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New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Boris - Heavy Rocks

Mark Kidel

Boris are an eclectic Japanese band, with over 20 albums to their name. Following their creative instincts and often recording live with no overdubs, they are never less than brave, making music that takes no prisoners. They are masters of sounds that are intense, and range widely, from dreamy ambient to furious metal, meditative stillness to a relentless high-speed assault on the senses.

Album: Kasabian - The Alchemist's Euphoria

Tom Carr

With a title like The Alchemist’s Euphoria, Kasabian set senses tingling; anticipating something trippy with this seventh album, their first in five years. But the context behind it is all the more real and raw.

Album: Raf Vilar - Clichê

Kieron Tyler

Although Raf Vilar grew up in Rio De Janeiro he has been based in London for over a decade, where his second album Clichê was recorded. It appears on...

Album: Panda Bear & Sonic Boom - Reset

Guy Oddy

It’s about 30 years since the ever-influential Spacemen 3 called it a day amid a storm of backbiting and recriminations. Yet in 2022, within a couple...

Album: Ruby Colley - Overheard

Tim Cumming

Violinist and composer Ruby Colley combines elements of folk, contemporary classical and jazz with explorations and evocations of the natural world....

Album: Beyoncé - Renaissance

Joe Muggs

Musical life begins at 40 as Beyoncé lives up to the highest expectations

Album: Friendship - Love the Stranger

Kieron Tyler

Unhurried Americana revelling in the wonder of day-to-day events

Album: The Kooks - 10 Tracks to Echo in the Dark

Liz Thomson

Back to the Eighties for the group's upbeat and playful sixth album

Blu-ray: Get Carter

Mark Kidel

Super-cool Michael Caine is at his best in Mike Hodges's masterpiece of British cinema

Album: Jamie T - The Theory of Whatever

Guy Oddy

Indie-punker's first album in six years demonstrates a tragic lack of inspiration

Album: Ben Harper - Bloodline Maintenance

Thomas H Green

Bluesy singer-songwriter star bares his soulful side with likeable results

Album: Kathryn Williams - Night Drives

Thomas H Green

The folk renaissance woman expands her sonic palette with mixed results

Album: Gareth Williams - Short Stories

Sebastian Scotney

A very fine trio album which bears repeated listening

Album: Jack White - Entering Heaven Alive

Thomas H Green

Playful, varied, relaxed and enjoyable new one from the former White Stripe

Blu-ray: Larks on a String

Graham Rickson

Jiří Menzel's bittersweet Czech New Wave classic returns, with enticing extras

Album: Beabadoobee - Beatopia

Thomas H Green

Woozy bedroom indie-space-pop from the Taylor Swift-endorsed UK singer

Blu-ray: The Men

Nick Hasted

Brando’s dangerous debut, as a rebel paraplegic veteran

Album: Lizzo - Special

Joe Muggs

Is the law of diminishing returns setting in for one of the hardest working entertainers in showbiz?

Album: Let's Emerge - Pye Corner Audio

Barney Harsent

The Head Technician returns with an unexpected feelgood hit of the summer

Album: Simon Goff & Katie Melua - Aerial Objects

Liz Thomson

Trading in derivatives

Album: Tami Neilson - Kingmaker

Thomas H Green

Musically contagious and breathtakingly lyrical new album from Canadian country star

Blu-ray: Pickpocket

Mark Kidel

Robert Bresson's 1959 classic is marred by excess of rigour

Album: Black Midi - Hellfire

Guy Oddy

UK three-piece tread the fine line between unlistenable racket and work of genius

Album: Interpol - The Other Side of Make-Believe

Tom Carr

Noughties new wavers return with a sometimes underpowered lockdown album

Album: James Bay - Leap

Joe Muggs

Hertfordshire's finest hits a primal spot, but is it at the expense of individuality?

Album: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Toast

Nick Hasted

Disinterred breakup blues is Neil at his emotional best

Album: Vyvyan - Y

Barney Harsent

An alias helps composer/producer Bonar Bradberry find a definitive voice

Album: Viagra Boys - Cave World

Thomas H Green

Swedish retro-futurist punks fire out another tasty set of tough, goofy stompers

Album: Laura Veirs - Found Light

Kieron Tyler

The American singer-songwriter embraces self-determination

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