Brecon Jazz Festival is now all about the music and it shows. We went off to Wales to see for ourselvesRead more "Brecon Jazz Festival 2009 – Round Up"
Some stories never get to be told properly. At last ours has been.Read more "From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene – Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove (Book)"
Mauricio Pacheco’s passion for Angolan music has flowered into a wonderful album of reinterpretations of classic Angolan tunes by the cutting edge of Brazil’s underground sceneRead more "Comfusoes – from Angola to Brasil with Producer Mauricio Pacheco"
If you want to be one of those impossibly smug folk who have tired of new discoveries before the rest of the world has even heard of them, this is the album for you. Vanessa da Mata is going to hit in a big way: think Bebel Gilberto with bass and attitudeRead more "Vanessa da Mata – Sim"
DJ Jose Luis has been burning the candela at both ends bringing Londoners endless club nights, and now Latino London has its own show on Resonance FM featuring cutting-edge Latin sounds including reggaeton of course…Read more "¡Ay Candela! – The Latino Underground System in London"
Forró (pronounced fo-hoe) is the sound of Pernambuco and its capital city Recife. It is a form that is close to the lives of ordinary Brazilians from the North East in its pure state and a resource to be plundered by the mixologists like DJ Dolores. Silvério Pessoa has stuck to the roots and captured […]Read more "Silverio Pessoa – Bate o Manca (O Povo dos Canaviais)"
If some recent traditional albums give the listener a feeling of tranquility as if reaching an isolated but welcoming village as dusk settles, Lamp Fall by contrast is like arriving in a bustling city full of unique and chaotic possibilitiesRead more "Cheikh Lo – Lamp Fall"
Funky, conscious and packed to the gills with great samples and famous guests this will be huge in the Lusitanic world — but will it make an impact outside? Who cares, you heard it here and all your friends will be profoundly impressed when they hear your copy booming back at themRead more "Rappin’ Hood – Sujeito Homen 2"
DJ Dolores, aka Helder Aragão, is like a one-man tropicalismo movement for the 21st century. Ska, drum and bass, traditional emboladas, brega, klezmer and a large dollop of hip hop sensibility are just a few of the pots that DJ Dolores rifles through for his unique sound.Read more "DJ Dolores – Aparelhagem"
Gilles Peterson in Brazil was a huge success so it comes as no surprise that Ether Records are repeating the formula for an African outing. Gilles is not only a world class authority on Brazilian music, he has created an entire mini industry around him devoted to diggin’ in the crates from São Paulo to […]Read more "Gilles Peterson in Africa"