Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Queens of the Stone Age
Villains
Release Date: 25th August  2017
Matador

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age made the album Villains as an album you could dance to, an album you could get groovy to. He even brought Mark Ronson on board, of Uptown Funk fame, to ensure we’d all be dancing. But to keep talking about how your new album is all about dancing, well, it isn’t all that different from saying your next album will be more song based. And besides, Josh, I was already dancing… Continue reading

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Johnny Jewel – Windswept

Johnny Jewel
Windswept
Release Date: 21st July  2017
Italians Do It Better

Twin Peaks recently returned to television sets around the world, bringing dreams, horror and good cups of coffee to us all once more, over twenty-five years from that cliffhanger. The new series might not be quite the return many were expecting, but one thing it’s nailed is the atmosphere through sound and music.

Johnny Jewel has provided some of his dreamy synths to the show, and Windswept is his collection, some made it, some didn’t, but it all sounds very much like it belongs in the town with a population of 51,201.  Continue reading

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star

Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Shabazz Palaces 
Release Date: 14th July 2017
Sub Pop 

Melvins aren’t the only group to put out a conceptual double album this year, with Shabazz Palaces exploring the world of Quazarz across two discs, though you have to pay up twice if you want the full intergalactic experience. Here is the first part, or is it the second? Maybe it doesn’t matter, but with this being the first of the two announced back when, we’ll go from here, to Quazarz!  Continue reading

Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology

Modern Kosmology
Jane Weaver
Release Date: 18th May 2017
Fire Records

Adding a K to cosmology is a very Donkey Kong thing to do, fitting right in with Krusha, Klump, Krockhead Klamber, and Krocodile Kore. You could almost say Jane Weaver is now part of the DK universe because of such a thing, but then we’re getting a little too far from the kore of it all. A K or a C, space is the place, and the cosmos is where dreams go to shine. 

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Splashh – Waiting A Lifetime

Waiting a Lifetime
Splashh
Release Date: 14th April 2017
Cinematic Music Group

All I Wanna Do‘ was the secret summer tune of 2013, a hazy lazy dreamy callback to peaceful days from the past. The rest of the album ‘Comfort’ was a worthwhile listen, but nothing could match the feelings that single track produced. So of course album number 2 had a lot of promise, and here we are, waiting a lifetime for another taste of that sweet cherry.  Continue reading

Pond – The Weather

The Weather
Pond
Release Date: 5th May 2017
Marathon Artists

Today’s weather forecast is also tomorrow’s, yesterday’s and the near future’s. In fact, I feel the forecast won’t change until the disc breaks, for Pond’s The Weather is raining down on me, and I’m simply lying there with my ears overflowing, and my body dripping in synth riddled sweats. That’s what I deserve, what we deserve.
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Gorillaz – Humanz

Humanz
Gorillaz 
Release Date: 28th April 2017
Parlophone 

Gorillaz, the genre shifting cartoon band are back with Humanz, seven years after the wild styles of Plastic Beach. or six years after the random iPad doodles that made up The Fall, if you must. This time round it’s a dance hop party, everyone is invited, and all you have to bring is a willingness to ascend. It’s all up from here.  Continue reading