In weird ways, Yeule’s softscars works as a satisfying slice of artful pop for the Anthropocene that oozes catastrophe and captures a real cultural moment.
Zzzahara’s Tender is poignant and sincere above all else but is also a fantastic and sonically relevant collection of pop rock with no time to waste.
On Onde Está o Jeca?, Brazil’s Soprano a Viola blur the boundaries between rural and urban popular music genres to question the stereotypes therein.
Alam Khan’s The Resonance Between employs techniques from Hindustani and European art music traditions, but it’s about more than just fusion.
Alfredo Rodríguez’s Coral Way radiates positive energy without relying on good vibes, a show of skill and passion that pushes his career further forward.
A tremendous combination of old and new, Hannu Saha & Pakasteet’s Taas kerran, äkkiä should inspire artists looking to take long-held tradition into new spaces.
Ekiti Sound’s Drum Money highlights seamless connections between London and Lagos, vintage and contemporary, acoustic folk and electric funk.
At her most triumphant, Sheila Chandra pushed her voice into physical and affective spaces, nothing short of wondrous, exceeding the boundaries of pop and art music.
Eliades Ochoa’s Guajiro shows an understanding of musical roots. It feels fresh, endowed with a collaborative spirit that makes for something wonderfully new.
Tinariwen link Nashville and North Africa on Amatssou in ways well suited to a definition of outlaw country that includes their rebellious rock.