Author Archives: tonybonez

The Bongo Hop (TheUnderdogRecords) Satingarona Part 2

Very groovy mix of sexy vox with Afrobeat, disco, funk, samba, and jazz. An eclectic mix of world influences and great musicians make this a fantastic release! Try: 1,2,3, 5,7,8 ALL RIYL: Brazilian music, Afrobeat, eclectic world, Quantic FCC: None *TBs Faves

Lee Scratch Perry (Megawave) Rootz Reggae Dub

The Legend is back with another release, this time collaborating with “Spacewave, working with backing musicians Speak Easy. Adding percussion from Larry McDonald and backing harmonies from Detroit-based female trio Dames Brown and The Groovematist.” Try: 1,6,11,12 RIYL: Spoken Word, Dub, FCC: None

Dirtwire (Swamptronic Records) Electric River

Another amazing release from Dirtwire! “The 10 track deep album is stacked with standouts and sounds from an array of instruments to create the classic African ngoni and jawharp plucking, harmonica, electric guitar slinging, violin and banjo bowing, blues singing, Siberian ghostcatcher playing trio of cowboys signature sound.” Try: 1,3,5,7,9,10 RIYL: Folktronica, Beats Antique, Toubab Krewe FCC: […]

Steel Pulse (Rootfire Cooperative) Mass Manipulation

40 years of music from these guys, their first album in 15 years, and they still got it! Upbeat and positive vibes here, with some great tracks. Heartfelt, passionate, and political this album makes up for any lost time. 14 is a good cover of Higher Love! Try: 1,2,3,8,11,14 RIYL: Classic Reggae Bands, Positive Vibes, Consciousness FCC: […]

Various Artists (Tropical Twista) Mamazonia : Odes to the Forest – Vol​.​2

Three of South America’s best Electronic labels came together for this special album to raise $$ and awareness about the Rainforest. Voodoohop, Shika-Shika and Tropical Twista Records all represent the best of their labels on this album. Try: 2,3,4,6,7,9,13,14  RIYL: Tropical Bass, Hawaii Bonsai Records, Latin RPM FCC: None *TBs Faves

Collie Buddz (Harper Digital) Hybrid

3rd studio album from Bermudian dancehall artist. Pretty much what you would expect from him at this point… Some very catchy tunes here. Some good collabos on the record as well; if you like him, you will love this one. Try: 1,2,3,4,5,  RIYL: Dancehall, Autotuned vocals, Poppy Reggae FCC: None

Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible (Tru Thoughts) Greatest Hits

Ramón Amezcua and Pepe Mogt, better known as Bostich and Fussible celebrate 20 years of the Nortec Collective project. These are their best songs and really capture their essence well. Slammin’ dance tunes with Mexican traditional instruments – SOOO GOOD! Try them ALL!! RIYL: There really isn’t anything else that sounds like this! FCC: None *TBs Faves

Quantic (Tru Thoughts) Atlantic Oscillations

Will “Quantic” Holland’s first solo album since 2014 reflects all the travel and influences he’s explored throughout his career, all with the danceability we know and love him for. Every track feels a little different; I love the instrumentals – such great stuff in here with a very generous track listing. Try them ALL! Best […]

Santana (Concord Records) Africa Speaks

Another unique Santana musical experiment! This time it’s a fusion of African elements and rock, with his famous guitar holding down. Great guest vocalists and musicians really add an authentic element here as well. Santana showing why he’s a legend on this album, which is less about him and more about sharing the space. Good […]

Aymée Nuviola (Top Stop Music) A journey through Cuban Music

Aymee brings new life to traditional Cuban music in this release. Great musicianship demonstrated on every track. A must for fans ofCuban music! Try: ALL! RIYL: Cuban Music! FCC: None

Vocal Universo (Ansonica Records) Musical Universal

All female acapella group does classic Spanish tunes in a fun and beautiful style. Lovely. Try: 2,3,7,8,11 RIYL: Zap Mamma, A capella, Female Vocals FCC: None

Ortega, Silveira, Elizarde (Ansonica Records) Espontaneo

Master musicians captured moments of musical flow and improvisational brilliance that can only happen when people at the pinnacle of their skills jam with others at the same level. This album feels modern, yet the sounds are classic. Great music here. Try: ALL 1, 4, 5,6 RIYL: Cuban classics, Buena Vista Social Club etc. FCC: None *TB […]

