Imarhan – Azzaman (2017)


“When Imarhan released their self-titled debut album in 2016, they stepped into a genre already flooded with talent and exposure, but still managed to rise to the top and be heralded as the “new wave Of Tuareg music“ by Fact Magazine and The Guardian. It is with much anticipation that the band from Tamanrasset, Algeria have announced the details of their second album Temet, due out February 26 on City Slang.”Bandcamp


Hailu Mergia – Tizita (2018)


Hailu Mergia — Keyboards, Accordion, Melodica ; Tony Buck — Drums ; Mike Majkowski — Upright Bass
Produced by Hailu Mergia
Recorded at EMS4, London, UK 
Additional recording by Javon Gant, Cue Recording Studios, Falls Church, VA
Cover image drawn live on iPad by Jenny Soep, Stockholm 2013

“Master accordionist and veteran bandleader, arranger and keyboardist, originally from Ethiopia.”

Imaginary People – Snapshot (2017)


“Hollow and haunting, Imaginary People’s sophomore full-length October Alice, is a macabre masterpiece. At times cacophonous, and other times melodic, the album explores some of the most morbid corners of the human mind and shines a light on their darkest crevices. Wistful guitar tones, guttural vocals, and commanding bass lines move throughout the desolate environment constructed by Imaginary People in Alice.”Source

Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Rhapsody in Blue (1979)


“Sun Ra admired George Gershwin and paid musical tribute to the great composer’s legacy countless times over his 50-year performing and recording career. This digital-only release, spanning 38 years (1951–1989), compiles some of the best recorded examples of Ra’s idiosyncratic takes on the Gershwin catalog. These performances encompass a variety of styles and personnel — full Arkestra, trio with vocalist (Hattie Randolph), duo (Sun Ra and Wilbur Ware), and doo-wop (The Nu Sounds, arranged and accompanied by Sun Ra).”Source

Chet Doxas – Starcrossings (2017)


available here: from Chet Doxas’ “Rich in Symbols”. Chet Doxas (saxophone), Matthew Stevens (guitar), Zack Lober (bass), Eric Doob (drums). Available on Ropea

“Chet Doxas is quickly becoming one of the most well respected and sought after saxophonists and composers of his generation. He is best known for his ability to add his inspired voice to a wide variety of musical settings and styles.” Source

The New Year – Snow (2017)


“Taken without context, Snow is a gorgeous collection of slow-burning, neatly groomed songs and perspectives, always introspective but never without joy. When viewed as another chapter in the ongoing lineage of the Kadane brothers, it takes on a deeper gravity. It becomes another privileged look into a world of sound so personal and deeply considered that it doesn’t matter if there are decades between albums; the things the songs have to say will always arrive at exactly the right moment.-All Music”Source

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet – CNN Predicts a Monster Storm (2018)


Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet perform “CNN Predicts a Monster Storm” from the album Landfall, out now:

“It’s a mosaic of brief but beautiful tunes where each manages to capture the strangeness and the magic of Anderson’s vision of the post-world. This meeting between Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson has yielded music that is both beautiful and haunting, and as a result Landfall ranks among Anderson’s most eclectic and emotional work in her oeuvre.”Source

Elephant9 – Actionpack1 (2018)


“Elephant9 blends the virtuosic precision of King Crimson and Yes with the jazz-fusion explorations of electric Miles, Weather Report and the Tony Williams Lifetime. Key and time signatures change constantly as the quartet helters and skelters between tightly composed sections, driving kosmische interludes and bucolic Canterbury excursions. Rolling Stone(US)(…)On this, their fifth studio album, they are back to the core trio of their two first albums, with Ståle Storløkken (keyboards), Nikolai Hængsle (bass) and Torstein Lofthus (drums). “The Greatest Show On Earth” displays some truly astonishing playing and is a more dynamic, structured and focused album with all tracks clocking in between five and seven minutes.” Source

Mulatu Astatke – Emnete (1970)


“Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music. Astatke led his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums—instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian popular music—as well as other percussion instruments, keyboards and organ. His albums focus primarily on instrumental music, and Astatke appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during Ethiopia’s Golden 1970s.”Source