Category World/International

Medicine Songs-Buffy Sainte-Marie

Some very powerful Rock songs in voice and lyrics.  Track one with Tanya Tagaq (Throatsinger) ..some of the older songs are a remix.  play all!! Advertisements

Keeper Of Secrets-Steven Rushingwind

In this solo album from Steven Rushingwind we are appreciating his flute playing as it travels with wind and stirs the heart-felt emotions.  Play all tracks on this album for the beauty and gentle notes of the native flute from Steven dedicated to his family of Cahuilla Peoples.

Inside The Tank-Mysteries Of The Night

John Soloman described this album, an empty steel water tower turned music venue .. boasts an abundant amount of resonance, making it one of the state’s standout places to perform and record music. Flautist James Marienthal recorded Alive Inside the Tank there with Mysteries of the Night, his duo with vocalist and percussionist Sarah Gibbons, […]

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

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…

3MA (6 Degrees) Anarouz

3 Master string players come together for this incredible collaboration. Great combo of Traditional African sounds, with a jazzy improv feel– some trax very groovy! Try: 1,3,4,6 RIYL: Toubab Krewe, Barika, Mali, African Strings FCC: Clean

La Misa Negra (Nam Entertainment) La MIsa Negra

Modern Cumbia and Afrobeat come together in this upbeat album. Sprinted female vocalist throughout and she adds spunky fun accents. I liked the more instrumental trax… Try: 1,3,5,7,10,11 RIYL: Manu Chau, Gogol Bordello, Spanish Female Vox, King Coya FCC: Clean

Shujaat Khan w/ Katayoun Goudarzi, Tim Ries, Kevin Hays (Tames) Will You

Improvisational Jazz with a Persian twist! The jazzy piano, meeting sitar, tabla, and sax make for a great combo. Some trax feature male/female vox traditional chanting etc. Try: 3,2,8,10 RIYL: Ravi Shankar, World Jazz, Long Songs FCC: Clean

Henri Dikongue (Planetary) Diaspora

The artist describes his style best as “A little New Orleans, mixed with Africa and some classical” which is about right. Some are upbeat and jazzy and some are more slow and romantic. Try: 12,13,1,4,7,10 RIYL: African Folk music, Creole FCC: Clean

The Green (Easy Star) Marching Orders

Positive vibrations and diverse collection of reggae infused pop music. Many vocalists on this album, some distorted & auto-tuned some more traditional. 11 is a great version of 7 Nation Army. Try: 11,4,7 RIYL: Modern Fusion Reggae, Ziggy Marley, Easy Star All Stars, Pop-Reggae FCC: 3

Nahko (SideOneDummy) My Name is Bear

Solo release from Nahko really highlights his vocal talents. Heartfelt, romantic, uplifting, positive vibes. Festival Music!! Try: 1,4,9,10 RIYL: Twiddle, Fink, Dreamy Male Vocals, Singer Songwriter types FCC: 3