1. 1. Bio Ritmo - Picaresca

    Bio Ritmo has invested over two decades in the study and performance of ‘salsa’ music – a genre that evolved during the 60’s and 70’s that fused traditional African, Latino and Caribbean rhythms and melodies with American Jazz sensibilities. The members of Bio Ritmo represent a new generation of ‘salseros’ and are recognized around the globe for their innovative song writing and for pioneering the ‘indie’ salsa movement. This movement aspires to not only preserve the roots of salsa but to contribute to the evolution of the music by incorporating new sounds, rhythms and influences from around the world. In advance of their new album expected at the end of the year, Bio Ritmo release the instrumental single 'Picaresca'.


  2. 2. Maguaré – Cumbia Insomnia

    This explosive big band fronted by Paola Marquez brings the 60s dancehall cumbia back to life. Maguaré was founded at the Conservatory of Ghent in 2009 as a latin big band, focusing on percussion, a strapping brass section, and a repertoire of cumbia and other Afro-Colombian rhythms. Maguaré interprets the genre in a very unique way, adding elements from big band jazz, avant garde and even hip-hop. Their first CD Cumbia Insomnia will present these different influences in one record.

  3. 3. Vieux Farka Touré - Mon Pays

    Vieux Farka Touré's new album Mon Pays brims with the soul and spectular guitar work that affirms Vieux's inheritance of his father's reputation as one of the finest desert bluesmen. Yet the crisis in Mali dominates the whole record, making this record unique in Touré's pantheon. The banning of 'Western' music where Islamist groups had control in the North of Mali was tragic for musicians such as Touré, especially given Mali's rich and vibrant musical culture.


  4. 4. Cesária Évora - Mãe Carinhosa

    A year after the legendary Cesária Évora died, this album pulls together thirteen previously unreleased tracks, covering the period from the recording sessions of the album Cabo Verde in 1997 to the making of Rogamar in 2005. An opportunity to fall in love with the barefoot diva all over again.

  5. 5. Jyotsna Srikanth - Call Of Bangalore

    Explore the beauty of Jyotsna’s South Indian violin on this sensitively crafted collection of Carnatic music. Adept at playing in many styles, Jyotsna’s elastic approach imbues her classical playing with a fresh energy that summons listeners to discover the elegant musical traditions of her home; this is her Call Of Bangalore.


  6. 6. Yasmine Hamdan – Ya Nass

    Ya Nass is the debut solo album by Yasmine Hamdan, an undergound icon in the Arab world after finding success with the Lebanese indie band Soapkills. Switching between Arabic dialects in her lyrics, laced with Middle Eastern humour, the structures and arrangements of the songs might be described as a kind of elegant, mutant strain of electro folk pop, mysteriously springing from somewhere in the Persian Gulf, with acoustic guitars, vintage synths, spellbinding atmospheres and Yasmine's multi-faceted, wonderful voice.

  7. 7. Femi Kuti – No Place For My Dream

    Very much his father's son, Femi Kuti has proven himself worthy of the afrobeat mantle. Whilst he has taken it upon himself to carry forward the music and message of Afrobeat, it is also important for him to take that creation and stamp his own mark onto it. "I think it's very important for me to respect my father’s creation all the time. But I don't want to be my father's replica. I want to find my own spirit, my own soul and my own voice."

    No Place For My Dream was recorded in Paris with producer Sodi, who is well known for his collaborations with the Kuti Family; he produced several Fela albums and has worked with Femi for many years.

  8. 8. The Garifuna Collective – Ayó

    It has been six years since Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective released Wátina, an album that received unanimous acclaim and elevated the international profile of the music and culture of Central America’s Afro-Amerindian Garifuna community. On the cusp of tremendous fame, Palacio passed away suddenly at the age of 47 not long after Wátina was released, leaving many to wonder who would continue bringing the voice of his people to the world. With the release of Ayó, Palacio’s band proves they are up to the task creating a magical album of soul-stirring songs that reflect the rich heritage and appealing sound of contemporary Garifuna music. 

  9. 9. La Yegros – Viene de Mi

    La Yegros has been a powerful presence on Buenos Aires’ underground scene for many years. Her vibrant sound, unique voice, and larger-than-life performance presence, gives her the point-of-view of an artist with South American flair, but a global mindset. La Yegros resides in the pulsing heart of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, but her family hails from the tropical climates found in the rural rain forests of the north, bordering Brazil. Her debut album Viene de Mi was released June 17 worldwide.

