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Album reviews – October 2021

Malcolm Jiyane: Umdali review | Ammar Kalia’s global album of the month by Ammar Kalia on 15th October 2021 at 8:00 am (Mushroom Hour Half Hour)A figure in his country’s jazz scene since his early teens, Jiyane’s skill comes to the fore in his anticipated debut as a bandleader, a set full of hope and […]

Album Reviews – September 2021

Public Service Broadcasting: Bright Magic review – mood music, from Weimar to Bowie by Phil Mongredien on 26th September 2021 at 2:00 pm (Play It Again Sam)Berlin is the inspiration for the band’s inventive if melancholy fourth album Continue reading… The Specials: Protest Songs 1924-2012 review – genre-hopping calls to action by Damien Morris on […]

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 […]