In its new production of La Bohème, South African company Isango Ensemble re-imagines Puccini’s Paris in Cape Town, and brings it to Hackney. Does it work? Continue reading Love, death and money. La Bohème / Abanxaxhi
What with the “Produced By
Manu Chao” sticker on the cover and the Metro’s ‘Album of the Week’, what more do you want from SMOD’s third album?
Continue reading SMOD – SMOD
The cover of EST’s Magnus
Ostrom looks like a study in Norwegian Black Metal but ACT label’s release is a vision in modern jazz (and there’s a European Tour to start very soon).
Continue reading Magnus Ostrom – Thread Of Life
Pants is back! Our favourite former resident of Spokane has fled the nest and finds
Clouds Over The in superb 4-track EP form. Pacific
Continue reading James Pants – Clouds Over The Pacfic EP
The title of this set is taken from Lowrell’s super sexy ‘Mellow Mellow, Right On’ and here’s a proper collection of downtempo 70s and 80s
soul that will put you right on in the mood.
Continue reading V/A – Mellow Mellow: Original Smooth Grooves & Chilled Beats
Even for the “saviours of
house music”, naming your debut album as Greatest Hits seems a bit arrogant? Can these 14 tracks live up to the billing?
Continue reading dOP – Greatest Hits
Gilles Peterson continues to celebrate 10 years at Radio 1, here’s a band that made it big at the same time the show was finding its feet; it’s the return of the Gotan Project with a remix EP
Continue reading Gotan Project – Tango 3.0 The Remix EP
When I first heard about this one, I admit that I was a little excited and the combination of
Lloyd Miller and The Heliocentrics is just that, excitement.
Continue reading Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics – Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics
With Francesco Tristano, Rami Khalif?© and Aymeric Westrich (aka
Aufgang) down at Sonar this weekend, it’s about time we celebrated their latest release.
Continue reading Aufgang – Barock
Half Seas Over are pianist Elan Mahler and acclaimed guitarist Adam McBride-Smith. Mahler was famously signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, when the Radio One DJ heard one of Mahler’s CD played at a sauna in Switzerland. I am sure the folk/ jazz of Half Seas Over would work as well in a similar environment
Continue reading Half Seas Over – Album and Live at Cafe Oto
With a short tour the month, time to get to grips with
La Diff?©rence of the mighty Salif Keita who never disappoints his legion of fans.
Continue reading Salif Keita – La Difference
In the post-New Year rush, more than happy to agree with
Gilles Peterson’s choice last week of Album Of The Week but this week, it must be Sun Circle’s debut Reborn?
Continue reading Sun Circle – Reborn
With the 30th Anniversary tribute album reminding us how good ZE Records was, this Re-edit package show us how good the label (and the music) still is – Strut do it again.
Continue reading V/A – Zevolution: ZE Records Re-Edited
Kaloom?© follow up the 2004 debut album
Sin Fronteras with 13 tracks drenched in Catalan heritage that’s De Otro Color.
Continue reading Kaloom?© – De Otro Color
naRa means ‘a fire’ in Arabic but will Serenity get Hectic as hot as a July?
Continue reading naRa – Serenity