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Top of the World albums: Songlines #130 (August/September 2017)

Posted on July 18th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the August/September issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #130.

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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Bokanté
Strange Circles
GroundUP Music
This debut album is a diverse concoction of American grooves, Dallas funk and Guadeloupe’s folk music.
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Rubén González
Introducing… Rubén González
World Circuit
This expanded reissue of veteran pianist Rubén González’s original debut solo album gets a five-star review. Recorded in 1996 at the end of the Buena Vista Social Club sessions, it is a Cuban classic.
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Dálava
The Book of Transfigurations
Songlines Recordings
This Vancouver duo – Julia Úlehla and Aram Bajakian – fuse material from old Moravian folk songs with their own radical new approaches.
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Ushers Island
Ushers Island
Vertical Records
Two generations of Ireland’s finest players comprise this group who came together at flute and pipes player Michael McGoldrick’s cottage in County Galway to record this superlative album.
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Tété Alhinho
Mornas ao Piano
Trem Azul
Tété Alhinho’s stunning voice makes it hard not to fall for this track, or the entire album. Having not recorded for ten years, this is a welcome return from the Cape Verdean star.
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Nikos Tsiachris
Alcance
Galileo Music
One of the most refreshing and beautifully played albums of flamenco guitar to appear in a long time. Featuring plenty of fresh ideas, and a wonderful range of palos (flamenco styles).
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Nishtiman Project
Kobane
Accords Croisés
A thrilling love song based on Kurdish traditions, ferociously paced and sung by vocalist Donya Kamali. Virtuosic displays on kamancheh, santur and percussion are plentiful on this album.
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Väsen
Brewed
NorthSide
A five-star review for this legendary trio, who have woven cunning musical spells together for nearly 30 years. This 17th album of polska-infused compositions is as fresh as if they were just emerging.
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Danyèl Waro
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Buda Musique
His first album in seven years, this masterful record is essentially stripped down to the Réunionnais singer’s uniquely sharp voice, call-and-response chorus and percussion.
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Justin Adams
Ribbons
Wayward
Adams’ rhythmic filigree guitar is complemented by Drecker’s captivating, varied vocals, inspired by Native American chants and Tuvan throat singing.
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Pick up the August/September 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 #129 (July 2017)

Posted on June 12th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the July issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #129.

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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Dona Onete
Banzeiro
Mais um Discos
The Grande Dame is back with another dose of salubrious grooves from the north of Brazil. Despite being almost 80 years old, Onete is not slowing down. Find yourself some wiggle room.
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Trio Tekke & Dave de Rose
Zivo
Trio Tekke
This new collaboration with drummer Dave de Rose produces a more electric take on Trio Tekke’s funky reinvention of Greek traditional music.
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Kronos Quartet
Folk Songs
Nonesuch
A journey into the Appalachian tradition, combining classical elegance and avant-garde subversion. As magnificent as you would expect from Kronos.
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Sabîl 
Zabad, Twilight Tide
Harmonia Mundi
A stunningly hypnotic track from an excellent third album. While maintaining respect for the maqam tradition, intimate dialogue between instrumentalists allows the music to breathe and shine.
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Vieux Farka Touré
Samba
Six Degrees Records
West Africa’s star guitarist does not disappoint with this masterful album, which was recorded in front of a small live audience.
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Lau
Decade: The Best of Lau 2007-2017
Lau Scotland 
A magnificent compilation showcasing ten years of musical excellence.
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Kondi Band
Salone
Strut Records
This pairing of thumb-piano and vocals with electronic textures makes for what is perhaps one of the most intriguing African albums so far this year.
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Various artists  
Zaire 74: The African Artists
Wrasse Records
Global star Miriam Makeba performs with her Guinean Ensemble, recorded at the three-day music festival held in 1974 to coincide with the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match.
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Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundström
Svalan
Åkerö Records
Here accordionist Maria Kalaniemi and harmonium player Eero Grundström take us on a musical journey deep into the majestic Finnish forests.
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Jayme Stone
Jayme Stone’s Folklife
Borealis Records
This rousing Caribbean dance tune is but one offering in this treasure trove of songs mostly derived from the seemingly inexhaustible archives of folklorists John and Alan Lomax.
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Pick up the July 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 #128 (June 2017)

Posted on May 9th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the June issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #128.

