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Kacey Musgraves


Star-Crossed
Emotive and adventurous new album from Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves which was inspired by her recent marriage break-up and divorce


H3000


H3000
Soulful and euphoric sci-fi inspired electronica on debut album from Australian/Los Angeles-influenced duo H3000


Halsey


If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power
Gritty and thought=provoking rock on latest album from Halsey, who came out as non-binary earlier this year


Metallica and Various Artists


Metallica Blacklist
Enjoyable new four CD Box set released to mark the 30th anniversary of Meatllica's infamous black album which combines a remastered version of the original album with covers of its tracks by a total of 53 artists.


James McMurtry


The Horses and the Hounds
First new album in seven years from singer songwriter and guitarist James McMurtry which features killer stories and raucous guitar


Poppermost


Hits to Spare
Enjoyable album from one-man Glaswegian multi-instrumentalist The Poppermost which sheds a bright light on the British Invasion and 1960s American bands


Gordon Giltrap and Paul Brett


Raven Reflections
Outstanding collaboration from two of the UK's best and most original acoustic guitarists/songwriters Gordon Giltrap and Paul Brett which showcases Brett's specially designed Raven guitar.


Blancmange


Commercial Break
1980s synth-pop progenitors Blancmange maintain their highly prolific release rate with a solid new addition to their discography


Various


Generation Blitz
Highly impressive compilation that pays homage to ground-breaking early 1980s club Blitz which created the New Romantic movement


Robert J. Hunter


Nothing But Rust
Energetic and infectious blues rock on fifth album from British blues guitarist Robert J Hunter


Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters


Destiny Waiving
Album of electronica-dominated instrumentals from former Engineers Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters is a sleek but disappointing construction.


Greg Antista and the Lonely Streets


Under the Neon Heat
Versatile album from Californiian elder statesmen Greg Antista and the Lonely Streets who maintain a punk attitude


Sean Chambers


That’s What I’m Talking About: Tribute to Hubert Sumlin
Excellent covers album in which blues artist Sean Chambers pays tribute to his former mentor, legendary ex Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin,


Burner Band


Signs and Wonders
Enjoyable mix of country, bluegrass and rock’n’roll from Leeds-based The Burner Band.


Elvis Costello


Spanish Model
Remarkable new album from Elvis Costello who had reworked his debut album 'This Year's Model' in Spanish


Maisie Peters


You Signed Up For This
Introspective debut album from Sussex singer-songwriter Maisie Peters which reflects on her ransition from adolescence into adulthood


Iron Maiden


Senjutsu
Resilient and dynamic first album in six years from heavy metal giants Iron Maiden


Lorde


Solar Power
Reflective and stripped-back third album from acclaimed New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde


Diane Warren


The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1
Enjoyable release from acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren, who having written countless hits for other artists has finally put out her debut album


Killers


Pressure Machine
Cinematic and reflective new album from The Killers, which was inspired by frontman Brandon Flowers' return to his small and conservative home town in Utah.


Peaches


Pussy Mask
Confrontational single sided 7 inch from Berlin-based experimental artist Peaches


Craig Fortnam


Ark
Glorious orchestral avant garde and tongue-in-cheek English pop on debut solo album from North Sea Orchestra frontman Craig Fortnam


Don Zilla


Ekizikiza Mubwengula
Baffling avant garde wizard electronica from Kampala-based musician and producer Don Zilla which is graced with a divine touch


Serious Sam Barrett


The Seeds of Love
Fresh and authentic latest album from Serious Sam Barrett which is firmly rooted in the folk tradition and celebrates the part love songs play in that genre.


Jez Hellard and the Djukella Orchestra


The Fruitful Fells
Upliftinga and beautiful collection of songs from Jez Hellard and the Djukella Orchestra that resonate with the mood of the times


Huguenots


Heyford (Remastered 2021)
Delightful slice of post-punk indie pop with shades of Americana showcased in British band Huguenots’ re-issued and remastered EP. REVIEW Huguenots are the London-based duo of singer-songw


Dim Gray


Flown
Post-progressive debut album from Norway’s Dim Gray, combining magical, haunting soundscapes with folk and rock


Billie Eilish


Happier Than Ever
Compelling and thoughtful second album from multi-award-winning singer Billie Eilish


Jake Bugg


Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
Impressive return-to-form on fifth album from Nottingham-born singer-songwriter Jake Bugg


David Crosby


For Free
Optimistic fourth album in five years from David Crosby, who continues on this his late-life renaissance


Yola


Stand for Myself
Eclectic and fiery second album from powerhouse Bristol-born and now Nashville-based singer-songwriter Yola


Clairo


Sling
Intimate but frank and socially conscious second album from American singer-songwriter Clairo


Bleachers


Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
Celebratory and life-affirming third album from Bleachers. the project of acclaimed producer Jack Antonoff, which includes guest appearances from Lana Del Ray, St Vincent. The Chicks and Bruce Springsteen.


