Charlie GIllett scoops up yet again the tracks you loved but never got round to owning and those that would otherwise have entirely slipped past you unnoticed like so many logs floating down the Niger in the middle of the nightRead more "V/A – Sound of the World Presents: Otro Mundo (Another World)"
All that’s good and bad from a scene on two discs. Fabulous diversity with music that leaps language barriers to grab you by the heart on the one hand but it’s still a closed shopRead more "V/A – Awards for World Music 2007"
Every now and then the thin membrane that separates popular from eclectic is pierced and all kinds of interesting things slip through before the membrane repairs itself. This compilation celebrates a series of popular mash ups of Gyspy, Balkan and pop sounds from Central and Eastern Europe (and New York)Read more "V/A – Gypsy Groove"
On paper, it’s not too promising: a collection of wedding songs played by master clarinettist. The reality though is a thrilling tour de force of a region’s music refracted through the prism of its most intense social experience.Read more "Selim Sesler – Anatolian Wedding"
Los Desterrados, from not-so-exotic north London, have produced an album of underground Judeo-Spanish re-imaginings, slipping skilfully between epochs and musical traditionsRead more "Los Desterrados – Tu"
In a world awash with free cover-mount compilations and triple CDs for a tenner, why on earth would you buy Charlie Gillett’s latest round up? Perhaps because you really do get what you pay for…Read more "V/A – World 2006"