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Review of Indo-Arabic Variations

Indo-Arabic Variations

Baligh Hamdi & Magid Khan

Altercat

Rating: ★★★

As this 1980 album has been increasing in value over the years (original copies appear to go for around £50...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Gabba

Gabba

Gabba

Drengestua Records

Rating: ★★★★

A fascinating, self-titled debut here from Norwegian band Gabba, whose music has been garnering extremely positive reviews in their native...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Lovers Rock: The Soulful Sound of Romantic Reggae

Lovers Rock: The Soulful Sound of Romantic Reggae

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Trojan Records

Rating: ★★★

An episode of Steve McQueen’s acclaimed BBC television series Small Axe stimulated renewed interest in lover’s rock, the Black British...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Perspectives on Tradition

Perspectives on Tradition

VARIOUS ARTISTS

From Here Records

Rating: ★★★★

Don’t let the title fool you – this collaborative release of covers from UK future-folk duo Stick in the Wheel...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Made by Human Hands

Made by Human Hands

Grand Union Orchestra

RedGold Records

Rating: ★★★

Grand Union have been making communal, culturally expansive and embracing music for four decades now, with a strong legacy of...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of WEMA

WEMA

WEMA

!K7

Rating: ★★★★

London-based trio Penya set the bar high with last year’s self-titled album, a club-friendly clash of rhythms from Cuba to...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Pieds Nus

Pieds Nus

Soadan

Tinker Label/Foudrage/Socadisc

Rating: ★★★★

Grégory Audrain, Jean-Marie Lemasson and Armel Goupil are the three multi-instrumentalists that make up French fusion group Soadan. After spending...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Oras Dezaoradas

Oras Dezaoradas

Lily Henley

Top of the World

Lior Éditions

Rating: ★★★★

Lily Henley is a storyteller. Here she weaves traditional Sephardic Jewish ballads (alongside three originals) into her own melodic compositions,...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of For the Love of Tabla

For the Love of Tabla

Toronto Tabla Ensemble

Toronto Tabla Ensemble

Rating: ★★★

North India’s favourite percussion instrument, the tabla, has always been relegated to being an accompaniment and it was the subservient,...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Project Locrea

Project Locrea

Project Locrea

Antidote Sounds

Rating: ★★

The American capital is a hub, where many great musicians from all corners of the world for years have put...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

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