Author Archives: tonybonez

Betsayda & Parranda El Clavo (Odelia) Loe Loa

Traditional Venezuelan music meant to be sung together with a group. Makes you feel like you are a part of the party! Very uplifting and celebratory music that makes you feel the roots of this rich musical culture. Great percussion! ALL GOOD!! Advertisements

! Esso ! Afrojam Funkbeat (Sonic Octopus) Juntos

 Chicago based with International Tentacles, this group brings a lot to the table. More Latin than Afro or Funk, this album blends many styles with latin roots from romantic to spoken word and MC styling’s, all with great percussion and horns. Start with 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, & 13

Ruben Gonzalez (World Circuit) Introducing…

Hard to believe this legendary Cuban pianist hasn’t released a solo album before this! He’s a favorite among the Buena Vista Social Club, has played with everyone, and this album is a masterpiece of classic Cuban music. All Good!!

Chicago Afrobeat Project (Self) What Goes Up

Another solid release from this diverse group. Lots of different vocals including Chance the Rapper gives this album a different feel from song to song, but the Afrobeat holds it together. Great instrumentation and the vocals vary depending on the song. Start with 1, 2, 6, & 8

Michel Camilo & Tomatitto (Verve) Spain Forever

A bit of a misnomer as this album is classic guitar and piano jazz. Great music for the romantic in all of us with Spanish inspiration. All Good!

Lila Downs (Sony) Salon, Lagrimas, Y Deseo

 Grammy winner and Mexican songstress is back with a dramatic, emotional, romantic, and empowering album for the times. A great mix of traditional sounds and a buttery voice that carries deep feelings. I liked the more upbeat tunes as opposed to the ballads, but that’s just me. Try 1, 4, 6, 9, & 12

Joseph Daley Earth Tone Ensemble (Jaro) 7 Deadly Sins

The concept is each song depicts a different Sin, so each composition has it’s own personality. At times it can be Orchestral and classic, others are a complete assault of the senses, and some are beautiful and romantic. The musicianship stands out in each song and you can tell it’s performed by masters. 3 was […]

King Schascha (Self) Rudeboy Skankin

Solid Skankin tunes from legit sounding dudes. Upbeat, happy, & positive tunes! I liked 1 & 3

Black Seeds (Easy Star) Fabric

NZ rockers bring another dynamic release! For the uninitiated, they sound like Depeche Mode & Daft Punk had a baby that Ziggy Marley and Deepak Chopra raised. The result is an album that has a vintage 80s emotion, with modern bass & blips/blobs, a positive and new agey lyrical approach, all on a backbone of […]

Brownout (Self Released) Over the Covers

These guys are known for Black Sabbath Covers, but are leaving that behind to create original music. Elements of Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Fuzzed out Guitars, soulful vocals, R & B, and a killer horn section. I like their instrumentals more than their vocals, but maybe that’s me? All good but 4 was my fav! RIYL: […]

Havana Maestros (Rhino) AmeriCuba

Classic Latin backbeats to pop tunes. If you liked the original, you’ll like these! The good ones are REALLY good! Their original tunes are solid as well. I liked 1, 3, 4, 6, and 11 the best!

Tanzania Albinism Collective (Six Degrees) White African Power.

Pretty amazing story of this group… They are all from an island in Africa where parents abandon their Albino babies. Great traditional African music with modern twist. My only complaint is the songs are too short! Male and Female Vox. All good, all short.

Various Artists (Putumayo) Cuba! Cuba!

Another Solid Cuban Music release from Putumayo. Classic sounding tunes including a few from the popular Buena Vista Social Club album. All good! I liked 1, 3, 6, and 8 the best!

CSC Funk Band (Electric Cowbell) Above the Starrs

Great Funk Jazz from a crazy group of all stars, like members of Gwar! All songs are good! RIYL- Greyboy All-Stars

Nattali Rize (Co-Sign) Rebel Frequency

Solid Reggae from an Australian living in Jamaica. Poppy, Conscious, and Political. Try 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12

Dirtwire (Beats Antique) Showdown

David Satori of Beats Antique and friends throw down amazing eclectic music fusing electronic, distorted slide guitars, organic unique sounds, and great bass. Def sounds like Beats Antique. Try 2, 3, 4, 5, 11

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan (Domino) Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars

Interesting mix of many styles here. Middle Eastern and Indian styles, in addition to some singer/songwriter sounding stuff. My favs are 1, 5, and 9.  

Battle of Santiago (MWPC) La Migra

AfroCuban music from Canadian/Cuban group. Solid latin tunes with well placed vocals. Afrobeat feel at times as well as electronic. Good stuff! Start with 1, 2, 4