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Review of The Ethiopian: Open the Gate of Zion

The Ethiopian: Open the Gate of Zion

The Ethiopian

Jamaican Art Records

Rating: ★★★★

After recording solo ska singles at Studio One, Leonard Dillon formed The Ethiopians harmony trio in the rock steady era...

Reviewed by David Katz in issue: Aug/Sep/2021

Review of Where the Soul Never Dies

Where the Soul Never Dies

Mike Block & Sandeep Das

Top of the World

Bright Shiny Things

Rating: ★★★★

Mike Block is one of the bravest, most intriguing musicians on the American fusion scene. A cellist and member of...

Reviewed by Robin Denselow in issue: July/2021

Review of Just Be

Just Be


The Art of Collaboration

Rating: ★★★★

Novel attempts to fuse the traditional musics of Ireland and Iran were beginning to make themselves felt on the edges...

Reviewed by Michael Quinn in issue: July/2021

Review of Some Heavy Hand

Some Heavy Hand

Cath & Phil Tyler

Ferric Mordant Records

Rating: ★★★★

Spanning the Anglo-American folk duo’s career from 2005 to 2018, Some Heavy Hand is a marvellous collection of unreleased session...

Reviewed by Doug Deloach in issue: July/2021

Review of 42 Days

42 Days

Southeast of Rain

Southeast of Rain

Rating: ★★★★

Formed of sound artists Sophia Shen and Lemon Guo, Southeast of Rain was conceived in the autumn of 2019, when...

Reviewed by Charlie Cawood in issue: July/2021

Review of Reassembled



Hudson Records

Rating: ★★★★★

Rambunctious folk big band Bellowhead enjoyed a whirlwind career – playing Glastonbury Festival, winning umpteen awards and occupying London’s Southbank...

Reviewed by Julian May in issue: July/2021

Review of Pecata Beata

Pecata Beata

Carola Ortiz


Rating: ★★

Pecata Beata is the third album by Catalan singer, composer and clarinettist Carola Ortiz (who contributed clarinet on Anandi Bhattacharya’s...

Reviewed by Jo Setters in issue: July/2021

Review of Hikikomori


La Chicana

Top of the World

Acqua Records

Rating: ★★★★

Acho Estol and Dolores Solá have spent 25 years revivifying tango and other Argentinian and international musical genres with wit,...

Reviewed by Chris Moss in issue: July/2021

Review of SMS for Location, Vol 4

SMS for Location, Vol 4


FORESEEN Entertainment

Rating: ★★★★

Montréal has been at the forefront of club culture in Canada for some time now: from multi-arts practice in Ausgang...

Reviewed by Alex De Lacey in issue: July/2021

Review of Gandhi


Rão Kyao

Galileo Music

Rating: ★★★

Rão Kyao was actually born João Gorjão Jorge and was a key figure in the local Portuguese jazz scene in...

Reviewed by GonÇalo Frota in issue: July/2021

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