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Jessie Ware: What’s Your Pleasure? review – rooted in lustful disco

(Virgin)The singer-songwriter swaps luxe pop for the energy of the dancefloor on her heady fourth album Jessie Ware emerged in 2010, lending her silken vocals to electro producer SBTRKT. A solo career followed but, while the London singer-songwriter’s first three albums contained garage inflections, the focus was on luxe pop. In the years since her …

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Nadine Shah: Kitchen Sink review – razor-sharp observations

(Infectious)The singer-songwriter’s follow-up to Holiday Destination is a slow-burning joy North-eastern singer-songwriter Nadine Shah won acclaim – and a Mercury prize nomination – for her 2017 album, Holiday Destination, in part because she was one of the few artists to actually attempt to address Europe’s refugee crisis. The follow-up is just as political, but this …

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Miley Cyrus Covers The Beatles’ “Help!” in Empty Rose Bowl Stadium: Watch

On Saturday, a number of big-name musicians, actors, and other celebrities teamed up for the “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future”, a benefit concert raising money for the coordination and development of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, and to ensure equitable access to citizens across the globe. Among the participating musicians… Please click the link below …

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Haim: Women in Music Pt III review – a cathartic walk on the blue side of life

(Columbia)The three sisters switch into melancholy for this richly searching, explosively produced third album On Haim’s third album, frontwoman Danielle drives endlessly around LA, away from a shaky relationship and her own malaise, sometimes towards illicit desire but mostly to nowhere at all. “Woke up at the wheel on the edge of town / It …

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Arca: KiCk i review – shapeshifting sonic vision of what pop could be

(XL) Alejandra Ghersi’s new set is a subversive and mischievous fusion of aural fireworks and psychedelic lyricism aided by Björk, Shygirl, Rosalía and Sophie Time, from Arca’s fourth album KiCk i, reduces a booming, bass-heavy 4/4 kick drum to a whisper that oscillates around Alejandra Ghersi’s blurry, anaesthetised words. “It’s time to let it out …

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Sports Team: Deep Down Happy review – debut album with plenty to say

(Island)This six-piece band marry Britpop sensibilities with a US alt-rock sound With an eloquence you’d hope for from a band made up of Cambridge graduates and an old-school penchant for slagging off their indie peers, London-based six-piece Sports Team have long given good interview. Pleasingly, their debut album suggests there’s enough musical substance to back …

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Norah Jones: Pick Me Up Off the Floor review – steel amid the smokiest of blues

(Virgin EMI/Blue Note)Jones is as melodious as ever, but can’t smooth over everything… One reliable lockdown pleasure has been Norah Jones’s performances “for anyone who wants to listen”. Unflashy and sensibly short, she plays piano requests, covers or demos, while streams of fans thank “Nojo” for being there for them. You’ll see a lot of …

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