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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Songlines: Top of the World 76

This is the free CD that arrives every month with Songlines world music magazine and I've got to say I'm surprised at the sheer range and quality of the compilation. There are ten tracks from the best new releases featured in the magazine and then a further five tacks selected by a special guest; in this case Nitin Sawhney.

There are some absolute crackers on the first part of the compilation with Talvin Singh & Niladri Kumar, Alison Krauss and Amine & Hamza all making significant contributions. It's the five tracks selected by Sawhney that are really outstanding though with every selection a winner, even Ojos de Brujo supply a decent track. My two favourites however are the drum & base meets eastern wailing of Ges-E and Osmandi Sounds and the combination of Irish jig and some serious drumming from The Dhol Foundation.

Well worth the price of subscription for the CD alone!

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