Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human

Neo-blues and soul singer Rag ‘n’ Bone Man has come through with a blinding debut album. His deep, powerful vocals and hip-hop-styled beats are a fresh, unique sound in the world of soul – you may have seen his duet with Gregory Porter on this year’s Hootenanny...What a voice! This double LP is a oozing [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|reviews|0 Comments

Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

Carner’s bars burst with a confidence and maturity far beyond his years on this fine debut effort, and tell the story of his late stepfather’s passing with a poignant honesty – he even makes an appearance on a secret track at the album’s close, using recordings found after his death. A timeless jazzy hip-hop LP [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|reviews|0 Comments

Solange – A Seat At the Table

Solange’s 3rd LP vehemently presents the frustrations of being a black woman, artist and human in modern America, presented through some of the most forward thinking R’n’B we’ve heard in years. Its spoken interludes featuring the Knowles sisters’ parents – you may recognise the surname from Beyoncé – give the record a powerful message and [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|reviews|0 Comments

Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win

Hot tip of the year comes in the form of Aussie singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin’s debut LP, “Don’t Let the Kids Win”, a fine collection of country/indie/folk love songs for any generation. With a wisdom far beyond her years, and a youthful inventiveness that permeates through every element of the songwriting, this Lana Del Rey inspired [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|reviews|0 Comments

Betty Harris – The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul

This stellar compilation of bread and butter soul takes Betty Harris’ finest A and B-sides from 1965 through 1968, including her famed cover of Solomon Burke’s “Cry to Me”. Most of the tracks were released on the Sansu label, which being solely distributed in New Orleans, makes many of these gems rare as can be! [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|reviews|0 Comments

The Horrors – Strange House

It’s 2007 and all the UK’s guitar bands are dressed like they’re going into town to buy an Travis album. Enter the Horrors, goth-punks with ambitions higher than anyone could have expected. “Strange House” is a phenomenal statement of intent. Although very different from the band’s later output, it remains a timeless criticism of all [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|reviews|0 Comments

808 State – 90

Widely regarded as one of the most important dance music albums to come out of the UK, “90” unashamedly took the sound of Detroit and made it our own, sparking an electronic revolution that is still going on today. A timeless acid-house classic for any generation. 4.5/5.0

By | November 10th, 2016|reviews|0 Comments

East India Youth – Culture of Youth

Avant-garde pop has always been a hard sell, and now the 20th Century is over, any Bowie or Kraftwerk imitators can often be swiftly discarded. Yet after the mixed reviews of EIY’s first LP, William Doyle appears to have come through with a modern day masterpiece in experimentalism. You have to hear it to believe [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|reviews|0 Comments

James Blake – The Colour in Anything

Electronic soul pioneer James Blake returns with his 3rd LP of introspective songs for the moody adolescent in all of us. For the first time Blake has turned to others for help, employing none other than Rick Rubin for production duties. Also see appearances from Justin Vernon a.k.a Bon Iver and Frank Ocean. 4.0/5.0

By | November 10th, 2016|reviews|0 Comments

Blossoms – Blossoms

Easily the most hyped new band of 2016, Blossoms have been tearing the way round the circuit with this collection of classy, yet forward thinking indie-pop anthems. Fans of the band might feel a little conned; many of the songs are from previous EPs. All in all, a strong debut and a great introduction to [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|reviews|0 Comments