TOP OF THE MONTH

They made our year! Here is a shortlist of 30 albums chosen by Qwest TV’s journalists amongst the best releases of 2018.

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The jazz group out of Leeds, led by Rob Mitchell, have taken on the classic hip hop album Madvillain and added some freshness and color.

UP & COMING

His album appeared to us by pure serendipity; a happy discovery of a promising future. Ernest Melton has previously released two other albums that he has since discarded, presenting The Time of the Slave Is Over as the real beginning.

FRESH PICKS

Sourakata Koite – En Hollande

A worthy custodian of the treasures of Mandingo Africa, Souraka Koite, the Senegalese griot (bard), is the man in the spotlight on this new reissue of En Hollande by Awesome Tapes From Africa. It is a remarkable cassette – showcasing a unique 1984 solo kora recording that took place in a converted chicken coop.

Globe Unity Orchestra & Guests – Baden-Baden

German pianist-composer Alexander Von Schlippenbach led this mid ‘70s studio session, but the abundance not just of other leaders but innovators – Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Peter Broztmann, Albert Mangelsdorff, Kenny Wheeler, to name but some – makes this very much an all-star session.

Hermeto Pascoal – Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró

Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró was recorded in 1999 but remained unreleased until this year. The legendary o Broxo magnifies tradition while displaying dizzying instrumental sophistication.

Mike – War In My Pen

It’s MIKE’s fourth project of the year which, following his rebirth inaugurated by his previous album, dives straight into a conflict. But the war that is mentioned in the title of the album is not a traditional large-scale conflict.

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