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TootArd - Migrant Birds [vinyl+downloadcode]

TootArd - Migrant Birds [vinyl+downloadc...

Release Date: May 29th, 2020 01. Moonlight (3:57) 02. Emotional Twist (3:42) 03. Open Sesame (3:21) 04. Wanderlust (3:18) 05. Trouble Watan (3:20) 06. Pretty Woman (3:30) 07. Kiss (3:32) 08. Babe (3:13) 09. Ya Ghali (4:02) 10. Red Sea Disco (2:53) 11. Stone Heap Of The Wild Cat (3:51) 12. Remote Love (4:15)This inventive duo of brothers from the Golan Heights – Hasan and Rami Nakhleh – return with an infectious re-imagining of their sound. Jammed full of pop hooks and quarter-tone melodic lines, “Migrant Birds” unleashes a disco whirlwind that pays homage to the Middle Eastern dancefloor scenes of the 80’s. Retro funky meets hi-sheen contemporary. It’s 1980. You’re in a disco, maybe in Beirut or Cairo, almost anywhere in the Middle East, lost in the colours and the lights, overwhelmed by the sound of drum machines and keyboards. It’s heady, it’s beautiful…but those days are long gone; maybe they were only ever just a fantasy. Real or not, they provide the inspiration for Migrant Bird...

EUR 17.25
Edikanfo - The Pace Setters [vinyl+downloadcode]

Edikanfo - The Pace Setters [vinyl+downl...

Release Date: May 8th. 2020 01. Nka Bom (6:14)02. Something Lefeh-O (4:45)03. Gbenta (5:53)04. Blinking Eyes (4:45)05. Moonlight Africa (5:33)06. Daa Daa Edikanfo (5:07) The first-ever reissue of the classic 1981 debut album from this much revered Ghanaian band. Vibrantly produced by British sound explorer Brian Eno in Accra, Ghana. Highlife meets afro-funk. Spirited and horn driven. In 1981, London based E.G. Records released the debut album from a young Ghanaian group called Edikanfo. The eight-piece band was the last group to be managed by Faisal Helwani, a charismatic impresario who was based at the popular Napoleon Club in Osu, a suburb in Ghana’s teeming capital Accra. Edikanfo quickly rose to international notoriety following the release of “The Pace Setters” because of the infectious, forward-looking highlife meets afro-funk synthesis the band committed to tape. But the album also caught an additional wind of publicity due to its producer, the already legendary British musi...

EUR 17.25
Orkesta Mendoza - Curandero [vinyl+downloadcode]

Orkesta Mendoza - Curandero [vinyl+downl...

Nowa płyta - kwiecień 2020!Sometimes, things fall together as if they’re simply fated to exist. Orkesta Mendoza found that; as soon as the songs began to flow for Curandero, their second album for the Glitterbeat label, the stars seemed to align and everything was composed, recorded and mastered in just a few short months. “We did it so fast that the result was light,” explains band leader Sergio Mendoza. “We went along with it without a lot of thought or planning.” It all came quite naturally. Yet the road to following up 2016’s lauded ¡Vamos A Guarachar! didn’t start out so smoothly. In 2018, the band began work on new material, but it didn’t quite click. “I went on tour, then went back into the studio in August 2019,” Mendoza recalls. “We wrote all new songs. Going fast and having a different approach meant we weren’t so serious, some of the tracks are very playful.” It shows; there’s joy in every note. The music flows as if it had been waiting to appear. It crosses and re-cross...

EUR 17.25
Tamikrest - Tamotait [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Tamikrest - Tamotait [vinyl 180g + downl...

Premiera: 27.03.2020, wysyłka od 23.03,2020.Nowa płyta mistrzów saharyjskiego rocka. „Tamotait” płonie nieustępliwie i natarczywie - aż w końcu się zagotuje: nowoczesny album z klasycznym brzmieniem, który chce zamienić prawdę i rewolucję w muzykę. Wraz z „Tamotait”, swym piątym albumem studyjnym, Tamikrest powraca z żywym, nieokiełznanym rock'n'rollowym brzmieniem. Na swoim najpotężniejszym albumie od czasu słynnego „Chatma” z 2013 roku zespół nie tylko podkręca głośność, ale także podkreśla medytacyjną atmosferę i jeszcze raz wyostrza złowrogie spojrzenie na sytuację polityczną na Saharze. Członkowie Tamikrestu to Tuaregowie, ich muzyka jest sposobem na pokazanie sytuacji politycznej ich ludu. Na „Tamotaït” ta muzyka świeci jasno i płonie - to coś więcej niż tylko album. „Tamotaït” to opór. Ale także marzenie o lepszej przyszłości, tytuł oznacza coś w rodzaju „Nadziei na pozytywną zmianę”. Muzyka powstaje jako zbiorowy eksperyment, którego wspólny wątek pochodzi z muzyki Tamasheq i p...

EUR 17.25
Pulled By Magnets - Rose Golden Doorways [vinyl 180g + Downloadcode]

Pulled By Magnets - Rose Golden Doorways...

Premiera: 28.02.2020 Acclaimed London-based sonic explorer Seb Rochford unleashes a startling new band and debut album. The frontier where doom rhythms rub against haunted saxophone atmospherics. A 4-time Mercury Prize nominee (Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet, Basquiat Strings) Pulled by Magnets is Seb’s most sublime and provocative musical statement to date. ‘I guess the place that I’m writing from is always my emotion, and I wrote all the music for Pulled by Magnets because I was trying to find music that fitted what I was feeling and at that time I couldn’t find any’ – Sebastian Rochford There’s the glittering list of collaborations that includes Patti Smith, Brian Eno and David Byrne, the trailblazing (post-)jazz strangeness of Polar Bear, the drumming and producing for Sons of Kemet, of which he was a founding member, the film soundtrack work (on Chris Morris’s latest, among others) and, as we move into the new decade, there’s … well, what is this exactly? How many Seb Rochfords are ...

EUR 17.25
Jon Hassell / Farafina - Flash Of The Spirit [vinyl 2LP 180g + CD]

Jon Hassell / Farafina - Flash Of The Sp...

Premiera: 21.02.2020 The first ever reissue and remastering of Jon Hassell & Farafina’s prescient, “Fourth World” masterwork. Propulsive Burkinese rhythms meet revelatory, ambient soundscapes. Co-produced with the legendary studio team of Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois. “[Hassell’s] command of microtonal shadings enabled him to blend into the West Africans’ distinctive sonic colorations, which would not have been possible for a player whose intonation conformed strictly to Western music’s equal temperament.” – Robert Palmer, New York Times  Composer and trumpeter Jon Hassell has been an elusive, iconic musical figure for more than half a century. He’s best known as the pioneer and propagandist of “Fourth World” music, mixing technology with the tradition and spirituality of non-western cultures to create what he termed the “coffee-colored classical music of the future.” In 1987 he joined with Farafina, the acclaimed percussion, voice, and dance troupe from Burkina Faso, to recor...

