Have you heard… Dee Dee Bridgewater – Afro Blue

I’m very excited to see this get a repress from the ever dependable Mr Bongo label. Never been released outside of Japan before now, this is the singer’s debut album dating back to 1974. Includes timeless versions of ‘People Make The Would Go Round’ and ‘Love From The Sun’ to name a few. Order the vinyl or CD direct from Mr Bongo here

A Good Day to Shop Bandcamp

As bandcamp are waiving their fees once more for 24 hours, it’s a good day to have a bandcamp slurge. Here are my top ten picks for where to spend your money…

Reissues of 2019

Finally for the 2019 roundup these are the big compilations and reissues of old music that was (mostly) new to me in 2019.  Maybe it’s a sign of age, but I definitely buy as many old pieces as new releases these days.

Ernest Ranglin – Be What You Want To Be

Jean & Trevor – Back Together

Rare Silk – Storm

Zann – Strange Ways / Inside Jungle

Azymuth – Demos (1973​-​75) Volumes 1&2

Jeff Majors – Yoka Boka (For Us All)

Frank Harris & Maria Marquez – Echoes

Patrick Cowley – Mechanical Fantasy Box

Man Jumping – Jumpcut

Bella Vista – Mister Wong

Outro Tempo II

The Sound Of Love International 002 Compiled By Beautiful Swimmers

Burnin Beat featuring Olive Masinga – Burnin Beat (It’s Hot)

Jambú e Os Míticos Sons Da Amazônia

Julie Coker – A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife, 1976​-​1981

Body Beat: Soca​-​Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979​-​98)

Colleen Grant / Sandra Hamilton – Latin Parang / Parang Jam

Emerson – If You Need Me, Call Me

Patrice Rushen – You Remind Me (The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978​-​1984)

World Spirituality Classics 2: The Time For Peace Is Now


Tino Contreras Quinto Sol – Musica Infinita

Gilles Peterson has just announced a brand new label, Arc Records. The label has been set-up specifically to reissue lost gems Peterson has stumbled across during his many years as a record collector and DJ. The label’s inaugural release is this mind altering piece of music from Mexico’s Tino Contreras. The only track we have to listen to right now is stunning opener ‘Sinfonia Del Quinto Sol’, which greets us with a heady concoction of jazz and trippy psychedelia. A tune Peterson fans will recognise from his radio shows over the years. The full album is due for release in January, but until then you can pre-order at the link below.

Betsayda Machado & La Parrando El Clavo – Loé Loá – Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree

The latest release from the always on point Olinda records sees a reissue of this amazing field recording from Venezuela, originally released back in 2017.  Olinda are giving the album it’s much deserved first vinyl release aswell as a digital re-release.  The music on offer is mostly in a traditional Venezuelan style called ‘Parranda’ and features only vocals and percussion.  There are 17 singers and 12 percussionists contributing to the beautiful sounds.  You can order the vinyl or digital direct from the Olinda bandcamp below, or look out for it in the finer record stores.

There is also an NPR tiny concert which is also worth checking out

Kyle Hall on Bandcamp

It’s nice to see Kyle Hall has put a few of his previously vinyl only releases up bandcamp.  Good news for those who may have missed the physical releases.  Up there so far is the album ‘From Joy’ originally out in 2015, the ‘Eutrophia’ single from 2017 and last year’s excellent ‘Equanimity’ EP.  Catch up at the link below

Nana Tuffour – Sikyi Medley

I’d never heard of the genre ‘Burger Highlife’ until recently.  Burger Highlife is the meeting point between traditional Ghanaian Highlife and 80’s style synths.  This reissue, a joint release from Kalita records and CC:Editions is a good example of this type of music.  Featuring four tracks by Nana Tuffour taken from a couple of his albums.  The first two are taken from the ‘Genesis’ album from 1993, which incidentally can be listened to in full via Spotify.  The other tracks are taken from a later lesser know album, ‘Highlife Tropicana’ from 1997.  Personally I could have done without the last track ‘Jesus’ which hasn’t aged too well, but the rest of the package is pretty solid