Sandman Project - Royal Family EP (Batov Records)
For Sandman Project, Israeli guitarist Tal Sandman surrounded herself with a number of befriended and like-minded musicians.
D-Prezzy - Black Diamond EP (MacLes Music Factory Productions/Zojak World Wide)
We're always happy to be able to introduce a new artist from the stable of MacLes Music Factory, and this time that's D-Prezzy, a Belgium-based Jamaican from Spanish Town.
Proof Of Life - Free Your Mind EP (Roots Musician Records)
Musically speaking, for the time being Texas may still mostly be known as the Mecca of country and Tejano music, but the American state is also home to a budding reggae scene. Only a few months ago, the Roots Musician Records label presented 'Not Afraid', Th3rd Coast Roots' debut EP, and now E.N. Young does the same for Proof Of Life, a six-piece band from Corpus Christi.
The Driftaways - Gas Money (Self-published)
The Driftaways are a band from St. Louis, Missouri, the so-called Midwest of the United States. The band started out as a trio in 2011, but in recent years has expanded into a full-fledged six-piece outfit, present their second album with 'Gas Money'.
Talisman - Nothing Change: The Best Of Talisman 1977-2018 (Sugar Shack Records)
After in recent years re-releases of British band Talisman's early work appeared on sister label Bristol Archive Records, and the band has clearly found a second wind with 2013s 'I-Surrection' and its 2017 successor 'Don't Play With Fyah', Sugar Shack Records now presents the career spanning compilation album 'Nothing Change: The Best Of Talisman 1977-2018'.
Black Roots - Take It (Khanti Records/Pias/Nubian Records)
British roots institute Black Roots seems to have been reduced from a quintet to a quartet, but don't let that spoil the fun, as with 'Take It' the band prove they're still a force to be reckoned with!
Jungle By Night - Livingstone (New Dawn/Rush Hour)
One could compare Dutch band Jungle By Night with Brazilian Bixiga 70, as both bands play a purely instrumental repertoire and just as the sound from São Paulo based band Bixiga 70 in recent years has evolved from fairly pure afrobeat to a layered puzzle of different musical influences, the boys from Amsterdam have not been idle either, and spiced up their original recipe of Ethio-jazz and afrobeat with influences from krautrock, electro and jazz.
Liraz - Naz (Dead Sea Recordings)
Liraz Charhi, a descendant of a Persian family who fled to Israel at the brink of the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970s, is a familiar face in her own country, both in theatre and film and as a singer.
Laid Blak - About Time (Sugar Shack Records)
For yours truly 'About Time' was the first introduction to Laid Blak, a project around DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng, but in fact this is already the second album by this Bristol based band.
Minyeshu - Daa Dee (ARC Music)
Five years after 'Black Ink', Dutch-Ethiopian Minyeshu returns with 'Daa Dee'.
Sekou Bah - Soukabbè Mali (Clermont Music)
Sekou Bah, hailing from Bandiagara in Mali's central Dogon region, can easily be called a musical prodigy.
Gaye Su Akyol - Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat Records)
Turkish singer-songwriter, producer and audiovisual conceptual artist Gaye Su Akyol put herself on the musical world map with the 2016 release of 'Hologram Imparatorlugu'. This successor, a co-production with guitarist Ali Güçlü Şimşek, is titled 'Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir', which can be translated as "consistent fantasy is reality".
Bongo White - Souvenez-vous (Self-published/Angel Sweet Records)
Bongo White is a project around the Toulouse based singer-songwriter of the same name, who, after a first Guadeloupe-recorded EP in 2010 and his 2016 debut album 'Pourquoi Le Monde Tourne Carré', now presents this successor.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry - The Black Album (Upsetter)
Four years after the acclaimed 'Back On The Controls', English producer Daniel Boyle and the enfant terrible of reggae Lee 'Scratch' Perry took back to the studio for what would become 'The Black Album'.
Princess Kazayah & BriZion - Princess Kazayah meets BriZion Inna Dub Stylee EP (D.O.V.E. Muzik)
Introducing: Princess Kazayah, an American of Jamaican descent from Evanston near Chicago, with 'Princess Kazayah meets BriZion Inna Dub Stylee' presenting her debut EP.
Jean-Philippe Rykiel & Lansiné Kouyaté - Kangaba-Paris (Buda Musique)
At first glance 'Kangaba-Paris' may sound like a simple instrumental album on which piano and balafon effortlessly enter into a dialogue, but that result should be attributed to the virtuosity of French pianist Jean-Philippe Rykiel and Malian balafon player Lansiné Kouyaté.
Marockin' Brass - Beats & Pieces (Music & Words/A-Shams/Met-X)
'Beats & Pieces', the new long-player by Brussels based gnawa and jazz brass band Marockin' Brass, is also the going-away present of Met-X founder Luc Mishalle.
Foshan Roots - The Wing Chun Album (Dub-O-Phonic)
The fact last year Dub-O-Phonic decided to release 'Sky Warrior Dub', the unreleased debut album by London duo Foshan Roots, also resulted in Brad Turner and Tom Dewey deciding to revive the project that had been dormant for five years.
Fanna-Fi-Allah - Muraqaba (Buda Musique)
Since in 1997 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the king of the qawwali exchanged the temporary for the eternal in 1997, the Islamic Sufi music tradition slowly but surely disappeared from the world stage. Fanna-Fi-Allah, an American band around Nova Scotia-born harmonium player and vocalist Tahir Hussain Faridi has been trying to change this for some time now, and with 'Muraqaba' for the first time releases an album that's also distributed in Europe.
Taj Weekes & Adowa - To All My Relations (Jatta Records/VPal)
American reggae artist of Saint Lucian descent Taj Weekes describes 'To All My Relations' as: "...a socio-political journey of self-discovery.", and we couldn't agree more.