tue 24/04/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Oliver Way - From The Shadows

Thomas H Green

There’s a regular problem with techno albums. The DJ-producers who make them are usually so deeply embedded in club techno that when it comes to making a long-form collection, leaving the dancefloor and showcasing variety, they’re incapable. What, to them, sounds like a sonic adventure, to the rest of us sounds like a series of four-to-the-floor bangers that, after a couple, grows quickly monotonous, however good they’d have sounded at 3am in strobe-strafed Belgian warehouse darkness.Holland-...

CD: Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Tim Cumming

Willie Nelson turned 85 at the end of April, a few days after releasing his latest album and a rare set of self-penned new songs, Last Man Standing. “I don’t want to be the last man standing,” he sings slyly on the shuffling, restless opener, “Oh wait a minute, maybe I do…” Last man standing? In several key contexts, that’s exactly what he is.

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman's The Magic Flute

David Nice

Opera on film's most magical offering, better by some way than Joseph Losey's cinematically tricksy Don Giovanni, at last makes it to Region 2 in...

CD: Dylan Carlson - Conquistador

Guy Oddy

Ambient metal outlier and leader of the mighty Earth, Dylan Carlson’s new solo album is the soundtrack to an imaginary western, based on the true...

CD: Jenny Wilson - Exorcism

Kieron Tyler

Exorcism begins with a track titled “Rapin’”. Its lyrics tell of a late night walk home during which the drunk protagonist is sexually assaulted. “...

Blu-ray: Andrey Zvyagintsev - The Return / The Banishment

Mark Kidel

The first two films from the Russian master of the human abyss

CD: Mark Peters – Innerland

Barney Harsent

The former Engineer turns cartographer on a simple yet articulate instrumental journey

CD: Glymjack - Light the Evening Fire

Thomas H Green

Singer-songwriter Greg McDonald's new folk project is a well-conceived treat

CD: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Paradox

Mark Kidel

Weak soundtrack album lets Neil Young down

DVD: Blood and Glory

Jasper Rees

Rare film in Afrikaans dramatises the birth of Springbok rugby in a brutal British internment camp

CD: Manic Street Preachers - Resistance is Futile

Russ Coffey

The Welsh rockers' 13th album is philosophical and exciting

CD: National Jazz Trio of Scotland - Standards Vol.IV

Thomas H Green

Scottish alt-jazz institution Bill Wells continues his explorations

DVD/Download: Lies We Tell

Graham Rickson

Uneven but brave attempt at Yorkshire noir

CD: Laura Veirs - The Lookout

Kieron Tyler

Assured 10th album from the American singer-songwriter

DVD/Blu-ray: An Actor's Revenge

Tom Birchenough

Japanese fascination in stage story told with overlapping plot strands, distinctive doubling

CD: Brazilian Girls - Let's Make Love

Howard Male

Back with a bang (and a few whimpers)

CD: Kylie Minogue - Golden

Joe Muggs

Nashville reinvention for the People's Princess doesn't sit well

CD: The Damned - Evil Spirits

Guy Oddy

UK punk first wavers prove they still have plenty in the tank

CD: Fenne Lily - On Hold

Thomas H Green

Rising singer has a striking voice that may be the making of her

CD: Sonido Gallo Negro - Mambo Cósmico

Mark Kidel

Healing energies from Mexico

CD: Eels - The Deconstruction

Javi Fedrick

Acoustic tenderness gets lost amongst middle-of-the-road musical wanderings

Blu-ray: Derek Jarman Collection, Vol One 1972-1986

Mark Kidel

Voyage through an alchemical universe: the magical realm of a flawed English genius

CD: Owen Broder - Heritage

Peter Quinn

Americana meets modern jazz in collection of striking originals and inspired reworkings

CD: Napalm Death - Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs

Joe Muggs

Midlands grindcore war machine still firing on all cylinders after all these years

DVD: Queerama

Owen Richards

A glorious film reclamation of Britain’s troubled gay past

CD: Mary Chapin Carpenter - Sometimes Just the Sky

Liz Thomson

Thirty years' worth of pearls from the Mary Chapin Carpenter jewel box

CD: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Seedlings All

Tim Cumming

Songs of emotional maturity from the art-folk duo

CD: The Longcut - Arrows

Thomas H Green

Noughties indie sensations return from a decade away hoping to reclaim their throne

CD: Daphne & Celeste - Daphne & Celeste Save the World

Thomas H Green

Unexpectedly off-the-wall comeback album from pop girls of yesteryear


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