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
"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."
“‘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
“The Andean pop of Colombia and Peru shares the shuffling, infectious rhythms of cumbia, but where the former uses accordion and big bands, the latter favours the twang of surf-rock guitars. Drawn from bands from cumbia’s 70s glory years, the All Stars are Peru’s own Buena Vista, reprising old hits with a still deft touch. The intricate melody lines of their shimmering Fender guitars, intertwined with clattering Latin percussion, remain a mesmeric force, whether on instrumentals such as Lobos al Escape, or on whooping vocal numbers such as La Primavera Triste. Forget the pan-pipe cliches - Amazonian psychedelia strikes back!”
Coming to World Village in July is the new album Tigres en Fuga by the Cumbia All Stars!! Check out the video for “Quiero Que Amanezca”.
The veteran singers and players are living legends of the music, originators from the dawn of Cumbia who nursed the flame for over four decades and have now come together, with this new album, to rapturously re-stoke the fires of the phenomenon that is Cumbia Peruana!
From WOMEX: The Cumbia All Stars is comprised of former members of some of the legendary bands of the chicha phenomenon, such as Los Mirlos, Los Diablos Rojos and Los Destellos, getting together again after 40 years to play together the music they participated in creating. Sparkling dual guitar work adorns loping cumbia grooves, making a coolly, dance-inducing sound that shows the newcomers of the recent Peruvian Cumbia revival exactly how it’s done.
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.