Pre-sale of the week: Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days, out 1 October

In These Silent Days, the highly anticipated new studio album from six-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and producer Brandi Carlile, is inspired by the mining of her own history while writing the best-selling memoir Broken Horses. The album was conceived of while Carlile was quarantined at home with longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and…

New releases for 30 July 2021

With temperatures soaring out there, we’ve got some beautifully cool new music for you this week. 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: a sophisticated and diverse sonic mix of symphonic soul and classic pop, tracing an…

New releases for 23 July 2021

This week’s six of the best starts with Gold-Diggers Sound, the new album from Leon Bridges. This R&B collection is birthed from extended late nights at the Los Angeles studio of the same name, and it celebrates Leon’s immersive experience of creating music in the same East Hollywood room where he lived, worked, and drank…

New releases for 16 July 2021

Our star picks for this week start with Stephen Fretwell, who returns after an absence of 13 years with his long-awaited third album, Busy Guy. Described by Fretwell as “a song cycle of sorts”, the album examines the seasons of a life, exploring fatherhood, grief and rebirth with Fretwell’s trademark eloquence and wit. Busy Guy…

Pre-sale of the week: Paul Weller – An Orchestrated Songbook, out 3 December

This extraordinary performance was a first for Paul Weller, performing with a full orchestra, and saw a quintessential selection of his vast catalogue exquisitely reworked and updated into 75 minutes of breath-taking music that was broadcast by the BBC. The set list includes classic tracks from The Jam, Style Council and Paul’s solo career. It…

New releases for 9 July 2021

We start our round-up of the best new releases with a look ahead to 16th July. Sob Rock is the eighth full-length studio album from John Mayer. Most of the album was recorded during the global pandemic of 2020–21, and was produced by Mayer with Don Was. John Mayer emerged in 2001 has sold over…

New releases for 2 July 2021

First of a strong list this week is Laura Mvula’s new album, Pink Noise, which explores a previously uncharted side of this critically acclaimed artist. As triumphant as ever, the album is a battle cry and stark reminder of her sheer talent. This is Laura in a new-found light – still reflecting her distinctive signature…