Author Archives: tonybonez

Altin Gün (Glitterbeat Records) Yol

Not sure if I can describe it better than Phonica Records when they wrote this album is an “exploration of Anatolian rock and Turkish psychedelic stylings to include dreamy 80’s synth-pop and dancefloor excursions.” There is nothing quite like this blend of styles and makes for a really enjoyable album that feels both modern and […]

Kutiman (Norman Records) Wachaga in Dub

This is modern psychedelic music at its best. Some farther out than others, this album in Dub definitely combines many genres (jazz, reggae, funk, rpm) and delivers a voyage of an album. Listen to this one late at night with headphones… Try: ALL RIYL: Dj Day, Dudu Tassa, Seven Davis Jr., Alaia, Clutchy Hopkins FCC: […]

Parov Stelar (Le Plan) Voodoo Sonic

Fun, upbeat, whimsical, loungey, raucous, party tunes! House music with a retro feel, taking loops from ragtime and big band jazz makes this a really fun album and could be what your next dance party needs to get to the next level! Try: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11,  RIYL: Senor Coconut, Balkan Beatbox […]

Cochemea (Daptone) Vol. II Baca Sewa

The wonderful sequel to the All My Relations album. Organic percussion is center stage and connects us to the roots of African and Latin music, but shares the stage well with a soulful and smooth sax that acts as the voice of every song. It’s a wonderful dance between drum and sax that sounds both […]

Various Artists (Tru Thoughts) Tru Thoughts Covers 3

Awesome compilation from an amazing label that always delivers! This time it’s all cover songs done in many ways, jazzy upbeat versions dominate. Lots of great tracks from some great artists interpreting classics in new ways. Try: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 17  RIYL: Jazzy World Music, Great Cover Songs  FCC: […]

Aksak Maboul (Crammed Disks) Tous Ko

Going all the way back to 1977, with a 30 year hiatus in there after the early 80s, this Belgian producer is back with a new album. Aksak is the founder of Crammed Disks, an amazing label putting out lots of RPM on the bleeding edge of the genre. The result is a well produced, […]

Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band (Awesome Tapes From Africa) Tezeta

Long lost live recording from 1975 when Hailu was basically a lounge act for a famous hotel. He’s been known to play until the sun rose and they say this recording represents the peak of his style and influence. This is an absolute gem of an album, so kick back, relax, and pretend you are […]

Various Artists (Moonshine) SMS for Location Vol. 4

Another amazing compilation, this is described as having an, “Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound.” Some really great tracks here that give a nice sampler platter of new and exciting sounds coming from the dance floors all around the world, inspired by new musical explorations coming out of Africa. Try: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, […]

Femi Kuti (Elsurecords) Stop the Hate

Son of Famous Afro-beat pioneer, Fela Kuti, delivers another solid album. While his voice has a softer feel, he would make his father proud by continuing to speak to injustice and political topics on this album. The outcome is an uplifting and positive feeling release done in a musical style that continues the great traditions […]

U-Roy (Trojan Jamaica/BMG) Solid Gold U-Roy

This album, released after his death in 2020, features a new collabo pretty much every track. Lots of great classic covers done here and pays tribute to an epic career. Try: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9,  RIYL: Classic Reggae FCC: None *TBs Favs

Various Artists (Selva) Selva Selects: Thunderclaps

Will Holland aka Quantic’s Record label’s first compilation and if you know Quantic, you know every track here is FIRE! Great eclectic mix with heavy emphasis on Latin inspired music, but many other genres represented here as well. Try: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Quantic, Buena Vista Social Club, Bonobo, FCC: None *TBs Favs

Juana Molina (Crammed) Segundo (Remastered)

This is a re-issue of her album from 2000, which really started her entire international career and is worth celebrating. Juana’s sound is unique and quirky, with a beautiful breathy voice deep with texture. She incorporates experimental sounds and traditional instruments which makes for a dynamic combination, but the star is her voice. Try: 1, […]

Meriem Ben Amor (Electrofone) Remixes

Tunisian/Canadian enchantress gives us a dreamy remix album that will transport you away. Her voice floats above modern electronic beats and rhythms, and traditional string instruments ground all tunes in history and culture. Try: ALL RIYL: Saharan Grooves, Bellydancing music, Nicodemus, Beats Antique FCC: None *TBs Favs

