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Review of Çay Vakti

Çay Vakti

Yair Dalal | Project Suzy

Primary Music

Rating: ★★★

This charming release features two of Israel’s most highly regarded musicians collaborating to showcase songs from the early years of...

Reviewed by Bill Badley in issue: November/2020

Review of The Promise

The Promise

Mehmet Polat

Aftab Records

Rating: ★★★

Turkish oud player Mehmet Polat further develops his style on this solo album with the help of others on traditional...

Reviewed by Tom Newell in issue: November/2020

Review of Death of the Prophet

Death of the Prophet

Sabreen

Akuphone

Rating: ★★★★

Readers may be familiar with Parisian oud player Kamilya Jubran for her collaborative work with Swiss based trumpeter and electro-pioneer...

Reviewed by Robert Rigney in issue: November/2020

Review of Mirror: Turkish Disco Folk

Mirror: Turkish Disco Folk

Arşivplak

Arşivplak

Rating: ★★★★

Arşivplak, meaning ‘Records from the Archives’ has come out with an 11-track instrumental compilation of popular Anatolian psych tracks, mainly...

Reviewed by Robert Rigney in issue: November/2020

Review of Halak Halak

Halak Halak

Zenobia

Top of the World

Crammed Discs

Rating: ★★★★

Snaking synth lines and exotic chord sequences collide with vigorous bass-laden beats and housey bedrock foundations, as East meets West...

Reviewed by Robert Rigney in issue: October/2020

Review of Enlighten the Night

Enlighten the Night

Mahsa Vahdat

KKV

Rating: ★★★

Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat has recorded an impressive series of albums – solo, with her sister Marjan Vahdat and with...

Reviewed by Simon Broughton in issue: October/2020

Review of The Rise Up

The Rise Up

Mehmet Ali Sanhkol

Dünya

Rating: ★★★★

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol already sings, plays ney, zurna and oud, but that doesn’t discourage this Turkish-American from penning The Rise...

Reviewed by Martin Longley in issue: October/2020

Review of Semitics

Semitics

47SOUL

Cooking Vinyl

Rating: ★★★

It’s been said 47SOUL are a band rooted in the Palestinian diaspora. Surely ‘uprooted’ would be more to the point....

Reviewed by Robert Rigney in issue: October/2020

Review of Glsah Sanaanea with Shiran

Glsah Sanaanea with Shiran

SHIRAN

Top of the World

Batov Records

Rating: ★★★★★

Albums of music from Yemen emerge rarely in the West; albums of Yemeni women singers are rarer still and we...

Reviewed by Bill Badley in issue: Aug/Sept/2020

Review of Shalhevet

Shalhevet

Divahn

Divahn

Rating: ★★★

Divahn are a five-piece female group based in New York. The name comes from Persian divan or diwan, which has...

Reviewed by Simon Broughton in issue: Aug/Sept/2020

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