thu 27/08/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Owiny Sigoma Band - Nyanza

Matthew Wright

Nyanza is the province of western Kenya where this intriguing Anglo-Kenyan, inter-generational five-piece recorded their third album, exploring the region in which the Luo people created their music. The Kenyan contingent, nyatiti (a plucked lyre) master Joseph Nyamungu and Luo percussionist Charles Owoko are both from that tribe, with Londoners Tom Skinner (drums), Jesse Hackett (vox/keys) and Louis Hackett (bass) making up the remainder. There’s a narrative arc of sorts, as the music traces...

CD: Hills - Frid

Guy Oddy

In a way that is reminiscent of fellow Swedes and label mates Goat, Hills play a primal psychedelia that draws from a far broader spectrum of sounds than the usual garage rock and motorik grooves of their British and American fellow travellers. On Frid, their third album, vocals are largely put aside in favour of spaced-out instrumentals or chanting that suggests medieval plainsong fed into an effects box. While the guitar sounds and grooves of Tinariwen and Songhoy Blues rub up against the...

DVD: Around the World with Orson Welles

Graham Rickson

Orson Welles was commissioned by ITV in 1955 to make a 26-part series of travelogues. Always in search of money to fund his independent projects, he...

CD: Beach House – Depression Cherry

Kieron Tyler

Though beautiful, Depression Cherry is hard to love. The fifth album from Beach House – Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally – has the fragile...

CD: Trappist Afterland – Afterlander

Barney Harsent

Now, I don’t know about you, but if someone holding some tiny cymbals invited me into a room on the promise of hearing some devotional chanting to an...

CD: Motörhead – Bad Magic

Guy Oddy

A solid 22nd album from Lemmy’s veteran rockers

DVD: Eyes Without a Face

Kieron Tyler

Georges Franju’s 1960 auteur horror feature remains fresh and still disturbs

DVD: Timbuktu

David Nice

Aberrahmane Sissoko's essential reflection on the occupation of the Malian desert town

CD: Loose Tubes - Arriving

Peter Quinn

A magisterial, skip-proof collection that delivers a powerful emotional jolt

DVD: Queen and Country

Mark Kidel

Autobiographical account of National Service days lacks fizz

CD: Natalie Imbruglia - Male

Russ Coffey

Former pop pixie goes 'mature and sophisticated' - how does it suit?

CD: Blancmange - Nil By Mouth

Caspar Gomez

Unexpected instrumental interlude from low-profile 1980s electro-pop act

CD: Public Enemy – Man Plans God Laughs

Barney Harsent

Hip Hop's grand masters produce their best in almost a decade

DVD: Glassland

Tom Birchenough

Raw performances from Jack Reynor and Toni Collette as mother and son in bleak Irish drama

CD: The Strypes – Little Victories

Guy Oddy

Irish garage blues firebrands lose their way on album number two

CD: Iris DeMent - The Trackless Woods

Mark Kidel

Russian poetry Southern country style

DVD: Videodrome

Nick Hasted

David Cronenberg's vision of body horror and video sleaze retains its power

CD: Slime - Company

Kieron Tyler

Atmospheric, soul-tinged, Fourth-World electronica from Hackney-based Will Archer

CD: Bullet For My Valentine - Venom

Thomas H Green

Fifth from Welsh metal furies retains their muscle and lack of flab

DVD: My Darling Clementine

Graham Fuller

John Ford's classic noir Western transcends its own mythmaking

CD: Ruf Dug – Island

Barney Harsent

The Manchester-based producer maps out his own terrain and strikes gold

CD: Four Tet - Morning/Evening

Barney Harsent

From dawn til dusk: Kieran Hebden's two-track tour of a day proves thoughtful and beautiful

DVD: War and Peace

Tom Birchenough

Nuclear weapons in India and Pakistan, and wider issues, in insightful documentary

CD: Frank Turner – Positive Songs for Negative People

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Positive mental anthems from folk-punk troubadour

CD: Jill Scott - Woman

Joe Muggs

The neo-soul queen on charming form on her fifth studio album

CD: Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots

Thomas H Green

Bristolian house don's debut has its tasty moments

DVD: Quatermass

Kieron Tyler

The earnest 1979 TV series where Nigel Kneale’s professor bowed out

CD: Richard Fairhurst & John Taylor – Duets

Matthew Wright

Collection of originals and adaptations bears witness to Taylor's understated brilliance

CD: 10.000 Russos - 10.000 Russos

Guy Oddy

A muscular psychedelic debut from Portugal that heads straight for the dance-floor

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