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DECEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

DECEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

BEANS ON TOAST *****  Cushty (Xtra Mile) Beans On Toast – aka Essex folk singer Jay McAllister – covers, in poetic fashion, a wide range of subjects from mobile phone usage and fake news, to fracking, artificial intelligence and oak trees in Sherwood Forest. Open Door Policy begins with the announcement “The world is dying” but […]

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NOVEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

NOVEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ANJA SCHNEIDER *** SoMe (Sous Music) It’s Anja Schneider’s regeneration and no genre is safe from a forced merge. The opening two tracks seemed to be straight from Detroit with elements of Chicago house; following this, two more tracks clearly rooted in jungle – All I See even has a ragga vocal. Sanctuary is spellbinding with a […]

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OCTOBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

OCTOBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ALAW **** Dead Man’s Dance (Taith) Dead Man’s Dance inventively blends the mysticism of traditional Welsh folk with the emotional vibrancy of pop and rock. Travelling through uplifting moments and hints of sadness, we explore the theme of reflecting on the simpler things in life. All the way from the hand-clapping romp of Santiana to the wistful […]

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SEPTEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

SEPTEMBER ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

AMADOU & MARIAM **** La Confusion (Because) Their first studio album since 2012 – the same year in which Mali erupted in an ongoing civil war – Amadou & Mariam’s La Confusion is generally more of the same for the blind Malian husband-and-wife duo: a linguistic melange and a musical blend of traditional Malian elements and […]

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AUGUST ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

AUGUST ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

AKERCOCKE **** Renaissance In Extremis (Peaceville) Reinvigorated, refocused and back home on Peaceville Records, London’s Akercocke return after a five-year hiatus, with the best slab of prog-influenced death/black metal since their debut album back in 1999. With the return of original guitarist Paul Scanlan, Renaissance In Extremis will remind fans why they fell in love with […]

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JULY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

JULY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ALGIERS **** The Underside Of Power (Matador) Multi-racial band Algiers are currently supporting Depeche Mode on their stadium tour, and now seems like a good time to introduce them to a wider audience, as they are about to release their rather stunning second album The Underside Of Power. Algiers tackle socio-political themes head on within […]

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JUNE ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

JUNE ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ALISON MOYET **** Other (Cooking Vinyl) Since Yazoo broke up in the early 1980s, Alison Moyet has gone on to sell millions of albums. Moyet has a voice that has a timeless appeal, with vulnerability that also packs a mighty bluesy punch – much like Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald at their best. Other is a […]

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MAY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

MAY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ALICE COLTRANE *** Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop) Worthwhile archival work from Luaka Bop, who serve up a selection of tracks from Alice Coltrane’s devotional music tapes of the 80s and 90s – which were only really available to members of her California Ashram. There’s plenty of swirling synth, eastern percussion and peppy devotional chanting. Perhaps too […]

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APRIL ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

APRIL ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

  75 DOLLAR BILL ***** Wood Metal Plastic Pattern Rhythm Rock (tak:til) Two American experimental musicians, Rick Brown (who’s played in scads of weird artrock bands I’ve never listened to) and Che Chen (who I’d straight up never heard of), melt my defences using scratchy quasi-blues guitar, clonky percussion and rusty horns. Only four songs, […]

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MARCH ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

MARCH ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ADULT. **** Detroit House Guests (Mute) In this day and age, song-based collaborations can be signed off with the click of a mouse from the other side of this planet. Adult. took a different route and invited collaborative guests to their Detroit studio for three weeks at a time. Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas J McCarthy adds […]