Album

Stone’s Soul Picnic

Big-voiced, deep soul belter. From Devon, obviously

Lisa Gerrard With Patrick Cassidy – Immortal Memory

Profound Celtic-inflected soundscapes from Dead Can Dance singer

Bobby Conn And The Glass Gypsies – The Homeland

Chicago's king of camp cool recovers from major head surgery to mess with everyone's brain

Various Artists – All Night Long: Classic ’80s Grooves

Late burst of speed from Motown in original album and/or 12-inch single form

Rhyme Kingpins

A masterpiece of rap's golden age, now with second CD of extras

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

As the house band at Motown throughout the '60s, the Funk Brothers were arguably the greatest hit machine the world has ever seen. Yet nobody ever knew who they were. Three decades later, director Paul Justman tracked down the survivors and brought them out of obscurity to pay belated tribute to the men who made the Motown sound. Evocative and nostalgic stuff.

The Fall – The Real New Fall LP (Formerly ‘Country On The Click’)

Absurdly titled, long delayed but ultimately outstanding 24th studio LP

Robert Wyatt – Solar Flares Burn For You

There's a great moment in Don't Look Back where Dylan informs a disbelieving reporter that he's as good a singer as Caruso, qualifying the claim by stating he hits all the notes that he wants to hit. Robert Wyatt is of exactly the same mould. That quavery high pitch and childlike annunciation spring from one of contemporary music's most original voices. Much of Solar Flares documents an artist in transition.

Thomas Denver Jonsson & The September Sunrise – Hope To Her

The latest Swedish cowboy, Jonsson was praised early last year for his subtle-sweet EP Then I Kissed Her Softly. Having trodden European boards with Damien Jurado and Rosie Thomas, the 23-year-old's LP debut roots itself in similar earth. There's much of Jurado in his downcast tremble, while Fredrik Wilde's pedal-steel and Carl Edlom's softly cantering piano brighten the corners. "Shades Of Green" and "Black And Blue" shuffle with the kind of milky-moon sadness Neil Young patented on After The Gold Rush. Elsewhere, there are hints of the Palace Brothers and Low.

Barry Blue – Dancin’ (On A Saturday Night)…Best Of

Early-'70s hitmaker gets two-CD best-of and instant-cachet Bob Stanley sleevenotes
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