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Music Q4 2015

I haven’t included a couple of things that made my 2015 list.

No “world music” made my year end list which is unusual – Songhoy Blues and Noura Mint Seymali were close.  And last week into my inbox dropped the welcome news of a couple more releases from the Portland, Or-based label Sahel Sounds

Nouakchott Weddings Songs

Raucous and electrified wedding songs from the desert kingdom of Mauritania. Luxurious overload of micro-tonal scales, phaser pedals, and unpredictable poly-rhythms. Documentation of a little known music scene where disparate influences meet in beautiful permutations. This is desert music as it’s performed – loud and unfiltered.

and Yamedan by TisDass

Self produced album from Niger Tuareg rock outfit TisDass. Looping electric guitar and thumping two chord rhythms. Led by singer songwriter Kildjate Moussa Albadé, former bassist for Group Bombino, his solo project draws on his vast repertoire of influences, inspired from his years on the road. Covers and some original compositions, paying homage to desert origins of assouf music, while ushering in an a new global sound.

Only $5USD each to download at those Bandcamp links.  The Nouakchott Weddings Songs is blowing me away.

Emma Donovan and the Putbacks – Blackfella Whitefella (feat Tim Rogers & Joelistics) and Down City Streets (feat. Archie Roach)  This Hope Street Recordings release supports SOS Blak Australia, only a single or 7″ so cheap as.

Kemasi Washington – The Epic

Gilles Peterson presents Sun Ra and His Arkestra – To Those of Earth  … And Other Worlds

Los Lobos – Gates of Gold

Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain

Jeffrey Foucault – Salt as Wolves

Spooner Oldham – Pot Luck (1972 – Light in the Attic reissue)

Nick Lowe and the Los Straightjackets – Quality Holiday Revue

Robbie Fulks and the Mekons –  Jura

The Souljazz Orchestra – Resistance

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