Junkyard Productions - My Yard Is A Junkyard (Murena Records)
Yours truly is a bit late with this review of 'My Yard Is A Junkyard', the debut album of Danish Junkyard Productions, as it was already released back in 2006.
The Meditations - No More Friend (Greensleeves)
'No More Friend', in 1983 already the fourth album by The Meditations (Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke and Winston Watson) was originally described by the trio as being their first dance album.
Luciano - Jah Is My Navigator (VP Records)
The Messenger was quiet for a while but returns with 'Jah Is My Navigator'.
Neco Novellas - New Dawn/Ku Khata (World Connection)
Neco Novellas, born Anselmo João Johanhane, is a descendant from a musical family from Mozambique.
Various Artists - Umalali, The Garifuna Women's Project + Aurelio Martinez - Garifuna Soul (Cumbancha/Stonetree Records)
After the sudden demise of Andy Palacio, figurehead of Belizean Garifuna music, 'Umalali, The Garifuna Women's Project', which was still recorded under his direction, should be considered a posthumous tribute.
United Flavour - Unity (Self-published)
Salsa-muffin from Prague! To us the name of this this six-piece collective from the Czech Republic might not mean much yet, but in their own country United Flavour has already earned themselves quite a reputation.
Taraf de Haïdouks - Maškaradă (Crammed Discs)
More than five years after their last studio release, the worldwide acclaimed 'Band Of Gypsies', the Romanian gang of bandits (translation of Taraf de Haïdouks) returns with 'Maškaradă'.
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - Soul Science (Independent Records Ltd)
Blues guitarist meets African virtuoso.
Chucho Valdez - Tumi Sessions + Pilar De La Hoz - Jazz Con Sabor Peruano (Tumi Music)
The Cuban piano virtuoso and living music legend Chucho Valdez has already been working for the Tumi label since 1996; high time to put his best productions on one disc! The 11 tracks on 'Tumi Sessions' effortlessly take the listener to a smoky Cuban bar in Havana.
Telek - Amette (Wantok Music/Singing Frog)
Pop from Papua New Guinea.
Haydamaky - Kobzar (Eastblok Music)
Not an easy one this 'Kobzar' by Haydamaky (the band was named after the Haydamaky-revolution, a popular peasant uprising against the foreign occupation of the Ukraine in the 18th century).
Hugo Westerdahl - Western Sahara, Remixing Saharauis (Nubenegra)
Artists like Tinariwen, Toumast and Mariem Hassan prove that the Western Sahara is hotter than ever! The ideal opportunity to give their, often traditional, music a remix treatment.
Grupo Fantasma - Comes Alive (Me & My Records)
Grupo Fantasma is just about the best Latin band yours truly had the pleasure of discovering the past few years and on 'Comes Alive' the Texans (maybe Tejanos would be more suitable?) prove that they're also a mean live act.
Luis Delgado - As-Sirr (Nubenegra)
On 'As-Sirr' ("the secret") Arabo-Andalusian culture aficionado and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, lute, ud, saz, tar.
Various Artists - Long Way Down: Music From The TV Series (Real World Records)
If the title of this album means nothing to you, you have missed one of the best road movies/travel documentaries in times.
Joe Higgs - Life Of Contradiction (Pressure Sounds)
Most reggae fans will probably know Joe Higgs as being the mentor of the late Bob Marley, but his music is far less known, so Pressure Sounds idea to re-release 'Life Of Contradiction' gets yours truly's full support.
Junior Murvin - Muggers In The Street (Greensleeves)
Even though Junior Murvin has several albums to his name, until now CD-lovers had to content themselves with one, the name of which I do not even have to mention.
Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Go Marko Go! (Piranha)
Balkan/Gypsy music is above all about setting a certain mood and Serbian trumpet player Boban Markovic belongs to the absolute top in the genre.
Mahmoud Fadl - For Oriental Dancers (Piranha)
This could well be the ideal belly dance soundtrack, with rousing darbukas (vase drum used in the Balkans, the Middle East and the rest of the Arab world) and classical Arabic violins evoking the vibe of a smoky nightclub somewhere in downtown Cairo.
Sevara - Sen (Real World Records)
Where Azeri Sevda sounds soulful and jazzy, Uzbek Sevara experiments with an ethereal ambient/dance sound.