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  • English singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas's album Blood was inspired by her Jamaican and Greek family heritage. Lyrically, the songs she wrote are almost all related to "the feeling of who you are and where you come from," she says. Musically, she took inspiration from Jamaica's love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation. Dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor joined in the making of Blood,as did a rich collection of others. Pre-orders include an instant download of the first single, "Unstoppable," which was produced by Adele/FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and built upon an instrumental recording by Ninja Tunes trio The Invisible.

  • English singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas's album Blood was inspired by her Jamaican and Greek family heritage. Lyrically, the songs she wrote are almost all related to "the feeling of who you are and where you come from," she says. Musically, she took inspiration from Jamaica's love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation. Dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor joined in the making of Blood,as did a rich collection of others. Pre-orders include an instant download of the first single, "Unstoppable," which was produced by Adele/FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and built upon an instrumental recording by Ninja Tunes trio The Invisible.

  • The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is the debut album from the eponymous quartet: The Bad Plus—pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, drummer David King—and saxophonist Joshua Redman. Seven of the album's nine tracks are new compositions by quartet members. "The Bad Plus (plus one) roared as if a quartet were always lying just beneath its surface," wrote the Los Angeles Times of a live set from the performers. Album pre-orders include an instant download of the track "Dirty Blonde."

  • Congolese seven-piece band Mbongwana Star's debut full-length album, From Kinshasa, a World Circuit release, features members of a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of “mbongwana,” or “change.” Along with Parisian producer Doctor L, the band has created a sound that embodies the “smashed-together” nature of the surroundings from which it was born—fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with European post-punk bass and busted electronics from recycled and reconstructed instruments miked and distorted in unexpected ways. Chicago Reader says the "album is a blast ... stunning." Pre-orders include an instant download of the album tracks "Malukayi (feat. Konono No.1)" and "Shégué."

  • The label debut from Tyondai Braxton, HIVE1 comprises eight pieces originally conceived for a performance work called HIVE that debuted at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and evolved into HIVE1. The Washington Post has called Braxton "one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade." Pre-orders of HIVE1 include an instant download of the album tracks "Gracka" and "Scout1."

  • Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Produced by Joe Henry, the album follows the longtime friends’ Grammy-winning first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon. "Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are such good solo singers," says NPR's Fresh Air, "it’s wonderful to hear them together dueting." Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a download of the title track and an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Harris and Crowell.

  • Inspired by the Floyd Mayweather / Manny Pacquiao boxing match on Saturday, May 2, The Arcs release a 7" with the songs "Stay in My Corner" b/w "Tomato Can." Out May 2 on Nonesuch Records, this will be an exclusive to independent retail.

  • Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney makes her album debut with The Longest River. On the album, Chaney balances her original compositions with a broad array of covers she has newly arranged, from jazz to Purcell to folk. "Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of a heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate," says the New York Times. "Chaney is thoroughly grounded in the past, from medieval music to [Joni] Mitchell. But in her quiet way, she’s radical." The Observer calls the album "an enchanting, stately creation." Pre-orders include an instant download of the tracks "Imperfections" and "The King's Horses."

  • The Staves, three sisters originally from Watford, England, make their Nonesuch debut with If I Was. The Justin Vernon-produced album was recorded at Vernon's studio near Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he recorded his 2012 self-titled Bon Iver album. "The voices are still silken, the sibling harmonies still graceful," says the Guardian of the new album, but with "the music taking thrilling leaps in character and complexity. The Watford sisters’ decision to work with Justin Vernon ... as producer was inspired." The New York Times says the trio brings "angelic harmonies" to the "consistently daring" album. Stereogum calls it "essential listening."

  • Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found is a collection of previously unreleased tracks from the Buena Vista all-star cast of Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Cachaíto López, Guajiro Mirabal, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, and Compay Segundo—some recorded during the original album’s sessions in Havana, others from the years that followed. The studio tracks were recorded at the 1996 Egrem studio sessions in Havana and during a period of rich and prolific creativity stretching into the early 2000s. Lost and Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista’s legendary veterans. NPR calls it "a gorgeous reminder of what made [Buena Vista] so famous to begin with."

  • Trio Da Kali is a group of musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots. The Trio—Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté (voice), daughter of legendary Kasse Mady Diabaté; Lassana Diabaté (ngoni), formerly of AfroCubism and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra; and Mamadou Kouyaté (balafon), eldest son of Bassekou Kouyaté—aims to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires, as heard on this five-track digital EP from World Circuit Records.

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