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Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Global a Go Go

On his previous solo outing, 1999’s Rock Art and the X-Ray Style , the punk grandad caught critics off-guard with a surprisingly robust collection of ethnically laced rock. Unlike his Clash-mates, Strummer had graduated to sophisticated relevance without losing his streetwise roots. Here, his Joe-ness proves he’s still got something to say, from the spirited pacifist sing-a-long “Johnny Appleseed” to the roaring internationalist dub of the title track.
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Thrust - The Chosen Are Few

A former member of Virgin Music Canada’s street team, which had him spreading the news about Canadian urban music, Thrust (a.k.a. Christopher France) is now the latest breakout act from T-dot’s burgeoning hip-hop community. Less overtly sexual than Choclair, Thrust goes in for the sort of spacey, groove-heavy hip hop heard on “The One & Only” and “This is For Sure.” And like Kardinal Offishall, he basks in his Caribbean heritage, bookending his debut album with two delightful “interludes” that are rich in dense Jamaican patois.
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Jimmy Rankin - Song Dog

Following the Rankins’ breakup and John Morris’ tragic death, Jimmy resurfaces with an assured solo debut. Produced by Tim Thorney, who brought in singers Cassandra Vasik and Joel Feeney (Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor and sister Cookie Rankin also lend vocal support), the album places Jimmy squarely in the Canadian singer-songwriter tradition, with music more country than Celtic. In fact, perhaps in deference to John Morris, there’s not even a fiddle to be found.
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