Spotlights
The Early Years

Track-By-Track: The Early Years – II

by musicOMH

Almost a decade on since their self-titled debut album’s release, The Early Years are back to pick up where they left off with a new work called, simply, II. Recorded in a shed in the back garden of…



Spotlight: Nick Cave in One More Time With Feeling

by Tim Lee

Close to the end of One More Time With Feeling, Nick Cave looks at us and says “I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing now… I don’t know why I’m doing this,” gesturing at...

Spotlight: The Verve – A Storm In Heaven / A Northern Soul

by Ben Hogwood

Twenty-five years is a long time in pop music. Not many bands stay the course for a quarter of a century – and Verve, as they were known in 1991, did not come close either....

Track-By-Track: Autoheart – I Can Build A Fire

by musicOMH

The splendid Autoheart, comprising Jody Gadsden (voice), Simon Neilson (keys) and Barney JC (guitars), return after far too long away with their second album I Can Build A Fire on 26 August. “We were hoping...

Spotlight: Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

by Graeme Marsh

It was a big year, 1982, and for Britain in particular. Two hundred and 55 military personnel would lose their lives during the Falklands War following an Argentinian invasion of the island, the decision to...

Track-By-Track: Bright Light Bright Light – Choreography

by musicOMH

Rod Thomas is back with Choreography, Bright Light Bright Light‘s third album – this time featuring guest turns from Elton John, all of the Scissor Sisters and Alan Cumming. Now dividing his time between London...

Spotlight: The Death and Rebirth of LCD Soundsystem

by Bekki Bemrose

There’s quite a few folk out there that think James Murphy’s got some front. How dare he reform a band with such a warm and affectionate fanbase and bunch of critically acclaimed records after signing...

Spotlight: What Prince Taught Us About Sexuality

by Alex Jeffery

Prodigious, prolific, paradoxical and perverse, it’s likely that no other artist in popular music history has produced the volume of self-penned and self-produced music that Prince has, and it feels certain that we will never...

Track-by-Track: Aziza Brahim – Abbar El Hamada

by musicOMH

Aziza Brahim has forthright things to say about war, peace and humanity in the face of crisis and conflict. Born in a Sahrawi refugee camp in the Algerian desert, to which her mother had fled...

Spotlight: The Pranny Genius Of David Bowie

by Alex Jeffery

In the hours and days since David Bowie‘s sad passing, an outpouring of obituaries and articles have arrived, rightly praising his song catalogue and celebrating the iconic high points of his career. As much as...

Obituary: David Bowie

by Chris White

Genius is a term that is applied all too liberally across many walks of life, yet in the case of David Bowie, who passed away yesterday aged 69 from cancer, few would dispute the description....

Track-By-Track: Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür – Eloquence – The Complete...

by musicOMH

Part of Kraftwerk during their most commercially successful period, Eloquence sums up what he did next…

Spotlight: Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

by Graeme Marsh

The story of how his seminal album came to be, as it gets the Expanded Edition treatment.

Spotlight: The Music of James Bond

by Alex Jeffery

Uniquely, Bond themes represent a music tradition spanning over 40 years with a very special continuity that transcends the vagaries of changing fashions and genres. Squeezed between the need to modernize (and at times innovate),...

Spotlight: Arcade Fire – The Reflektor Tapes

by Max Raymond

Khalid Joseph’s reputation as an emerging talent has grown steadily over the last few years, especially with a Special Jury Award for Short Film prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival under his belt thanks...

Obituary: Ornette Coleman

by Daniel Paton

To describe Ornette Coleman, who has died at the age of 85, as a ‘giant of jazz’ is, at least in part, to misrepresent his intentions and convictions. Coleman was a passionate critic of conventions...

Spotlight: Radiohead’s The Bends at 20

by Andy Baber

Two decades since its release, just how well has Radiohead’s The Bends aged?

Spotlight: Brian Eno, Ambient Deluxe

by Ben Hogwood

As a highly regarded artist and one of the most influential men in music right now, Brian Eno is ripe for the retrospective treatment. One day, labels permitting, there will surely be a giant box...

Spotlight: Richard Hawley – In The Beginning….

by John Murphy

Looking back at the two-time Mercury nominee’s first three solo albums

Spotlight: Amanda Palmer – The Art Of Asking

by John Murphy

The sometime Dresden Dolls star’s book provides us with an opportunity to think again about an often misunderstood artist.

Spotlight: Nonclassical at 10

by Ben Hogwood

Nonclassical label boss Gabriel Prokofiev guides us through the label’s first decade and previews both celebratory events and a book