A summer dancehall track from Casely that will have your hips moving in no time. Casely may be a classically-trained pianist, but he clearly has an ear for catchy pop phrases, and has been known to collaborate with artists such as Flo Rida and Lil Jon. FCC: Clean RIYL: Razah, Young Steff, K-Young
A mellifluous collection of Ethiopian melodies set to a variety of unique grooves. You’ll hear a fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, and even some Reggae sounds. An excellent listen- play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Mahmoud Ahmed, Ebo Taylor, Girma Béyéné
An excellent new album from powerful, all-female group LADAMA. The record is a perfect balance of groove and meaningful lyrics that impart a call of action to women across the world to rise up and fight against the injustices of the world. The songs are sung in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and feature a variety […]
Multi-genre pieces for wavering sax with a wide variety of instruments–varied rhythms. Play!
Antibalas is an Afrobeat band that began 22 years ago in pre-gentrified Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Founder saxaphonist Martin Perna and Duke Amayo a senior master of the Jao Ka Kung Fu school of matial arts are accompained by an 17 piece band. This EP has 3 cuts. Give a listen. Play: All Similar to: Karl Hector […]
A2VT is an Afropop group founded by African refugees in the Burlington area. Their latest album is all bright, shiny dance beats and hooks, with lyrics (in English, Swahili and Maay Maay) tackling both lighthearted and serious topics. Highly recommended! Track Picks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Rema, Burna Boy, Wizkid
A mix of classical/jazz and world sounds with harp, guitar and tabla, most pieces by Abbasi or Olivier, a few transcriptions. Play!
Tru Thoughts rolls out of 2019 with their annual compilation of staff picks, featuring classic artists, new signings and inspired remixes. There isn’t a single lame track in 100 minutes of run time. Check it out! Play: All Release Date: 12/3/2019 RIYL: Terror Danjah, Quantic, Moonschild, Sefi Zisling
Improvisations of classical guitar or bouzouki and cello (one & two bows), ranging from lovely Middle Eastern to wild.
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
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
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: […]
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: […]
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
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
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
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 […]
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 […]
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
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
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]