Welcome to our weekly RSS feed friendly round up of this week's daily music recommendations, just in case you are reducing screen time or don't want to ride the dictatorial algorithmic rollercoasters on social media.
Our Native Daughters - Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)
Occasionally an LP comes along with lyrics so deep that it makes you question the banality & superficiality of most other music. Our Native Daughters - consisting of four black, female banjo players & consequently standing at the intersection of racism & sexism is one of those albums. Don't be deterred by the weighty subject matter as this is an LP that is an inspirational, head lifting, shoulder straightening, smile between the tears, joy. Well done to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings for facilitating this project.
Kalaha - Mandala
Get your Friday freak on with Kalaha - one of the best global electronic fusion projects around. Up to the minute production perfectly unites East, West, North & South in a feel good, smiles & air miles, hip shaker of an LP.
The RSPB - Let Nature Sing
The most beautiful, unique, meaningful, important, thought provoking lyrics in the history of the UK music charts. Support not just the birds but the planet - everything else is just noise. Good work by the RSPB
Blair French - Patio Pastels (NuNorthern Soul)
Another excellent Balearic balmer from NuNorthern Soul as the ever reliable Blair French mixes a myriad of summer suitable sounds, both live & electronic, into one of this years best sunset soundtracks.
Nejrup - Manda (Creak Inc.)
A great debut release from Copenhagen's Nejrup for Creak Inc. as he lays down some of the nicest, live played, spirit lifting, spaced out, cosmic nu-jazz vibes I've heard in a while.
Various Artists - Splixtape (Hypnic Jerk Tapes)
A fine eclectic compilation from Hypnic Jerk highlighting the psychedelic underground with the acid folk of Prana Crafter, the mellow starting decent into noise of ragenap, guitar led ambient adventures from Tarotplane & a hypnotic mellow Kosmische flourish from Horse Apples.
Maria Beraldo - Cavala (RISCO)
The West's tendency to only countenance more traditional foreign language releases is a shame & means most people will miss out on Brazil's Maria Beraldo & this talented composer & multi-instrumentalist's, multi-faceted, minimally arranged experimental pop oozing equal parts sweetness, drama, inventiveness & attitude for RISCO.
MARCUS FISHCHER + BURKE JAM - VANITAS (DRAGONS EYE RECORDINGS)
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Lazy Days, Hazy Moments & Dancing to a Slower Groove