You’re welcome! I’ve spent hours with my Pandora list, iTunes, and good old-fashioned google research to compile a list of 8 more albums released in 2017 that are full of global grooves that every tribalista should check out. (If you missed the last compilation, click here to go check it out too, and if you don’t want to miss the next one, be sure to subscribe with your email address over there >>> to get these posts and articles straight to your inbox to read whenever you damn well please – like while you’re bored at work). Clicking on the album images will take you straight to iTunes to preview songs and kick some money to the artists who keep us dancing!
Psy-Fi Book of Changes (Compiled by Kukan Dub Lagan)
Various artists including Desert Dwellers and Kalya Scintilla, whom I’ve come to love over this past year. Medium to slow tempo grooves sprinkled with dub and industrial elements. This is an album that gives me the same emotional response as the first time I listed to the first Pentaphobe album. You know the one, where Rachel Brice danced to all those great industrial electronic pieces that gave me such a primal, TRIBAL feeling deep in my core. This is the first album that has made me feel that way again, and you can bet your kuchi that I’ll be performing to some of these tunes over the next year.
Speaking of Desert Dwellers – they’ve released an album comprising 8 different remixes of Saraswati’s Twerkaba (the piece that’s on the previously-mentioed album) so if you love that tune but want to check out what it might sound like with more bass, more dub, more of a club beat, slower or faster, etc, go check out the album titled Saraswati’s Twerkaba by the Desert Dwellers.
Lara Bello’s Sikame
If you gravitate toward Spanish influence, Lara Bello has a new album out that is full of slow, lyrical (Spanish) melodies that are infused with other Latin rhythms and jazz. Sort of a contemporary Spanish lyrical ballad album. Did I mention Spanish and lyrical? Ok, sorry. Beautiful, relaxing, sweet. And what’s pretty cool is that if you buy her album in stores, you get an origami-esque folded spread that reveals NO CD inside – only a link to download the album digitally. I’m hearing Dark Helmet (Spaceballs) saying, “Fooled you!” The gimmick is supposed to be a more environmentally-conscious choice, so that’s pretty rad. Even more environmentally friendly? Just buy it on iTunes. : )
Syriana Ipiros Remixes
Back in 2007, Syriana released an album called Road to Damascus. One song never made it to the album, called Ipiros. So what they’ve done is collaborate with several artists to release a 5-song album of remixes and donate all of the proceeds to International Rescue: Greece, a charity that aids Syrian refugees arriving in Greece. (All of the musicians donated their work completely free of charge!) The album includes a heavy Arabic electronic version (Kithara Remix), one that is jazzy quirky, one with lots of otherworldly vocals and electric guitar (Liverpool Live) and more. FYI, if you like Transglobal Underground or Temple of Sound, you should know that British musician Nick “Dubulah” Page from both groups is behind this project too.
Letter’s from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet by Rahim Alhaj
This is a gorgeous and moving album. World Music Central says it beautifully,
“Letters from Iraq is Alhaj’s expression of the emotions related with war-ravaged Iraq, stories of love, sadness and suffering. It’s a beautiful bittersweet album where the oud provides exquisite interaction with western classical music string instruments.”
If you buy the whole album, you can download the 40-page booklet that includes images from Iraq as well as Arabic AND English lyrics for the songs. With songs titled “The Last Time We Will Fly,” “Forbidden Attraction,” and “Unspoken Word,” I challenge any dancer who says they can’t find a piece on this album to create moving poetry to.
Fertile Paradoxes by Amine & Hamza
Still more on the traditional side of Arabic music, this short album is full of longer, meditative style tracks. “Letter to God” is absolutely a gorgeous, emotional slow tune, and “Frozen Rivers” has a fun little klezmerish feel with plenty of rhythmic changes. Here’s a cool video showing the recording session of one of the tunes :
Gogol Bordello’s Seekers & Finders
A new album from one of my favorite gypsy punk bands of all time. One of those bands that listening to them on the radio doesn’t do them justice. You need to be dancing with a drink in your hand, twirling with a gypsy skirt and fist-pumping the air with your best pals to get the full appreciation of this group. (It might look a little something like this, but I’m not sure…. *looks around awkwardly* )
Nevertheless, the band that brought us the gypsy anthem “Start Wearing Purple” has a new album out, and it has all the fun of what we love about gypsy punk – foot-stomping beats, fiddle riffs that rip through your brain, and angry political lyrics in slightly-off English.
The beauty of Facebook networking set this at my digital doorstep one morning this week. Musician Denis K and bellydancer Atéa are a husband and wife duo who create their own music and are now sharing it with the rest of us on their website. At 99c a download, their site has a handful of great dance practice and performance tunes that blend traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and instruments with contemporary electronic flair. Perfect for home practice, studio class drills, or chill hafla ambient music.
Alrighty then, there you have it! Happy groovin, tribalistas. And don’t forget, if you missed Part 1 of this series of global music worth exploring, go check that post out too.
Did I miss something awesome? Please let me know!
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