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Review of Tides

Tides

Grand Tapestry

Gravitas Records

Rating: ★★★

A collaboration between LA rapper Eligh and Indian sarod player Alam Khan, Tides is the second such album from the...

Reviewed by Tom Newell in issue: January/2021

Review of Ayom

Ayom

Ayom

Top of the World

Amplifica Records

Rating: ★★★★

There is always something rather inspiring about someone willing to take destiny into their own hands. That’s clearly the case...

Reviewed by GonÇalo Frota in issue: January/2021

Review of Skiver

Skiver

Folkatron Sessions

Upcycled Sound Records

Rating: ★★★

These sessions – ‘eight musicians, seven days, one experimental folk album from scratch’ – feature a welcomely eclectic mix of...

Reviewed by Tim Cumming in issue: January/2021

Review of Cretan Smash

Cretan Smash

Balothizer

Louvana Records

Rating: ★★

Greek folk tales set to thrash metal ‘music from hell’ (that’s how their fans, not their critics, describe them) may...

Reviewed by Russell Higham in issue: January/2021

Review of Unexpected Guests

Unexpected Guests

Toronto Tabla Ensemble

Toronto Tabla Enseeble

Rating: ★★★

The title-track of Unexpected Guests lives up to the billing. Bagpiper Craig Downie blares dramatically over a boisterous tabla beat....

Reviewed by Liam Izod in issue: January/2021

Review of Identity

Identity

Black Rock Band

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★

Hailing from the mining-tourist town of Jabiru, within the Northern Territory’s incredible Kakadu National Park, Black Rock Band follow up...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: January/2021

Review of Atlas

Atlas

Tune In

Tune In Crew

Rating: ★★

French production duo (and brothers) Harry and Xavier Veynand have chosen an appropriate title for their first album: it feels...

Reviewed by Jim Hickson in issue: January/2021

Review of Aloha Radio Hawaii

Aloha Radio Hawaii

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Rhymoi Music

Rating: ★★★

A Chinese label recording vintage Hawaiian music in an ultra-modern California studio, with mostly non-native musicians? Go figure. But despite...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: January/2021

Review of Red Sonja

Red Sonja

Lolomis

Top of the World

Buda Musique

Rating: ★★★★

Three years on from their second album, Boukane, Lolomis have intensified their ongoing splicing process with a third collection, this...

Reviewed by Martin Longley in issue: January/2021

Review of Kaladounia

Kaladounia

Kaito Winse

Rebel Up! Records

Rating: ★★★

In Brussels, Rebel Up! is a promoter, record label and DJ team, as well as being general champions of global...

Reviewed by Martin Longley in issue: January/2021

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