Top of the World albums: Songlines #134 (January/February 2018)

Posted on December 6th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the January/February 2018 issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #134.

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

 

La-Chiva-Gantiva---Despegue

La Chiva Gantiva
Despegue
Flowfish
An album of kick-ass cumbia, fiery combinations of rock and hip-hop, crowd-pleasing anthems and impassioned raps, as heard on this opening track. You’ll be dancing along in no time.
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Maryam-Saleh,-Mauric-Louca,-Tamer-Abu-Ghazaleh---Lekhfa-Cover

Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh
Lekhfa
Mostakell
Five stars for this innovative album with influences from all sides of Arabic music, from Sufi music to electro-chaabi.
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Boubacar-Traoré---Dounia-Tabolo-Cover

Boubacar Traoré
Dounia Tabolo
Lusafrica
Recorded in a studio deep in Louisiana, this album features some talented guests including Cedric Watson and Leyla McCalla, who help make Traoré’s blues more profound than ever.
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Béla-Fleck-&-Abigail-Washburn---Echo-in-the-Valley-Cover

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Echo in the Valley
Rounder
Washburn’s striking voice takes the lead here while the duo’s banjos provide atmospheric accompaniment.
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Belem-&-the-MeKanics-Cover

Belem & the MeKanics
Belem & the MeKanics
Iglectic
A splendidly eccentric album from this duo and their unusual mechanical band of marvels. This track showcases the elegiac quality of the accordion, sonorous cello and Walter Hus’ musical machine.
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Canzoniere-Grecanico-Salentino---Canzoniere-Cover

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Canzoniere
Ponderosa
An album that sees the pizzica superstars set about combining homegrown sounds with multicultural influences.
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Ibeyi---Ash-Cover

Ibeyi
Ash
XL Recordings
This excellent second album from the French-Cuban sisters features captivating vocals (that particularly shine on ‘Valé’), sophisticated use of samples, giant Yoruba beats and theatrical presence.
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Kapela-Maliszow---Wiejski-Dzez-Cover

Kapela Maliszów
Wiejski Dżez
Unzipped Fly Records
Talent runs in the family as this father and his children perform wild mazurkas, polkas, haunting dances and original tunes in an album of music rooted in vanishing Polish traditions.
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Tootard---Laissez-Passer-Cover

TootArd
Laissez Passer
Glitterbeat
The bouncy and catchy title-track has clear desert influences and is named after the temporary travel documents given to those living in Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, the Golan Heights.
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Maya-Youssef---Syrian-Dreams-Cover

Maya Youssef
Syrian Dreams
Harmonia Mundi
The virtuosic ability of qanun player Maya Youssef is clear both on this track and on the entire dream-like album, which she describes as her ‘personal journey through the six years of war in Syria.’
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Pick up the January/February 2018 issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. This issue also includes an additional bonus CD: ‘Culture Ireland: Music from Ireland 2018′. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit: songlines.co.uk/subs

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