Author Archives: tonybonez

Gentleman’s Dub (Easy Star) Dubtopia

Gentleman’s Dub (Easy Star) Dubtopia- Many styles and vocals represented on this album, some better than others.  Try:5,12,7,8,9 RIYL: Eclectic Reggae inspired music FCC:Clean Advertisements

Holly Cook (Merge) Vessel of Love

Holly Cook (Merge) Vessel of Love- Breathy female vocals with ska, rocksteady, lovers, reggae-lite backbeats. She has a lovely voice! Try:5 RIYL: Hire, Nattali Rize, Protoje. FCC:Clean

Dactah Chando (Self-Released) ansestrel

Dactah Chando (Self-Released) ansestrel- Conscious Latin Reggae all performed by one guy! Like one, you’ll like them all. Try:1,2,4,7 RIYL: Ziggy Marley, Spanish lyrics + positive vibes, Reggaeton. FCC:Clean

The Frightnrs (Daptone) Nothing More to Say

The Frightnrs (Daptone) Nothing More to Say- I listened to this for weeks thinking it was an old Rocksteady record, but after closer review it’s a modern group reimagining an old style. They did the genre justice and kept an authentic sound without sounding like iterative. Heartfelt falsetto male vocals, great instrumentals, and that old skool […]

Femi Kuti (Knitting Factory) One People One World

Femi Kuti (Knitting Factory) One People One World- 10th album from legendary sun or Feli. Very positive messages on this album – “Africa will be great again”, “1 people 1 world” etc. Still very political – his Dad would be proud. Try:1,2,4,6,10,13 RIYL: Fela Kuti, Anitbalas, Tony Allen, Edo Taylor, Souljazz Orch, Afrobeat, Nigerian freedom. FCC:Clean                *TB […]

Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman (Wavetone) Dreaming Spirits

Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman (Wavetone) Dreaming Spirits-Jazzy grooves backed by a talented table player to give it that “world” feel. Definitely has a new age kinda vibe light on the cheese. Many tracks are slower and could be good for massage/meditation. Try:1, 6, 8, 14  RIYL: Krishna Das, New Age, Spiritual, Smooth Jazz, Tabla […]

Imarhan (City Slang) Temet

Imarhan (City Slang) Temet- “New wave Tuareg music”. Great soulful mostly male vocals, with traditional instruments and twangy guitars; African desert surf rock. Great percussion too! Try:1,3,4,6 RIYL: Bombino, Tinariwen, Mdou Moctor, Amadou & Mariam. FCC:Clean               *TB Fav

Various Artists (Galletas Callientes) Galletas Calientes Compilation 1

3 albums from this incredible World/Tropical Bass Label. Dragao is darker electronic with great bass and cumbia roots, with some great female accompaniment from Nidia Gongora. Ghetto Kumbe gives us 4 slammin’ tunes with more of an edge, but sill features great traditional percussion and Amazonian roots. The last two tracks are more traditional and […]

Various Artists (Galletas Callientes) Palenque Records Afrocolombia Remix Vol. 2

Really fun album with lots of upbeat Latin styles. Good quote from the promoter, “In this second volume, we’ll go deeper into “modern” Champeta, introducing pioneer Rata Piano from Barranquilla and his “guarapos”, a unique genre of champeta remixes of African anthems, typically dropping some catchy soukous guitar samples and going mad on some cheap […]

Toubab Krewe (Self-Released) Stylo

It’s been 7+ years since their last album, and this one really delivers! West African instruments and stylings all with a gritty southern edge make every song on here a winner. Every track rocks, but Try: 1,3,5 RIYL: Barika, Western African Music, Instrumental jams, surfy rock. *TB Favs FCC: Clean

Various Artists (Hawaii Bonsai) Cumbia Amazonica

Another AMAZING release from Hawaii Bonsai featuring the best new Tropical Bass tunes in the world! Slammin’ dance tunes with creative instrumentation all with a Cumbia backbone. Try: 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 15, 17 RIYL: Tropical Bass music, Cumbia Moderno, Nicodemus FCC: Clean *TB Favs

Maykel Elizarde Group (Ansonica) South County Music of Cuba

Great Latin Jazz tunes here, with about half female vocal tracks – I like the instrumentals best. Try: 2, 4, 5, 7 RIYL: Latin Jazz, Buena Vista, Celia Cruz, Latin Jazz Fusion…

