Posts Tagged ‘quantic’

Tru Thoughts 18th birthday

Posted on October 10th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

Hot-8-Brass-Band-©Melissa Fargo

Melissa Fargo

Iconic music label Tru Thoughts celebrate their 18th year with an all-day event at London’s Roundhouse 

On Saturday October 21, independent music label Tru Thoughts teams up with Soundcrash and the Roundhouse in Camden to create an all-day, festival-style 18th birthday celebration. Set to be the biggest event in the label’s impressive history, the day will feature headline sets from Tru Thoughts artists Hot 8 Brass Band (pictured), Quantic (DJ set), Alice Russell and Rodney P, along with a craft beer festival, pop-up food vendors and a vinyl market.

Performing across three stages, artists set to appear at the event include

Quantic (DJ set)
Hot 8 Brass Band
Alice Russell
Rodney P
Wrongtom Meets the Ragga Twins
Nostalgia 77 (DJ Set)
Belleruche (DJ Modest Set)
Bryony Jarman-Pinto
TM Juke (DJ Set)
Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts A&R)

Tru Thoughts fans can also celebrate in the label’s hometown of Brighton on Wednesday October 18. For more information and to buy tickets for Brighton, click here, and for London, click here. 

Tags: , , , , , .

Now listen to this… Melingo, Calypso Rose and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Posted on July 15th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Calypso Rose

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally back, our listening playlist returns as normal with a selection of five videos from artists that have been on the Songlines radar.

Melingo – ‘En un Bosque de la China’
This new track is the first to be unveiled from rebel alt-tango singer Melingo’s new album ANDA, due for release in September. It’s fairly light and mellow vibe is paired with a faux-horror visual to accompany it.


Calypso Rose – ‘Calypso Queen’
The queen of calypso teamed up with Manu Chao for her latest album that covers a range of social issues – such as being a woman in a man’s business on this track – with her effortless, summery Caribbean flair.


Foster Manganyi – ‘Ndzi Teke Riendzo’
If you feel you’ve heard this recently, then you probably recognise the drum and bass line from Jessy Lanza’s hit from earlier this year. I’ve always had a soft spot for Shangaan Electro when the summer comes around again, and this record from 2010 (Honest Jon’s Records) ticks all the boxes.

Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno feat U-Roy & Alice Russell – ‘A Life Worth Living’

Record producer and musician Quantic (with a little help from some special guests) put on a stellar performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. This track is the second on his new Flowering Inferno project which is reviewed in the new issue (#120).


The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Noura Mint Seymali – Richa
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians were also another exceptional act to play at Glastonbury alongside composer and Damon Albarn. They put on a show at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall the following day, with this stunning performance with Noura Mint Seymali being one of the night’s highlights.

Tags: , , , , , .

Top of the World August/September 2016: The best new releases

Posted on July 15th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the August/September (#120) issue.

Calypso Rose
Far From Home (Because Music)


With the help of Manu Chao, the Calypso queen represents her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, covering a range of social and political issues with a contemporary Caribbean flair.
logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano
Heritage (Membran/QWest)


The bassist is backed by veteran musicians from New York’s Latin music scene for an album of Cuban music filtered through African sensibilities.

logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Various Artists
Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (Analog Africa)


An excellent collection of Cape Verde’s electro oddities, which were inspired when a missing cargo of synths washed up on their shores.

logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Kimi Djabaté
Kanamalu (Red Orange Recordings)


The guitarist, singer and percussionist from Guinea-Bissau tackles personal and political issues and topics on songs with musical flavours that are reminiscent of the griot tradition of Mali.

logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Ricardo Ribeiro
Hoje é Assim, Amanhã Não Sei (Warner Music Portugal)


Respected fado singer Ricardo Ribeiro shows why he is known as one of Portugal’s finest artists, releasing a subtle new album of ruminative and quietly powerful compositions.

logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno
1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts)


Producer Quantic delves into Latin-infused dub and reggae for a set of wildly divergent tracks that are sophisticated and full of soul.

logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Remembrance (Nordic Notes)


Americana and Norwegian Sámi music are brilliantly melded together in this engaging album by bassist Steinar Raknes and joiker Sara Marielle Gaup.

logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Félix Lajkó
Most Jöttem (Fonó)


Putting an unconventional twist on traditional Hungarian folk music, violinist Félix Lajkó effortlessly straddles the worlds of folk, jazz and improvised music for one of his best albums in years.
logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Ana Alcaide
Leyenda (ARC Music)


Spanish singer and nyckelharpa player Ana Alcaide offers a set of 12 mesmerising tracks that are dedicated to the legends that evoke the resolute spirit of women.

logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download


Yinon Muallem
Meeting of Hearts (Ahenk Müzik)


Yinon Muallem exhibits a strong mysticism in his music, utilising a wealth of instruments from the Middle East to create a distinctive album promoting unification and goodwill.
logo-Amazon-uk  logo-iTunes-Download

Tags: , , , , , , , , , .

