01 Tuulikki Bartosik


From Playscapes on Efni Records

is hypnotic track from Estonian-born composer and musician Tuulikki Bartosik swaddles the avant-pop of Stereolab in its becalming, percolating rhythms and so’ly-voiced coo. See p58

02 Entoto Band

‘Belomi Benna’

From Entoto Band on Guitar GlobetrotterRecordings

A fresh hit of groove-riding Ethio-jazz, laced with lashings of vibrant soul, dub, Afrobeat and Cuban spice, with some outrageously saucy synth-line action spliced into the mix. See p50

03 Martin Hayes & the Common Ground Ensemble ‘Toss the Feathers / e Magerabaun Reel’ From Peggy’s Dream on Nouveau ElectricRecords

Trad fiddle zips across the jazz rubicon, pulsating with fervour and joy. See p59

04 Samaïa

‘Pa Oen-me Bihanik’ From Traversées on Samaïa

e superb harmonies of the Samaïa trio lead this tight, whirling arrangement that draws on influences from Anatolia to England, featuring delicious amalgams of percussion and stretched tone. See p68

05 Adriana Calcanhotto ‘Era Isso o Amor?’

From Errante on Modern Recordings / BMG

Calcanhotto’s bittersweet poetry soars above throbbing double bass and spiky guitar discordance on this heady mix of samba-cancão rhythms and rough-hued psychedelic blues. See p54

06 Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain feat Rakesh Chaurasia

‘Beast in the Garden’ From As We Speak on Béla Fleck Productions

Genre-bending super-fusion charged with virtuosic clawhammer banjo, tabla, flute and nimble konnakol vocal aerobics. See p71

07 IzangoMa

‘Out of the World’ From Ngo Ma on Brownswood Recordings

IzangoMa’s euphoric sci-fi parŽ-starter hitches salvos of almost Sun Ra-esque synth vamping to happy-clappy rhythms, before diving unashamedly headlong into the cosmic soup. See p51

08 Son Rompe Pera ‘Chata (feat Macha)’

From Chimborazo on AYA Records

Mexican marimba combines with heavy punk zeal topped with gang vocals for a wonderful and energetic mashup of traditional and contemporary American sounds. See p57

09 Ensemble Al-Kindi & Sheikh Hamed Daoud ‘Wasla Hijaz (Excerpt)’

From Transe Soufie des Diviches Tourneurs de Damas on Buda Musique

Courtly, devotional music showing the dervishes at their best, with rhythmic chanting buoying some blissful call-and-response vocals. See p65

10 Langendorf United ‘Hymn’

From Yeahno Yowouw Land on Sing a Song Fighter / Black Sweat Records Langendorf’s smooth, slow sax kicks o£ this track, seguing into a beautifully raw melody ratched up with delightful piano , percussion and bass interjections at all the right moments. See p67