StevieRay Latham Review

At the end of last month, after receiving his album a few months before, I finally had the chance to see StevieRay Latham performing live, with a support slot for American pianist-songwriter Hans Chew at the lovely Verdict Jazz Cafe in Brighton. It was a packed show put on by Brighthelmstone Promotions and everybody was …

Michaela Wylde – Painted Smile Review

Having only been working professionally as a singer for coming up to a year, Bangor University music graduate and classically trained Mezzo-soprano Michaela Wylde has been very busy carving herself a place as one of the premier singer-pianists in her hometown of Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas, notably Chester and Birmingham. If you are from …

Porchlight Smoker – Water Into Sand – Album Review

Porchlight Smoker is a folk/roots band formed of members from the USA, Scotland and London, giving the band an authentic folk sound with a nomadic feel to it, which you would not necessarily associate with Brighton. By combining elements of Traditional American folk, Celtic folk and English folk, the band is almost a complete history of …

Paul Thomas Saunders – Beautiful Desolation Review

Ahead of his gig at Brighton’s Green Door Store on Wednesday 19th November 2014, I take a look at Paul Thomas Saunders’ debut album from earlier this year, called ‘Beautiful Desolation‘. With an abstract landscape for the artwork (designed by American artist Neil Krug, who has designed a number of great artworks for artists including Lana Del …

ALBUM REVIEW: Cut The Funk – ‘Weekend Coda’

Last month Kent-based funk quintet Cut The Funk played an intimate gig at Brighton Komedia, as part of their south coast UK tour in support of the release of their debut album ‘Weekend Coda’.  Unfortunately the gig was quite sparsely attended, which didn’t seem to make much sense as other dates in larger venues of …

ALBUM REVIEW: Gruff Rhys – American Interior

Whilst several artists struggle to get together a collection of ten tracks together to release for their latest album, Gruff Rhys went all out with his latest solo album, ‘American Interior‘, the follow up to his award-winning third album ‘Hotel Shampoo‘, with a complete package including a film, book, mobile phone app and of course …