"If this album is ‘them’, they are confident, flexible, dramatic and sensitive all at the same time"
"Applecarts’, possibly one of my favourite songs ever already, is the most lovely, birdsongy, gentle and folky piece you will ever hear..." - Lizz reviews the new Albarn LP
"Mr Isaak’s balls sadly are not on fire as he plays some truly unwicked games with some of the greatest classics ever recorded in the history of popular music." - Chris Isaak misses the mark for Outline's Steve Plunkett...
"Music that wouldn’t sound out of place from downtown New York clubs to the soundtrack of a trippy Skins episode..."
"Sean Paul is at his best when he’s summoning the unstoppable rhythms of dancehall music, causing booties across the globe to give the junk inside they trunks a heft reshuffle."
"The stand out track for me would have to be the album’s second offering, ‘Bricks & Mortar’. The track really helped cement my love for this frankly fantastic record, pun very much intended."
We have something that’s quite thoughtful, ploddy and dark in paces, as well as times of manic repetitious desperation and occasional pop riffs.
You can just as easily be thrown into a hula world of calypso-type music out of nowhere, as in 'Silver Self' or into the Mexican tinged landscape you find in 'Bugs'.
This album is lo-fi, experimental, multi-layered, sparse and rich all at the same time and gets away with it in a way that not many could.
Reef present to us the 10 years that will always live on…
From his home Country via ‘St Kilda To Kings Cross’ this well heeled troubadour is bound to get a warm reception...
I would summarise it in great detail as a reggae/dub album that never really gets started.
All you have to do is look at the track listing to make your life-changing decision as to whether this constitutes pennies well spent.
Did you know that the Naughty by Nature bwoys have been going for 20 years? Holy hip hop.
The songs manage to create a welcome illusion of something larger with their harmonious layers...
She cuts the figure of an international superstar – quite literally on ‘International (Serious), a jet-setter with America in large part, picking up the bill for her air miles.
"...ballad-like power chords, hip-hop, punk and indie to name a few styles represented."
These lads are big, they’re staying big and they’re only gonna get bigger, so check them out!
It’s disjointed but brilliantly rhythmic; it’s filthy sounding but sonically beautiful...
This is what Steely Dan would sound like if they started afresh in 2012. Orchestral at times, at others sounding a bit like The Feeling...
The heavy beats, the variety of sounds and pace throughout this album are like something I haven’t heard for a long time, something innovative, brave and...dare I say it, fun and unpretentious...
In this world of auto-tune and X-factor, some people still have the talent to produce such passionate and stunning songs...
Whilst Wallis Bird is clearly a talented songwriter, she needs to have a bit more focus when putting an album together.
Opening track, ‘Alphabet’, hits you smack in the face with some gorgeous, dirty synth sounds with barely a guitar in sight...
The second album, ‘Soap’, presents haunting tracks like ‘Bones’ and ‘LT’ which emulate the eeriness of the same fairground, now deserted...
There are elements of Medúlla-era Bjork on this entirely vocal work, alongside definite blues influences, which perhaps explains the choice of the title of the album...
"Every twang and utterance of El Rodri and La Gabi’s guitars exist with such symbiosis, entirely fulfilling the rich sound we’re used to hearing from them..."
"Dan Sartain’s ‘Too Tough To Live’ is definitely one of those flukey and rare albums that you buy on loving the front cover, and are not let down on inserting the disc into the player..."
"One main theme of the lyrics, that are so cleverly written and performed, is that of politics and discussion of the world's current economic climate. It wouldn't be Enter Shikari without a little politics thrown in, right?"
"Apparently they had an album of covers out in 2009 which included guest vocals from people like Liv Tyler and Kate Moss (what? I know.)"
"If you're in the market for some non-confrontational background music, then this ‘Glowing Mouth’ album will be the one to steadily kick your New Year off with..."
"Flannel shirts, big black jumpers, DM boots and an occasional floppy dress were de rigeur, and Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins were top of my listening list."
"Although clearly disregarding grammar rules, their success has been confirmed with a strong fan base..."
"Basically it’s Coldplay meets Keane meets John Barrowman, in a crazy melange of love songs directed in a rather insincere fashion..."
"It’s like a lovely, innocent return to the indie pop of the late 90s; if you liked The Auteurs, Pavement or the Divine Comedy, then you’ll love this band..."
"More pointless than thumbing in a floppy the album is bereft of invention, variation and is appropriately summed up in its Ronseal-sponsored centrepiece ‘Strange and Unproductive Thinking..."
"You cannot describe genuine heartfelt lullabies as anything twee – apart from the fact mum and dad decided to release it and put a price tag on it."
"Regardless, I liken the phenomenon to that of eating doughnuts... impossible to eat without licking your lips." - The new Roots Manuva album has strange effects on Tommy Dog...
"Even if you love house music, do you really want to get hyped up and frantic just before you empty the rubbish bin..." - Tommy Dog contemplates the appropriate setting for dance music.
"Ah dae like a sang sung en a Scortesh ucksent! Yeah, I’m the King of phonetics…"