Catalan folk singer Sílvia Pérez Cruz and the Javier Colina Trío (Colina on bass, Albert Sanz on piano, and Marc Miralta on the drums), plus guest saxophonist Perico Sambeat, revisit the Cuban songbook in the gorgeous En la Imaginación. Four years in the making, this genuine labor of love reimagines classics of the bolero, filin, and son, such as "Debí Llorar" and "Ella y Yo" in a jazz trio-and-voice setting.
Blake Shelton veered toward the somnolent on the quite pleasing Bringing Back the Sunshine so it's not entirely surprising its 2016 sequel, If I'm Honest, is a bit crisper and livelier. Some of this brightening in attitude may be due to him lightening his load following a much-publicized 2015 divorce from singer Miranda Lambert – certainly the title suggests it's time for the singer to get down to what's real – but the electronic sheen and good times also feel like a reaction to Shelton sliding too deeply into softness. If If I'm Honest is indeed a divorce album, it's a Back in the High Life, not a Blood on the Tracks: Shelton is seizing the day, embracing his new lease on life with renewed vigor and a new love, who just happens to stop by to sing "Go Ahead and Break My Heart." Gwen Stefani's presence offers a reminder that Shelton stars on the televised singing competition The Voice, and If I'm Honest is targeted more at the mainstream audience attracted by the show than country radio proper.
From the classic blues of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey to female country blues pioneers Memphis Minnie and Geeshie Wiley, this Rough Guide explores the hugely significant and often overlooked role that women have played in the story of the blues. 'The fact that this release brings attention to this overlooked category is well beyond overdue'.
In the world of music, there was never anyone quite like ARTHUR 'BIG BOY' CRUDUP. Rooted in the Mississippi Delta, his style was propulsive, melodic, original, and profoundly soulful. If he wasn’t 'The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll', as one LP proclaimed, there’s no doubt that rock ‘n’ roll owes a debt to his songs, including That’s All Right Mama, My Baby Left Me, Rock Me Mamma, So Glad You’re Mine, and Mean Ol’ Frisco Blues, as much as to his tight, swinging brand of rural blues.
If These Trees Could Talk are back with another album, another hour of noble, tragic, and cinematic post-metal. There is nothing radically new, no startling changes, but this is better, and I think it is largely because the production is improved. The Ohio band's slow, simple, layered sound here is deep, rich, and reverberant, like a cathedral. The cathedral of the Earth, perhaps, given that the central theme of the band is climate change and the environmental crisis. Despite no vocals or lyrics, that theme has always been clear from the band's name, from the names of the songs, and from the graphics. Tragedy is not enough, we also need to be angry, and to translate our compassion and anger into effective action. That's my reservation about ITTCT's music. But on its own terms, it sounds great. It's not a suitable soundtrack for activism, but perhaps the band's cinematic sound can be used for actual soundtracks, like Explosions in the Sky.
In the decade since releasing his 2006 debut, Brent Cobb also emerged as a Music Row songwriter, landing songs with high-profile artists like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Kenny Chesney, among others. His move into the Nashville establishment may have brought his career some well-deserved success, but as an artist, his heart remained rooted in the Deep South of his hometown, Ellaville, Georgia. Produced by Brent's cousin Dave Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson) at his Low Country Sound studio, Shine on Rainy Day is personal and soulful, with little of contemporary country's gloss and a stripped-down, earthy poeticism that some have likened to Kris Kristofferson's early albums.
After countless requests by fans from all around the globe, Roger Shah proudly presents his very first meditational album today; taking the chillout known from side projects such as ’Sunlounger’ to a whole new level. Shah’s reputation in the international dance music scene spans over 20 years, having worked with and produced for some of the world’s biggest artists such as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Sarah McLachlan and Moya Brennan, amongst various others.
"Music For Meditation, Yoga & Any Other Wellbeing Moments" will contain a musical atmosphere of chill and ambient vibes…
A daring and beautiful work, Bella Wolf is a cinematic experience evoking California meets Latin America in the 70s. Infusing elements of latin flavoured pop with sultry jazz and experimental rock, this is an exciting debut from what will be a new and important jazz ensemble.