Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the June (#118) issue.
Imarhan (City Slang)
The young Touareg band Imarhan release an enthralling collection of songs, drawing influences from a variety of subjects and musical styles to create a dynamic and diverse debut album.
Sociedade Recreativa (Jarring Effects)
With help from producer Maga Bo, Brazilians Sociedade Recreativa create a memorable album mixing traditional instruments and sound effects.
Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd
Pa’ki Pa’ka (Asphalt Tango Records)
Trained as a classical guitarist while growing up in Australia, Swedish guitarist Svärd showcases his unique and individual take on flamenco music on this beautiful debut.
Afro Celt Sound System
The Source (ECC Records)
A reenergised Afro Celt Sound System return after more than a decade since their last album.
Hearts Broken, Heads Turned (Bellows Records)
Piper-turned-singer Jarlath Henderson releases a confident debut as a solo artist. Displaying impressive arrangements and musicality, the album exudes a youthful yet matured sentiment.
Anian (Real World)
9Bach deliver a cohesive set of original and traditional Welsh folk songs on their third album, a soulful and brooding project that explores themes of human nature and the outside world.
Weighted Mind (Rounder Records)
This album captures the mind of a maturing Sierra Hull, looking for direction in a changing world, showing off her ability as a talented instrumentalist and a sensitive songwriter.
Joe Driscol & Sekou Kouyaté
Monistic Theory (Cumbancha)
Rapper Driscoll and kora player Kouyaté collaborate once again, seamlessly blending their own unique styles to create their own musical language.
This nine-piece are a prime example of the great music currently coming out of Mali. Their debut, full of uplifting harmonies and explosive polyrhythms, is a captivating listen.
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Sing Me Home (Sony Music Masterworks)
Cello icon Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble release their most diverse project yet, covering a range of musical worlds, from Mali to China.