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Album Review: Compro Oro – Suburban Exotica [Sdban Ultra; October 2019]
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Album Review: Compro Oro – Suburban Exotica [Sdban Ultra; October 2019]

Self-described as “a twang-American psychedelic underground road trip to Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas”, Compro Oro’s Suburban Exotica (out on Belgian label Sdban Ultra) delivers ten tracks of groove music that draw on a multitude of genres. The instrumental album dishes out credible elements of Ethiopian modes and Cuban rumba...
Album Review: Mateo Kingman – Astro [AYA Records; July 2019]
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Album Review: Mateo Kingman – Astro [AYA Records; July 2019]

‘Negative capability’ was a concept English Romantic poet John Keats used to describe a writer’s capacity to abandon certainty and – in pursuit of an artistic vision – venture off into the unknown. Taking a journey to Ixtlan rather than returning to Ithaka is what Mateo Kingman’s Astro is all...
Album Review: Prince Fatty – In the Viper’s Shadow [October 2019]
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Album Review: Prince Fatty – In the Viper’s Shadow [October 2019]

This latest instalment from Prince Fatty boasts a full-length album deep in dub, packed with collaborations, that is characteristically catchy. ‘Two Timer’ featuring Cornell Campbell and Tippa Irie, the intro track, is classic, from the brilliant opening dub samples to the recognisable vocals of Tippa Irie. It’s smooth, relaxed, and...
Album Review: Newen Afrobeat – Curiche (May 2019)
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Album Review: Newen Afrobeat – Curiche (May 2019)

Newen Afrobeat are from Chile rather than Lagos, but are proof that afrobeat has become a global music to address injustice. Formed in Chile in 2009, Newen translates as ‘strength’ in the indigenous (and marginalised) Mapuche language, and the seven songs that make up the collective’s third album Curiche speak up...
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