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Crowd Company

Now or Never
A few weeks back I had the Rock Candy Funk Party album on my deck and now Crowd Company – US versus UK. On the sheer fun side of things the UK wins out. ‘Nuff said. Read more...

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I suppose that Lucius may be reasonably happy that their album is not an easy one to place. Nothing on it really says ‘ah, it’s this or that, here’s your pigeon... Read more...


Birds Of Chicago

Live From Space
Apart, JT Nero (in his JT & The Clouds guise) and Alison Russell (as Po’ Girl) are superb performers and a joy on the ear. Together as Birds Of Chicago they are... Read more...


Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Original Recordings
Describing the music of Dan Hicks is not easy. He seems to cross many boundaries – roots, western swing, country, even jazz – but the music is always smooth and... Read more...

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Black Label Society

Catacombs of the Black Vatican
This is BLS’s first new album since ‘The Order Of The Black’ in 2009 and while it follows that classic in style it feels somehow heavier and darker than before ... Read more...


Marcus Malone

Stand Or Fall
A huge blast of Blues rock from Mr Malone – one of Detroit’s finest exports. Read more...


California Breed

California Breed
For anyone who has been hiding under a rock, California Breed are a new trio fronted by the legendary Glenn Hughes alongside Jason Bonham and new find Andrew Wa... Read more...


Grace Slick & The Great Society

Collector's Item
Everybody must have heard the wondrous ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane with haunting vocals by Grace Slick but not too many have heard her in the band she ... Read more...


Simon Adams

Simon Adams EP
'Simon Adams EP' specialises in uplifting ballads that are soulful, completely emotive and based on Simon Adams' relationships and journeys. Not to suggest that Read more...


Plastic Yellow Band

Breathe Air
Plastic Yellow Band seem like more of a tribute band than a band in their own right - for a band from South Carolina to be so heavily influenced by John Lennon Read more...


Mark Harrison

The World Outside
Britain today is blessed with a number of utterly unique and original musicians and the current Blues scene is blessed by the musicians that it has spawned - in... Read more...


Robbie Boyd

So Called Man
When Robbie Boyd gets it right his music is like a Wes Andersen Film where he paints picture-perfect images with his quirky personality and charming lyrics. Read more...



St Georges Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester
This set captures them in all their pomp and majesty on a great night in Manchester last year. Read more...


Liz Chi Yen Liew

Emotive and at times poignant, this collection of instrumental pieces from the multi-talented musician and composer Liz Chi Yen Liew (who has collaborated with ... Read more...


Belinda Carlisle

The Collection
A collection of Belinda Carlisle’s greatest hits is not that much of a surprise, or probably not that difficult to compile. During the late ‘80’s and 90’s she w... Read more...


House of Hats

This Love
This Love, the debut album from Brighton’s House of Hats is an interesting combination of British folk tropes, Americana and pop nous. Read more...


The Robert Cray Band

In My Soul
Great soul music is special: it goes deep into your emotions and talks about the things that mean something to a=us all. A lot of great Blues players have dabbl... Read more...

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Dr Feelgood

Live at Rockpalast
The band are actually on great form, clearly enjoying playing and Brilleaux in particular is in his pomp Read more...


Nervous Norvus & Redf Blanchard

ZORCH! Transfusion time woth Nervous Norvus & Red Blanchard
This album is MAD! Completely gonzo or, as the title suggests, Zorch!. Read more...



Stealing My Older Brother's Tapes
Inspired by the songs he heard coming from his brother’s room as a child, Context reworks classic 90s rave music with fantastic results for his brand new EP, St... Read more...


The Spellkasters

Kastin The Spell
Remember The Pirates? Like so many bands that are around for such a long time, the occasional change in personnel simply comes with the territory. After ... Read more...



Four decades after first blitzing ballrooms and raising hell, national treasure the Sweet are still kicking up a mighty glam-infested rampage. Back in 20... Read more...


Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

The collaboration between Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa sounds as though it was made in heaven. She has a great voice, full of power and ‘oomph’ and the subtlety ... Read more...



Shimmer Gold
‘Start To Run’, ‘Hardway’ and ‘Recover’, the three fast flowing singles so far released by energetic East London upstarts Read more...


Damn Vandals

Rocket Out Of London
I’ve been looking forward to the band’s sophomore album with bated breath. They haven’t let me down – this is pure killer! Read more...


Johnny Guitar Watson

The Gangster of Love Meets the Superman Lover
If you look at the dictionary you will find the entry ‘Funk=Johnny Guitar Watson’. Alongside the Parliament/Bootsy axis and the original James Brown, Johnny Gui... Read more...



Lion City
With every release they seem to delve deeper into the heart and soul of their music and keep developing new ways to hypnotize and entrance the listener Read more...


Matt Andersen

Sometimes I am actually shocked by the power and depth in Matt Andersen’s voice. He has a huge and soul-tinged bellow Read more...


David Berkeley

The Fire In My Head
‘Back To Blue’ could be done as a roots song or as a harmony vocal number or even as heavy metal. Berkeley has chosen to sing it as a roots number with banjo an... Read more...


Terry Chimes

The Strange Case of Dr. Terry and Mr. Chimes
Honestly folks, there can’t be many rock autobiographies about that conclude with a prayer by Mother Teresa! Then again, bona fide drummer turned chiropractor <... Read more...

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