Review: Tyler, the Creator's fifth studio album was produced entirely by the Californian artist himself, but it does feature guests like Solange, Playboi Carti, Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert. It immediately debuted at number one and it's easy to see why. Rich with a complex fusion of funk, rap and r&b that glides on Cali-synths and neo soul melodies, the whole thing is tethered to the ground with a hefty low end and follows the narrative of a love triangle as told by American comedian Jerrod Carmichael. Arguably his best work to date, the production is next level and storytelling wholly involving.
Where's The Revolution (CD2: live Spirits Soundtrack)
Enjoy The Silence
Never Let Me Down Again
I Want You Now
Walking In My Shoes
Just Can't Get Enough
Spirits In The Forest (DVD1)
Live Spirits (DVD2)
Review: This package is one that dedicated Depeche Mode fans won't want to miss. It documents in great detail the final date of the band's epic Global Spirit Tour in Berlin, which was the subject of the acclaimed 2019 documentary film "SPiRTS In The Forest". That documentary, a DVD of which is included in the package, interspersed concert footage with interviews with the band and six of their fans. The entire concert recording, which features a mixture of album tracks, fan favourites and big hits ("Enjoy The Silence", "Personal Jesus", "Just Can't Get Enough" and so on), is included here for the first time - both as audio across two CDs, and as a concert film via an accompanying DVD.
Review: As long as there is hip-hop, debate will rage as to which album by A Tribe Called Quest is their finest. Of course, they're all superb, but 1993's "Midnight Marauders" - their third full-length - may well be the best of all. That's a big call, but we'd ask any doubters to give it another listen. The New York crew is in particularly fine form on the mic throughout, while the backing tracks, which make great use of crunchy, head-nodding beats and hundreds of superb, hand-picked samples, are amongst the most intricately produced, groovy and deep ever committed to wax. It's one of those hip-hop sets that should be in the collection of any committed music head, and not just rap fans.
Review: Whilst it's now impossible to view Leonard Cohen's final album outside the context of his passing, the fact of the matter is that this lugubrious sage had been ruminating on the nature of endings and goodbyes for much of his near half-century of artistry, and it's hard to think of a figure who's been quite so eloquent and wise in this endeavour. 'You Want It Darker' seem may a fitting way to bow out, but moreso it bears testimony to the fact that Cohen's questing spirit remained undimmed right until the last, and his travails in the exploration of faith, romance and the human condition were never to lose their finesse and bite.