fri 17/09/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Lil Nas X - Montero

Joe Muggs

Lil Nas X is good at being a pop star. Like, what could pop culture need more than a young, flamboyant, witty gay rapper from the deep south who can top the US country charts then just when it appeared he might not be able to live up to the success of “Old Town Road” lap dance Satan in the video for the Latin-tinged “Call me by Your Name” and storm to mega sales all over again?

Album: The Eivind Aarset 4-Tet - Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey

Kieron Tyler

Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey instantly sets its controls for an excursion into the interstellar void between gaseous and solid objects. Opening cut “Intoxication” begins with lightly pulsing bass and a keyboard texture. Shimmering guitar floats over the top. Though more sparse and lacking vocals, it’s as if Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them” were performed by an earlier model of the band which had focussed on reducing performative grandeur as much as possible.

Album: The Felice Brothers - From Dreams To Dust

Nick Hasted

There’s a modesty to the Felice Brothers, an absenting of ego, even as they seek glimmers of transcendence in the vast American night. These working-...

DVD/Blu-ray: Mr Klein

Mark Kidel

Joseph Losey’s career covered a great deal of ground, and several continents. From The Boy with the Green Hair, a noirish sci-fi film from 1948,...

DVD/Blu-ray: All About Eve

Saskia Baron

Rivalled only by Titanic and La La Land for its 14 Oscar nominations, 1950's Best Picture-winner All About Eve is a...

Album: Limiñanas / Garnier - De Película

Guy Oddy

French psych-rock royalty and an iconic techno DJ team up for something special

Album: Helen Sung – Quartet+

Sebastian Scotney

A celebration of the great women jazz composer/pianists

Album: Low - Hey What

Kieron Tyler

The Minnesota duo at their most transcendent

DVD/Blu-ray: The Fifth Horseman is Fear

Graham Rickson

Gruelling, gripping Czech thriller set in Nazi-occupied Prague

Album: Martina Topley-Bird - Forever I Wait

Mark Kidel

Songs of maturity and experience

Album: Drake - Certified Lover Boy

Harry Thorfinn-George

Way 2 Sexy Uncle D's long-delayed album is business as usual

Album: The Stranglers - Dark Matters

Thomas H Green

Eighteenth album from punk crossover originals combines the elegiac with the punchy

Album: Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Kathryn Reilly

The talented rapper takes things to another level in her masterful fourth album

Album: Iron Maiden - Senjutsu

Joe Muggs

17 albums in and a slightly portly old Maiden has still got some sizzle in her

Album: Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Triumphant pop-rock pivot

Blu-ray: The River

Sebastian Scotney

When Technicolour really was glorious: Jean Renoir in India

Album: Gerry Rafferty - Rest in Blue

Tim Cumming

Ten years after his death, a posthumous new album reaffirms a singular talent

Blu-ray: Deep Cover

Saskia Baron

Early '90s American action movie takes on the drug trade and racism within the police

Album: Rudimental - Ground Control

Thomas H Green

Latest from London dance-pop quartet is half bland but half bangin'

Album: Saint Etienne - I’ve Been Trying To Tell You

Kieron Tyler

British pop institution’s affecting concept album about a half-remembered past

Album: Toyah - Posh Pop

Thomas H Green

Post-punk pop star bubbles with righteous energy but doesn't quite hit its mark

Album: The Bug - Fire

Guy Oddy

Kevin Martin gets fierce and seriously heavy

Album: Kurupt FM - The Greatest Hits (Part 1)

Thomas H Green

Not actually a greatest hits collection at all but the entertaining debut from MC Grindah and crew

Album: Shaun Ryder - Visits from Future Technology

Kathryn Reilly

The all-new mellow party person lives to thrill another day

Blu-ray: The Pawnbroker

Mark Kidel

Much more than a Holocaust movie, this is Rod Steiger's best film

Album: Alabama 3 - Step 13

Guy Oddy

South London’s finest return with a lively state of the nation address

Album: Standing in the Doorway - Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan

Liz Thomson

Lockdown album offers fresh perspectives and great company

Album: Maarja Nuut - Hinged

Kieron Tyler

Musical impressionism from Estonia exists in its own space

Album: Jungle - Loving in Stereo

Joe Muggs

Britain's biggest funk/soul band up their ambition further on third album

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