Robocobra – Plays Hard to Get
Belfast – “Post punk jazz”
Kefaya and Elaha Soroor – Songs Of Our Mothers
A particular favourite from last year. “Afghan folk music filtered through myriad forms, from spiritual jazz and dub to Indian classical music and electronica. The album is a collection of folk songs traditionally performed by Afghan women, drawing on Elaha’s own experience of fleeing Afghanistan and the struggle faced by many other female artists.” Rough Trade
Lina_Raul Refree – Lina & Raul Refree
Wonderful fado and electronica. Very beautiful and powerful.
Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá – De Palenque à Matongé
Uniting Colombian and Congolese musicians, Palenque Matongé revives and reinterprets the historical connection between two musical traditions that have travelled back and forth between the New World and the African motherland. Link