Mon 15 Feb 2016 to Sun 21 Feb 2016

by Rokia Traoré

Rokia TraoréNé So (PBS feature record)
Rokia Traoré’s sixth album Né So is an exquisitely sublime album, jam-packed with her habitual flair and penchant for innovation.

Né So is a sophisticated melange of Malian roots with modern grooves. It can be described as a homecoming album as suggested by the title, which means 'home' in her native tongue Bambara. It further establishes Traoré as a singer-songwriter at the top of her game as she skilfully weaves in an homage to her ancestry in 'Kolokani', throws in a version of the anti-racism anthem 'Strange Fruit', decries the plight of refugees in 'Né So' and tops it with a message of human salvation through universal love and respect in 'Se Dan'.

A big up to Rokia for this gem, which is already a contender for the Flight 1067 to Africa album of the year.

By Stani Goma – Flight 1067 to Africa

Luke Howard TrioThe Electric Night Descends (Featured on The Breakfast Spread)
The Luke Howard Trio’s minimalist aesthetic blends elements of improvised and popular music, featuring compositions by both Luke and bassist Jonathan Zion. This is their third album.
credits released January 14, 2016

Luke Howard piano
Jonathan Zion bass
Daniel Farrugia drums

This week's Top 10:

Rokia Traoré - Né So
Luke Howard Trio - The Electric Night Descends
Nils Frahm - Screws Re-Worked
KEDA - Hwal
Matmos - Ultimate Care II
Lafawndah - Tan EP
Garry Gray and the Sixth Circle - Diamond in the Forehead
Olof Melander - The Path
Mia Dyson - Right There EP
Julia Jacklin - Don't Let the Kids Win