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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Can you think Arthur Russell, Chromeo, Amp Fiddler and George Clinton all at the same time? Me neither but Boohgaloo Zoo’s debut album comes fairly close to it; give it some P-Funk boys.
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The acclaimed father of Ethio-jazz who has fans as varied as Damian Alban, K’Naan, Nas and Damian Marley releases his first solo album in over 20 years and it’s a belter.
Continue reading Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead
Bustin’ Out is set in a time went the punks limelight was dimming but in its place, the independent DIY label ethic took hold and a whole new generation of musicians started to experiment a little deeper than 3-chord wonders.
Continue reading V/A – Bustin’ Out (New Wave To New Beat: The Post Punk Era 1979-1981)
Even by Eskimo Recordings’ high standards, Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 1 was a bit special so they’ve surpassed themselves with Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 2; its time to dance.
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Jamie Woon is relatively still at the start of his career even after the success of ‘Wayward Stranger’ of a couple of years ago; Hectic grabs a quick chat at Cargo where he’s on the same bill as Joe Bataan and James Pants!
Continue reading Jamie Woon – Wayfaring Asset
“This Is Belgium, This Is Belgium, This Is Belgium” now if this was anything other else but R&S you’d have to laugh, but as it is R&S, it’s serious stuff.
Continue reading V/A – Optimo Presents In Order To Edit (R&S Records)
Shitmat (or Henry Collins to his mum) might be getting on but “I don’t believe it”, he’s still got One Foot In The Rave
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Clear, punchy jazz with heavy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours makes for a deeply rewarding album
Continue reading Hijaz – Dunes
This is not you’re usual house music, this is Cadence Weapon’s House Music. Absolutely the best party rave-up track for sometime
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When you get a little tired at work, the temptation is to start to watch the clock; Hrs:Mins:Secs drag by – not this new single from Daedelus as he puts on another cloak of inspiration on the decks
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Flemish Belgium brass band Va Fan Fahre’s second album is not your usual Balkan fare, but takes the genre to many unexpected corners of the musical world
Continue reading Va Fan Fahre – Zet Je Maar
The brilliant Belgian label Crammed Discs brought the Congotronics of Konono No.1 to a wealth of listeners and now present more choice artists in this marvellous boundary crossing compilation
Continue reading V/A – 20 Ways to Float Through Walls
This is another hot remix of Franz & Shape to please all their fans, like Tiga, Freeform Five, Mylo and 2 Many DJs to name a few
Continue reading Franz & Shape – The Man Who Paid Before (Remixes)
Frédéric Beucher and Séverin Tezenas du Montcel’s ‘O-Hot Brain’ is their best track to date and gets its remixes out for some hot action
Continue reading One-Two – ‘O-Hot Brain’ (Remixes)