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11 Ana Tijoux ‘1977’ From 1977 on Nacional Records French-Chilean rapper Tijoux splices Latin horns, flamenco guitar, strings and hiphop. “I like the whole mixture of things, cutting and pasting different fragments of all these different styles,” says Rothenberg.

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12 Billy Bragg & the Young Coppers ‘Hard Times of Old England Retold’ From The Imagined Village on Real World Records “A really great song” – a contemporary reworking of the traditional tune, laden with optimistic possibilities for the future.

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13 Thomas de Hartmann ‘Prayer and Despair’ From The Music of Gurdjieff/De Hartmann on G-H Records Composed by mystic GI Gurdjieff, this “beautiful historic sound” cuts through to something innate in our souls. “You do not want to play this one in the car, as you’ll start to space out!” advises Rothenberg.

“ I have no illusions that music is going to sav e the world, but it can do its own little part... Sound is an incredible part of the world around us” Turn to p68 for the full interview with David Rothenberg

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14 Sinikka Langeland ‘What is Tomorrow’ From The Land That is Not on ECM Records Jazz improvisation meets Finnish folk tropes, all delivered in the trademark ECM way. A study in compelling and becalming elegance: “Finnish folk music that brings you to tears.”

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15 Teapacks ‘Push the Button’ From Push the Button on Anana Records Israel’s multilingual entry for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest offers a tonguein-cheek take on nuclear war. By way of explanation, Rothenberg offers: “I’m not such a serious person, you know!”

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