New Music: Various Artists, “Putumayo Presents African Blues”

We’ve had a lot of fun at Putumayo’s expense around these parts, but it’s all been in good fun — even though they seem to have a release for every culture, mood, or occasion, they also have an undeniable knack for putting together some pretty great mixtapes. Their latest, Putumayo Presents African Blues, is no exception; it mixes low-down laments with the sprightlier side of the spectrum, instrumentals alongside vocal cuts, and offers a musical African travelogue in the bargain.

But don’t take our word for it — listen below, and pre-order your copy now. Putumayo Presents African Blues is out April 24.