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Steel An' Skin Afro Punk Reggae Dub
From our heartlands the late 70s Grove a stupendous mixture of stomping disco, dub and steel band, in its lineage crossing Ginger Johnson (from London Is The Place For Me) with The Twentieth Century Steel Band.



Rudy Smith Quartet Still Around
Very assured jazz settings for Rudy's masterful pan playing, from 1984.



Son Palenque Samba
Three new recordings from Colombia a delirious brew of highlife and chalupa, Afrobeat and champeta.




Steel An' Skin Reggae Is Here Once Again
Great, great rewind from Afro-Caribbean London, 1979. The 20th Century Steel Band compounds intricate Afro-Trini rhythms with reggae and dub, funk, disco and soul, not to mention the eco-operatics.



Latinamericarpet Exploring The Vinyl Warp Of Latin American Psychedelia Vol 1
'A non-stop collage of vinyl artifacts culled from stacks of forgotten LPs of the 1960s and 1970s from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Isle de Pascua (Easter Island).'



The Quantic Soul Orchestra Tropidelico
A fusion of funk, cumbia, latin, afro, hip-hop and more featuring J-Live, Noelle (The Rebirth) and Malcolm Catto amongst the guests.



The Roots Of Chicha Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru
Chicha is the late-sixties in-thing scrambling of traditionally-demented cumbia dance music. Uncouth electric guitar and organ join the mix, with other electronic debauchery.



Music, Race And Nation  Musica Tropical In Colombia Peter Wade
A fascinating historical overview stuffed with interviews, histories and fresh information, intertwining porro, vallenato and cumbia with issues of sexuality, race, nation, tradition. Nothing better on the subject.



Las Malas Amistades Patio Bonito
'one of the most charming idiosyncrasies I have heard all year... where truth is seized accidentally and musical shambles are sweet, virtuous and silly... like watching early Bunuel without subtitles' (Plan B).




Cult Cargo Grand Bahama Goombay
Seventies Caribbean soul and funk one ear tuned in to nearby Miami, with reggae and jazz in the mix too from Frank Penn's Freeport operation.



Mexican Boleros Songs Of Heartbreaking Passion And Pain, 1927-1957
The way-over-the-top soundtrack of the dancehalls, brothels, cabarets, bedrooms, domestics and dens of Mexico City at this time.



Las Malas Amistades Jardin Interior
New, from Colombia. '... deliciously haunting... rekindles the spirit of DIY that their British counterparts have so patently forgotten', The Times; 'startlingly poignant', Metro.



London Is The Place For Me 4: African Dreams And The Piccadilly High Life
'*****', The Times, Independent On Sunday, Daily Telegraph, What's On, Evening Standard, The Independent. 'Marvellous pop catchy, fun, young, effortless', The Times; 'one of the delights of the age', Songlines.



London Is The Place For Me 2: Calypso And Kwela, Highlife And Jazz From Young Black London
'superlative', Mojo; 'sensational', The Observer; 'hugely evocative and poignant', Daily Telegraph; '*****' The Times, Metro; 'sheer joy from start to finish', Sunday Telegraph.