Category World/International

Al-Andalus–Musique Arabo-Andalouse

Nice mix of Andalusian pieces from the 8th century onward for wind, strings and per


A sweet summertime groove. Sugary harmonies and light percussion perfect for enjoying the sunshine. Play for sure! FCC: Clean RIYL: Buena Vista Social Club, Elio Revé y Su Charangón, Orquesta Akokán


A melancholy chant with gorgeous guitar instrumentation and somber vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: B.Alone, Flavia Coelho, Voilaa


Instrumental grooves of all kinds of Tommy Guerrero. These tracks create ambience that keeps you interested. Some songs are more dissonant than others, but you’ll just have to give it a listen yourself to find the ones you really vibe with. FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 6, 10 RIYL: El Michels Affair, Calibro 35, Menahan Street […]

New Life Trio – Visions of the Third Eye [Early Future]

Reissue of a monumental trio date, recorded in 1978 in Putney, VT. The synergy and soundscapes that these 3 musicians make is absolutely staggering. Recommend the tune “Sculpture” or the beautiful “Empty Streets”. One of my favorite records ever!

Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger – Force Majeure[Int’l Anthem]

Killer bass-harp duo that was recorded over a series of livestreams throughout the COVID-19 Lockdown. The empathy both players have is awe inspiring.

Patricia Brennan – Maquishti [Valley of Search]

Gorgeous solo vibraphone with effects brought forth by Nabil Ayers and Alan Braufman’s new label Valley of Search. Indeed there is a searching element here and what that is so dreamy. Not a dull moment.

A2VT – I’m a Soul Survivor (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Winooski’s beloved AfroPop group’s latest track is a triumphant anthem of overcoming and resilience. The group’s typical shiny pop production, dancefloor-ready grooves and autotuned vocal harmonies are bolstered by a guest rap verse by R.O.D. and a fearsome guitar solo by Andre Maquera. FCC: Clean RIYL: Falle Nioke, Rema, Burna Boy, Wizkid

Marcie Hernandez – Amanecer (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The first full-length from VT-based songwriter Marcie Hernandez spans a wide genre sphere, including piano ballads, Latin-flavored folk, modern indie rock and neo-soul. Hernandez’s lyrics, sung in Spanish and English, reflect Hernandez’s Puerto Rican roots, covering topics from identity to romance with poetic grace. Track Picks: 2 (clean version), 5, 7 FCC: 2 (email […]


An absolutely bizarre and genre-defying album from Papa Rosko. Starting off strong with a cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” featuring legendary Toots and the Maytals, things start to get a bit more pop-y later one and there is even a surprise Alison Krauss cover. Listeners will enjoy reggae fusion in its many forms. Play! FCC: […]


An interesting mix of Afro-fusion tunes from Peter Cor, created after his recent trip to Rwanda. Cor has composed for the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Lakeside, and Lee Ritenour, and his style shines through in this album. These tracks will have you on your feet and will put a smile on your face. […]

Marcie Hernandez – Light a Torch [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The new single from Burlington singer-songwriter Marcie Hernandez blends a modernized retro soul groove with Latin flourishes of piano and trumpet (courtesy of UVM’s Ray Vega) and bilingual lyrics which reference Hernandez’s Puerto Rican roots and Emma Lazarus’ “New Colossus.” FCC: Clean RIYL: Amy Winehouse, La Quinta Estacion, Andrea Cruz

Putamayo Presents – Brazil [Putamayo World Music]

Really fun Brazilian music. Awesome rhythms that are so infectious.

Asher Gamedze – Dialectic Soul [On The Corner]

A powerful show of compositional abilities and musical poetry with the deep, research-oriented ethnomusicology that would make the most booky academic blush. Asher Gamedze recorded Dialectic Soul to be submitted in conjunction with his doctoral thesis in South African music, specifically jazz in the age of apartheid. The juxtaposition between the percussive freedom of African […]

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA) – Little Africa [The Village]

Jamael Dean’s piano and Sharada Shashidar’s vocals open this beautiful burner that introduces the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra’s new label, The Village, to audiences for the first time. PAPA has been a breeding ground for the West Coast’s most daring and creative Black American Musicians. Infectious melodies and incredible collective improvisation.


