Jelell! This Wolof expression means something along the lines of “Take it!” or “Grab it!” or “Seize the moment,” but, like so many of the world’s great untranslatable words, carries a richer, deeper, contextual meaning. It’s that contextual core, that powerful frame of reference, that drives this album, Leni Stern’s 20th full-length release and her … Read more
Amongst his peers, Asheville NC-based producer Marley Carroll is known as “the producer’s producer” — which can be both a blessing and a curse for someone respected in artistic circles but still striving for more. Carroll has quickly been changing the narrative, however. After recent national tours with Shigeto and Dabrye, and festival dates at Decibel, Coachella, and Moogfest, he’s … Read more
Guinean Roots Compilation “Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Roots Volume” Features djembe percussion, African Soul and Folk
In this follow-up to their earlier Guinean compilation, Stronghold Sound releases, Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Roots Volume, a lively selection of home-grown soul, folk, salsa and traditional djembe percussion from this musically rich West-African country.
Sitar Player and Composer Anoushka Shankar Releases “Traces of You” Produced by Nitin Sawhney, On Tour in U.S.
Grammy-nominated sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar’s seventh album, Traces of You, marks a significant step along her pathway as a musician and woman. Having lost her legendary father, Ravi Shankar, during the recording process, it was inevitable that her loss became the central focus of the song writing. However, the record is ultimately hopeful … Read more
Rising Star Breach Goes Underground For DJ-Kicks
Stemming from a passion to discover and celebrate the diversity and quality of music produced in Peru past and present, Tiger’s Milk Records has released ‘Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical & Cumbia‘, a compilation focussing on ‘60s and ‘70s Latin and Tropical music from Peru.
In Colombia, there is no recycling program. Instead, there are the so-called “disposable people,” who scavenge everyone else’s leftovers looking for anything that can be re-used. In Colombia, soon farmers will be required by law to use genetically modified seeds, which happen to only be provided by large corporations like Monsanto. In Colombia, a genre … Read more
Australian deep-afro-funk-jazz combo The Liberators are back with the brand new album “Power Struggle” coming out next 25 November 2013. Born in an unused factory space in urban Sydney, The Liberators have relentlessly pushed their sound to become leaders in the Australian Afrobeat resurgence with their mix of deep-afro-soul-jazz-funk grooves.
One music is written down and followed to the last note. The other leaves ample room—and in fact insists upon—individual interpretation. One resounds with harmony, with the other emphasizes the perfection of monody. Yet these two musical traditions—Western classical and Indian classical—can resonate beautifully together, with the right musician uniting them. Deepti Navaratna does just … Read more
Chicago Footwork legend DJ Rashad rounds off an impressive year on Hyperdub with his first album for the label, building on 2 EPs which have shown the extent to which his, and his numerous Teklife collaborators’ sound have evolved in 2013. Named after the recreational cocktail of codeine and sprite, ‘Double Cup’ sees trad 808 … Read more