sun 28/05/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Binker and Moses - Journey to the Mountain of Forever

Peter Quinn

Two of the most impressive young musicians on London’s jazz scene, tenor saxist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd hoovered up every award in sight following the release of their debut album Dem Ones, including a brace of gongs at the Jazz FM Awards 2016 (for UK Jazz Act of the Year and Breakthrough Act of the Year) plus Jazz Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

CD: DJ Hell - Zukunfstmusik

Thomas H Green

Helmut Geir has been around the block multiple times but, like an electro-sonic Batman, always pops up just when he’s needed. Never much moved by fads, the Bavarian DJ-producer has always kept a foot in pre-house music styles, notably punk, Eighties synth-pop and Seventies electronica. His new album, only his fifth in a 25 year recording career, is, without doubt, his meisterwerk. Titled after the German for “Music of the Future”, a Wagnerian term, it’s actually retro-futurist in tone, yet so...

DVD/Blu-ray: Lino Brocka - Two Films

Tom Birchenough

With some re-releases, the fascination is not only discovering the work of a director, but also the environment and context in which he or she worked...

CD: Vieux Farka Touré - Samba

Mark Kidel

The river of sound from Mali never stops flowing. War in the Sahara and the constant threat of Jihadists haven’t stopped the ceaseless wave of...

CD: Mark Mulcahy - The Possum in the Driveway

Barney Harsent

Initially released to coincide with Record Shop Day (we’re in the UK so yes, it’s a shop, thanks very much), we’re a little late out of the blocks...

DVD/Blu-ray: Madame de…

Kieron Tyler

Unexpected passions win out in Max Ophüls’ landmark drama of the heart

CD: Linkin Park - One More Light

Russ Coffey

Erstwhile nu-metallers' new direction falls flat

CD: The Charlatans - Different Days

Guy Oddy

Tim Burgess invites along a load of mates but then just chills out

CD: Shitkid - Fish

Thomas H Green

Imaginative, punk-tinted, strange-pop from Sweden

Blu-ray: My Life as a Dog

Saskia Baron

The much loved Swedish coming-of-age drama: Lasse Hallström's better canine experience

CD: Miles Mosley - Uprising

Matthew Wright

Los Angeles bassist's solo debut draws on the most potent traditions in black American music

CD: Lisa Knapp - Till April Is Dead: A Garland of May

Tim Cumming

Inventive musical settings hail the folk singer as Queen of the May

DVD/Blu-ray: La La Land

Jasper Rees

Armed with six Oscars (if not the big one), Damien Chazelle's homage to Los Angeles embarks on a long afterlife

CD: Oumou Sangaré - Mogoya

Mark Kidel

Mali's songbird flirts with a contemporary sound

CD: Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology

Kieron Tyler

Never mind the inspirations, it’s the musical conceptualist’s songs which matter

CD: Harry Styles - Harry Styles

Barney Harsent

The One Direction star tries gamely to live up to the hype machine

DVD/Blu-ray: Melody

Saskia Baron

Pre-teen romantic comedy set in late Sixties London gets a welcome restoration

CD: Pumarosa - The Witch

Thomas H Green

London outfit's debut has the potential for major pop-rock crossover

CD: Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind - Super Natural

Guy Oddy

The Righteous Mind’s debut is a punk-blues scorcher

Blu-ray: Tampopo

Saskia Baron

Delicious Japanese comedy about deadly rivalry between noodle chefs

CD: Juana Molina - Halo

Kieron Tyler

Career highlight from Argentina's musical witch

CD: Ryuichi Sakamoto - async

Matthew Wright

Innovative fusion composer returns after illness to ponder mutability

CD: Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution

Barney Harsent

He might not change the world, but all hail the Modfather's evolution

DVD/Blu-ray: Catfight

Nick Hasted

Anne Heche battles Sandra Oh in a bloody, singular satire

CD: Kasabian - For Crying Out Loud

Thomas H Green

The latest from Leicester's premier rock outfit will, as ever, divide listeners

CD: Slowdive - Slowdive

Joe Muggs

After a 22-year gap, does shoegaze even matter?

DVD/Blu-ray: German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

Saskia Baron

Screening the Holocaust, Sidney Bernstein's devastating documentary completed and restored

CD: The Bug Vs Earth - Concrete Desert

Guy Oddy

Kevin Martin and Dylan Carlson lay down some high-grade uneasy listening

DVD/Blu-ray: Letter to Brezhnev

Jasper Rees

Eighties low-budget classic set in Liverpool given a welcome re-release


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