New releases for 26 February 2016

There are some great releases coming out on 26 February. First, Emitt Rhodes returns with his first album for 40 years, and its a triumph! Look him up if you’re not familiar with his story. Bonnie Raitt releases Dig In Deep, which is a gutsy blues-rock follow-up to her Grammy-winning Slipstream, noisy Australian hard rockers…

New releases for 19 February 2016

First up for 19 February are The Fall with their latest: if you haven’t heard them, do try it. Wolfmother return with their third hard-rocking album. On a completely different note the legendary Mavis Staples releases a fine album called Livin’ on a High Note. For those of you whose memory goes back to Transvision…

New releases for 12 February 2016

There are some unusual and fine releases for 12 February: Freakwater’s Scheherazade is neither folk, bluegrass or blues but somehow a mix of all three; Rokia Traoré’s beautiful Né So (‘Home’) is a great introduction to world music if you haven’t yet dipped your toe in that water; Fay Hield has produced a captivating, compelling…

New releases for 5 February 2016

5 February sees the return of the indefatigable Cult with their latest, Hidden City. Elton John provides us with his 33rd – yes that’s right, 33rd – studio album, Wonderful, Crazy, Night. James Hunter has conjured up a compelling slice of old-school R&B in Hold On, Field Music return with their fifth album, and their…

Pre-release of the week: P J Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project, out 15 April

Pre-sale of the week is The Hope Six Demolition Project, which draws on several journeys undertaken by P J Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, DC over a four-year period. The album was recorded last year in residency at London’s Somerset House. The exhibition, entitled ‘Recording in Progress’, saw Harvey, her band,…

New releases for 29 January 2016

Among the new releases for 29 January are: The Essential Gretchen Peters, a beguiling mixture of her best for the uninitiated and rarities for the fans; iconic prog band Dream Theater’s 2-CD/4-LP set The Astonishing – that most prog of things, a concept album; and psych darlings Night Beats’ fuzz- and reverb-laden latest, Who Sold…

New releases for 22 January 2016

There is a fine batch of releases due 22 January and it was tough to pick out the best. Dystopia, the new album from thrashmeisters Megadeth, is main man Dave Mustaine’s view of civilization. Fat White Family’s Songs For Our Mothers is described perfectly as an invitation, sent by misery, to dance to the beat…

New releases for 15 January 2016

For your enjoyment, 15 January brings a new album from the hardest-working man in show-business, Paul Carrack, and a fine new release from bewilderingly talented multi-instrumentalists Show of Hands. All Them Witches’s bluesy Southern swagger on Lightning at the Door is reminiscent of The Temperance Movement. Luxury Soul 2016 is a great way to introduce…

David Bowie ‘Blackstar’ released 8 January

While the release cycle hasn’t kicked back into action since Christmas, this week sees the release of David Bowie’s latest album, ★ (‘Blackstar’), released to coincide with David’s 69th birthday. And we’re offering it at a special reduced price before the release date, so get your order in now! Click here for more details and…

New releases for 4 December 2015

4 December must represent the most diverse selection of new releases so far this year, from the crafted populism of Coldplay, the pure pop-soul of Jools & Ruby, Lush’s comprehensive retrospective box set, New York noise merchants Swans and the ambient doom metal of Sunn O))). Release of the week is Bruce Springsteen’s The Ties…