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Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook

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Hollie Cook

It may be 30 years since Bob Marley passed away but reggae’s pop flame is still going strong and Hollie Cook is a hot name for the summer.

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V/A – Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space

Wow! Yes it really is veteran Jamaican dub expert at the controls of Tectonic’s dubstep compilation with cover by Tony McDermott and you can’t get much better than that.

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Afrocubism

According to World Circuit folklore, this was the album that got away. Apparently, what eventually became the iconic Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC) record was originally conceived as a Mali/Cuba collaboration.

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Jolly Boys – Great Expectations

The original Jamaican Jolly Boys are back and who the dickens would have thought that the sound of mento would be big with the kids in 2010?

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Toddla T feat. Wayne Marshall – Sky Surfing

Toddla T signing to Ninja Tune shows that even as they celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, they are still a force to be reckoned with and party with a bit of Sky Surfing.

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Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: Remixed

Does Peterson ever stop? Clearly not as he’s recently returned from Cuba recording a new album with Danay plus this new release on his own Brownswood Recordings label with a launch party in London and Roberto Fonseca live with the New Cuba Sound at the Barbican on the 6th July – phew!

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Sound Iration – Sound Iration In Dub

Dub has come a long way since Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, Scientist, Mikey Dread and such legendary knob controllers from the echo chambers pioneered the sound in Jamaica but over the years the UK has had its own stars and here’s one of the best kept secrets.

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Irakere – Cuba Libre

Once again Joe Davis at Far Out Recordings does it again, this time with a re-issue of a very highly sort after album that feature some of the best, if not greatest, Cuban musicians of all time! Irakere’s Cuba Libre is fantastic to say the least!

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Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura – New Cuba Sound

This project represents a significant undertaking for British DJ, producer and all-round global beats guru, Gilles Peterson.

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V/A – Tumblele! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds – French Caribbean 1963-73

As this is on the Sound Way label with a sub-title of “Biguine, Afro & Latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1964-74″ can you imagine that this CD is totally excellent from start to finish? Well, I think I can say that it’s even better than that!

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V/A – Tropical Funk Experience

Following on from Nu-York, Brazil and Cuba, Nascente Records’ fourth “Funk Experience” concentrates on the genre’s influence in the Caribbean.

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V/A – Cuban Funk Experience

Subtitled ‘Funky sounds from Cuba & Miami 1973-1988′ DJ John Armstrong’s compilation does exactly what it says on the tin

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V/A – Sound of the World Presents: Otro Mundo (Another World)

Charlie GIllett scoops up yet again the tracks you loved but never got round to owning and those that would otherwise have entirely slipped past you unnoticed like so many logs floating down the Niger in the middle of the night

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Roberto Fonseca – Akokan

If the young standard-bearer of Cuban music Roberto Fonseca was once recognised chiefly for his performances with the Buena Vista Social Club, it’s surely now his work as a composer and bandleader that earns him his considerable reputation. A rhythmically-charged and beguiling set that displays Fonseca’s remarkable musicianship and myriad influences, Akokan, picks up where Fonseca left off with debut album Zamazu

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Various Artists – Beginner’s Guide To Cuban Music

Yet another compilation of Cuban music? Check out if DJ Lubi Jovanovic’s selections are worth your time

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