An elegant album, stripped bare to its poetry. Bass notes on the oud ground the songs wonderfully and Jubran’s voice is sinuous and expressive, full of colour tones.
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Low whistle, hornpipes, kaval (this is a traditional Balkan flute) and practice chanter (and this a part of the Scots bagpiping set-up) are just a few of the instruments employed by Fraser Fifield on Stereocanto.
Mysterious and opulent in its songs, The Sky and the Caspian Sea is a début album that exudes confidence and poise and promises the start of a great future.
Hiphop fans make a virtue of telling it how it is. Well, there’s no-one out there who tells it better than Sister Fa.
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.
‘It’s me. I’m alive.’ Yoko Ono, startling and challenging as ever.
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.
Guitars blast, synthesizers go mad and a group of gospel harmonizers strain for the heavens as sitar strings twang. By Cornershop
For all its ancient antecedents, Siwan is a very modern album and a joyous meditation for that.
CDs that didn’t quite make a full review, but are still worthy of a mention.
Starting where founding father of afrobeat Fela Kuti left off, this album features energetic tracks of sweaty inventiveness.