Naujawanan Baidar - Khedmat Be Khalq (Ramble Records)
Iconoclastic Afghan-American street music project Naujawanan Baidar makes its long anticipated return with Khedmat Be Khalq
, its third album and first new release in three years. Originally planned as a "studio debut" in the classic sense, a veritable avalanche of setbacks tangled and delayed the recording process over a span of several years as compounded tragedies - both international and personal - disrupted the project's intended transition from simply being a ramshackle demo/home-recording outlet for founder N.R. Safi (The Myrrors, et al) into a properly working band.
Riccardo Sinigaglia, Mario De Leo - Lettera Cosmica (Black Sweat Records)
Since the 1970s Mario De Leo works as a musician and visual artist. His mechanical paintings are hybrid works that reveal the cosmic spiritualism hidden in the meanders of electronics. With Riccardo Sinigaglia (Futuro Antico, Correnti Magnetiche, Doubling Riders) De Leo consolidates an artistic and human partnership with Lettera Cosmica, a work unpublished to date, produced and recorded in 1981.
RP Boo - Legacy Volume 2 (Planet Mu)
RP Boo's essential first album, 2013's ‘Legacy’ caused a storm of acclaim worldwide as people finally started to piece together his true place in Footwork and the powerful legacy of his work as an innovator. Now Legacy Vol.2
continues his story. Featuring tracks created between 2002 and 2007, this is a wonderous selection of material, some known, some unknown.
Shah - Jack in the Box - عفريت العلبة (B-62 Records)
Conceptually speaking, each of the 6 tracks symbolizes a unique period of Shah's lifetime, during which he rediscovered himself, life, and the people around him. From the roaring electro-shaabi beats and the deep grooves to the tracks' structure and nomenclature, all are speaking to us and for us, artistically and musically.
Symposium Musicum - Symposium Musicum (mappa)
The album Symposium Musicum
is developed from field recordings, interviews, and observations collected in the villages of Podolínec, Lomnička, Levočské Vrchy, and Kolačkov - all areas of the eastern and north-eastern Slovakia with significant Romani enclaves. The pieces resulting from these interactions encourage the listener to tune in for a delicate negotiation of language, (audible) gesture, and storytelling.
Skull Mask - Iká (Raash Records)
The Skull Mask comes from a place only inhabited by dreams. Flows as a stream of consciousness from the guitar driven sounds in the mind of Miguel Pérez. After a trip for a series of shows in 2022 as part of Staraya Derevnya doing guitar duties in the UK, Miguel was joined by Gosha Hniu (Staraya Derevnya) on wheel lyre to open the shows as Skull Mask. Iká is the raramuri word for wind. The raramuri people are some of the last indigenous populations in the north of Mexico. As a sort of tribute to their connection to the nature in the Sierra de Chihuahua, this release is named to honour this primordial force that inspired the flow of the music created here.