Staff Benda Bilili have ratcheted up their international hype with Britain's Daily Telegraph declaring them, "the most talked about band of the year".
It was always going to be difficult for Malian duo Amadou & Mariam to follow up their sensational 2009 album Welcome to Mali, writes Loyd Gedye.
Opening their third album 'Centipede-sing-a-long' with the hypnotic trance of 'Be Afraid', the Make-Overs make clear their intentions pretty early on.
Mokoomba is a band from Zimbabwe but Mokoomba isn't a Zimbabwean band and are different from the average Zimbabwean outfit in a lot of ways.
Chris Roper finds Bob Dylan's Tempest isn't a great Dylan album - and it doesn't have to be, because it's still one of 2012's finest offerings.
We are used to this now: a barnstorming, fire-eating raggamuffin DJ who, midway through his career, discovers dancehall's conscious roots.
It's clear that within Sonic Youth or outside of its confines, Lee Ranaldo has a lot to offer the music world, writes Lloyd Gedye.
Death Grips' new album grabbed the attention of columns and headlines when it chose to leak it to their fans after a dispute with their record label.
Little Heart is an album that will win Fetish many new fans, while remaining true to the dark vision that converted so many people at the beginning.