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Joan Soriano – Me Decidí | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on March 10th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

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Words by Philip Sweeney

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Bachata boy back at ya
★★★★★

Can it really be five years since the last CD from the Duke of bachata, Joan Soriano? No wonder life’s seemed a bit drab since. At last – praise the lord and pour out the Brugal – Soriano is back. He returns with the most artistically perfect thing he could have done after the 60 minutes of pleasure he gave us last time – that is to record another 60 minutes of pretty much the same.

The same plaintive voices, double-tracked now and again to lovely effect, bringing to mind a Creolised Everly Brothers. There’s the same sprightly plucked electric guitar breaking into hypnotic double-time mambos, accompanied by a rattling, stick-played bongo and more than efficient bass. There are some fabulous female choruses, particularly on a scorcher of a track called ‘El SIDA’. There is a slightly Haitian-tinged merengue, possibly the most irresistible stimulant to dance on the planet with the possible exception of Congolese rumba – at least, it is in the hands of a maestro like Soriano.

A couple of less than essential tracks feature, but the Duke probably had more serious business on his mind. Overall, this album is a complete treat: if I have to wait another five years for the follow-up, I’m going to get seriously depressed.

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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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Divanhana
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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Värttinä
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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Anchorsong
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… Aziza Brahim, Anda Union and Joan Soriano

Posted on February 26th, 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 tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Aziza Brahim – ‘Lagi’
Aziza Brahim performs a stunning live take of the track from her album Soutak. Brahim is to appear on the cover of next issue (April 2016, #116).

 

Anda Union – ‘Hometown’
It’s been five years since the Mongolian band were a hit at WOMAD, but now they’re back and recently finished a tour of the UK, performing material from their forthcoming album, Jangar. This is a beautifully haunting song, full of horse-head fiddles (morin huur) and throat-singing (khöömei) that transports you to the grasslands of their Inner Mongolian home.

 

Joan Soriano – ‘Simplemente Amigos’
Bachata singer and guitarist Joan Soriano released his new album Me Decidí last year, his first solo effort in five years. ‘Simplemente Amigos’ is a delightful number from the album, and a reminder of why the musician’s music has been missed.

 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – ‘Sangoma’
Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been one of the leading figureheads of the South African dance-pop scene for more than three decades. This groovy joint is a sped up version of the 1987 hit, discovered via Awesome Tapes from Africa.

 

Molotov Jukebox – ‘Neon Lights’
The exciting tropical fusion group Molotov Jukebox will release their second album, Tropical Gypsy, in April. ‘Neon Lights’, taken from their debut Carnival Flower, is an ode to the city of London.

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