Album Reviews

Zion Train - Versions (Universal Egg)

Once every so often Neil Perch calls on some of his colleagues to rework some of his productions (see also 'Original...


The Ukrainians - Evolutsiya! 40 Best And Rarest 1991-2016 (Eastblok Music)

The Ukrainians celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary in style with the release of this 'Evolutsiya! 40 Best And...


Speed Caravan - Big Blue Desert (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

Eight (!) years after 'Kalashnik Love', Algerian oud-master Mehdi Haddab finally returns with a successor. For 'Big...


Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra - Del Ebro Al Danubio (Satélite K)

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra is dead; long live Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra! Not that there's that makes of...


Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna - Rey Loj (Petit Indie)

Chilean singer-songwriter Pascuala Ilabaca's new album 'Rey Loj' - the title translates as "Father Time" and is sort...


Graveola - Camaleão Borboleta (Mais Um Discos)

If you are looking for some upbeat Brazilian party music, Graveola will not be your ideal choice. The six-piece band...


Nubiyan Twist - Siren Song (Wormfood Records)

Apart from to Afriquoi, a band we already introduced on these pages last year, London based label Wormfood Records is...


Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari - Grounation (Dub Store Records)

All praises to Dub Store Records, because after bundling a series of Ras Michael's early recordings for 'A Psalm Of...


Various Artists - King Jammy presents New Sounds Of Freedom (VP Records)

Almost 40 years after the release of 'Love Crisis', or in the European version 'Black Sounds Of Freedom', King Jammy...


Renegades Of Jazz - Moyo Wangu (Agogo Records)

With 'Moyo Wangu' (Swahili for "my heart"), German musician and producer David Hanke, better known as Renegades Of...


Luisa Maita - Fio Da Memoria (Cumbancha)

'Fio Da Memoria', Brazilian singer-songwriter Luisa Maita's second album, hardly resembles her 2010 debut effort...


Mykal Rose - Rasta State (VP Records)

Has it really been since 1977's 'Love Crisis' (or 'Black Sounds Of Freedom' if you prefer the European release) that...


Junior Kenna - Here I Come EP (Area 026 Music)

As the son of veteran singer Kendread, Junior Kenna, a Dutch singjay of Surinamese-Indonesian descent, seemed...


Emeterians - The Journey (Peckings/VPal)

Brother Wildman, Sister Claire and Maga Lion, together known as Emeterians, are a vocal trio from the Spanish...


The SteadyTones - Ride On (Gude Zaid Musikproduktion)

'Ride On' is The SteadyTones', a five-piece Bavarian ska, rocksteady and early reggae formation, second album. As...


Jim the Boss - Hudson Soul (Boom One Records)

Jim the Boss is the man behind the Hoboken Hi-Fi studio; no reference to the district in Antwerp, but to the city in...


Various Artists - Wake Up, The King Is Coming (Fox Fuse)

Apart from Jamaica and the Virgin Islands, reggae is of course also produced elsewhere in the Caribbean, and from...


Various Artists - Khmer Rouge Survivors: They Will Kill You If You Cry (Glitterbeat Records)

After a trip to Mali for 'Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali', Glitterbeat Records takes...


Joseph Israel - Paradise (Lions Of Israel Inc.)

Joseph Fennel's stage name and that of his backing band, Jerusalem Band, already indicate that like Matisyahu at the...


The Aggrovators - Dubbing At King Tubby's (17 North Parade/VP Records)

With this double album full of delicious dubs by The Aggrovators, VP Records signs for the re-issue of three classics...