Fofoulah – Daega Rek
The London based afro-dub ensemble Fofoulah, have followed-up their trailblazing debut album (“Fofoulah”) with an even more shapeshifting and adventurous recording. Creating a soundworld that is both earthy and urban, futurist and rooted – the new album “Daega Rek” (The Truth) is brought into sharp focus by the rhythms and vocals of Gambian sabar drummer Kaw Secka and the vivid production of keyboardist/saxophonist Tom Challenger.
Gaye Su Akyol – İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir
Gaye Su Akyol has firmly established herself as one of Turkey’s most compelling young voices and most exhilarating sonic explorers. “Istikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir,” which translates as “Consistent Fantasy is Reality,” is a deeply poetic album; a vibrant mix of raki laced balladry, futurist surf and post-punk opposition. The sound is widescreen and compelling and the themes dig straight into the heart of our inexplicable contemporary experience.
Bixiga 70 – Quebra Cabeça
São Paulo’s acclaimed 10-piece instrumental collective return for their 4th album. Urban Afro-Brazilian grooves, empowered horn-driven melodicism and massive dance floor inspiration. One of South America’s most exhilarating musical propositions. The new album captures the incendiary excitement of Bixiga 70 live, but the freedom of the studio brings more shade and subtlety than before.
Stella Chiweshe – Kasahwa: Early Singles
„I am a rebel,“ smiles the 70-year-old Stella Chiweshe. Her album „Kasahwa: Early Singles“ offers a fascinating introduction to the world of Mbira, with the term not only referring to the instrument, consisting of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a wooden healing tree body, but also to a musical genre – and on a much wider level, to an entire culture and deeply spiritual lifestyle, very much at the core of the young Zimbabwean nation.
AMMAR 808 – Maghreb United
Deep TR-808 bass meets pan-Maghreb beats, timeless voices and futurist visions. The deep, rumbling growl of the gumbri, the dry, airy tenderness of the gasba, and the softly slithering zokra give a powerful North African root to the music, a thread that spins back through centuries. It’s the great reinvention of a region’s music. It’s a call to action. It’s the future, right now.
Samba Touré – Wande
When Malian singer and guitarist Samba Touré was planning Wande (The Beloved), his third Glitterbeat release, he had strong ideas for the way it should sound. But once the sessions were over, he knew he had something entirely different, something even more satisfying: a collection of songs where warmth filled the grooves of every song. An album that seemed like home.
Yonatan Gat – Universalists
Yonatan Gat is a guitarist, producer and experimental composer based in New York City. Gat’s second album – Universalists – is a conceptual and crafted snapshot of an artist evolving and experimenting, fusing the physical garage punk and freewheeling improvisational sounds of Gat’s past with elements of avant garde composition, electronic production and the signature sound of his genre-bending inimitable guitar.
Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cósmico
Sonido Gallo Negro (Black Rooster Sound) is a combo of nine musicians, seeking out a new and unexpected musical cosmos that goes beyond their well-honed Mexican and Latin American influences. Their navigational charts point towards an additional synchronicity of sound and imagination with the Middle East, the Hispanic old world and Africa, as embedded within the Americas.