Classical and Opera Reviews
Basia Bulat - Are You In Love

Basia Bulat – Are You In Love?

by John Murphy

Basia Bulat‘s last album, Good Advice in 2016, seemed to mark something of a creative rebirth for the Canadian singer. The recruitment of Jim James…



Yves Tumor – Heaven To A Tortured Mind

by Ben Devlin

Over the past five years Sean L Bowie, aka Yves Tumor, has built his reputation as a genre-bending polymath, with 2018’s Safe In The Hands...

Mystery Jets – A Billion Heartbeats

by Ben Hogwood

The story of Mystery Jets’ recent history is an inspirational one, both musically and autobiographically. A Billion Heartbeats was set for release at the end...

Thundercat – It Is What It Is

by Ben Devlin

With a Thundercat record, one basically knows what to expect at this stage: basslines and grooves that pay homage to classic funk, angular falsetto toplines...

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are a rare thing: a metal band that has succeeded in garnering appreciation outside of heavy subculture and...

M Ward – Migration Stories

by Ross Horton

M Ward is the kind of artist that just seems to always be making something. He always seems to have a record out, and the...

MJ Cole – MJ Cole Presents Madrugada

by Ben Devlin

A well-honed classical sensibility has always been running through the work of Matthew Coleman, a.k.a. MJ Cole, like words through a stick of rock. Whether...

Melt Yourself Down – 100% YES

by Alan Ashton-Smith

All credit to Melt Yourself Down and Decca Records for not postponing the release of 100% YES, at a time when many albums are being...

Little Dragon – New Me, Same Us

by John Murphy

It turns out that New Me, Same Us is a pretty appropriate title for Little Dragon‘s sixth studio album. The Swedish quartet have been on...

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

by Nick Smith

Since bursting onto the music scene in 2016 with her highly contemporary fusion of synth-pop and R&B, Dua Lipa has released a shedload of chart-bothering...

Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud

by John Murphy

Katie Crutchfield’s fifth album under the Waxahatchee moniker feels a bit like a rebirth, which is appropriate as it’s her first album since giving up...

Catholic Action – Celebrated By Strangers

by Sam Shepherd

The second album from Catholic Action sees the band embracing (carefully) electronic flavours to flesh out their sound a little. There had been some intention...

Pearl Jam – Gigaton

by Ross Horton

So the first thing you’ll have noticed about Pearl Jam‘s new album, Gigaton, is just how much the first single (Dance Of The Clairvoyants) sounds...

Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini – Illusion Of Time

by Ben Devlin

If there is one word that sums up this collaboration between British producer Daniel Avery and Nine Inch Nails keyboardist Alessandro Cortini, it’s lo-fi. Every...

The Orb – Abolition Of The Royal Familia

by Ben Devlin

Alex Paterson and his merry band are back with a new record, this time with a vaguely colonial theme. The album is ostensibly about the...

Baxter Dury – The Night Chancers

by Ross Horton

Baxter Dury – he of the iconic parentage and effortless diamond geeza cool – has returned to save us all from self-isolation and an endless...

Arbouretum – Let It All In

by Graeme Marsh

To call Arbouretum’s seventh studio album Let It All In eclectic is not far wide of the mark. 2013’s Coming Out Of The Fog was...

Myrkur – Folkesange

by Ross Horton

Myrkur – the slightly terrifying nom de plume of Danish polymath Amalie Bruun – is the Icelandic word for ‘darkness’. Fitting then, that the records...

Container – Scramblers

by Ben Devlin

Purveyor of electronic noise Ren Schofield, aka Container, is back with his first album since 2018, as well as his first since the tetralogy of...

The Districts – You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere

by Ross Horton

The Districts‘ last record, Popular Manipulations, was a short, sharp blast of intense psych-tinged indie rock. Produced by the maestro John Congleton, it ran the...

Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans

by Ben Devlin

Four Tet is a very well-loved figure in electronic music: Kieran Hebden’s mixture of earthy textures and mellow club beats has made him a household...