Kamasi Washington – Harmony Of Difference
Washington is that rare jazz musician who manages to be groundbreaking without alienating a wider audience. His follow-up to the hugely ambitious Epic is a six-part suite that explores the philosophical possibilities of counterpoint, balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.
Kamasi Washington – Truth
Pale Seas – Stargazing For Beginners
Tipped to become one of the great British guitar bands of the decade, Pale Seas fell off the radar on the eve of the release of their debut album but now they're back with the follow-up. Influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Elliott Smith and Half Japanese this is an album with a majestic sweep to it.
Pale Seas – Into The Night & Blood Return
Gregg Allman – Southern Blood
Allman's final studio album was produced by Don Was who brings a looser sound than Allman's previous well-received Low Country Blues.
Gregg Allman - I Love The Life I live
DUDS – Of A Nature Or Degree
The Manchester band really cut the mustard with outstandingly original, short, sharp songs that might remind some of Fire Stations or XTC (no bad thing), but are altogether something new, with complex rhythms, great guitar and bass, cornet and witty shouting. Now out on Thee Oh Sees’ label Castle Face.
DUDS - No Remark (and more …)
Marilyn Manson - Heaven Upside Down
The release of Manson's follow-up to The Pale Emperor has been overshadowed by an onstage mishap this week which left him hospitalised. Heaven Upside Down draws inspiration from Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals – but with a new approach inspired by his collaborator Tyler Bates (best known for his work with Rob Zombie and scoring Guardians Of The Galaxy).
Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down
Liam Gallagher – As You Were
Gallagher The Younger has been on the charm offensive (not sure which word counts most!) recently what with his tea-making video and a lack of pretension which wasn't always evident in his Beady Eye days. “I didn’t want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey,” says Liam. “It’s the Lennon ‘Cold Turkey’ vibe, The Stones, the classics. But done my way, now.” The cod-confessional For What It's Worth is possibly his best work since Oasis.
Liam Gallagher - For What It's Worth
Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly
We previewed Clementine’s album three weeks ago, but it’s worth hearing another track now that it was finally released on 2 October. Harpsichord? Drum’n’ bass rhythm? Church choir? Awkward fish playing football? A Turkish boy from Camberwell? Anything can happen with BC around in this immigration-themed work.
Benjamin Clementine - One Awkward Fish
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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