Veteran duo Amadou & Mariam's new long player sees the pair 'extend an invitation' to a place that is, they say, 'more a state of mind than a spot on a map'. Here we have a selection of some of the results of that very invitation: Frikstalers take things in a trippy, Macarena on downers direction, King Coya delivers a hypnotic, synthpoppy gem, it's all about the Mediterranean sunsets with Bomba Estereo, while Sidestepper wraps things up in a simple style with his light and fragile remix of "Cherie".
Joseph Mount's quirky band have more imagination and taste than all their contemporaries put together. Originally appearing as a beatless interlude on their English Riviera album, "The Loving Arm" has now been treated to some loving remixes. First up are Metronomy themselves, who make the song even quirkier and darker, subjecting the vocals to severe vocoder effects. Bullion delivers a skewered funk version, Kwes provides a really weird, off-kilter electronica mix and Prins Thomas unveils an eight-minute electro-disco epic. However, if you're itching to go peak time crazy to this band on a Friday night, then look no further than Baum's gorgeous shuffle-house banger.