#sixhundredandtwelve

It’s a change of pace from the usual fare on these pages, as we look to West Africa.

Abba Gargando is from Mali, near Timbuktu and this track – Mategh Id Chat Megh (which I’ve not even dared trying to put into Google Translate) – epitomises the lo-fi Tuareg sound that he applies to original and traditional songs.

It’s utterly hypnotic, transporting you to the campfires and wedding celebrations that Gargando performs at.

A nod of thanks goes to Sahelsounds for seeking out music in some of the more far-flung corners of the map.

#sixhundredandten

Dreamy, near-ethereal indie-pop to transport us chilly Brits to climes much more inviting is the order of the day today.

Tiger Waves‘ enlist the silky vocals of Jana Horn on In Retrograde and the combination is a wistful, hazy production that has a pared-back quality to it; ‘quality’ in the sense that you know some bands would’ve opted for more strident vocals, which would’ve undone the track’s shimmering appeal.

#sixhundredandsix

It’s been a while since Juice were last featured upon these pages, but it’s good to see that the band have spent that time well.

Acid Kids updates their Peace-meets-Arctics sound, refining the psychedelic elements to much more than a pastiche, while the rolling guitars and vocals elevate this above their earlier tracks.

It’s a sound that’s ripe for an indie disco and a hot n’ sweaty club gig.

#sixhundredandfive

Shaping up to deliver one of my albums of the year, today’s #onegoodthing comes from The Foetals.

Maintaining the sumptuous recipe of 60’s sun-kissed Americana thrown together with a pop-rock jangle that harks back to the same era, but on this side of the Pond, The World Isn’t That Big might just be Jolan Lewis’s biggest marker yet under his latest moniker.

The debut album – Meet The Foetals – is out in a few weeks (4th December, to be more precise) and it’s certainly one of my most eagerly anticipated LPs of the year.