Ennanga Vision - Ennanga Vision (Soundway Records)
For Ennanga Vision London producer Jesse Hackett (Owiny Sigoma Band, Gorillaz) travelled to Uganda, where he joined forces with singer and multi-instrumentalist Albert Ssempeke and a number of other local artists (Otim Alpha, a musical legend from the northern Ugandan Acholi culture - vocals/adongo, Twongweno, the king of the Acholi wedding music circuit and a Ugandan pioneer of electronic music).
Antonio Adolfo - Viralata (Far Out Recordings)
After the release of his 'Destiny' album in 2007, Far Out Recordings now presents this reissue of 'Viralata', the 1979 debut album of composer, arranger and pianist Antonio Adolfo.
Kristine Alicia - Songs From Zion (Rory Stone Love)
The release of Samory I's 'Black Gold' also made us discover 'Songs From Zion' by Kristine Alicia, a Jamaican singer based in Miami since the age of thirteen.
Iseo & Dodosound - Roots In The Air (Mundo Zurdo)
Spanish duo Iseo & Dodosound (in true life Madrid based Pamploneans Leire Villanueva and Alberto Iriarte) joined forces in 2014, when the former soul singer got mesmerized by Dodosound's digital reggae-riddims.
Aälma Dili - Pour Une Poignée De Dinars (Vlad Productions)
Aälma Dili (Romani for "the soul of the fool") is a Parisian quartet (Emilio Castiello - vocals/violin/mandolin, Clément Oury - vocals/violin, Benoit Vincent - vocals/guitar and Johnny Montreuil - vocals/bass) on 'Pour Une Poignée The Dinars', a nod to Sergio Leone's 'Pour Une Poignée De Dollars' (original title 'Per Un Pugno Di Dollari' or 'A Fistful Of Dollars'), successfully mixing Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western-sound with influences from the Balkans, Greece ('Mon Amour') and Spain ('Mi Patria' featuring French flamenco singer Paloma Pradal on vocals).
Dubious - Mumps EP (NunKi.rec)
Ivan Antezza's melodica first popped up on EP's like Dadub's 'Impressions' from 2009 and Jambassa's 'Owls' from 2014.
Richie Stephens - Luv-A-Dub Style (VPal/Steely & Clevie/Pot Of Gold)
For 'Luv-A-Dub Style' Jamaican crooner Richie Stephens stuck with what he does best: delivering a solid lovers rock album! Cleveland 'Clevie' Browne was in charge of production and 'Luv-A-Dub Style' appears the Steely & Clevie label, while being distributed by VPal.
Makan Badjé Tounkara - Daba (Buda Musique)
The ngoni playing of Malian griot Makan Badjé Tounkara (son of Baba Sissoko) may sound way more traditional than that of colleague and compatriot Bassekou Kouyate, that doesn't mean Makan hasn't played his part in the innovation of the ancient instrument as he plays a seven stringed version instead of the regular four string one.
Kingston All Stars - Dubwise (Roots & Wire Records)
After their acclaimed debut, 'Presenting Kingston All Stars', earlier this year, Kingston All Stars now presents 'Dubwize'.
The Bombay Royale - Run Kitty Run (Hope Street Recordings)
It's only thanks to this third album that we finally got the pleasure to get to know The Bombay Royale.
Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley - Stony Hill (Ghetto Youths International/Republic Records/Universal)
Excluding his collaboration with Nas and Skrillex, it had already been since the release of his 2005 instant-classic 'Welcome To Jamrock' since Damian Marley treated his fans to a new solo album.
Alpha Steppa - 3rd Kingdom (Steppas Records)
For '3rd Kingdom', the second long player on his Steppas Records label, Alpha Steppa didn't choose July 7th as a release date at random, as this year the label celebrates its seventh anniversary.
Ziggi Recado - The Commission EP (Nayamari Music)
In all honesty we have to admit we'd lost sight Ziggi Recado's career somewhat, but since last year's 'Ivan The Terrible' release, the Dutch-Antillean singjay seems to have evolved more and more towards a dancehall sound; a trend he also continues on this 'The Commission' EP (featuring a sleeve that could be a still from a film noir).
The Downbeat Detonators - It's Detonation Time With... EP (Peenie Wallie Records)
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Various Artists - Abatwa: Why Did We Stop Growing Tall? (Glitterbeat Records)
For the fourth part of his Hidden Musics series, this time Ian Brennan travelled to Rwanda where he explored the music culture of the Abatwa or Batwa, one of a number of pygmy tribes living in the Great Lakes region (the term Pygmy has a somewhat pejorative connotation, but there isn't really a proper synonym, as is the case for example with Eskimos/Inuit) and nowadays all too often suffer a marginal existence.
Indubious - From Zero (Self-published/Righteous Sound Productions)
Indubious is a Portland, Oregon based band around brothers Evan 'Evton B' and Spencer 'Skipwicked' Burton, both born with the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.
Kelissa - Spellbound EP (Anbessa Productions)
After a number of singles, Kelissa McDonald (sister of Keznamdi) now also finally presents a full-fledged EP.
Rocqawali - Sufi Spirit (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)
Like the band's name suggests, Rocqawali combines the best of Pakistani qawali and Western rock.
Chronixx - Chronology (Chronixx Music Group/Virgin EMI/Universal)
'Chronology', Chronixx' long player debut which can best be described as "the most anticipated reggae release of 2017", is finally here! But is Jamar McNaughton able to live up to expectations? Where yours truly is concerned, the answer is a resounding: "Of course!".
O.L.M. - Book Of Daniel EP (Dub-O-Phonic)
For this 'Book Of Daniel' EP, Italian producer Orlando La Montagna aka O.