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Matt Owens - Whiskey and Orchids (Self Release)

Release Date: 11 January 2019 - We try to review each new release submitted, time permitting. Apologies for any we don't manage to get around to. If this item is considered, it will appear in our reviews section shortly.

Callum Wood - She Wynds On Magic (Park Records)

Release Date: 16 December 2018 - We try to review each new release submitted, time permitting. Apologies for any we don't manage to get around to. If this item is considered, it will appear in our reviews section shortly.

Reg Meuross - 12 Silk Handkerchiefs (Hatsongs)

Release Date: 14 December 2018 - We try to review each new release submitted, time permitting. Apologies for any we don't manage to get around to. If this item is considered, it will appear in our reviews section shortly.

Penguins Go Pop - 20th Century Pop (King Penguin)

Release Date: 14 December 2018 - We try to review each new release submitted, time permitting. Apologies for any we don't manage to get around to. If this item is considered, it will appear in our reviews section shortly.

Moonlight Benjamin - Siltane (Ma Case)

A surprisingly adrenaline-soaked rocker of an album this, the opening track of which immediately alerts us to the energy-packed Voodoo inspired goodies to follow, as Haitian singer Moonlight Benjamin attacks each song with unmitigated authority. Much of the album is delivered in Creole, Haiti's...

Star rating: 
4

Me and My Friends - Look Up (Split Shift Records)

With shades of Penguin Cafe Orchestra in places, notably on the instrumental title track Look Up , and with a wealth of Sade-like vocal inflections, Me and My Friends' third album release seems to ooze joy from the start, with an infectious album opener Another Lifetime. The UK-based outfit, namely...

Star rating: 
5

Dawda Jobarteh - I Met Her by the River (Sterns Music)

There's always something immediately warm and soothing about the kora, and Dawda Jobarteh's new release is indeed no exception. The instrument is enough in itself, especially in the hands of such a remarkable musician, yet when placed amongst other instruments it truly comes alive. I doubt there's...

Star rating: 
5

The Willows - Through the Wild (Elk Records)

It's difficult to put your finger precisely on what exactly constitutes The Willows' trump card, it could be any of a dozen things. Perhaps it's their excellent choice of material or maybe it's the cohesive nature of their arrangements. It could be the clever interplay between Ben Savage's informed...

Star rating: 
5

John Meed - Never Enough (Self Release)

The widely travelled John Meed delivers each of his songs in an uncomplicated and unpretentious singing voice, removed only slightly from an actual speaking voice, perfect for the sort of poetic songs he writes. On this, his seventh album release, the Manchester-born, now Cambridge-based singer...

Star rating: 
4

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