EUR 24.75
Lina_Raül Refree - Lina_Raül Refree [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Lina_Raül Refree - Lina_Raül Refree [vin...

Premiera: 21.02.2020Fado dla tych, co... nie lubią fado.Bartek Chaciński w Polifonii:"Duet Lina_Raül Refree wykonuje – to fakt – bardzo współczesną wersję fado, idącą pod prąd standardów brzmieniowych w tej dziedzinie. Nie próbuje więc nabrać kolegi, przeciwnie – oferuję najnowocześniejsze, co w fabryce mieli. I nie do końca ortodoksyjne, biorąc pod uwagę, że wprawdzie wokalistka Lina – znana z interpretacji klasyków Amalii, a nawet z wcielania się w nią samą na scenie – w tej konwencji czuje się jak ryba w wodzie, to już jej partner, producent Raül Refree – trochę jednak mniej tu pasuje. Związany z elektroniczną sceną Barcelony, miał na koncie, owszem, odświeżanie gatunku – ale bardziej flamenco, na znakomitej debiutanckiej płycie Rosalíi Los Ángeles. Talent producencki Raüla Fernandeza Miró docenił również Lee Ranaldo. Katalończyk współpracował też z Richardem Youngsem. Tu spogląda na tradycyjny repertuar portugalskiego gatunku. ..."     Fado rewired and recast. Raül Refree – on...

EUR 17.25
Aziza Brahim - Sahari [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Aziza Brahim - Sahari [vinyl 180g + down...

Premiera: 15.11.2019 On the front cover of Aziza Brahim’s new album, Sahari, a young girl poses in ballet shoes and a glistening white tutu. It’s a common childhood scene, but it’s tipped upside down. She’s not privileged and the backdrop isn’t a comfortable suburban home. She’s an exile, living nowhere near her homeland, and behind her stand the tents and buildings of a refugee camp. There’s a desert on the ground and a burning sky above. Yet even in this bleakness, she has optimism. She believes in a better future. The music Aziza Brahim makes reflects both the sorrow and the hope of these people. She grew up in one of those camps in the Algerian desert, along with thousands of other Saharwai who were removed from their homes in the Western Sahara. The refugee camp was the place that formed her. It lives in her every heartbeat. Her grandmother was a famous Saharwai poet, her mother well-known as a vocalist, and they passed their strength and fearlessness to her. Now, as one of Nor...

EUR 17.25
Bantou Mentale - Bantou Mentale [vinyl 2LP + downloadcode]

Bantou Mentale - Bantou Mentale [vinyl 2...

Premiera: 08.11.2019 A dark, thundering Kinshasa meets Paris soundworld. Ecstatic vocals, broken beats, subterranean bass and full-throttle energy. This four-piece group of sonic groundbreakers have delivered a scintillating debut album. The fulfillment of their long-held dream to create an African band with the weight and sensory attack of knife-edged rock and hot-wired club beats. You’re in a club in Paris – the ‘Djakarta’ maybe, or the ‘Mbuta Lombi’, or the ‘Lossi Ya Zaza’. Not just anywhere in Paris, but in that raucous, feverish little African village they call Chateau Rouge. 10th arrondissement. You could be back in Matongé, downtown Kinshasa, or in the Grand Marché, centre ville. You feel at home. But it’s freezing outside. You’re definitely in Europe. Cops with CS gas canisters hooked to their belts are roaming around harassing the illegal hawkers, the little shégué street-kids who hang around the entrance to the metro, touting for wig shops and nail salons or trying to sell ...

EUR 23.75
Los Piranas - Historia Natural [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Los Piranas - Historia Natural [vinyl 18...

Premiera: 08.11.2019 A celebrated instrumental supergroup featuring three of Bogotá’s most visionary musicians: Eblis Alvarez (Meridian Brothers, Chúpame el dedo), Mario Galeano (Frente Cumbiero, Ondatropica) and Pedro Ojeda (Romperayo, Chúpame el dedo). Fusing the experimental possibilities of South American rhythms and sonics (cumbia, champeta, tropicalia, salsa & more) with avant psych rock, dub minimalism and spiked jazz, Los Pirañas are retro-futurism at its finest. Shapeshifted. Absurdist. Rooted. Prescient. A transmission from the outerzones. The three members of Los Pirañas can all remember when they were in high school together in Bogotá, Colombia and just beginning to play music. Back then, the joy of a riff, the heavy beat and a ripple of guitar noise were all they needed to make life worthwhile. Twenty-five years on and they’ve become internationally well-known musicians, spread across different bands, traversing multiple continents. But together as Los Pirañas they’...

EUR 17.25
Baba Zula - Derin Derin [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Baba Zula - Derin Derin [vinyl 180g + do...

Premiera: 08.11.2019 Art… it’s a way to keep sane in the dark times, to fight, to grasp at life. For Turkey’s BaBa ZuLa, art is their existence. It’s part of everything the Istanbul band does. As band founder and electric saz player Osman Murat Ertel explains: “Art is our language. We’re an art group” And on Derin Derin, their first studio album in five years, they create their art with beautiful eloquence and stinging passion. It takes wing and soars high. And that’s perhaps as it should be; the instrumental portion of the disc grew out of music BaBa ZuLa were asked to record for a documentary about falcons. “We learned a lot about the birds while we were making the soundtrack,’ Ertel explains. “After we’d completed it, we began to think about new layers and elements we could add.” So it grew, little by little, drawing together the elements that have been the heart of the band’s sound throughout its existence: the rich wildness of Turkish psychedelia and the blinding, pure emotion ...

EUR 17.25
Sirom - A Universe that Roasts Blossoms for a Horse [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Sirom - A Universe that Roasts Blossoms ...

Premiera: 30-08-2019 Slovenian ‘imaginary folk’ instrumental trio return with a kaleidoscopic third album. Handmade and global instrumentation meets fearless sound exploration. ‘I feel many musicians fear seeing a melody fall apart, but I find it enjoyable. It is only then that it can turn into something new’ – Ana Kravanja ‘We don’t want to play something that sounds like it already exists’ – Samo Kutin There’s a sequence in Memoryscapes, a lovely short film, in which Širom set about fashioning music from a pile of pots, pans, saucepan lids and empty cans of supermarket lager on the kitchen table. It’s the band in microcosm: cracked, insistent beats, rhythm chasing rhythm, a deadly serious playfulness, and the intimacy of close friendship undercut by the sense of emergency of a flashing torch. Širom are all about the head and the hand, and the dark that always pushes against the light. We’re around another kitchen table now, and the three members of the band – Ana Kravanja, Samo...

