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Album Reviews August 2021

Shaybo: Queen of the South review – the Lewisham rapper shows a soft side by Kadish Morris on 22nd August 2021 at 2:00 pm (Black Butter)The dancehall-influenced artist comes of age on a star-studded mixtape full of confidenceTo call yourself Queen of the South before ever releasing an album could easily be a hostage to […]

Album Reviews July 2021

Ishmael Ensemble: Visions of Light review – a sax, strings and synths epic by Kate Hutchinson on 8th August 2021 at 2:00 pm (Severn Songs)There are shades of Jon Hopkins, Bon Iver, Soulwax and more, but the Bristol collective’s second album has a scope and grace all its ownIt’s not easy to pull off an […]

Album reviews – June 2021

Blank Gloss: Melt review | John Lewis’s contemporary album of the month by John Lewis on 2nd July 2021 at 8:00 am (Kompakt)The Sacramento duo have moved towards the ruminative on their debut album, the latest in a developing, diverting genreThe music magazine Uncut recently featured a cover-mounted CD and an accompanying article celebrating “Ambient […]

Album reviews – May 2021

Kele: The Waves Pt 1 review – all washed up? by Damien Morris on 30th May 2021 at 2:00 pm (Kola/!K7)It has its moments, but this collection of spoken word, psych folk and instrumental pieces does the Bloc Party frontman few favoursWhy does Kele’s cover of Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy sound so defeated? The towering […]

March 2021 album reviews

Serpentwithfeet: Deacon – a swoon in the Californian sun Poppy, life-affirming ode to gay domestic bliss is a paean to black people ‘living their damn life anyhow’ Sarah Moule: Stormy Emotions – an unerring tribute to Fran Landesman Moule captures every nuance of the late great lyricist’s words, beautifully set by Simon Wallace. Tune-Yards: Sketchy […]

February 2021 Album Reviews

Jeremy Pelt: Griot – This Is Important! review – a jazz album for everyone by John Fordham on 26th February 2021 at 9:00 am (High Note) Storytelling trumpeter Pelt boldly crosses genres and ages with agile contemporary bop, ballads and spoken word passages Jeremy Pelt, a trumpet virtuoso who could have dropped without blinking into […]

Elbow’s Guy Garvey tells MPs that streaming royalties threaten the future of music

During the digital, culture, media and sport select committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming, MPs heard from musicians including Ed O’Brien of Radiohead, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, and Tom Gray of Gomez, who painted a bleak picture of artists struggling to survive. The hearing followed pressure from the #BrokenRecord campaign, to investigate the “economic […]

Latest album reviews: November 2020

Flohio: No Panic No Pain – a seething statement of intent by Kate Hutchinson on 29th November 2020 at 3:00 pm The south London rapper takes centre stage on her full-throttle debut mixtape(Alphatone)Since she first pricked up ears with her impish flow and shadowy beats four years ago, 28-year-old south Londoner Flohio has always given […]