Buster Goes West

Tokyo's of Tropique! Release Marvellous First Full-Length On Electric Cowbell Records
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"And a top of the morning to you, sir!" Such is the comically refined style of this fictional character named Buster, a larger than life personality with a big heart, quite loquacious, always courteous, very much romantic and a tad bit eccentric. Tokyo’s tropical-infused five-piece of Tropique! just released their debut full-length on Electric Cowbell Records and it is a truly marvellous affair. 

"Buster Goes West" is a life-affirming eleven track album of [...]

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O Paraíso

São Paulo's Lucas Santtana Reminds Us Of A Possible Paradise On Earth Via No Format!
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Pitter patter goes the rain against our window. Berlin at this time of year is a monotonous blend of different shades of grey, suggesting we stay inside and seek inspiration elsewhere. Luckily for us, the Paris-based No Format! imprint just released the ninth and "new solar album" by Brazilian singer-songwriter Lucas Santtana, inviting us to join him in marveling at this life on earth. And we are more than happy to follow suit.

"O Paraíso" is the name of his [...]

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Sirto

The Ghent-Based Jiraan Ensemble Unveils Debut LP Exploring Musical Traditions And Novel Sounds
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This year, we vowed to take our time, to be more mindful in an attempt to experience and appreciate every moment the universe bestows upon us. Just like this debut album of the Ghent-based musical collective Jiraan. Founded in 2016 and led by Syrian/Belgian violinist and composer Shalan Alhamwy, the Jiraan Ensemble includes "musicians from a broad spectrum of musical worlds. Together, they explore the common ground between musical traditions and create a novel [...]

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Bronca Buenos Aires

Altercat Records Reissues Free-Spirited "Jazz Poem" By Argentine Legend Jorge López Ruiz
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Continuing our two-release exploration of essential jazz from Argentina by ways of Berlin imprint Altercat Records, today, we bring you this originally 1971-released and recently reissued "jazz poem" by late Argentine jazz legend and multi-instrumentalist Jorge López Ruiz (El Grito, Viejas Raíces). Last week, we had already featured the delicately crafted and beautifully arranged 1975 solo album by Chilean pianist Matías Pizarro (who played alongside López [...]

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Pelo de Rata

Altercat Records Reissues Little-Known Solo Album By Chilean Jazz Pianist Matías Pizarro
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Starting where we left off, we dare say, there's nothing like a healthy introductory dose of visionary Latin American jazz to get back into the flow of things. Towards the end of last year, the always stellar Berlin-based imprint Altercat Records surprised us with an Argentinian jazz double-header and a welcome follow-up to the label's 2021-released reissue of Jorge López Ruiz's project Viejas Raíces. We mention that because said seminal figure of the [...]

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A Great Miracle

And The Everyday Magic Of Jeremiah Lockwood's Guitar Soli Chanukah Album
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The annual Xmas delirium has just about reached its peak and with the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah or Chanukah well underway, we decided to share this little holiday gem from San Francisco's Reboot imprint, presented by the multi-talented American musician, scholar, curator and author Jeremiah Lockwood. Stripped down to a one-man, one-guitar recital, Jeremiah Lockwood brings us eight solo guitar songs to accompany the Jewish festival of lights or any other [...]

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All High Ways

Munich Kraut-Jazz-Space-Prog Outfit Karaba Invites Listeners On A Madcap Journey Of Extremes
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While it strikes us as odd to release a new studio album amidst the usual holiday brouhaha, we must admit that we had this one on our radar for quite some time now and are happy to finally share it with you. The young, Munich-based kraut-jazz-space-prog four-piece Karaba first came to our attention as the backing band to Turkish Gastarbeiter offspring and saz wunderkind Ozan Ata Canani on his rocking anthem "Vom Bosporus bis zum Rhein", released on Fun in the [...]

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Words

Hungary's Erik Sumo Band Returns With A Positively Unhinged Global Dancefloor Double-Header
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Time to shine those dancing shoes, pull those disco slacks back out the closet and step out onto the dancefloor. One of Hungary's most established producers, songwriters and film score composers has been on a tear lately, unveiling a brand new series of "Words" releases. Void of an official press release, we'll need to go freestyle on this one and choose our words wisely. But one thing's for sure, this screwball double-header is positively unhinged.

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La Estrella

Chancha Via Circuito Takes Listeners On An Electro-Acoustic Exploration Of The Andean Limbic System
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Argentina. Land of silver. A mythical country on the southern tip of South America, home to the capital city of Buenos Aires, which itself is the stomping ground of producer, DJ, remixer and composer Pedro Canale, better known as Chancha Via Circuito. Having made a name for himself on the legendary local ZZK digital cumbia circuit, his moniker quickly became synonymous with a unique and highly original blend of "cumbia-inspired electronic music that takes cues [...]

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Not One, Not Two

London's Y Bülbül & Istanbul's Yumurta Link Up To Produce A Telepathic Ten-Tracker On Pingipung
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Alo? Anybody out there? London-based producer and sound artist Yiğit Bülbül, alias Y Bülbül, first caught our attention with his deliriously quirky 2020 debut full-length "Fever" on Hamburg's tried and trusted Pingipung imprint. The extravagantly styled six-tracker was quick to win us over with its "frivolous" and "contemporary avant-garde pop projections," utterly charming, psychedelic and out of this world. Now, Y Bülbül returns to Pingipung with a new [...]

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Intercosmic

New York's Slavo Rican Assembly Unveils Rapturous Debut Full-Length On Riverboat Records
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It's great we have this term 'jazz' to categorise what we have trouble putting into words and yet, the NYC-based Slavo Rican Assembly evades said pigeonholing, taking its dazzling compositions to new dimensions on "Intercosmic". The group's rapturous debut full-length on Riverboat Records is an extraordinary blend of temporality, in that it successfully channels ancestral voices to create a tantalizing and no doubt contemporary melting pot of sound. Led by [...]

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Richard Wagner & The Klezmer Band

Yuriy Gurzhy Explores The New Jewish Sounds Of Germany To Accompany First Book
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Ever since Russia unleashed its senseless imperialistic fury on neighbouring Ukraine some 268 days ago, our dear friend Yuriy Gurzhy (The Disorientalists) has become a voice of the local cultural resistance and extremely active on all artistic fronts. Originally from Kharkiv yet based in Berlin, the multitalented musician, former DJ of the legendary "Russendisko" party series and co-founder of multilingual Berlin band RotFront began writing a regular 'war [...]

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