Top of the World albums: Songlines #127 (May 2017)

Posted on April 5th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the May issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #127.

To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: www.songlines.co.uk/subs

 

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Orchestra Baobab
Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng
World Circuit
This heartfelt dedication to the group’s original vocalist is packed with familiar Afro-Cuban rhythms and lyrical brass arrangements, with a new prominent place given to the kora.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Los Hijos de la Montaña
Los Hijos de la Montaña
Vacilando 68
From New Age soundscapes to Latino mock-goth, this Tex-Mex band has twangy guitars, old-school synths, blasts of brass and saloon-bar piano.
iTunes

 

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Ibibio Sound Machine
Uyai
Merge Records
A catchy opening number with an eerie, futuristic synth motif. This is a fiercely funky second album full of confidence and swagger, fronted by British-Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Khusugtun
An Anthology of Mongolian Khöömii
Buda Musique
Ethnomusicologist Johanni Curtet has delved into the archive of Mongolian Radio from 1954-2016 to explore the development of khöömii (throat singing) in all its diverse variations.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Siobhan Miller
Strata
Songprint Recordings
An upbeat opener to an enchanting second album of mostly new arrangements of traditional songs, expertly played and with the purity of Miller’s voice shining through.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Tamikrest
Kidal
Glitterbeat Records 
It’s hard to believe that there are many bands in contemporary Western rock music who could shake your bones harder than these Touareg rockers.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Tunde Jegede & Derek Gripper
Mali in Oak
Globe Music
This joint composition showcases the collaborative magic produced by these two musicians. A special communion between exceptional players.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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The Hot 8 Brass Band 
On the Spot
Tru Thoughts
A joyously fresh-sounding fifth album, full of greasy street-funk grooves as well as hints towards a softer side. Hard times have not hindered New Orleans’ hardest working brass band.
Amazon | iTunes

 

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Jaune Toujours
20sth
Choux de Bruxelles
Sounding as fresh as when they first started, this 20th anniversary double CD includes previously unreleased live and demo tracks from the Brussels-based, guitar-less band.
Amazon 

 

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Baluji Shrivastav
Best of Baluji Shrivastav
ARC Music
Indian classical music remains at the core of this compilation from multi-instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav OBE.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

Pick up the May 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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