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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

 

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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, 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
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
Rounder
Washburn’s striking voice takes the lead here while the duo’s banjos provide atmospheric accompaniment.
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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
Ponderosa
An album that sees the pizzica superstars set about combining homegrown sounds with multicultural influences.
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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 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
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
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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Top of the World albums: Songlines #133 (December 2017)

Posted on November 1st, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the November issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #133.

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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Orchestre Les Mangelepa 
Last Band Standing
Strut
Loping bass, ensemble vocals, ticking hi-hat, horns and a sebene style guitar-based groove fill this album. Vintage vibes with plenty of room to party.
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Robert Plant
Carry Fire
Nonesuch
The classic West Coast rock of Robert Plant, this time infused with world flavours. Justin Adams’ oud complements the North African rhythms that weave throughout.
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Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo
Loé Loá: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree
Odelia
An authentic field recording of Venezuelan golpes de tambor, captured under a mango tree. This track embodies the community feel of the album.
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Hugh Masekela
No Borders
Semopa
Five stars for this diverse, 44th album from the legendary African horn player and singer. This jazz infused, danceable track shows off Masekela’s signature solo playing and distinctive vocals.
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Lankum
Between the Earth and Sky
Rough Trade
The pure vocals of Radie Peat shine on this haunting version of the traditional song from the Irish group formerly known as Lynched.
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Les Fils Canouche
La Fasciculation
Vlad Productions
A fourth album brimming with feisty rhythms and swinging, self-penned songs that borrow from tango, rumba, jazz manouche and more. Delightfully intriguing.
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The Souljazz Orchestra
Under Burning Skies
Strut
After 15 years together, the Ottawa-based sextet have discovered the synth. Afrobeat and French Caribbean influences are complemented by an 80s groove and electro disco feel.
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Los Compadres del Ande
Andina: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes, Huayno, Carnaval & Cumbia 1968-1978
Tiger’s Milk Records
Catchy keyboard and string melodies fuel this track from a compilation of vintage Peruvian gems.
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Saz’iso
At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song
Glitterbeat
Producer Joe Boyd and engineer Jerry Boys take us on a journey into the mountains of southern Albania, drawing on the beautiful arabesques of saze.
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Guy Schalom
TEN
Ethnomusic Records
Guy Schalom is a superb player of the tabla – the Egyptian goblet drum – as heard on this track and throughout an album that celebrates a decade of the Baladi Blues Ensemble.
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Pick up the December 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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Top of the World albums: Songlines #132 (November 2017)

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the November issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #132.

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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Frigg
Frost on Fiddles
Frigg
Captivating folk tunes from the Finnish seven-piece supergroup known for their fiery polkas and infectious energy.
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Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers
Straight Allons
Valcour Records
Huval showcases his own writing skills alongside Cajun classics played in the traditional, dance-hall rocking style.
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Msafiri Zawose
Uhamiaji
Soundway Records
Son of Tanzanian legend Hukwe Zawose has proved he’s a chip off the old block with this five-star album. A refreshing, sophisticated jazz sensibility displays Zawose’s musical dynamism.
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Širom
I Can Be A Clay Snapper
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The combination of overlapping textures, command of polyrhythms and elegant production is mesmeric on this album from the young Slovenian trio.
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Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet
Ladilikan
World Circuit
Hawa Diabaté’s stunning vocals and Lassana Diabaté’s virtuosic balafon merge beautifully with captivating strings. A sublime collaboration.
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Labelle
Univers-Île
Infiné Editions 
Reflecting the cultural diversity of La Réunion, Indian slide guitarist Prakash Sontakke and revered Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko join Labelle on this sonic tapestry of an album.
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Gwyneth Glyn
Tro
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Gwyneth Glyn returns with a collection of her most intimate folk inspired songs yet. Seckou Keita’s kora and other instruments such as lapsteel, crwth and bansitar add a brooding depth to the songs.
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Lo’Jo
[Fonetiq Flowers]
World Village/Pias
This jazz-infused song is theatrical, complex, and fits comfortably on this eclectic album along with a music-shop’s worth of instruments. This French outfit sound as fresh as ever.
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IIII+IIII
Discos Ifá
A five-star debut from this Puerto Rican ensemble. Their electronic aesthetic is fused with traditional roots and permeated by spirituality, beautifully showcased on this track.
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Farida Parveen
Songs of Lalon Shah
Ocora Radio France
With a message that defies the existence of differences between race or religion, this is perhaps the most famous of Bengali poet Lalon Shah’s songs.
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Pick up the October 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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Top of the World albums: Songlines #131 (October 2017)

Posted on August 22nd, 2017 in Features, News by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the October issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #131.

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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Rio Mira 
Marimba del Pacífico
AYA Records
This stunning and important release showcases the music of the Ecuador-Colombia border region, with the marimba, the native instrument of Bantu origin, at its heart.
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Ghalia Benali & Mâäk
MwSOUL
MwSOUL Art Foundation
Born out of the turmoil of the Arab uprisings, this album contains multi-cultural brass playing and is infused with elements of jazz, while remaining steeped in the classical Arabic tradition.
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Makan Badjé Tounkara
Daba
Buda Musique
This track has a blues flavour and a bubbling talking drum. Tounkara adds three more strings to the ngoni, reflecting his innovative style.
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Too Sad for the Public
Vol 1: Oysters Ice Cream Lemonade
StorySound Records
This American folk, old-time album from Dick Connette gets five stars for its visionary explorations of tunes old and new.
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Mary Ann Kennedy
An Dàn: Gaelic Songs for a Modern World
ARC Music
A fine solo debut introducing audiences to the modern Gaelic tradition. Kennedy is a powerful force on the Scottish trad scene.
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Offa Rex
The Queen of Hearts
Nonesuch
Offa Rex are Olivia Chaney and US indie rockers The Decemberists, and this track combines silky vocals, guitar, fiddle and organ, redolent of both British folk-rock and Americana.
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Stephan Micus
Inland Sea
ECM
The reflective Inland Sea explores Micus’ latest enthusiasm, the nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), which he pairs with the balanzikom, a lute from the borders of Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
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Rafiki Jazz
Har Dam Sahara
Riverboat Records
Mesmerisingly performed and colourfully textured, this track is a stunning addition to an acoustic album from Sheffield-based Rafiki Jazz, who strive to cross cultural boundaries through sound.
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The Drystones
We Happy Few
Shedbuilt Records
A rousing, contemporary edged anthem amidst an eclectic mix from the Anglo-Celtic isles and further afield, from Irish jigs to old English hornpipes. Modern covers further the contemporary influence.
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Bjarte Eike & Barokksolistene
The Alehouse Sessions
Rubicon
Boisterously thrilling and infused with humour throughout, this album covers 17th-century dances, sea shanties and traditional ballads.
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Pick up the October 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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