- Aziza Brahim – Mawja
Sahrawi singer-songwriter Aziza Brahim’s new album Mawja (Wave) is fashioned from a simple but powerful foundation: Saharan and Iberian percussion mixed with stately guitars and warm, enveloping bass. Co-produced by Brahim, the album is confidently eclectic. It navigates the textures of her life: the Sahara, Cuba and Spain. It even includes a drum part inspired by the Clash. Her voice is a wellspring of deep and resonant emotions.The yearning for homeland. The struggle for freedom.
- Saramaccan Sound (Suriname)
Saramaccan Sound (Suriname) are a brother duo – Dwight Sampie and Robert Jabini – who write and perform flowing acoustic songs sung in Saramaccan, the language from the Americas with the most African elements. Their debut album was recorded in situ by Grammy winner Ian Brennan along a remote riverside in the Amazon region of Suriname. The lyrics are topical and reference everyday strife such as the rising tides and floods in the area due to global warming.
- YĪN YĪN – Mount Matsu
YĪN YĪN, the highly touted Dutch quartet from Maastricht, returns with a sonically expansive third album Mount Matsu. Recorded collectively in their own studio in the Belgian countryside, the album is a kaleidoscope of sounds and influences, occupying a no man’s land between Khruangbin and Kraftwerk, surf music and Southeast Asian psychedelia, Stax soul and mutant 80s disco, City pop and Japanese instrumental folk (sōkyoku).
- Lucidvox – That’s What Remained
Lucidvox’s new album is vast-sounding. A collection of swirling ritual missives offered up in the hope of better times. Formerly based in Russia, for their new album That’s What Remained, the all-female quartet has added additional sonic thrust (horns, keyboards, strings, atmospheric textures) to their already acclaimed and impassioned psych-rock.
- Lenhart Tapes – Dens
The 2nd album from Belgrade Ethno-Noise outfit Lenhart Tapes, boldly extends producer Vladimir Lenhart’s acclaimed re-tooling of submerged Balkan musics. Hypnotic Walkman jams meet industrial rhythm loops and trad-folk songs interpreted by a lineup of thrilling female vocalists. A magical, beauty-and-the-beast encounter of dirty noise and righteous folk.
- Bixiga 70 – Vapor
- Parchman Prison Prayer – Some Mississippi Sunday Morning
Haunting in situ recordings from Parchman Farm maximum security prison in Mississippi. Producer Ian Brennan recorded the prison’s Sunday gospel service and the results are unforgettable. Performances range from solo acapella to a floor-shaking band. The repertoire includes both traditional and newly penned spirituals. The emotions are unfiltered and deeply resonant.
- Taa! – Our Language May Be Dying, but Our Voices Remain
- Faizal Mostrixx – Mutations
A genre-defying Afrofuturist manifesto from Uganda. Producer, dancer and choreographer Faizal Mostrixx’s singular vision of East African electronic music is a lush sonic tapestry of polyrhythms, modern dancefloor styles, amapiano, Nile basin ceremonial chants and Pan-African field recordings.
- Brìghde Chaimbeul – Carry Them With Us
Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul’s second album “Carry Them With Us” is an exhilarating weave of rich textural drones, trance atmospheres and instrumental folk traditions. Acclaimed Canadian sound explorer and saxophonist Colin Stetson is a featured collaborator on the record.
- Altın Gün – Aşk
Their 5th album in as many years Aşk (deeper feeling of love), marks an exuberant return to the 70s Anatolian folk-rock sound that characterised Altın Gün’s first two albums. It is a record that radiates the infectious energy found in the Amsterdam-based sextet’s celebrated live performances.
- King Ayisoba – Work Hard
- Refree – el espacio entre
- Gaye Su Akyol – Anadolu Ejderi
Acclaimed Istanbul-based artist Gaye Su Akyol is due to release her fourth album, ‘Anadolu Ejderi’ (“Anatolian Dragon”), on 25 November. Building upon her combo of Turkish psychedelia, empowered commentary and retro-futurist sonics, her vision is more personal and uncompromising than ever before.
