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Review of Tides

Tides

Grand Tapestry

Gravitas Records

Rating: ★★★

A collaboration between LA rapper Eligh and Indian sarod player Alam Khan, Tides is the second such album from the...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Ayom

Ayom

Ayom

Top of the World

Amplifica Records

Rating: ★★★★

There is always something rather inspiring about someone willing to take destiny into their own hands. That’s clearly the case...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Unexpected Guests

Unexpected Guests

Toronto Tabla Ensemble

Toronto Tabla Enseeble

Rating: ★★★

The title-track of Unexpected Guests lives up to the billing. Bagpiper Craig Downie blares dramatically over a boisterous tabla beat....

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Atlas

Atlas

Tune In

Tune In Crew

Rating: ★★

French production duo (and brothers) Harry and Xavier Veynand have chosen an appropriate title for their first album: it feels...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Red Sonja

Red Sonja

Lolomis

Top of the World

Buda Musique

Rating: ★★★★

Three years on from their second album, Boukane, Lolomis have intensified their ongoing splicing process with a third collection, this...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Ragas from Lahore

Ragas from Lahore

Tenderlonious

22a

Rating: ★★★

The musical pilgrimage route from West to East may be well-trodden, but it does not typically run through Woking. Little...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Trouble Fête

Trouble Fête

Badi

Batakar

Rating: ★★★

A collaboration between Belgian/African rapper Badi and producer Boddhi Satva, this politically charged record is for the disenchanted optimist. Composed...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of We Are Many

We Are Many

Soothsayers

WahWah 45s

Rating: ★★★

Soothsayers – essentially, the duo of trumpeter Robin Hopcraft and saxophonist Idris Rahman working with a shifting ensemble of musicians...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of The Good Noise

The Good Noise

Me Lost Me

Tallbird Records

Rating: ★★★

The latest release from Me Lost Me, the musical project of British artist Jayne Dent, is an extraordinarymélange of field...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Osmanity

Osmanity

Balkan Bump

Bump Records

Rating: ★★★

Like rats jumping a sinking ship, world beat DJs have ditched the Balkans in favour of sounds further afield —...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

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