Spotlights
Amy Winehouse - The Collection

Spotlight: Amy Winehouse – The Collection

by Ross Horton

Two collections pay homage to a singular talent which stands alone in the grand pantheon of British icons: our greatest soul star, and our most…



Dire Straits: brothers in AOR

by Graeme Marsh

Graeme Marsh makes the forgotten case for gazillion-selling AOR as Mark Knopfler and co’s back catalogue gets the deluxe reissue treatment

Mort Garson: unearthing electronica’s unexplained pioneer

by Matt Cotsell

The late Canadian auteur’s work melding baroque exotica with watery synth squeaks and galactic drones is reassessed with three reissues and a previously unreleased compilation

Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

by Ross Horton

This reissue’s kitchen sink approach to an album which laid the foundations for a whole decade of heavy metal is only fitting

Michael Rother – Solo II

by Ross Horton

The German experimentalist shines a light on his solo work with a new box set, and unveils a standalone new album, Dreaming

Do It Any Way You Wanna: An Introduction to Patrick Cowley

by Matt Cotsell

The sonic equivalent of opening a bottle of amyl nitrate, Cowley’s work shone a light on the multifaceted aspects of queer self-hood

Spotlight: Spoon – Slay On Cue

by Ross Horton

The chance to relive the journey, or experience it for the first time – and discover if they’re one of the most underrated bands in...

Spotlight: Ultravox – Vienna

by Graeme Marsh

A 40th anniversary box set charts a band’s shift from cult status to stardom. Graeme Marsh examines what exactly changed

Spotlight: New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies

by Graeme Marsh

With a Definitive Edition of their 1983 opus released, Graeme Marsh examines one of the best albums of the ’80s in a new light

Spotlight: Kylie Minogue – Light Years

by Nick Smith

Nick Smith casts a fond eye back to a super-successful career reinvention and some out-and-out pop classics, 20 years on

Spotlight: Pixies’ Bossanova, 30 years on

by Sam Shepherd

Black Francis and co’s space-themed third, released just a year after their second, became their only Top 3 album. Is it their best?

The Beloved – Happiness (Special Edition) – Spotlight

by Graeme Marsh

On its 30th anniversary, Graeme Marsh looks back on how Happiness became the band’s defining moment

Spotlight: Closer – Joy Division’s pure and final masterpiece at 40

by Ross Horton

Marking an anniversary reissue, Ross Horton examines the enduring influence and impact of the band’s second and final album

Imperial legacy: Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider remembered

by Ross Horton

Examining the Germans’ classic phase, without which entire genres of music would not have existed

Bandcamp in the time of Corona: a beginner’s guide

by Ben Hogwood

The user-friendly resource, waiving its fees again, is used by small-scale music makers and larger record labels alike. Where to begin?

Andrew Weatherall: A Tribute

by Ben Hogwood

The outpouring of shock, love and reverence at the passing of Andrew Weatherall speaks volumes. The conclusion reached by musicians and listeners alike was unanimous:...

Spotlight: Tiger Bay – Saint Etienne’s Masterpiece at 25

by Rob Mesure

“There are some nice parts of London / You can see them from here” – Archway People “Rainy cafe, Kentish Town, Tuesday / Barry’s looking...

We walk through mindfields: The Prodigy’s Keith Flint remembered

by Ian Roullier

The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint, who has died aged 49, was one of the most recognisable figures in modern music, a pioneering life force of a...

Spotlight: Making Christmas Albums – Aidan Moffat and Engelbert Humperdinck on th...

by Ben Hogwood

To quote a famous song, it’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. Christmas is – with very few exceptions – recognised as a time...

Spotlight: Bronski Beat – The Age Of Consent

by Nick Smith

The year was 1984. Wham!, Nik Kershaw, Queen and Frankie Goes To Hollywood were everywhere, swatting away toxic masculinity with their bleached-blonde and toussled bouffants,...

Spotlight: Felt – A Decade In Music (continued)

by Rob Mesure

Back in February, Cherry Red began the A Decade In Music reissue programme, releasing the first five of 10 studio albums by sainted indie-poppers Felt....