ALBUMS – APRIL

by Adam Lowe

Justin Nozuka

JUSTIN NOZUKA

You I Wind Land and Sea

Out: 12th April

Rootsy folk pop and classy neo-soul collide as 21-year old singer Justin Nozuka releases his sophomore album. His debut album saw him compared to John Legend, Paolo Nutini and Ben Harper. From mellow baroque funk in the shape of ‘Gray’ to the tender piano balladics of ‘Soulless Man’ and the euphoric upbeat tempo of ‘Carried You’, this album (although horrifically named) hits all the right notes.

Ejector seats

THE EJECTOR SEATS

Take Off

Out: 19th April

This southern electro pop coterie sound like something from the 1980s flung into a noughties nightclub and made to play modern hits. The result is actually quite interesting—a sort of New New Romantic with vintage style but modern awareness. The band bounce from sublime to sexy to silly without skimping once on sass.

Mr Fogg

MR FOGG

Moving Parts

Out: 19th April

Mr Fogg has spent a lot of time in frozen Scandinavian wastes with Bjork collaborator Vageir Sigurdsson, and the result is crystalline, spindly and cool. This is clever electronica with the bonkers streak you’d expect from someone who’s teamed up with Bjork’s right-hand man.

mirrorkicks

MIRRORKICKS

Mirrorkicks

Out: 19th April

This is a bit of a hotchpotch for me. A mix of glam/indie/rock all delivered at the speed of sound, which might be brilliant live but on disc just makes me want to reach for a soothing glass of laudanum. It’s not bad but for me not the recorded experience I was hoping for… albums are for taking the musical journey further… not just replicating what you get on stage.

Vonda packshot

VONDA SHEPARD

The Best of Ally McBeal

Out: 1st April

There’s no doubt that Vonda added a great deal to the Ally McBeal programme, her vocals instantly capturing the feelings and moods of the characters as the show progressed. Not sure why they have decided NOW to bring it out but the album does contain a duet with Robert Downey Jr and a previously unreleased track as well as a newie. So, bring your collection up to date.. if you want.

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