...


Balcony Players - Balcony Go Crazy (Self-published)

'Balcony Go Crazy' is the ecologically friendly debut (the disc itself is packaged in a box made...


Tiwony - Cité Soleil (Blackwarrell/Musicast Distribution)

In France Tiwony is already a household name and his 'Cité Soleil' is regarded as one of the more important...


Txilum - Cultura Accidental (Reggaeland Records)

Last year we discovered Catalan reggae band Txilum almost by chance. The tracks on their free demo EP 'Cultura...


Watty Burnett - Rasta At Di Kontrol (World Beat ProJam)

When being a member of a band like The Congos for several decades, a solo trip is probably not unwelcome. The other...


Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - Cotonou Club (Strut Records)

Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo might well be one of the best kept musical secrets from West Africa. The band,...


Winston McAnuff & Bazbaz Orchestra - A Bang (Sakifo Records)

Apparently Winston McAnuff hasn't let the bankruptcy of the Makasound label affect him too much, because just months...


Ebo Taylor - Life Stories: Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980 (Strut Records) + Ebo Taylor & Bonze Konkoma - Abenkwan Puchaa (Essiebons)

The success of 'Love And Death', the delicious afrobeat album Ebo Taylor recorded with Berlin's Afrobeat Academy,...


Jupiter & Ma Shi Faï - Today & Tomorrow (Self-published)

'Today & Tomorrow', the album debut by Jupiter & Ma Shi Faï, sounds like the work of seasoned musicians;...


Easy Star All-Stars - First Light (Easy Star Records)

With 'First Light' the Easy Star All-Stars, best known for their excellent cover versions of albums by The Beatles,...


Takana Zion - Rasta Government (Soulbeats Records/Socadisc)

After, 'Rappel A L'Ordre', Takana Zion's somewhat disappointing album from 2009, it was make or break for the African...


Various Artists - Evolution Of Dub Volume 6: Was Prince Jammy An Astronaut? (Greensleeves)

The fact the Evolution Of Dub series is already at its sixth volume with 'Was Prince Jammy An Astronaut?', doesn't...


Owiny Sigoma Band - Owiny Sigoma Band (Brownswood Recordings)

Owiny Sigoma Band is a joint project of five musicians from London (Jesse Hackett/keyboard, Louis Hackett/bass,...


Joshua Alo - Orchid Unknown (World Souljah Music)

Joshua Alo is a musician of Hawaiian origin but now living in Belgium and his take on the reggae genre...


Lee Perry - The Return Of Sound System Scratch (Pressure Sounds)

Barely six months after the release of 'Sound System Scratch' the Pressure Sounds label is already releasing a...


La Cherga - Revolve (Asphalt Tango Records)

With their mix of pop, Balkan beats, dub and reggae, La Cherga is pretty much yours truly's favorite Balkan fusion...


Juana Fé - La Makinita (Oveja Negra)

Shakin' Weld has once again come out of hibernation and that is traditionally the time when Zjef likes to...


Aurelio - Laru Beya (Real World Records)

The fact Aurelio Martinez (shortened to Aurelio by Real World Records) dedicates his new album to Andy Palacio,...


Watcha Clan - Radio Babel (Piranha)

Three years after 'Diaspora Hi-Fi' Watcha Clan returns with 'Radio Babel' (not counting the remix album 'Diaspora...


Dub Colossus - Addis Through The Looking Glass (Real World Records)

For the successor to 2008's superb 'In A Town Called Addis', Nick Page aka Dubulah chose a somewhat different angle,...


Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo - Aqui Los Bravos! The Best Of Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo 1967 - 77 (Soundway Records)

The Soundway Records label has no intention to leave Colombia yet, as after 'Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big...


Turbulence - The Journey (Saya Production)

Yours truly has never been a big fan of Turbulence, but with 'The Journey' he delivers a varied album, continuously...


Groundation - The Gathering Of The Elders (Naïve/Soulbeats Records)

With 'The Gathering Of The Elders' Groundation signs off on a first 'Best Of' compilation, but of course Groundation...


Warrior King - Love Is In The Air (Rootz Warrior Productions)

Fans of Warrior Kings' roots songs will hardly find what they are looking for on 'Love Is In The Air' (an album which...


Various Artists - Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! (Mais Um Discos)

For those who, like yours truly, are already eagerly looking forward to the next edition of Europalia, putting Brazil...


Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra - I Lumia Mo Kher (Excelsior Recordings/V2)

Those who caught Jan Leyers' passage through the Romani ghetto of Krakow ('De Weg Naar Het Avondland', Episode 10,...


