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Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp


18
Well-crafted and credible collection of mainly covers from British guitarist Jeff Beck and controversial Hollywood star Johnny Depp


Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow


Ready for the Times
Fantastic collection of songs with great arrangements and inspired choices that showcase the talents of Aaron Catlow on fiddle and Brooks Williams on guitar.


Mark Mulholland


Revolutions Go in Circles
Accomplished third solo album from in-demand session player, engineer and producer Mark Mulholland


Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler


For All Our Days That Tear The Heart
Fantastic joint album From Hollywood actress Jessie Buckley and Suede guitarist Bernard Butler


Jack White


Entering Heaven's Gate
Versatile second album in three months from ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White


Regina Spektor


Home Before and After
Playful, unpredictable and sometimes heart-wrenching first album in six years from Moscow-born, but New York-based singer-songwriter Regina Spektor


Neneh Cherry


The Versions
Mellow and jazzy tribute album which reworks classic tracks from Neneh Cherry's back catalogue with the aid of guest singers and vocalists


Burning Hell


Garbage Island
Apocalyptic and nihilistic ninth album from Canadian post-punk/electronic band The Burning Hell


Flox


Square
Seventh album from Franco-British nu reggae exponent Flox is a soundtrack for Summer


Blue Orchids


Angus Tempus Memoir
Latest album ffrom The Blue Orchids, the durable band of Fall co-founder Martin Bramhah, which proves to be an acquired taste but which grows with each ;listening.


Dave Edwards


Many Rivers
Patchy retrospective of four decades worth of work from East End guitarist and singer-songwriter Dave Edwards


Black Dice


Mod Prog Sic
First LP after a ten year hiatus marks the return of witty and eerie New York City trio Black Sice


Saya Gray


19 Masters
Musically diverse and kaleidoscopic debut album from Toronto-based Japanese Canadian singer Saya Gray


Foals


Life is Yours
Upbeat and life-affirming new album from Oxford-based band Foals upon which they hope to help banish post-lockdown blues


Ashley Hutchings


More Songs From The Shows
Autobiographical 100th album from prolific Fairport Covention member Ashley Hutchings


Paolo Nutini


Last Night in the Bittersweet
Versatile and impressive first album in eight years from Glaswegian singer Paolo Nutini


Hurrah!


David Jensen 08.12.82
Stunningly packaged double 7” from Precious Recordings of London of 80’s indie band Hurrah!’s only BBC session with David Jensen


Marine Research


John Peel 18.05.99
Post-Heavenly/Talulah Gosh band Marine Research's only recorded session for John Peel gloriously presented as a stunning two-single package


Batida (feat. Mayra Andrade)


Bom Bom
Addictive single from Angolan-Portuguese musician Batida with guest vocals from Mayra Andrad which proves to be this summer's catchiest anthem


Moon Under Water


Fragments EP
Evocative and thoughtful post-punk on second EP from Leicester/Liverpool/Basildon group Moon Under Water


Soup Review


Go and See
Extraordinary latest collection from Soup Review about everyday topics will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye


Lucky Ones


Slow Dance, Square Dance, Barn Dance
Yukon roots music ensemble The Lucky Ones have released a fine if less exuberant second album.


Kim Robins


Leave the Porch Light On
Eclectic mix of bluegrass, country and gospel, on resilient third album from Indiana singer-songwriter Kim Robins which was created out of personal tragedy


Def Leppard


Diamond Star Halos
Enjoyable first album in seven years from Sheffield-formed hard rock act Def Leppard who on his new record play to their strengths


Lykke Li


Eyeye
Intimate and minimalist yet cinematic fifth album from Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li


Emile Sande


Let's Say For Instance
Refreshing comeback album from internationally-renowned Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande


Dave Stewart


Ebony McQueen
Versatile and semi-autobiographical new album from former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart


Various


Heroes & Villains – The Sound Of Los Angeles 1965-1968,
Excellent three-disc retrospective, which fifty years after the original release of the iconic 'Nuggets' album, compiles together music from the LA scene of 1965-68, and the garage/psychedelic/pop sounds of California


Girls At Our Best!


Pleasure
Classic post punk/indie pop on new three-disc deluxe edition of Girls at Our Best!'s 1981 only album


Sigrid


How to Let Go
Thoughtful and experimental electronica on second album from chart-storming Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid


Paul Iwan


Present
Compelling and forceful second album from talented Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Paul Iwan


Gabi Garbutt and the Illuminations


Cockerel
Emotively powerful and thought-challenging yet uplifting second album from poetic London-based singer-songwriter Gabi Garbutt and her band The Illuminations


Smile


A Light for Attracting Attention
High quality debut album from The Smile, The new side-project for Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood


Various


Un-Scene! Post-Punk Birmingham 1978-1982
Extensive and well-presented compilation of Birmingham indie and post-punk bands between 1978 and 1982


Low Drift


The Low Drift
Pastoral yet potent folk rock on extraordinary debut album from Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire trio The Low Drift


Simon Love


Love, Sex and Death Etc
Simon Love’s first album in four years is pop magnificence that takes on all the major topics of life


Peter Doherty and Frederic Lo


The Fantasy Life of Poetry and Crime
Intimate and understated new album from The Libertines' Peter Doherty which h has recorded in collaboration with French musician Frederic Lo


Bonnie Raitt


Just Like That...
Powerful and reflective combination of original compositions and covers on first album in six years from California-based singer Bonnie Raitt


Soft Cell


Happiness Not Included
Excellent fifth album from groundbreaking 80's synth duo Soft Cell


Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway


Crooked Tree
Eclectic bluegrass and country rock on third album from singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle


Norah Jones


Come Away With Me: 20th Anniversary Edition
Fantastic 20th anniversary reissue of Norah Jones' sublime surprise hit debut album. 'Come Away With Me'


Josie Bello


Resilience
Thoughtful and sensitive mix of folk, rock and country on confident third album from American singer-songwriter Josie Bello


Father John Misty


Chloe And The Next 20th Century
Heartwarming and immaculate fifth album from Father John Misty, the moniker of Seattle singer-songwriter Josh Tillman


Sam Brace


Fever and Bones
Strong 1990s alternative rock-influenced debut solo album from folk punk band Skinny Lister's guitarist Sam Brace


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts


Changeup
Excellent acoustic album from Joan Jett which features new versions of her best-known songs in a more intimate setting


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


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


Maren Morris


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


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


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


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


Banjo Jen


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


Rupert Wates


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


Family


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


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


Little Boots


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


Nilufer Yanya


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


Stereophonics


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


Bryan Adams


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


Avril Lavigne


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







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