Macedonia is where the Balkans edge into the Mediterranean. You can hear the resulting mix of cultures in the sound of Slavic Soul Party! — the brass still booms, and the clarinet, with its echoes of klezmer, flutters in and out between the other instruments, but there's a greater sense of warmth and space in the music. "Seva" sounds as if someone had airlifted a Dixieland band into Skopje, while "Blue Pepper" swings like crazy and kicks up its heels with abandon.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...
By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...