laura marling – semper femina

Posted by on March 6, 2017 in , ,

Like all the most interesting artists, Laura Marling is in a state of constant flux. In the nine years since the release of her debut album, Alas I Cannot Swim, the singer-songwriter has journeyed from acoustic folk to jazzy Joni-isms and modal Led Z ...Read More

rhiannon giddens – freedom highway

Posted by on February 24, 2017 in , ,

“There is just one thing I can’t understand, my friend/Why some folk think freedom was not designed for all men,” sings Rhiannon Giddens on the closing title track of her second solo album. It’s a cover of The Staple Singers’ Freedom Highwa ...Read More

tinariwen – elwan

Posted by on February 8, 2017 in , ,

While many Western musicians are just coming to terms with the need to create protest music, Tuareg veterans Tinariwen have spent almost 40 years railing against assorted regimes and insurgents in the sub-Saharan region. After participating in variou ...Read More

elbow – little fictions

Posted by on February 2, 2017 in , ,

Elbow’s seventh album is their first without founding member Richard Jupp on drums – and ironically, it’s a record that’s most centred on rhythm. Without Jupp’s subtle, organic style, the remaining quartet of Guy Garvey, Pete Turner, and Ma ...Read More

run the jewels – run the jewels 3

Posted by on January 20, 2017 in , ,

While certain hip-hop stars are busy meeting Donald Trump, Run The Jewels are keeping it disobedient on their third full-length. Energised by “Killer Mike” Render’s campaigning with Bernie Sanders, he and Jaime “El-P” Meline have created th ...Read More