From Gothenburg, Sweden, comes a debut album of a special kind - a unique mix of rock, funk, psych and folk combined with a new sound inspired from 60s to 70s music. Especially the intense and deep atmosphere makes this album a special one.
Reflecting a recent trend among veteran heavy metal bands, the present-day members of Finland's Amorphis decided to re-record their early work on 2010's Magic and Mayhem (Tales from the Early Years), but at least their motivation was celebrating a 20th anniversary instead of making a quick buck…
New Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimmerings of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced as they would be in just a few years' time, but – as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag – hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces like McLean's 11-minute vamp "Hip Strut," and pianist Walter Davis, Jr.'s infectious boogie-woogie "Greasy." Coleman's influence is most apparent on McLean's "Minor Apprehension," where the freewheeling, Coleman-esque main theme is paralleled by trumpeter Donald Byrd in a definite nod to Don Cherry. What's more, drummer Pete LaRoca takes a surprisingly free solo of significant length toward the end of the track.
Labour of Love IV is the seventeenth album and fourth covers album by UB40, released on the Virgin Records label in 2010. It is the first UB40 album not to feature vocalist/guitarist Ali Campbell and keyboardist Mickey Virtue due to both departing the band in 2008; consequently it is the first album by the band to feature vocalist Duncan Campbell.
Another excellent Sublime Frequencies collection of Omar Souleyman's work, these very modern electronic Arabic folk songs were recorded live.