EUR 17.25
75 Dollar Bill - I Was Real [vinyl 2LP 180g + downloadcode]

75 Dollar Bill - I Was Real [vinyl 2LP 1...

Premiera: 26.06.2019 The NYC based duo of Rick Brown and Che Chen, creates hypnotic, pulsing music that weaves an ecstatic line from raw electric blues, Arabic modes and entrancing folk minimalism back to the streets of New York. Instrumentation expanded, palette widened and canvas doubled. The third album from these acclaimed NYC mainstays adds concise rockers, fuller orchestrations and mysterious textures to the band’s long, odd/deep grooves and microtonal tunings. Having emerged as a vibrant musical force with their previous effort WMMPRR (tak:til/Thin Wrist), 75 Dollar Bill have spent the last few years bringing their music to new places and people, delivering what NYC locals have known for years, with their dedication to performance in venues of all shapes and sizes. The fruits of this work can be heard here on their expansive new double LP I Was Real. The album, its title’s origin a jumbled misremembering of the lesser-known Motown song “He Was Really Saying Something”, is 75...

EUR 23.75
Park Jiha - Philos [vinyl 180g + dowloadcode]

Park Jiha - Philos [vinyl 180g + dowload...

Premiera: 26.06.2019Park Jiha’s debut album “Communion” – released internationally by tak:til last year – drew well deserved attention to the young Korean instrumentalist/composer’s vivid soundworld. The widely acclaimed album graced 2018 critics lists at The WIRE, Pop Matters and The Guardian. Her new album “Philos”– which she calls an evocation of her “love for time, space and sound” –is every bit as inventive, elegant and transcendent as her debut. While Park Jiha’s music is often contextualized by its kinship with minimalism, ambient and chamber jazz, her creative backbone is Korean traditional music. Jiha formally studied both its theory and practice and has mastered three of its most emblematic instruments: “I play a traditional Korean instrument called piri which is like an oboe. Piri is a double reed bamboo flute so it can be quite loud. But I also choose saenghwang (mouth organ), yanggeum (hammered dulcimer), percussion or vocal according to the type of music I’m composing. ...

EUR 17.25
Altin Gün - Gece [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Altin Gün - Gece [vinyl 180g + downloadc...

Premiera: 24.05.201901. Yolcu (2:38) 02. Vay Dünya (4:18) 03. Leyla (3:17) 04. Anlatmam Derdimi (4:12) 05. Şoför Bey (3:15) 06. Derdimi Dökersem (3:53) 07. Kolbastı (3:26) 08. Ervah-ı Ezelde (4:45) 09. Gesi Bağları (2:02) 10. Süpürgesi Yoncadan (5:30)Recenzja Bartka Chacińskiego (Polifonia/Polityka):Drużyna niby turecka, ale jednak trochę holenderska, bo zespół działa w Amsterdamie, a założyciel Altın Gün, basista Jasper Verhulst, był po prostu fanem anatolijskiego rocka i chciał taką muzykę grać. W pierwszym momencie dużo więc zależy od tego, czy i my taką muzykę lubimy – jeśli nie, oswajanie się z konwencją może zająć chwilę. Kto lubi, prawdopodobnie zakocha się od pierwszego odsłuchu, bo turecki saz znakomicie mija się tu z gitarą elektryczną, sekcja gra funkowo, w stylu lat 70., zresztą w finale płyty zespół przez chwilę brzmi wręcz jak światowe gwiazdy estrady tamtej epoki, czyli Abba. Poza tym fragmentem mamy śpiewaną po turecku głosem kobiecym lub męskim (wymiennie: Merve Daşdem...

EUR 17.25
Ifriqiyya Electrique - Laylet el Booree [vinyl 180g LP + downloadcode]

Ifriqiyya Electrique - Laylet el Booree ...

Premiera: 29.03.2019Nowa płyta sensacyjnego zespołu z Tunezji, łączącego transową saharyjską tradycję, tunezyjską muzyką Banga z europejską szkołą industrialu i noise. Niektórzy mówią, że to afrykańskie Young Gods czy Einstürzende Neubauten. To tylko połowa prawdy, bo w ich muzyce i występach na żywo znajdziemy także echa The Cramps czy Killing Joke, ale Ifriqiyya Electrique to zupełnie nowa jakość. Mogli się o tym przekonać widzowie ich koncertów w 2018 roku w Lublinie na festiwalu Inne Brzmienia oraz w Warszawie na Skrzyżowaniu Kultur. Dziki, pełen pasji, plemienny rytuał, atrakcyjny zarówno dla tych od afro-beatu jak i tych od industrialu i noise i techno. Taka jest też ich nowa płyta:Laylet El Booree by Ifriqiyya Electrique01. Mashee Kooka (2:33)02. He Eh Lalla (3:36)03. Beesmeellah Beedeet (4:52)04. Moola Nefta (5:50)05. Habeebee Hooa Jooani (4:46)06. Nafta Naghara (5:07)07. Danee Danee (3:38)08. Wa Salaat Alih Hannabee Mohammad (1:37)09. Mabbrooka (5:11) Wiosną 2019 roku zespół ...

EUR 17.25
Mekons - Deserted [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Mekons - Deserted [vinyl 180g + download...

Premiera: 29.03.2019, już można zamawiać. Ta legendarna grupa z Leeds pisała historię muzyki współczesnej od 40 lat jako radykalni innowatorzy muzyki punkowej i muzyki korzeni. Ich nowy album został nagrany na pustynnym terenie Joshua Tree w Kalifornii. Powrót jednego z najważniejszych zespołów rock and rolla na świecie. Kiedy punk eksplodował w Londynie, szybko i zuchwale i pełen furii, w Leeds pojawili się Mekons. Single takie jak „Where Were You” i „Never Been in a Riot” (oba z 1978 roku) były nawet dla sceny punkowej czymś nowym i świeżym. Post-punkiem, zanim powstała konieczność stosowania słowa "post". Deserted by Mekons Tracklista;01. Lawrence Of California (04:37)02. Harar 1883 (03:12)03. Into The Sun (04:55)04. How Many Stars (04:02)05. In The Desert (04:50)06. Mirage (04:55)07. Weimar Vending Machine (06:02)08. Andromeda (04:27)09. After The Rain (05:01)“There’s never been a band quite like the Mekons. Unmarred by breakups or breakouts, undefined by genre, geography, or e...

EUR 17.25
Kel Assouf - Black Tenere [vinyl + downloadcode]

Kel Assouf - Black Tenere [vinyl + downl...

