There is no end to the treasures on that distant clutch of islands Cap Vert (Cape Verde) and Gabriela Mendes is the latest in a long line of traditional singers willing to share those riches far and wide. Traditional mornas, sweetly sung and gently accompanied by nimbly picked guitars are at the heart of these […]Read more "Gabriela Mendes – Tradicao"
Easily one of the richest musical releases of the new millennium. Berlin Serengeti is one of those rare records with both an immediate impact on the listener and the depth to grow even on the most demanding of palettesRead more "Radio Citizen – Berlin Serengeti"
The Bay Area continues to throw up intelligent hip hop while much of the rest of the States continues its frantic materialistic bingeing, literally, to the end of the earth.Read more "Shaggy Manatee – In Between"
Marking Gilles Peterson’s long-awaited return to the record label business, is this amphetamine jazz dazzler from the land of the rising sunRead more "Soil and “Pimp” Sessions – Pimp Master"
A near faultless album and a creative statement of pan-African visionRead more "Louis Mhlanga – World Traveller"
Trading on their links with the mercurial Manu Chao, the Go Lem System have released a bright and breezy album — but does it measure up?Read more "Go Lem System – Caceria"
CrazyBread are one of the best bands on the London scene you have never heard of. Funky, soulful, witty and sexy to boot, it’s probably fair to say that their sound is just now gelling together from the impossibly diverse elements making it upRead more "CrazyBread – Global Warming on the Rise"