Ellason (Ansonica) Traditional Cuban Music

Great classic Cuban tunes sung and played by very talented women. Great harmonies and fun accents on all tracks! If you like one you’ll like them all! RIYL: Celia Cruz, Female Vocalists, Buena Vista Social Club FCC: Clean

Phil Scarff (Galloping Goat) Ragas on Saxophone

Sounds exactly like you would think- traditional Indian Ragas with a Soprano sax solo. Bhushan Parchure on table and percussion really holds it all down here. Try: 7, 8 RIYL: Classical Indian music, Raga music, Ravi Shankar, Saxy Jazz…

Various Artists (Hawaii Bonsai Records) Hawaii Bonsai Sampler 1&2

Disk 1 is more RPM and Dub, while Disk 2 is modern Cumbia/Latin with heavy bass. Everything this record label puts out is AMAZING! RIYL: Bonobo, Gold Panda, Dj Cheb I Sabbah, Nicodemus, Cumbia moderna, bass music  *TB Favs

Various Artists (Hawaii Bonsai Records) Raja Sound an India Bass Compilation-

Slammin’ beats mixed with traditional instruments and vocals – Every track is on fire! Try:2,3,4,7,10,11. RIYL: Karsh Kale, Dj Cheb I Sabbah, DjYoga  *TB Favs

CreepXotica (Dionysus) Haunted Bossa Nova-

Side project of Surf Punk band the Creepy Creeps, these are throwback tunes for the Ultra-Lounge crowd. Like a soundtrack to a 1960s spy movie or Tiki bar music! Try:ALL RIYL: the electric martini lounge, surf rock  *TB Favs

Ellason (Ansonica) Traditional Cuban Music-

Great classic Cuban tunes sung and played by very talented women. Great harmonies and fun accents on all tracks! If you like one you’ll like them all! RIYL: Celia Cruz, Female Vocalists, Buena Vista Social Club

New Kingston (Easy Star) Come From Far-

Positive vibes on these trax on the sweet and mellow, songs for lovers. Try:2,7,8,10. RIYL: Tribal Seeds, Protoje, Chronixx, Steel Pulse

Soja (ATO) Poetry in Motion-

“An uplifting meld of reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin rock, and hip-hop.” Positive & empowering blend of many styles here. Good instrumentation, great horns, and a fav of the summer festival circuit. If you like one, you’ll like them all. RIYL: Twiddle, John Brown’s Body, Nahko, Reggae-lite

Boubacar Traore (Lusafrika) Dounia Tabolo-

“The last Malian bluesman of his generation” Soulful West African mixed with heavy blues harmonica, fiddle, and the feel of the music is blues heavy. Try: 1,3,5,6,8,10,12. RIYL: Blues, West African, African vocals…

Spanish Fly (Chaco) Ay Que Boogaloo-

Upbeat modern take on classic Boogaloo style. I like the instrumentals but many trax are English & Spanish. Try: 1,3,5,7,8. RIYL: Boogaloo, Sr. Coconut, Modern Latin Music, Nicodemus…

Sameer Gupta (SR) A Circle Has No Beginning

Really fun jazzy tunes with many other styles represented as well. Some are pop-like vocal trax, some are full on jazz odyssey, and most have some kind of Indian raga fusion. Great strings, table, horns, and flute! This is special music…Try: 3,4,5,8,12. RIYL: Wild Indian fusion, jazz, Raga, Ambient… *TB Favs

Brenda Navarrete (Alma) Mi Mundo

Beautiful Cuban Songstress delivers on this album. Her voice is both youthful and ancient. Some of her harmonies connect us to African roots, all with an upbeat jazzy Cuban backbone. Try: 1,2,3,7,8,10. RIYL: Cuban music, Angélique Kidjo, Zap Momma, Esperanza Spaulding…

Mashkoor Ali Khan (Nimbus Alliance) Transcendence

One hour-long track here from a Master Indian Classical Vocalist. Pretty far out at times, definitely sounds like he’s on quite a musical/spiritual journey, backed by traditional table and sitar in the Raga style Try: 1. RIYL: Classical Indian Chanting, Raga music, Ravi Shankar…