For her debut LP, Sampa The Great, AKA Sampa Tembo, crafts some wonderfully slick, genre-bending rap. With influences that range from traditional Hip-Hop through to Southern African traditional music, this is an album that defies
The legendary P. P. Arnold returns with her first album of new material since the 1960s. With a career that has seen her working with many giants of the British music scene (everyone from Mick Jagger and The Small Faces to Nick Drake, Primal Scream and Paul Weller) in addition to her own career as a musical icon of the 60s with the release of hit record ‘First Cut is the Deepest’, the First Lady of Immediate returns!
This is the fifth studio album from Bat For Lashes, AKA Natasha Khan, and the first to be made independently of any major label contract. Playful and
Where do we begin? Jerkcurb, AKA Jacob Read, finally releases debut LP, ‘Air Con Eden’. At times delving into a surreal dream world, with characters emerging from the seemingly boundless depths of Read’s imagination (he also created the album artwork), this is a beautifully crafted album. One that demands a level of patience, since the music really gives back to you once you immerse yourself in the depths of its’ charm, of which there is plenty. Jerkcurb pushes and pulls at time, morphing a singular artistic vision with warbly and woozy guitars and Read’s own nostalgic croon. Stand-out tracks include ‘Night on Earth’ and ‘Shadowshow’. Worth diving into!
JARV IS, consisting of frontman Jarvis Cocker and fellow band members Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Andrew McKinney, Jason Buckle and Adam Betts, release their first 12″ single on the Rough Trade Label. At first, this was only available to audience-members at their live shows, but that would have deprived the rest of us of being able to hear this glistening gem of a tune. We have acquired a few copies for your fine ears to hear it too!
This new release from John Dwyer and co. does what it says on the tin. Pushing their brand of alt-psych-garage-rock to extremes is what the Oh Sees (or Thee Oh Sees, or The Oh Sees, or The Ohsees…) do best: it’s more face stabbing than face-melting. Yet, despite the threat of something sinister lurking just under the surface, the record never boils over into uncontrollable excess. Riding on a wave of molten riffs and driven by searing drums, Dwyer’s artistic vision oozes throughout this