The music tears through Buika with such violence you cannot wrestle your eyes away from her for fear of missing the last precious moment of beauty before catastrophe strikes. Continue reading Buika at Union Chapel (Live Review)
Day two of the 2010 Big Chill extravaganza was my first full day on site and by the time I was up and about the action was already well underway.
Continue reading Big Chill Festival 2010 – Saturday 07.08.10
“The late, great Charlie Gillett had a passion for music”, Mark Coles, BBC World Service, June 2010.
Continue reading V/A – Sound of the World Presents: Anywhere On This Road
Don’t be put off by the strange Cluedo-esque imagery of the cover, this CD by Spanish guitar virtuoso is as Espa?±ola as you can get.
Continue reading Ni?±o Josele – Espa?±ola
Jazz and Milk is now officially THE reliable home of great soul, funk, jazz and Afrolatin breaks and I’m glad to report they are they are back with another welcome compilation full of dancefloor winners for those more groove-enlightened dance floors
Continue reading V/A – Jazz and Milk Breaks II
Kaloom?© follow up the 2004 debut album Sin Fronteras with 13 tracks drenched in Catalan heritage that’s De Otro Color.
Continue reading Kaloom?© – De Otro Color
Cromagnon on ESP! That’s what I thought but it’s not Cro-magnon so the question now is, has extremes of NY psych-no-wave of 1969 lasted the test of time?
Continue reading Cromagnon – Cave Rock
This album explores the combination of the traditions of flamenco, comtemporay jazz and orchestral arrangements; could that possibily work?
Continue reading Vince Mendoza & The Metropole Orchestra – El Viento
If you look at the vast array of contributors to Ojos de Brujo’s fourth album, you might be forgiven for expecting another over-ambitious and slightly over-egged release in the mould of its predecessor Techari. Such fears prove unjustified. Aocan?° finds the Catalan band back in fine form
Continue reading Ojos de Brujo – Aocan?°
Onda Vaga roughly translates as “vagabond stlye” and their sound evokes campfire singalongs on the beach, travellers tales and cherished memories
Continue reading Onda Vaga – Fuerte y Caliente
Louise Gray, the music correspondent for the New Internationalist, has written the most thought-provoking and enjoyable exploration of this whole ‘world music’ thing. She tells Fly what led her to write a book unlike any other on this subject
Continue reading Louise Gray – The No-Nonsense Guide to World Music
Abraham the Gypsy had two sons, to Flamenco he said, ‘guard the purity of your sound, it will see you through some bad shit’ and to his other son Rumba Catalana he said ‘mix it up, add a little from here, leave a bit of your sound over there, let’s see how it works out.’ His descendant Peret is the undisputed king of the Rumba shakedown.
Continue reading Peret (La Linea) – Barbican, 2009 (Live Review)
The first recording of the ongoing collaboration between the legendary drummer and the innovative Cuban group is a testament to the success of fusion music.
Continue reading Billy Cobham and Asere – De Cuba y De Panama
Los Desterrados are to be found where Sephardic music meets its flamenco and balkan neighbours and that’s a vibrant, spicy place to be as they mature their contemporary rendering of a traditional repertoire for their third album.
Continue reading Los Desterrados – Miradores
Dingwalls: crap name, great venue. And so it proved to be once more with a band of nomadic northerners with feet in Leeds and others in Italy, Bangladesh, the Punjab and Tottenham. The band is called Samay
Continue reading Samay – Dingwalls (Live Review)