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LATEST ALBUMS

FIAT LUX - Saved Symmetry

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FIAT LUX-first long-form release since 1984. After 35 years Fiat Lux are back with a brand new 2019 album. Often described as "lost In action" or "criminally underrated" and cited as inspirational to other artists, they are one of my favourite bands.  I hope they release this album in coloured vinyl.


CHECK OUT

It's You

Everyday in Heaven

Hold Me While You Can

Calling on Angels


PURCHASE CD

https://www.propermusic.com/product-details/Fiat-Lux-Saved-Symmetry-263044


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✩


BANANARAMA - In Stereo

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Seriously, the best album released in 2019 thus far!

BANANARAMA'S album is fun, upbeat and goes from daytime to evening well!  The opening track Love In Stereo was penned by the Sugababes (Original Line-Up) and Richard X.  This is their best album as a Duo, closely followed by Drama.


The release of In Stereo—Bananarama’s 11th album—is assuredly cause for celebration. It also raises the questions: what sonic space do the pair occupy in 2019 and how far removed is it from the one they resided in on their last song cycle? This query can be answered by perusing the liner notes for In Stereo where one will one will find two names: Ian Masterson (Kylie Minogue, Geri Halliwell {Ginger Spice}, Sophie Ellis-Bextor) and Richard X (Goldfrapp, Róisín Murphy, and Sugababes). 


In Stereo succeeds as an album whose spirit springs from the joy of making music. As original rule breakers, Bananarama have nothing left to prove. That they can produce a record of such quality and care—just for the sake of it—is in and of itself a laudable, if not surprising feat. 


CHECK OUT:

Love In Stereo

I'm On Fire

Looking For Someone

Got to Get Away

On Your Own


ORDER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD  HERE


LIMITED EDITION SIGNED TRANSPARENT VINYL  HERE


PURCHASE OR STREAM

https://listnin.co/BananaramaInStereo


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✭

JESS GLYNNE - Always In Between

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Once you PLAY JESS GLYNNE's album you quickly discover how special it is. 

Once you KNOW this album, you'll find it difficult to turn it off. 


CHECK OUT

All the songs!


PURCHASE OR STREAM

VINYL or CD

https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/jess-glynne-always-in-between-lp


APPLE MUSIC

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/always-in-between-deluxe/1402596432


SPOTIFY

https://soundcloud.com/jessglynne


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✭

BILLIE EILISH - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

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In an industry of disposable pop stars and redactive Hip-Hoppers, with her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,  BILLY EILISH became the first artist born in the Eighties (two-thousands) to rank No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She's got that "bullocks" punk-rock attitude with a soulful Irish voice.


LIMITED EDITION VINYL

https://www.merchbar.com/pop/billie-eilish/billie-eilish-lime-green-lp-digital-album-vinyl


PURCHASE OR STREAM

http://smarturl.it/BILLIEALBUM


VIDEO FOR LOVELY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1Pl8CzNzCw


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✭

EMMA BUNTON - My Happy Place

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On My Happy Place, EMMA BUNTON's first album in 13 years, BABY SPICE sticks to her inoffensive formula, sweet pop music.  She released three solidly received albums, with a clutch of Top 20 singles.  It’s eight covers of Bunton’s favourite songs, plus two originals that sound as if they could also be Motown-era covers. Fans of her most bombastic single, 2003’s Maybe might appreciate the sweet doo-wop style of Baby Please Don't Stop and Too Many Teardrops. 


LIMITED EDITION VINYL

https://www.merchbar.com/pop/emma-bunton/emma-bunton-my-happy-place-pink-gatefold-vinyl-lp


PURCHASE OR STREAM

https://emma.lnk.to/myhappyplaceID


VIDEO FOR 

https://youtu.be/68NM1axZ9XE


SCORE: ✭✭✭✩✩


PRINCE - Originals

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The Prince estate is releasing a 15-track album comprising previously unreleased songs on 21 June.  


The album comprises songs from PRINCE's “Vault” recordings, which were selected by Troy Carter on behalf of the late singer’s estate alongside Jay-Z. The set hails from recordings the artist made from 1981 through 1991 that he primarily composed and wrote for others, many of which became hits, such as Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life” and the Bangles’Manic Monday.” There are also deeper cuts, such as Vanity 6’s “Make-Up” and Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Love.” It closes with Prince’s original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which was released in 2018 as a standalone single. It first appeared on the Family’s self-titled 1985 album and was also a hit for Sinéad O’Connor in 1990.


