New releases for 4 May 2018

Our Super Six for this week opens with World’s Strongest Man, the magnificent third solo album by Gaz Coombes, on which he has evolved from ‘former Supergrass frontman’ to hugely respected Mercury Prize-nominated solo artist. Be More Kind finds Hampshire-born singer-songwriter Frank Turner stepping out of his comfort zone, imbuing his trademark intricate folk and…

New releases for 27 April 2018

Here’s the basket of delights that is 27 April’s recommended releases. First, Blossoms return with their second album, Cool Like You, blissful pop that adds an anthemic rock quality to the band’s ’80s-inspired synth-layered sound. Van Morrison and jazz organ virtuoso Joey DeFrancesco showcase electrifying musical collaborations on You’re Driving Me Crazy, combining fresh interpretations…

Pre-sale of the week: Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – Sparkle Hard, out 18 May

Sparkle Hard, the new album from Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks, is light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, good-time and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes…