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On your free CD – our editors’ selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in this issue

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01 Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté ‘ Joyful Sun’ 02 Sunny War ‘Shelter and Storm (feat Dave Rawlings)’

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08 Inna Baba Coulibaly ‘N’Dinkiri’ 09 KermesZ à L’Est ‘Kakoschizm’ 10 Naujawanan Baidar ‘Khedmat Be Khalq’

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01 Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté ‘Joyful Sun’ From The Skyis the Same ColourEverywhere on Real World Records Two masters trade notes on kora and kemancheh as the rhythm builds and their trembling strings whirr and entwine in an energetic, delightful dance. See p61

06 Brigid Mae Power ‘Maybe It’s Just Lightning’ From Dream from the Deep Well on Fire Records In tremulous, hushed tones recalling Vashti Bunyan, the Irish singer-songwriter spins a whimsical, psych-indebted pastoralism haunted by notions of loneliness and childhood confusion. See p55

02 Sunny War ‘Shelter and Storm (feat David Rawlings)’ From Anarchist Gospel on New West Records War’s earthy, plaintive vocals are perfectly balanced by rolling banjo and bluesy guitar licks on this dramatic minor-key eco-crisis warning. See p50

03 BCUC ‘Ntuthwane’ From Millions of Uson On the Corner Bring on the Soweto boom with this potent bass-heavy par…-starter. Jovi Nkosi’s vocals instigate shamanic shenanigans as soaring and shouting vocals are interrupted by moments of shocking stillness. See p46

04 Danûk ‘Şewqo’ From Morîk on Omni Sound A zippy wedding song from pre-war Syria, full of twirling, celebratory melodies and choral vocals, recounting the morali… tale of a woman whose family meddle in her intertribal love affair. See p58

07 Ol Sing Blong Plantesen ‘Len Nebong’ From Ol Sing Blong Plantesen (Plantation Songs) on Wantok Sung in the Maskelynes tongue, rousing gospel harmonies charge this yesteryear salvesen (salvation) hymn harvested from the old scars of Australian colonies. See p57

08 Inna Baba Coulibaly ‘N’Dinkiri’ From DjillyKawral on Ramble Records / Studio Mali Striking call-and-response vocals between Inna Baba and her daughter, Awa Poulo, run rapidly against a Malian soundscape, formed from calabash, flute and two traditional lutes. See p44

09 KermesZ à L’Est ‘Kakoschizm’ From Octophilia on KermesZ à L’Est Balkan tropes undergo a hyper-metal makeover, as this Belgian octet fly melodies frantic and fantastic against a backdrop of deeply parping tuba and pummelling drums. See p53

05 Nickel Creek ‘… Despite the Weather’ From Celebrants on Thirty Tigers The original Americana supergroup return to flaunt their folk chops, shi“ing moods here from forlorn to sanguine on an instrumental cresting with Sara Watkins’ sweet fiddle arcos. See p49

10 Naujawanan Baidar ‘Khedmat Be Khalq’ From Khedmat Be Khalq on Radio Khiyaban Translating as ‘Service to the People’, this is an entrancing Afghan sound: strident rubab riffs and rabble-rousing megaphone-filtered vox create a vital, rousing outburst of urgency. See p56

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