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The Quietus review
27.08.15

Willis Earl Beal isn't exactly deprived of a backstory. A semi-mythologising malcontent, a wanderlust-ridden experimental soul outsider plagued by life-long anxiety, insomnia and...

Under The Radar review
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In the last two years since he was plucked from homelessness and obscurity, signed to (and quickly released from) a big record label deal, man of mystery Willis Earl Beal has been...

Clash review
17.08.15

Mercury nominee's star continues to rise...

The Quietus review
03.08.15

South Africa's long a cappella tradition continues with The Soil, a Soweto grown trio who combine the same warm, golden-rich vocal harmonies that bought Ladysmith Black Mambazo...

Clash review
27.07.15

Vibrant energy with retro rock and blues sentiments...

Under The Radar review
13.07.15

You can see why Shamir Bailey is hot stuff right now. The Las Vegas native's debut LP is a luminously cool engineering of synths and beats that will no doubt furnish the...

Clash review
07.07.15

At the pinnacle of genre-defining pop music...

Clash review
16.06.15

A rich blend of soul and rhythm 'n' blues influences...

Punk News review
13.05.15

Vancouver’s NEEDS (an acronym for Never Ever Ending Destruction of Society) could have started their self titled debut album with an intense, raging declaration of their power...

Clash review
08.05.15

Multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit...

Clash review
20.04.15

R&B siblings attempt an ill-judged return...

Punk News review
11.03.15

Upon the first couple listens of Dwayne's Self Titled record, it's easy to hear their influences and how they use them in their songwriting. I have to admit, the first time I...

Pitchfork review
03.12.14

It's almost 20 years since Rick Rubin successfully repositioned Johnny Cash from a fading star in a terminally uncool genre into the walking embodiment of cool with American...

Clash review
01.12.14

An impressive performance from a singer still riding high…

The Quietus review
15.12.14

FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is just another tragic part of the human condition. That burning desire to go to every show, to experience what "everyone" else is experiencing, can be...

Spotinews recomendation
24.10.14

Howdy folks. The sparkling new album by The Budos Band is a recent addition to the Spotify library. Genre: instrumental soul/rock. Enjoy! (Version for most users here.) < The...

The Quietus review
28.11.14

You know when you come across one of those albums that just sounds brilliant; a thrilling, visceral, jump-up-and-down slab of heavy dynamics and gut-punching grooves? It's like it...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Howdy folks. The sparkling new album by The Budos Band is a recent addition to the Spotify library. Genre: instrumental soul/rock. Enjoy! (Version for most users here.) < The...

Clash review
07.10.14

Returning with a record that’s even better than her impressive debut

Under The Radar review
24.10.14

On her debut full-length Devotion, Jessie Ware achieved something many of her contemporaries still crave. The record's sound was unquestionably pop with a hint of soul, yet unlike...

Clash review
06.10.14

A deeply impressive first step…

Spotinews recomendation
11.10.14

Good morning friends. This debut album by soul singer-songwriter Hozier is quite a success story, but I still think it’s worthy of a post. Enjoy! Hozier – HozierFiled under: 2014...

Spotinews recomendation
27.09.14

Howdy. Here’s the explosive new live album by Gary Clark Jr. Genre: blues. Enjoy! Gary Clark Jr. – Gary Clark Jr. LiveFiled under: 2014, Blues

Insound review
09.09.14

EP debuted #1 on the R&B charts and #8 on the Top 200.

Clash review
23.10.14

A slow-burning debut that impresses with time…

Insound review
26.08.14

Milk for Your Motors is the new album by Berlin-based Brit Gemma Ray, the follow-up to her lavish, critically acclaimed Island Fire .

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Howdy. The new album by singer-songwriter Gemma Ray was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! (US version here.) Gemma Ray – Milk For Your MotorsFiled under: 2014, Singer...

Spotinews recomendation
29.08.14

Howdy. The new album by singer-songwriter Gemma Ray was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! (US version here.) Gemma Ray – Milk For Your MotorsFiled under: 2014, Singer...

Spotinews recomendation
23.08.14

Morning. The new album by blues singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster was added to Spotify this week. Enjoy! Ruthie Foster – Promise of a Brand New DayFiled under: 2014, Blues, Singer...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Morning. The new album by blues singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster was added to Spotify this week. Enjoy! Ruthie Foster – Promise of a Brand New DayFiled under: 2014, Blues, Singer...

NME review
04.08.14

A rousing listen for fans of vintage soul

The Quietus review
24.07.14

The neon city and the sprawling desert might seem like the most diametrically opposed of things, but instead of being poles apart, the two can come to represent the long line that...

Insound review
22.07.14

Nobody's Smiling is Common's tenth studio album!

Under The Radar review
22.09.14

Something strange happened to hip-hop in the past decade: the genre's most conscious artists, once considered incendiary, somehow became legacy artists. More

NME review
18.07.14

19-year-old Las Vegas resident excels on funky-house and ballad-strewn debut

Insound review
24.06.14

Norway's number-one selling artist and soulful one-man-band sensation Bernhoft has sparked the interest of all types of music enthusiasts!

Spotinews recomendation
07.06.14

Hey. It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Sweden. So why not listen to some sweet new soul music. Enjoy Lee Fields & the Expressions! (Version for AT, CH and DE here. US version here...

NME review
02.06.14

Finally, a posthumous Jacko album that's not a waste of time

Insound review
13.05.14

Soul music legend Candi Staton's third foray into Triple A and Americana music finds her reuniting with legendary FAME Records producer Rick Hall who produced her Grammy Award...

NME review
12.05.14

Dub-inspired Cook grows up to create a sound that is truly her own