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Kimmo Pohjonen – Sensitive Skin | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on December 8th, 2015 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

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Words by Julian May

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Finland’s ever-exuberant squeezebox supremo
★★★★★

Finnish accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen says, rather surprisingly, that Sensitive Skin is the first album he has made on which he had enough time to plan and record in the way he wants to. Time and attention has clearly been lavished on each of these nine tracks; they build, pulsate and cascade. They are intricate and extensive, encompassing a wide sonic range: from the bellowing bass of his accordion, to the most delicate, icicle-like tinkling.

That Kimmo should exploit every sound available from his accordion – the rattle of buttons, the breathy wheeze of the bellows – as well as the occasional burst of conventional squeezebox melody and snatches of a tune, is to be expected. But on Sensitive Skin he moves deeper than ever into uncharted sonic territory, backed up by fellow pioneers such as the electronics artist Tuomas Norvio, percussionist Samuli Kosminen, Arto Järvelä, who plays nyckelharpa, and his old friends, the Kronos Quartet. Rather than accompanying Kimmo’s music, his guests are all deeply involved in his sound creations.

There is a great deal going on in each track but, though they are packed, they are not stuffed to bursting. Sensitive Skin is emotionally engaging, intellectually fascinating and demandingly exuberant.

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New issue (Dec 2015) on sale now!

Posted on November 6th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .

Songlines Dec 2015 (#113)

Fado singer Mariza; Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux; and Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen

The December 2015 (#113) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by jazz musician Courtney Pine.

This issue also comes with bonus CD, West Africa at the British Library, which includes 15 free tracks featuring unique recordings made between 1909 and 2015 from the British Library’s sound collections.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Cape Verdean singer Lura, Italian duo Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni and Turkish collective Kardeş Türküler.

Features 
• Mariza – Gonçalo Frota talks to the fado singer about her new album.
• Ana Tijoux – The Chilean rapper speaks to us about her discovery of hip-hop.
Sweet Liberties – Julian May gets a history lesson from singers Maz O’Connor, Nancy Kerr and Martyn Joseph.
• Kimmo Pohjonen – Fiona Talkington discusses the Finnish accordionist’s ability to reinvent himself.
Karen Matheson – Tim Cumming speaks to the Scottish singer about her personal solo project.

Regulars
• Beginner’s Guide to Béla Fleck.
• My World: A playlist and interview with jazz musician Courtney Pine.
• Postcard from Romania.
• Introducing… The Gurdjieff Ensemble and Lynched.
• Spotlight on Hazmat Modine.
• Quickfire: Buhlebendalo Mda, Tigran Hamasyan and John Baily.
• What’s New, including the ethnographic film Nanook of the North; Battle of the Bands winners Don Kipper; On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants, and the latest reissues from the Syliphone Conakry record label.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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New issue preview: December (#113)

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .

SL113_NewsletterHorizontalwebMariza’s World; with the release of her first album in five years, Mariza makes sure fado is not a limitation

Other features include Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, who we speak to about his latest album Sensitive Skin; Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux talks to us about how she was able to develop a true identity for her life and music; Karen Matheson speaks about her personal solo project; plus the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews to get stuck into.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from Mariza, Lura and Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni, plus an exclusive playlist from jazz musician Courtney Pine, who talks about his life-changing musical encounters and the music that still makes him feel good.

This issue also includes a bonus CD, West Africa at the British Library, which includes 15 free tracks featuring unique recordings made between 1909 and 2015 from the British Library’s sound collections.

The issue is on sale in the UK from November 6. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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New issue (July, #101) on sale now!

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .

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Susheela Raman, Gilles Peterson and Martin & Eliza Carthy

The July 2014 (#101) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by BBC Asian Network’s DJ Nihal.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Welsh folkers 9Bach, Brazilian experimentalists Metá Metá and Sudanese soul sister, Alsarah & The Nubatones.

This issue also includes…

Features 
• Susheela Raman – Peter Culshaw talks to the British-Asian singer about her new album and her reputation of musical boundary crossing.
• Gilles Peterson – Russ Slater talks to the BBC DJ and music aficionado about how his Brazilian love affair for the impetus for his latest project and release, Sonzeira.
• Martin & Eliza Carthy – Despite years of performing together, the father-daughter duo have never recorded an album together, until now.
• The Sound of Siam – As the second volume of classic Thai hits is released by Soundway Records, John Clewley explores the funky tones of rural north-east Thailand.
• The Boomerang Project – An ambitious tri-nation project involving Aboriginal, Maori and Scottish artists, who are headed to the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Regulars
• Beginner’s Guide to Finland’s extraordinary accordionist, Kimmo Pohjonen, who turns 50 this year.
• Festival Pass: MIMO, Brazil.
• My World: A playlist and interview with BBC’s DJ Nihal.
• Introducing… Forabandit and Molotov Jukebox.
• Spotlight on Cambridge Folk Festival.
• Quick Fire: Dom Flemons, and Anna Phoebe
• What’s new, including World City Music Village, ¡VAMOS! Festival, and Aldeburgh Festival
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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