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Ikebe Shakedown – Ikebe Shakedown

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Ikebe Shakedown is the self-titled album is one to shakedown your boogie on the dancefloor for another impressive debut album on Ubiquity Records.

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V/A – Psychedelic Pernambuco

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I don’t know what The Gentlemen were on when they recorded ‘Sorriso Selbagem’ but whatever it was, we all need some more of this Psychedelic Pernambuco from Recife in the north east of Brazil.
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Norman Jay MBE Presents – Good Times 30th Anniversary

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Good Times is 30! How much fun can you possibly have after 30 years? Well on the evidence of the latest compilation by King of Choppers himself, Norman Jay MBE, the answer is lots – get you’re Good Times today. Continue reading Norman Jay MBE Presents – Good Times 30th Anniversary

Owiny Sigoma Band

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Musicians of a former time may have headed off to the crossroads in the hope of making a deal with the devil to supercharge their musical offerings but these days the crossroads must be mighty empty as everyone is in Africa. Owiny Sigoma is the result of five Londoners meeting Luo musicians in Nairobi and coming out with some heavy beats.

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Crewdson – Gravity

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 “Yeah, that’s nicely different from Crewdson, ‘Electric Wing’ [on] an album to watch out for called Gravity” Gilles Peterson, Radio 1. With Gilles Peterson’s seal of approval (not only that, Mrs Hectic thought it was the best track that he played on his show last week), it is all looking good for the debut release from Crewdson. Continue reading Crewdson – Gravity

BLNRB – Welcome to the Madhouse

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Electro / Hip-Hop compilation featuring a unique collaboration between Berlin’s renowned electro artists Gebrüder Teichmann, Modeselektor, Jahcoozi and Nairobi’s most wanted rappers and bands Ukoo Flani, Nazizi, Mister Abbas, Just a Band & many more

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V/A – Watch The Closing Doors: A History Of New York’s Musical Melting Pot Vol. 1 1945-1959

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The label that calls itself Year Zero certainly had a bit of a year zero concept when they thought up the musical compilation of a six set history of New York’s musical melting pot; so let’s investigate how high they got on with the first edition covering 1945-59.

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The Unknown Story of Kalaparusha


I’ve been checking out Paul Bradshaw’s new blog ancienttofuture and came across this arresting music doc by Danilo Parra of Kalaparusha – an aging jazz man from back in the day – and the recording of his new album, in which he manages to channel John Coltrane to his own surprise. Continue reading The Unknown Story of Kalaparusha

Tamikrest on tour and new album Toumastin


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Young Tuareg desert blues rockers Tamikrest follow up their critically acclaimed debut album Adagh with Toumastin.

Music always is a borderline experience. Especially when not only stylistically boundaries are shifting, but the centres of musical creativity are moving.

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Introducing Congolese / Belgian rapper Baloji


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Congolese /Belgian rapper Baloji will make his debut at the Rich Mix on Monday 18 July with Fatoumata Diawara in support but in the meantime catch some of his music here. Continue reading Introducing Congolese / Belgian rapper Baloji

SMOD – SMOD

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SMOD

What with the “Produced By Manu Chao” sticker on the cover and the Metro’s ‘Album of the Week’, what more do you want from SMOD’s third album?

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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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Kraak & Smaak – Electric Hustle

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Kraak & Smaak - Electric Hustle

It’s good to have something to dance to on a Friday, and Kraak & Smaak’s latest album Electric Hustle is certainly a good album to dance to and so much more!

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Charlie Haden Quartet West feat. Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, René Fleming, Ruth Cameron – Sophisticated Ladies

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Charlie Haden Quartet West, Sophisticated Ladies

Charlie Haden gets some sophisticated ladies to join in with his Quartet West project where they excel in lush, romantic arrangements of music from Hollywood’s golden era; and they are in London Town this weekend!

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Mo Kolours – Drum Talking EP1

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Mo Kolours – EP1: Drum Talking

One-Handed Music’s roster of stars already includes Paul White and Bullion has now expanded to include Mo Kolours making 3 a very magic number!

 

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