Review: Having already won praise from Sharon Jones, Craig Charles and Jazz Cafe/Freestyle boss Adrian Gibson, it's fair to say that London nine-piece Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers are among the hottest-tipped outfits on the revivalist soul scene. This debut album confirms their quality. Boasting a deep soul sound and vintage production, A Hill of Feathers is in many ways a British take on the formula developed by the Daptone label. Williams, who previously worked with D&B loon John B, is a perfect front woman. Her gritty, urgent vocals perfectly compliment the Tastemakers stomping soul sounds. The result is a strong debut album that should be essential listening for soul enthusiasts the world over.
Review: Damian Lazarus celebrates the 10th anniversary of his acclaimed 2009 debut album 'Smoke The Monster Out' with a remastered and expanded edition on his famed Crosstown Rebels label. He originally released the opus on the Berlin-based label Get Physical, and it was the first time he had let himself loose in the studio - resulting in a psychedelic collection of 'extremely strange and bizarre songs.' Packed full of his inspirations and influences, and with no consideration for genres, airtime or getting played in the clubs. Lazarus is proud to celebrate this milestone in his career - going on to admit that that the album 'is still as weird as it ever was.' Be sure to check out the Moment In The Dark EP as well, featuring two of the album's original tracks, "Moment "and "Diamond In The Dark" reworked and remixed by Keinemusik resident Adam Port, rising newcomer Tibi Dabo and Dutch talent Satori.