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Melt Yourself Down – Last Evenings on Earth | Album Review | Top of the World

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

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Words by Howard Male

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London’s frenzied fusioneers reach a liquid-metal heat
★★★★

‘World fusion’ bands often don’t do much fusing at all. Instead, they might have some ska numbers, an Éthiopiques-style track or a Balkan brass crowd-pleaser and so on. This London-based band are the happy exception to this rule. In fact, what we have here, on their abrasive, anarchic second album, is a super-alloy rather than a mere fusion. That is to say, something stronger and more flexible than the elements from which it’s composed. Yes, you can still hear the African and other world influences present on their 2013 debut, but now they course through the blood of the musicians rather than being merely adopted as window dressing.

It’s all about the groove, until, that is, the groove self-implodes and we’re taken down a free-jazz side street to have our wallet and passport stolen. Sometimes singing in French, sometimes English, sometimes merely chanting or screaming with in-the-moment abandonment, Kushai Gaya’s often unhinged vocals find their nearest comparison in Fear of Music-era Talking Heads or Flowers of Romance-era Public Image Ltd. Last Evenings on Earth is a densely textured and challenging listening experience that you’ll either love or loathe. If anything more potentially game-changing comes along this year, I’d be surprised.

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Top of the World July 2016: The best new releases

Posted on June 10th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the July (#119) issue.

Fanfare Ciocărlia
Onwards to Mars! (Asphalt Tango Records)

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Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocărlia offer 14 tracks on their latest record, released in celebration of their 20th anniversary in the music business.
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Elza Soares
The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos)

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Elza Soares, now in her late 70s, demonstrates why she is considered one of Brazil’s best samba singers in a bold release that is a fiery mix of original, uncompromising tracks.

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Kel Assouf
Tikounen (Igloo Records)

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Another guitar group to come out of the Touareg music scene, Kel Assouf return with a strong, rocking second album. Powerful rhythms and contagious grooves are aplenty on this feisty record.

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Leyla McCalla
A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey (Jazz Village)

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An outstanding sophomore album from the young cellist and banjo player. Three years on from her stellar debut, McCalla once again draws from her Haitian heritage and Creole influences.

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Matthias Loibner
Lichtungen (Traumton Records)

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Austrian composer Matthias Loibner possesses extraordinary skill on the hurdy-gurdy; his new album shows the astonishing range this unusual instrument has in his hands.

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Maarja Nuut
Une Meeles (Maarja Nuut)

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Fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut delivers her experimental second album – an exceptional listen that draws influences from her Estonian roots and displays her promising talent.

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Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings on Earth (The Leaf Label)

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Utilising abrasive sounds and forward-thinking production, the London-based band Melt Yourself Down show they are a force to be reckoned with on this game-changing album.

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Derek Gripper
Libraries on Fire (Derek Gripper)

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With great aplomb, the South African takes on the compositions of the great 21-stringed kora players on his classical guitar. Gripper’s delicate transcriptions deliver beautiful results.
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Mahsa Vahdat
The Sun Will Rise (A Cappella) (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)

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Vahdat is one of only a few female singers living in Iran to record regularly outside the country, and here she produces a profoundly personal album with no instrumental accompaniment.

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Bellowhead
Live: The Farewell Tour (Navigator Records)

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Bellowhead’s final album highlights the 11-piece big band in blistering live form. Known for their fantastic live shows, the album exhibits why these guys will be dearly missed.
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