The Comet Is Coming produced my surprise album of the week. No-one was more surprised than me to be waxing lyrical about space jazz. The Cinematic Orchestra also produced another album of classy laid back tracks and there’s a nice spot of raggamuffin from Shy FX.
The Comet Is Coming – Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
Jazz for the dancefloor, featuring the wondrous saxophone and clarinet work of Sons of Kemet’s Shabaka Hutchings. Surprisingly accessible, surprisingly good.
Rating: 8/10 – Read full review
The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe
More classy emotive and enveloping soundtracks from these damn-fine purveyors of blissful grooves and soundscapes.
Shy FX – Raggamuffin SoundTape
Hugely enjoyable combination of dub, reggea, soul and DnB.
Karen O & Danger Mouse – Lux Prima
Soft and dreamy electro-pop on this collaboration album that’s perfect for a sunny afternoon chill-out.
Devlin – The Outcast
The self-styled ‘White rapper from Daggers’ turns out a powerful grime album that’s sure to get your pulse racing.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
They got to 18 studio albums before deciding to do an eponymous one. And well deserved, this is very Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Chai – Punk
All-girl Japanese pop-punk, and all that that entails.
Auld – Mainstream Music
A combination of indie and electro pop that is easy on the ears. Not going to leave a lasting impression.
Hans Zimmer – The World Of Hans Zimmer – A Symphonic Celebration
A poor example of the work of this excellent composer. Better track selection could have transformed this album into a genuine work of genius.
Rating: 5.5/10 – Read full review
Flevans – Part Time Millionaire
A combination of funk, soul and electronica that lost my interest fairly quickly.
Snarky Puppy – Immigrance
This jazz and funk collective failed to float my boat.
Here’s a playlist of all of the above if you want to listen to this week’s selected new releases.