Mdou Moctar, ‘Afrique Victime’

With this new album, prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky- boldly reforging contemporary saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women’s rights, inequality, and western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime Album Review | Pitchfork

Whitney K, ‘Two Years’

I’ll admit that this album was very nearly “the one that got away”, lost to a lockdown haze… but then it was nudged my way, and I confess my love for these VU/Lou Reed-esque reverberations gladly!! At times reminiscent of the best garage rock lullaby, honky tonk blues, and early raw John Cale/Lou Reed. A real find!

Two Years | Whitney K | Maple Death Records

Greentea Peng, ‘Man Made’

Fabulous new release from Greentea Peng! Seamlessly weaves genres from Hip-Hop to Jazz, Neo-Soul, Trip Hop, Ragga, Rock, Dub, Drum & Bass, all anchored by signature sage vocals. A true opus, a fluid and transportive listening experience- magical!

Greentea Peng - Man Made | Album Review

Black Midi, ‘Cavalcade’

Beep beep beep! Latest album from Black Midi! Following debut ‘Schlagenheim’, ‘Cavalcade’ scales new heights, pulling widely from a plethora of genres and influences- Jazz Fusion, music hall, grungy experimental post-punk, Post-Rock- King Crimson, Sun Ra, Tom Waits, The Residents vibes aplenty… Dig it!

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Pearl Charles, ‘Magic Mirror’

When I first listened to this, I thought I’d been sucked into a time warp and been magically transported back to the 1970s. Maybe it was something in my tea? Who knows. Anyway, I’m sat here, trying to write this little intro but I can’t, because I’m now involuntarily swaying along to the music. How did this happen? Guess it must have been those ABBA-esque, Carole King vibes going on. Mother Earth knows I love a slide guitar, and oh boy is this album drenched in that sunkissed, laidback vibe. Like a flashback to sunnier days… Be right back, just digging out my flares, crochet vest and glitter eyeshadow…

Magic Mirror by Pearl Charles