Tamikrest – Kidal
Tamikrest are the most innovative and forward-looking force in Tuareg rock. Kidal perfectly balances their rocking and meditative elements. The album was recorded in Bamako, Mali in the summer of 2016 and is restless, experimental, heartbroken and rebellious. This is the music of defiance, of hope. It’s rock’n’roll from the Sahara, the sound of the Tuareg dream, a dream that will be renewed again, in their ancestral town: Kidal.
Bargou 08 – Targ
It’s the forgotten place. Lying between the mountains of northwest Tunisia and the Algerian border, the Bargou valley and the village named after it lie isolated, away from the world. It’s poor, barren country, but standing apart, Bargou has developed its own culture that had never been documented until Nidhal Yahyaoui began the task. With Targ, the album he’s made with his band Bargou 08, Yahyaoui has perfectly fused the past and the present to place Bargou on the map.
Baba Zula – XX
Formed by Osman Murat Ertel and Levent Akman in 1996, Baba Zula took Turkish psychedelic pioneers of the 1960s as their inspiration and foundation for what they called Istanbul psychedelia, the fathers of a scene that’s since grown up around them. Baba Zula have played all over the world, won awards for their work in film and theatre, often been rewarded at the Turkish Billboard awards, and had their albums counted among the most prestigious ever released in Turkey.
El Leopardo – El Leopardo b/w El Acontista
Glitterbeat doesn’t release many 12” singles (this is the second), but this two-song beauty is so good we couldn’t pass up the chance to put it out. El Leopardo brilliantly morph urban dub textures together with sparse Colombian percussion, spoken incantations and deep, hypnotic bass. Produced by Dani Boom (Systema Solar) and Felipe Alvarez (from Bogota’s Polen Records), the tracks feature percussionist Juan Carlos Puello (‘El Chongo’).
Gaye Su Akyol – Hologram İmparatorluğu
Gaye Su Akyol is at the forefront of the new Istanbul scene. Her influences range from the Turkish chanteuse Selda Bağcan to Nick Cave, surf bands and psychedelia. Gorgeous, cinematic and subversive. Echoing the bittersweet tendrils of Turkey’s faded past and dramatic present, her lyrics are bold and deeply personal. The past becomes folded into the present and launched into the future. Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu is heady, powerfully intoxicating and beautifully dangerous.
Orkesta Mendoza – ¡Vamos A Guarachar!
Led by Sergio Mendoza (Calexico, Mexrissey), Orkesta Mendoza fashion borderless sounds that span the Americas (North, Central, South). Embraces mambo and cumbia with the same vigor as psychedelic pop, twang rock and analog electronics. Guests on “Vamos a Guarachar” include: Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound), Gabriel Sullivan (Giant Sand, Xixa) and John Convertino & Joey Burns (Calexico).
Noura Mint Seymali – Arbina
Arbina is Noura Mint Seymali’s second international release. Delving deeper into the wellspring of Moorish roots, as is after all the tried and true way of the griot, the album strengthens her core sound, applying a cohesive aesthetic approach to the reinterpretation of Moorish tradition in contemporary context. Arbina refines a sound that the band has gradually intensified over years of touring, aiming to posit a new genre from Mauritania, distinct unto itself; music of the “Azawan.”
Khmer Rouge Survivors – They Will Kill You, If You Cry
Sublime and unheralded sounds from Cambodia. Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan returns to Southeast Asia to record traditional-based musicians from Cambodia who survived the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. The result is both heartbreaking and inspiring. This is the third volume of Glitterbeat’s Hidden Musics series. Each Hidden Musics release features un-mediated “field” recordings of lesser-known global music traditions.