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Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin: Archetype
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Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin: Archetype

The London Jazz scene is extremely diverse as this fascinating mashup of Jazz with Hip-Hop, Grime, Dubstep ably demonstrates. Shaun Marin is wowed by this powerhouse of a double LP.

Music Feature: Jim Bob
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Music Feature: Jim Bob

One half of 1990s pop superheroes Carter USM, Jim Bob’s back with a new solo album. Sean Hannam caught up with him just after the coronation of King Charles III.

Album Review: Beethoven Piano concertos 1–5; Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra
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Album Review: Beethoven Piano concertos 1–5; Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra

There are dozens of recorded versions of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos. Reference Recordings’ latest surround SACD version of Garrick Ohlsson at the Grand Teton Music Festival always sounds relaxed and mature.

Gary Burton: The New Quartet
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Gary Burton: The New Quartet

The latest in ECM’s Luminessence series of vinyl repressings, The New Quartet was Gary Burton’s second album for the label. Jason Kennedy loves the vibes from this classic from 1973.

Dance Till All The Stars Come Down
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The Lilac Time: Dance Till All The Stars Come Down

Stephen Duffy of The Lilac Time thinks that Dance Till All The Stars Come Down is the best album they've ever made. Sean Hannam believes he might just be right!

Depeche Mode: Memento Mori
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Depeche Mode: Memento Mori

Pioneers of electronica Depeche Mode long since abandoned their synth-pop roots and their latest album is less about dancing and more about death, pain, and suffering. Sean Hannam gets happy!

Music Interview: Jah Wobble
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Music Interview: Jah Wobble

English bassist Jah Wobble has been making music inspired by influences from all over the globe for almost half a century. Sean Hannam met him, to discuss his four-CD compilation.

Music Interview: Don Reedman
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Music Interview: Don Reedman

Sean Hannam talks to Don Reedman. 45 years after his platinum first album, Don has returned to his orchestral rock roots in London’s Abbey Road Studios for Classic Rock Renaissance.

Album Review: Orbital – Optical Delusion
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Album Review: Orbital – Optical Delusion

Alan Sircom says the Hartnoll brothers are back with their 10th album of electronica, this time with more of a collaborative feel and even some angry ranting from Sleaford Mods.

Album Review: Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy
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Album Review: Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy

With its fast pace and indie hip-hop vibe, the fourth studio album from Mercury Prize-winning Scottish indie band Young Fathers might just be their best yet, according to Shaun Marin.

Music Interview: Jenny Don’t and the Spurs
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Music Interview: Jenny Don’t and the Spurs

Vocal cord surgery, crashed hard drives, studio fires, floods, pandemics and even the death of their drummer couldn’t stop Jenny Don’t and the Spurs latest album, Fire On The Ridge!

Album Review: Bennett Wilson Poole – I Saw A Star Behind Your Eyes, Don’t Let It Die Away
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Album Review: Bennett Wilson Poole – I Saw A Star Behind Your Eyes, Don’t Let It Die Away

UK Americana at its finest from Robin Bennett, Danny Wilson, and Tony Poole. Their second album moves from America’s West Coast to The Beatles and The Zombies ‘60s British psych-pop.

Album Review: Mahler Symphony No 5, Berlin PO, Claudio Abbado
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Album Review: Mahler Symphony No 5, Berlin PO, Claudio Abbado

Who would have thought that Deutsche Grammophon released Abbado’s recording of Mahler’s 5th Symphony in 1993 that exactly three decades later it would be re-released on vinyl, asks Jimmy Hughes.

Album Review: The World In Air Quotes by The God in Hackney
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Album Review: The World In Air Quotes by The God in Hackney

All 11 tracks of this sensational, if occasionally very dark, slice of avant-garde pop meets jazz defy description. This multi-instrumental LA band with strong English vibes have captivated Jason Kennedy.

Music Interview: Midge Ure
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Music Interview: Midge Ure

Legendary new wave frontman Midge Ure returns with a six-disc reworking of Ultravox’s third, George Martin-produced album, Quartet. Sean Hannam spoke to the Scottish singer during his recent UK tour.

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