This eponymous delight is street flamenco meets jazz, rock and whatever else comes to hand. As the website jokes, elbicho are two madrileños, five alicantinos and no Andalusians.Read more "elbicho – elbicho"
This one slipped between the cracks. Nominated for a Latin Grammy back in 2003, I came across this CD at the recent WOMEX and fell in love with its re-imagining of the musical landscape of Moorish Andalusia and Morocco.Read more "Juan Carmona – Orillas"
Subtitled ‘Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan: Sounds of the Silk Road’, The Rough Guide to the Music of Central Asia celebrates the enormous musical wealth and diversity coming out of these rarely visited lands.Read more "V/A – The Rough Guide to the Music of Central Asia"
Seven years ago, Rough Guides published The Rough Guide to Cajun & Zydeco. Now the bluesy Louisiana Creole accordion music gets its own release. Driving, funky and downright dirty, Zydeco will have you popping your fingers and shuffling your feet.Read more "V/A – The Rough Guide to Zydeco"
This 3 CD set of Carnatic music virtuoso Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman is a real find. Expect exquisite violin playing with skilled accompanimentRead more "Lalgudi G Jayaraman – Paddhatti (The Tradition of Burnished Gold) Volumes I, II & III"
“This is music that has been taken from us,” says Ali Farka Toure of the blues and this double LP release of impossible-to-find early recordings is claiming it back.Read more "Ali Farka Toure – Red & Green"
Subtitled ‘From Barrio Beats to Funky Bossa’ the sleeve notes emphasise that there is not one single style of Brazilian music as, equally, there is not one particular style of [insert any genre you like]. And do these 14 selected tracks go on to prove the point? Yes they do but perhaps it tries too […]Read more "V/A – Essential Brazilian Flavas"