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Jerusalem In My Heart: Daqa'iq Tudaiq

Read "Daqa'iq Tudaiq" reviewed by James Fleming

In a thrilling juxtaposition, the record's jagged synthesisers clash with its rolling rhythms. As the beats' hypnotic loops lure in the unwary the electronics buzz and chatter like insects at sundown. The swarming, shimmering sounds of evening's approach. On Daqa'iq Tudaiq (Constellation Records, 2018) Jerusalem In My Heart hold the avant-garde up to the Arabian twilight. And trace the sonic silhouette in the LP's grooves. Side one's echoing, melismatic vocals float above the Middle-Eastern pulse. Coloured by an ...

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Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Read "New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Colin Stetson's New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges evokes the quote by cowboy philosopher and former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."First question, how does he do this? Recorded without loops or overdubs ...

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Matana Roberts: The Chicago Project

Read "The Chicago Project" reviewed by Matthew Miller

Anyone who has ever seen Matana Roberts live knows the intensity and devotion that go into her music. The saxophonist rarely speaks before a Performance; the crowd enters and, from the moment the first note is sounded, a focused intensity pervades the room. This devotional quality carries over into her diverse catalogue as a leader, imbuing even the serene moments on albums like The Chicago Project with a frenetic lyricism. As one of the youngest faces in ...


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