Adele Harley - Come Into My Life (Mafia & Fluxy)
"Until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes.
Luciano - Write My Name (Footprintz Music Group)
Until further notice Luciano doesn't seem to care about declining CD sales, as just a few months after the release of 'United States Of Africa' there's already this 'Write My Name' released by the small American Footprintz Music Group label.
Lyricson - Messages (PJK Entertainment/Discograph)
Where yours truly is concerned Lyricson is the artist from the French scene with the most international appeal and the fact he uses a kind of patois making it difficult to distinguish him from his Jamaican colleagues, certainly has something to do with that.
Lily Dahab - Nómade (Peregrina Music)
Lily Dahab started her career in the music world as a singer in musical theatre; in her native Argentina she played the lead role in 'Cats' and in Barcelona she was offered the role of Esmeralda in the musical version of Victor Hugo's 'The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame'.
Diaspora - A Jamaican In Cairo (Green Queen Music)
Diaspora (a reference to the fact slavery resulted in a worldwide spread of African culture) is a collaborative project by Londoner with Italian roots Luca Gatti aka Dr.
Gregor Huebner - El Violin Latino (Peregrina Music)
As the title suggests for 'El Violin Latino' violinist Gregor Huebner went in search of the violin's role in Latin-American music culture.
Alex Wilson, Madou Sidiki Diabaté & Ahmed Fofana - Mali Latino (Alex Wilson Records)
Just a few weeks after the release of 'Afrocubism' we're again presented with a project in which the musical worlds of Cuba and Mali meet.
Mark Wonder - True Stories Of Mark Wonder And Friends (Irievibrations Records)
It's kind of last-minute, but with 'True Stories Of Mark Wonder And Friends' the Irievibrations label still delivers one of the best reggae albums of 2010.
Rod Anton - Angel EP (Gwo Pwod/Self-published)
Orléans (France) based Rod Anton presents his debut EP 'Angel'.
Dennis Brown - Reggae Anthology: The Crown Prince Of Reggae, Singles 1972 - 1985 (17 North Parade/VP Records)
Yet another Dennis Brown compilation? Not quite, because with 'Reggae Anthology: The Crown Prince Of Reggae, Singles 1972 - 1985', VP Records tries to give a comprehensive overview of the career of the Crown Prince of reggae.
Various Artists - You'll Never Know: 18 Caribou Ska Selection (Drum & Bass Records)
Yours truly learned the history of the Caribou label thanks to the 'Soundman Shots, The Caribou & Downbeat 78's Story' compilation and with its latest release 'You'll Never Know: 18 Caribou Ska Selection' the Japanese Drum & Bass label now also focuses on the productions of pioneer Dada Tewari.
Various Artists - The Sound Of Siam: Leftfield Luk-thung, Jazz & Molam In Thailand, 1964 - 1975 (Soundway Records)
The Soundway Records label continues to amaze; after Nigeria, Ghana and Colombia, they're now exploring the colorful musical past of Thailand, back then still known as Siam.
Roger Robin - Justice (Joe Fraser/VP Records)
With 'Justice', sweet-voiced Bristol crooner Roger Robin adds a fine sequel to 'Take It Slow' from 2006.
Super 11 - Super Onze (Two Speakers Records)
Horst Timmers (MPS Pilot) is a busy bee as in addition to his activities with Future Takamba, he also produced this 'Super Onze' album by the eponymous band from Gao in the East of Mali.
Various Artists - Balkan Fever London: Mind The Brass (Green Queen Music)
We honestly had no clue it existed, but apparently London also has its own small Balkan scene and where on the European continent it's mostly deejays playing and promoting the genre (Shantel, Gaetano Fabri, Merdan Taplak.
Axel Krygier - Pesebre (Crammed Discs)
'Pesebre' is the first international release of Argentine boy wonder Axel Krygier.
Kel Assouf - Tin Hanane (Igloo Records)
Year after year the desert keeps extending its reach and now, even a piece of Brussels seems to be silting up! Don't let that be bad news though because with Kel Assouf Belgium now counts its first Tuareg band.
Apple Gabriel - Teach Them Right (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)
More than ten years after the release of 'Another Moses', a meanwhile beardless Apple Gabriel finally reappears on the music scene.
Various Artists - The Roots Of Chicha 1 & 2 (Crammed Discs/Barbès Records)
With the compilation series 'The Roots Of Chicha', Chicha Libre's Olivier Conan returns to the roots of this Peruvian music genre.
Duane Stephenson - Black Gold (VP Records)
A smash like 'August Town' Duane Stephenson will not easily produce again, but with 'Black Gold' (a title that instills somewhat high expectations) he delivers a worthy successor to his debut effort 'From August Town'.