Review: Undoubtedly one of the most unique and profounds records heard in recent memory, this third full-length album from the Montreal-Beirut, audio-visual duo, Jerusalem In My Heart, is an awe-inspired display of voice, electronics, buzuq instrumentation and Maqam shifts. The album collides Arabian musicology with contemporary extremes of experimental electronic production, and the sounds and socio, geo-political discourse it navigates, fathoms depths so deep it's impossible not to feel affected by its sentiment. With the 19 minute-long "Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam" defining the release like a street call to pray, the fretted bumps and dancey grunge of "Bein Ithnein" to the guttural oral chants of "Thahab, Mish Roujou', Thahab", places Daqa'iq Tudaiq in a world of its own. Must Listen.
Review: Jon Thor Birgisson (Sigur Ros) and his partner Alex Somers make brain cleansing and heavenly ambient as Jonsi & Alex. 10 years ago they put out cult classic "Riceboy Sleeps" and to mark the anniversary the whole album has been lovingly remastered across six slabs of wax. Taking the time to do nothing but sit back and sink deep into this album is a pleasure you will thank yourself for: its pastoral synths slowly wash over you while muted pads gently unfold, evolve and evaporate as barely-there voices from the Kopavogsdaetur Choir come in and out of focus next to smeared strings from Icelandic quartet Amiina. Perfection.