thu 02/04/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Purity Ring - Womb

Mark Kidel

Purity Ring, the Canadian duo, are purveyors of simple yet sophisticated dream pop.

Album: Thundercat - It Is What It Is

Nick Hasted

Alongside the man he calls “the other half of my brain”, Flying Lotus, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner sits near the heart of Los Angeles’ fertile, genre-busting scene, helping to link Kendrick Lamar’s righteous rebel rap, Kamasi Washington’s spiritual jazz, and the faux-nerd white one-man bands of Louis Cole and Sam Gendel.

DVD: The Street

Tom Birchenough

Zed Nelson brings enormous humanity to this portrait of the changing identity of Hackney’s Hoxton Street as gentrification impinges on its long-...

DVD: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box...

Graham Rickson

The Children’s Film Foundation began life in 1950, its brief to provide wholesome home-grown entertainment for Saturday morning cinema audiences....

Album: Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Joe Muggs

Dua Lipa's self-titled debut was unmistakably the sound of a musician feeling their way. It had all the flavours of trap, tropical house, autotune...

Album: Pearl Jam - Gigaton

Nick Hasted

Rock veterans face troubled times with embattled optimism

Album: Sufjan Stevens &. Lowell Brams - Aporia

Mark Kidel

Magical story-telling in sound

Album: Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A journey of sobriety and self-acceptance, by way of Memphis and New York

Blu-ray: Kansas City

Graham Fuller

Robert Altman's jazz-stoked 1930's homage to his hometown bares its violent underbelly

Album: Basia Bulat - Are You In Love?

Kieron Tyler

Uneven fifth studio set from the Canadian singer-songwriter

Blu-ray: Chained for Life

Graham Fuller

A welcome though never preachy satire for the age of narcissism

Album: Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us

Nick Hasted

Electro-R&B veterans are set adrift on memory bliss

Album: The Weeknd - After Hours

Thomas H Green

Fourth album from R&B superstar impresses after a slow start

Album: Morrissey - I Am Not a Dog on a Chain

Russ Coffey

Bigmouth alternates between petty indignation and true artistry

Album: Roger and Brian Eno - Mixing Colours

Tim Cumming

Absolute ambience from the pioneers of the form

DVD/Blu-ray: Beat the Devil

Graham Rickson

John Huston's indulgent curio returns, replete with starry cast

Album: The Chats - High Risk Behaviour

Barney Harsent

The Australian pop-punk trio's debut is short, sharp and shockingly good

Album: Shabaka & the Ancestors - We are Sent Here by History

Joe Muggs

Spiritual and political struggle and aspiration from the Londoner's South African ensemble

Album: Deap Lips - Deap Lips

Guy Oddy

Psychedelic electro-pop collaboration fails to really hit the spot

DVD/Blu-ray: Last Holiday

Graham Rickson

Alec Guinness shines in underappreciated black comedy

Album: Maria McKee - La Vita Nuova

Nick Hasted

The corrupted country-punk behind 'Show Me Heaven' is radically reborn

Album: The Boomtown Rats - Citizens of Boomtown

Thomas H Green

Bob Geldof's gang reconvene for a wildly unlikely and mostly enjoyable ride

Album: Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers

Barney Harsent

The singer turns storyteller with a collection of skilfully drawn vignettes

Album: Moby - All Visible Objects

Thomas H Green

US electronic dance perennial takes a rare stumble with his bombastic latest

DVD/Blu-ray: Raining in the Mountain

Mark Kidel

Leaping warriors fly through monastery

Album: Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Manchester Calling

Nick Hasted

Heaton scabrously mourns the greed-mutilated North, but finds pride in disappointment

Blu-ray: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Graham Rickson

Blood-drenched Czech fairytale, still startling 50 years on

CD: Califone - Echo Mine

Howard Male

Chicago's finest rock experimentalists return after seven years

CD: James Taylor, American Standard - a trip down memory lane

Liz Thomson

Leaves from the Great American Songbook

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