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Most Recent Reviews

V/A: 40 Years: Volume One: Classic Hits - CD
Inspirational sampler CD to celebrate their fortieth anniversary from reissue label Charly Records, which includes tracks among others from Curtis Mayfield, the Small Faces, Chris Farlowe and the 13th Floor Elevators
Melissa Payne: High and Dry - CD
Irresistable and intelligent second album of country/pop and soul from Ontario-based singer-songwriter and fiddle player, Melissa Payne
Tommy Hunt: A Sign of the Times: The Spark Recordings 1975-1976 - CD
First-rate compilation from ex-Flamingos star and soul giant Tommy Hunt of material recorded in the mid-1970s for Northern Soul label Spark
Stephen Emmer: International Blue - CD
Excellent new album from Dutch-born composer Stephen Emmer, which produced by Tony Visconti and recorded with guest vocalists including Ultravox's Midge Ure, Cousteau's Liam Mckahey and Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory, reflects on the voice as a main instrument
Loudon Wainwright Iii: Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) - CD
Fabulous twenty-third album from ever versatile and hilarious singer-songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III
Her Name is Calla: Navigator - CD
Haunting and compelling third album from melancholic Leicester-based post-rock band, Her Name is Calla
Pete Fij and Terry Bickers: Broken Hearted Surgery - CD
Gripping but melancholic joint album from former Creation label musicians, ex-Adorable front-man Pete Fij and House of Love guitarist Terry Bickers, which reflects on romantic break-ups and the bitter end of relationships
Moebius Story Leidecker: Snowghost Pieces - CD
Intriguing instrumental electronica on joint album from Moebius Story Leidecker
Jenny Hval and Susanna: Meshes of Voice - CD
Experimental and beautiful collaborative album, inspired in part by Maya Deren's 1943 short film, 'Meshes of the Afternoon', from Norwegian musicians Jenny Hval and Susanna
Ergo Phizmiz: The Peacock - CD
Offbeat and eccentric but immediately appealing rare studio album from under-rated singer-songwriter, Ergo Phizmiz
Sean O' Brien and His Dirty Hands: Risk Profile - CD
Versatile but over-experimental latest album from Californian musician Sean O'Brien and his group His Dirty Hands
Owl and Mouse: Somewhere to Go - 7"
Impresisve indiepop on vinyl only EP from ukulele-playing Australian group Owl and Mouse, who draw likenesses with Allo Darlin'
Coronet Blue: Better Day - CD
Fantastic long overdue third album, which blends together soul, country, rock and pop, from melodic Australian group Coronet Blue
Marc Almond: The Dancing Marquis - CD
Flawed latest release from the yet always remarkable Marc Almond, which combines together two recent limited edition EPs alongside two new tracks
Bob Mould: Beauty and Ruin - CD
Fantastic return to form on new solo album from former Husker Du and Sugar front man, Bob Mould
INVSN: INVSN - CD
Unnerving but captivating debut album from INVSN, the new project of Dennis Lyxzen who was previously in the Refused and the (International) Noise Conspiracy.
Comet Gain: Paperback Ghosts - CD
Splendid seventh album from London-based band Comet Gain, which combines their indie pop sound with a Northern Soul influence
V/A: Bob Dylan In The 80's: Volume One - CD
Effective tribute album of songs from Bob Dylan's ignored 80's albums, which includes covers from Built to Spill, Craig Finn, Hannah Cohen, Dawn Landes and Bonnie Prince Billy
Shield Patterns: Contour Lines - CD
Mysterious and disorientating but ultimately haunting debut album from Manchester-based electronic duo, Shield Patterns
Galileo 7: False Memory Lane - CD
Exuberant and upbeat psychedelic pop on third album from acclaimed Medway-based group, the Galileo 7
Slambovian Circus of Dreams: A Box of Everything - CD
Magical compilation album from eccentric but diverse Americana outfit, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Swans: To Be Kind - CD
Epic and enthralling double CD new album from New York experimental outfit, Swans
Andy Fraser: On Assignment - CD
Energetic and thought-provoking seventeenth solo album from Free co-founder and bassist, Andy Fraser
Roll the Dice: Until Silence - CD
Intriguing but compelling third album from Stockholm-based experimental duo and mini-orchestra, Roll The Dice
O: When Plants Turn into Stones - CD
Ruminative and thought-provoking post-rock on second album from European instrumental five-piece, O
Sea Kings: Woke in the Devil's Arms - CD
Promising debut album from eclectic Glaswegian alternative rockers, the Sea Kings
Massy Ferguson: Victory and Ruins - CD
Effective roots rock on third album from Seattle-based Americana act, Massy Ferguson
Peggy Seeger: Everything Changes - CD
Elegiac latest album from veteran folk artist and singer-songwriter, Peggy Seeger
Lonesome Shack: More Primitive - CD
Superb lo-fi and stripped-down blues on breathtaking third album from Seattle-based trio, Lonesome Shack
Black Bananas: Electric Black Wall - CD
Unpredictable but gripping fusion of 1970’s rock, funk and electronica on debut album from Black Bananas, the new band of former Royal Trux front-woman Jennifer Herrema
Astronauts: Hollow Ponds - CD
Melancholic yet diverse and imaginative debut album from Astronauts, the side project of Dark Captain's Dan Carney
Cambodian Space Project: Whiskey Cambodia - CD
Compulsive third album from the remarkable Cambodian Space Project, whose music combines Motown-influenced 60's Cambodian pop covers with their own original songs


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