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SOAPKILLS-THE BEST OF SOAPKILLS.

SOAPKILLS-THE BEST OF SOAPKILLS. Ten years ago, that Soapkills, one of the most influential and innovative bands in Lebanese musical history split-up. Soapkills were a trailblazing band, and one of the first indie bands to emerge from the Middle East’s nascent music scene. Since then, Soapkills’ music has continued to influence a new generation of …

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BERANGERE MAXIMIN-DANGEROUS ORBITS.

BERANGERE MAXIMIN-DANGEROUS ORBITS. Crammed Discs’ Made To Measure series began back in 1983. For the next twelve years, a total of thirty-five albums were released. They’ve been described as the musical equivalent of a collection of art books. These albums are a reminder of some of the most innovative, important and interesting music of an era. …

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AXEL KRYGIER-HOMBRE DE PIEDRA.

AXEL KRYGIER-HOMBRE DE PIEDRA. Axel Krygier’s career began thirty years ago, back in 1985. Since then, the Buenos Aries’ born multi-instrumentalist has established a reputation as a musical maverick, who continually, has pushed musical boundaries to their limits, and sometimes, beyond. That’s apparent on Axel Krygier’s genre-melting fifth album, Hombre De Piedra, (Man Of Stone), …

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TARAF DE HAÏDOUKS-OF LOVERS, GAMBLERS AND PARACHUTE SKIRTS.

TARAF DE HAÏDOUKS-OF LOVERS, GAMBLERS AND PARACHUTE SKIRTS. Twenty-five years ago, Taraf de Haïdouks made their debut. Little did anyone realise that this was the start of musical journey that would see Taraf de Haïdouks crowned “the best Gypsy band in the world.” That’s quite an accolade. However, anyone that’s seen Taraf de Haïdouks live, …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 1.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 1. RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO.  Previously, Rodrigo Amarante was part of one of the most successful Brazilian bands of all time, Los Hermanos. However, this year, he embarked upon his solo career. His debut solo album Cavalo, was released in May 2014, on Mais Um Discos. Cavalo shows a new …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 2.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 2. DJ VADIM-DUBCATCHER. For Dubcatcher, the followup to DJ Vadim’s critically acclaimed tenth album, Don’t Be Scared, he dawned the role of hip hop’s first DJ superhero. That’s apparent from the Dubcatcher’s album cover. Looking like a cross between Robin, Bananaman and Goldfinger, a vinyl wielding DJ Vadim’s …

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JOZEF VAN WISSEM-IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO RETURN.

JOZEF VAN WISSEM-IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO RETURN. It was back in 2000, that avant-garde composer and baroque lutenist Jozef Van Wissem released his debut album, Retrograde Renaissance Lute. Since then, Josef has released a series of groundbreaking solo albums and collaborations. Jozef’s latest album, It Is Time For You To Return, will be …

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VERONIQUE VINCENT AND AKSAK MABOUL WITH THE HONEYMOON KILLERS-EX-FUTUR ALBUM.

VERONIQUE VINCENT AND AKSAK MABOUL WITH THE HONEYMOON KILLERS-EX-FUTUR ALBUM. “It’s been a long time coming.” So said Sam Cooke. The same is also true of the recently released album from Veronique Vincent and Aksak Maboul with The Honeymoon Killers. Their Ex-Futur Album was released on October 20th 2014 on Crammed Discs. However, originally, the …

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CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO-AMANSARA.

CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO-AMANSARA.  It’s been three long years since Chancha Via Circuito released his sophomore album, Rio Arriba in 2011. Hailed as an innovative, groundbreaking, genre-melting album, Rio Arriba lifted the profile not just of Chancha Via Circuito, but cumbia.  The commercial success and critical acclaim of Rio Arriba lead to  Chancha Via Circuito being …

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KASAI ALLSTARS-BEWARE THE FETISH.

KASAI ALLSTARS-BEWARE THE FETISH. Nearly six years ago, in December 2008, the Kasai Allstars released their critically acclaimed  debut album In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish and Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic. On its release, critics were won over by the Kasai Allstars’ music. They hadn’t heard …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 2.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 2. JUANA MOLINA-WED 21. Previously, Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina has been described as a musical visionary. Comparisons have been drawn to legendary Beach Boy. These comparisons aren’t hype. No. Far from it. Juana Molina is an alternative to bland, anodyne music. This is cerebral, intelligent music of substance. Variously …

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JUANA MOLINA-WED 21.

JUANA MOLINA-WED 21. Previously, Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina has been described as a musical visionary. Comparisons have been drawn to legendary Beach Boy Brian Wilson. These comparisons aren’t hype. No. Far from it. Juana Molina is an alternative to bland, anodyne music. This is cerebral, intelligent music of substance. Best described as melodic, minimalist and …

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