Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator

The PR tells me that The Navigator is a political concept album, inspired by Alynda Segarra’s journey from the South Bronx to the downtown punk scene and beyond, there is a story here and important messages for sure, but for the listener, casual or otherwise, more importantly there are some damn good songs; lyrically and stylistically, a heady mix of rock, pop, balladry and Latin rhythms the album features guest appearances from percussionists Juan-Carlos Chaurand, Gregory Rogove, a trio of Bomba drummers, and New Jersey Doo Wop singers – all brought together by producer Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Devendra Banhart) and recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York and Panoramic House in California.

There will be few better albums released this year, highly recommend it.

March 20 – Leeds – Brudenell
March 21 – Manchester UK – Deaf Institute
March 22 – London UK – The Dome
March 23 – Winchester UK – The Railway Inn
March 25 – Brighton UK – Sticky Mikes

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