Laura Marling – Semper Femina
Marling’s sixth album is an exploration of femininity and female relationships with a developing taste for the cutting lyric. It was written largely on the tour that followed 2015’s Short Movie and recorded in LA.
Laura Marling – Wild Fire
Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai
We didn’t have space for this on last week's offerings, but Uyai progresses where the first album left off with even fatter monophonic synths to the fore which work well with their West African funk.
Ibibio Sound Machine – The Pot Is On Fire
Max Richter - Three Worlds: music from Woolf Works
Drawn from his music to Wayne McGregor’s Royal Ballet production Woolf Works (inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf), the vinyl version is now available on the Deutsche Grammophon label
Max Richter - Mrs Dalloway, In The Garden
Circa Waves – Different Creatures
Co-produced by Alan Moulder (The Killers / Arctic Monkeys / Smashing Pumpkins), Different Creatures is the grittier counterpart to the breezy summer vibes of its predecessor Young Chasers.
Circa Waves – Wake Up
Paul Weller – Jawbone
A soundtrack album from The Modfather. This score to Johnny Harris' fight game movie includes six short pieces and the lengthy Jimmy/Blackout. The Ballad Of Jimmy McCabe sure sounds a lot like Pete Townshend's more reflective work.
Paul Weller – The Ballad Of Jimmy McCabe
Clifford Slapper & Friends – Bowie Songs One
Finally, a rather special tribute album to the great man, put together by another pianist much admired by Bowie’s famous collaborator Mike Garson. Slapper, who has worked with Bowie too, has stripped down a selection of classic songs to piano and voice, here accompanied by a group of outstanding singers, to exemplify how Bowie’s songwriting genius still shines through. Highlights include Marcella Puppini interpreting Stay from Station to Station, and here, David McAlmont, doing Sweet Thing with the pianist from a London performance:
David McAlmont & Clifford Slapper – Sweet Thing
This week's selection is by Michael Moloney, aka llamalpaca from the vinyl-only record and design store, Chameleon, with additions by The Landlord.
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