Arturo Jorge y El Cuarteto Tradicion - Finca Santa Elena (Tumi Music)
If you're looking for an excellent album full of authentic Cuban son, guajira and trova, give Arturo Jorge y El Cuarteto Tradicion's 'Finca Santa Elena' a chance.
Th3rd Coast Roots - Not Afraid EP (Roots Musician Records)
The cover of 'Not Afraid' might suggest a disco or funk album from the nineteen seventies or eighties, but in reality it's the debut EP of Th3rd Coast Roots, a five-piece band from Houston, Texas.
Gregory Isaacs - Gregory Isaacs At African Museum (Tad's Record)
Since the demise of Jamaican crooner Gregory Isaacs in 2010, Tad's Records has regularly published compilations of his work. The origin of the tracks on these compilations isn't always clear and for 'Gregory Isaac's At African Museum' we definitely had to do some musical research.
Orlando Cachaito Lopez - Cachaito (World Circuit Records)
With the re-release of 'Cachaito', World Circuit Records continues on the path they had already chosen with luxury vinyl releases of, among others, Ruben Gonzalez' 'Introducing... Ruben Gonzalez', Ibrahim Ferrer's 'Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer', and, of course, 'Buena Vista Social Club'.
AMMAR 808 - Maghreb United (Glitterbeat Records)
If the sound of AMMAR 808's 'Maghreb United' evokes memories of 'Targ' by Tunisian Bargou 08, then that is certainly no coincidence, because the brain behind this project is once again Tunisian keyboard player Sofyann Ben Youssef.
Dubkasm - Rastrumentals (Self-published)
Dubkasm's Stryda and Digistep worked on 'Rastrumentals' for no less than seven years, with recordings alternating between Bristol, Brixton and São Paulo.
Various Artists - Disques Debs International, An Island Story Volume 1: Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise 1960-1972 (Strut Records)
'Disques Debs International, An Island Story Volume 1' is the first compilation series of one of the most important French Caribbean labels, Guadeloupian Disques Debs International. The label was founded by Henri Debs in the nineteen fifties, and in the following five decades produced no less than 300 7inch singles and 200 LPs, in genres ranging from early biguines and boleros to zouk and reggae, playing a crucial role in the dissemination of French-Antillean culture.
KSD feat. Marina P - Bite The Dust EP (Homeys Records)
This 6-track 'Bite The Dust' EP is the result of a collaboration between French bass music producer KSD and Italian singer Marina P.
B.O.E.M. - B.O.E.M. (Self-published/One More Dub)
'B.O.E.M.' is the debut effort of an Italian formation by the same name hailing from Emilia Romagna. That being said however, we can't really tell you much more about this band, except that it was founded by bass player and songwriter Enrico Massari and that the whole album was recorded in just three days.
Piñata Protest - Necio Nights (Kasba Music)
Add equal parts The Pogues, Maldita Vecindad and Rowwen Hèze in a blender, shake well and you get Piñata Protest, a four-piece band from San Antonio, Texas.
Johnny Clarke - Creation Rebel (17 North Parade/VP Records)
In recent decades several solid Johnny Clarke compilations have seen the light - there was 1991's 'Authorised Rockers' in Virgin's Front Line series, 1998's 'Dreader Dread' on Blood & Fire and 2002's 'A Ruffer Version - Johnny Clarke At King Tubby's 1974-78' on Trojan Records - but with 'Creation Rebel', 17 North Parade/VP Records now bundles 30 of the man's best tracks on two discs or LP's.
Rebelution - Free Rein (Easy Star Records)
Yours truly and Rebelution will probably never be a match… 'Falling Into Place', the 2016 predecessor to this album we already described as: "…love reggae for teens.", and for 'Free Rein', the Californian quartet has given itself complete "free rein" to experiment with genres like r&b, rock, jazz and even some Americana in 'Healing'.
Invisible System - Bamako Sessions (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)
Invisible System is the pseudonym of English producer Dan Harper, who rose to fame with his Ethio-fusion albums. However, as the title of this album indicates, for 'Bamako Sessions', this time he shifted his focus to Mali, where in 1999 he worked as an aid worker, met his wife and became a father.
Chalo Correia - Akuá Musseque (Self-published)
If you're still looking for a sultry summer soundtrack, definitely give Chalo Correia's 'Akuá Musseque' a chance.
Azambuja & Cia - Azambuja & Cia + Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos - Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos (Far Out Recordings)
This time Far Out Recordings is offering us something slightly out of the ordinary, as these are two rereleases of musical productions by Brazilian comedians Chico Anysio and Arnauld Rodrigues.
Reemah - Breaking News (Self-published/Feel Line Records)
When presenting a new album, 'Breaking News' is of course far from a bad title. Even though If Dezarie can deservedly be regarded as the queen of the Virgin Island reggae, Reemah can definitely claim the title of crown princess.
Spellbreakers - Who Feels It Knows It EP (Bonafi Records)
With Antwerp based Spellbreakers, a six-piece formation around flamboyant Belgian-Brazilian vocalist and visual artist Juli Jupter, Belgium welcomes an interesting new reggae band.
Nat Birchall meets Al Breadwinner - Sounds Almighty (Tradition Disc)
For 'Sounds Almighty', this time English producer Al 'Breadwinner' Redfern invited jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall to his Manchester based Bakery Studio.
Bernard Orchestar - Le Futur Du Passé (Self-published/Coucou Label)
The release of 'Le Futur Du Passé' was preceded by two EPs, but this is indeed the debut long player effort of Bernard Orchestar, a ten-piece Brussels Balkan brass band that was founded back in 2011.
Roots NoiR - Elevate (Self-published)
'Elevate' is the second long player by Canadian one-man project Brian Bataille aka Roots NoiR. Always more of an amateur of classic rock, Brian only discovered the reggae genre in 1990, thanks to a mix-tape full of Wailers songs from the band's Lee Perry period. Bataille was so inspired by what he heard, he promptly started writing himself.