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Benedicte Maurseth


Hárr
Magical new album by Benedicte Maurseth which. a portal into a world shared by music and nature, wildlife and mountain people, traditional Norwegian folk tunes and contemporary minimalist arrangements, is a highly rewarding listening experience


Family


A Song for Me
Expanded and excellent edition of the eclectic Leicester band Family's 1970 third album


Rupert Wates


For The People
Enchanting album of original folk songs from US-based London guitarist and singer Rupert Wates.


Loop


Sonancy
First album in over thirty years from Loop combines the band’s riff-laden power and psychedelic production enhancement in classic fashion. ‘S


Tears For Fears


The Tipping Point
Ambitious first album in eighteen years from seminal 80's synth pop group Tears For Fears which finds them convincingly breaking into new territory


Weather Station


How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars
Intimate and understated sixth album from The Weather Station, the project of acclaimed Canadian actress and singer Tamara Lindeman


John Mayall


The Sun is Shining Down
Latest album from John Mayall reminds us why he is known as the godfather of British Blues, as, working with a fantastic array of contemporary musicians, he proves still has what it takes to please his fans as he approaches his ninetieth birthday next year


Bonham-Bullick


Bonham-Bullick
Eclectic covers album from Deborah Bonham, the younger sister of Led Zeppelin Drummer John Bonham, and her guitarist husband Peter Bullick


Bryan Adams


So Happy It Hurts
Formulaic but enjoyable latest album from bestselling Canadian artist Bryan Adams


Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri


The Long Ride Home
Superb latest album from singer Kiki Dee and guitarist Carmelo Luggeri which will delight their loyal fans and is a great introduction to their music for those who haven’t yet discovered it


Avril Lavigne


Love Sux
Raucously energetic and fiery comeback album from Canadian singer Avril Lavigne which marks a return to her pop-punk roots


Stereophonics


Oochya!
Anthemic and impressively powerful bewalbum from Welsh band Stereophonics released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of their debut LP


Maren Morris


Humble Quest
Evocative combination of folk, country and pop on third album from award winning American singer-songwriter Maren Morris


Nilufer Yanya


Painless
Minimalist and ethereal second album which reflects on vulnerability and dislocation from London-based singer-songwriter Nilufer Yanya


Lilly of the West


Swings and Heartaches Vol. 2
Eclectic and quirky collection of covers on twelfth album from Bulgarian bluegrass group Lilly of the West


Little Boots


Tomorrow's Yesterdays
Homemade DIY disco on accomplished but melancholic latest album from electronic artist Little Boots


Ella Henderson


Everything I Didn't Say
Confident but thought-provoking and bluntly honest second album and first in eight years from singer-songwriter Ella Henderson


Banjo Jen


Fine Line
Excellent new single from Banjo Jen which proves a great introduction to her take on country and Americana music


Taylor Young Band


Mercury Transit
Uplifting and appealing collection of songs on debut album from the Taylor Young Band which mixes pop, country and power pop perfectly


Dead South


Easy Listening for Jerks Parts 1 and 2
Volatile but impressive double pack covers EPs from quirky bluegrass punks The Dead South


Blues Against Youth


As the Tide Gets High and Low
Authentic and integral blues on sixth album from Italian one-man project The Blues Against Youth


David Lance Callahan


English Primitive 1
The legendary Wolfhounds frontman David Lance Callahan may be an anti-hero but 'English Primitive I' proves he is a national treasure


Oneiros Way


The Dawn is Near
Experimental and distinctive electronica on debut album from Milan-based duo Oneiros Way


Paul McCartney and Wings


Wild Life
Excellent vinyl reissue of Wings' 1971 debut album which while it received lukewarm reception on its initial release half a century on stands up in a more favourable light


Joss Stone


Never Forget My Love
Exuberant first album in seven years from acclaimed singer-songwriter Joss Stone


Brandy Alexanders


The Brandy Alexanders
Claiming to be a heady brew of psych rock, Canadian band The Brandy Alexanders’ debut dilutes the idea and turns it into something more like pop.


Piaggio Soul Combination and Lakeetra Knowles


Soultimate
Stunning Northern Soul-influenced album from Italian mods The Piaggio Soul Combination and Arkansas-based singer Lakeetra Knowles


Oliver Earnest


The Water Goes the Other Way
Debut solo album from former member of post-punk band Kaufmann Frust, now recording under the name Oliver Earnest, combines a contemporary wall of sound with thoughtful lyrics


Michael Warren


Untold Tales Of Ziggy Heroe
Excellent mixture of covers and originals from Michael Warren who formally performed Bowie covers as Ziggy Heroe in the 1970s and 1980s.


