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Review of ARARATh

ARARATh

Davit Drambyan

Davit Drambyan

Rating: ★★★

Davit Drambyan, born in Armenia and living and working in Germany, is a musician and composer with a considerable number...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Sharayet El Disco: Egyptian 80s Disco & Boogie Cassette Tracks

Sharayet El Disco: Egyptian 80s Disco & Boogie Cassette Tracks

VARIOUS ARTISTS

wewantsounds

Rating: ★★

Anyone who travelled in the Arabic world from the 1970s through to earlier this century will recall how cassettes were...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Tafrigh Vol 1

Tafrigh Vol 1

Otagh Band

Vaak Records

Rating: ★★★★

Tafrigh cannot be categorised easily. Rooted in different musical genres and styles, it is a mesmerising post-modern mixture of bizarre...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Rahawan

Rahawan

Haya Zaatry

Haya Zaatry

Rating: ★★★

Born in Nazareth and resident in Haifa where she practises as an architect, the 30-year-old Zaatry is also a singer-songwriter...

Reviewed in issue June/2022

Review of Bi Cinnete Bakar

Bi Cinnete Bakar

Lalalar

Bongo Joe

Rating: ★★★

While it is true that young people in Turkey are getting clued in on 70s Anatolian psych through international acts...

Reviewed in issue June/2022

Review of Abandoned

Abandoned

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Tlesk Records

Rating: ★★★★

Abandoned is a cross-section from Iran’s vibrant and impressively imaginative ‘alternative’ music scene. ‘Bayāt-E-Fārsi’ by Bamdad Afshar is an example...

Reviewed in issue June/2022

Review of Homage to Nazım Hikmet

Homage to Nazım Hikmet

Tülay German & François Rabbath

Zehra

Rating: ★★★★

Poet, playwright and novelist Nazım Hikmet has cast a huge shadow over Turkish culture for a century. A pioneer of...

Reviewed in issue June/2022

Review of Houdou Nisbi

Houdou Nisbi

Ziad Rahbani

wewantsounds

Rating: ★★★★★

Drum roll, please – and a sinewy horn line and psychedelic Moog squiggle – for the vinyl release of this...

Reviewed in issue May/2022

Review of Şatellites

Şatellites

Şatellites

Batov Records

Rating: ★★★★

Şatellites are a brilliant Tel Aviv Turkish-psych cover band – but they’re also much more than that. Some of their...

Reviewed in issue May/2022

Review of Finding Home

Finding Home

Maya Youssef

Top of the World

Maya Youssef

Rating: ★★★★★

Born in Damascus but now based in the UK, Youssef has set out to explore and expand the range of...

Reviewed in issue May/2022

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