Album Reviews

Meta And The Cornerstones - Hira (Metarize/Dibyz Music)

For 'Hira', his third long player to date, Meta Dia took to Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath. The album is...


Tinariwen - Elwan (Wedge/Pias)

Recording back home in Kidal was and still is not an option, but for 'Elwan' ("the elephants") the members of...


Sylford Walker - Lamb's Bread (Greensleeves)

This year Greensleeves is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and to give this joyous event the necessary attention,...


Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé - Mistakes On Purpose (Buda Musique)

For their new long player, appearing on Francis Falceto's prestigious 'Ethiopiques', French Ethio-groove band...


Aurelio - Darandi (Real World Records)

Garifuna-Ambassador Aurelio Martinez recorded the songs for 'Darandi' (which loosely translates as "Introduction") in...


BaBa ZuLa - XX (Glitterbeat Records)

Those among you, who believe the Erdogan regime in Turkey really screens and censors everything, should urgently...


Hempress Sativa - Unconquerebel (Conquering Lion Records)

It certainly hasn't always been the case, but these days it seems Jamaica is producing one female music talent after...


Lula Pena - Archivo Pittoresco (Crammed Discs)

Musically speaking, Portuguese singer-songwriter and poet Lula Pena has always been an anachronism in the modern...


Jemere Morgan - Transition (Dada Son Entertainment)

For his debut effort, Jemere Morgan - son of Morgan Heritage keyboardist/vocalist Gramps - in the end opted to do a...


Lloyd Parks - Time A Go Dread (Pressure Sounds)

The year has only just started and Pressure Sounds is already presenting what could easily become one of the most...


Fanga - Kaleidoscope (L'Autre Distribution)

Where afrobeat is concerned, in France Fanga (Dioula for "strength, energy and power") has been a force to recon with...


Ronald Alphonso - ABC Rocksteady (Dub Store Records)

Dub Store Records ends the year in style with a reissue of 'ABC Rocksteady', a largely instrumental album from 1968,...


Sarathy Korwar - Day To Day (Ninja Tune/The Steve Reid Foundation)

For his langspelerdebuut pulled the American-British-Indian drummer/percussionist/producer Sarathy Korwar travelled...


Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Keith Hudson's 'Pick A Dub' is often referred to as one of the best dub albums of all time, but we'll leave that...


El Juntacadaveres - Who's Gonna Stop Us EP (Self-published)

This 'Who's Gonna Stop Us' EP is the first part of what should eventually become a trilogy set in 1974 (the birth...


Amlak Redsquare - The Book Of Judges (RSQRB Productions/True Lion Sound Production)

After two EP's (2015's 'Ganja Free' and 2014's 'Di Humble Warrior'), Omar Gordon aka Amlak Redsquare is now also...


Seekaman - Where Is The Justice? (Majestic)

'Truth', the 2014 debut album by Seekaman, a Belgian-Ghanaian afro-reggae band from Ghent, didn't reach us, but the...


Marcel Salem - Les Charognards (Musicast Distribution)

Thanks to the artwork of Claude Diene, an artist from Mont Rolland, the village Marcel Salem also hails from, 'Les...


Xana Romeo - Wake Up (Charmax Music)

Reggae veterans send out their offspring part... 'Wake Up' is the highly anticipated long player debut of Azana...


Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - Madjafalao (Because Music)

After the demise of band leader Mélomé Clément in 2012, the remaining members of Le...