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New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Sum 41 - Order In Decline

Guy Oddy

Sum 41 were one of those light-weight punk-ish bands in unfeasibly large pairs of shorts that washed up in the wake of Green Day’s early success in the mid-90s. They soon became the acceptable face and sound of punk, sold millions of albums and picked up armfuls of awards, and even played a role in the rehabilitation of Iggy Pop’s career, by accompanying him on 2003’s Skull Ring album.

CD: Sabaton – The Great War

Asya Draganova

It’s been 20 years since Sabaton’s formation in 1999, and the Swedish power metal band have decided to mark their anniversary with an ambitious and energetic record dedicated to events and heroes from the First World War.

CD: Mega Bog - Dolphine

Kieron Tyler

On “Truth in the Wild”, Erin Birgy sings “Never smother the mystical song that rests deep inside you.” Accordingly, its parent album Dolphine...

CD: Thom Yorke - Anima

Thomas H Green

Thom Yorke is frontman of Radiohead, a festival-headlining rock band who sell out stadiums all over the globe. His artistic aspirations, however,...

CD: Molly - All That Ever Could Have Been

Barney Harsent

The first thing you notice when listening to the debut album from Austrian duo Molly (Lars Andersson and Phillip Dornauer) is that it is a collection...

CD: Kool Keith - KEITH

Guy Oddy

Hip hop elder statesman shows he isn’t ready for retirement yet

DVD/Blu-ray: A Case for a Rookie Hangman

Tom Birchenough

Satire with a Swiftian slant in late Czech New Wave exploration

CD - The Lost Words: Spell Songs

Tim Cumming

Songs inspired by disappearing nature cast their spell

CD: Africa Express - Egoli

Mark Kidel

Fresh sounds from South Africa and beyond

CD: Daughter of Swords - Dawnbreaker

Kieron Tyler

Contemplative solo album from Mountain Man’s Alexandra Sauser-Monnig

CD: Tycho - Weather

Guy Oddy

San Franciscan experimentalists get poppy

DVD/Blu-ray: Mirai

Saskia Baron

Artful Japanese portrait of a little boy coming to terms with his new baby sister

CD: Sarah Jane Morris & Tony Rémy - Sweet Little Mystery: The Songs of John Martyn

Liz Thomson

Ten years after his death, Martyn the maverick is suitably honoured

CD: The Soft Cavalry - The Soft Cavalry

Joe Muggs

Husband-wife project gently surmounts daunting challenges

Blu-ray: People on Sunday

Mark Kidel

Groundbreaking 1929 Berlin film by Hollywood's future talent

CD: KOKOKO! - Fongola

Howard Male

The Kinshasa collective who turn landfill into floor-fillers

CD: Mark Mulcahy – The Gus

Barney Harsent

The singer-songwriter's latest finds him in fine, authorial, voice

CD: Ingrid Michaelson - Stranger Songs

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pop songwriter's widely appealing songs inspired by Netflix series

Blu-ray: For All Mankind

Graham Rickson

Breathtaking, heartstopping celebration of Project Apollo

CD: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

Joe Muggs

Exploring the depths of Californian noir on ultra-accomplished rap album

CD: Foy Vance - From Muscle Shoals

Thomas H Green

Latest from Northern Irish singer-songwriter emulates '60s southern soul with waning results

DVD/Blu-ray: Sauvage

Tom Birchenough

Raw authenticity and a visceral performance from Félix Maritaud give this French debut indelible power

CD: Black Keys - Let’s Rock

Guy Oddy

A surprisingly slick return for the Akron duo

CD: Bedouine - Bird Songs of a Killjoy

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Timeless album of American folk from Syrian-born singer

CD: Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy

Joe Muggs

Growing up in style with the indietronic fivesome

Blu-ray: Dazed and Confused

Saskia Baron

Richard Linklater's loose-limbed portrait of American teenagers in 1976 gets a deserved re-release

CD: Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings

Owen Richards

Another well-crafted record of pure pop hits

CD: Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home

Tim Cumming

Empathic third album in a late-career trilogy from the outlaw country icon

CD: Jane Weaver - Loops in the Secret Society

Kieron Tyler

Perplexing mash-up of the sonic adventurer’s last two albums

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