RECOMMENDED RECORD: Tamikrest; Tamotait (Glitterbeat/digital outlets)

 |   |  1 min read

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Tamikrest; Tamotait (Glitterbeat/digital outlets)

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one . . .

Hard to believe that Elsewhere could miss this new album, released last month, by the extraordinary Tamikrest whose sub-Saharan blues we have championed right from their debut Adagh 10 years ago to their previous release Kidal (named for the town in Mali where they formed) in 2017.

As we've mentioned previously, these players are a generation below the influential Tinariwen and Etran Finatawa, so tuned in to the Western canon of Jimi, Marley and other exploratory rock bands.

Their previous album Kidal was produced by Mark Mulholland and this one done in France with David Odlum (Glen Hansard, Tinariwen). They have felt comfortable working with Western players (witness their contributions on the Dirt Music album) and their sound slides effortlessly between the ethereal Sahara blues style and the earthiness of rock (and vice-versa).

And here on the final track Tabsit there are Japanese musicians playing traditional instruments.

So Tamotait – which means hope for the future in their Tamashek language – manages to ride those chanting vocals and grooves with their brittle but shimmering guitars while also hunkering down over rock riffs (Awnafin, Amidinin Tad Adouniya with serious slide guitar).

Then unexpectedly a female vocalist (Moroccan Hindi Zahra) sings in English “we are all falling stars” on the dreamy Timtarin.

Tamikrest – along with Terakaft – are part of that new generation of desert blues bands (albeit one which has been around for more than a decadee) and are always as hypnotic (Amzagh, the melancholy Tihoussay) as they are exciting.

Can't believe we missed this.

.

southboundshoplogoYou can hear and buy Tamikrest albums on bandcamp here, where they offer a discount deal for a download of all their albums. But for vinyl check out Southbound Records in Auckland who stock a great range of music such as this.

JB_logoTheir website is here.

And this album -- in a gatefold sleeve with lyrics in translation -- is also available on vinyl at JB Hi-Fi stores here.



Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Konono No.1 and Batida; Konono No.1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Konono No.1 and Batida; Konono No.1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Musical relationship where the partners share similar attitudes make for warm comfort but often not much creativity. So perhaps because Angola-born, Portugal-based producer and DJ Batida (Pedro... > Read more

Tinariwen: Amajdar (Anti/digital outlets)

Tinariwen: Amajdar (Anti/digital outlets)

Elsewhere has written about Tinariwen so often that we will come at this new album from another angle. The title apparently means “the unknown visitor” in their Tamashek... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . TOMMY QUICKLY: The career that couldn't be created

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . TOMMY QUICKLY: The career that couldn't be created

At the end of '63 the fresh and freckle-faced 18-year old Tommy Quickly was standing at the door of his dreams: he'd been signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein (who had changed his name from... > Read more

Asian Noodle Salad

Asian Noodle Salad

David who offers this says it is "a terrific side dish with any barbecued meat or fish; it always catches people out with its depths of flavour". A man of the Elsewhere persuasion, he... > Read more