Top of the World albums: issue #124 (January/February 2017)

Posted on December 7th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in Songlines issue #124 (January/February 2017). Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #124. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: songlines.co.uk/subs

 

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Anda Union
Homeland
Hohhot Records
Distinguished songs about nature, history and identity from this nine-piece Inner Mongolian group, featuring horse-head fiddles, beating drums and growly throat singing.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Gaye Su Akyol
Hologram Imparatorluğu
Glitterbeat
Steeped in Turkish culture, but with plenty of outside influences, songs focus on liberation of the self. Akyol creates an eclectic collection of global influences, music without borders.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Tanya Tagaq
Retribution
Six Shooter Records
Based on a theme of exploitation and embracing a range of musical forms including rap, rock and Tuvan throat singing, this is Tagaq’s most ambitious and exhilarating work to date.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Various Artists
The Calais Sessions
Sessions of the World
This is an extraordinarily moving collaboration recorded in the now extinct Calais ‘Jungle’. A resilient testament to the human spirit will reduce you to tears, but also uplift your heart.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Luísa Maita
Fio da Memória
Cumbancha
Both deceptively commercial and coolly cutting-edge, this masterpiece is full of post-modern lullabies and dubby samba deconstructions swathed in cavernous, minimalist production.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola
Widdershins
Dell Daisy Records
A fantastic showcase of Scottish and Finnish traditions by one of the finest folk duos around. A magical musical relationship.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
Madjafalao
Because Music
Slinky horn grooves, soukous guitars and simmering Afrobeat prove the group’s flame is still alight led by original member Vincent Ahehehinnou.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Çiğdem Aslan
A Thousand Cranes
Asphalt Tango Records
A beautifully haunting exploration of rebetika, and a magnificent gesture towards proving that Greek-Turkish culture is more similar than different. Aslan is at the top of her game.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Daoirí Farrell
True Born Irishman
Daoirí Recordings
Referred to as a Paul Brady for his generation, Farrell’s honest passion for the songs he’s collected, shines in what could be the most significant Irish release of recent years.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Bollywood Brass Band feat Jyotsna Srikanth
Carnatic Connection
Bollywood Brass Band
An energetic and cinematic journey to South India, with fuel provided by Jyotsna Srikanth’s Karnatic violin.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

Pick up the latest issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit: songlines.co.uk/subs

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