Premiera: 25.02.2019Bartek Chaciński (Polityka) na Polifonii pisze tak:KEL ASSOUF Black Tenere, Glitterbeat 2019, 7-8/10 Jeśli wchodzi riff, po którym spodziewacie się Rage Against The Machine, tymczasem pojawia się wyklaskiwany rytm i chóralne wokale w tradycyjnym stylu (zapewne też o jakimś rodzaju buntu), to pewnie jesteście w kręgu Tishoumaren. A na razie w tej kategorii geograficznej – okolice Sahary, pustynny blues, wiadomo – jest to najlepsze, co się w tym roku ukazało. Anana Harouna grał w Tinariwen, nowy zespół założył w Belgii i bez większego problemu działa w Europie, zatrudniając muzyków związanych z tuareskim bluesem. Black Tenere formacji Kel Assouf to kolejna płyta, która pokazuje, że jesteśmy daleko od pierwszych etapów fascynacji muzyką Tuaregów – żeby zwrócić na siebie uwagę, trzeba dużego wysiłku, zestawu bardzo różnorodnych kompozycji, bardzo dynamicznego grania. Rozpiętość w tej ostatniej dziedzinie robi tu wrażenie – od niemal ciężkiego rocka w kilku momentach, po...

EUR 17.25
Refree - La otra mitad [vinyl + downloadcode]

Refree - La otra mitad [vinyl + download...

Premiera: 25.02.2019 1. Que te vayas (1’29”)2. Dar a Luz (3’09”)3. Ramírez 11012017 (1’44”)4. La otra mitad (1’52”)5. LG0 24022017 (1’11”)6. Telecaster 01032017b (3’38”)7. Niño perdío (1’23”)8. Barbacoa (1’20”)9. Tiranía (1’25”)10. Ramírez 19022017b (1’40”)11. Ramírez 19022017a (2’57”)12. Fandangos Negros (4’59”)13. Cuando salga el sol (3’40”)14. LG0 28022017 (3’56″)15. Mariscar (2’45”) The Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida said, more or less, that “an artist should always try to do what he still does not know how to do.” Without actually knowing this quotation but only the sensation and the wakefulness behind it, Refree’s musical art seems to subscribe word for word to Chillida’s edict. Having spent the last years as an inspired facilitator for, and co-creator with, a plethora of storied musicians (American songwriter Josh Rouse, the aforementioned Cruz, Ranaldo, Rosalía and many more), in 2017 Refree undertook the production of two instrumental leaning 10-inch solo EPs. The first o...

EUR 17.25
Fofoulah - Daega Rek [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Fofoulah - Daega Rek [vinyl 180g + downl...

Premiera: 09-11-2018 The London based afro-dub ensemble Fofoulah, have followed-up their trailblazing debut album (“Fofoulah”/Glitterbeat 2014) with an even more shapeshifting and adventurous recording. Slippery sabar beats, dystopian electronics and echoing, shamanic chants ratchet up both the dub quotient and the dramatic tension. Creating a soundworld that is both earthy and urban, futurist and rooted – the new album “Daega Rek” (The Truth) is brought into sharp focus by the rhythms and vocals of Gambian sabar drummer Kaw Secka and the vivid production of keyboardist/saxophonist Tom Challenger. After the release of their self-titled first album, the band played extensively in the U.K. and Europe where – spontaneously – every concert would see Kaw Secka rise to the microphone (with his tama – a talking drum) and rap over the last song, cuing rhythmic patterns for the group to play in unison (called Bakas). It was decided to take this exploratory part of the shows forward into the n...

EUR 17.25
Gaye Su Akyol - Istikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Gaye Su Akyol - Istikrarlı Hayal Hakikat...

Nowa płyta tureckiej artystki. Premiera: 09-11-2018. With the release of her first international album “Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu” (2016), Gaye Su Akyol established herself as one of Turkey’s most compelling young voices and most exhilarating sonic explorers. Her work as a singer-songwriter, producer and audio/visual conceptualist, simultaneously navigates the storied past, the hyper-connected present and the unscripted future. Growing up in cosmopolitan Istanbul listening to Anatolian music icon Selda Bağcan and Kurt Cobain in equal measure, Akyol skipped right over the tired Oriental/Occidental paradigmatic clichés. Gaye’s music was global in concept and local in spirit and nuance right from the very beginning. Following the widespread critical acclaim for “Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu” Gaye and her sublime band spent 18 months travelling up and down Turkey, Europe and the Middle and Far East sharing with audiences a vibrant mix of raki laced traditional balladry, futurist surf and post-pu...

EUR 17.25
Stella Chiweshe - Kasahwa: Early Singles [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Stella Chiweshe - Kasahwa: Early Singles...

Premiera: 20.09.2018Z recenzji Bartka Chacińskiego (Polifonia/Polityka):Pierwsza – historię Stelli Chiweshe związaną z jej najstarszymi nagraniami z lat 70. Nieznanymi dotąd, bo choć dziś pochodząca z Zimbabwe (urodzona jeszcze w Rodezji) Chiweshe ma 72 lata, mieszka w Niemczech i pozostaje jedną z ikonicznych postaci world music, to początki jej kariery należały do wyjątkowo niespokojnych. Przede wszystkim zaczynała grać na miejscowej odmianie mbiry w latach 60., przełamując stereotyp mówiący o tym, że na tym instrumencie kobiety grać nie powinny – męscy nauczyciele nie chcieli jej pomóc. Co więcej, na początku lat 70. brała udział – już grając na mbirze – w ceremoniach ściganych przez miejscowe prawo. Materiał z tej płyty, na który po części składają się niezwykle transowe, dłuższe utwory (Mayaya), wychodzi od tamtych mistycznych wpływów. I poprzedza utwory z czasów, które dały Chiweshe światową popularność. Tę zdobyła dopiero jako solistka National Dance Company of Zimbabwe, doprowa...

EUR 17.25
AMMAR 808 - Maghreb United [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

AMMAR 808 - Maghreb United [vinyl 180g +...

Premiera: 22.06.2018Uwaga! AMMAR 808 zagra na festiwalu Inne Brzmienia 2018 w Lublinie!Deep TR-808 bass meets pan-Maghreb beats, timeless voices and futurist visions. AMMAR 808 is Sofyann Ben Youssef, the sonic mastermind behind the Tunisian sensation: Bargou 08.The future is right now. We have driverless cars, robots taking over jobs, and commercial space travel is on the event horizon. Somehow, humanity has slipped into a science fiction life. But you can’t have a future without a past, something AMMAR 808 knows very well. On his debut release, Maghreb United, featuring the singers Mehdi Nassouli (Morocco), Sofiane Saidi (Algeria) and Cheb Hassen Tej (Tunisia), he connects the two to offer a radical, electronic reinvention of ancient North African music.“The past is a collective heritage,” explains AMMAR 808. He started the project a year ago, after working with the lauded Bargou 08, searching for something to link the sense of what has been with what will be. “It’s what we all call ...

EUR 17.25
Samba Toure - Wande [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Samba Toure - Wande [vinyl 180g + downlo...

