CDs + Vinyl:
Gboyega Adelaja – Colourful Environment [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (Livingstone Studio)
Fresh from touring with Hugh Masekela — The Boy’s Doin’ It (1975) — Gboyega Adelaja went into the lab to drop heavy keyboard science on his Moog and Fender Rhodes. It’s Joe Sample meets the Afro funk of BLO. With names like Jake Sollo on guitars, Mike Odumusu (BLO, Osibisa) on bass guitar, and Gasper Lawal on percussion, this is a top quality, Afro funk — an all-stars affair that shines from the inspired interventions, masterly arrangements to the sublime production.
The Alarm – Equals CD/2xLP (Twenty First Century Recording Company)
Equals is The Alarm’s first mainstream album release since 2010’s Direct Action, a barnstorming collection of 11 songs that act as a retrenchment of old values and a poignant reflection of the tough times Mike Peters and his wife Jules have been through in recent years. Having recovered from lymph cancer in 1996, Mike was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in 2005 and, after an initial recovery, he suffered a relapse in 2015. To compound an already terrifying situation, Jules, who plays piano and sings backing vocals, was diagnosed with breast cancer just after. All band activity was put on hold as the pair underwent treatment and it is only now, with both in remission, that The Alarm are firing on all cylinders again.
Dave Alvin – King Of California [Reissue/1994] CD (Craft Recordings)
CD reissue of the best-selling critically acclaimed solo album from Dave Alvin of The Blasters.
America – Live On Soundstage CD+DVD (BMG)
A unique and intimate performance from the legendary group who defined the early ‘70s folk sound and ruled the Top-10 charts with their evocative harmonies and acoustic-styled musicianship.
Bernice – Puff: In The Air Without A Shape CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
Following the release of 2017’s maximalist Puff EP produced by Grammy Award-winner Shawn Everett, Toronto-based experimental pop group Bernice present its minimalist follow up, Puff: In The Air Without A Shape, with which the band continues its enigmatic exploration of pop, jazz, R&B, and more. Sitting between Enya, Julia Holter, and Deerhoof where clear vocal melodies fly kites over spare arrangements, Bernice’s new album attempts to mimic the playful intimacy of the band’s live show.