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Recent record releases – March to April 2018

Here’s a run-down of the best or most important record releases in March to April 2018. The Left Outsides: All That Remains The Left Outsides are London-based husband and wife Alison Cotton and Mark Nicholas (the former the viola and harmonium player in mid-noughties folk-rockers The Eighteenth Day of May and John Peel indie favourites […]

February 2018 album releases

Here’s a digest of the albums released in February 2018: Tracey Thorn: Record Tracey Thorn has been half (with husband Ben Watt) of bedsit/acoustic romantics turned electronic hitmakers Everything But the Girl. She has worked with Massive Attack and sported one of pop’s best haircut. Her fifth solo album returns to the style of EBTG’s […]

January 2018 album releases

Here’s a digest of the album released in January 2018: Field Music: – Open Here Sunderland’s Field Music produce angular, prog-inflected pop music with strong melodies. Never predictable and drawing on influences from principally XTC, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads and Steely Dan their latest album Open Here should win them new fans. Craig David: The […]

Head Records in Leamington Spa has closed down

In a shock announcement, staff at the much loved Head Records in Leamington Spa announced that on its Facebook page that it was closing down for good – https://www.facebook.com/HEADLeamingtonSpa/ Welcome to the saddest selfie we have ever posted. I am very, very sorry to tell you that today we closed the shutters for good. Thank […]

The Hyundai Mercury Music Prize 2017 – contenders

The Hyundai Mercury Prize 2017 is a strange beast. It turns the writing, recording and production of albums into a competition. Where it’s obvious when Mo Farah crosses a finish line ahead of his opponents, it’s almost impossible to say, in absolute terms, that one record is better than another. The artists and music are […]

Glen Campbell dies aged 81

While recent deaths of other music legends have been more of a surprise, the death of Glen Campbell on 8th August 2017 and has deeply affected the whole music world. He had been struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for several years but kept touring and even producing one last studio album Adiós released in June. He […]

Sony is making vinyl records again

The vinyl revival continues with Sony making vinyl records again. The company has now announced that, in response to rocketing vinyl sales in the past few years, it will again be producing records, with the first batch scheduled to be made in a factory in Tokyo. It’s not been disclosed which artists will be first […]