Ifriqiyya Electrique – Laylet El Booree
Fusing the rhythms and invocations of the ancient Saharan Banga ritual with an electrical storm of contemporary sonics, Ifriqiyya Electrique’s second album ‘Laylet el Booree’ both grips and awakens. In Tunisian, Banga means “huge volume” and one cannot think of a more apt description of ‘Laylet el Booree’ than that. Maximalist and relentless. Blood, sweat and trance.
Mekons – Deserted
This legendary group from Leeds, have written contemporary music history for the last 40 years as radical innovators of both first generation punk and insurgent roots music. Their new album was recorded in the desert environs of Joshua Tree, California and is drenched with widescreen, barbed-wire atmosphere and hard-earned (but ever amused) defiance. The return of one of the planet’s most essential rock & roll bands.
Kel Assouf – Black Tenere
On the heels of their acclaimed album Tikounen, Kel Assouf return with an even more transformative collection: Black Tenere. Produced by the band’s keyboardist Sofyann Ben Youssef, the mastermind behind the highly touted AMMAR 808, the new album strips things back to a power trio lineup and focuses on the crackling, forward-looking energy of Nigerien front man Anana Ag Haroun’s next level Kel Tamashek (Tuareg) rock songs.
Ustad Saami – God Is Not a Terrorist
The roots of Saami’s music go back over a thousand years – but it’s message is contemporary and universal: “to sing is to listen.” Hypnotic, unvarnished recordings by one of Pakistan’s most revered and iconic classical singers. The album ‘God Is Not a Terrorist’ is produced by GRAMMY Award winner Ian Brennan and is Vol.5 of Glitterbeat’s acclaimed Hidden Musics series.
Refree – La otra mitad
Raül Refree is one of the most acclaimed Spanish producers of the last decade. Working with ground breaking artists such as Silvia Pérez Cruz and Rosalía he has been at the forefront of the so-called “new flamenco” movement. He also collaborates with rock experimentalists like Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth – both playing in his band and co-producing Lee’s last album “Electric Trim.”
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.