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Album Reviews July 2020

Glass Animals: Dreamland review – technicolour pop shaded with pain by Aimee Cliff on 7th August 2020 at 8:00 am (Polydor)Trauma has triggered a more inward-looking exploration of the Oxford quartet’s grandstanding, hallucinogenic soundDave Bayley, frontman of Oxford psych-pop quartet Glass Animals, has always embraced the fantastical. The group’s debut set Lewis Carroll-worthy lyrics over […]

Album reviews June 2020

Jessie Ware: What’s Your Pleasure? review – rooted in lustful disco by Tara Joshi on 28th June 2020 at 2:00 pm (Virgin)The singer-songwriter swaps luxe pop for the energy of the dancefloor on her heady fourth albumJessie Ware emerged in 2010, lending her silken vocals to electro producer SBTRKT. A solo career followed but, while […]

Record shops in movies and TV shows

Record shops might not be the most obvious choice of location for movies or TV shows but here is out list of some of the best. High Fidelity (2000) From the book of the same name by Nick Hornby but transported to a North American record store. It features pugnacious and pedantic music geek Barry […]

RSD 2020 now three drop dates Aug 29, Sep 26 and Oct 24

Record Store Day 2020, RSD 2020 has had several postponements due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic crisis. Now that the lockdown has eased to allow non-essential shops to open.  We’re pleased to report the gradual opening of UK and Irish record shops. Strict social distancing is still being observed and many shops have changed their […]

Latest Album reviews – May 2020

  Tim Burgess: I Love the New Sky review – unabashedly uplifting by Emily Mackay on 24th May 2020 at 12:00 pm (Bella Union)The Charlatans frontman comes full circle with effortless assuranceA chameleon of the times, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has manoeuvred smooth transitions from baggy psychedelicist to pugnacious belter of Britpop crowd-pleasers to peroxide-pudding-bowled […]

Musicians we have lost recently

We have lost several high profile and much loved musicians recently. Some are from natural causes however some have succumbed to Covid-19. Bill Withers Bill Withers, the influential US soul singer who wrote Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine and Lovely Day died aged 81 of heart complications on 30 March 2020. Despite massive success […]

Record Shops and Covid-19 Coronavirus

In the light of recent Government guidance about the current Covid-19 Coronavirus epidemic, many UK record shops are closing temporarily. This is to comply with recommendations on social distancing in order to reduce the spread of the virus. As you can imagine these are difficult times for the country but if these rules are enforced […]

Album reviews February 2020

  King Krule: Man Alive! review – stirring, dreamy optimism by Tara Joshi on 23rd February 2020 at 3:00 pm (XL)Archy Marshall has been refining his woozy, washed-out sounds since he emerged back in 2010. With each release under his King Krule moniker, he has shown a proclivity for deeply emotive, expansive musicality steeped in […]

Latest albums – January 2020

Sam Lee: Old Wow review – Britain’s nature crisis in gnarly song by Jude Rogers on 31st January 2020 at 8:30 am (Cooking Vinyl) Lee’s twee-free third album, produced by Bernard Butler and featuring Liz Fraser, is a stark reminder of this country’s environmental concernsSam Lee has always sat slightly awkwardly within folk music. He […]