Two playlists for Valentine’s Day, to soundtrack whatever you’re doing.
Caustic rather than corny, Pet Shop Boys show that pop and politics can mix on surprise new EP ‘Agenda’.
Despite a handful of compelling moments, Ian Brown’s first solo album in a decade ‘Ripples’ sounds unfinished and under-produced.
‘King Of The Dudes’ represents an intelligent, unforced and un-stylised expression of Sunflower Bean’s influences.
The best new music released in January 2019, including Foals, Vampire Weekend, James Blake, Lucy Rose, Bonobo and Lizzo.
While it sacrifices many of Toy’s traditional strengths, ‘Happy In The Hollow’ at least signifies change for a band at risk of becoming stale.
New Order’s 1989 LP ‘Technique’ was the final instalment in a dazzling run of exceptional singles and albums in the Eighties.
‘About The Light’ doesn’t radiate sunny optimism exactly, but there’s definitely a certain generosity and stability of spirit, the sense that Steve Mason is finally at peace with his place in the world.
The Twilight Sad’s fifth effort ‘It Won/t Be Like This All The Time’ is a vulnerable and profoundly human album, and that feels vital and timely in 2019.
With the addition of Darren Emerson and the release of 1994’s seminal ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’, Underworld went from has-beens to pioneers.