Author Archive for: John Preston

Future Souls • Uh Huh Her

Released March 25, 2014
The latest album from Uh Huh Her, Future Souls, is a concession to the dance floor as well as a continuation of their elegant, electro-pop sound.

“For a dance album it’s maybe surprising that the two best songs on Future Souls are the most introverted and intimate.”

Kiss Me Once • Kylie

Released March 17, 2014
Kiss Me Once is a crowd pleasing but uneven effort at maintaining Kylie’s status as pop’s eternal princess.

“This album sees Kylie again working with some of the most established writers and producers available, with reclusive pop extraordinaire herself Sia Furler curating the entire project.”

Me! I Disconnect From You • Grace Jones

Released April 28, 2014
Grace Jones’ cover of Gary Numan’s ‘Me! I Disconnect From You’ is rescued for the reissue of her classic album Nightclubbing..

“Her voice is urgent and panicked here but there is a sadness in her delivery too. But those expecting a possessed ‘She’s Lost Control’ or a’Bullshit’ devouring Grace will not find her here. It isn’t sinister, it is an oddly and unexpected warm sounding arrangement.”

Blank Project • Neneh Cherry

Released February 25, 2014
There are on Neneh Cherry’s Blank Project some bold and invigorating pop song structures. The album feels like an authentic, concentrated version of Cherry.

“Neneh Cherry is back. Her art and soul inform this project, blank only for you to fill the role of listener and to share the very human experiences expressed honestly, courageously and often thrillingly throughout.”

St. Vincent • St. Vincent

Released February 24, 2014
St. Vincent has delivered her most accessible, relatable, consistently engaging and sparky album to date. She just keeps getting better.

“The eponymous naming of the album adds credence and a confidence to how much this sounds like it could only be a St. Vincent album. Every second of it could have only come from Annie Clark’s own pen, her lips and guitar.”

Little Red • Katy B

Released February 7, 2014
Katy B’s Little Red is a strong album. She expertly represents youth culture and its associated underground dance music trends.

“‘Next Thing’, the album’s terrific opener, hurls itself at you with its retro beat progression and, in particular, the staggered and broken synth-hook paying homage to Inner City’s ‘Good Life’ and the house music that prevailed at the time.”

Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing: A Celebration


Grace Jones’ 1981 album Nightclubbing was a defining moment in the history of pop music. John Preston celebrates the passion, fire and pure subversion that is Grace.

” She is the explosion. Give Jones an electric fan or a spinning chair, an Issey Miyake cape and a pair of cymbals, and you’ll feel as though you’re witnessing other worldly, artistic genius.”

Chiarascuro • I Break Horses

Released January 21, 2014
Chiarascuro, the second album from I Break Horses, is one of extremes, but does the balance between light and dark work?

“I Break Horses is really about mood and the album title is a clue to the strong contrast between the two sides of the album. The light may be under represented but the point where the two collide can be dazzling.”

LGBT History Month: Billie Ray Martin

The One and Only BRM.

To start the Polari Magazine celebration of LGBT History Month 2014, John Preston talked to Billie Ray Martin about her upcoming single with trans artist Aerea Negrot..

“There will always be naysayers who want to block progress and equality, but there was a huge surge of positivity and change last year with gay marriage becoming ‘normal’ in many cities and countries. I do believe more good things will come.”

Slo Light • Davidge

Released March 2, 2014
Slo Light is a lovingly detailed melodic album, with Davidge creating a mood that is more night than day.

Slo Light is an album that almost reluctantly reveals itself to the listener and therefore some patience is required”