Album Reviews

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...


BB'87 - Return Of The Ska Originals (Self-published)

From 1987 to 2003, Johan Steevens (guitar and vocals), Iwan de Lang (bass), Marco van Krieken (drummer) and Michel...


Krak In Dub - Amazonite EP (Universal Egg)

Yours truly got to know Federico Trujillo aka Krak In Dub last year thanks to 'Upgrades', his collaborative effort...


Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste - Around Félicité Soundtrack (Crammed Discs)

Even though they were responsible for most of the songs on 'Around Félicité', this actually isn't a new...


Uman - Umanist (Umanmusic)

Six years after the release of his previous album, 'Umanity', the Brussels based dancehall-punk (as he describes...


Morgan Heritage - Avrakedabra (CTBC)

After winning the Grammy for Best Reggae Album with 'Strictly Roots', with 'Avrakedabra' Morgan Heritage seam to...


Marcus Gad & Tribe - Chanting (Natural Prod'/Musicast Distribution)

All the way from New Caledonia, a French overseas territory to the northeast of Australia, we received this gem by...


M, Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate - Lamomali (Labo M/Wagram)

With 'Lamomali' singer and composer Matthieu Chedid aka M finally got to realize on of his dream projects. For this...


Inés Pardo - One Sister Showcase (A-Lone Productions)

Roberto Sanchez certainly keeps busy! 'Same Old Story', the new Sanchez-produced album by rocksteady-duo Keith &...


AMJ Collective - Believe EP (Astar)

April 22nd is this year's date for International Record Store Day, and especially for the occasion AMJ Collective is...


Piri - Vocês Querem Mate? (Far Out Recordings)

In their series of reissues of releases on the Quartin label, following Victor Assis Brasil's 'Toca Antonio Carlos...


Orchestra Baobab - Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)

We frankly thought that Orchestra Baobab's story had run to an end, but just as was the case with their Beninese...


Jamaram - Freedom Of Screech (Turban Records/Soulfire Artists/Grooveattack)

German band Jamaram already opted to put an animal on the cover of their albums on various occasions in the past: for...


Keith & Tex - Same Old Story (Liquidator Music)

If you were looking for the the rocksteady album of 2017, look no further! Veteran duo Keith & Tex joined forces...


King Ayisoba - 1000 Can Die (Glitterbeat Records)

With '1000 Can Die' Ghanaian kologo player (a traditional lute) King Ayisoba tries to lift the traditional rhythms he...


Daniel Dzidzonu - Unknownland + Vikpomé (Zephyrus Records)

For a while now Togolese trumpeter Daniel Dzidzonu has been causing an absolute buzz in the Belgian afrobeat and jazz...


Hijaz - 10 Years: Live Recording (Zephyrus Records)

Hijaz, the oriental jazz quartet around oud-player Moufadhel Adhoum and pianist Niko Deman is celebrating its tenth...