wed 20/06/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

Matthew Wright

It would always be difficult to follow The Epic, the 2015 release which turned LA saxophonist Kamasi Washington from leader of the local scene to international star. So this musical and spiritual journey lifts off into the heavens, the 16 pieces divided equally into firstly Earth - the external world perceived by Kamasi - then Heaven, which Kamasi describes as the world he sees inwardly.  

Blu-ray: Force of Evil

Mark Kidel

Force of Evil is much more than a stunning film noir classic: it’s first and foremost a film about money and power and their tragic power of attraction.

CD: Jim James - Uniform Distortion

Kieron Tyler

How great is Uniform Distortion? As great as Greg Sage’s Straight Ahead or Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Ragged Glory or Dungen’s Ta det lugnt or...

CD: Soulwax - Essential

Owen Richards

It took Soulwax 12 years to release 2017’s From Deewee, a triumphant one take clash of live drums and electronic wizardry. It’s taken less than 12...

CD: The Orb - No Sounds Are Out of Bounds

Guy Oddy

For their 15th studio album, The Orb have decided to sidestep the more techno-influenced sounds of their two previous albums Moonbuilding 2703AD and...

CD: Christina Aguilera - Liberation

Katie Colombus

A reflective yet conflicted album

CD: Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Jo Southerd

Long-awaited follow-up to 2012 debut is wonderfully weird prog-odyssey

DVD/Blu-ray: The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Tom Birchenough

No particular place to go: refreshed soundtrack revives Wim Wenders's debut feature

CD: AMMAR 808 - Maghreb United

Mark Kidel

North African trance hits the spot

CD: Lykke Li - So Sad So Sexy

Joe Muggs

How does jettisoning her indie roots work for the Swedish popstrel?

CD: Black Sedan - Adventure Lit Their Star

Thomas H Green

Musical outing from polymath Mark Hodkinson proves a woozy, worthwhile listen

CD: Lily Allen - No Shame

Thomas H Green

Broken marriage vividly dissected under the microscope on the singer's fourth album

CD: Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg

Barney Harsent

The sometime Super Furry frontman heads for the apocalypse armed with hope and an amazing clutch of songs

CD: Wooden Shjips - V

Guy Oddy

San Franciscan psychedelicists lay down some sunny vibes

CD: Snail Mail - Lush

Jo Southerd

Sadness and shred in equal measure on Baltimore teen’s debut

DVD: Here to Be Heard - The Story of the Slits

Thomas H Green

Well-told documentary on Britain's groundbreaking female punk band

CD: Kanye - Ye

Joe Muggs

Suicidal ideation, greed, marital strife and paternal sexual obsessions as entertainment: just another day chez West

CD: Roger Daltrey - As Long as I Have You

Barney Harsent

The Who singer's latest outing proves utterly unessential


Ellie Porter

Collaboration between Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of Tunng is a beautiful, odd little gift

Blu-ray: Intimate Lighting

Tom Birchenough

A very bearable slightness of being pervades Ivan Passer’s Czech feature debut

CD: Jennifer Warnes - Another Time, Another Place

Liz Thomson

Crossing musical boundaries

CD: Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

Joe Muggs

Globe-straddling experimentalist in bamboozlingly confident form

CD: Morcheeba - Blaze Away

Thomas H Green

Now a duo, the imperishable downtempo outfit come back with a convincing new set

CD: Snow Patrol - Wildness

Russ Coffey

Have the Northern Irish gloom-rockers developed a lighter touch?

CD: Chvrches - Love Is Dead

Owen Richards

Scotland’s electropop trio aim for full mainstream integration

DVD/Blu-ray: Coco

Graham Rickson

Big-hearted musings on death and memory, disguised as a family blockbuster

CD: Gretchen Peters - Dancing with the Beast

Liz Thomson

Gone to look for America

CD: Caroline Rose - Loner

Kieron Tyler

US singer-songwriter lays on the sass too thickly

CD: Judith Owen - redisCOVERed

Thomas H Green

Admirably improbable set of cover versions is only partly successful


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