Buscabulla (Ribbon Music) Regresa Remixes

Puerto Rican Tropical Synth-Pop duo deliver a fun and upbeat party album. Dreamy fem vocals on every track pepper this candied musical landscape. Sounds like funk, disco, electro-pop, with a Latin influence. Great bass and very catchy refrains! Try: ALL RIYL: Thievery Corporation, Los Walters, CLUBZ, Sotomayor, Bairoa FCC: None *TBs Favs

Sonido Berzerk (Hawaii Bonsai) Raices

Mexican Producer, Sonido Berzerk, delivers a slammin’ 5 track EP on the best record label for Tropical Bass and electronic music with Latin roots. Each track is very well produced and are true treats for the ears; try with headphones for the full experience. Phat bass on every track mixed with traditional hand drums accented […]

Nomad Frequencies (Hawaii Bonsai) Para Nuptial

Slammin’ deep bass tracks with accordion, oboe, mandolin, violin, and other more traditionally thought of instruments. Definitely feels like Cumbia, but also Klezmer/Eastern European vibes with some Saharan flavors as well. Wild stuff that really bumps! Try: ALL RIYL: Balkan Beat Box, Big Bass, Beats Antique, Accordion  FCC: None *TBs Favs

Okuté (Plaid Room) Okuté

AMAZING Cuban music here played by masters! It sounds traditional but there is also a gritty modern badassness represented that is hard to describe. Great vocals with lots of texture and a standup bass holding it all down. A must listen for any Latin music lover!  Try: ALL RIYL: Rumba, Cuban Music, Buena Vista Social […]

Angelique Kidjo (Verve) Mother Nature

What can you say about a Legendary Songstress like AK? This album definitely sounds like a more modern production but still has all the elements we love about AK. Very positive and uplifting messages about African freedom and positivity in the world. Sure there are a few autotuned tracks and some of the songs dance […]

The Kevtones (SR) Monkey Mind

This band is a bit of a mystery and this isn’t really World music, but this album is so good it deserves a review. This is an all instrumental album that really features a trippy guitar on all tracks. Great bass and solid percussion back up the guitar on a meandering album. Sounds like surf […]

Anchorsong (TruThoughts) Mirage

Delicate electronic tunes with wonderful elements like hand drums, harps, airy synths, chimes, flutes, found sounds and so much more in the many layers of these songs. Headphone music for sure! Some borders on smooth jazz, but doesn’t feel too cheesy; definitely has a Brazilian feel in many places but is also of the world. […]

Boogarins (OAR) Manchaca Vol. 2

BrazilianPsychedelic Rock band brining some unique tracks on this album. Sounds like the band was really having some incredible creative energy when recording these tracks. They say these tunes are the more polished of both Manchaca recordings and they definitely have some great production. Cool psych rock with fun effects and unique instruments with airy […]

Fimber Bravo (Moshi Moshi) Lunar Tredd

Steel Pan music with an interesting new take. Sounds like Soca, Afro Beat, and Roots sounds having a party! Some very fun modern electronic effects and glue holding it all together! Try: 2, 3, 4, 9, 12 RIYL: Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Steel Pan, African Roots FCC: None

Innov Gnawa (Daptone) Lila

Devotional Moroccan music from a NYC collective of artists. The music has roots in Arabic spiritual trance music and that certify comes across here. Beautiful traditional instrumentation and vocals; simple instruments with lots of soul and emotion. Transports you to another plane…Try: 1, 3, 5 RIYL: African Blues, Dessert Blues, Traditional Arabic Music FCC: None

Khruangbin (Late Night Tales) Late Night Tales

Another incredible album in the legendary Late Night Tales line. Khruangbin chooses a diverse collection from various artists around the world and you can hear the influences on their music. Lots of different styles, cultures, languages, regions etc. represented here. Try: 3, 4, 5, 9,10, 12,  RIYL: World Jams, Variety, Epic Compilations FCC: None *TBs […]

Keleketla! (Ninja Tune ) Keleketla! Remixes

This is a collective of Soul African Artists and Conduct bringing an incredible mix of tunes rooted in the fight for Papua independence.Very cool electronic music hard to describe or categorize with a singular genre. Mostly instrumental tracks, peppered by spoken word and traditional sounding native chorus. Great drum tracks, big bass, fun effects and […]