Although Tinariwen have played the UK lots of times, it has usually been part of a mixed bill and so here was a rare chance to see a long set from the Tamashek sensations. With pretty much the entire UK press behind them (and not just the ‘world music’ crowd), there was a pretty heavy […]Read more "Tinariwen – Barbican, London (Live Review)"
I never saw what the fuss was about with this band and when I put this album on the first song transported me to the seventies when there was nothing better on TV than reruns of old black and white films with over the top soundtracks and synchro-swimming…Read more "Pink Martini – Hey Eugene!"
Fresh, contemporary, avant-garde, soulful and bossa-based — not an impossible (but admittedly unlikely) combination as this album provesRead more "Kassin +2 – Futurismo"
No, not that Aled (Jones), this Aled delivers some of the best lines in vocal jazz since the heyday of Mose AllisonRead more "Aled Thomas Trio – We Should Be There By Now"
Things could have been so different for Rachid Taha. Too ‘Algerian’ for French rock and too punk for rai: it’s a testament to his bloody-mindedness, stamina and unique ability to craft a top tune that we not only know his name but celebrate him as one of the best musicians associated with AlgeriaRead more "Rachid Taha – The Definitive Collection"