Steve Ashley


Family Album Revisited
Impressive reissue of folk singer-songwriter Steve Ashley’s 1979 album which he recorded with members of Fairport Conventiion


Gary Kemp


Insolo
Impressive 70's rock influenced first solo album in twenty-six years from Spandau Ballet guitarist and songwriter Gary Kemp


Inhaler


It Won't Always Be Like This
Eclectic and exuberant debut album rom bestselling Irish band Inhaler


Snapped Ankles


Forest of Your Problems
Environmentally=concerned third album from Snapped Ankles who mourn forest demise with a set of cracking tunes.


La Jungle


Fall off the Apex
Urgent punk disco pop from French speaking Belgium band La Jungle


Various


Made to Measure Vol. 1
Re-issue of abstract and new wave compilation from 1984.on Belgian label Crammed Discs


Motorpsycho


Kingdom of Oblivion
Dull and cliched harmonic rock on latest album from Norwegian band Motorpsycho


Last Days Of April


Even the Good Days are Bad
Appealing indie pop on tenth album from Stockholm popsters Last Days Of April who reveal increasing maturity


Various


Party for Joey: A Sweet Relief Tribute to Joey Spampinato
Fantastic covers project and charity compilation album for NRBQ bassist and songwriter Joey Spampinato, who is undergoing long-term treatment for cancer


Chills


Scatterbrain
Reflective and thought-provoking seventh album from influential Dunedin indie act The Chills


Gregario


Nomads on Hold
Impressive debut album from Gregario, the new piano-based project of Luxembourg musician David André which finds him moving in a new direction


Amusement Parks On Fire


An Archaea
Excellent fourth album and first in ten years From Nottingham-based shoegazing outfit Amusement Parks On Fire


Lou Barlow


Reason to Live
Fourth solo album from Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh member, folky and lo-fi in style, only partly justifies its existence.


Derev


Leap of Faith
Debut from Canadian progressive band with European and Middle Eastern roots Derev is both musicianly and heartfelt


Pulsar Ensemble


Bizarre City
Excellent second album from five-piece Italian band Pulsar Ensemble who create a sci-fi world and bring it to to life with nine, disparate compositions


Desperate Journalist


Maximum Sorrow!
Fourth LP from dynamic 80s postpunk-inspired Londoners Desperate Journalist proves to be a belter


Maartin Allcock


OX15
Excellent and timely reissue of late Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull multi-instrumentalist Maartin Allcock's second solo album


Blondie


Vivir En La Habana
Excellent new live album recorded in Cuba from Blondie who late in their career continue to push boundaries


Jack Savoretti


Europiana
Enjoyable retro and European-influenced seventh album from bestselling singer-songwriter ack Savoretti


Tom Odell


Monsters
Frank but uplifting pop on new album from Chichester-born singer-songwriter Tom Odell written as he recuperated from alcohol problems


Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth


Utopian Ashes
Excellent country-influenced new album from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Savages' singer Jehnny Beth which tells of a crumbling marriage


Kevin Hewick


Never Give Up On a Song
Musically varied tenth album from Leicester singer-songwriter Kevin Hewick proves a strong collection concerned both with connection and its lack


Eric Malmberg


Milda Doden Hamtar Oss Alla Till Slut
Excellent seven inch single which takes two tracks from Swedish composer from a 2007 album


Jimi Tenor


Deep Sound Learning (1993-2000)
Excellent anthology of unshelved material from the 1990s from Jimi Tenor who has helped to shape the course of electro jazz


Mouse On Mars


AAI
Computed coordinated chaos on anarchic latest album from German electronic duo Mouse On Mars


Yonder Boys


Acid Folk
Impressive new album from Berlin-based Americana band Yonder Boys which is a heady cocktail of bluegrass, folk, Latin and psychedelia


Elli De Mon


Countin’ the Blues
Stunning covers album from Italian Elli de Mon, paying tribute to the early female blues singers and songwriters







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