May 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on May 7th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

We’ve compiled a list of the top ten concerts happening this May to help make sure you don’t miss out on this month’s best shows. 

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita


The Songlines-award winning duo will tour this May. Their album Clychau Dibon won the Cross-Cultural Collaboration award for their blend of Welsh traditional harp and the Senegalese kora. Don’t miss them on their 12-date trip across the UK. They’ll also be playing WOMAD and Shambala this summer.

Where & When: Across the UK, May 2-17. More info.





A Hack and a Hacksaw


The American folk duo will perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of a programme that explores the folk music of Eastern Europe. The programme features works by Bartok and Ligeti, plus a brand new piece has been written especially for the collaboration, which will be premiered on the night. There is also a free pre-concert gig in the Front Room from Firefly Burning.

Where & When: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, May 7. More info.





Mamane Barka


Nigerien biram master Mamane Barka will visit these shores for a string of dates in May. It’s a great chance to see the sole remaining player of this wonderful harp-like instrument.

Where & When: Across the UK, May 8-23. More info.








Will Holland, aka Quantic, will play eight dates – including a full live show at London’s KOKO – to celebrate the release of his new album Magnetica, which comes out on Tru Thoughts this May. The co-founder of Ondatrópica  has collaborated with Pongo Love on the lead single from the new release, which can be viewed here.

Where & When: Across the UK, May 8-29. More info.





Gilles Peterson

@Youri Lenquette. Cuba .La Havane . 06/2009 .Projet Gilles Peterson present Havana Cultura .

The fantastic Franco-Swiss DJ/producer is curating an all-dayer at Dingwalls on May 11. Peterson is also performing at a  launch party for the upcoming release of his latest collaboration with Brazilian artists, Sonzeira, which is out on May 19. He’ll be supported by DJ Nuts.

Where & When: Dingwalls, May 11 & Club Bam Bam Bam, May 15 (both London). More info.





Alchemy Festival


Now in its fifth year, the Alchemy Festival at London’s Southbank Centre presents some of the best music, dance and art from South Asia and the UK. Our spotlight star – read more in issue #100 –  Soumik Datta (pictured) will perform with his project Circle of Sound, a duet with percussionist Bernhard SchimpelsbergerTheir album was a Top of the World in #84, and his new solo album was released on May 1. There is also a special performance from Susheela Raman, in anticipation of her first album release since 2011’s Vel.

Where & When: Southbank Centre, London, May 15-26. More info.




Rodrigo y Gabriela


The inimitable Mexican guitar duo will play two dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall this May. Their new album 9 Dead Alive was released on April 29, and these dates come as part of a huge worldwide tour in support of this release.

Where & When: Royal Albert Hall, May 20-21. More info.





9 Bach


9Bach are Real World Records’ first Welsh act, and the six-piece are about to release their second album, Tincian, on the label. The music of the album reflects their home environment of Gerlan in North Wales, and they will tour this May in support of the release. They shall also be playing at Green Man Festival and WOMAD this summer.

Where & When: Across the UK, May 15 – June 6. More info.










Rough Guide Live!


This event sees a coming together of three brilliant acts in celebration of both 20 years of the World Music Network, and 25 years of Riverboat Records. The Ethiopian band Kraar Collective will perform alongside Carnatic violin virtuoso Jyotsna Srikanth and Greek folk duo Krissi Stassinopolou & Stathis Kalyvioti. The anniversary celebrations will be hosted by BBC presenter Lopa Kothari.

Where & When: Rich Mix, London, May 17. More info.





Caetano Veloso


The legendary Brazilian musician will play the Barbican for a special one-off gig in the UK as part of his European tour. One of the key figures of the tropicália movement, Veloso has since received nine Latin Grammy awards, including Best Album for his most recent release, Abraçaçao. He shall be primarily playing material from this album as part of this show.

Where & When: Barbican, London, May 27. More info.  





Tags: , , , , , , , , , , .

« Older Entries