Premiera: 22.06.2018.Sometimes the unexpected happens and it becomes a gift. Serendipity, good fortune. Think of it as life handing you what you need, not what you thought you wanted. When Malian singer and guitarist Samba Touré was planning Wande (The Beloved), his third Glitterbeat release, he had strong ideas for the way it should sound. But once the sessions were over, he knew he had something entirely different, something even more satisfying: a collection of songs where warmth filled the grooves of every song. An album that seemed like home.“We had a totally different album in mind,” Touré admits, “a return to something more traditional, almost acoustic. I think this album is less dark than the previous ones. It has some sad and serious songs, but it sounds more peaceful. All the first takes have been kept, I didn’t re-record any guitar lines, the first takes are the one you can hear on the album. There are less overdubs than in previous albums, we didn’t try to polish or make an...

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Yonatan Gat - Universalists [vinyl 180g+downloadcode]

Yonatan Gat - Universalists [vinyl 180g+...

Premiera: 22.06.2018Yonatan Gat is a guitarist, producer and experimental composer based in NYC. Gat’s second album – Universalists – fuses the physical garage punk and freewheeling improvisational sounds of his past with elements of avant-garde composition, electronic production and the sound of his genre-bending, estimable guitar.Gat became known as one of the world’s top performers as founder and guitarist of Monotonix, hailed by SPIN as “the most exciting live band in rock’n’roll,” with concerts that quite literally destroyed the border between performer and audience, and were controversial enough to get them banned from playing their home country.Gat then relocated to New York City. He began recording and performing as a solo artist, and in 2014 released the Iberian Passage EP, a debut that maintained his signature raw energy while switching the focus away from the shock-performance style of Monotonix to a more ritualistic, improvised, shamanic musical exploration. 2015 brought th...

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Sonido Gallo Negro - Mambo Cosmico [vinyl 180g+downloadcode]

Sonido Gallo Negro - Mambo Cosmico [viny...

Hailing from Mexico City, Sonido Gallo Negro’s exhilarating third album continues their exploration into the psychedelic richness and rhythmic pulse of Peruvian cumbia while at the same reaching for new sounds and textures – such as mambo, cha cha, porro and danzon.Filled with frenetic, red hot identities and sonorities, Mambo Cósmico is the album that galvanizes the international reputation Sonido Gallo Negro earned through their powerful concerts and their earlier records – Cumbia Salvaje (Savage Cumbia, 2011) and Sendero Místico (Mystical Path, 2014 – released outside of Mexico by Glitterbeat).Mambo Cósmico is a sonic collage that is not only musical, but also cultural and historical. This combo of nine musicians, seek out a new and unexpected musical cosmos that goes beyond their well-honed Mexican and Latin American influences. Their navigational charts point towards an additional synchronicity of sound and imagination with the Middle East, the Hispanic old world and Africa, as em...

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Park Jiha - Communion [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Park Jiha - Communion [vinyl 180g + down...

"Niczego bardziej oryginalnego niż muzyka koreańskiej kompozytorki i instrumentalistki Park Jiha już raczej w tych dniach nie znajdziecie. Communion należy do rzadkiej kategorii płyt innych niż wszystko, choć oczywiście momentami zbliża się do muzyki amerykańskich minimalistów, a kiedy indziej (choćby we wklejonym, granym na cymbałach yanggeum utworze Sounds Heard From The Moon) zbliża się do świata brzmień Jozefa Van Wissema. Podobnie mocny jest ładunek emocjonalny tej muzyki, podobnie oszczędna forma. Tyle że oczywiście w poszczególnych fragmentach będą się tu przewijać i inne ludowe instrumenty, takie jak bambusowy flet piri czy saenghwang, przedziwny rodzaj bambusowej Fletni Pana, a może bardziej wymyślne organki. Mamy tu zatem muzykę współczesną tworzoną na instrumentach pradawnych. Blisko pod tym względem do duetu Senyawa, choćby estetycznie było na drugim brzegu tęczy. Bywa sennie, ale ignorujecie na własną odpowiedzialność."Bartek Chaciński, Polifonia/Polityka Over the last fe...

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Dirtmusic - Bu Bir Ruya [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Dirtmusic - Bu Bir Ruya [vinyl 180g + do...

Premiera: 26.01.2018Nad swym piątym albumem "Bu Bir Ruya" Hugo Race i Chris Eckman współpracowali z tureckim wizjonerem muzyki psychodelicznej Muratem Ertelem, liderem legendarego zespołu Baba Zula. Płyta została nagrana w grudniu 2016 w domowym studiu Ertela, przebudowanym warsztacie na przedmieściach Stambułu. Eckman i Race przygotowali wcześniej zapas rytmów i loopów. Początkowo nie byli pewni, czy w tym wypadku swej muzyce będą chcieli dołożyć słowa. Ale Murat Ertel zadecydował, że trzeba opowiedzieć pewną historię, ponieważ wybrane miejsce i czas tego wymagały. W długim cieniu nowego despoty i dyktatora powstała płyta o granicach, murach, frontach i zimnych sercach. "Bu Bir Ruya" jest niespokojnym, pelnym pytań albumem zarówno dla głowy jak i dla całego ciała. Post-punk, turecka psychodelia, funk, rock i elektronika tworzą groove i szerokie tło. Widać to przykłądowo wyraźnie w utworach "Safety In Numbers" i "Love Is A Foreign Country", w których jako gość pojawia sie gwiazda turec...

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TootArd - Laissez Passer [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

TootArd - Laissez Passer [vinyl 180g + d...

Premiera: 10.11.2017A Laissez Passer. Let him pass. That’s the document the stateless carry. It’s all that those from the occupied Golan Heights possess. Since 1967 the area has been part of Israel, but the inhabitants aren’t Israelis. They don’t have any citizenship. They don’t have passports. Just a Laissez Passer. And for the members of TootArd who all grew up in the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan, it’s a very apt name for their new album. “Laissez passers are special situation papers,” explains singer and guitarist Hasan Nakhleh. “It took us a while to realise the effect. We’re permanent residents in Israel, but not citizens. We have no travel documents. When we travel we need the laissez passer. With no nationality, we’re officially ‘undefined.’” But in statelessness, the five-piece has discovered musical freedom. TootArd grew up understanding that borders are something imposed by governments, lines that only exist on a map. On a disc, in concert, they can go wherever thei...

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Saz’iso - At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song [vinyl 180g + downlaodcode]

Saz’iso - At Least Wave Your Handkerchie...

Premiera: 13.10.201701. Tana02. Kaba me violinë03. Penxherenë e zotrisë sate04. Valle Postenançe05. Trëndafili fletë-fletë06. Goca e berberit07. Valle Minushi08. Nënockë09. Kaba me klarinetë10. Bëje dru në përcëllime11. Fole moj mike një fjalë12. Valle e Osman Takës13. O bandill mustaqezi14. Avaz15. Doli Laceja nga stani “Why not give yourself a break from the unending cavalcade of modern high-speed insanity, and rest up with this album of deep soul from Southern Albania.” – Ry Cooder Brazilian Samba, Bosnian Sevdah, New Orleans Jazz, Cuban son – and Albanian Saze! The turn of the last century saw mass migrations to the world’s cities with rural people bringing their music with them, adapting their traditions to new circumstances and modern instruments. Of all these great musical forms, the mesmerizing arabesques, joyful dances and heart-breaking laments of Saze are among the least recorded, and they remain largely unknown outside Albania. Glitterbeat is proud to announce the releas...

