Linval Thompson & U Brown, “Train to Zion” [Discomix] (from Dubwise & Otherwise 2) Don’t be fooled by the disco reference: This is some heavy reggae.
Ugly Casanova, “Hotcha Girls” (from Sharpen Your Teeth) A violin-flavored ballad from a band led by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock.
James & Bobby Purify, “I Don’t Want to Have to Wait” (from Shake A Tail Feather: The Best of James & Bobby Purify) Best known for “I’m Your Puppet,” this (unrelated) Florida duo recorded a trove of great soul tracks, now out on CD.
Eileen Rose, “Long Shot Novena” (from Long Shot Novena) An eerie, Marianne Faithfullish tune from a smoky-voiced Bostonian now based in London.
The Band With Neil Young, “Four Strong Winds” (from the Last Waltz boxed set) A great cover of an Ian & Sylvia song, it’s one of 24 unissued cuts now available.