Top of the World albums: Songlines #128 (June 2017)

Posted on May 9th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the June issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #128.

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Les Amazones d’Afrique 
République Amazone
Real World Records
This defiant, all-female collective speaks out against violence towards women. Angélique Kidjo struts her stuff.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Quantic & Nidia Góngora
Tru Thoughts
Tropical bass, beats and melodies are provided by Quantic, while Góngora’s vocals shine on this collaboration.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Oumou Sangaré
No Format!
The power of Sangaré’s voice is striking on perhaps her funkiest album to date. The rich musical heritage of the Wassoulou region remains prominent, augmented by rock guitars and drums.
Amazon | iTunes



Lisa Knapp
Till April is Dead: A Garland of May
Ear to the Ground
A magical collection of songs driven by purpose and conviction. Sounds of birdsong, clock chimes, bells and Victorian-era barrel organs conjure up images of May rituals.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Who knew the bass harmonica could be so exciting? This zany, brilliant harmonica quartet bring together some of their best-loved tunes from the last 14 years, as well as some new ones.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



The Secret Ensemble & Mahsa Vahdat
Kuşlarin Çağrisi
Kalan Müsik
The opening track, which is coloured by a myriad of beautiful tones, on an album of extraordinary instrumentation and stunning sound quality.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



75 Dollar Bill
An album quite unlike anything you’ve heard before. Influences are drawn from the Delta to the Sahara, from John Lee Hooker to Ali Farka Touré, from Touareg guitars to Appalachian noodlings.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



First Dance on Second Avenue
Riverboat Records
A feast of expertly blended musical flavours. New York-style klezmer is mixed with Turkish Ladino styles and Albanian kaba, with skilful musical style.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Ollie King
RootBeat Records
Fascinated by the meeting of classical and traditional music, King unites Handel’s Water Music with the tune ‘The Hole in the Wall’ for one track. A terrific album from the master of the melodeon.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



The McIntosh County Shouters
Spirituals & Shouts Songs from the Georgia Coast
Smithsonian Folkways
This leading contemporary Gullah choir hark back to the hand-clapping, foot-stomping roots of gospel.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

Pick up the June 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:

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