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Sleepwalking through the Mekong

It’s a dance record galvanized for the groove; it’s a John Pirozzi film that takes a serious responsibility for the band’s material and details commitment to Cambodian heroes.

Between My Head and the Sky

‘It’s me. I’m alive.’ Yoko Ono, startling and challenging as ever.

Rishte

An album with a range of references stretching from a lazy Delta blues to the yearnings of Urdu devotionals. By Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas.

Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast

Guitars blast, synthesizers go mad and a group of gospel harmonizers strain for the heavens as sitar strings twang. By Cornershop

Siwan

For all its ancient antecedents, Siwan is a very modern album and a joyous meditation for that.

Also worth a mention...

CDs that didn’t quite make a full review, but are still worthy of a mention.

The Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revival

Starting where founding father of afrobeat Fela Kuti left off, this album features energetic tracks of sweaty inventiveness.

House of Hunger

An album that is very much the sound of a modern-day freedom fighter.

Within My Walls

An odd title, given the political geography of Israel/Palestine, this album projects a vision of multicultural music that seems to have little space for Palestinian musicians.

Seya

Accompanied by a wide range of sound for this latest outing – jazzy horns, strings and the kamele ngoni (harp) played by trusty sidekick Benego Diakite – Seya is an album that simply flows.

Gurrumul

Listeners familiar with the harder sounds of Yothu Yindi are in for a surprise. The 12 songs on Gurrumul display an altogether softer side of their author.

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