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Various Artists Panama! 3: Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Típica on the Isthmus 1960-75

Among Caribbean nations known for producing music, Cuba and Jamaica tend to soak up most of the attention, yet Panama has also proven to be particularly fertile ground for indigenous rhythms, as this latest collection of Isthmus-originated songs prov… Read more »

Various Artists Tumbélé! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds From the French Caribbean, 1963-74

In the landscape of re-released indigenous pop, the Caribbean sticks up like Mount McKinley—the briefest trend from the tiniest island can quickly be deemed box-set-worthy. Yet throughout all those calypso/ska/soca/reggae/etc.… Read more »

King Coya Cumbias de Villa Donde

As cumbia is increasingly embraced worldwide, it's exciting to see how this folkloric tradition has been given so many new treatments.… Read more »


DJ /rupture & Matt Shadetek Solar Life Raft

From two of today’s most uniquely fascinating producers, Solar Life Raft arrives as less a mix than a statement of purpose: a repositioning of experimental bass music into the context of contemporary avant-garde artwork, as worthy of a gallery as t… Read more »

The Very Best Warm Heart of Africa

The Very Best may have been born in a London furniture store, but the music casts an obvious eye toward Africa.… Read more »

Chico Sonido Chico Sonido

Cumbia is a hot sound right now, so Chico Sonido could have easily turned out a blogger-friendly album of bass-heavy refixes and cumbia-meets-hip-hop mash-ups.… Read more »

Fool's Gold Fool's Gold

Los Angeles group Fool's Gold’s indie-pop/African music sees globalization and the internet forging another successful cross-cultural artistic experiment.… Read more »

Jahdan Blakkamoore Buzzrock Warrior

Buzzrock Warrior certainly sports an impressive resume.… Read more »

Tarrus Riley Contagious

Reminiscent of classic Sugar Minott or Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican roots crooner Tarrus Riley smoothly blends conscious lyrics and lover’s rock. Yet even though Riley’s a bit of a throwback, the production on Contagious is very modern.… Read more »

Bomba Estéreo Blow Up

When it comes to musical melting pots, it's hard to top Colombia.… Read more »


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