Also worth a mention...
*The astonishing Chinese Dub*, by Jah Wobble and the Chinese Dub Orchestra (30 Hertz Records, 30hzcd30) has Wobble thundering eastwards, bass-lines rippling. The traditional Chinese and Tibetan tunes that he and others remake are exciting, atmospheric, delicate. ★★★★
*In the 7th moon, the chief turned into a swimming fish and ate the head of his enemy by magic* from Kinshasa’s Kasai Allstars (Crammed Discs, CRAW 44) has all the markers of the acclaimed Congotronics series – homemade instruments, trance rhythms – and this month’s most unusual album title. ★★★★
*Invisible System’s Punt: Made in Ethiopia* (Harper Diabate Records, DD001) brings together a fine mix of musicians – Justin Adams, Dubulah, Juldeh Camara and members of the Ethiopiques – and some surprising ones (Captain Sensible?) to create a festive-sounding album recorded in Ethiopia. ★★★
*Amongst the sounds on the Matthew Herbert Big Band’s *There’s Me and There’s You* (Accidental CD) are: 70 credit cards being ripped up, 100 voices saying ‘yes’, the BBC time signal and shots fired at unarmed protesters by Israeli soldiers. Bringing a big, brassy sound and silky soul vocals to some serious politics, agit prop never sounded so good. ★★★★