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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Smoochy (1995) Japanese Edition [Re-Up]

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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Smoochy (1995) Japanese Edition [Re-Up]

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Smoochy (1995) Japanese Edition
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb | 00:51:51
Experimental, Electronic, World Fusion, Pop/Rock | Label: ForLife Music | # FLCG-3014

Inspired by both Brazilian music and the boundless possibilities of the Internet, electronic composer Ryuichi Sakamoto wrote Smoochy, an endlessly intriguing exploration of what happens when the old world meets the future. Using his Brazilian Internet concept as a foundation, Sakamoto goes on to add a variety of other musics, including jazz and Latin pop, to the music, creating a dense and fascinating musical web of electronics and percussion. Occasionally, he gets too self-consciously arty for his own good, but most of the album finds Sakamoto at his best.

Dead Can Dance - Dead Can Dance (1984)

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Dead Can Dance - Dead Can Dance (1984)

Dead Can Dance - ΔΞΛΔ CΛΝ ΔΛΝCΞ (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
4AD, Rough Trade | # RTD 120.0051.2 | Time: 00:51:07
Dark Wave, Post-Punk, Gothic, World Fusion

Dead Can Dance is the debut studio album by Australian musical act Dead Can Dance. It was released on 27 February 1984 by record label 4AD. This album differs greatly from later Dead Can Dance releases in its incorporation of post-punk and gothic rock musical styles. AllMusic commented on the album's sound: "Bearing much more resemblance to the similarly gripping, dark early work of bands like the Cocteau Twins and The Cure than to the later fusions of music that would come to characterize the duo's sound, Dead Can Dance is as goth as it gets in many places."

Dead Can Dance - Aion (1990)

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Dead Can Dance - Aion (1990)

Dead Can Dance - Aion (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 196 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 83 Mb | Scans ~ 96 Mb
4AD, Rough Trade | RTD CD 158 | Time: 00:36:11
Neo-Classical, World Fusion, Ambient, Dark Wave

Their reputation growing by leaps and bounds, including a huge underground following in the U.S. – they were able to tour there even without one domestic release available, while at one point Dead Can Dance was the biggest selling band in 4AD's history – Perry and Gerrard once again did the business with Aion. Its cover taken from Bosch, Aion's medievalism was worn more openly than ever before, with songs adapted from centuries-old material. The beautiful, entrancing "Saltarello," with lead performance by what sounds like an old wind instrument, comes from an Italian dance of the 14th century, while the mysterious moods of "The Song of the Sibyl" derive from 16th-century Catalonia. The group's command of not merely recording possibilities – witness the exquisite layering of vocals on the opening "The Arrival and the Reunion" – but of musical traditions, instruments, and more from around the world was arguably never stronger. Gerrard's vocals in particular have an even stronger, richer feeling than before, not merely able to command with its power but softly calm and seduce.

Khaled - Sahra (1996)

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Khaled - Sahra (1996)

Khaled - Sahra (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 447 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans ~ 82 Mb
Raï, North African, World Fusion, Ethnic Pop | Label: Barclay | # 533 405-2 | 01:06:21

Sahra is a studio album from Algerian raï artist Khaled, released in 1996. It was the artist's biggest production to date, being co-produced by Philippe Eidel, Don Was, Jean-Jacques Goldman and Clive Hunt, and including performances by many other singers from around the world. It features what is perhaps Khaled's most popular song, "Aïcha". Most tracks are sung in Arabic, with a notable dosage of French. "Ki Kounti" is partially sung in Spanish as it features Mexican Rock vocalist Saúl Hernández from the reputable band Caifanes. The title track is named after Khaled's first daughter, Sarah, to whom the album is dedicated along with her mother, Samira.

Hans Zimmer And Lisa Gerrard - Gladiator: More Music From The Motion Picture (2001)

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Hans Zimmer And Lisa Gerrard - Gladiator: More Music From The Motion Picture (2001)

Hans Zimmer And Lisa Gerrard - Gladiator: More Music From The Motion Picture (2001)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 301 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 133 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, World Fusion | Label: Universal | # 013-192-2 | 00:55:36

On February 27, 2001, nearly a year after the first soundtrack's release, Universal/Decca released Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture. This CD contained an additional 18 cuts from the film (including remixes of earlier scores, such as "Now We Are Free"). Many tracks also use dialogue from the movie, such as Maximus Decimus Meridius' quote "Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife… and I will have my vengeance."

