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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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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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