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Album Review: Bomba Estéreo – Ayo [Sony Music Latin]
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Album Review: Bomba Estéreo – Ayo [Sony Music Latin]

The electro-tropical party machine Bomba Estéreo are back with their fifth album Ayo – their first for major label Sony. It’s concise, clocking in at 34 minutes. Clubby tracks – such as “Money, Money, Money” with its squelchy acid bass, pitched vocals and compressed electronic beats show a confident swagger...
Album Review: Rio Mira – Marimba del Pacifico [AYA Records]
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Album Review: Rio Mira – Marimba del Pacifico [AYA Records]

Bringing together the sweet sounds of the Ecuadorian and Colombian Pacific Coasts, Marimba Del Pacifico packs a rhythmic marimba sound that evokes dreamy, sun-soaked images of this Afro-Pacific region. Based in Esmeraldas, a town on the Pacific coast in the north of Ecuador and led by the beautifully haunting vocals...
Album review: Saz’iso – At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song [Glitterbeat Records, 13th October 2017]
8.5

Album review: Saz’iso – At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song [Glitterbeat Records, 13th October 2017]

With At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me, Southern Albanian traditional ensemble Saz’iso will instantly make you feel homesick, regardless of the place you hail from. It is mature, honest and elegantly countrified. Hidden in the mountains of Southern Albania, ‘Saze’ is a heartfelt musical tradition, often present at funerals,...
Album Review: Ya Tosiba – Love Party [Asphalt Tango]
7.5

Album Review: Ya Tosiba – Love Party [Asphalt Tango]

Think of two places culturally and geographically distant like Finland and Azerbaijan and let their flavours blend. Mix together, shake well and there you have Ya Tosiba, the Berlin-based duo that merges the raw electronic sounds of Finnish skwee pioneer Mesak with the cryptic hypnotic voice of Norwegian-Azerbaijani singer Zuzu...
Album Review: Night – Jhalka Raya Buka [26th August 2017]
8.5

Album Review: Night – Jhalka Raya Buka [26th August 2017]

The world of folk music is, nowadays, experiencing a revival where artists struggle to find a balance between traditions, integrity, and individual innovation. With the album, Jhalka Raya Buka, the Nepali band Night offers a new-school folk packed with plenty of respectful reminiscences and additional field recordings of Nepal’s musical...
Album Review: Namlo – s/t
7.5

Album Review: Namlo – s/t

Nepalese folk music is one of those ancient musical traditions from Asia with a spellbinding power over anyone’s ears. The weaving and tender melodies voice the Himalayan breeze and nature all around. The harmonization of wind and string instruments forges unique compositions, floating between Nepalese verdant landscapes and anywhere else...
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