Music:Afterlife--5th & Avenida (on Cafe del Mar Vol. 4)
More new music:
José Padilla--Café del Mar Volumen Cuatro: Another back issue (Vol. 4, for non-Spanish speakers) of the Café del Mar series of collections. I grab these whenever I find them at my usual used CD haunt. The music is mostly trancy, airy chillout with a Latin flavour.
Bombay Dub Orchestra--(self-titled): A very nice double CD on the Six Degrees label, released just this year. As the name suggests, the music is Indian-flavoured fusion, with a large crowd of musicians and various vocalists. CD1 (titled Bombay) is more traditional in flavour, while CD2 (titled Dub) incorporates more electronica elements and gives it more bass and thump.
Värttinä--Miero:Peter Gabriel's Realworld label is always easy to spot, and I'll listen to anything I notice with it. I don't like (or buy) everything I hear, but it's just about always good music of whatever kind it is. In this case, it's modern renditions of Finnish folk songs. Musically, it sounds a bit like a cross between Mediæval Bæbes and Celtic folk, but with lyrics that you have no hope of understanding unless you're a native. This might be just as well for many of us, because they're dark songs: the lyrics are given in Finnish and English in the liner notes, and pretty much every song is sad and/or angry. Interestingly, Finnish songs are written not only to rhyme, but also to use alliteration extensively. The resulting sound is quite arresting.
Paul van Dyk--columbia ep: I always like van Dyk's work. He has a combination of melodic interest, repetition, and fullness of sound which never disappoints. This ep has some songs and remixes I didn't have before, and felt it was worth the 8 bucks.
Scissor Sisters--(self-titled):Hed Kandi's Twisted Disco series of compilations introduced me to these folks. They make strange, catchy electropop, and I want more of it.