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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 […]

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 […]