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Kamaal Williams - The Return

Kamaal Williams – The Return

by Ben Devlin

As one half of Yussef Kamaal, Kamaal Williams made his impact on the contemporary UK jazz scene with his keyboard playing on Black Focus. Two…



Wooden Shjips – V


Portland quartet Wooden Shjips encompass a West Coast sound more than perhaps any other band around at the moment. There’s something lazy and sun-drenched in...

Gretchen Peters – Dancing With The Beast


Where do you go after releasing the universally acclaimed Blackbirds, The AMA’s 2015 Album of the Year, with it’s exploration of mortality and the depths...

Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel


Courtney Barnett doesn’t hold anything back on Tell Me How You Really Feel. Picking up where 2015’s debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes...

James Bay – Electric Light


Haircut aside, James Bay’s return was always going to be of interest. His rapid ascension from nobody to somebody via debut Chaos And The Calm meant...

Ex Eye @ Milton Court, London


Max Richter and artist Yulia Mahr’s Sound and Visions weekend is one of scope. From Jlin’s progressive electronics to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s earthy modular creations...

Gaz Coombes – World’s Strongest Man


The Britpop era continues to enjoy a rich and varied legacy, though it is interesting to note most of the main protagonists are now working...

Dylan Carlson – Conquistador


Dylan Carlson’s long and winding career has taken him from monumental metal drone, through musings on England’s green and pleasant land, to tales of German...

Max Richter @ Barbican, London


The Barbican’s Sounds & Visions weekend promised “a journey into music, image and their meeting points in today’s culture”, with the opening event featuring co-curator...

Mary Lattimore – Hundreds Of Days


If 2016’s At The Dam was a product of travel, Mary Lattimore’s follow-up album was created through immersion in its environment. Recorded in a barn...

Lake Street Dive – Free Yourself Up


There’s a hell of a lot to unpack on this outing from Lake Street Dive. For a band that is considered “multi-genre” there’s an awful lot...

Iceage @ Scala, London


There are many reasons to like Iceage. The fact they are wildly compelling live is a good one, but one which does warrant some unpicking....

Luke Haines – I Sometimes Dream Of Glue


2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of New Wave, the debut The Auteurs album that was nominated for a Mercury Prize and was...

Anna Burch @ Old Blue Last, London


An all-too-brief nine tracks and 33 minutes long, Quit The Curse was released by Heavenly Records in February. A solo debut for Anna Burch, it...

Beach House – 7


In poetry, sonnets have a feature called a volta, the Italian word for turn. The volta usually occurs just over halfway through the poem, after...

Protomartyr @ Scala, London


It’s usually obvious when you go to a show if it’s the last date of a tour. The signs are pretty unmistakable, from the tightness...

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body


The Glasgow music scene has always had a strong collaborative element to it, and Here Lies The Body by Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert is...

Simian Mobile Disco – Murmurations


Simian Mobile Disco’s sixth album Murmurations comes at a tumultuous time for the duo. Their US tour has been cancelled due to Jas Shaw being...

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino


Now then, mardy bum. It’s fair to say that they’ll be more than a few people ‘with the face on’ once they hear Arctic Monkeys‘...

Pinkshinyultrablast @ Castle & Falcon, Birmingham


You would be forgiven for wondering how Pinkshinyultrablast ended up playing at a recently reopened pub in Deritend, which in Birmingham terms is essentially the...

Nap Eyes @ Hare & Hounds, Birmingham


The first time anyone encounters Nap Eyes, be that in a live or recorded setting, the instant reaction is usually to try and figure out who –...