Lioness Fonts - From A Baobab Tree (1 Roar Records/VPal)
Lioness Fonts hails from Dominica, but age six moved to Luton in the UK.
Afriquoi - Kolaba (Wormfood Records)
The five members of London based band Afriquoi haven't exactly reinvented the wheel, but their mix of West African kora (Jallykebba Susso) and Congolese guitar ('Papa' Fiston Lusambo) with influences from Western genres like house, hip-hop, soul and jungle, is certainly catching and sounds somewhat like a cross between Afro Celt Sound System and Congotronics bands like Konono N°1 or Kasaï Allstars.
Joan Soriano - Me Decidí (iASO Records)
In 2012 we introduced you to Joan Soriano, together with his brothers and sisters the symbol of modern Dominican bachata, and on 'Me Decidí' the ravishing André Velóz joins the party.
Feuilles de Roots - La Fa Mi EP (Self-published)
Like LMK the members of Feuilles de Roots also hail from Annecy in the Haute-Savoie.
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal - Musique De Nuit (No Format!)
It's already been 5 years since French cellist Vincent Segal and Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko created their wonderful 'Chamber Music' album in Salif Keita's Moffou studio in Bamako.
Janelle Phillips - Lioness EP (Roots Musician Records)
This 6 track (4 vocal tracks and 2 dubs) 'Lioness' EP is the fruit of a collaboration between the San Diego-born singer-songwriter Janelle Phillips and Roots Musician Records producer E.
Lëk Sèn - Sweet & Tuff EP (Jahsen Creation)
Just recently yours truly raised questions about Tomawok's Native American appearance on the cover of 'Weedamuffin', and now we're already confronted with a similarly attired Lëk Sèn.
Prince Malachi - Third Rock (Self-published/10 Mile Media)
It had been since 2007's 'One Perfect Love' (Blakamix) that we'd heard anything from Prince Malachi, but on the self-produced 'Third Rock' his recognizable voice still resounds.
Junior Kelly - Urban Poet (Irievibration Records/VPal)
Junior Kelly is certainly not the only artist out there who doesn't like being tied down to one genre, but on 'Urban Poet', his tenth long player to date, Kelly really seems to have turned away from reggae.
Jamaican Jazz Orchestra - Encounters (Zephyrus Records)
The first thing that came to mind when listening to 'Encounters', Jamaican Jazz Orchestra's debut long player, was: "Damn, this sounds great!", and hardly anything about this album hints at the fact that this is a Belgian production.
Various Artists - Mr Perry I Presume (Pressure Sounds)
'Mr Perry I Presume' is yet another chapter in what seems to be a never ending series of Lee Perry compilations on the Pressure Sounds label.
Capital Letters - Wolverhampton In Dub (Sugar Shack Records)
As one of the few, we weren't too impressed with 'Wolverhampton', the "new" Capital Letters album, but this dub version of that same album mixed by Dave 'Oldwah' Sandford, did tickle our fancy.
Kenny B - Kenny B (Top Notch Music/Universal)
Jah6 is no more and it's already been a while since we heard anything from Damaru, but never mind, as Kenny B is itching to fill the void they left behind.
Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Fatteliku: Live In Athens 1987 (Real World Records)
With the release of 'Fatteliku: Live In Athens 1987', a recording of a 1987 concert by Youssou N'Dour and Le Super Etoile De Dakar, Real World Records immortalizes a piece of world music history.
Various Artists - Reggae Anthology: Gussie Clarke, From The Foundation (17 North Parade/VP Records)
17 North Parade/VP Records keep releasing their 'Reggae Anthology'-releases at a high pace, as less than two months after King Jammy, Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke is now also celebrated with a compilation.
Mamadou Kelly - Djamila (Clermont Music)
'Djamila' is the second solo album by Mamadou Kelly, a Malian singer/guitarist who earned his spurs working with Afel Bocoum and Ali Farka Touré and later started focussing on a solo career together with his backing band Ban Kai Na.
Ease Up Ltd. - Long Way (Self-published)
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Joi - Joi Sound System (Real World Records)
Joi or the Bengali-English duo consisting of brothers Haroon and Farook Shamsher, was at the foray of what from the latter part of the1990s, would become known as the Asian Underground movement.
Tomawok - Weedamuffin (Self-published/Musicast Distribution)
Tomawok is the alter ego of Thomas Perez, a deejay from the French city of Angers who's had a fascination for everything to do with American Indians ever since he was a child; a fascination also explaining his stage name and the fact he adorns the cover of 'Weedamuffin' dressed in a Native American war bonnet and painted in war colors (at the very least a bit iffy in light of the recent Black Pete-controversy).
Yung J.R. - Start The Movement (J.R. Productions/Just Rock Records)
Ababa Jahnoi Reid aka Yung J.