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Helge Iberg: The Black on White album review – gently beautiful Beatles interpretations

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Yet another “fresh approach” to a selection of Beatles tunes? I almost let this one pass. But listening to the first few minutes was enough to keep me hanging on until the end. Helge Iberg is a Norwegian composer and ...

‘Her playfulness is infectious’: meet the 12-year-old behind 2022’s most beguiling album

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Sam Gendel and Antonia Cytrynowicz are two of experimental pop music’s most unlikely creative partners. Gendel, 35, is the Los Angeles saxophonist who has lent his talents to records by Vampire Weekend, Maggie Rogers ...

Warpaint: ‘This isn’t a Quentin Tarantino movie – it’s an album a band made’

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Warpaint would like to clear something up: they are not – nor were they ever – on the verge of breaking up. “I don’t remember this,” bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg laughs when the subject comes up. “I don’t remember havin...

Pranks, panic attacks and baby poo: Belgian pop star Stromae on his first album in nine years

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A few months ago, Paul Van Haver, better known as the Belgian singer-songwriter/rapper Stromae, announced his comeback. In the French-speaking world, this was big news. As the 00s turned into the 2010s, Stromae had es...

Alicia Keys: Keys review – double album shows two faces

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Alicia Keys’s eighth album – the follow-up to 2020’s guest-heavy Alicia – is a strange beast. A 26-track double album, the first side includes a suite of songs, (billed as Originals) that showcase a more stripped-back...

Broken covers: collector puts world’s worst album art on show

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There’s the album cover with the band as rabbits, or the one with a harmony duo walking out of water dressed only in their underwear and ties, but surely the most baffling is the concert guitarist pictured in dinner j...

Il Vologeso review

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Niccolò Jommelli, as none but the most committed 18th-century opera nerd will be able to tell you, wrote Il Vologeso in 1766, when the 10-year-old Mozart was a year into his own composing career. That’s how come Il Vo...

Not3s: 3 Th3 Album review – as pop as rap gets

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It’s been a frustrating few years for east London singer-rapper Not3s. Since 2017’s viral hit Addison Lee, he has coped with the record industry’s sluggish release schedules by becoming UK rap’s go-to collaborator for...

Bendik Giske: Cracks review

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Bendik Giske is a saxophonist who doesn’t appear to like the saxophone very much. As a gay man growing up in Norway, and then attending a music conservatoire in Copenhagen, he hated the straight, male establishment th...

Sean Shibe: Camino

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You might think you know what Spanish guitar music sounds like, and you might think it an unexpectedly middle-of-the-road choice for Sean Shibe, who has always appeared more at home in programmes that set your ears sl...

Various artists: Music From the Arab World, Part 2 review

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Since 2015, Berlin-based label Habibi Funk has carved out a specific and increasingly popular niche by reissuing lesser-known records by artists from north Africa and the Middle East. Treading carefully around the col...

Mabe Fratti: Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos? review

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With most of the world swiftly entering lockdown in early 2020, few of us could say we had found ourselves in the right place at the right time. Yet musical connections led the Guatemalan cellist and composer Mabe Fra...

Aisha (the black album); Putting a Face On review – more pointed monologues

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The Old Vic has been acute with its monologues: not too musey, all pointed. Taken together, these two new pieces of writing, commissioned for International Women’s Day, last barely half an hour, but they deliver reson...

Guedra Guedra: Vexillology review

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From the spiritual polyrhythms of gnawa to the looping vocalisations of Sufism and the percussive tessellations of Berber folk, the world of north African cultures meet in the music of Morocco. Producer Abdellah M Has...