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“I’ve never set up a crowdfunding page before, but as you may know Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has been very close to my heart” M.I.A. has launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to support people directly affected by the volcanic eruptions on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent. “I’ve never set up a crowdfunding page before, but as you may know […]

Featuring renditions of ‘Four Women’, ‘See-Line Woman’, ‘Don’t Smoke in Bed’ and more. Nina Simone’s Montreux Jazz Festival performances are being released on a new album, titled Nina Simone: The Montreux Years, via BMG this May. The live album captures her career-spanning performances at Montreux Jazz Festival during 1976, 1981, 1986 and 1990. The Montreux Years features live […]

Listen to a track from the 2010 record—the first complete studio album to emerge from Prince’s vault A previously unreleased Prince album, Welcome 2 America, will finally see the light of day on July 30, via Legacy. Recorded in 2010, the 12-track LP “documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political […]

Crooked Machine is Crooked Man aka DJ Parrot’s reinterpretation of 2020’s Róisín Machine Róisín Murphy has announced Crooked Machine, a reinterpretation of last year’s Róisín Machine, produced by Crooked Man aka DJ Parrot. The new LP is led by “Assimilation,” a rework of “Simulation.” Crooked Machine arrives digitally on April 30 and on vinyl on June 11 as part of Record Store Day. Check out […]

From Gorillaz to Radiohead via Sledgehammer, let’s get animated.   1.Radiohead – Paranoid Android If Radiohead‘s six-minute single wasn’t enough of a risk, its animation was about to push the boundaries even further. Interestingly, Swedish animator Magnus Carlsson, who was commissioned to create an animation based on his Robin character, came up for the video’s concept when […]

Using a one-step lacquer process to offer increased “musical detail, clarity, and dynamics.” Yusef Lateef’s 1961 album Eastern Sounds is being reissued on vinyl, as part of Craft Recordings’ ‘Small Batch’ series this April. Recorded during 1961 at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, the album features Lateef on tenor saxophone/oboe/flute/xun, Barry Harris on […]

Capturing her earliest BBC Radio sessions, music from her first TV performance, cover versions, and more. A collection of Amy Winehouse’s BBC performances, called Amy Winehouse At The BBC, is being released in a new expanded edition, via UMC/Island this May. The 3xLP box set include Jools Holland’s ‘A Tribute to Amy Winehouse’ — which features a selection […]

The UK’s top 40 fastest-selling albums of the century has been announced by Official Charts. Measured by vinyl sales during the first week of release, the number one record is Arctic Monkeys’ 2018 album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, which sold 24,500 records in its first week. The Sheffield band’s recent live album — Live at the Royal Albert Hall — […]

Sales surge as music fans indulge in classic LPs during coronavirus lockdown Record labels are on track to make more money this year from the sale of vinyl records than the once-mighty CD for the first time since the 1980s, as pandemic music buying habits accelerate the revival of the classic LP. UK record labels enjoyed a […]

Plus jazz and disco gems and rarities. A new compilation of Korean funk, soul, and rare groove tracks, called Funky Coup: Korean Soul, Funk & Rare Groove Nuggets 1973-1980, Vol. 1, is being released via Beat Ball Music this April. The compilation aims to shine a spotlight on both the hits and lesser-known tracks that took […]