Monthly Archives: September 2020

Keleketla! (Ahead of Our Time) Keleketla!

South African duo Rangoato Hlasane and Malose Malahlela combine forces with Coldcut fro Britain to give us an eclectic album that transcends genre. There is a strong Afrobeat sound, mixed with modern blips, bass, and bleeps with traditional vocals at the forefront. Really fun danceable stuff here! Try: 1,2,3,8 RIYL: Angelique Kidjo, Coldcut, Fela Kuti, FCC: […]

IZADORÄ (Hawaii Bonsai) Sol Edad

Even though this album has 6 versions of the same song, they each have their own unquie flavor and style, which makes it feel more like a cohesive album when listened back to back. While each one has its own personality, you get beautiful spanish vocals, great bass, and a perfect blend of traditional and […]

Falle Nioke (Prah recordings) Youkounkoun EP

West African soulful vocals, mixed with well produced dance music backing. Perfect showcase of EDM and traditional vocals/instrumentation. Upbeat synths make this a really fun exploration! Sounds like it could be from the 80s. Try: ALL RIYL: William Onyeabor, African Dance, 80s Synth Funk FCC: None *TBs Faves

Faauna (Hawaii Bonsai) Tropicalypsis Now

Another great release from my fav record label! More incredible Tropical Bass, blending dubstep and slammin’ bass with cumbia, EDM, and traditional instrument accents from the Amazon. These tunes have a harder edge at times that reminds me of Brazilian funk, but there are also songs that feel like dub, reggaeton, and hard hitting dance […]

Emancipator (Loci) Mountain of Memory

Quote from the artist sums this up best, “Mid-tempo dance grooves, solid boom bap hip-hop beats and calm, reflective tempos blend with electric and acoustic guitars, classical violin, Persian dilruba, cimbaloms, finger snaps, symphonic strings, bubbling water, Latin and African hand drumming, music boxes, Baroque flutes and opera singers, who add unexpected vocal ornamentations to […]

El Extravagante (Hawaii Bonsai) Multiverso Tropical

Quote from the artist sums this up best, “Inspired by psychedelia, surrealism and referring to the theories of quantum physics about multiple parallel Universes, the EP ¨Multiverso Tropical¨ was born with 5 songs that play with the aesthetics of the Amazonian Cumbia sound, Psychedelic Rock, Dembow and Acid, 100% for the dancefloor.” Try: All RIYL: […]

Ceu (6 Degrees) APKA!

5th album from this Brazilian songstress. Each song is its own musical treat, with many styles and feels represented here. Her beautiful voice holds it all together, both classic and contemporary. Try 1,2,6,8,9,10 RIYL: Portuguese, great Female vocalists, modern Brazilian FCC: None

Buscabulla (SR) Regresa

Translates as “Troublemaker”, Puerto Rican duo give us an album about returning home from NYC to PR in the midst of political and environmental strife. Fun music that blends beautiful, yet quirky, Spanish female vocals with innovative and familiar electro-rock vibes. Try: 1,2,3,6,7,11 RIYL: Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ) FCC: None

Bebel Gilberto (PIAS Recordings) Agora

Brazilian Legend gives us a beautiful and classic sounding album; the first in over 6 years!  Her voice is perfect and the accompanying music is a great compliment – well produced with some modern filters and tricks, but it’s still the voice you love. Despite having dealt with loss, this has an uplifting tone. Try […]

Thievery Corporation (ESL) Symphonik

A must for fans!  They took some of their best tunes and reimagined them all! The vocalists have all changed and some are better than others, and they added lots of great classical instruments, strings, etc. Try: 1,3,4,7,9,10 RIYL: Sexy Eclectic World, great Female vocalists. FCC: None *TBs Faves

PHISH (JEMP) Sigma Oasis

Local Legend’s 15th studio album and released after almost 40 years of playing together! A welcome treat for Phans and some very accessible material for newcomers as well. As for much of their later releases, it has musically maturity that reflects a band that has spent a lot of time playing; it’s tight musically with […]