CD Reviews

Reviews of CDs

Ooberfuse

Ooberfuse – The Odd Ones

Based in Woolwich, London, comes this undiscovered rarity in electro-pop. The Duo Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson characterises their own individual Ooberfuse style with colour and vibrancy both inside and out...
Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons – Deepest Wound/ Gold Dust

Admittedly it was a surprise to all when Chris Simmons released these two back to back singles last August. After the death of his brother nearly three years previously in 2015, the majority of his local Bright...
Hafdis Huld

Hafdis Huld – Dare To Dream Small

“Dare To Dream Small” released July 28, 2017, is artist Hafdis Huld's latest album. She does not disappoint with a range of songs that bring out her soft angelic voice. This Icelandic artist has created another...
Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras – It’s Time

While Donald Trump continues his campaign to build a wall along the Mexican border, some of the best new music in the US is being produced by Mexican Americans. Following on from Arizona’s rousing Orkesta Mendo...
Brother Dege - Scorched Earth Policy

Brother Dege – Scorched Earth Policy

Brother Dege, who recently found fame for his track ‘Too Old To Die Young’, being featured in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’, produces a stunning album in the form of Scorched Earth Policy.Admittedl...
Balkan Beat Box - Shout It Out

Balkan Beat Box – Shout It Out

This electic album from Balkan Beat Box is far from well within the boundaries of traditional Balkan music – as their name may suggest. Their heavy electronic basslines and wild wizardry connecting saxophone (c...
Yilian Canizares

Yilian Canizares – Invocacion

There are so many influences in this album; Cuban, Jazz, Venezuelan, Swiss, it’s hard to note from each song what track goes into which category. Indeed, they don’t. It’s all too easy these days to want to brac...
Xavier Lewis

Xavier Lewis – The Antidote to R&B

Xavier Lewis has become the focus of the up-and-coming R&B world in the last few years having appeared on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, America’s Got Talent and touring across Europe. This soulful approach...
Flow TribE

Flow TribE – At Capacity

This brilliantly funky and upbeat live album is brimming with full-of-punch horns and grooving guitar licks that make it absolutely no wonder it was a sell-out show.Recorded at Tipitina’s in New Orleans in ...
Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – Inner Dialogue

It's not easy to pin down exactly the type of artist that Sarah Elizabeth Charles is. Her vocal work is so adaptable and diverse that she doesn’t necessarily slip seamlessly into the jazz category. Whilst her d...
Lauren

Halie Loren – Butterfly Blue

Halie Loren’s ‘Butterfly Blue’ is a lovely example of gentle vocal jazz that never fails to warm the soul. There’s a pretty, wandering melody that runs through the veins of the entire album, scatty riffs that f...
Carol

Carol Welsman – Alone Together

This well thought out, intricate jazz album from Carol Welsman, the Canadian born singer-songwriter, is another jewel in her (rather full) crown. Her 11th studio album brings the listener traditional, straight ...
CQMD

Ceux Qui Marchent Debout – Don’t Be Shy

This upbeat and lively album from CQMD stays true to their excellent soulful horn sections of old. It’s feel good and it’s funky and you can’t help at the end of each track to move as quickly as possible on to ...
Smoky

Smoky Greenwell’s Blues Jam – Live Blues Jam

A fine, fine example of how to make a great live record. Opening with ‘Smoke Alarm’ the musicians literally swing into full flow, Smoky flying into perfect rhythm with controlled but heartfelt harmonica work, a...