Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the August/September (#120) issue.
Far From Home (Because Music)
Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano
The bassist is backed by veteran musicians from New York’s Latin music scene for an album of Cuban music filtered through African sensibilities.
Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (Analog Africa)
An excellent collection of Cape Verde’s electro oddities, which were inspired when a missing cargo of synths washed up on their shores.
Kanamalu (Red Orange Recordings)
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.
Hoje é Assim, Amanhã Não Sei (Warner Music Portugal)
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.
Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno
1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts)
Producer Quantic delves into Latin-infused dub and reggae for a set of wildly divergent tracks that are sophisticated and full of soul.
Remembrance (Nordic Notes)
Americana and Norwegian Sámi music are brilliantly melded together in this engaging album by bassist Steinar Raknes and joiker Sara Marielle Gaup.
Most Jöttem (Fonó)
Leyenda (ARC Music)
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.
Meeting of Hearts (Ahenk Müzik)