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Nilambary – Sarvasva Tomar: Celestially Quiescent World Music

World Music trailblazer Nilambary released their debut album “Eternal Players” on February 10th, while each single as elegantly cinematic as the last, the standout single is undoubtedly “Sarvasva Tomar” for the celestial quiescent alchemy it contains.

Tentative piano keys introduce the softly ambient melodies in Sarvasva Tomar. But it isn’t all too long before the soft and sweeping notes are gently dominated by the nuanced, poised, and dynamically harmonic vocals which will keep you transfixed right up to the outro.

If you’re looking for a serene soundscape to slip into, look no further.

You’ll be able to check out Sarvasva Tomar along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to YouTube or the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Castlemill – Born Free: Cinematically Orchestral World Music

“Born Free” is the latest single to be released by the eccentrically experimental up and coming World music artist Castlemill.

You’ll find the usual organically textured woody percussion in Born Free, but within the arrangement, there are also inventively placed orchestral layers which you wouldn’t usually find in World Music. Yet, Castlemill has found a way to weave in a nuanced cinematic flair which makes the soundscape all too easy to sink into.

It’s uplifting, it’s innovative, and it’s given us more reason to get excited by the artist’s ability to orchestrate music which feels like an epic adventure whilst simultaneously feeding you catharsis.

You can check out Born Free for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ivory Blue – Wole: Sun-Kissed Afropop-Infused Hip Hop

While you’ll usually struggle to find authenticity within up-tempo party Afropop Hip Hop, with Ivory Blue’s recently released rhythmically arrestive drop “Wole” you’ll find all of the danceable euphoria you could possibly ask for.

The sun-kissed record is an offering of pure soul. Whether you look to the shimmering warm melodies or Ivory Blue’s sweet and sensuous vocals, you’re sure to find a connection with the soundscape. The production also plays a heavy hand in ensuring that Ivory Blue’s pioneering approach to the genre resonates just as it should.

With elements of world music and multilingual vocals in Wole, it’s a refreshing breakaway from monocultural Western Hip Hop.

You can check out Ivory Blue’s Afropop-infused high vibe offering of Hip Hop for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Daron Vande – Waste Time: Sun-Soaked Afro Beats

“Waste Time” may not be great advice, but it is the sensational standout single from up and coming World Music artist Daron Vande.

The high-vibe track offers Afro-Beats with sun-soaked Reggae rhythm with one of the smoothest flows we’ve heard in a long time. The Brooklyn-based artist notably excelled in creating an arrestive mid-tempo single with plenty of melodic hooks.

The radio-ready mix is immersive from the first hit. Which is why so many Afro-Beat fans didn’t hesitate in playlisting this vibrant, polished soundscape which comes with plenty of sunny escapism. Waste Time is a track which stays true to its roots, but that’s not to say it doesn’t drip with commercial potential.

You can check out Waste Time for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soto – Rootstrings: Frenetically Rhythmic World Music

“Rootstrings” is the quite literally hair-raising world music debut from up and coming artist Soto. If they keep creating soundscapes with such sensory appeal, I dare say that they won’t be up and coming for long.

You don’t need the ‘golden ear’ to perceive the ingenuity in Rootstrings. Ut’s perceptible through the way you can’t really tell what’s in control, the rhythm, or the artist. Expect exotic intricate organic beats to frenetically offer warmth and soul – even in the absence of lyrics.

Within the eclectic instrumental arrangement, you’ll pick up on virtuosic fingerpicked guitar progressions, tribal drum beats, classical strings, playful ukulele melodies and plenty more. It’s a seven-minute invitation to a higher plateau. I’d take it if I were you.

You can check out Rootstrings for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Daniele Montagner (Ensemble Voyagers) – Kaos : Experimental Ritual World Music

You should be open to experimental world music in order to endure this song -let alone truly enjoy it. If acts like the experimental fusion group Goat from Sweden excite you, then you have to keep reading.

The song that we will be putting under our microscope today is “Kaos” and there’s quite a lot going on. During its first seconds the song brings to mind a shamanistic ritual; shortly after we can hear a tambourine and a drum kit, both playing simultaneously yet on different tempos. Although slightly disharmonic, this does not create any confusion, while in various points female ethereal vocals alternate with ritualistic chanting; the percussion will not stop until the end of the song. It ends with a dramatic finale.

Interesting sound, blending sounds that although the average urban listener might not be too familiar with, it will be a pleasant listen for the curious listener. If you’re intrigued enough to visit Daniele Montagner Facebook page, you will see that a photo of three roosters adorns his header photo, which I find perfectly aligned to the weirdness of his music.

If you consider yourself a curious listener, click here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Nikitaa – Majesty: World Music R&B

Nikitaa just released a song that has the potential to fill up that world music R&B void for you.

“Majesty” has an interesting intro, there’s a Disney-like distorted flute. As the first verse kicks in, the world music percussion is very warming while the flute goes a bit in the background in order to re-appear during the chorus. The vocals are satisfying, but in any case, I do not feel like this is a suitable track for Nikitaa to showcase her vocal range, however she works her magic on the track and we look forward to future releases. This is a highly danceable R&B tune which one could only hope to find its spot among all the other dance floor hits this year.

It is apparent that Nikitaa’s music draws influence from many artists across the globe. We should also say that the song’s lyrics are anything but mindless; she has released a lyric video for “Majesty”, watch it here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Entrancingly Rhythmic World Music Meets Contemporary Pop in Ayaz Ismail’s single “Let Us Pretend”

“Let Us Pretend” is just one of the standout releases by breaking Pop artist Ayaz Ismail. In recent years they have found plenty of acclaim through their ability to fuse together Western Pop with Bollywood and World music to create masterfully concordant Future Pop soundscapes.

It’s safe to say finding more entrancing rhythms from an up and coming Pop artist would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. With Let Us Pretend, the uniquely distinctive artist has left us hooked on their radio-ready sound which is all too easy to sink into and forget that there are millions of other love songs on the airwaves. Their soft harmonic vocal talent is only matched by their ability to construct an immersive nuanced instrumental arrangement.

You can check out the official music video to Let Us Pretend for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MOWILLE – Help Me ft. Bella: Entrancingly Rhythmic World Music

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If your soul doesn’t feel a little lighter after you’ve listened to MOWILLE’s recently released single “Help Me”, you can presume it’s a little bit broken.

As soon as you hit play on Help Me, MOWILLE’s infectious sunny disposition draws you into the rhythmically flawless feat of World music where you’ll be able to appreciate the acoustic woody instrumentals fed into a vibrant high-vibe mix.

With their vocals constantly switching between Reggae Hip Hop bars to soulful crooning and the addition of Bella’s resoundingly powerful Ballad-style vocals, there’s a smorgasbord of soul to be found in the constantly progressive track.

You can check out MOWILLE’s single along with the rest of their EP by heading over to Apple Music now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Surreal Satori set to release brand new single ‘Sometimes’

Indian nuances and World Music vibes are what portray Surreal Satori’s latest single ‘Sometimes’.

A sitar intro that repeats itself throughout the song and an overdub of acoustic instruments create a gentle ground for Surreal Satori’s candid and pure voice – an expression of her cultural background while she tells about all of those special moments in life you live with someone, moments that make you simply smile, and love.

Originally from Shimla, India, currently based in Canada, singer-songwriter, composer and poet Surreal Satori makes her worldwide debut in July 2019 with her first single ‘Something In Everything’, proposing a mixture of the different cultures she’s been in contact with and basing all of her music on the expression of emotions. 

Review By Jim Esposito