Friday, October 10 2014
A razor-sharp group of six instrumentalists founded by a Californian who plays djeli n'goni and guitar.
The record may not stand up to the closest of scrutiny, but it is pleasantly engrossing in its own way.
Benjamin Taubkin makes the combination of Brazilian and Moroccan music look so damned easy.
Wednesday, October 8 2014
Restless instincts and inspired collaborations give Arp’s Pulsars e Quasars EP bright vitality.
Lower East Side rock 'n' roll from four well-known faces.
Exotype is a prototype for what can be done with metalcore, and, in terms of mindless sheer enjoyment, this LP does deliver the goods.
Murry expands on the harrowing journey that he first chronicled on 2013's The Graceless Age.
Tuesday, October 7 2014
This is an album that really takes many listens to warm up to and wrap your head around, but, once you do, you’ll find this is a wonderful collection of songs.
For all the funky ambitions of these songs, they feel more thought up than felt, and though the best moments will get you nodding your head, that's about all Vibrate on Silent can manage.
The return of Zero 7 with a new digital EP (or two 12” vinyls).
Stopgap EP from the Anglo-American duo is a nice introduction to their grunge-pop sound.
Mariana Da Cruz sounds as if she's having the time of her life on vocals.
While the three songs on this EP are somewhat different musically in their own ways, they are a welcome addition to the group’s output.
Monday, October 6 2014
The album is one of meditation, so the next time you go to practice yoga, you’ll probably want to bring this with you.
From a pure songwriting perspective, the album – although it is unfocused – can be quite strong.
The spirit of Mingus is alive and well in Jason Ajemian's band recording for Delmark. Oh, and let's not forget about Monk and Sun Ra.
Former KISS guitarist breaks no new ground with latest release. Although he can still solo, he still lacks ace material.
Thursday, October 2 2014
On Love Chills, Yawn ditches the samples and synth play for a more instrument-driven and mature approach, which results in their best record yet.
There’s “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, as well as lesser-known stories rapped in fresh attire to stimulate the nipper brains of the younger set.
There’s a lullaby feel to this disc, as it is so relaxed that some of the songs are on the verge of disappearing completely.