Jump right into the soundtrack for an early 70s spy movie that will have you busting out both your salsa steps and your soul train moves. Mestizo Beat brings funk and groove with Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Cuban influence. Play, play, play! FCC: 3 TRY: 1, 4, 7 RIYL: Diggin’ Dirt, Black Market Brass, Jungle Fire

Sessa (Boiled) Grandeza

Enchanting Brazilian vocals and sweet instrumentals make this a dreamy escape. It definitely has a classic feel, but there are some really creative musical compositions, mostly minimal but at times multi-layered. Soft guitars, horns, hand drums, and backing vocals make this a dynamic release! Try: 1,4,7,10,11  RIYL: Palm Wine Music, The Gilberto family, Portuguese,  FCC: None

Kalumet (Hawaii Bonsai) Transatlantic Locomotive

Described as “Cumbia Dub Acid Tropical Bass Danse” and it’s REALLY good! This release has more of a trance feel but still has the traditional Andean instruments in each song (pan flute, accordion, hand drums, clarinet) It definitely has a darker fatter nubbier feel than other Tropical bass – so good! Try: 1,2,4,5,7  RIYL: Tropical Bass, […]

Amambay 100.000 (Hawaii Bonsai) Volá

More amazing Amazonica from this great label. Gritty female vocals sing passionately over an awesome blend of traditional instruments and modern bass. This release sounds more classic and has less production than others; more of a roots sound for sure. Incredible bass, hand drums, accordion, and pan flute keep this sounding organic and minimal. Try: 1,3,5,6,9,10  […]

Vusi Mahlasela (ATO) Shebeen Queen

“South African Folk Master” gives us a beautiful live album. His skill on the guitar combined with the character in his voice make this a real treat. He sings of his birthplace and the things that make South Africa great in this deeply personal album from a master. Try: 2,3,5,6,9,11  RIYL: African Musical Legends, Hugh Masekela, […]

Mielycumbia (Hawaii Bonsai) G.B.A. III

Slammin’ Tropical Bass! Great traditional Cumbia and Amazonica with phat beats. Accordion, Clarinet, Congas/hand drums, Pan flutes and more folk instruments combined with modern bass and production make the a HOT release. Limited vocals, every song is a dance party! Try: ALL  RIYL: Tropical Bass, Hawaii Bonsai, Cumbia Moderno FCC: None *TBs Faves

Mestizo Beat (GottaGroove) Canoga Madness

This is everything great about jazz-funk! It sounds like an album straight outta the 60s/70s with that porn funk sound – so good! Every song is an instrumental funk odyssey played by masters. Try: 1,2,4,6,8,9,10  RIYL: Porn Funk, Brownout, Shaft FCC: None *TBs Faves

Maldito Final Feliz (Hawaii Bonsai) La Ciudad de Color

High energy latin dance music! Cumbia, Reggaeton, Hip Hop, EDM, Salsa, Tropical Bass all represented here. Another great release from an amazing label! Try: 1,3  RIYL: Latin Electronica, Reggaeton, Tropical Bass, Hawaii Bonsai FCC: None *TBs Faves

Keleketla! (Ahead of Our Time) Keleketla!

South African duo Rangoato Hlasane and Malose Malahlela combine forces with Coldcut fro Britain to give us an eclectic album that transcends genre. There is a strong Afrobeat sound, mixed with modern blips, bass, and bleeps with traditional vocals at the forefront. Really fun danceable stuff here! Try: 1,2,3,8 RIYL: Angelique Kidjo, Coldcut, Fela Kuti, FCC: […]

IZADORÄ (Hawaii Bonsai) Sol Edad

Even though this album has 6 versions of the same song, they each have their own unquie flavor and style, which makes it feel more like a cohesive album when listened back to back. While each one has its own personality, you get beautiful spanish vocals, great bass, and a perfect blend of traditional and […]