Music Features, Spotlights

a-ha’s True North movie is a letter from their dramatic homeland, with a serious message

by Michael Hubbard

Their second cinematic release in six months also furthers the case for reconsidering their musical legacy beyond the big pop hits



Reissues Roundup: ABBA, Olivia Newton John, Marianne Faithfull

by Ian Wade

September’s selections also feature Roxy Music, Ladytron, Shakespears Sister, David Sylvian, Stereolab, Supergrass, Blur, Slade, House Of Pain, New Radicals, The Heptones and… Aqua

Reissues Roundup: George Michael, Madonna, Oasis

by Ian Wade

This month’s picks also feature Steps, Max Tundra, Blondie, Joe Meek, R.E.M., Basement Jaxx, Pavement and Dinosaur Jr

Reissues Roundup: The Chemical Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Liars

by Ian Wade

July’s picks also feature The Finn Brothers, Wu-Tang Clan, Swing Out Sister, Orbital, Ash, Idlewild, Keane, Paul Weller, µ-Ziq, Alt-J and Beastie Boys

Reissues Roundup: Prince, Diamanda Galás, Cabaret Voltaire

by Ian Wade

A Pride celebration rubs up alongside Moominland sounds, a Kylie anniversary, Lebanese fusion and one of the greatest albums of all time in this month’s deep dive into rereleases

Reissues Roundup: Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, Daft Punk, ABBA

by Ian Wade

Wendy Carlos, Neil Young, Rose Royce, Arthur Russell, XTC, Mercury Rev, Rick Astley and The Associates also feature in May 2022’s picks

Reissues Roundup: Record Store Day 2022

by Ian Wade

From Taylor Swift to Suede, from Angelo Badalamenti to Sugababes, this year’s RSD’s reassessed, reboxed, reworked and repackaged specials for your delighted perusal

Reissues Roundup: T Rex, Rufus Wainwright, Suzi Quatro, Sparks

by Ian Wade

From T Rex to Gazelle Twin, from Rufus Wainwright and Sparks to Suzi Quatro and Norah Jones, April’s selection goes big and goes hard

Reissues Roundup: Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, Suicide, Kraftwerk

by Ian Wade

March’s spotlight also falls on Tinariwen, War Child, Broadcast, Pink Floyd, John Barry, Dennis Bovell, Bon Iver and much else besides

Mark Lanegan: In Remembrance

by Sam Shepherd

The death at 57 of the Screaming Trees frontman and serial collaborator deprives music of a voice that filled ears with warmth and heart

Reissues Roundup: The Divine Comedy, Felt, Silver Apples, Jenny Lewis

by Ian Wade

February’s gathering-up is upon us, also featuring Funkadelic, Joy Division, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, Los Campesinos! and more than a little Mod action

Reissues Roundup: Saint Etienne, Aretha Franklin, Bernard Butler

by Ian Wade

New year, new reissues! Herewith, January’s stately transglobal meander through compilations, anniversary editions and music history from across the years

Reissues Round-up: Gorillaz, Fela Kuti, The Communards, Can

by Ian Wade

December’s batch of new-but-olds also stars big movie soundtracks, Belinda Carlisle, The Waterboys …and the return of Dudley and his Futurist Desk

New Christmas Albums 2021 Round-up

by Ian Wade

A deep dive down the chimney into Christmas season-specific music, starring Kathryn Williams, Chilly Gonzales, ‘The Soul Santas’… and a Michael Bublé ornament

Reissues Round-up: David Bowie, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Fela Kuti

by Ian Wade

November’s reissues column, also featuring Atakora Manu, Kylie Minogue, Goldfrapp, Mud, Inspiral Carpets, Os Brazoes, The Shangri-Las and Slade

Reissues Round-up: James Bond, Judas Priest, Kylie Minogue, R.E.M.

by Ian Wade

Our pick of October’s repackaged records, from Motörhead via The Beatles to Donna Summer, Pink Floyd, Carroll Thompson and Spice Girls

Spotlight: Metallica – Metallica (The Black Album) 30th Anniversary + The Metalli...

by Ross Horton

Heavy metal was pushed into the mainstream in 1991 by one of the greatest albums of all time. Its impact on metal, rock and even pop music shouldn’t be underestimated

ABBA voyage back after 40 years with new album and digital arena show

by Peter J Robinson

The Swedish superstars belong to a time when the release of an album was a cultural event. This announcement is up there with those

Reissues Round-up: Primal Scream, Buena Vista Social Club, Robbie Williams

by Ian Wade

Our September digest of the best reissues also features Egyptian instrumental modal pop from the ’70s, Super Furry Animals’ 20th anniversary release of Rings Around The World and Sheena Easton in her pomp

Reissues Round-up: The Beach Boys, Kim Wilde, Habibi Funk, LCD Soundsystem

by Ian Wade

A new monthlyish round-up from the world of reissues and compilations, featuring The Beach Boys, Habibi Funk, LCD Soundsystem and Kim Wilde

George Harrison – All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary: Spotlight

by Ross Horton

Half a century of the greatest artworks – in any medium – of all time gets celebrated with a plethora of new editions