Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the May (#117) issue.
Konono No 1 & Batida
Konono No 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)
Five years since their last album, the innovative Grammy-winning group Konono No 1 are back and are joined by Portuguese-Angolan DJ Batida on this hypnotising collaborative effort.
Snowboy & The Latin Section
New York Afternoon (Snowboy Records)
With an illustrious discography going back to the late 80s, conguero Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and his group release their first album on his eponymous label.
Astar (Breabach Records)
Scottish group Breabach return with a new album packed full of global musical influences from their travels. A mix of original compositions and covers, Astar exhibits a new, exciting direction.
Magnetismo (Soundway Records)
Argentinian nu cumbia singer La Yegros is accompanied by some noteworthy guests on her commanding and rhythmical sophomore album.
Michael Messer’s Mitra
Call of the Blues (Knife Edge Records)
Michael Messer’s Mitra transform Mississippi blues songs with Hindustani sensitivities for a delightful project that was mostly recorded live.
If Wishes Were Horses (Reveal Records)
A solo album from Lau’s Kris Drever, this showcases what may be Drever’s best work yet, with insightful lyrics penned against a backdrop of warm instrumentation.
Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin
Poyln: A Gilgul (Golden Horn Records)
Traditional Polish and Jewish music are brought together and masterfully executed on a memorable album by Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin.
Every Song Has its End: Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali (Glitterbeat)
The diverse nature of Malian traditional music is showcased across 12 tracks gathered by Bamako-based producer Paul Richard Chandler.
Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)
Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.
Full Attack Band
1001 (Full Attack Band)
Argentinian saxophonist Alejandro Toledo leads a new life in a new band, one that showcases a firm strength, fervour and clear experience in their musical arrangements.