Album Reviews

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...


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...