2020s

It’s always dangerous to try messing with perfection but this take on a Gil Scott-Heron classic stands up alongside his tribute to Lady Day and John Coltrane.

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I’ve always loved those Nick Cave songs where he takes the listener on a journey; those long narrative songs like The Mercy Seat and Higgs Bosun Blues. I was sad when he said he’d given up on that kind of songwriting. So I’m overjoyed that he has returned to it for his new song with the Bad Seeds.

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Perfect Days – Film Review

German director Wim Wenders’ almost wordless drama about a Tokyo toilet cleaner is one of the year’s great surprises – a joyfully uplifting film about the small pleasures in life.

Aziza Brahim – Bubisher

14th March 2024 · 2020s, 2024, Music

This hypnotic slice of desert blues will resonate with anyone who likes the music of Tinariwen or Imarhan. It comes with a powerful back story too.

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The title of this song says it all: “We’re Going to Make It in a Man’s World.” It’s from the first new album by Scottish band Camera Obscura for more than ten years.

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It’s one of life’s great musical pleasures that at the age of 70 Kim Gordon is still making loud abrasive music that’s every bit as antisocial as she was back in downtown NYC in 1981.

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Those who know me will probably guess I’m not a big Eurovision fan. I can’t remember the last time I watched it – but this is our 2024 entry by Olly Alexander.

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Here is hopefully a final winter warmer, with cuts ranging from the return of Underworld and vintage Aphex Twin to deep cuts by Michael Jackson and Modern English, tributes to lost members of Can and MC5 and some dub reggae to warm the cockles of the ear. 

The Courettes – Shake!

26th February 2024 · 2020s, 2024, Music

Five years ago one of my colleagues at Louder Than War told anyone who was willing to listen that The Courettes would become their new favourite band if they would only listen to them.

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This is such a joyful earworm, exuberantly performed by an all-female African supergroup of six vocalists celebrating self-love and acceptance. Female warriordom has never sounded so fierce, or danceable, or catchy.

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