Music Reviews

Bill Withers

Seminal soul man, best known for "Ain't No Sunshine", "Lean On Me" and "Lovely Day", back in print

Kid Loco - Another Late Night

Inveterate remixer (Pulp, St Etienne, Talvin Singh) chills out with some downtempo classics

Various Artists - Commercial Break

Diverse 49-track, two-CD collection of songs that have been used on TV ads

Badfinger - Head First

Ill-starred, Badfinger's final album before guitarist/vocalist Pete Ham's suicide was designed to...

John Martyn - Solid Air—Classics Revisited

Don't be misled by the title. This is not Martyn's classic 1973 album Solid Air, but a best-of that...

Peggy Lee - The Complete Capitol Small Group Transcriptions

Three-CD discovery from original Queen of Cool

Various Artists - Aktion Mekanik

Compilation of hardcore electro and New Beat from Belgium-based label

Jerry Lee Lewis

The Killer's country comeback years on 28-track twofer

Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe

Indie landmark gets elaborate two-CD reissue

Various Artists - The Wild Bunch

Typical set by the '80s Bristol sound system that predated Massive Attack, mixed by original DJ Milo

Dandies Of The Underground

Comprehensive collection of Philly pop-soul boys, fronted by Todd Rundgren, who looked to Swinging...

Various Artists - Platinum Soul Legends 1960-1975

Strong across-the-board selection of soul classics

A Boy's Own Story

Pick'n'mix four-CD retrospective from original '80s New Popsters, including demos, remixes,...

The Sunshine Company - The Blades Of Grass

The Blades Of Grass ARE NOT FOR SMOKING REV-OLA West Coast ex-folksters The Sunshine Company just...

Laika - Lost In Space: Volume One 1993-2002

Double retrospective featuring rarities/outtakes disc

Big Brother And The Holding Company

'Frisco hippies who survived the '60s and still go back there for a living

Intastella - Intastella Overdrive

Double CD compendium from Mancunian Deee-lite

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme: Deluxe Edition

New digital version with no shortage of bonuses

Tangerine Dream - Zeit

Edgar Froese's Berlin electronica franchise got into gear with this 1972 double, Tangerine Dream's...

Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Proto-US hardcore from Jello Biafra and gang

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Editor's Letter

The return of The Aphex Twin, and Caustic Window


Last year, Warp Records embarked on a campaign for Boards Of Canada's "Tomorrow's Harvest" comeback that was notable for its obtuseness. Unmarked 12-inches were hidden in record stores, strings of numbers and inexplicable broadcasts were strewn enigmatically across the internet. At one point, I...