Na Kozonga is Jupiter and Okwess at a larger scale than ever before. They rise to those new heights in front of them, drawing on styles from around the world.
A veritable rainstorm of temporal noise pours down between sounds of early 20th century Japan and the audience on Sublime Frequencies’ Sound Storing Machine.
Sublime Frequencies’ Mien Yao may be a work of preservation and posterity, education, or meditation. Its careful production allows for all of these things.
Nubiyan Twist’s Freedom Fables maintains a sense of fun and of engagement among the ensemble and with their invisible audience, that’s as important as the high quality sonics.
Perhaps it’s reverence for the power of the expansive that makes Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders such a dynamic combination on Promises, their breathtaking collaboration.
Unity and positivity in the face of widespread corruption and oppression continue to be key aims of Femi Kuti’s music on Stop the Hate.
IKOQWE’s The Beginning is a compact yet and complete package, a fearless debut that promises to keep finding new and imaginative ways to assemble fascinating sonic stories with unique aplomb.
On multilingual Tempo, the cosmopolitan experiences of Dominique Pinto’s life thus far come together in musings on the depths of time.
These are recordings prematurely aged, but their grit belies fresh sounds that speak to Djibouti's history as a port region connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean to the Horn of Africa.