Rhythmstick (CTI Records All-Stars) - Rhythmstick (1990)

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Rhythmstick (CTI Records All-Stars) - Rhythmstick (1990)

Rhythmstick (CTI Records All-Stars) - Rhythmstick (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 364 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb
Label: CTI Records | # 847 188-2 | Time: 01:00:19 | Scans ~ 90 Mb
Afro-Cuban Jazz, Bop, Contemporary Jazz, World Fusion

One of the best all-star sessions ever produced by the legendary Creed Taylor. Actually, this album represented the ressurrection of the CTI label in 1990. Digitally recorded and filmed (in High Definition) "live" at Van Gelder's studio, features such stars as Dizzy Gillespie, Airto, Flora Purim, Anthony Jackson, Art Farmer, John Scofield, and Phil Woods, who play together in such outstanding tracks like Michel Camilo's "Caribe" and Salif Keita's "Wamba", all arranged by Benny Golson.

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Heartbeat (1991)

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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Heartbeat (1991)

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Heartbeat (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Label: Virgin Records America | # V2-86291, 0777 7 86291 2 2
Experimental Rock, Electronic, Pop, World Fusion | Time: 00:52:04

If eclectic is your bag, then Heartbeat might be your thing. Like Hector Zazou, Ryuichi Sakamoto employs a realm of many styles on this upbeat collection. Songs performed in Japanese, Russian, French, and English (by friends Youssou N'Dour, David Sylvian, and Deee-Lite's DJ Towa Towa and Super DJ Dmitri) top an already brimming album that is everything its predecessor, Beauty, wasn't. Two completely different versions of the title track add arty spice. "Triste" is a wonderful, lazy-afternoon stroll in Paris jazz; "Lulu" follows suit. Is there no end to this Sakamoto's talent? He does jazz, rap, and chucks in a couple of solo piano pieces reminiscent of his soundtrack work. "Songlines" came about via his score for Pedro Almodovar's High Heels. "Boram Gal" and "High Tide" – with guests Youssou N'Dour and Arto Lindsay, respectively – are both delicate and swathed in summer. Ingrid Chavez adds poet's fire to frozen dust on "Returning to the Womb" and contributes eerie funk on "Cloud #9."

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)

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Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
World Fusion, Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79828-8 | 01:18:50

The Kronos Quartet continues to broaden the repertoire for string quartet beyond the Western European tradition with Floodplain, an album of music all written or arranged for the ensemble. This album moves the ensemble even further afield from the conventional quartet; the players frequently double on folk instruments, and in one of the pieces they don't use their own instruments at all, but newly invented ones, created especially for this album. The selection of music is broadly eclectic and includes arrangements of a popular Arab song from 1940 and an ancient Christian hymn from Lebanon, a collaboration with a Palestinian electronic ensemble, and an original piece by a Serbian-American composer. The album has a number of guest artists, including the Azerbaijani Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Terry Riley playing tambura and Wu Man playing electric sitar.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Reverence: Traditional Sufi Qawwalis (2008) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Reverence: Traditional Sufi Qawwalis (2008) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Reverence (2008) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 595 Mb | Scans ~ 282 Mb
Label: Sony/Navras | # 88697 44795 2 | Time: 04:12:22
Qawwali, World Fusion, Indian Subcontinent Classical

2008 Remastered 4 CD Set Traditional Sufi Qawwalis by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Live At The Kufa Gallery, London, Dec 1989.

Jon Balke - Siwan: Hafla (2022)

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Jon Balke - Siwan: Hafla (2022)

Jon Balke - Siwan: Hafla (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 183 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 106 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:45:27
Jazz, Ethnic Fusion, Female Vocal | Label: ECM Records

Siwan, the transcultural, trans-idiomatic musical collective led by Norwegian keyboardist/composer Jon Balke, continues along its special path, with new music inspired by the creative spirit of Al-Andalus. The ensemble weaves lines of communication between musicians from multiple traditions and locations. Among the texts set by Balke on Siwan’s third album and persuasively sung by Algerian vocalist Mona Boutchebak are verses by Ummayad princess Wallada bint al-Mustakfi (1010-1091) and contemporaries including Ibn Zaydun (1003-1071) and Ibn Sara As-Santarini (1043-1123). Hafla was recorded in May and June 2021 at Village Recording Studios, in Copenhagen.

