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Top of the World June 2016: The best new releases

Posted on May 5th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the June (#118) issue.

Imarhan
Imarhan (City Slang)

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The young Touareg band Imarhan release an enthralling collection of songs, drawing influences from a variety of subjects and musical styles to create a dynamic and diverse debut album.

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Sociedade Recreativa
Sociedade Recreativa (Jarring Effects)

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With help from producer Maga Bo, Brazilians Sociedade Recreativa create a memorable album mixing traditional instruments and sound effects.

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Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd
Pa’ki Pa’ka (Asphalt Tango Records)

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Trained as a classical guitarist while growing up in Australia, Swedish guitarist Svärd showcases his unique and individual take on flamenco music on this beautiful debut.

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Afro Celt Sound System
The Source (ECC Records)

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A reenergised Afro Celt Sound System return after more than a decade since their last album.

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Jarlath Henderson
Hearts Broken, Heads Turned (Bellows Records)

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Piper-turned-singer Jarlath Henderson releases a confident debut as a solo artist. Displaying impressive arrangements and musicality, the album exudes a youthful yet matured sentiment.

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9Bach
Anian (Real World)

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9Bach deliver a cohesive set of original and traditional Welsh folk songs on their third album, a soulful and brooding project that explores themes of human nature and the outside world.

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Sierra Hull
Weighted Mind (Rounder Records)

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This album captures the mind of a maturing Sierra Hull, looking for direction in a changing world, showing off her ability as a talented instrumentalist and a sensitive songwriter.

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Joe Driscol & Sekou Kouyaté
Monistic Theory (Cumbancha)

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Rapper Driscoll and kora player Kouyaté collaborate once again, seamlessly blending their own unique styles to create their own musical language.

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Gambari Band
Kokuma (Membran)

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This nine-piece are a prime example of the great music currently coming out of Mali. Their debut, full of uplifting harmonies and explosive polyrhythms, is a captivating listen.

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Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Sing Me Home (Sony Music Masterworks)

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Cello icon Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble release their most diverse project yet, covering a range of musical worlds, from Mali to China.

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Sociedade Recreativa – Sociedade Recreativa | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on April 28th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

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Folksy yet modern: the perfect antidote to bland bossa
★★★★★

There’s something about the off-kilter charm of the music of north-east Brazil that can sometimes be more appealing than the bombast of the samba or the oh-so-tasteful purring of a coffee-table bossa nova. This is one of those instances. These four guys, helped by US producer Maga Bo, really know what they’re doing when it comes to integrating electronic effects and contemporary keyboard sounds with more traditional instrumentation such as the accordion and viola. Take the Tom Zé-ish track ‘Xote Natural’ on this, their eponymously-titled debut album. The accordion is central but the tough, muscular breakbeat behind it is a subtle mesh of the programmed and the live. This tune also features an appealing little rap from Flavia Coelho adding hip-hop icing to the cake. But such elements of fusion are subtle – for example the undertow of tango on ‘Vale Do Juca’ that brings to mind Gotan Project without ever impinging on the band’s own core identity.

Sound effects are added sparingly and intelligently, never scuppering the natural flow of the music, and the songs are strong, their hooks stay in your head. I should imagine this will end up my favourite Brazilian album this year. Lovely stuff.

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