❉ 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.
❉ Ken Shinn pays tribute to “unashamed jesters of British Ska”, celebrated in a new boxed set released today.
❉ A five-disc record of the rise and fall of the lipstick killers. So, strap on yer platforms, cake on some slap and let’s get into it….
❉ It is tempting to consign Sky to that enduring but beige ‘easy listening’ category, but to leave it at that would be overly simplistic. There is much in here to beguile and intrigue.
❉ A conclusive round-up of the band’s first seven years, featuring much of their best work, this box set is a must for all Toy Dolls fans.
❉ The complete recorded output of the punk mischief-makers, in a new Cherry Red box set.
❉ Students of 80s pop music will certainly find much to enjoy in this collection from an oft-overlooked recording star.
❉ Martin Ruddock on the band ‘that sounded like they could kick your head in, but do it in a very clever way’.
❉ Stephen T Porter takes a closer look at Cherry Red’s Deluxe Re-Issue of The Monochrome Set’s classic 1982 album.