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Ashley Henry - Ashley Henry's 5ive (Jazz Re:freshed)

With a forceful piano style that blends the heady intensity of Robert Glasper with the ruminative explorations of Jason Moran, Ashley Henry presents a collection of five compositions that formerly herald the arrival of Britain's latest young jazz sensation. A recent graduate of the Leeds College of...

Neil McSweeney - A Coat Worth Wearing LP (Hudson Records)

Atmospheric throughout, Neil McSweeney's latest release, his fourth full-length album to date, requires some immediate attention. The Andy Bell produced album features nine self-penned songs, each crafted with considerable care and each treated to some slick production. Often improvisational...

Son of the Velvet Rat - Dorado (Fluff and Gravy Records)

Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder have created a work of sprawling, melancholy beauty with DORADO that is, at once, a dusty landscape painting and a gritty dime store paperback. Consider Cooper Hill , a song that blends inspirations from the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Tom Russell...

The Fretless - Bird's Nest (Self Release)

To spend thirty-five minutes ear-deep in the music of The Fretless is to know the fickle rhythms of instrumental folk music's stirring undercurrent. BIRD'S NEST, the Canadian string quartet's third outing, is a restless record whose energetic rhythms carry tufts of intricate arrangements, pleasing...

The Hut People - Routes (Fellside)

There's always a sense of having been somewhere when the needle has lifted on the latest album from The Hut People. Take HOME IS WHERE THE HUT IS, the duo's first studio album, which presented an exploration of global folk rhythms, and PICNIC, their 2012 release, which was nothing short of a...

Stephen Fearing - Every Soul's a Sailor (LowdenProud Records)

An overdue reacquantice with Vancover born Stephen Fearing on his ninth studio album EVERY SOUL'S A SAILOR. The title reflecting the spirit of a seasoned globe-trotter, I suspect much by swifter mode of transport, who spent part of his childhood in Dublin where his schoolmates included future...

The Most Ugly Child - Copper and Lace (Self Release)

You don't expect authentic, shit-kicking Honky Tonk to come out of Nottingham, but once the raw and lively What Might Have Been and Golden Gate have opened COOPER AND LACE, it becomes pretty clear that The Most Ugly Child have a tighter grip on Americana than some of their US contemporaries. Led by...

Various Artists - Terraforming in Analogue Space (Independent Records)

This double CD works in a number of ways. To look at it in reverse oder, It's second disc, the original tracks, acts as a killer compilation of tracks originally released by the IRL. While the first disc, the remixes is part exploration of a shared musical language and for the uninitiated part mix...

Coven - Unholy Choir EP (Self Release)

This time last year, O'Hooley and Tidow, Lady Maisery and Grace Petrie gathered together as a collective under the guise of 'Coven' in order to tour a selection of songs the six women had worked on during the previous year. One year on and the busy singers and musicians, namely Belinda O’Hooley,...

Jim Lauderdale - London Southern (Proper)

There's something of the 'elder statesman' about Jim Lauderdale as he poses for the cover portrait of his latest album release; part George Jones, part Townes Van Zandt, part Willie Nelson, but pretty much totally Jim Lauderdale. The lines on his tanned face indicate a life lived, lessons learned,...

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