- Etceteral – Rhizome
- Tau & the Drones of Praise – Misneach
The kaleidoscopic third album from Seán Mulrooney and his Ireland meets Berlin ensemble. Ecstatic folk-psych that full embraces the natural world and living ancestry, through joyful experimentation and deeply rooted sonics. An inspired soundscape that echoes eclectic and eccentric atmospheres: traditional Irish folk, outsider pop, global sacred music and drone rock.
- Liraz – Roya
The award-winning Israeli-Persian singer returns with “Roya” (fantasy in Farsi) an exhilarating blend of tradi-modern rhythms and retro-Persian sonics. Recorded in secrecy in Istanbul with her band from Tel Aviv and risk-defying Iranian musicians from Tehran. A musical portal to a place of peace, joy and unfettered freedom.
- Al-Qasar – Who Are We?
Middle Eastern psych-rock collective Al-Qasar’s debut album is an explosive mix of heavy Arabian grooves, global psychedelia and North African trance music. Guests include Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) & Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys). The band calls it “Arabian fuzz.” Brazenly electric and deeply connected.
- Catherine Graindorge featuring Iggy Pop – The Dictator
- Yanna Momina – Afar Ways
Yanna Momina’s Afar Ways was recorded live in a stilt-hut on the horn of Africa when Grammy-winning producer & author, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ustad Saami) visited Djibouti in the spring of 2018. The album is beautifully focused around Momina’s resonant vocals and the sparest of musical backings (acoustic guitar, handclaps, calabash).
- Avalanche Kaito – Avalanche Kaito
A Burkinabe urban griot (vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kaito Winse) meets a Brussels noise punk duo. A new alloy that deconstructs both traditional and futurist knowledge. This thrilling ensemble is releasing their self-titled debut album hot on the heels of their acclaimed 4-song EP Dabalomuni (January 2022), that The Wire called “freaked, juddering electronic punk.”
- Dirtmusic – Hum Hum
Dirtmusic’s journey has been one of twists and turns. In 2018, the group was enlarged to include Murat Ertel from Baba Zula and the resultant album “Bu Bir Ruya” was recognized as a breakthrough. The group’s new 2-song single Hum Hum (+ Western Lands) retains the lineup of Ertel/Eckman/Race and pushes the moody atmospherics and political critique to the next level.
- Faizal Mostrixx – Transitions
Faizal Mostrixx is an afrofuturist Ugandan griot. An avant-garde music producer, who creates powerful and poetic narratives through multi-sensory disciplines (beats, video, dancing and choreography). Advancing bold tales of contemporary Africa through a counterculture prism, Mostrixx is one of electronica’s hottest up and coming ambassadors for a continent on the move.
- The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar – Dancing Under the Moon
Beautifully recorded in situ in the Rif mountains in the autumn of 2019, this 110-minute double CD presents these legendary musicians expansively and unhindered. The Master Musicians are a collective of Jbala Sufi trance makers, committed to creating a contemporary representation of their centuries-old musical tradition.
- Širom – The Liquified Throne of Simplicity
- El Khat – Albat Alawi Op.99
Rough-hewn and exhilarating, EL Khat’s second album “Albat Alawi Op.99” is a deep dive into leader Eyal el Wahab’s Yemenite roots and their inspired re-imaginings. A careening orchestra of percussion, horns, strings, electricity and el Wahab’s own DIY instruments. Mesmerizing retro-futurist sounds.
- YĪN YĪN – The Age Of Aquarius
- Park Jiha – The Gleam
- Lucidvox – Burn the Grief
- Avalanche Kaito – Dabalomuni (EP)
Avalanche Kaito: a Burkinabe urban griot (vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kaito Winse) meets a Brussels noise punk duo (Drummer/dataist Benjamin Chaval and guitarist Nico Gitto). It’s a completely new alloy and a huge opportunity to deconstruct both traditional and futurist knowledge.
- Trupa Trupa – B FLAT A
- Mekons – Exquisite