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Reggae / World

Filastine Dirty Bomb

With ears increasingly opening to the emerging electronic sounds of the third world, globetrotting beatmaker Filastine should have been poised to make a gritty, bass-heavy, sonically multicultural opus.… Read more »

Various Artists African Scream Contest

On this terribly overdue comp of ‘70s funk from Benin and Togo, curator Samy Ben Redjeb documents some of the best footprints that James Brown left on West African groove.… Read more »

Sideshow Admit One

Is there any contemporary band that hasn't been influenced by dub?… Read more »

A Filial 1,99

Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, A Filial’s style of Amazonian rap is funky-fresh favela-chic with more rounded corners and fewer sharp points than their Sao Paulo counterparts.… Read more »

Femi Kuti Day By Day

Nigeria’s Femi Kuti has long looked for ways of evolving his father Fela’s Afrobeat creation without straying too far from its roots.… Read more »

Señor Coconut Around the World

When Uwe Schmidt moved from Germany to Chile in 1996, he was determined to explore traditional Latin music in the context of the electronic sounds he’d been creating at home.… Read more »

Dub Specialist Dub

One of Studio One founder Coxsone Dodd’s aliases was the “dub specialist,” and this 18-track jaunt through classic riddims shows why.… Read more »

Various Artists Far Out Bossa Nova

To celebrate Brazilian bossa nova’s half-century mark, Far Out has pulled from its massive catalog to showcase some of this predominantly acoustic tradition’s finest moments.… Read more »

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Dub Colossus A Town Called Addis

Recorded in Ethiopia’s capital with native musicians, A Town Called Addis connects Ethio-jazz/funk with dub elements. It’s a fairly unique, yet surprisingly natural combination.… Read more »

Earl Rodney Friends and Countrymen

Billed as the first solo album from a steel pan player, this vintage nugget from ’73 is probably better described as Trinidadian rare groove.… Read more »

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