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Jamaica-Mento 1951-1958
Lovely stuff — the great Louise Bennett's opener, say, or Laurel Aitken's Nebuchadnezzar. Ken Khouri and Stanley Motta recordings; Ernest Ranglin, Sugar Belly, Lester Sterling in the house. Decent booklet.




Kanaval Vodou, Politics And Revolution On The Streets Of Haiti
Featuring Leah Gordon's fantastic photographs.
With oral histories and various short essays.



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.



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).




Las Malas Amistades Maleza
‘The bad influences’, from Bogota, with their third album for us: twenty-eight gorgeous variations of saudade, in a warmly acoustic, post-punk take on Tropicalismo — impromptu, snapshot and sublime.



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).'



Laventille Rhythm Section Two Rhythms
Thirteen and twenty-two minute slices of carnival thunder and lightning from the hill above Port Of Spain in Trinidad. Lengths of steel, assorted bits of metal, African drums. An Honest Jon's recording.



Lif Up Yuh Leg An Trample The Soca Train From Port Of Spain
'a terrific soca compilation... a vital contemporary follow-up to London Is the Place for Me', Village Voice; '*****, Compilation Of The Month', Touch; 'chaotic and compelling... an ace selection', Time Out.



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.



London Is The Place For Me 1: Trinidadian Calypso In London, 1950-56
'an exquisitely poignant, evocative record', Daily Telegraph; 'wonderful... album of the year', Sunday Times; 'simply a classic album. Music by the people, for the people,' The Voice.




London Is The Place For Me 5 And 6: Afro-Cubism, Calypso, Highlife, Mento, Jazz
At last, a fresh delivery of open-hearted, bitter-sweet, mash-up postcards to the here and now, from young black London.
Proper Brit Pop.