Brazilian Jazz Fusion Trio Caixa Cubo Shares Well-Grounded New Album On Jazz & Milk

In music, more often than not, it is about bringing the 'right' elements together in harmony to create something of wider appeal. And while the 'right' seems counterintuitive in terms of creative freedom or the jazz mindset, you just know it, when you hear it. Such is the case with distinguished contemporary Brazilian jazz trio Caixa Cubo, alias Henrique Gomide on piano, rhodes and synthesizer, João Fideles on drums and Noa Stroeter on bass and electric bass. [...]

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Sad Nile

Berlin's The Polyversal Souls Revisit Their Back Catalogue On Groove-Ridden Two-Tracker

Sometimes things do not go as planned. We were actually going to send you off into the weekend with a brand-new instalment of Jean Trouillet's far-reaching Globalwize format. However, we encountered some licensing restrictions on Mixcloud and could not upload the show. Instead, here's a recent 7" release on Philophon by label head Max Weissenfeldt's Berlin-based outfit The Polyversal Souls

The band had dropped its dynamic debut album "Invisible Joy" back in [...]

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Music With Soul Mastermind Alex Figueira Drops Irresistibly Delirious First Solo Album

News these days has pretty much everyone going mental, that is if your soul has not been robbed of its capacity to feel any sort of empathy. Music With Soul mastermind, tropical innovator and one-man-band Alex Figueira (Conjunto Papa Upa, Lola's Dice, Fumaça Preta, Vintage Voudou) was not spared the psychophysical effects of a looming Armageddon, and in 2022, after two years of pandemania, found himself down to his last penny and on the verge of losing [...]

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Brazzaville's Les Mamans Du Congo & French Producer Rrobin Return With Powerful Four-Tracker

Released at the tail end of 2020 was the remarkable self-titled, afro-futurist debut album by French electronic producer Rrobin and Brazzaville's afro-feminist collective Les Mamans du Congo, led by the charismatic chanteuse and percussionist Gladys Samba. The nine-track longplayer absolutely blew our minds and remains one of our personal favourite examples of transcultural collaboration done well. Combining 'age-old Bantu lullabies performed on common [...]

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Pioneering Berlin Electronic Avant-Jazz Trio KUF Drops Dazzling Fourth Album On Macro

It was a long train ride home after an even longer night of merrymaking back in 2016. I had recently downloaded the digital version of KUF's debut album "Gold" to my notebook and decided to give it a spin. Moments later, headphones on, I was overwhelmed by this novel, vocal-led, highly emotive wall of sound. Mind racing, dopamine flowing, tears streaming down my cheeks, something had struck a nerve and the pioneering Berlin trio had made a new fan. Fast forward [...]

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French Duo Ireke Explores All Grooves Tropical On Exuberant Debut Full-Length

Spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere and that solar energy we've been missing for the past months is slowly making its return. Accompanying the equinox is the debut album by French duo Ireke. Having honed their individual talents in various roles and outfits, the two multi-instrumentalists and arrangers Damien Tesson and Julien Gervaix first crossed paths in a group called Playtime and eventually decided to join forces to explore common ground: "We [...]

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Veteran Austrian Producer URBS Returns To His Downbeat Roots On Impressionistic New LP

If you were around in the mid-to-late 90s, early 00s and onward and caught a whiff of the downtempo stew brewing on the Austrian underground circuit – spearheaded by the globally acclaimed duo of Kruder & Dorfmeister – then the name URBS [of URBS'n'Chaoz and later URBS & Cutex fame] should ring a bell. Likewise, if 'headz' is a genre you can relate to, you will be as excited as we were to hear that the veteran Austrian producer and musician is back with a [...]

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Tehran-Based Kamancheh Virtuoso Saba Alizadeh Shares Gloomy New Video To Latest Single 'Clamour'

As we sit here on International Women's Day, peacefully sipping on a glass of 'çay', we can't help but realise that the fight for equal rights and women's rights in particular may seem universal, even though it's an entirely different one depending on the country you're living in and the traditional power structures you are bound to. Freedom and equality to this extent are relative. While here in Germany the most prominent current buzzwords on this nationwide [...]

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Soul Tropical

The Multi-Talented David Walters Returns With Life-Affirming New LP On Heavenly Sweetness

It's been pretty much three years on the dot, since we did a short but enthusiastic write-up on Marseille-based multi-instrumentalist, DJ, singer/songwriter, producer and Zimpala (if you know, then you know) co-founder David Walters' tribute to worldwide Creole culture, fittingly titled "Soleil Kréyol" and produced by musical mastermind Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart. Last Friday, he returned to French imprint Heavenly Sweetness with a brand-new LP that we dare say [...]

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Bissau-Guinean Multi-Instrumentalist Kimi Djabaté Releases Soulful Third Album On Cumbancha

As we zoom in on contemporary sounds from West Africa this week, following Jean Trouillet's Globalwize 'Mali Special', we bring you the recently released longplayer of Lisbon-based multi-instrumentalist and singer Kimi Djabaté. Hailing from Guinea-Bissau, Djabaté is not just a gifted guitarist and percussionist, but also a balafón (African xylophone) virtuoso, who has collaborated with the likes of Mory Kanté, Waldemar Bastos, Netos de Gumbé and, most [...]

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Mournful Kingdom Of Sand

Enigmatic Duo Ak'chamel Returns With Another Esoteric Psych-Folk Journey On Akuphone

Following our Altercat Argentine jazz double-header in January, we complete this month's Akuphone 'sounds from here and yonder' double-header with the enigmatic, cabalistic duo Ak'chamel and their latest sophomore feat titled "A Mournful Kingdom of Sand". Hailing from "a border state", this mysterious joint venture describes itself as "fourth world post-colonial cultural cannibalists circumcising the foreskin of enlightenment," which sounds about as ominous as [...]

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Jerusalem-Based Improvisational Trio Leviot Unveils Spellbinding Debut Full-Length On Akuphone

The concept of 'land' is an abstract one, which is glaringly obvious in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It should not come as a surprise then, that the opening track of Jerusalem-based improvisational trio Leviot's spellbinding debut full-length "Sharav" on Akuphone is titled just that. But regional claims and territorial disputes are not at all what this release is concerned with. Leviot (Hebrew for 'lionesses') is a novel project conceived by [...]

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