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.

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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.

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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).

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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.”

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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. 

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Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra – Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra

Spearheaded by the legendary Afrobeat/Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra rose out of Allen’s 2014 visit to Haiti where he collaborated with some of the countries most notable singers and percussionists. Analog synthesizers and raw psychedelic guitars join the mix yielding an unheard and unholy mixture of Haitian voodoo rhythms, afrobeat drumming and Krautrock experimentation.

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M.A.K.U. Soundsystem – Mezcla

M.A.K.U Soundsystem is a visceral, politically charged 8-piece band based in New York City, with most of its members hailing from Colombia. M.A.K.U draws on both traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Cumbia and bullerengue as well as a mosaic of American genres: punk, hip-hop, and jazz.”We not only take our cultures with us,” says M.A.K.U singer Liliana Conde, who immigrated to the US in 2001 and went to high school in New York. “But we also pick up on everything that surrounds us.”

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Damir Imamović’s Sevdah Takht – Dvojka

Musicians often struggle to articulate what it is they’re playing, where it comes from and where they’re going. Damir Imamović’s Sevdah Takht suffer from no such struggle. The new album, the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed debut, is a wonder of clear-eyed thinking, crystalline melody and deep reflection. Sevdah Takht’s stories are forged from a deep love for the regional tradition from which they come – a love strong enough to withstand the demands that this restless young artist places on it.

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