Manu Dibango - African Soul: The Very Best Of Manu Dibango (1997)

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Manu Dibango - African Soul: The Very Best Of Manu Dibango (1997)

Manu Dibango - African Soul: The Very Best Of Manu Dibango (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 562 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 201 Mb | Scans included
African Jazz, Makossa, Funk, World Fusion | Label: Mercury | # 534766-2 | 01:14:04

This retrospective of the legendary Cameroon saxophonist Manu Dibango includes 10 prime examples of his eclectic style, including his internationally successful hit, "Soul Makossa", the percolating percussion and layered brass of "Africadelic", and the '80s disco of "Sun Explosion".

Nicky Skopelitis - Ekstasis (1993)

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Nicky Skopelitis - Ekstasis (1993)

Nicky Skopelitis - Ekstasis (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb
Label: Axiom | # 314-514 518-2 | Time: 00:56:51 | Scans included
World Fusion, Jazz Fusion, Experimental Rock, Dub

Guitarist Skopelitis' dustpan approach to world music sweeps various ethnic instrumental grit and grime into the whirling blades of co-producer Bill Laswell's shop-vac. Contributing to the unholy mess are Foday Musa Suso on kora, oudist/violinist Simon Shaheen, gospel organist Amina Claudine Myers, percussionists Zakir Hussain, Aiyb Dieng and Guilherme Franco, drummer Jaki Liebezeit, bassists Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble, and, consistently providing the most bracing moments, Bachir Attar (leader of the Master Musicians of Jajouka) raising hell on the plague-of-locusts vernacular oboe, the rhaita. When Ekstasis's free-floating anxiety is at its peak, it could almost be the disc that Can fans have been waiting for since Ege Bamyasi.

Govi - No Strings Attached (1999)

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Govi - No Strings Attached (1999)

Govi - No Strings Attached (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 342 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
New Age, World Fusion, New Flamenco | Label: Real Music | # RM0811 | 00:48:02

No Strings Attached celebrates master guitarist Govi at his exuberant best. This album jumps with a lively, tropical beat. Govi’s intoxicating rhythms spiced with Andean pan pipes, timbails and Indian tablas lend a world music flavor to his dazzling virtuosity. No Strings Attached brings together his liveliest tracks in a free-spirited fiesta of sound, featuring selections from Guitar Odyssey, Passion & Grace, Cuchama, Heart of a Gypsy, and Andalusian Nights.

Clannad - The Essential Clannad (2012) 2CDs

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Clannad - The Essential Clannad (2012) 2CDs

Clannad - The Essential Clannad (2012) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 727 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 280 Mb | Scans ~ 172 Mb
Label: RCA/Legacy | # 88691957752 | Time: 02:01:45
New Age, Celtic, World Fusion, Pop/Rock

Clannad bridged the gap between traditional Celtic music and pop, and the results were an entrancing, enchanting form of pop that managed to fuse the disparate elements together rather seamlessly, creating an invigorating blend of Irish traditional folk with modern influences. Such fusions have earned the band an international cult of fans. Clannad are at their best when unleashing gargantuan choruses against Moya Brennan's hushed leads, and the inclusion of the beautiful "Newgrange," a mystical ode to one of Britain s famous stone circles, and "Caislean Oir," the leadoff track from the band's excellent 1985 release, Macalla, are prime examples. With 30 tracks on 2 CDs, The Essential Clannad touches on fan favorites, collaborations, and songs from films. The material is quite varied in scope, and the arrangements and vocals are vastly pretty and melodic. The full range of the band's styles are presented here, from gorgeous a cappella to slick pop/rock, acoustic guitar ballads, Irish folk strains, and sophisticated power pop crunch.

Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)

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Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)

Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
Flamenco, Rumba Catalana, World Fusion | Label: Columbia | # 468 648-10 | 00:45:36

Formed in France, but rooted in Spanish flamenco tradition, the Gipsy Kings began incorporating pop into their buoyant Latin sound in the late 1980s, eventually leading to massive international success. Released in 1991, ESTE MUNDO finds the ensemble offering up a potent set of acoustic guitar-driven tunes that are marked by percussive strumming, dexterous lead work, and the husky, emotive vocals of bandleader Nicholas Reyes. The core group of six-string players is bolstered on some songs by bass, horns, and/or drums, giving ESTE MUNDO a vibrant atmosphere, particularly on songs such as the surging "Baila Me" and the dreamy title track. Although much of the album is upbeat, the Gipsy Kings also ease into a few mellow instrumental numbers, including the gentle "Lagrimas" and the slightly funky "Ternuras." One of the most consistent and confident outings in the Gipsy Kings' catalogue, ESTE MUNDO is sure to please flamenco aficionados and many other world music fans.