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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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Introducing Songlines issue #127 (May 2017)

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

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The May 2017 (#127) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is Oumou Sangaré, the Malian superstar who returns with a new sound and album – her first in eight years.

 

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Also in this issue we announce the nominations of the 2017 Songlines Music Awards; Portuguese singer Ricardo Ribeiro speaks about finding his destiny and becoming a fadista; Indian sarod player Soumik Datta talks about his latest TV project, Tuning 2 You; we have an interview on board the National Geographic Orion with musical explorer and cultural specialist, Jacob Edgar; a report from Globaltica Festival in Poland; a Beginner’s Guide to dhol player Johnny Kalsi; plus the latest CD, DVD and world cinema reviews.

 

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The  Top of the World CD includes Orchestra Baobab, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Baluji Shrivastav, Ibibio Sound Machine, Tunde Jegede & Derek Gripper, as well as a guest playlist from the American ‘Zaire 74’ concert producer Stewart Levine, featuring Cesaria Evora, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Franco.

 

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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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Record Store Day 2016 – Our Picks

Posted on April 13th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

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On April 16 over 200 stores across the UK will be holding concerts and selling unique pressings in a mass celebration of all things vinyl. We’ve highlighted a few choice releases that you definitely shouldn’t miss out on. 

Full listings are available on the Record Store Day website.

Bixiga 70 – The Copan Connection: Bixiga 70 Meets Victor Rice (Glitterbeat)
Mixed in the Copan studio that sits high above the bustling streets of Sao Paulo, this release sees Bixiga 70’s glorious Afro-Brazilian album III get a dub-reworking from their producer Victor Rice.

 

Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – I Go Shout Plenty (Knitting Factory)
This exclusive 10” release features a 1986 recording of ‘I Go Shout Plenty’ in addition to a rare B-side entitled ‘Frustration’. The piece originated from a session recorded in LA from 1969, with the version included here captured in a subsequent re-imagining with Afrika 70 in 1976.

 

Hannah Peel – Rebox 2 (My Own Pleasure)
Six years on from her debut Rebox EP that featured re-workings of contemporary songs on her music box, Peel returns to this minimal set up for a special gold vinyl release. She will perform at eight different record shops across the day.

 

The Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing (Tru Thoughts)
The New Orleans funk masters have a 7” coming out of their playful take on Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ that made them a household name. They’ve also just been announced for this year’s WOMAD festival at Charlton Park.

 

Ibrahim Ferrer – Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer (World Circuit)
This is the first time that Ferrer’s debut album will be available on double vinyl. It sold over one and a half million copies on its release.

 

Martin Simpson & Friends – Green Onions/Willie Taylor (Epic)
Scunthorpe’s finest presents a rip-roaring version of a Booker T & The MGs standard for this 7” offering. For the B-side he is joined by Nancy Kerr and Andy Cutting for a rendition of Anglo-American folk song ‘Willie Taylor’.

 

Skatalites – Soul Jazz Records Presents Skatalites (Soul Jazz)
Presented in a beautifully ornate box set, Soul Jazz have compiled a collection of 10 singles from the Skatalites’ early period, 1963-1965.

 

Various Artists – Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll (Dust to Digital)
Following on from the 2015 documentary film of the same name, this double gatefold release chronicles the Cambodian rock’n’roll boom of the 1960s and 70s.

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Mick Jagger’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the new Songlines issue

Posted on June 6th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

The July 2013 issue of Songlines is now on sale. It includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from sitar maestro Ravi Shankar; Songhai bluesman Samba Touré; desert stars Etran Finatawa; the heir to the Afro-beat throne Femi Kuti; Louisiana’s The Hot 8 Brass Band; innovative indie-meets-mariachi duo David Wax Museum; and Owiny Sigoma Band, who combine Kenyan Luo music with London’s club scene, amongst others. 

Pick up your copy here, at UK HMV stores, selected WHSmiths and all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* The Hot 8 Brass Band ‘Wolf Burger’ on Tru Thoughts
* Nynke ‘Düns Fan de Siedden’ on Crammed Discs
* Femi Kuti ‘Nothing to Show for it’ on Wrasse Records
* David Wax Museum ‘Harder Before it gets Easier’ on Mark of the Leopard
* Etran Finatawa ‘Is Ler Is Salan’ on Riverboat Records
* Los Desterrados ‘Aguila Guila’ on Enkalador Records
* Samba Touré ‘Al Barka’ on Glitterbeat Records
* Solas ‘High, Wide and Handsome’ on THL Records
* Owiny Sigoma band ‘Norbat Okelo’ on Brownswood Recording
* Ravi Shankar ‘Ravi Singhi Bhiravi’ on East Meets West Music

Plus Mick Jagger’s playlist:

* Clifton Chenier ‘I’m a Hog for You’ on Arhoolie Records
* Salif Keita ‘M’ Bemba’ on Decca Records
* T Visvanathan and T Ranganathan ‘Sandehamunu’ on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
* Farafina ‘Dounounia’ on Real World Records
* Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker ‘Let’s Start’ on Knitting Factory Records

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