Tolcha, Stephen Fretwell, Amadou & Mariam...

by PopMatters Staff

25 May 2006

 


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Tolcha

Electronica / Dub / Hip Hop from Berlin, Germany “After two brilliant 12-inches, berlin dub magicians Tolcha release their first longplayer Gestalt. Put out by Shir Khans and Tolchas new digi-hop label Meta Polyp, this album is going to be something like dark electronica, mixed with smokey dub and grimey post hip-hop.”—Meta Polyp Records

18-minute album sample: [MP3]
multiple tracks [official site]
more tracks [MySpace]

Stephen Fretwell

PopMatters review: “Magpie is indeed a stripped down, acoustic affair, packed with lovelorn melodies and bruised lyrics, but there is something else brooding here also. The album is shot through with a world-weariness and scruffy charisma that lends some of the songs a devastatingly understated emotional punch. And if at times, it fizzes more with promise than anything else, Stephen Fretwell is definitely a singer who could easily find his way into a tiny corner of your heart.”

“New York” (video) [windows | real]
“Emily” [windows | real]
“New York” [windows | real]

Amadou & Mariam
“Senegal Fast Food” [MP3]

Electric Soft Parade
“Cold World” [MP3]

John Ralston
“I Believe In Ghosts” [MP3]

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