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New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Paolo Nutini - Last Night in the Bittersweet

Guy Oddy

The last time that Paolo Nutini was on the public stage, he was knocking out fine blue-eyed soul and having substantial hits like “Scream (Funk my Life Up)”. That was eight years ago though.

Album: Damien Jurado - Reggae Film Star

Thomas H Green

American singer-songwriter Damien Jurado is both prolific and enigmatic. His latest album follows too many to count (OK, not really, I think this is his 20th). On his own label, it's as opaque as anything he’s done, and that’s saying something.

Album: James Vincent McMorrow - The Less I Knew

Peter Quinn

An artist with a myriad of strings to his bow – gifted wordsmith, multi-instrumentalist, captivating storyteller – what enables James Vincent...

Album: Regina Spektor - Home, before and after

Katie Colombus

When did life become so theoretical? In the penultimate track of her new album, Home, before and after, Regina Spektor plays the role of classroom...

Album: Hollie Cook - Happy Hour

Kathryn Reilly

In a world seemingly devoid of joy, Hollie Cook's fourth album is a very welcome salve indeed. It’s not just the deliciously mellow groove of the...

Album: Porcupine Tree - Closure/Continuation

Graham Fuller

Progressive rock's cultiest heroes return with a leftfield fusion of old and new

Blu-ray: Double Indemnity

Nick Hasted

Billy Wilder's cold-blooded yet sultry classic defines film noir

Blu-ray: The Soft Skin

Mark Kidel

Truffaut's 1964 film tells the story of a slightly less than torrid affair

Album: Linda Ayupuka - God Created Everything

Mark Kidel

Praising the Lord in Northeastern Ghana

Album: Alanis Morissette - The Storm Before the Calm

Katie Colombus

An existential move from angst-rock to meditative calm

Album: Binker Golding - Dream Like A Dogwood Wild Boy

Sebastian Scotney

Top-class production gives the music an epic quality

Album: Foals - Life is Yours

Tom Carr

Seventh album from alt-rock stars sees them put on their dancing shoes

Blu-ray: The Last Metro

Mark Kidel

Truffaut's 1980 film, a tense drama set during the Nazi Occupation of Paris, is one of his best

Album: Ron Trent presents WARM - What Do the Stars Say to You

Barney Harsent

The producer's first album in more than a decade is a smooth-as-silk success

Blu-ray: Luminous Procuress

Graham Rickson

An offbeat counterculture classic resurrected

Album: Hercules & Love Affair - In Amber

Joe Muggs

NYC dance maven goes fully goth with stunning results

Album: Nick Mulvey - New Mythology

Thomas H Green

The ex-Portico Quartet singer-songwriter continues his increasingly mystic song cycle

Album: Shearwater - The Great Awakening

Kieron Tyler

After six years away, the erudite Texans ponder the state of the nation

Blu-ray: The Proposition

Graham Fuller

John Hillcoat’s anti-Western is a bloody allegory of colonial mayhem in 1880s Australia

Album: The Utopia Strong - International Treasure

Guy Oddy

Steve Davis chills out with ambient soundscapes and trippy kosmiche

Album: Nick Cave - Seven Psalms

Mark Kidel

Off-beat prayers from the heart

Album: Neneh Cherry - The Versions

Thomas H Green

Esoteric set of multi-artist cover versions from the singer's back catalogue

Album: Golden Feelings - Golden Feelings

Joe Muggs

American Kosmische that could be from other decades or other galaxies

Album: Wren Hinds - A Child's Chant for a New Millennium

Kieron Tyler

South African singer-songwriter sounds like an old friend

Album: Mary Gauthier - Dark Enough to See the Stars

Liz Thomson

Intimate, direct and straight from the heart, Gauthier catches the sound of empathy

Album: Wilco - Cruel Country

Nick Hasted

Jeff Tweedy finds pained beauty and common bonds in a broken country

Album: Lettuce - Unify

Guy Oddy

Music to put a spring in your step from funky Boston

Album: Yama Warashi - Crispy Moon

Kieron Tyler

Our nearest celestial neighbour inspires former Zun Zun Egui mainstay

Blu-ray: Twisting the Knife - Four Films by Claude Chabrol

Nick Hasted

Miasmic guilt as a French master skewers the bourgeoisie

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