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Sirom - I Can Be a Clay Snapper [180g LP + downloadcode]

Sirom - I Can Be a Clay Snapper [180g LP...

Hailing from Slovenia, Širom play vividly textured and (mostly) imagined, instrumental folk musics. Handmade and global instrumentation meets fearless sound exploration. The 3rd release from Glitterbeat’s new label imprint: tak:til Slovenia’s miniature, but incredibly diverse landscapes, echo through its distinctive cultural, historic and linguistic traits. When thinking about Širom’s geographical trajectories, as well as their musical ebb and flow, one has to consider the abundance of water that can be found in the individual regions where they come from. Cascading mountain stream lilt, lazy lowland river meandering and the mysteriously vanishing waters of Karst are most certainly inscribed into Samo Kutin’s, Iztok Koren’s and Ana Kravanja’s childhood memories and subsequently, their remarkable musical art. “In the process of making the second album we decided to shoot a film,” Samo Kutin explains. “The idea was to visit the places we come from, the ones that are more difficult to a...

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Jupiter & Okwess - Kin Sonic [vinyl 180g + Downloadcode]

Jupiter & Okwess - Kin Sonic [vinyl 180g...

With their second album Kin Sonic, Jupiter and Okwess transcend the Congo’s unexplored musical heritage and dive into a pool of modernity. We’re invited to savour his latest recipe, the Okwess (‘food’ in the Kibunda language) which is the fruit of all the encounters and influences he has absorbed during his many journeys around the world. It’s a recipe based on perfect alchemy, enriched by contributions from Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, violinist Warren Ellis of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and Robert del Naja, aka ‘3D’, of Massive Attack. Del Naja’s input comes in the form of a unique and powerful album cover, the fee for which he decided to donate to an NGO called La Fondation Etoile du Congo de Madame Princesse Kibinda Mariam Rita[1], based in Lemba, the neighbourhood in Kinshasa where Jupiter lives. Rita, who is the daughter of a traditional chieftain, is very attached to her roots, and she’s given herself the mission to help homeless children who live on the streets, especially th...

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Ifriqiyya Electrique - Rûwâhîne [vinyl 180g+downloadcode]

Ifriqiyya Electrique - Rûwâhîne [vinyl 1...

Sufi trance musicians and rituals – from the depths of the Tunisian desert – in conversation with post-industrial sonics. ‘No theatre or stage or audience. The rûwâhîne have possessed and contorted the bodies of the Banga. Teenagers leap to the floor, their legs arched and tense, glaring transfixed [while] girls dance wildly, … accelerating the rhythm of the hand percussion’ The film opens on a cloud-pressed, bleached-out desert highway and an ominous electronic pulse, a devil of a wind, that you don’t want to shake off. Where are you? The truck in front carries human freight, half-glimpsed, anxious and thoughtful. You’re soon joined by the kind of dark lunar soundscapes familiar from Can, by polyrhythms at once deft and relentless, and then, as the truck reaches the outskirts of the town, by chants that seem to issue from the empty streets themselves. Ifriqiyah was the medieval entity that contained present-day Tunisia, as well as parts of Algeria and Libya: the boundaries, more or...

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Tamikrest - Kidal [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Tamikrest - Kidal [vinyl 180g + download...

Rockandrollowi Touaregowie powracają z nową płytą.Wokół miasta Kidal we wszystkich kierunkach rozciąga się pustynia malijska. Bezkresne horyzonty z kamieni i piasku, jałowe i wysuszone. To południowozachodnia częśc Sahary, gdzie jest ojczyzna Tuaregów. Miasto Kidal jest jednym z najważniejszych jego kulturalnych cantrów. Wywalczone, podbite i na nowo odbite w walkach, jest Kidal duchową ojczyzną wypędzonego narodu i symbolem oporu oraz nadziei. Jest poza tym miastem, gdzie poznali się przed wielu laty członkowie Tamikrest. Ich czwarty album jest hołdem dla miasta, okrzykiem cierpienia i jednocześnie wezwaniem do rebelii. Od tlącej się intensywności pierwszego utworu "Mawarniha Tartit" przez gitarę slide Paula Salvagnaca w "Atwitas" aż do wybuchowego "Adoutat Salilagh" przedstawia nam się rockowy band, napędzany pasją i miłością do własnego narodu i jego niesprawiedliwego traktowania. "Moją miłością jest mój kraj, moim celem jest wolność" śpiewa Ag Mossa w piosence "War Tila Eridaran", ...

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75 Dollar Bill - WOOD/METAL/PLASTIC/PATTERN/RHYTHM/ROCK [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

75 Dollar Bill - WOOD/METAL/PLASTIC/PATT...

At last the European release of one of 2016’s most acclaimed albums. 75 Dollar Bill’s second full-length crashed onto many of last year’s most prestigious “Best Album” lists: The Wire, Uncut, The Village Voice/Pazz & Jop (and more). The NYC based duo ofRick Brown and Che Chen, creates hypnotic,pulsing music that weaves an ecstaticline from raw electric blues, Arabic modes and entrancing folk minimalism back to the streets of New York. We are proud that W/M/P/P/R/R is the first release on Glitterbeat’s new label imprint: tak:til. NOTES ON W/M/P/P/R/R FROM RICK BROWN I feel very lucky to have wound up playing in 75 Dollar Bill with Che. I’ll take some credit for the early setup, as I pursued the idea of us jamming together for a few years before we actually made some music together. But when it comes to focusing our sound, putting together a good set- list, imagining how to expand the group with guests and designing almost all of the visual/package aspects, Che has taken the lea...

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King Ayisoba - 1000 Can Die [vinyl 180g + Downloadcode]

King Ayisoba - 1000 Can Die [vinyl 180g ...

Ghana’s ancient empire and the 21st century global express. The rhythms that created the past alongside the beats forging the present. In King Ayisoba, they all converge. Everything morphing into one. And on his new album, 1000 Can Die, they stand together, history and today, side by side. The tradition hewn from the future. “King Ayisoba and his band know that traditional instruments are stronger than anything modern,” says album producer Zea (the Ex’s Arnold de Boer). “Playing them is a gift from God. They’ll take what they can use from electronica, from hiplife (the hugely popular Ghanaian style that fuses the local highlife music with hip-hop) but they won’t let it beat them, because they know what they have is more powerful. Their music is pulled from the ground.” The juxtaposition of the two on 1000 Can Die shows the irresistible drive of both sides. The thick, squelching bass and beats that push under the older rhythms of “Anka Yen Tu Kwai” are overtaken by the guluku and dun...

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Bargou 08 - Targ [vinyl 180+downloadcode]

Bargou 08 - Targ [vinyl 180+downloadcode...

