Category World/International

WheelUP (TruThoughts) Good Love

Really interesting mix of tracks on this album, all good for the most. Jazzy house uptempo grooves with fun guest vocalists makes this a diverse and well rounded record. Definitely draws from the legacy of 90s deep house with soft synths and jazz instrumentation. Try: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10,  RIYL: Jazanova, St. […]

Made Kuti (Partisan Records) For(e)ward

Fela Kuti’s Grandson and Son of Femi Kuti does the family legacy proud! Definitely lots of his grandfather’s sound in this album, but he puts him own spin on the music that separates him from both his father and Fela. Like his father Femi’s sound, there is a softness that wasn’t present in most Fela’s […]

Alborosie (VP Records) For The Culture

Italian/Jamaican multi-instrumentalist brings us a positive and upbeat album that sounds both modern and classic. Great vocal style and production make this a treat for the ears and is sure to lift up the spirit. A few tunes have COVID related themes, which is an interesting  social timestamp. Collie Buddz joins on track #3 Ginal. […]

Trigaida (EtherAudio Records) Elate

Slammin’ bass combined with lovely female vocals makes great dance tunes with a powerful emotional feel. Not sure of the language, but the label’s mission is to, “deliver a unique blend of electronic music, traditional Bulgarian folklore and jazz…” which sounds amazing! Really great high energy music with fun traditional instruments adds depth and unique […]

Balkan Taksim (Buda Musique) Disco Telegraf

From their website, “Balkan psych meets bass, breaks and synth electronica with a touch of groove.” Yup, that pretty much sums it up. Very fun danceable tunes blending the spirit of the Balkans with Saharan grooves and the traditional instrumentation of several cultures. Slammin tracks that put a new spin on traditional music! Try: 1, […]

Bonifrate (OAR Records) Corsico

This is Pedro Franke’s solo COVID album, where he used an old 4 track to lay down analog tracks to give us an album that transcends country or language. This is a moody album that definitely has a psych rock feel, bu is also beyond definition. There is also a heavy blues and twang in […]

Changüí (Petaluma): The Sound of Guantánamo

This the the backyard music of Cuba and is seldom heard outside of the region. It is what you will hear when attending a family party in a small village, often improvised. One review said it was like finding, “… rough discarded demos for Buena Vista Social Club” and I’d have to agree with that […]

Various Artists (Ten Dollar Recordings) Cascadian Reggae & Dub (2017-2021)

Good compilation of tunes, with some really good dub represented. In the spirit of the style we have quirky and unique tracks here, cool effects, instrumental tracks, diverse instrumentation, and a stripped down feel with a modern edge. Try: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 RIYL: Dub, Dubwise, Mad Professor, Lee Stretch Perry, Instrumental […]

Azymuth, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge (Jazz Is Dead) Azymuth Jazz Is Dead 4

40+ years of Brazilian influenced jazz and funk team up with legendary hip hop producers and make some gold. Smooth funk laden tracks around every turn makes smooth jazz cool again. Definitely some porn grooves making this a very fun and sexy album. Try: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, ALL RIYL: Samba, Smooth jazz, Passport, […]

Teno Afrika (Awesome Tapes From Africa) Amapiano Selections

Amapiano music is from South Africa, blending deep house, downtempo, and loungey grooves. This album transcends genre and you must hear it for yourself. This is bass music with a mellow jazzy world feel and soothes the soul. Perfect for getting the party started or transitioning into some late night vibes… very sexy! Try: 3, […]

Bomba Estero (Sony) Agua-

Acclaimed Colombian Electro Tropical & Psychedelic Cumbia sensations bring us a couple fun EPs (Agua & Arire). Beautiful Spanish vocals at just the right time and they don’t take over the songs; in a few styles from hip hop to ballads that test the range to heavy distorted electro fun. Very danceable, upbeat, positive, ass […]

Al-Andalus–Musique Arabo-Andalouse

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

GRUPO ESTRELLA CAMPESINA – CHANGUI EN YATERAS (SINGLE) [PETALUMA RECORDS]

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

DAVID WALTERS – FREEDOM (FT. VINCENT SEGAL, BALLAKÉ SISSOKO, & ROGER RASPAIL) (SINGLE) [SIX DEGREES]

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

TOMMY GUERRERO – SUNSHINE RADIO [TOO GOOD]

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 local@wruv.org […]

PAPA ROSKO – PAPA ROSKO [MRI/ORCHARD]

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: […]

PETER COR – RWANDA [SELF RELEASED]

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 […]