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Spotinews recomendation
19.04.14

Hi. The strong new album by blues singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville was recently added to Spotify. Enjoy! Ray Bonneville – Easy GoneFiled under: 2014, Blues, Singer-songwriter

Insound review
15.04.14

Executive produced by Johnny Depp and Tom Waits. Chuck E. Weiss grew up in Denver and so impressed blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins and Willie Dixon as a teenager that they took...

The Line of Best Fit review
10.04.14

This eponymous album represents a rebirth: fairies and their phoenix from the smoke.

NME review
21.04.14

British duo excel at spooky folk pop and Beyonce-esque ballads

The Quietus review
15.04.14

Over the course of three albums and numerous singles, Smoke Fairies have created a haunting fusion of delta blues, English folk and medieval plainsong, a unique sound world that...

Insound review
01.04.14

Lewis and Addison Rogers are brothers who make pop-music together. When they do this, they go by the name Busman's Holiday. Lewis plays guitar, and Addison plays his modest drum...

Insound review
01.04.14

Black Pistol Fire is a Canadian Rock and Roll duo that split’s time between Toronto, Ontario and Austin, Texas. Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as...

Insound review
01.04.14

On numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD. Aretha Franklin made her Hall of Fame reputation at Atlantic Records between 1967-1968. This astonishing two-year period witnessed the...

The Line of Best Fit review
28.03.14

A ray of warming jazz sunshine that should encourage exploration in to the work of a man at the center of the underground art explosion of the 1960s.

The Line of Best Fit review
27.03.14

A record referring to the brutal, unforgiving essence of the mountains, delivering messages of loss in its various guises; this is the kind of rock you yell from peaks until you...

NME review
07.04.14

The Southampton rock trip showcase the lessons they learnt while supporting Queens Of The Stone Age and Muse

Insound review
01.04.14

This is the third album from the English rockers.

Clash review
28.03.14

Phenomenal to begin with, but its impact fades...

Punk News review
21.03.14

In the past couple of years, Australian indie quartet Monks Of Mellonwah have risen from plucky upstarts to polished, swaggering, award-winning international contenders. Then, in...

Insound review
18.03.14

The legendary Dex Romweber Duo return with new album Images 13.

Insound review
11.03.14

There aren't a lot of frills or gimmicks surrounding Battleme's second album Future Runs Magnetic because, simply put, the music speaks for itself. Bombastic, driving and powerful...

The Quietus review
10.03.14

When attempting his first ever solo climb of El Capitan - a 3,000ft tall sheer rock face in the Yosemite Valley, California - the British winter Alpinist, Andy Kirkpatrick had...

Insound review
18.02.14

The album finds frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra - who settled in New Orleans after leaving her native Bronx at age 17. Produced by Segarra and engineered by Andrija Tokic (Alabama...

The Line of Best Fit review
05.02.14

Sahara's desert-blues champions were forced to change their surroundings for album number six. Thankfully, their inimitable sound remains the same.

The Quietus review
11.03.14

When in late 2012 Tinariwen's vocalist and guitarist Abdallah Ag Lamida was briefly arrested by "defenders of the faith" Ansar Dine, it was worrying proof that not even the...

Spotinews recomendation
12.02.14

Hey. Today we go for a change of pace with the new album by Tinariwen. Genre: blues. Enjoy! (US version here.) Tinariwen – EmmaarFiled under: 2014, Blues

Insound review
04.02.14

The Queen Of Soul creates a rich musical portrait of Franklin's incomparable run at Atlantic Records between 1967 and 1976. Packed with 87 songs arranged chronologically, the set...

NME review
30.01.14

A record of soulful depths and heady, emotional highs

The Line of Best Fit review
27.01.14

Neo-psych garage rock that shakes everything in its wake.

Spotinews recomendation
14.02.14

Hey again. From last month: the explosive new album by Pontiak. Genre: stoner rock. Enjoy! Pontiak – InnocenceFiled under: 2014, Rock

Under The Radar review
07.02.14

Pontiak, folks. Opener "Innocence" rules, in precisely their nonchalant manner. It opens in mono, or close enough—a classic record-bin, vibrato-and-decibels power riff, exploding...

The Quietus review
31.01.14

If ever you needed an album to blow out the cobwebs then this is it. And if the self-consciously capitalised album title Innocence looks like its shouting, it certainly sounds...

Spotinews recomendation
24.01.14

Hello again. This is an extra update since I’m going away to visit family for a while. I may be able to update a couple of times, but don’t count on it. Regular updates will...

Spotinews recomendation
23.01.14

Hey. From a very recent Spotify comes this new album by Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. Genre: blues/soul. Enjoy! Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues – Blues ShockFiled under: 2014...

Insound review
14.01.14

Goldfoil is an instrumental album of American primitivism, Adriano Vibertini’s first solo album. After an extensive tour with BSBE, Adriano comes home to his origins: the guitar...

Spotinews recomendation
12.01.14

Howdy folks. The last update of the week brings another solid late 2013 album. Enjoy blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb! (US version here.) Eric Bibb – Jericho RoadFiled under...

Insound review
07.01.14

VINYL FORMAT. LP in a gatefold sleeve, comes with a CD (three bonus tracks included) and booklet. Introducing Captain Rugged . Five years after Nigerian Wood (2008), Keziah Jones...

Insound review
11.11.13

King rececorded a plethora of singles from 1962 to 1965 on cool blues labels like Kangaroo, Tracie and Hall-Way. Culling from these singles sessions, TCF Records released Albert's...

Insound review
14.10.13

Dire Straits' biggest selling album - in fact, one of the biggest selling albums worldwide of all time, 1985's Brothers In Arms , helped musically define a decade. A sophisticated...

The Quietus review
11.10.13

Due to the conflict in Mali, Tamikrest are currently living in exile in neighbouring Algeria and their third album serves as a dispatch to update the outside world of the current...

Spotinews recomendation
09.10.13

Hello again. The new album by blues-rock singer-songwriter Anders Osborne is a good one. Enjoy! Anders Osborne – Peace Filed under: 2013, Blues, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Spotinews recomendation
03.10.13

Howdy. From a very recent Spotify update: the great new album by The Wood Brothers. Genre: blues/folk/rock. Enjoy! The Wood Brothers – The Muse Filed under: 2013, Blues, Folk, Rock

Insound review
25.09.13

Famous for his 'piano-sounding' guitar, Blind Blake was one of the greatest blues guitarists that ever lived. A true pioneer of 'finger-style' guitar, he was also a zealous...

Insound review
24.09.13

Captain Beefheart's debut album Safe As Milk introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind visionary whose unique output had no precedent in contemporary music. Beefheart filtered the...

NME review
16.09.13

A latticework of warm beats and honeyed vocals around an irresistibly sleek hook