Category: MUSIC NEWS

Mark de Clive Lowe Enterprets Big Band Vibes on Take The Space Trane with The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra

Big orchestral jazz grooves with a nod to club productions for a modern, experimental take on the big band sound Buy it from iTunes, Amazon, or direct from us   ‘Take The Space Trane’, out 4th February, is the new album from producer, composer and musician Mark de Clive-Lowe in collaboration with the Rotterdam Jazz […]

terry callier passes away

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The Return of Banda Black Rio – New Studio Album ‘Super Nova Samba Funk’

William Magalhães forms a modern-day Banda Black Rio epitomising the spirit of his father Oberdan’s original ’70s Brazilian samba soul and funk group. BBR defined the Black Rio movement now enjoying a revival headed by Magalhães’ incarnation with the passion of soul and funk again linking Rio and New York for a feel-good blast that […]

Brownswood Electr*c Plots the Blips & Beeps of the Underground

  Listen to the full compilation at AOL Music In June of 2010, Gilles Peterson’s mighty Brownswood collective (specifically Peterson’s assistant Alex Stevenson) hand-picked artists to form a compilation that represented the multi-dimensional, kaledescopic landscape of the label’s musical interests. A tight, bright roundup of bass music at that sliver of time, ‘Brownswood Electr*c’ bred […]

Creole Choir of Cuba Coming to North America

When one thinks “Cuba” the idea of creole culture doesn’t often come to mind, but the island shares a long and intertwined history with Haiti and the Dominican Republic. A million Cubans speak creole, a fusion of African, French and other tongues. The islands have a shared history: many Haitians fled to Cuba after the […]

Italy’s Record Kicks Sweats It Up With Releases from Nick Pride & the Pimptones, the Liberators, Dojo Cuts & Mo’ Record Kicks

For Milan’s dancefloor-heavy label Record Kicks the summer is shaping up to be hot and sweaty, with essential funk, afro-funk artist full-lengths and compilations hitting the streets. Representing some of the freshest new live sounds from Australia’s massive scene as well as Europe and the U.S.A., Record Kicks has its pulse on the resurgent afro-funk […]

Fort Knox Recordings Reggae Duo “See-I” Get Heavy

Fort Knox Collaborators & Thievery Corporation Vocalists Arthur “Rootz” Steele And Archie “Zeebo” Steele Bring Their Unique Brand Of Reggae On Their Debut Album – Injected With Heavy Doses Of Funk, Soul, Dub And Rock – To The Fort Knox Vault Fort Knox Recordings presents the debut album from See-I entitled “See-I.” Long time Fort […]

Africa HiTech: Mark Pritchard & Steve Spacek Go to the Source

[soundcloud url=”″ height=”200″] Nearly nine years ago Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek began bonding over their shared passion for the seemingly disparate spheres of bubbling Detroit techno, soul and fierce Jamaican digital dancehall. First came an appearance by Spacek on Pritchard’s Troubleman album, then the collaborative track “Turn It On” released on Sonar Kollektive. It […]

Briefs: Antibalas ‘Rat Race’, Captain Planet’s “The Ningané EP”, Moombahton Rising, Derek Allen ‘DJA’

Summer of Moombahton Ever since DJ/producer Dave Nada created the tag Moombahton after slowing the Afrojack remix of the Silvio Ecomo & DJ Chuckie song “Moombah” to 108 beats per minute (whose tempo nears that of the reggaeton, thus the label) the dance music sub-genre has been steadily gaining acclaim and momentum.  Moombahton’s rise began […]

Novalima to Release “Karimba” on ESL Music, On Tour This Summer

ESL Music announced it would release the 3rd full-length album of Novalima, titled “Karimba”, on September 13, 2011. This collective based out of Lima Peru brings together Afro-Peruvian roots music with modern electronic, dub, and afro-beat. The founders of Novalima, Ramon Perez-Prieto, Grimaldo Del Solar, Rafael Morales, and Carlos Li Carrillo, became friends while in […]