Grab your sunglasses cause spring is already here. And what better way to celebrate with our beloved mucisian, Manu Chao. “El Futuro Llego Hace Rato” found its way to the masses in 2009. It includes a bunch of collaborations between Manu Chao and a numerous of artists, such as Amadou & Mariam, Amparanoia, Jane Birkin, plus some covers. All illustrated with the happy – party – style that characterizes Manu Chao’s music. An excellent compilation that you should listen to. 3.5/5…
Chinese Man are one of the modern representatives of trip hop. “Racing With The Sun” was released in 2011, as the new installment to continue the first two, very succesful, “Groove Sessions”. Trip hop, hip hop, blended with a downtempo atmosphere, full of samples and instrumental paradigms. Chinese Man are the dealbreaker of the modern era. Don’t hesitate to meet them, if you haven’t already. Bam… 4/5!
Every now and then, there is a release that makes you stand frozen, like a statue, gasping with your mouth open. Every now and then, there is a release that reminds you why you love music. That reminds you of the good old sounds. Al’ Tarba hit the music-sphere on 2012, with the impecable “Lullabies For Insomniacs”. Self-released and with the help of the digital means (such as Bandcamp), that album made it to the top shelves of our respect and gave a new breath of life to all the descendants of DJ Shadow. Kudos… 4/5!!
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings have established a name, which is synonym to quality soul and funk music. They have raised a whole generation as fans of this particular music genre. As their 5th studio album, “Give People What They Want”, was released in 2014, growing the music community’s expectations. This work contains all your favorite elements, that made Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings one of most significant ambassadeurs of contemporary funk music. Great as always… 3.5/5.
Another excellent album from the German country – lovers, The BossHoss. “Radio Rodeo” was released in 2006, giving us the first hints of what we should have expected from these guys. Rock – country fusion with great production, make a memorable album, from the first to the last track. Don’t miss this and enjoy… 4/5!
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour became known after a Heineken commercial, playing “The Golden Age” track. Importing modern elements of electronica and broken beats, they gave their own stigma in the pop culture with a groovy twist. Soon, they made us love them and they earn their place in the pantheon of new age, alongside Hooverphonic, Morcheeba and many more. “Fruit” is their first work and was released in 2009. 3.5/5…
Shawn Lee and His Ping Pong Orchestra are some of our favorite guys, right? 2010 was the year when the explicit producer worked his way over some of the most significant classical tune. Providing his unique style of funk and broken beats, the “Hooked Up Classics”, is a playful album, if you want to give a new look at classical music. Groove it is, then… 4/5!
These boys from Sweden are unique. Movits! worked their way back in 2011 with “Ut Ur Min Skalle”. A full blast album with nu jazz, broken beats and hip hop for the most hard believers. Excellent production, uptempo with playful rhythm and groove, this work will satisfy you till the very end. Don’t miss this! 4/5!
The BossHoss, believe it or not, come from Germany and have great history. Their love for country/ rock is reflected in all their albums. In 2007 “Internashville Urban Hymns” was released, creating a fuss, with a playful attitude and lots of covers included, like “Seven Nation Army”, “Sabotage”, “Toxic”, to name a few. This is a great album that you should give a chance. 4/5!
One of the accomplishments, that Greece should be proud of, are Imam Baildi. The two brothers continue their journey through Greek roots and electronica with their second album, “The Cookbook”, which was released in 2010. Their excellent production, the new hip hop installments, the collaborations and the “wedding” between the old and the new, are the elements that characterize their beautiful work and make “The Cookbook” one of the best albums this poor country has ever created. 4/5!