Published Feb 09, 2010Those looking for a souped-up soundtrack to these bitter wintry days should check out our round-up of new releases, which may not all be Valentine's-appropriate, but will blanket your ears with a warming hum. Take a look at Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section for the industry's latest outputs.
To start things off, Gil Scott-Heron returns after a 17-year break with an uncharacteristically industrial deviation from his funk style in I'm New Here. Then crank it up with the Exclaim!-recommended, nature-infused minimalist techno release from kraut producer Pantha du Prince. After 2007's much-heralded This Bliss, his anticipated Black Noise, featuring LCD Soundsystem's Tyler Pope and Animal Collective's Noah Lennox, lives up to all high expectations.
Massive Attack still struggle to get a handle on what direction they should take in their post-Mezzanine era on Heligoland, while the dudes from BC's feel-good Yukon Blonde create an infectious self-titled LP, fusing passion and skillful instrumentation with pop sensibility.
A decade's gone by since Sade last laid down new tracks, but it's clear the Brit hasn't lost her groove. Soldier of Love features militant drumming, guitar injections and lovelorn lyrics. Ya-Ka-May, from New Orleans sextet Galactic, offers a unique funk of bells and whistles (literally), with expert guest vocals by Allan Toussaint and soul queen Irma Thomas.
For some beer-soaked anthemic rock, check out Record in a Bag by Hollerado. And lastly, the re-release of Buzzcocks first three albums (Another Music in a Difference Kitchen, Love Bites, A Different Kind of Tension), complete with bonus material, will fill punk rockers with nostalgia for the potency the band have carried over the year.
Stay on top of the latest recordings heading our way in the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page, and keep on clicking over to the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section for our take on them.