01 – Chech el khater 4:38 02 – Mamchout 4:34 03 – Le min ijina 4:04 04 – Tarjaachi layem 5:30 05 – Wazzaa 5:20 06 – Hezzi haremek 5:27 07 – Dek biya 4:44 08 – Roddih 3:29 09 – Sidi el kadhi 4:55It’s the forgotten place. Lying between the mountains of northwest Tunisia and the Algerian border, the Bargou valley and the village named after it lie isolated, away from the world. It’s poor, barren country, but standing apart, Bargou has developed its own culture that had never been documented until Nidhal Yahyaoui began the task. Born in the valley, he grew up hearing his parents and family sing the songs that belong to the region, and he was determined that the music and traditions shouldn’t slip away into obscurity. With Targ, the album he’s made with his band Bargou 08, Yahyaoui has perfectly fused the past and the present to place Bargou on the map. “Nidhal began collecting songs from all over the valley more than ten years ago,” explains producer and keyboard player Sofyann Ben Yousse...

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El Leopardo - El Leopardo b/w El Acontista [vinyl 12"EP]

El Leopardo - El Leopardo b/w El Acontis...

Glitterbeat doesn’t release many 12” singles (this is the second), but this two-song beauty is so good we couldn’t pass up the chance to put it out. El Leopardo brilliantly morph urban dub textures together with sparse Colombian percussion, spoken incantations and deep, hypnotic bass.Produced by Dani Boom (Systema Solar) and Felipe Alvarez (from Bogota’s Polen Records), the tracks feature percussionist Juan Carlos Puello (‘El Chongo’). The Aside, “El Leopardo,” is inspired by a poem from the acclaimed Colombian poet Raúl Gómez Jattin....

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Baba Zula - XX [vinyl 2LP 180g + CD]

Baba Zula - XX [vinyl 2LP 180g + CD]

Dwupłytowa kompilacja jednej z najważniejszych grup na tureckeij nscenie niezależnej. Gościnnie m.in.: Sly & Robbie, Mad Professor, Dr. Das z Asian Dub Foundation, Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubaten) i Dirtmusic.Od ponad 20 lat zespół Baba Zula łączy kulturowe wpływy zachodniej muzyki rockowej z brzmianiami orientalnymi. Ta założona w 1996 roku przez Murata Ertela i Leventa Akmana grupa początkowo za inspirację obrała turecki psychodeliczny rock lat 60-tych (np. Mogollar).Od tego czasu zagrali koncerty na całym świecie, zdobyli wiele nagród, pracowali przy sztukach teatralnych i filmach, a ich albumy były na czele miejsc sprzedaży tureckiej sceny muzycznej.Na jubileusz 20-lecia zespół wydaje album "XX", rodzaj podsumowania, współprodukowany przez Mad Professora. "Chcieliśmy kompilacj, która jest inna" - mówi Osman Murat Ertel. Żaden z utworów nie jest w swym pierwotnym kształcie, zamiast tego zespół wybrał remiksy, alternatywne wersje, nagrania koncertowe i kooperacje, z któryc...

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Gaye Su Akyol  - Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu (Hologram Empire) [vinyl 180g+Downloadcode]

Gaye Su Akyol - Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu ...

Istanbul has a deep, layered history. From its beginnings as a fishing village to one of the pillars of the Roman world. The final stop on the Silk Road. The centre of the Ottoman Empire as the Turks spread their huge net across the Middle East. Across the centuries the city drew in cultures and blended them. Growing up there, singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol breathed all that in every day, along with her family’s ancient roots in Anatolia. Those rich traditions combine to form part of the sound she’s developed on her album HologramĬmparatorluğu (Hologram Empire), where sultry Turkish melodies twine around spiky, twanging guitars and insistent rhythms. “It’s a cliché, but the city is a bridge that combines cultures, and that’s very true in music, especially the Greek influence,” Akyol explains. “When I was young, we visited Anatolia every year. I had the chance to observe and realise the different perspectives and practices of cultures. That made me feel closer to the diversity of Anat...

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Orkesta Mendoza - ¡Vamos A Guarachar! [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Orkesta Mendoza - ¡Vamos A Guarachar! [v...

Something is stirring in downtown Tucson. That’s no great surprise perhaps: Calexico have been sending out missives from the desert for 20 years now, Giant Sand for even longer than that, and the Green on Red revival is surely overdue. These three giants of American popular music ask questions of the form, chiefly because of where they are situated. Let us remind ourselves that this isn’t a big city in the American sense (it’s the country’s 33rd largest), but that its hinterland is indeed as big as it gets. For an hour south, Mexico starts. And this is where things get interesting.Born in Nogales, Arizona, raised in Nogales, Sonora, multi-instrumentalist and band-leader Sergio Mendoza grew up listening to the Mexican regional styles jostling for headspace in a young, music-mad mind – cumbia mainly, but mambo, rancheras and mariachi too. The border is always a fierce arena of exchange, both commercial and cultural, and so there was American music too. At one point ‘rock and roll, the cl...

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Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina [vinyl 180g ...

Noura Mint Seymali hails from a Moorish musical dynasty in Mauritania, born into a prominent family of griot and choosing from an early age to embrace the artform that is its lifeblood.  Yet traditional pedigree has proven but a stepping-stone for the work Noura and her band have embarked upon in recent years, simultaneously popularizing and reimagining Moorish music on the global stage, taking her family’s legacy to new heights as arguably Mauritania’s most widely exported musical act of all time.  Gamely wielding the griot’s idiom, a form itself distilled from centuries of trans-Saharan musical knowledge, Noura Mint Seymali’s sound as heard on this record carves out a unique position in the musical cartography of West Africa, at once her country’s leading proponent of the avant garde and yet a rigorously devoted tradition-bearer. Arbina is Noura Mint Seymali’s second international release.  Delving deeper into the wellspring of Moorish roots, as is after all the tried...

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V/A - Khmer Rouge Survivors  They Will Kill You, If You Cry [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

V/A - Khmer Rouge Survivors They Will K...

Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan (Zomba Prison Project, Tinariwen, Hanoi Masters) returns to Southeast Asia to record traditional-based musicians from Cambodia who survived the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. The result is both heartbreaking and inspiring. It would be disturbing anywhere to see a mob gathered around a street-pole as an electrocuted utility-worker’s lifeless body was lowered down by rope as if lynched, but especially in a land with so many ghosts. Amidst skin-whitening overdoses and marijuana-pizza for the sex tourists, the stench of colonialism does more than just linger in Phnom Penh. “We hate the Vietnamese,” said the taxi-driver as a stark naked child ran into the street to urinate, “But our people are tired of war. We are tired of fighting.” A reported three-million tons of carpet-bombs were dropped on Cambodia by the USA in the 1970s, more than were unleashed on Germany during all of WWII. And still today, Cambodia is laced with more landmines than anywhere ...

