Here’s some hot underground from London Town that’s been hiding in my bag and it’s just what you need to raise Latin spirits in the bleak mid-winter.
Continue reading Wara – Wara EP
This was a celebrated release in Finland a couple of years ago but now it gets repackaged on ‘jazz label of the year’ ACT and you’ll find that the name Verneri Pohjola will be the on the lips as the horn of the year!
Continue reading Verneri Pohjola – Aurora
To say Jah Wobble is an interesting bloke would be an understatement so when he releases an album called Welcome To My World you’ll want to hear what the dub his world is like.
Continue reading Jah Wobble – Welcome To My World
Here’s we go again with the less than obvious but totally dance floor crazy 12″ disco madness with the European Connection.
Continue reading V/A – Disco Discharge: European Connection
So you think you know an artist, especially one that made his name in the post bop/free jazz era? Well here’s Don Cherry with a world-funk fusion that’s as Here & Now as it was in the mid 70s!
Continue reading Don Cherry – Here & Now
The debut release from this multi-faceted cross-cultural collective from Newcastle-upon-Tyne is one of the most surprising and consistently engaging treats of the year.
Continue reading Soznak – Dear Dad Tango
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
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)
MySpace does the business again as London-based Israeli singer Mor Karbasi blossoms from internet rumour to new and exciting prospect in one highly-accomplished step
Continue reading Mor Karbasi – The Beauty and the Sea
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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Finally. A history of Catalan rumba in English. I can’t tell you how long I have been searching for this. Yes, this is 2-in-1. An unusual compilation of impossible-to-find Catalunyan Gypsy soul and a book providing a detailed history of this amazing and often forgotten musical movement
Continue reading V/A – Achili Funk: Gipsy Soul 1969-1979
By 1966 Cherry was a name in jazz, notably playing with Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler. Europe was the place to be for the visiting musician and Paris the epicentre of cool
Continue reading Don Cherry Quintet – Live At Cafe Monmartre 1966
The ngoni, the small plucked lute said to be a forerunner of the banjo is most often found taking a support rôle to the guitar or kora. But it wasn’t always thus, and the world’s leading exponent has just released a new album that aims to bring the instrument — and the Bamana tradition from which it hails — firmly back centre stage
Continue reading Bassekou Kouyate – Blue Like a River to a Desert
It’s widely held that hip hop artists helped tip the last government out of power, everyone knows that music matters in Senegal. This time round the electoral choices seem less clear cut but that hasn’t stopped the music
Continue reading Is it Time to Change the Record? Senegal: Modern Rhymes in Election Times