Music Reviews

Futureshock - Revolvo

New bands resurrecting big tech-house sounds from early to-mid-'90s

Maria Ratjke - Voice

Far-out Norwegian electro-vocal improvisation

Captain Soul - Jetstream Lovers

Sunny second album from Northampton four-piece

Tegan And Sara - If It Was You

Debut album from seriously connected Canadian twin sisters

The Donnas - Spend The Night

Ace girl-gang rock'n'roll

Autechre - Draft 7.30

Seventh album by Sheffield avant-electro duo, more approachable than their sixth

The Hacker - The Next Step Of New Wave

Miss Kittin collaborator plots future of electro on his first commercially available mix disc

Monade - Socialisme Ou Barbarie

Debut solo album from Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier

Jon Langford And His Sadies - Mayors Of The Moon

Whichever way you slice it, this is a banker. Langford's recent rollicksome rip-'em-ups with The...

New York punk trio surpass media hype with cataclysmic debut

Laura Veirs - Troubled By The Fire

If Gillian Welch floats your boat, chances are Laura Veirs will, too, though her take on homespun...

This Month In Americana

Sublime second LP from Chicago quartet

The Screamin' Stukas - 'Lotta Rhythm

Rock revelry with a Scandinavian twist

Belated CD release of 2001 Internet-only 'comeback' album

MJ Cole - Cut To The Chase

Three years slaving away in a hot studio for UK garage man

Gold Chains - Young Miss America

Unlikely San Franciscan loverman's rap/electronica party

Venus Ray - The World Woke Up Without Me

Second from retrograde avant-pop Londoners

Simply Red - Home

Comeback attempt by Mr Hucknall with his first indie release in 20 years

Grand Popo - Football Club Shampoo Victims

Electro duo Ariel Wizman and Nicolas Errera bring fun back to French avant-disco with help from...

Jackie Leven - The Borderline, London

One of the oddest gigs I've seen in a long time. The weathered Leven sings mournful songs of loss...

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Editor's Letter

Some more thoughts on Kate Bush and Alice Gerrard


On Sunday, Kate Bush inadvertently staged a one-woman assault on the British charts. This week, 11 records in the Official UK Albums Chart are by Bush – not bad, really, for a woman who has only really released nine new studio albums in the past 36 years.

Apart...