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Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra - s/t (feat. Tony Allen) [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra - s/...

Seven-and-a-half thousand kilometres of cold ocean separate West Africa from Haiti. But music can cover that distance in a heartbeat, crossing the Atlantic to reunite the rhythms and religion of people torn from their homes to be sold into slavery on the Caribbean island. And on its self-titled album, the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra honours those ghosts of the past even as it walks steadfastly and hopefully into the future. Experimental by name, the band was definitely experimental by nature. The concept started with Corinne Micaelli, the director of the French Institute in Haiti. She wanted to bring drummer Tony Allen, the power behind Afrobeat and one of modern music’s towering figures, to the island. A performance with Haitian musicians at a major public concert would be perfect. Allen agreed, and Erol Josué, a singer, dancer, voodoo priest, and director of the Haitian National Bureau of Ethnology, helped to recruit local percussionists and singers. They decided, in order ...

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M.A.K.U Soundsystem - Mezcla [vinyl 180g + downloadcode]

M.A.K.U Soundsystem - Mezcla [vinyl 180g...

The immigrant experience is scary and it’s exciting. Everything is new, everything is possible. There’s a city, a country, an entire culture to discover. It’s an opportunity to create, to find a voice that speaks loud and proud, to connect past and future. A chance to make history. That’s what the eight-piece M.A.K.U. Soundsystem does on their fourth album, Mezcla (‘Mix’). They give us America now, in the raw, through the eyes and ears of Colombians who’ve arrived and made their homes in New York City. It is, in every way, a mix, an invitation to think and to dance. Mezcla is a relentlessly honest record. The music hits the feet and the hips, powerful and overwhelming, while the lyrics reflect the lives the band members live. There’s the giddy flirtation of a summer Saturday night on ‘Haitiana’ and the thought that comes from looking around somewhere so different and asking ‘What Do You Wish For.’ But it also embraces darker political questions that don’t have easy answers. The openin...

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Damir Imamovič’s Sevdah Takht  - Dvojka [vinyl + downloadcode]

Damir Imamovič’s Sevdah Takht - Dvojka ...

Musicians often struggle to articulate what it is they’re playing, where it comes from and where they’re going. Damir Imamović’s Sevdah Takht suffer from no such struggle. The new album, the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed debut, is a wonder of clear-eyed thinking, crystalline melody and deep reflection. Taking its name from sevda, the Turkish word for love, derived in turn from the Arabic sawda meaning ‘black bile’ (and hence melancholy), sevdah has been played in the Balkans in one form or another since at least the 15th century. Although the temptation to refer to it as ‘Bosnian blues’ is perhaps too infrequently resisted, its lyrical and musical preoccupations with love, longing and loss do provide us with a bridge to other European roots traditions, such as fado, whose central concept of saudade is itself related to sawda. Sarajevo born and raised, Imamović has been steeped in the sounds of sevdah since childhood. Much has been said of his stellar family tradition – bot...

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Aziza Brahim - Abbar El Hamada [vinyl 180g+downloadcode]

Aziza Brahim - Abbar El Hamada [vinyl 18...

Western Saharan musician/activist Aziza Brahim’s new album Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada), is a commanding and compassionate musical statement about, and for, the tumultuous age in which we live. Raised in a Saharawi refugee camp in the Algerian desert, and living in exile for more than two decades (first in Cuba and currently in Barcelona), Brahim’s life and music embodies both the tragedies and hopes of the present-day migrant and refugee experience. As walls and borders are again being raised though-out Europe and other corners of the world, Aziza Brahim’s passionately sung poetic defiance, is especially timely and profound. Los Muros (The Walls), a dignified desert dreamscape; is emblematic of Aziza’s artistry. The lyrics morph from condemning the sand fortifications Morocco has erected along the Western Saharan border (to prevent the return of the Saharawi to their homeland), to a recognition that while walls are tragically universal, so is the imaginative spirit that e...

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Chimurenga Renaissance - Girlz with Gunz [vinyl 12"EP]

Chimurenga Renaissance - Girlz with Gunz...

Remembering Grace, a Girl with a Gun: After spending the night listening to Girlz with Gunz, I spent the day remembering Grace Maseva. She was always cheerful, always smiling, and always making bawdy jokes. For her, sexual organs were a normal part of life. A person must pee and play with something. That’s just how things are; a tree has fruit, a baboon has that prideful butt, we have our special business. She would laugh and laugh. She was also a great cook. Always did the greens just right. She also fought in the Second Chimurenga, the war that ended white rule in Zimbabwe. Grace was a trained killer. Grace, who survived a brutal war but not the spread of AIDS, could clean, assemble, and load an AK-47. She knew when to duck for cover, when to charge, and when to fire her weapon. There were many women like her in the War of Independence, and their sacrifice, dedication, and general brilliance is celebrated in Girlz with Gunz. This is the spirit of the work. The collaboration betwee...

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Dennis Bovell - Dub 4 Daze [vinyl 180g]

Dennis Bovell - Dub 4 Daze [vinyl 180g]

One of the most revered dub and reggae producers, Dennis Bovell has been leaving his mark on contemporary music for over 40 years. Born in Barbados, Bovell moved to south London at the age of 12 and by his late teens had started a musical trajectory that profoundly influenced Britain’s emerging roots, lovers rock, soundsystem and dub cultures. As a musician, songwriter and producer, Bovell spearheaded the seminal British reggae acts Linton Kwesi Johnson and Matumbi and was notably involved in the late 70’s UK punk/post-punk scene as the producer for The Slits, The Pop Group and Orange Juice. Dennis has also worked with Marvin Gaye, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Fela Kuti and most recently Joss Stone. Both under his own name and the moniker "Blackbeard," Dennis has created a striking oeuvre of dub albums (“I Wah Dub,” “Strictly Dub Wize,” “LKJ in Dub”) and has been involved with countless dub mixes and dubwise collaborations. In 2012, he released the acclaimed dub collection "Mek It Run" and in 201...

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Laraaji - Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (Produced by Brian Eno) [vinyl 180g+CD]]

Laraaji - Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (Pr...

Laraaji’s glistening album “Ambient 3: Day of Radiance” has from the beginning been considered an outlier. Though widely celebrated at that the time of its release in 1980 -- as the third installment of Brian Eno’s emerging ambient music series (Ambient 1-4) -- the album also brought with it an aura of mystification. Where did it fit in? An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, interlocking, hammered rhythms and 3-D sound treatments (courtesy of Eno) “Day of Radiance” seemed to push open many doors at once, ambient music being only one of them. In an exclusive interview for Glitterbeat’s reissue of “Day of Radiance” Laraaji commented: "Down the line I noticed that this album was sort of separated from the rest of his (Eno’s) ambient albums, and there was some debate whether this was really “ambient” in relationship to the other albums in the ambient series." Though there are certainly aspects of the album that find sonic common ground with other Eno-related “ambient” pr...

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