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…

New releases for 25 October 2019

This has been another stellar week for releases, and the task of picking the best 6 hasn’t got any easier. But here we go … His sixth album in just four years, Three Chords & The Truth, is further proof that Van Morrison is one of the greatest recording artists of all time and remains…

New releases for 7 December 2018

Our smashers for this week open with the 40th(!) studio album of Van Morrison’s storied career. The modestly titled The Prophet Speaks features 6 brand-new Van compositions amongst the 14 songs. Van himself said: “It was important for me to get back to recording new music as well as doing some of the blues material…

New releases for 1 December 2017

There are plenty of top releases coming up in December that we’re excited about. We start of with On Air, which showcases the early vibrancy of The Rolling Stones live, includes eight performances not released officially before and is arguably the Stones at their early, raw peak. U2 return with Songs Of Experience, a companion…

New releases for 22 September 2017

The first of our recommended releases for 22 September is from Reverend And The Makers; if their last album, 2015’s Mirrors, was weird and wonderful, The Death Of A King continues the strange feel that seems to attach itself to much of their music. V is, unsurprisingly, the 5th album from The Horrors, and it’s…

New releases for 30 September 2016

It’s been harder than ever to whittle down the wealth of new releases out on 30 September to just 8 to recommend, but here we go! Sir Van Morrison possesses one of the finest voices in all music, and he uses it to good effect on his 35th studio album, Keep Me Singing. By way…

New releases for 10 June 2016

We’ve got some more great new releases coming out on 10 June. First up, Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin release the imaginatively titled Colvin & Earle, which although not live has the spontaneity and freshness of a live performance. Clean Your Clock delivers, for the final time, that full-on live Motörhead punch. We don’t normally…

New releases for 30 October 2015

30 October is a huge day for new releases and could easily have included Enter Shikari, Martin Courtney, Son Volt, Maverick Sabre, Alison Moorer and more. The 8 stand-out releases are: Guy Garvey’s solo album, which confounds the stereotypes of lead-singer solo albums either being the same as the band or frankly bonkers; Matt Behringer’s…