Album Reviews

Daymé Arocena - Cubafonia (Brownswood Recordings)

With 'Nueva Era', her 2015 debut album, Giles Peterson-protégé Daymé Arocena already announced a...


Eléonor - Vive (Self-published)

Eléonor is the alter ego of Antwerp based vocalist Elly Aerden who bases the majority of the lyrics of her...


Subajah - Architect (Self-published)

Two years after his debut EP 'Voice Of Freedom', Martinican Londoner Subajah is now finally also ready to present a...


Les Vieux Mogos - Motherland (Diaspora Rockers/Musicast Distribution)

Ivorian reggae will of course always remain linked to Alpha Blondy, and where Les Vieux Mogos (Maninka for "the big...


Inna Vision - Highest Grade EP (Roots Musician Records)

Just a year after the release of their acclaimed 'Lifted' album, Hawaiian reggae pride Inna Vision returns with this...


Queen Ifrica - Climb (VP Records)

Eight (!) years have passed since the release of Queen Ifrica's last album 'Montego Bay' and calling her output...


Talisman - Don't Play With Fyah (Sugar Shack Records)

Just as was the case with predecessor 'I-Surrection', for 'Don't Play With Fyah', Talisman once again opted for the...


Downbeat - Introspeccion (Dub-O-Phonic)

From now on we'll also be reviewing the releases on the Cypriot Dub-O-Phonic label. The net-label works according to...


Tamikrest - Kidal (Glitterbeat Records)

'Kidal', already the fourth long player by the young Tuareg lions of Tamikrest, is a tribute to the village of the...


Various Artists - King Jammy's Dancehall 3 & 4 (Dub Store Records)

We'd barely processed the first two parts of their King Jammy's Dancehall pentalogy, but Dub Store Records already...


Les Amazones d'Afrique - République Amazone (Real World Records)

Just in time for women's day 2017 we can present Les Amazones d'Afrique, Africa's first all-female super group! The...


Augustus Pablo - King David's Melody (Greensleeves)

As part of Greensleeves' 40th anniversary celebrations, we'd promised you a series of reissues, and after Sylford...


Yasmine Hamdan - Al Jamilat (Crammed Discs)

With 'Al Jamilat' ("the beautiful ones"), Yasmine Hamdan, the female half of Lebanese underground-duo Soapkills,...


Mokoomba - Luyando (Out Here Records)

Five years after the release of their debut effort, 'Rising Tide', Zimbabwean revelation Mokoomba finally return with...


Various Artists - Inna The Yard: The Soul Of Jamaica (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

Back in 2011, along with the Makasound label, the prestigious Inna De Yard series also ended, but is now finally...


Kalio Gayo - Orok EP (Self-published)

Almost exactly two years after their previous release, 'Drango 13', Utrecht based band Kalio Gayo returns with this 6...


Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita - Transparent Water (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

The dialogue between Seckou Keita's kora and Omar Sosa's piano on 'Transparent Water', one moment hints at classical...


Delphine - Blue Soul (Tuff Gong/BS World/Quart De Lune)

The fact a musical career can have its twists and turns, is proven by Delphine. Back in 2011 the French singer from...


Pierpoljak - Chapeau De Paille (Garvey Drive/Verycords)

Where 'Général Indigo' could still be defined as introspective and autobiographical, 'Chapeau De...


Cultivation & The Himalions - Plains, Hills And Mountains (Outtallectuals)

The past few years Nepal had to deal with a massive earthquake, fuel shortages and political turmoil, but all of that...