Review: Beating Heart has shared the late Hugh Tracey's archive at the International Library of African Music (ILAM) with contemporary producers and keeping in line with Tracey's vision, all proceeds will be used to assist people in the areas where the music was originally recorded. This time, Warp Records and all round UK electronica legend Luke Vibert gives us the delightful oddball groove that is "Africable", Italian DJ Clap! Clap! Gives us the African polyrhythms via Detroit high-tech soul on "Kulira" while Los Angeles duo With You give us the sublime "No Resistance". Each 1500 albums sold will feed a school of 500 forever! Support a great cause and feed your ears with some wonderful music while you're at it.
A Thousand Skies Under Cepheus' Erudite Eyes (feat John Wizards) (2:47)
Ode To The Pleiades (5:58)
Betelgeuse's Endless Bamboo Oceans (2:29)
Witch (Interlude) (1:45)
Rainy Souls, Gloomy Futures (2:33)
Flowing Like A Snake In Ophiuchus' Arms (2:12)
Rainbow Coast (2:40)
Elephant Serenade (2:26)
Lunar Ensemble (4:52)
Ascension Psalm (feat HDADD) (2:49)
Review: Taking off where Tayi Bebba left us, Cristiano Crisci continues his unique creative African fusion adventures on Black Acre. Once again it's an epic melting pot that constantly twists, turns and teases us with mutations and majesty - the heaven sent harmony, timpani and 808s of "Hope", the fuzzy 8-bit zips and zaps of "Nguwe", the cosmic jukeisms and almost Underground Resistance style aesthetics of "A Thousand Skies Under Cepheus", the hard-hitting drum hits but soothing tribal chants of "Betelgeuse's Endless Bamboo Oceans" and the pipe-wielding oriental drama of the rolling "Rainy Souls, Gloomy Futures" are just a small selection of soul-arresting highlights. The whole album truly requires your attention right here.