Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the July (#119) issue.
Onwards to Mars! (Asphalt Tango Records)
The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos)
Elza Soares, now in her late 70s, demonstrates why she is considered one of Brazil’s best samba singers in a bold release that is a fiery mix of original, uncompromising tracks.
Tikounen (Igloo Records)
Another guitar group to come out of the Touareg music scene, Kel Assouf return with a strong, rocking second album. Powerful rhythms and contagious grooves are aplenty on this feisty record.
A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey (Jazz Village)
An outstanding sophomore album from the young cellist and banjo player. Three years on from her stellar debut, McCalla once again draws from her Haitian heritage and Creole influences.
Lichtungen (Traumton Records)
Austrian composer Matthias Loibner possesses extraordinary skill on the hurdy-gurdy; his new album shows the astonishing range this unusual instrument has in his hands.
Une Meeles (Maarja Nuut)
Fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut delivers her experimental second album – an exceptional listen that draws influences from her Estonian roots and displays her promising talent.
Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings on Earth (The Leaf Label)
Utilising abrasive sounds and forward-thinking production, the London-based band Melt Yourself Down show they are a force to be reckoned with on this game-changing album.
Libraries on Fire (Derek Gripper)
The Sun Will Rise (A Cappella) (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
Vahdat is one of only a few female singers living in Iran to record regularly outside the country, and here she produces a profoundly personal album with no instrumental accompaniment.
Live: The Farewell Tour (Navigator Records)