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Anchorsong – Ceremonial | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on March 19th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Alex De Lacey

Anchorsong - Ceremonial Cover

Samples and beats from eclectic Londoner

Ceremonial is the second album from Masaaki Yoshida, a Tokyo-born electronic musician who currently resides in London. This release has largely been inspired by recordings of 70s African popular music, and the intriguing juxtaposition of dance-floor beats with his eclectic sampling is remarkably cohesive. Yoshida invests heavily in polyrhythms, emanating from a variety of percussion, including Indonesian gamelan, atumpan (Ghanaian talking drum), steel drums and bell chimes. Opener ‘Eve’ is full of lush, expansive textures, which soon give way to the rhythmic urgency of ‘Mother’, which pervades the remainder of the release. Vocal snippets loop and contort, and the way they gradually reveal on tracks such as ‘Oriental Suite’ and ‘Monsoon’ is masterful.

Aside from the album closer, ‘Ceremony’ – which was composed some years before – there is a clear aesthetic that imbues Ceremonial with an alluring sense of excitement and majesty. This highly creative approach to existing source material has resulted in a powerful work, challenging reductionist assumptions often attributed to anything electronic, demonstrating what’s possible within the idiom. Compelling work from a particularly talented sonic artist.

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Top of the World April 2016: The best new releases

Posted on March 4th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April (#116) issue.

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Joan Soriano
Me Decidí (iASO Records)
After a five-year wait since his previous solo release, Dominican singer and guitarist Joan Soriano is back with a new offering of joyous material. A fine return from the bachata maestro.

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Zukva (ARC Music)
The young Sarajevan band display an air of firm confidence, playing sevdah music with a flexible and dynamic approach on their first UK release.

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Maz O’Connor

The Longing Kind (Restless Head)
Maz O’Connor steps away from the folk songs that featured in her previous work, taking inspiration from life experiences, literature and art to create an intelligent and emotional album.

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Sahra Halgan Trio
Faransiskiyo Somaliland (Buda Musique)
Somaliland’s Sahra Halgan is accompanied by a band of musical virtuosos on her new album, her first since returning to her homeland after a 23-year exile in France.

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Lotus Wight’s Ode to the Banjo (Lotus Wight)
Through musical interpretations of traditional Americana, Canadian artist Lotus Wight’s new album explores the history of the banjo via 13 tracks that make for a riveting listen.

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Aziza Brahim
Abbar el Hamada (Glitterbeat)
An important voice for the people of the Western Sahara, Aziza Brahim returns with a relaxed effort that continues to spur her message of political injustice and resistance.

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The Gloaming
2 (Real World Records)
With their critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut behind them, The Gloaming return with their second album – one that shows no signs of a sophomore slump.

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Viena (Westpark Music)
Finnish group Värttinä exceed expectations on their new album, executing strong vocal performances with relentless energy and stellar musicianship that results in an exciting release.

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Sainkho Namtchylak
Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face (Ponderosa Music & Art)
Renowned throat singer Sainkho Namtchylak exhibits her versatile vocal ability alongside the rhythm section of Tinariwen in this cross-cultural hybrid of Touaregs and Tuvans.

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Ceremonial (Tru Thoughts)
Inspired by African pop music of the 1970s, Tokyo-born electronic musician Anchorsong utilises polyrhythms and expansive textures to create a sonically cohesive second album.

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Now listen to this… Shanren, The Gloaming and Sidestepper

Posted on January 29th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines Towers we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world. Check out our playlist of the latest tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Shanren – ‘Drinking Song’
Tying in with Carrie Gracie’s playlist in the new issue (March 2016, #115) is ‘Drinking Song’ by Chinese folk band Shanren. Minority drinking songs seem to be a bit of a theme this issue. The over-lit live performance is interlaced with fun animations.

The Gloaming – ‘Fáinleog (Wanderer)’

The second album by The Gloaming, 2, is out on February 26. Coinciding with the album’s release, the band will be performing at London’s Union Chapel.

Anchorsong – ‘Oriental Suite’

The Tokyo-born London-based producer merges his newfound appreciation for vintage West African music with his homeland for this track. Read the review of his new album Ceremonial in issue #116 (on sale March 4).

DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – ‘Kumu’

DJ Khalab and Malian griot Baba Sissoko took home the Track of the Year accolade at the Worldwide Awards 2016 for ‘Tata’. This song is another taken from Khalab & Baba, released on Wonderwheel Recordings.

Sidestepper – ‘Supernatural Love’

Colombian cumbia group Sidestepper perform the title-track from their forthcoming album Supernatural Love in their home of Bogotá. Read more in the new issue (March 2016, #115).


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Win tickets to see Portico Quartet

Posted on April 9th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

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Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet play at Camden’s KOKO on April 17 

Celebrating the release of their new double album Live/Remix on Real World Records, the Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet bring their unique, electronic sound to Camden’s KOKO on April 17, and Songlines has a pair of tickets to give away.

There will also be support from Anchorsong (Tru Thoughts) and a DJ set from Southbank Center Artist in Residence, Micachu.

To enter the competition to win a pair of tickets click here.

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