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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Les Amazones d’Afrique 
République Amazone
Real World Records
This defiant, all-female collective speaks out against violence towards women. Angélique Kidjo struts her stuff.
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Quantic & Nidia Góngora
Curao
Tru Thoughts
Tropical bass, beats and melodies are provided by Quantic, while Góngora’s vocals shine on this collaboration.
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Oumou Sangaré
Mogoya
No Format!
The power of Sangaré’s voice is striking on perhaps her funkiest album to date. The rich musical heritage of the Wassoulou region remains prominent, augmented by rock guitars and drums.
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Lisa Knapp
Till April is Dead: A Garland of May
Ear to the Ground
A magical collection of songs driven by purpose and conviction. Sounds of birdsong, clock chimes, bells and Victorian-era barrel organs conjure up images of May rituals.
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Sväng
Hauptbahnhof
Galileo
Who knew the bass harmonica could be so exciting? This zany, brilliant harmonica quartet bring together some of their best-loved tunes from the last 14 years, as well as some new ones.
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The Secret Ensemble & Mahsa Vahdat
Kuşlarin Çağrisi
Kalan Müsik
The opening track, which is coloured by a myriad of beautiful tones, on an album of extraordinary instrumentation and stunning sound quality.
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75 Dollar Bill
Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock
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An album quite unlike anything you’ve heard before. Influences are drawn from the Delta to the Sahara, from John Lee Hooker to Ali Farka Touré, from Touareg guitars to Appalachian noodlings.
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She’Koyokh  
First Dance on Second Avenue
Riverboat Records
A feast of expertly blended musical flavours. New York-style klezmer is mixed with Turkish Ladino styles and Albanian kaba, with skilful musical style.
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Ollie King
Diffractions
RootBeat Records
Fascinated by the meeting of classical and traditional music, King unites Handel’s Water Music with the tune ‘The Hole in the Wall’ for one track. A terrific album from the master of the melodeon.
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The McIntosh County Shouters
Spirituals & Shouts Songs from the Georgia Coast
Smithsonian Folkways
This leading contemporary Gullah choir hark back to the hand-clapping, foot-stomping roots of gospel.
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Pick up the June 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 #126 (April 2017)

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

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #126.

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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Mokoomba
Luyando
Out Here Records
Luyando is a triumphant return from Zimbabwe’s favourite young band, full of slick vocal harmonies and catchy rhythms. The songs reflect the traditions and their roots in Tonga life.
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Inna de Yard
The Soul of Jamaica
Chapter Two Records
Stripped down, roots reggae, featuring booming hand drums, muted trumpets, mellow guitar and soulful vocals.
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Bargou 08
Targ
Glitterbeat
A no-nonsense electro-acoustic album recorded in a remote region of north-west Tunisia, known as the Bargou valley.
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Maria Pomianowska
The Voice of Suka
For Tune
A beautiful and inventive album of Polish suka (fiddle) playing by a renowned collaborator. This lyrical composition is underpinned by vari-pitched drumming and wordless vocals.
Amazon

 

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Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway
Nonesuch Records
This album strives to join the dots between slave narratives, the Civil Rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter movement.
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La Mambanegra
El Callegüeso y Su Mala Maña
Movimientos Records 
Some of the most raw, passionate and visceral salsa being made anywhere in the world, featuring a tight and funky brass section, and led by vocalist and veritable engine-room Jacobo Vélez.
Amazon

 

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Tuuletar
Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal
Bafe’s Factory
The debut from four highly versatile Finnish vocalists. Through beatboxing, singing, sighing and other vocal effects, they have created an album comprised entirely of vocal sounds.
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Omar Puente
Best Foot Forward
OP Records
A varied and compelling album. Puente’s electric violin is enhanced by his multi-national sextet, creating a jazzy fusion imbued with a range of cultural influences.
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Debashish Bhattacharya
Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe
Riverboat Records
An endearing album mixing classics popularised by Tau Moe with Bhattacharya’s own compositions.
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Warsaw Village Band
Sun Celebration
Jaro Medien
Global trance music with lyrical inspiration drawn from Poland’s oldest folkloric song material. The group’s signature massed vocals form the base of this texturely packed record.
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Pick up the April 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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