wed 20/08/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Roni Size - Take Kontrol

Thomas H Green

Bristolian Roni Size was a leading light among Nineties drum & bass originals. By 1997, like many of his contemporaries, he was feted by the media as an artist about to supernova, to lead pop in wild new directions. It was all very exciting and when New Forms, the debut album by his band Reprazent, won the Mercury Music Prize, it marked a moment when drum & bass seemed about to take over. It never did. That was it. The breakthrough that dubstep eventually made the following decade was...

CD: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Guy Oddy

Royal Blood are Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher: the latest in a long line of rock two-pieces that have been assaulting the senses since the first appearance of White Stripes a decade and a half ago or so. This pair of guys from Brighton make muscular blues-rock that suggests the sound of the Black Keys’ younger, feral cousins or perhaps Drenge’s older brothers. Huge riffs, a bone-crushing beat and a volume that is permanently set at “11” back up Kerr’s suitably desperate howl that neither aims for...

DVD: We Are the Best!

David Nice

Lukas Moodysson caught the miseries and splendours of kids on the cusp of teendom in an early gem, Together (Tillsammans), but there they made up...

CD: James Yorkston - The Cellardyke Recording and...

Joe Muggs

The Fence Collective – originally a group of mates coming together to sing in a pub in Fife – has given the world an extraordinary roll-call of...

CD: Anja McCloskey - Quincy Who Waits

Russ Coffey

She's never liked labels, but this time round Anja McCloskey’s categorisation as “alternative folk” really seems misleading. Sure, there may still be...

DVD: The Changes

Kieron Tyler

Fantastic mid-Seventies dystopian children's drama from the BBC

CD: Mirel Wagner - When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Sparse compositions from Finnish songwriter's haunted pen

Morton Valence - Left

Thomas H Green

A banquet of exquisitely related misery from undersung London outfit

DVD: Starred Up

Graham Rickson

Explosive, claustrophobic prison drama punches above its weight

CD: Cats on Trees – Cats on Trees

Kieron Tyler

Anodyne French best-sellers attempt to export their success

CD: The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Blue-collar rockers channel heartbreak on fifth album

CD: Benjamin Taubkin - Al Qantara - The Bridge

Peter Culshaw

Unlikely fusion of Brazil and Morocco is surprisingly delicious

DVD: The Unknown Known

Nick Hasted

A fog of words from an unrepentant Donald Rumsfeld, in Errol Morris's doc

CD: Jerry Léonide - The Key

Matthew Wright

Mauritian pianist's debut release impresses with a cosmopolitan group of tunes

CD: Sinéad O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss

Guy Oddy

Somewhat middle-of-the-road offering from the Irish singer-songwriter

DVD: Swallows & Amazons

Kieron Tyler

Stiff Seventies film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s book

CD: FKA Twigs - LP1

Joe Muggs

Highly mannered high-tech R&B from the young Brit, but can it touch the soul too?

Reissue CDs Weekly: Hadda Brooks

Kieron Tyler

The Queen of the boogie still casts her spell

CD: Angus & Julia Stone - Angus & Julia Stone

Matthew Wright

Aussie siblings’ folk-rock is finely crafted but lacks emotional ballast

CD: Trans Am - Volume X

Guy Oddy

Post-rock types thrill with an eclectic mix on their tenth outing

CD: Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale

Jasper Rees

Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and Mark Knopfler summoned to salute the late guitar hero

CD: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Lisa-Marie Ferla

California girl's return confounds expectations

DVD: Venus in Fur

Katie Colombus

Polanski's play on sex and power in this adaptation of an erotic-classic

CD: Andy Bell – Torsten the Bareback Saint

Kieron Tyler

Erasure man’s theatrical evocation of a mythical life of longing, love and exploration

Loudon Wainwright III: Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)

Jasper Rees

America's finest musical observer jokes and rages about age, depression and dysfunction

Reissue CDs Weekly: Troubadours - Folk and the Roots of American Music

Kieron Tyler

Mammoth musical encyclopaedia of a strain of music integral to American culture

CD: Neon Jungle - Welcome to the Jungle

Thomas H Green

Jovially irrelevant tweeny-bop banger debut from flash-in-the-pan popsters

DVD: Independencia

Graham Fuller

A Filipino New Wave classic draws on early cinema to attack American imperialism

CD: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

Guy Oddy

American institution returns to the Seventies - again

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