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Most Recent Reviews

Engineers: Always Returning - CD
Imaginative and well-constructed fifth album from electronica-influenced shoegazing band, Engineers
Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap - CD
Magical fourth album from rediscovered and now much acclaimed 60's folk cult icon, Vashti Bunyan
Shovels and Rope: Swimmin' Time - CD
Irresistible country, blues, gospel, and garage rock on second album from South Carolina husband and wife duo, Shovels and Rope
Witch Mountain: Mobile of Angels - CD
First-rate new album from much acclaimed and currently ultra-hip Portland, Oregon-based doom metal band, Witch Mountain
Primitives: Spin-O-Rama - CD
Excellent second comeback album from reformed 80's indiepop act, the Primitives
Mark Olson: Goodbye Lizelle - CD
Eclectic and mystical solo album from Jayhawks front-man Mark Olson, which was recorded across the world
Dr John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch - CD
Enjoyable compilation of blues, jazz and gospel covers from Dr John, which features guest contributions from Bonnie Raitt and the Blind Boys of Alabama
Buster Shuffle: Naked - CD
Slow-burning third album from energetic Cockney ska outfit Buster Shuffle, which finds them abandoning some of their former playfulness for a newfound maturity and sense of direction
Fumaça Preta : Fumaça Preta - CD
Magnificent combination of Latin American music, garage punk, acid house and rock on debut album from Amsterdam-formed British-Dutch quintet, Fumaça Pret
Goat: Commune - CD
Solid yet sometimes uninspiring second album from Swedish alternative rockers, Goat
Flowers: Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do - CD
Fine but repetitive debut album from new London-based indie pop outfit, Fkowers
Joel Gion: Apple Bonkers - CD
Excellent debut solo album from until now under-accomplishing Brian Jonestown Massacre percussionist, Joel Gion
David Kilgour and the Heavy 8's: End Times Undone - CD
Melodic and enjoyable second album from New Zealand-based alternative rocker and ex-Clean frontman David Kilgour with his new band, the Heavy 8's
Niagara: Don't Take It Personally - CD
Flawed but courageous and often mesmerizing debut album from Turin-based electronic act Niagara, which includes much acclaimed experimental musician Davide Tomat in its line-up
Red Snapper: Hyena - CD
Superb new soundtrack album to 1970's Senegalese cult film, 'Touki Bouki', from experimental trio, Red Snapper
Low Countries: A Prize Every Time - CD
Likeable farewell compilation from under-the-radar lo-fi melancholic Anglo-Flemish indie-folk duo the Low Countries, who broke up last year
Ziguri: Kölsch-Schickert-Erdenreich - CD
Surreal krautrock on debut album from German trio Ziguri, who have reformed after a nearly fifteen year absence
Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra - CD X2
Occasionally over-indulgent but inventive double CD compilation from pioneering jazz experimentalists, Sun Ra and His Arkestra
Travelling Band: The Big Defreeze - CD X2
Upbeat and harmonic rock-influenced third studio album from Manchester-based alternative folk outfit, the Travelling Band
Norrie McCulloch: Old Lovers Junkyard - CD
Refreshingly unpretentious and solid debut album from Glaswegian singer-songwriter, Norrie McCulloch
Luke Sital-Singh: The Fire Inside - CD
Over-hyped and bland long-awaited debut album from much acclaimed singer-songwriter, Luke Sital-Singh
Faded Paper Figures: Relics - CD
Irritating and predictable indie disco pop on fourth album from Californian trio, Faded Paper Figures
Anja McCloskey: Quincy Who Waits - CD
Endearing second album from much acclaimed German-American singer-songwriter and accordionist, Anja McCloskey
Polly Barrett: Probably Me - CD
Irresistible folk pop on haunting second album from Irish singer-songwriter, Polly Barrett
Morrissey: World Peace is None of Your Business - CD
Excellent tenth solo album and first record in five years from Morrissey, which finds him on controversial form
NLF3: Pink Renaissance - CD
Intriguing instrumental electronica on sixth album from Parisian cult outfit, NLF3
Gudrun Gut und Joachim Irmler : 500m - CD
Exquisite and dreamy-sounding freeform electronica on collaborative album between experimental Berlin musicians, Gudrun Gut and Hans-Joachim Irmler
Band Of Holy Joy: A Place Called Home - CDS
Understated and balladic new single from the Band of Holy Joy, which focuses on the escalating housing situation in their native London
Danny and the Champions of the World: Live Champs! - CD
Explosive double CD live album from country rockers Danny and The Champions of the World, which was recorded at the Jazz Café in London last year
V/A: God Help the Girl: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - CD
Engaging soundtrack to Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch’s forthcoming cinema film, which features new versions of songs from his 2009 project of the same name
Mutants: Rhythm and Punk Review - CD
Marvellous debut album from the Mutants, the new band of Chris Constantinou from the Wolfmen and Adam and Ants and Paul Frazer from Black Futures, which has a wide range of guest appearances including Wilko Johnson, Wayne Kramer, Rat Scabies, SLF’s Jake Burns, TV Smith and Neville Staples
J Mascis: Tied to a Star - CD
Surprisingly understated yet excellent latest solo record from Dinosaur Jr front-man and guitarist, J Mascis


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