Jordan Rakei – Cloak review

Jordan Rakei is an Australian singer and producer making soulful, dreamlike R&B. He released his Groove Curse EP in 2014, and contributed to Disclosure’s 2015 album, Caracal, with the track ‘Masterpiece’. His debut album, Cloak, is an innovative and modestly arresting creation that discerning listeners will appreciate. Continue reading

Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room review

Laura Mvula’s powerful and nuanced Sing to the Moon was a remarkable album made even more remarkable by the fact that it was her debut. Her second album doesn’t manage the all-out excellence of her first time, but it still a superb album in its own right that shouldn’t be missed. Continue reading

Bat for Lashes – The Bride review

Bat for Lashes press shot, 2016, 01 (1500x844)Natasha Khan revels in the unusual and the antiquated. The Bride, her fourth full-length in her guise of Bat for Lashes, is a tale of macabre beauty and tragedy. Continue reading

BBC Proms: Nils Frahm and AWVFTS review – an evening of alternative orchestral candour

Royal Albert Hall, London

It was as strange as it was humorous. Nils Frahm, the German composer and tonight’s second headline act for Prom 27, Late Night with BBC 6 Music, had retrieved a pair of toilet brushes and had begun using them to beat the strings of his open-topped grand piano. Yet, as is this virtuoso’s way, with each twang and tremble, an inquisitive rhythm took shape. Continue reading

Little Boots – Working Girl review

Little Boots - No Pressure artwork (2000x1125)Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, has steadily been refining her synth-pop sound since splitting from her major label, 679. And on her third album, Working Girl, she’s crafted a near-perfect collect of pristine pop. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Leisure – Flight

Leisure - Falling EP edit (842x474)Leisure are an inconspicuous electro-pop four-piece from east London. They’ve been making music since 2012, but, until last week, had only released one song: the sumptuously chilled ‘Tourist’ in May 2013. Still, this was plenty to whet appetites. Band members Beth Horak-Hallett, Jon Mason, Anya Pearson and Nick Taylor generate a heady blend of pop reminiscent of AlunaGeorge and Everything Everything. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Little Boots – Better in the Morning

Little Boots - Better in the Morning splash large (987x555)Fresh from rebuttoning her suit jacket for last autumn’s Business Pleasure EP, Victoria ‘Little Boots’ Hesketh is returning with her third full-length record. Since parting ways with major label 679 in 2012, Little Boots has grown graceful into her skin. Her second album, Nocturnes, was the underrated synth-pop treasure of 2013. Continue reading