Here you find our album reviews of the past and present – always subjective, but full of respect for the music and artists. Let’s talk about records!

Review: “Sgt Culpepper” by Joel Culpepper

With his unique voice and energetic blend of modern soul and funk, Joel Culpepper has been one of the hottest acts on the British R&B scene for years. On his debut album “Sgt Culpepper”, the singer-songwriter from South East London, with a little help from friends like Swindle, Tom Misch and Shawn Lee, realises his vision of retro-modern soul music and sets a new standard for British R&B. Definitely one of the most exciting albums of the year.

Review: “For Free” by David Crosby

On his new album “For Free”, David Crosby revives his legendary musicality shortly before his 80th birthday and, with the support of artists such as Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen from Steely Dan and Sarah Jarosz, creates an almost transcendent painting of Californian music between poetry, prayer and classic folk-rock harmonies.

Review: “Septet” by John Carroll Kirby

With “Septet”, LA-based producer, pianist and composer John Carroll Kirby has released a jazz album that seems to have fallen out of time, full of warm grooves and spiritual jazz funk schooled in Herbie Hancock, George Duke and Weather Report. Everything sounds relaxed, warm and playful. One of the most beautiful jazz releases of the year.

Review: Musique de Yacht – Garçon de Plage celebrates his love of West Coast pop with his new album “Amour Aveugle”

Even the name that the talented Parisian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Bette has chosen for his project – Garçon de Plage, the French term for “beach boy” – gives an idea of the music that influenced his work. And so it comes as no surprise that his second album “Amour Aveugle” is all about West Coast harmonies, sophisticated arrangements and French pop grandezza, in other words, smooth yacht pop à la France – somewhere between Michel Berger and The Doobie Brothers.