Following their Crisis supporting gig with David Gilmour at the Union Chapel this week, Amadou & Mariam unleash Masiteladi, another infectious single from their Welcome To Mali album, on 29th June.
If by some unfortunate quirk of fate you've still to work out what all the fuss is about, we recommend these courses of action:
1) Catch them live, either at Glasto's main stage on the Sunday afternoon or supporting Blur at Hyde Park on 3rd July (if you're in the USA you might like to catch them supporting Coldplay on tour)
2) Join them, together with their artistic director Marc-Antoine Moreau, as they curate the fourth and final monthly residency for African music, L’Afrik C’est Chic, at the Jazz Café on 21st June. Special guests will be invited on stage for spontaneous jam sessions in a stripped down/unplugged set.
3) Read our forthcoming interview with the duo, which will be published as part of our Africa Week (much more of which soon)
Freeland, comprised of Adam Freeland + band, release new single Do You on 15th June, a week after the release of the album Cope™ (review to follow). Check out the video for Do You below.
In Freeland's words "The remit on this one was if Led Zeppelin were making electronic music what would it sound like? And this is what we came up with. Helped quite a bit by having Tommy Lee on drums, creating that big John Bonham style drum sound".
To celebrate the release of the album, Adam Freeland is giving away a mixtape. You can download it for free here.
Freeland play the Glastonbury and Glade festivals this summer.
For more info, check out their MySpaz.
We're into May already, so time to look back over the last month and see what releases were warming our collective cockles during April, with the help of Spotify of course.
Whisper it quietly, but some people were saying that the album of 2009 was released during April. The only complication being that there were a fair few candidates - Yeah Yeah Yeahs knocked our socks off with their new disco direction, The Horrors proved that there was a lot more to them than some moody photoshoots by roping in Portishead's Geoff Barrow as producer, and Orphans & Vandals flew under the radar to produce a truly extraordinary masterpiece.
You'll find highlights from all our favourite releases simply by clicking here. Let us know what you think by commenting below - have we missed anything? Have you got your own Spotify playlist to share with us? As ever, feedback is always welcome....