Each one of French-Brazilian Márcio Faraco’s songs is exemplary in its finesse and fragile balance between gentleness and seriousness. His distinctive style is free of pathos but has traces of his illustrious influences, João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes.
Here’s our Throwback Thursday: our 2008 release of Soul Science by Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara!
With fat, buzzing bass lines, no-holds-barred guitar licks, playful yet virile rhythms, searing fiddle riffs, pounding, viscerally percussive groundswells and vocals that feel as old as the ages yet fresh as the dawn, Soul Science is less of a cross-cultural collaboration than an arresting, endlessly fascinating dispatch from a new nation entirely. Justin Adams (electric and acoustic guitars, Tamashek lute, percussion, banjo, vocals) and Juldeh Camara (lead vocals, one-string fiddle, West African banjo, percussion) have achieved a white-hot synthesis instigated by centuries of history refracted through the kaleidoscope that is the information age.
NPR Music - The Best African Music of 2008 KEXP - Top Ten Albums of 2008 PopMatters - The Best Albums of 2008 & Best World Music of 2008 (#1) BBC Sound of the World - Record of the Month Songlines - Best Albums of the Year
"What really sets this album apart is the amalgam of Adams’s cool, confident take on rock, with Camara’s wailing chops and spectacular rich and emotive ritti sound. Few African blues tracks rock as hard as the edgy, searing, backbeat-driven ‘Ya Ta Taaya’” - Afropop
"This isn’t strictly indie, I know, but it does feature indie’s Damon Albarn and it is fantastic, irrespective of genre barriers. It’s not the pair’s first encounter, of course, with Albarn and former Fela Kuti drummer Allen joining forces for the groups The Good, The Bad and The Queen and Rocket Juice and the Moon. This time, the Blur frontman appears on the Afrobeat pioneer’s forthcoming album entitled Film of Life. This beautifully rhythmic track was written in tribute to African refugees who arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa."
"Argentianian songwriter-singer-instrumentalist Daniel Melingo takes traditional Argentianian song and more-or-less turns it on its head. His album Linyera (World Village) gives your ears a cabaret-tango-cum-expansive music of dramatic impact and unexpected twists. So that suddenly you think Pink Floyd may have had a reincarnation of sorts, but no not exactly. It is beyond classification."
"Considered to be the world’s greatest drummer, Tony Allen’s musical catalog spans back to the ’60s in Nigeria as the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa 70. Allen was one of the primary originators of the highlife and funk-infused genre Afrobeat. In fact, without Allen’s staple polyrhythmic approach to music, the genre would not exist. Lucky for us, the legendary musician blessed the world with his music back then and continues to do so now.
At 73 years young, Allen is back to making music with Film of Life, which is his fifth solo album release and is scheduled to drop in October via JazzVillage. “Go Back,” the first single from the album, is a collaboration with English singer and musician Damon Albarn. It’s fitting that Allen’s new album is entitled Film of Life, because “Go Back” definitely has a cinematic sound and can easily be used for a film’s soundtrack. Penned by Albarn, the story within the song pays homage to the African refugees who fled to the Italian island of Lampedusa and were killed in a deadly boat wreck, a subject which is worthy of a film in its own right. Despite the somber subject matter, the song is a great jazz cut with Albarn on the keys and vocals. Allen’s percussion along with the funky bass and horns definitely gives the jazzy ballad an Afrobeat flair while the strings are a very nice touch and add to the sensual and melodic groove of the song.”
“‘Cumbiaaaaa !’ a voice shrieks, clearly heralding a party. There’s a nimble electric guitar, a percussive hip-shifting backbeat and this group of veterans swing into action…the Cumbia All Stars are reviving the psychedelic sound of Peruvian cumbia from Lima…there’s a new thirst for the music.” - London Evening Standard:http://ow.ly/ySQtR
"…Just this week, world-renowned drummer and musician Tony Allen announced the October release of his new album, Film of Life, on the Jazz Village label. Along with the announcement, Allen dropped a track from the album entitled “Go Back,” featuring Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn on keyboards and vocals.
The new track does exactly what the title suggests, taking you back to a slower, simpler time. Although “Go Back” has a lighter touch than the heavy funk and hip-hop style that has defined much of his recent work, Allen continues to stay true to his fusion of jazz, highlife and funk. The smooth, syncopated rhythms sway and roll underneath a decidedly Blur-influenced track, as pianos elegantly purr chords, and Damon holds melancholy court. The overall effect is soothing and bittersweet, perfect for relaxing with a hot tea after a long day…”
World Village has forged itself a reputation for excellence on the international musical scene in just a few short years. Seeking out talents from all around the world, carefully designed covers and booklets: these are the key values of the label, which is run by four producers working between France, the USA, Spain and the UK, who pursue an ambitious signing policy.
Jazz Village, the newest label in the Harmonia Mundi family, allows audiences to experience the best of current jazz music, from Europe to the Americas, from traditional to modern, through urban soul and new sound crossbreeds. On the menu: a dozen yearly releases featuring musical veterans, young idols and bright emerging talents.