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Bola
Volume 7

No! Don't call the record label that! No, No, No. Ok, let's start again, talking about the music this time. This is really great stuff straight outta Ghana. Musically it consists of repetitive beats overladen by two stringed lute, simple but enormously effective. Over the evocative rhythm...view item »

Antibalas
Antibalas

Antibalas are a 12-strong collective from New York who specialise in Fela Kuti's Afrobeat style. Expect extensive ornate musical breaks, shifting polyrhythms, organ, horns, and a freeform carefree spirit. The members have at different times collaborated with Amy Winehouse, TV On The Radio, and also helped provide the backing for the musical Fela...view item »

Various
Life Is Dance

Here's Finders Keepers' sequel to the awesome Sound of Wonder album that they did a few years ago. That was one of my favourite albums of whatever year it was released. It's full of some of the most insanely inventive and unusual music I've heard before. Life is Dance continues the quest ...view item »

Yva Las Vegass
I Was Born In A Place of Sunshine

Apparently Yva is a motherfucker says the press release. Bit harsh possibly when you're trying to get folks to buy the record? Who wants to buy a record by a motherfucker? Well this particular MF used to be in Sweet 75 with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana fame. They never took off as you well k...view item »

Various
Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM

More essential stuff on the Dust to Digital label. This is a 4CD treasure trove of early 78RPM African music (1909-1960) accompanied by a 112 page book which details each track providing a historical document of both the music and the culture.  Like the Fahey box its too exhaustive to...view item »

Carlos Paredes
Movimento Perpétuo

We got a couple of records in this week by this dude on Drag City who I've not heard of before. I can tell you he's from Portugal and he's the man when it comes to playing the Portuguese guitar. Which is different from a normal guitar - it's a short-necked, wide-bodied instrument with twe...view item »

El Rego
El Rego

How exciting to have a really well selected comp of the great El Rego! My only quibble with this release is that some of the tracks overlap with the prior released compilation by Analog Africa called 'The Legends of Benin' (get it-it's great). With so many other fine tracks not compiled anywhere I wonder why they decided to release a bunch that ...view item »

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
Cervantine

Das Hawk A Hacksaw are back with their 5th album! Cervantine is the first release on their own catchily titled LM Duplication label. The CD's look pretty sweet in nice foldy out style Letterpress looking packaging. Nice! They're out folking themselves here on this album with this pretty much taking every folk style on board (Spanish, Mexican, Ro...view item »

Various (loads of Bossa Nova people)
Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s

Party time!! Soul Jazz have very nicely put together a comp of Brazilian ass shaking Bossa Nova especially for you. God bless 'em. The extensive 2 disc set and book (or 2 x 2LP) will pretty much make you a knowledgeable person on the subject in no time. Though will have to listen to it and read the booklet (which I've just thumbed through and it...view item »

The Good Ones
Kigali Y Izahabu

I have no particular inside information as to who they are or their back story, but The Good Ones are an African group playing string instruments and singing with glorious harmonies. Their music, despite being in no language that I understand, taps directly into the "wistful" emotional centre in my brain, beautiful and sad and optimistic all at ...view item »

Marcio Local
Samba Sem Nenhum Problema

I love happy endings, very good Marcio Local.Bresilien's music wonderful.Samba sem nenhum problema, soul do samba oh yes!...view item »

Various
Native America Calling: Music From Indian Country

I want to hear that music, I like Indian music because they have a very peaceful rhythm. ...view item »

Vizier Of Damascus
The radical Monotheist

The last of this corking set of sextuplets is a CD by Vizier Of Damascus called The Radical Monotheist which is a nice mix of electronics and some live sounding drums.... its got that 70's Boards of Canada slow hazey feel to it at time but it's more action packed.... Some nice slow hip hop beats too. Possibly like a...view item »

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