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  1. 1. Voodoo Love Orchestra - Amor Y Muerte

    Harking back to the big band sound of 1960s Latin America via the back streets of New Orleans, the infectious, maverick and irresistibly swinging street music of Voodoo Love Orchestra will have the crowd baying for more. This is more an invasion than a performance, with a euphoric riot of musicians weaving in and out of the throng, overseen by a megaphone-wielding High Priestess invoking the spirits of celebration.

  2. 2. Amadou Diagne – Ligéey

    Ligéey is Amadou Diagne’s third album and is to be released on Long Tale Recordings on 14th August, 2015. Amadou sings from the heart in this beautiful, soulful record. Stories inspired by his early life in Senegal and his last decade in the UK wind their way through the songs, and Wolof proverbs sit comfortably in a modern context. His songs tell stories of finding and using his voice, nurturing his gifts, and working hard to support himself and his family. The messages are simultaneously challenging and comforting.

    Ligéey is the Wolof word for ‘work’ and Amadou uses it in his musical world to mean ‘practice’ and ‘working together’. In Ligéey, Amadou chose to work with artists from a wide range of cultural and musical backgrounds, led by the Israeli/British platinum and gold winning producer, Mark Smulian. The result of these collaborations is a powerful album that moves the soul and works beautifully.

  3. 3. Luzmila Carpio – Yuyay Jap’ina Tapes

    In the early 1990s, Luzmila Carpio’s songs inspired the Quechua-speaking people of the Bolivian Andes to Yuyay Jap'ina – to “reclaim our knowledge” from a culture that marginalized indigenous people. These tapes, newly-restored and presented by Squirrel Thing Recordings (Molly Drake, Connie Converse), capture a vibrant celebration of a people and a language that would not be silenced.

  4. 4. Omar Souleyman - Bahdeni Nami

    Perhaps Syria’s most successful musical export, international singer Omar Souleyman has returned with his second proper studio effort and most personal album to date, “Bahdeni Nami”, coming this July from Monkeytown Records.

    For the new album Omar opened his doors to collaborations with a number of renowned
    electronic producers, all of whom were established fans keen to offer unique interpretations of Souleyman’s established sound.

  5. 5. Amadou Balaké - In Conclusion

    Amadou Balaké was still giving weekly shows in Ouagadougou when the French music journalist Florent Mazzoleni met him there in 2013 and produced the recordings that would prove to be the old master’s last testament.

    Accompanied by young local musicians, he revisited some of his favorite songs, including his namesake, “Balaké”, which he had never previously recorded. Captured mostly in one take with few overdubs, these tracks present a performer seasoned by decades of experience and in full command of his art.

  6. 6. Anoushka Shankar - Home

    After several stunning experimental/crossover albums, including the Grammy-nominated recordings Rise, Traveller and Traces Of You, Anoushka returns to her classical roots, paying homage to the teachings of her father and guru Ravi Shankar. Home features two ragas, one of which is a creation of Ravi Shankar’s, and with them Anoushka shares an intimate, heartfelt live performance in the traditional style. Indian classical music is not written down, but has been improvised and passed down through an oral tradition for centuries; Home is a paradigm of this genre, exemplifying the unique dichotomy between the ancient structure and in-the-moment improvisations. Home is self-produced by Anoushka, and on it she strove torecord the ancient instruments at an unprecedented, “high-definition” quality, working with a team of experts to design a studio in her own home that would be uniquely suited to the timbre of her instrument.

  7. 7. Xaos - Xaos

    ‘Xaos’ is post-Troika Hellenic Trance Music, a hybrid of Greek folk, post-traditional and classical music instruments, from the last 5,000 years, with modern computers and keyboards – using microtonal intervals within the octave in order to accurately re-construct ancient scales, which are utilised as both melody and tone clusters – to combine ancient and modern ideas via the sonic manipulation made possible by present day technology.

  8. 8. Ismael Lo - The Best Of

    This is a masterful collection that displays his sophisticated songwriting to convincing effect. His voice is sweeter than that of the more soulful N'Dour, and he is more versatile, ranging effortlessly from string-laden ballads to reggae-lite and graceful acoustics. This 15 track Best Of covers his entire career.

  9. 9. Shooglenifty - The Untied Knot

    This is Shooglenifty’s seventh studio album, and the first to feature a collection of songs. The breathtaking ‘puirt a beul’ (mouth music) of Gaelic vocalist Kaela Rowan brings a captivating and energising new element to the band’s sound, and further confounds any attempt to categorise them.

    The Untied Knot drops additional pins in the Shoogles’ map of international influences, this time hitting the road from Scotland to Rajasthan. Watch out for James Mackintosh and Kaela Rowan’s The High Road To Jodhpur, a tune that makes that connection explicit, whilst Burns’s Tam o’Shanter is the ‘closer to home’ inspiration for the title track by Quee MacArthur.

  10. 10. Jahanavi Harrison - Like A River To The Sea

    'My album is called ‘Like a River to the Sea’ and presents songs from the bhakti yoga tradition, set to original music. Each of the songs carries the voice of a great saint-poet, or sacred mantras. I chose to compose new melodies for them – for those who are familiar with the lyrics, I hope this helps them listen in a refreshed way, and for those who are hearing these songs for the first time, I hope the music draws them in and sparks their interest. The album features quite diverse instrumentation. Along with friends and family who play traditional ‘kirtan instruments’ like the mrdanga drum and harmonium, I worked with a Grammy award winning pianist – John McDowell, a West African kora player named Ravi, and Asha who plays both Western and Hindustani cello – a special treat!' 

    - Jahnavi Harrison