Professor - Madness (Naïve/Soulbeats Records)

After a first side project, Rockamovya, in 2008, Groundation front man Harrison Stafford this time launches...


Englishman & Shangoband - Wise Shepherd + Dubwise part 1 & 2 (Azikiwa Music/Self-published)

The internet has reduced the world to pocketsize, resulting, among other things, in the fact that yours truly these...


Various Artists - Dub Zealand (Green Queen Music)

Green Queen Music is mostly known for its Balkan-related releases, but for 'Dub Zealand' the label explores totally...


Grupo Lokito - Ensengo Ya Ko Bina (Self-published)

Grupo Lokito, one of the best sounding Congolese projects in recent years, curiously enough...


Various Artists - Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia And Descarga Sound Of Colombia, 1962 - 72 (Soundway Records)

For this compilation Soundway Records returned to Colombia to focus on the works of José Maria 'Curro'...


Various Artists - Balcanica! v1 & v2 (Green Queen Music)

Yours truly was under the impression the popularity of the Balkan genre was already on the decline, but with the...


Kareyce Fotso - Kwegne + Aly Keïta - Farafinko (Contre Jour)

Kareyce Fotso is a new addition to the catalogue of the Contre Jour label and with her songs the Cameroonian...


Sergent Garcia - Una Y Otra Vez (Cumbancha)

Sergent Garcia's last album, 'Mascaras' already dates back to 2006. For that album, he traveled to Mexico, where he...


Balaxy Orchestra - Wilky May Trip (Self-published) + Orchestre International Du Vetex - Le Beau Bazar (Via Lactea Records)

In the absence of a solid bio (the only thing that we found out about the band is that they arose from the ashes of...


Various Artists - Songs For Reggae Lovers 4 (Greensleeves)

'Songs For Reggae Lovers', Greensleeves' annual valentine's soundtrack is already at its fourth edition meaning it's...


Richie Spice - Book Of Job (VP Records)

When discussing yet another album of an artist it pays to re-read all earlier reviews to keep from repeating oneself,...


Etana - Free Expressions (VP Records)

The concept of "free expression", reminded yours truly of the eponymous weekly class in high school; for many the...


Bombino - Agadez (Cumbancha)

Bombino could have been the name of a hardcore reggaeton artist, but is, in fact, the pseudonym of the young Tuareg...


Various Artists - Bossa Nova And The Rise Of Brazilian Music In The 1960s (Soul Jazz Records)

If, like yours truly, you're a fan of the subtle sensual charms of bossa nova, but never got beyond Astrud Gilberto's...


Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Songs From A Zulu Farm (Razor & Tie/Proper Records)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was founded in 1964 after Joseph Shabalala got a vision in a dream. When Paul Simon...


Debademba - Debademba (Chapa Blues/Naïve)

With 'Debademba' we might already be looking at one of the best African releases for 2011. Burkinabe guitarist...


Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha - Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha (Helmy Levit)

This album debut by Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha reached us From the Far North (read: Finnish...


Los Callejeros - Présente! (Self-published)

Los Callejeros may claim they're above all a live band, the fact is yours truly also enjoys their album releases....


Ephraim Juda - Coming Home (Urban Tree Music)

Teutonic reggae is doing well as proven by Ephraim Juda, who, only a few months after Cornadoor, is also releasing...


Hi Kee - Self Reliance (Truesounds)

Yours truly had honestly never heard of Hi Kee, nor of the English Truesounds label, on which his debut album now...


Campina Reggae - Armoei Troef (Hoekaf-records/Self-published)

With 'Armoei Troef' ("poverty allover") Campina Reggae introduces the successor for its 2008 debut 'Vet En...


Jah Love - Strength For Life (Self-published)

'Creation', the 2007 debut album by Jah Love, a five-member band from Pavia in Italy, didn't make it this far north,...


Bushman - Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor (VP Records)

Yours truly has never been a big fan of tribute albums, but for 'Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor' we'd gladly make an...


Diplo - Riddimentary (Greensleeves)

For 'Riddimentary' Diplo (born Thomas Wesley Pentz and one of the faces behind Major Lazer) got carte blanche in the...


Ginjah - Never Lost My Way (No Doubt Records)

'Never Lost My Way', Ginjah's album debut (recorded with the help of producer Kemar 'Flava' McGregor) immediately...


Dennis Brown - Dennis Brown At Joe Gibbs + Culture - Culture At Joe Gibbs (17 North Parade/VP Records)

'Reggae Anthology: The Crown Prince Of Reggae' was barely in the racks and 17 North Parade/VP Records is already...