CDs, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: Midnite, Kings Bell

Midnite King's Bell
IGrade Records, 2011 Unforgiving no-nonsense one-drop momentum densely textured brittle tattered breathless mannered chant seemingly featureless landscape of complex literate sound occasional snatches of melodic instrumental surprise challenging us at every turn themes from contemporary Kafka by ...
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CD Reviews: Various Artists, African Beat & Latin Beat

[amazon-product align="right"]B0057OOPJ6[/amazon-product]Things are getting to where just about every music compilation with “beat” or “groove” in the title is bound to be a collection of tunes designed for contemporary dance floors. I’m not opposed ...
CDs, Dub, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: Easy Star All-Stars, First Light

[Easy Star, 2011] We all know the NYC-based Easy Star All-Stars are unbeatable when it comes to providing backup for reggae vets like the Meditations, Sister Carol or Sugar Minott (may he rest in peace). ...
CDs, Dub, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: David Solid Gould vs. Bill Laswell, Dub of the Passover

[Tzadik, 2011] Among several breakaways from John Brown’s Body is bassist David “Solid” Gould, who, like former JBB frontman Kevin Kinsella, often has spiritual matters in mind when he makes music. Gould and his ...
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CD Review: Boubacar Traore, Mali Denhou

[Lusafrica, 2011] Hard to believe it’s been six years since Boubacar Traore’s quietly stunning Kongo Magni CD was released, but Kar Kar (as Traore is affectionately known) knows what it’s like to be entirely away ...
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CD Review: Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80, From Africa With Fury – Rise

[Knitting Factory Records, 2011] Seun Anikulapo Kuti, son of Nigerian Afrobeat creator and icon Fela Kuti, began performing with his father’s Egypt 80 band before he even hit his double digits. So it wasn’t a ...
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CD Review: Alborosie, 2 Times Revolution

[VP Records, 2011] I was lucky enough to catch this guy live last year when he was out touring in support of his previous release Escape From Babylon to the Kingdom of Zion. The club ...
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