❉ Two of Bananarama’s most stylish albums finally receive the expanded edition treatment.
❉ Mozes and the Firstborn’s third full length album is wonderfully, dazzlingly tongue in cheek, writes Eoghan Lyng.
❉ A neat, often illuminating collection of Manchester songs from every big modern era and scene, writes Andy Murray.
❉ Contemporary in virtues, traditional in ornamentation, ‘And Then’ makes for vigorous listening.
❉ The Mancunian band’s second album is eclectic, punchy, dynamic, guileless and thoroughly inventive.
❉ If you’ve never heard a note by The Residents before, you could easily dip your toe in here and very quickly gauge the flavour of their career so far.
❉ Anyone that appreciates pop-punk will find plenty to enjoy in this retrospective of a band who always did their own thing.
❉ St Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs round up an impeccable collection of cuts by middle-aged artists coming to terms with the late 60s.
❉ Hot on the heels of Unfurnished Rooms, Neil Arthur’s insightful lyrics explore the human condition in this modern day and age, writes Ange Chan.
❉ A soaring soundbite of seismic and sensory sounds, this is one of the most arresting A Year In The Country releases yet – and one of the best!