Top of the World August/September 2016: The best new releases

Posted on July 15th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the August/September (#120) issue.

Calypso Rose
Far From Home (Because Music)

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With the help of Manu Chao, the Calypso queen represents her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, covering a range of social and political issues with a contemporary Caribbean flair.
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Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano
Heritage (Membran/QWest)

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The bassist is backed by veteran musicians from New York’s Latin music scene for an album of Cuban music filtered through African sensibilities.

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Various Artists
Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (Analog Africa)

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An excellent collection of Cape Verde’s electro oddities, which were inspired when a missing cargo of synths washed up on their shores.

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Kimi Djabaté
Kanamalu (Red Orange Recordings)

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The guitarist, singer and percussionist from Guinea-Bissau tackles personal and political issues and topics on songs with musical flavours that are reminiscent of the griot tradition of Mali.

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Ricardo Ribeiro
Hoje é Assim, Amanhã Não Sei (Warner Music Portugal)

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Respected fado singer Ricardo Ribeiro shows why he is known as one of Portugal’s finest artists, releasing a subtle new album of ruminative and quietly powerful compositions.

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Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno
1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts)

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Producer Quantic delves into Latin-infused dub and reggae for a set of wildly divergent tracks that are sophisticated and full of soul.

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Arvvas
Remembrance (Nordic Notes)

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Americana and Norwegian Sámi music are brilliantly melded together in this engaging album by bassist Steinar Raknes and joiker Sara Marielle Gaup.

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Félix Lajkó
Most Jöttem (Fonó)

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Putting an unconventional twist on traditional Hungarian folk music, violinist Félix Lajkó effortlessly straddles the worlds of folk, jazz and improvised music for one of his best albums in years.
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Ana Alcaide
Leyenda (ARC Music)

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Spanish singer and nyckelharpa player Ana Alcaide offers a set of 12 mesmerising tracks that are dedicated to the legends that evoke the resolute spirit of women.

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Yinon Muallem
Meeting of Hearts (Ahenk Müzik)

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Yinon Muallem exhibits a strong mysticism in his music, utilising a wealth of instruments from the Middle East to create a distinctive album promoting unification and goodwill.
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