The guitar mastery and call-and-response for "Strange Wassolon" is an immediate standout, with the vocals of Fassara Sacko conveying urgency and passion. The beat on "Donsolu," featuring Piers Faccini, could easily be repurposed for a hip-hop track, while "Comment Ca Va" carries an American blues feel wrapped in Malian sensibilities. The arrangement on "King of Segou" sits at the crossroads of tradition and contemporary, the frenzied energy of "Kononale" invigorates and the ambiance of "Kongo Kono" straight-up rocks.
BKO Quintet deliver a winner here, mainly by making multifaceted artistry feel immediate and difficult to take for granted. (Buda Musique)