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Insound review
yesterday

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 Quietus review
10.04.14

Driving through Ottawa, the Canadian capital from which six-piece collective The Souljazz Orchestra hail, you may be struck by, well, nothing. It's a famously boring city. Replete...

Spotinews recomendation
02.04.14

Hello. The new album by White Hinterland (soul singer-songwriter Casey Dienel) is a good one. Enjoy! White Hinterland – BabyFiled under: 2014, Singer-songwriter, Soul

Under The Radar review
09.04.14

Pop and indie rock continue to consume each other as the millennium progresses, and Casey Dienel has positioned White Hinterland uniquely between the two, slowly migrating away...

NME review
07.04.14

Casey Dienel's mix of '90s pop R&B with contemporary US indie makes for a thumping party

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...

Insound review
25.03.14

Locus , the seventh album by the Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor), follows on the heels of their acclaimed 2012 Northern Spy release Age of Energy . Bits of...

NME review
24.03.14

Even ten years on the modern jazz experimenters are still spanning genres

Spotinews recomendation
03.04.14

Morning. From a very recent Spotify update: the new album by Polar Bear. Genre: experimental electronic/jazz. Enjoy! Polar Bear – In Each and Every OneFiled under: 2014...

Clash review
02.04.14

There are some masterful pieces on this fifth album…

The Quietus review
25.03.14

Polar Bear's fifth full studio album comes after what seems like quite a gap – it's been four years since Peepers – but it's not as if the individuals who make up London's most...

Insound review
11.03.14

On March 11, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire will return with the release of The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint , an impressive and expansive new album that...

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...

Spotinews recomendation
08.03.14

Hi. The new album by jazz violinist Regina Carter was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! Regina Carter – Southern ComfortFiled under: 2014, Jazz

The Quietus review
24.02.14

There's something terrifyingly beautiful about Bohren & Der Club Of Gore's music, most obviously the sheer unhurried lethargy of it. Each piece moves slower than hell, meditating...

The Quietus review
20.02.14

Lope And Antilope is the fourth album by Bristol-based jazz-rock quartet Get The Blessing. Formed 14 years ago, when Portishead's rhythm section Jim Barr (bass) and Clive Deamer...

The Quietus review
19.02.14

Let's get this out of the way. Moondog Mask is a completely delightful album, born of a neat conceptual conceit that is equal parts homage and collision, taking tribute as a...

Insound review
11.02.14

UK R&B and pop wonder Daley!

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...

Insound review
28.01.14

LA songstress Eleni Mandell is gearing up for the release of her ninth full-length album, Let’s Fly a Kite . Featuring 12 new songs, the album was recorded at Goldtop Studios in...

The Line of Best Fit review
17.01.14

After fighting a battle with bile-duct cancer, Sharon Jones returns with her Dap Kings to kick soul-funk ass.

Under The Radar review
21.01.14

When the sound of Motown and Stax had a second coming in the early 2000s, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings were at the forefront of the rumpshaking resurgence. Their recreation of...

NME review
20.01.14

Note-perfect ’60s/70s deep soul and funk

Clash review
20.01.14

Back and bang on form…

Spotinews recomendation
19.01.14

Good morning friends. The stellar new album by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings was added for most users earlier this week and for the rest a couple of days ago. Genre: soul. Enjoy...

Spotinews recomendation
20.12.13

Hi. This is the last post before Christmas. I’ll be back in a week with my top 30 albums of 2013. Now, it’s time for some jazz. Enjoy Kairos 4tet! Kairos 4tet – Everything We...

The Quietus review
27.11.13

In my experience, people fear jazz. Which makes me sad, because a lot of jazz is awesome. In fact, a good chunk of my favourite records this year – Sons of Kemet, These New...

The Quietus review
18.11.13

I'm intensely relieved that I don't have to assign a score for this record in reviewing it here; beyond any vague, wider-pitched concerns about reducing any work of art to a...

The Pier review
04.11.13

After listening to Anuhea’s Butterflies, she is a naturally talented and gifted performer with a humble presence and personality. Through all of the tracks, you can hear a...

Insound review
08.10.13

For his fifth album, Amos Lee took a different path for the recording, working in a new city with a new producer. Recording with Amos' road tested touring band, the album was the...

Spotinews recomendation
26.09.13

Good morning. Jazz singer Tierney Sutton sings Jodi Mitchell and the result is a wonderful album. Enjoy! Tierney Sutton – After Blue Filed under: 2013, Jazz

Spotinews recomendation
24.09.13

Hey. Are you a fan of experimental jazz? If yes, this new album by Kneebody is a must listen. Enjoy! (US version here.) Kneebody – The Line Filed under: 2013, Jazz

The Quietus review
16.09.13

Always pushing forward, Mulatu Astatke still envisages new paths for his Ethio-jazz music. Speaking to The Quietus earlier this year Mulatu, in his seventieth year, said the...

Under The Radar review
12.09.13

Bridgeport, Connecticut's The Stepkids' second full length, Troubadour, sounds like a mixtape from a chameleonic band that does many things well, but nothing that's identifiable...

Insound review
10.09.13

The humorously tongue-in-cheek Sing-a-longs is Blair Crimmins’ slightly sarcastic yet charming sophomore release, an upbeat companion to his more sultry previous works that still...

Insound review
03.09.13

In the 40 years since Dave Holland’s recording debut as a leader with his landmark recording “Conference of the Birds” he has produced a remarkable series of recordings...

TapeFear recommendation
02.09.13

An incredible electronic album that for me invokes a feeling I'd slot between Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin's ambient work.

Clash review
29.08.13

Australians deliver a sixth LP of multi-faceted style…

Insound review
06.08.13

Listenable and insane. That's the sound Dawn of Midi spent years shaping, culminating in their most mesmerizing work yet: Dysnomia . It's both a dizzying dance record and a deeply...

Spotinews recomendation
12.08.13

Good evening. This splendid album by Dawn of Midi is a hypnotic mix of jazz and electronic music. Recommended listening. Enjoy! Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia Filed under: 2013...