New releases for 14 May 2021

We open this week’s selection of tasty treats with a brand-new album from Paul Weller. We may be cursed to be in the midst a global pandemic, buffeted by all of its stresses and pain. But everyone knows that art provides succour, that music is the most reliable balm. And for many there is further…

Pre-sale of the week: Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever, out 30 July

Billie Eilish’s highly anticipated 16-track second studio album, Happier Than Ever, continues where her multi-Grammy Award-winning, record-breaking debut album When We All Go To Sleep, Where Do We Go? left off. Happier Than Ever features no outside songwriters or producers, and was written by 19-year-old Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, who produced the album…

New releases for 7 May 2021

This week’s six smashers start with Latest Record Project: Volume 1, a 28-track delve into Van Morrison’s ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazz and soul. It’s his 42nd record and his most dynamic and contemporary album in years, and it’s well worth your time. Musical pioneer Moby’s new album, Reprise, finds him revisiting and reimagining…

Pre-sale of the week: Yola – Stand For Myself, out 30 July

Stand For Myself is the anthemic new album from Yola. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the record is a timeless masterpiece marking an idiosyncratic sonic shift, which will defy all expectation. It’s a sophisticated and diverse sonic mix of symphonic soul and classic pop, tracing an expansive musical thread to Yola’s most eclectic musical inspirations. Yola’s…

New releases for 30 April 2021

There’s a slew of releases due out on 30 April, and we’ve managed to whittle them down to 8 peaches for you. First is Young Heart, the fourth studio album from Jasmine van den Bogaerde aka Birdy. Following a half-decade hiatus that saw her essentially rediscover her artistic muse and re-energise, the new album is…

Pre-sale of the week: The Black Keys – Delta Kream, out 14 May

The Black Keys release their tenth studio album, Delta Kream. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at…

New releases for 16 and 23 April

Our picks for 16 and 23 April start with Flat White Moon from Field Music. “We want to make people feel good about things that we feel terrible about,” says David Brewis, who has co-led the band with his brother Peter since 2004. It’s a statement which seems particularly fitting to this latest album. Sporadic…