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Nathan Bell - Loves Bones and Stars, Love's Bones and Stars (Angry Stick)

Nathan Bell, freelance writer, Guitar teacher and singer songwriter, has already released what he describes as three albums about being a working class American. Nathan calls these his Family Man albums. Philosophical, after a health scare that he himself belittles, Nathan realised he was...

Star rating: 
5

Mike Farris - Silver and Stone (Compass Records)

Release Date: 12 October 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.

JP Bimeni and the Black Belts - Free Me (Tucxone)

Release Date: 12 October 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.

Imar - Avalanche (Big Mann Records)

Release Date: 12 October 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.

Bixiga 70 - Quebra Cabeca (Glitterbeat)

Now well into their eighth year, the São Paulo-based 10-piece collective release their fourth album with no small fanfare. Once again their Afro-Brazilian roots are explored in eleven exhilarating instrumental pieces, each a fusion of belting horns and driving percussion. With their usual comfort...

Star rating: 
4

Iain Thomson - No Borders (Self Release)

Iain Thomson, brought up in Dumfries, piano player since the age of seven, guitarist and singer since his teens, one time Singing Shepherd; Hill Farmer on the Isle of Mull, brings a wealth of life and experience to his playing, song writing and performance. That life is etched into Ulla Ohman's...

Star rating: 
4

Sharon Lazibyrd - Half Shame and Half Glory (Self Release)

Somerset singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sharon Lazibyrd cites both Julian Cope and PJ Harvey as influences, yet neither are really evident in her music and songs, which lean more towards her own idiosyncratic songwriting and folk storytelling, in fact, More For Less comes more or less...

Star rating: 
3
Miles Hunt - Fits And Starts

Miles Hunt - The Custodian (Good Deeds Records)

Revisited and well rehearsed in preparation for his forthcoming UK tour, the Wonder Stuff frontman selects thirty songs from his prolific back catalogue and presents them in stripped down acoustic form. The title of the two-disc set comes from a conversation with fellow singer songwriter Tom...

Star rating: 
3

Alan Prosser - 5/4AP (Rafting Dog Records)

If I didn't so rigorously adhere to the old adage 'never judge a book by its cover', then I might just have missed this one, and that would've been a shame. Dreadful cover aside, the songs are quite exciting, especially Simple is Never Easy , which tears into the running order almost from the start...

Star rating: 
4

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