Archive for category: Music

The Feast Of The Broken Heart • Hercules & Love Affair

Released May 26, 2014
The Feast of the Broken Heart is Hercules and Love Affair’s most optimistic, euphoric and consistently engaging album to date.

“A record to dance to, from start to finish a non-stop movement and joy which is never dumb or repetitive. The Feast of the Broken Heart is a celebration of dance floor families, love and survival.”

Changing Light • Mirah

Released May 13, 2014
Changing Light continues to showcase Mirah’s supreme knack for writing songs that charm and bewitch, with glorious melodies.

“It’s unexpected, not cynical in the slightest and conveys Mirah’s constant refusal to be pigeonholed into one, tidy category. She is making music now that is put together with staggering precision and beauty.”

Do It Again • Röyksopp & Robyn

Released May 23, 2014
This exciting collaboration between Röyksopp & Robyn features five songs from very diverse spheres of electronic dance music.

“The songs on Do It Again have no agenda other than to be the most satisfyingly, forward-thinking songs they could possibly create together.”

Unrepentant Geraldines • Tori Amos

Released May 12, 2014
Unrepentant Geraldines sees Tori Amos return to the realm of pop. It is a rich mix of songs that are about being true to yourself, wherever that may take you.

“The musical palette she plays with is also as various as her subjects. From Americana, electronic music and her signature stripped piano-and-voice aesthetic, the record trips on many musical styles and represents her as an artist today, as well as her canon of work”

Ghosts of Download • Blondie

Released May 12, 2014
A complicated answer is given to the question of why Blondie keep releasing new material some 35 years plus after their debut release.

“Blondie’s tenth and possibly last studio album continues their pattern of post eighties, hit and miss, occasionally brilliantly eccentric, scattershot songs with Debbie Harry’s nonchalant and still effortless presence overseeing proceedings.”

Blue Smoke • Dolly Parton

Released June 9, 2014
Blue Smoke is a splendid continuation of this formidable woman’s talent, grace, wit and candour. There is no better or more genuine preacher than Parton.

“Parton’s voice is on fine, solemn and heart-breaking form throughout and soars on the album’s closer ‘Try’ where our heroine seeks to motivate and empower those that have fallen on difficult times.”

Nikki Nack • Tune-Yards

Released May 05, 2014
Tune-Yards have teamed up with producers John Hill and Malay. But how will this affect a truly eccentric and self-sufficient band’s identity?

“One of the continued aims of Tune-Yards has been to comment on social and left-leaning political issues with lyrics that are set against predominately upbeat and dense dance rhythms and beats that imply a celebratory mood.”

Diploid Love • Brody Dalle

Released April 28, 2014
The first solo record from the exceptional Brody Dalle, Diploid Love, is a marvel as well as a creative jump. Highly recommended.

“On lead single and album highpoint ‘Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy’, Brody brings in Garbage’s frontwoman Shirley Manson. The two singers go full force and it is unquestionably one of the most electrifyingly ecstatic pieces of music Dalle has ever written.”

Girls Talk • Garbage with Brody Dalle

Released May 6, 2014
Previously only released as 10″ vinyl single, the powerful Girls Talk from Garbage, with vocals from Brody Dalle, is now available to all. Brilliant.

“What makes the song particularly powerful is the vocal feature of fellow female rock figure Brody Dalle. Side by side, the two singers rail against the naysayers in life and Dalle brings her goosebump-inducing roar.”

Nightclubbing (Reissue) • Grace Jones

Disc 1 [rating=5]
Disc 2 [rating=3]
Released April 28, 2014
Remastered and with extra tracks, the classic album Nightclubbing sparkles, even if 5 remixes of ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ seems like overkill …

“If you don’t already own the original album then this is the version that you should hear. The remastered version is cleaner and louder than before and the longer versions of ‘Walking in The Rain’ and the re-tread of ‘Feel Up’ are essential listening.”