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Review of Chouf!

Chouf!

Sidi Bémol

CSB Productions

Rating: ★★★

Now this looks promising. An Algerian rock album recorded at the Real World studios in Wiltshire with the great Justin...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Serenin: From the Black Sea to the Ligurian Sea

Serenin: From the Black Sea to the Ligurian Sea

CABIT

Felmay

Rating: ★★★★

Despite appearances this is not a generic fusion but a bridge between specific traditions soundly based on historical and environmental...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Echoes of the Mountains

Echoes of the Mountains

Duo Perse-Inca

Top of the World

Analekta

Rating: ★★★★

This and several other new recordings are a collaboration between the Canadian label Analekta and the Centre des Musiciens du...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Sisyphus

Sisyphus

Sofia Labropoulou

Odradek Records

Rating: ★★★

The first solo release from accomplished musician Sofia Labropoulou takes its inspiration from a geographically and culturally diverse range of...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Soaked

Soaked

Las Lloronas

Top of the World

Muziekpublique

Rating: ★★★★

Their first album, according to this Brussels-based trio of former street musicians, is all about ‘taking a stance and taking...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Transatlântikèr

Transatlântikèr

Trio Bacana

Klam Records

Rating: ★★★

Kèr, meaning ‘heart’ in Réunionese Creole and ‘village’ or ‘home’ in Breton, leaves the translation of Transatlântikèr up to some...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Radical Raptors

Radical Raptors

Radical Raptors

Felmay

Rating: ★★

Roberto Zanisi is a well-known virtuoso on a variety of Eastern Mediterranean string instruments, like the bouzouki and cümbüş, with...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Island Catch

Island Catch

Chung Yufeng & David Chen

Trees Music & Art

Rating: ★★★

This is the second full-length release from Taiwanese pipa player Yufeng and American singer and acoustic guitarist Chen, and the...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Around the Crocodile Pond

Around the Crocodile Pond

Ba Balance

One World Records

Rating: ★★★

Ba Balance are Danish blues-rock guitarist Preben Carlsen and West African percussionist Sal Dibba, and the title of this hard-rocking...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Kiriki Club

Kiriki Club

Kiriki Club

Kiriki Club

Rating: ★★★

A Birmingham-based sextet with backgrounds as various as clowning, dance, theatre and live art (hence a name inspired by Les...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

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