Arthur Russell – The World Of Arthur Russell

It's an unlikely story: avant-garde cellist sees the light in a disco glitterball at New York gay club The Gallery and decides disco is the ultimate modern format for exploring minimalist composition. In the mid-'70s, Russell—conservatory-trained, a scholar of Eastern music forms, steeped in the ideas of Steve Reich and Terry Riley—was blown away by the engulfing quality of music transmitted over a massive club sound system and literally entranced by disco's use of repetition.

Roy Wood – Outstanding Performer

Selective Wizzardry and solo material

Various Artists – Crème De La Crème

Philly soul classics and rarities from vaults of Atlantic, Atco and Warner Bros '72-'76

Counting Crows – Films About Ghosts: The Best Of Counting Crows

Best-of, plus two new recordings

Shiva Burlesque

Grant Lee Phillips and Jeffrey Clark, natives of California's San Joaquim Valley, formed Shiva Burlesque in what is now Santa Clarita, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, in 1986. As you can hear from their eponymous debut album, released in 1988 to howls of approval from an enthusiastic fanbase at what used to be Melody Maker, Shiva were in thrall to the looming psychedelia of The Doors and Love.

Ten-CD companion to last year's 24 Hours live CD box set

Rhyme Kingpins

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

Brussels Sprouts

Staggeringly diverse re-releases from Belgian label a decade ahead of its time

Candi Staton

Rare southern soul sides from disco diva's Muscle Shoals days

The Long Ryders – Three Minute Warnings: Live In New York City

Live album from last days of much-loved "Paisley underground" heroes

Editor's Picks

Fleet Foxes – Shore

Robin Pecknold's tide-like ruminations on ageing, loss and uncertain times

PJ Harvey: “She’s an auteur… she knows what she wants”

The making of To Bring You My Love explored in the new issue of Uncut

The 10th Uncut New Music Playlist Of 2020

William Tyler, New Order, Todd Rundgren, Gwenifer Raymond and much more

Introducing the Ultimate Music Guide to the Grateful Dead

Meeting your heroes can be disappointing. As you’ll read in our new Ultimate Music Guide, when Melody Maker’s Steve...