LIMITED EDITION VINYL

https://store.prince.com/store/


SCORE: TBD

LATEST ALBUMS

P!NK - Hurts 2 B Human

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With this new album, P!NK seemingly sets out argely to emulate Beautiful Trauma’s winning formula of soaring ballads and anthemic bangers.


However, the most intriguing moments come when P!nk flips the raw country plan Kylie Minogue and Kacey Musgraves have been successfully employing. And you needn't worry, this album is choke full of relationship anthem songs!


CHECK OUT

Love Me Anyway (with Chris Stapleton)

Last Song of Your Life

90 Days

Walk Me Home

Can We Pretend (with Cash Cash)


LIMITED EDITION COLOURED VINYL

https://www.target.com/p/pink-hurts-2b-human-vinyl-target-exclusive/-/A-54608731


PURCHASE CD

https://www.discogs.com/PNK-Hurts-2B-Human/master/1538208


STREAM

https://soundcloud.com/official-p-nk


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✩

MARINA - Love + Fear

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An album of two halves, Love + Fear is a singular record from a bold talent. It doesn't always land perfectly, but MARINA's ingenuity can't be denied.


Marina has spoken candidly about the idea of autonomy in label-shaped pop, and how she’s only willing to make music if it comes from somewhere that matters. These two albums might not land perfectly, but in a time of pop puppetry, Marina is the real deal.  Two Albums: Love (White Vinyl) + Fear (Black Vinyl)


CHECK OUT:

Superstar

Orange Trees

Baby

You

Too Afraid


ORDER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD  HERE


LIMITED EDITION SIGNED TRANSPARENT VINYL  HERE


PURCHASE OR STREAM

https://listnin.co/BananaramaInStereo


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✩

ROBYN - Honey

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Eight years after her dance-pop opus Body Talk set a new standard in the genre for emotional depth, ROBYN finally returns with her long awaited follow-up Honey. 


The album is dynamic and full of colour. With its diaristic tracklist—sequenced in the order songs were written—the album builds a bridge from its predecessor, the bionic Body Talk into a place of new conviction and warmth. 


CHECK OUT

Missing U

Honey

Because It's In the Music


LIMITED EDITION COLOURED VINYL

https://www.discogs.com/Robyn-Honey/release/12932979


APPLE MUSIC

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/always-in-between-deluxe/1402596432


SPOTIFY

https://open.spotify.com/album/2Uv0SsIwRolyvE76e0CaBM


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✩

SWING OUT SISTER - Almost Persuaded

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Almost Persuaded is a sweet and luxuriant confection from SWING OUT SISTER.. It conjures the feeling of white-hot days spent sunbathing and lying by the sea, followed by neon-lit nights of romance and intrigue, and it couldn't be more suited to a summer release. It rewards multiple listens, and its sheer, unabashed opulence is becoming. Although the accusation that SOS haven't significantly changed partly sticks, there's a silver lining to it, which is that they also haven't deteriorated. Not in the slightest. They sound as if they have the necessary mileage and heft for many more albums.


LIMITED EDITION VINYL

https://www.merchbar.com/pop/billie-eilish/billie-eilish-lime-green-lp-digital-album-vinyl


PURCHASE OR STREAM

https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=swing+out+sister&hide_forthcoming=0


VIDEO FOR LOVELY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1Pl8CzNzCw


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✩

LISA STANSFIELD - Deeper

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At this junction in LISA STANSFIELD's career, a record like Deeper is not about a reinvention, a reintroduction or a reclamation. It's more straightforward than that. It’s simply about making music for the sake of making music and having the undisputed skillset to do so. In this way, Stansfield continues to stand tall as one of the preeminent and most compelling talents of her era.


CHECKOUT

Desire

Billionaire

Never Ever


VINYL

https://www.discogs.com/Lisa-Stansfield-Deeper/release/11794689


PURCHASE OR STREAM

 Apple Music

YouTube

Spotify

Pandora


VIDEO DEEPER

hhttps://btv.social/207104_531/#cp 


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✩

KATE BUSH - Remastered in Vinyl II (LP, Box Set)

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KATE BUSH's beautifully presented 3 LP box set., Remastered in Vinyl II contains

1. Hounds of Love , 2. The Sensual World and 3. The Red Shoes.  The remastering are first-class on heavyweight 180g vinyl, it's the way it should be done. If I have one grouse, it's these remasters don't come with a download digital code. Otherwise these are cracking boxes to own especially if you can pick them up around the £50 / 80$ mark.


Superlative remastering, listen up industry, this is how it should be done.


PURCHASE

https://www.discogs.com/sell/list?sort=price%2Casc&master_id=1464862&ev=mb


SCORE: ✭✭✭✭✭