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Jupiter and Okwess - Kin Sonic (Glitterbeat)

There's something striking about the Congolese musician Jean-Pierre Bokondji (aka Jupiter), his tall gangly frame and growling voice as deep as the ocean being his most notable features. A formidable presence on stage, the singer commands attention, whilst his band Okwess (Kibunda for 'food'),...

Reg Meuross - Faraway People (Hatsongs Records)

Reg Meuross is one of the most reliable singer songwriters in the country today. His songs are often touching, poignant and easily accessible, yet he doesn't feel a need to shriek or scowl, grumble or growl, rather, he stands before us with guitar in hand and moves through a song as a concerned...

When Rivers Meet - Liberty (One Road Records)

This debut release from British duo When Rivers Meet, essentially husband and wife team Grace and Aaron Bond, shows some promise, especially in the duo's trump card, Grace Bond's instantly accessible and distinctive voice, emphasised in the delicate Y ou Blinded Me . Most of the self-penned...

The Last Dinosaur - The Nothing (Naim Records)

At 16, Music college students Jamie Cameron and James MacDonald, as When I Was A Little Girl, recorded the well received 2005 independent album GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE AND GOODNIGHT, a year later a tragic car crash, involving them both, claimed the life of James. By his own admission Jamie had had an...

Rio Mira - Marimba Del Pacifico (Aya Records)

Based in the coastal town of Esmeraldes in Ecuador, named after a river that runs from Ecuador into Columbia, formed as a collaboration by musicians from the two neighbouring countries and guided by the distinctive warm percussive tones of the marimba, this is stunning music that blurs boundaries...

King Ayisoba - 1000 Can Die (Glitterbeat Records)

King Ayisoba, born Abert Apoozore in Ghana in the 1970s, makes an arresting and compelling music. His sound is in a tradition rather than traditional. He plays the Kologo, a West African stringed instrument that creates a pulsing percussive beat. But it is Ayisoba's vocals that stand out on first...

The Twisted Twenty - The Twisted Twenty (Penny Fiddle Records)

As the album opens, with its invigorating violins and glistening cittern, a refreshing optimism swells and rises, one that is most often attributed to the music of Bach and Handel. But instead of the Brandenburg Concerto or The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba , this is the Ragged Sailor Set by The...

Various Artists - Mac Ile: The Music of Fraser Shaw (Fraser Shaw Trust)

In May 2015, the Glaswegian piper, whistle player and composer Fraser Shaw passed away after his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was just 34. Almost immediately, Shaw's friends and family set up The Fraser Shaw Trust to raise money for the relief of MS, particularly in Argyll, Scotland, through...

Fools Gold - Fools Gold (Retr World)

At the same time that Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music, The Eagles' Hotel California and The Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station were being released to critical acclaim, another California outfit by the name of Fools Gold were hoping to find success with their own studio outings. Consisting of Tom Kelly...

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