Tomorrow morning I head off to Paris for a few days - mostly work, but I also hope to get a chance to visit all the African record shops between the Marcadet-Poissonniers and Chateau Rouge metro stops. You'll know soon enough if I do.
To tide you over until I return here are eight tracks that have only two things in common: they all featured back in the early days of this blog when it was a sad and lonely pursuit, and deserve another hearing; and they are not from round here.
"Betty Boom-Little Monster-Doggie And Peggie At The Witches Castle" - The (Saint Thomas) Pepper Smelter [Peru]
"Cachete A Cachete" - Los Amigos Invisibles [Venezuela]
"Ruidos En La Ciudad" - Los Monjes [Mexico]
"Sola Oka Dancer" - Stiger & Sister [Botswana]
"Hobusemang" - Vagilased [Estonia]
"Goodbye Teens" - Plavi Orkestar [Bosnia]
"Pidmanula" - Vopli Vidopliassova [Ukraine]
"Citron Girl" - Sadistic Mika Band [Japan]
As a special bonus, how about some brand new, top notch Indonesian pop. The excellent White Shoes & The Couples Company release their new album, "Album Vakansi", next week. From what I have heard of the album so far its a real winner - classic 60s pop meets the Cardigans and Camera Obscura. This is the lead off track.
"Senja Menggila" - White Shoes & The Couples Company
Here is one of their old videos from a few years ago.
And here are the normally sombre members of Plavi Orkestar letting their bad 1980s hair down back in 1985.