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Review of Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Shane Howard

Goanna Aits

Rating: ★★★★

Ever since 1982, when Australia’s I Goanna band gifted I radio stations their enduring Top 10 hit ‘Solid Rock’, the...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: October/2020

Review of Red Desert Man

Red Desert Man

Dave Arden

Headstone Recoids

Rating: ★★★

Indigenous singer-songwriter Dave Arden is a gifted Kokatha-Gunditjmara guitarist, storyteller and contemporary songman. Previously best known as a collaborator and...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: October/2020

Review of ‘Akilotoa: Anthology 1994-2006

‘Akilotoa: Anthology 1994-2006

Vika

Bloodlines (2 CDs)

Rating: ★★★★★

Known for their close harmonies and full-throated performances, sisters Vika and Linda Bull first burst onto the Australian music scene...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: October/2020

Review of Colour by Number

Colour by Number

Leah Flanagan

Small Change Recoids

Rating: ★★★

Having grown up in Australia’s Northern Territory city of Darwin, singer-songwriter Leah Flanagan proudly claims a mixed multicultural heritage that...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: October/2020

Review of Classic Recordings 1929-1949

Classic Recordings 1929-1949

Tau Moe

Grass Skirt

Rating: ★★★★

While several early Hawaiian steel guitar players have had their recordings reissued over the years, until recently one important pioneer...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: April/2020

Review of Tjukurpa: The Story/Kulila: The Remixes

Tjukurpa: The Story/Kulila: The Remixes

Frank Yamma

Wantok Musik VINYL & DIGITAL ONLY

Rating: ★★★★★

With his own career somewhat overshadowed by the commercial success of other Aboriginal songmen like Archie Roach and the late...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: April/2020

Review of We Have Come to Testify

We Have Come to Testify

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★★

An important historical and political documentary album, this recording and the accompanying illustrative book are an intertwining of translated spoken-word...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: Jan/Feb/2020

Review of Nēvēnek: Ground Music from Torba Province, Vanuatu

Nēvēnek: Ground Music from Torba Province, Vanuatu

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★★

Previously known as the New Hebrides, Vanuatu is an archipelago of 82 volcanic islands, located in the Western Pacific's Coral...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: Jan/Feb/2020

Review of Blue Lotus the Awakening

Blue Lotus the Awakening

Mau Power

One Blood Hidden Image

Rating: ★★★

Mau Power (aka Patrick Mau) hails from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait – that chain of Australian islands between...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: Jan/Feb/2020

Review of Holy Colony: Burning Acres

Holy Colony: Burning Acres

Troy Kingi

AllGood Absolute Alternative Records

Rating: ★★★

New Zealand Māori singer Troy Kingi has an ambitious idea of recording ten albums over ten years in ten different...

Reviewed by Seth Jordan in issue: Jan/Feb/2020

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