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On his new single “Lonely Town”, Joel Sarakula counters the cold digitalisation of our lives with organically grooving disco beats

Australian-born artist Joel Sarakula has always been a musical globetrotter. After rainy London, he has now made his way to the sunny shores of Gran Canaria. His new single “Lonely Town” is an irresistible urban 70s-inspired disco jam that will cut a fine figure not least in Canarian clubs. Despite all the lightness, Sarakula deals with the dystopian effects of digitalization in the lyrics. His new album “Island Time” will finally be released in January.

Nathan Johnston & the Angels of Libra celebrate the virtues of authentic soul music on their debut album

For their first studio album, the Hamburg soul outfit Angels of Libra teamed up with the Irish singer-songwriter Nathan Johnston, after they had already attracted attention with singles with Shawn Lee and Maiiah. The result is an authentic album full of elegantly grooving, varied and atmospheric soul music, characterised by tasteful horn arrangements, a great rhythm section and the right amount of analogue warmth, but not least by Nathan Johnston’s striking voice – one of our soul albums of the year.

Surprise Chef invite with their new album “Education & Recreation” to a journey into grooving sound worlds

Surprise Chef’s sound draws from ’70s film music, the funky side of jazz and samples that form the basis of hip-hop. On their third album, “Education & Recreation,” out now on Big Crown Records, the Australian quintet refines their signature approach to antmospheric instrumental soul and funk, transporting listeners into grooving soundscapes waiting to be discovered.

With their latest single “Rolling Back”, Young Gun Silver Fox land a smooth strike

These two guys know exactly what to do to inspire their ever-growing fan base: Young Gun Silver Fox give us another superb single ahead of the release of their new album “Ticket To Shangri-La”. “Rolling Back” shows Shawn Lee and Andy Platts at the top of their game, crossing cogenial influences of 80s pop nobility like Prefab Sprout with the sophistacted ease of West Coast heroes like Pages and giving it all an irresistible beat. This song should catapult them up the charts worldwide.

On “Ali”, Vieux Farka Touré and Khruangbin open up the music of the late great African guitarist Ali Farka Touré for a new generation

Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006, was one of the most influential and talented guitarists Africa has ever produced. To celebrate and reinterpret his father’s music, singer-guitarist Vieux Farka Touré teamed up with the Texas trio Khruangbin to record the tribute “Ali”. The result is an album whose improvisational approach makes it one of the most exciting releases of the year and catapults the music of the “King of the Desert Blues” into the 21st century.