Poppy, life-affirming ode to gay domestic bliss is a paean to black people ‘living their damn life anyhow’
Moule captures every nuance of the late great lyricist’s words, beautifully set by Simon Wallace.
Themes of climate disaster, gender dysphoria and fighting privilege bubble up through a discomfiting but enjoyable sonic deluge.
The third album in this partnership sees the tenor saxophonist deftly occupied in takes on Ornette Coleman, Leonard Cohen and the Beach Boys.
Part of his cycle of works by Mahler, Vänskä’s stoic approach pays dividends in the composer’s unfinished work, with unswerving instrumental detail.
A eulogy for a dead friend, David Balfe’s stirring debut combines lyrics on class, death and despair with clubland highs and hope.
Chaos is the overriding vibe as the Osees maverick and his virtual cohort free-associate.
Fifty albums in, the country star and guests are in the mood to celebrate.
Bieber hits a new low with this tone-deaf set of gushing love songs overlaid with the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
On her strikingly assured seventh album, Del Rey reflects on fame, love, loneliness and the solidarity of fellow female songwriters, from Joni Mitchell to Weyes Blood.
Full of immediacy – and star turns – these remastered recordings make for a compelling time capsule.
Possessed of a big and intriguing voice with a touch of wildness, Hamill has real crossover potential.
Chaya Czernowin’s work has four singers portraying a couple and their inner worlds, but it’s her luminous orchestral writing that excites.
Tiggs’s mix of genres and African sounds driven by lush arrangements make for a thoroughly uplifting debut.
The Welsh multi-instrumentalist navigates a small battalion of sorrows on this richly wrought second album.
The Tennessee singer-songwriter’s bittersweet country soul with an astral bent fares best when it’s kept simple.
A deep sense of place informs this lyrical fourth album, released in tandem with the planting of an entire woodland.
Sung in little-spoken Ghanaian dialects, these haunting, spontaneous songs by women accused of witchcraft are unlike anything you have ever heard.
Driver’s recording of Ligeti’s virtuosity-testing Études is full of insight and exuberance.
This impassioned dissection of modern America is a challenging work well worth every second.
Drama and daring are swamped by wearying country rock on the Tennessee four-piece’s eighth outing.
The caustic duo forge existential stories from tinny beats on their first album in 16 years.
He played for everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to John Coltrane, but solo the pianist is a truly captivating force.
A legal gag may have censored the lyrics but this ambitious UK rapper’s second mixtape proves talent can’t be held back.
Having earned a cult audience for her psychedelia, Weaver makes her version of a pop record, where Kylie-level hooks are set against hallucinatory backings.
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