Charlie Gillett mixes the well-known with underground discoveries, crosses continents, sifts thousands of songs, balances the sexes and blends contemporary and traditional on this year’s cropRead more "V/A – Sound of the World 2007 (Charlie Gillett)"
Every now and then the thin membrane that separates popular from eclectic is pierced and all kinds of interesting things slip through before the membrane repairs itself. This compilation celebrates a series of popular mash ups of Gyspy, Balkan and pop sounds from Central and Eastern Europe (and New York)Read more "V/A – Gypsy Groove"
The prolific compiler and taste-maker Gilles Peterson delivers his first Latin compilation after digging through a few hundred Fania albumsRead more "V/A – Fania DJ Series Gilles Peterson"
Salsa is and was a controversial term for music that escaped between the edges of definition. It wasn’t simply Puerto Rican, Cuban, commercial, from New York, black etc and yet it wasn’t possible without all of these thingsRead more "Beats of the Heart: Salsa – Director: Jeremy Marre, 1979 (DVD)"
Recorded at the high temple of experimental jazz back in 2001, you don’t even need to open this issue from ESP – Disk to know this is going to be challenging stuffRead more "Tammen Harth Dahlgren Rosen – Expedition (Live at the Knitting Factory)"
Putumayo bring huge doses of sassy seasonal cheer to the world from New OrleansRead more "V/A – New Orleans Christmas"
About this time a couple of years ago, I had a stand-up row with a journalist from Kerrang! about the relative merits of Kate Bush. “Pointless, self-indulgent warbling…” is a phrase of mine that comes to mind, so why on earth am I so smitten by Joanna Newsom?Read more "Joanna Newsom – Ys"