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Review of The Resonance Between

The Resonance Between

Alam Khan, Arjun K Verma, Jack Perla & Del Sol Quartet

Six Degrees/AMMP

Rating: ★★★★★

While there are countless East-West fusions out there, there are few that sound as effortlessly meant to be as this...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Sekar Mayang

Sekar Mayang

Gombloh

Elevation Records

Rating: ★★★★

Indonesian singer-songwriter Soedjarwoto Soemarsono, known as Gombloh, was an important counter-culture figure of the 1970s and 1980s in his home...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Lafz Bheege Hain – Words Drenched in Tears

Lafz Bheege Hain – Words Drenched in Tears

Pratibha Singh Baghel

Sufiscore

Rating: ★★★

Sufiscore is not just a record label but also a YouTube channel which has a huge following in Asia, particularly...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Japanese Celebration Melodies

Japanese Celebration Melodies

Junnosuke Uehara, Washu Yoneya & Kisaburo Umeya

Buda Musique

Rating: ★★★★

Matsuri bayashi, the celebratory festival music of Japanese prefectures, provides the core for this album, albeit reimagined for a contemporary...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Hani Polyphonic Singing in Yunnan China

Hani Polyphonic Singing in Yunnan China

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Sublime Frequencies

Rating: ★★★

Southwest China’s Yunnan province is home to the majority of the Hani people. Think of the terraced rice fields of...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Ögbelerim – Music for My Ancestors

Ögbelerim – Music for My Ancestors

Batsükh Dorj

Buda Musique

Rating: ★★★★

Batsükh Dorj comes from a continuous but little known and recorded tradition of Tuvan music in the far north west...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of The Holy Mother – Madhuvanti Pal Plays the Rudra Veena

The Holy Mother – Madhuvanti Pal Plays the Rudra Veena

Madhuvanti Pal

Forced Exposure

Rating: ★★★★

This album is a treat. It isn’t often you get the chance to hear new recordings of the rudra veena,...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Variations for Piano and Sitar

Variations for Piano and Sitar

Andrew Goldberg & Ricky Romain

Andrew Goldberg & Ricky Romain

Rating: ★★★

Sitarist Ricky Romain has long been a stalwart of the South Asian music scene in the UK, working with musicians...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Tokyo Riddim 1976-1985

Tokyo Riddim 1976-1985

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Time Capsule

Rating: ★★★★

While reggae music has long had a reverent fanbase in Japan, the country’s musicians have generally shied away from attempting...

Reviewed in issue November/2023

Review of Approach to Anima

Approach to Anima

maya ongaku

Guruguru Brain

Rating: ★★

Basically a trio, the self-proclaimed ‘ragtag collective’ of maya ongaku is based in the Ace General Store on their local...

Reviewed in issue November/2023

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