Masaki Batoh - Nowhere (Drag City)
Japan's Masaki Batoh uses his strings of steel to expertly & compellingly fuse English with Japanese, circular with free picking & Delta blues with assorted shades of Americana in this psychedelic folk masterpiece for Drag City Records.
Various Artists - Two Tribes (Agogo Records)
An excellent snapshot from Agogo Records of modern African European musical cross pollination. From Afro electronic fusion to traditional sounds & fertile collaborations, cosmic grooves to club bangers, it's all here.
Mac-tallah Nan Creag - The Sorrow of Derdriu (Firecracker)
A sprawling, quite stunning deconstruction of Scottish folklore told through ancient instruments, field recordings, vocal ingenuity reimagined through the minimal, ambient & electronic eyes of Hoch Ma Toch, Other Lands & Lord Of The Isles for Firecracker Recordings
Julia Kent - Temporal (Leaf Label)
Admittedly the songs were initially composed for visual mediums - theatre and dance, but this original, moving & cultured modern classical electronic fusion LP driven by Julia Kent's consummate cello for Leaf Label really needs its own film.
Building Instrument - Mangelen Min (Hubro)
OUR MISSION STATEMENT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS
Lazy Days, Hazy Moments & Dancing to a Slower Groove