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10 new albums you should listen to this week

Every week, we highlight significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s selection includes albums from Focalistic, Sun El Musician, Kutiman and more.

Sghubu Ses Excellent

For this second album, Focalistic launches into the most dancing amapiano. He continues to feature some of the biggest names in South African house music : DJ Maphorisa, Madumane, MDU aka TRAP, Bongza, Vigro Deep and tutti quanti.

Listen here.

Unless Tomorrow
Max le Daron

For years, this globetrotter has been cultivating strong links with the local scene in Accra, by transmitting a global music that takes into account the local context of young artists with whom he collaborates (Stevo Atambire, Azizaa Mystic, Fokn Bois, etc.). A progressive and egalitarian approach to music, which we look forward to discovering in greater depth.

Listen here.

The Message of Xmas

“This music evokes the feeling of going outside at Christmas, of walking on the snow carpet where the sound of footsteps is muffled,” explains Chassol. With the choir of the Orchestre de Paris, the French composer and musician from the conservatory propels us into the Christmas spirit, a magical and warm atmosphere where the cold disappears thanks to the music. An album that changes the eternal Mariah Carey, Wham! and other Christmas songs that are played over and over again every year.

Listen here.

Everything Is Under Alarm
Saint Ezekiel 

Guitarist and songwriter Saint Ezekiel releases an album that floats between afrobeat energy and abundant soul. Born in Philadelphia to Nigerian parents, Saint Ezekiel was spotted by James Poyser, multi-instrumentalist and member of The Roots, during an open-mic session. Boosted by this auspicious star, he is now releasing his first mini-album combining his African roots with the sounds of the Western world.

Listen here.

Wachaga in Dub

Your vacation can be cancelled, but Wachaga in Dub is a trip you can take now. With its hallucinogenic kilimanjaro sound sources, this 5 track EP features the rhythms of the drums of the Maasai population, the sound of the bells the dancers wear or the sound of the metal plate in their shoes, all mixed on a completely hallucinogenic psychedelic dub style, faithful to the Israeli producer’s universe.

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To the World & Beyond
Sun El Musician 

Passionate about house music, the South-African producer aims to take advantage of a blend between past and future sounds. His music, which is wrapped up in both the traditional and the cosmic, brings together many artists from the African continent on this album, including Niniola and Ami Faku. The vast project aims, according to the artist, to give hope to sensitive souls in these difficult times.

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Khatar Sayeb

Inspired by the links between tribal sounds and contemporary urban chaos, Rozzma draws inspiration from a time when sound preceded music, from a wild prehistory that echoes within him, even in the modern world. The Egyptian artist made a name for himself back in 2017 by signing with Acid Arab Records and releasing his first EP. The title of the EP, Khatar Sayeb, translates as “danger in freedom,” and aims to challenge the preconceived idea that fear and danger are uncontrollable notions.

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Feel It Redux (EP Remix) 
Swami Sound

Following the release of his EP It Is What It Is, the New York producer revisits the second track ” Feel It Redux “, once again highlighting the undisputed talent of artists from the diaspora. He calls on Leeds-based batida producer DJ Danifox, prolific GUMLAB producer Dirty Bird, and Nohri, owner of Brooklyn-based label NoTruce, for three separate reinterpretations of the original track, already hitting the dance floor.

Listen here.

Force Majeure
Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger 

Bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger unveil their first duo album recorded from their New York apartment during last spring’s lockdown. A cathartic album that captures their shared experience and reminds us of the importance of culture in keeping high spirits in this time of resilience. “In the most difficult times, we would play “Sing” (from the Sesame Street children’s series) to cheer us up – there’s something about that song that always makes you smile. It wasn’t easy, though, to ignore how dark the mood was. Marvin Gaye helped us a lot during this period, as did some of the spirituals,” they said.

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Fleur froide

A new R&B phenomenon in France, Tayc takes the listener to his favorite field: love. On this first opus, he invites Tiwa Savage, Christine and the Queens, Leto and Camille Lellouche to his honeymoon. Fleur froide is the metaphor of a woman who has suffered too much, to whom Tayc tries to offer consolation with his Afro-love style.

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