Adams, known best for the years he spent as Robert Plant's guitarist, has a longtime interest in the so-called desert blues—he produced the first Tinariwen album released in the West, The Radio Tisdas Sessions, in 2001. Last month Adams and Camara released In Trance (Real World), their third album together since 2007—the new one is credited to JuJu, which I guess seems a bit catchier than a pair of full names—and it's their hardest-hitting effort by a long while (it was released in Europe last year). Camara sings and plays the ancient one-string fiddle called the riti, giving the music a deep, trance-heavy and soulful vibe, while Adams lays down thick riffing and zigzagging leads, often loud and roughened by grimy distortion. When I first heard the album opener "Nightwalk," which is today's 12 O'Clock Track, I was a bit taken aback by the aggression—they're backed by a kit drummer and an electric bassist—but after a couple of spins it all made sense and sounded utterly natural. Adams possesses both adoration and expertise for West African traditions, so even when he throws down some seriously crunching licks they always fit. The whole album is just as terrific as "Nightwalk."