Review: Welcome to the World Of Blundetto, stick around and familiarise yourself with the delightful charms of this third album from Frenchman Maxime Guiget. With a sound spanning reggae, Latin, African, Jazz and more established on the first two Blundetto albums, World Of... finds Guiget expanding this vision for perhaps his finest work to date. Vocals naturally play a big part in World Of... with some of France's foremost Reggae voices like Biga Ranx and PupaJim featuring amongst the 12 tracks, whilst Marina Peloso's contribution to "Last Broken Bones" marks it out as an album highlight. Look out for the cover of Bob Marley's "Work" too which features New York rapper Jahdan Blakamoore and Ubiquity's ubiquitous Shawn Lee.
Review: It's a while since we last heard from Brisa, a Japanese producer best known for his superb 2008 album "Elevation Perception", a cross-genre fusion rooted in nu-jazz. "Th3rd" appears to be his first album since and, as you may expect, differs wildly from its predecessor. While it's still rooted in interconnected eclecticism, this time round his colourful, vibrant and life-affirming musical fusions draw far more influence from '80s electrofunk, synth-boogie, hip-hop beat-making, the vivid productions of Hudson Mohawke, slick synth-pop, R&B, breakbeat hardcore/early jungle and footwork. It's a jaw-dropping mixture of sounds and styles, but one that genuinely works. If you buy one album this week, it should be this one.
Review: If you don't yet know Mansur Brown, you soon will. Previously best known for playing guitar on Yussef Kamaal's "Black Focus" album, Mansur is a 21 year-old prodigy with a huge future ahead of him. For proof, just check "Shiroi", his debut album. Built around his virtuoso guitar playing - a fusion of the psychedelic intensity of Jimi Hendrix and the smooth bliss of jazz greats like George Benson and Pat Metheny - the set's eleven sparkling tracks variously mix and match elements of dub, instrumental hip-hop, broken beat, jazz-funk, beat-free soundscapes and hazy, suitably horizontal downtempo grooves. The results are uniformly excellent.