❉ 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!
❉ We pore over the super-deluxe anniversary edition of The House of Love’s tremendous debut album in all its beautiful, brooding, spiritual glory.
❉ It’s Lawrence’s ball, of course, and his newfound freedom since the group’s dissolution resulted in a more freewheeling Felt, the subject of this second set of “revisitations”.
❉ There are some classic Oi anthems here, with top notch musicianship – these tracks really deliver, writes Brad Shepherd.
❉ For their 31st studio album, Hawkwind have collaborated with songwriter and conductor Mike Batt on a series of orchestral manoeuvres.
❉ In releasing Raindances, Esoteric Records have captured a wonderful body of work from one of the most interesting and adventurous prog-folk outfits of their time.