Album Reviews

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia (Strut Records)

Vinyl collectors and Ethio-jazz fans will of course already be aware, but just about the most iconic album in Mulatu...


Blay Ambolley - Ketan (Agogo Records)

On 'Ketan', the new album by Blay Ambolley, the Ghanaian music legend pays tribute to his native village near...


King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Dubbing In The Back Yard + Delroy Wilson - Go Away Dream (Pressure Sounds)

The latest Pressure Sounds release takes us back to May 1982, when a British Channel 4 film descended in the studio...


Dona Onete - Banzeiro (Mais Um Discos)

The former history teacher, folkloriste, trade union member, culture secretary and children's author, Dona Onete may...


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...