And this first album is especially timely, as it features Evan Crankshaw from the great "Flash Strap" blog, who just debuted his all-exotica radio show, "The Explorer's Room" last week.
The Cumberland County Mean Gang "Crashing Waves"
The Mad Drummer - from South Africa, but sounding more Zappa than Zulu. The inverse of Paul Simon and Vampire Weekend? A lot better than them, that's for sure. All 6 songs are good, but for someone who calls himself a mad drummer, the synthetic drums are the one (minor) fault I find with this. Price: $3.
Boolz "S.O.S.[Slovvd-n-Chopped]" - Also from South Africa comes this trippy dub electronica. I like the bugged-out VV3ΔK [SLOWD-N-CHXPPXD] Price: Name Your Price
Some comps that will keep you busy and dancing for days:
Peru Maravilloso: "Vintage Latin Tropical Cumbia"
Analog Africa - 21 albums! Haven't listened to all of them, but I can def recommend "African Scream Contest" - just don't buy the line about it being "psychedelia." It's James Brown-ish funk and West African highlife, and what's wrong with that? Can we stop throwing the word 'psychedelic' around so much? It's getting to be as meaningless a term as 'experimental.' And be sure to read this as you dig the crate diggin' sounds of Analog Africa: Dusty African Grooves.