Howard Jones


The 12″ Album + 12″ers Vol. 2
Pleasurable and undemanding double album reissue of remixes from 80's synth act Howard Jones


Reg Meuross and Harbottle & Jonas


Songs of Love and Death
Perfect collaboration between folk legend Reg Meuross and Harbottle and Jonas featuring their take on ten traditional folk songs.


Sun Atoms


Let There Be Light
Enjoyable dreamy, visionary psych-rock on Sun Atoms’ debut album.


Livesays


Not What I Bargained For
Unpretentious, straightforward rock from veteran American musicians The Livesays on their fifth album


Various


I Love To See You Strut – More ’60s Mod, RNB, Brit Soul and Freakbeat Nuggets,
Rollercoaster ride of pop melodies and blues rock on long-awaited follow-up to the esteemed RPM mod/freakscene compilations


Bastille


Give Me The Future
Expansive and experimental science fiction-themed fourth album from London-based stadium act Bastille


Slash


4
Familiar but impressive hard rock on fourth album from Guns'N'Roses guitarist Slash with his side project The Conspirators


Oysterband


Read the Sky
Rousing and Green-friendly political folk rock in first album in eight years from the highly acclaimed Oysterband


Dewey and Leslie Brown with The Carolina Gentlemen


Jealousy
Traditional but distinctive bluegrass on second album from Appalachian-rooted husband and wife duo Dewey and Leslie Brown with backing band The Carolina Gentlemen


Janis Ian


The Light at the End of the Line
Eclectic and powerful first album in fifteen years from Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian which she says will be her last and proves a fitting conclusion to her unique musical career.


John Mellencamp


Strictly a One-Eyed Jack
Gritty and pessimistic new album of blue-collar anthems from Indiana-born singer-songwriter John Mellencamp which features guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen


Lydia Brownfield


Dig
Versatile and reflective album from Ohio-based singer-songwriter and emerging talent Lydia Brownfield inspired by romantic break-up and divorce


Anais Mitchell


Anais Mitchell
Thoughtful and warm first studio album in ten years for indie folk musician Anais Mitchell who has been focusing on her alternative career writing Broadway musicals.


Martha And The Muffins


Marthology: In and Outtakes
This selection from their archives is a reminder of just how great Martha and the Muffins are. Lots of good memories but there’s also a freshness to their music that is sure to win them new fans.


Marina


Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land (Deluxe Edition)
Appealing combination of the political with the personal on surprising and enjoyable fifth album from Welsh singer-songwriter Marina which originally released last year has now come out in a deluxe edition


Silk Sonic


An Evening with Silk Sonic
Harmonic soul pop on debut album from Silk Sonic, the new project of Bruno Mars with Californian singer and drummer Anderson .Paak


Honeyrunners


Everything is On Fire
Canadian band The Honeyrunners’ new album showcases a taste of Southern rock with a soulful, funky vibe


Elvis Costello and the Imposters


The Boy Named IF
Upbeat but sometimes abstract latest album from Elvis Costello om which he reflects on his own and other men's growing pains


Courtney Barnett


Things Take Time, Take Time
Understated but uplifting third album from Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett


Neil Young And Crazy Horse


Barn
Urgent and reflective fourteenth album from Neil Young with with his original backing group Crazy Horse


Katie Melua


Acoustic Album No. 8
Effective acoustic reworking by Katie Melua of her 2020 eighth album


Various


Revolt Into Style 1979
Enjoyable and eclectic three CD post punk and alternative music from 1979 from Cherry Red


Various


C91
Next instalment in Cherry Red’s successful C-series is ‘C91’, which shows that 1991 was a bad year for indie music, but the compilation itself is a joy to behold


Spidergawd


VI
Outstanding sixth album from Norwegian heavy metal band Spidergawd


Solyst


Spring
Magical fourth album from Sølyst. the solo project of Kriedlier drummer Thomas Klein


Gabriel Moreno


The Year of the Rat
Intimate and evocative new album from poetic Gibralter-born but London-based singer-songwriter Gabriel Moreno


Alicia Keys


Keys
Versatile double album from Alicia Keys which is split into two parts, one consisting of new songs, and the other of reworkings of songs from her back catalogue


Aeon Station


Observatory
Harmonic and thought-provoking debut album from Aeon Station, the solo project of ex-Wrens' member Kevin Whelan which was fourteen years in the making


Pistol Annies


Hell of a Holiday
Irreverent Christmas album from country supergroup the Pistol Annies


Freya Beer


Beast
First-rate debut album from alternative and Gothic rock-influenced West London singer-songwriter Freya Beer


Vapors of Morphine


Fear and Fantasy
Haunting and original post-rock on latest album from Morphine offshoot, Vapors of Morphine







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