  10. 10. Dub Colossus - Dub Don't Live Here Anymore

    Dub Colossus, formed by producer Dubulah, aka Nick Page, is a UK-Ethiopan collaborative dub project. Whereas their first two albums focused on Dubulah & Ethiopian artists in collaboration, the new EP Dub Don't Live Here Anymore is centred around a UK/Jamaican axis, with sharp lyrics reflecting local and global politics.

  11. 11. Jaipur Kawa Brass Band – Dance of the Cobra

    Let loose the riotous trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, clarinet and loud, clattering drums of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band as they romp their way through the joyous world of Indian brass from Rajasthani folk to Bollywood and beyond.

    Hear the sound of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band as they march full steam ahead into your eardrums. Their riotous trumpets, trombones and euphoniums are peppered with a winding clarinet and loud, clattering drums. At home under the beat of the bright Rajasthan sun, the bells and valves of their instruments glisten brightly in the haze. Meanwhile their hot-headed music romps its way through an exploration of Indian brass band tradition, love songs played boisterously sparkle alongside joyously cacophonous orchestration.

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  12. 12. Monsieur Doumani - Grippy Grappa

    Monsieur Doumani was formed in 2011 in Nicosia by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments). They focus on rearranging Cypriot traditional songs adding their own particular colour to the sound and feeling of the songs. They also compose their own songs in the Cypriot dialect, which are inspired by contemporary Cypriot society, as for example the recent financial crisis that hit the island and the corrupted political system. Their first LP Grippy Grappa was released in May 2013.

  13. 13. A Tribe Called Red – Nation II Nation

    Native Canadian DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound made up of a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Hip-Hop, Dance Hall, Electronic, and their own mash-up of club and Pow Wow music, known as Pow Wow Step. ATCR consists of three members – two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and Bear Witness. Their new record Nation II Nation is the sound that has made ATCR the face of an urban native youth renaissance.


  14. 14. Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz – Go Calypsonian

    Lord Mouse and the Kalypso Katz are a Berlin band bringing the sound of vintage Caribbean Calypso to Western Europe. Their songs hearken back to the classic calypso sound of the 1920s and 30s, whilst updating the lyrics, which are traditionally rebellious, humorous, and sometimes suggestive protests of corrupt politics or racial prejudice, to a contemporary setting.

  15. 15. Dervish – The Thrush in the Storm

    Dervish have released their first studio album in 5 years, titled The Thrush in the Storm, consisting of six instrumentals and six songs. On this album, the band return to their Sligo roots for inspiration, featuring new tunes and songs from the band’s rich repertoire, arranged in their distinctive style.

  16. 16. Eliza Carthy - Wayward Daughter

    To mark 21 years as a professional musician, Eliza Carthy releases 'Wayward Daughter', a career-spanning best of double album, with 31 tracks drawn from her diverse and award-winning back-catalogue including traditional and self-penned material. There are also a couple of live tracks, samples of a few of her many collaborations with other artists - and previously unreleased material too.

    A testament to one of our generation's finest folk artists.


  17. 17. Gypsophilia – Horska

    Gypsophilia is a gypsy jazz band hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, incorporating klezmer, funk, classical music, indie rock, and bebop into their sound. Their new EP features this title track, composed by the band's resident Jamaican music expert Alec Frith and playing with superimposing a Jewish hora over a ska riddim - hence the title.

     

  18. 18. Banda Magda - Amour, t'es là?

    Led by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda move from samba to jazz manouche, from Greek dance rhythms to samba beats. Their songs, sung in French (with forays into six other languages), hearken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematic arranging, and the lush chic of vintage French pop, all while drawing on the band’s global background.

  19. 19. Sizzla – The Messiah

    One of reggae’s most prolific artists, Sizzla returns with his seventieth album The Messiah. Since his emergence in 1995, the enigmatic vocalist has undeniably put his stamp on the genre regardless of the current style or trend. His latest effort showcases his musical depth, passion and precision. With a fresh perspective in 2013, the man on a musical mission inspires positive change worldwide on this 15-track collection. “I do music to free the people, unite the world, heal the children.”

  20. 20. Os Mutantes – Fool Metal Jack

    Legendary Brazilian tropicália rockers Os Mutantes continue their reunion, forty-five years after their eponymous debut record, with the English-language Fool Metal Jack. On this album, Os Mutantes deliver the masterful absurdist psych-rock they are renowned for, exploring an assortment of instrumentation including distorted metallic guitars, blaring brass horns, tinkering piano melodies, and heart thumping drums, resulting in their infamous genre bending music.