When Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music world by surprise. Everything about this duo was unexpected: the Malian master of the kora; the French cellist with the background in trip-hop; and the elegant, soulful music they made together. The album appeared on numerous best-of lists in both Europe and North America. Now, these two sonic voyagers have returned with Musique de Nuit ('Night Music') - an album which may not have the same element of surprise, but which may be even more spellbinding than its predecessor. ~ Amazon
BUFFALO BROTHERS – FRESH FROM THE HORN
Buffalo Brothers are the 9-piece funk sensation currently exploding out of the Manchester music scene's creative melting pot. Their debut album, Fresh From The Horn, combines thunderous grooves and blistering horn lines with heavy funk, jazz and afrobeat flavours, and has already earned the approval of UK funk aficionados Craig Charles and Huey Morgan. As well as attracting the attention of Craig Charles, appearing at his live club night at Manchester's Band On The Wall and being regularly played on his Radio 2 and 6 Music shows, Buffalo Brothers have been busy increasing their following with a number of high profile appearances across the UK, including at Kendal Calling Festival, supporting Huey Morgan at London's Blues Kitchen, and opening the 20th Manchester Jazz Festival to glowing reviews.Their live performances featuring guest vocal performances have been overwhelming club and festival audiences for the past year and the band have spared no effort in concentrating this high-energy cocktail onto their first full-length studio release.
VIEUX FARKA / JULIA EASTERLIN - TOURISTES
Touristes is the name of the new album from famed Malian singer/guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and rising American singer Julia Easterlin. The two met in New York in 2014 and as Vieux recalls, 'within about one or two hours we had created four songs together.' Touristes features six originals, three covers - including songs from Bob Dylan and Fever Ray - and one case of a new song built upon an old one. Includes: Little Things; A’Bashiye (It’s Alright); Masters Of War; I’m Not Done; In The Pines; The Word; Took My Brother Down; Spark; Bamba Na Wili; and Apples & Champagne. ~ Amazon