sun 16/12/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

Albums of the Year 2018: Black Merlin - Kosua

Barney Harsent

Kosua was released only last month, but its journey began two years ago when George Thompson, aka Black Merlin, released Hipnotik Tradisi, a beautiful and captivating document of his travels through Indonesia, seamlessly blending field recordings, found sounds and studio experimentalism.

Albums of the Year 2018: Farai - Rebirth

Thomas H Green

It’s been an odd year for albums. The one I’ve listened to most is Stop Lying, a mini-album by Raf Rundel, an artist best known as one half of DJ-producer outfit 2 Bears. It’s a genially cynical album, laced with love, dipping into all manner of styles, from electro-pop to hip hop, but essentially pop.

Albums of the Year 2018: Sarah Gillespie -...

Howard Male

The problem with being an increasingly senile but still rabidly enthusiastic music fan is that you find yourself declaring that an autumn release is...

Albums of the Year 2018: Erland Cooper - Solan...

Katie Colombus

I’ve noticed a stark shift in transition of the kind of music I want to spend my time listening to over 2018. I’ve slowed down. I’ve started...

CD: Aloe Blacc - Christmas Funk

Joe Muggs

Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III – Aloe Blacc – is one shrewd dude. He's extremely adept at reaching out beyond the confines of his natural beat of funk...

CD: Mary Poppins Returns - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas H Green

One of Disney's untouchables makes it through an unwanted regeneration looking surprisingly OK

CD: Jessie J - This Christmas Day

Jo Southerd

High production values and some imagination in reworking of favourite Christmas songs

Eric Clapton - Happy Xmas

Russ Coffey

How festive does Slowhand get?

DVD: The Workshop

Tom Birchenough

Teenage narrative kicks do not last in Laurent Cantet's latest

DVD: The Heiresses

Tom Birchenough

Disruptions of a defined world beautifully observed in an accomplished Paraguayan debut

CD: The Albion Christmas Band - Under the Christmas Tree

Liz Thomson

As traditional as turkey with all the trimmings

CD: The Monkees - Christmas Party

Guy Oddy

Wake up Sleepy Jean, the Monkees are back to spread some Christmas cheer

CD: The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

Barney Harsent

The ambitious pop-rock outfit return with an album that's interesting, but overlong

CD: My Baby - MOUNAIKI: By The Bright of the Night

Thomas H Green

Kiwi-Dutch psychedelic funk-rockers finally match their live reputation

CD: Majken - Young Believer

Kieron Tyler

Unfulfilled promise on Swedish singer-songwriter’s debut album

CD: Bill Ryder-Jones - Yawn

Jo Southerd

Fourth album crackles with intimacy and floors with its candour

DVD/Blu-ray: Columbus

Tom Birchenough

Architecture heals solitary souls in an auteur gem

CD: Kim Myhr - Pressing Clouds Passing Crowds

Kieron Tyler

The Norwegian guitarist collaborates with poet Caroline Bergvall in an enthralling reflection on transformation

DVD: The Man from Mo'Wax

Thomas H Green

Sometimes absorbing, sometimes morose documentary on London's 1990s kingpin of underground instrumental hip hop beats

CD: Dead Can Dance - Dionysus

Tim Cumming

Festival music for an ancient God

CD: Sandra Kerr & John Faulkner – The Music From Bagpuss

Barney Harsent

Recommended restorative listening from the children's TV classic

CD: Ed Harcourt - Beyond the End

Katie Colombus

A surprising turn for the singer-songwriter

DVD/Blu-ray: Invention for Destruction

Graham Rickson

A steampunk delight: Karel Zeman's first international success returns

CD: Josephine Foster - Faithful Fairy Harmony

Kieron Tyler

Country-folk auteur tunes in to the ether

CD: Cliff Richard - Rise Up

Liz Thomson

Cliff steps out of the shadows with a new album

CD: Planet B - Planet B

Guy Oddy

American duo lay out their politico-punk rock hip-hop stall

CD: Mumford & Sons - Delta

Liz Thomson

A decade on from their debut, the British darlings of Americana explore new musical territory

CD: Imogen Heap - The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Thomas H Green

The cult alt-pop star's soundtrack finally receives a release

CD: Liela Moss - My Name is Safe in Your Mouth

Kieron Tyler

Arresting first solo album from the voice of The Duke Spirit

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