The Sunvizors - Fire Inside (L'Autre Distribution)
A bit of a borderline case this 'Fire Inside' by The Sunvizors, a French five-piece band from Vannes in Brittany, as this is far from a straightforward reggae album.
Devi Reed - Ragga Libre (Khanti Records/Pias)
After 'Essence Of Life' his tasty solo EP from last year, ex-The Banyan front man Devi Reed travelled to Cuba for 'Ragga Libre'.
New Town Kings - Reach Out (Self-published)
New Town Kings is an eight-piece band from New Town, a neighbourhood in Colchester, a small town in the county of Essex in the east of England. We didn't know the band yet, but with 'Reach Out' New Town Kings certainly aren't newcomers.
4 Dub Vibes - This Is Not A War EP (Self-published)
4 Dub Vibes is a collective of producers and selectors from Larisa, a city in the central part of Greece, presenting a first self-produced EP.
Various Artists - Ketch A Fire (Reality Shock Records)
Amateurs of the digital eighties sound of producers like King Jammy, Steely & Clevie, Gussie Clarke and Bobby Digital pay attention, because this new compilation on Kris Kemist's Reality Shock Records label is right up your alley!
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita - Soar (Bendigedig/ARC Music)
Five years after their first collaboration for 'Clychau Dibon', Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita took to the studio again for 'Soar'.
Maruja Limon - Mas De Ti (Kasba Music)
We're certainly no flamenco experts, and the Spanish music and dance genre usually attracts its own audience, but for 'Mas De Ti', the debut album of the five-piece women's ensemble Maruja Limon, we gladly made an exception.
Lio - Lio Canta Caymmi (Crammed Discs)
Yours truly could have never imagined crossing paths with Belgian-Portuguese popstar Lio on these pages.
Patrick Ruffino - Agoo (MDC/Pias)
As a descendant from a multicultural family - Beninese father, Burkinabe mother and a Ghanaian grandmother - Beninese singer and bassist Patrick Ruffino mixes musical traditions and languages from his homeland, with influences from jazz, soul, Afro-Cuban rhythms and, above all, a solid dose of funk.
Kiala & The Afroblaster - Money (Kamiyad)
The life story of Kiala Nzavotunga reads like an adventure novel.
Choco Y Sus Complices - Buscando La Calma (Xango Music)
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is bound to evoke some associations (banking, cheap refuelling, etc.), but timba, the Cuban answer to Nuyorican salsa, will probably not be among them. Yet it is the home of renowned conga player Eric 'Choco' Durrer, who, with Choco Y Sus Complices, is starting a new chapter in his musical career.
Total Hip Replacement - Wonder Why (Self-published)
Total Hip Replacement is a five-piece band from Aarhus in the North-East of Denmark. The quintet was formed in 2013, already released two earlier Dennis Ahlgren produced EPs and for their long player debut once again joined forces with the producer.
Ras Dave - Chapter 1 EP (Rebel Sound Records)
This aptly titled 'Chapter 1' is the debut EP by Ras Dave, an MC, DJ and radio host from Denver, Colorado, who honed his craft as a member of several local reggae bands and with 'The Ras Dave Show' even hosted his own broadcast on Randy's Reggae Radio for a while.
Loxandra Ensemble - In Transition (Dalit Music)
Eight years after their last release, 2011s 'Meyhane - Kafe Aman', Greek band Loxandra Ensemble returns with 'In Transition'.
Skarra Mucci - Skarra Mucci & The One Love Family (Undisputed Records)
'Skarra Mucci & The One Love Family' could just as well have been titled 'Skarra Mucci & Friends', as for this compilation, the Europe-based Jamaican selected some of the best combination tunes he recorded over the past few years, supplemented with a handful new recordings.
Cafe con Leche - L'avenir Est À Nous (Self-published)
To our own surprise the musical output of Ghent based mestizo-collective Café con Leche had somehow eluded us, and that for an eleven-piece band that's already been active since 2005, and with 'L'avenir Est À Nous' is already presenting its third long player!
Diogal - Roadside (Buda Musique)
Diogal is a Senegalese singer-songwriter and sound engineer based in France, performing his lyrics in Wolof over a mix of the rhythms from his homeland and Western singer-songwriter pop, nu-folk and classical music.
Maïs & Sin - Virtual Lines (Antipod Records)
'Virtual Lines' is the second collaboration of French producers Maïs and Sin, two strong holders of the Strasbourg based Antipod Records label.
Anja G & Dr.obi - Bang!Bang!/Raggamuffin EP (AmpliFyah Music)
This mini EP (two vocal cuts and as many dubs) is the calling card of Anja Nigović aka Anja G and Dr.obi; the first a new vocal talent from Zagreb, and Dr.obi a well-known Croatian sound engineer and producer.
Booboo'zzz All Stars - Studio Reggae Bash Vol. II (Baco Records)
With 'Studio Reggae Bash Vol. II' French band Booboo'zzz All Stars continues where it left off with the excellent cover album they still blew us away with last year.