Idan Rachel (Cumbancha) And if you will come to me

“One of the most popular and beloved artists in the history of Israeli music…” is quite a claim. Sounds like a blend of traditional sounds with dramatic pop, like the soundtrack to a love-story. 4 is in Spanish, which is kinda out of place, but it’s a good tune. Try: 1,3,4, RIYL: Bollywood, Middle Eastern, Israeli […]

Angelique Kidjo (Decca Records) Celia

She’s back with another cover concept album and she makes it work! The album pays homage to the great Cuban Songstress, Celia Cruz. She picks songs most know by heart and puts a great spin on each track despite not being a native Spanish speaker. She’s backed by incredible musicians so that definitely helps! Anther […]

Melbreeze (MCC) Amethyst

There’s something really great here and it’s hard to describe why… separate elements of this music may not be appealing, but together it works. Melbreeze’s accent as she mindfully sings the covers we all know, the smooth jazz in the background – it could easily go the other way but there’s something special here… check […]

Katchafire (Universal Music NZ) Legacy

Conscious positive vibes for the most part. A variety of vocalists in different styles keep things fresh on this release; some are poppy, hip hop influenced, all with a Reggae backbone. Sweet voices, good harmonies, love songs, upbeat, etc. Try: 1,3,5,10,12 RIYL: John Brown’s Body, Roots of creation, FCC: None

Sver (Folkhall Records) Reverie

These Nordic Fidlers celebrate 10 years as a band with the re-release of their 4th album, Reverie. Any fan of traditional fiddles will love this album; made me want to dance right along! If you like one, you’ll love them ALL!! RIYL: Traditional Irish, Nordic, Fiddling FCC: None

Atlas Maior (SR) Riptide

This quote from a review sums their sound up well… “The Austin quartet seemingly dreamed about a nexus between Middle Eastern music, Latin groove, and jazz, then created it instead of finding it.” So hypnotic, sensual, and danceable! The new soundtrack to your mysterious lifestyle… Try ALL!! RIYL: Seks Bomba, Combustible Edison, Calibrio 45, Spy Music, […]

Various Artists (Putumayo) Acoustic Women

Another eclectic compilation from local favorite Putumayo. Like many of these compilations, the music is curated as a sampler of various regions, all with the theme of an acoustic female theme. The result is a lovely trip around the world and a great into to music from all corners of the earth! Try 1,3,4,6,9 RIYL: […]

Rodrigo y Gabriela (ATO Records) Mettavolution

As big a sound as two acoustic guitars can get! It’s rockin’, jazzy, and a rhythmic dance between these two master guitar players. An amazing musical dance – every song is great! Try 1,2,3,5 RIYL: Guitar duos, Latin jazz FCC: None *TBs Faves

Altin Gun (ATO Records) Gece

Turkish psych folk band brings it all for their 2nd album. Far out and unique – strangely danceable and familiar as well. Classic sounds with synths, modern beats, and a disco sensibility! Try 2,3,5,8 RIYL: Funk, Spy movies, Bollywood,  FCC: None *TBs Faves

Sabouyouma (SR) Sabouy “Give Thanks”

Local to VT, hailing from Guinea, Ousmane Camara, the singer, balafon player, and leader of this skilled AfroFunk crew delivers in their first album. When seen live their energy is explosive and the album is as close as you can get to that. Energetic vocals in his native language and the balafon (African wooden xylophone) […]

Mariachi Los Camperos (Smithsonian Folkways) De Ayer Para Siempre

Spirited traditional Mariachi style music done with energy and reverence by masters. Some are heartfelt ballads and others are lively dance tracks, all with passionate vocals done in the classic style. Great instrumentation here as well! Try 1,3,5, RIYL: Traditional Mexican, Mariachi, etc. FCC: None

The Budos Band (Daptone)V

Reminds me of the great psychedelic music from around the world in the 60s-70s. Funky fuzzed out guitar and great horns really make this an amazing album. TRY: 1,3,4,5, ALL!! RIYL: Soweto, Funky Lagos, World Psyheledic, Jazz FCC:Clean          *TB Favs

Nicola Cruz (ZZK) Siku

Organic Andean dance with traditional and electronic instruments that has “…hints of electronica. Studies of the samba, cumbia and rhythms of African, Andean and Hindu origin…” Great stuff! Try: 1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10 RIYL: Nicolas Jaar, Chancha Via Circuito, Four Tet, John Talabot, El Boho FCC:Clean          *TB Favs